God became man so that man could become God.
For now on, this will be a blog dedicated to Eastern Orthodox mysticism, and its similarities with Hinduism and Buddhism. Unlike the West, the Eastern Church retained its ancient mystical tradition.
What Jesus and the Buddha share in common is they both awakened to the divine potential within all beings:
The Christ: Your Real Self
“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. Jesus was able to reveal so completely his Christ Self—his God nature—that he was called Jesus Christ. But actually Christ is as much your real name too.
The word Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “the anointed.” “Christ” is a title reserved for anyone who becomes aware of and fully realizes the depths of his or her divine possibilities, as Jesus did.
Christ is God individualized in each of us. The Christ is not a person. Jesus is the person. The Christ refers to the spiritual aspect of him—and of you and of all people. Jesus and the Christ—there is a difference.
Siddhartha Gautama was called Buddha (the Enlightened One), but “the Enlightened One” was not his last name. It was a description. Jesus is called “the Christ” or “Jesus Christ,” but Christ is not his last name. It is a description.
Jesus was the man who discovered and expressed his divinity and became known as Jesus Christ. … Since we were created with the exact same potential as Jesus, we, too, can discover and express our divinity. We, too, can become “the Christ.” The more you ponder this statement, the more awesome it becomes. Allow the impact of its meaning to filter down into your soul, where it can do its work.
Buddhism teaches that all beings have Buddha-nature, the inner potential for enlightenment. This is the same, from an ultimate perspective, as saying that we are all the Christ-nature waiting to be born in the world. Let it be so.