Reading from the Buddhist Religious Encyclopedia Volume 23 book 29 kept at the library of the Wat Phra Singh (Monastery of the Lion) in Thailand.
“When the Buddha was traveling and living in this world there was an old Brahman priest who wore white robes and asked the Buddha,
‘How will all men and all Brahmans continue in their merit-making so as to escape the results of sin?’
The Buddha answered, ‘Even though all of you give alms according to the 5 precepts, the 8 precepts, the 10 precepts or the 227 precepts for 9 trillion years and you raise your hands and offer yourselves as a burnt offering, or you pray 5 times a day, you will not escape the results of your sins. . . You shall not enter heaven’s doors. The results of sin and karma are very great, heavier than the sky; thicker than the earth. . . ‘
The old priest asked further, ‘So what should we all do?’
The Buddha answered, . . . ‘look for another Holy One who will come and help the world and all of you in the future.’
The old priest asked, ‘What will the characteristics of the Holy One be like?’
The Buddha answered him, ‘The Holy One who will keep the world in the future will be like this:
- in the palm of his hands and in the flat of his feet will be the design of a disk,
- in his side will be a stab wound,
- his forehead will have many scars.
This Holy One will be the golden boat who will carry you over the cycle of rebirths all the way to the highest heaven (Nirvana).
Do not look for salvation in the old way; there is no salvation in it for sure. Quit the old way.
There will be a new spirit like the light of a lightning bug, which will come down from the sky above to live in all of your hearts and you will be victorious over all your enemies. Nobody will be able to destroy you. If you die, you will not come back to be born in this world again. You will go to the highest heaven.’”
(End of Religious Encyclopedia reading)
Let’s take a closer look at this particular prophecy of the Buddha.
The Buddha says clearly that this Holy One who will come, will do away with reincarnation because if you look for salvation in this Holy One, with these characteristics, then when you die, you will not come back to be born in this world again. You will go to the highest heaven. From this we see clearly that the Holy One has done away with the Samsāra, the endless wheel of suffering and rebirths.
The Buddha who lived five centuries B.C., Before Christ, explained how to recognize this Holy One when he comes, by three specific kinds of wounds. These wounds were afflicted on Jesus when he was executed.
In the palm of his hands and in the flat of his feet will be the design of a disk, – He was nailed to the cross with roman nails that had large heads, so the person could not get free, these left a disk shape in his hands and feet.
“When he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26) “They pierced my hands and my feet.” (Psalms 22:16)
In his side will be a stab wound,
John, one of the disciples of Jesus records the following: “one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34)
His forehead will have many scars.
Mark records: “And they . . twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it about his head.. . And They struck him on the head with a staff” (Mark 15:17,19 -NIV )
The other instructions and indications that the Buddha gives us in this prophecy about this Holy One.
The Buddha tells further, ‘Quit the old way’ – “Jesus said unto them, I am the way the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
The Buddha says, ‘a new spirit like the light will live in your heart’ – “Then Jesus spoke to them . . ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but has the light of life.’” (John 8:12)
‘You will be victorious over all your enemies. Nobody will be able to destroy you’ – Jesus said,“I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)
‘You will go to the highest heaven’ – “And I give unto them eternal life;. . . I go to prepare a place for you . . that where I am, you may be also” (John 10:28)
Jesus did not just give His life for a particular group of people, but for all mankind. Hence we find prophecies about Him in the major religions of His day; in Judaism, in Hinduism, and here we see that the Buddha guides us clearly to Jesus to get to heaven.