Preacher's companions in Lonliness


The Buddhist scripture, Saddharma-Pundrika, gives another important characteristic of the ideal preacher:-

"While he is living lonely in the wilderness I will send him gods and goblins in great number to keep him company."(S. B. E. Vol. XXI. P. 225.)

The above passage makes mention of two kinds of spiritual intelligencies, one kind are-called gods, or the righteous spirits, the other kind are called goblins, or evil spirits. These come to the ideal preacher when he is alone. The Koran gives it out that these two kinds of spirits approached the prophet in great number when he was alone in wilderness:-

(1) "When the servant of God (the prophet) stood up to invoke Him, it wanted but little that (the genii) had pressed on him in crowds (to hear him to rehearse the Koran.)" (LXXII. p.556)

(2) "Say, It hath been revealed to me that a company of genii attentively heard (me reading the Koran) and said, Verily we have heard a discourse which directeth unto the right institution: wherefore we believe therein.......there are some amongst us who are upright; and there are some others who are otherwise: we are ot different ways......(there are some) Moslems amongst us; and (there are others) of us who swerve from righteousness" (LXXII. p. 555-6.)

The observations of some of non-Muslims are worth quoting here:-

(1) "Thus driven ignominiously from his hoped for place of refuge, and not daring to return openly to his native city, he remained in the desert until Zeid should procure a secret asylum for him among his friends in Mecca. In this extremity, he had one of those visions or supernatural visitations which appear always to have occurred in lonely or agitated moments, when we may suppose him to h~±ve been in a statement of mental excitement. It was after the evening prayer, he says, in a solitary place in the valley of Naklah between Mecca and Tayef. He was reading the Koran, when he was overheard by a passing company of Gins or Genii. These are spiritual beings, some good, others bad, and liable like men to future rewards and. punishments. Hark! give ear! said the Genii one to the other. They paused and listened as Mahomet continued to read. 'Verily', said they at the end, 'we have heard an admirable discourse, which directeth to the right institution; wherefore we believe therein."

This spiritual visitation consoled Mahomet for his expulsion from Tayef, showing that though he and his doctrines might be rejected by men, they were held in reverence by spiritual agencies." (Irving. pp. 72-3.)

(2) "In an empty room he (the prophet) professed to be unable to find a sitting place.........all the seats being occupied by angels." (Mohammed by S.D.Margoliouth. p.88)

The characteristic of an ideal preacher mentioned in Saddharma-Pundrika is not fulfilled in case of Jesus or Shankaracharya. Hence neither of them can be the Buddha Maitreya.

The characteristic is literally fulfilled in the case of Mohammed, and hence he is the Buddha Maitreya.



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