"Of human beings it is only the male sex"(Warren. pp. 14-15.) that can be Buddhas. "A woman or a eunuch or a neuter or a hermaphrodite,"(Ibid) cannot be a Buddha:-
"They're never of the female sex Nor as hermaphrodites appear, As eunuch are they never classed, Those destined for Buddhaship." (Ibid. P. 34.)
The Koran, like the Buddhist scriptures, declares that all the apostles of God, peace be on them all, were males: -"We have not sent (any apostles) before thee except men."(XII. P. 239)
"Men" is the translation of the word "Rejal" which means "Males." (The Persian Gem Dictionary P. 175.)
That Jesus and Shankaracharya were not eunuchs but males is uncertain. The lives of both these personages do not furnish evidence of unimpeachable character to prove that these were really males.
One incident of the life of Shankaracharya is worthy of notice. One woman, Bharti by name tries to defeat him in a controversy by putting him questions on the science of sexual love. He is unable to reply her, but promises to reply after a month. He then transfers his soul from his body into the body of a dead king, enjoys the wives of the king, and learns the sexual science practically. "And in the midst of these lovely women and their blandishments he forgot his promise." (Shankaracharya by C.N.K. Aiyer and S. Tattavabhusan pp. 46-8.)
If this incident is true, it shows that Shankaracharya was a eunuch, for he was incapable of learning the science of sexual love in his body, and therefore he had to transfer his soul into another body for learning the science of sexual love practically. Whether the incident be correct or incorrect, this much is a fact that the life of Shankaracharya does not furnish a positive proof that he had the male power.
"The Hebrews married early, about the fourteenth year." (The Holy Bible by Wordsworth. Vol.1.P.244. Foot Note) Why Jesus remained a bachelor upto the age of 33, seems strange. Probably be had become a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He taught his elect disciples to follow his example:-
"There are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuch for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it let him receive it." (Matt. 19:12)
In order to follow the example and precept of the master, in letter and spirit, a number of zealous Christians have castrated themselves for the kingdom of heaven's sake. Their conduct is justified by the precept of the master:-
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off........if thy foot offend thee, cut it off.......if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out; it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes, to be cast into hell-fire; where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." (Mark. 9:43-48)
The sexual organ being a cause of many sins, some of the zealous Christians, in the light of the above, have thought it fit to cut it off.
On the other hand, Mohammed was a male. Thanks to the propaganda of the Christian missionaries, the world knows it full well that he had many wives. He had daughters and Sons, His posterity exists upto the present.
In view of what is given above, a Buddhist can consider the claim of Mohammed for being the Buddha Maitreya. About the claims of Jesus and of Shankaracharya, a Buddhist shall ever remain in doubt, until he receives a positive proof that they were males, and not eunuchs.
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