(1) "Two absolutely holy and perfectly enlightened Buddhas will not appear in a world smultaneously." (Anguttara Nikaya by Gooneratne. p. 39.)
(2) "This is an impossibility, an occurrance for which there can be no cause, that is one world two Arahat Buddhaa supreme should arise at one and the same time-such a thing can in nowise be." (S. B. E. Vol. XXXVI. Questions of King Milinda. part II p. 47)
(3) "When a perfect all-enlightened Buddha appears, no two Buddhas appear at the same time." (The Life and Teachings of Buddha by Anagarika Dharmapala p. 84.)
From what is quoted above it is apparent that according to the Buddhist scriptures, and the opinion of the Buddhist divines, it is impossible that two fully enlightened and inspired teachers can exist in a country at the same time.
In the days of Jesus, and in the same country of Judea in which Jesus lived and taught, there was another inspired teacher whose name was John the Baptist:-
(1) "And John also was baptizing in Enon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they,came, and were baptized. For John was not yet cast into,prison. Then arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he, that was with thee beyond Jordan to whom thou barest 'witness, behold the same baptizeth, and all men come to him Christ)" (John. 3: 23-6)
(2) Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John." (John. 4:1)
Jesus himself admitted that John the Baptist was an inspired teacher, and "more than a prophet." (Matt. 11:9)
Contemporary with Shankaracharya, in the country of India, there was a teacher of equal note, named Kumarila Bhatta.
Hence neither Jesus nor Shankaracharya can be the Buddha Maitreya.
Mohammed was an inspired teacher, and he did not recognise any inspired teacher in his days as did Jesus, and hence he is the Buddha Maitreya.
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