One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the Messiah?" "No," answered Buddha. "Then are you a healer?" "No," Buddha replied. "Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted. "No, I am not a teacher." "Then what are you?" asked the student exasperated. "I am awake," Buddha replied.
The Old Testament teems with prophecies of the Messiah, but nowhere is it intimated that that Messiah is to stand as a God to be worshipped. He is to bring peace on earth, to build up the waste places--to comfort the broken-hearted, but nowhere is he spoken of as a deity.
If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.
Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings, of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home. He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
Remember where you came from.
The world is your exercise book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, though you may express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write lies, or nonsense, or to tear the pages.
Learning is finding out what you already know.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
Science reckons many prophets, but there is not even a promise of a Messiah.
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah.
You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.
Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.
The most that one of Jewish faith can do - and some have gladly done it - is to say that Jesus was the greatest in the long succession of Jewish prophets. None can acknowledge that Jesus was the Messiah without becoming a Christian.
Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
I'm a hardened atheist but I feel that we have an inbuilt need for God. If you eradicate religion, you end up with something terrible in its place, like the communist state, as in Russia or China, where the dictator becomes the messiah figure.
Remember where you came from, where you're going, and why you created this mess you got yourself into in the first place.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.
The simplest questions are the most difficult.
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
You teach best what you most need to learn.
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