Invoking Jesus as PHOS / Amita BHA, the Infinite Light
Jan 27, 2003 03:24 AM
by Bhakti Ananda Goswami
John 8.12 "I AM THE LIGHT (PHOS) OF THE WORLD (KOSMOS)..." - JESUS CHRIST
THE MEANING OF AMITA-BHA, AND JESUS CHRIST AS AMITA-BHA BUDDHA, THE INFINITE "LIGHT OF THE WORLD"
INVOKING THE ETERNAL AND INFINITE LIGHT ....VENERABLE MASTER HSUAN HUA ON 'RECITATION' OF THE NAME OF AMITA-BHA
JESUS AMITA-BHA AS THE INFINITE "LIGHT OF THE COSMOS".
THE HOLY NAME, AND THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE IN CHINESE PURE LAND BUDDHISM
THE FOLLOWING QUOTATIONS ARE FROM THE
"Records of the Life of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua", Volume One,
Compiled and translated by American Bhikshuni Heng Yin.
This book was published in 1981 by the Dharma Realm Buddhist University
Buddhist Text Translation Society, Talmage, California, USA.
"Seek rebirth in Ultimate Bliss
with serious intent
By putting down defiled thoughts
and returning to the pure.
The Master delivered the following instruction during a seven-day
recitation session in Kiangsi :"
" The Dharma-door of reciting the Buddha's name is also called the Pure
Land Dharma-door. By means of this method all can enter the Pure Land, for it
receives those of all three dispositions and gathers the intelligent and
deluded. Wise people with superior wisdom, average people with ordinary
intelligence, and inferior, deluded people -- those of all three
dispositions need only recite the name and they will be reborn in the Pure
Land. Thus it is the convenient means within the convenient means, the
short cut among short cuts, and is most suited to beings in the Dharma-ending
[NOTE THAT THE DHARMA ENDING AGE IS KALI YUGA. SO HERE WE HAVE THE DIRECT
PARALLEL TO THE GAUDIYA VAISHNAVA DOCTRINE OF HARI NAMA INVOCATION /
RECITATION BEING THE YUGA DHARMA (AGE = YUGA).]
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"If one is simply able to recite 'Namo Amitabha Buddha', one will certainly be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, where, transformationally born from a lotus, one will see the Buddha and awaken to the patience of the uncreated, never again to retreat to the Small Vehicle or to the status of a common person. If what i say is not so, i will gladly descend into the hells. "
" Yesterday someone asked me, 'When I recite the Buddha's name, I have too much idle thinking. How can I stop it ?'
"Pay no attention to how much idle thinking you are doing. Just keep reciting the Buddha's name with all your heart. There is a common saying,
When the clear-water pearl
is thrown in muddy water,
the muddy water turns clear.
When the Buddha's name
enters the deluded mind,
the deluded mind becomes the Buddha.
"Recitation itself is the cure for idle thinking. Why add a head on top of your head by looking for another method ?"
ONE GODHEAD, ONE LIGHT PHOS / BHAS, ONE SAVIOR OF INFINITE COMPASSION
Note that NAMO AMITA-BHA in Sanskrit is NAMI AMITO-FHO (T) in Chinese, and He is invoked by the 'Nembutsu' NAMU AMIDA BUTSU in Japanese.
The AMITA-BHA Name of God has been translated from the original Sanskrit as 'INFINITE LIGHT' . AMITA, like NITYA MEANS INFINITE OR LIMITLESS and BHAS OR BHA means LIGHT. In the GREEK OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE, WHEN GOD OR JESUS CHRIST IS CALLED THE 'LIGHT', THE GREEK WORD USED IS PHOS (OR FROM PHA, PHA-OS ETC. IN VARIOUS GRAMMATICAL FORMS).
ALL LINGUISTS AGREE THAT THE GREEK PHOS / PHA O IS LINGUISTICALLY RELATED TO THE SANSKRIT BHAS OR BHA. OF COURSE, BEING A VAISHNAVA SANSKRIT WORD, KRISHNA-VISHNU HAS 'LIGHT' NAMES WITH THE WORDS 'BHAS' OR 'BHA' IN THEM.
THERE IS EVEN A SANSKRIT PUN BETWEEN BHAS FOR 'LIGHT' AND 'VAS' FOR LIGHT OR BRIGHT. THUS WHEN VASU-DEVA IS INTERPRETED AS MEANING 'BRIGHT' THIS IS ASSUMING THE BHAS MEANING OF VASU.
SO, WHEN PURE LAND BUDDHISTS INVOKE THE COSMIC SAVIOR 'INFINITE BHAS / BHA', THEY ARE INVOKING JESUS CHRIST'S BIBLICAL NAME AS PHOS / PHO !!!
BIBLE, NEW TESTAMENT, GOSPEL OF JOHN, CHAPTER EIGHT, VERSE 12
"Again Jesus spoke to them , saying, 'I am the light [PHOS] of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
JOHN, CHAPTER 1 , VERSE 9 SAINT JOHN DESCRIBES THE COMING OF JESUS CHRIST...
"The true light [PHOS] that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and yet the world knew him not. "
THE GAYATRI-RELATED SURYA-NARAYANA 'SOLAR' FORM OF HARI HAS SCORES OF NAMES WITH THE ROOT 'BHA' IN THEM. NOTE THAT SURYA IS FROM SURA, AND SURA IS A DIALECTIC FORM OF HARI. COMPARE THE COMPOUND DEITY NAMES SURIH, SUREH, HARIH, HRIH, HAREH, [ ALSO SEE ROOTS SURA (GOLD), HARI / HIRA (GOLD)] , HARYA, HARYEH, SURYA, HELIOS, HVAREH, ELIJAH, ELOAH, ALLAH, URIJAH, ARYEH, SOLEOS, CYRUS, KORESH, KYRIOS, KOUROS, EROS, HORUS ETC.
IN THE NORTHERN RANGE OF BUDDHISM, THE FIRST AND SECOND PERSONS OF THE TRIKAYA ARE FREQUENTLY CONFOUNDED OR MERGED. ALSO, THE IMPERSONAL LIGHT OF THE BRAHMAN IS A FORM OF BALADEVA. KRISHNA'S EFFULGENCE [ THE BRAHMA JYOTI or BRAHMAN] IS SRI BALADEVA.
SUMMARY OF THE INFINITE LIGHT OF GOD (ELI / HARI / HRIH ) AS BHAS / PHOS
1) HELIOS PHA / PHA-OS / PHOS (LIGHT) IN HELIOPOLITAN SOURCES
2) ELI-YAHU PHO / PHOS (LIGHT) IN GREEK BIBLES
3) JESUS CHRIST PHOS AND ZAOS (LIGHT & LIFE)
4) BUDDHIST SANSKRIT AMITA-BHA (BHAS) / AMIT-AYUS AS INFINITE LIGHT AND LIFE
CHINESE BUDDHISM (NAMI) AMITO-FHO
JAPANESE BUDDHISM NAMU AMIDA BUTSU
5) KRISHNA-BALARAMA AS BHAS [NAMES OF ] SURYA-NARAYANA, THE INFINITE SOURCE OF LIGHT AND LIFE.
6) BALARAMA AS THE BHAS / VAS SHINING OF THE BODILY EFFULGENCE OF HARI, THE BRAHMA JYOTI
MODERN ENGLISH PHOTO AND PHOSPHORUS ARE FROM THE GREEK PHA-OS OR PHOS 'LIGHT' OR 'TO SHINE'. 'NAME' IS FROM THE GREEK ONOMA.
MAY THE LOVING LORD WHO IS THE LIGHT AND LIFE OF ALL BEINGS, BLESS US TO RETURN TO HIM FROM THIS DARK AND COLD ENTROPIC UNIVERSE !
MAY HE, THE LIGHT OF ALL WORLDS, ENLIGHTEN OUR PATH BACK TO HOME IN HIS SELF-EFFULGENT DEATHLESS SKY !
AND, MAY HE, WHOSE NAME ALONE INVOKES OUR UNIVERSAL SAVIOR, MAY HE, HARI NAMA, HASHEM, SAT NAM, NEMBUTSU, THE DIVINE LOGOS AND VERY HOLY NAME OF GOD, ... MAY HE GATHER US ALL INTO HIS MAHAYANA GREAT VEHICLE, AND CARRY US HOME TO HIS LAND OF ULTIMATE BLISS !
IOUSOS CHRISTOS PHOS AMEN ! AUM, HARE KRISHNA and NAMU AMIDA BUTSU !
Your aspiring servant, Bhakti Ananda Goswami
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