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« on: June 09, 2020, 01:51:50 pm »
I have been learning about the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. He claimed to be the Maitraya of Buddhism, the Mahdi of Islam, the Second Coming of the Christ, and an Avatar of Hinduism.

This might seem like a big claim, but he spent his life in poverty traveling around India, feeding and bathing mentally challenged people, who he believed had a special relationship with God.

He never founded a new religion or sect, but instead called his followers to spread his message through their love and good deeds alone.

Meher Baba took a vow of silence for the last few decades of his life, communicating only through an alphabet board or hand gestures. He wanted his actions to speak for himself, literally walking his talk, so no one could pervert his message.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2020, 02:37:30 pm »
I have been learning about the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. He claimed to be the Maitraya of Buddhism, the Mahdi of Islam, the Second Coming of the Christ, and an Avatar of Hinduism.

This might seem like a big claim, but he spent his life in poverty traveling around India, feeding and bathing mentally challenged people, who he believed had a special relationship with God.

He never founded a new religion or sect, but instead called his followers to spread his message through their love and good deeds alone.

Meher Baba took a vow of silence for the last few decades of his life, communicating only through an alphabet board or hand gestures. He wanted his actions to speak for himself, literally walking his talk, so no one could pervert his message.


That's nice but what does this have to do with your topic.  I think nothing.

I'm thinking that I'll give you tonight to exlain yourself, and then I'm going to spin this off to a new thread if I'm not satisfied.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2020, 02:51:28 pm »
Meher Baba drew heavily from the Sufi tradition, and frequently used Muslim terms like Allah. His understanding of God, though, was closer to the Dharmakaya or Brahman than to mainstream Islamic teachings.

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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2020, 05:18:26 pm »
Meher Baba drew heavily from the Sufi tradition, and frequently used Muslim terms like Allah. His understanding of God, though, was closer to the Dharmakaya or Brahman than to mainstream Islamic teachings.

But still has nothing to do with if Allah is evil or not.

Learn to stay on topic,

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2020, 10:07:41 pm »
Meher Baba drew heavily from the Sufi tradition, and frequently used Muslim terms like Allah. His understanding of God, though, was closer to the Dharmakaya or Brahman than to mainstream Islamic teachings.

But still has nothing to do with if Allah is evil or not.

Learn to stay on topic,


Personally, he's the reason I believe that Allah is not evil.

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2020, 08:16:37 am »
Meher Baba drew heavily from the Sufi tradition, and frequently used Muslim terms like Allah. His understanding of God, though, was closer to the Dharmakaya or Brahman than to mainstream Islamic teachings.

But still has nothing to do with if Allah is evil or not.

Learn to stay on topic,


Personally, he's the reason I believe that Allah is not evil.

Because this is a Buddhist forum, I would hope that you'd be saying that the Buddha's teaching would be the reason for that.  Your statement and this whole business would be better served on a Sufi forum.  I'll leave it as-is, but just sayin

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2020, 08:50:44 am »
It might seem blasphemous that Meher Baba claimed to be God in human form, but he also taught that all beings have the potential for God-realization, much like how Buddhism teaches that all beings have the potential for buddhahood.

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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2020, 08:52:27 am »
Meher Baba drew heavily from the Sufi tradition, and frequently used Muslim terms like Allah. His understanding of God, though, was closer to the Dharmakaya or Brahman than to mainstream Islamic teachings.

But still has nothing to do with if Allah is evil or not.

Learn to stay on topic,


Personally, he's the reason I believe that Allah is not evil.

Because this is a Buddhist forum, I would hope that you'd be saying that the Buddha's teaching would be the reason for that.  Your statement and this whole business would be better served on a Sufi forum.  I'll leave it as-is, but just sayin

Meher Baba claimed to be the promised Maitreya of Buddhism, and he drew heavily from Buddhist teachings.
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2020, 08:55:33 am »
Meher Baba claimed to be the promised Maitraya of Buddhism,

If he made that claim am]nd believed it, then I'd say he was nuts.

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and he drew heavily from Buddhist teachings.

How so?

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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2020, 10:37:32 am »
Meher Baba claimed to be the promised Maitraya of Buddhism,


If he made that claim am]nd believed it, then I'd say he was nuts.

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and he drew heavily from Buddhist teachings.


How so?


Whether or not Meher Baba is the promised Maitreya is a matter of personal belief. People can only decide for themselves, after looking at his teachings and the life that he lived.

Gautama Buddha taught that true Buddhism would decline in the world, and that the future Buddha would restore the true Dharma. People must decide for themselves whether Meher Baba taught the true Dharma.

Meher Baba claimed that, even as a small boy, he knew he was the promised Maitreya as soon as he first read Buddhist teachings:
http://www.avatarmeher.org/i-knew-i-was-the-ancient-one/
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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2020, 01:06:23 pm »
The name Maitreya means the compassionate one. The name Meher Baba means compassionate father, a designation originally given to him by his early followers, rather than by Meher Baba himself, because of the example that he lived for them.

Even if Meher Baba wasn't the things he claimed to be, he was in the very least sincere, as exemplified by the life he lived.
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2020, 02:54:32 pm »
The name Maitreya means the compassionate one. The name Meher Baba means compassionate father, a designation originally given to him by his early followers, rather than by Meher Baba himself, because of the example that he lived for them.

Even if Meher Baba wasn't the things he claimed to be, he was in the very least sincere, as exemplified by the life he lived.

The thing is, Maitreya Buddha will not manifest until Shakyamuni Buddha's Dharma is forgotten.  We're not quite there.  If MB claimed he was that Maitreya, he was quite mistaken/delusional.  If he was sincere, then he was sincerely mistaken/delusional.  I'm glad you found his teaching helpful.

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2020, 03:53:45 pm »
The name Maitreya means the compassionate one. The name Meher Baba means compassionate father, a designation originally given to him by his early followers, rather than by Meher Baba himself, because of the example that he lived for them.

Even if Meher Baba wasn't the things he claimed to be, he was in the very least sincere, as exemplified by the life he lived.

The thing is, Maitreya Buddha will not manifest until Shakyamuni Buddha's Dharma is forgotten.  We're not quite there.  If MB claimed he was that Maitreya, he was quite mistaken/delusional.  If he was sincere, then he was sincerely mistaken/delusional.  I'm glad you found his teaching helpful.

While Shakyamuni Buddha's Dharma might not have completely been forgotten, it may have been neglected or perverted by institutional Buddhism over the centuries.

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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2020, 06:09:00 am »
While Shakyamuni Buddha's Dharma might not have completely been forgotten, it may have been neglected or perverted by institutional Buddhism over the centuries.

And how does this relate to Baba's calim to being Maitreya?

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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2020, 11:42:27 am »
While Shakyamuni Buddha's Dharma might not have completely been forgotten, it may have been neglected or perverted by institutional Buddhism over the centuries.

And how does this relate to Baba's calim to being Maitreya?

What if Meher Baba restored the Buddha's original teachings in his writings and life example? The Buddhist scriptures weren't written down until centuries after the Buddha's passing, and they may have been corrupted, even if unintentionally.

 


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