Buddha and Jesus Christ in Literature Essay

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Buddha and Jesus Christ in Literature


Many pieces of literature and characters in literature are based off of religious figures or beliefs. In the literary pieces that we have read this semester, Buddha, Jesus Christ, and their religions have often been motifs. Buddha and Christ have many striking differences, but also quite a few similarities. They have both been very influential in many of the worldly religions of today, and in literature throughout the years.

The man commonly known as Buddha was born in 560 B.C. and died at the age of eighty in 450 B.C. He was born to Suddhodana, king of the Sakhyas, and Maya. He was born in Lumbini, near the city of Kapilauastu in the Himalayan mountain ranges. His real name is Siddhartha
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The king did not want this for his son, so he had guards make sure these four types of people remained out of Siddhartha’s sight.

At the age of sixteen, Siddhartha married a woman named Yasodhara. Together they had a son which they named Rahula. At the age of twenty-nine, Siddhartha abandoned his home. He managed to leave the palace and go into town, where he saw a decrepit old man, a sick man, a corpse, and a monk. Siddhartha decided to renounce his world of miseries and sorrows so that he did not become prey to old age, disease, and death.

Siddhartha first started to live as a hermit and practiced Yogic (discipline of action and devotion). He was determined to attain supreme peace by practicing self-mortification. He ate next to nothing and almost starved himself to death. One day Buddha heard some young girls singing a song. The lyrics in the song changed his life. They sang, “The string overstretched breaks, the music dies/ The string overslack is dumb and the music dies” (Sivananda). This made Buddha realize that he didn’t need to go to extremes. He realized that he should adapt to a happy medium.

One day Buddha fell into a dejected mood and did not know what to do with himself. He sat under a tree and said, “Let me die. Let my body perish. Let my flesh dry up. I will not get up from this seat till I get full illumination” (Sivananda). He spent…

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