Buddhism and the Year 2017
About a month ago, I was reading the
section on the website and came across this part:
The exact date of when the Kali age ends and the Krita
age begins is unknown. However, it has been estimated that the
Kali age ended at noon on the first of August 1943 A.D. Assuming
then that this date is correct, the Buddhist equivalent year (which
pertains to the Dispensation of the perfect Buddha lasting 5,000 years)
would be approximately the year 2,486 in the Buddhist era.
It goes on to say that Buddhists are expecting
Maitreya to come shortly
after 2,500 years have passed, or around 1957 AD.
It was such a powerful prophecy that I became curious about where
this 2,500 years began, and decided to research further.
According to Wikipedia, the "Buddhist era" began
at the time of the Buddha's death.
However, there is confusion about when exactly the Buddha died.
Wikipedia specifically gives two possible dates: 544 BC and 483
BC. If you count 2,500
years from 544 BC, you reach 1957 AD, or the date used on the website.
If, however, you count 2,500 years from 483 BC, you reach 2017
The beginning of this human generation started
12,000 years ago (12,000 years will end in the year 2017), after the
flood of Noah.
has also explained in many Satsangs that it is after 2017 (after 12,000
years) that the Golden Age will begin (of course, it will take some time
before the Golden Age is fully manifested).
Maitreya chose this
date as the end of the 12,000 years of history of present man on Nov.
22, 1978 (at the bottom of the
same page in
THOTH), long before He knew of the prophecy that
Maitreya was to appear 2,500
years after the Buddha's death.
This gives us another amazing way to interpret this prophecy as
referring directly to Maitreya
It is truly incredible how God works, and I am
positive we will never stop finding things that point so clearly to this
time, this Revelation, and this Messenger.