Are Christ and Buddha Identical?
Swami Vivekananda

It is my par­tic­u­lar fan­cy that the same Bud­dha became Christ. Bud­dha proph­e­sied, “I will come again in five hun­dred years”, and Christ came here in five hun­dred years. These are the two Lights of the whole human nature. Two men have been pro­duced, Bud­dha and Christ; these are the two giants, huge gigan­tic per­son­al­i­ties, two Gods. Between them they divide the whole world. Wher­ev­er there is the least knowl­edge in the world, peo­ple bow down either to Bud­dha or Christ. It would be very hard to pro­duce more like them, but I hope there will be. Mohammed came five hun­dred years after, five hun­dred years after came Luther with his Protes­tant wave, and this is five hun­dred years after that again. It is a great thing in a few thou­sand years to pro­duce two such men as Jesus and Bud­dha. Are not two such enough? Christ and Bud­dha were Gods, the oth­ers were prophets. Study the life of these two and see the man­i­fes­ta­tion of pow­er in them—calm and non-resist­ing, poor beg­gars own­ing noth­ing, with­out a cent in their pock­ets, despised all their lives, called heretic and fool—and think of the immense spir­i­tu­al pow­er they have wield­ed over human­i­ty.