Christ, My Bodhisattva


(I put this article in the Non-Catholic Religions forum, since it deals with non-Christian and Christian ideas intermixed somewhat. The article is from Christianity Today, Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2007.)

*Multinational businessman and politician Ram Gidoomal talks about ‘translating’ the gospel in today’s world.

*Interview by Andy Crouch | posted 4/27/2007 08:29AM

You come from a Hindu religious background and attended Muslim schools in Africa, yet you became a follower of Jesus during your studies at university.

At the university, I was out of the family context, with the need for something that could make sense of the wider world in which I found myself. I started reading about Jesus. I was intrigued by the strong basis for his historical existence.
In my cultural context, the biggest religious problem is your karma: your karmic debt. What you sow, you reap. You come to this earth with a karmic account, then you die and you’re reincarnated, and that depends on how you’ve done in this life. When I read about Jesus’ death on the Cross, it wasn’t so much the sacrifice for sin that struck me as the sacrifice for karma. The Christians I met spoke of sin in this life, but that was meaningless to me. Karma was what mattered. So I decided, When they talk about sin, I think of karma, and I believe Jesus died for my karma, so I am going to accept him on those terms.

In the end, I’ve found I’ve been able to use my skills in business to help start some of these translations. We’ve produced a series of books and cds that connect with the South Asian experience. Fortunately, I was able to pay for publication, because in the early days, not many Christian publishers were willing to take on a book that talked about Jesus as the bodhisattva who fulfilled his dharma to pay for my karma to negate samsara and achieve nirvana!


What is a Bodhisattva?:confused:


It’s a Buddhist term. A Buddha is someone who is fully-enlightened. A Bodhisattva is someone who renounces Buddhahood so that He/She can help others to become enlightened. That’s the short definition.:smiley:

In other words, in Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is a symbol of infinite compassion.


I had to look it up

per google:

Definitions of ** Bodhisattva** on the Web:
Buddha-in-the-making, literally an “enlightenment being”- to keep free all beings from the coils of suffering. (JA) bosatsu . A Buddhist intermediary who has forsaken nirvana to work for the salvation of all humanity.“enlightenment being”): in Mahayana Buddhist yoga, the individual who, motivated by compassion (karuna), is committed to achieving enlightenment for the sake of all other beings“One who possesses the essence of enlightenment” – a deified saviour figure, a fully enlightened being who remains in the world in order to release other creatures from suffering existence. Buddhist term to describe a person who is embarked on the path to enlightenment. person who reached the final stage before that of nirvana but refrained from the last step in order to remain of service to mankind; revered as a saint Mahayana Buddhism, one who postpones attaining nirvana in order to help others achieve this goal. In Theravada Buddhism, it is one who is on the way to becoming a Buddha. Gautama was called a Bodhisattva before he attained enlightenment.


Wow. Thanks Syele and Ahmisa.

After reading Syele’s post- briefly- I cant see the point in you calling Jesus the Christ. Do you accept he died on a Cross for all?


I didn’t call Jesus the Christ in this post. That was the article’s title, and that is what Mr. Ram Gidoomal believes.

However, I *do *call Jesus the Christ, and I accept that He died on the Cross for all. However, my interpretation of all of those ideas comes from a Buddhist perspective. Long story.:smiley: (If you really want to know the long story, maybe I’ll put the story on my blog.)


Well, maybe before you go through all that for me, I need to read up more on your beliefs to see how you come up with that.:o

Good night Ahimsa,



I appreciate you universalised approach. Buddah,Krishna,Zoroaster,Abarahm,Moses,Jesus,Muhammad and PromisedMessiahImamMahdi etc believers of a Revealed Religions were from one source GodAllahYHWH, they all must be respected as they received Word from Him and conveyed that to us human beings for our guidance.
I am an Ahmadi – a peaceful faith in Islam bridging gaps between faiths/denominations/religions/agnostics


Thanks. I believe the Ahmadiyyah were one of the first Muslims to missionize in America.


Yes, I think so.
I love Buddha.
I am an Ahmadi – a peaceful faith in Islam bridging gaps between faiths/denominations/religions/agnostics

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