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The Essenes, the Mandeans, and the Nazarene sects are filled with its spirits.
( The Mandeans flourished in Maisan, which was the gate of entry for Indian trade and commerce with Mesopotamia.
The Christian have a doctrine of incarnation fitting into their theology and their partial view of history and creation. According to the Eternal Religion (Sanatana Dharma) taught in the Gita, there are many divine incarnations.
An incarnation is a special manifestation of the Divine in history.
They come in times of decline of civilizations due to materialism which causes disintegration of man and society. Whenever religion becomes tarnished and irreligion prevails, I create myself.
He himself married a princess from Bactria, and a hundred of his superior officers followed his example and took Asiatic brides. C., held a Council at Pataliputra, when it was resloved to send missionaries to proclaim the new teaching throughout the world.
Pliny tells us of a certain Dionysius who was sent to India from Alexandria by Ptolemy Philadelphus (285-247). In accordance with this decision Asoka sent Buddhistic missions to the sovereigns of the West, Antiochus Theos of Syria, Ptolemy Philadelphius of Egypt, Antigonos Gonatas of Macedonia, Magas of Cyrene, and Alexandria of Epirus. Demetrius extended the Bactrian Kingdom into India and conquered Sind and Kathiawar.
Let us realize that Christianity was in a formative stage and Budhhism was both settled and enterprising., " A number of Buddhist legends make their appearance in the Apocryphal gospels and are so obviously Indian in character that it can hardly be maintained that they were invented in Palestine or Egypt and spread thence Eastwards." " The similarity of Roman Catholic services and ceremonial to the Buddhist is difficult to explain.
"When all allowance is made for similar causes and coincidences, it is hard to believe that a collection of practices such as clerical celibacy, the veneration of relics, the use of the rosary and the prominent ideas traveled from the older to the younger system.