Siddhattha Gotama, the Fifth to Come

 

The fifth Sign was born, as prophesied, in the lands of great forests, in the lands of the East, where members of the Brotherhood of Nazarenes would patiently await the time when he would be of mind to come to terms with his kingly purpose, which was to lead men to an understanding of their inner beings. His name was Siddhattha Gotama, who would later become more widely known as the Buddha. Sadly, much of his teachings were also altered to serve a lower purpose, as was previously prophesied by Dan and the other High Lords, and once again mankind became lessened because of such debasement.<p>

Extract from The Book of Man

There was a High Lord born in the lands of those with almond eyes. And he was nearly lost, for he was a soldier, as was his father; and he was named Buddha amongst his names in that tongue.
There was a High Lord born in the lands of those with almond eyes. And he was nearly lost, for he was a soldier, as was his father; and he was named Buddha amongst his names in that tongue.
As with all bearers of the high veil, he was always much troubled by that which he saw and that which he felt. He, like all High Caulbearers, understood nothing of men, and could not calculate their ways, for the mind of the Caulbearer differs from that of other of men.
Buddha did not know of the veil, for the truths of it was not within his land, and there was great ignorance of it. This was why none did try to kill his mother before his birth, as it is with all Caulbearers since the knowledge of the caul, and the greatness of them, was known and understood.
About the time of his birth, the Brothers came and requested that they might see the queen. They were turned away with threats against them should they return, as these strangers to his people seemed perhaps a danger to him, or even to them. In that time his land was hostile to all strangers and very much apart in all things.
Before his birth they did make a bargain for a sum of gold with the midwives, so that his caul would be brought to them, that they might preserve it in his interest and theirs, until his time of enlightenment came. The midwives did marvel at this, as they couldst not understand how such things as this could be known aforehand, and feared what they did see as magic; but the lust for gold did overcome all such fear.
They left that place with his caul and waited for many years; and they followed him wherever he did go. And so did they wait until he was ready for his destiny, and for to receive knowledge from them that was not to be found amongst his own people, or anywhere in his land.
As time passed he did all that Caulbearers do when they know not of their minds and are confused. He could not please his father, nor could his father please him, for they both lived in darkness, each reacting one against the other in their many and differing confusions.
Eventually Buddha did abandon his wife and his children. He then left his home and all that was familiar to him, for he was much troubled, in need of peace of this thing. There was none that could guide him, as there was none with knowledge of it; and so there was none to bring peace to his mind, purpose to his life, nor peace to his inner self.
He searched for reason of his mind and that which he felt, for he was sorely confused. He tried to understand that which was born within him, and he could not, as he had nothing to make judgements by.
Men struck at him to do him harm, and died or greatly suffered about that time or soon afterward. Upon many times also their children died, or other evil befell them. He wondered at this, as he was accused of evil, but he had no understanding.
Swords broke before they could touch him, and men began to hate him and to greatly fear him; and so was deep confusion cast within him as men turned from him, judging by that which they did believe, and knew of nothing upon which reason could be advantaged.
Upon a time, a bowman was about to slay him, and as he drew his bow, the thong did break asunder and the arrow fell to the ground. Again was he unharmed; and many marvelled, and through fear again of him did cast him from them.
Without his knowing, certain members of the Brotherhood of Nazarenes watched him at all times, as had it so been since his sign was first seen in the firmament. Before his birth was due, and as his sign grew, Brothers had journeyed to the place where he would be born, and they were there. And because they were strangers they were not allowed to approach the palace or the queen whilst she was with child; and so he was anointed by them as a king at that time of his birth, but not as he should have been, for they did not possess the hallowed oils, as they were not known of in that place.
So they watched and they waited until they saw a safe opportunity. They knew that he would not receive them until his torment was great and his mind would be receptive to reason and the hallowed knowledge. They followed him in his footsteps wherever his feet did tread, for many years.
One day he was tired and was much disturbed, as he now felt that he was mad, as men did say of him; and he sat to rest beneath a Bodhi tree, in its shade.
One of the brothers who had been following him approached and spoke onto him, and asked him why was he troubled. This good brother showed him his own caul, together with the brother’s own caul, as he began to speak unto him; and so did he impress him. He was receptive to him and to all that he did say onto him.
They were then joined by the other brothers there present; and Buddha knew kinship for the first time from the brothers and to the brothers; and they were overjoyed.
He listened to them and they talked to him for many days without rest or sleep. He did not tire, and he gained the power of true reason from them, and he gained knowledge of that which he was; and he was content with it. They took him with them; and so began his education for many years.
Again he did go amongst his people, and they were much amazed by his sayings, and he was full of the light of his knowledge; and this did he do for the rest of his life.
He healed the sick and performed great wonders; and as he did so he gained followers, and he taught them. Alas, to small avail, for upon his death all gain and reason lay twisted, and he was ill-used. Even whilst he lived was he ill used by lowly men who had knowledge only of lust for power, and lived in the darkness of their minds.
And the High Lord Buddha too was also exalted as a god long after he was dead and his children were dead; and the true greatness of him was lost. Men were still not ready for that which he had set before them. Again, men of greed for power used him and all that he was, to create something that was against all that he was, and all that he did, and all that he did say. And by the use of this vileness men did great wrong of him and his caul, and they did believe whatever gave them power over his people. And they knew not anything except the vileness of belief and the evil of unreason.
And before he did die he did prophesy, and did prophesy of those High Caulbearers that would follow after him. And men heard his sayings not, for all was twisted, and his reason was not in their understanding.
He prophesied of another who would come after him and be sorely used, and would feign death to escape the evil of men in his time, so that he could prepare for the last and the seventh that was to come.
Again they heard him not, and all that was of him was dead to them, and all that he was not was breathed life into. He was as if risen from the dead of that which he was, to an everlasting life of that which he was not. Cursed are they who did this thing to this High Lord.