The Melchizedek Teachings in the Orient
The early teachers of the Salem religion penetrated to the remotest tribes of Africa and Eurasia, ever preaching Machiventa's gospel of man's faith and trust in the one universal God as the only price of obtaining divine favor. Melchizedek's covenant with Abraham was the pattern for all the early propaganda that went out from Salem and other centers. Earth has never had more enthusiastic and aggressive missionaries of any religion than these noble men and women who carried the teachings of Melchizedek over the entire Eastern Hemisphere. These missionaries were recruited from many peoples and races, and they largely spread their teachings through the medium of native converts. They established training centers in different parts of the world where they taught the natives the Salem religion and then commissioned these pupils to function as teachers among their own people.
--Presented by a Melchizedek of Nebadon, from the Urantia Papers.
The Salem Teachings in Vedic India
In the days of Melchizedek, India was a cosmopolitan country which had recently come under the political and religious dominance of the Aryan-Andite invaders from the north and west.
The Brahman Priest Caste
...the Brahman caste sought to exalt themselves above all else.
While the highest phase of Brahmanism was hardly a religion, it was truly one of the most noble reaches of the mortal mind into the domains of philosophy and metaphysics.
The Hindu Religion
Hindu theology, at present, depicts four descending levels of deity and divinity:
The Struggle for Truth in China
It was in direct consequence of this teaching that the earliest form of Taoism arose in China...
Lao-tse and Confucius
The sixth century before Christ was characterized by great religious, moral, and philosophic teachers all over the civilized world. In China, the two outstanding teachers were Lao-tse and Confucius.
Gautama Siddhartha was born in the sixth century before Christ in the north Indian province of Nepal.
The Buddhist Faith
To become a Buddhist, one merely made public profession of the faith by reciting the Refuge: "I take my refuge in the Buddha; I take my refuge in the Doctrine; I take my refuge in the Brotherhood."
The Spread of Buddhism
Buddhism prospered because it offered salvation through belief in the Buddha, the enlightened one.
Religion in Tibet
In Tibet may be found the strangest association of the Melchizedek teachings combined with Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Christianity.
The great advance made in Buddhist philosophy consisted in its comprehension of the relativity of all truth.
The God Concept of Buddhism
Gradually the concept of God, as contrasted with the Absolute, began to appear in Buddhism.
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