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THE PROPHECY OF LQRD BUDDHA'S APPEARANCE
One of the earliest prophecies that we can easily recognize is the one about Lord Buddha. The Srimad-Bhagavatam, which was spoken 5,000 years ago, predicted the appearance of Lord Buddha who appeared 2500 years later when he was born in 560 B.C. It says: "In the beginning of the age of Kali-yuga, the Supreme Being will appear in the province of Gaya as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, just for the purpose of deluding those who are always envious of the faithful theists." (Bhag. 1.3.24) Similar verses are found in many other Pur anas. This is in reference to a time when unqualified people used perverted forms of Vedic rituals to unnecessarily slaughter animals. Buddha rejected the Vedic rites and preached nonviolence. This verse shows that Lord Buddha was an incarnation of the Supreme Being who would appear in Gaya, a town in central India. Nevertheless, some historians may point out that Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was actually born in Lumbini, Nepal, and that his mother was Queen Mahamaya. Therefore, they might feel that this verse is inaccurate. But Siddhartha became the Buddha after he attained spiritual enlightenment during his meditation under the Bo tree in Gaya. This means that his spiritual realization was his second and most important birth. Furthermore, Siddhartha's mother, Queen Mahamaya, died several days after Siddhartha's birth, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, Anjana. So the prediction in the Bhagavatam is accurate.