What if Christ of Buddha Returned as a Businessman
or Even a Politician?
© 2006 Corinne McLaughlin
A businessman or a
politician, you say? Impossible! Never! But let’s
reflect on this a little more deeply. Why do we have such a limited
idea—that Christ can return only as a religious leader? Every
religion expects the return of a great Master and some are expecting him
very soon: the Christians expect the return of Christ; Buddhists
expect the Maitreya Buddha; Muslims expect the Imam Mahdi; Jews expect
the Messiah, etc.
Last time Christ, Buddha and other great Masters were on earth, they were
primarily teachers, helping people learn how to transform themselves
individually. But this time, wouldn’t a Master show us how to
transform society as well?
When Christ was in Palestine 2000 years ago, he shook up expectations by
being born poor. What if this time he challenged our expectations by
being very rich and/or powerful in the world? What if Buddha
returned, born as a prince in a palace again—but this time decided not to
leave? Why not? Throughout history there have been wealthy and
powerful leaders who were very spiritually advanced—King Soloman in
ancient Israel, Ahknaton in Egypt, Akbar in India, Count St. Germaine in
Down through the ages, in every culture, at the hour of greatest need, and
in response to humanity’s invocation, a great Master has appeared—from
Krishna to Buddha to Christ to Mohammed, etc. This is sometimes referred
to as the Doctrine of the Avatars or Divine Messengers. And God
knows, we could use a little help today!
The key to the return of a great Master is the awareness of the simple
truth of God Immanent—the widespread recognition by humanity of the
Divinity within each human heart. By honoring the inner divinity
within ourselves and with each person, and helping others to do the same,
we help prepare the way for this great return—and guarantee we’ll
recognize him when he comes.
Everything in creation, every atom, every planet, every star holds within
its livingness the Presence of Divinity. It is the fiery light that
creates the magnetic love energy vortex we call the electron and the atom.
Our physical bodies are built up of this Presence, as is every other
physical form. This is part of the great revelation. We need only
open our eyes--and our hearts and minds--to this living truth.
We can help precipitate this great event by creating the necessary
preconditions—such as cleaning up the corruption in political, business
and religious institutions and creating a greater degree of economic
well-being through sharing, thus creating peace, for all.
But a Politician or a
What arena needs him more? Things look pretty dark in politics
everywhere in the world today--the abuse of power, the scandalous
influence of money, the corruptive power of lobbyists, the over reliance
on opinion polls, and fraudulent elections in even the oldest democracies.
Government is at an all time low in the public’s mind. And
culturally, we’re in an extreme anti-hero, anti-leader mood. Every
public figure is minutely scrutinized and quickly attacked for any
faults--rightly or wrongly.
Politics is supposed to be an arena for leadership. Yet we have so
few real leaders—those who are courageous enough to take initiative, stand
for principles, and really lead by inspiring people with an uplifting, yet
practical, vision of the future. Most politicians nervously
commission a poll to check public opinion before launching a new
So why would Christ or Buddha or some great Master do such a crazy thing
as return as a politician?
Well, for one thing, wouldn’t he look for a way to reach as many people as
possible? A politician could have a national and even a global
platform from which to reach humanity. Through the miracle of modern
communication, he could address every issue of modern life, as politics
increasingly covers it all.
As a practical matter, what better way to get instant media attention than
to run for national office?
Maybe a great Master would get his start as an enlightened businessman,
selling a product or service that was beneficial and truly needed and
perhaps even visionary. Can you imagine what he’d do
differently than the typical man or woman in business? Visualizing
this is a very interesting and powerful exercise. This type of
meditation can make a significant contribution in preparing the way for
He could show us how
it’s possible take care of your employees, protect the environment, give
back to your local community--and still make a profit. He’d care for
both the material and spiritual aspects of his employees, without laying a
religious trip on anyone. He could demonstrate how to have a clear
sense of purpose and a willingness to stand for principle, with skill in
action. He might even take his company into the international arena and
demonstrate the importance of creating good working conditions in
The Example of the
An experience I had sometime ago in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his
government in exile in India catalyzed something in my thinking. If such
an advanced soul in the Buddhist tradition reincarnates time after time to
head the Tibetan government, why could this not happen in the Christian
tradition—or Islamic or Jewish tradition? How far fetched can it be
for Christ to return as a politician? Imagine someone with the
compassion and wisdom of The Dalai Lama in a western democracy. Why
Christ returned as a politician, he would embody, yet transcend, Christian
doctrine and appeal to all faiths, just as The Dalai Lama transcends
Buddhism. Likewise if he were Jewish or Muslim or Hindu. He would most
likely transform political institutions, just as The Dalai Lama is now
doing by introducing democracy into the Tibetan government in exile.
What kind of changes would the Christ make if he were elected as President
of the United States, for example? Could he help us create an
enlightened democracy where conditions are optimal for everyone’s
spiritual growth and true happiness?
How Would We
Given the sorry state of politics, you’d think that someone with any
degree of light, compassion and integrity would stand out dramatically.
But how many people recognized Christ when he was in Palestine 2,000 years
ago? How many recognized Buddha, Krishna, Moses, or Mohammed at first?
great Master who returned would probably be low key at first, acting as a
unifier, rather than a divider of people, without needing to take credit
for his good work. If he showed up in the U.S., perhaps he would run
for a seat in a state legislature or Congress. He would not only
give inspired talks, but he would actually “walk the talk.” That
would be really unusual in politics! He would set a standard,
showing that integrity and wisdom can be popular. This might help
other politicians do the same.
At first, most of the public might only see a politician whose ideas they
may agree or disagree with. He might only be recognized by those who
are more advanced spiritually, as they would be more sensitive and so
would recognize his higher vibration. They would also respond
intuitively to the wisdom of his ideas and would support his work.
They would recognize him also by his compassion, humility, and
universality—embracing all kinds of people from all religions. He
wouldn’t insist that people worship him, but rather ask that they try to
live as he does, embodying the great virtues found in all spiritual
Christ was only recognized by the masses when he worked miracles, healing
people and raising men from the dead. Maybe this time we won’t need
to experience dramatic powers to accept him. We would be more ready
for him within ourselves, because we have recognized our own Christed
nature or Buddha nature, the God within each of us. Then we could
more truly recognize him for who he is.
If we met him in person, wouldn’t we recognize him by the depth of love in
his eyes? Wouldn’t we be affected by the power of his energy field?
Wouldn’t his words be intelligent and insightful, stimulating our
intuition? He would have infinite patience in teaching us again and
again to love all and forgive all.
Like The Dalai Lama, wouldn’t he love his enemies—even if they had killed
his people and destroyed their culture? He would treat them fairly
and would see his enemies as his greatest teachers. He would observe
the whole karmic history of each person or group and thus be more
What Effects Would He
Have on Our World?
If a great Master returned, he would bring out the very best in each of us
when we are in his presence. He would embody a deep and unshakable
integrity that couldn’t be corrupted.
He would be courageous and innovative, but would also know the value of
dialoguing with those who disagree with him. He would listen to views on
all sides of an issue and find higher common ground. He would follow
through on all his promises, and encourage other politicians to do the
same. Maybe then people would trust politicians again.
He would courageously stand for principles, regardless of the political
cost. He wouldn’t need to consult polls to know the heart of his people.
He would naturally work for the highest good of the greatest number.
In meeting with other world leaders, he would hold them to a higher
standard. He would respect them as peers and would find solutions to
problems that would benefit the good of all nations, not just his own
country. He would most likely support the United Nations, as it
represents the soul of humanity—a united humanity working together to
solve international problems—and find ways to make it more effective.
Would He Be a Liberal
or a Conservative?
Ah, yes, the big question. If he ran for office in the U.S., he
might shake things up by running as a “trans-partisan”—transcending and
transforming old political categories, taking the best of both liberal and
conservative perspectives and creating a higher synthesis. Isn’t it
time we move beyond the deadlock and polarization in politics today?
If we’re really honest with ourselves, isn’t there a grain of truth on
each side of any political issue?
For example, like the liberals, a great Master might promote policies that
provide for the needs of the poor, the sick and the old. But like
the conservatives, he would also develop policies that help people learn
how to help themselves and become more self-sufficient. He would have the
wisdom of Soloman in deciding about controversial issues like abortion,
perhaps getting both sides to work together to prevent unwanted
pregnancies and make adoptions more easily available.
But--What if He Were
Hold on--let’s not automatically assume that a great Master would return
as a white male! Perhaps Christ would return as a woman—even a
Black, Asian or Hispanic woman. Why not? She would be
unusually strong and courageous as a woman, centered in herself and
confident of her own abilities. Whether a male or female, she or he
would have both the archetypal male qualities of dynamism and daring, and
the feminine qualities of gentleness and compassion. Just as Jesus
did 2,000 years ago in Palestine. And as Buddha did in India. And as
every great Master and Teacher in all religious traditions down through
the ages did.
Maybe this time, a great Master would not be coming to correct our
mistakes and cleanup the mess we’ve made. Rather, he or she would come to
establish the principles and techniques for creating right relationships,
as this is the foundation of everything.
And maybe this
time s/he wouldn’t have to work miracles to be recognized by the masses.
Unless you realize it’s a miracle to have an informed citizenry actively
engaged in their democracy and a world at peace, with abundance for all.