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| Shakyamuni Buddha predicted that due to the inevitable degeneration
of the times, his own teachings would last just five thousand years before
disappearing from this world. People will grow more and more immoral and their
lifespan will gradually decrease, as will their health, stature and fortune. While
such delusions as miserliness, hatred and jealousy gain strength, the world will
go through prolonged periods of famine, disease and continuous warfare until it
The prophecy concerning Maitreya Buddha(translated by Edward Conze in his Buddhist Scriptures (Penguin Books, 1959), from page 238.
Sariputra, the great general of the doctrine, most wise and resplendent, from compassion for the world asked the Lord: 'Some time ago you have spoken to us of the future Buddha, who will lead the world at a future period, and who will bear the name of Maitreya. I would now wish to hear more about his powers and miraculous gifts. Tell me, O best of men, about them!'
After speaking of a future time when there will be a meritorious world-ruler, Shanka by name, Buddha Shakyamuni states that:-
Maitreya, the best of men, will then leave the Tushita heavens, and go for his last rebirth into the womb of that woman. For ten whole months she will carry about his radiant body. Then she will go to a grove full of beautiful flowers, and there, neither seated nor lying down, but standing up, holding on to the branch of a tree, she will give birth to Maitreya. He, supreme among men, will emerge from her right side, as the sun shines forth when it has prevailed over a bank of clouds. No more polluted by the impurities of the womb than a lotus by drops of water, he will fill this entire Triple world with his splendour. As soon as he is born he will walk seven steps forward, and where he puts down his feet a jewel or a lotus will spring up. He will raise his eyes to the ten directions, and will speak these words: "This is my last birth. There will be no more rebirth after this one. Never will I come back here, but, all pure, I shall win Nirvana!"
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