If Jesus Christ is considered the only God then how can Gautama Buddha also be considered the only God?
Enlightenment is always alike and identical, no matter who becomes enlightened, whether Jesus or Gautama. All enlightened mystics experience oneness with the all-pervasive Absolute. So, Christhood— not Christ — and Buddhahood— not Buddha — are identical.
This point can be easily understood through this analogy. “When a river merges into the vast ocean, it loses its identification as a river. Then, the river’s declaration “I am the ocean” becomes true. Similarly, when a prophet merges his sense of individuality with the all-pervasive Consciousness, his declaration “I am the only God” is entirely true. As far as the ultimate realization of every founder of a religion is concerned, it is the attainment of the same Absolute Reality. It is for this reason that the title Christ conveys exactly the same universal consciousness as does the title Buddha.” (Source: From the book, Building a Noble World)
The awareness of “I am” remains the same yesterday, today, and forever under all circumstances. Just as electricity does not cease to exist when a light bulb is broken, so the power of awareness “I am” does not disappear when the physical body of a person dies. Since “I am” awareness never dies, it is indestructible and ever-present.
One of the most basic laws of science —the Law of Conservation of Energy — claims that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only changed from one form into another. What science claims is nothing but God. Everyone and everything that exists in this universe is energy. Our ancient sages said this energy is One and called it supreme consciousness, absolute reality, or God. Whatever name you call God by, it’s the same God. If everybody were to understand this truth, then all differentiating between “our God” and “their God” would vanish.
Jesus Christ told Thomas, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6). What does Jesus Christ mean by “I am”? It does not refer to Jesus; rather, it refers to one’s innermost consciousness: “I am.” The only path is through the innermost consciousness known as “I am.” The only way is for everyone to recognize their own “I AM.” “The Kingdom of God is Within You” confirms “I AM.”
“The Kingdom of God is Within You,” said Jesus Christ. (Luke 17:21), implying that God is present inside you. You must look within; looking outside is not the way. However, most people ignore it and believe that God resides in heaven rather than within. Even a wave declares, “How am I supposed to be the eternal ocean? I appear and disappear. I don’t believe in the ocean.” – and yet, even as the wave declares it, the wave is the ocean. Clearly, the wave has not looked down into its own depths.
“I Am” is the essence of every religion. When it is fully understood that the Absolute can only be one, a person may follow one religion but will have respect for all other religions.
Ana’l-Haqq, “I am the Truth” or “I am God,” said al-Hallaj Mansur (858-922), a famous Sufi saint.
The Old Testament—Exodus 3:14—declares, “I Am That I Am.” Indeed, “I am” is the name of God.
Aham Brahmasmi, meaning, “I am the Absolute,” declared the Yajur Veda.
The nature of “I am” is motionless. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10)
One of the Ten Commandments of Judaism is: “You shall have no other gods before Me,” in which Me is the absolute Me, the sense of “I am,” which exists not only within you, but also within all.
Lord Krishna said to Arjuna, “Sarva Dharman Parityajya Mam Ekam Sharanam Vraja. (Bhagavad Gita 18:66). Meaning: Forget all religions and focus on Me (innermost consciousness), because “I am” is the sole road to God.
Swami Muktananda (1908–1982), taught: ” God dwells within you as You.”
Every great being has spoken the same thing, as you can see. Is it true that every great being is wrong?
“Many religious groups claim that theirs is the only path to the Truth. The Hare Krishna people claim that one cannot be redeemed unless one believes in Krishna. Muslims claim that one cannot be redeemed unless one has faith in the Koran. Christians claim that one cannot be redeemed unless one follows Christ. The followers of other religions make similar statements. But God never made an agreement with any of these religions. All religions are of fairly recent origin, but God existed since the beginning of time. He would not have signed a contract with any religious founder saying, ‘You are my exclusive salesman.’ The significance of a religion is its emphasis on turning within, not the belief of some of its members that it is better than other religions.” (Source: Where Are You Going? A Guide to the Spiritual Journey, Chapter “Sons of God”)
I would suggest a book that I wrote myself, called Building a Noble World. In the book, I give an insight into spirituality, meditation, yoga, and true Guru. In it, you will find my own experience of Kundalini awakening: transcending one’s physical body and mind and experiencing absolute reality.