Note the change in his life from a "warrior" who slaughtered and hacked, then 'got religion' and converted to Buddhism, creating one of the most extensive and benevolent regimes in history
http://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/ashoka.htmlAsoka's edicts are mainly concerned with the reforms he instituted and the moral principles he recommended in his attempt to create a just and humane society. As such, they give us little information about his life, the details of which have to be culled from other sources. Although the exact dates of Asoka's life are a matter of dispute among scholars, he was born in about 304 B.C. and became the third king of the Mauryan dynasty after the death of his father, Bindusara. His given name was Asoka but he assumed the title Devanampiya Piyadasi which means "Beloved-of-the-Gods, He Who Looks On With Affection." There seems to have been a two-year war of succession during which at least one of Asoka's brothers was killed. In 262 B.C., eight years after his coronation, Asoka's armies attacked and conquered Kalinga, a country that roughly corresponds to the modern state of Orissa. The loss of life caused by battle, reprisals, deportations and the turmoil that always exists in the aftermath of war so horrified Asoka that it brought about a complete change in his personality. It seems that Asoka had been calling himself a Buddhist for at least two years prior to the Kalinga war, but his commitment to Buddhism was only lukewarm and perhaps had a political motive behind it. But after the war Asoka dedicated the rest of his life trying to apply Buddhist principles to the administration of his vast empire. He had a crucial part to play in helping Buddhism to spread both throughout India and abroad, and probably built the first major Buddhist monuments. Asoka died in 232 B.C. in the thirty-eighth year of his reign.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of ... yan_EmpireAccording to legend, emperor Ashoka was overwhelmed by guilt after the conquest of Kalinga, following which he accepted Buddhism as personal faith with the help of his Brahmin mentors Radhasvami and Manjushri
also, note that Blavatsky converted to Buddhism after going to India, then came up with Master Morya [see Maurya Dynasty of Asoka] as her primary channeled Mahatma.
JZ-Ramtha at first reflected Ascended Master teaching style of the Ballards and Prophets and others who channeled jesus, buddha, whomever. Later JZ 'converted' to a more Buddhist orientation re teachings on the Void [sunyata, or doctrine of emptiness]
Ram was the common term for "God" in ancient sanskrit, so Ramtha is hardly creative or original other than 'tha' reversal for 'the (tha) Ram'