This has been a wild and bone-rattling ride we’ve been on, hanging on by the skin of our teeth and keeping the faith while we wait and wait for the main events.
You’re still here and we’re still here. And we’re not going anywhere.
I wanted to take this opportunity to convey my appreciation to Jesus, if you’ll let me, for all that he’s given me personally – and the world. I know he’s right here, right now, and not in some far-off place.
The lessons that Jesus taught have been the source of inspiration for countless generations in countless countries.
Zen masters appreciate his wisdom. Dualists and non-dualists alike find inspiration in his writings. (1) The practitioners of all paths and the students of all philosophies almost universally appreciate him – as he’s reflected in the Biblical record we currently have. He shines from its pages and we all know that what was handed down to us is not the full story.
He accepted scorn. He was flogged many times. He remained loving throughout it all and throughout his crucifixion.
I can’t think of another figure who had more impact, suffered more, or remained as forgiving and loving throughout his mission as Jesus did. If there are others, there won’t be more than a handful throughout time.
If the word “deep” had not been invented before his time, it would need to be to describe him.
When I look inside to express the impact Jesus had on my life, you’d have to know first of all that I was raised a Jew and was not supposed to honor Jesus. It was frowned on, not by my parents, but by the community. It wasn’t something that was discussed, but it was “known.”
But I honor Jesus as an avatar, a descent of the Divine into matter, a person worthy of the greatest respect and honor. I acknowledge his mission as a holder of the keys to liberation.
The number of hours I’ve spent poring over the code in which the Bible was written, only to find the key to Old-Testament mysteries in the New Testament. Or in the countless books that arose to interpret what Jesus was saying – St. John of the Cross, Pseudo-Dionysius, the Cloud of Unknowing, Meister Eckhart, etc. These were the best years of my scholarly life.
Or how many times have I read long passages of the texts of other spiritual traditions only to find Jesus summarize what they said in a single sentence?
What Jesus said in that single sentence, other people wrote books on. I know that several of mine revolve around his saying “the truth shall make you free.” It weaves its way through almost everything I’ve probably written, in one form or another. And that’s just one of his sayings.
The pearl of great price, the mustard seed that grew into a great tree, the treasure buried in a field – don’t get me started. No one makes a deeply-mystical point better and clearer than Jesus.
I read the St. James version of the New Testament when I want balm for the soul. (2) Or inspiration on the eve of a big decision. Or reflection when I’m on vacation. It’s the one book I make sure to take with me on my travels. I never tired of reading and re-reading Jesus’ epigrams.
I hasten to add that I’m only aware of one other spiritual stream that gave us the same information on the Trinity of Father, Mother and Child (us) that Jesus gave us (Father, Holy Ghost, and Son). That other tradition is Hinduism, where the Trinity is characterized as Brahman, Shakti, and Atman. (3)
It isn’t the terminology that’s important unto itself but all the teachings about the Trinity that hang on it and how to realize it. (4)
These two spiritual streams offer us a complete overview of the very powers in the cosmos that we are tasked with realizing. My personal debt to Jesus, as one who is creating a cross-cultural spirituality, could never be repaid.
So to Jesus the avatar, the master healer and the master teacher, I express my personal gratitude for the comfort and inspiration you’ve always offered me. I imagine I speak for countless millions – if time is considered, then billions – in saying that.
Godspeed the second coming of Christ Consciousness.
In remembrance and honor of his mission, Merry Christmas, everyone! We here at GAoG love you and love serving you.
(1) A dualist looks upon God as being separate from him or herself. A non-dualist sees no separation anywhere. One is not right and the other wrong, although many debates have ensued that aim at establishing one as right and the other as wrong. Instead, they’re said to be stages in the unfoldment of one’s spiritual awareness and point of view.
(2) One of the best evenings I ever spent was listening to a one-man recitation of the Gospel according to St. John.
(3) Perhaps go to Spiritual Essays at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/ and look for countless essays on the nature of the Trinity or of its constituents – Father, Mother, and Child. Thank you, Jesus, for all this material and inspiration.
(4) The Son, Child, or Atman is the Self and is realized when the kundalini reaches the fourth or heart chakra. It is the “Child” in that it is a Divine Spark of the Father ensconced in a material body provided by the Mother.
The Mother is the Creative Energy that creates, preserves, and then transforms all life forms. “She” is realized when the kundalini reaches the sixth or brow chakra and the Third Eye is opened.
The Father is the Transcendental Void, Everything/Nothing, the Supreme Self/No-Self and “He” is (initially) realized when the kundalini reaches the seventh or brow chakra.
However we go beyond the Trinity in Ascension. We leave the wheel of Third/Fourth-Dimensional life and death by ascending to the Fifth Dimension through a stage of enlightenment called Sahaja Samadhi. It’s Sahaja that marks a return to the natural state of being that the Fifth Dimension is (sahaja = natural). Sahaja occurs when the kundalini passes through a nerve to the spiritual heart, resulting in a permanent heart opening.