The Word Via Paramahansa Yogananda: Jesus and His Universal Teachings and The Universality of Christ Consciousness …

Almost three years ago, this appeared as a longer post. Now, I am posting what I consider the “highlights” of that post … several hours after having had a 2-hour discussion with a devout/devoted Christian friend of mine, who I had not yet met three years ago … who “meets people where they are,” as I hope I do. That is to say: There is no pushing of one’s beliefs or understanding of The Word or, as she would say — rather than “understanding” — what she knows has come to her through The Holy Spirit

Both my friend and myself recognize the synchronicity of our meeting … our coming together … and discussing things of the spirit as a great synchronicity. While I don’t quite call it a “divine appointment,” it is something special … I don’t yet totally understand how or why it is that she, who is an exclusivist — meaning to say: a believer in Jesus as the {only} way — and myself, an inclusivist, have come together and (are able to) engage for hours on things of the spirit 🙂

Life Lessons From “Noble Friends”

I can, however, echo the words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “We must love them both, those whose opinion we share and those whose opinions we reject. For both have labored in the search for truth and both have helped us in the finding of it.” (Thank you, Nancy Many, for passing those words of wisdom on to me, back in 2010.) People come into our lives (even if only for a moment) for a reason … although we may not always see or know why, from this dimension … In the spirit of how Caroline Myss  puts it, in Sacred Contracts — Awakening Your Divine Potential, in speaking of a Buddhist concept relating to our “noble friends” {those souls who we must meet in our journeys}:  We learn from our adversaries as well as our friends … either of whom may see our blind spots. As has been realized and said by many: We are all connected …

As we move beyond the old earth of polarities and separation from each other as well as our Creator … almost an antidote to the fear or “doom and gloom” that some, including the corporate mass media outlets, preach to us over and over … For me, it is important to put these words, this vision, and the spirit therein, out into today’s world …

A View of Jesus and His Teachings as Universal …
Not Belonging Only to Those who Believe … Free of the Horrific, Unhealthy Fear of “Burning for Eternity” in a “Hell” of Fire and Brimstone … Free of the Need to “Worship” a Creator-God

The idea — which likely was put into the Bible by those white males who were not “channeling” or connected to The Holy Spirit, but were “the powers that be” of that time in history {at the Council of Nicaea} — is a blasphemy in itself as it is akin to Man making God into his own image, and a low, cowardly, craven, bullying one at that.

Are some of these “believing Christian” folks attempting to make “Father-God” into the dad they are familiar with who threatened to punish them, or beat them with a strap, or worse if they didn’t “behave”? … This is a valid question, for I have heard some of the folks say that they were (heavily) beaten when they were being raised, and — they say — it was a good thing. Think I’m joking? … Have you ever heard of a parent saying to a child: “I’ll put the ‘fear of God’ into you”? …

Note that it is human beings who have the “need” or urges or politics to punish and torture each other. Why would a Creator-God, a Supreme Spirit-Being who is considered to be Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, and who speaks of “Love they neighbor as thyself” and many other parallel teachings, engage in — or approve of — anything even remotely resembling practices such as stoning someone to death or beheading them or burning them at the stake, with  justifications {for that last} for example, such as: “The Bible says: ‘Though shalt not suffer a witch to live.'” That last will be a subject for another post.

For now, consider this: Is not the burning of a so-called witch at the stake obviously torture?!? … And further: Do you not get a mental picture of a crucifixion when you think of a human being being burned at the stake? …

How dare anyone who calls themselves a Christian advocate that! If you are reading this post: Consider yourself rebuked.

Is it not a sin to do unto someone who is “other” than yourself what you would not want them to do to you? …  And, as it says in The Word: I, or you, did not create this vessel {that is the human body}, and I have no right to destroy it.

Paramahansa Yogananda’s message yet resonates with me … and so I am not moved to “editorialize” on what he has said, as the way he put it forth is so eloquent, it can stand alone in my book with no explanation or clarification.

And so, I give you:

The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda:
A View of Jesus and His Universal Teachings

“The saviors of the world do not come to foster inimical doctrinal divisions; their teachings should not be used toward that end. It is something of a misnomer even to refer to the New Testament as the “Christian” Bible, for it does not belong exclusively to any one sect. Truth is meant for the blessing and upliftment of the entire human race. As the Christ Consciousness is universal, so does Jesus Christ belong to all …

“Christ has been much misinterpreted by the world. Even the most elementary principles of his teachings have been desecrated, and their esoteric depths have been forgotten. They have been crucified at the hands of dogma, prejudice, and cramped understanding. Genocidal wars have been fought, people have been burned as witches and heretics, on the presumed authority of man-made doctrines of Christianity.

“Divine incarnations do not come to bring a new or exclusive religion, but to restore the One Religion of God-realization.
Many are the churches and temples founded in his name, often prosperous and powerful, but where is the communion that he stressed — actual contact with God? Jesus wants temples to be established in human souls, first and foremost; then established outwardly in physical places of worship.

“The lack of individual prayer and communion with God has divorced modern Christians and Christian sects from Jesus’ teaching of the real perception of God, as is true also of all religious paths inaugurated by God-sent prophets whose followers drift into byways of dogma and ritual rather than actual God-communion.

“Those paths that have no esoteric soul-lifting training busy themselves with dogma and building walls to exclude people with different ideas. Divine persons who really perceive God include everybody within the path of their love, not in the concept of an eclectic congregation but in respectful divine friendship toward all true lovers of God and the saints of all religions.

“The heart of the great dispensation of Jesus has survived not necessarily in any temporal power of an outer institution, but in those great devotees and saints whose protracted devotions and meditations established within them temples of Christ Consciousness and God-communion.”

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“Before I am a man, I am a human being; before I am a human being, I am a spirit” ... who chooses to move toward those who naturally emanate love and light ... and away from toxic, fear-based thought-forms or religions ... Awakening to healing myself and allowing the grace that others need to flow through me from spirit ... And so I am guided to write in the spirit of a Blue Ray ...

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