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Old 03-27-2005, 01:39 AM
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Default Jesus From A Hindu Perspective

We haven't read too many things about Jesus from a Hindu perspective so here goes:

<a href="">Was Christ a Yogi? By Swami Abhedananda</a>
Jesus was a great Yogi, because He realized the transitory and ephemeral
nature of the phenomenal world, and, discriminating the real from the unreal, renounced all desires for worldly pleasures and bodily comforts. Like a great
Yogi He lived a life of seclusion, cutting off all connections with earthly friends
and relatives, and having neither home nor possessions of His own.

Jesus the Christ was a great Karma Yogi, because He never worked for
gains (He worked without expectation of any fruits thereof). He has neither
desire for name nor ambition for fame or for earthly prosperity. His works
were a free offering to the world. He laboured for others, devoted His whole
life to help others, and in the end died for others. Being unattached to the f
ruits of his actions, he worked incessantly for the good of His fellow men,
directing them to the path of righteousness and spiritual realization through
unselfish works. He understood the law of action and reaction, which is the
fundamental principle of the Karma yoga, and it was for this reason He
declared: ‘Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’.

Jesus of Nazareth proved Himself to be a great Bhakti (devotion) Yogi, a true
lover of God, by His unswerving devotion and His whole-hearted love for the
Heavenly Father. His unceasing prayers, incessant supplications, constant
meditation, and unflinching self-resignation to the will of the Almighty made
Him shine like a glorious morning star in the horizon of love and devotion of
a true Bhakti Yogi. Christ showed wonderful self-control and mastery over His
mind throughout the trials and the sufferings. His sorrow, agony and
self-surrender at the time of His death as well as before His crucifixion, are
conclusive proofs that He was a human being with those divine qualities that
adorn the soul of a true Bhakti Yogi. It is true that His soul laboured for a
while under the heavy burden of His trials and sufferings; it is also true that
He felt that His pain was becoming well-nigh unbearable, when He cried
aloud three times, praying to the Lord: ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this
cup pass from me’. But He found neither peace nor consolation until He could
absolutely reign His will to that of the Father and could say from the bottom
of His heart, ‘Thy will be done’. The complete self-surrender and absolute
self-resignation are the principal virtues of Bhakti Yoga, and as Christ
possessed these to perfection up to the last moment of His life, He was a
true Bhakti Yogi.

Like the great Raja Yogis in India, Jesus knew the secret of separating His
soul from His physical shell, and He showed this at the time of His death,
while his body was suffering from extreme pain, by saying, ‘Father, forgive
them, for they know not what they do’. It is quite an unusual event to see one
imploring forgiveness for his persecutors, while dying on the cross, but from a
Yogi’s point of view it is both possible and natural. Ramakrishna, the greatest
Yogi of the nineteenth century, whose life and sayings have been written by
Max Muller, was once asked, ‘How could Jesus pray for His persecutors,
when He was in agony on the cross?’ Ramakrishna answered by an
llustration: ‘When the shell of an ordinary green cocoanut is pierced through,
the nail enters the kernel of the nut too. But in the case of the dry cocoanut
the kernel becomes separate from the shell, and so when the shell is pierced,
the kernel is not touched. Jesus was like the dry nut, i.e., His inner soul was
separate from His physical shell, and consequently, the sufferings of the body
did not affect Him’. Therefore, He could pray for the forgiveness of His
persecutors even when His body was suffering; and all true yogis are able to
do the same. There have been many instances of Yogis whose bodies have
been cut into pieces, but their souls never for a moment lost that peace and
equanimity which enabled Jesus to forgive and bless His persecutors. By this
Christ proved that like other Yogis, His soul was completely emancipated from
the bondage of the body and of the feelings. Therefore, Christ was a Yogi.

Through the path of devotion and love, Jesus attained to the realization of
oneness of the individual soul with the Father or the universal Spirit, which is
the ideal of a Jnana Yogi as well as the ultimate goal of all religions. A Jnana
Yogi says: ‘I am He’; ‘I am Brahman’; ‘I am the absolute Truth’; ‘I am one with
the Supreme Deity’. By good works, devotion, love, concentration,
contemplation, long fasting and prayer, Jesus the Christ realized that His
soul was one with God; therefore, He may be said to have attained the ideal
of Jnana Yoga.

Like Krishna, Buddha and all other great Yogis of India, Jesus healed the sick,
opened the eyes of the blind, made the lame walk, and read the secret
thoughts of His disciples. He knew exactly what Judas and Peter were going
to do, but there was nothing supernatural in any of His actions. There was
nothing that cannot be done over and over again by a true Yogi, and there was
nothing in His life that cannot be explained rationally by the science of Yoga
and the philosophy of Vedanta. Without the help of this science and this
philosophy, Jesus the Christ cannot be fully understood and appreciated.
By studying His character, on the other hand, in the light of the Vedanta
philosophy, we shall be able not only to understand Him better, but to have
a larger appreciation of His true glory.

For more on Jesus and Christianity/Churchianity:
<a href="">Jesus versus Churchianity</a>
Three things are sacred to me: first Truth, and then, in its tracks, primordial prayer; Then virtue–nobility of soul which, in God walks on the path of beauty. Frithjof Schuon
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