The Real Teachings of Jesus

Free From Biblical & Religious Dogma

 

UNDERSTANDING

THE PARABLES OF

JESUS THE CHRIST,
AVATAR &
YOGI

 

Excerpts From the Writings of

Paramahansa Yogananda

"I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE"

Jesus the Christ

The Hidden Truth in The Gospels

(Inspiring and illuminating excerpts from Paramahansa Yogananda’s two-volume commentary on the New Testament:

The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You)

In these pages I offer to the world an intuitionally perceived spiritual interpretation of the words spoken by Jesus, truths received through actual communion with Christ Consciousness.… They reveal the perfect unity that exists among the revelations of the Christian Bible, the Bhagavad Gita of India, and all other time-tested true scriptures.

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….

In titling this work The Second Coming of Christ, I am not referring to a literal return of Jesus to earth....A thousand Christs sent to earth would not redeem its people unless they themselves become Christlike by purifying and expanding their individual consciousness to receive therein the second coming of the Christ Consciousness, as was manifested in Jesus....Contact with this Consciousness, experienced in the ever new joy of meditation, will be the real second coming of Christ—and it will take place right in the devotee’s own consciousness.

The “Only Begotten Son”: Christ Consciousness 

There is a distinguishing difference of meaning between Jesus and Christ. His given name was Jesus; his honorific title was “Christ.” In his little human body called Jesus was born the vast Christ Consciousness, the omniscient Intelligence of God omnipresent in every part and particle of creation. This Consciousness is the “only begotten Son of God,” so designated because it is the sole perfect reflection in creation of the Transcendental Absolute, Spirit or God the Father.

It was of that Infinite Consciousness, replete with the love and bliss of God, that Saint John spoke when he said: “As many as received him [the Christ Consciousness], to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” ...

By the definite science of meditation known for millenniums to the yogis and sages of India, and to Jesus, any seeker of God can enlarge the caliber of his consciousness to omniscience—to receive within himself the Universal Intelligence of God.

Hidden Truth in Jesus’ Parables  

And the disciples came, and said unto him, “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?” He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given....Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” 

When Jesus was asked by his disciples why he taught the people in the subtle illustrations of parables, he answered, “Because it is so ordained that you who are my real disciples, living a spiritualized life and disciplining your actions according to my teachings, deserve by virtue of your inner awakening in your meditations to understand the truth of the arcane mysteries of heaven and how to attain the kingdom of God, Cosmic Consciousness hidden behind the vibratory creation of cosmic delusion. But ordinary people, unprepared in their receptivity, are not able either to comprehend or to practice the deeper wisdom-truths. From parables, they glean according to their understanding simpler truths from the wisdom I send out to them. By practical application of what they are able to receive, they make some progress toward redemption.”...

How do the receptive perceive truth, whereas the unreceptive “seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand”? The ultimate truths of heaven and the kingdom of God, the reality that lies behind sensory perception and beyond the cogitations of the rationalizing mind, can only be grasped by intuition—awakening the intuitive knowing, the pure comprehension, of the soul.

Jesus An Eastern Christ & A Supreme Yogi  

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. How to salvage the immortal teachings from the hands of ignorance? We must know Jesus as an Oriental Christ, a supreme yogi who manifested full mastery of the universal science of God-union, and thus could speak and act as a savior with the voice and authority of God. He has been Westernized too much.

 

See video about The Second Coming of Christ (The Holy Ghost is the Comforter and the vibration of Christ Conscioussness that Jesus left for all to benefit from and tune in to - this is also known as Aum/Om. The woman speaking in the video is Mrinilini Mata. She was a personal disciple of Yogananda, formerly known as Merna Brown and entered his ashram in California when she was only 15. She also was the most recent President of the Self Realization Fellowship until her recent bodily liberation this past year.)

Esoteric Truth Reveals the Universal Religion of God-Communion

Exoteric reading of scripture engulfs in dogma the universality of religion. A panorama of unity unfolds in an understanding of esoteric truth....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. Instead, there are countless huge edifices with vast congregations being indoctrinated in churchianity, but few souls who are really in touch with Christ through deep prayer and meditation.

Rediscovering the Heart of Jesus’ Message 

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 Good Shepherd of souls opened his arms to all, rejecting none, and with universal love coaxed the world to follow him on the path to liberation through the example of his spirit of sacrifice, renunciation, forgiveness, love for friend and enemy alike, and supreme love for God above all else. As the tiny babe in the manger at Bethlehem, and as the savior who healed the sick and raised the dead and applied the salve of love on the wounds of errors, the Christ in Jesus lived among men as one of them that they too might learn to live like gods. 

The Indescribable Love of God  

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you....


“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Jesus promised his disciples that “if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you”—if their consciousness were perfectly in tune with the Christ Consciousness and Its emanations of Cosmic Vibration—they would be able to demonstrate untold wonders through operating the universal creative principle....

Then Jesus spoke to them precious words, none dearer to the devotee’s heart, that he loved them with the same divine, impartial, undying love with which the Heavenly Father loved him....Try to imagine the love spoken of by Jesus in these verses....

To feel that soul-love of all pure hearts is to be transported in an ecstasy of joy so great, so overwhelming, that it cannot be contained—a charge of bliss passing through one’s being, a thousand million volts of rapturous power. This divine emotion is beyond description — a communion of unutterable sweetness with the Infinite Grace, the Indescribable Glory, the Eternal Protection. That is the love of God which Jesus felt, and in which he sheltered his disciples: “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” 

 

The Gospel preserves a record of Jesus’ words on this holy occasion; but readers should realize—and try to feel within themselves as though they, too, were present—that behind those words was the tangible vibratory presence of God. During times of divine fellowship (satsanga) such as Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, those who are receptive feel transported into a higher consciousness of God-perception pouring into their hearts and minds as the master speaks. This attunement imbues the devotee’s consciousness, in the highest way, whenever he summons the guru’s grace in the inner temple of deep, worshipful meditation.

 

The Resurrection of Jesus, and His Ever-Living Presence

Resurrection has been well understood by accomplished yogis of India since the dawn of the highest ages. Jesus himself was a realized yogi: one who knew and had mastered the spiritual science of life and death, God-communion and God-union, one who knew the method of liberation from delusion into the kingdom of God. Jesus showed throughout his life and death his power of complete mastery over his body and mind and the oft-recalcitrant forces of nature. We understand resurrection in its true sense when we comprehend the yoga science that clearly defines the underlying principles by which Jesus resurrected his crucified body into the freedom and light of God....

No other science has detailed the descent of the individualized consciousness of God as the soul into man and its evolutionary and spiritual ascent back into Spirit. In this modern age, Kriya Yoga has been brought forward after being lost in the dark ages, as a definite method to hasten the spiritual evolution of human consciousness and open the inner cerebrospinal pathway of ascension, releasing the soul through the spiritual eye into the kingdom of the Holy Ghost, the Christ Consciousness, and the Cosmic Consciousness of God the Father. 

The Kingdom of God Within You

There is a beautiful accord between the teachings of Jesus Christ to enter the “kingdom of God within you” and the teachings of Yoga set forth by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita to restore King Soul, the reflection of God in man, to its rightful rulership of the bodily kingdom, with full realization of the soul’s godly states of consciousness. When man is settled in that inner kingdom of divine consciousness, the awakened intuitive perception of the soul pierces the veils of matter, life energy, and consciousness and uncovers the God-essence in the heart of all things….

Raja Yoga, the royal way of God-union, is the science of actual realization of the kingdom of God that lies within oneself. Through practice of the sacred yoga techniques of interiorization received during initiation from a true guru, one can find that kingdom by awakening the astral and causal centers of life force and consciousness in the spine and brain that are the gateways into the heavenly regions of transcendent consciousness. One who achieves such awakening knows the omnipresent God in His Infinite Nature, and in the purity of one’s soul, and even in the delusive cloaks of changeable material forms and forces.

 

Jesus went very deep in teachings that appear on the surface to be simple—much deeper than most people understand…. [In his teachings] is the whole science of yoga, the transcendental way of divine union through meditation.

 

~The Self Realization Fellowship website (source)

From The Yoga of Jesus

What Jesus really meant when he said:
 

"Except a man be born of water and Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God."

To be "born of water" is usually interpreted as a mandate for the outer ritual of baptism by  - in water - a symbolic rebirth - in order to be eligible for God's kingdom after death. But Jesus did not mention a rebirth involving water. "Water" here means protoplasm; the body is made mostly of water and begins its earthly existence in the amniotic fluid of the mother's womb. Though the soul has to go through the natural process of birth that God has established through his biological laws, physical birth is not enough for man to be fit to see or enter into the kingdom of God.

The ordinary , consciousness is tied to the flesh, and through the two physical eyes man can see only into the diminutive playhouse of this earth and its encircling starry sky. Through the small outer windows of the five senses, body-bound souls perceive nothing of the wonders beyond limited matter.

When a person is high aloft in an airplane he sees no boundaries only the limitlessness of space and free skies. But if he is cages in a room, surrounded by windowless walls, he loses the vision of vastness.

Similarly, when man's soul is sent out of the infinity of spirit into a sensory-circumscribed mortal body, his outer experiences are confined to the limitations of matter. So Jesus alluded to the fact, as expressed by modern scientists, that we can see and know only as much as the limited instrumentality of the senses and reason allow.

Just as by a two-inch telescope the details of the distant stars cannot be seen, so Jesus was saying that man cannot see or know anything about the heavenly kingdom of God through the unaugmented power of his mind and senses. However, a 200 inch telescope enables man to peer into the vast reaches of star peopled space; and similarly, by developing the intuitional sense through meditation he can behold and enter the causal and astral kingdoms of God - birthplace of thoughts, stars, and souls.

Jesus points out that after man's soul becomes incarnate - born of water or protoplasm - he should transcend the mortal imposition of the body by self development. Through the awakening of the "sixth sense," intuition, and opening the spiritual eye, his illumined consciousness can enter into the kingdom of God. In this second birth the  body remains the same; but the soul'd consciousness, instead of being tied to the material plane, is free to roam in the boundless, eternally joyous empire of spirit.

God intended His human children to live on earth with an awakened perception of the Spirit informing all creation, and thus to enjoy his dream-drama as a cosmic entertainment. Alone among living creatures, the human body was equipped, as a special creation of God with the instruments and capacities necessary to express fully the soul's divine potentials. But through the delusion of Satan, man ignores his highest endowments and remains attached to the limited fleshly form and its mortality.

As individual souls, Spirit progressively unfolds Its power of knowing through the successive stages of evolution as unconscious response in minerals, as feeling in plant life, as instinctive sentient knowledge in animals, as intellect, reason, and undeveloped introspective intuition in man, and as pure intuition in the superman.

It is said that after 8 million lives traveling the successive steps of upward evolution like a prodigal son through the cycles of incarnations, at last the soul arrives in human birth. Originally, human beings were Pure Sons of God. Nobody knows the divine consciousness enjoyed by Adam and Eve accept the saints. Since the Fall, man's misuse of his independence, he has lost that consciousness bu associative equivalence of himself with the fleshly ego and it's mortal desires. Not all together uncommon are persons more like instinct motivated animals than intellectually responsive human beings. They are so materially minded that when you talk about food or sex or money they understand and reflexively respond, like Pavlov's famous salivating dog. But try to engage them in a meaningful philosophical exchange about God or the mystery of life, and their uncomprehending reaction is as though their conversationalists were crazy.

The spiritual man is trying to free himself from materiality that is the cause of his prodigal wandering in the maze of incarnations, but the ordinary man does not want more than a betterment of his earthly existence.

 

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The body born of flesh has the limitations of the flesh, whereas the soul, born of the Spirit, has  is potentially limitless power. By meditation, man's consciousness is tranferred from the body to the soul's power of intuition he experiences himself not as a mortal body (a phenomenon of objective nature), but as immortal indwelling consciousness, one with the noumenal Divine Essence.

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Man remains firmly convinced that he is essentially a body, even though he daily receives proof to the contrary. Every night in the sleep, "the little death," he discards his identification with the physical form and is reborn as invisible consciousness. Why is it that man is compelled to sleep? Because sleep is a reminder of what is beyond the state of sleep - the state of the soul. Mortal existence could not be borne without at least subconscious contact with the soul, which is provided by sleep.

At nighttime man dumps the body into the subconscious and becomes an angel; in the daytime, he becomes once more a devil, divorced from spirit by the desires and sensations of the body. By Kriya Yoga meditation he can be God in the daytime, like Christ and the Great Ones. He goes beyond the subconsciousness of the body in the ecstasy of God. One who can do this is born again.

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This earth is a habitat of trouble and suffering, but the kingdom of God that is behind this material plane is an abode of freedom and bliss. The soul of the awakening man has followed a hard-earned way - many incarnations of  evolution - in order to arrive at the human state and the possibility to reclaim his lost divinity. Yet how many humans births have been wasted in preoccupation with food and money and gratification of the body and egotistic emotions! Each person should ask himself how he is using his precious moments of this present birth. Eventually. the bodies of all human beings fall painfully apart; isn't it better to separate the soul from body consciousness - to keep the body as a temple of the Spirit of God?

Jesus said that we must reestablish our connection with Eternity; we must be born again. Man has either to follow the circuitous route of reincarnations to work out his karma, or- by a technique such as Kriya Yoga and the help of a true guru (learn what a true guru is here) - to awaken the divine faculty of intuition and know himself as a soul, that is, be born again in Spirit. By the latter method, he can see and enter the kingdom of God in this lifetime.

Sooner or later, after a few or many painful incarnations, the soul in every human being will cry out to remind him that his home is not here, and he will begin in ernest to retrace his steps to his rightful heavenly kingdom. When one is very desirous to know Truth, God sends a master through whose devotion and realization He plants His love in the person's heart.

Human birth is given by one's parents; but spiritual birth is given by the God-ordained gurus. In the Vedic tradition of ancient India, the newly born child is called Kayastha, which means "body identified." The two physical eyes, which look into alluring matter, are bequeathed by the physical parents; but at the time of initiation, spiritual baptism, the spiritual eye is opened by the guru, the initiate learns to use this telescopic eye to see Spirit, and then becomes dwija, "twice-born" - the same metaphysical terminolgy used by Jesus and begins his progress toward the state of becoming a Brahman, one who knows Brahman or Spirit.

The matter bound soul, lifted into the Spirit by God contact, is born a second time, in Spirit.

Alas, even in India this initiation from the body consciousness to spiritual consciousness has become just a formality, a caste ceremony performed on young Brahmin boys by ordinary priests - tantamount to the symbolic ritual of baptism with water. But Jesus, like the great Hindu masters of ancient and modern times, conferred the actual baptism of Spirit - "with the Holy Ghost and with fire." A true guru is one who can change the disciple's brain cells by the spiritual current flowing from God through his enlightened consciousness. All will feel that change who are in tune - who meditate sincerely and deeply, and as in the practice of Kriya Yoga, learn to send the divine current into the brain cells. The soul is bound to the body by cords of karna, woven by lifetimes of material desires, behavior and habits. Only the life current can change one's life, destroying those millions of karmic records. Then one is born again; the souls opens the inner window of oneness with the Spirit and enters into a perception of the wonderful omnipresence of God.

So the term "born again" means much more than merely joining a church and receiving ceremonial baptism. Belief alone will not give the soul a permanent place in heaven after death; it is necessary to have communion with God now. Human beings are made angels on earth, not in heaven. At death, wherever one leaves off in his progress, he will have to start again in a new incarnation. After sleep, one is the same as before sleep; after death one is the same as before death.

That is why Christ and the Masters say it is necessary to become saintly before the sleep of death. It cannot be done by filling the mind with mortal attachments and useless diversions. One who is engrossed in storing up treasure on earth is not busy with God; one who is intent on God does not want many fillers in his life. It is freeing oneself from earthly desires that one gains entry into the kingdom of God. The lord patiently waits for 100% of man's devotion; for those who diligently seek him every day, and fulfill His commandment through Godly behavior, He opens the door to the kingdom of his presence.

A multitude of lectures about sunshine and scenic beauties will not enable me to see them if my eyes are closed. So it is that people do not see God who is omnipresent in everything unless and until they open their spiritual eye of intuitive perception. When one can perceive that he is not the mortal body but a Spark of the Infinite Spirit cloaked in a concentration of life energy, then he will be able to see the kingdom of God. He will realize that the composition of his body and the universe is not soul-imprisoning matter, but expansive, indestructible energy and consciousness. Science has proved this truth; and each individual can experience it. Through Kriya Yoga, he can have the unshakeable realization that he is that great Light and Consciousness of Spirit.

O man, how long will you remain a rational animal? How long will you fruitlessly try to look into the endless tracts of creation with only myopic eyes of senses and reason? How long will you remain bound to satisfying the demands of sense attached man? Shed all constraining fetters; know yourself as something immortal, having limitless power and faculties. No more this age-old dream! Wake up! You are the intuitional child of immortality! (source)

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