Jesus Meet East
Easter Is April 8th
As a teen I read this book called The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ. It was transcribed by Levi from The Akashic Records. Akashic is a Sanskrit words for God's Rememberances as in The Book of Life. Every action is recorded in these records.
Levi was a Disciples of Christ minister who joined the Army, where he became a chaplain. He was trained at two medical colleges and became a medical doctor. The book came to him as a vision over several years in his life.
In this book I read about how Jesus had travelled to India, Persia, Egypt and other places along the way. When he was between 12 to 30 years of age, Jesus was trained by the sages and wise ones of these countries.
It was many years later, when I read the travels of Nicholas Notovitch, a Russian traveller, who learned of St. Isa (Jesus) in Kashmir. Tibetan monasteries had records of Jesus' sojourn in India, Nepal and Tibet. He travelled to Ladakh, where copies were archived. At first he could not get access to them, but because he had a fall on a mountain pass he was nursed back to health at one of these monasteries, where he was able to transcribe these records with the help of a translater. These documents were published and were not very well received by the orthodox establishment.
Later Swami Abhedananada, a direct disciple of Rama Krishna Paramahansa, visited the Himis Monastery and was able to verify the details of Notovitch's account of St. Isa. Isa means Lord in Tibetan, a title given to him in The Bible.
After reading this many ideas of Jesus started to make sense to me. I thought about an idea that Jesus taught, which sounded very Hindu to me. He said, "The kingdom of God in within you." I knew Judaism did not have such ideas. Sure enough, Paramahansa Yogananda explained this idea in his two book set, The Second Coming of Christ. This set was written to explain spiritual ideas in the gospels. At the mandir people often use the phrase "Sita Ram" or "Namaste." The idea is, "I bow to you because there is divinity in you." Sita Ram is an incarnation of God, you see. The idea is found in "Raja Yoga", according to Paramahansa Yogananda. To find divinity within there are eight steps: 1) Yama: good moral conduct. 2) Niyama: purity of body and mind. 3) Asana: disciplining the body through poses of meditation. 4) Pranayama: techniques of life force to control and calm the heart and breath. 5) Pratyahama: withdrawal of the mind from the senses. 6) Dharna: the power to use the mind to become concentrated on God. 7) Dhyana: meditation on the conception of the vastness of God and 8) Samadhi: union with God.
Another statement, which as a child I wondered about, was,"Don't ye know ye are gods?" I wondered what Jesus was saying. The idea certainly did not sound very Jewish to me. As I grew older I was introduced to people other than Christians who talked about this idea. They talked about the divinity within each individual. Of course, the idea is from the Hindus. Each person has divinity within, and you need to tap into that divinity to acheive liberation.
Something that really impressed me about both Krishna and Jesus was how they treated women. When God incarnates equality of the sexes would materialize in some way. Jesus taught women spiritual truths, which the Jews would never have taught them. Women were not disciples of rabbis or Master Teachers in orthodox Judaism because of their gender. It is thought Jesus was taught by both Rabbi Hillel and Judy, a female Essene teacher. The Essenes had female teachers, unlike orthodox Jews. In fact Martha complained about Mary Magadalene getting the good part of life when Jesus taught in their household. Martha thought Mary should be doing housework with her, but Jesus did not think so. Time after time he always stood up for women who were unjustly treated and righted the injustice. Krishna also was very much like Jesus in this regard. He upheld the right of Hindu women to choose their own husbands. Arranged marriages were not favored by Krishna. Many other stories show this similarity between the two avatars.
From my readings over the years, I learned of some similarities between them. Both lived in a very ecological consciousness. Jesus used many nature images in his parables. In a vision several years ago Jesus took me through the nature realms. Krishna praised the beauty of trees in The Puranas. Jesus was called the Good Shepherd and Krishna was a cowherd. Both were considered avatars or incarnations of God. Both performed similar miracles of healings, altering weather and walking on water. Both are called the Savior of Humanity.
Hinduism has a Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma, with his consort Saraswati, is the Creator of the Universe. Vishnu with Lashkmi is the Savior or Preserver and Shiva with Parvati is the Destroyer or Liberator. Sounds very familiar to me. In Christianity there is God the Father, who is the Creator, God the Son, who is the Savior and God the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier.
There are some other similarities, which I was not so much aware of until more recently. Both use holy water and revere water as a spiritual symbol. Baptists jump into the river or lake to be baptized. Hindus jump into the Ganges as a spiritual symbol of removal of sins.
They both use bells, prayer beads (rosary) and have rites in common. Think incense, prayers, chants and priests who tell stories to teach spiritual ideas. Both The Bible and The Vedas use a number of names for God. Even the veneration of Mary in Catholicism many believe comes from the worship of the Goddess or Devi in India. In Goa, India you will see Mary, the Mother of Jesus, on the altars of Hindu temples as an aspect of the Divine Mother.
Easter is named for Ostara, the goddess of spring, a European goddess, who is associated with the rabbit. It follows the Equinox and the Passover. Easter is about getting out of your shell. It's loving your neighbor as yourself. Yourself being the Higher Self, the Soul or Atman. It's about resurrecting your life. Easter is about bringing in the warmth of yourself and the season. I want to wish you a Happy Easter!
JAI SHRI KRISHNA! JAI SHRI CHRISTNA!
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