- Religion and Philosophy
The Story of Christ is an Allegory
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Christendom has long awaited the return of its savior. The reason this event has not happened and will not happen is that the Biblical story of Christ is an allegory (an allegory is a fictional story in which people, things and events have a hidden meaning). Christians who take this story literally are intellectually and spiritually short changing themselves because of the very profound and real underlying meaning.
Salvation or enlightment is an awakening from within and is the culmination of a natural growth and unfolding process present in every human.
Other Biblical stories such as Adam and Eve, Moses, Abraham, Solomon, David, Job, Samson, Jonah and the rest are also allegories and all have essentially the same meaning as the Christ allegory.
Since the allegorical nature of the Christ story has generally not been recognized by traditional Christians, little effort has been made to understand the underlying meaning and so Western Christian man, in spite of his technological and scientific prowess, is in an appalling state of spiritual ignorance. As long as Christians take this story literally, they will not understand and so will make no effort to verify the very real and very relevant underlying meaning.
The ancients used and understood allegories much more than we do. Allegories were created with the assumption that educated readers and/or hearers would realize that the story was allegorical.
This is an attempt to reveal, in clear modern speech, the simple meaning of the Christ allegory. It is based on the independent observations of many people.
Consciousness is the awareness that one exists. There is individual personal consciousness (you) and then there is Universal Consciousness sometimes known as God.
Your consciousness and that of others is not a by product of nor is it dependent on the physical form. Nevertheless, when consciousness is associated with a physical life form, it is dependent on the life energy systems of that form to maintain it at the physical level. It's extent and brightness is dependent on the brain and nervous system of that form. The consciousness of a tree is exceedingly dim, an insect's brighter, a mouse's even brighter and so on up to man.
Since physical life forms have been unfolded from a very small beginning, this necessarily involved an unbalanced ascendancy of the non-moral non-conscious creative life energy over Consciousness at the physical level. Consciousness necessarily became exceedingly dim, weak and dormant (dead). This is the meaning of" ..... the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 1 3:8) with the Lamb representing the original glory of the light of Universal Consciousness. The non-moral non-conscious creative life energy has power over Consciousness in nature which is why nature is non-moral. No morality, good or bad, is involved in nature's processes but only that which works, be it a stabbing thorn or a sweet smelling flower.
In all of physical nature, Consciousness has the potential, only in man, of regaining its original balance with life energy. Consciousness has, in a sense, been planted in this world and is destined to grow, evolve and finally awaken in man to its original glory in a proper balanced unity with non-conscious life energy.
The Bible has one simple theme: the growth and the flowering of Consciousness with its two main aspects: the planting (death or imprisonment) of the Conscious life principal down into this dark physical dimension (the outer darkness, Matt 22:13) and its subsequent painful awakening. This theme is repeated over and over again, with variations, from the beginning to the end. For example, the bondage of the children of Israel and the crucifixion, death and burial of Christ both represent Consciousness planted or being planted in the physical dimension. Such places as Egypt, Sodom, Babylon, Nineveh, and outside the gate of Jerusalem, all represent the physical dimension. Knowing this, we can better understand such strange statements as this one in Rev. 11:8," .... the great city , which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was Crucified."
The Story of Joseph stripped of his coat of many colors, cast into a dry empty pit and sold into Egypt (Gen. 37:23-28) is another rendition of Consciousness descending down into physical matter. The coat of many colors represents the brilliant and colorful aura of pure and free consciousness. Egypt and the dry pit represent the bondage and darkness of the physical dimension and being cut off from the water of life. (More about this water later.)
The exodus from Egypt and the resurrection of Christ both represent Consciousness awakening from its "bondage" or "death" in physical matter.
Now let's look at this verse.
"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matt. 12:40)
The story of Jonah in the whale's belly also represents Consciousness being planted in the physical dimension. If this is not so, then why does Jonah say this while inside the whale and of course within the sea?
"I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever .... "(Jonah 2:6)
That the stories of the Bible are allegories is supported by these verses.
"For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, (the first born) the other by a free woman (the second born.) But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh, but he of the free woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory ....... " (Gal. 4:22-24)
If the story of Abraham (a name probably derived from the Hindu Brahma--the One First Cause) is an allegory and fictional, then the stories about his descendants (Christ included) would have be too.
Such characters as Abraham, Adam, Christ, Noah, Joseph, Jonah, Job, Daniel and others all represent the Conscious life principal--a universal principal. Since we are conscious personal beings, the universal principal becomes individual and personal in each of us. The Universal Consciousness is in us and is us. Therefore, we have no savior existing outside of ourselves as a separate being. The real meaning of the coming of Christ and the resurrection of the dead is the awakening of the one Universal Consciousness within us.
"My little children of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you." (Gal. 4:19)
The savior of the caterpillar from his low estate is his own transformed self (the butterfly). Likewise, mankind's savior is the type of being which he shall become.
"The first man (the first type of human) is of the earth, earthy; the second man (the next type) is the Lord from heaven." (I (Cor. 15:47)
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." (I Cor. 15:49)
These two types correspond to the two sons of Abraham. One born of a bondwoman after the flesh and the other of a free woman and by promise. The symbolism here is apparent. It's not so apparent that Cain and Abel also represent these two types. Cain, the first born, is the earthy type and Abel, the second born, is the heavenly type image. The reason Cain kills Abel is that here Consciousness is descending down into the physical focus. Cain must predominate and Abel (the slain lamb) die or become dormant. Cain then goes to the land of Nod (Consciousness asleep in matter).
The killing of the first born in Egypt (Exodus 12:29) represents the reverse. Now Consciousness is ascending out of the physical dimension. The first born (the earthy type) must die as Consciousness begins to be regenerated back into the heavenly type. Esau and Jacob, the two sons of Issac, are also of this pattern. Jacob, the second born, receives his father's blessing instead of Esau, the first born (Gen.27:1-46). Jacob or Israel, when he blessed Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, laid his right hand (the favored side) upon Ephraim's head (the second born) and his left hand upon Manasseh's head. (the first born) (Gen. 48:17-20)
And the pattern continues.
"So the Lord blessed the latter end (second state) of Job (suffering humanity) more than his beginning (first state) .... "(Job 42:12)
"Though thy beginning (first state) was small, yet thy latter end (second state) should greatly increase." (Job 8:7)
" ... every man at the beginning (first state) doth set forth good wine, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." (second state) (John 2:10)
In the Bible, the character of Jesus refers to himself as the Son of man. Why? The Son of man represents the Adam type man (the first man) and the Son of God represents Mankind transformed (the second type man). So, the Son of man and the Son of God are actually the same being in the same way that the caterpillar and the butterfly are the same being.
"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." (Rom. 8:18)
The sunflower is resurrected from the "death" or dormancy of its seed state in the dark earth and the butterfly is resurrected from the "death" of its caterpillar state. Likewise, the Christ type Consciousness is resurrected from its “death” or dormancy in dark earthy man.
As I have indicated, the crucifixion, death and burial of Christ represents the planting of Consciousness in physical matter. But it also represents the death (loss of controlling power) of the earthy type consciousness over us.
" ..... our old man is crucified with him." (Rom. 6:6)
As such it would conversely also represent the slow and painful growth process of the new type man in us. In total, it is a graphic symbol of all the pain and suffering of humanity on its way to its ultimate flowering with the resurrection representing that flowering. The human body is both the cross of Christ and his tomb. This cross humanity bears as it waits, asleep and dreaming bad dreams in this dark tomb, for the coming of the light of a new day.
The energy of the life force is the power behind all growth and transformation. It is within everyone and every living thing. In the Bible it is called the living water. In other cultures and religions it has different names. It is called Kundalini in the yoga tradition and Chi in the Taoist tradition. Think of the blood flowing in your veins and arteries or the sap flowing in trees and plants to better visualize its nature.
" ... out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." (John 7:38)
" ... but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14)
This energy is the power that lifts us up, transforms us and sets us free from physical matter but it is also the power that has locked us up in dense physical matter. Another name for this energy is the Serpent Power. And yes, this is the very same serpent as in the myth of Eden. Not only was Consciousness imprisoned in matter, but the life force was too. This is the meaning of this statement addressed to the serpent.
" ... upon thy belly shall thou go and dust (physical matter) shalt thou eat all the days of thy life." (Gen. 3:14)
In the Garden of Eden the serpent represents the life force when it is descending into the physical plane and carrying Consciousness with it. (Adam and Eve being cast out of the garden is another rendition of Consciousness descending into matter) The serpent, of course, represents Satan and Satan represents the dominance of the non-moral non-conscious life energy over Consciousness on the physical plane. But man must eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil if he is to develop as a human. He must know good, bad and the pain and strife of physical existence. Man cannot develop without varied experience. The Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil represents the branching nervous system and the senses of the physical body which allows man to focus in on and experience the physical dimension. The Tree of Life represents the now dormant life systems and senses of the new man to come which allows the Christ type Consciousness to bloom in him.
When Man, after many and varied experiences reaches an appropriate level of development, the serpent begins to stir and starts the process of lifting him back up again and no longer holds him down. The Tree of Life starts to grow, unfold and begin its function in man.
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man (earthy man) be lifted up:" (John 3:14)
The story of the serpent is in Numbers 21; 6-9. The wilderness represents the physical dimension, the crawling biting serpents on the ground represent the life force when it is down. When down it causes all manner of misery and suffering. The pole represents the human spinal column through which the life force moves upward into the heart and brain where the metamorphosis takes place. Looking upward at the fiery serpent of brass means focusing the attention on higher things, not on the low and base.
Sexual energy and other lower level driving forces are derivatives of the life energy. But even so, in the majority the energy is mostly sealed up and dormant which is well and good until by way of the spinal cord it begins to move upward to the brain where it stimulates higher mental and spiritual qualities, causes the light of the new Consciousness to begin to glow and starts to activate incredible new channels of perception. This happens when a person is naturally ready for it to happen or when he makes a conscious choice to concentrate his attention and actions primarily upward on high, noble and spiritual things.
Upward concentration is the simple but sometimes difficult to apply key to the activation and uplifting of the transforming life energy. The creative energy goes wherever our attention goes. It is easy to see that this is also the simple technique whereby the reality of this energy can be verified by the individual for himself and since this is the way to live in harmony with oneself and society , the person who deliberately and persistently , with matching action, thinks of concepts such as love, truth and beauty has nothing to lose and perhaps much to gain. If our attention is on the low and base then we are helped and supported in that by the non-moral creative life energy. Therefore, it would wise to always concentrate our attention and actions on the high and noble so that we are helped and supported in this.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philp. 4:8)
The more intense the concentration, the faster the rising of the energy. But too fast can be dangerous and painful. Slow, gradual and steady is best. This may mean many many years, a whole lifetime or more. The important thing is to be walking on an upward rising road. The evolutionary transformation of the mind, soul and perception of man is not a far off event in the future but is happening now, slowly and gradually, all around us. Individual humans are, of course, in greatly varied stages of development and to those who are ready for it, the resurrection of the "dead" is happening now.
These ideas are not based upon speculation or claimed revelation but are based upon the independent observations and experiences of many people, including that of this writer. First I'll give two (out of many) episodes of the rising of the "living water" in me. The flow of the energy can become very strong and powerful at times and so can be quite painful and frightening until the nervous system is able to adjust to the strong flow. Even though there were some periods of the rising of the energy in my childhood, the flow really started to make itself known in 1968. I did nothing consciously to arouse it. It just happened. I recorded the following experience the day after it happened- September 24, 1969.
"I was very nervous that night and found it difficult to go to sleep. When finally I did go to sleep, the next thing I knew I was in a kind of a trance. I then began to feel energy flowing up my spine and as before, the more I relaxed the more the energy would flow. I was afraid to relax because I feared there would be pain. This time though, there was no pain during the whole experience. I seemed to reach a balance (not too relaxed or too tense) in which a steady flow of energy moved up my spine, although there was a small variation and as before the energy was trying to move into my head where it seemed I would become directly conscious of it. It was mostly diverted to my jaw muscles which vibrated intensely thereby dissipating the energy.
However, a small portion of the energy did go into my head when I was more relaxed and as it did I would become aware of a light inside my head. Its brightness was in direct proportion to the amount of energy entering my head. There was also a loud humming sound like an electric motor running. At one point, I felt as if I was out of my body and up above it. This experience seemed to last a long time and I felt an element of terror as it was going on. Finally I found myself in normal waking consciousness."
The following experience happened in the spring of 1968. Even though things happened so fast that I didn't feel it, the energy was indeed flowing up my spine and lighting the light. A light bulb lit by the flow of electrical energy is a good analogy for the process.
"One night as I lay half asleep in bed there was suddenly a loud sound like a large electric motor starting up. This was in the heart area. At the same there was a bursting out of an intensely brilliant white light within my head and for a distance of about eight inches all around it. I was aware of energies other than light extending even further. As far as I was concerned, my whole head had become transparent.
The point of origin of the light was a small area about the size of a large pea in the center of my brain. The intensity of the light can be compared to that of an electric arc welder. The light of the welder cannot be looked at except at the risk of eye injury. I was completely overwhelmed and tried with all my might to stop it. Finally, I was able to but I don't know how. I then lay stunned and dumbfounded unable to move or think. After about fifteen minutes, I was able to get up and sit in a chair. When my ability to think returned the first thought I had was, "There's something mighty strange going on here!"
Next are the observations of a man by the name of Gopi Krishna. Mr. Krishna forced the rising of the energy by intense concentration over a period of many years. He was essentially ignorant of what he was doing and of the forces involved. Since his brain and nervous system was not ready for such a tremendous inflow of energy, he suffered a great deal for many years until he became stabilized. What follows are two short excerpts from his book detailing the first risings of the energy.
"During one such spell of intense concentration I suddenly felt a strange sensation below the base of the spine, at the place touching the seat, while I sat cross-legged on a folded blanket spread on the floor. The sensation was so extraordinary and so pleasing that my attention was forcibly drawn toward it. The moment my attention was thus unexpectedly withdrawn from the point on which it was focused, the sensation ceased. Thinking it to be a trick played by my imagination to relax the tension, I dismissed the matter from my mind and brought my attention back to the point from which it had wandered. When completely immersed I again experienced the sensation, but this time, instead of allowing my mind to leave the point where I had fixed it, I maintained a rigidity of attention throughout. The sensation again extended upwards, growing in intensity, and I felt myself wavering; but with a great effort I kept my attention centered round the lotus. Suddenly, with a roar like that of a waterfall, I felt a stream of liquid light entering my brain through the spinal cord.
Entirely unprepared for such a development, I was completely taken by surprise; but regaining self-control instantaneously, I remained sitting in the same posture, keeping my mind on the point of concentration. The illumination grew brighter and brighter, the roaring louder, I experienced a rocking sensation and then felt myself slipping out of my body, entirely enveloped in a halo of light."
Shortly after this initial rising, Mr. Krishna found himself in serious trouble with rapidly increasing deterioration in all his physical and mental systems. Finally, he discovered that he had a blockage to the flow of the energy which was causing a severe imbalance in his system. The following passage records the resolution of the problem.
"There was a sound like a nerve thread snapping and instantaneously a silvery streak passed zigzag through the spinal cord, exactly like the sinuous movement of a white serpent in rapid flight, pouring an effulgent, cascading shower of brilliant vital energy into my brain, filling my head with a blissful lustre in place of the flame that had been tormenting me for the last three hours."
The third example is the initial rising in F. Aster Barnwell. By these three examples I've tried to show how the energy behaves and how it may crop up almost anywhere. Race, religion or culture doesn't seem to make any difference at all. As I've already stated, the difference is whether or not a person is naturally ready or whether he has made himself ready. Apparently Mr. Barnwell was ready for after only a short period of structured concentration it happened.
"In the middle of these new and fleeting thoughts, the attention was drawn to another phenomenon. This time I "heard" a noise very much like thunder. I realized that it was internal, because I had heard it before during my meditation. This time it was more prolonged and I was able to locate its source. It came from the region of the base of my spine. As the attention was drawn there, I "saw" a column of a luminous something-"liquid light", as I will refer to it-rise up as water from an artesian well and progress toward the head. The perspective was one of looking down upon it, and as it rose, it was as if I became absorbed in it. The most notable aspect of this whole experience was that it was accompanied by intense pleasure, or better still, ecstasy, the likes of which I had not known before. The closest earthly comparison I could find is the climax that may accompany a sexual union.
When the column of light reached the base of the brain, it "exploded" in a flash of light, filling the entire head. This light was many times brighter that the sun, yet it was benign. It obliterated everything else such that I became the light and the experience of it at the same time. As the light extinguished itself, another sensation emerged from a region deep in the frontal lobe of the brain, behind the spot between my eyebrows. It flowed like water, bathing my head, face, torso, arms and legs as it descended. This sensation tranquilized the mind and body, leaving me in a state of blissful peace. I instinctively knew this was the "peace that passes all understanding."
The initial risings of the energy are in reality only the beginning of a long and, most likely, painful process of growth and adjustment to the new consciousness growing inside. Even when the veil that hides the light is lifted, the system may be able to only tolerate the light for a short time before the person has to go back into the darkness temporarily for more growth and adjustment. The following report of four days in the light is by a woman named Irina Starr.
A VEIL IS LIFTED
"It was a morning late in July of the year 1955 and the beginning of four days that still remain deeply etched upon my consciousness. I awakened on that morning to a world altogether different from the one I had closed my eyes upon the night before. It was different not only from my world of the day before, but from that of any day I had ever known. I was aware of an unusual feeling of joy as I slipped into the awakened state, but I was quite unprepared for what I beheld when I became fully conscious of my surroundings.
Even before my eyes were really open I was aware of much light in the room and I recall a moment's wonder at how there could be so much light when the heavy drapes were closed. I worked during the evenings at that time and always read far into the night so I slept until late morning. The large bay window which looked out upon the small garden which separated my little cottage from the front house was heavily shrouded to make my daylight sleeping easier, and the walls were a soft, deep green, subdued and peaceful in appearance and effect. The radiance which permeated my eyelids and suffused the entire room caught me unawares. Everything around me had come to life in some wondrous way and was lit from within with a moving, living ,radiance. It was somewhat as it must be with one blinded, whose vision is first restored.
I was obviously seeing with vision other than the purely physical, but what I saw did not conflict with what my ordinary vision registered any more than the central vision conflicts with the peripheral; or close, medium and far ranges of vision conflict one with the other. I saw objects in the ordinary way as well as with some extraordinary extension of the visual faculty; I saw into them with an inner vision and it was the inner sight which revealed the common place objects around me to be of the most breathtaking beauty. By an almost unconscious act of will, as when one switches from one range of vision to another, I found that I brought the inner luminosity into a more intense focus and the ordinary appearances of things receded into a sort of secondary vision. The latter occupied a position in my vision at some undetermined point which was neither peripheral nor a recognized range, but some new point for which I had no frame of reference. By a reverse action, the change took place as swift as a reflex, and the ordinary vision took sharp focus while the luminous vision remained out of focus and at the new intermediate point, suffusing all, but not focused upon anything in particular. I was literally transfixed as my gaze rested upon first one thing and then another: my hand upon the bedspread, the maple table beside the bed, the dust which rested lightly upon it, the telephone, the flowers in a vase, the several books. There was the luminous quality-a light which contained color in the way that a brilliant diamond refracts color, only this color seemed an integral part of the essential substance and not a form of refracted light. The one thing which was, above all, significant was that everything was literally alive; the light was living, pulsating, and in some way I could not quite grasp, intelligent. The true substance of all I could see was this living light , beautiful beyond words. This awareness of beauty so intense as to be nearly unbearable was not to leave me for the four days in which I beheld the world with extended sight.
As I gazed about the room on that first morning, one of the things which particularly fascinated me was that there was no essential difference between that which was animate and that which was inanimate-only in form and function, not in basic substance, for there was only the one Substance, that living, knowing, Light which breathed out from everything. I was aware of the outward difference of each object which drew my attention, but that superficial difference in no way concealed or conflicted with the one substance or living light which composed each alike. Ever since I could remember, I had accepted the fact of one-ness of all life and manifestation, but it was purely theoretical, an intellectually accepted condition. But here I was literally beholding the fact itself so very far beyond any concept I had ever held.
There was such beauty in all that met my eye that I could have remained for hours gazing at any one thing, and the feelings of joy and wonder were so strong they seemed to generate a peculiar pain. I recall that I was near-bursting with a tremendous, non-conceptual, understanding of life-like a balloon which is expanded to its utmost capacity-so that my mind was strained with this great, formless "knowing" and I actually prayed, Enough!, more that once.
I don't know how long I lay there drinking in everything within my range of vision. Time slipped out of focus and not longer had its old values and I could barely tear myself away from the spellbound contemplation of whatever happened to be the object of my attention. I recall looking at the back of my hand for what seemed like three or four minutes only to find by the clock that nearly three quarters of an hour had passed. I finally arose and drew back the drapes and the sunlight streamed into the already illuminated room, and I fell back upon the bed to become rapt in the jewels of light that were the motes in the broad beam of sunlight which poured down upon the rug. I gasped at the beauty of a neighbor's cat which ambled slowly across the lawn, and at the lawn itself which was a sea of shimmering jewels, an ocean of iridescent light in both sun and shade.
I arose and walked over to one of the heavily laden bookcases and ran my hand across a number of books and marveled at the one-ness of hand and books-the living light which went to make the different physical substances of which each was composed. The hand became the books and the books became the hand and there was no difference. As I looked from one thing to another, both within the room and outside, I became intensely aware of the underlying rhythmic tide which made of it all a cohesive, living, organism. While I could not actually "see" the tide or rhythm, only the vital, breathingness of everything, the presence of this great flowing symphony of form and light and color, and the indestructible harmony of it flooded my consciousness to the point of exquisite pain. I thought, we dwell in a fairyland of unimaginable beauty and sublimity and know nothing of it.
I walked into the bathroom and , turning on the water, I was awe-struck by its beauty. As I went about the simple acts of the day, I saw that the food which went into my body, that which the body cast off as waste, and that body itself were as one in the luminous and holy fundament-only the inner structure and outer form differed. Aside from that, feces, a rose, or a comb of honey were essentially the same-of a staggering and holy beauty-and I could lose myself in the contemplation of one as easily as another. It was at this point that I knew deeply the degree of relativity and ultimate irrelevance of our human concepts of beauty and ugliness. The existence of these relative differences are essential to our well-being but we could benefit in the knowing that our values are not absolute, and that there is a greater unity underlying the outer differences which gives those differences their value, and such diversity is meant not to master us, but to serve us in the world of form and function.
My new-found world was an immense cathedral in which I moved, flooded with wonder, joy, and reverence. An irrepressible joy and an inward hush of reverence existed simultaneously and were not incompatible. My heart sang with the natural exuberance of birdsong and waterfall, the while I walked on tiptoe, figuratively, lest some element of clumsy selfhood upset or disrupt my acute awareness of this divine symphony of the manifested world. While I could in no way alter the perfect beauty and harmony of what I saw the substance and motion of the world to be, I knew that I could somehow jar the subtle mechanism of awareness which had permitted me to briefly behold its indescribable and holy nature. This condition of seeing, knowing, and experiencing, seemed as delicately poised and impermanent as a hummingbird stationed in mid-air, and from moment to moment beneath my joy and reverence, there hovered the knowing that this could not last and the next moment might well see it end for me. It therefore seemed of great importance that I not tell anyone of what I was experiencing; that I practice a sort of still and secret containment. For it seemed to me that my talking of it to anyone would in some way jar an internal rhythm which was making my outward and conscious perception of all this possible.
Our natural and human desire is to try to prolong the pleasurable as long as possible, and it was with almost superstitious care that I comported myself during the many hours it was necessary for me to be among people. My ability to shift, almost without thinking, from the one aspect of vision to another, prevented me from the very real hazard of attempting to walk through furniture, walls, etc., that in the luminous vision were of a tenuity which was at odds with the three dimensional world in which I needed to function. My desire was to appear as natural and ordinary as possible and to keep my joy and wonder and awe from being noticed and the object of questions. I would have been incapable of untruth under direct scrutiny or questioning, so I concentrated on avoiding anything of the kind, and trusted fervently to the average person's really "seeing" little which does not directly affect him personally.
All went well and there was nothing to mar the flow of heightened awareness as the hours passed. I was materially aided in that, of the four days which this condition lasted, two of them were days off from my work and I was able to enjoy the protection and privacy of home, yard, and such anonymous activity as shopping and driving in and around the city."
Finally, the soul is able to leave its tomb or chrysalis for good and live permanently in its new found universe of light. It can be a very difficult and painful metamorphosis. As Gopi Krishna stated: "I had drunk the cup of suffering to the dregs to come upon a resplendent never-ending source of unutterable joy and peace lying hidden in my interior."
In the larger sense we can consider our whole lives as a part of the transformative process, but those who suffer have entered into an accelerated phase of their transformation. Therefore, pain and suffering do have meaning.
The following statements by Mr. Krishna are an attempt to describe his new world which is also everyone's world to come.
"For the last more than forty years, I have been undergoing a most extraordinary experience which is now a constant source of wonder and joy to me. The experience is not at all like anything I tasted of life from the day I began to remember, as a child, to my thirty-fourth year. It is not like anything of science or art or philosophy of which I have read to this day.
In describing this experience, I always thoroughly weigh every word that I use, as somehow I feel myself under a solemn obligation to give expression to what is the strictest truth.
The incredible nature of my transformation lies in this, that every moment of my life I live in two worlds. One is the sensory world which we all share together-the world of sight, touch, smell, taste, and sound. My reactions to this world are the same as of other human beings. The other is an amazing supersensory world to which I first found entrance in 1937.
I have critically observed myself, my thoughts, my actions, my feelings and my dreams, to make sure that the transformation experienced is not an abnormality or an aberration but the normal outcome of a peculiar activity of my cerebrospinal system, unknown to modern science. I have talked about my condition with many scores of eminent scientists and scholars in different parts of the world. But the mystery and wonder still remain.
I am always conscious of a luminous glow not only in my interior, but pervading the whole field of my vision during the hours of my wakefulness. I literally live in a world of light. It is, as it were, a light is burning in my interior, filling me with a lustre so beautiful and so ravishing that my attention is again and again drawn toward it. In fact, it is the normal state of my perception now. Light, both within and without, and a distinct music in my ears are the two prominent features of my transformed being. It is as if, in my interior, I live in a charming, radiant and melodious world. A sense of its fascination is always present in me.
I am conscious of a living radiance both within and outside of myself. In other words, I have gained a new power of perception, not present before. The luminosity does not end with my waking time. It persists even in my dreams. In every state of being-eating, drinking, talking, working, laughing, grieving, walking or sleeping-I always dwell in a rapturous world of light. It is obvious that the self or observer in me has experienced a change and a new being has been born who is always enwrapped in a sheath of alluring light.
The more amazing feature of my experience consists in this: the enchanting light I perceive, both internally and outside, is alive. It pulsates with life and intelligence. It is like an infinite ocean of awareness, pervading my own small pool of consciousness within and the whole universe I perceive with my senses outside. It is as if a radiant living presence encompasses everything that exists both within and outside of me. A stupendous intelligence, which I can sense but never fathom, looms behind every object and every event in the universe, silent, still, and serene. It is a staggering spectacle.
It would be a serious error to suppose that this all-pervading behind-the-scenes cosmic intelligence is of the nature of human consciousness and human reason. It is not. It is something so remote from our conception and so extraordinary that nothing of this earth can provide an analogy to explain it.
The living presence or over-all intelligence, now occupying the whole area of perception of the seer-the sky, the earth and the whole multitude of objects contained in them, the largest and the smallest-is so unimaginably all pervasive that it seems to be doing everything at every place in every moment of time. One almighty actor, one unbounded ocean of intelligence, one infinite living sun plays the whole drama of creation, single-handed, manifest in every grain and particle in the microcosmic and every sun and planet in the macrocosmic plane of the universe. The sun, the stars, the earth and its oceans are not now perceived as material realities, but as images projected by an all-embracing Consciousness. The titanic presence that now dominates the scene is the whole universe and the soul of the individual at the some time. It is the sun and the atom both. This infinite source of all dwells here in my heart with all the frailties or virtues I possess. This cosmic intelligence, this almighty sovereign of all creation is, at the same time, the individual self of all the four billion earthly human beings, the actor in all the four billion dramas of life and billions upon billions of infinitely varied dramas on other planets in the universe, yet away and aloof from them all. It is a breathtaking experience.
Human life in itself is not a dream. It is a stern reality. But it is dreamlike compared to illuminated Consciousness, when the mortal wakes up to his true identity, a life so transporting and sublime that the beholder of the vision may even swoon in ecstasy. It might be possible to understand this impact better with the help of the following illustration.
Imagine a man in the grip of a horror dream, finding himself lost in a wilderness with haunting shadows and creeping horrors on every side. In this state of extreme suspense and anxiety, he suddenly sees a terrible lion, with bared fangs, rushing madly to devour him. He screams in terror, with his heart beating wildly and his body drenched in sweat. In that moment of utter despair, he suddenly awakes to find himself lying on his bed with cheering sunlight streaming into his room. What words can describe the relief and joy he feels at the realization that it was all a dream? This experience, which most of us have in varied forms, one time or the other, can convey a dim idea of the relief, happiness and wonder felt on one's first encounter with the soul. "Is this the glorious world to which I really belong? Is this living splendor, this beaming sun of life, beyond the slightest touch of earthly sorrow, suffering or pain, my real self? O wonder of wonders, am I this immortal being, happy beyond measure, the eternal participant in the dramas of existence, sleeping and waking, like the rising and setting of the glorious sun?"
Beauty, charm, melody, rapture, harmony, lovely landscapes, gorgeous scenes; awe-evoking grand spectacles of nature, inspiring works of art, enchanting sights, sublime thoughts, moments of utter peace, prayerful moods, bubbling joy, transporting lights and pleasant odors are all, in truth, distant samples of the supreme experience. They all combined provide a faint foretaste of the entrancing vision.
Earth-wide dissemination of knowledge of the glory dwelling in every human being is the only way to bring about the unification of all mankind. It will make known the common goal prescribed by nature, for the life of man. The knowledge of this priceless treasure of the spirit, far more precious than all the wealth and seats of power on the earth, can provide the most powerful incentive to all noble souls to search for it in themselves and to persuade others to make the rewarding search.
This is the only knowledge that can humble the powerful and the proud, enrich and embolden the poor and the weak; the only knowledge that can provide a most powerful incentive to parents to ennoble their lives and strengthen the bonds of their love to procreate an illuminated progeny. It can vindicate the stand of those who are already on the spiritual path, and inspire those who are not.
Every human being, the poor and the rich alike, can be recipients of this grace. In fact, everyone is ordained, sooner or later, to make himself eligible for this heavenly boon. It is the culminating point of human evolution and the trophy is designed to compensate for all the effort and the agony of the climb."
"and I saw a new heaven and a new earth." (Rev. 21:1)
"and there shall be no night there." (Rev.22:5)
Since the metamorphosis of mankind is a natural process, the only possible reason for any organized religion, Christian or otherwise, is to encourage and help this process. But all too often religion has become a reason unto itself, a hindrance rather than a help and a case of the blind leading the blind. If the religion of the future is to be vital and meaningful, it must become less of an authoritarian religion and more of a religion of scientific observation both individually and collectively.
The reality underlying all religion is this process of nature which is slowly moving man toward his great transformation. In Christianity this is personified and dramatized as the Son of man or the Son of God. In other religions there are different ways of saying the same thing. We can deliberately work with this growth process or we can ignorantly work against it. If we work against it, we can only cause ourselves unnecessary pain.
Since, in reality, we are immortal beings there is no such thing as death. Only the physical body dies. The person continues to exist, grow and learn in an environment that he is suited for and deserves. This my be either a pleasant or an unpleasant place, but wherever he my be the individual always has the power to change any unhappy circumstances for the better by changing his attitudes and actions. There is no final cut-off date. The soul, in order to gain the necessary experience, must return many times to the physical plane as it progresses toward the day of its great awakening when it (the real identity) can finally say: "I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
" .... Christ (your real and immortal identity) in you, the hope of glory." (Col. 1: 27)
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