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THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS


PART 1
Before we continue with the true story of Jesus, there are are few things that I would like to clear up. First of all dont think that I am totally against christianity. For a lot of good things have come out of christianty. Such as; we should love one another. Forgive one another. Give and help those in need. Now a few bad things have came out of christianity. Such as; they are only the ones who are going to Heaven. And that their teachings are the only ones that are right. Get real...... If that was true..........Why are there so many denominations in the world. And each one........says they are the right one.

Let me make this statement........;

There is no religion higher than truth.

Christianity has lost its true goal that Jesus laid out 2,000 years ago.
Jesus main messages was this
1. The Fatherhood of God
2. The Brotherhood of Man
3. The Forgiveness of Sins or the release of Karma

If we leave these principles......we have left the truth of the Gospel


Finally I believe that the Bible contains the word of God. Now the way people may interpret it....... is a different story.

INTRODUCTION TO
THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS

Jesus was born a Palestine Jew. He was born of Mary and Joseph at
Bethlehem without impregnation and out of immaculate conception. He was
meek and humble. He remained as innocent as a child throughout his life.
He was tolerant, kind and merciful. He was a Yogi of the East though he
preached in Palestine.

Jesus welcomed and embraced the sinners, the despised and the harlots
and purified them. He comforted them and gave them solace and peace. He
raised the fallen. He brought relief and rest to the broken-hearted.

Jesus said: "Unless you become as little children, you shall in no wise
enter the Kingdom of God". To Jesus, God was a loving Father. Jesus'
watchword was love for God and fellowmen.

"Have faith in God. The Lord is our God. Thou shalt love the Lord with
all thy heart and all thy soul, and all thy mind, and all thy strength.
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The love of God manifests in
the love of man." This is the central teaching of Jesus.

Jesus was a world teacher, a prophet and Messiah. His Sermon on the
Mount is nothing but the practice of Sadachara or right conduct. It
corresponds to the practice of Yama-Niyama of Raja-Yoga, the Eightfold
Path of Lord Buddha. It is marvellous, inspiring and soul-stirring.

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. How humble he
was! He said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shalt inherit the earth".

Lord Krishna washed the feet of the guests in the Rajasuya-Yajna
performed by King Yudhishthira. Avataras or mighty souls perform such
actions. Should you not learn lessons from those great persons ? Lord
Krishna, the mighty Lord of the three worlds, took delight in washing
the feet of the guests. Should you not learn to be humble ? How haughty
and proud you have become ! You are puffed with vanity and intoxicated
with pride when you possess a little money, a small car and a small
estate. You think you are a mighty emperor and walk with arrogant steps
and treat others with contempt. You think too much of yourself and your
position in life. In reality, your officeship has created in you a slave
mentality and a fear of losing your position !

Christ's message has always been: "Love thy neighbour as thyself". He
said: "The Kingdom of Heaven is within thee. His will be done on earth
as it is in heaven. Be not anxious. Seek ye first His Kingdom.
Everything will be added unto thee". He was the way, the truth and the
light, for all men to follow.

Jesus Christ laid stress on love of God and love of fellowmen, and the
need for repentance or a change of heart, for entry into the Kingdom of
God. He instructed people to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. He
said that a contrite heart was necessary in order to receive God's
forgiveness.

"The Kingdom of God is within thee. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and
the door shall be opened unto thee." This is the foundation upon which
the ethics of Jesus has been built.

Jesus recommended prayer as a means to seek the Kingdom. He said, "If
you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,
how much more gifts unto your children, how much more good things shall
your Father who is in heaven give to them who ask Him ?".

Jesus said: "You have heard that it was said by them of old time, 'Thou
shalt not kill and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the
judgment'. But I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother
shall be in danger of the judgment". In the Sermon on the Mount, he
said, "Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled up. Those who seek the Kingdom of God within
themselves will find Him, and therefore, 'All things would be added'."
"Overcome evil by good." Jesus prescribed this great rule for his
followers and the world at large. This is only the practice of Ahimsa or
non-violence which purifies and softens the heart. Ahimsa is a form of
truth only.

Lord Jesus retired after baptism into the wilderness beyond the Dead
Sea. He disappeared at the age of thirteen and reappeared in his
thirty-first year. During this period, from his thirteenth to his
thirty-first year, he came to India and practiced Yoga. Thereafter he
preached for about two or three years and passed into the Great Beyond.

Jesus left Jerusalem and reached the land of Indus in the company of
merchants. He visited Varanasi, Rajgriha and other places in India. He
spent several years in Hindustan. Jesus lived like a Hindu or a Buddhist
monk, a life of burning renunciation and dispassion. He assimilated the
ideals, precepts and principles of Hinduism. Christianity is modified
Hinduism only, which was suitable for those people who lived in the
period of Christ. Really speaking, Jesus was a child of the soil of
India only. That is the reason why there is so much of similarity
between his teachings and the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism. Some
Christians do not believe in this account of the Lord's "missing
period." They argue it is not specifically mentioned in the Bible.

In matters connected with persons who lived as far back as nearly twenty
centuries ago, there is bound to be slight divergence of view. The Old
Testament naturally cannot contain any reference. The New Testament
consists of Gospels, etc., written by His Disciples, after He was
enlightened. It is obviously futile to search for a reference about the
period preceding this,-which was the period during which he traveled in
India where he got initiation from sages and seers-in accounts of His
actions written by people who could never have had any knowledge of His
earlier days. It has been the belief of many historians that at some
time during the missing period Jesus traveled in India. Anyway there is
nothing untenable in this view, and its acceptance would only strengthen
the bonds of love between the East and the West, and promote good will
between the two hemispheres, which is the Mission of the Lord.

Jesus preached on earth the divine and perfect love. He spoke very
highly of gifts and charity. He said: "It is more blessed to give than
to receive. Give thy heart's best treasures. From fair nature learn.
Give thy love and ask not. Await not a return. And the more thou
spendeth from thy little store, the more will God give thee. He will
give thee a double quantity".

Jesus said: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto the treasure hid in a
field which a man hath found. He selleth all that he hath and buyeth
that field".

Jesus Christ was crucified and yet he is living now. He has immortalized
his name. None can silence his voice. His voice has been speaking
through centuries. Jesus said: "Come into the Kingdom by selling all ye
have and distributing it to the poor". Men have not adhered to his
message, but his voice has not been silenced.

Jesus was a perfect Yogi. He did many miracles. He stopped the waves of
the ocean. He gave sight to blind people. He cured lepers by mere touch.
He fed a large multitude with a small loaf of bread.

Lord Christ was crucified. He accepted death with great joy in order
that others might live. What a magnanimous soul! He had learnt to die
cheerfully for His children. His last words are an example to the world.
He said: "O Lord! Forgive those people who are torturing me and putting
me to death, for they know not what they do". How noble! His hands were
tied to the cross and nails were hammered into them. In this state he
prayed for the people who were tormenting him. What a large and
forgiving heart he had! Jesus was an embodiment of forgiveness or
Kshama. That is the reason why he still lives in our hearts and why
millions of people now worship him.

Jesus set an example to man to overcome evil by good. The cross of Jesus
will remain for all time as the supreme example of this doctrine:
"Return good for evil". Jesus surrendered himself completely to God. He
knew that God changed the heart of the unjust through the suffering of
the just.

The life of Jesus displays a silent yet supreme heroism in the face of
the most determined opposition, persecution, and misunderstanding. And
he has set an example how a true seeker repulses the temptations on the
spiritual path. Long before the outward drama of crucifixion, Jesus had
voluntarily crucified himself spiritually by annihilating the lower self
and living a purely divine life. Jesus declares: "Ye cannot serve both
God and Mammon". In other words, his teaching implies: Detach; attach.
Detach yourself from the material objects of this transient world.
Attach yourself to the eternal spiritual treasure of Atman. Christ thus
teaches us the great way of going beyond all sin and sorrow.

Jesus was God Himself. The Holy Scripture reminds us of this fact again
and again. Yet, why did he have to endure so much of persecution and
suffering ? Could he not have overwhelmed his foes by a mere exercise of
his divine will ? Yes. But the supreme incarnation of love that Lord
Jesus was, he had willed it that his own life would be an example for
people to emulate. Therefore he behaved like any other human being; and
while so doing, fully demonstrated in his own brief but eventful life
the great Sermon that he gave on the Mount.

After Jesus was crucified, he was restored to life. The resurrection or
the rising again from dead was, according to Jesus, and ineffable
condition in which all bodily limitation was transcended. It was a
condition of being perpetually in the presence of God. Jesus was a fully
developed Yogi and sage. He had no identification with the physical
body. He identified himself with the Supreme Soul. He said: "I and my
Father are one".

Jesus and the Modern Man

True, Lord Jesus bled on the Cross for the redemption of his people.
Today, from his eternal seat in the Kingdom of God, his divine
compassionate heart bleeds even more profusely. For, the people of his
time were ignorant of the Law and they erred; but the people of the
modern world have the resplendent light of Lord Jesus' life and
teachings illumining the path of righteousness, and yet, they wantonly
walk the path of darkness, ignorance, sin, selfishness, sensuousness,
and misery. If his merciful heart bled for the ignorant sinners, how
much more would it not bleed for the sins of those who err, ignoring His
light !

Is this the way in which you would like humanity to show its gratitude
to the Saviour ? No, a thousand times no. It is never too late to mend.
Study the Gospels again. Meditate on the resplendent, spiritually
glowing, divine form of Lord Jesus. How sweet, how compassionate, how
gentle and loving he was ! And yet, he showed no leniency towards
himself. He turned resolutely away from Satan - not that he could ever
be tempted, but to set an example before us.

Trials and temptations come but to be overcome by the brave. Tests and
trying situations come to strengthen your mind and purify your heart.
They are, as it were, the wise men that discover the Jesus in you. To
succumb to these trials is weakness. To fast, to pray, to discriminate,
and to overcome these obstacles with the help of the grace of the Lord
is spiritual heroism. When the victory is achieved, to feel, to realize,
and to proclaim that it was the Lord's grace that enabled you to attain
victory is real meekness. Meekness is virtue; weakness is sin. Learn
this great lesson from the life of Lord Jesus.

Study the Sermon on the Mount again and again. Meditate upon it. Choose
the Lord's instructions one after the other, month after month, and
endeavour diligently to put them into practice. Thus will you grow into
a worthy child of Lord Jesus. Thus will you reincarnate Lord Jesus in
your own heart. There are many today who truly and sincerely follow the
teachings of the Saviour. In their hearts has Jesus reincarnated, to
guide you, to lead you to the Kingdom of God, where he has his supreme
seat.

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRUE ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY

There is not much of intricate philosophy or Yoga Sadhana in
Christianity. There is reason for this. Jesus had to deal with the
illiterate fishermen of Galilee. He gave them only moral precepts and
showed them the way of righteous living. Leaving aside all abstruse
philosophical theory and subtle intellectual researches, Jesus told man
how he must live, what he must think, what he must feel, and what he
must do. To do this, he clothed even the highest truths of spiritual
life with simple stories and parables, which even the common man in the
street could easily grasp and comprehend. Couched in the form of simple
parables, the deepest wisdom of spiritual life became expressed before
man, through the sweet and blessed words of Divine Jesus.

Jesus explained the real nature of God, man, and the world he lived in.
He taught people to change their way of looking at things. He told them
that if they would change their outlook on life from its materialistic
to its spiritualistic aspect, they would realize that the world they
were living in was God's Kingdom.

Jesus has left no written records of his important teachings, He
delivered all his teachings orally. Neither he, nor his followers, ever
wrote down even a single word which was spoken by him, in his lifetime.
The words of Jesus were not collected till some generations after they
were uttered.

His words have been misunderstood, wrongly annotated, mutilated,
deformed and transformed; and yet, they have survived almost two
thousand years as they were very powerful and came from the heart of a
realized Yogi.

The true significance of Christmas


Christmas is named after Christ. This is the birthday of Lord Jesus, the
Saviour Christ, the Yogi of the East. He was born in a stable at
Bethlehem, of Mary and Joseph, the obscure village carpenter. Mary and
Joseph made the stable a home for Christ, the King, the Prince of Peace.
The birth of Jesus is celebrated all over the world as the sacred
Christmas.

Lord Jesus was an embodiment of mercy, love and humility. He was an
apostle of non-violence and peace. His body was crucified, but his voice
has been speaking through the centuries.

The message of Christmas is the message of universal love. It is the
message of ineffable divine glory and splendour. The message of
Christmas is the message of peace and goodwill among all nations.

Christmas is more than a day of rejoicing and festivity. It is a day for
realizing the Christ-consciousness or cosmic consciousness. It is a day
for remembering the noble deeds of Lord Jesus and his sacred life of
pristine purity. Christmas comes and Christmas goes, but let the spirit
of Christmas be ever with you all.

Merry-making is not Christmas at all. Christmas does not consist in
ringing bells and singing songs, exchanging mutual gifts and sending
Christmas cards, and in enjoying rich repasts and heavy dinners and
eating cakes.

Christmas is a state of spiritual awakening. To realize the Kingdom of
Heaven within yourself, to hold communion with the Lord in the chambers
of your heart, to regain your lost divinity, to attain
Christ-consciousness or cosmic consciousness, to love all, to include
all in the warm embrace of your love is real Christmas.

Realize the spirit of Christ. Walk in the footprints of Christ. Dive
deep into the heart of Jesus. Ever seek to express, in your daily life,
love, joy and peace. Imbibe Christ's message of love and sacrifice.
Manifest the latent Christ within you. Follow the Sermon on the Mount.
Attain God-consciousness. Live in the spirit of Christ's teachings.
Annihilate this little self-arrogating personality and melt yourself in
Christ or the Universal Soul. This is real Christmas.

All wish to enter the Kingdom of God. But how many of you possess the
real spirit of Christ ? How many of you are real Christians ? How many
of you follow the teachings, precepts and doctrines of Christ ? How many
of you love your neighbours as your own self ? Those who are endowed
with purity of heart, humility, universal love, generosity and nobility
- they only can attain the Kingdom of God or supreme peace and
immortality.

The spirit or heart of Christ is seriously lacking in the vast majority
of persons. The love of Christ is badly wanted. What is Christmas
without love, mercy and purity ? Everybody wants to exploit his
neighbour. One nation wants to destroy another nation. Is this Christmas
? Is this the teaching of Christ ?

Real Christmas never comes and goes. It is eternal. Feel the spirit of
Christmas not only on one day, but throughout the year. Every day is a
Christmas day for a real follower of Christ, for a thirsting aspirant.
May you all walk the path that Jesus laid out! May you all be living
embodiments of the Sermon on the Mount! May you realize the Kingdom of
God within you here and now!

Christianity derives its name from Christ. Christianity speaks of a
personal God. There is not much deep philosophy or Yoga Sadhana in
Christianity. There is reason for this. Jesus had to deal with the
illiterate fishermen of Galilee. He gave them only moral precepts and
showed them the way of righteous living.

Christianity is based chiefly on Judaism and partly on Buddhism. The
doctrines of the Christian religion are all taken from Judaism. Jesus
never professed to abolish Judaism and to set up a new religion of his
own. He says, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the
Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say
unto you: Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no
means pass from the law, till all is fulfilled. Whosoever , therefore,
shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he
shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whosoever shall
do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of
Heaven." (Matthew 5:17-19)

Christian faith sprung from the wisdom of India overspread the old trunk
of Judaism. Buddhism prevailed in Palestine when Christ was born. Christ
himself came in contact with it through John the Baptist. There is a
striking resemblance between Buddhism and Christianity in their
precepts, in their forms and ceremonies, in the architectural style of
their temples, and even in the account of the lives of their founders.

The dogmas or metaphysical doctrines of Christianity are the same as
those of Judaism but its moral precepts are much higher and nobler than
those of the Jewish prophets. Christianity owes to Buddhism that higher
morality which distinguishes it from Judaism. The moral precepts and
teachings of Buddhism have much in common with those of Christianity.
Christ himself taught no dogmas.

The teaching of Jesus which is chiefly ethical is embodied in the Sermon
on the Mount, the Lord's Prayer and certain parables known as the
parables of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Sheep and the
Goats.

LORD JESUS


Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King.
He was the son of a carpenter of Nazareth, a large village in Galilee,
the northern Province of Palestine.

Jesus was a Palestine Jew of the first century. He lived with Joseph and
Mary and a large family of brothers or half-brothers in the house of the
carpenter of Nazareth. He was baptized by John the Baptist on the banks
of the river Jordan. Now he saw a vision of God's spirit descending like
a dove on him. He heard a voice say unto him: "Thou art my beloved son.
I am well pleased with thee." John the Baptist was the Preceptor of
Jesus.

Jesus was an incarnation of the Hebrew God Jehovah. Jesus is the Greek
transliteration of an Aramic name pronounced Yeshua, according to Hebrew
Scholars. It was altered into Jesus in English. He was also called
Messiah, the anointed one, or the Saviour of the World.

Between his 18th and 32nd years of age, Jesus spent his life in India
and lived like a Hindu or Buddhist monk. He had burning Vairagya
(dispassion) and spirit of renunciation. In India he assimilated Hindu
ideals and principles. (Jesus in India)

THE CROSS


Lord Jesus totally surrendered himself at the lotus feet of the Lord. He
had intense faith in Him. It was the faith that sustained him throughout
his life. The Cross of Jesus will remain forever the supreme example of
love and suffering without returning evil for evil. The Cross symbolizes
a great principle of life. In the Christian theology, the Cross has a
wonderful halo. It is not a common cross of wood. The Cross of Jesus is
a classic instance of love resisting evil and overcoming it. When Lord
Jesus was put to the Cross, he said: "My Lord! They do not know what
they are doing. Please forgive them." What a large heart and wonderful
power of endurance Jesus had!

He who has control over the flesh, who has crucified the flesh, who has
subdued the life-passions, who has self-control, who has mortified the
lower nature, can bear the Cross.

JESUS'S QUALITIES


Jesus was holy. He was God-man, the incarnation of God. Jesus called
himself the Son of God.

In Jesus we see perfect holiness, goodness, kindness, mercy, gentleness
and justice. He said: "I am the Truth, the Way and the Life." He is
embodiment of all that is best, sublimest and most beautiful. He is the
most perfect type and ideal of humanity. He is the embodiment of all his
teachings. He is a philosopher, prophet, teacher, reformer. He always
practiced what he taught.

Jesus was truthful. His thoughts were very pure. There was no hypocrisy
or deception in his thoughts. He risked his own life in uttering the
truth. The spirit of Jesus is the spirit of Truth. He is called the Sun
of Righteousness. He went about doing good.

The words of Jesus still elevate people. They still live as a fountain
of inspiration.

Christ took the sins of humanity on himself, suffered for their sins and
made them free. This is the theory of Atonement of Christ.

HIS PHILOSOPHY AND TEACHINGS


Nearly two thousand years have passed since Lord Jesus, the Prophet of
Palestine taught the way, the truth and the life to mankind. The words
of Jesus were not collected till some generations after they were
uttered. Christianity was essentially a radiant way of life, a way of
happy and victorious living in this world.

There is no record of the life of Jesus until he was fully grown up. He
astonished people by his insight when discussing religion with the
religious leaders of his day. For three years he explained his claim as
the "Only Son of God" and taught people about the nature of his "Father:
God, and the true path of human life in the shape of 'Sermon on the
Mount', etc. Jesus Christ has been called "The Great Exemplar". He
explained the real nature of God, man and the world he lived in. He
taught people to change their way of looking at things. He told them
that if they would change their outlook on life from its materialistic
to its spiritualistic aspect, they would realize that the world they
were living in was God's Kingdom.

He has left no written records of his important teachings. He delivered
all his teachings orally. Neither he nor his followers ever wrote down
even a single word which was spoken by him, in his life time.

His words have been misunderstood, wrongly annotated, mutilated,
deformed and transformed and yet they have survived almost two thousand
years as they were very powerful and came from the heart of a realized
Yogi.

Here is the gist of Jesus' teachings: God is Spirit. He is omnipresent.
He loves His creatures with infinite love. He is the Father of all. God
is immanent in the world. He is transcendental also. He sent His son
Jesus Christ unto the world to show them the way to attain immortality.

The theological doctrine of Jesus is belief in the Fatherhood of God and
brotherhood of man. In Godhead there are three Persons, viz., Father,
Son and the Holy Ghost or Spirit. This is the Trinity of Christianity.

All men are brothers, because they are all members of the family of God.
If the teaching of Christ is carried out there will be no war.

THE NEW TESTAMENT

The New Testament contains 27 books. The first four books are Gospels
which describe the life of Christ on this earth. The next book tells us
the Acts of the Apostles, particularly of the important Apostle Paul.
The twenty-one shorter books give out the ideas underlying the Christian
faith of the early Christians. The last book is the book of Revelations.
It gives a description of the series of visions, viz., the lamb of God
and the heavenly city. The author is John the favourite Apostle of
Jesus. All these books were written in Greek, which was the language of
educated men at the beginning of the Christian era.

SERMON ON THE MOUNT


Here is his "Sermon on the Mount":
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they
shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness sake; for
theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you and persecute you and say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in Heaven; for
so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

JESUS AND THE MODERN MAN


True, Lord Jesus bled on the Cross for the redemption of his people.
Today, from his eternal seat in the Kingdom of God, his divine
compassionate heart bleeds even more profusely. For, the people of his
time were ignorant of the Law and they erred; but the people of the
modern world have the resplendent light of Lord Jesus' life and
teachings illumining the path of righteousness, and yet, they wantonly
walk the path of darkness, ignorance, sin, selfishness, sensuousness,
and misery. If his merciful heart bled for the ignorant sinners, how
much more would it not bleed for the sins of those who err, ignoring His
light !

Is this the way in which you would like humanity to show its gratitude
to the Saviour ? No, a thousand times no. It is never too late to mend.
Study the Gospels again. Meditate on the resplendent, spiritually
glowing, divine form of Lord Jesus. How sweet, how compassionate, how
gentle and loving he was ! And yet, he showed no leniency towards
himself. He turned resolutely away from Satan - not that he could ever
be tempted, but to set an example before us.

Trials and temptations come but to be overcome by the brave. Tests and
trying situations come to strengthen your mind and purify your heart.
They are, as it were, the wise men that discover the Jesus in you. To
succumb to these trials is weakness. To fast, to pray, to discriminate,
and to overcome these obstacles with the help of the grace of the Lord
is spiritual heroism. When the victory is achieved, to feel, to realize,
and to proclaim that it was the Lord's grace that enabled you to attain
victory is real meekness. Meekness is virtue; weakness is sin. Learn
this great lesson from the life of Lord Jesus.

Study the Sermon on the Mount again and again. Meditate upon it. Choose
the Lord's instructions one after the other, month after month, and
endeavour diligently to put them into practice. Thus will you grow into
a worthy child of Lord Jesus. Thus will you reincarnate Lord Jesus in
your own heart. There are many today who truly and sincerely follow the
teachings of the Saviour. In their hearts has Jesus reincarnated, to
guide you, to lead you to the Kingdom of God, where he has his supreme
seat. May you all be living embodiments of the Sermon on the Mount! May
you realize the Kingdom of God within you here and now!

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