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The mystic Cross

columns Updated: Mar 28, 2013 23:02 IST
MN Kundu

The holy Cross as the symbol of Christianity reminds us of the crucifixion of Christ on a fateful Friday to be resurrected again. Apart from this, the mystic symbol is also suggestive of the entire essence of Christianity like love, forgiveness, sacrifice, surrender to God and living in Spirit. While the words are inadequate to express the diverse layers of spiritual wisdom, the symbols can conveniently convey the hidden meanings in an intended manner.

The cross symbolises pain and torture which is universal and experienced by all of us. But unbearable suffering can be meaningful only when it takes us back to the core of our consciousness behind the surface level of existence. Each one of us has to bear our own cross and awaken in true consciousness.

The horizontal and vertical lines of the Cross constitute any painting or drawing, and the entire creation at large, which is a mixture of opposites in the dual scales of existence. Thus the cross represents the scheme of creation invariably consisting of obstacles and contradictions. It is never straight- lineal or direct.

The Cross displays supreme sacrifice, forgiveness, love and absolute surrender of Jesus, the son of God who wilfully submitted to the divine will, "Let thy will be done." Jesus paid no heed to his mortal existence and was ready for the supreme sacrifice with love for others including his crucifiers as he identified himself with the Absolute and asserted, "I and my Father are one." Hence he accepted self-effacement on the Cross.

The Cross exhibits that only the body of Jesus was crucified but Christ could not be killed as he resurrected himself on Easter Sunday. In fact, as the deathless divine spirit of Christ, Jesus after death became more powerful.