Commune with Christ
The overwhelming legacy of Christ, which has influenced billions, bears striking similarities with the devotional lessons of Sri Krishna in the Gita and many mystics of many religions.india Updated: Dec 23, 2010 23:20 IST
The overwhelming legacy of Christ, which has influenced billions, bears striking similarities with the devotional lessons of Sri Krishna in the Gita and many mystics of many religions. Such unique parallelism establishes oneness of universal spiritual message over diverse religious rituals and enables us all to commune with Christ consciousness for proper celebration of Christmas.
Historically, in Christ we find a quantum leap from the ethical injunctions of Moses to the affirmative principles of living for proper spiritual evolution. This graduation from elementary ethics to highest spiritual precepts for self-realisation is the keynote of the teachings of Jesus.
"Thou shall love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." He was always uncompromising that first we must seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Any hardcore materialist might feel such precepts as world-negating but life on earth can be truly fulfilling with such anchorage only.
The assertion of the inherent divinity of man runs parallel with eastern spirituality, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the spirit of God dwelth within you?" Again in Psalms we are told, "Be still and know that I am God." Such spirituality can only be translated into action through love for neighbours and exhibiting perpetual forgiveness.
Tips for behavioural and spiritual maturity can be found in his utterance, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." Thus, even during crucifixion, he emerg-ed as the son of God to be resurrected in the hearts of posterity forever.
To face today's trouble-torn reality, we must remember Jesus, "All that they take the sword shall perish with the sword." But if we give love, we will get back love as those that give shall receive. But ultimate liberation will come from knowledge, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
First Published: Dec 23, 2010 23:17 IST