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THE NONDUAL TEACHINGS OF CHRIST
by Pieter Schoonheim Samara
"I am the
Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the Light of Life." John 8: 12
"All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made." John I: 3
'In him was life, and the life was the light of men." John I: 4
"And the light (Christ) shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehendeth it not." John I: 5
"That (Christ) was the true Light, which lighteth every man that is born into this world." John I: 9
Christ to John in Revelations, Ch I: 8: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending" sayeth the Lord, "which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
"These things I have spoken to you that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulations: But be of good cheer; I have overcome (conquered) the world." John 16: 33
"I give you a commandment: Love one another." John 15: 12, 17
"For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know his commandment is life everlasting." John 12: 49
One might think from reading these passages that Christ always speaks as the Atman and of the Father as Brahman, or as the Self realized being One in relation to the All pervasive and timeless Self. Just as Krishna tells Arjuna that he taught Aditia (the Sun), Christ states:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I AM." John 8: 58
One can see from the way Christ always refers to the Father ("I AM THAT I AM" Ex 3:14), as the doer of the miracles and all that He says, that regardless of His apparent actions, that He has no sense of being a doer, that all He says and does just happens, because He abides in the Father. Consider the following passage, where Jesus is speaking to the Apostles in John Ch 14:
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: No man cometh to the Father but by Me. (vs 6)
If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from hence forth you know him and have seen him. (verse 7)
"Philip said to Jesus, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.' (verse 8)
To which Jesus replied:
"Have I been so long with you, yet you have still not known me, Philip? He that has seen me has seen the Father; therefore, ow do you say, 'Show us the Father'? (verse 9)
"Believe you not that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The
words I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the ather that dwells in me He does the works. (vs 11)
"Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, or else
believe me for the very works' sake." (verse 12)
Probably, the most profoundly direct instruction Christ gave concerning the teaching of non-dualism is from
"The light of the body is the eye: Therefore, when thine eye is single, your whole body will be filled with light...." (Luke 11: 34)
This non-dual teaching is easily paraphrased as follows: The part of you that sees (the seer, one's Self) is your true light. Therefore, if you hold to (i.e., abide as) the seer (subject-"I") singlely or exclusively (i.e., relinquishing attention to thoughts) you will have illumination - or what some call the "enlightenment of the whole body". This is the exact instruction given in the non-dual Vedanta tradition, with the same described outcome, as related above.
See the the Non-Dual Christ Consciousness described in the Vedic Verse
and Avadhut Gita verse below, very similar to the above records:
Vedic Verse -- Atharva Veda, Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.9:
In the highest golden sheath is the Godhead, unsullied, indivisible; pure is it, the Light of lights. He who knows the Self knows it. Neither sun nor moon nor stars shine there. Neither lightning nor fire finds there a place. With the radiance of that Light alone all things shine. That radiance illumines all this world.
Song of the Ever free -- Avadhuta Gita (Chapter 7 Verse 4):
In this state of realization, how can the Avadhuta
consider whether he has a body or not,
or whether he has attachment or not?
He himself is the immaculate, immovable, innate Reality
-infinite as space.
Pieter Schoonheim Samara is author of The Self, Maya, and the Heart: The Fundamentals of Non-Dualism. The reader will find more of Pieter's writings by entering his name into the website search engine on the home page. He has also written here on the nondual Christ.