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The Self, Maya, and the Heart: The Fundamentals of Non-Dualism, page 8
Part IV: Could the
Teachings of Christ Really Be in the Same Tradition as
the Ancient sages, Krishna, and others? Are the Teachings
of Christ Actually Centered in the Philosophy of
Non-Dualism? Is Christ in reality the all pervasive
timeless unconditioned Self, abiding as the Heart of
everyone, as Consciousness Itself? If Christ IS the
Truth, as He says, shouldn't His Teachings be examined to
discover Who and What That Truth is and abide as That,
rather than to seek out for remedies in this world? - as
in "Go first to God ("I AM") and all
things will be added unto you." Luke 12:31
There are many passages in the New (and Old) Testament, where, when the notion of the West, that we are all separate beings, centered in our identities as thinking bodies, is put aside, one is surprised to find that most passages are apparently referring to Christ as being the Self, and likewise He speaks from the perspective of an Avadhut, or as Krishna might speak, or another sage from the non-dualist tradition.
While in the Old Testament God states the Truth as "I AM THAT I AM", in the West we have built Christianity around Descartes' dictum: "I think therefore I am." From, the point of view of a non-dualist, the first two of the Ten Commandments (Ex 20: 1-7) are extremely powerful statements. So, it is no wonder that in reading the words of Christ, as a non-dualist, the statements come out as being also very powerful.
The following are several quotes about Christ as the Self, in terms that are identical to those of the ancient eastern sages:
"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 shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehendeth it not." John I: 5
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that is born into this world."
John I: 9
Basically, these are descriptions very similar to how Krishna describes himself. Here the creation is not only created by Christ, but also all creation throughout all time, as "without him was not anything made that was made". Who Christ is said to be is Life, and that Life was the Light (Consciousness) of "every man that is born into this world."
The darkness described is the mind, which cannot know the Self, the All Knower, and cannot see the seer, which lights it.
From these quotes and the quotes to follow, we will see that Christ is defined clearly as the Self of all, and that his teachings are to redirect each listener that can "hear" him, to purify the mind, or directly to enquire into and abide as the Self, or to admonish them to take their stand in the Truth and "abide in me", the Self. Quoting a few passages, it will become clear that these are statements from the perspective of Krishna, or an Avadhut, or someone, who, having realized their Self, no longer has a sense of "I" in relation to the body or mind, but abides as and is "Consciousness Itself".
"No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven."John 3: 13
Here Christ states essentially that the Self is always realized. In John 3: 14-21 Christ elaborates on this theme of the "Light" further, as do many other of his passages. When seen from the perspective of a non-dualist, His passages are intensely strong, giving no ground for alternate ideas that there may be some reality to the world or some basis to the world or some alternate "Ways" or approaches. For example:
"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
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, 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. (verse 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, how 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 Father that dwells in me he does the works. (verse 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)
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