by Nick Andrea
This post is going to ruffle some feathers., but what I’m about to tell you is my view based on things I’ve read, evidence I’ve gathered, and what makes the most sense to me. It is about Jesus Christ, whom many call Lord and Savior. Some of my sources are listed at the bottom of this article.
So, here is my view:
- There are many years of Jesus’ early life between the time he was a boy and and when he started preaching, that are missing from the Bible. He went somewhere, probably to India, during which he became fully realized as a saint.
- He returned to Israel where he preached the truth of our divine nature. He was not proclaiming his own divine nature as something somehow separate or outside of our own, but as a reflection thereof. In ancient Aramaic, the use of the word “I” was reserved for referring to the Cosmic Self or God. It was not used to denote one’s individual, personal self. In other words, you would not say, “I am hungry.” Instead, you would say, “This is hungry,” or, “Jesus is hungry.”
So, when Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” he didn’t mean, “Jesus of Nazareth, the personality and physical body” was the way, the truth, and the life. He meant, “The Universal Self, the Cosmic Consciousness,” of which we all are a reflection, is the way, the truth, and the life. Connecting to the Great I was the way to salvation.
In fact, Jesus says in verse 3 of the Gospel of Thomas, “When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
Jesus wasn’t teaching gurudom. He wasn’t teaching attachment to form, least of all his own. He was teaching that the way to know God was through self-knowledge.
- Ok, so the Pharisees and Sadducees hated him because they were so unwilling to accept that any ordinary man could achieve such intimacy with the Creator. It threatened their power, so they had him crucified. However, Jesus did not die on the cross. Instead, he went into a state of suspended animation, which is something that many yogis have since demonstrated, and on the third day “resuscitated” himself. The Aramaic word that has been translated as “resurrected” can also be translated as “resuscitated.” (Kersten 1994, p. 201).
Jesus “resurrection” was no miracle, it was just science of a higher order.
Nor did he “die to save our sins,” for in truth there is no real sin if we but have the eye to see it as so. “Sin” literally translated means “missing the mark.” The mark, or the truth, is that we are whole, perfect, and complete, Christs in ourselves, as Jesus was. I had a very powerful spiritual experience one time. I won’t go into it, but needless to say it happened in a church, and had such a profound effect on me as to leave me with an enduring sense of peace for weeks. After that, I started studying the Bible and praying a lot. However, one day, I heard Jesus say to me within, “Why are you focusing so much on me when you should be focusing on yourself?”
So, why did I write this? I wrote it to shake us of the need to look to the outside to affirm the miracle of our own existence. Jesus was, certainly, a saintly man, and I have no doubt his spirit is still working on this planet from the ethereal realm. However, we can no longer go on denying our own divine nature, saying things like, “We’re useless, sinning human garbage, and only Jesus will save us,” because in so doing we avoid responsibility for making our own choices, our own discoveries, for realizing that the One God is within us.
I think most of us are afraid to acknowledge that because we simply don’t know how to handle being so awesome. It’s almost like the Light burns us. Success is more painful than failure, so we keep ourselves in rat hole.
Well, screw that. I ain’t got time to lead a mediocre life. I ain’t got time to perpetuate the delusion that I’m an incomplete being, needing something outside of myself, a belief that continues to empower the oppressive forces of our society – consumerism, fanatical religion, war. No thank you.
So I no longer project onto the man, Jesus. The same Christ that lived in him lives in me, but not as Nick Andrea the personality, not as Nick Andrea the body with all its desires and vulnerabilities, but as Nick Andrea, the wrinkle in the fabric of Universe, peering into itself as an expression of form.
So I say, go to church. Be a Christian! But, be a mystical one. Be as Saint Francis of Assisi said, “That which you are looking for is that which is looking.”
Documentary: Beyond Belief
Kersten, Holger. Jesus Lived in India
Ancient Text: The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas