I recently started watching a mini series called The Chosen. It centers around the disciples of Jesus, and the teachings of that great Master. It’s certainly a work of fiction (I’m not going to give my opinion of the series here), but it has rekindled my love for this teacher, whose ministry was only three years long, yet whose story changed the world and still throbs like heartbeat and a wound within the psyche of many, including myself.
So this Christmas I’m trying to remember Him, and his ministry. For many years I avoided His story because I had encountered people who said they were His followers, and yet did harm to others in word and deed. I encountered bigotry, closed mindedness, and judgmental attitudes too many times to believe there was any truth in Christianity. I only came back around to Him after I found truth and answers to my spiritual questions from the Yoga teachings of the East, and a spiritual teacher from that tradition who spoke of Christ’s teachings and revered Him, encouraged all of us (his students) to read the Bible and learn from the teachings of Jesus.
And so I have been striving to, and finding Christ’s teachings and indomitable love to be like nectar; very comforting and also so relevant and alive today. Paramahamsa Yogananda wrote a huge volume called The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, and I’ve begun diving back into that too. It’s a two volume set where the great Yogi presents all of Jesus’ teachings and shines the light of the yogic perspective on them.
Even a Tom Brown Jr. book I’ve been reading unexpectedly turned to Jesus’ teachings this morning, as the author recounted how his Apache teacher Stalking Wolf encouraged him to read the Bible and learn from Jesus:
“Grandfather sat for a long time gazing at the cross, then he finally spoke the words that still resound in my mind and life. He said, ‘I am in awe of this man called Jesus. He was a man of purity, of wilderness, a prophet and a teacher, a man who walked close to the spirit… This man has inspired more nations and healed more people than I could ever dream of. Yet what we do to his name and teaching today has distorted that truth..’”
I can attest to that. And I can also attest to the fact that the heart of His teachings are ever pure, untaintable. If Jesus’ life shows us anything- it’s that love is the most powerful force known to man. It’s a yet unharnessed power (on a large scale), but one that lies within each of us. I’m praying we all get a good dose of it this holiday season, and remember the teachers whose lives were such beautiful examples of Love’s transformative power.