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Yoga of Jesus Christ
Recently I received an angry letter. Its author wrote that love for God is regarded in Orthodoxy as a temptation, which may cause psychical problems… And this temptation comes from the devil…
So, it follows that the devil prompts people to love God?…
… But today we are not going to discuss such paradoxes of primitive sectarians; let us look instead at what Jesus Christ Himself taught.
Also let us note — the true Christianity (in the main meaning of this word) is what and how Jesus taught, in contrast to how His Teachings are often interpreted by certain groups of people calling themselves Christians…
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We have discussed many times that spiritual development consists of three components: intellectual, ethical, and psychoenergetical. In the book Classics of Spiritual Philosophy and the Present we analyzed, with the use of the Apocryphal (i.e. non-included into the New Testament) Gospels, what Jesus said about these components of development.
Concerning the first of them, Jesus explained how one should understand the essence of the Creator (God-the-Father) and the Holy Spirit, the meaning of human life which consists in self-development with the purpose of achieving Godlikeness and then Mergence with the Creator.
Concerning the ethical development — Jesus insisted that impeccable LOVE is the Path to realization of the tasks set for every one of us by God. And in order to realize the ethical transformation of oneself, one has to learn to live in a tender and subtle emotional state, which is achievable only against the background of inner calm and provided one has gotten rid of the ability to enter egocentric and coarse states of the consciousness.
How can one master this? — we discussed this subject many times. Let me just repeat that, first, we have to sincerely want to become better in the eyes of God, and, second, it is hardly achievable without the use of special methods of psychical self-regulation based on work with the chakras. (It is described in detail in our book Ecopsychology).
Now we are going to focus on the psychoenergetical aspect of self-development — on how Jesus Christ taught it to His closest disciples. Namely, we will talk about a direct transformation of oneself-consciousness on the path of further refinement and becoming free from the attachment to the world of matter. It is called meditative work.
I want to emphasize that not only is the methodology of this work used by Jesus the same as the common methodology given by all Divine Teachers, but even concrete meditative methods are also the same, though they may be called by different terms.
Now let us turn to some excerpts:
“… I and My disciples… bathed in the living water that comes down”*. This is a description of the meditation known today as latihan. One can prepare oneself for it with the help of the psycho-physical exercise awakening.
“… He (God) would grant you… to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man (this concerns an individual consciousness living in the material body), and Christ may dwell in your hearts…, (so) that you, being rooted (in the Father) and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend… what is the (true) breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the Love of Christ so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:16-19). This passage tells about many things: about the role of the anahata chakra in one’s spiritual development, and that we can invite Jesus into this chakra, about the necessity to expand it by pushing its walls from within it, and that it is by the expanded spiritual heart that we can cognize the Love of God and become this Love, become Him.
“The Kingdom of God is in your midst”*. This concerns the same idea, namely, that the Creator in His Abode can be cognized inside the developed consciousness, and we know where exactly: in the depth of the developed, giant spiritual heart.
“Truly I say to you, whoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child (that is openly, with sincere joy) shall in no way enter into it”*.
“… The Heavenly Kingdom is taken by effort”*. That is, the refined consciousness of the spiritual seeker has to become strong — to gain the ability to move from one eon to another, up to the Abode of the Creator. And the power of an individual consciousness, as we discussed in our previous conversations, is directly related to the size of such a consciousness grown as a spiritual heart and to its developed capability to act, in particular, with the help of the arms of the consciousness.
“… When… we shall be like Him… — … we shall see Him as He is”*.
“The Heavens and the Earth will roll up in your presence, and whoever is Living from the Living One will not see death”*. That is, if one achieves Coessentiality with the Creator, the islets of the material Creation begin to look infinitesimally small — in comparison with His universal greatness. This means that one gains the eternal life as His Integral Part. And then one gains also the ability to absorb into oneself the material body, dematerializing it.
Jesus said about Himself and His Mission the following: “… The Eternal Spirit, dwelling in the state of complete Calm and of Supreme Beatitude, awoke and manifested Itself for some period from the Eternal Beingness, so as to show (people) in the guise of humanity the means of uniting with Divinity and of attaining the Eternal Felicity, and to demonstrate by example how man may attain ethical purity, separate the soul from its mortal coil, and achieve the Perfection necessary to enter into the infinite Kingdom of Heaven, where Eternal Happiness reigns”*.
“… If the root is holy, also the branches (are holy)”*. This passage tells about the Image of Divine Teachers when They come out from the Abode of the Creator and appear before incarnate people.
“… We look not at the things which are seen (i.e. material), but the things which are not seen (i.e. non-material); for the things which are seen are not lasting, but the things which are not seen are everlasting”*.
“The world does not know us, because it did not cognize Him”*.
“… The one who is united with the Lord is One Spirit with Him”*.
From these excerpts one can conclude that Jesus taught to His chosen disciples, including Paul, the psychoenergetical methods of the levels both of Raja Yoga and of higher stages of Buddhi Yoga.
Jesus’ personal Disciple Apostle Philip describes some of these meditative trainings in His Gospel. These include meditations called today latihan and pranava (Flows of the Holy Spirit), also a sequence of true (not symbolic) baptisms received in the Holy Spirit and in God-the-Father, and then one’s “birth” and maturing in Them.
Philip describes also the meditation Cross, which completes the minimal program necessary for achieving Divinity:
“I say this to those who are not just interested in the words ‘the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit’, but who gain Them truly for themselves…
“One can gain Them by the blessing of God in the realization of all the fullness of the power of the Cross, which was called by the apostles the Right-and-Left. The One, Who has cognized this, is no longer a Christian but a Christ.”*
This meditation doubles one’s spiritual achievements and allows one to come to the matter of the body from the other side, from the side of the Creator, Who looks from His Depths at His Creation…
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And now let us listen to what Jesus and His Divine Apostles tell nowadays:
From conversations with the Apostle Philip:
“… Philip, tell us please about how Jesus taught…”
“It is difficult to convey it with words… He taught by all His life; He taught by His each word and deed!…
“He exposed in us that which was imperfect. He taught to root out vices in oneself, because one cannot approach the Father having not become the Pure Light!
“He taught meditation: taught by submerging us into His states, by explaining how to enter them, how to retain them in whatever hard conditions our bodies could be in.
“Whether He commissioned one of us to do something, whether He worked Divine miracles in our presence… — His every word and deed changed something in those who listened and followed Him.
“Since the time we met Jesus, we had no life other than the life with Him. Everyone renounced everything they had in the earthy world — in order to follow the Lord!
“But it was not enough to become One with the Father, as Jesus taught. One also had to renounce the lower self…
“He did not have much time…
“… We had to complete the transfiguration of Ourselves and to cognize the fullness of Mergence with the Heavenly Father — when We were walking to different countries carrying His Teachings to people. And Jesus was always with Every one of Us…”
“… Do You want to say something more, Philip?”
“I would like to, but there are no words in the world to express this… I would like to tell about the Love for Jesus… I will tell about this without words to anyone who asks Me…
“I also want to tell about Christ’s Heart. Many people use these words when edifying others… Yet do they understand what these words mean?
“It is one of the greatest discoveries that a seeking Christian can make!
“Christ’s Heart is larger than anything that ordinary people may see in the earthly life!
“Therefore, just by reasoning about It in words one cannot gain even the slightest understanding of It!
“This Heart embraces with Its Love everything! In this Heart there is an infinite Source of Love and life-giving Power! Like an infinitely large Sun, this Heart shines beneath the entire world! (This concerns Depths of the multidimensional space from where the Sun of God shines).
“By feeling this Heart, you can also feel the Love of Christ that He carried in Himself for people!
“Only having felt this Heart as yours, can you understand the fullness of this Knowledge…
“Therefore, I say: the duty of every true Christian is to strive to become Christ’s Heart, so as to become truly similar to Him!
“… I am ready to help all who seek Jesus, who seek the Father!
“… Jesus and many other Sons and Daughters of the One Father breathed life into your undertakings which will create a new spiritual spring on the planet Earth! We All are glad to give Our help to you!”
From conversations with the Apostle Andrew:
“It is easy to live with absolute faith! Jesus taught Us this: If you have to accept death, you accept it! If God prolongs your life, you serve Him!
“It is so easy to trust Him absolutely, to trust the One Who is with you and in you! Your strengths, your hands, your mouth, your thoughts serve Him, and He will provide to you all the rest: all that He considers necessary for you…
“The more time passed the less of the former Andrew remained in Me, and the more was of Andrew the First-Called — Jesus’ Andrew, Andrew-Son of the Heavenly Father…
“And, crucified on a cross, True Andrew preached. When the guards wanted to release Me, they could not even come near…
“I was coming to Jesus!
“The Father willed so: I was going away — to Him!…
“… It was easy for Us! It was much easier for Us than for Others Who reached the Father! Since the moment We saw Jesus for the first time, He was with Us.
“We were not like rivers which have to make their way. No: We merged with a great River which had already made Its way to the Ocean. Jesus showed Us the Way! We walked nearby; We walked with Him just a bit behind! It was easy for Us!
“He showed the Way and gave the power to walk! He taught Us to unite with the Power of the Father! And each of Us wished to complete His Path and enter the Abode of the Father as Jesus did. The cross death was desired by Us!
“We walked the Path of Jesus!
“We carried His words to people!
“We did what He entrusted to Us!
“Jesus was always with Us!
“And now We are — with Him — in the Heavenly Father!”
“… The first feat of the soul on the Path to the Father is the feat of being aware of His constant presence. Then one begins to live feeling oneself before Him. Then ‘on His scales’ one weighs all thoughts and deeds…
“The second feat of the soul is the feat of serving Him. Every thought and deed must be done for Him. Through mergence of the first two feats one realizes full devotion to Him.
“The summit of the soul’s life is the third feat — Mergence — when you give yourself to Him entirely and do not think about yourself anymore, forgetting the personal — in Great Love for Him! Then the great sacrament of Joining, Reunification is possible. When everything that was you becomes love and is given as a gift to Him — then the giver disappears because you have given away everything, including yourself.
“The one who comes into Him says: ‘There is only You — Father!’
“The One Who comes out from Him says: ‘I and the Father are One!’
“And then the Highest becomes possible — that which Jesus demonstrated to people by His life. This means that one realizes the Mission, being not an individuality anymore!”
From conversations with the Apostle John:
“Jesus was with Us; Jesus was in Us; He united Our hearts in Himself! Through the Love of Jesus — We became One with the Father! The Heart of Jesus became the Heart of Every one of Us!
“The Love of Jesus smelts, transfigures, heals!
“God is Love! Jesus demonstrated this to people!
“Receive His Love into your hearts! This is the Love of the Father! This is the Love of Every one of Us!
“Here — in His Abode — All Who have cognized Him are One!
“… I will help everyone who wants to master the Love that Jesus talked about. It is enough just to address Me recalling My name!
“I am One with the Father, and there is nothing impossible for Me! By the Power of the Father, I will create everything that is needed for teaching, all favorable conditions for development of My disciple! There is no power in the universe that can thwart this!
“But let those who ask Me for help, whom I will guide, make on their part all due efforts; without this the successful advancement is not possible!
“They must be sensitive in order not to overlook My hints and guiding signs.
“They must be brave to believe in the possibility of a direct guidance of God and follow it in life among atheists and pseudo-believers.
“They must be freedom-loving to be capable of breaking away from habitual worldly things and climbing to the heights that others consider unreachable.
“After all, is it possible to become like Jesus was in a lesser way?”
From conversations with the Apostle Matthew:
“… I want to say also a few words about how to distinguish between true and false religious views of people.
“I mean that teaching people to pray by panhandling something from God is very harmful, because it encourages growth of one’s egocentrism.
“The true religiosity has to be manifested as a constant work on changing oneself in accordance with what God expects from incarnate people. It also implies service to God, rather than service to oneself. And one has to serve God, first of all, by spreading true knowledge about Him and about the Path to Him.”
From conversations with Jesus Christ:
The majority of people believe that one can communicate with Jesus only in temples… But Jesus is omnipresent!
There are special places in nature — places of power, holy places — where it can be done very easily. Here one can easily perceive the words of Jesus, merge with Him by the consciousness, dissolve oneself in Him…
… Meditation: “There is no me; there is only Jesus”…
And now Jesus begins speaking:
“I am equal among All Who constitute the Essence of the Father. There are no ‘less equal’ and ‘more equal’ among Us, because We All are One!
“And, as anyone of Us, I represent the Father, independent of by what Name He is called.
“Unfortunately, so few people understand this! This is why there are so many evolutionary ‘recoils’, tragedies of individual souls and whole nations! This is why the evolutionary perspective of the planet Earth is so low now!”
“It is about this that I want to speak! I would like to say this to people who love Me, seek Me, but for some reason dare not appeal to Me directly! I want to change the situation where ‘Jesus’ is an icon for ‘praying’, where only the Bible can speak about Me, despite the fact that it was changed and interpreted by people…
“I am Living! I am here, in your room! And at the same time, I can be with many of My people, because I am omnipresent! Because I and the Father are One!
“I would like to give this possibility to communicate with Me — to all who love Me, to all who seek Me!
“I want to speak now, with your help, about the reality of Jesus for everyone!
“Let every person, who is reading these words, experience Me standing now behind him or her, and with love ask Me to enter his or her heart — the spiritual heart…
“I will be with everyone now — with everyone who wants this!
“The Light and Love of the Father come with Me into you!
“This is yours by the right of the children of our Heavenly Father!
“If you want, I will come always, always when you call Me into your heart!
“You will learn to recognize Me!
“You will learn to see Me!
“You will learn to hear Me!
“I will be helping you!
“I will teach you the laws of God, the laws of Love!
“I am always ready to be with you!
“I am near! I am ready to be in your spiritual heart! I am as real now as I was real when I spoke to Paul!
“If the Light of Love is burning in your heart, then I am already in you!
“Give this Light to people!
“I have repeated this many times through prophets! I came to the Earth for this purpose, so that My and My Father’s Love may dwell in your heart!
“It is for this purpose that I was on the Earth 2000 years ago! It is for this purpose that now I am here! I would like to show once again the Path to the Abode of Our Heavenly Father — your and My Father! Love is the Path to the Father!
“Try to experience how many souls I hold on My hands on all the continents of the Earth, how many people call Me: ‘Lord Jesus, come to us!’ This is My ‘field’ on which I work. This is the ‘field’ which I sowed, and now there is a multitude of souls devoted to Me.
“… The climate on the Earth is inhospitable now. I am glad that in the silence of your northern forests there grows one of the Branches of My Love — your School, which is My School as well! Hesychia and love filling the spiritual hearts are the base of the Straight Path to the Father! This is what you can give to the world from Me! Do this for Me, do this for the Heavenly Father!
“One has to unite people in their love for the Father! One has to explain to them that not new Pharisees but Living God — our Loving Heavenly Father — helps everyone who directs the eyes of the soul to Him!
“Love transfigures souls! Transfiguration and purification of souls in love allow the Light of God to warm and consecrate the life of such people!
“Create love on the Earth!
“All the Earth is open for you! Tell everywhere about Me and the Father!
“Spiritual hearts living in freedom — this defines one’s success on the spiritual Path! Let people’s hearts not be constrained by anything! Where are there such conditions? — in the forest in nature!
“Accept on yourselves the mission of spreading the true knowledge about God, about Me! You are My apostles!
“All the countries have to begin to speak the language of the new knowledge about God and about the meaning of life! I invite everyone to participate in this work! This requires, first of all, that one overcomes one’s own inertia.
“… You know that the main meaning of the word religion is Mergence! To walk the religious Path means to direct all the strength of the soul to achieving this Mergence.
“It is the Yoga that Krishna taught about! It is the Yoga taught by Me: ‘Love your Lord with all the heart, with all the soul!…’
“The fullness of love for Me is Mergence with Me!
“If you love Me, you forget about yourself and do everything only for Me, and then only from within Me.
“‘To dissolve in Love…”, ‘to abandon oneself’ — and then there remain no personal, egoistic interests!
“What prevents one from doing this? The vices of the soul! They are like dark spots, dark contaminations that do not allow man to dissolve completely. They are like ‘hooks’ that attach man to that which is worldly…
“… I want to also tell about love…
“Some believe that love is only meditations…
“In reality, love has multiple aspects!
“I, too, am Love!
“And one of the most important manifestations of love is to care about others. Only they who truly care about Me, that is about My souls* — only they are worthy of Me! Living by others’ interests, they forget about themselves. And only such a self-forgetting soul is needed by Me: I let in only such souls!
“By forgetting about yourself, you gain Me!
“To care means to realize the interests of others: what do they need, what is most favorable for them from the standpoint of the Evolution of God.
“Serve Me! — as I served in the past, as I do it now!
“The one who refuses to serve Me is not worthy of Me!
“The one who is not worthy of Me cannot live in Me!
“Learn to be — for all — only Pure Light, only Love!
“Love means care, forgiveness, respect, devotion…
“Hold My souls in your hands and under their weight submerge into Me!
“… Yes, it is not easy to learn to be Divine Love! One has to have power to realize the Will of the Father. And it is in service to the Father that one’s heart grows and the arms of the heart become stronger!
“As a fire becomes brighter, even so the Love of God — with your efforts — can be ignited in many hearts!
“Your fire has been built already, and the Divine Flame burns in your hearts. Yet if you do not support it with your service, it will fade.
“Kindle new hearts with the flame of Divine Love! Use every chance for this purpose, because there may be no more chances!
“Let all other life purposes disappear for you; let only I remain for you!
“The Totality of My Beingness — everyone who strives to become Me has to master it! With the feeling of My Grandiosity one has to perform actions! You must not act as an ordinary person but as a consciousness coessential to Me! If you embrace the entire Earth with yourself, if you feel yourself coessential to the Consciousness of the Creator, if you feel that you bring to people of the Earth the truth from the Father — you cannot become faint-hearted before any task on the Earth!
“Look at your service from within Me! Approach this task from My Greatness! And then all the indecisiveness and hesitations will disappear! One has to strive to act in earthly situations not from the body but from within Me!”
“What do we need to do to more successfully change the worldview of people? Only a few of them want the true knowledge!”
“One has to try to grow in people the ability to love, try to help them understand that it is love that brings one to God! You can also help them to feel the touches of God. And then some of them, not all, will aspire to Me!
“Some seeds fall on rocky soil, yet this does not mean that one does not have to sow! And I will show you where to sow.
“Explain to people that the desire to give rather than to receive is the most important thing!
“The service to Me is a prerequisite for the personal cognition of Me!
“One has to cognize Me not for one’s own sake, not for one’s own blissful states, but in order to give My Love to others more successfully, in order to serve Me! Only then can one come to Mergence with Me!
“Everyone has the freedom of choice on this Path. Everyone has to decide how to develop and to serve Me. And let Me repeat that an egoistic motive is wrong here: it does not work on the Path to Me.
“And remember: it is a basic right of the soul — to become one with the Father!
“… Through you God wants to help many people!”
“What do we need to do now for this?”
“Be open for the Power of God to come through you to the Creation!
“You have to be always ‘an open window’, a passage from the Creator to the world of the Creation!
“I am the Door — one comes to the Creator through Me!
“I am the Logos — I say His Words to people!
“I am the Vine — through Our bodies the Great Power grows, which brings fruits to ripening souls!”
“How can one learn to always stay in Mergence?”
“All the chakras have to be filled with the state of the Sun of God. Learn to live in this state! The Sun of God has to shine through your bodies — the Sun in which you and I are one.”
“Tell us, please, more about Yourself if possible…”
“To the incarnation known to people I came from the Father! I came to fulfill what was predicted in the Scriptures and to demonstrate the Love of the Heavenly Father to people. I came to show the Way to people by all My life.
“… The body of boy-Jesus, educated in the traditions of Judaic faith, could not comprehend at once all the knowledge about My future course of life, all the fullness of the Father's Wisdom and Power. I felt inside Me Great Love and Power, coming from the depths of Me, but it was not yet the knowledge that I was the Messiah to come that prophecies talked about…
“In that earthly life, I had to unite with the Father in such a way that the Power and Love of the Father could be manifested freely to the world through My body and that great miracles could be possible!
“Yes, miraculous phenomena occurred in My life since birth. But I had to master manifesting consciously the Will and Power of the Father. It was necessary for making possible My broad preaching to people — preaching of the laws of Father’s Love!
“The laws of Jews of that time required to avenge, to hate, to kill… But I knew and carried the Father’s Love to people!
“… From a certain age, having cognized quietness inside My spiritual heart, I began speaking with Him.
“And gradually, having expanded in the Infinity of the Creator, I began to perceive Myself as the one chosen by Him for the Great Work.
“When I reached the age of thirteen, He led Me to travel to many countries, where I received the spiritual knowledge accumulated by humanity, including meditation techniques which were necessary for leading worthy ones to the Father…
“… I cognized the Teachings of Krishna about the Path of bhakti — cordial love for the beloved Creator. And I saw that there is no other way to cognition of God but the Way of the spiritual heart.
“… In Egypt I received initiations and understood the truths about the necessity of keeping the secret which protects the highest stages of the Path from the unworthy.
“I easily cast away the ‘husk’ of rites and legends, submerging Myself into the essence of the Teachings…
“I preached and taught in different countries. There are stories about My earthly life which were not included in the New Testament. They can reveal to those who are interested the details of that part of My life… But this is not the main thing…
“Then I came back to Judaea in order to begin that part of My Service about which almost all people on the Earth know now. I brought to people Love of the Father and His Teachings. I accepted death, and then I rose, demonstrating through this the omnipotence of the Father!
“I showed the Way! And may it be cleared and extended further by your work — this Path to the Heavenly Father!”
Yours affectionately, Jesus