Buddha is quoted as having said that individuals on spiritual path of self-knowing were not to believe what he said blindly nor to follow anyone but themselves to finding ‘truth’. Truth can be pointed to but you cannot lead someone to see or understand ‘truth’. Understanding goes beyond knowledge and mind and is deeper, it is intuitive and universal. It applies in all instances. One person will find ‘truth’ and another will not. One will understand the ‘greater depth of truth’ and another will not. Aptitude and grace will determine each one’s ability to perceive ‘truth’ and ‘understanding’ depending on their karma of this lifetime.
Buddha came to point to a way free of suffering through detachment, impermanence, and inter-connectedness destroying the darkness of separatism, ego, and despair. The Middle Way of Moderation and Abstinence of Craving.
Jesus, the Christ, is quoted as having said that He is the ‘son of God’, that he brings not peace but division to the world, father against son, mother against daughter, husband against wife, sister against bother. One will choose light, the other will choose darkness. The one does not control the Other. When one becomes a beacon of light and Truth in the world one becomes a target for all those who would challenge it out of pride, envy, jealousy, fear or hate. Those who ‘fear’ the ‘truth’ and the ‘light’ choose to destroy the ‘light’ rather than suffer the ‘truth’ which it reveals about themselves and who they have become. Those who are filled with hate and fear are also filled with shame, guilt, regret, and sorrow.
Jesus was and is the mirror from which we could and cannot not turn away.
We are being asked to look into our mirror of ‘self’ and face that which we have become. We are being asked to change, to transform who we have been, to transmute that which we are into someone better, more pure, more whole.
We carry our wounded-ness and our broken-ness like a crutch dragging us down, slowing our evolution.
Jesus taught to forgive self and others as the path to love, to healing, to happiness. He taught to not judge lest we be judged, to forgive others as they forgive us, and to love freely without exception all living beings.
John the Baptist purified the body with water and he said: “I prepare the way for HE who will baptize with the Holy Spirit”. This purification cleanses the body so that the pure Soul can rise to the higher heavens and be One with the Holy One, the Almighty, the Para Brahman.
It appears that the Human Condition contains the elements of ‘sin’ or a ‘falling from grace’ wherein we used to be in constant communion with the Holy One, but by virtue of becoming Human in form we have been made to suffer the separation from Him/Her.
The modern times are full of false prophets which attempt to point to ‘Truth’. Jesus said: “Thou shalt know the tree by its fruit”. Judge the teachings by the results which they produce. By that you will know whether to follow a particular religion or dogma, whether it enhances life and truth and inclusiveness and everyone without exception. Do not follow those who preach one thing and do another. Do not follow institutions which pretend to be the Lamb but are indeed the Wolf in Sheep disguise.
Blessings. and Namaste.