Swami

Chrisitnaity

Chain of Colored Gems

O Learned and Devoted Servants of God,

Cream of Christianity and Hinduism: [This is an address given to a gathering of Hindus and Christians]. You are the cream of Christianity and Hinduism. In course of time the devotees of other religions will also join you and make this group as a complete representative of Universal Spirituality. I wish all of you retain your identification of your individual religions. Let this group be a chain of gems of different colours. Let not the other gems be coloured by white paint so that the whole chain shall become a garland of white gems only. Let the pearls remain in the garland, which are white in colour. Let them not insist the other gems also to be coloured by white paint. A chain with different coloured gems looks more beautiful than a chain of mere pearls only. The thread running through all these gems is the Universal Spirituality. Religion is a gem with a particular colour. Spirituality is the thread that is holding on all the different gems in the garland.

Christians are the followers of Christ. Buddhists are followers of Buddha. Janis are followers of Mahaveer Jain. Hindus are the followers of various forms of God. Muslims were the followers of all the prophets up to Mohammad. Thus, the word "Muslims" is general just like the word Hindus. You cannot say that only the followers of Krishna are Hindus. Followers of Shiva are also Hindus. Later on the word Muslims was used specifically for the followers of Mohammad. Before the arrival of Christ and Mohammad all the non-Hindus were called as Muslims. In Sanskrit the word Muslims is represented by the word "Mlechcha" which means all non-Hindus. Thus, in ancient times there were only two religions. One was Hinduism in India and the other was Mlechcha or Muslim out of India. Sage Vyasa wrote a scripture called "Bhavishyat Purana" which mentions about the arrival of Christ to India after His crusification and His conversation with king Salivahana. Therefore, this point has the validity from the scripture. The historical proof exists for the burial tomb of Christ in Kashmir (India) even today. We cannot help if some conservative people like the well frogs deny this.

The word Brahman means the greatest. Any item, which is greatest among a category, can be called as Brahman. An officer in a department is Brahman. The president of the country is Brahman. The officer is greatest among the staff of the department. The president is greatest among all the citizens of the country. The word greatest or Brahman is common to both the officer and president. This does not mean that the officer and president are equal. You have to take the sense of the same word according to the context. Similarly the soul is greatest among all the items of creation. The soul can be called as Brahman. But God is greater than the soul. Therefore, God is greatest among all the items whereas soul is greatest among the items of the creation. Both God and soul can be called as Brahman. This does not mean that God is soul. Similarly, a non-Hindu is called as Muslim. The follower of Mohammad can be also called as Muslim. This does not mean that all the non-Hindus are followers of Mohammad.

When the body of Jesus was pierced by spear blood came out. This means that life was retained by the body of Jesus even after the crucification This shows the yogic power of the Lord Jesus. Jesus was in Himalayas from 16th to 30th year of age. He did severe penance and was in association of great sages in the caves of Himalayas. He attained all the yogic powers. He used the yogic power and retained the life. This is only praise of Jesus and should not be misunderstood as false crucification.

Brahman refers to Para Brahman or God pervading all the pure awareness. A very little part of the pure awareness in which God has not entered is like the mud to prepare the pot. The rest of pure awareness pervaded by God is like the pot maker. The pot is this universe. Veda says that the pure awareness used for the creation is just like ray of the sun ( Padosya Visvaa Bhutaani). Sage Vidyaranya in his famous philosophical book called " Vedanta Panchadasi" also mentions this same point. The mind or the nervous energy used for the conversion in to dream is very very little. This spectator part of the mental energy is huge compared to the mental energy that is converted into dream. Due to the vast quantative difference between the spectator energy and the modified energy, the modification is almost nil compared to spectator. Thus, the spectator is real and the modification is almost unreal. This is the concept of Sankara. The word "Mithya" does not mean completely unreal. It means almost unreal. A dream is almost unreal compared to the dreamer.

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