Jesus Christ, The Young Angry Saint
Jesus has just returned from a long trip overseas, where He spent almost 17 years studying the teachings of the Buddhas and the Avatars of previous times. At the end of it, He discovered that the Buddhas and Avatars were not born such, but rather made. Thereupon, He undertook the arduous task of making, or rather creating such a Buddha, such an Avatar, out of whatever materials were available with Him, Within Him.
What are those materials?
Indeed, what are those materials available within each one of us ?
Those are : First, the Power of Firm Will - of firm determination and firm conviction. The power of total faith, which manifest as self confidence.
Second, the Power of Extensive Knowingness. This is not mere knowledge, not book of scriptural knowledge. But the true knowledge based on one's own life experience. This is the truth which can set one free;the truth which enables us to be loving, kind and full of compassion. The truth which connect us with the spirit within every being, indeed within evertything.
and, Third was the Power of Right Action motivated by one's own will power and in line with one's own knowingness.
He firmly believed in this Trinity of Power within - Three yet One, He realized that the Power Within was the source of All Energy which he called "The Divine Mother". It was rightly called so, for as He found out, the source was indeed soft, subtle and sublime. Like a loving mother, the source nurtures us all - not just our bodies but also our minds and emotions.
When this source of all power, this almighty is ignored and marginalized, we start to believe in the forces outside ourselves - and we become hardened, tough and violent. For, the forces outside are masculine in nature.
It is not that the masculine energy is not important. It is. To accomplish all the hard work, masculine energy is needed, muscles are needed. Whereas, the feminine energy is needed to beautify this world, to preserve all that is good in culture and to glorify Mother Nature. Our Hero found out that there was an imbalance between the two. The entire world was expressing masculine energy, thus becoming overly dynamic to the extent of being aggressive, provocative and violent. Some balance had to be brought about. Jesus was convinced about that when he visited the Temple of the Ally Holy in the City of Peace, Jerusalem.
He saw money changers outside the temple. I saw Him getting very, very angry - turning over the tables which the money changers were using : "Clear the holy grounds from the dirty stuff..."
What a rebellious spirit, the greatest among the rebels...! His was a genuine rebellious spirit. He rebelled against the rotten system. He rebelled against the moth-eaten dogmas and doctrines. He didn't comply with the rules of men to please society. He did not come to follow the old, but to initiate the new.
He was the Yuga Purusha - Man of the Age. He changed the course of our history. He was the Messiah, the Christ, the Buddha, the Avatar and The Prophet of the age.
He was alone. There were many money changers and they had plenty of supporters. Even the priests of the temple supported their bussiness practices.
Our Hero did not care. His eyes were angry....As He shouted and screamed at them, His voice trembled - but not from lack of confidence or control. His voice trembled in genuine anger.
Yes, His was a different kind of anger. It was an anger that would liberate, cleanse and purify. When we are angry, we are carried away by our emotion. We lose the sense of right and wrong. But not Him, in anger, He showed an extraordinary mastery over emotions.
Our Hero was against injustice. His anger was against unjust practices. Unfortunately, the money changers had the full support of establishment. They were the tax paying elite of society, paying their dues religiously to both the Roman Government and the Temple Management.
He was never a politician, but he fought for the political and civil rights of His people. Of-course, He fought in his own way, in the way which could not be understood by judas. The rulers however, intially considered Jesus as harmless, for he separated the affairs of Caesars from the affairs of the Heavenly Father.
It was convenient for them to define the "affairs of Caesar" as the "affairs of State", politics and diplomacy. They could not read the truth between the lines, "You shall only reap what you sow.". It was not "will" but definitely "shall". He was actually reprimanding Caesar, "Hey, you better be careful ! "
Not only the Caesar of His time, but even the latter Caesars, Kings, and present day Rulers - find it very inconvenient when our Hero reminds them of the Eternal law of Cause and Effect.
It is far more convenient for them to believe in Him as the Sacrificial Lamb, who died for their sins. The sacrifice, in their opinion, was made for all. Now, they have nothing to fear as along as they religiously confess their sins and pay their religious taxes as required by the church. This religion of convenience suits them all.
Jesus, Jesus, my Lord - what happened to Your teachings?
He smiled : "They didn't understand my language, perhaps because I was speaking in parables.", Alas, very few understood those teachings. Even the Church did not, could not, or perhaps chose not to.
A ruling king could easily order the total revision of any scriptures, just because he found it inconvenient to believe in the Law of Reincarnation, "How could I, a king, be reborn as a man of lower stature?"
Our Hero is on the cross and yet He is celebrating life, "forgive them, forgive those people who have nailed me to this cross and believe that they can kill me this way. I shall live on... I know no death, death is fiction... Life is Eternal..."
It is very comfortable to feel that he has died on the cross for all our sins, for the sins of all of us. Why? Because, we are not ready to be nailed the way He was nailed. Isn't it enough that He is nailed, why should we be nailed?
The kind of relation we want to maintain with our Hero is not even human. We consider Him as a sacrificial lamb. We are not ready to make any sacrifices for him. Sacrificing for Him means sacrificing for our fellowmen. It means loving our neighbors as we love him, irrespective of our religious, social, economical and other differences.
Mark 15 : 40-43
"Some women were there , looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joseph and Salome. They had followed Jesus while he was in Galilee and had helped him. Many other women who had come to Jerusalem with him were there also."
Mary Magdalene is reported to be at the scene of the Crucifixion. The "other" Mary, the mother of James, Joseph and Salome is no other than Mother Mary. James, Joseph and Salome are His siblings, younger than Him, born of same mother and different fathers.
Later, when Joseph Arimethea and John Nicodemus got to see the body of our Lord... Apparently tired, exhausted and bleeding - our Hero was in a state of deep coma when taken down from the cross. He had not died. Futhermore, Joseph of Arimathea had used his influence on Pilate to take the body within hours of the crucifixion. Our Hero couldn't have died so fast.
Jesus' body had been removed from the "tomb" prepared by Joseph of Arimathea. He was being healed... Later. Thus, our Hero Jesus was saved.... He did not die on the Cross.In our commune we had physicians, we had experts in herbal medicine. We had people who knew what "coma" meant. We also had qualified surgeons. Indeed, we had many knowledgeable and certainly aware people in our group. It took Him three days to come out of the coma.
"When Jesus arrived at the house of our brethren He was faint and weak. His wounds had begun to cause him pain. He was much moved, in that he considered it all as a miracle.
Jesus however wanted to meet his disciples as soon as He could - so the Elders of the Order asked the handful in charge of his recovery to make the following announcement : "Jesus is risen. Do not look for him here. Say to his disciples that they will find him in Galilee."
After meeting with a handful of disciples, it was decided that our Hero must immediately leave Galilee, for the news of His "appearance" would sooner or later reach the ears of those who were looking for him.
So we had to make a drama, a real life drama,or rather a drama within life's drama - He was to "appear" before them. One of The Blessed Women was entrusted with the role of spreading word that the Savior had been resurrected. Indeed the Savior had been resurrected, not just in spirit, but also in body. She did not lie by spreading that word. Again the rest of the story is known to all of us.
Although still very weak, our Hero objected. He wanted to remain with His disciples, but as the "Eye Witness" reports : ".... Joseph and Nicodemus beseeched Him that He save Himself and not again permit himself to fall into the power of the priests."
"And when the Esseer brethren advised Jesus to go to this country, he remembered how the prophets of old were said to have lived in the same place....
"And His mind was made up to go thither, for there he could teach his disciples without fear that his enemies would find his dwelling place, for in that country lived only members of our order, our brehtren."
This place is sometimes referred to as a "place of concealment". Kashmir - the valley of Kashmir in the Himalayas, which is also known as "Heaven on Earth ","the garden of Eden",and "Paradise" - the beautiful Kashmir. It was here, where our Hero laid down his mortal body and rose to immortality of the spirit. It is here, at Rozabal, where the body He shed is still preserved.
Two thousand years after leaving His body, our Hero still works the beautiful valley of Kashmir, infiltrated by the terrorist, torn apart for many years - today Kashmir is regaining her beauty, majesty and glory. Kashmir today is a living proof of the supremacy of Love.
Kashmir bear witness to the triumph of Love. Kashmir proves that Love is the only solution.....
Christ of Kashmiris, Anand Krishna