Being raised with a Jewish label on my body, contemplating JC was a no no.
Somewhere down the road I learned that he was not a Christian but a little Jewish kid from Bethlehem. So, I questioned, why and how did he ever become a Christian or God? He never did and never was either.
His mission was to lead the oppressed people he came in contact with back to Eloi (God), or Eluhanu (Friend). or Abba (Father) or Jehovah (All Mighty) or Allah (All Compassionate) or Krishna (All Attractive) or Ajita (Unconquerable) or whatever name you want to attach to his and our Father.
After he departed, “Christianity” manifested and ignorance abounded due to the truth never being understood.
So, with a Jewish label on my body and risking scorn and condescension, why can’t the Jewish people appreciate his mission?
All he was doing was to try and lead people back to their Father. If you can appreciate that, you will never commit an abomination by appreciating anyone trying to lead people back to their Father.
So, due to envy and the fear of losing control over the people he was subjected to incredible cruelty.
Let me paint a different picture and I pray you do not take offense to what I am about to reveal to you. It comes form love and compassion.
First and foremost, please try to understand that the body is a vehicle driven by a driver. The body is temporary but the driver is eternal. Knowing this, sets the stage for for relevant issues.
How sad things have become when we attack people simply because they may be of a different race, color, or religion than we are.
The Hispanics hate the blacks; the blacks hate the whites; the Muslims hate everyone. In the inner cities where the colors and ethnicity is mostly the same (blacks and Hispanics), identity has to be recognized by different colored armbands. And if your armband is a different color than the other guy, he becomes the enemy. All this hatred and all this prejudice comes about because of the various “labels” the soul is wearing. Yet, no one has the vision to see this and yet we accept this as the gospel.
When I came into this world I had many labels. Male, Caucasian, and Jewish were there at the very outset. As I started getting older and bigger I gravitated to others with like labels to insure a peaceful co-existence.
But then other things came into play. Things like envy, not liking someone’s personality, or judging others completely by their looks. All these factors determined who we wanted to be friendly with and who we did not. Never once did we ever go beyond the superficial because we never knew there was anything beyond the superficial.
So, growing up I was conditioned to accept the “like” consciousness. There were Italian gangs, Polish gangs, Jewish gangs, and black gangs. If you didn’t belong to one you kept a low profile and were careful not to offend or “tick” someone off. If you did, in a short period of time you were confronted by at least 20 guys wearing the same label.
As we got a bit older and went to church or the synagogue or the mosque, we were led to believe there was separation between the body and soul. Did that ever sink in? No. It didn’t sink in because we did not fully have this faith. And not having the faith nor anyone that could put this difference into perspective, life in illusion went on.
But there are other processes that will enable us to come to the conclusion that our material body is not who we really are.
For example, we can closely observe the ever-changing, non-enduring nature of the body and the constant, enduring nature of who we really are. Look at a picture of your body when you were a baby or a kid. What you’ll see is not just a smaller version of what you are wearing now, but a completely different body that is gone completely.
The physical body according to Guy Murchie in his “The Seven Mysteries of life”, and Paul Weiss in his “The Living System: Determinism Stratitfied”, say that the body is made up of countless numbers of tiny particles called molecules and atoms and that these material particles are constantly being replaced by material particles from the outside environment, in the form of food, water, air, etc. And, over a period of five to seven years, this process of metabolism brings about a complete change of the matter that makes up the body.
So, when you look at that picture taken years and years ago, rest assured that every molecule in that body in the picture is long gone. In fact, this cycle of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ takes place every seven years.
Yet, you existed then and you still exist now. And if that body you once had is completely gone and you still exist now, you must see that today’s body will be completely gone in seven years so how can you be the body? And if you still cling to the idea of being the body, which one are you or were you?
The material body can be compared to changing your clothes. First you had a baby body; then you took off the baby body and put on a child body; later on you wore an adolescent body but gave that up for a young adult body, and on and on and on.
Another process is to meditate upon different parts of your body and ask yourself whether or not you are that part of your body. If you are not the hand, are you the arm or the leg, or the back, or the neck, etc?
What if a part of the body is missing or if an organ has been transplanted or you had a hip replacement? Are you now made up of different people or are you still you?
And know you are not the ever-changing mind. If you have ever tried to control your mind how can you be the mind? There is no way the mind can attempt to control itself. That has to be done by an independent source.
So, if you are not the body and you are not the mind, who are you?
You are the spirit soul, the non-material spark of the Supreme Spirit Soul that does not cease to exist when the body ceases to exist.
The conclusion is that your gross body and your subtle body (the mind) are material in essence, but your true essence is spirit.
There are two quotes from the Bhagavad-gita that are truly relevant to this:
“Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable self. Only the material body of the indestructible, immeasurable, and eternal living entity is subjected to destruction”. Bg 2:17 – 18
“For the self there is never birth nor death. Not does the self ever cease to exist. The self or spirit soul is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying, and primeval. The self is not slain when the body is slain”. Bg 2:20
In 2 Corinthians 6, Jesus had said that it’s better to be away from the body and be at home with the Lord rather than to be in the body and away from the Lord. But, one can also be in the body and at home with the lord.
So, had the people in Missouri or George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin known this, Thayvon Martin would still be alive.
If the radical Muslims knew that the meaning of Allah was “The All-Compassionate One”, would they still kill those that do not follow their path?
If people could transcend the color of a person’s body and see beyond that superficial covering or transcend the “religious” labels we all wear, would there not be more kindness and compassion in the world?
And lastly, if we could understand who the true Owner of everything is and simply see ourselves as caretakers, would there be any need for war or would we simply share whatever God put wherever He put it?
To put it another way, if you see where that which made up your house came from, like the wood, glass or stone, would you see yourself as the true owner or the caretaker?
We come into the world and are led to believe that the goal of life is to gratify our senses to the fullest. While it sounds great on paper it only puts us on a horrendous roller coaster ride while we are here.
Why? Because even though we attempt to create sense pleasure, it never lasts and always leaves us frustrated. Yet, we inevitably try and try again because we know no other way.
What we seldom learn is while we are in the human form we have a choice.
We can attempt to gratify our senses and go up and down on the roller coaster or we can derive pleasure through a fulfilling process. That process being to try to develop a relationship with God, endeavor to follow His instructions, and try to humbly offer some service to him.
What this does is to change our vision and perception and allow us to see things as they really are with clarity and full understanding.
In a true spiritual path there are Four Regulative Principals that go beyond the 10 Commandments:
No eating of flesh or eggs.
No sex outside of marriage.
Why adhere to this?
Intoxicants dull the senses, the mind and behavior, gambling creates anxiety and turmoil within, and the purpose of sex is for the procreation of humanity.
The no eating of flesh and eggs is a bit more involved. As the soul moves or transmigrates from body to body, the highest form is the human form.
While in the lower species all actions are governed by the laws of nature so no karma is involved. The human form is different.
Jesus said every action has a reaction. So, how does that apply to eating flesh or eggs?
Remember, the soul, which is ten thousand times smaller than the tip of the hair, is going from body to body but it cannot move on to its next body until it leaves the present body naturally.
If the human form partakes in slaughter for consumption, there are two reactions:
One, the soul in the body that was consumed for consumption has to take rebirth in the same body type until it can leave naturally.
Two, the soul in the body that consumed the flesh, takes birth in a lower form and goes through the process of transmigrating to the human form over and over and over. Not only does that soul do that, but it involves everyone involved in that animal death process, all the way down to the busboys and dishwashers in the restaurant.
With regard to eggs, which is the chicken’s period, eating them restricts birth and the same reaction prevails.
Yes, eating plants involves killing them as well. But, in various scriptures God says “If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a fruit, a flower or some water, I will accept it”.
In the Old Testament, God said it was permissible to eat certain kinds of flesh only if the blood was completely drained. He allowed the eating of flesh because people were living in the desert and could not grow plant foods. Today, everyone eats the blood.
Eating plant-based foods allows one to develop a relationship with God by simply offering the food to him before it is eaten.
Years ago I knew a guy that ate the Standard American Diet and he said the would offer the plant foods and not the flesh foods. Then, he said, he realized he was being hypocritical and stopped his duplicity.
But developing a relationship and turning to God, as Jesus tried to teach and knowing Who, aka the Supreme Soul, resides in the heart along with the individual soul, is the ultimate solution to avoid addiction to materialism.
So, the materialistic choice is temporary and frustrating because sense gratification leads to misery. Developing a relationship with God, following His instructions will instill a happiness never imagined.
When I undertook my path it was solely based on faith and the best thing that ever happened to me.
So, what one must strive for is to be sincerely compassionate, forgiving, humble, tolerant, free from envy, truthful, gentle, and to control their senses and not worry if the guy living next door has more stuff than you.
Nothing like food for thought is there?
“Who Am I?” by Chris Butler
Bible: Old and New Testaments