Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Swami Vivekananda said that Jesus taught according to His audience’s ability to hear Him. To His close disciples, Jesus offered the Sermon on the Mount. To crowds that sometimes numbered in the many hundreds, He spoke mainly in parables. Scribes and Pharisees who came to test and accuse Him were met with sharp repartee and Talmudic riddles.
Yet, because He knew the inner nature of His listeners, Jesus’ teachings seemed always to include the way of the heart. For example, “He who is near to me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom.”
In this talk, Br. Shankara explores a dozen or more of Jesus’ Bhakti aphorisms (devotional sayings). Quotations come from the canonical Gospels, and from the Gospel of Thomas.