Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Swami Swahananda* said that “We are each called upon to be a Christ.” From that point of view, Christ — the Logos, first begotten of God — did not come to make us Christians, he came to make us Christlike.
Like other Great Teachers, Jesus taught at three levels, according to his audience’s ability to hear him: Dualistic, Qualified Non-Dualistic, and Non-dualistic. To his close disciples, he said, “I and My Father are One,” (One in spirit), and, “Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Perfect is also translated as “complete.”)
In this talk, Br. Shankara explores the non-dual teachings of Christ, with special emphasis on how saints and mystics of the Christian tradition “lived” those teachings, and realized that they too were One with God the Father.
*Swami Swahananda was a disciple of Swami Vijnanananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Swahanandaji served as Minister-in-Charge of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from December of 1976 until his death in October of 2012.