Talk on Christ the Refuge and Easter Worship – Br. Shankara

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Talk: Christ the Refuge and Easter Worship

Speaker: Br. Shankara

April 1, 2018

April is a month for study of Jnana Yoga (Advaita Vedanta). A jnana yogi practices discrimination, reason, detachment, and satyagraha (insistence on Truth). The goal is freedom from all limitation (mukti). Our teachers say that the miseries of life are caused by seeing inaccurately, due to our innate ignorance. As a jnana yogi, you may gain control of your mind, dissolve your delusions and see only the Divine Presence everywhere, in everything and everyone. As Swami Yogeshananda told his students, “Consciousness is not plural.”

Each of the Divine Incarnations makes promises about what happens if you accept and follow their teachings. Students of Bhagavad Gita are familiar with Sri Krishna’s assurance, “Quickly I come to those who offer me every action, worship me only, their dearest delight, with devotion undaunted. Because they love me they are my bondsmen and I shall save them from mortal sorrow and all the waves of Life’s deathly ocean.” (Ch. 12)

Christ said this: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)

One of Christ’s most powerful lessons of redemption and refuge is the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11–32). We review the story in detail, and explore its significance for you and your life, and your everyday spiritual practice.

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