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perspectives on Jesus

Sometimes listening to people from other traditions describing Jesus is very inspiring, giving us a fresh glance at this luminous figure at the heart of our own Christian tradition. So I thought I would share a few of these descriptions with you:

“I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. If one purges the Judaism of the Prophets and Christianity, as Jesus Christ taught it, of all subsequent additions, especially those of the priests, one is left with a teaching which is capable of curing all the social ills of humanity.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The message of the Jesus story is that we must fully enter the world—and that the way to freedom is through pouring ourselves into life, through saying yes in the biggest, boldest, possible way. And we can only do that when we connect with that sense of well-being, which is love. Love doesn’t ultimately concern itself with questions like, “Am I having a great time?” It doesn’t concern itself with the ego’s search to have a better and better experience. Love is a completely different energy. Love pours itself forth, gives itself fully; love finds its fulfilment by offering itself. I’ve always been struck by how the Jesus story conveys this sense of lavishly opening oneself to life as a means of discovering the radiance of eternity.” ~ Adyashanti “Had I lived in Palestine, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, I would have washed his feet, not with my tears, but with my heart's blood!” ~ Swami Vivekananda "Some of the first human beings in whom the new consciousness emerged fully became the great teachers of humanity, such as Jesus, although their teachings were greatly misunderstood, especially when they turned into organized religion. They were the first manifestations of the flowering of human consciousness. " ~ Eckhart Tolle “Jesus Christ has brought light to the world. We hope that children like him will be born to us every moment of our daily lives. Jesus Christ is still manifesting himself in many thousands of ways. He is manifesting himself all around you. We need to be alert in order to recognize his manifestations. If you are not mindful or attentive, you will miss him.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh “Let us meditate until we perceive the Infinite Christ reigning in our own hearts. Let us learn to love those who love us not; and to forgive those who do ill against us. Let us break all our mental boundaries of colour, creed, and nationality, and receive all – even our inanimate and animal brothers [and sisters] – in the endless, all-embracing arms of our Christ Consciousness. This will be a true and fitting celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ to this earth.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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