Christ and Christianity are almost synonymous. But in the name of the “Son of God”, have we lost the essence of the incredible humanity that Jesus embodied? On the occasion of Christmas, Sadhguru reminds us of what it means to bring the spirit of Jesus into our hearts.
Sadhguru: When we say “Jesus”, we are not referring to a man who lived 2000 years ago, but to a certain possibility within every human being. It is essential that every individual allows this quality to flower within him, because today in the name of religion, people are willing to take each other’s lives. In our aspirations for the divine, we are losing our Humanity.
The most significant aspect of Jesus’s teaching was about living without prejudice, without seeing who is yours and who is not yours. Only then would one know the kingdom of God. He clearly said, “The Kingdom of God is not somewhere up there, it is within you.” Only in the initial “marketing phase” did Jesus talk about taking you to the Kingdom of God. Once enough people had gathered around him, he turned around and said, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” That is the crux of his teaching.
Unfortunately, 99% of the population is missing something so fantastic within themselves. If it was somewhere far away, you may not wish to make the journey. But when it is right here and you miss, isn’t that a tragedy? If the Kingdom of God is within you, you must explore it within; it is as simple as that.
There are scientific methods that give access to that dimension within you which is the very source of creation; the very body that you carry is created from within. Jesus didn’t have enough time in his life to propound science, so he spoke about faith because it is a quick way. When he said, “Only children will enter the kingdom of God,” he was not talking about little children, he was talking about one who is childlike, one who doesn’t have foregone conclusions about everything; unprejudiced.
Whatever conclusion you make, you are bound to be wrong, because life does not fit into any of your conclusions. Neither life nor the source of life will yield to one who has too many conclusions. If you keep that baggage down, it is very simple.
Towards the end of his life, when it was quite certain that Jesus was going to be put to death, the only question his disciples could think of was, “When you leave your body and go to your Father’s kingdom, you will sit on his right-hand side. Where will we be? Which one of us will be on your right-hand side?” Their master – they see him as the son of god – is going to be put to a horrible death, and that’s their question! But just look at the man’s quality – he displayed this quality all his life – no matter which way everybody is pulling him, his mission of establishing what he wants, goes on. So he says, “Those who stand first here will stand last there. Those who stand last here will stand first there.” He destroyed the hierarchy; that this is not about elbowing your way to heaven. In the inner realm only purity works.
It is time to look beyond belief systems and look at life the way it is. After all, the source of creation is within you. If you allow it to function, everything will be in harmony; and that is the very basis of his teachings. Jesus’ words have brought much sacrifice, piety and love to the world, but the most important aspect of his life; the crux and the bedrock of his teaching is, “The Kingdom of God is within you.”
If it is within, it is a spiritual process. A spiritual process does not mean a group, cult or fan club. It is an individual seeking, which is the essence of yoga and the spiritual process in the East. Unfortunately, the most crucial elements that Jesus spoke of have been forgotten. It is time to bring back the essence of his words – not only for a particular group, but for everyone. Let the spirit of Jesus live.