Advaita of Jesus Christ
Here I was, reading the Gospel of John and it occurred to me that it would be pretty cool to write an in depth lengthy theological tractate on the non-dual nature of ancient Jewish mystical philosophy, the one that Jesus rediscovered and lived.
I was planning to show how the God of Moses, the omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient “I Am”, is the same ultimate reality known in the Hindu Vedas as Brahman or Sat-cit-ānanda (existence-consciousness-bliss), and that it’s you.
I was prepared to demonstrate how various Jesus’ statements quoted in John, like “I and the Father are one” or “Before Abraham was, I am,” and “I am in the Father and the Father is in me,” mirror the great sayings (or Mahavakyas) from Upanishads “I am Brahman” and “This Self (Atman) is Brahman,” respectively.
I was urged to bring to your attention how Jesus himself encouraged people to find the Kingdom of God within and simultaneously outside (Thomas 3), how he reminded Jews that they, too, are Gods (or Elohim) in human flesh.
I even wanted to go a little bit further and elaborate on how Atman, Holy Spirit, and Soul are one and the same, and how they don’t contradict the Buddhist notion of no-self in any way.
But something in me said, NO.
I finally admitted, that no amount of theory can show or explain the ultimate reality to anyone. Not even Jesus or Buddha were capable of such a feat. You have to see it for yourself. You alone must go the distance.
Therefore, grab a pack of shrooms or drink some “tasty” bhang (you can also do without it, if you think your concentration skills are at that level), sit on your ass for a few hours, and actually do the work.
Find your consciousness.
Try to locate that “organ” within you, by which you know. Try to find that which sees, hears, or feels, in other words that which cognizes everything. From outside world, to your inner states including your thoughts, visions, you name it. As a rule of thumb, if you can observe it in any way, it’s not it. That’s not you. Even if it’s darkness, emptiness, or nothingness.
I can guarantee, that once you find yourself you won’t need any theologian to interpret the scriptures for you. You will clearly see what is valid and what is bullshit. But do yourself a favor and don’t believe me.
If you are reading this, you are obviously conscious, so the only condition you need for this enterprise to succeed is already fulfilled. The rest is upon you.
See you later.