Jesus' true sacrifice

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People say Jesus’ greatest sacrifice was to die for mankind, thus absolving our sins. The church’s most potent symbol is, after all, the cross.

However, I propose a different take on Jesus’ suffering and voluntary sacrifice which, in my opinion is the real sacrifice to his story. Jesus knew what he was doing that first day he took on the task of being mankind’s saviour.

Jesus knew that he would be abused and misused, misquoted and misunderstood even though all he had to offer was a simple truth and way of life. He knew his words would be twisted by some people somewhere to take advantage of others. Eg, Think of Indulgences in medieval Europe - paying money to the church to guarantee entry for one’s soul into heaven. To have the church as an institution preach of an ethereal cloudy heaven when Jesus saw heaven as a real place (or state of being) on Earth. For the whole church to get his message as wrong as only institutional religion can. (Just look at the opulence of the Vatican!)

Consider this quote from Kipling’s poem “If”:

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

Jesus, I think, must have known that such events would transpire. It is the nature of some to use whatever means they have to take advantage of others. To be proclaimed the Messiah brings its own risks and Jesus would have known of them. But, from the same poem, consider his reaction when, during his lifetime, such things started to happen;

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

To know that all this would happen and still go ahead with his decision to take on this task, that was Jesus’ real sacrifice. His name would be used during the Crusades and Spanish Inquisition as a weapon of mass destruction. And think of what was done in the “New World” by colonizing European powers. Whether he knew the specific events/times during which his name would be misused is irrelevant. I think he must have known that eventually terrible things would be done in his name.

By the end of his life, the physical sacrifice may not have been all that bad seeing as he had done something so much more difficult - sacrifice what we think of as our very selves, the ego. He had died before he ever reached the cross. By this I mean he had died to himself. He had freed himself from his own shackles, the mental egoic bonds that bind all humans. He was pure existence by then. If we could shake off the ego and become truly "self-less" we too would be in heaven on Earth.

So while Jesus did die for mankind, he did so before he was crucified.

The end of the poem?

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

joejo's picture

Mystic Christianity

Mystic Christianity is a book written by Yogi Ramacharaka who was the pseudonym of William Walker Atkinson, an American writer. It throws an important light on the life of Christ from 16 to 30 years and the first years of his ministry, his connection with esoteric Christianity & the significance of virgin birth & resurrection.

The yogi clearly throws light on distortions of the church gospel and something of Essence Brotherhood.

joejo | Thu, 02/18/2010 - 02:07
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I believe. But why...

I believe that he was ego-less before his physical death. He was a yogi. Like Neem Karoli Baba. "No one was Home."

I believe all that.

But what I can't figure that I've broken out of the box of "Christianity", why he allowed himself to die on the cross? What was that all about?

Nothing more than an example of what he was talking about? How, even in the most extreme duress, a true yogi can remain at peace in "Being-ness" when the ego is trully dissolved?

Is that what that was all about?

Quantum | Fri, 02/19/2010 - 05:15
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Actors Leave the Stage

"But what I can't figure that I've broken out of the box of "Christianity", why he allowed himself to die on the cross? What was that all about?"

Well i guess after the mission is over one does not tarry on. He may have chosen such an exit for maximum impact. But the theory of blood of Jesus washing away our sins has been comprehensively repudiated by Yogi Ramachakra in his book i referred to. According to him it was a later insertion for Jesus was against the sacrifice of animals that Jews did on a particular day (passover?) and the very idea of God being pleased by sacrifice of blood smacks of primitive religion.

Moreover all along we must be aware that he was not the body. Sankara and Janeshwar (jandev) are examples of those who left the body early voluntarily.

joejo | Fri, 02/19/2010 - 05:53
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How do you apply it?

Does it teach you "How T?" Or does it just "talk about" it?

I'll just focus my attention back on my breath, whenever thoughts come.

Quantum | Wed, 02/24/2010 - 23:01
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Love thy Neighbour

i am not knowledgeable on Christianity, yet allow me to pen down these few lines. To understand the Avatar (advent) of Jesus one has to know the formalism & the letter to which the Jewish faith had become stuck at that time. Christianity came afterwords but in the lifetime of Jesus he was concerned with true devotion to the Lord. Sabbath is for man & not man for Sabbath. He wanted to restore the balance & he threw away the Pharisees from the temple for their mock piety.

Love thy neighbour as thyself & to worship the Lord with all thy heart & soul was the practical & the aim(seek ye first the kingdom of God & everything else will be added onto it).

Sacrifice was also one of the most important things that he demonstrated in his life & the apostles after him. Jesus was for the meek & for total effacement of the ego (turn the other cheek).

i really don't know much but feel that devotion (Love) is an important ingredient of spiritual life & breath etc..... Well, who knows.

joejo | Thu, 02/25/2010 - 01:23
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Interesting...sounds like Siddhartha.

How about start another thread, so we can chat. I don't want to mess up this one. Or, email me. We can just shoot the breeze, and exchange "thoughts." Yes...ludicrous as that my sound since my aim in meditation is to focus all my attention back on my drone whever thoughts come.

Quantum | Thu, 02/25/2010 - 02:44
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why did he allow himself to

why did he allow himself to die on the cross?

fascinating question which had never occured to me before, perhaps the maximum impact theory is the best one...

maybe he had passed the point of no return on his journey and had to accept whatever came his way which for him was crucifixion...or perhaps to show that in what we perceive as negative (ie suffering) there can be positives, that we should not constatnly seek to avoid sufferring as that leads to long term suffering of a different is an intrinsic part of life that can lead us to greater things and help us grow?

Peace /\

ciaran_mcn | Fri, 02/19/2010 - 14:05
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Taking on Karma

Well it is known that masters take on karma of there disciples to ease there burden.

His sacrifice may have something to do with this. Therefore metaphorically he may have helped wash our sin. With our limited intellect one cannot understand everything. May be we should have a little more Faith.

joejo | Sat, 02/20/2010 - 07:06