The three stages of Jesus' life

Jesus was kaarana-janma, a Master born with a purpose, the mission of restoring love, charity and compassion in the heart of man. He had no attachment to the self, nor paid any heed to joy or sorrow, loss or gain. He had a heart that responded to the call of anguish, and he went about the land preaching the lesson of love. His life was a libation for the upliftment of umanity.
Like most seekers, he first searched for the Divine · in the objective world. But he soon realised that the world is a kaleidoscopic picture created by one's own imagination, and sought to find God within himself. His stay in the Himaalayan monasteries in Kashmir and in other centres of eastern asceticism and philosophical inquiry, gave him greater awareness. From the attitude of being a Messenger of God, he could now call himself the Son of Clod. The bond of relationship increased: the 'I' was no more some distant light or entity; the light became a part of the "I." With the body-consciousness predominant, he was a messenger. With the heart-consciousness in the ascendant, he-felt a greater nearness and dearness, and so the son-father bond seems natural at this stage.

Later as the Aathman-consciousness was established, Jesus could declare, "I and 'My Father are One." The three stages may be described as: "I was in the Light," "the Light was in me," and "I am the light," and may be compared to the Dhwaitha (dualism), Visishtaadhwaitha' (qualified non-dualism) and Adhwaitha (non-dualism) stages as described in Vedhic philosophy. The final stage is the one when all duality has been shed. This is the essence of all religious disciplines and teachings.
Jesus' original name was Isa
Jesus was honoured by the populace as Christ, for they found in his thoughts, words and deeds,no trace of ego. He had no envy or hatred, and was full of love and charity, humility and sympathy. Jesus' original name was Isa which, when repeated, is Sai. Isa and Sai, both mean Ishwara (God), the Eternal Absolute, the Sath-Chith-Aanandha (Being-Awareness-Bliss). In the Tibetan manuscript, at the monastery where Isa spent some years, his name is written as Isha,which means the Lord of all living beings.

When Jesus proclaimed that he was the Messenger of God, he wanted to emphasise that every one is a messenger of God and has to speak, act and think like one. This is the true Karma-Kaanda (branch dealing with action and its reaction) of the Vedhas: saadhana (discipline) of karma (work), japa (prayer), seva (service) and dhyaana (meditation). When progress is furthered, Jesus asserted, each one can recognise all as Sons of God, Children of God, brothers and sisters of oneself, and so, deserving of worship. The Upaasana Kaanda (branch of Vedhas dealing with contemplation) is the scripture in Sanaathana Dharma (Eternal Universal Religion) for this stage. Finally, knowledge ripens into wisdom and' the goal of Jnaana Kaanda (branch of Vedhas dealing with spiritual wisdom) is reached, when each one realises, "I and my Father are One."

Do not confine Jesus to one community
The Birthday of Jesus must be celebrated by all mankind, for such kaarana-janmas belong to the whole human race. They should not be confined to a single country or community. Jesus found that scholars and ritualists had befogged the true religion, He engaged himself in teaching both spirituality and morality, for education is the very light of life. Jesus found that people were running after glass beads, imagining them to be diamonds and attaching great value to them. He went round the holy shrines and discovered that they had become bazaars where Grace was being bargained and commercialised. He condemned the priesthood which tolerated and encouraged these practises. So he drew upon himself the anger of the heads of temples and monasteries. They tempted one of his disciples with 30 silver pieces, to betray him into their hands.The Roman rulers were told that Jesus was attempting to assert himself as King and so could be punished for treason. Their insistence made the Governor order his crucifixion. When the nails were being driven into him to fix him on the Cross, Jesus heard the Voice of the Father saying,"All life is one, My dear Son. Be alike to every one," and he pleaded that those who were crucifying him may be pardoned for they knew not what they did. Jesus sacrificed himself for the sake of mankind.Carols and candles, readings from the Bible and acting out the incidents that surrounded His Birth, are not enough to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. Jesus said that the bread taken in the 'last supper' was His Flesh, and the wine, His Blood. He meant that all beings alive with flesh and blood are to be treated as He Himself and that no distinction should be made. of friend or foe, we or they. Every body is His Body, sustained by the bread; every drop of blood flowing in the veins of every living being is His, animated by the activity that the wine imparted to it. That is to say,every man is Divine and has to be revered as such.

The message of Jesus Christ

On December 25th, when Jesus was born, three kings. came to his birthplace. These three gave expression to three different views about the new-born babe. One of them, looking at the infant,said: "This child looks like one who will be a lover of God." A second king said: "God will love this child." The third king declared: "Verily, this child is God Himself." The first one viewed the child from the physical point of view. The second saw the child from the mental viewpoint. The third saw from the Aatmic (spiritual) point of view.

The three declarations indicate how one can progress from the human to the divine level. What is needed is the destruction of the animal and demonic qualities in man. Man today worships inanimate idols and images, but makes no attempt to love his fellow human beings in flesh and blood. This was the first message of Jesus. Though one sees his neighbours day after day, he does not choose to love them. How can one believe that such a person can love an invisible God?
If a man cannot love a fellow human being who is visible before his eyes, how can he love what is not visible to him? This is not possible. Only a man who loves living beings around him can love the invisible Divine. Love must start with love for beings that have form. It must be extended to all beings. This is the primary stage in spirituality.

Spirituality does not mean preoccupation with meditation, worship, etc. It involves total extinction of the animal and demonic qualifies in man and the manifestation of his inherent divinity.When the attachments and hatreds in which man is enveloped are removed, the inherent divinity in man, the Sath-chith-ananda in him will manifest Itself.There is no need to search for the omnipresent Divine in any specific place. When you are yourself divine, why search for the Divine elsewhere? It is a mark of ignorance.


Poornachandra Auditorium, Christmas day, 25 Dec 1992
The grace of God cannot be won through the gymnastics of reason,
the contortions of yoga or denials of asceticism. Love alone can
win it, love that needs no requital, love that knows no bargaining,
love that is paid gladly as tribute to all living. Love that is
unwavering.
Sathya Sai Baba

The genesis of the Christmas tree

Jesus was crucified on a Friday and He rose from the tomb on a Sunday. That is why Sunday is taken as the day of worship and service in churches. Catholics gave importance to Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ, while Protestants gave importance to the birth of Christ. Catholics celebrate Christmas by worshipping Mary on the evening of 24th and Protestants celebrate the birth of Christ on the 25th. There is a custom of putting up a Christmas tree on this day and worshipping it. The genesis of this custom can be traced to Germany. A preacher by name Jensen from England once visited Germany. When he was travelling in Germany on his mission, he noticed some Germans attempting to offer a child's life as sacrifice to propitiate God who, they believed, lived in an oak tree. The priest was worried and questioned them why they were offering an innocent child as sacrifice to a tree. As they asserted that God lived in the tree, he took an axe and cut the tree. To his surprise, he was shaken by an inexplicable vibration from head to foot.He noticed the form of a child between the two portions of the tree that was cut by him.

Monumental Heritage and Temples In Delhi

Lotus Temple

Location : Kalkaji in South Delhi

Original Name : Baháí Mashriqu'l-Adhkar

Designed By : Architect Fariburz SabhaMajor

Attraction : Lotus Shaped Temple Structure

Built in:Built During 1980 - 1986 Costing Rs 10 Million

Structure:Half Floating Lotus Set Amidst Pools and Garden. The Petals Made of White Marbles.

Fact:It is the Only Bahai Temple of Worship in Asia. Masterpieces of the 20th Century and Winner of International Prestigious Awards.

Uniqueness :This Temple has no Idols of any Deity and God. Has a Prayers Hall for Meditation for Faith of all Religions.

Akshardham Temple

Location : Banks of River Yamuna in East Delhi

Managed By : Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha

Famous For : Exquisite Architecture and Ornate Pillars

Created By : HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Temple Status :Recognised as the Largest Hindu Temple Complex in the World - Guinness World Record Committee.

Built In :2005

Famous As :India's Spiritual Theme Park.

History :It was Built by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Order to Fulfill the wish of His Guru (Teacher) Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Structure :Built in the Medivial Style of Architecture, Made in Pink White Marble has 234 Ornately Carved Pillars, 9 Ornate Domes, 20 Quadrangle Shikhars.

MONUMENTAL HERITAGE IN DELHI

Famous Monuments :Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Lodhi Garden.

Mughal Heritage :Jama Masjid – Biggest Mosque in India, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb – Replica of Taj, Safdarjung Tomb and Lodi's Tomb, Lodhi Garden.

Colonial Heritage :India Gate – Heart of Delhi, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Renowned Temples :Kalkaji Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir, Akshardham Temple – A Wonder of Creation, Digambara Jain Lal Mandir Ji, Chattarpur Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Sai Baba Mandir.

Renowned Mosques :Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Moth-Ki-Masjid, Jamali-Kamali Mosque & Tomb, Quwwatu'l Islam Masjid or Qutub Mosque, Khirki-Ki-Masjid.

Famous Forts :Red Fort –Location : Near Delhi Gate at Old Delhi ,Tughlakabad Fort

Famous Museums :Air Force Museum in Palam, Delhi Cantt., Shankar's Doll Museum on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, National Museum of Natural History on Barakhamba Road.

Famous Parks and Gardens :Roshanara Bagh, Rose Garden, Deer Park, Mughal Gardens, Lodhi Gardens, Talkatora Garden, Nehru Park, Buddha Jayanti Garden, Kalindi Kunj.

The 4F's-Follow the Master

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Saibaba says:
Truth has to be conveyed in a fearless manner. There is no need to fear if you are following the truth. Human life is governed by four F's:

Your conscience is your master.

Follow the Master means, observe Dharma. Face the Devil means, overcome the temptations that beset you when you try to earn Artha or Wealth or the wherewithal to live in comfort. Fight to the End means, struggle ceaselessly; wage war against the six enemies that are led by Kama or Lust. And finally, Finish at the Goal means, do not stop until the goal of Moksha or Liberation from Ignorance and Delusion cease. The F's are fundamental for the pursuit of the four Purusharthas - Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. I shall be ever with you, wherever you are, guarding you and guiding you. March on; have no fear.

Saibaba and Nara Narayana Gufa Ashram
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