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Question 132: What is the meaning of Easter in the Gospel of Oneness?

Easter is about resurrection. It is about raising our consciousness to higher levels. It is about coming back to life again. It is about rising out of the consciousness of duality and separation and into the realization of Oneness.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and have some evidence to prove that he was resurrected from the dead. And they use his resurrection to show that he must be God himself as he conquered death. However, Jesus is not the only person to show himself again after a bodily death. Many people have seen certain saints appear again in human bodies.

Here are some examples: Krishna, Buddha, St. Germain, El Morya, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar. In his “Autobiography of a Yogi” Parmahansa Yogananda devotes a whole chapter to the resurrection of his guru Sri Yukteswar who came to him in bodily form in a hotel room in India a short time after he passed away. They had a fascinating conversation in which Sri Yukteswar explained some things about the after life and what his new life was about on a higher planet.

We are resurrecting ourselves whenever we rise above duality and live in the consciousness of oneness with our Creator God. It is something that all of us can do. So Easter can be celebrated all the time or any time we raise our consciousness above duality.

O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.” (St. John Chrysostom, Easter Homily)

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.”
Voltaire

“It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in ’em,” said Captain Jim. “When I ponder on them seeds I don’t find it nowise hard to believe that we’ve got souls that’ll live in other worlds. You couldn’t hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn’t seen the miracle, could you?”   LM Montgomery  in Anne’s House of Dreams

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Question 127: Why is meditation important in the Gospel of Oneness?

Our five senses keep us enthralled by all the dualistic experiences in this world. There is so much to see, to taste, to hear, to touch, to smell in this world that these sense experiences keep us busy in living outer directed lives.

We also have the sense of intuition that goes beyond what our five senses can detect. It is this sense that can connect us to transcendental experiences, including the amazing experience of Oneness with all that is.

We don’t have to be in a meditation mode to experience oneness, but if we set aside some quiet time every day, even for 15 minutes, we can quiet the sense telephones and get in touch with something beyond the outer shows of this world.

Many methods and teachers of meditation are available. Yes, some teachers have ulterior motives, and some have methods that may not work for you, but that doesn’t mean meditation is not a highly beneficial practice.

The simplest method of meditation is to stretch and exercise gently before sitting down in a comfortable posture with your spine as straight as possible. Then follow your breath as it goes in and out. Your breathing will slow down and so will your heart rate. Your eyes can be closed or half open with your gaze directed slightly upward. Focus on love and gratitude, and let your body relax. The more you do this the easier it will become. If it becomes a habit so much the better.

Of course if you already are or want to be a deep practitioner of meditation, then it would be a good idea to find a highly qualified teacher who can guide you when you have difficulties. Maybe you have such a teacher who has overcome his or her ego and can guide you wisely. If so, I’m sure you are very grateful.

To summarize, if you look at the state of the world in this year (2017) how many people do you see in politics and religion who are lost in duality? How many do you see talking about this gospel of oneness? So engaging in meditation is very important in order to help this world.

through meditation, the Higher Self is experienced. – Bhagavad Gita


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