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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 128: What is the Gospel of Oneness view on the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States?

Politics represents the best of duality, or should I say the worst of duality. In a way it is a struggle to see who can best represent duality. Politics is about gaining control of society in order to make rules and policies that come from dualistic worldviews.

Donald Trump is a businessman turned politician. He has the typical views of someone lost in duality. He sees the situation as “us against them” or “me against you.” He wants to build a border wall because it’s us against them. He wants to continue the policy of bombing others and torturing them if necessary. He has trashed his political opponents by making personal attacks on them and calling them liars even though objective analysis has revealed he is one of the biggest liars of all.

We could go on and on about his faults, but what about our own faults? The problem isn’t out there in political people. The problems are always within us, and in order to reform the world and change things for the better we need to purify ourselves, a difficult and life-long assignment, given to us by Life itself.

When we look at the life of Jesus, he did not talk about how terrible Caesar and Herod were. He didn’t talk about overthrowing the Roman Empire and establishing his own world view as the ruling ethic. He did criticize the religious leaders of his day though because they were not teaching people how to establish their inner communion with God. Instead they were enforcing a lot of outer rules such as not doing any work on the Sabbath. In other words they were not entering the kingdom of God within and they were discouraging the common people from going within also.

We can look at a more modern figure for guidance on how to see political figures. Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” lived through two world wars and saw the rise and results left by such tyrants as Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Mussolini and others. His own country of India was colonized by a foreign country, and yet he spent his time teaching people how to enter the kingdom of God by going within and meditating to gain the experience of oneness with God. He did not spend much time if any criticizing the terrible tyrants of his time.

However, does this mean that we should ignore political figures who are wreaking havoc on the world? No, Hitler could have been stopped if enough people had realized just how crazy he was at the beginning of his rule, but that raises the questions of “how many is enough and what could they really do?” Let’s take a look at Syria. Assad is a brutal ruler, but the rebellion against him has led to a devastating civil war. And sometimes a brutal regime is replaced by one just as bad or worse.

Here in the United States we have a long tradition of orderly government with peaceful transitions of power. We can impeach presidents. We can vote in new people. As long as we have freedom to dissent we can put forward alternative policies. If you believe in the oneness of all life you can support any policy or plan that recognizes that we are all one in the Spirit.

 

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Question 119: How does the Gospel of Oneness benefit young people?

The Gospel of Oneness gives all young people a chance to break away from the old religious customs and doctrines that no longer make sense in our modern world that values free and rational thought and scientific inquiry. The ancient scriptures and religions that have influenced our cultures for hundreds and even thousands of years have many shortcomings when it comes to explaining our world and our universe. And the major religions seem to be in conflict with one another and thus are a source of tension between people of the same Creator God.

The ancient scriptures are not the only or the final words of God (if they ever were the true words of God in the first place). We are at a time in our development where everything is under questioning, even the so called truths of religion. Did Jesus really die for the sins of everyone, past, present and future and for conscious beings on other planets? Was Mohammed the last prophet? What is the truth about the many gods of Hinduism? Does any one religion have the exclusive truth?

Science keeps asking questions and sets up experiments to discover the facts, and even established facts can be questioned as new evidence is discovered. So we are growing in our awareness of how the world works, not only in the physical aspects, but also the mental and spiritual aspects. We are also learning more about consciousness itself.

The Gospel of Oneness frees people from sectarian religious views, idol worship, fear of a punishing God, fear of an everlasting hell, and many other superstitious beliefs. It sets people free to explore our real and eternal connection to our Creator God, who can be approached as a friend, mentor, parental figure, or as Divine Love, Truth, and Bliss, or whatever or however a person chooses to relate to the only Reality, of which, as spiritual identities, we are a part of.

Young people who take up the Gospel of Oneness are not tied down to believing that Jesus is the only way to heaven or that they need to convert others to their belief. And they don’t have to believe that Mohammed was the last prophet or that the Quran has the final say about life on Earth. These young people are not waiting for Jesus or the Madhi or any other external savior to come and make everything right.

The Gospel of Oneness says that we are and always have been one with God. What we need to do is raise our own consciousness through love, wisdom, meditation and service to others. Young people can take responsibility for their own lives and realize that we are all co-creators with God in developing our lives. We are free in our souls. Our religion is divine love and compassion. Justice and mercy and gratitude will follow our loving actions.

The Gospel of Oneness does not insist on any doctrinaire statements of belief. Instead, the Gospel of Oneness offers the invitation to explore life with an attitude of loving kindness balanced with wisdom and joy. Sure it believes in the oneness of all life, but that is something to be realized and it can’t be forced on anyone. Atheists and agnostics can explore the evidence for the interconnections between all life, all matter, just as we know our bodies and our Earth came from stardust.
Life is precious. Every life matters. Why is killing other life, human, animal, or plant so common on our Earth? The Gospel of Oneness asks people to consider the value of all life and to treat all with love and respect.

 

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
–Black Elk
The Self is All and the All is Selfless
–Tyler Zabel
We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives.
–Leonard Jacobson

Gospel of Oneness

Hi Everyone; Namaste;

Here are ten reasons why the gospel of oneness is good for you.

1) Realization of the oneness of all life empowers you to stand for divine love, justice, peace and freedom for everyone.

2) It helps you to know your eternal identity in God.  All life is precious and has a purpose including your own.

3) It helps you understand why whatever you send out comes back to you sooner or later because we are all one.

4) It helps you have compassion for all life. If someone is suffering, you know it affects you.

5) It helps you have humility. You are not better or worse than anyone else.  In fact, there is no need to compare. Different people excel in different ways.  A college graduate may know  a lot more than a third grader, but someday the third grader may surpass that college graduate.  Also, we have more than these current incarnations to account for.  Some people may excel during one lifetime, but not in another. If we see the whole picture of oneness, then it is easier to be humble.

6) It helps you overcome your ego.  The ego is the thing that wants to be counted as better than someone else.  The ego wants the glory.  The ego sees itself as separate.

7) It helps you understand the role of Jesus, Krishna, Confucius, Lao Tse, Gautama Buddha, and other great religious leaders.

8) It helps  you overcome worries of all sorts because you realize that we are all in this together.  People will help you.  Angels will help you.  You are eternal.

9) It helps you understand that the kingdom of God is within you. It helps you build up the inner kingdom of happiness within you.

10) It helps you work out problems with the attitude of what is the best for everyone.


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