Thursday Apr 10, 2003

Redemption in April

Two historic messages of redemption take place this month—Passover and the Resurrection of Christ.

Passover celebrates the story of the prophet Moses who led the Hebrews from slavery to the Promised Land. The underlying themes of Exodus are identity, Universal law, prophecy, miracles, and faith.

Easter marks The Last Supper that took place when Jesus and his disciples were observing the Passover meal. A disciple is not a student. While there may be many followers, there are few disciples. To be the disciple of a great individual means you are awake enough to realize the awareness in front of you. A disciple is a confidant, friend, and protector.

To rise from the grave and to be born again is a Universal desire. Although not to be born again means you have transcended in Hinduism, they also believe you can change your life and future lives by improving your karma in this incarnation.

To get a second chance to be the fully-realized human being you feel you can be is the point. And the way to do that is to face your self and truly see who you are—the most life altering challenge that you will encounter. And how do you do this thing? When your intention for enlightenment is stronger that your ego, the teacher will appear.

For an alternate interpretation of the life of Jesus, see The Last Temptation of Christ, a film directed by Martin Scorsese (1988) and based on a book written by Nikos Kazantzakis.

The ending of Kazantzakis’s book has a feeling reminiscent of the short story “An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by the enigmatic writer and soldier, Ambrose Bierce (1842-?), who mysteriously disappeared in 1913 while attempting to join Pancho Villa in Mexico.»

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