The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The Gospel of Enlightenment – Karma: Reaping and Sowing

One of the Buddhist teachings that as an old Sacred Heart Convent Girl it took me a while to assimilate is Karma, and Dr Chopra has this to say:

Karma – Reaping and Sowing

“The primary tenet of Karma is that every action works like a seed that sprouts and brings fruit in the form of a result. Jesus isn’t identified with such an Eastern concept, yet he famously said, “As you sow, so shall you reap”.

Christ didn’t use the word Karma, but throughout the Gospels  we are told that every action has a consequence, either here or in Heaven.

Christ’s version of Karma

  • “Every action leads to a result
  • Good actions have good results, bad actions bad results
  • Every action is seen and weighed. Nothing can be hidden or kept secret
  • If your actions are good, you will grow spiritually
  • As you grow, your thoughts and wishes will manifest in the material world. Karma operates faster and more consciously”

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The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The World as Illusion

The ultimate learning in Buddhism is the understanding of Emptiness. What did Christ say ?

Christ said ” Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, give to God the things that are God’s” and also “For those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance”. How to resolve such contradictions?

Jesus taught us that the world is an illusion. If material things are a dream, it makes sense to pay them no heed. The mind is pulled away from spiritual goals by mistaking money, possessions and status as real.

Separating illusion from reality doesn’t usually happen all at once. What we experience as reality changes in different stages of consciousness.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The Gospel of Enlightenment – Love and Grace

Love is certainly the word most associated with Jesus. Jesus treats love as something radical, a life-changing event. Love will bring God back into our existence. Love will make peace with our enemies and bring joy into our hearts.

How could a person possibly love anyone else – neighbour, enemy or family – as much as he loves himself?

At the level of the ego this challenge is impossible to  solve. The root of the problem is that divine love is divided from human love by a great gap. This is a chasm of consciousness and only consciousness can fill it.

Divine love is freely given and unearned.

The only viable way to follow Jesus’s teachings on love is to match them with your own level of consciousness.

Reality changes in different states of consciousness, and the same holds true for love. At lower levels of awareness our experience is dominated by the need to survive, and there are many threats to well-being. Love is experienced as temporary and far too weak to overcome the threat of violence. At this level of consciousness we feel victimised; we see no sign that God is watching, much less caring for us. In the midst of such experiences, divine grace seems a remote promise, at best. In order for grace to work, life must change, and for life to change, consciousness must change first.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The Path to Heaven

Jesus pointed the way to a seeker’s Heaven. Finding God was a mystery, but in more mundane terms it was a process, not a leap or a promise that would be automatically fulfilled at the sound of a last trumpet.

The path of devotion

  1. prayer
  2. constant worship
  3. love of Christ

The path of service

  1. charity
  2. altruism
  3. humility

The path of contemplation

  1. monastic
  2. reclusive
  3. impoverished

Going within requires a person to wake up, also. In fact that’s the only way to live any spiritual path to the fullest.

It’s more reasonable to assume that reaching Heaven requires an unfolding process.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra -The Kingdom of God is Within

The goal of a Christian life is to reach the Kingdom of God. Millions believe this means going to Heaven after you die. But Jesus is much more ambiguous than that. There is just as much evidence in the gospels that reaching the Kingdon of God means arriving at a higher level of consciousness.

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17:20-21

Only inner transformation could bring about Christ’s vision of the Kingdom of God on earth, which was the Messiah’s ultimate mission. Jesus will not return physically to raise the dead from their graves. instead, the Second Coming will be a shift in consciousness that renews human nature by raising it to the level of the divine (you may read further on this in A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle).

So, did Jesus mean that the Kingdom of God is in us at every moment or only after we seek it out? Why is God silent and seemingly absent for millions of people?

God as an image and Idea: people see what they expect to see; since all these visions are mental events, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that they might also be mental creations. god exists in different place depending on your level of consciousness. This becomes critical on the spiritual path, because as your own awareness shifts, God does too.

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – How to “Resist Not Evil”

“Do we understand what Christ said: “Resist not Evil” ? Passivity? Moral superiority?

The moment someone is branded as evil the natural reaction is revenge. So despite Jesus’s teachings we feel we have the right to exact punishment.

‘Resist not evil’ if carried out in real life would lead to a society of forgiveness! If we went around forgiving everybody;

  1. evil people would completely take over, dominating us
  2. they might forgive us in return and stop being evil
To demonstrate that option 2 is not insane, Jesus lived out his own teaching. But we continue to live by the very law he preached against “an eye for an eye”.
The missing element, as always, is CONSCIOUSNESS. You cannot live by “Resist not evil” without being in a higher state of consciousness.
Fortunately, to the extent that you rise toward God-consciousness, evil withdraws, leaving you invulnerable. Evil is everything when  you are susceptible to it; it is nothing when you aren’t. In Buddhism and in the lives of Christian saints, we find abundant evidence that awareness can grow in the direction of God-consciousness.
  1. meditation – sit every day and find the silence inside yourself
  2. contemplation – the mind plays a large part in how you react to evil
  3. revelation – to see through the mask of evil, search for the light that is the essence of everything
  4. prayer – ask to see what lies behind evil. Emotions are insubstantial, convincing for only a moment. Ask to be reminded that illusion is not real. 
  5. Grace – grace replaces evil with love. 
  6. Love – every enemy is a symbol of your own loveless state. The absence of love gets filled by evil. By returning to a space of love, you rob evil of a place to live. Love is more powerful than evil because it alone is real.
  7. Faith – faith is required when you are in a state of suffering. 
  8. Salvation – When you step outside of your own suffering, you are saved. Jesus calls this place the Kingdom of God, or the soul. The label is less important than finding experience. Step by step, each person must locate an inner state that is free from images of pain; in that state lies redemption.
  9. Unity – all the previous steps serve one purpose, to blur the line between good and evil. Good and evil are self-created. The new thing you must create is the absence of duality. No more dark vs light, safe vs unsafe, God vs Satan. As these boundaries fade, nothing remains but one reality, a boundless state known as God. “

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – I am the Light

Is Jesus really all about enlightenment?

Jesus says “I am the light”. Mystically light is what you see when you wake up to your soul.

Making others enlightened was his purpose.

Suffering isn’t a matter of breaking the law, renouncing money, or leaving the world. It’s a matter of seeing these obstacles as pure illusion.

The essentials of a spiritual life as taught by Jesus

  1. Meditation – going within to contact the silent mind; the light exists inside everyone
  2. Contemplation – reflecting on the truth; think about any object outside yourself or any event outside yourself. If you reflect upon it deeply enough, you will discover that everything is made of light. The inner and outer world are both reflections. Everything solid is a shadow, only the light is real.
  3. Revelation – receiving spiritual insight; the light reveals itself when you see with the yes of the soul
  4. Prayer – asking for higher guidance; prayer is about finding the truth
  5. Grace – taking God into one’s heart; the light can also be described as pure love.
  6. Love – participating in divine love
  7. Faith – Believing in a higher reality; when you stop believing in the illusion of the material world and see everything for what it really is – light – you have faith. The reason all things are given to someone with faith is very simple: The light can shape itself into anything at will. Physical obstacles can;t stop the free flow of light.
  8. Salvation – realising that you have a place in higher reality; you are redeemed when you move into the light. You’ve escaped your false self and arrived at your true self.
  9. Unity – becoming one with God; once you realise you are the light, nothing stands between you and God.
Glimpses of beauty and love are glimpses of light. Perception creates reality. The trick, in fact, is to take Jesus literally. “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Light”. Yet the light is your own consciousness, here and now, in the messy present tense. 

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – The New World of Jesus

To understand just how radical Jesus’s vision was, we must consider its entirety.

  1. Nature – the fallen state of nature would be restored to perfection. Paradise would return to Earth; Eden would open its gates once more
  2. Society – war and strife would disappear. Human beings would live in a community based on God’s grace, without the need for laws and punishment
  3. Relationships – people would relate to one another, regardless of wealth and social position
  4. Psychology – Individuals would be motivated chiefly by love of God and a sense of worth based on God’s love for his children
  5. Emotions – in place of anger, fear and doubt, people would sense directly that they were loved, safe and blessed
  6. Behaviour – living in a state of grace, people would no longer mistreat one another. Behaviour would become peaceable and loving, not just within the immediate family, but toward neighbours and even strangers.
  7. Biology – the human body itself would be transformed, no longer beset with illness
  8. Metaphysics – God would no longer be aloof from human affairs. He would become present on earth.
E.g. consider relationships, Jesus asked his followers to see themselves as souls rather than fallible individuals whose desires conflicted with one another. The equality of souls banishes the differences between rich and poor, men and women, the weak and the powerful. Souls receive everything directly from God.
It’s easy to see why the New World Christ envisioned was quickly abandoned after he died. It had to be modified by realists.
Yet Jesus himself was the very model of his teachings. Buddha said “Whoever sees me sees the teaching” and the same is true for Jesus. He lived in Christ-consciousness, and his teaching grew directly out of his own state of awareness.
Enlightenment and consciousness-raising are considered Eastern concepts, not Christian ones. consciosness is universal, and if there is  such a thing as God-consciousness, no one can be excluded from it.  
Jesus rose to the highest level of enlightenment , Buddha may be his equal. “

The Third Jesus by Deepak Chopra – Redeeming the Redeemer

This book has helped me tie Buddhist teachings, Eckhart Tolle’s teachings and Christ’s teachings together. In the following  days I will publish posts that I have previously written since I am attending a Vipassana Silent Retreat… simply  parts of the book that have struck me most and which have inspired some contemplation.

” Why are Jesus’s teachings impossible to live by? ”

“What Jesus actually taught is much more radical and at the same time mystical”

“Jesus did not physically descend from God’s dwelling place above the clouds, nor did he return at the right hand of a literal throne. What made Jesus the Son of God was the fact that he had achieved God-consciousness”.

“Jesus the radical went to the root of the human condition, and his approach to suffering was to eradicate it, literally to tear it out by the root”.

1 Jesus: historical; a rabbi who wandered the shores of northern Galilee

2 Jesus appropriated by Chritianity, created by the Church to fulfill its agenda; the Holy Ghost, the 3-in-1 Christ, the source of sacraments and prayers

3. Jesus who taught us how to reach God-consciousness, Jesus truly a saviour, embodying the highest level of enlightenment

Jesus intended to save the world by showing others the path to God-consciousness.

The Third coming – finding God-consciousness through your own efforts – happens in the present.

Jesus preached ” If  anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other also” He was speaking of a quality of consciousness that is know in Sanskrit as Ahimsa. (harmlessness or non-violence).  Aim of non-violence is ultimately to bring peace to yourself, to quell your own violence; the enemy outside serves only to mirror the enemy within. Second, your ability to be nonviolent depends on a shift in consciousness. Last, if you are successful in changing yourself, reality will mirror the change back to you.

Ahimsa is only one quality that belongs to God-consciousness.

St Paul declares that reality has changed completely becasue of Jesus’ existence :

“When anyone is united to Christ there is a new creature: his old life is over; a new life is already begun” “

Think of salvation as healing and new connections will open

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