Yogananda on Christ's teachings

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He continues on subject of blessing of avatars from the Lord:
Many are the voices that have intermediated between
God and man, khanda avatars, or partial incarnations in God-knowing
souls. Less common are the purna avatars, liberated beings
who are fully one with God; their return to earth is to fulfill a God-ordained
mission. The Lord in the sacred Hindu Bible, the Bhagavad
Gita, declares: "Whenever virtue declines and vice predominates, I incarnate
as an Avatar. In visible form I appear from age to age to protect
the virtuous and to destroy evildoing in order to reestablish righteousness"
(IV:7-8). The same one glorious infinite consciousness of
God, the Universal Christ Consciousness, Kutastha Chaitanya, becomes
familiarly apparelled in the individuality of an enlightened soul,
graced with a distinguishing personality and godly nature appropriate
to the times and purpose of the incarnation.

Without this intercession of God's love come to earth in the example,
message, and guiding hand of His avatars, it would scarce be
possible for groping humanity to find the path into God's kingdom
midst the dark miasma of world delusion, the cosmic substance of human
habitation. Lest His benighted children be lost forever in creation's
delusive labyrinths, the Lord comes again and again in God-illumined
prophets to light the way. The glory of Christ in the form of
Jesus made visible the Invisible Light that leads to God.
From page 4 of vol. one
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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Nicholas wrote: Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:24 pm You can be tiresome BD. The post from Yogananda was not an invitation to debate.

He was just giving, to lovers of Jesus Christ, a way for Xtians to think of a deeper view. A deeper view that can accept polytheism and an impersonal Absolute that does not reject personality.
That is all right, it's just important not to forget Jesus Christ's Eternal Original, Same Through the Ages (as the Christians say), form. That is all.
"But although I preach nirvana, this is not a true extinction. All phenomena from the very first have of themselves constantly borne the marks of tranquil extinction. Once the sons of the Buddha have carried out this way, then in a future existence they will be able to become Buddhas."
-The Lotus Sutra, Chapter Two, Expedient Means.
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Saint John said: "As many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God." [Jn 1:12] The plural number in "sons of God"
shows distinctly, from the teachings he received from Jesus, that not
the body of Jesus but his state of Christ Consciousness was the only
begotten son; and that all those who could clarify their consciousness
and receive, or in an unobstructed way reflect, the power of God,
could become the sons of God. They could be one with the only begotten
reflection of God in all matter, as was Jesus; and through the son,
Christ Consciousness, ascend to the Father, the supreme Cosmic Consciousness.
vol. 1:17.
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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Yogananda was curious about the previous life of Jesus, so he deeply prayed to the Father for an answer. Too long to quote all, but pp 39-41 in volume one of Second Coming of Christ gives details. The gist is that Elijah was the Master of Elisha and they both were reborn as John the Baptist and Jesus.
His first clue came as the Father suggested from:
I Kings 19:19:

So he (Elijah) departed thence, and found Elisha the son of
Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him,
and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his
mantle upon him.


Then I remembered what Jesus had spoken of John the Baptist:

"'But I say unto you, that Elijah is come already, and they knew him
not....' Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John
the Baptist" (Matthew 17:12-13 ).

It was Elisha, incarnate as Jesus, who could recognize his master
in John the Baptist from their past association as Elijah and Elisha.
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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More of Swami on his visionary experiences of Jesus:
To the New Testament account
of the Christ of Galilee I humbly add my own testimony. From
personal experience I know the reality of his life and miracles, for I
have seen him many, many times, and communed with him, and received
his direct confirmation about these matters.

He has come to me often as the baby Jesus and as the young
Christ. I have seen him as he was before his crucifixion, his face very
sad; and I have seen him in the glorious form in which he appeared
after his resurrection.

Jesus did not have a light complexion with blue eyes and blond
hair as many Western painters have depicted him. His eyes were dark
brown, and he had the olive-colored skin of his Asiatic heritage. His
nose was a little flattened at the tip. His moustache, sparse beard, and
long hair were black. His face and body were beautifully formed. Of
all the pictures I have seen of him in the West, the rendering by Hofmann
comes closest to showing the accurate features of the incarnate Jesus.
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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The two volumes of Second Coming of Christ have 75 chapters. Here are the Table of Contents' headings for the first 15 chapters:
1 Divine Incarnations: God's Emissaries i
2 Jesus' Immaculate Conception and His Relationship With John the Baptist 33
3 The Birth of Jesus and the Adoration of the Three Wise Men 51
4 The Infancy and Youth of Jesus 63
5 The Unknown Years of Jesus' Life—Sojourn in India . . 79
6 The Baptism of Jesus 95
7 The Role of Satan in God's Creation 127
8 Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness 155
9 Jesus Meets His First Disciples 181
10 "Hereafter Ye Shall See Heaven Open" Jesus' Discourse to Nathanael 195
11 Water Into Wine: "This Beginning of Miracles...." . . . . 213
12 Driving the Money Changers Out of the Temple 225
13 The Second Birth of Man—In Spirit Dialogue With Nicodemus, Part I 237
14 The Ascension of Man—Lifting Up the Serpent in the Wilderness Dialogue With Nicodemus, Part II 255
15 God's Love Gave to the World His Only Begotten Son Dialogue With Nicodemus, Part III (Conclusion) . . . 271
A true mind and true intent bring truth within truth. True practice and true cultivation take the truth beyond truth. True behavior and true conduct add truth to truth. In everything and every way, be true, true, true. Master Hua
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