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This famous Swami was a non-sectarian mystic who valued all seekers of the Divine. Here is a site that gives some of his insights into the teachings of Christ as found in the four Gospels:

http://yogananda.com.au/sc/new_testament_00.html#top
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With his spiritual eye Yogananda saw & communed with Christ many times. He wrote that H. Hofmann's painting came closest to what Jesus looks like. Here is the painting and an article about the devotee of Jesus, Hofmann:

https://yoganandasite.wordpress.com/201 ... -excerpts/
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To understand the magnitude of a divine incarnation, it is necessary
to understand the source and nature of the consciousness that is incarnate
in the avatar. Jesus spoke of this consciousness when he proclaimed:
"I and my Father are one" (John 10:30) and "I am in the Father, and the Father
in me" (John 14:11 ). Those who unite their consciousness
to God know both the transcendent and the immanent nature
of Spirit—the singularity of the ever-existing, ever-conscious, evernew
Bliss of the Uncreate Absolute, and the myriad manifestations of
His Being as the infinitude of forms into which He variegates Himself
in the panorama of creation.
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In the New Testament, the curtain of silence comes down again on
the life of Jesus after his twelfth year, not to rise once more until
eighteen years later, at which time he receives baptism from John and
begins preaching to the multitude. We are told only:

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52

For the contemporaries of such an extraordinary figure to find
nothing noteworthy to record from his childhood to his thirtieth year
is in and of itself extraordinary.

Remarkable accounts, however, do exist, not in the land of Jesus'
birth but farther east where he spent most of the unaccounted-for
years. Hidden away in a Tibetan monastery priceless records lie. They
speak of a Saint Issa from Israel "in whom was manifest the soul of
the universe"; who from the age of fourteen to twenty-eight was in India
and regions of the Himalayas among the saints, monks, and pundits;
who preached his message throughout that area and then returned
to teach in his native land, where he was treated vilely,
condemned, and put to death. Except as chronicled in these ancient
manuscripts, no other history of the unknown years of Jesus' life has
ever been published.
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The bible is like the lotus sutra that it is most difficult to understand because the allegory acts as a psychological mirror. It appeals and repels people based on their perspectives.

This analog continues to attenuate.

For example, look at the segment of Catholics that reject Catholicism for Buddhism and then look at there they deviate to.

What seems to be common is a division between rebirth practices that exploit those who where attracted to the rituals of Catholicism but not the doctrine and emptiness doctrines that resonate with those who deviated due to non belief because deny Gnostic belief outright.

This is skillful means, this is expedient means and this also is how genes express in their environment on earth. Relative to the environment. When it comes to the physical world our genes express based on it, when it comes to the world of the mind our actions are reflections of desire.

Christ is equanimity, loving kindness and compassion personified. These traits are not subjective or variable in their state based on source of inspiration.

The bible points to buddha and makes clear it is a vehicle for those who would seek the realm of selflessness for the sake of salvation because they lack the capacity for anything else.

I can explain if desired.

It would seems that some traditions of buddhism recognize the same dynamic.
The Great Teacher Dengyō, explaining the lotus of the “one great reason” [why the Buddhas appear in the world], writes: “The ‘one great matter,’ the heart and core of the Lotus Sutra, is the revelation of the lotus. The word ‘one’ signifies that it is the one reality. The word ‘great’ signifies that it is broad and all-encompassing in nature. And the word ‘matter’ refers to the working of the essential nature of phenomena. This one great reason or ‘ultimate matter’ is the truth or the teaching, the wisdom, and the practice of the perfect teaching, or the Dharma body, the wisdom, and the emancipation of the perfect teaching. Through this, the persons of the one vehicle, those of the three vehicles, those of the determinate groups, those of the indeterminate group, those who believe in Buddhist teachings, those who believe in non-Buddhist teachings, those who have no desire to become Buddhas, and those who are unable to believe in the correct teachings—all of these beings, every one of them, are brought to the realm of the wisdom penetrating all phenomena. Thus, this ‘one great reason’ opens the door of Buddha wisdom to all beings, shows it, causes them to awaken to it, and induces them to enter into it, and all of them attain Buddhahood.”
Maybe the easiest way to say it is that from a perspective of perfect equanimity belief does not divide or define us except in the mind of those who believe so.
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Divine intercession to mitigate the cosmic law of cause and effect,
by which a man suffers from his errors, was at the heart of the mission
of love Jesus came to fulfill. Moses brought the law from God to man,
emphasizing the awful justice that befalls willful heedlessness. Jesus came
to demonstrate the forgiveness and compassion of God, whose love is a
shelter even from exacting law.

Similarly, Jesus was preceded by Gautama Buddha,
the "Enlightened One," whose incarnation reminded a forgetful
generation of the Dharma Chakra, the ever-rotating wheel of karma
—self-initiated action and its effects which make each man, and not a
Cosmic Dictator, responsible for his own present condition. Buddha
brought heart back into the arid theology and mechanical rituals into
which the ancient Vedic religion of India had fallen after the passing of
a higher age in which Bhagavan Krishna, India's most beloved of avatars,
preached the way of divine love and God-realization through the practice
of the supreme spiritual science of yoga, union with God.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends." [John 15:13] Such was the exceptional mission shouldered by
Jesus. Intercession by intimates of God is the palliative elixir that gives
a weakened mortal the necessary strength to rise and conquer the
forces of cosmic law he has roused against himself by disobedient behavior.
The interceder stands with the devotee, offering him defense in
the form of impermeable wisdom, and sometimes deflecting onto himself
a portion of a devastating onslaught.
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Thank You. It is so very meaningful to me.

I realized this on the deepest level some time ago. I took refuge in them. I realized it so deeply the love compassion and equanimity are part of me.

That christ conscious was krishna conscious, that they came from the same source, that the teachings where to build loving kindness, compassion and equanimity in preparation of realizing the sutra so might actually realize liberation in this lifetime.

This relationship was forged as a child and was my refuge from lifetimes of suffering. Suffering was so prevalent my only wish as a child was to salvage my life by preventing the same suffering in someone else.

I couldn't fathom it not existing for me because everything had been so burned into my psyche there was simply nothing else.

I remember being released in loving kindness when I said I wanted to emancipate all beings as they where because there suffering had become mine. I was given the gift of love, compassion and equanimity but I wasn't relieved of suffering.

Not mine, not all sentient beings but I finally was prepared to search for this answer and this is when I came across the lotus sutra.

I know this to be the transcendental power of buddha all along.

Are the gods real? as real as they have been realized.

I am far from perfect but I sacrificed countless lifetimes just to be in service of selfless humanitarian compassion and I truly believe this has been the golden road all along.
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Here is how Yogananda's Introduction to The Second Coming of Christ begins:
In titling this work The Second Coming of Christ, I am not referring
to a literal return of Jesus to earth. He came two thousand years ago
and, after imparting a universal path to God's kingdom, was crucified
and resurrected; his reappearance to the masses now is not necessary for
the fulfillment of his teachings. What is necessary is for the cosmic wisdom
and divine perception of Jesus to speak again through each one's
own experience and understanding of the infinite Christ Consciousness
that was incarnate in Jesus. That will be his true Second Coming.

There is a distinguishing difference of meaning between Jesus and
Christ. His given name was Jesus; his honorific title was "Christ." In
his little human body called Jesus was born the vast Christ
Consciousness, the omniscient Intelligence of God omnipresent in every
part and particle of creation. This Consciousness is the "only begotten Son
of God," so designated because it is the sole perfect reflection
in creation of the Transcendental Absolute, Spirit or God the Father.

It was of that Infinite Consciousness, replete with the love and
bliss of God, that Saint John spoke when he said: "As many as received
him [the Christ Consciousness], to them gave he power to become
the sons of God." Thus according to Jesus' own teaching as
recorded by his most highly advanced apostle, John, all souls who become
united with Christ Consciousness by intuitive Self-realization*
are rightly called sons of God.
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* "Self" is capitalized to denote the soul, man's true identity, in contradistinction to the
ego or pseudosoul, the lower self with which man temporarily identifies through ignorance
of his real nature.
Self-realization is the knowing—in body, mind, and soul—that we are one with
the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are
not merely near it at all times, but that God's omnipresence is our omnipresence; that
we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.
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My experience transcend that but let me quickly explain.

As a child my understanding of christ was that it was pure unconditional love. I identified deeply with that as what it should be. It was my refuge during abuse. Later in childhood (8 ish) a couple I met once and never again saw me and knew I was lost and trouble althoguh I did not know at the time.

They asked if I wanted to know christ, indeed I said and they had me speak to someone on the phone of authority who had me say a prayer. I felt a warmth in my heart and shortly after I left. I never saw them again.

I always considered it the setting of the compass of my heart, a subliminal sowing of a seed that would set my conscious to pure loving equanimity. It was not boundless although it lacked self. That was why it was not boundless. My own welfare was absent, I really didn't understand such a thing.

I lived accordingly going against the grain often in refusal of seeing it denied and often through the words/actions of those who practiced the abrahamic religions.

When I had children and I needed to decide if I would raise them on what I believed but never studied and was an ancestral religion I decided to read the bible because it seemed christans where so deluded I could debunk them with their own book and adopt an open ended spirituality.

Long story short reading it revealed a totally different impression. I decided that the walk I had been on with god was the one revealed to paul. It was still very sublime I eventually became reborn when I realized that compassion of christ in deep long suffering except I was reborn to realize the teachings were a filter create a realm of the mind where good and evil could be illustrated and conquered and that all beings where meant to be saved and that both paths led to god.

The division was an illusion all along and it is stated in scripture, not hard to see. Almost impossible to realize because if your mind and heart aren't rooted in perfected equanimity you can't fathom it.

This is when I discovered the lotus sutra and saw even the bible pointed to it.

I never believed that our combination of body/conscious was anything but temporal interaction and never had a design to seek what I understand. I eventually found the both speak from a point of consciousness the point of which is under contention between buddhist and christians, hindu ect.

Thankfully I don't invest mind in contentions I observe around them.

Eventually I came to understand buddhism in the same manner and one of the ways I knew it was I had realized and taken possession of the god realm and transcended it in search of greater equanimity for all, that is a teaching that did not discriminate. It did not change the wellspring of loving equanimity in my heart.

When I came to understand the true meaning of boundless emptiness because I had been contained to the god realm I realized the same compassionate equanimity remains but there is no belief to held to maintain them.

I also came to realize that the one conscious that all rises and falls to of the yuga is seen both in brahman and buddhist context correctly because the essence of shakyamuni's enlightenment is that a feature of that consciousness is to become self aware and it does so through realms via life. It contains its own cause. It is part of the fabric of conscious that is why we all have the same potential to achieve buddhahood.

I would realize all conscious life is self aware for this purpose. To achieve the highest capacity of the realms we are capable of realizing and to assist all others in the same because our ability to manifest them as a shared phenomenon relies on it.

That the very refuge I sought all along was the pure equitable empty and boundless conscious from which everything in the universe of my mind arose which was not absent of loving kindness but was realized because of it, even if it was simply my own.

That one conscious and the ability for it to be recognized the cause for buddhism


https://www.nichirenlibrary.org/en/wnd-1/Content/47
The Great Teacher Dengyō, explaining the lotus of the “one great reason” [why the Buddhas appear in the world], writes: “The ‘one great matter,’ the heart and core of the Lotus Sutra, is the revelation of the lotus. The word ‘one’ signifies that it is the one reality. The word ‘great’ signifies that it is broad and all-encompassing in nature. And the word ‘matter’ refers to the working of the essential nature of phenomena. This one great reason or ‘ultimate matter’ is the truth or the teaching, the wisdom, and the practice of the perfect teaching, or the Dharma body, the wisdom, and the emancipation of the perfect teaching. Through this, the persons of the one vehicle, those of the three vehicles, those of the determinate groups, those of the indeterminate group, those who believe in Buddhist teachings, those who believe in non-Buddhist teachings, those who have no desire to become Buddhas, and those who are unable to believe in the correct teachings—all of these beings, every one of them, are brought to the realm of the wisdom penetrating all phenomena. Thus, this ‘one great reason’ opens the door of Buddha wisdom to all beings, shows it, causes them to awaken to it, and induces them to enter into it, and all of them attain Buddhahood.”44
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One of the most profound understandings in all of this has been that when I had realized equanimity/oneness of humanity as well as life through christ I wasn't sated. I actualized it, I shared it, I saw it take root and flourish, I never questioned it. I assumed it was simply part of the process to lack.

What I couldn't do is share unconditioned love, the seed of oneness and equanimity in the name of christ because many people deeply reject christ's name even if they appreciate the notion of unconditional love. I knew this because as a part of my belief I embraced all people even those who didn't believe or had diametrically opposed belief. I never discriminated against humanity in my desire to share my actualization.

This is why i sought buddhism. I wanted to learn how to teach them what I learned and knew it was in these teachings. What I didn't realize is I was going to properly identify my life's path as being inherently buddhist and my understandings of the realm a necessary external projection of mores and values necessary for my development past this realm as a boddhisattva both for myself but to my ancestry since they where deeply Catholic and there was dark and heavily ingrained stain against the true meaning of the covenant (which is with humanity) it was meant to represent.

I needed to both actualize this realm and posses an understanding that transcends it so I could understand true empty boundlessness.

Both had an interesting effect on my physiology.

When I reached the height of actualization in the god realm it healed my heart. I would have awful chest pain in my heart region and it was degrading my capacity to function heavily. It was lifted in a way that is almost impossible to describe. It was trauma based which was accentuated by mental illness.

The pain of self as a part of the rising mind developed through trauma that nothing ever seemed to help was eventually reduce to simple symptomatic rising of the mind that can be maintained with mundane practice.

I understand both the need for an external point of belief to be to develop something like loving kindness in an environment that offers none and the need to cast away the external for the purpose of developing the internal understanding that this is the true source. I also know now the importance of revealing the true source.

I don't see them as mutually exclusive but I don't see the true source being reliant in the god realm either but from the true source, pure conscious the realm of loving kindness arises.
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More from Yogananda's Introduction:
A small cup cannot hold an ocean within itself. Likewise, the cup
of human consciousness, limited by the physical and mental instrumentalities
of material perceptions, cannot grasp the universal Christ
Consciousness, no matter how desirous one may be of doing so. By
the definite science of meditation known for millenniums to the yogis
and sages of India, and to Jesus, any seeker of God can enlarge the caliber
of his consciousness to omniscience—to receive within himself
the Universal Intelligence of God.

What Jesus gave as chronicled in the New Testament of the Bible
very few people understand. They just read what he said and quote it;
and because it is written in the biblical Scripture
they believe it blindly, with little effort to realize the
wisdom therein through personal experience. Realization
is to attune one's consciousness with Christ;
then the right comprehension will come. When persons
try to deduce the meaning of Jesus' words by
intellectual analysis alone, or from the perspective
of a specific dogma, they inevitably distort his sayings to suit their purpose—
however well-intentioned—or to comfortably accommodate
their level of understanding. Christ-wisdom has to be grasped by communion,
not by rationalization.

The only reliable standard of scriptural interpretation is the testimony
of actual perception—to go into that state of consciousness in
which the prophets perceived the truths they expounded and thereby witness
the meaning they intended. The words of Jesus fully unfold their wisdom
only to those who meditate deeply on the Christ Consciousness that
Jesus possessed. Then one understands Jesus in the light of his spiritual
experience of the Cosmic Consciousness of the Heavenly Father, realized
through the Father's Christ-Intelligence reflection present in all creation.
Vol. I:xxii
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"So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."
-1 John 4:16

"Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
-1 John 4:8

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
-1 John 4:7-8

"By penance only can one even approach the Personality of Godhead, who is within the heart of every living entity and at the same time beyond the reach of all senses."
-Srimad Bhagavatam 3.12.19

"The mind is situated within the heart."
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
It is clear that the Bible states that God is Love, and that the Vedas state that our Soul, the Jiva, as well as God, the Supersoul is situated within our hearts. The Vedas also state that the mind is situated within the heart, where our soul resides. So ultimately the consciousness of Christ, as God's within the heart, is our Love, for God is Love and our hearts there to help us Love. If within the consciousness of our Love, our God, we are able to become fully One with the Love of Christ in communion with His Majesty, cleansing our hearts with ritual prayer and the chanting of Hymns and Holy Names, as well as recitation and study of the Scriptures, we will be able to call the Love of Christ our own as Christians at every moment, forever, receiving the Holy Spirit and being Baptized Spiritually in the Name of God. Once we call God our own, nothing can stop us from realizing His infinite Glory, Truth, and Majesty, because that Love that is the Holy Spirit is infinite. Once we ask Jesus for the Living Water He has to give us, if we drink even a little of that Maha, we will forever have Wellsprings of Eternal Life in us, and the Holy Spirit within us will help us fully realize Christ and make ourselves just like Him in His Glory. A perfect Servant of God, a good and Faithful Servant. This is the hope of every Christian and the purpose of Yogananda's mission, one He has succeeded in His full Way, since He met Gautama Buddha in a Hermitage about 2500 years ago to learn from the Great Sage and enter Himself fully forever again into the infinite Wisdom of God.
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"Come to me O Christ"
O Christ, beloved Son of God! thou didst embark on a stormtossed
sea of prejudiced minds. Their cruel thought waves
lashed thy tender heart.

Thy trial on the Cross was an immortal victory of humility over
force, of soul over flesh. May thine ineffable example hearten us to
bear bravely our lesser crosses.

O Great Lover of Error-Torn Humanity! In myriad hearts an unseen
monument has arisen to the mightiest miracle of love — thy
words: "Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Mayest thou remove from our eyes the cataracts of ignorance,
that we see the beauty of thy message: "Love even thine enemies as
thyself. Sick in mind or asleep in delusion, they are still thy brothers."

O Cosmic Christ, may we, too, conquer the Satan of dividing selfishness
that prevents the gathering in sweet accord of all men in the
one fold of Spirit.

As thou art Perfection, yet wert crucified, teach us not to resent the
inevitable tests of life: the daily challenge to our fortitude by adversities,
our self-control by temptation, and our goodwill by misunderstanding.

Purified by contemplation on thee, innumerable devotees perfume
their lives with emanations from thy flower soul. O Good Shepherd!
thou leadest thy countless flock to the evergreen Pastures of Peace.

Our deepest aspiration is to see the Heavenly Father with open
eyes of wisdom, as thou dost; and to know like thee that we are verily
His sons. Amen
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Yogananda not only had contact with the mind/heart of Jesus Christ, but even had visions of him:
My singular desire to discern rightly the true meaning of Christ's
words was given wondrous confirmation one night during a period
when I was working on these interpretations. It was in the Hermitage
at Encinitas, California. I was sitting in my darkened room in meditation,
praying deeply from my soul, when suddenly the blackness
gave way to a celestial opal-blue effulgence. The entire room was like
an opal flame. In that light the radiant form of the blessed Lord Jesus appeared.

His face was divine. His appearance was of a young man in his
twenties, with sparse beard and moustache; his long black hair, parted
in the middle, had a golden light about it. His feet were not touching
the floor. His eyes were the most beautiful, the most loving eyes I have
ever seen. The whole universe I saw glistening in those eyes. They were
infinitely changing, and with each transition of expression I intuitively
understood the wisdom conveyed. In his glorious eyes I felt the power
that upholds and commands the myriad worlds.

As he gazed down at me, a Holy Grail appeared at his mouth. It
descended to my lips and touched them; then went up again to Jesus.
After a few moments of rapt silent communion, he said to me: "Thou
dost drink of the same cup of which I drink."

At that I bowed down. I was joyous beyond dreams to receive the
testimony of his blessings, of his presence. Exactly the words that he
said to me in this vision he also said to Thomas, which I never read
before. His words meant that I was drinking of his wisdom through
the Holy Grail of his perceptions which he has dropped in my consciousness,
and he was pleased.
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