Rays of the One Light
Weekly commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita
by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)
Truth is one and eternal. Realize oneness with it in your deathless Self, within. The following commentary is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Week 52: The Divine Ascension
In the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 14, we read:
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
What is this “I,” when spoken by a master who has conquered every vestige of ego-consciousness? Therein lies the mystery of true Scriptural teaching. That “I” that is no “I”: Does it even exist? In what way is it different from the consciousness that animates other human beings?
Jesus was not saying, “Look at me. Don't look at other masters.” He was saying, rather, “Look at the divine Self that is the essence of who you are, your very Self. You are that ‘I.' No man cometh unto the divine consciousness except by first recognizing his own intrinsic divinity, hidden behind his delusive ego.”
The Bhagavad Gita, in the fourth Chapter, states:
Meditate on the divine incarnations. Their lives, and the consciousness animating them, will be your stairway to the Infinite.
O Son of Pritha [Arjuna], in whatever way people accept Me, in that same way do I appear to them. For all men, in some way, pursue the path to Me.
Thus, through holy Scripture, God has spoken to mankind.
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