By M N Kundu
Jesus Christ added a different dimension to life and living by incorporating divine love and kindness in what we do, say and think. He substituted a God-fearing attitude with a God-loving mysticism and ethical religious injunctions by spontaneous human kindness. In addition, he proclaimed the essential divinity of man by asserting, “The Kingdom of God is within you“. The spirit of God hidden within can be known by removal of spiritual ignorance and washing away the filth of sins with the waters of divine love.
Once a woman accused of committing adultery was brought before Christ for his final verdict on her punishment. As per the law of Moses she was to be stoned to death for her actions. While all eyes were on Jesus who always advocated forgiveness and kindness under all circumstances, he asked those assembled, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.“
The crowd dispersed quietly
The fearful woman awaiting impening death asked, “Why have you saved my life? I deserve punishment for being a sinner.“ Compassionate Jesus said, “Go, and sin no more.“ Forget the past and move forward. The message is to condemn the sin but not the sinner. Because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Once a man came to Jerusalem, the birthplace of Jesus, during Christmas. He was delighted at the festive celebrations but was keen to see immortal Jesus in body and prayed for the same. In the night baby Jesus appeared before him and asked, “What have you brought for me as Christmas gift?“ The overwhelmed devotee uttered, “I have brought my whole heart to give you.“
Jesus said, “Very good. But won't you give me something more?“ The devotee replied, “I will give you all that I have and myself too.“ Jesus said, “Excellent.But can't you give me something more?“ The man was puzzled, “What more do I have to give you, my Lord?“ Jesus smiled and said, “Why don't you give me your sins as your Christmas gift?“ With tearful eyes the man asked, “What will you do with my sins?“ Jesus said, “I will forgive them all and relieve you of the burden of sins so that you may not look back and only move forward severing your psychological blocks and bondage with the sins.“
Christ committed his greatest miracle on the cross.
He was humiliated, tortured and crucified for spreading his spiritual wisdom. But with every hammer on the nail for his crucifixion he uttered the al prayer ever heard by immortal prayer ever heard by mankind, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.“ His first commandment was to develop unconditional divine love for God with all strength, mind, heart and soul and also loving neighbours (entire humanity) as extended self. Such mystic love executes complete self-effacement and absolute surrender to the cosmic will, “Let Thy will be done.“ This is the culmination of spiritual wisdom and also the ultimate stage of human devotion.
As a universal prophet Christ prescribed the essence of spirituality for practice by all, beyond sectarian rituals. From the depth of his profound feeling of oneness with the Absolute he said, “I am the light ...“ He gave a call to all seekers, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest ... and ye shall find rest into your souls.“ That rest is the eternal peace of kingdom of God within.