I think that Christ is very present in our hearts. He represents
such a power of love, such an overcoming of hatred and resentment.
It's not having pity for people, it is suffering - with people
- that's the meaning of compassion. Com-passion - suffering with
people, putting yourself on line, as one says. Their suffering
is your suffering. So, not the Olympic overcoming of the master,
but it is perhaps even a greater power, the power of love. And
it is unconditioned love, that is, loving people who are difficult
to love, who make themselves difficult to love. Pir-o-Murshid
said: We are tested in our love.
And then the extraordinary combination of what Pir-o-Murshid calls the aristocracy of the soul together with the democracy of the ego. The humility, washing the feet of the disciples. And at the same time claiming to be the son of God, and even saying to everyone: be perfect as your father. That combination of the greatest pride together with the greatest humility. Pride in the divine inheritance, humility in one's personal identity. Opening one's heart to all beings without discrimination and without any kind of personal intent, personal guile. And that's why, as St. Paul says, Christ is present in your heart. So, we think of the historic Jesus, who healed people by the power of love, the Holy Spirit, and then the Cosmic Christ who is always present in our hearts. And it is the ultimate therapy - so that when you feel that you've been humiliated or abused by a person, just think of Christ, who said: Love your enemy. And you can open your heart to the person who has offended you, and perhaps you will be able to transform that person by your love.
Now let´s try and get into the consciousness of Christ.
Perhaps you´ve seen the image of the shroud of Turin, because
that is a clue. If you are able to get behind the appearance,
all of a sudden you see this powerful being coming through, his
eyes open, absolutely like he belongs to some other dimension
or some other world altogether. He comes right through in your
life. He doesn´t sit there somewhere on a mountain top;
he comes right through with all his power and yet with a simple
touch, the human touch, at the same time. It´s really a
perfect example of God becoming man. Humility. Democracy is the
outcome of insight when you see that all this is God. You get
democracy instead of aristocracy, or you get this perfect combination
between the two that Murshid speaks about. Christ gets in trouble
with the law. He has tolerance for the sinners who are despised
by other people. His love is so great that he´s become the
heart of God; not just the being of God, but the heart more than
anything else. For the first time you have the prophet really
going into suffering, instead of just remaining very aloof or
very sovereign. He shares in the suffering of people. He doesn´t
despise those who are not able to overcome their personal selves.
In fact, he is your being, with all your fragility and your struggle,
while at the same time being the divine perfection. That´s
the only way that the church fathers could say it was divine nature
and human nature at the same time, the combination of those two;
that´s dogma, but it was the only way of saying it. It represents
a stage in the descent of God in manifestation, the consciousness
of God in manifestation.
Christ touches one´s heart, just like Krishna, but of course, much more. That´s why they portray him as a baby too, because he´s so lovable as a baby, like Krishna. You don´t portray Buddha as a baby. Christ is really God having become human, and it´s the divine perfection that´s very vulnerable but still perfect, even though it comes through in a very vulnerable way. Instead of just being triumphant and masterful, with all his overcoming he had accepted suffering and also vulnerability. It´s the being of God. We project upon God our ideas of perfection; but our ideas of perfection are our ideas of perfection, but that´s not the way the divine perfection is. Here in the being of Christ you can have a greater access to the real meaning of the divine perfection because even if it is perfect, it also includes limitation.