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I am not a devotee of Yogananda, but I believe he had a pretty good handle on what Jesus was really getting at. He wrote extensively about Jesus, and anyone with an open mind who wants to get some serious insight should give him a read, imho. Below is a cut and paste from the introduction one of his books. fwiw. This should be good for a serious rebuke from some corners, I expect. I'm posting it anyway. Maybe it will touch someone, maybe not.

"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-realisation are rightly called sons of God.

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.

The detailed knowledge of the heavens as discovered by great astronomers through study and the use of telescopes could not have been acquired by lay persons lacking that training and equipment. Likewise, what enlightened sages know about Truth and Spirit through the clarifying telescope of their intuition can be known by ordinary individuals only when they have similarly extended their vision by the use of their inner telescopic intuition erstwhile hidden in the chamber of their souls.

Christ did not go through the sublime drama of his life merely to provide sermon material for generations of preachers and their Sunday audiences. He lived, died, and was gloriously resurrected as an inspiration to others to live a divine life and attain in themselves his experiences of God and the afterlife.

Jesus Christ was crucified once; but his teachings are crucified daily at the hands of superstition, dogmatism, and pedantic theological misinterpretations. My aim in offering to the world this spiritual interpretation of his words is to show how the Christ Consciousness of Jesus, free from such crucifixion, can be brought back a second time into the souls of all who make the effort to receive it. Surely, with the dawn of this more enlightened age, the time has come to stop the crucifixion of the Christ teachings as given by Jesus. His pristine message should be resurrected from its entombment by Self-realization, the inner enlightened experience of truth.

In these pages I offer to the world an intuitionally perceived spiritual interpretation of the words spoken by Jesus, truths received through actual communion with Christ Consciousness. They will be found to be universally true if they are studied conscientiously and meditated upon with soul-awakened intuitive perception. They reveal the perfect unity that exists among the revelations of the Christian Bible, the Bhagavad Gita of India, and all other time-tested true scriptures.

The saviors of the world do not come to foster inimical doctrinal divisions; their teachings should not be used toward that end. It is something of a misnomer even to refer to the New Testament as the "Christian" Bible, for it does not belong exclusively to any one sect. Truth is meant for the blessing and upliftment of the entire human race. As the Christ Consciousness is universal, so does Jesus Christ belong to all...

The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita are satisfyingly complete, containing the science of life, the eternal principles of truth and philosophy of living that make life beautiful and harmonious. Philosophy is the love of wisdom; religion, as taught by the scriptural prophets, is likewise devotion to highest truth. The personal realization of truth is the science behind all sciences. But for most persons, religion has devolved to a matter of belief only. One believes in Catholicism, another believes in some Protestant denomination, others assert belief that the Jewish or Hindu or Muslim or Buddhist religion is the true way. The science of religion identifies the universal truths common to all—the basis of religion—and teaches how by their practical application persons can build their lives according to the Divine Plan. India's teaching of 'Raja Yoga', the "royal" science of the soul, supersedes the orthodoxy of religion by setting forth systematically the practice of those methods that are universally necessary for the perfection of every individual, regardless of race or creed.

There is a vast difference between theoretical religion and philosophy and their actual practice. Practically speaking, philosophy may be divided into three parts—ethics, psychology, and metaphysics. These three departments are covered in both the Hindu and Christian Bibles.

Ethics—scriptural truth as applied to material life—sets forth the science of human duty, moral laws, how to behave.

Psychology—truth applied to mental well-being—teaches one how to analyze himself; for no spiritual progress is possible without introspection and self-study by which one endeavors to find out what he is so that he can correct himself and become what he should be.

Metaphysics—truths pertaining to the spiritual dimension of life—explains the nature of God and the science of knowing Him.

These three, taken together and put into practice, constitute religion. The ethical moral principles prescribed in the New Testament are the same as in the Gita. The psychology and the metaphysics of these two scriptures, rightly interpreted, likewise coincide in every respect. The superficial difference is that the Hindu scriptures—of which the Gita is a sublime summation—were written in a higher age of civilization, against a background of greater understanding among the general populace. Though Jesus himself embodied the highest wisdom, he expressed truth in simple, concise language; whereas the scriptures of India are composed in Sanskrit terminology of extraordinary depth and scientific precision. Point by point I have compared the salient message of the Bible and Hindu scriptures, and have found only harmonious unity between them. It is from this understanding that these explanations of Christ's words have been written. By way of example, some parallel or complementary verses from the Bhagavad Gita are cited. I have given a detailed explanation of these verses and the entirety of the Gita in a separate work, to which I encourage readers to refer for additional insight into the truths implicit but not elaborated in Jesus' words that have come down to us in the four canonical Gospels. Had Jesus himself written his teachings, they might indeed have been expressed in greater depth than in the generalities of a conversation with his disciples or a discourse to the multitudes. Certainly in the Revelation of St. John we are led by means of metaphor into the profound insights of the yoga science in which Jesus initiated his advanced disciple John, and others, whose consciousness thereby ascended to the exalted Self-realized state of the kingdom of God within."

The Second Coming of Christ (The Resurrection of the Christ Within You)
Paramahansa Yogananda

Agelbert Newz / Re: Surly1's Bacon Porn
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:33:31 PM »
That is just fucking beautiful. Who says Americans have no high culture?

Agelbert Newz / Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:51:24 AM »
Somehow, my favorite all-time economist, Scott Nearing, was able to run his subsistence farm with everyone involved working four hours a day. And he was so healthy he had to stop eating to be able to die when he was 100 years old and ready to depart this mortal coil.

He always said you have to be vegetarian to do that, because it takes too much work to raise animals. Maybe he was right.

Me, I will work for bacon.

Economics / Re: Cyprus Blows (and New Zealand Sucks)
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:37:43 AM »
Not really, I just couldn't pass up the headline.

Cyprus is a test balloon by the banks, at least that's part of what's going on, imho. A world-wide wealth tax to bail out the global banking empires could be a logical future move if they get away with ripping off the Cypriots.

Agelbert Newz / Re: Tesla Auto
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:20:10 AM »
I fully support development of electric cars and feel that eventually they will be commonplace, if not the primary means of transport. But right now, we have a situation where the owners of such vehicles get a number of tax breaks that are of debatable value to the country as a whole. We're talking about fairly affluent people here (ones who can afford a 100K+ car).

They get a $7500 tax credit (equivalent to more than a 20K tax deduction for those in a high marginal rate tax bracket). They also get to NOT pay the fuel tax we pay at the pump for gas (in most places about 50 cents a gallon). At the same time they are driving a car that very well might gets its energy indirectly from a coal-fired power plant. ( Last I checked, I think 60% of our electricity comes from coal.)

I think Tesla will likely not make it as a going concern due not to anything having to do with their cars, but simply because they are unaffordable to most Americans. I know they say they're doing okay right now. Let's see where they are in five years.They were always a niche market rich man's car.

 (Unless the government gives them more money. They already have been the recipient of 465 million in government loans, which to their credit, they are paying back early at the moment.)

I intend to buy an electric car in the next two years myself, but not a Tesla. Most likely I'll go with the plug-in Prius or even a Volt(if those are still in production). I drive too many long commutes to depend on a completely electric car unless battery breakthroughs change the game. I had a regular Prius, which I gave to my daughter. I liked that one.

Agelbert Newz / Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:19:58 AM »
Here I am struggling to prep for Armageddon, and I coulda had an electric Porsche for the same money.

Avoid crowds. Definitely avoid crowds. They might shoot me, but I won't be in the streets holding a target, I mean a sign. LOL.

We're already in a police state, have been for a long time really. It's just getting more stupefyingly blatant, what they're doing.

As far as seeing the DHS build-ups as prepping for crowd control in the event of collapse, I really do wonder if that's the plan. Generally I would expect any high level plans to be leaked by someone. It's hard to keep big national secrets. It does give the appearance that that's the deal. It will probably be the same outcome, whether it is or not. Too many trigger-happy punks in the employ of the government to expect anything else.

"Give them a budget, and they will buy it."

First law of government bureaucracies.

I don't mean to underplay the significance of these purchases with regards to threats to our liberty, but I see it from more of a misappropriation of resources standpoint, aimed at keeping the money spigots turned on for these companies like Navistar, which geared up for wartime production ,and are now flush with inventory they would like to sell to anybody at all. Financial fascism at work.

Conspiracy / Re: US to Let Spy Agencies Scour Americans' Finances
« on: March 19, 2013, 06:22:28 AM »
New BSA SAR requirements now require a Suspicious Activity Report on transactions as low as $5000, as someone recently pointed out to me.

Gimme a break, you can't buy much for that kind of money. Talk about Big Brother. New BSA SAR general guidelines below for your reading pleasure.

    Criminal violations involving insider abuse in any amount.
    Criminal violations aggregating $5,000 or more when a suspect can be identified.
    Criminal violations aggregating $25,000 or more regardless of a potential suspect.
    Transactions conducted or attempted by, at, or through the bank (or an affiliate) and aggregating $5,000 or more, if the bank or affiliate knows, suspects, or has reason to suspect that the transaction:
        May involve potential money laundering or other illegal activity (e.g., terrorism financing).
        Is designed to evade the BSA or its implementing regulations.54
        Has no business or apparent lawful purpose or is not the type of transaction that the particular customer would normally be expected to engage in, and the bank knows of no reasonable explanation for the transaction after examining the available facts, including the background and possible purpose of the transaction.

Energy / Re: Waste Based Society
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:59:20 AM »
Everything I read about the tar sands and the pipeline leads me to believe it is one more huge misappropriation of resources designed to profit a few well placed individuals and corporations at the expense of everyone and everything else, including the planet. To strip mine such a pristine and environmentally sensitive area would never be a good idea...but environmental costs aside, the math doesn't really seem to work, and any actual usable fossil fuel extracted would be barely EROEI positive, if that.

Agelbert Newz / Re: Agelbert's Newz Channel
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:08:15 AM »
Owsley Stanley III, of 1960's LSD fame, claimed to have eaten nothing but eggs, butter, meat, and cheese from 1959 until his death in an auto accident in 2011. While I don't advocate such a diet, it does tell me that the human body is highly adaptable as far as fuel sources go.

Life without bacon is not something I wish to participate in. Just spare me the hormones, antibiotics, GMO corn,and all that other crap dreamed up by Big Ag to maximize profit at the expense of the eating public.

Economics / Re: Cyprus Blows
« on: March 18, 2013, 08:01:16 AM »
"Viewed only from your perch in Texas using the dollar as a measurement would it be deflationary. If you were in Paris and using the Euro as your measuring tool it would be highly inflationary for them."

Point taken.

"It is a financial Tower of Babel that only the insane can comprehend."

No argument from me on that.

Economics / Re: Cyprus Blows
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:39:53 AM »
On the face of it, the immediate consequences would appear to me likely to be seriously deflationary, because assets valued in Euros could now plummet. Of course, as AE and others have said, the first one out (Germany?)wins, and preserves their own assets.

Economics / Re: Cyprus Blows
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:05:10 AM »
Everything is relative to everything else. The strong dollar is an anomaly, but it is real. Since gold is currently subject to phony price fixing, in real time even it does not form its "normal" function. Over the long term it will, I have no doubt.

Economics / Re: Cyprus Blows
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:30:40 AM »
Watching with interest since your first post. I rate this a "wait and see", but the danger is that bank runs are so contagious, and everything is tied together globally. The first thing likely to happen is the that dollar will surge again.

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