One Spirit

The Master beheld the pain in this world
He sought to assuage it with power unfurled

It wasn’t as if the pain was apart
He felt it Himself, right down to his heart

To the blind, He gave sight
To the lame, He gave limbs
The poor and needy, He counted as kin

To the sick, He gave health
To the dead, He gave life
To the mad He gave freedom, and ended their strife

But the pain never ended
What more could He do?
The suffering of man, He felt through and through

He wanted to end it
put it soundly to rest
Perhaps He could do it by taking on death…

The root of all suffering was karma, was sin
He knew how to sponge it, how to burn it within

If any had faith, His power they could use
But to heal so many, His body they’d abuse

If that was the price, “So be it,” He thought
He’d give life and limb to see it all stop

For the renewal of Earth
for the joy of each soul
He’d take on their karma, their sin, and their woe

I feel quite the same as Jesus once did
The suffering of others is a thing I would rid

But my strength and my faith compares not to the Christ
If he is a Lion, I fall with the mice

The death of this one that I call by first name
Is the price that’s required if I’m to master God’s game

With ego in balance and conceit in a vise
with a measure of time, I too will be Christ

Into Him Who is the Head

Wisdom comes with time
In faith, it will brine

The selfless are possessed of God’s might

Ever in doubt
the faithless devout
are to themselves a fey, truncating blight

The Master once said
His power, a thing of dread
to this mountain say move, and it complies

Seek the Lord’s face
Know His power at base
It is the foundation upon which our cosmos relies
 

More than We Seem

Here in the shade, so thankful are we

I sit with the one called Yeshua

and he frolics with me

Many would name my intuition a fraud
but here, I seek glory that comes only from God

Few words does he speak
the heart of my soul
yet his language is subtler than words can unfold

The Muse is his spouse
and the universe, his raiment

As he heralds new song
I am freed from each ailment

My constant companion is the cosmic Nazarene
The infinite Logos
the Self without seam

Through this single form
this personage
this force
I seek the hidden life
the knowledge of my source

Evry piece of life
emerges from that soul

In evry solid rock
is consciousness untold

The core of each one’s mind is surely destined to ascend
I seek to know the greater whole, through Yeshua
my friend

The Incarnate Word

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them…” (Matt. 5:17, ESV). When scrutinized in a vacuum, this proclamation of Jesus Christ remains thoroughly ambiguous. Fortunately, Jesus never intended for these words to be self-explanatory; his meaning is embodied by a great compilation of teachings to which Matthew 5:17 is attached. In other words, we cannot rightly interpret the meaning of this verse until we approach it through the broader context in which it resides. By analyzing several excerpts from Matthew Ch. 5, I will demonstrate two different means by which Jesus “fulfills” the law of God almighty: He makes complete those teachings which are incomplete, and he supplants blatant error with illumined truth.

According to Jesus, the righteousness of the Pharisees (conduct according to human law) was insufficient for one who desires redemption. The Jewish law of first-century Palestine was not entirely wayward, but even those laws which had preserved some measure of justice didn’t attain to the full righteousness of God as revealed by Jesus Christ: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…” (Matt. 5:21-22, ESV). And again Jesus calls us to a more exquisite quality of righteousness than the Jewish law ever maintained: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart…” (Matt. 5:27-28, ESV). The end of verse 28 is very distinctive. Formerly, Jews had conceptualized sin only as the perpetration of wrong action, but Jesus reveals that sin arises first within one’s own being; he reveals it to be a presence within the consciousness. In accordance with my antecedent claim, both instances can be recognized as incomplete laws that Jesus made complete.

As the incarnate Word (see The Gospel according to St. John Ch. 1), Jesus Christ represented the cosmic harmony of God. When he spoke about “God’s law”, he made reference to those subtle, universal laws of which he was intimately aware. In the possession of such authority, Jesus exercised the second function of his “fulfillment”: the rejection of erroneous, human laws. These sorts of ideologies existed at large within the Jewish communities of first century Palestine, and Jesus was never abashed about proclaiming the truth: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also…” (Matt. 5:38-39, ESV). Never once did Jesus exhibit an allegiance to any human ideology (unless that ideology was in accordance with the truth of his own nature). He spoke about righteousness that even the eloquent psalmists would have blanched at: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust…” (Matt. 5:43-45, ESV). In stark opposition to centuries of Jewish thought, Jesus reveals the love of God to be entirely impartial; and he implores that we alter our conduct in accordance with that revelation. To his first-century audience (the Jews), Jesus fulfilled God’s law by calling them to greater righteousness where a modicum was already present, and proclaiming divine truth where it had never been seen or heard.

Kingdom

The Avatars are one with God
Each Scepter stings our grim facade

Ensnared by things
the separate- self
revels long in passing wealth

But some whose minds are free and clear
pierce right through this thin veneer

With glory strained into the eyes
they see God in his disguise

First, among the masters great
the Avatars with causal weight

Next, among the Earth so green
each fern is like an astral beam

And finally, within the Self
where unity is God’s true wealth

This wisdom has been passed through time
and all who seek will come to find

inside the heart, its reaches deep
there lies God, the Self to seek