18 Jul 2012
July 18, 2012

Maharaji on Love

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The following is an excerpt from a Ram Dass lecture from Listening Heart, Relationships, & Appreciating the Beloved from the Summer of 1989. It is his response to a question from an audience member “What did Maharaji say about love?”


Maharaji on Christ:

“Christ said love all beings as children of God, serve them. Give everything to the poor, even your clothing. Give it all away. Jesus gave it all away including his body.”

How did Christ meditate, Maharaji? He was lost in love. He was one with all beings and he had great love for all in the world. He was crucified so that his spirit could spread throughout the world. He was one with God. He sacrificed his body for the dharma. He never died. He never died. He is atman living in the hearts of all. See all beings as the reflection of Christ.

Maharaji, what can I do to gain pure love for Ram? You will get pure love for Ram by the blessings of Christ. Hanuman and Christ are one. They are the same.

What is the best method of meditation? Do as Jesus did and see god in everyone. Take pity on all and love all as God. When Jesus was crucified he felt only love.

Maharaji, who are you? Everyone is a reflection of my face.

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  • Free

    thank you…

  • mark

    How cool I read this quote today: “see god in everyone” when the exact same revelation came to me last night. I used to think there was something in this whole thing now I KNOW!

  • qalbiya nur

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

  • Christian

    I have been waiting for a post like this for some time. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

  • Krishna

    Right on!

  • http://Googlemail Indra Starshine Giese

    Blessings of Light & Love to my teacher, Baba Ram Dass & Guru Neem Karoli Baba…we are are Hanuman Jai shining our light of love…Hari Ram

  • Indra Starshine Giese

    Mahalo Baba Ram Dass…Love you & our Baba…Jai Gurudev Neem Karori

  • Joseph

    Jesus said “I and the father (Jehovah God of the bible) are one (one in unity of power and essence) Jesus also said no one comes to the Father (heaven) except through me”.
    If there are many roads to heaven, then why did Jesus have to die? He should have just stayed in heaven and avoided this horrible sacrifice and we all could have found our own way. Truth is sin requires a blood sacrifice from a person who was sinless. The only person who was sinless was Jesus. That’s why he came to die. No other person on the planet had a sinless life. To put him equal with other teachers, prophets or little gods is absurd. That’s why Jesus is the only way to salvation becuase only him and no other person was sinless.
    -Joseph

    • Michael Veys

      Yogananda said…its a sin to think your a sinner…and he loved jesus who was one with the universal son of god who dwells in all….the christ…our true eternal nature….JEsus would have us be nothing less or more than his brother….when we embody the christ love that he came to show then the scriptures will be fulfilled…it has little to do with sin and an external savior…jesus quoted the law of Moses ..ye are gods…all sons of the most high…michael

      • Joseph

        Michael
        I don’t know who yogananda is. He didn’t die for me and his words are not truth like the words of Jesus.
        Don’t be fooled!
        1 John 1:8-10
        If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
        Romans 5:12
        “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—”

        Christ doesn’t dwell in anyone unless first they confess their sins and accept Jesus as LORD!

        “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)
        “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

        As for you quoting Jesus saying “you are gods” Let’s start with a look at Psalm 82, the psalm that Jesus quotes in John 10:34. The Hebrew word translated “gods” in Psalm 82:6 is Elohim. It usually refers to the one true God, but it does have other uses. Psalm 82:1 says, “God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the gods.” It is clear from the next three verses that the word “gods” refers to magistrates, judges, and other people who hold positions of authority and rule. Calling a human magistrate a “god” indicates three things: 1) he has authority over other human beings, 2) the power he wields as a civil authority is to be feared, and 3) he derives his power and authority from God Himself, who is pictured as judging the whole earth in verse 8.

        This use of the word “gods” to refer to humans is rare, but it is found elsewhere in the Old Testament. For example, when God sent Moses to Pharaoh, He said, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1). This simply means that Moses, as the messenger of God, was speaking God’s words and would therefore be God’s representative to the king. The Hebrew word Elohim is translated “judges” in Exodus 21:6 and 22:8, 9, and 28.

        The whole point of Psalm 82 is that earthly judges must act with impartiality and true justice, because even judges must stand someday before the Judge. Verses 6 and 7 warn human magistrates that they, too, must be judged: “I said, `You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.’ But you will die like mere men; you will fall like every other ruler.” This passage is saying that God has appointed men to positions of authority in which they are considered as gods among the people. They are to remember that, even though they are representing God in this world, they are mortal and must eventually give an account to God for how they used that authority.

        Now, let’s look at how Jesus uses this passage. Jesus had just claimed to be the Son of God (John 10:25-30). The unbelieving Jews respond by charging Jesus with blasphemy, since He claimed to be God (verse 33). Jesus then quotes Psalm 82:6, reminding the Jews that the Law refers to mere men—albeit men of authority and prestige—as “gods.” Jesus’ point is this: you charge me with blasphemy based on my use of the title “Son of God”; yet your own Scriptures apply the same term to magistrates in general. If those who hold a divinely appointed office can be considered “gods,” how much more can the One whom God has chosen and sent (verses 34-36)?

        In contrast, we have the serpent’s lie to Eve in the Garden. His statement, “your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5), was a half-truth. Their eyes were opened (verse 7), but they did not become like God. In fact, they lost authority, rather than gaining it. Satan deceived Eve about her ability to become like the one true God, and so led her into a lie. Jesus defended His claim to be the Son of God on biblical and semantic grounds—there is a sense in which influential men can be thought of as gods; therefore, the Messiah can rightly apply the term to Himself. Human beings are not “gods” or “little gods.” We are not God. God is God, and we who know Christ are His children.

        Joseph

  • Andy J Loiacono Tsm

    Joseph you seem to have missed the message. A message that Jesus taught, that of Love … Love of all …why are you making this a contest?