Is Jesus the Only Son of God?
“The Bible,” objected a newcomer to Paramhansa Yogananda’s words, “tells us that Jesus is the only Son of God. How, then, can you speak of other masters as his equal?
Yogananda replied: “When the Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy for saying, ‘I and my Father are one,’ he answered them, ‘Don’t your scriptures say, you are gods?’
“The followers of every religion like to claim uniqueness for their own beliefs. Their claim, however, stems from human misunderstanding and ignorance.
“Jesus, like all great masters, spoke from two levels of identity: the human and the divine. As a human being, he could cry out on the cross, ‘Father, why has Thou forsaken me?’
“But in his infinite, divine Self, he could rightly say he was the only Son of God. For in that consciousness he was identified with the Christ consciousness, which is the only reflection in all creation of God, the Father beyond creation.
What Is the Christ Consciousness?
“The Christ consciousness is not a man with a beard and a flowing white robe! When Jesus used the pronoun ‘I,’ speaking from that vast state of consciousness, he was referring to the infinite Self of all beings, not to his little human body.
“The Christ consciousness underlies the entire created universe. Anyone who withdraws his consciousness from attachment to the ego and unites it with Infinity can with perfect right say with Jesus, ‘I am the Son of God.’
“He can say, too, ‘I and my Father are one,’ just as Jesus did, since the Son and the Father are aspects of the same reality.
“In that state, his sense of ‘I’ is no longer limited by the human body. The wave has merged back into the vast ocean from which it came. It has become the ocean.”
Excerpted from The Essence of Self-Realization: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda
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