01 Aug Love #2
In our continuation of exploring love and Divine Love we turn to the term “Jesus Christ” as the prime example of Divine Love in action. Divine Love simply means loving someone regardless of whatever.
It is interesting that most people do not know that the term “Jesus Christ” is actually incorrect. The way it should be said is “Jesus the Christ.” Christ, in the Greek language, is Christos, the source of the term. The Greek term Christos (Χρίστος) is derived from the earlier word χριστός meaning “anointed” and which later became the Christian theological term for the Messiah.
In the Teachings Christos, Christ, means “love”, Divine Love, an “exalted state of being and consciousness.” In the same vein, Buddha was also a title. It means “one who is awake” — in the sense of having “woken up to reality”.
The Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Nepal around 2,500 years ago. He did not claim to be a god or a prophet. He was a human being, like Jesus, who became Enlightened, understanding life in the deepest way possible. Both Buddha and Jesus were raised to God level by men for their own needs and purposes. In both instances the Teachings of these men, which are Universal because they apply to everyone, were used to deify them. However, both men said to look within to find the “kingdom.”
Buddha said it this way: “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” And “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
Jesus said: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21 KJV) In the Gospel According to Thomas, he said: “If those who lead you say to you, See, the Kingdom is in Heaven, then the birds of the heaven will precede you. If they say to you, It is in the sea, then the fish will precede you. But the Kingdom is within you and it is without you. If you [will] know yourselves, then you will be known and you will know that you are the sons of the Living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty and you are poverty.”
Here are other Teachings presented to man through the millennia:
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” Buddha.
“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” Confucius.
“…You must love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus.