”And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek,
and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that
seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
- attributed to Jesus, Luke 11:9-10, Holy Bible, KJV
said, “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.’
However, Jesus did not create this abundant life, nor did He
bestow it upon individuals. He
was talking about a discovery that He made about man, a discovery that
forms the central idea of His gospel or “good news.”
The great idea is simply this:
Because man is spiritual being, he is forever the focus of
spiritual power that works to manifest life in perfect health and
harmony and abundance. ... Jesus identified this power as the Father within.
He said: “It is
your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” . . . “Your
Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” . . .
“All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine.”
Yet He clearly indicates that “Father” is but His fond
personalization of the action of divine law."
- Eric Butterworth, Life is for Living
power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind,
senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work
using you as a mere instrument." -
Bhagavad-Gita 1500 BC
There is so much to be gained in
examining the philosophy and teaching of Jesus providing we don't
"filter" that which we read or study through the perspective
of religions, especially Christianity and Catholicism.
Religion has moved the masses away from understanding universal
spiritual truth, which is the foundation of the radical Jesus'
philosophy. Jesus' profound statements are providing us a way in
which to develop our consciousness from the ancient "tribal"
laws and the religious dogma, to a greater awareness of our relationship
with G-d Mind; Intelligence, Spirit, Truth. This is why he pointed
to Nature, and the universal laws that are at work in It, for us to
realize a greater awareness of this Thing Called Life; that is, the Life
of G-d as It is expressed through All of Life eternally, both here and
in the hereafter.
The radical Jesus taught that we are to
"be in the world, but not of the world" ... but this teaching
is not for us to "fear the world" but to see the world as
developing consciousness. There is no "power" in the
world but the Presence of G-d. And to know this frees us to
experience heaven right here on earth. As we find in the statement
from the Bhagavad-Gita written 1500 years before Jesus ... "the
power of G-d is with us at all times" ... but we must seek it, to
find it in our experiences.
Most of us have never been taught
that as we seek our good, when we find it, we find G-d; that is, a
heightened awareness of the Love and Law of G-d. For many of us,
we identify this as the "grace of G-d." The Master Mind
Jesus understood that what we are seeking is seeking us, and so he could
state that as we seek, we shall find, with absolute confidence knowing
that it is the action of divine law. We don't have to fight for
our good or to resist what the world calls evil, we only must "seek
it within our mind" ... and let our emotions reveal to us the joy
in having it, being it, or doing it ... whatever our own personal idea
of good may be.
The modern mystic, Eric Butterworth sums up the
ministry of Jesus as the "discovery" or "the
central idea" of His gospel or “good news”
is that man [human species] is spiritual being, and is forever
the focus of spiritual power that works to manifest life in perfect
health and harmony and abundance." And
as we know that Spirit is Mind, and the spirit within us is found in our
mind, our thoughts and our emotions, which is why we must
"seek" or "focus" inwardly in our mind on what we
want in order to receive it.
A few weeks ago I was up in the mountains
outside of Palm Springs in Morongo Valley and I observed a young coyote
as he came upon a covey of quail. There must have been 30 to 40
birds in the covey. The young coyote ran after one and then
another, and then another, and so on. He was so excited in seeing
so many quail, that he lost his focus and didn't catch even one.
This is what happens with so many of us, we lose our focus on what we
really want, and we end up with results that we don't want. And
for many of us, we don't even know what we really want, and so we allow
those around us to "influence" our choices and we end up with
results that never fully satisfy us.
We won't know with certainty
what we really want, until we take the time
to "seek it in our mind" and "discover" that
"which is seeking us" ... and when we do, we shall "see
it in our mind, first" ... the images of it, and the joy of
knowing that "what we seek, is seeking us" ... for all that we
seek, as the radical Jesus said, we shall find ... for it is G-d,
always, seeking to express Itself through us, as us, and for us ... as
it states in the Bhagavad-Gita, "using us only as an
instrument" in which to express Life right where we are, more
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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