Who is Jesus? Would it be more accurate to refer to him as Cosmic Christ or Christ Consciousness, rather than Jesus Christ? After all, Jesus does not embody nor represent only Christianity or the Catholic church. He is a multi-faith world revered prophet, much like The Buddha himself.
Many spiritual sages like Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the greatest Indian yogi emissary to the West, believes that the honorific title of “Jesus the Christ,” is prophetically more accurate as it denotes God’s universal intelligence immanent in creation. This universal intelligence is sometimes referred to as the Infinite Christ or Cosmic Christ, and it is used in reference to other ‘ascended masters’ who have attained oneness with that divine consciousness. Why is it that he is celebrated and invoked worldwide as an ‘Ascended Master’ and a being of Higher Divine Consciousness, but is not traditionally seen as such by those who worship him according to traditional Christian dogma?
If we are to be completely unbiased and put our religious beliefs and differences aside, it is impossible to put an accurate date on Jesus’ birthday. Yet there is no better day than December 25th, that we can rejoice, give thanks, and celebrate the birth of one of the most important men, prophets, or sages that have ever lived. Like Buddha, Krishna, Abraham, Moses, and other enlightened human beings, Jesus was without doubt one of the many ‘sons of God’ that lived and taught on this planet, and had an open channel of communication with his Divine Source, or Divine Consciousness. The Hindus call this omnipresent divine source Brahman, or the Supreme Being, the Christians call it God The Father. The Yoga Sutras were devised to give one the tools to tap into his higher consciousness and become one with Brahman; just like the Torah and Biblical scriptures are a source of sacred knowledge if studied and interpreted accurately and on a more esoteric level. So, we always have at our disposal the tools and knowledge imparted to us by the great masters to connect to our source. We always have the free will to seek out the truth, to pursue better paths, to be more giving and to live from a place of love rather than a place of fear.
Whatever it is called, this divine spark is inherent in all of us from the moment of our birth, and if acknowledged and invoked, allows us direct communication with our divine source, enabling us all to become Christ-like and Buddha-like. As a matter of fact those who study the Dharma and cultivate Buddhist dogma become Bodhisattvas or Spiritual Warriors, and ultimately they become Buddhas. There is a whole hierarchy of enlightened Buddhas sitting next the lotus throne of Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddhism does not discriminate on who can or cannot become a Buddha. Unfortunately, indoctrinated religions tell us that we are sinful creatures and inferior to our maker and our divine source – and that is why we suffer and must repent. Yet, if we can be open-minded enough to admit that it is impossible to know Jesus’ exact birth date, I think we are enlightened enough to realize that we are all intrinsically ‘Christs.’ We are all the sons/daughters of God, just like He was. We are all seeds of this infinite universal source of higher and divine consciousness, no matter what we choose to call it. Let’s call it Christ Consciousness, that which Yogananda himself called a ‘projected consciousness of God immanent in all creation.”
On that note, Merry Christ Consciousness.