Friday, 17 August 2012 09:55

Victory Over the Ordeal of Dying

A question was asked at a recent gathering that deserves a more elaborated answer than could be offered in that setting. The question was, “What is the meaning of the phrase, ‘washed in the blood of the Lamb’?” Since this refers to a core doctrine of Christianity, the Atonement, which has universal archetypal meaning, it has profound significance for all of us, not just Christians, and especially in this historic moment.
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Friday, 17 August 2012 09:51

Victory Over the Ordeal of Dying

A question was asked at a recent gathering that deserves a more elaborated answer than could be offered in that setting. The question was, “What is the meaning of the phrase, ‘washed in the blood of the Lamb’?” Since this refers to a core doctrine of Christianity, the Atonement, which has universal archetypal meaning, it has profound significance for all of us, not just Christians, and especially in this historic moment.
Saturday, 12 May 2012 15:54

Atonement

At satsang recently, the question arose of the meaning of Christ’s atonement. His death on the cross is usually interpreted as a form of penal substitution, meaning he died for our sins.

In other words, from the Sat Yoga perspective, the prior God-image, that of the wrathful Father, would punish us for our sins, but the new God-image, the Son of Love, chooses meek submission unto death over violent retribution. This state of higher consciousness becomes our own through faith, which is identification or imitatio dei, and thus what really dies on the cross is the superego, the vengeful angry god of chakra three—meaning that through the act of tolerant, compassionate overcoming of anger, we are reborn as the Real Self, or in Christ-consciousness, and liberated from our ego, and thus from our sins.
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