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Transfig You...

Hari OM
Story-day is for cultural exploration, puraanas and parables and finding out about leading lights in spiritual philosophy.

Orthodox Christians everywhere will, tomorrow, celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ. Quite often this is taken as representing proof of Jesus being 'God'. Which is fine. However, it may be that this is only the 'surface' part of the significance. Given that Jesus was all about his followers working on raising themselves spiritually - and thus socially - could it be there is another level of meaning?

❝...what if that’s not the whole picture? In fact, what if the point of the Transfiguration isn’t just to show how Jesus is different from us (he’s divine) but also to show something about how he’s like us (he’s human)? What if the glory that burst from Jesus on the mountain wasn’t just divine glory but human glory as well—the kind of glory that all those united with Jesus will one day share? Put another way, what if what Peter, James, and John saw that day in the face of Jesus was a mirror image of their future selves?❞

That quote is from an article at Christianity Today. It makes an argument for looking beyond the 'flashing lights'. Which, of course, is the Vedantic approach! Returning to reading the Christian texts after studying Advaita Vedanta even at a basic level, it soon becomes apparent that Jesus made the most of his time between the ages of 12 and 30 years. If ever you have had the great blessing of meeting an Indian mahaatmaa and seeing 'the glow' in their eyes, experiencing the energy which radiates from them, then the phenomenon that was Christ is not at all difficult to accept and neither is His 'transfiguration' - He was a Realised Master and the disciples witnessed it.

It would require an entire book, or more, to draw appropriate comparison and to demonstrate how much got lost in translation, as it were, by those who sought to carry on the work of Christ; but the message is there, for those who have ears...

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