You must live the life of a saint. You have no choice because to do anything else is to enter into the human kingdom, which is a land of unfulfilled opportunity.
We call someone a saint in a world in which everyone is abnormal. The normal person becomes extraordinary. But there's nothing extraordinary about being a saint, that's just someone who's somewhat online with life.
A saint is someone who has been very selfless over a period of lifetimes which has caused them to enter into very lovely states of mind.
Many who have trod the path that you are walking on and succeeded were no better than you. But they were freed in time because they believed. It is the power of faith that frees us.
The way of humanity is to turn everything into a marketable product. But when we turn something into a marketable product it loses something.
Christianity is a marketable product. It has very little to do with Jesus Christ. I'm sure it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ at all - what the experience was like to be around the guy.
Christmas time -- an Enlightened Teacher came into the world, taught, and died. His message was simple: Forgive. While the human beings of this planet have still not absorbed this simple Truth, it remains the Truth.
Jesus Christ was a simple man walked around, did a few miracles, said a few things and died. It was enough for him to say what he felt and glow with the light of eternity.
All he said was that we're all free if we pursue spirit. That's all he said. He didn't say let's set up a Vatican Concil. He didn't say, Martin Luther, you need to put our demands on the door.
People would start to follow him and they'd say:"Well why should I follow the Romans? This man says I can be free and do what I want." So he had to be put out of the way quickly because he was a revolutionary.
Whether it's a fully enlightened Christ or Buddha, or just a more aware Martin Luther King, Kennedy or Gandhi, what do they do with them here? They shoot them, crucify them - get them out of the way because people are afraid of truth.
I would say that Jesus Christ and his followers were a cult, Buddha and his followers were a cult and Mohammed and his followers were a cult. Every religion starts out as a cult and if it becomes 'box office', it is accepted.
Christ was crucified because he threatened the tonal of the time. He was killed because he threatened the established order of the political regime.
The Romans had to kill him because he was threatening the order because he had a great deal of personal power.
The Jews didn't like him because he threatened their religion. He was saying things that didn't go with the order.
We know that many of the apostles of Christ were killed. Eleven out of 12 met violent deaths when they were just talking about God and light.
Obstructions on the way to enlightenment? Are you kidding? Hey, they crucify people here. You think this is an easy place?
They didn't crucify Christ because they liked what he said.
Turning the other cheek is not always the answer. In a certain situation on a certain day for a certain person, it's correct. Sometimes a good roundhouse kick on a certain day in a certain situation for a certain person is correct.
Be enlightened for you, just for you. No one else knows or cares. They crucified Christ, you know. They don't take real well, on this planet, to the people who see things differently.
Christ said, 'Seek and ye shall find.' Learn the ways to seek which will expedite your journey and make it more fun.
When you see paintings of some of the saints, or of Christ, they all have lights around their heads. What the painters are trying to convey is the psychic light, which is around everyone.
When you read Boethius and some of the Renaissance philosophers, they talk a lot about the other spheres. There's a music of the spheres. There's a music that's actually in the universe, they believed, that's out there in different dimensions.
The Buddhist mind is more complicated than the Christian mind. It comes up with endless heavens, endless hells, endless earths, and then we have something lower than hell. We have endless sub-realms that make hell look like Club Med and we have endless nirvana.
In tantra we don't believe in commandments. We believe in the moment and the truth that is applicable for that moment, as best we can sort it out with our heart, our intuition, our knowledge, our common sense.
Paradise is not the place you go when you die. Paradise is when your mind is in a perfect state.
The idea is that the savior came, and simply by the coming of the savior you're saved. Nonsense, human beings wish! If that were the case, we'd live in a perfect world.
The world doesn't really need saving; it's exactly the way God wants it to be at the moment.
They say that faith can move mountains, so can bulldozers, so can nuclear weapons. I'm not really sure if that's what faith is intended for. I guess if there is a mountain that has to be moved, and you've got nothing else to do it with, you could probably do it with faith.
Feel eternity around you. Not as an idea, not as a nice intellectualization, but to really feel it; not to be some religious fanatic who's strung out on some weird idea of salvation to the exclusion of common sense.