From Consciousness Unfolding
Excerpt Ch 9
By Joel Goldsmith
The Birth of the Christ In our human experience, we celebrate Christmas, which symbolizes the birth of the Christ. The Christ comes not only on December 25th; the Christ may come at any moment of your experience. It may come, as a very first appearing, in a moment of great distress. It depends upon you. It depends upon how much you have overcome self, and how much you have opened your consciousness to this Christ. The Christ is always immaculately conceived and always brought forth in virginity, in the mind that is prepared to give up its material sense of existence.
The Christ does not come where there is a great deal of the personal self—selfishness, self-pity, or self-righteousness. Usually, the Christ comes to one who, in some measure, is willing to say, “This is not so much a matter of me or mine. It is a matter of transcending this human experience and rising above the joys as well as the sorrows of sense.” In that degree of spiritual consciousness, the Christ is born. Jesus, the Christ, was born in a manger. The manger of old was the least desirable part of the entire establishment. The manger was outside. It was used by cattle and other domestic animals, and not as a place for human beings to inhabit. Just so, is the Christ always born in human thought, and that is about as low a place as we can reach in our individual experience. Why? Because all human thought is based on “I,” “me,” “mine.” All human thought is based on getting, acquiring, achieving, and accomplishing.
The Christ, however, even though It is born into that kind of an atmosphere, soon dispels it; even a manger can become a holy place. So all human thought, when imbued with the Christ, becomes holy. Then, instead of the old sense of “I,” “me,” “mine,” of getting, achieving, accomplishing, desiring, wanting, and longing for something, we find within ourselves a great sense of love, a great sense of joy and freedom, a great desire just to be. And that manifests itself in a healing consciousness. You never find a Christ consciousness without Its being a healing influence. The moment that the Christ touches you, you become a healer; in what degree, you determine by the manner in which you entertain the Christ.
When the Christ is born in human consciousness it must be carefully nurtured. That Jesus entertained the Christ without measure is evidenced by his healing ministry. The more we know about his life and background, the more shall we be able to understand his message and his mission. The question arises as to whether or not Jesus received his early instruction in India. There is no definitive answer to this. Each one is entitled to his opinion. From my own study, I am convinced that Jesus was a member of the Essenes, an organization which knew the secret of the mysteries, that is, the secret of spiritual healing. The Essenes walked on the water, walked through walls, multiplied the loaves. They could bring gold out of the earth, and they knew all of the spiritual, occult mysteries.
The Essenes undoubtedly had their origin in India, and their teaching was based on the mysteries and the teaching of the Hindus. In Jesus’ time, some of the Essenes lived and worked in Jerusalem and throughout the Holy Land, and it is my own conviction that Jesus must have encountered one of these mystics in his early childhood. Probably, because his consciousness lent itself to it, he was introduced into the work and his great understanding came about, first, through the Essene Order, and then, later, through enlightenment.
Authority for the assumption that Jesus went to India to learn the mysteries is that in some of the monasteries of India there are written records with the name “Jesus” in them. I have never been able to accept that as conclusive authority, because we know that the Man of Galilee was not named “Jesus” until long years after his crucifixion. Jesus is a Latin or Greek name. Jesus, himself, however, was a Hebrew, and his language was Aramaic. His name probably was either Joshua or one of the similar names of that period. I am sure that at no time in his career, had you addressed him as “Jesus,” would he have known that you were speaking to him. There was no such a name as “Jesus” in the Holy Land. Being a Greek name, it could come only through translation of the “Joshua.”
Jesus never would have recognized himself, either, under the name “the Christ.” There is no such word in the Aramaic language. The Aramaic word for savior is Messiah. So, as he travelled up and down the Holy Land, he might have been known as Joshua, the Messiah. When that was translated into Latin and Greek, it became Jesus, the Christus or Christos; and in English, that became Jesus, the Christ.
When records in India showing the name “Jesus,” are pointed out, I cannot believe that that name refers to a man named “Joshua,” who probably never knew the Latin or the Greek language. Paul knew Greek and Latin; Paul was a citizen of Rome; but Jesus was a Galilean. He was of the Holy Land and of the Hebrew people, with a pure Hebrew background. We have no knowledge of Jesus’ using any language other than his own.
In India, there is a widely accepted teaching that we are Soul, that we are Spirit, but that we inhabit a material body. I doubt whether Jesus, had he accepted that teaching, would have been able to free himself sufficiently from it to accept the immortality of the body, as well as the immortality of the Soul. We know that Jesus accepted the immortality of the body, because he returned with his body, in the same body. That would not have been a part of the Hindu teaching. “A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” He returned in the same body of flesh and bone.
There are three great teachers of the Orient” Lao-tse about 600 B.C.; Buddha about 550 B.C.; Shankara, 200 or 300 B.C. all revealed the nature of God as I Am. Moses, of course, had realized this truth long before any of these teachers. Of all of them, it remained for Jesus to acknowledge the immortality of the body, to acknowledge that even the body cannot be destroyed. For that reason, in my opinion, he went a step beyond all the rest; and that was because he did not have the background of oriental teaching to transcend. Jesus seems to have been particularly free of all orthodox teachings. He was free even of some of the old teachings of the Hebrew church.
Let us, in our work, hold as one-pointedly as we know how, to the truth of God as the actual life, mind, being, and body of individual you and me. When once we acknowledge God to be the reality of being, we have done away with the need for observing rituals, ceremonies, or creeds, or for celebrating holy days. All we have to do is to learn to live in the consciousness of our present perfection.8 After we have done that, there is only one other step, and that is to realize that the errors of the world, all of those things that the world is fighting, are not errors at all; they are illusions. And then, let us learn not to fight them, not to try to subdue or overcome them, or even try to get rid of them. Let us learn to live in a beautiful state of peace, the peace that comes from the understanding of God as the only reality of being.