You are the salt of the earth

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“Ye are the salt of the Earth; but if the salt have lost his savour,

Wherewith shall it be salted?

It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out,

And to be trodden under foot of men.”

-Mathew 5:13

AP: What does earth represent? And what does the salt of earth represent? Earth represents the material. Salt of earth represents the essence of the material. When you look at the earth, what do you find? Stone, soil, dirt, dust, sand. Do you really find salt somewhere? Have you ever been able to go and just pick up salt? No. salt lies embedded, deep within. So salt here, stands for something that is a little inside. That lies at the heart. Inside! That which is the essential.

Earth represents the body, salt of earth represents the Atman, the Self, the core, the heart. It is being said you are not the earth really, you are the salt of the earth. You are not the body really, you are the pure Self. And then he is saying that if you are someone who has distanced himself from the Self, the Centre, then he will only be trampled under the feet of man. He will have no value. He will live a joyless life. Continue reading

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If a Christian is one who loves Christ, I am absolutely a Christian

Listener: Sir I have heard or maybe read somewhere that you are a Christian, is that right?

Acharya Prashant: I love Jesus, l love Krishna, I love Buddha, they are all wonderful. There is no doubt that there is a lot about me which is Christian. I won’t even say Christian, I would say – in tune with Christ, in accordance with Christ, in love with Christ. Obviously I do not follow the way of life suggested by the Church. So going by rituals and organized conduct, there is hardly anybody who would call me a Christian, but essentially if a Christian is one who loves Christ then I am absolutely a Christian.

You know what I love about the Christ the most, you would be surprised – His words are wonderful, his short life was glorious but what I like the most about him is that he was a very handsome young man. Obviously all we have is images of his physical form but I am so sure that he would have been one hell of a beautiful man. In fact a lot of my students are in there 20’s and I often quote ‘Jesus on the Cross’ to them as a perfect example of what vigorous youth is like, what is means to be fully young. To me Jesus epitomizes the fullness of life, the rebellion of a young man. He is absolutely lovable.

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On Jesus Christ: What is woman? What is Adultery? What is sin?

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You have heard it was said, ‘You must not commit adultery.’

But I say to you that anyone who even looks at a woman with a lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in her heart.

So, if your eye — even your good eye — causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

And, if your hand — even your stronger hand — causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.

For it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  

Jesus
~ Sermon on the Mount ~ Continue reading

Sin and Repentance

The concept of sin has a very central place in Christianity. The Bible repeatedly refers to it.

And it is supposed to be a pious Christian’s duty to repent for the sins.

This repentance is interpreted in several ways, and there are several ways in which it is advised that the atonement can take place. But obviously, any question of repentance is meaningless without first understanding what the sin is.

Otherwise, there is the absurd situation of a man trying to correct a mistake, without knowing at all what the mistake is?

On Jesus Christ and Saint Kabir: At the root of desire, you find the Ultimate desire

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THE GOLDEN RULE

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you,
do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
“Enter by a narrow gate.
For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction,
and those who enter by it are many.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life,
and those who find it are few.”

~ The Sermon on the Mount

 

Acharya Prashant: The first part says so whatever you wish that others would do to you. This part itself necessitates that we know what we desire. Christ is saying, ‘Figure out what is it that you want from others. Figure out firstly what is it that you want.’ So he is saying go to the root of your wanting, go to your basic desire.

When beneath the clutter of all the superficial desires, you go to the root of desire,
you will find that your ultimate desire is peace.

So from everything, from the entire world, from this and that, from others, from yourself, all you want is peace. Here is a way to peace.

Jesus is saying, ‘If you want peace then ensure that you bring peace. Do to others what you want done unto you. If you want peace then bring peace to others.’ You want truth then bring truth to others. You want love then bring love to others.

But remember it can be very easily misinterpreted!

To rightly interpret it, first of all, you must know what you really want. Know what you really want and bring it to others as well.

The trick here is- let’s say you want peace then you cannot give peace to others unless you yourself is peaceful. Because peace is not a commodity that you pull out from pocket and give it to somebody.

Peace is an overflowing from your heart.

Only when you have it, can you give to others.

Jesus is saying if you want peace, give peace to others but to give it to others, first of all, you have to have it.

So it’s a circular thing.

You want peace then give it to others. But to give it to others have an abundance of it. In a sense he is saying, ‘Have what you want.’

Then enter by the narrow gate. There are many who enter by the wide gate but for them there is only destruction and there are only a few who enter by the narrow gate.

The keyword here is—the broad gate and the many; the narrow gate and the few. Any gate through which a crowd enters is bound to be a gate opening into a destruction. Crowd means influence of others on the mind, that’s where the crowd exists. What he means is that a mind that is crowded can never enter the truth, a mind that is dominated by many can never enter the truth. Only the mind that is devoted to one can enter the truth.

Kabir says- “Prem gali itni saankri, taame do na samaye” (The road of love is so narrow that not even two can walk on it, only one can walk.)

Jesus is saying exactly the same thing here.

If you think that you can bring all your friends, family, relatives and their influence on your mind, if you think that you can carry all that and still be liberated and still belong to god, then it is not possible. You will have to make God your primary relationship. You’ll have to set truth as your first priority. That is called the narrow road, narrow because it has space only for the truth.

Incidentally, when you are devoted only to truth, when truth is your first priority, then the truth itself takes care of all your other priorities and sets them right. Those priorities that must remain, remain and those that must fall, fall.


Excerpts from a ‘Shabd-Yoga’ session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session: Acharya Prashant on Jesus and Kabir:When you go to the root of desire, you find your ultimate desire

Read more articles on this topic:

Article 1: Dropping desire is just another desire; knowing desire is fulfillment of desire

Article 2: The power of desire is the power you are using to suppress it

Article 3: It is desires that are born as a child


Editor’s Note: 

Books by Acharya Prashant are available on AMAZON:

http://tinyurl.com/Acharya-Prashant

On Jesus: The real teacher cannot belong to a tradition, he belongs only to God

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The Authority of Jesus

And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

~ The Sermon on the Mount

Acharya Prashant: “And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”.

The Real guru would always speak from an inner sureness. He would not act as an agent of the crowd, not as a social pleaser. He is not looking to get his authority from somewhere else. He is not looking to gain applause from the crowd. When he speaks it is very clear that it is not the gathering that gives him strength, his strength comes from somewhere within. And that display of inner strength is what really convinces the listeners. Continue reading

Anger is often just an impotent and deceptive escape

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Anger

You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, “Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, “You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

~Jesus, Sermon on the Mount Continue reading