‘Please, revered one, what will be these pillars of a Swadeshi Church?’ Atma Prakash was very eager to know.
‘Let me share with you the four ‘pillars’ of a Swadeshi Church as I visualize them’, the Baba began.
‘The first pillar of a truly Christian and truly Indian Swadeshi Church according to me will be the vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’, or ‘Dharma Rajya’ as we may refer to it in our Indian context….
‘The mission and message of Sadguru Jesus Christ were centered on the vision of the ‘Kingdom of God’. The term ‘Kingdom of God’ appears more than 125 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ presented this vision to his disciples in many ways using many parables in order to drive home this one truth. The sum and substance of his mission and message was the ‘Kingdom of God’. He also presented himself as ‘the way, the truth and the life’ of this Kingdom of God….
‘The term ‘Kingdom of God’ represents a vision of the highest state of love, unity, peace and joy beyond time and space limitations. This is a vision shared by most religious traditions of humankind, though different religions use different terminologies and imageries to represent this one ultimate goal of human life on earth. In our Indian context we can refer to the Kingdom of God as ‘Dharma Rajya’….
‘The term ‘Dharma Rajya’ implies, as we had seen earlier, a nation or a world of love, unity, peace and joy. It is also a physical expression of the ‘Kingdom of God’ preached by Sadguru Jesus Christ. Hence, the vision of ‘Dharma Rajya’ can be accepted as the first pillar of a ‘Swadeshi Church’. This is an inclusive vision that can be shared by all religions….
‘The second pillar of a Swadeshi Church will be the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ as included in the Gospel according to Mathew, Chapters 5, 6 & 7….
‘The Sermon on the Mount is the compendium of the teachings of Sadguru Jesus Christ. Together these teachings of the divine master can be termed ‘Christu Dharma’. The Christu Dharma consists of universal spiritual principles that can be applied and practiced by anyone anywhere anytime. The spiritual results experienced by those practicing the Christu Dharma sincerely will speak for themselves….
‘Mahatma Gandhi used the Sermon on the Mount as an eternal source of inspiration for himself. Swami Vivekananda had declared that even without any other religious scriptures, the Sermon on the Mount would be sufficient enough to bring about a spiritual regeneration of humankind….
‘The third pillar of a Swadeshi Church is the ‘Way’ of Christ to the Kingdom of God. As mentioned earlier, during the initial stages of the ‘Kingdom of God Movement’ that was initiated by Sadguru Jesus Christ, his disciples were known as the followers of the ‘Way’. This was the Way of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love….
‘Sadguru Jesus Christ told his disciples that he was giving them a new commandment; to love one another just as he had loved them. He had said that all people would know that they were his disciples, if they had love for one another….
‘Jesus Christ also wanted his disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who persecuted them… He himself set an example by praying for those who crucified him…..
‘The Way of forgiving, enduring and self-sacrificing love taught and demonstrated to the world by Sadguru Jesus Christ is the sure way to the Kingdom of God. In fact, there is no other way to the Kingdom of God because God is love. However, the Christian love has to extend to one’s enemies, and should motivate and empower one to lay down one’s life for his or her friends. This calls for self-sacrifice of the highest order….
‘This was what Jesus Christ himself had demonstrated on the cross. Rising above the agony of death, he had prayed for those who crucified him: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’…..
‘There is no other way to reach the Kingdom of God except through the path of love. This Way of love was preached and presented as the ‘Christu Marga’ by St. Thomas the Apostle. The term ‘Christu Marga’ means, as mentioned earlier, the Way of Christ….
‘This Christu Marga can be termed ‘Sahana Yoga’ from an Indian spiritual perspective. The word ‘Sahana’ means to suffer, to bear. The term ‘Yoga’ implies communion with God. Sahana becomes a Yoga only when it is accepted with love. We had studied this concept earlier. We only need to recollect them. Sahana Yoga is self-sacrificing love that will lead to ‘Dharma Rajya’…..
‘Sahana Yoga can never be confined to Christians and Christianity. It is a path of love that will lead us to unity and peace. It is open and available to anyone anywhere anytime….
‘Newton’s ‘Law of gravity’ is independent of the followers of Newton and of Newton himself. It existed before Newton. It can and will exist without Newton. Similarly, ‘Sahana Yoga’ is independent of Christians and Christian Churches. It was taught and embodied by Sadguru Jesus Christ. The power and glory of ‘Sahana Yoga’ was demonstrated to humanity by Mahatma Gandhi through the greatest non-violent revolution the world has ever seen. We had discussed this before….
‘I believe that ‘Sahana Yoga’ will be India’s unique contribution to the world. I believe that just as the institutionalization of Christianity had begun from Rome, the most powerful civilization of the first century, the spiritualization of Christianity has to begin from India, the oldest living civilization of the twenty first century…
‘The institutionalization of Christianity was initiated by Emperor Constantine after a vision of the ‘cross’ that he had. But he himself had not become a ‘Christian’ when he had made Christianity the official religion of the Roman empire…
‘The spiritualization of Christianity was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, who also had a vision of the ‘cross’ in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He too had never become a ‘Christian’….
Excerpts from ‘Integral Revolution’