The Greatest Story Ever Told

on April 18, 2014

Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection! Easter brings with it beautiful bright Easter dresses to feel renewed and alive. Flowers, sunshine. There is a feeling in the air of freshness, renewal, life. As we watch little girls in their Easter bonnets and baskets searching for colored Easter eggs, and little boys with their suits and ties trying to trick the little girls into looking elsewhere so they themselves can have the egg that she spotted, we smile and rejoice in the beauty of those little things. But what of the story that brings us Easter?

There are many stories told in mythology, the Bible, and other philosophical or scriptural books. They serve to teach us. We listen to the stories and we try to grasp the meaning of what the message is. How do we understand this Truth and incorporate it into our daily lives? What is the Truth? How do we put our faith in the stories?

The only way we can even begin to know Truth is through our own direct perception. When we read scripture or historical stories meant to instruct us, we use intelligence and intuition in understanding their meaning. The intellect is comprised of our sense perceptions and experiences, but that can sometimes deceive us. It limits our thinking and the conclusions that we draw can be wrong. People see things differently. For instance, from a distance we may see a cloud of smoke and based on our intellect and our sense perception conclude that it is a fire, but maybe it’s a dust cloud created from a herd of buffalo! Intuition, on the other hand, is our own inner connection to our higher intellect, our higher self, and it is never wrong. We connect to our intuition the more we meditate or do practices that keep us in a calm, clear state of mind. So by reading scriptures/stories, intellectually digesting it, mulling it over intuitionally, meditating on it, we will “feel” its truth or non-truth and how it applies in our own lives. This is different than having blind faith in our opinions. It is coming from a place of calmness where we can reason without the distractions of others’ perceptions and influences on us and find our own truth. The test of truth is by experiencing it, living it. One of my favorite Rumi quotes is “My life is my message.”

Which brings us to the greatest story ever told….that of Jesus and his crucifixion. Today is Good Friday, though in reality, it’s not so good! Some refer to it as Black Friday, but of course today, in our infinite wisdom, we think of that as a day to go satisfy our materialistic needs and go shopping at some gawd-awful hour!! This day is the day that the darkness of man, the ignorance of many and the ego prevailed and started a karmic catalyst for us all! No matter who or what you believe Jesus was or represented, there is no question that the life of a man was sacrificed for having done no wrong except to instill within the “powers that were” the fear that they could possibly lose control over the population. Sound familiar? This so much sounds like Pluto expressing itself ten-fold. It would be interesting to research what the placement of Pluto was on that fateful day.

What is interesting about this Good Friday and Passover is that it occurred during the same eclipse that is said to have occurred on this day back in AD33. (Anno Domini-The Year of Our Lord). It was called “The Moon of Blood.” Eclipses are typically associated with beginnings and endings. Certainly, Jesus’ story came to an end, at least physically. How do we know this? Astronomy studies. There are three ways in which the date of Jesus’ death has been speculated. One is through Canonical Gospels, which puts it at AD33. Then Sir Isaac Newton put it at AD34 based on the differences between the Biblical and Julian Calendars and the crescent moon. And the third are astronomy studies based on calculations which put it exactly at April 3rd, AD33. From a numerology point of view, how significant of a date……333, the number of the Trinity.

Good Friday and the crucifixion is honored by the 12 Stations of the Cross— Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows. This is a processional that goes through each stage of the crucifixion from the condemnation, the carrying of the Cross, to the physical death. The purpose is to make the spiritual journey of the Christ’s suffering through prayer/meditation, and is performed as an act of reparation for the sins inflicted upon Jesus on the day of his death.

So what do we glean from this story? What is the message here? One can speculate many things. Some believe it is symbolic of astronomical events, especially when one looks at the significance of the number 12 (12 Apostles, 12 months in a year, 12 constellations). Others believe it is the Son of God who died for our sins. Others believe it’s representative of the ego of man sacrificing itself for its higher purpose. So many different schools of thought. But how do we as individuals look at this story and feel the truth that speaks to us?

The Cross has become a symbol of sacrifice. The Cross is the burden that we bear. We all bear a cross. We are all condemned at times for our actions or our words when we allow the shadow side of our “self” to manifest. When we hurt others, we sacrifice our egos and ask for forgiveness and support. It is through the acts of kindness and forgiveness that the World is held together.

So when we look at the story of Jesus and his crucifixion, it’s almost like metaphorically looking into our own lives. Is this what was meant by Jesus dying for our sins? Was it to help us understand to surrender the ego to our Higher Self and let that be our guide? Again, our Truth lies in looking within ourselves, and if the Truth we perceive helps us to be better people and to contribute in a positive, compassionate, loving way to the World, then maybe that is the Truth!

Examine the 12 Stations of the Cross. It seems to describe the process of transformation in our lives. When we need to surrender, sacrifice, and resurrect as new people, transformed people. So many of us have gone through a process similar. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death (our actions, words that have hurt others and we are condemned for?)

Station 2: Jesus carries his Cross. (our mental burden as a result of our shadow?)

Station 3: Jesus falls the first time. (we become isolated, suffering in loneliness?)

Station 4: Jesus meets his mother (unconditional love to nourish our soul?)

Station 5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross (the support of a dear friend?)

Station 6: Jesus falls a second time (we continue our struggle?)

Station 7: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem (the feminine energy that guides us to look internally and to reflect on our Higher Self?)

Station 8: Jesus falls a third time. (transformation is a long road?)

Station 9: Jesus is stripped of his clothes (our surrender, our cry to be stripped of our burdens?)

Station 10: Jesus is nailed to the Cross (our own crucifixion, or surrender of ego?)

Station 11: Jesus dies on the Cross (we die to ego?)

Station 12: Jesus is laid in the tomb (we go within, our own silence, and search for inner light, our understanding, our heart?)

And then, of course, there is the Resurrection. The transformation is complete.

Again, the Greatest Story Ever Told, the death of the greatest spiritual man the World has known. Some have called him the Savior, and maybe he is just that. Knowing his story and the process of his death is symbolic of our own lives if we just take a moment to think about it.

The Son of God? If you are of the belief that God is within us, then we are all Sons and Daughters of God, and the story of the death of his one begotten Son is to instruct us on how to be better people ourselves, to be kind, forgiving, loving, and peaceful! What do we need to sacrifice in order to be more content? In yoga, use this energy to completely surrender the self in every posture! Give of yourself.

Happy Easter, brothers and sisters! Put on your brightest dress, your brightest smile, and be joyful! And don’t eat too many chocolate eggs!


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