A future bathed in light
In His recent Messages to us, the World Teacher constantly emphasizes the centrality of love, justice and sharing in the divine Plan which He comes to implement. In my re-reading of most of these inspiring Messages, I have discovered how frequently He also emphasizes the great principle of light, or enlightenment for us all.
In Message No. 112, for instance, from which the title of this article is taken, He assures us:''My Promise is this: for all men dawns a future bathed in the Light of God's Truth. Harken to that Truth, My friends, and prove this to be so.''
This theme, reiterated for us in so many of His communications, is fully in line with this same emphasis on light which He gave us long ago through Jesus. One of several gospel passages where this is clearly indicated is found in John 8:12, where we read:''I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.''
In John 14:6 He words this assurance a bit differently when He declares: ''I am the way, and the truth, and the life.'' In that same verse He adds a statement too often misunderstood as He says: ''No man comes unto the Father but by me.''
Sadly enough, this has been interpreted by many as excluding from the Father, or from heaven, all who have not been converted to the Christian Church through accepting Christian baptism and Christian doctrine. If we have any real understanding of the Christ and His universal outreach, we see that this is not what it means at all. Interestingly enough these words were not even spoken to Christians, for at that point the Christian Church had not yet been organized. That word was spoken to His immediate disciples who were, of course, members of the Jewish faith.
Truly that message He gave is indeed universal in scope, intended for all who climb life's mountain by way of any of the many routes to the top. For whether we are Jew or Gentile, Christian or Moslem, or a member of no religious body at all, the requirement is the same: through self-discipline, meditation, and selfless service we have to rise from our personal levels of endeavor up through Him in order to reach the Father. Another way of saying it is that we have to rise through the buddhic or love-wisdom level of knowing before we can arrive at the monadic level, which is the Father within ---- the true divine Self.
It was because the meaning of this phrase, ''No man cometh unto the Father but by me,'' was so sadly misinterpreted that, shortly after the death of Mohandas K. Gandhi, an orthodox Christian missionary in India was heard to say: ''Isn't it too bad that poor Mr. Gandhi is in hell right now.'' Shocking as that mistaken statement was, we must recognize it as being right in line with the all-too-usual misunderstanding of that saving word of the Christ, and of His whole nature and message.
It is, of course, well known that Gandhi was a devout Hindu, and one with a wide understanding and tolerance of other forms of religion. His understanding was of such a nature that he well understood he had no need to yield to the persuasions of his Christian friends to be baptized a Christian. So he consistently refused to do so. Yet he had such a high regard for and devotion to the Christ that he had the cross of Christ displayed on the wall of his nearly barren spinning room, along with the words 'He is our peace'. Which one of us would dare claim, or even think, that we have more of that love-wisdom or Christ consciousness in our heart and mind than Gandhi had in his outstanding life and service?
Perhaps it is significant that this truth about coming to the Father through the Christ is reiterated, with slightly different wording, in Message No. 69. There we read:‘‘I guard the Gates through which all pass to Him [God ---- HRC].’’
And there too is the context for that affirmation:‘‘When you see Me, My brothers and friends, you will join with Me in a great manifestation of God’s Love and create in the world a new Truth, a new Light, a new and shining City of Love. My Task is to lead you therein and perform for you the requirements of God. I guard the Gates through which all pass to Him.’’
Hopefully the people who read these recent communications will not as likely be fooled into putting a narrow and restrictive interpretation upon them.
As for Maitreya's promise concerning a future bathed in light, scores of quotations could be given to amplify that theme, providing other insights and assurances. The other side of this coin, of course, is that you and I will do our part in preparing His way, and in helping to implement the Plan:''My heart aches for those who needlessly suffer now, when so little change could remedy their lot... My Plans involve you all. All who are ready to go with Me into the New Time are called. Help Me, My friends, to reconstruct your world, and send it on its Mission of Light.
‘‘The time is short when you will see Me. Make best use of this little time to tell your brothers of My Presence. There is naught that you could do more valuable than this. Hope rises, My friends. Hope is in your midst. A new Light dawns in the world, and mankind shall know Joy.
"May the Divine Light and Love and Power of the One Most Holy God be now manifest within your hearts and minds. May this manifestation lead you to see the future in terms of Joy.'' (Message No. 112)
This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming. This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation. Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated.
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