Introduction to Raj
The Historical Jesus
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING, I AM THE ONE WHO WAS KNOWN AS JESUS. When Paul first opened up and asked for help, (in 1982) if I had said to him, “my name is Jesus and I have been awaiting the right time to speak to you,” he would have known he had gone crazy. And because he was already engaging in something questionable in his own mind by asking for help and thinking there might be an answer, it would have meant that we would not have talked any more. It would have been too much for him to take. And so I give him the name Rajpur, which happens to mean “place of the Prince,” “place of the Son of the King,” in other words, which conveyed unbeknownst to him nevertheless that it was the Son of God speaking. It wasn’t until almost a year later that I shared with him that I was the one known as Jesus, in other words, the Christ.
Now I am present with and available to every single one of you, everyone at every moment. And so it is my intent in being with groups of people like this to make this fact known and by Paul’s presence and demeanor also convey the fact that my being available doesn’t require of anyone any special talent, because Paul is about as regular as anyone else on this planet and has no “special” talent in order to hear me. Does that clarify that for you?
For those of you who are students of A Course In Miracles, I will take this opportunity to point out that my time spent with Helen Schucman was also not a special instance. And although there have been some expressions of the fact, or the idea—not the fact—the idea that everyone else can’t expect the same sort of relationship with me or with Guidance that she experienced, is untrue. It is an attempt to elevate her, and to elevate the Course into a false position of religious respect, whether it is stated that way or not.
I would like to share for a moment that many of you—and this is not confined to this group, it is a global dilemma—many of you are too intelligent for your own good. You have developed ways of interpreting the world that are highly complex. And so in order to address you—either in this manner or directly—I am called upon to help you get past your education back to the simplicity of being, which is that God is Love, which is that you are literally the presence of God. I am not saying that you are God. I’m saying that God is All There Is of You, all there is to you and therefore when you arrive at a place where you’re willing to relinquish all of your highfalutin understanding and manage to be quiet within in an attentive listening mode then what God is being right where you are as Himself but it looks like you can have a chance to register with you so that you can begin to feel what you are, which is the presence of Love. And in feeling that begin to be the embodiment of love with each other and with everything, you see.
The idea that Love will change the world is as old as time because it’s the answer to time. I mean by that that is what will undo time and uncover eternity now, here, as everyone’s conscious experience. But when everyone is so sure about how everything works and all of its complexities and the genetics of things, and the cultural things and so on and that is the context in which one’s search for truth occurs then that is where I respond and slowly and gently encourage each of you to have a different vantage point, one which is free of your definitions, one which is free of your confidences.
As much as you value your confidences they constitute a defense against enlightenment, they constitute a defense against learning of any kind, of revelation of any kind. “I am quite sure that this is a glass, and that it has water in it, and that water is made up of H2O, hydrogen and oxygen, blah, blah, blah.” Well that’s an interesting description but what is its meaning? I’m not going to answer the question. But be curious about the things that you’re so sure you know what they are. Wonder what, what is… is there a divine meaning here? And don’t be so quick to say, “well, it’s an illusion and therefore it has no meaning,” anymore than you would say that this flower is an illusion and has no meaning. I will tell you it does not have the meaning that you are so sure it has. If there’s anything there at all it’s the presence of Love, and that means that you’re being loved by it because love radiates and embraces and it includes.
And so it has meaning not just as something to observe and discern a beauty in it that it may be inspiring to you, it also means in a far more intimate way that at times when you feel unloved because of certain situations even the flowers are being Love that embraces you and you are able to feel it. And in moments of illumination many of you have felt that the substance of everything around you was Living Love that was loving you and you felt it, and you felt the Oneness without division, even though there was variety of shape and color and design and so on.
There is so much more here than anyone is experiencing, just in terms of what I’m going to call your world. There’s also so much more just in terms of each other. And there was a point at which I said to my disciples, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” Well if that doesn’t imply that there’s a lot more to each of us than you think there is, I don’t know what can convey that to you. If you have seen me you have seen the Father. If you have seen each other you have seen the Father. But we’re so sure that so-and-so is a hateful bitch, or so-and-so is a hard-nosed business man who will walk over anybody, and we have these definitions that we hold our fellow man to. But if you have seen them you have seen the Father.
That’s why it’s so valuable to not be so sure about everything. That’s why it’s valuable to have the shock of the realization that nothing you see means anything. Because in the willingness to see it as meaningless you’re not so sure, you’re not so confident, your concepts are not held too tightly and the opportunity to see more of the Father that is there in your brother and your sister and your mother and your daughter and your brother and so on, the more chance there is for the Father to be seen in them—the more chance there is to see the Father that is there where they are.
And as each one begins to stop defending himself or herself against seeing the Father there, by maintaining this strong opinion about who they are, the more rapidly the world is going to change—I’m going to put it this way, cause the world isn’t going to change—the more rapidly you will begin to see the world clearly as it Is, which is the infinite variety of form of substance that is Love expressed in infinite variety loving you, including you in the potential of an experience of Oneness that will cause you to no longer fear conflict and feel a need to defend yourself against potential conflict.
I said that I am available to everyone. And my relationship with everyone is a simple relationship because the truth that wakes everyone up is a simple truth that God is Love, and therefore Love is what you Are, and therefore Love is what your fellow man is. And therefore, there is ample justification in just knowing that, for being curious to see more of the Father that is there, than who you were so sure your fellow man was. You see?
So although we can speak in complex terms don’t misunderstand the elements of coming back into your divine Sanity is fundamentally simple. A child can understand it. And to tell you the truth those who are less highly educated have less junk standing between themselves and their clarity.
~excerpt from A Gathering with Raj