By Nayaswami Narayan
December 17, 2019
A couple of weeks ago at the beginning of the Holy Season, Dharmadevi and I received a piece of hatemail. It was unexpected to say the least. We were preparing for Christmas and, lo, we were condemned by a “Christian.” How ironic!
As I read the letter, I was reminded of when Paramhansa Yogananda received a scathingly critical letter from one of his own disciples. Rather than getting upset, the next time the Master saw him he said, “That was the best letter Satan ever wrote me. You should take up writing.” Through his sense of humor, he was teaching us how to respond to negativity.
The letter we received was from a fundamentalist Christian. What was the reason for their condemnation of us? We were offering a retreat called “The Yogi Christ Within You.” To this person, mentioning Yoga and Christ together was beyond blasphemous. They went on to say how Yoga, Hinduism, and Buddhism are “of the devil.” They justified their hatred through an abundance of Bible quotations.
When I first read the letter, my initial reaction was to invite them for tea to see if we could have an open and constructive conversation. But upon further reflection I decided that was quite unlikely. Some “Christian” followers in their bigotry deny saints and Masters of other religions (and in this case, other religions all together!).
In order to understand the truth of the Bible and other scriptures, the Masters urge us to use what Yogananda called “the nutcracker of intuition.” In other words, they want us to meditate and break the shell of words so we can realize truth, the meat of realization that they conceal.
And what is the truth? We are all one, and part of our only One – God alone!
Paramhansa Yogananda said that Jesus Christ was crucified once, but his teachings have been crucified daily for 2,000 years. This letter certainly qualified as one of those daily crucifictions of Christ Consciousness.
When I meditated on how Jesus would have responded, I remembered Yogananda’s words from Whispers from Eternity:
“An unseen monument of the mightiest miracle of love was established in each heart when the magic wand of Thy voice uttered: ‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do.’”
It’s easy to love our friends and family, but not so easy to love our enemies. How can we genuinely forgive those who persecute us? We have to use the nutcracker of intuition to break the hardest shell of all – the ego. When we can crack the shell of ego, we unite ourselves with all life and God’s everlasting life beyond this world.
When we hate another person, we are the ones that suffer.
The only way to become like Christ is to expand our cup of realization and receive Him in deep meditation. Then you can take the meat of realization and share it with others through loving kindness.
Even when people hate you, remember, you are happier when you love. Choose to love! Choose to be like Christ!
Universal Christ Love to you!