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Chapter 1: Grace for Grace

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.

3 All things were made by him
and without him was not any thing made
that was made.

4 In him was life;
and life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God,
whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness,
to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light,
but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

11 He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them
that believe on his name.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory
as of the only begotten of the Father),
full of grace and truth.

16 And of his fullness have all we received,
and grace for grace.

17 For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

I will speak on Christ, but not on Christianity. Christianity has nothing to do with Christ. In fact, Christianity is anti-Christ - just as Buddhism is anti-Buddha and Jainism anti-Mahavira. Christ has something in him which cannot be organized: the very nature of it is rebellion and a rebellion cannot be organized. The moment you organize it, you kill it. Then the dead corpse remains. You can worship it, but you cannot be transformed by it. You can carry the load for centuries and centuries, but it will only burden you, it will not liberate you. That’s why, from the beginning, let it be absolutely clear: I am all for Christ, but not even a small part of me is for Christianity. If you want Christ, you have to go beyond Christianity. But if you cling too much to Christianity, you will not be able to understand Christ. Christ is beyond all churches.

Christ is the very principle of religion. In Christ all the aspirations of humanity are fulfilled. He is a rare synthesis. Ordinarily a human being lives in agony, anguish, anxiety, pain and misery. If you look at Krishna, he has moved to the other polarity: he lives in ecstasy. There is no agony left; the anguish has disappeared. You can love him, you can dance with him for a while, but the bridge will be missing. You are in agony, he is in ecstasy - where is the bridge?

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