Only these few people understand a buddha. And in understanding a buddha they are transformed, transported into another world – the world of liberation, nirvana, light, love, benediction.
The third question:
Jesus said that his sacrifice on the cross was for the salvation of the world from the sins of man.
Please would you comment on this.
The first thing to be understood about a man like Jesus is that whatsoever the church, that is bound to grow around such a man, says about him, it is bound to be wrong. What the Christian church says about Christ cannot be true. In fact the Christian priest does not represent Christ at all. He is the same old rabbi in new garments, the same old rabbi who was responsible for Jesus’ murder. The Pope is not a different kind of person.
It makes no difference whether it is a Jewish establishment or a Christian establishment or a Hindu establishment; all establishments function in the same way.
Jesus is a rebel, just as Buddha is or Lao Tzu is. When the church starts establishing itself it starts destroying the rebelliousness of Jesus, or Buddha, because rebellion cannot go with the establishment. It starts imposing its own ideas – once Jesus is gone it is very easy to impose your own ideas. It starts selecting what to keep in the Bible and what not to keep. Many things have been dropped, many things have not been included in it.
For example, the Gospel of Thomas has not been included in the New Testament. It was discovered just a few years ago – and it is the most important gospel. The four gospels that have been included are nothing compared to it, but it is very rebellious. It seems Thomas has simply reported Jesus without polluting or contaminating his message. That must have been the reason why the gospel has not been included in the authorized version of the New Testament. And those gospels which have been included, they have also been edited. For centuries conferences went on editing them, destroying them, distorting them.
I know Jesus because I know meditation. My knowing of Jesus is not through the Bible, it is not through Christian theology. I know Jesus directly. I know Jesus because I know myself; that is my way of knowing all the buddhas.
The moment you know your own buddhahood you have come to know all the buddhas, the experience is the same. All differences are in the mind, the moment you transcend mind there are no differences left. How can there be differences in an absolute void? Two voids can only be exactly the same. Minds are bound to be different because they consist of thoughts. When there are clouds in the sky then each cloud is different, but when there are no clouds at all then the sky is one and the same.