Ancient Hebrew text prophesied the coming of a messiah who would walk the earth and live amongst ordinary men to bring deliverance. Though such a man of God by the name of Jesus did appear, and his mystique brought great hope to his people, but their faith was quickly put to test when the life of the messiah concluded in an untimely death. Was the deliverance as foretold at all real, or accurate? A case of forsaken promises perhaps? The death of Jesus had left many of his followers in bewilderment.
Nonetheless, Jesus did fulfil the prophecy to the absolute. Though much was owed to his existence through mysticism however, Christ’s teaching was a revelation. He revealed that true freedom lies within the mind, that inward journey which must be sought to pave the way to deliverance.
Ignorant men could only tap from their limited perspective, and draw conclusion from their physical reality. Cries of the Jewish colony of being subjugated by foreign rulers was a prescription drawn from the external perspective. Jesus addressed the situation by approaching the mind rather than the circumstance, and that no man could be subjected to persecution unless he allowed it. Circumstances of persecution were the colony’s reality, but they were of no consequence to the truth that lies within the mind. Jesus revealed that when the mind evolves from the truth so will the physical reality by mere reflection from it. From that point of view, the mind dictates the circumstance and not the opposite. When touched by the truth, any person would see his/her world of existence differently.
In short, persecution or social oppression is indicative to the mind derived from a captivated point of view, not knowing the possibility of other similar livelihood lies just beyond that scope of view. Imagine a world away in India during the same era where inhabitants of that part of the world lived under a rigid customary belief in the cast system which is still widely practised today. Is this form of denigration any worse than the situation imposed on the Jews? It can’t be, as both circumstances are of the same root. Mistreatment among fellow men is a disability confined by the physical senses, nothing more.
Circumstances of existence orchestrated in the physical reality are nothing more than causes of consequence dictated by a karmic process or “cause and effect” paradigm if you like. Freedom cannot be sought there as it runs from one cycle to another in continuous fashion like a board game with the dice kept rolling. Jesus knew life’s external facet was like a painting in which you could add any colours to it that you wished once the truth is harnessed. Truth is freedom. It is sought only from within through experience and understanding.
There is nothing more revealing in the revelation of Jesus than the prayer that he bestowed. Every word is a reference to the inner light. It is a prayer to sought God within. Contrary to the notion that the messiah would lead his people out of persecution literally by the hand, but the story of Jesus is a promise fulfilled which brought deliverance by virtue of a prayer. The Lord’s prayer is the map to the life and death of Jesus, embedded in it is his total essence.
“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.”
These words are drawn from the truth, and it is intended to aid the ignorant to draw the truth out. It cannot to be taken as a speech of sort which is to be spoken loudly so God could hear it. Think about it, no God or gods could hear you even if you shouted the prayer from the mountain top. The message would not have reached God, but the God in you. The only intelligent entity that could hear and understand you, is yourself.
From the beginning to the end the prayer takes aim at the soul. It is intended to awaken the spirit from the mind. For awakening to take place, the mind must shift its perceptions through experience and understanding. “Heaven” and “Kingdom of God” are descriptions of the eternal realm where spirits reside in unity.
“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread”, gives reference to our environment or physical reality to provide us the experiences we needed to help our mind develop an understanding. Only then, any kind of separation and disconnection in perception will melt away to allow deliverance to prevail.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us”, is the outcome to an experience in the awakening of the soul once the sense of separation is dissolved, hence love.
“And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever”, is to tame our mind by centering it and breaking away from the elements stemmed from pride to arrive at a common ground with the eternal spirit.
Here, we grow to accept the consequences of our existence as a union between our environment and us in spirit where our representation constantly redefining itself, and in togetherness we evolve to a higher sense of ourselves. The mind that is spoken of here is not an encapsulation of the brain, it is a representation of the entire human body. Every body part exists some form of bond which defines their uniqueness to perform specific function based on the given memory or consciousness. Our environment too is an elaborate work of a mind. There is God in everything. Evolving mind through love will see our spirit emerge with a whisper of a prayer.