Perspectives on Jesus are incorporated through the family you are born into, religious institutions and through your own study. The volume of words and instruction get debated, reinterpreted, and contemplated around the world. How we apply them to daily life is distinct. His wisdom teachings offer a wide girth for interpretation, and for it to be healthy, it requires an open mind. Hindu perspectives on Jesus broaden our mind and open us to a different presentation of who He is.
We need not fear of condemnation from those who declare the truth and only truth.
I am talking about living with time-tested ideas and allowing them to morph and change, losing none of the message. The true value and identity of Christ’s message is realized one mind at a time. To glean the idea of love and generosity, you may have to break step with whom said this and that and form your own opinion.
Christian traditions and perspectives on Jesus influence one another. Interpreting the story and its visual portrayal differ from the USA to China to India. Jesus Christ was a holy man and mystic, worthy of our veneration as we try to imitate his teachings and perspectives. Keep an open mind. The way we portray him from culture to culture can vary a great deal and from person to person.
Perspectives on Jesus stays the same, only your mind changes.
The Bible says next to nothing about Jesus’ formative years, age 12 to 30. He lived in a part of the world that was full to the brim with diverse ideas, practices, and influences. Traders, philosophers and orators engaged in animated debate along the road and in the cites. Societies flourished through conversation and the exchange of ideas, even radical ones.
Today we have the internet to cruise through volumes of theories that promise to orient and cultivate our own conclusions. But one thing has changed. We interrupt the information alone outside of debate. Our culture has told us not to talk about politics and religion. Without open deliberation and exercising compassion for another point of view, how will we ever arrive at peace within our self and one another?
Hindu legends of Ishu merge well with the Christianity.
In Hinduism, what you officially call yourself is not nearly as important as your Sadhana or spiritual practice. USA, China and India are being influenced by the internet and world wide web of ideas which is affecting all nations and behaviors. One culture or nation cannot preserve the message of Christ in a condensed version. Luckily, humanity always has a few individuals scattered about with radical minds that make just enough noise to keep cultivating change. Their questioning minds are broad, elastic, expansive and reveal the endless mystery found in Christ’s message.
In India, Jesus is called Ishu. He walked on water, healed the sick, gave a sermon from a mountainside—the complete package and message. Regardless of the culture, our core understanding of the Christ story is glued to love and endless wisdom. Hindus admire Ishu as an outstanding teacher and mystic. It is within reason to believe the most renowned yogi practitioners and returned to Israel taught Jesus as a Sadhu. If Jesus Christ can be changed and influence so can any human who aspires to holiness and wisdom. It requires we rethink who is the Christ while maintaining the identity of Jesus.
Mary Jane Miller has an inquiring mind that constantly explores, questions, wonders (and wanders), argues, and engages whatever and whomever is around. In short, you meet an extraordinary, strong, capable woman. For decades, Mary Jane has documented her collections through her books on Iconography Books.