For the Christian who practises yoga, Jesus of Nazareth represents the highest level of attainment, as he came to fulfil the law. Not the law of mortal beings, but the law and will of God. This condemned him to crucifixion, as he exhibited a level of free will with aims contrary to the establishment of the day. He spoke with authority, not the authority backed by man made laws, but with the authority of someone who spoke as one of the elect. Christ saw through and beyond the web of this world, with its trials and tribulations, and could with a glance or touch, relieve suffering and heal the sick. This was not an extra-ordinary gift for someone who was at one with the creator of all life, as he was at one with the truth that underlies and defines mortal existence; it is fallen man that distorts the catalytic power of Christ’s vision.
Self recognition is the goal of the Yogi, there are two aspects to the Self, like a two way mirror, one looks outward to the world, guided by the senses five. The other is looking inward into the pristine stillness, from which the soul was formed.
The outward and worldly looking can so easily captivate us and influence our self-development, we call this the exoteric and because it is so often self-limiting, it is usually spelt with a small ‘s’. The reflexive techniques of yoga and inward looking, the esoteric, releases us from self-limitation and awakens the soul to a more Conscious and visionary way of life, and here we refer to the Self by writing with a large ‘S’.
The highest form of Yoga exhibited by Christ is the most difficult; as we have invested so much energy in outward looking that it has become the habitual way of responding to stimulus. These energy patterns have become so habitual that they not only condition human behaviour, but also influence the energy patterns of the life fields of which we are a part.
Every thought in the human mind has an emotional charge, even hidden thoughts, thoughts we would like to ignore and suppress, which when given the opportunity, still seek to find self-expression.
In this context, the words of Jesus “I and my Father are One”, have a tremendous significance, as the Will of God, the Will of the eternal unchanging Self, is not the will of mortal beings with their limited perspectives, but arises from a spiritual vision that encompasses all worlds from the smallest to the greatest.
When you know yourself as Will, in the highest sense of this word, you can in accord with Jesus of Nazareth repeat the words “I and my Father are One”. All true Yogis work toward achieving this highest ideal of Yoga, Union with the Absolute Good, or Will of God, made understandable and possible by the recorded life of Christ.