IF YOU MEET JESUS CHRIST, ON THE ROAD, KILL HIM
Kopp, Sheldon B (1976). If you meet the Buddha, on the Road, Kill him. New York: Bantam Books.
People tend to make those who show them their paths to God, God himself, and worship them. They deify the great masters and in so doing refuse to do what they must do to become saved.
In this light, many Asians deify Buddha and talk about him and not actually do what he did, remove his ego sense of separated self to experience what we might call God, universal intelligence, nirvana.
Because of this tendency to exalt God realized people while not doing what one must do to become God realized, give up one’s ego sense of separated self, the American psychologist and Buddhist, Sheldon B Kopp wrote a book saying that if you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. That is, remove the Buddha from your path and remove your ego to experience what Buddha experienced, oneness with all existence; do so and you are enlightened and illuminated to our unified reality.
I read that book when I was an undergraduate in the 1970s; somehow, it jumped into my mind this morning and I decided to transpose it to mean, if you meet Jesus on the road, kill him, to accomplish the goal of salvation.
People keep saying that Jesus Christ is their lord and savior; they are satisfied just mouthing that mantra without doing what Jesus did. Therefore, the Jesus that they deified needs to be removed from their minds because only the individual can save himself (if Jesus saved you, how come you are still on earth and suffering while he is in heaven and in peace).
If you meet Jesus Christ on the road, kill him, as Kopp said about killing Buddha, to release the individual and enable him to do what he must do to become saved!
To be saved is to remove one’s ego sense of separation from God and all people, is to return to union, is to return to the awareness of our eternally joined minds and in it allow God to directly communicate to one and one directly communicates with God and all minds.
IF SEPARATION IS IMPOSSIBLE THEN JESUS CHRIST IS NOT SEPARATE FROM THE REST OF US
Jesus Christ is a part of the mind of the sons of God that remembered that he is always unified with all of us and God; he is thus an exemplar of an awakened mind reminding us to be awakened, too. He is on the other end of my mind asking my end of it to awaken to my union with him and God, but he cannot unify for me.
All people, Jesus, Buddha, one’s parents, siblings, all existence is in one and on earth one projects them out and talk to them but in unified state one experiences them as formless parts of one’s formless unified self.
CLOSE THE GAP AND SPACE BETWEEN ONE AND OTHER PEOPLE AND GOD BY LOVING ALL EXISTENCE
Separation from God and other people make one have gap and space between one and other people; one must now close that gap and space; it is closed by loving all people and forgiving those who wronged one (other people’s ill deeds towards one tend to make one to hate them and separate from them, so, one must forgive them to close the gap of separation).
LOVE IS THE MEANING
UNION IS THE MEANING
Union is the meaning and purpose of life; love is the meaning and purpose of life. Separated things, unconnected things produce gaps.
Space and time give us meaninglessness. The universe of space, time, and matter gives us meaninglessness and purposelessness; only the unified universe without space, time, and matter gives us meaning.
THE EGO AND BODY AND THE UNIVERSE ARE MEANS OF SEPARATING FROM PEOPLE HENCE MEANS OF GIVING US MEANINGLESSNESS
I see space, time, and matter mean that I see a meaningless universe. Since I do not like to see a meaningless universe, I sought meaning through inventing an ideal self for me, for other people, society and the entire universe, but those are still separated from me. In my ego idealism I still live in space and time, in a separated universe and therefore still live in a meaningless universe.
You do not obtain meaning by striving to make you ideal, make society ideal, and make the universe ideal because in those you still live in space and time and have gap between you and people.
You will only find meaning in unified state, that is, in return to the world as God created it, not as you, us made it to be.
FEAR IS EXPERIENCED IN SPACE, TIME, AND MATTER,
FEARLESSNESS IS EXPERIENCED IN UNION, LOVE
In the world of space, time, and matter, in the separated world I feel fear; I can only stop feeling fear in a joined, unified, non-separated state.
Since I use the ego and body to adapt to the universe of separated state, I cannot remove fear for as long as I am in ego and body, but only when I am in unified state, in love, when I have closed the gap between me and God and all creation. It is only in formlessness that one can experience union with all, so one must return to formlessness to eliminate fear.
I AM MY SAVIOR; JESUS AND OTHER PEOPLE ARE NOT MY SAVIORS BUT THEY CAN SHOW ME HOW I CAN SAVE ME BY REMOVING MY EGO AND CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN US
To be saved is to remove separation, to close the gap and space between one and other people and God; only the individual can choose to close that gap by removing his ego.
The ego is the means of adapting to space, time, and gap, so by removing one’s ego one no longer adapts to the physical universe of space, time, and matter.
Other people can remove their egos and model it for one, but one must choose to close the gap, via love and forgiveness, to be saved.
IN MY VISION WITH JESUS, HE TOLD ME TO GO LIVE MY OWN LIFE, FOLLOW MY PATH TO GOD PROVIDED THAT IT CLOSES THE GAP BETWEEN ME AND GOD AND ALL PEOPLE; HE SAID THAT MANY PATHS LEAD TO THAT END.
What Jesus told me to do, follow my path to returning to union with God, is what I told me to do because he is in me; he is not separate from me; I told me what Jesus told me, I separated from him, projected him out and made him speak to me as he did; I spoke to me as I said that he spoke to me; there is only one son of God; the infinite us share that one son of God.
May 19, 2023
If you meet Jesus, on the road, kill him.