By: Woodrow Odom Lucas
One day I was walking on Radnor Lake and experiencing quite a bit of fear. I saw this woman who seemed to be embroidered in peace and stillness. I walked up to her and said, “Hi, my name is Woody, you look like you are very spiritual, could you pray for me?” She responded, “How did you know I was spiritual?” I said, “I just knew.” She said, “Woody, trust your knowing.”
Although I am a Christian, I have explored the people and beliefs of other religions extensively. And although some may say that only Christocentric religions are real and authentic, my knowing has told me differently. As I have explored Hinduism and the people of Hinduism, Tribal Religions and the people of Tribal Religions, Islam and the people of Islam, Judaism and the people of Judaism, and even Atheism and the people who are skeptical of spirituality, I have often experienced an authenticity, sincerity, love, power, and beauty that wreaks of my Savior and his beauty. As a consequence, my knowing tells me that there is a mystery to this experience that transcends religious belief and a divinity to the human ontology that characterizes every human soul. It is this knowledge which empowers me to say “Namaste” (The divinity in me salutes the divinity in you) to every human person that I encounter.
Similarly, it has often occurred to me that Jesus is not the only person in human history to rise from the dead, or heal the sick, or do spectacular miracles, or manifest spectacular love. Numerous persons in history such as Quetzalcoatl, Babaji, Sri Lukestar, Anna grandmother of Jesus, and many others have completely transcended the human experience and reached the heights of supernatural and superhuman divinity. Hinduism calls these people Avatars. Buddhism calls these people Bodhisattvas. And while some may call them imposters or false messiahs, my knowing tells me that they are real people who really have become one with God. Many people who believe in enlightenment call these transcendent masters, “master souls.” And my knowing agrees with such nomenclature.
However, no matter how much I might want to put them in the same category of Jesus, my knowing always trusts in the notion that there is something absolutely unique about the Lord. If there are many Avatars then Jesus is The Avatar. If there are many Bodhisattvas then he is The Bodhisattva. But still, I have no compelling evidence for this notion, besides the “knowing” that the Holy Spirit gives me. Could this belief in Jesus as absolutely unique be the result of a fearful inner child who needs to cling to “one” and cannot embrace “many?” Could this belief in Jesus as absolutely unique be the result of a persistent egotism and self-absorption which insists that my way is ultimately “more true” than others? I have often asked myself these questions, and yet in the end I always return to my faith that as great as many have become, there is a mysterious transcendence to Jesus that transcends even them.
As of now, how Jesus transcends someone like Quetzalcoatl or Babaji who ostensibly did almost everything that he did, and in my estimation even demonstrated characteristics like humility and selflessness to a greater extent than Jesus did when he was operationalizing his earthly ministry remains a great mystery that I wholeheartedly embrace. But recently, God has given me at least a metaphor that helps to make sense of my choice to embrace the Hindu notion of Avatar, and the Buddhist notion of Bodhisattva while at the same time embracing my Savior as absolutely unique.
Mathematics is in my opinion is as much a gift directly from Heaven as music. Both music and mathematics remind us of a transcendent beauty which goes beyond what we can hope or imagine. The timelessness of harmony all around us and the awe of the ideas of infinity or quantum relativity wreak of God. Between the numbers 0 and 1 are an infinite amount of numbers. .1, .11, .123, .1234, .12345, .123456, .1234567 and an infinite amount of other numbers are between the numbers 0 and 1. So it could be said that infinity exists between 0 and 1. However, between 0 and 2, there is not only an infinity of numbers but a greater infinity of numbers than between 0 and 1. And between 0 and 3 there is an even greater infinity of numbers than between 0 and 2. And so on and so forth. So it is possible to have an infinity that is greater than infinity itself which is endless. So although infinity is endless, never ending, and eternal, mathematics proves that it is possible to have a greater infinity that is even more endless, never ending, and eternal than infinity. This is the way that I understand Jesus in comparison to other Avatars and Bodhisattvas. Babaji is totally one with God. Babaji is an absolute master soul. Babaji is eternal, omniscient, and omnipotent. But just as there is a greater infinity than infinity itself, Jesus completely transcends Babaji in every way. Namaste and God Bless You!!