Sermon on Innocence

The importance of innocence was given by Jesus very nicely in Mathew 18.1-7. “At that time, the disciples came to Jesus saying ‘who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven ?’ and Jesus called a child to Himself and set him before them and said: “Truly, I say unto you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one such child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; but whoever causes one of these to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck and then be drowned in the depths of the sea.  Woe to this world because of its stumbling blocks!  For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come and woe to that person who is not strong enough to overcome them.”  What does this teaching mean ?  It is not a parable; it is a direct teaching and yet something seems to be left out.  Why does Jesus ask that children be allowed to come to him, for indeed, they were attracted to him?  And what special characteristic of children was Jesus talking about that made them eligible  to enter heaven, besides humility?  I know that this kind of teaching gets on the nerves of some people, who feel that they are more eligible to enter heaven than a child.  They may say, well Jesus, why don’t you just tell us what you mean straight out.  They want everything in black and white.  But many men and women will tell you that not all things should be talked about in polite conversation, for some things are understood to be on the grey area and to avoid bad feelings, you just must listen; we will just call this discretion.  Discretion in a woman makes her a lady; discretion in a man, makes him a gentleman.  And you don’t have to ask for respect; you get it automatically.  You are probably wondering how this applies to Jesus.  I will tell you a story that will make it crystal clear.  In the 1940s, a popular singer named Dinah Shore asked a songwriter to compose a special song for her.  It was a complaint against men who wanted everything in black and white only.  The song that she got satisfied her in all respects.  The name of the song, from 1948 is Why Can’t You Read Between the Lines?  Now men, why can’t you read between the lines, it just takes a little meditation.  Let us now read between the lines and see what Jesus is relishing in children.  Is it not the special quality of innocence?  To me, what Jesus is saying is Cherish the Innocence!  Does that mean, when a girl reaches puberty, she must be immediately deflowered?  No, just the opposite Cherish the Innocence!  Actually, this message is so important that it should be made a mantra.  A mantra is a discipline for the mind that requires repeating over and over.  I want everyone to remember this mantra and take it with you after church and remember it in real life (most mothers do).  If you cherish the innocence of children; they will love and cherish you, for they know that they are free to follow their inclinations to go out and play.  Yes, to play at being a cherubim or a little angel.  Unfortunately, some children are little devils, but this is against their inclinations and is more the exception than the rule.  Somehow, the devil has corrupted them and the words of Jesus comes back to us “but whosoever causes one of these to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck and drowned by throwing him into the sea.”  Thus, a child can be corrupted by bad association or hanging out with bad people; teaching him to sacrifice his innocence by eating bloody meat and to steal is to grow up artificially.  A child is like a herb garden, you have to keep the weeds out by pulling out the bad influences.  In other words, you have to protect your child.  To correct this situation, you must be like Jesus, a good role model.  And keep chanting Cherish the Innocence, then soon, very soon, they will be strangely attracted to you; but then-do-not take advantage of them.  Whenever your mind wanders, chant the mantra.  It is then that you should accept your role as teacher of the mundane and the divine.  Pray regularly and show by your example as Jesus did.  Everyday prayers can be done standing or sitting, speaking or silently, but serious prayers should be done on your knees.  Teach your children this Bedtime Prayer while kneeling at their bedside.  “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  If I should die before I awake;  I pray the Lord my soul to take.” These words come from a popular song of 1916.  Soon, by the grace of the Lord, you will be contented and rewarded for your service, because you are without ulterior motives.  In other words, you are cherishing the innocence.  That is the correct mental attitude; count your blessings instead of sheep.  Women, also teach your men to be discreet gentlemen, not scoundrel pirates who say anything and do anything.  That is not civilized behavior.  A gentleman is a person who has learned to control his passions.  In the old world, this was called being a yogi and in women, it was called being a yogini.  A Christian gentleman should be dressed nicely and smelling clean and sweet.  He is discreet.  You don’t have to tell him, for he can read between the lines.  He has found a sublime message, as if it were written in braille.  Here is what it says:  Cherish the Innocence ~ Amen

The Star of Bethlehem

The so-called Star of Bethlehem cannot be a star at or could it ?  It is described that the Star of Bethlehem moved around !  Yes, it is recorded that the star would move with Mary and Joseph on their way to the stable where Jesus was born.  I have chosen the star as the emblem of my Christianity.  It is a symbol of hope and celestial truth.  It is recorded that the star stopped over the stable and shone upon the little Jesus.  It had unusual movement, it stopped when Mary and Joseph stopped and sometimes it would move at an angle, sometimes it could back up !  Stars do not move in such unusual ways.  The star of Bethlehem has always been something of a mystery, as well as a guiding light for the 3 wise men looking for a sacred birth.  What is the mystery of this situation ?

According to the ancient histories of Srimad Bhagavatam, in the beginning of this galaxy; Lord Brahma-the engineer of this galaxy(not Jehovah) needed helpers.  The Material Sky is described as situated in one-quarter of The Spiritual Sky.  In the beginning, there was a scarcity of Gods to help get things going.  There were 4 saintly boys there called The Four Kumaras, all great holy devotees of the Lord.  It is a tradition among the Demigods to recruit holy men to help them.  Jesus, who would in another birth be called Jesus, was recruited to be the King of the Demigods.  It is also traditional, that these holy men should put up an argument; this Sanat did, but eventually he reluctantly agreed.  All the important Demigods have vimanas or spaceships with warp drive (also called star ships).  Sunat Kumara was awarded his own vimana.  Just like cars and planes, vimanas have lights too.  Thus, Sunat Kumara was an important Demigod, known as The King of the Demigods, also known as The King of Heaven.  If you search, you will find that Jesus was also known as The King of Heaven in the Bible.  Just how Lord Brahma produced more offspring without any women is a mystery, for it is recorded that he was alone.  However, in the beginning were inconceivable mysteries.  But after a long time, but a short time in celestial time; Sunat Kumara was retired and a permanent Demigod installed.  The Star of Bethlehem is actually, Jesus’s own vimana with his own crew; and represents his connection with the Demigods in the beginning of our galaxy.  Thus, Jesus has a connection, not only with God, but also with the Demigods; that is why Jesus always spoke of going to heaven.  If the Romans in Jesus’s Pastime knew that Jesus was one of their Gods; they would have worshiped him and made a statue of him.  Although we do not know what conversation went on between Pilate and Jesus before his crucifixion; it is true that Pilate said “I find no fault with him.”  This could mean that Jesus did not say that their gods were false, but true !  It is also true that bona-fide holy men are usually very humble and do not require any worship for their own self, but look to the worship of God, who is more than just a creator, but also a sustainer and a mentor (or guru) like Fathers should be.  It is  apparent that Jesus, Himself is also deserving worship.  It is also stated in John 8 that Jesus does not accept worship of himself alone, but His Father must be included with him.  That is the explanation of the star.

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