In reading my favorite book this morning, I came across this, and thought I would like to share it.
___________From Dr. Julian Johnson, The Path of the Masters :
And this is one of the greatest sayings ever uttered by Jesus or by anyone else. In order to see the inner Kingdoms of light, a man must be born or brought to light by that Stream whence all power flows. That Stream is inside of man himself, as the kingdom of life is within man. For this very definite reason Jesus says, as do all Masters, that this kingdom of heaven is within man. One has to go inside to get at it. That kingdom may be entered and explored only by the light and the power of the divine Bani [Audible Life Stream], which is also within man. Yet all the world is busy seeking it outside of man. Even the very nature of that kingdom is a dark mystery to most people. They have only the haziest notion of it. But that kingdom is no allegorical, imaginary or metaphorical kingdom. It is real, concrete. It includes vast and numberless worlds of inconceivable splendor and beauty. And all of this kingdom, or more correctly speaking, kingdoms, are consciously entered and enjoyed by the Master and his disciples. To make the momentous discovery of those higher kingdoms, man must go inside, must enter a plane of higher consciousness and higher dimension. This means that he must withdraw his attention from the sense world and lift his consciousness to a finer world. All of this he does with the aid of the Audible Life Stream and the Master. Hence its vital importance in the scheme of the Masters.
In every age of the world, time and time again, the Saints have repeated those significant words of Jesus:
Marvel not that I say unto thee, Ye must be born again. [John 3.7]
When Jesus Christ knew he was to soon leave his disciples, he asked them to remain in a certain place… until His Father could send to them ” a helper”:
John 14:26 ESV But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Does this verse suggest that the disciples of Christ were not quite ready to do what he had done? I believe it might.. but then, each Soul must perceive truth on its own.
I never tire of the sage words of Dr. Johnson. Julian Johnson, a physician, pilot, scholar and searcher for the Truth, was also a Preacher and student of the Bible. He visited India, and spent many years there studying what is often referred to as “Eastern Mysticism”. What Dr. Johnson found, much to his surprise… is that the essence of mysticism closely aligns itself with the Spiritual essence of the Bible. Not all would agree, of course, but I have found, over the last 40+ years, that his discovery was quite correct.
But then, each person must decide this for him/herself.