Be Your Own Saviour

Reading at Kalaheo practice 3/7/2013
Some Christians believe Jesus will come back to fix this corrupt world.
Certain Jewish sects propose that the messiah will soon appear on Earth for the first time.
Among Muslims, many predict the legendary Twelfth Imam will return and bring salvation to humanity.

In India, devotees of Vishnu expect the avatar Kalki to arrive on the scene and carry out a series of miraculous redemptions. Even Buddhists prophesy Maitreya, the chosen one who will establish universal peace.

My divinations foretell a very different scenario. I suspect that the whole point of our spectacularly confounding moment in history is that each of us must become our own savior. And if we hope to accomplish that, relying on our best amateur efforts, we will have to stop waiting around for a supposed professional to do our work for us.

Franz Kafka had a view that’s not necessarily mutually exclusive with mine:
“The messiah will come when we don’t need him anymore.”

Let’s also consider the evidence offered by William Blake, as quoted in *Poets and God* by David L. Edwards:
“Jesus Christ is the only God. And so am I. And so are you.”

One more clue, this time from Deepak Chopra: “Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.”

— Robert Breszny

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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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