Check Out Door Number Three!

“I Am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9 KJ 2000).

See if you can distinguish between the following:

1. The thought that “I am this or that” (e.g. your body; your autobiography; your nationality, religion, etc.).

2. The bare thought “I Am” (unassociated with any particular predicate).

3. The aware presence or alert stillness that you are (prior to and in between each thought that arises–in the silence between each breath you breathe; in the stillness between each heartbeat).

Which door will you choose?Which door will you choose?Which door will you choose?

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?  Or what will they give in return for their life? (Matthew 16:24-26).

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).

door 3“I Am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9 KJ2000).

“Be still and know that ‘I Am’ God” (Psalms 46:10).

–> The Gate of the Lord

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2 Responses to Check Out Door Number Three!

  1. Devinder Singh says:

    The first and principal article of these established and formal religions runs always, “Mine is the supreme, the only truth, all others are in falsehood or inferior.” For without this fundamental dogma, established credal religions could not have existed. If you do not believe and proclaim that you alone possess the one or the highest truth, you will not be able to impress people and make them flock to you.
    This attitude is natural to the religious mind; but it is just that which makes religion stand in the way of the spiritual life.
    http://www.sriaurobindoashram.com/Content.aspx?ContentURL=/_StaticContent/SriAurobindoAshram/-09%20E-Library/-02%20Works%20of%20The%20Mother/-01%20English/-01_CWMCE/-03_Questions%20and%20Answers_Volume-03/-10_9%20June%201929.htm

    • yeshua21 says:

      Interesting link, Devinder–this paragraph seems relevant:

      “The articles and dogmas of a religion are mind-made things and, if you cling to them and shut yourself up in a code of life made out for you, you do not know and cannot know the truth of the Spirit that lies beyond all codes and dogmas, wide and large and free. When you stop at a religious creed and tie yourself in it, taking it for the only truth in the world, you stop the advance and widening of your inner soul. But if you look at religion from another angle, it need not always be an obstacle to all men. If you regard it as one of the higher activities of humanity and if you can see in it the aspirations of man without ignoring the imperfection of all man-made things, it may well be a kind of help for you to approach the spiritual life. Taking it up in a serious and earnest spirit, you can try to find out what truth is there, what aspiration lies hidden in it, what divine inspiration has undergone transformation and deformation here by the human mind and a human organisation, and with an appropriate mental stand you can get religion even as it is to throw some light on your way and to lend some support to your spiritual endeavour.”

      This is consistent with Getting to Know Jesus in the 21st Century — see, for example, the “limitations of doctrine and dogma” discussed in the Afterword

      Thanks for sharing!

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