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Sketches of Jesus

 

By Spiritual Artist Tarun Cherian

 

Sketches of Jesus, Infancy Gospels, By spiritual Artists Tarun Cherian

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We are all Children of The Creator. Sparks of The One Light. Shimmers of The One Ocean.

In Sketches of Jesus we reexamine the life of Jesus. He a light, like us a light, incarnated on earth. Except he unlike us remembered he came from the light with greater certainty. He stood with great courage. He shone with greater promise. He blazed and death retreated.

In the Infancy Gospels of Jesus, we see that Jesus revealed who he was right from childhood. He was playing by the river making sparrows out of wet muddy clay. Except he discovered one thing. If he breathed on the clay sparrows, they came to life. And flew. So who and what are we? Clay that a playful spirit blows on? According to a set of theologians we are created EX-NIHILO. A fancy word of saying out of nothing. God creates you and I out of nothing. Which reminds you of Shunyata doctrine intrinsic to both Prime Hinduism and Buddhism.

Now in The Creator's Child version, we are all lights, - souls- shimmering carpets, gestalt fields of the great scarf of impossibility. But these fields in inky dark and swirling infinitude see fields, swirls beings that have great grace. When asked how they reached such magnificence some souls say through trillions of years of spiralling in 'luhamo', the primality {or God}, and some souls answer by going to schools called 'reviction' or restriction one of which is living on earth, be it as stone, weed, animal, man, meta-creature. But then you need not choose our version, for somewhere deep down you know... for you have come from the original matrix....

In a darker version of the Infancy tale, the headman's son, obviously a bully, came and kicked Jesus' sparrows. At which he touched the bullies arm and it withered. And here we glimpse another side of Jesus, the prophets, and the spiritual. And it is there in the official versions too. When he came to a tree which hadn't borne fruit he touched it and it withers. Later when some Church goers were stealing from the Church a disciple curses them and they die. The Infancy Gospel is not just one of those things discovered today by some damn heretical scholar. It is very much a part of Islamic Texts who revere Jesus.

The Infancy Gospel is not one of the four oficial gospels, that form the Christian Bible. Er... why not? Few know that it was one Bishop Iraneus who lead the movement to choose those 4 out of 30-40 texts that went into The Bible. And the reason? Because he believed so and then an oligarchy of Bishops did so.

Now you have to decide whether you want to read or include the infancy gospel in your official Gospels. Or The Gospel of Peter or Thomas. But that decision is yours. Not that of Iraneus. And the cohorts. Now in the official Gospels you have one vesion where Jesus impressed a few teachers in early teens, but he only woke to power and wisdom when deep prayer, was followed by a Saint's baptism. Does this not lead to you to the reverence with which Indians regard their Gurus?

Either way if you had the power to blow on mud and create a sparrow or a child would you? Know+ing you are its parent. Knowing that you will feel its death?

 

Sketches of Jesus, The Fork in The Road by spiritual artist Tarun Cherian

 

There is a blank space in the story of The Life of Jesus. From 20-30 we know little. Where did he go? According to some he went to Egypt to learn at the feet of The great mages. According to others he came to India.

When we asked Jesus, now light, he spoke of wandering and learning from many. He says he had a horse he was close to. He also had the ability of travelling astrally with great power. 'What I did, I did with passion. Why did I leave? Because a neighbour was targetted by The Romans and I was implicated. Because I had dreams. Why did I return to my homeland? Because word was sent. I had a choice to stay in a land 100 miles away. A different history would have risen.' What would he have done? 'I would have raised a pyramid of healing. A King called Nessan would have visited. And The Nessandhreans would rule.' {But then why would you take our version of Jesus' missing years as true? Hmm, instead you could think of it as fiction that makes you think and reflect.}

 

Sketches of Jesus by Spiritual Artist Tarun Cherian

 

At times the Romans crucified 2000 Jews, because they were such an obstreperous nation. Crosses were functional, just planks or tree trunks hammered together. And so the idea of a nicely planed, smooth cross is far from fact. In this image we see Jesus planing a cross. Or maybe he hammered it together. The question we are raising is what if when working on a bench. Or shanghaiied by The Romans a carpenter he knew put together a few crosses. What if when planing a table, visions of another table came to mind, where on the last supper he talks of his impending death. What if decades ahead, he knew. What if he did more than know? What if Jesus was consulted maybe in dream or deep meditation? And of the many choices he chose the way to Calvary?

What if all of us knowing or semi-knowing choose? At Creator's Child we have an aphorism "You create your own reality."

 

Sketches of Jesus Gethsemane

 

It is said that on the night before he was crucified, Jesus and some disciples went to The Garden of Gethsemane. There he prayed. It is said he prayed with such ferocity drops of blood rolled down his face. He prayed  “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 'Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”- The Bible. He prayed for an alternate way to show mankind that death is not king, the greater life is real. And yet if being crucified was needed he would accept, fulfill his destiny, his role in the cosmic drama.

Faced with difficult choice what do we do? We think of the two sons of Guru Gobind Singh, facing Wazir Khan. Zorawar just 9 and Fateh just 7 years old. They were given a choice convert to Islam and be saved or die. Think of your child, what would you want him to do? The children refused to convert and were bricked up alive. Suffocating to death. Closer home we think of Amita * who was faced with a choice pay the school bills now or live a month with a broken arm. What did she do? Till fresh funds came, for a month chose to live with a fractured arm.

In a real sense we are all souls choosing to be bricked up in flesh, crucified on the cross of time & matter. Not just once, but 40-50 lives.

 

Sketches of Jesus by Spiritual Artist Tarun Cherian

 

After praying in the Garden, and accepting the path towards crucifixion, Jesus comes and wakes his sleeping disciples... “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes... my betrayer!”

There comes a time, when deep resolve is reached. And we are ready for our fate. And so fate even if it brings us to our knees is the loser.

We would like you to think of a time when faced with a difficult choce you take a decision. There are many decisions in the Biblical story. Jesus & Judas. The Priests, Herod & Pontius Pilate. Some true. Some true and weak. Some misguided. Some plain ugly.

We think of The Mahabharat. The Pandavas and Kauravas were given a choice. One had Krishna, but who would only be a charioteer. The other choice all of Krishna's armies. what would most choose?

 

Sketches of Jesus

 

We see the body of Judas hanging from a tree, his death framing another death, of Jesus on The Cross. Did Judas betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver? No, for he flings it. Or even if he did it for money he throws it aside. Perhaps he felt sidelined by Jesus.Or maybe he did it because he felt Jesus was going the wrong way. Or is it like in The Gospel of Judas, he was asked by Jesus to betray him. Or it could be, Judas felt he had to lead the jews to salvation?

Let us take the more accepted biblical version, he betrays Jesus, repents, and in sorrow and shame, horror at what he had done, killed himself. We ask ourselves was he damned for all eternity? Or did his repentance wash him clean?

 

 

Sketches of Jesus The Torturer prays

 

When The Jewish High Priests condemned Jesus they take him to Pontius Pilate for Judgement. Pilate, The Roman Centurion, passes on the responsibility to Herod, the Judaic King for Judgement. 'And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season," Says The Bible "because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.' Then he {Herod}questioned with him in many words; but he {Jesus}answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him {Jesus}. Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate.

Now when most of us have an audience with those in power we often try to please. And yet here we see that Jesus treats his power as sacred. And so must each of us treat our power as sacred. Our aura sight, healing and inner compass is precious.

Though he found no fault in Jesus... Pilate 'Said unto them, You have brought this man unto me, as one that perverts the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man concerning those things of which you accuse him:' 'So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”

In the Roman Empire those being crucified were often whipped or scourged. The whips were worse than the ones used to teach buffalos a lesson. Roman whips often had bonuses like small pieces of metal or bone at the tips that would rip open skin, and shred flesh. Flagellatiion was often referred to as half-death as many would die shorly after.

In the image above we see a torturer praying to Jesus. This is not in any Gospel account, but we ask ourselves what if The Torturer, was a soldier forced to follow orders? What if closer to home we have to be cruel with a child, hard with an employee? What if The Torturer was impressed by the resove with which Jesus took his scourging? What if for once faced with an innocent man something shifted within the torturer? What if the torturer prayed? Repented?

We have been cruel. Consciously and unconsciously, in this life or another. And we can pause, change, transform.

 

Sketches of Jesus By Spiritual artist Tarun Cherian

 

How can she be there? And yet how stay away? In the image above we see Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the hill where Jesus was crucified.

There are few things as unbearable as a child being tortured and killed. And yet this time of torment is also of incredible comfort. It is a place where the divine and the human meet. It is about vulnerable flesh and indomitable spirit.

 

Sketches of Jesus, even on the cross he cares, by Tarun Cherian

 

What made crucifixion paricularly terrible is not just that your hands, feet and arms have spikes through them, crushing bone, ripping muscle, but that to breathe one hast to pull oneself up, by those mangled arms and butchered feet to breathe. You had to pull up your entire weight for every breath. The blazing mediterranean sun added to the torments, and the flies, the crows, the thirst, the cold at night. In the middle of his torments Jesus found the courage, the compassion to care for those distraught, like he directed disciples to take care of his mother.

An aunt of Celia was near-completely paralysed, and yet when we came for dinner, she remembered what we loved, and told her daughter to keep a special curry for us.

 

Sketches of Jesus by Spiritual Artist Tarun Cherian

 

We saw the anguish his followers had when a famous Guru died and unsavoury secrets came tumbling out. We can imagine the utter despair Jesus's disciples felt when his dead body, cold and grey, was brought down. You had followed him, seem miracles happen, perhaps walked on water, heard of how he raised the dead, knew he could command the elements, were beginning to believe he was The Messiah who would save The Jews from The Romans. And here you ended up with a dead body, cut, whipped, bloody, stinking with sweat, legs, covered with shit and pee, heavy in your arms. As you lifted the body down you knew Roman spies and assassins would follow, target you, your family.

 

Sketches of Jesus, Ascension, by Spiritual Artist Tarun Cherian

 

Scattered, mourning, despairing you hear rumours that Jesus wasn't dead. That he had risen from the dead. So many rumours, so many lies. Clearly fake news, till you hear a doubter like Thomas speak of his encounter with a resurrected Jesus. You hear of how Thomas put his hand into the wound where a spear was thrust. It is insane. You gather behind him, you meet Jesus. The same? Or impostor? He has a glow to him. You realise that this time you cannot be stopped you are a deathless flood, with Jeus crowned, the world is yours. He has called you all, at a hill and as you stand and listen to words so brilliant you see something incredible, light shine around Jesus and he lifts into the sky. And dissappear. And you scream with joy and weep... For it now hits... You have to be the one to carry the message of the immortal self across the world... and to you falls the burden of facing threatened Priests, powerful Roman Emperors...

Yes on each of you, seekers and healers, falls this responsibility... For you have seen, have felt auras, have known miracles, have seen impossible healings, have seen the future, have seen time, space and matter sway to the command of light, you hve seen that we do not die when we die, you have travelled astrally, known past lives with incredible clarity, encountered the soul, met God now Lord Shiva, Now Jesus, Now ArchAngel Gabriel...

 

   
 

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Furthur Reading:

Rising from the Dead by Tarun Cherian. Resurrection, Immortality, Ascension, Rebirth. This Easter discover that the message of Resurrection is universal.