Holy Yogi Jesus was a Walrus. And so are you.

Via on Feb 13, 2012

I recently stayed awake all night pondering Jesus’ farewell address, esp. his prayer to God on behalf of the rest of humanity, in John chapter 17. I’ve been reading it with fresh eyes and

my. mind. has. blown. 

…“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

    6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. …
   13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

    20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
   24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

   25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

In that prayer, past, present, and future are melded together, and so are life, death, and resurrection,

– and so are Jesus, God, and the rest of us.

I’ve come close to grasping this before (I’ve even mouthed the words), but never so fully.

Others have “gotten” this before me.

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality. Mahatma Gandhi, Young India, 1929

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra, 1911

..for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream, 1963

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality. Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won’t be good leaders or team players. They’re not coming from the paradigm of interdependence necessary to succeed in marriage, family, or organizational reality. Stephen Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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So I see now that when the Beatles sang

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together
..Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.”

they really meant it!

We are literally – One.

God is in us and we are in God. And this is true for all that is… including cornflakes, t-shirts, blood, Tuesdays, faces, eggs, eggmen, walruses, sense, and nonsense.

At our most basic, literally essential selves, we, the world, everything – kosmos – are “star-stuff” (bless you you utterly theistic atheist Mr. Carl Sagan). We are simultaneously atman and brahman, we are a grand unified string field and ocean of cosmic intelligence. The One “in Whom we live, move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28) lives in us … is us. As Paul put it, “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Jesus prayed that we would all enjoy and know the same intimacy and union that he and God enjoyed.

We access it through love — and God is love — by loving, being loved, making love, and being love.

This is true religion (from the Latin religare meaning “to bind together”), this is pure yoga (from the Sanskrit meaning “to yolk/attain union”).

Let’s awaken into our true divine walrus selves.

May this be so. Amen. Blessed be.

Namaste (that which is most essential and divine in me greets & honors that which is most essential and divine in you) y’all.

Roger Wolsey

(walrus, i mean Jesus, i mean us, in cobra pose)

p.s. If this is true, and I think it is,  this has implications for how we live — including our relationships toward ourselves, others, God, animals, our buying habits, and the environment.

So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Jesus, Matthew 7:12

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers[sisters] of mine, you did unto me. Matthew 25:40

Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist minister and the author of Kissing Fish: christianty for people who don’t like christianity. He blogs for Elephant Journal, Patheos, and Huffington Post.

About Roger Wolsey

Roger Wolsey is a free-spirited GenX-er who thinks and feels a lot about God and Jesus. He’s a progressive Christian who identifies with people who consider themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.” He came of age during the “Minneapolis sound” era and enjoyed seeing The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Husker Du, The Wallets, Trip Shakespeare, Prince, and Soul Asylum in concert—leading to strong musical influences to his theology. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Roger is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and he currently serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministry at C.U. in Boulder, CO. He was married for ten years, divorced in 2005 and now co-parents a delightful 10-year old son. Roger loves live music, hosting house concerts, rock-climbing, yoga, centering prayer, trail-running with his dog Kingdom, dancing, camping, riding his motorcycle, blogging, and playing his trumpet in ska bands and music projects. He's recently written a book Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity

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17 Responses to “Holy Yogi Jesus was a Walrus. And so are you.”

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  2. Longcoolwoman says:

    Love it. I am not a Christian (don't claim any label other than Love, actually), but I grew up a Christian and in church and I never really read the bible until I read it with fresh eyes. After becoming aware that we are all one, we are all god, we can live within love…only then did I really start to understand what I was reading. Jesus wasn't claiming separation from god because he knew that everything was connected. Not because he thought was special enough to be the only one who is "one with god", taking on a superior role. No no…. we have SERIOUS misinterpretation of the bible going on, preachers leading countless numbers of people away from what Jesus intended to relay, telling their "flock" to look outside themselves for a leader and that's exactly the OPPOSITE thing we should be doing.
    Great piece! :D
    ♥Namaste _/|_

  3. cynthiabeard says:

    Excellent post! Could you clarify how your perspective might be the different (or similar) to what M. Scott Peck writes about in The Road Less Traveled?

  4. Roger Wolsey Roger Wolsey says:

    A comment from a reader, "I am Wallace" says … "PEOPLE!!! If there is one thing you take the time to read and watch (embedded YouTube video) Let it be this. Its a weird title but the content will do one of 3 things I PROMISE. It will reaffirm your belief or change it radically or plant a seed that will eventually set you on a quest . Jesus' teachings are so beautiful – We Are One… do you get it? WE ARE ONE."

  5. Greg Eckard says:

    Great title- I couldn't help but click on it! I love how the article blends so many spiritual perspectives and points at the universality of the human experience.

  6. Roger Wolsey BrotherRog says:

    Here's an article that someone sent me that seems truly related to what I was writing about (even though I didn't exactly have that in mind). "How Hinduism Saved my Christian Faith" http://www.mikemorrell.org/2012/02/nondual-week-d

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  8. Roger Wolsey rogerwolsey says:

    a fantastic painting that portrays "this": https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=376909815

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  10. char says:

    This is not a new or earth-shattering concept….it's a synergistic combo of Eastern, New Age and Christian theology. I'm going out and hug my tree….

    • char says:

      The writings and lectures of Mary Baker Eddy (Theosophy) and books and essays of Eric Butterworth (New Age) as well as the 'Illumanati' express this view as well as many of the New Age revivalists in the late 1800's and early 1900's of the New England school.

      • char says:

        The writings of eighteenth century Edmund Burke express similar views as well as the famous poem by John Donne…'No Man is an Island'….for whom the bells toll.

    • Roger Wolsey rogerwolsey says:

      As Ecclesiastes puts it, 'there is nothing new under the Sun." — all of which helps prove the validity of the point being made in the blog. Peace. Hope you and your tree had a nice one.

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  13. Roger Wolsey Roger Wolsey says:

    "The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth – the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars- the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years- they collapsed and then exploded- scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy- guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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