Both Christ and Guru refer to one and the same ultimate consciousness.
Jesus is the individual (a river) whereas Christ (ocean) is universal. Once a river merges into the ocean, the river is no longer there. The ultimate universal consciousness happened not only to Jesus but also to many great beings before Jesus as well as after Jesus. There is only one universal consciousness.
In my book, Building a Noble World, I have given the following analogy to help the reader grasp the ultimate consciousness:
“When a river merges into the vast ocean, it loses its identity as a river. Then, the river’s declaration “I am the ocean” becomes true. Similarly, when a prophet merges his sense of individuality with the all-pervasive Consciousness, his declaration “I am the only God” is entirely true. As far as the ultimate realization of every founder of a religion is concerned, it is the attainment of the same Absolute Reality.”
“The Christ of Christmas must be celebrated in the hearts’ love of all races for one another,” Paramahansa Yogananda proclaimed, “Prepare for Christ by decorating the spinal Christmas tree of your meditating consciousness with many new perceptions of the divine Christ, with ever-twinkling stars of wisdom and lotus blossoms of divine love. At the foot of this inner Christmas tree lay all your material desires, to be presented once and forever to the Christ Joy within you.”
Lord Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21). When one reaches one’s innermost core, one realizes what Lord Jesus means by the Kingdom of God.
Lord Jesus is both Jesus and Christ. One can really know Jesus only through a great being who has experienced Christ Consciousness.
To achieve Christ Consciousness, you need to go within. God’s kingdom is inside you, me, and everyone.
Guru with a capital ‘G’ refers to the cosmic energy present within all beings. Guru is the state of universal consciousness called turiya in Sanskrit. Just as the earth gravitates, so also the Guru gravitates.
Guru is within each of us. Guru Gita, a sacred hymn in the Skanda Purana, perfectly describes the inner Guru in the following verse:
Akathadi trirekhabje, sahsradala mandale /
Hansa parshva trikone cha, smaretanmadhyagam gurum // 58 //
“In the cerebrum (sahasrara), there exists a triangle. Right in the center of this triangle, Guru lives in the form of blue light. Remember this inner Guru.”
The following short story should help you grasp the difference between Christ Consciousness and Guru Consciousness:
One day four people, a Persian, an Arab, a Turk, and a Greek, went on a journey together. They had been given two rupees to spend. The Persian said, “I’ll buy angoor (same in Hindi) with this money, and we can all eat them.” The Arab said, “No, I want to buy eanab.” The Turk said, “No, I like üzüm.” The Greek said, “I don’t want to buy anything but Stafýlia.” Each of them kept repeating what he wanted, without understanding the other three.
Finally, they began to quarrel. At that point, a wise man approached them and asked why they were fighting. After listening to them, he said, “Don’t fight. I’ll bring what each of you want.”
He took the money, went to a shop, and bought grapes. Then he distributed them equally among the four.
The Persian said, “These are my angoorl” The Arab said, “Here are my eanab!” The Turk said, “These are my üzüm.” And the Greek said, “Here are my Stafýlia!”
The saint who related this story told his disciples that we all need such a wise man. Even today, people who lack the eye of knowledge fight because they have blind faith in one particular doctrine. However, there is only one Supreme Principle for all, one goal, one purpose, one love.
May your mind turn within to experience Christ (Guru) Consciousness!