and you will attain everlastingness in heaven."
"Prophetic Closure;" the key statements for the ending of lineages by world class true prophets to protect all future devotees, is a living prophets prerogative. Ending of succession is not a statement of exclusivism, it is a purely protective measure.
"Prophetic closure" does not mean that there will
be no one else to carry on the saviors work. It simply means that others should not attempt to imply that such a living prophet can no longer guide and bless the lives of sincerely attuned devotees to their ultimate evolutionary goal. It also means that others claiming to be said prophet or Gurus in that lineage may be false [or lower level teachers]. "You will know them by their fruits"
The goal of Self-realization = God Realization!
As an example; in the gospel of Mathew ch 16;
we read; "3When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter[Petros], and upon this rock[the rock of "son of the living God = ie "christ Consciousness"] I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 20Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ."
I feel this has been greatly misunderstood by many in the churches for a long time. The truly significant "Rock" that Jesus says will prevail against gates of hell is not Peter [small stone]
but the great all encompassing rock of "Christ Consciousness", the "son of the living God" which found expression through Jesus, Krishna, and others. That is the true "Rock" that will prevail forever. I find it interesting that just after the quote Jesus says that Satan is speaking through Peter!
The interpretation of that chapter in Matthew needs great deal of reassessment!
The term "living Prophet" does not necessarily
refer to a god-realized master in a physical body, even though some do have such bodies. In or out of corporeal form it means they have evolved beyond the limited consciousness of isolation in the sensory world and can therefore work with or without the body as we know it. They are the ones who have penetrated the core of reality and are one with reality -God. They therefore continue to work in all worlds from that omnipresent cosmic consciousness. It is beyond the psychic.
A " Living prophet" is not a person who is appointed or elected to a prominent position in some institution, although there have been rare instances of such leaders being realized souls.
There may be any number of other great teachers and /or new saviors over time. But no true living prophet of the past becomes invalid after the body's demise. Nor is he replaced by new genuine saviors in other cultures. Closure declarations should serve as a great caution to seekers not to be caught up with false spiritual teachers. '
" You will know them by their fruits."
Paramahansa Yogananda made it clear that no other Gurus would be needed to succeed Him in this Kriya tradition. To dwell on such an idea that you may be a succeeding guru in his lineage is a denial of the fact that Yogananda and other members uplineage are living prophets. The evidence does not support the claims of present and future wannabe gurus in this tradition who are seeking spiritual celeb exclusive status. Beware of them!
Note; this term "prophetic closure" ,
and associated concepts, are copyrighted terms and were coined/originated by the author of this web site in the year 2000. If you find what you read here unpalatable, just study these ideas for a while, while deprogramming yourself - then tell me what you think! It will all help you to understand why "only one way " is a dying myth. A couple of years research goes by quickly! Remember! The same people taught you that the earth is only about 6,000 years old.
Time proves many things........July 23, 2005
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Paramahansa Yogananda Says;
Note; For those who doubt the above statements, let me assure you the the history of the truth of the above is proven by many great testimonials from ordinary folks and even saints of this world. Also - if one takes a couple of years to examine the life and works of PY as published by SRF/YSS, they will see why this theme was spoken of by Him so many times.
The true Guru is a "living prophet," who at times takes on the role of Avatar, a great savior of mankind who takes on a vast global public role, and will continue to assist and bless all sincere devotees just the same after the death of the body. Attune to him only. Many want to be teachers, but they may never rank as True Gurus.
" Prophetic Closure" is not needed or usually practiced in your average little ashram as such places seldom involve a global divine dispensation which is intended to become a major world faith as in SRF. In those cases such succession is simply a normal tradition carried on through a single chief disciple. In the various great saints that sometimes come out of India's Holy ashrams, Each generation will only have one "Chief disciple " as the official gurus successor.
Viewing the vast differences between ancient
times and todays world of information streams
including many sacred books, it now becomes possible for sincere seekers to dissolve their culturally programmed myths of darker times established by controlling ambitious overeducated leaders. A true Spiritual Master is far more than your expert with degrees after ones name. Such a Guru has penetrated to the heart of Reality-God and is one with "that" absolute source of wisdom and love. He/she is that
"Kristos", that "Kutustha", that "Christ" spoken of in many or the worlds great scriptures over eons of time. There are many living prophets who can take one to salvation/moksha. But only if the believers in those traditions can see beyond "popular programmed dogmas".
Such egocentric ambitious persons do great harm to naive, trusting devotees and the faithful who are seldom in a
position to distinguish between the real and the unreal.
Because persons in authority are dealing with those desiring
the crutch of certainty who are the vulnerable ones, such leaders are in fact psychologically and spiritually abusing others.
Oh yes, there are some truly great teachers out there in various sacred paths who may be of great value to your life.
" Know them by their fruits,"
take your time and don't rush in!
The problem is not with new or other genuine prophets or spiritual masters, it is with so many who imagine they are in those categories, and those who seek fame and fortune at your expense. Such persons turn many against any kind of religion because of their misleading agendas. The world is swarming with such ambitious impostors who are not God-realized and not capable of showing you the way to any kind of enlightenment, salvation or imagined glory etc. For all their silvery tongues they do not know the way to Reality/God! Talk is cheap!
A partial history/outline of closure;
One example is a claim that Kriyananda JDW was denigrated by SRF, this is false! the truth is is that JDW has done all this damage to his reputation with his own admissions and writings both in his books and in the courts. He talked too much! Actually, SRF has been respectfully quiet about him.
throughout the history of some religions has led to untold hatred, violence, wars, and unspeakable evils in the name of religion. Some cultures and groups clearly used this exclusivity claim of imagined superiority to start all kinds of violence, including the violence of mass conversions to their own small ways. This problem arises specifically in many religions originating in the Middle East.
Then on top of this is the endless number of sects of these major groups also all claiming they are the uniquely true interpreters of some founders only truth.
When you hear of 10 runners claiming they all came in first place in the same race, it becomes clear that not one of them knows what they are talking about. Is this you?
You are all going to have to change your whole approach!
This direction is supported clearly by the worlds history and the wisdom of the Vedas and great Avatars.
hold out from the great Apostasy. Are the leaders of the great churches getting the message?
the Holy Land -India. Have you read what great Americans such as Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman all say about the Bhagavad Gita?
A new version that does not impose its own costly ignorance upon the rest of the religious world. It is time to stop swallowing camels and straining at gnats.
Those old slogans have not been working.
Those ideas that were designed for top down power structures have failed to produce moral and caring humans must go before this can be a better world.
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