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The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism


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Table of Contents


Preface to the Revised Edition


Chapter 1
1-9 Intelligence Beyond Time
10-13 All Who Receive the Word Are Begotten by God
14-18 Eternity in Love with Time
19-34 The Witness as the Midwife of the Spirit
35-51 Preparation for Withstanding Truth

Chapter 2
1-11 Transformation Water into Wine
12-25 Temple, Body, and Spirit

Chapter 3
1-21 New Birth
22-36 None but the Groom Has the Bride and the Fire

Chapter 4
1-3 Beware the Hollow Men
4-15 The Inner Spring of Living Water
16-18 The Need for Inner Unity
19-24 The Worshippers Whom the Father Seeks
25-42 The Secret Name of God
43-54 Belief in Signs and Wonders

Chapter 5
1-9 The Struggle Between the Self and the Ego
10-17 Action and Rest from Action
18-30 Only They Can Be Just Who Do Nothing by Themselves
31-47 The Esoteric Message of the Tradition

Chapter 6
1-13 The Bread from the Simple Heart
14-15 The Fear and Temptation of Becoming King
16-21 The Power of I AM
22-58 I AM as the Bread of Eternal Life
59-71 Levels of Struggle

Chapter 7
1-13 Conflict Between the Spirit and the World
14-32 My Teaching Is Not My Own
33-36 Where I AM, No One Can Come
37-52 Rivers of Living Water from the Belly

Chapter 8
1-11 Adultery: Mixing of Levels
12-20 The Highest Person as the Witness Within
21-30 Without Knowing I AM, We Die Missing the Mark
31-47 A Disciple Is One Who Lives the Teaching
48-59 Losing Our Minds Rightly

Chapter 9
1-7 Spiritual Blindness Is Natural
8-17 Sight as New Birth
18-34 Insight or More Sights?
35-41 The Sighted and the Sightless Chapter
10 1-21 Many Sheep and One Shepherd
22-42 The Father and You Are One

Chapter 11
1-16 They Whom Christ Loves Die to Themselves
17-44 Awake, O Sleeper, Arise from the Dead
45-57 Alien People Clutching Their Gods

Chapter 12
1-8 Giving Our All to the Master
9-19 The Kingdom of Christ Is Not of This World
20-36 Unless a Seed Dies, It Bears No Fruit
37-43 Levels of Seeing
44-50 The Yoga of the Cross

Chapter 13
1-17 Washing Off the Surface Self
18-32 The Trial of Judas
33-38 Only Those Who Know Can Love

Chapter 14
1-14 I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life
15-26 Those Who Love Can Come to Truth
27-31 Those Who Have Nothing Will Not Die

Chapter 15
1-6 Right Order Internal and External
7-13 Love from Above, Obedience from Below
14-17 Levels of Disciples
18-25 Leave the World in Order to Change It
26-27 The Eternal Witness from the Beginning

Chapter 16
1-6 The Scandal of the Cross
7-15 The Inner Guide
16-23 Death and New Birth
23-33 Participating in the Mind of Christ

Chapter 17
1-13 The Work of the Father
14-26 Consecration in Truth

Chapter 18
1-12 The Overwhelming Force of I AM
13-27 The Trial of Peter
28-40 The King of the Inner Kingdom

Chapter 19
1-22 The Crown of Thorns and the Inner Kingdom
23-42 Delivering the Spirit to the One Whom He Loved

Chapter 20
1-18 I Sleep, but My Heart Waketh
19-31 The Spirit of Truth as the Subtle Body of Christ

Chapter 21
1-14 A New Beginning
15-19 The Lamb of Christ Among the Wolves of the World
20-25 Let Not Him Who Seeks Cease Until He Finds



About the Author

Born and educated in India before moving to Canada, Ravi Ravindra holds master's degrees in technology, physics, and philosophy and a Ph.D. in physics. He was the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and is currently professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he served as professor and chair of comparative religion and adjunct professor of physics. His other books include Science and the Sacred, Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree, Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna, and Whispers from the Other Shore. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


"Catches the tone and spirit of St. John and this gospel's profound coherence with other traditions, particularly the Hindu tradition in India and of course the Bhagavad Gita." * Father Thomas Berry, co-author of The Universe Story *
"Looking at Christ through Hindu eyes, Ravindra's 'external' view of Christ is in ways more faithful to Christian history than much Western Christology now manages to be. This makes Christ the Yogi something of a landmark in interfaith dialogue." * Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions *
"The book's real value lies in bringing readers into contact with the Gospel itself, highlighting its yogic nature, connecting us to the mystery that leads to rebirth in the Spirit." * Yoga International *
"The main qualification for an interpreter of a religious text is the ability to discern true wisdom--something Ravindra certainly can do. . . . Christ the Yogi is one of the best studies on a book of the Bibles that I have read. It has opened aspects of John's Gospel that were previously closed to me." * Gnosis, 1998 *
"A loving pondering over one of the most beautiful and probably most esoteric of the Four Gospels of the Christian tradition." * The Theosophical Society *
"This nonsectarian evaluation of Jesus and the Gospel of John is another good example of the fruits of interfaith dialogue." * Frederic Brussat, Cultural Information Service *
"A dazzlingly brilliant spiritual and cross-cultural study of the most mystical of the books of the Bible, the Gospel of John. Few will finish this book unchanged, either intellectually or spiritually." * Robert Ellwood, author of The Cross and the Grail *
"Shows the benefits that cross-cultural perspectives can bring, helping readers to see with the heart as well as the head. . . . The best study of St. John's Gospel that I have found." * James George, Parabola *
"In this new revision, Mr. Ravinda is surely helping to establish an interfaith sensibility in which beauty and truth in all religions can be simultaneously appreciated and embraced." * The Beacon, May/June 2005 *
"Through the Gospel of John and references to the Bhagavad Gita, which are both cosmological and mystical, the author, in this book, brings about a cross-cultural spiritual presentation, which is brilliant and electrifying." * East and West Series, February 2013 *
"If you're looking for an in-depth, metaphysical analysis of the New Testament's Fourth Gospel, you won't do any better than Canadian Physics and Comparative Religion Professor Ravi Ravindra's The Gospel of John in the Light of Indian Mysticism." * Alan Glassman, New Dawn, June 2013 *

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