- Paperback: 267 pages
- Publisher: Devi Press (July 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972931708
- ISBN-13: 978-0972931700
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mystic Christ Paperback – July 1, 2003
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The Mystic Christ<i/> is a masterful presentation of deep spiritual principals that are clearly explained in simple terms. The book demonstrates the common thread that runs through the life and teachings of Jesus and other great teachers such as Buddha, Krishna, Mohamed and the author's own teacher Amma. Love and compassion are the antidote for the delusional ego. The nature of the ego is thoroughly explored in this book and it is revealed as the compelling negative force in orthodox religion today. Love is the answer; love is the way. --Mindy Longhorn, Devi Press, August 3, 2003
About the Author
Walker was a practicing counter-culture hippie in 1967 at the age of 18 when he began to explore eastern philosophy and the European mystery schools. He spent two years in the Rosicrucian Order followed by four years under the tutelage of Mark Prophet, the founder of The Summit Lighthouse. He studied, lived and worked at that organization as a renunciate. After the death of Mr. Prophet, Walker had an intense spiritual experience while studying the teachings of Ramana Maharshi. This prompted him to dedicate himself to the philosophy of advaita or non-duality and the practice of atma vichara or meditation on the formless Self. This culminated in a deep understanding of the nature of the ego. A strong desire to be permanently rid of the ego followed. Shortly thereafter, Walker met his guru, Mata Amritanandamayi or Amma, the hugging saint, in 1988. <P>Amma advised that practicing non-duality alone is dry, like eating stones. She directed him to practice the devotional path. She explained that non-duality is the goal and devotion is the means. Walkers devotional practices began with the Divine Mother as the point of concentration. At this stage he saw her as a benign, loving and compassionate Mother Mary figure. This continued for several years until he began to focus on the Divine Mother in the form of the goddess Kali who wields the compassionate sword of liberation. As his devotional meditations continued, he developed a close relationship with and absorption in Mother Kali. After several years of this, he began to see the Divine Mother in everyone and everything. <P>Throughout this 35-year spiritual journey, Walker has also maintained a deep interest in Buddhism with particular fondness for the Zen master Suzuki Roshi and the Tibetan tradition. Walker is greatly influenced by the Indian saints Ramakrishna and Nisargadatta Maharaj. Later in his practice, he pursued the study of Jesus, his life and teachings, and experienced deep devotion to the Master. Inspired by the similarity between Jesus life and teachings and the path of the eastern masters, Walker spent five years researching and writing The Mystic Christ. <P>Walker is the author of two other books. Soft Moon Shining is a collection of 230 devotional poems and 60 illustrations that revolve around his relationship with the Divine Mother. Finding Gods Love is a how-to book exploring the theory and practice of the path of love and devotion. <P>Walker is also an accomplished musician, singer and composer.
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The one problem I have with Walker's book is its failure to point out that love, the practice he extols, is not a primary, that it is what one receives when one connects to the Divine. No human being can willfully love from moment to moment; therefore the core spiritual practice, even for a devotional yogi, is not love, but rather Holy Communion (which I refer to as Plugged-in Presence, or Presence + Oneness), which establishes the Divine connection and allows the yogi to receive and channel Love, God's Bliss-full Light-energy, the poured-down Holy Spirit. Walker, unfortunately, does not describe the true Eucharist, the ultimate Christian spiritual practice; hence I give his book four stars rather than five.
I would be bold to say that this book is primarily for Christians, or those raised in the Christian faith... because it is for followers of Jesus who appreciate his message of Love and are confused by the foreboding of hell. It is for those who accept his teachings on Forgiveness but cannot reconcile the warnings of damnation and judgment.
Mr. Walker eloquently examines the true message of Jesus — underneath all of the layers of corrupt institution and watered-down doctrine, there is a radically beautiful essence of Love and Unity.
This book helped me understand the true Jesus so many years ago, a rudder for my spiritual vessel that I am so grateful for.
My original copy was given to a close friend who went to college in another state. Apparently he passed it around to friends at that college and years later he shared that it had been passed around to and from several people, transforming many lives and helping them see our inherent divine beauty.
I and many others are so grateful for this work. I'll be passing it around for many years to come.
Walker uses key Bible passages to point out that Jesus' message of love and our oneness with God has always been part of his message and his purpose. Walker develops his points and makes his case carefully and lovingly. It's also worth adding that Mr. Walker does not confine his arguements to using Christian texts, but brings in other religious teachings to show the wonderful commonality of all faiths and to demonstrate that "All religions are paths to God".
Walker's research reveals how the knowledge of Mother God and reincarnation as once accepted concepts in early Christianity and other religions have all but been erased from Christian thinking. Again, Walker uses several theological sources to build his case.
The bottom line is if you ever felt separate from God because of current orthodox Christian church beliefs and dogma, Walker will awaken your soul and offer you an enlightening and uplifting premise...We and God are eternally connected and that you can experience and come to know that oneness and LOVE (Oh my, the Love!!) with the Divine NOW. God's love is there to surround us and embrace us, we just need to get over ourselves and open our hearts to God's limitless and unconditional Love. Awaken Children!
Bravo Mr. Walker. Your work was long overdue.
Jesus' message was so much deeper than today's common Christianity gives it credit for. So much deeper and so much simpler. Today's Christianity is really the result of a prolonged game of "telephone", where the original message has been passed down through the ages with constant abuse, mostly for the purpose of advancing political agendas (including those of the Catholic Church), but also because, like in Jesus' own time, the average person finds the deeper message difficult to grasp, preferring a religious experience that is easily orchestrated but, alas, shallower and even counterproductive in content and results.
Admittedly, some of this book is over my head, but the more one studies it, the more one understands. Walker may stretch the meanings behind the Gospels' words, but doing so is what religious study is all about: What can I do to expand my sense of God? How can I become more open to the truth? I don't have to agree with every premise that someone presents in order to learn something valuable. This book is worth the read.