The Johannine Gospel: Its Relevancy to the Past and Future


by Rev Mario Schoenmaker (an excerpt)

Recognising a Light Being
If someone has light, how do you recognise that person? How do you know that that person is a light being? You cannot recognise it with your senses. That person, to all intents and purposes, looks precisely the same as the next person. They don't act silly. They are definitely not artists (artists always think that they are near to Jesus Christ), they are not mathematicians (they think they have all the answers), and definitely not musicians! That person just looks normal. In fact you may find them in the kitchen doing the washing up. How do you know that that person is a light being?

In ancient writings, I think the Bhagavad Gita, it says, ‘Light calls unto light, and understands the perfume thereof’. That makes no sense to us at all, as most ancient writings make no sense to us today because we are in the darkness. We work with a consciousness that deals with material things and material things only. For us to deal with things of the light, for us to understand or perceive the light, means that we must have the light ourselves. As long as you do not have the light, you cannot recognise a being who is light. A being who is light is a being who may have progressed a bit more than us, who may have achieved, in terms of its own incarnation, a bit more than others.

The Gospel of St John sets forth one great principle: the principle of the spiritual I AMness that has to be born out of the physical I AMness. That is the principle. Now, what makes one a physical individual and what makes one a spiritual individual? The mark of a spiritual individual, as I have said before, is the very fact that they dwell in the light. Being in the light means freedom − not being hampered by a physical environment. So what would be the mark of a person who is spiritually enlightened, or who has a bit more light than us ordinary folk? I would say freedom. Wouldn't you agree?

The real purpose of your incarnation doesn’t come about till 28 to 35 years of age. That is when the real thing starts for you. Beforehand, up until 28 and beyond that, is a replay of previous incarnations, of what you have learned. So anyone who comes to me at 20 years of age and says they are working out their karma makes me laugh. All they are doing is replaying, relearning what they have learnt in past lives. This time it is sped up!

For instance, a high spiritual individual is born into an ordinary family. What would be the first thing that would happen to that individual in that family situation? All you have to do to reach a conclusion is to read the gospels, or the life of Buddha or Krishna, or the life stories of high individuals and see what they have in common. Buddha, for instance, was born prematurely. Medical scientists says that a baby must be fully grown. If it is not, they will do everything in their power to make it fully developed outside mother’s womb. But a baby born before it is fully grown is less associated with the world than a baby who is fully grown. So you could say that a baby prematurely born can have (I am not saying that it always does) a high soul enter its body.

The second distinguishing mark of a person with more light than we have is that it generally loses one or both parents in its teenage years. The reason is simple. If a child is born into an ordinary family home, brought up by mum and dad until they are old and grey and decrepit, then the child automatically, of necessity, takes on all the characteristics of mum and dad. In other words, there is no individuality, no individual freedom in that particular child. ...

If a family is shattered, no matter what the pain, it may indicate that the children from such a background have light in them. They may just be the very ones; mum and dad then become quite irrelevant. The children relive their incarnations in quick fashion, through their parents, so that by the time they reach 28 they have developed this tremendous individuality.

Now you understand why, in this latter part of the twentieth century, so many souls will come into the world, or already are in the world, that need parents whom they can discard as soon as possible. It sounds funny but that is how it is. By the time we come to the end of this century we will have men and women with light. Oh, they may not necessarily be religious. They may not want the church, The Centre, or anything of that kind; that is beside the point. The point is that they have light.

These are but a few of the characteristics that will distinguish a person with light. The most obvious one is that they are recognised by other beings of light. In other words, light calleth unto light. So a person who has the light in them perceives in the other being, normal and ordinary though they may be, the light.

It is interesting that a teacher can never teach unless the light of that teacher is just a tiny bit brighter. Otherwise teaching becomes irrelevant. And the teacher can only attract those beings who have light within themselves to recognise what is happening.

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