I don’t really say “Happy Easter” too much not being a Germanic Pagan, nor a practicing Christian. But I have always considered how Jesus the Christ fits into my own Vaisnav worldview. I have considered him an avatar of Vishnu. I have considered He might have been Kalki as he “did not bring peace, but the sword.” I also thought He may be Shiva.
It really doesn’t matter too much how I define Jesus. I know He came to show the world that we are all invincible spirit. That has always been very clear to me. I know that according to the Latin/Greek-inspired modern Bible, He left “The Holy Spirit” to us. Spirit comes from the Latin “Spiritus” which means “breath.” I, ergo, know that the Holy Spirit is attained in the breath of meditation. The very Avatar of Christ is present in our breath.
Indeed the name of Narayana, the infinite pervading form of Vishnu is sometimes translated as “Son of Man” a title oft referred to by Jesus.
Anyway, I don’t want to make this too much of what has already been written. I don’t want to parrot Paramhansa Yogananda any more than I already do. But in a way I cannot help it. Jesus is a Living Guru to hundreds of millions of people, and a former Christian, current Hindu, I have my own personal gurus, and my own Ishta-devata to devote my attention to. As such, two things may happen to folks like me.
1) We ignore the Christian Holidays when they come up while going all mad when Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali come around.
To many of us Hinduism is still fairly new, and given the scope of “information” to take in regarding Hinduism, it may always seem new. It is difficult wanting to express this newness in our lives without feeling the need to in some ways separate ourselves from that which we used to celebrate. It is just that, take Holi for example, it expresses some of the very same renewal, and victory themes that Easter does, but it is for everyone, it is not based on what you believe. Evil and darkness can be overcome from within. We all have that power. It is not based on what we believe or what Place of Worship we attend.
2) We see how they fit with our current worldview.
As a Vaisnav it is impossible for me not to acknowledge that Jesus was a manifestation of the very same one Truth we all call by different names. Of course some say Jesus as we now read of him did not exist. It is a matter of faith. It is also a matter of experience, as our Hinduism will tell us. Some have experienced Jesus. Fair enough, that is how it is supposed to be. I will not cast any doubt on that experience. In fact I respect it very much. A great joy occurs when I find a Christian who allows me the same.
Hinduism has allowed me to leave Christianity while respecting Christians, and revering Christ. And not from afar, as it may seem. As I said, Christ told me long ago that I am immortal. That has not changed.
Aum Yeshuaya Namah. Happy Easter.