Jesus lebt in Hamburg

By April 19, 2017My Blog

I admit I never quite understood what was going on with this religious business! It’s super confusing! Everyone had a different story they were equally happy or convinced about, and even those on the same “team” or religion (sporting analogies always helped me understand things!) had completely different stories and acted in completely opposite ways! And often people would fight about whose story was better?!

What. The. Fuck?!

Love this quote from Osho:

“There is no heaven and there is
no hell. They are not geographical, they are part of your psychology. They
are psychological. To live the life of spontaneity, truth, love, beauty is
to live in heaven. To live the life of hypocrisy, lies, compromises,
to live according to others, is to live in hell. To live in freedom is
heaven, and to live in bondage is hell.”

I choose heaven! And the best thing is that you don’t have to be part of a religion to go there. All are welcome!

Something changes when we are able to see our oneness in others, and it’s amazing how something like religion just reinforces our otherness. When you experience your oneness with another person, you see yourself in them, and them in you and you treat them as you would like to be treated. The same thing applies to animals. When we are able to see and feel our oneness with them, it’s super hard to eat them or do any harm to them!!

Title inspiration

I went to my first acro yoga session this week in Hamburg at a studio called Centre of Gravity. As I was leaving on my bike I noticed this (its hard to miss!) a few doors down.

Jesus Lebt which means Jesus lives. St Pauli is the name of a famous area in Hamburg. How epic is this, Jesus lives in St Pauli? It’s like 5mins on my bike from where I am staying.

He wasn’t in when I was there but I will see if I can meet up with him as it would certainly help clear up a lot of confusion! I actually thought Jesus was from Rio de Janeiro as when I was there many locals told me he was a Carioca (a local resident of Rio is called a Carioca!) but perhaps he is in fact a Hamburger (der menschen aus Hamburg sind Hamburgers genannt) – It will be way cool to be living in the same city as him!

I will get to the bottom of this and let you know as maybe you can visit us both?! If he does lives in Hamburg, he is a wise man after all as Hamburg and it’s people are just too beautiful!

However I am more convinced than ever that what you put out to the world is what you see and receive. If you are not enjoying living where you are at currently, change your own attitude and what you receive will also change! The next time someone says to me that Hamburgers are cold and stuck up, I will tell them that perhaps it is not the Hamburgers that are stuck up!! I have received so much warmth and generosity here!

“Watch a sun rise at least once a day.” This is a great start! Thanks Jess for this lovely reminder and a photo from the start of your day in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

A beautiful future

“One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart.”
Thanks for these words to smile towards Carlos (Santana) and Sue for sharing them with me.


About Bodhi

In conventional speak, John McInroy is a South-African born social activist, humanitarian, social entrepreneur, ultra endurance athlete, international field hockey player, actor and vegan yogi. In more authentic terms, Bodhi is a human you may see walking the streets barefoot trying to find new ways to tread as lightly as possible.


  • You don’t have to go outside (dis)organized religion to find the same perspective. The traditional Christian teaching on heaven and hell is quite similar to what the Osho quote you shared. Consider this: “Paradise and hell are not two different places. Such an idea is an idolatrous concept. Rather they signify two different conditions [ways or states of being], which originate from the same uncreated source, and are perceived by man as two, differing experiences. More precisely, they are the same experience, except that they are perceived differently by man, depending on his internal state.”

    My favorite literary illustration of this is the stable scene in C.S. Lewis’s “The Last Battle,” in which all of the Narnians experienced the inside of the barn (it’s bigger on the inside) as paradise except for the dwarves who were intent on being miserable.

    • John says:

      Thank you so much JK for “seeing me” and providing your beautiful perspective! I really hope to be in your presence again one of these days! Sending love to Montgomery, TX!

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