THE PROMISED PARACLETE
Jesus, The Kingdom Of God
And General Resurrection
"The intention of the Spirit of truth is the restoration of an alienated, deceived humanity." - D. B. Stevick
"The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus. The world does not know or accept the Paraclete, much as it remained ignorant of Jesus' true identity and rejected him (5:43; 12:48)." Marthaler 2006, 276
"The Paraclete will come (15:26; 16:7, 8, 13) as Jesus has come into the world (5:43; 16:28; 18:37)... The Paraclete will take the things of Christ (the things that are mine, ek tou emou) and declare them (16:14-15). Bishop Fison describes the humility of the Spirit, 'The true Holy Spirit of God does not advertise Herself: She effaces Herself and advertises Jesus.' ...
It is by the outgoing activity of the Spirit that the divine life communicates itself in and to the creation. The Spirit is God-in-relations. The Paraclete is the divine self-expression which will be and abide with you, and be in you (14:16-17). The Spirit's work is described in terms of utterance: teach you, didakso (14:26), remind you, hypomimnesko (14:26), testify, martyro (15:26), prove wrong, elencho (16:8), guide into truth, hodego (16:13), speak, laleo (16:13, twice), declare, anangello (16:13, 14, 15). The johannine terms describe verbal actions which intend a response in others who will receive (lambano), see (theoreo), or know (ginosko) the Spirit. Such speech-terms link the Spirit with the divine Word. The Spirit's initiatives imply God's personal engagement with humanity. The Spirit comes to be with others; the teaching Spirit implies a community of learners; forgetful persons need a prompter to remind them; one testifies expecting heed to be paid; one speaks and declares in order to be heard. The articulate Spirit is the correlative of the listening, Spirit-informed community. The final Paraclete passage closes with a threefold repetition of the verb she will declare (anangello), 16:13-15. The Spirit will declare the things that are to come (v.13), and she will declare what is Christ's (vv. 14, 15). The things of Christ are a message that must be heralded...
The intention of the Spirit of truth is the restoration of an alienated, deceived humanity... The teaching role of the Paraclete tends to be remembered as a major emphasis of the Farewell Discourses, yet only 14:26 says She will teach you all things. (Teaching is, however, implied when 16:13-15 says that the Spirit will guide you into all truth, and will speak and declare.) Franz Mussner remarks that the word used in 14:26, didaskein, "means literally 'teach, instruct,' but in John it nearly always means to reveal."" (Stevick 2011, 292-7)
The Paraclete Shri Mataji Bearing Good News Of Jesus' Kingdom Of God, Last Judgment, And Resurrection In Age That Has Come
The Resurrection was expressly taught by Christ (John 5:28-29; 6:39-40; 11:25; Luke 14:14) and is the central eschatological doctrine of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was
Christian by birth, Hindu by
marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
She spent four decades of 3000
worldwide speaking events
delivering the Good News.
"The Paraclete represents direct,
intimate divine intervention,
supporting and teaching
believers and challenging the
world, as Jesus did." "The
Paraclete cannot be received by
the world (14:17), as Jesus
himself was rejected (5:43; 12:48;
15:18-20). The world which does
not know the Paraclete (14:17)
did not know Jesus (16:13)."
(Stevick 2011, 290-92)
"The teaching of the Paraclete, as
the continuation of Jesus'
teaching, must also be understood
as the fulfillment of the promise
of eschatological divine
instruction." (Witmer 2008, 208)
I have told them I had never said this on from a platform, and I told. They have been telling me 'Mother, you must say that once.' I said, 'In America I'll declare it.' So today I declare that I am the Holy Ghost. I am the Holy Spirit who has incarnated on this Earth for your Realization."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
New York, USA—30 September 1980
"Mention of the Spirit introduces one of the themes peculiar to the farewell discourse—the five sayings about the 'Paraclete' (an attempt to transliterate parakletos, variously rendered 'Counsellor', 'Helper', 'Advocate', 'Comforter': cf. notes at 14:16). All five passages (14:15-17, 25-26; 15:26-27; 16:7-11, 12-15) apply the term to the Holy Spirit." (Carson 1999, 480)
"You see, the Holy Ghost is the Mother. When they say about the Holy Ghost, She is the Mother... Now, the principle of Mother is in every, every scripture—has to be there. Now, the Mother's character is that She is the one who is the Womb, She is the one who is the Mother Earth, and She is the one who nourishes you. She nourishes us, you know that. And this feminine thing in every human being resides as this Kundalini."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Radio Interview 1 October 1983—Santa Cruz, USA
"The Kingdom of God that we were promised is at hand. This is not a phrase out of a sermon or a lecture, but it is the actualization of the experience of the highest Truth which is Absolute, now manifesting itself in ordinary people at this present moment."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"But today is the day I declare that I am the One who has to save the humanity. I declare I am the One who is Adishakti, who is the Mother of all the mothers, who is the Primordial Mother, the Shakti, the desire of God, who has incarnated on this Earth to give its meaning to itself; to this creation, to human beings and I am sure through My Love and patience and My powers I am going to achieve it. I was the One who was born again and again, but now in my complete form and complete powers I have come on this Earth not only for salvation of human beings, not only for their emancipation, but for granting them the Kingdom of Heaven, the Joy, the Bliss that your Father wants to bestow upon you."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
2 December 1979—London, UK
"The Spirit will also declare to the disciples 'what is coming' (ta erchomena, 16:13). The Spirit's proclamation should be understood in the light of the rest of the New Testament. As Holwerda writes, 'The task of the Spirit to teach all things, to lead into all the truth, and to declare the things to come is essentially one: the Spirit reveals the meaning of the Heilsgeschichte, the meaning of the saving events, past, present, and future. The Spirit reveals to the disciples the meaning of the work of the historical Jesus, the exalted Jesus, and the Jesus who is to come.'" (James Hamilton, 2006)
"Tell all the nations and tell all the people all over the Great Message that the Time of Resurrection is here now, at this time, and that you are capable of doing it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Cowley Manor Seminar, UK—31 July 1982
"This is the transformation that has worked, of which Christ has talked, Mohammed Sahib has talked, everybody has talked about this particular time when people will get transformed."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Chistmas Puja, Ganapatipule, India—25 December 1997
"The Resurrection of Christ has to now be collective resurrection. This is what is Mahayoga—has to be the collective resurrection."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Easter Puja, London, UK—11 April 1982
"Announce it to all the seekers of truth, to all the nations of the world, so that nobody misses the blessings of the Divine to achieve their meaning, their absolute, their spirit."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"The main thing that one has to understand is that the time has come for you to get all that is promised in the scriptures, not only in the Bible but all the scriptures of the world."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"And when Jesus foreannounced another Comforter, He must have intended a Person as distinct and helpful as He had been."
F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost
"The Paraclete has a twofold function: to communicate Christ to believers and, to put the world on trial"
Robert Kysar, John The Meverick Gospel
Bultmann calls the "coming of the Redeemer an 'eschatological event,' 'the turning-point of the ages."
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament
"The Paraclete equated with the Holy Spirit, is the only mediator of the word of the exalted Christ."
(M.E. Boring) Benny Thettayil, In Spirit and Truth
"The divine Paraclete, and no lessor agency, must show the world how wrong it was about him who was in the right."
Daniel B. Stevick , Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17
Stephen Smalley asserts that "the Spirit-Paraclete ... in John's Gospel is understood as personal, indeed, as a person."
Marianne Meye Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John
"The Messiah will come and the great age of salvation will dawn (for the pious)"
Eric Eve, The Jewish context of Jesus' Miracles
"The remembrance is to relive and re-enact the Christ event, to bring about new eschatological decision in time and space."
Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda, The Johannine Exegesis of God
"The Spirit acts in such an international situation as the revealer of 'judgment' on the powers that rule the world."
Michael Welker, God the Spirit
The Paraclete's" appearance means that sin, righteousness, and judgment will be revealed."
Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament
"While the Spirit-Paraclete is the true broker, the brokers they rely on are impostors."
T. G. Brown, Spirit in the writings of John
"The pneumatological activity ... of the Paraclete ... may most helpfully be considered in terms of the salvific working of the hidden Spirit."
Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit
"The pneuma is the peculiar power by which the word becomes the words of eternal life."
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John: Charting the Fourth Gospel
"The gift of peace, therefore, is intimately associated with the gift of the Spirit-Paraclete"
Francis J. Moloney, The Gospel of John
"This utopian hope, even when modestly expressed, links Jesus and the prophets to a much wider history of human longing."
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith
"Because of the presence of the Paraclete in the life of the believer, the blessings of the end-times—the eschaton—are already present"
Robert Kysar, John
"But She—the Spirit, the Paraclete...—will teach you everything."
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ
"Grammatical nonsense but evidence of the theological desire to defeminize the Divine."
Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything
"The teaching of the Paraclete, as the continuation of Jesus' teaching, must also be understood as the fulfillment of the promise of eschatological divine instruction"
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity
"Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John .i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man."
M. Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'n, and Science
"The functions of the Paraclete spelled out in verses 13-15... are all acts of open and bold speaking in the highest degree."
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel: The World It Imagines
"The reaction of the world to the Paraclete will be much the same as the world's reaction was to Jesus."
Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology
"They are going, by the Holy Spirit's power, to be part of the greatest miracle of all, bringing men to salvation."
Robert E. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary
"The Kingdom of God stands as a comprehensive term for all that the messianic salvation included... is something to be sought here and now (Mt. 6:33) and to be received as children receive a gift (Mk. 10:15 = Lk. 18:16-17)."
George Eldon Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament
"This makes it doubly clear that the reference of the verse is to two periods of time, not to two worlds."
"Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matthew 12:32).
"Mark 3:28-30 = Matt 12:31a, 32b; Matt 12:31b-32a = Luke 12:10
Jesus says that the one who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. To speak against the Holy Spirit is to reject the message of the Kingdom of God and its messenger." Professor Barry D. Smith (Ph.D), Crandall University
"When we trace this word [aion] in the new Testament, we discover that in the course of God's redemptive purpose, there are two ages which are frequently called 'This Age' and 'The Age to Come.' In Matthew 12:32 the A.V. reads: 'Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man , it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.' However, our Lord is not speaking of two worlds but of two ages. The entire sweep of man's existence is set forth in terms of this age and the age to come. The Greek word used is not kosmos but alon, age. It is unfortunate that our older English Bibles obscure this important fact; but it is correctly rendered in the R.S.V. Blasphemy against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; and the sweep of 'never' is two periods of time; This Age, and that which is to come.
In Ephesians 1:21, Paul describes the exaltation of Christ 'far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.' Here again the A.V.'s translation 'world' is inaccurate. Paul does not have in mind two worlds but two ages. His word is not kosmos but aion. There is no thought of two orders of society but of two periods of time.
A slight variant of this expression is found in Mark 10:29, 30. "Jesus said, 'Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brethren or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecution, and in the age to come eternal life.'" In the second half of the verse, we find again the word aion; and the translation 'in the world to come' does not accurately represent the idea. In the first half of the verse, the word 'time' (kairos) appears instead of aion or age. This makes it doubly clear that the reference of the verse is to two periods of time, not to two worlds. In this time, in This Age, we are to expect hostility to the Gospel. In The Age to Come, those who have followed Christ will be freed from all opposition and sufferings and will enjoy eternal life...
But a different state of affairs will prevail in The Age to Come, for those who enter that Age will do so by way of resurrection. Therefore, they will be like the angels in this one respect: they no longer will be subject to death but will, like the angels, be immortal, for they have become 'sons of the resurrection.'...
When we ask what Scripture teaches about the characters of these two ages, we find a sharp contrast. This Age is dominated by evil, wickedness, and rebellion against the will of God, while The Age to Come is the age of the Kingdom of God."
George Eldon Ladd, The Gospel of the Kingdom
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (March 13, 1990) p. 26-8
Sadguru and the Holy Spirit
"Sant Ramdaa (1608-81), a Maharashtrian mystic akin to the Varkari movement of Pandharpur, not only influenced Sivaji, the founder of the Maratha kingdom, but gave spiritual and moral vigour to the thousands of Marathas who helped Sivaji to establish Hindu self-rule (svarajya). Ramdas has considerable influence even today on the social and political life in Maharashtra. In this paper I shall examine the concept of the Sadguru (divine guru) in his compositions, and I would like to point out how this concept is close to that of the Holy Spirit that dwells in the heart of men. Therefore I will make some references to the spiritual growth of Ramdas, as well as to some Christian mystics.
Ramdas' teaching about the Gurus.
In the Das-bodh (in the fourth samas of the first dasak), Ramdas praises the Sadguru. According to Ramdas, the Sadguru pervades the universe;... The Sadguru is greater than the touchstone (paris), the wishing tree, or the wishing cow. Ramdas bestows such great praises on the Guru because the latter imparts real knowledge to the disciples and teaches him the way of right behaviour...
Therefore the one who desires salvation must have a Sadguru; without a Sadguru none has achieved salvation; this will not happen until the end of ages. (5. 1. 44)...
Functions of a sadguru
Ramdas narrates various functions of a sadguru (earthly guru). The sadguru unites the devotee with God; he frees him from the troubles and pains of samsara (life and the world); by giving knowledge he liberates the disciple from the bondage of wishes and offers him the knowledge of things and their nature; further he explains his teaching, and advises abstinence. Thus he destroys avidya, ignorance, in the disciple. At the end of his explanation about the guru, Ramdas reduces all these functions to one: the real guru proposes the knowledge of the self and of God. The one who has achieved atmajnana also achieves brahmajnana (i.e. 'knowledge of the Highest'). Through the achievement of atmajnana one realises God and achieves unity with him: 'Listen to the characteristics of jnana: jnana means atmajnana, to see oneself by self, yes, this is real knowledge. To realize the God of gods, to acknowledge the true nature, to ask about the eternal and passing: this is knowledge' (5. 6. 1-2).
The realisation of atmajnana by a person is simultaneously the realisation of brahman. It is an experience of the assertion aham brahmasmi. The devotee comes to the realisation that he is no different from the infinite brahman. However, this realisation comes at a moment when the devotee (jivatma) is still existing by itself. This is the ultimate existential experience of finiteness and infinitude, of the reality of both self and the infinite brahman...
The soul can achieve such knowledge because the Sadguru dwells in its heart, but not by study of the scriptures nor of any other book. This is possible only by recognising the self (5. 6. 19). Suddhajnana means realisation of the self by the self: it is a process of going into the self."
R. S. McGregor, Devotional Literature in South Asia: Current Research, 1985-1988, Cambridge University Press, 1992, pp. 153-54
All About Gurus by Dr. R. Prasad
I am quoting Dr. Ramananda Prasad of the American International Gita Society, Fremont, California, USA. He has written this article titled "ALL ABOUT GURUS". Please read it carefully and judge if Shri Mataji has fulfilled the most important requirements and rigorous time-tested signs of a SadGuru. It is imperative that She also be judged against the eschatological requirements of the Holy Scriptures (of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism) regarding His Spirit (Holy Spirit/Paraclete/Divine Mother) that brings peace, harmony, unity, and closure to the divided religions and their conflicted followers through the promised Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah/Kundalini awakening).
The Paraclete Shri Mataji Dr. Ramananda Prasad
American/International Gita Society
Fremont, California, USA
"The contact of great souls who have realized the truth is very helpful. Reading scriptures, giving charity, and doing Saadhanaa alone may not give God-realization. A God-realized soul can awaken and kindle another soul. But, no guru can give a secret formula for Self-realization without His grace. It is said that human birth, faith in God, and the help of a sadguru come only by His grace. The Vedas say: The one who knows the land, gives direction to the one who does not know, and asks for it (Rigved 9.70.09). One has to complete the journey with his or her own efforts. One has to row his or her boat through the turbulent waters of this world. People discover the truth by their own efforts. Krishnamurti said: 'The precepts of Truth are essentially an individual process.' Just as the complete spectrum of sunlight is not visible to human eye without a prism, similarly, we cannot see the light of Brahm without the grace of Guru, God, and Gita.
Personally, we feel that anybody who does not share the knowledge fully is not helping either his own spiritual progress, the progress of the society, or the followers. The Eastern gurus should learn the art of sharing from the West. The material progress of the world is mostly due to the sharing of scientific and technological knowledge of the West. Any body who meets the minimum requirements can learn anything in the universities in the USA. The fees are affordable and the requirements not very difficult to meet. This is not the case with the so called spiritual masters writers have come across. Most, if not all, Indian spiritual masters (that this writer has met in USA or in India) are very miserly. They are really not serving the people, or their disciples. I hope this article promotes the concept of true sharing of spiritual wealth by the possessors of the wealth for the upliftment of the humanity. Lord Krishna has condemned all those who do not help others with a selfless motive in the true spirit of selfless service, or Nishkaam Karm Yog.
The Vedas prohibit the sale of God in any form. It says: O mighty Lord of countless wealth, I will not sell thee for any price (Rigved 8.01.05). The role of a guru is that of a guide and a giver, and not of a taker. Before accepting a human guru, one must first have-or develop-full faith in the guru, and leave the human frailties of gurus out of consideration; take the pearls of wisdom and throw away the oyster shells. If this is not possible to do, it should be remembered that the word guru also means the light of Jnaan, the true metaphysical knowledge, that dispels ignorance and delusion, and the light comes-automatically-from Par-Brahm, the internal Param guru, when one's mind is purified by sincere Saadhanaa, Sevaa, and Surrender (Gita 4.38). One must follow the scripture with faith, especially in this age when it is very difficult to find a sadguru.
There are four categories of gurus: a false guru, guru, Sadguru, and Param guru. In this age too many false gurus are coming to teach (or give a mantra) for a price. These false gurus are the merchants of mantra. They take money from disciples to fulfill their personal material needs without giving the Taartamya-vidyaa, or Brahm-jnaan, the true knowledge of Brahm. Saint Tulasidaas said that a guru who takes money (or any form of Sevaa from the disciples and does not remove their ignorance of metaphysics goes to hell (Tulasi Raamaayan 7.98.04) ). Jesus also said: Watch out for false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but they are really like wild wolves on the inside (Matthew 7.15).
A guru is the one who should impart true knowledge and complete understanding of Sat and Asat. The most common meaning of the word guru is the subject matter expert, a teacher or the guide. Thus any human being who imparts you any knowledge, spiritual or material, becomes your guru for that knowledge....
Our own Atmaa inside all of us is the Param guru. Outside teachers only help us in the beginning of the spiritual journey. Our own mind, when purified by Nishkaama Karm, prayer, meditation, Jap, Kirtan (the congregational chanting of holy names), and scriptural study, becomes the best channel and guide for the flow of divine knowledge (See also Gita 4.38, and 13.22). The Divine Person within all of us is the Param guru, and one must learn how to tune in with Him. It is said that there is no greater guru than one's own mind. A pure mind becomes a spiritual guide and the inner divine guru leading to a Sadguru, and Realization. This is expressed by the common saying that the guru comes to a person when one is ready. The word guru also means vast, and is used to describe Brahm or Paramaatmaa, the Param guru and the internal guide.
The wise spiritual teacher disapproves the idea of blind personal service, or the guru cult, which is so common in India, and is being imported abroad. A Self-realized master says that God only is the only guru, and all are His disciples. A disciple should be like a bee seeking honey from flowers. If the bee does not get honey from one flower, it immediately goes to another flower and stays at that flower as long as it gets the nectar. Idolization and blind worship of a human guru become stumbling block in the spiritual progress of both the disciple and the guru and bring downfall of Hinduism....
The ignorance of true metaphysical knowledge (Ajnaan) is humanity's greatest predicament and root cause of all evils in the world today. There is only one God, and all creatures are His children, then it is childish to fight in the name of Father! In some religions, however, only the members of one's own sect are considered favorites of God, and others are considered infidels. The Vedas say: Let noble thoughts come to us from everywhere (Rigved 1.89.01). Different religious teachings are but different expressions of the Supreme. They are to be respected, not regarded as instruments of division. The dignity and welfare of humanity lie in the unity of races and religion. True knowledge of religion breaks down all barriers, including the barriers between faiths. Any religion, prophet, preacher, sant, mulla, or prachaarak that creates the walls of conflict and hatred among people in the name of God is not a religion, but selfish politics in disguise."
Dr. Ramananda Prasad
American/International Gita Society, Fremont, California, USA
"Another work of the Spirit is to convict. This work, however, must be seen in its context, where the world has not known the Father, nor Jesus. So the Spirit is to convict the world of its sin, righteousness and judgment. This presents a difficulty for Reese, who highlights Morris' description of this as the only passage in the New Testament where the Holy Spirit does work in an unbelieving world." 44
(44. Reese, K.D., The Role of the Paraclete in John 16:7-11, 1995, p. 40)
http://www.theologian.org.uk/ (Web March 13, 2014)
"Jesus solemnly assures the disciples that they will, in the future, perform even greater miracles than He. By this He means to say that through the power of the Holy Spirit [Paraclete that will be sent by Him], they will bring about the greatest miracle of all—the salvation of lost souls. He promises them that whatever they ask for, in connection with their ministry of bringing the miracle of salvation to lost men, will be granted them... In fact, the best is still ahead. They are going, by the Holy Spirit's power, to be part of the greatest miracle of all, bringing men to salvation." (Stallings, Picirilli 1985, 205)
"The Master informs us that we will potentially do even greater things than we have seen him do. The Holy Spirit will manifest uniquely in each individual soul that awakens in Christ and she will accomplish far more than already accomplished. There is still as yet the resurrection of the world to be accomplished and the Spirit of Truth in the apostolic succession labors to this end." (Malachi 2010, 60)
"Your job is, in a way, greater than the saints and sages. The saints and sages did not give Realization to anyone. They gave lectures, tried to make people understand. Your job is that you have to awaken the Kundalini in people, and make them Self-Realized, and resurrect the whole world. This is an extremely important and divine job, and for this Adi Shakti herself had to come."
The Divine Mother/Paraclete
"It is just for money and power are some people who are trying to mislead others, keeping them away from Resurrection. I must say they are committing the greatest sin against the Holy Ghost."
The Paraclete/Holy Spirit
"Now the Time has come to start talking, announcing, telling about it to everyone. Otherwise the world would say that we never knew about it... You must have that vision before you that I have put many a times before you people that you have to emancipate the humanity."
The Paraclete/Divine Mother
"But who talks about the Resurrection? Nobody talks about it today. They talk about the Doomsday because they can frighten people with that. They can take advantage of it and make money out of it. God, who has made this universe, feels love. Do you think He will destroy this great creation without giving us the fruit, without letting us know the fruit of His creation? He is the wisest of the wise, the greatest compassionate source of love. How could He allow this universe to be destroyed, especially this Earth, which is His special present? So do not believe in all these ideas of destruction and the last complete destruction. There are still a lot of plans. You are supposed to enjoy the blessings of the Divine for which He has created you."
The Paraclete/Holy Spirit
"Sahaja yoga is the proof of all the scriptures that are challenged. But I had to come to explain, to give realization and to tell you the 'know how'... It proves that all religions are living flowers on the tree of life and they describe the Truth. All Incarnations are true. All this can be proven at the time of Kundalini awakening. It creates a human awareness, which can have a dialogue with the Unconscious."
The Paraclete/Divine Mother
London, England—12 October, 1976
10 TRENDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY: THE NEW MILLENNIUM RELIGION
"A new major religion, on a scale to rival any of the great world religions from Islam to Christianity, is beginning to take shape even before the new millennium turns. Like those religions before it, the yet unnamed new millennium religion will configure the minds of individuals, form new institutions, and help direct the course of history. The signs of the new religion can be seen in society's quest for what is now being loosely called 'spirituality.'"
Trends Research Institute - Gerald Celente - Top Ten Trends
"Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment."
"He explained that the ecstatic trance could be of two kinds, one visionary, the other without form. The reason he refrained from describing his visions—except for what he had written here, and in The Riddle of Consciousness—was that they would seem too fantastic to believe. So the book that he had in mind to write just before he passed away might have turned out to be sensational.
Perhaps he felt that it was time for such a book. He had always maintained that his mission was to convince scientists to investigate Kundalini. Writing about his visionary experiences might have lessened his credibility. There would be plenty of fantastic discoveries in the mind and consciousness—and in physiology, also—once empirical research was seriously under way."
Gopi Krishna, Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man
Shambhala (February 4, 1997) back cover/p. 7
"Almost all the publications on Nostradamus' work which have appeared this century focus exclusively on the negative aspects of his predictions, making him, in the popular mind, a prophet solely of destruction and disaster, plague and nuclear war.
But are we inevitably doomed to a future world of natural and ecological disaster, plague and nuclear war? Is our future destiny, as foreseen by Nostradamus, immutable, or will we be given an opportunity to improve our chances of survival?
Throughout the prophet's visions of apocalypse the theme of a new religious consciousness occurs again and again. It will flourish, he says, before the end of the 20th century ...
In their present state the established religions show little signs of an ability to bring peace on earth. On the contrary, most of the wars of history have been fought over differences of faith and different definitions of the nature of 'truth.' By clearing predicting the flowering of a new religion, Nostradamus discounts all the familiar established faiths. What is the nature of this new religion? Is it already developing, or yet to be born?"
John Hogue, Nostradamus: The New Revelations
Element Books, Inc., 1994, p. 225.
The Kingdom of God within humans
every scripture - has to be there!"Shri Mataji
"Apocalypse ... is a narrative form of a
revelation given to humans from a non-human
source. It reveals a truth about the past,
present or future, but most common use is in
terms of the future... A parousia is the coming
or arrival of an important figure of history...
Because the Kingdom of God is so closely
linked to eschatology in the Bible, there is a
series of terms that are used to describe the
way in which the Kingdom could possibly fit
into the end times and parousia."
www.2pi.info/ (August 22, 2012)
Jesus said: "Whoever blasphemes against
the Father will be forgiven, and whoever
blasphemes against the Son will be forgiven,
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy
Spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or
in heaven." The Gospel of Thomas Logion 44
"Although one of the Johannine Paraclete
passages, 16:7-11, draws on the forensic
background of the term parakletos, the other
passages suggest broader, more personal
senses, referring to one who consoles another,
befriends another, guides or teaches another,
or to one who publicizes the truth of things.
Translators have tried many equivalents for the
Evangelist's term: Advocate (the choice of the
NRSV), Comforter, Convincer, Counselor,
Encourager, Friend, Helper, Teacher. Some
have simply transliterated: 'Paraclete.' John
Reumann judges that 'No one English word
catches all the nuances in the Paraclete
passages.'" (Stevick 2011, 285)
"According to the Gospel of Thomas, then, the
kingdom of God symbolizes a state of
transformed consciousness. One enters that
kingdom when one attains self-knowledge.
The Gospel of Thomas teaches that when one
comes to know oneself, at the deepest level,
one simultaneously comes to know God as
the source of one's being." (Pagels 1996, 71)
"'For my mother [...], but my true Mother gave
me Aeonic [Eternal] Life.' Filling in the lacuna,
it probably said something like, 'For my
[human] mother gave me birth in flesh, but my
true Mother gave me the Life [of the Aeon].'"
(Keizer 2010, 278)
"... in 14.26, Jesus equates the Paraclete with
the Holy Spirit and mentions for the first time
that the Paraclete will teach, reminding his
followers of all that he has said to them. The
Spirit answers the concern of the disciples."
(Stevick 2011, 288)
"But to communicate with the people, to
communicate with the Spirit, to understand the
Kundalini, the vibrations, and their different
decodings and all that the Holy Spirit had to
come, with Her mouth, and with Her voice,
and with Her intelligence."The Paraclete Shri
Mataji, Sydney, Australia—April 7, 1981
"How truthful are we about seeking?" July 79
The baptism of realizing the Mother/Paraclete
as the source of life eternal also begins here.
Shri Mataji, as the pledged Paraclete, has openly and repeatedly proclaimed the world over the Good News (Al Naba) of the Kingdom of the Spirit since the 1970s. (She passed away peacefully February 23, 2011 in Genoa, Italy at the age of 87.)
Only in this age of mass media and literacy is its universality possible, and comprehensible. The common eschatology of the deeply-divisive faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have been harmoniously declared, explained in detail, concluded, and set in motion by the Spirit-Paraclete.
As Her incarnation, Shri Mataji calls upon humanity to cross-examine evidence of the Holy Spirit's promise and pledge of evolution into life eternal. The Spirit-Paraclete reveals the apocalypse and eschatology that completes and brings closure to Jesus' unfinished teachings:
"Ehrman's is a historical-Jesus book ... He believes that apocalypticism is the true core of Jesus' message, and that comfortable middle-class complacency among scholars, clergy, and laypeople has forged a counterfeit, domesticated, 'ethical' Jesus to cover up their befuddlement about his misprediction of the apocalypse."- Michael Joseph Gross (Hardcover jacket of Ehrman's Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium)
"Jesus has far too mordant an understanding of ruthlessness and corruption ... that keeps the world sunk in degradation. Not only does Jesus know this, but he faces its necessity and lives it out in the extremity of his own life; he is fully aware that his knowledge of the laws of the birth of the Kingdom threatened all previous human accommodations to the way of the world; after his very first public sermon, the Gospel of Matthew tells us, occasional attempts on his life were made. Unlike many of the gurus and so-called teachers of our time, whose vague transcendental waffling further drugs an already comatose culture and leaves every aspect of the status quo intact, Jesus' vision of the new way was rooted not only in visionary ecstasy but in an utterly illusionless and ruthless analysis of power in all its aspects. This is what made him—and makes him—dangerous, perpetually scandalous, and what makes the Gospel of Thomas a fiery challenge, not only to less incendiary versions of his own message, but to all philosophers who do not propose a complex mystical revolution on every level.
... we see the agency of this transformation in the motherhood of God, the Divine Feminine. This is quite clear from the image of infants sucking at the breast, through which Jesus is trying to make us aware of how important is the embodied Godhead, the Mother aspect of God, and how important it is to the kind of transformation he wants. Only those who have awoken to the kingdom within and without as the embodied Godhead will be able to view life and Creation and all the workings of the universe with the kind of abandon and trust that will allow them to be fed directly by God, with all the powers of vision and action they need. Without a restoration to the Christian mysticism of Jesus' own full celebration of the Divine Feminine, the 'Kingdom-consciousness' cannot and will not be born."
Stevan L. Davies, The Gospel of Thomas
Shambhala Library, December 2004, p. xx-xxii
*Kingdom of God within
"Kingdom of God, also called Kingdom Of Heaven, in Christianity, the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God's will. The phrase occurs frequently in the New Testament, primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels. It is generally considered to be the central theme of Jesus' teaching, but widely differing views have been held about Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God and its relation to the developed view of the church.
Though the phrase itself rarely occurs in pre-Christian Jewish literature, the idea of God as king was fundamental to Judaism, and Jewish ideas on the subject undoubtedly underlie, and to some extent determine, the New Testament usage. Behind the Greek word for kingdom (basileia) lies the Aramaic term malkut, which Jesus may have used. Malkut refers primarily not to a geographical area or realm nor to the people inhabiting the realm but, rather, to the activity of the king himself, his exercise of sovereign power. The idea might better be conveyed in English by an expression such as kingship, rule, or sovereignty.
To most Jews of Jesus' time the world seemed so completely alienated from God that nothing would deal with the situation short of direct divine intervention on a cosmic scale. The details were variously conceived, but it was widely expected that God would send a supernatural, or supernaturally endowed, intermediary, whose functions would include a judgment to decide who was worthy to 'inherit the Kingdom,' an expression which emphasizes that the Kingdom was thought of as a divine gift, not a human achievement.
According to the first three Gospels, most of Jesus' miraculous actions are to be understood as prophetic symbols of the coming of the Kingdom, and his teaching was concerned with the right response to the crisis of its coming. The nationalistic tone of much of the Jewish expectation is absent from the teaching of Jesus.
Scholarly opinion is divided on the question as to whether Jesus taught that the Kingdom had actually arrived during his lifetime. Possibly, he recognized in his ministry the signs of its imminence, but he nevertheless looked to the future for its arrival "with power." He may well have regarded his own death as the providential condition of its full establishment. ... the Kingdom of God, however, would be fully realized only after the end of the world and the accompanying Last Judgment. The Johannine writings in the New Testament played a large part in the transition to this traditional Christian understanding of the Kingdom of God." (EncyclopÃ¦dia Britannica Inc., Web. June 5, 2012)
"At the same time, the knowledge Jesus communicates in the gnostic gospels and related texts is a knowledge both of what is outside and of what is inside...
In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus says that the kingdom is inside and outside (3:3), and the inner may be like the outer and the outer like the inner (22:4)...
Another Valentinian gospel, the Gospel of Philip, gives a meditation on the outer and the inner. Based on an utterance of Jesus very much like Gospel of Thomas 22:4, this meditation maintains it is actually more fitting to focus attention upon what is within, what is innermost. The world of the pleroma, the fullness of God, thought by many to be the divine realm above, truly is within. In the words of the Gospel of Philip, 'What is innermost is the fullness, and there is nothing further within' (68). If the fullness is within, so, in the Gospel of Thomas, is the kingdom within, or spread out upon the earth, unseen by people (3:3; 113:4), and so also, in the Gospel of Mary, is the child of humankind (or son of man) within. As Jesus says to the disciples in the Gospel of Mary, 'Follow that. Those who seek will find it'(8)." (Meyer 2009, xxiii-xxiv)
"But those who have got Realization (baptism/kundalini awakening) will enter into the Kingdom of God. You have to enter into the Kingdom of God here, as I say, in the Seventh Chakra."
The Paraclete Sri Mataji
The New Age Has Started, Houston, USA—October 6, 1981
"Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment." (Gopi Krishna 1997, back cover)
"The New Testament announces the fulfillment of the eschatological hope of the spirit proclaimed by the prophets. Two elements are emphasized: the coming of the one who is the permanent bearer of the spirit and the outpouring of the spirit on 'all flesh'; and both are linked." (Metzger, Coogan 1993, 203)
"'Paraclete' is the title that most clearly expresses the personal character of the Holy Spirit. Using that title, the author of the hymn takes us a decisive step forward in contemplating the Holy Spirit. If by the term 'Creator' he affirmed that the Spirit was by nature divine, now by the term 'Paraclete' he affirms that the Spirit is also a divine person. The other titles and symbols of the Spirit—water, fire, love, and the very names Spirit—might of themselves at the very most convince us that there is 'something divine' about the Holy Spirit. Paraclete, however, is in itself a personal title: it can be attributed only to a person because it implies both intellect and will." (Cantalamessa 2003, 69)
"As noted earlier, some of the classical literature of Kundalini describes her as the great goddess. In he Laksmi Tantra, and ancient Pancaratra text (the oldest surviving Visnuite sect in India) there is a dialogue between Laksmi (another name for the goddess Kundalini) and Sakra, a devotee. Sakra did divine penance ... The goddess then appeared and he asked to know the nature of truth. She told him she was Kundalini and all other goddesses as well, and advocated her worship as the Great-Mother Goddess." (Greenwell 2002, 19)
Shri Mataji 1983 TV Interview (Houston, USA: Live with questions)
"His search for God led us to meet Mataji."
"I got my first Realization on 12th August 1973. The credit for this Realization goes to my eldest brother, Maruti, who had a yearning for getting Realization for a number of years. His search for God led us to meet Mataji.
On a fine day of 12th August, we read an article written by one Marathi newspaper editor about Shri Mataji and Sahaja Yoga and that led us to approach him in his office. We went to see him and he explained how things had happened to him. He told us to visit Bharata Vidya Bhavan on that same day. We left his place and went to Bharata Vidya Bhavan about three o'clock and, to our surprise, nobody was there to tell us what Sahaja Yoga is. We came out of the hall and telephoned back to his office, asking, 'Where do we find Mataji?' He said, 'Oh, this is not the time. You must come after six or seven in the evening.'
On the very same day in the evening we again went to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, where Mataji was giving Realization to a very few people, ten or fifteen people. We both of us sat there and, this being a very early stage of Sahaja, Mataji was Herself working hard to give Realization and raising our kundalinis.
To my great surprise, when She touched my fontanelle, on my head, there was a flash and I saw—so-called at that time I was not knowing it was the Agnya Chakra—a Christ crucified. It was for five or six seconds, just a flash. I myself wondered why I—myself being a Hindu and a great hater of Christianity—should get a vision of a crucified Christ.
But I didn't speak anything at that time. I started enjoying it. I just closed my eyes and Mother said, 'You got Realization (baptism/ kundalini awakening) at the very first sitting.'"
Note: This is but one experience/vision of Jesus Christ of which hundreds have been experienced by many disciples of Shri Mataji, not the least being the verification by non-Christian children given on this website regarding their meeting Jesus and others in the Kingdom of God (Sahasrara Chakra) within, with the latter, moreover, providing irrefutable evidence of Shri Mataji's central claim that humans can "enter into the Kingdom of God here, as I say, in the Seventh Chakra." Since children have given evidence of entering therein (in their spirit form), the existence of the Kingdom of God within has been established, i.e., substantiated.
"Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' Jesus answered, 'Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?' Pilate replied, 'I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?' Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.' Pilate asked him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.'" (Francis, Atkins 2003, 233)
A Perfect Sage Reveals True Divinity ...
"ALL TALK of spirituality will go in vain until is taught as a science of experience. Theory followed by a practical truly confirms, affirms and solidifies the abstract truth that is sought to be instructed. Simply knowing that the supreme spirit dwells in all beings as atman is not sufficient. It is the vision in practical sense which would arouse unflinching faith. We, thus, need someone who can give the abstract metaphysical truth a visible reality. Only a perfect sage can do so. He is one who has himself known and seen the metaphysical form of God by unraveling the profoundest mystery.
The cosmic vision like the one experienced by Arjuna is not a myth or a legend. We know of other such cosmic visions akin to the vision of Arjuna. To quote a few of them from other lands- the vision of Saint Joan of Arc, Constantine's Vision, Vision of St Saul and St Hildegard and transfiguration of Jesus. The ground on which a physical science claims superiority over other streams of secular knowledge is that its theories are based on and verifiable through laboratory tests. A student of Chemistry cannot master his field of study without experimenting and verifying in lab the theoretical narration of chemical equation.
The spirituality contained in the Vedantic treatises is not merely the delight and ecstasy of academicians and philosophers. The domain of Vedanta is the metaphysical world of ultimate reality."
A PERFECT SAGE REVEALS TRUE DIVINITY
... Whereas A Hugging Counterfeit Bestows Holy Hell
"Amma, universally known as 'The Hugging Saint,' went through a two-decade transformation from a simple fisherman's daughter to an international wonder worshiped by millions. Gail 'Gayatri' Tredwell was there every step of the way—from early devotee to head female disciple, ever-present personal attendant, handmaiden, whipping post, and unwilling keeper of some devastating secrets. At age nineteen, when she was a happy-go-lucky, adventurous lass from Australia, Tredwell never imagined that she would soon be trading her free spirit and skimpy clothing for a life of submission in an ankle-length sari. Her eager decision to serve the young 'saint' began with innocence and a pure desire to please her new guru. In time, the relationship transformed into virtual enslavement in which Tredwell was on call 24/7 and worked herself nearly to death in the hope of finding God. Because she became fluent in the Malayalam language and had continual intimate proximity to Amma for twenty years, Tredwell is uniquely capable of portraying this famous woman. She tells her tale with straightforward honesty, fairness, and a dash of Aussie snap and wit. Although the guru's flaws are a necessary part of her story and awakening, she strives to be factual throughout, digging deep to eschew victim frameworks and take responsibility for her own role in accepting the abuse and perpetuating the lies. The book evokes the joys of early devotional life and vibrant images of rural India. Through Tredwell's eyes, we watch a modest and traditional ashram metastasize into a business-oriented, bustling, mega-international organization. We also see how such a dizzying rise created vast opportunity for abuse, deceit, and hypocrisy. Tredwell takes us vividly through her varying stages, starting with naÃ¯vetÃ© and innocent devotion, then on to dawning awareness and confusion, finally to emotional breakdown and her shocking 'enlightenment'—her realization that the liberation she urgently required was is in fact liberation from her own guru. In a gradual yet determined struggle, she managed to untangle herself from the web of myth and indoctrination. Only then was she able to muster her battered but not quite broken spirit and plot her escape. Gail's flight to freedom—her victorious recovery from a life of abuse and disillusionment—displays extraordinary strength and inspiring courage."
Gail Tredwell, Holy Hell: A Memoir of Faith, Devotion, and Pure Madness
Wattle Tree Press (October 22, 2013)
"The Hugging Saint
A guru named Amma has drawn 32 million people into her embrace - spreading a message of love, compassion and overpriced merchandise
The tours double as fundraisers. At San Ramon, I can take only a few steps in any direction before running into a donation box, and outside the temple a number of vendors are doing brisk business selling clothes, coffee and 'Amba Juice' smoothies. Inside, meanwhile, a large portion of the temple has been turned into a kind of bazaar specializing in all things Amma: T-shirts, hoodies, books, DVDs, magnets, key chains, essential oils, body washes, mantra counters. There is jewelry Amma has blessed ranging from silver bracelets costing $800 to a silver crown for $5,000. One of the most sought-after objects for sale is the Amma doll: a stuffed, handcrafted replica of Amma whose design seems inspired by the Cabbage Patch Kids. It comes in small, medium and large—$45, $90 and $180, respectively—and the idea is that it provides a kind of cosmic hotline to Amma when not in her presence."
Rolling Stone magazine
"Amma's disciples get their power from hugs, dolls, mantra obeisance, and the group euphoria of retreats, not from the core of their own being. They're conditioned to believe that their inner self is less than the glorious entity before them. They're told, in fact, that their unique, individual personhood is nothing but a self-serving 'ego'— flawed, proud and devious, something to be destroyed before they can be happy. Every time they bow down to Amma and 'the gods' who work through her, Amma's devotees shut the door more tightly on the divinity within themselves."
Blowing The Whistle: Amma The Mother Saint
Note: The theme of Jesus Christ's gospel message was the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. The Paraclete Shri Mataji had for decades ceaselessly declared in public its arrival, inviting all to enter therein from within themselves! Today this metaphysical realm has been experienced hundreds of times by children i.e., over the years they have on a daily basis repeatedly entered the Kingdom of God (Sahasrara) within themselves. As Jesus promised and subsequently demonstrated, finding it leads to the resurrection of the body and, after death, life eternal in the spiritual Kingdom of God. Jesus' eschatological promise of its future coming—a subject of endless speculation, confusion, contradiction, vagueness, ignorance, ridicule and even denial—is now fulfilled to the letter and brought to closure. This article sums that closure up:
"The Kingdom of God stands as a comprehensive term for all that the messianic salvation included... The Kingdom is like a treasure or a costly pearl whose possession outranks all other goods (Mt. 13:44-46). It is something to be sought here and now (Mt. 6:33) and to be received as children receive a gift (Mk. 10:15 = Lk. 18:16-17). In this saying the Kingdom is God's rule, but it includes the gift of his rule. The divine reign is not a fearful power before which people are compelled to bow, but a gift. Children exemplify the trustfulness and receptivity required of the 'sons of the Kingdom.' The Kingdom belongs to them, not because their humility is a virtue that merits it, but because they are responsive. 'The Kingdom belongs to such because they receive it as a gift.... [It] is the gift of the divine rule.' Matthew 19:14 echoes the same thought that the Kingdom of God is a present possession of the childlike. The promise that those who ask shall receive, and those who seek shall find (Mt. 7:7), is to be understood in this context. 'The thing to be sought is the Kingdom of God, which, being found, is the satisfaction of all needs (Lk. 12:31). The door to be knocked at is the door which gives entrance into the Kingdom of God.'" (Ladd 1996, 206)
"And (remember) her [Mary] who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son [Jesus] a sign for all peoples." The Holy Quran, Surah 21:91 Al-'nbya (The Prophets)
"Equally appealing for modern believers, the Jesus of the hidden gospels has many points of contact with the great spiritual traditions of Asia."
"Despite its dubious sources and controversial methods, the new Jesus scholarship of the 1980s and 1990s gained such a following because it told a lay audience what it wanted to hear. For some ideological perspectives, the new view of early Christianity has been almost too good to be true, in validating postmodern approaches. The hidden gospels have been used to provide scriptural warrant for sweeping new interpretations of Jesus, for interpreting theological statements in a purely symbolic and psychological sense, and for challenging dogmatic or legal rules on the basis of the believer's subjective moral sense. Generally, the hidden gospels offer wonderful news for liberals, feminists, and radicals within the churches, who challenge what they view as outdated institutions and prejudices. And this is by no means true of the churches alone: since Christianity is so fundamental a component of Western culture, any radical reinterpretation of the movement's core message is bound to reverberate through contemporary issues and debates. Though proponents of the radical view usually write as scholars, there is rarely much pretense of objectivity, in the sense that orthodoxy and the institutional church are regularly blamed as authoritarian, patriarchal, and narrow, while the heresies suppressed were egalitarian, creative and libertarian.
The rediscovered texts help shift the whole ground of debate within the churches, permitting liberals to argue from their own distinctive version of the primitive gospel. Feminist scholars in particular note the central role which women play in texts like the Gospel of Mary, which is believed to show that women were apostles, leaders and teachers in the earliest Jesus movement: if this is the case, how can modern churches refuse to grant priestly authority to women today? Apart from the obvious appeal for women, the new portrait of Gnosticism is profoundly attractive for modern seekers, that large constituency interested in spirituality without the trappings of organized religion or dogma. For such an audience, texts like Thomas are so enticing because of their individualistic quality, their portrait of a Jesus who is a wisdom teacher rather than a Redeemer or heavenly Savior. Modern readers are drawn by the work's presentation of the mystical quest as a return to primal innocence, an idea that recalls the psychological quest for the inner child. Regardless of the work's historical value, reading Thomas undoubtedly can provide the basis for meditation and spiritual insight, as well as justifying diverse forms of contemporary spirituality. As N. T. White remarks, the emphasis on the 'real' Jesus of the alternative gospels 'appears to legitimate precisely the sort of religion that a large swathe of America yearns for: a free-for-all, do-it-yourself spirituality with a strong agenda of social protest against the powers that be and an I'm-OK-you-are-OK attitude on all matters religious and ethical. You can have any sort of spirituality you like (Zen, walking labyrinth on church floors, Tai Chi) as long as it isn't orthodox Christianity.' Some have given this eclectic creed the suspect title of 'flexodoxy', flexible orthodoxy.
Equally appealing for modern believers, the Jesus of the hidden gospels has many points of contact with the great spiritual traditions of Asia. This concept makes it vastly easier to promote dialogue with other great world religions and diminishes any uniquely Christian claims to divine revelation. Pagels has written that 'one need only listen to the words of the Gospel of Thomas to hear how it resonates with the Buddhist tradition... These ancient gospels tend to point beyond faith toward a path of solitary searching to find understanding, or gnosis,' She asks, 'Does not such teaching—the identity of the divine and human, the concern with illusion and enlightenment, the founder who is not presented as Lord but as spiritual guide—sound more Eastern than Western?' She suggests that we might see an explicitly Indian influence in Thomas... The statements of this Jesus even have something of the quality of Zen kaon: stories like the woman with the jar of meal are obvious examples. Coincidently or not, the Jesus movement was initially known as the Way, which is the same self-descriptive term used by other great religions and philosophical systems, including Buddhism and Taoism. Jesus thus becomes far more congenial to modern sensibilities about both gender and multiculturalism."
Philip Jenkins, Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way
Oxford University Press (Feb 18 2003) pp. 16-18
"Finally, I have looked at what it is about the message of Jesus Christ that, if properly understood, still offers the beauty, the power, and the only hope of any future for mankind. So much of the fake has overtaken the depth and breadth of his teaching. He said that he came to give us water to drink that would quench our deepest thirsts. Yet the superficiality with which his message has been presented and manipulated by the media has obscured if not destroyed his message. One ought never to judge a philosophy by its abuse. Yet that is what the message of Jesus has suffered. The same manipulations attend the 'new' spiritual movements, but for a different purpose. Should our pursuit be to abuse the message, or should it be to discover what is actually being claimed by these belief systems and test these claims for authenticity? At their core, the worldviews behind these new spiritual movements are completely different from that of Jesus."
Ravi Zacharias, Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality FaithWords (2012) p. xv
"This worst of times needs the clearest and most unflinchingly exigent of visions to counteract and transform it"
"There may be very little time left to take the adventure into total being that the Gospel of Thomas advocates with such astringent brilliance and precision. In such a terrible age as ours, it is easy to believe that the dark powers, the powers of that corpse of the world that the Jesus of Thomas so fiercely denounces, have won already, and there is nothing even the most passionate of us can do to turn around a humanity addicted to violence and destruction.
Despair, however, is the last illusion. The Gospel of Thomas and the Jesus who gave it to us continue to challenge us to dare to become one with the Divine and start living the revolutionary life that streams from union and that can transform all things. This worst of times needs the clearest and most unflinchingly exigent of visions to counteract and transform it; in Jesus' words in the Gospel of Thomas and in his living out of their reality through and beyond death itself into the eternal empowering glory of the Resurrection, we have the permanent sign of the Way, the Truth, and the all-transforming life that, even now, can build here on earth the reality of God's Kingdom."
S. L. Davies, The Gospel of Thomas
Shambhala Library, Dec 2004, p. 26
A New Version, God 2.0
"Every age creates a God that serves only for a while (although that while can be centuries). Our age makes the most minimal demand on spirit: We want a deity that we can freely ignore.
How, then, should we re-create God? I'm speaking of God in the West. Other varieties of God are not ready for renewal. Fundamentalist Islam is a rearguard action that is desperately trying to preserve God 1.0, insisting on the most primitive version, a God who protects the faithful from annihilation; such a God cannot help but be a matter of life and death. Nor am I speaking of God in the East, which has a long tradition of seeing God as One. That's God 1.0 in the seventh stage, a presence that imbibes all of creation. Such a deity has no location except at the source of our consciousness, which can only be found after an inner journey. God as the ultimate self is the ultimate revelation. Countless people in Asia are brought up to believe in the higher self—in India it is called Atman—but they don't actually undertake the inner journey. As in the West, most people in the East live as if God were optional, a fixture of their cultural heritage that makes little or no difference in how their practical life turns out.
In order to have a future, God must fulfill the promise made in his name throughout history. Instead of being a projection, God 2.0 is the reverse. He is a reality from which existence springs. As you journey inward, everyday life become suffused with divine qualities like love, forgiveness, and compassion. These are experienced in yourself as a reality. God 2.0 does much more—he is the interface between you and infinite consciousness. As things are now, a God experience is rare, barely hinted at, because our focus is on the outer world and material goals. When you begin the process of finding God, the inner world reveals itself. God experience will start to become the norm, not in a spectacular way like a wished-for miracle but in the far deeper way of transformation."
The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times
Deepak Chopra, Harmony 2014, pp. 117-18
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "Christ is very much there, no doubt, but Christianity I don't know. It's like all other religions; it has diverted. There was a book recently which I read, Gnostic, which was—you might have also heard about it—when Saint Thomas on his way to India wrote this thing and put it in a jar in Egypt. It was found out about 48 years back. Gna in Sanskrit means 'to know'. And in that whatever he has written challenges all our Christian ideas. First is that we must suffer, that God wants us to suffer for Him, and all these ideas of Christianity—we should confess our sins and all that—is being challenged.
So about Christianity — I was myself born in the Christian religion. And I was quite surprised the way we are following Christ. Because if we had followed Him properly the first thing He has said is that, 'You have to be born again.' And when He said that, again we branded ourselves 'we are born again'. Just like so many people brand themselves as Brahmins or anything.
But you are not born again, because a born again person has powers, has powers of raising the Kundalini. So, like that, Christ has said that, 'You are to be born again', meaning you have to have your Kundalini awakened."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
TV Interview ORF (Vienna, Austria 1988)
"With respect to the world, the Paraclete serves as an accuser, putting the world on trial, pronouncing it guilty of sin and worthy of condemnation (16:8-11; cf. 14:17; 15:18-26). But the Paraclete's functions with respect to the disciples are described positively. Above all, the Paraclete assumes the role of teacher (16:13), guiding the disciples into all truth by reminding them of what Jesus had said, where reminding seems to have the force not only of recollecting, but of interpreting as well." (Green, McKnight, Marshall 1997, 382)
"The Spirit will declare the things that are to come (v.13), and she will declare what is Christ's (vv. 14, 15)"
"The Paraclete Communicating
By the Paraclete, God imparts God. It is by the outgoing activity of the Spirit that the divine life communicates itself in and to the creation. The Spirit is God-in-relations. The Paraclete is the divine self-expression which will be and abide with you, and be in you (14:16-17). The Sprit's work is described in terms of utterance: teach you, didasko (14:26), remind you, hypomimnesko (14:26), testify, martyro (15:26), prove wrong, elencho (16:8), guide into truth, hodego (16:13), speak, laleo (16:13, twice), declare, anangello (16:13, 14, 15). The johannine terms describe verbal actions which intend a response in others who will receive (lambano), see (theoreo), or know (ginosko) the Spirit. Such speech-terms link the Spirit with the divine Word. The Spirit's initiatives imply God's personal engagement with humanity. The Spirit comes to be with others, the teaching Spirit implies a community of learners; forgetful persons need a prompter to remind them; one testifies expecting heed to be paid; one speaks and declares in order to be heard. The articulate Spirit is the correlative of the listening, Spirit-informed community.
The final Paraclete passage closes with a threefold repetition of the verb she will declare (anangello), 16:13-15. The Spirit will declare the things that are to come (v.13), and she will declare what is Christ's (vv. 14, 15). The things of Christ are a message that must be heralded. The Spirit is a proclaimer, an evangelist to the church."
Daniel B. Stevick, Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (April 29, 2011), pp. 294-95
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "I was also born in a Christian family and I was shocked the way they interpreted Christ's life and the way they talked about it with great authority. Books and books were written. They give big, big sermons. I thought there's no truth in it what they are talking. Even my father felt the same way, because all these books came much after the authors of these books. Secondly, those who tried to write it were not authorized to do that. They were not spiritual people. They all wanted to have power; they wanted to have power in religion.
The power in religion is inside and that should be awakened. I must say, thanks to the Sufis of this country and other countries that people still think that there is something beyond all these words and talks and books."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Easter Puja, Istanbul, Turkey—April 23, 2000
"Eschatology is a part of theology, physics, philosophy, and futurology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history, the ultimate destiny of humanity — commonly referred to as the 'end of the world' or 'end time'. The Oxford English Dictionary defines eschatology as 'The department of theological science concerned with 'the four last things: death, judgement, heaven and hell'.' In the context of mysticism, the phrase refers metaphorically to the end of ordinary reality and reunion with the Divine. In many religions it is taught as an existing future event prophesied in sacred texts or folklore. More broadly, eschatology may encompass related concepts such as the Messiah or Messianic Age, the end time, and the end of days... Most modern eschatology and apocalypticism, both religious and secular, involves the violent disruption or destruction of the world, whereas Christian and Jewish eschatologies view the end times as the consummation or perfection of God's creation of the world. For example, according to ancient Hebrew belief, life takes a linear (and not cyclical) path; the world began with God and is constantly headed toward God's final goal for creation." Wikipedia (Web January 13, 2012)
"But to communicate with the people—to communicate with the Spirit, to understand the Kundalini, the vibrations, and their different decodings and all that—the Holy Spirit had to come; with Her mouth, and with Her voice, and with Her intelligence that is intelligible to you, with the knowledge, and everything.
Otherwise it is not possible to communicate and that's why if somebody has to come you have to just recognize. Recognition is the best way of understanding the powers that are given to you.
You have been given powers, no doubt. But these powers, even if somebody gets Realization (baptism), like Buddha got his realization he thought there is no God. He did not believe in God because he just got Realization (baptism) through a formless, formless thing you can say. And he just did not know. He did not talk of Kundalini. Then he did not talk of God actually, and he started talking only of the ascent.
So somebody has to be there to give you the complete picture. You get Realization, you get vibrations, but then what? What about the complete? And for that, the Holy Ghost has to take a form. All right?
May God bless you."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Talk after Shri Lalita Havan
Sydney, Australia—April 7, 1981
"The Paraclete's expressive teaching, declaring, witness-bearing, and judging actions exhibits the Paraclete's role as the Spirit of Truth... The intention of the Spirit of truth is the restoration of an alienated, deceived humanity...
In relation to the church, the Spirit is counselor, teacher, and guide; but in relation to the world, which is carried away in untruth, the Spirit goes on the offensive: She will prove the world wrong (16:8). Christians who hear the Spirit described as 'Advocate' tend to think of the divine Paraclete as one who stands with them, taking their part before God. They have an image of a court in which God is judge, and weak, erring persons are in need of a partisan, forceful representative if their case is to carry. But such an understanding of the Spirit's advocacy should not be read into this Paraclete passage. The Evangelist might think that such a construction of his terms represented, to say the best for it, a half-converted understanding. When he uses the legal aspect of his Paraclete terminology most fully (in 16:7-11), he depicts the Paraclete as a prosecutor, a power that is effective on the world, contending against it and in behalf of God. A verdict for God is sought from humanity. The urgent need, with respect to God and the world, as the Evangelists describes it, is not that humanity be represented before God, but that God's truth and judgment be set before a world that is largely closed against them. The Paraclete gives the case for God her potent advocacy." (Stevick 2011, 295-96)
"I am the Adi Shakti (Holy Spirit/Paraclete). I am the one who has come on this Earth for the first time in this form to do this tremendous task . The more you understand this the better it would be. You will change tremendously. I knew I'll have to say that openly one day and we have said it. But now it is you people who have to prove it that I am that!"
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Sydney, Australia—March 21, 1983
"As we have observed, one of Jesus' most startling roles with respect to the world was to show up the emptiness of its pretensions, to expose by his light the darkness of the world for what it is (3:19-21; 7:7; 15:22, 24). ... how will that convicting work be continued? It is continued by the Paraclete, who drives home this conviction in the world precisely because Jesus is no longer present to discharge this task. Undoubtedly this kind of conviction is driven home to the world primarily through Jesus' followers who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, live their lives in such growing conformity to Christ that the same impact on the world is observed as when Jesus himself lived out his life before the world." (Carson 1990, 538)
"I know all ... but I have not revealed it so far. It will be slowly revealed by me because people have not been prepared yet to become capable of absorbing it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Bombay, India—February 26, 1987
traditional fresco scenes in Osogovo
Monastery, Republic of Macedonia
"We are now in the Blossom Time, as I call it, because many flowers are born and they are to become the fruits. This is the Resurrection Time, which is described in all the scriptures. But it's not like this, the way they had described us. Something wrong with them that all the dead bodies who are in the graves will come out of the graves. I mean, how much is left out of them, God knows. Must be some bones or maybe some skulls there. So they'll come out of the graves and they will get their Resurrection!!!? This is a very wrong idea."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Philadelphia, USA—October 15, 1993
"Eschatology ... is not exactly your everyday word. If you had read every word of this newspaper every day for the last five years, you would have encountered it fewer than 20 times. Half those times were somehow referring to fundamentalist religious beliefs about the final battles between good and evil, the coming of Jesus (or other messianic figures), the Last Judgment and the eternal assignment of the saved and the damned to heaven or to hell... In the 1960s, his 'Theology of Hope,' subtitled 'On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology,' became one of the most widely translated and read theological works, stirring enthusiastic responses among Roman Catholics as well as Protestants, and among religious radicals in the developing world as well as dissident Marxists in Eastern Europe. At the core of this theology were the principles that human consciousness is not shaped only by the past and present but also by anticipation of the future, that biblical revelation is centered on God's promises, and that hope for the future does not rest on extrapolations of past or present trends but on something truly beyond them, namely those divine promises... The goal of a final judgment, in this interpretation, is not reward and punishment but victory over all that is godless, which he calls ' great Day of Reconciliation.' Professor Moltmann argues for the universal preservation and salvation not only of humans, as individuals and as members of groups, but also of all living creatures. It has been ' fatal mistake of Christian tradition in doctrine and spirituality,' he argues, to emphasize the 'end of the old age' rather than 'the new world of God,' the beginning of the 'life of the world to come.'" (Steinfils, New York Times 2007)
The Paraclete Shri Mataji"Of course there are some absurd things which grew with misinterpretation and interference from unholy people, which are common in these religions. For example, Jews, Christian and Muslims believe that when they die their bodies will come out of their graves and they will all be resurrected at the Time of Resurrection, at the Time of Last Judgment, at the Time of Qiyamah. It is illogical to think what will remain inside those graves after five hundred years. Nobody wants to think and understand that it is not the body but the soul that will come out of these bodies, be born again as human beings and be saved through Qiyamah and Resurrection."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
The Message of Christ, London, UK December—10, 1979
"The world needs to be convinced of the truth about itself — something it cannot come to on its own terms. Yet without that truth, the world is forever self-deceived. The showing of the world to itself is the mission of the Paraclete, when she comes. The Spirit comes (as in 15:26); she engages actively with the world. As Jesus had been sent and came, so the Spirit." (Stevick 2011, 252)
"Though you can understand that Mother's Love makes it very easy for you to get to your Realization (baptism) and that the whole story of Last Judgment—which looks such a horrifying experience—has been made very beautiful and very tender and delicate, and does not disturb you... All this, if it is told without Realisation, has no meaning. But people were given great ideas about it and also were promised that 'one day your resurrection will come.' It is the greatest happening for you. It is the greatest event of your life and one must consider it is very fortunate that you have been able to achieve it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Kundalini And Kalki Shakti
Bombay, India—September 28, 1979
"The writer's general thesis is clear: The world has gotten things wrong — things that it must get right if it is to understand itself and carry out its appointed work. But the self-enclosed world has no vantage from which to see itself; its efforts to gather the truth about itself from itself are futile. No observer, taking a point of view within the world, can be freed of that darkening which pervades both the object of inquiry and the inquirer. That is the condition of the world — to find itself a continual object for its own investigation, to have the self-reflective capacity for examining itself, but always to miss the truth about itself. Lacking self-understanding, the actions of the world easily become inhumane and unjust. When the world comes to a new understanding of itself, it will be through the revealing work of God's Spirit." (Stevick 2011, 252)
"What Christ did there are many people; I read the other day one book saying that He never resurrected himself. I must say they scientifically, they proved scientifically. Can you imagine? How can you prove scientifically I don't understand...
But this is the trouble that they try to prove everything scientifically. You cannot prove Christ's resurrection scientifically. That's why you cannot deny it either...
But it is such a long story started thousands of years back, and today it is just reaching its climax. The fruit is just going to be formed. It's just the Blossom Time has come for this story, and if the seekers co-operate I am sure it will work out. Have all the hopes. May God bless you."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
All Is Beautifully Made, Hampstead, U.K.—April 22, 1982
"According to John, when Jesus says (14, 16): 'nd I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete', what He is saying is that 'another' intercessor will be sent to man, as He Himself was at God's side on man's behalf during his earthly life. According to the rules of logic therefore, one is brought to see in John's Paraclete a human being like Jesus, possessing the faculties of hearing and speech formally applied in John's Greek text, Jesus therefore predicts that God will later send a human being to Earth to take up the role defined by John i.e. to be a prophet who hears God's words and repeats his message to man. This is the logical interpretation of John's texts arrived at if one attributes to the words their proper meaning." (Bucaille, Pannell 2001, 115)
"The five Paraclete sayings in chapters 14 through 16 deal with the Spirit of Truth; in an unparalleled treatise, John describes the Paraclete as the 'new Advocate' who takes the place of the ascended Christ. The primarily work of that Spirit, as we saw extensively, is to teach us the whole truth about Jesus. But in the fifth saying, Jesus tells his disciples, 'the Spirit of truth ... will guide you to all truth.' (John 16:13) This seems to include more than a deeper intellectual understanding of the truth; that is, it also involves teaching in a way of life in conformity with Jesus' teaching." (Kinn 2004, 102)
THE APOCALYPSE OF THE SPIRIT-PARACLETE
Fulfillment of the promise of divine eschatological instruction
(unlimited power), omnipresent (present everywhere)
Divine Mother of extreme beauty and ageless eternity.
"Therefore a person should ever strive for the
destruction of ignorance, for one's birth is fruitful when
ignorance is destroyed. One thereby attains the end of
human existence and the state of being liberated
while living."— The Divine Mother (Devi Gita 4.7-8)
"May all the gods attend to what I have to say. By
merely hearing these words of mine, one attains my
essential nature. I alone existed in the beginning;
there was nothing else at all, O Mountain King. My
true Self is known as pure consciousness, the highest
intelligence, the one Supreme Brahman/Thus through
hearing about, reflecting upon, and ascertaining the
Self by the Self, one should also, through intense
meditation, realize that I am in essence the Self...
By this meditation, O King, the noble person will
perceive me directly and then merge into my own
essence since we two are one. By practicing this yoga,
one realizes me as the supreme Self. In that instant,
ignorance and its effects all perish."
— The Divine Mother (Devi Gita 2.12;/4.40;49-50)
"The Devi insists that liberating knowledge can be
attained here in this world, while still living. Seeking
such knowledge alone makes life worthwhile, and
the attainment of knowledge completely fulfils the
ultimate purpose of existence." (Brown 2002, 25)
"Now the name Nirmala itself means immaculate;
means the one who is the cleansing power and the
name of the Goddess also. My actual sign name is
Lalita who is the name of the Primordial Mother.
That is the name of the Primordial Mother."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
New York, USA—September 30, 1981
"In this first saying about the Paraclete Jesus
establishes only the foundation for the whole work
of the Paraclete: that the Spirit will dwell with them
and in them as their own personal guest; the Spirit
will be in them permanently as the new presence
of Jesus." (Kinn 2004, 128)
"The first essential characteristic of Gnosticism was
introduced above: Gnosticism asserts that 'direct,
personal and absolute knowledge of the authentic
truths of existence is accessible to human beings,'
and that the attainment of such knowledge is the
supreme achievement of human life. Gnosis,
remember, is not a rational, propositional, logical
understanding, but a knowing acquired by
experience." (Robinson 1990, 10)
Except for quotes and images of Her incarnation
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, this site is almost entirely
about Devi, the Divine Feminine. The Devi's yoga
(to unite) requires absolutely discarding all external
rules, rituals and rulers. Only then can meditation and
merging with the Divine Mother within truly begin.
Hence the term"Self-realization", and the means of
realizing Her as our divine core or Self begins here.
(Please note that these quotes represent a miniscule
portion of about 3000 public speeches and private
conversations with disciples over nearly four decades.)
It also deals with the advent of the Spirit-Paraclete's incarnation, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, and Her Divine Message to humanity. This message is the very foundation of each and every religion, holy scripture and messenger. It embraces all and excludes none, a collective and harmonious triumph unlike anything learnt or experienced in organized religion. It is an eschatological message of divine intervention and fulfillment of the promised Resurrection to evolve from the temporary physical body into the eternal spirit
The Divine Mother reveals detailed evidence of this mystical dimension and spiritual sanctuary within human beings never properly understood or explained by organized religions—the Kingdom of Spirit (Christianity), Sahasrara Chakra (Hinduism), Dsam Dwar (Sikhism), 1000 Petal Lotus (Buddhism), "Crystal Palace" (Taoism), Kether (Judaism) or Regions in their Souls (Islam). That it is possible to pursue this inner world beyond everyday physical reality is now backed by incontrovertible evidence.
The Paraclete explains how knowledge of this mystical Kingdom of Spirit will eventually awaken, transform and bring about peace and harmony during this Age of the Resurrection and Last Judgment. This unprecedented knowledge and remembrance of Jesus' mystical teachings, to be delivered by the Paraclete, is the final breakthrough in human evolution.
"But, if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised from the dead Christ Jesus shall quicken your mortal bodies also through His Spirit who dwells in you." The divine agent, then, is the Holy Spirit, in unity with the human spirit" ; "The Messiah will come and the great age of salvation will dawn (for the pious)"; "He (Jesus) is the Sign of the Hour (of Resurrection)"- Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:61 .
 F. J. Lambretch, Resurrection in the New Testament, page 297;
 Eric Eve, The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles, p. 195;
 Al-Qur'n, Surah 43. Az-Zukhruf (The Gold Adornment)
In this Golden Age of the Last Judgment and Resurrection humans will break free of centuries-old false religious dogmas, destructive indoctrinations, and absurd ideas about the Divine. The Last Judgment and Resurrection is not the sudden apocalyptic end of the world feared by the divisive religious institutions.
On the contrary, humanity awakens to a new dawn of genuine spiritual evolution (Resurrection/birth by the Spirit) and enlightenment (Jesus, the Last Judgment and the Kingdom of Spirit) ushered by the promised Paraclete over a span of about four decades. This epic task comprising of thousands of talks, lectures and programs commencing in the 1970s has one central theme - the glorification, defense, completion and conclusion of the teachings of Jesus Christ that commences the Last Judgment and Resurrection!
Gnosis (from one of the Greek words for knowledge) is the spiritual knowledge of a saint or mystically enlightened human being. Within the cultures of the term's provenance (Byzantine and Hellenic) Gnosis was a knowledge or insight into the infinite, divine and uncreated in all and above all, rather than knowledge strictly into the finite, natural or material world. Gnosis is a transcendental as well as mature understanding. It indicates direct spiritual experiential knowledge and intuitive knowledge, mystic rather than that from rational or reasoned thinking. Gnosis itself is obtained through understanding at which one can arrive via inner experience or contemplation such as an internal epiphany of intuition and external epiphany such as the Theophany.
An epiphany (from the ancient Greek epiphaneia, "manifestation, striking appearance") is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something. The term is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify that the claimant has"found the last piece of the puzzle and now sees the whole picture,"or has new information or experience, often insignificant by itself, that illuminates a deeper or numinous foundational frame of reference. (wikipedia.org 15 December 2010)
Happy ending will be collectively "realized by the coming of the Messiah"
Huston Smith Can Religion Save Us?
Tradition, Transcendence, and Ultimate Reality
An interview with Huston Smith
by Jessica Roemischer
WIE: So, will the "happy ending" or final salvation that the traditions prophesy actually manifest? And, if so, do you believe that will eventuate—as the traditions predict, through divine intervention—in the"second coming"?
HS: For my part, I do say unequivocally that one of the strengths of the great religions is that they promise a happy ending that burgeons after horrendous problems are faced and overcome. But here's the decisive thing that our culture is not ready to hear: they want to see the second coming as changing human history, the course of human history on this planet, which we may annihilate like a supernova. Now, there are phrases in the Bible that point toward it manifesting here—"Thy kingdom come on earth."Or, as in the basic Hindu view, the material world and its history are like an accordion that comes out and it goes back through the four yugas (ages), ending with the Kali Yuga, the worst one, which goes to the dogs completely. But then a new cycle begins. Whatever the metaphors and the analogies, it's our obligation to try to see it happen; we should do our very best to see that it happens on our planet. And, in fact, none of the traditions claim that that happy ending is realizable on our planet; they say that individuals will experience that happy ending in the afterlife, and collectively it will be realized by the coming of the Messiah when time as we know it closes down (the wording differs from religion to religion).
Huston Smith, arguably today's foremost authority on the world's great religions, has, for over half a century, dedicated himself to transmitting the wisdom of the traditions through books, television, and film and in the classroom. His best-known volume, The World's Religions, has been the standard introductory textbook in college religion courses for thirty years and has sold several million copies. Dr. Smith has produced three PBS television series and was the focus of Bill Moyers' five-part PBS special, "The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith." His documentaries on Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism have received international acclaim. Having devoted a lifetime to the study of the august traditions of the world, Huston Smith was our preeminent choice to answer the question: Are the religions equipped to navigate the myriad challenges of the third millennium?
Initially, Huston Smith responded to our interview request with a letter saying, "I am hesitant to take part in your projected article for fear of sounding like a spoilsport. I gather that you want to come down hard on the perils that threaten our planet while giving your readers grounds for hope. My personal judgment is that my perspective differs so markedly from the mind-set of your readers that you would do better to bypass me on this one ... "We were hooked. What would the dean of comparative religious scholarship have to say in response to perhaps the most important spiritual question of our time, and why did he feel that our readers would not want to hear it? Could there indeed be no cause for hope?
In his innovative and incisive critique of postmodernity, Why Religion Matters, Smith writes, "The sandwich man between placards announcing that the end is near is telling us something important... . He is not just protesting our reigning culture. However falteringly, he is gesturing toward a heavenly city that offers an alternative to this earthly one, which is always deeply flawed." Indeed, that man could be Huston Smith himself. And, visiting with this wise and generous octogenarian in his modest Berkeley home, for the interview that he did eventually agree to, we found why he believes that, in the face of apocalyptic times, the traditions may help us hope for a good outcome, but they may not be equipped to actually help us manifest it—at least not here on Earth!
EnlightenmentNext Magazine Issue 23 / Spring—Summer 2003
i. Regathering of Jews back to Israel "will occur right before the return of the Messiah"
ii. "Quran explicitly refers to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel before the Last Judgment"
iii. "Until Moshiach comes, Judaism is simply a 'religion,' seemingly relegated to its houses of worship"
iv. "The coming Messiah would inaugurate the age of salvation with the pouring out of the Spirit on all flesh"
v."He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour [of Resurrection]. Have no doubt about it."Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61
"It is she, not a wife or a saint, who assumes the public role of teacher and is capable of teaching all of humankind".
"In the medieval period, there is an ultimate feminine guru represented in a classical text: the Goddess. It is she, not a wife or a saint, who assumes the public role of teacher and is capable of teaching all of humankind, which is the perspective advanced in the Devi Gita... the culmination of earlier stories of the Goddess found in the puranic mythological stories and in early tantric texts, precisely because the Devi Gita raises the Goddess to the level of Supreme Ruler. In the Devi Gita, supreme cosmic power is unambiguously female: she is a beautiful goddess, her power is the feminine shakti, and she is not linked to a male god, being most frequently referred as Mother. In the text, she first appears as a blazing light, symbolizing brahman, then transforms into a womanly figure, who is the Supreme Ruler Bhuvaneshvari)...
What is unambiguous in the text is that all of humankind is essentially female. The Devi Gita asserts this axiom in two ways. On one level, the Goddess is brahman; thus, humankind's true inner essence, the divine self, is the Goddess. On another level, the Devi Gita explicitly connects the Goddess to the concept of kundalini from yoga theory. The theory of kundalini yoga is known from other texts, on which the Devi Gita draws in presenting the Goddess's teaching on the subject. Basic concepts in this theory of yoga include the understanding that humankind possesses a "subtle body" alongside the material body. This subtle body is homologized to cosmic entities and their corresponding cosmic energies. The power center is the kundalini, imagined to be coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine. Uncoiling this shakti energy through disciplined activities, including controlled breathing, correct posture, and meditation, is the goal, for it is only through the release of the kundalini that humankind can reach its full potential in sharing the fundamental essence of the universe. With its emphasis on the Goddess as the Supreme Ruler, the Devi Gita can make a further connection not possible in other texts: The kundalini is the essence of the Goddess. The Goddess is the source, and the force, of life; everyone has the feminine within, and must embrace it, then release it, in order to achieve liberation."
Karen Pechilis, The Graceful Guru
Oxford University Press, (August 5, 2004) pp. 23-25
"In some sense, the Goddess IS our world in a way that God is not' (1996, 6). The association of the Goddess with sakti, too, is so strong that traditions of devotion to the Goddess in any of her forms are called Saktism, devotion to Sakti, and devotees of the Goddess are known as Saktas. The epithet 'Ma,' 'mother,' is commonly used for goddesses all over India. The understanding of Mahadevi as Divine Mother, an understanding that is obviously related to her femaleness, is underscored in several chapters of this book."
Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess
Tracy Pintchman, State University of NY Press (Jun 1 2001) p. 6
"One of the reasons for the appeal of South Asian goddesses is their perceived accessibility, which results from their interest in the affairs of devotees. According to Madhu Khanna, one of my Indian collaborators, 'The Goddess is popular in India because she gives both bhoga and moksha. That is a very special thing about Goddess worship, that she's interested in worldly welfare as well as enlightenment'."
Dobia, Approaching the Hindu Goddess of Desire
Feminist Theology: The Journal of the Britain & Ireland School; Sep2007, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p 61
"They will be privileged to know the Paraclete, as they have known Jesus (14:7, 9, 17). The Spirit will be within the disciples and will remain with them."
"I am with you. I am with you at
every step, at very place. You may
go anywhere. At every place I am
with you, completely, in person, by
mind and in every aspect. Whenever
you will remember Me, I will be by
your side with all My powers. It is My
"Jesus promises here that this
Advocate will be 'with you always ...
will remain with you and will be in
you'" (Kinn 2004, 127) Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Dear disciples of Shri Mataji,
Namaste - i bow to the Spirit-Paraclete who resides in you!
Thanks Isabelle. i just love the photo and Her promise. It will now remain permanently here, and i will explain why in the next paragraph.
Since 1994* i know what that promise truly meant. i have been defending and holding on to that truth for the last 17 years. Now, with Her Mahasamadhi, it is a source of great comfort, strength and resolve. i wish all Her disciples grasp the truth and reality of "Tat Twam Asi", the deeper meaning of that quote! Lord Jesus is telling you the same when He says the Spirit-Paraclete will remain with you forever.
For those who have followed Shri Mataji the world over for the last four decades to listen to Her Good News of the Kingdom of God, and for those who also intimately experienced the Spirit-Paraclete within themselves in vivid visions and dreams, this quote is most comforting:
"The Spirit will be ... the helper, comforter, counselor, and companion that Jesus has been. Indeed, nearly everything said about the Paraclete has been said elsewhere in the Gospel about Jesus. Only one difference emerges: the word 'forever.' Unlike Jesus, the Paraclete/Spirit will not go away but will remain with the disciples forever. Jesus, the Word made flesh, lived on this earth in one time and place. The Paraclete dwells within every believer for all times and in all places, and is thus a more intimate and enduring presence." (Frances 2009, 103)
The Paraclete Shri Mataji continues to remain with us, but in a more intimate and enduring presence within. She has given irrefutable evidence of that internal presence too, so that future believers will have the faith and comfort of salvation. She now dwells within, for all times, thereby fulfilling everything promised by Jesus!
Please meditate on this reality as deeply as you can, daily if possible. That would be just before going to sleep, which i find to be the best time to lose 'consciousness' (fall asleep) .......... and awaken again in consciousness (at dawn).
i also wish to thank all for contributing and sharing their thoughts. i wish all of you a beautiful journey into eternity. May Her photo and promise always give you the comfort of THE MOTHER within.
(Editor/owner of site and father of Kash, Arwinder and Lalita whose souls over the years daily meditated, met, and inquired from "His Spirit who dwells in you" i.e. the Holy Spirit/Divine Mother who dwells in the Kingdom of God/Sahasrara within all humans.
"So these realised souls are all over and they are helping. They never enter into anybody, they never trouble you, they guide you to the proper lines, they bring their angels and they help you to come to the right path, to the right conclusions. And they never try to possess you, they never try to hypnotise you, or take you to the wrong side of life. So when you are realised also, you must know that you have to know completely what is the Reality." The Paraclete Shri Mataji (February 3, 1983—New Delhi, India))
*On December 25, 2012 this quote of Swami Sivananda Radha regarding the Divine Mother (Sri Tripurasundari, the World-Mother, who is also Raja-rajesvari and Lalita Devi)—on which this site is grounded and the basis of "No rules, no rituals, no rulers"—was added. Those who believe in the Spirit-Paraclete/Divine Mother/Devi and wish to merge with Her from within themselves, you may attain that through Her Baptism/Self-realization/Kundalini Awakening which triggers the manifestation. The Divine Mother, the Adi Kundalini, will be the Guru who will initiate the aspirant and transmit the Divine Sakti:
"Aspirants think that the world is identical with the Divine Mother. They move about thinking their own form to be the form of the Divine Mother and thus behold oneness everywhere. They also feel that the Divine Mother is identical with Parabrahman.
Advanced aspirants feel, 'I am the Devi and the Devi is in me.' They worship themselves as Devi instead of adoring any external object. They say, 'Saham'/'I am She' (Devi, Divine Mother). Saktism is not mere theory or philosophy. It prescribes systematic practice of yoga, regular discipline according to the temperament, capacity and degree of evolution of the seeker. It helps the aspirant to arouse the Kundalini ... to enjoy the Supreme Bliss of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. When Kundlaini sleeps, we are awake to the world. We have objective consciousness. When She awakes, we sleep. We lose all consciousness of the world and become one with the Lord...
A guru is indispensable for the practice of Sakti Yoga Sadhana, to initiate the aspirant and transmit the Divine Sakti...
Worship of the Divine Mother with intense faith and perfect devotion and self-surrender will help you to attain Her grace. Through Her grace alone you can attain knowledge of the Imperishable.
Glory to Sri Tripurasundari, the World-Mother, who is also Raja-rajesvari and Lalita Devi. May Her blessings be upon you all!"
Swami Sivananda Radha, Kundalini Yoga for the West
Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 2007, pp. 45-6)
"'nd I will ask the Father, and he will give you another paraclete, to be with you forever' John 14:16... The paraclete is not merely a substitute for Jesus while he is absent. The role of the paraclete, as Jesus describes it, exceeds this. The paraclete will carry forward the disciples while maintaining their link to Jesus. "I have said these things to you while I am still with you.' Jesus says. 'But the paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you' (John 14:25-26). The paraclete takes up residence in them and provides a critical link between past, present, and future....
Second, up to this point, Jesus has been describing the relationship between the disciples and God; he introduces here a new relationship that the disciples will have with the world. When the paraclete comes, the paraclete will come as a witness. 'When the paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that comes from the Father, will testify on my behalf" (John 15:26). Again the paraclete is introduced as the Spirit of truth. This Spirit testifies on behalf of Jesus and does so in the face of the world and its opposition to [the paraclete]. The paraclete will transform them, as well, into witnesses (John 15:27). In this chapter, housing the paraclete is not static. Instead, the spirit's residence within them transform them into witnesses."
Shelly Rambo & Catherine Keller Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining
Westminster John Knox Press September 2, 2010, p. 101-3
"In her function as Paraclete the Breath will abide with the disciples as She abode with Jesus. Indeed, She will abide with them forever (Jn. 14:16). As She dwelt with Jesus, She will now dwell with them. Through Her indwelling, the disciples will know Her with a new intimacy."
Donald L. Gelpi, The Divine Mother, A
Trinitarian Theology of the Holy Spirit University Press of America, 1984, p. 56
"However, in the first Paraclete saying, Jesus promises that the Paraclete will be the 'new' advocate' to dwell within his disciples always: 'I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth ... [who] will be in you.' (John 14:16-17) So the Spirit of Truth is a Paraclete precisely because [she] carries on the earthly works of Jesus who is the first Paraclete (1 John 2:1). And Jesus immediately indicates that the Paraclete will be a permanent presence: 'I shall not leave you orphans.' (v. 18) Jesus' whole point in this first saying is simply to promise the permanent dwelling of the Spirit of Truth within the disciples as their new teacher in his way. In the other four Paraclete sayings, Jesus describes what the new life of the Spirit will mean to all his disciples."
James W. Kinn, The Spirit of Jesus in Scripture and Prayer
Sheed & Ward (May 26 2004) p. 100
"'Parakletos,' often printed in English as 'Paraclete,' challenges the translator of John's gospel. Major translations render it as 'Comforter' (KJV), 'Helper'
(NASB), 'dvocate' (NRSV) and 'Counselor' (NIV). The Greek word itself contains all those meanings, describing one who is summoned to the aid of another. 'Helper' may be the better translation, allowing the context to describe the specific kind of help being offered (advocacy, comfort or counsel). Some commentators do not translate the word at all, simply bringing it into English as Paraclete, as we do with other Greek words like 'baptism' or 'deacon.'
In many ways, the role of the Paraclete is to continue the ministry of Jesus to his disciples. Jesus introduces the Spirit as 'nother' Paraclete, implying he himself had been the first (14:16). As Jesus is the Truth (14:6) and bears witness to the Truth (18:37), the Paraclete is 'the Spirit of Truth' (14:17) who testifies as well (15:26-27). Just as Jesus is 'the Holy One of God' (6:69), the Spirit is 'the Holy Spirit' (14:26).
Jesus has 'come into the world' (5:43), and now promises the Paraclete will come as well (16:8). The Spirit 'comes forth' from the Father (15:26), just as Jesus has come forth from the Father. The Father gives the Paraclete at Jesus' request (14:16), just as the Father has given his Son (3:16). The Father who sent Jesus (3:17) will send the Spirit as well (14:26). Jesus came in the Father's name (5:43) and the Paraclete comes in Jesus' name (14:26). As Jesus spoke only what the Father told him (14:10), so the Spirit would reveal Jesus' words (16:13). Jesus glorified the Father (14:13; 17:4), and the Paraclete will glorify Jesus (16:14). In many ways, the Paraclete is to Jesus as Jesus is to the Father.
The Paraclete will play a significant role in the lives of Jesus' followers. They will be privileged to know the Paraclete, as they have known Jesus (14:7, 9, 17). The Spirit will be within the disciples and will remain with them, as Jesus remains in and with his friends (14:20, 23; 15:4-5; 17:23, 26). The Spirit will guide the disciples along the way of truth (16:13), even as Jesus is the Way and the Truth (14:6). Jesus has taught those who would listen (6:59; 7:14, 18; 8:20), and now the Paraclete will do the teaching (16:12-15). The Spirit will empower disciples to testify to Jesus (15:26-27; 20:21-23).
The Spirit also has an important role to play in relation to the world. The world that did not accept Jesus will not accept the Paraclete (5:43; 12:48; 14:17). The world that did not recognize Jesus (7:28; 8:14, 19; 14:7; 16:3) will not recognize his Spirit either (14:17). Like Jesus, the Paraclete will bear witness in the context of the world's hatred (7:7; 15:26-27). And the Paraclete ultimately proves the world wrong concerning its verdict on Jesus (16:8-11). Jesus' "advocate" will become the prosecuting attorney bringing the world to trial before the bar of Truth."
University Baptist Church-Clearlake, Houston
"Jesus is promising to send the Spirit of truth to make a home within us, to become, as Brown notes, 'a way of life or something that penetrates [our] very being.' How, then, might we describe the turn toward a new direction for gospel living, the calling to discover what is deepest in the human soul in order to find God in the midst of life.
A summons to a way of life that allows the Spirit of truth to penetrate our very being is a call to a continuous process of aletheia, the Greek name for truth. Aletheia means unconcealing, uncovering such as is done in theological reflection, an art that one could argue is 5 percent our effort and 95 percent the guidance of the Paraclete. Such an effort on our part requires openness to learning the truth and personal engagement with the mystery of grace, an attitude of receptivity and a sense of awe. The trouble is, we live in a culture that offers us little assistance in the art of seeking truth and grace in life."
Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary
David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor, p. 23
"Jesus tells the disciples in John 14:15-17 that the Spirit will be given to those who love Him. Their ability to love Jesus comes from the enabling new birth by the Spirit (John 3:3-8). This regeneration then manifests itself in love for Jesus, which results in obedience. Thus, John 14:15-17 fits with John 7:39, where those who have believed (i.e., those who have been born again) are described as those who are about to receive the Spirit. The purpose of the Father's gift of the Paraclete is 'that [the Spirit] might be with you forever' (14:16). The reason for the Paraclete's coming is that they might continue to enjoy God's presence forever. As Barret correctly concludes, 'The Spirit is given in order that the divine presence maybe with the disciples continually ...' Jesus is giving His disciples reason to trust Him (14:1) and so tells them that they will continue to experience God's presence (14:15-17, 20-23).
The identity of "another Paraclete" (allon parakleton) in v. 16 is given by the appositional phrase beginning v. 17, 'the spirit of truth' (to pneuma tes altetheias). Most scholars agree that 'Spirit of truth,' 'Holy Spirit,' and 'Paraclete' are all used to designate the Spirit of God in John. Most also agree that the designation 'nother Paraclete' implies that Jesus has served as a Paraclete for the disciples and that it is because of His departure that He will ask the Father to provide for them 'nother Paraclete.'"
God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments
James M. Hamilton, Jr., B&H Academic (August 1, 2006), pp. 75-76
"In concert with Bultmann's emphasis on revelation, some scholars have argued that the Paraclete is John's vehicle for assuring his readers that either Jesus' own words were not forgotten (14:26) or that new prophetic revelation will continue (16:13). B. Olsson sees in John 14:25 two stages in the revelatory work of Christ. Jesus spoke plainly to the disciples and yet there will still be a need for 'll things' to be taught again by the Paraclete (14:26). 'The Paraclete will realize all Jesus' sayings to the disciples, will interpret them in their situation and thus give rise to new heights and experiences.' Texts such as John 2:22 and 12:16 suggest that Jesus tradition has not only been recalled but recalled correctly, through the work of the Spirit (2:22; 12:16; 14:26; cf. Luke 22:44-45). According to two lengthy studies by A. Kothgasser, the Spirit has become the authority and motive for John's own Gospel. John's message is therefore a 'thoroughgoing recollection by the Spirit; a new insight, understanding, and experience of the entire reality of Christ.'"
The Anointed Community: The Holy Spirit in the Johannine Tradition
Gary M. Burge, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (1987) p. 36-7
"This book is my attempt, as a sociologist of religion, to answer the question raised by my friend that day. It is about Sahaja Yoga, the new religious movement (NRM) whose member was responsible for the 'cool breezes' which he felt."- Judith Coney
"One spring afternoon in 1992, a Norwegian friend who was living in my village for a year whilst he completed a Master of Business Administration at Bath University dropped over for coffee. After exchanging the usual set of pleasantries about the weather and a few comments about the local primary school, he introduced a new topic into the conversation. Knowing my interest in new religions, he said, was I aware that some people in the next village were 'giving cool breezes'? I confessed my ignorance and pressed him for details. One, a woman called Jane, he continued, had given him a sort of massage and as a result he had felt a cool breeze on the top of his head. 'I really did, you know!' he went on, looking slightly uncomfortable, as he did not quite believe it himself. 'What's it all about?'
This book is my attempt, as a sociologist of religion, to answer the question raised by my friend that day. It is about Sahaja Yoga, the new religious movement (NRM) whose member was responsible for the 'cool breezes' which he felt."
Judith Coney, Sahaja Yoga (Introduction page)
Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon; 1 edition (May 24 1999)
Judith Coney is a lecturer in the Department of Study of Religions at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Feeling the Cool Wind of the Spirit for very first time!
Since the 1970s hundreds of thousands, like the Bath
University undergraduate given Self-realization ('being
born of the Holy Spirit', or baptism) at Sahaja Yoga public
programs, have felt the Cool Breeze (pneuma).* This
experience confirms the spiritual rebirth that Jesus Christ
declared is absolutely required to enter the Kingdom of
God. For those accepting the Good News and taking part
in the Resurrection, this Divine Wind (Ruach, Qi, Prana,
Reeh al-Qiyamah, Pneuma) will flow 24/7 for the rest of
their lives, and are empowered to trigger the same
spiritual rebirth in others too! (*YouTube 4:20 mins.) Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Verily, verily I say to you, except a man born be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God'. Nicodemus said to him, 'How can a man be born again when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?' Jesus answered, 'Verily, verily, I say to you, except a man born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I say to you: 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it is going: So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."- John 3:3-8
"The idea of chi is not unique to the Chinese. Nearly every culture in the world has a word to express this concept. Dr. John Mann and Larry Short, authors of The Body of Light, count forty-nine cultures around the world that articulate the concept of chi in one form or another.
In Hebrew, the word is ruach, and it appears in the first chapter of the Book of genesis:
In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. The world was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the ruach [spirit, wind, or breath] of God was moving over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
Ruach was present at the creation of the universe, even before light. The term means 'breath of God' or 'divine breath.'
In Japanese, the term ki expands the concept of chi to include the Chinese idea of yi, or intention, indicating that our mind or will is a major influence governing the movement of chi, which is very important in meditation and in the martial arts.
In Sanskrit, the word for chi is prana. The Tibetan word is lung. In Lakota Sioux it is known as neyatoneyah. The Bush People of the Kalahari speak of it as num, which means 'boiling energy.' In the Islamic world chi is referred to as barraka. Although many cultures possess an awareness of chi, the Chinese have refined the concept and integrated it into their culture to an unparalleled degree. Chi is a pivotal factor in Chinese medicine, martial arts, meditation, science, painting, calligraphy, architecture, interior design, and poetry."
Mantak Chia, Healing Light of the Tao
Inner Tradition (Jun 6 2008) pp. 32-33
"In Christianity the Spirit is God permeating God's own creation. According to the creation study in the Hebrew Scriptures, 'a wind [spirit] from God swept over the face of the waters' in the beginning of creation (Gen. 1:2).... Hence, the primary mission of the Spirit has to do with life, creating it, sustaining it and directing it towards its future destiny. The Spirit is the source of life, not only of the present life but of eternal life as well. The Spirit is within creation, but is not conditioned by creation.
Chinese theologians Chang Chun-shen and C. S. Song suggest that this Spirit is what the Chinese would call qi—air, breath and spirit. According to the teachings of Confucianism and Taoism, qi is the material origin of all things; it is at the same time the origin of the life-force and energy moving into action. Or rather it is in itself equipped with life-giving properties and energy for action. The following is a standard expression of qi:
Ch'i [qi] fills the space between heaven and earth. Heaven and earth themselves, all things between heaven and earth, are all constituted by ch'i. Because of ch'i everything between heaven and earth moves, changes, and functions. It itself moves and moves all things. It is the subject of changes and movements and the origin that causes them. Human beings and animal-plant life also consists of ch'i...
The qi must have something to do with the pneuma mention by Jesus. 'The pneuma [air, wind or spirit] blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes' (Jn. 3:8). This is the mystery of pneuma and qi. It is wind as well as spirit. It moves and work like wind, blowing where it wills. This actually is similar to the Old Testament concepts of 'soul' and 'breath,' ..."
Veli-Matti KÃ¤rkkÃ¤inen, Holy Spirit and Salvation
Westminster John Knox Press (August 16, 2010) , p. 435
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "This is exactly what happened to the disciples of Christ when they were blessed by the Holy Ghost: the cool breeze came on them, they started speaking in strange languages. And the same thing you'll find with Sahaja Yogis that they speak in a strange language in the sense that they talk in the language of the centres, and they start using their hands in a way because the hand has got the power flowing, and they use it to bind it up and that looks very strange. And at that time (of Jesus Christ) also it looked very strange so people started saying that they are mad people, they are doing some sort of funny actions."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Public Program, "The Knowledge of the Roots"
Cardiff, UK—August 8, 1984
"In 14:26, Jesus says, 'But the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of all that I myself spoke to you.' (14:26). The teaching ministry of the Paraclete is presented as superior to that of Jesus because the Paraclete will teach them 'll things' and will remind them of 'everything' that Jesus said (14:26). The Paraclete's ministry is set clearly in the future. Jesus again identifies this 'Paraclete' with the Holy Spirit, whom the disciples would know from the Old Testament (Ps. 51:11; Is. 63:10,11): 'But the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send in My name' (14:26). This sending will fulfill Old Testament promises as well as Jesus' request (14:16). The sending of the Paraclete in Jesus' name not only links the sending to Jesus' request but also supports the claim that the Paraclete comes to continue Jesus' ministry." (Hamilton 2006, 79)
"It's the living power that does it. So as a result of this awakening within us, a new awakening, you become one with that Divine Power, which is All Pervading, which we call as the Cool Breeze of the Holy Ghost. We start feeling, actually, in our fingers, the cool breeze, and also from our head, a cool breeze coming up. We can do all kinds of manipulation like jumping, dancing, but we can't take out cool breeze from our head, can we? This is real baptism. This is what was said, that you are to be born again, not just by taking a certificate that you are born again."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Public Program, Rome, Italy—September 8, 1983
"Ruach means two things, closely linked to one another: wind and breath. This is true also of the Greek name Pneuma and the Latin Spiritus. English also has words from the root spirit, like inspire and respire, and from the root pneuma, like pneumatic, and all of these retain the link with breath and blow. This same link is present in the term ghost, which, like the German geist, derives from gast, breath.
And so it is that wind and breath are more than just symbols of the Holy Spirit. Here we have symbol and reality so closely linked that they share the same name. it is difficult for us to grasp the influence of the fact that wherever we read 'wind' in the Scripture, people of biblical times also understood 'spirit,' and wherever we read 'spirit,' they also understood 'wind.'" (Cantalamessa 2003, 9)
"And He said it very clearly to Nicodemus that 'You have to be born again' when he asked, 'm I to enter back into my mother's womb?' And He said it so clearly. Those who don't want to see can remain blind. No, that is, whatever is born of the flesh, is the flesh, but whatever is born of the Spirit is the Spirit.
But whatever is manmade is not the Spirit. This is the clear statement of Christ, which people wanted to avoid, and start their own organisations, and ideas, and created a very mythical thing in His name. And now the time has come for it to be blasted. It has been going on and on now for thousands of years, captures so many innocent people and people are into it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Easter Puja, London, UK—April 22, 1984
"In 3.1-12, Nicodemus is portrayed as a benighted man, seeking out Jesus but finding him distant and incomprehensible. Nicodemus, as representative of all 'earthly' brokers, cannot conceive of a spiritual birth that somehow lies out of human control. All such brokers are bested in challenge and response by Jesus, as he is shown to be the only one suited to mediate between God and humanity.
At this point, now that we have a clearer view of its context within the Nicodemus narrative, we can attempt to ascertain the meaning and significance of 'spirit' in our passage. Jesus' directive that one must be 'born of spirit' in order to enter the kingdom of God proves intriguing. It means that spiritual birth somehow facilitates access to God's kingdom. One must become a person of spirit, rather than merely a person of flesh, before one can participate in the patronage of God. Apparently, spiritual birth qualifies one to receive the benefits of divine patronage, most importantly eternal life." (Brown 2004, 214)
"And we enter into the kingdom of God, which is the limbic area in the medical terminology. But from here you have to pierce through; and this piercing through is the destination, is the destination through which you have to come out, and is placed at the fontanel bone area where you get your baptism. But baptism, as I told you yesterday, is just an artificial exercise. Actual baptism is when this Holy Ghost rises and you start really feeling the cool breeze on top of your head. This is a miracle. It is!"
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Public Program, Bath, UK—August 7, 1984
"The Holy Spirit represents the presence and reality of the salvation event in a way that can be experienced by the senses."- M. Walker
According to the Paraclete Shri Mataji, the Cool Breeze (Ruach, Pneuma, Reeh al-Qiyamah) is evidence of 'being born again', the promised evolution of humans into the eternal spirit. In many different traditions the perception of the nature of God has been described by individuals that claimed to have God experiences as being accompanied by a breath-like feeling in ways that seem similar to the cool breeze (pneuma). Whether it is called Chi (Chinese), Ki (Japanese), Prana (Hindus), Ruach (Hebrew prophets), Reeh al-Qiyamah (Quran), Pneuma (Greeks), or Spiritus, the latin word from which the English word 'Spirit' is derived, this Breath of Life has the same meaning in all these languages and cultures. Chinese, Christian, Arabic, Indian, Greek, and contemporary writings describe the experience of the divine as a mysterious wind. This daily Divine Wind is proof of being born again of the Spirit during the Last Judgment and Resurrection—the promised eschatological salvation which confers both bodily resurrection (kundalini awakening) and spiritual immortality (moksa)—has commenced!
those taking part in the Resurrection (Photo
taken 1st August 2008 in Russia of Ruach
which, though invisible to the naked eye,
can be felt as Cool Breeze (pneuma, prana, qi,
Reeh al-Qiyamah) flowing from the palm of
hands, head (fontanel) and other parts of body.
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"It is a widespread opinion that the Holy Spirit is the 'unknown God', the most hidden mystery within the Trinity. We place in contrast to this opinion the biblical conviction that the Holy Spirit represents the presence and reality of the salvation event in a way that can be experienced by the senses... This community of those who have themselves become bearers of the Spirit is filled with the power of God. The community bears and reflects this power, let's it benefit others, and is itself strengthened in return."
Michael Walker, God the Spirit
Fortress Press, 1994, pages 184-5.
Note: On 28th February 1990, while on Her way to Australia, Shri Mataji stopped at Changi Airport, Singapore. The Paraclete/Messiah/Ruh informed those who had gathered to meet Her that in Islam there is a complete surah written about Her.
The chapter in the Qur'n She is referring to is Surah 75 Al-Qiyamah (The Resurrection), explained in depth at www.al-qiyamah.org. A number of Muslim nations, unable to challenge it despite being based entirely on the Qur'n, have instead resorted to blocking the site as it not only reveals that Al Qadr (The Night of Power) precedes Al Qariah (The Day of Noise and Clamor), but also confirms the preordained Sure Signs to back this Great News. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has openly challenged and clearly exposed centuries of absolutely misguided Islamic dogma and conditioning regarding Al-Qiyamah, the heart and soul of Islam. Both the Divine Feminine (Ruh/Spirit) and Her incarnation, Shri Mataji, give irrefutable evidence and Sure Signs that the Resurrection is the promised Al Qadr (The Night of Power) that precedes Al Qariah (Day of Noise and Clamour). Shri Mataji has spent roughly four decades spreading the Great News (Al-Naba) by collecting, promulgating, reciting and explaining the message and means to take part in the Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah).
Shri Mataji meeting Sufis at the Nizamuddin shrine in
Delhi, India (1993) "And even in Koran, Muhammed Sahib says that all the Heavens lie at the Lotus Feet of the Mother. Among them, among Muslims there are Sufis who are realized souls and also accepted in the society.
The other day I met something in Paris, a very high person in the Islamic world and he accepted Sahaja Yoga (spontaneous baptism). He said it is described in Koran that there has to be Qiyamah, the Resurrection - we believe in Resurrection.
Also it is for Christians or Hindus, everybody, they have to be resurrected to a higher state. It is just for money and power are some people, who are trying to mislead others, keeping them away from Resurrection. I must say they are committing the greatest sin against the Holy Ghost...
There is a very big chapter on Resurrection, but the fundamentalists don't want to look at it. They believe their religion is the best. But what good it has done to anyone? It is so much misinterpreted... so much misinterpreted."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Public Program, Brussels, Belgium—July 1, 1993
"But the Muslims do not want to talk about Resurrection at all because they want to frighten people with the Doomsday. They don't want to talk about the Resurrection Time which is going to come, which is the intermediary time (Al Qadr: The Night of Power), because they want to use the time which will frighten people (Al Qariah: Day of Noise and Clamor) by saying that Now your Doomsday is coming! Now your Doomsday is coming!"
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
1. Happening or arising without apparent external cause; self-generated.
2. Arising from a natural inclination or impulse and not from external incitement or constraint.
3. Unconstrained and unstudied in manner or behavior.
4. Growing without cultivation or human labor. (www.thefreedictionary.com)
"That you have to be born again ... all these descriptions have come to us from all the great scriptures." - The Paraclete Shri Mataji
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "That you have to be born again, that you have to be baptized, that you have to become a Pir, that you have to become a Brahmin; all these descriptions have come to us from all the great scriptures. It is very easy to say that we don't believe in God, we don't believe in any Incarnation, we don't believe in Jesus, we don't believe in any religion, we don't believe into anything; is very easy to say. Even it is easy to say that we believe in them, we believe in God, we believe in Christ, we believe in Krishna, Rama, all that. Both things are equally the same.
When you believe in God you believe in the darkness and ignorance, and when you do not believe in Him also you are in ignorance. By believing into you close your eyes, accept the faith and go along with it. Of course it shows that you are conscious of some Power which is beyond. Such people have a great chance. But in the case if you go to these extremes in this kind of faith then you start only believing in Christ, only believing in Muhammad, only believing in Krishna—I mean depending on where you are born. How human beings are so narrow-minded?
If you are born in England either you will be a Catholic, or a Protestant, or maybe one of these witchcraft people. You believe into anything because you are localized in a place; there has been some identifications because your mother believed into something, because your father believed into something, or you paid for it. And this faith can become such a blinding effect on people that you develop absurd types of groups which call themselves as Christians, Hindus, Muslims—whatever you may say—and are extremely, extremely exclusive, blind, and fanatic. Today one of the problems of the times, of the modern times, is fanaticism. Now this fanaticism has been growing. The more people try to get out of this fanaticism, it grows more."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji, Being Born Again
Caxton Hall, London, U.K.—May 12, 1980
"Such a lot of ignorance. That ignorance is really like a ditch of no return. I have seen people who have read books after books. There are people who do one lakh (100,000) mantras, fasting and reaching nowhere; that are the most hot tempered people, or they have no joy in their heart. They leave their families, come out of it, and think that they have done a great sacrifice. God does not want all this nonsense. Why will God who is your Father, who is so compassionate and loving personality, want you to suffer? Why should you suffer? By suffering how will you gain moksha (liberation, salvation or emancipation of soul) is beyond me ... We are killing ourselves — don't eat food, don't do this, do that; all the time after our lives. God has created this world for your comfort and enjoyment. Why did He create this world if you had to go through such hell?"
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Madras, India—Jan. 17, 1994
The experience of the Cool Breeze (Pneuma, Reeh al-Qiyamah, Prana, Qi, Vibrations) will be proof of promised Resurrection (kundalini awakening) and life eternal (moksa).
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"The Kundalini rises through a very thin line of Brahmanadi. In the beginning only a hair like thing rises, it pierces through. In some people, of course, in a big way it rises also. And then it pierces this fontanel bone area which is a real baptism, real. Today only people felt the cool breeze (pneuma) coming out of their heads. Can you do that by jumping, or by paying money? They felt the cool breeze (pneuma) in the hand. It's written in the Bible, even in the Bible very clearly, that it's the cool breeze (pneuma). Cool breeze is the sign of the Holy Ghost. You start feeling the cool breeze in your hands and you start feeling the cool breeze on your head. This is the actualization.
Of course, you people don't read other books which are very good, like Adi Shankaracharya. People don't even like the mention of his name who has really and clearly said that it is the cool breeze, the chaitanya, is to be felt like cool breeze (pneuma) in the hands. They do not want that you should know the truth. And this is the truth that when you get your Realization (baptism), you have to feel the cool breeze (pneuma) in your hands yourself. You have to judge yourself. I'm not going to tell you. It is you who has to see, it is you who has to feel. And then you have to grow and you have to know all and everything - all the secrets of Divine Science. You become the master then, you are the guru.
You are the Spirit, and you should get it. It's your own which is given to you. I have nothing to do about it. I'm just a catalyst."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
March 22, 1981—Maccabean Hall, Sydney, Australia
"Today, Sahaja Yoga (spontaneous baptism) has reached the state of Mahayoga, which is en-masse evolution manifested through it. It is this day's Yuga Dharma. It is the way the Last Judgment is taking place. Announce it to all the seekers of truth, to all the nations of the world, so that nobody misses the blessings of the Divine to achieve their meaning, their absolute, their spirit."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"These are the times described in the Holy Bible as the Last Judgment and in the Koran as Qiyamah—the Resurrection Time. Astrologically it also called the Age of Aquarius, the Time of Rebirth and of great spiritual development on the Earth."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"When we pursue this study further we find that the Kingdom of God, like The Age to Come, will follow the resurrection. In I Corinthians 15: 50, Paul says that 'flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.' Paul is here speaking about the resurrection. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Our bodies must undergo a transformation so that they no longer consist of flesh and blood but are incorruptible, glorious, powerful, 'spiritual' bodies (vv. 42-44). Only in these transformed resurrection bodies will we enter the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God will come after the resurrection." (Ladd 1990, 33-4)
Just get the Cool Breeze (pneuma) activated and continue on your own
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"In the Thomas gospel, Jesus is presented as a spiritual guide whose words (when properly understood) bring eternal life (Saying 1). Readers of these sayings are advised to continue seeking until they find what will enable them to become rulers of their own lives (Saying 2) and thus to know themselves (Saying 3) and their legacy of being the children of 'the living Father' (Saying 3). These goals are presented in the image of 'entering the Kingdom' by the methodology of insight that goes beyond duality. (Saying 22). The Gospel of Thomas shows little or no concern for orthodox religious concepts and doctrines...
The Gospel of Thomas emphasizes direct and unmediated experience. In Thomas saying 108, Jesus says, "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become as I am; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him." Furthermore, salvation is personal and found through spiritual (psychological) introspection. In Thomas saying 70, Jesus says, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not bring it forth, what you do not have within you will kill you." As such, this form of salvation is idiosyncratic and without literal explanation unless read from a psychological perspective related to Self vs. ego. In Thomas saying 3, Jesus says,
...the Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty."- Wikipedia (Easter Sunday April 24, 2011)
Definitions of unmediated
"1. [adj] - without the interposition of other agencies or conditions
Quotes - Example use of the word unmediated
1. unmediated relations between God and man"
"unmediated - having no intervening persons, agents, conditions"
"not mediated : not communicated or transformed by an intervening agency"
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The Paraclete Shri Mataji "This all-pervading power is the power of divine love. It thinks, it organises, it plans, it loves. It is the one which is the subtle of the ether, you can call it. It is the subtle of the matter. It is the subtle of your emotions. It is the subtle of your mental power. It is the subtle of your evolutionary power. But all integrated and coordinated in complete synchronisation. So efficient it is that you are amazed how it works.
Now you see these flowers, how beautiful they are. And they appear on the trees or on the shrubs where they are supposed to be... At the right time these flowers become the fruits. A mango tree will give you a mango; an apple tree gives you an apple. Who does this choice? Is this great power which is all-pervading.
But we have never felt its existence. We have taken it for granted that it exists and we don't want to know about it. We don't want to know why we have become human beings from amoeba. What is the purpose of this life? Why nature has taken so much trouble to make us human beings? There must be some purpose for it. We never think of the purpose and we lead a purposeless life. We are not here to just live like animals.
But we have to do something much more because why should we have this human body and this human awareness? This human awareness, when it reaches a state where it starts thinking why are we here, that time you become a seeker. But you have to know that you have to become the Spirit, which is a collective being within ourselves."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
Founex, Switzerland—June 11, 1985
"Global unity of mankind can be achieved through this awakening that can occur within each human being, so that transformation takes place within us. By this process a person becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced. One actually gets the experience of the feeling of the all-pervading divine power as cool breeze (pneuma). 'Know thyself' is the main theme of all the scriptures. It becomes evident and one reaches the absolute understanding of oneself. Thus one becomes peaceful and joyous in life. One becomes collective as a drop falling into the ocean of compassion... Moreover, it is the last breakthrough of our evolution. This is the actualization of such transformation, which is taking place now, worldwide, and has been proved and experienced by hundreds of thousands in over 85 countries."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
We are evolving and the daily experience of Cool Breeze (Ruach, Pneuma, Prana, Reeh al-Qiyamah, Spiritus, Chi) is evidence of the spiritual evolution i.e., the Resurrection promised and backed by the Holy Scriptures! So get in touch with the truth of your being. Live consciously and mindfully. Release yourself from negative religious conditioning and regain a clearer perspective concerning the spiritual potential of humankind. Meditate on the eternal Self within. The Resurrection is a genuine, self-verifiable experience of spiritual rebirth and evolution into life eternal!
Shri Mataji's Astrology Chart
Nirmala Yoga Magazine, Jan-Feb 1981
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "MATAJI was born at Nagpur at 12.09 p.m., I.S.T. (noon time) on 21st March 1923. At this moment, taking into consideration the local time of Nagpur, the Sun was exactly on the Meridian in full glory, and being in the zero degree of Aries or the 30th degree of Pisces, the Sun in that position made a Rajayoga (i.e. an aspect for leadership and prominence in life), which has endowed her with the Sun's glamour and power.
Her rising sign is Cancer and the Ascendent is in the 8th degree. The Ascendant in Cancer makes her a Mother of the Universe, a Jaganmata, as the Ascendant is strongly aspected by five planets, Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars and the Moon, while it is occupied by Pluto, which itself forms grand trines with three of the five planets and sextiles with the other two. Her spiritual powers arise mainly from this combination of aspects in the angles of the chart, also, the position of the planet of spiritual life viz. Neptune in the second house indicates that her wealth accumulation is spiritual. It is interesting to note that the current position of Neptune in the transit is near the cusp of the sixth house. This shows that her main work in the years to come will be solely in this field.
The Lord of the Ascendant Moon, is exalted in Taurus strongly posited in the 11th house, conjunct Mars, which is Lakshmi-Yoga and invest her with divinity. She is thus the incarnation of Mahalaxmi. She is destined to live richly like a Goddess. Her aristocratic origin is further indicated by the exalted Saturn in the 4th house, who being the lord of the 7th house (Capricorn) has brought her into matrimonial union with an eminent official. This same Saturn makes for vairagya, i.e. distaste for worldly life and renunciation.
Jupiter strongly aspected in the 5th house, makes her a Mother- Teacher and as he is trined by three powerful planets and squared by two and opposed by two, Mataji will have a most eventful life as a World Teacher. It will all bring a great renown, an enormous following all over the world, a lot of conflict with evil.
Saturn, strong in the 4th house, gives much longevity, great distinction towards the end of life, a lot of power both spiritual and temporal, although it inclines her to some solitude also in old age.
International fame is indicated by the presence of a strong Uranus in the 9th house, trined by Jupiter, Pluto and sextiled by Mars and Moon. Also, the Mercury-Uranus conjunction gives Mataji great eloquence and invincibility as a debater.
The T-square formations between Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune indicate that some of the plans of Mataji might be hindered by obstructive activities of evil and negative forces. Also Mataji might have to steer through conflicting loyalties and aims of some of her so-called followers who are enemies in disguise. But despite all this, she will find her way to the goal of her life, viz., universal Self-Realisation!
Altogether, a great and powerful chart of a truly Divine personality."
Nirmala Yoga Magazine - Jan-Feb 1981
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