Day His Spirit (Ruach) is poured will coincide with Day of Messiah


Holy Spirit, breath of God, experienced daily by those taking part in the Resurrection
Holy Spirit, breath of God, experienced daily
by 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 flowing from the
hands, head and other parts of the body.
(Click image for uncropped original)
"I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind. Their sons and daughters shall prophesy Even on my slaves men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit (Jl 3f 1-2). There will come a day when every human being will be possessed by the spirit and this day will coincide with the day of the messiah."

In introducing the study, which began in 1997, Cardinal Ratzinger invites Christians to recognize "the Jewish reading of the Bible as a possible reading." In other words, such a reading might be of great help in important questions, such as the Messiah. "The Jewish Messianic Expectation is not vain," the document states. "It can become a strong stimulus for us to maintain the eschatological dimension alive," that is, the Christian expectation of Jesus' return at the end of time, it says. "Like them, we also live in expectation," the document continues. "The difference is in the fact that for us the One who will come will have traces of that Jesus who has already come and who is present and active among us."





THE HOLY SPIRIT BY DEFINITION

Ruach (Cool Breeze) flowing out of humans
They are going, by the Holy
Spirit's power, to bring
humanity to salvation (Click
image for cropped original)
"Even the word 'Spirit' describes something intangible, powerful, yet fleeting. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which also means"wind". You can almost hear the wind in the word: Ruach. Sudden breath of wind exhaled in a rushing determination that rattles the leaves and bends the tall grass as it blows past. Ruach. When Abraham heard the word ruach, he imagined wind. He imagined breath. He imagined spirit. The word ruach described them all for the Hebrews recognized that the act of breathing—sucking wind into our lungs and expelling air again in a gust—gives us life. Our breath, the movement of air in and out, our spirit, our lives are all intertwined and so one word described it all: ruach. Paul would have read often of the ruach of God in his Hebrew upbringing, in the stories of Genesis when the ruach rushed across the primordial waters and in the stories of the Judges—of Gideon and Deborah and Samson—when God's ruach came upon them and led them to do great things in the saving of the people. And while the Greek language of Paul's Roman citizenship may not have held the poetry of the Hebrew, even in Greek Paul would have heard the connection between spirit, breath, and life. In fact, we can still hear it today since our most common English cognate of the Greek word for spirit, pneumos, is 'pneumonia', a disease that steals breath away. The Spirit of God could just as rightly be translated as the Breath of God, or the wind of God. The Spirit of God is God on the move like the wind and breathing life into our world.

In most of the Hebrew scriptures, people speak simply of the Spirit of God but by the time we reach the years of Jesus and Paul, we hear just as often this phrase—the Holy Spirit. The ancient people believed that there were many spirits dwelling in the world and not all of those spirits were good, so when they talked about the Spirit coming upon a person—Moses or Elijah—they wanted to make sure that people understood that they were referring to the spirit of the Holy One. The Holy Spirit was that spirit specifically emanating from God and from no other.

And so we come back to the question—what is the Holy Spirit? Very simply, the Holy Spirit is God on the move. There is God who is beyond us, greater than all we know and see, incomprehensible, eternal, mysterious. And there is God incarnated in the life of Christ who made God's love real for us in a person that we could see and hear so that we could know a bit of the ultimately unknowable God. And then there is the Holy Spirit: God at work in each of us and when the Holy Spirit moves through people of faith, God is no longer limited to something way out there or way in the past but is still alive and present among us. The Reverend James Forbes says that the Holy Spirit is God experienced on the frontier of human experience and relationship; it is the ruach of God—the breath of God which fills us, comforts us, anoints us—chooses us—and sends us forth.

That is what the Holy Spirit is by definition."

Reverend Laurie DeMott





"1. The term:

"Spirit"translates the Hebrew word"Ruah"which in its primary sense means breath, air, wind. Jesus indeed uses the sensory image of the wind to suggest to Nicodemus the transcendent newness of him who is personally God's breath the divine Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church 691). The spirit as irruption and as transcendence: working in history but other than history, who cannot be reduced to history's logic but who installs another logic, that of responsibility and love for others;

2. Ordering power:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep and God's spirit hovered over the water» (Gn 1,1). God's spirit came down on the formless world and this descent produced the miracle of creation: the transformation of chaos into cosmos, of disorder into order;

3. Vivifying power:

The Lord God fashioned man out of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and thus man became a living being» (Gn 2, 7). The spirit of God is breathed onto the human being of dust and, because of this breath, the human being is transformed into a living being: no longer an animal being but a partner with whom and to whom God speaks and entrusts responsibility for the world;

4. Guiding power

On him the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord» (Is 11,2). The Spirit of the Lord takes hold of certain persons (patriarchs, matriarchs, judges, kings, prophets, wise men etc.,) and by bestowing on them special powers, enables them to act as guides and master interpreters in the world, of the will of God;

5. Healing power:

I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you... I shall put my spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances» (Ez 36,27). Entering into the human being, the spirit recreates and heals him, overcoming his sin and making him once more a partner of God in the covenant and in the observance of the Torah.

6. Universal dimension:

"I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind. Their sons and daughters shall prophesy Even on my slaves men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit (Jl 3f 1-2). There will come a day when every human being will be possessed by the spirit and this day will coincide with the day of the messiah."

http://www.vatican.va/jubilee_2000/magazine/documents/




Jan 2005
Jewish Scripture is a key to understanding Jesus—document says
Pontifical Biblical Commission Publishes a New Text

VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org) - A new Vatican document says it is not possible to understand Christianity fully without reflecting on divine revelation as contained in the Jewish Bible.

Moreover, the text, published by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, affirms that it is mistaken "to use as a pretext for anti-Judaism" the "warnings" that the Christian Bible addresses to Jews.

Likewise, the document recognizes that "in the past, errors were committed by unilaterally insisting on the discontinuity" that exists between the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) and the Christian Bible (Old and New Testaments).

The 200-page study, entitled "The Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible," was published by the Vatican Press. At present, it is not on the Vatican's Web page.

"This is a total novelty," Chief Rabbi Joseph Levi of Florence told the Italian press. Rabbi Levi is especially pleased with the objective of the document: to manifest officially"the amazing force of the spiritual ties that unite the Church of Christ with the Jewish people."

The Biblical Commission, presided over by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is composed of 20 leading biblicists. The members were appointed by John Paul II at the cardinal's suggestion.

In introducing the study, which began in 1997, Cardinal Ratzinger invites Christians to recognize "the Jewish reading of the Bible as a possible reading." In other words, such a reading might be of great help in important questions, such as the Messiah.

"The Jewish Messianic Expectation is not vain," the document states. "It can become a strong stimulus for us to maintain the eschatological dimension alive," that is, the Christian expectation of Jesus' return at the end of time, it says.

"Like them, we also live in expectation," the document continues. "The difference is in the fact that for us the One who will come will have traces of that Jesus who has already come and who is present and active among us."

The new publication "hopes to foster love toward the Jews in the Church of Christ," following the "abominable crimes" of which they were object during World War II.

In "light of the Scripture, the rupture between the Church of Christ and the Jewish people should not have happened," the document affirms.

The newly published document is divided into chapters. The first one, which is fundamental, states that the New Testament recognizes the authority of the Old Testament as divine revelation, and cannot be understood without being intimately related to it and with the Jewish tradition that transmitted it.

The second chapter examines more analytically how the writings of the New Testament accept the rich content of the Old Testament, referring to its fundamental topics in light of Jesus Christ.

The third chapter records the extremely varied attitudes on the Jews reflected in the New Testament, something which also occurs in the Old Testament.

http://www.byzcath.org/
Web (December 26, 2014)




Vatican Says Jews' Wait for Messiah Is Validated by the Old Testament
Melinda Henneberger

New York Times
VATICAN CITY, Jan. 17 - The Vatican has issued what some Jewish scholars are calling an important document that explicitly says, "The Jewish wait for the Messiah is not in vain."

The scholarly work, effectively a rejection of and apology for the way some Christians have viewed the Old Testament, was signed by the pope's theologian, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

The document says Jews and Christians in fact share the wait for the Messiah, though Jews are waiting for the first coming, and Christians for the second.

"The difference consists in the fact that for us, he who will come will have the same traits of that Jesus who has already come," wrote Cardinal Ratzinger, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

At least one Jewish scholar said the new document is a marked departure from "Dominus Iesus," a study of the redemptive role of Jesus that was released last year in Cardinal Ratzinger's name and that fanned disputes between Catholic and Jewish scholars.

The new document also says Catholics must regard the Old Testament as "retaining all of its value, not just as literature, but its moral value," said Joaquín Navarro-Valls, the pope's spokesman. "You cannot say, 'Now that Jesus has come, it becomes a second-rate document.'"

"The expectancy of the Messiah was in the Old Testament," he went on,

"and if the Old Testament keeps its value, then it keeps that as a value, too. It says you cannot just say all the Jews are wrong and we are right."

Asked whether that could be taken to mean that the Messiah may or may not have come, Dr. Navarro-Valls said no. "It means it would be wrong for a Catholic to wait for the Messiah, but not for a Jew," he said.

The document, the result of years of work by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, goes on to apologize for the fact that certain New Testament passages that criticize the Pharisees, for example, had been used to justify anti-Semitism.

Everything in the report is now considered part of official church doctrine, Dr. Navarro-Valls said.

The Rev. Albert Vanhoye, a Jesuit scholar who worked on the commission, said the project sees Scripture as a link between Christians and Jews, and the New Testament as a continuation of the Old, though divergent in obvious ways.

A number of Jewish scholars and leaders said they were pleased but stunned and would have to take some time to digest fully the complicated, 210-page study, published in French and Italian.

"This is something altogether new, especially compared with the earlier document from Ratzinger that was so controversial," said Rabbi Alberto Piattelli, a professor and leader of the Jewish community in Rome.

"This latest declaration is a step forward" in closing the wounds opened by that earlier document, Rabbi Piattelli said. "It recognizes the value of the Jewish position regarding the wait for the Messiah, changes the whole exegesis of biblical studies and restores our biblical passages to their original meaning. I was surprised."

Prof. Michael R. Marrus, dean of graduate studies at the University of Toronto, who specializes in the history of the Holocaust, was also complimentary. Professor Marrus was among the Jewish members of a panel studying the Vatican's role in the Holocaust, but the group was disbanded after disputes between Catholic and Jewish scholars.

"This is important," he said, "and all the more so because it comes from Cardinal Ratzinger, who is not considered the most liberal spokesman for the church. It represents real and remarkable progress on the Catholic-Jewish front," even as the dispute over the Catholic Church's wartime history seems to be hardening, he added.

At least initially, the only voices of dissent were on the Catholic side, where some traditionalists said they felt the church under Pope John Paul II had done altogether too much apologizing already.

Vittorio Messori, a Catholic writer and commentator, said he respects the pope but "his apologies leave me perplexed."

"He's inspired and has his reasons," Mr. Messori said," but what's dangerous in these apologies is that he seems to say the Church itself has been wrong in its teaching," rather than just some within the Church.

The oddest thing about the document from the Jewish perspective is that it was so quietly released. It has been in bookstores here since November, but as a small book titled The Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible, it drew no notice until the Italian news agency ANSA printed a small report on it Wednesday.

Tullia Zevi, a longtime Jewish community leader and commentator here, said: "The widespread opinion on the document is that it's trying to question the validity of past attitudes of the Church, and seems an attempt to move us closer together. So why was such an important document kept secret?"

One possibility, she said, was that the Church was trying to avoid criticism within its own ranks. Vatican officials, however, say it was not announced because it was seen mainly as a theological study intended for other theologians.

The Vatican is governed by tradition and habit, and is thus quite able to keep silent about even important new policies. In December, for example, word emerged without fanfare of new rules on the treatment of priests accused of pedophilia.

Andrea Riccardi, the founder of the Sant'Egidio Community, a left-leaning Catholic group with a history of mediating international conflicts and promoting religious dialogue, said he was most impressed by the depth of the new document.

"This should be reassuring to Jews", he said, "especially because these last years have not been easy."

He said the document in no way backtracks from "Dominus Iesus" ("The Lord Jesus"), but does represent a significant shift.

"In the past, we've talked about an ancient, common heritage," he said. "But now, for the first time, we're talking about our future waiting for the Messiah and the end of time."

Waiting together?

"No," Mr. Riccardi said. "But waiting close to each other."




Associated Press
Praise for Vatican Paper on Jews
Candice Hughes, AP Writer
ROME (AP)

A leader of Rome's Jewish community praised a new Vatican document that says Christians should respect the Jewish wait for a messiah, but questioned Friday why its release was kept quiet. The document says both Christians and Jews share the wait for a messiah, although Jews are waiting for the first coming and Christians for the second."The Jewish wait for the messiah is not in vain," it says.

Tullia Zevi, an Italian Jewish leader who lives in Rome, said the document, part of an ongoing attempt by the Vatican to improve relations with the Jews, "is very noble in a certain sense. It carries weight."

But the Vatican did nothing to herald the publication of the document, the work of its most important theologian, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It appeared in Rome bookstores as a small volume called The Jewish People and the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Bible. "It is very interesting it was kept in the cooler," Zevi said. "People are questioning why."

The document is viewed as a departure from "Dominus Jesus," a declaration issued by Ratzinger last year that challenged the idea that "one religion is as good as another." That declaration raised criticism from some Jewish and other non-Catholic scholars, and Zevi and others speculate that while the new document was meant to help mend relations, the Roman Catholic Church kept it quiet because it feared dissent within its own ranks. The Vatican denies that."There was no intention to hide it," said a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini.

Zevi said the publication was a positive development in the often strained relationship between the Vatican and Jews, but one that would take some time to be absorbed by religious scholars and communities. "It will be interesting to see what the various strands of Judaism and Catholicism will take out of it," she said. "It took a long time to be born and will take a long time to grow up."

The book—so far published only in French and Italian—was produced by the Pontifical Commission on Biblical Studies. There was no word on when it would be officially released by the Vatican press office. Both Jews and Christians believe in the coming of a messiah to save the world. Christians believe Jesus Christ fulfilled the promise once and promised his followers he would return a second time and take them to heaven.




Vatican recognizes Jewish expectations of a Messiah
Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 2:12 pm

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On January 18, 2002 the Vatican issued what some Jewish scholars are calling an important document that explicitly says, "The Jewish wait for the Messiah is not in vain."

The scholarly work, effectively a rejection of and apology for the way some Christians have viewed the Old Testament, was signed by the pope's theologian, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

A number of Jewish scholars and leaders said they were pleased but stunned and would have to take some time to digest fully the complicated, 210-page study, published in French and Italian.

"This is something altogether new, especially compared with the earlier document from Ratzinger that was so controversial," said Rabbi Alberto Piattelli, a professor and leader of the Jewish community in Rome. "This latest declaration is a step forward" in closing the wounds opened by that earlier document, Rabbi Piattelli said. "It recognizes the value of the Jewish position regarding the wait for the Messiah, changes the whole exegesis of biblical studies and restores our biblical passages to their original meaning. I was surprised."

It is interesting to note that according to Jewish belief the Messiah is expected to be a mortal person who, through charisma, background and power, proves to be the actual redeemer. By experiencing the Ruach, a Jew can finally experience Judaism as a living force that nourishes, heals and gives evidence of His Spirit during the End Times:

Ruach, the breath of God experienced daily as cool breeze/wind 1

Ruach, the breath of God experienced daily as cool breeze/wind 2

The connections between various spiritual traditions and Judaism are vast. Not only that, the experience that Shri Mataji can bring to Jews, or anybody else for that matter, goes far beyond the expectations that any Jew (with the exception of the Jewish mystics, known as Kabbalists) has ever entertained.

This experience of the direct perception and sensation of Ruach has become commonplace with those meditating on the Messiah. Hundreds of thousands and even perhaps millions of people from every corner of the Earth are feeling for the first time the existence of God on their central nervous systems. This experience transcends all religious and cultural boundaries. Shri Mataji shows its practitioners the universality of all the religions of the world. This experience is described in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity, Greek Mythology, as well as most other spiritual paths. This experience is also perfectly described in Judaism. So we can say that Sahaja Yoga is not a religion, but a tool to shed light on religion. And when we bring the Light of Truth into Judaism, we can see how fantastic it is.

The basic experience of the universal pure religion (as described by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi) is a very simple, yet powerful evolutionary process that initially takes place on the central nervous system. Through pure desire and the Divine Compassion of God, the dormant spiritual energy in a person is awakened, creating an enlightened personality. The Torah clearly describes this in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 11, verses 16-17 and 25:

— 16: And the Lord said unto Moses: "Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee.
— 17: And I will come down and speak with thee there; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
— 25: And the Lord came down to the tent in the cloud; and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders; and when it came to pass, that, when the spirit came upon them, they prophesied."

This spirit which is described is a reflection of the pure desire of God in a human being. It is an innate energy which lies in the sacrum bone, or the triangular shaped bone at the base of the spinal column. The word sacrum comes from the word sacred, because the ancient Greeks, of whose language so much English is based, knew that the sacrum bone was a sacred bone, and that it housed this sacred energy. The spirit spoken of is actually the Shechina, or the Divine Presence that protects a human being from evil. The word spirit means wind. It is important to note that this energy is described as a wind, for when it is flowing, it feels like a cool breeze emitting from the body. The word Shechina comes from the Hebrew word shochem, which means to reside. The Shechina is the One who resides in the sacrum bone.

In Her upward journey, the Shechina (or Kundalini) passes through a number of centers which are expressed in the human anatomy as the nerve plexuses of the central nervous system. In Sahaja Yoga, these centers have been called chakras for thousands of years. There are numerous ancient drawings that exhibit these chakras, and they are rendered with complete anatomical accuracy. This was all done without any knowledge of human physiology, so it is quite obvious that the source of this knowledge must be spiritual in nature. The word chakra means wheel in Sanskrit, and indeed, they spin like wheels. They contain the pure qualities as designed by God that every being possesses. The chakras and their Divine energy were envisioned by the Jewish prophet Ezekiel, in Chapter 1, Verses 19- 21:

— 19: And when the living creatures went, the wheels went hard by them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the bottom, the wheels were lifted up.
— 20: Whither so ever the spirit was to go, as spirit was to go thither, so they went; and the wheels were lifted up beside them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
— 21: When those went, these went; and when those stood, and these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up beside them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

In Judaism we find the same knowledge of Sahaja Yoga was found through spiritual pursuit and serves the same purpose. The Kabbalah, which is the core of the Law as taught by Moses, describes the Sefirot. The Sefirot are the centers of divine qualities in the spiritual body of a person. They are ten in number, and they correspond perfectly to the chakras in their location and their qualities. When one considers the discrepancy in the number of chakras and sefirot, one finds that it is merely an instance of two slightly different interpretations of the same system. A few sefirot are viewed in there different aspects as separate sefirot, where as the chakra model establishes a connection, and therefore views them as one. Furthermore, while the Sefirot are numbered as ten, they are described as residing on seven different levels.

But the result is the same. When the Shechina is awakened, it nourishes these centers which are the milestones of our evolution. In doing so, we begin to feel and emit the true qualities that every human being possesses. The joy and peace of this experience is a deeply profound one, and one that can carry the practitioner to an entirely new and ascendant level of consciousness, the consciousness of the Spirit.

This is clearly expressed in many areas of the Torah, but especially in Solomon's Proverbs, Chapter 3, Verses 13-18:

— 13: Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that obtaineth understanding.
— 14: For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
— 15: She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire cannot be compared unto Her.
— 16: Length of Days are in Her right hand; in Her left hand are riches and honour.
— 17: Her ways are ways of pleasantness; and all Her paths are peace.
— 18: She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon Her, and happy is everyone that holdeth Her fast.

That tree is the Shechina. That tree is the Kundalini. And that tree is growing in humanity now. As a Jew is "the One who knows', so is every participant in the Last Judgment "the one who has become". Truly, they are meant to be one and the same.

Millennia ago it was said that all who believe in the Messiah will busy themselves trying to know the Lord. Therefore, they will be great sages, knowing things hidden from the vast majority. They will obtain a knowledge of their Creator as far as possible by human understanding; "For the earth shall be full with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9).

Jai Shri Mataji


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