Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit


Aramaic Made EZ by Danny Mahar
Aramaic Made EZ
"Where then do we go for direct textual evidence that the Holy Spirit was, in the origins of Christianity, considered feminine? We go to the existing Greek minuscules copied in the early part of the last millennium to find only circumstantial evidence. Likewise, as we go to the earlier copied Greek uncials, the Byzantine copies, the eastern Syriac Peshitta, and the Old Latin we find some peripheral corroboration. Then when we go to the earlier copied Old Syriac that predates the Peshitta we find a pearl of great price. In the most ancient of the rare Old Syriac copies, the Siniatic Palimpsest, from the 4th or 5th century, found in the Covenant of St. Catherine in the Sinia by Mrs. Anes Lewis and transcribed by Syriac Professor R.L. Bensly of Cambridge University in 1892, the words of Jesus in John 14:26 read: But She—the Spirit-the Paraclete whom He will send to you-my Father-in my name—She will teach you everything; She will remind you of that which I have told you."


The Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit
On the Orthodox Revision of the Gender of the Holy Spirit

Jaroslav Siefert, one of the Nobel Prize winning poets, has said that if you want to know truth look to the heretics. Jesus Christ said that his words are truth. Jesus, himself, by most at the time was considered the worst of heretics and even today in secrets of some hearts he is considered the same and worthy of his humiliating death. Paul, in his time, was, and to this day, is considered by many as a chief heretic. He, too, was personally silenced by execution. Marcion, a labeled second century heretic whose actions insured that the Pauline letters would be preserved, was also silenced in a differing and more enduring way.

When we look for truth along the bloody trail of the heretics what they said needs to be harmonized with the words about and from the chief heretic, Jesus Christ. In of itself, being labeled a heretic does not guarantee the truth of the entire message or even any part of it. If the message of the heretic does harmonize with scripture then we have truth. Martin Luther was considered a heretic by the then established church because he proclaimed that justification came by faith rather than works. It became evident from scripture that his words on the subject, in the end, were true. It was fortunate that he was given the time to develop his message and the means to make it known to a large number of hearers; otherwise, he and his message, as others were, could have been swept under the rug of personal destruction so that we all could still be paying the church to justify our dead family members.

When we look to the heretics we have two problems. First, we have the tactics used to destroy what is considered heretical. The initial response to a heretic is silence so that a response does not draw the attention of others. If the apparent heresy persists the heretic is punished by character assassination or public humiliation so that others tremble at the thought of adopting the heresy. Finally, if possible the means of the state are used to silence the heresy as it was with the Arian controversy of the fourth century. The heretic's words are adulterated to obscure the so-called heresy and to convict him. Tertullian, who was an educated Roman attorney, used his skill to convict someone by selectively using Marcion's words to counter his so-called heresy. Like Tertullian's writings against Marcion, many times what we have existent today of the heretics words were written by those who detested them. It has been said that whether a leader is determined to be good or bad is based on who writes the history books. In the case of Marcion, since all of his own writings and writings in support of him were destroyed, we have only had one side of the story. The second problem we have is that in places the words of the original scripture have been altered purposefully to eliminate what the Orthodox Church considered as heresy and its possible resurgence. This chapter concerns what I believe is one of the most detrimental alterations of this kind from the texts.

To expose this alteration we ask from our understandings of the nature of man what could have been the scenario that precipitated this probable internment of truth. We search among the accumulated historical debris of some considered church fathers for their silence or fragmented relics of truth amongst their criticisms. We also search the words of some who were people of conscience who left us a record of the possible alternatives to what they were to record for acceptance within the Orthodox Church. Next we look to the minute detail of the text itself and then to the scope of all scripture to synthesize our understandings of truth. Finally, we consider, that if this is true, what are the implications for faith today.

For this study we have begun by focusing on the heretic, Marcion, who was noted disparagingly as a facilitator of the so-called Gnostic heresy. What gem or gems of truth can we sift from the historical remnants of the Gnostics' beliefs through the detail of the texts and the scope of scripture to find this pertinent heresy? According to Elaine Pagels' enlightening book, The Gnostic Gospels, one of the established church's primary fears of and primary accusations of the Gnostics was that they were attracting large numbers of women and having women minister in contrast to the Orthodox Church. Was there a basis in ancient scripture for the fundamental belief in the value of women in their churches or was this a "throw back" to the more proximate pagan prophetesses and goddesses in Greek religion? From a variety of sources in their writings it is apparent that they believed that the Holy Spirit was the feminine spouse of God the Father. As one moves on, I believe that one will see that they had justification from a basis in scripture for this belief.

G. Zuntz, the noted higher critic, from his lifetime of examining the oldest Greek texts and textual fragments from the third century forward, writes that there was no attempt in the West to maintain the integrity of the original texts until Jerome produced the Latin Vulgate at the request of the papacy in the fourth century. Zuntz, by using the standard practice of textual comparison, in his detailed analysis of the oldest Pauline manuscript, notes, in his book, The Text of the Epistles, numerous places where the text has been altered. Jerome, himself, in letters to his colleagues, bewails the fact that he has so many variant texts to select from for the compilation of a standardized version. At one point before him he has the old Hieronymian text and its revision. He says," The differences throughout are clear and striking.” In his writings he does leave us a clue to the subject at hand. At one point he has before him the Gospel to the Hebrews written in Aramaic used by the Syrian Christians which, as some now say, was the forerunner to the gospel of Matthew and predated the four canonical gospels. In it, Jerome says that the Holy Spirit is expressed in the feminine gender and is considered The Mother in law of the soul. (Library 11, commentary in Isaiah, chapter 11: Library 2, commentary. In Micah 7.6) So here is some additional external evidence from an unrelated source that the Holy Spirit was originally considered feminine.

Where then do we go for direct textual evidence that the Holy Spirit was, in the origins of Christianity, considered feminine? We go to the existing Greek minuscules copied in the early part of the last millennium to find only circumstantial evidence. Likewise, as we go to the earlier copied Greek uncials, the Byzantine copies, the eastern Syriac Peshitta, and the Old Latin we find some peripheral corroboration. Then when we go to the earlier copied Old Syriac that predates the Peshitta we find a pearl of great price. In the most ancient of the rare Old Syriac copies, the Siniatic Palimpsest, from the 4th or 5th century, found in the Covenant of St. Catherine in the Sinia by Mrs. Anes Lewis and transcribed by Syriac Professor R.L. Bensly of Cambridge University in 1892, the words of Jesus in John 14:26 read:

But She—the Spirit-the Paraclete whom He will send to you-my Father-in my name—She will teach you everything; She will remind you of that which I have told you.

(Translation courtesy of Danny Mahar, author of Aramaic Made EZ)

In both the Hebrew and Aramaic language the word spirit is in the feminine gender but in the Greek language it is neuter. It is the Greek neuter word, pnuema, that was employed by the ancient Septuagint translators of the Hebrew Old Testament when they translated the feminine ruach into Greek. The authors who wrote in Greek were limited in expressing the Holy Spirit in the feminine by the constraints of the language. In addition, signposts directing one to the feminine nature of the Holy Spirit may have been removed or altered. Bart Ehrman, writes in his book, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, that from his comparative analysis, the Orthodox Church altered the texts to counter various beliefs considered heresies, especially during the time of Marcion, when they were compiling their own canon of the four gospels. It was the early gospel of John that was a favorite of the Gnostics and considered heretical by the Orthodox Church according to textual critic Walter Bauer. What if to sustain their developing male hierarchy and to contain the growth of the Marcionite and Gnostic churches and their attractiveness to women, the orthodox revisionists altered additional signposts to this feminine aspect of the Holy Spirit and emphasized their modified canon to counter Marcion's canon of Luke and the Pauline letters and the Gnostics beliefs? When we add the evidence in the scope of scripture and the historical evidence of conflict between the Orthodox Church and the Gnostics, I believe one can consider this likely.

(It is also interesting to note in the context of early church history that the Gnostics' writings rarely refer to the orthodox canon of the four gospels and over time refer less and less to it. Could it have been that they were aware of the revisions concerning the feminine gender of the Holy Spirit and had no desire to give credence to the altered canon used by the Orthodox Church to stifle them? This, I believe, eventually worked to their detriment, because it seems that groups of Gnostics diverged widely from the scripture as a whole. Could it be that they, in their portion of separation, were eventually reversed and, in a different manner, twisted in disarray?)

When we move forward and consider the witness of the stars where no man's hand can make alterations, the feminine gender of the Holy Spirit becomes more likely. Moses, in writing the book of Genesis, proclaims that the luminous celestial bodies in the darkness of night's heaven and the sun's brilliant light are for signs. Signs are symbols that point to something beyond themselves. Half of the major constellations are named with Semitic words that are feminine. In fact, within and in proximity to many of these major constellations are signs that point to a male-female interrelation. Joseph Seiss' book The Gospel of the Stars, states that the two figures in Gemini, according to the most ancient Zodiac of Dendra, are not identical twins but those of a man and woman walking hand in hand. He goes on to say, that the word Gemini in the original Hebrew, Arabic and Syriac does not carry so much the idea of two brought forth at the same birth as it does the idea of a long betrothal brought to its consummation in perfect marriage. The old Coptic name of this sign signifies "The completely joined.” The constellation of Virgo, which represents the woman about to bring forth, has above it in the sky the constellation Bootes that is named with a masculine noun. Peter, in his second epistle, calls light in darkness and the dawning sun a "more sure word of prophecy" than even the voice from heaven heard on the Mount of Transfiguration. (II Peter 1:19)

Why could it be then that the second century theologians and translators were blinded to the importance of the femininity of the Holy Spirit? The power of Rome, in which Western culture is deeply rooted, was built on the three disciplines of virtus, pietas, and fides. Virtus conveys the idea of an individual's harmonious integration. According to Pierre Grimal, a professor of Latin literature at the Sorbonne, this harmonious integration may not be what we first think. He writes," When a Roman spoke of virtus he was less likely to mean conformity to abstract values than spontaneous assertion by action of the essential virile qualities of self mastery — granting to the feminine weakness, with a certain contempt, the characteristic of impotentia sui, an inability to control its nature.” In the second century, in the West, the educated Roman male who was trained in this discipline of male self-mastery became the bishop or the theologian. Because of the prestige and power of Rome these exerted pressure on the Eastern churches to conform to their doctrines. In the third century the Roman bishop actually excommunicated all the Eastern churches that would not change the date of Easter from the Hebrew calendar's date that corresponded to a day determined by each year's particular lunar cycles to a consistently prescribed Sunday based on the Julian calendar. In time even the power and influence of the Roman Emperor began to be used by the West to settle doctrinal disputes with the Eastern churches.

The Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit
On the Orthodox Revision of the Gender of the Holy Spirit

(Excerpted from the manuscript, A Journey Unto Revelation's End, by Steve Santini)


The Gospel of John inthe Light of Indian Mysticism
"The masculine association with the Holy Spirit in English is derived from the corresponding Latin phrase, Spiritus Sanctus. This in its turn is the translation of the Greek word pneuma, which is neuter. Although the Gospels are written in Greek, in the circles of Jesus and his disciples the language of ordinary usage was Aramaic, whereas Hebrew was used for sacred purposes. The two words from Hebrew that are both translated into Greek as pneuma are rhuh and shekinah. However, both of these words in Hebrew are feminine.”

The Gospel of John inthe Light of Indian Mysticism, Ravi Ravindra, page 18




The Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit
Addendum I
The Apostle Paul's Usage of the Divine Feminine
By Steve Santini
Pentecost 2014

"The defining text for the feminine nature of the Holy Spirit is that of the ancient Aramaic gospels in the Siniatic Palimpsest.[1] The underlying second century Aramaic text of the palimpsest is written in the dialect Jesus had spoken among his followers. According to the first rule of textual criticism the oldest text carries the most weight as to what the original text of scripture revealed. The Siniatic Palimpsest predates the oldest Greek biblical text in the Codex Sinaiticus and Jerome's Latin translation by roughly 200 years and next oldest Aramaic text in the Peshitta by about 300 years.[2]

During the last several centuries, after accumulating and comparing a stream of ancient Greek and Aramaic texts dating from the first millennium, scholars have realized that over time the original text of scripture had been changed through mistakes, ignorance and biases, among other reasons.[3]

The Greek Codex Sinaiticus was a compilation from a number of earlier Greek texts that no longer exist. It is evident from the editors' notes with the text that revisions of these earlier texts had been made to produce this codex. Constantine Tischendorf, who discovered the codex in the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai where the palimpsest was later discovered, asserted the codex was one of 50 copies commissioned by Emperor Constantine. As such this revised codex became a standard text in the empire.

The commission for this Greek codex was made in 331 AD, six years after the first church council at Nicaea in Asia Minor. The resulting proclamation from this council made no mention of the nature and function of the Holy Spirit. The second church council held in Constantinople in 360 AD further obfuscated the nature and function of the Holy Spirit by erroneously identifying the Holy Spirit as the spirit of truth.[4] [5]

By the fifth century the eastern churches had followed suit by producing the revised and standardized Peshitta. This version was written in Eastern Aramaic. In a number of areas it contradicted the ancient Aramaic of the Siniatic Palimpsest and contradicted some textual quotations in ancient Aramaic by earlier Eastern Church fathers.[6] In the sixth century, since the earlier text of the Siniatic Palimpsest was no longer favored it was copied over with a history of female church martyrs.”

The Feminine Gender of the Holy Spirit
http://www.musterion8.com/theiotes.html
Web (May 14, 2015)

[1] A palimpsest is a text that has been written over an older text. For economies and practicalities writers and copyists would scrape text from much older velum texts that had fallen into disuse and reuse them for more current subjects. With careful examination by the use of more modern technologies the older underlying text can be recovered. Old Syriac is another term used for ancient Aramaic. Some scholars call the Siniatic Palimpsest the Old Syriac Palimpsest.
[2] Agnes S. Lewis, The old Syriac gospels, or Evangelion Da-MepharreshĂȘ', London, 1910 p. iv, v http://archive.org/stream/oldsyriacgospels00lewirich#page/iv/mode/2up & http://archive.org/stream/oldsyriacgospels00lewirich#page/v/mode/2up & International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 8479.37 \(3) Sinaitic Syriac, 1915 http://www.studylight.org/encyclopedia/isb/view.cgi?n=8465
[3] The percentage of errors, insertions and revisions in the Codex Sinaiticus is relatively small. Most are insignificant and thereby inconsequential. But there are some that blatantly alter Christian doctrine, practice or history. See: http://www.musterion8.com/undivided.html
[4] The Homoian Creed, from the Council of Constantinople, 360 AD, http://www.fourthcentury.com/index.php/the-homoian-creed/
[5] Chapter fourteen of John's gospel records two comforters. Verses 16 through 25 pertain to the spirit of truth. Verse 26 begins with the word but. In the Greek text the word for but is de. De is a moderately contrasting conjunction. The remainder of verse 26 pertains to the Holy Spirit rather than the spirit of truth within the preceding nine verses. In verse 16 of the Siniatic Palimpsest the Aramaic noun for the spirit of truth comforter and its associated nouns are in the masculine gender. In verse 26 of the Siniatic Palimpsest the Aramaic noun for the Holy Spirit comforter and its associated pronouns are in the feminine gender. Jesus describes the Holy Spirit comforter as one that will reiterate and teach all that he has said and done when he was with them, while he describes the spirit of truth comforter as one that will reveal things to come. (John 16:7-15) See: The Two Comforters of John's Gospel, http://www.musterion8.com/johnsgospel/comforters.html
[6] S. R. Ring, Identifying early Syriac gospel texts, Xth SYMPOSIUM SYRIACUM, last modified 2009, http://www.syriac.talktalk.net/RING_Identifying_early_Syriac_gospel_texts.pdf





"Usage in Hebrew Bible and Hebrew grammar rules allow modifiers of feminine noun 'ruach', meaning 'spirit' to be either masculine or feminine.”

January 21, 2013
Dear Jagbir and all,

Hebrew is the original language of the Bible, especially of the Old Testament, with a few parts being in Aramaic. I have done a transcription of the appended video (which shows the Hebrew characters that depict the Holy Spirit) - and these Hebrew characters depict the Holy Spirit in most cases to be a "She", that is," the Divine Feminine.”

Most passages depicting the Holy Spirit in modern Bibles depict Her in the neuter or masculine gender. So, something has been lost over time in the translations/knowledge. The translators did not have the Gnosis/Knowledge of Sahaja Yoga that we have received from the Holy Spirit-Paraclete at this time, and moreover, they were very focussed on the Patriarchy and patriarchal matters, that is," the Divine Masculine.”

This has resulted in knowledge of the Divine Feminine being obscured from the reality/everyday life of human beings, especially that of those coming from the western religious worldview. In other words, they didn't know She existed!! They didn't know that the Holy Spirit spoken of in their Bibles, is the Divine Mother. To them, the Holy Spirit is an obscure personality of the Godhead that is depicted as either neuter or masculine in gender.

It is therefore no wonder that western Christians are often quite confused about the role and identity of the Holy Spirit, because when you have a Father-God and a Son-God, it is most confusing to leave out The Mother-God!! It just goes against all known human and divine principles to have a Father, a Son, but no Mother....This is why a lot of western Christians have had a hard time understanding the role of the Holy Spirit, because they don't understand Her as the Divine Mother, or the Feminine Principle/Power of the Universe.

While the Father-God is given a gender (masculine) and the Son-God is given a gender (masculine) - the Holy Spirit is also given a masculine/or neuter gender. This makes the gender-identity very one-sided and nature is not that way. Rather, nature is balanced in all aspects, as designed by the Creator Father-Mother-God: "As above, so below"- and so it is.

As already stated, western Christians had no idea that The Mother-God was even missing, due to the above-described patriarchal worldview. They had no idea that their unsure masculine/neuter gender identity for the Holy Spirit could be due to having missed out on an understanding of the existence of The Mother-God aspect of the Trinity, which includes God the Father, God The Mother, and God the Son.... And as children of God the Father and God The Mother, we can come into conscious spiritual unity with our true, spiritual parents through our Second Birth or Self-realization, which is an internal experience of becoming "one with the Divine" whereby not just intellectually, but in a very deep internal way, we KNOW that we are a spark of that Divine Unity within our very own being itself!

The 'missing Divine Mother' has actually been there all along, even within our very own selves. Most of the western world would have read or heard about a Divine Mother by now, though they may still not believe in Her or recognize Her within -"She" being the Holy Spirit of whom the Spirit-Paraclete, Shri Mataji, spoke and taught about - just like Jesus explained that another Paraclete, like Himself, would do!

The missing piece of the puzzle - the "Mother-God" that goes along with the rest of the trinity that includes the Father-God and Son-God is a puzzle no longer. As suggested above, some will still deny that She exists as The Mother-God, because they cannot clearly read about Her, as such, in their English Christian Bibles, and also because they have this Christian conditioning that has accompanied them for so long, that there's only the Father-God and the Son-God, but no Mother-God.

However, at this time of immense spiritual worldview transformation, at this time of the Last Judgment and Resurrection that has been potentially made into a beautiful time instead of a doomful time through the teachings of the Paraclete that Jesus sent, increasing numbers of Christians are realizing/recognizing that not only do they have a Divine Father and Divine Son, but that they have a Divine Mother too! They are starting to understand that the original source material of their Bibles, undoubtedly of the "Old Testament", comes from the Hebrew language, with a few parts in Aramaic - and this source material recognizes the Holy Spirit as a "SHE.”

To show this (and I hope you will find the Hebrew translation as breathtaking and touching as I have), the transcription of the youtube video (titled," PROOF Female HOLY SPIRIT, a SHE in Bible - Hebrew feminine more than grammatical gender") is appended.

regards,

violet


Title of youtube video: PROOF Female HOLY SPIRIT, a SHE in Bible - Hebrew feminine more than grammatical gender (see URL below)

(Transcription from video to words - 22/01/2013):

Remember, Hebrew is the original language of the Bible - undoubtedly of the "Old Testament", with a few parts in Aramaic.

Job 3:4 [in the original Hebrew source/language] literally reads,

The SPIRIT of El,
SHE-made-me,
and, the BREATH of Shaddai,
SHE-is-keeping-me-alive

Numbers 11:26 [in the original Hebrew source/language] literally reads,

and the SPIRIT,
SHE-rested upon them...
and they prophesied in the camp.

Psalm 143:10 [in the original Hebrew source/language] literally reads,

THY SPIRIT is good;
SHE-shall-lead me
into the land of uprightness

Isaiah 11:1-2 [in the original Hebrew source/language] literally reads,

There shall come forth a Rod out of the Stem of Jesse,
and a Branch shall grow out of HIS Roots
and the SPIRIT of YAHUVEH SHE-shall-rest-upon-him
-the SPIRIT of Wisdom and Understanding
the SPIRIT of Counsel and Might,
the SPIRIT of Knowledge and of the Fear of YAHUVEH

[In the original Hebrew source/language there is a] Female HOLY SPIRIT in:

Genesis 1:2, Exodus 31:3; 35:31, Numbers 11:26; 24:2, Judges 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 14:6,19; 15:14, 1 Samuel 10:6,10; 11:6; 16:13,14; 19:20,23, Job 26:13; 33:4; Psalms 51:12; 143:10, Nehemiah 9:20, 1 Chronicles 12:18, 2 Chronicles 15:1; 20:14; 24:20, 2 Kings 2:15, Isaiah 11:2; 40:7; 59:19, Ezekiel 1:12,20,21; 2:2; 3:12,14,24; 8:3; 11:1,5,24; 36:26; 37:1; 43:5, Haggai 2:5

For the interlinear Bible pictured in this video, visit scripture4all.org

[Old Testament]:

http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Hebrew_Index.htm

[New Testament]:

http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Greek_Index.htm

(Not all interlinear Bibles show modifying verbs' gender).

The usage in the Hebrew Bible and Hebrew grammar rules allow modifiers of this feminine noun (ruach - meaning spirit) to be either masculine OR feminine. This means a Hebrew author shows by the modifiers if a spirit is actually a male person.

However, the author of Scripture, 'WHO is the HOLY SPIRIT' (2 Peter 1:20-21) identified HERSELF as being a female NOT a male person (by the modifiers). This is absolute proof of the HOLY SPIRIT'S gender. Not all interlinear Bibles contain this information. For the interlinear Bible pictured in this video, visit scripture4all.org

In Old Testament Scriptures, the phrase "RUACH Ha KADOSH" (Hebrew for HOLY SPIRIT) is rarely found (Psalm 51:10-12; Isaiah 63:10-11), but "RUACH YAHUVEH" and "RUACH ELOHIM" (Hebrew for Spirit of [the Lord] YAHUVEH and Spirit of God) among others are often used for the HOLY SPIRIT. These are given feminine instead of masculine modifiers, clearly identifying the HOLY SPIRIT as FEMALE. This is true and can be confirmed, for example, in an interlinear Bible. But keep in mind, a FEW times RUACH YAHUVEH and RUACH ELOHIM have masculine modifiers.

However, in these cases, they refer to YAHUVEH the Father, which explains the masculine modifiers as in 2 Samuel 23:2-3 for example, which literally reads,

RUACH YAHUVEH HE-spoke to me and HIS-declaration was on my-tongue. The God of Israel HE-said, the Rock of Israel HE-spoke...

The context in these cases shows it is not the Person of the HOLY SPIRIT, but YAHUVEH being described here in HIS very Fatherly masculine role ABBA (Father) YAHUVEH - the Supreme Power and Authority over all.

On the other hand, Jews have always known the HOLY SPIRIT to be the female aspect/part of God - submissive to the Father YAHUVEH, and yet part of HIM, an emanation of HIM sent to do HIS will (John 14:26; 15:26).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEhRXACPaf4




THE APOCALYPSE OF THE SPIRIT-PARACLETE
The fulfillment of the promised divine eschatological instruction
“The original meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’, derived from the Greek apokalypsis, is in fact not the cataclysmic end of the world, but an ‘unveiling’, or ‘revelation’, a means whereby one gains insight into the present.” (Kovacs, 2013, 2) An apocalypse (Greek: apokalypsis meaning “an uncovering”) is in religious contexts knowledge or revelation, a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.” (Ehrman 2014, 59)
Shri Mataji
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923-2011) was Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
“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, 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 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)
Stephen E. Witmer, Divine instruction in Early Christianity   
F. B. Meyer, Love to the Utmost Robert Kysar, John, the Maverick Gospel 
Danny Mahar, Aramaic Made EZ Lucy Reid, She Changes Everything
David Fleer, Preaching John's Gospel: The World It Imagines Berard L. Marthaler, The Creed: The Apostolic Faith in Contemporary Theology
George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament In Spirit and Truth, Benny Thettayil
Jesus and His Own: A Commentary on John 13-17 Marianne Meye Thompson, The God of the Gospel of John
Eric Eve, The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles D. R. Sadananda, The Johannine Exegesis of God: an exploration into the Johannine understanding of God
Michael Welker, God the Spirit Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament
Tricia Gates Brown, Spirit in the writings of John Michael Welker, The work of the Spirit: pneumatology and Pentecostalism
Robert Kysar, Voyages with John: Charting the Fourth Gospel John F. Moloney, The Gospel of John
Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith Robert Kysar, John
Robert E. Picirilli, The Randall House Bible Commentary George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament 
“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

“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

“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 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 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

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.”
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 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

“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

“They are going, by the Holy Spirit's power, to be part of the greatest miracle of all, bringing men to salvation.”
R. 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).”
G. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament


“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 MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
London, UK—December 2, 1979


“I am the one about which Christ has talked... I am the Holy Spirit who has incarnated on this Earth for your realization.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
New York, USA—September 30, 1981


“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 MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Cowley Manor Seminar, UK—July 31, 1982


Guest: “Hello Mother.”
Shri Mataji: “Yes.”
Guest: “I wanted to know, is the Cool Breeze (Pneuma) that you have spoken about, you feel on the hands the Cool Wind of the Holy Spirit, as spoken about in the Bible?”
Shri Mataji: “Yes. Yes, yes, same thing, same thing. You have done the good job now, I must say.”
Interviewer: “Is it the Holy Spirit?”
Shri Mataji: “Yes, of course, is the Holy Spirit.”
Guest: “Aha... I am feeling it now on my hand through the [not clear]”
Shri Mataji: “It’s good.”
Interviewer: “Did you want to say anything more than that?”
Guest: “No, I just... That’s all I wanted to know because I...”
Shri Mataji: “Because you are thoughtless now. Enjoy yourself.”
Guest: “Thank you.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Talkback Radio 2UE, Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1981
(The guest experienced the Cool Breeze [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] of the Spirit through the baptism [second birth by Spirit/Kundalini awakening] given by the Comforter Shri Mataji over the radio. )


Second Guest: “I just want to ask Mother about a quotation from the Bible.”
Interviewer: “Yes, what’s that?”
Guest: “It says, ‘But the comfort of the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in My name would teach you all things.’ I would like to ask Her about that.”
Interviewer: “Could you just repeat the quotation again?”
Guest: “But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things.”
Interviewer: “And that’s from where?”
Guest: “John chapter 14, verse 26.”
Shri Mataji: “I think you should take your realization and then you will know the answer to it. Because, logically if it points out to one person, then you have to reach the conclusion, isn’t it? That’s a logical way of looking at things. But I am not going to say anything or claim anything. It is better you people find out yourself.”
Interviewer: “Does that answer your question?”
Guest: “Is the, is the Comforter on the Earth at the present time? Has the Comforter incarnated? Mataji should be able to tell us this because She said that through these vibrations on Her hands, She ...”
Shri Mataji: “Yes, She is very much here and She’s talking to you now. Can you believe that?”
Guest: “Well, I feel something cool [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] on my hand. Is that some indication of the ...?”
Shri Mataji: “Yes, very much so. So that’s the proof of the thing. You’ve already started feeling it in your hands.”
Guest: “Can I?”
Shri Mataji: “Ask the question, ‘Mother, are you the Comforter?’”
Guest: “Mother, are you the Comforter?”
Shri Mataji: “Ask it thrice.”
Guest: “Mother, are you the Comforter?”
Shri Mataji: “Again.”
Guest: “Mother, are you the Comforter?”
Shri Mataji: “Now, what do you get?”
Guest: “Oh, I feel this kind of cool tingling [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] passing all through my body.”
Shri Mataji: “That’s the answer now.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Talkback Radio 2UE, Sydney, Australia—March 31, 1981
(Another guest also experienced the Cool Breeze [Pneuma/Prana/Chi] of the Spirit through the baptism [second birth by Spirit/Kundalini awakening] given by the Comforter Shri Mataji over the radio. )


Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi (1923-2011): Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage and Paraclete by duty.
The Paraclete and the disciples (vv. 25-26): The theme of departure (cf. vv. 1-6; vv. 18-24) returns. There are two "times" in the experience of the disciples: the now as Jesus speaks to them (v. 25) and the future time when the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, will be with them (v. 26). The Paraclete will replace Jesus' physical presence, teaching them all things and recalling for them everything he has said (v. 26). As Jesus is the Sent One of the Father (cf. 4:34; 5:23; 24, 30, 37; 6:38-40; 7:16; 8:16, 18, 26; 12:44-49), so is the Paraclete sent by the Father. The mission and purpose of the former Paraclete, Jesus (cf. 14:13-14), who speaks and teaches "his own" will continue into the mission and purpose of the "other Paraclete" (cf. v. 16) who teaches and brings back the memory of all that Jesus has said. The time of Jesus is intimately linked with the time after Jesus, and the accepted meaning of a departure has been undermined. The inability of the disciples to understand the words and deeds of Jesus will be overcome as they "remember" what he had said (cf. 2:22) and what had been written of him and done to him (cf. 12:16). The "remembering" will be the fruit of the presence of the Paraclete with the disciples in the in-between-time. In v. 16 Jesus focused on the inability of the world to know the Paraclete, but in v. 26 the gift of the Paraclete to "his own" is developed. As Jesus was with the disciples (v. 25), so will the Paraclete be with the disciples in the midst of hostility and rejection (v. 16). As the story has insisted that Jesus' teaching has revealed God to his disciples, so will the Paraclete recall and continue Jesus' revelation of God to the disciples (v. 26).” (Harrington 1998, 412)

“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 MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
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 MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Easter Puja, London, UK—11 April 1982


“Today, Sahaja Yaga 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 MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
MAHA AVATAR, ISSUE 1, JUL-SEP 1980


“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 all the scriptures of the world. The time has come today that you have to become a Christian, a Brahmin, a Pir, through your Kundalini awakening only. There is no other way. And that your Last Judgment is also now.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh


“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 MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Radio Interview Oct 01 1983—Santa Cruz, USA


The Paraclete Shri Mataji (1923-2011)

Total number of Recorded Talks 3058, Public Programs 1178, Pujas 651 and Other (private conversations) 1249

“What are they awaiting but for the Hour to come upon them suddenly? Its Signs have already come. What good will their Reminder be to them when it does arrive?” (Qur'n, 47:18) “As the above verse indicates, God has revealed some of Doomsday's signs in the Qur'n. In Surat az-Zukhruf 43:61, God informs us that 'He [Jesus] is a Sign of the Hour. Have no doubt about it...' Thus we can say, based particularly on Islamic sources but also on the Old Testament and the New Testament, that we are living in the End Times.” Harun Yahya

Good News (An Naba) of Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah): Videos 3474, Audios 1945, Transcripts 3262 and Events 2413

“Concerning what are they disputing?
Concerning the Great News. [5889]
About which they cannot agree.
Verily, they shall soon (come to) know!
Verily, verily they shall soon (come to) know!”

surah 78:1-5 An Naba (The Great News)
5889. Great News: usually understood to mean the News or Message of the Resurrection.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n
Amana Corporation, 1989


[Moderator]: “Any other questions?”
[Audience]: “Pardon me for asking this question, but, earlier you talked about the Resurrection and you mentioned about the scriptures, where like in the Hindus scriptures they talk about the Kalki Avatar who will come for the Resurrection, and for the Christians, I know they talk about the return of Christ and all the religions talk about this Resurrection and the belief in the coming of the Messiah. So I just want to know since you say you are going to give the resurrection to us, what is your station?”

Shri Mataji: “In Russia?”
[Audience]: “And are you the promised Messiah? Shri Mataji, are you?”
Shri Mataji: “I see now I am not going to tell you anything about myself, to be very frank. Because see Christ said He was the Son of God, and they crucified Him. I don't want to get crucified. You have to find out. When you become the Spirit you will know what I am. I don't want to say anything about myself.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Toronto, Canada—October 5, 1993

“Jesus then goes on the offensive against the scribes and Pharisees, pronouncing seven woes against them (Matt. 23:1-36). The final woe identifiers them with all those in Israel's history who have murdered and opposed the prophets. From Abel to Zechariah, all the blood of the righteous will come on them as they typologically fulfill this pattern in the murder of Jesus (23:29-36). They are the wicked tenants who think to kill the son and take his inheritance (21:38). They are seed of the serpent, a brood of vipers (23:33). Their house (the temple?) is desolate, and they will not see Jesus again until they bless him as he comes in the name of the Lord (23:37-39). Somehow, through the judgments Jesus announces against them, salvation will apparently come even for the people of Israel. As Olmstead puts it, Matthew "dares to hope for the day when many of Israel's sons and daughters will embrace Israel's Messiah (23:39), and in that hope engages in a continued mission in her.”” Hamilton 2010, 377


“It is the Mother who can awaken the Kundalini, and that the Kundalini is your own Mother. She is the Holy Ghost within you, the Adi Shakti, and She Herself achieves your transformation. By any talk, by any rationality, by anything, it cannot be done.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi


“She is your pure Mother. She is the Mother who is individually with you. Forget your concepts, and forget your identifications. Please try to understand She is your Mother, waiting for ages to give you your real birth. She is the Holy Ghost within you. She has to give you your realization, and She's just waiting and waiting to do it.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh
Sydney, Australia—Mar 22 1981


“The Kundalini is your own mother; your individual mother. And She has tape-recorded all your past and your aspirations. Everything! And She rises because She wants to give you your second birth. But She is your individual mother. You don't share Her with anybody else. Yours is a different, somebody else's is different because the tape-recording is different. We say She is the reflection of the Adi Shakti who is called as Holy Ghost in the Bible.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Press Conference July 08 1999—London, UK

The Great Goddess is both wholly transcendent and fully immanent: beyond space and time, she is yet embodied within all existent beings; without form as pure, infinite consciousness (cit) ... She is the universal, cosmic energy known as Sakti, and the psychophysical, guiding force designated as the Kundalini (Serpent Power) resident within each individual. She is eternal, without origin or birth, yet she is born in this world in age after age, to support those who seek her assistance. Precisely to provide comfort and guidance to her devotees, she presents herself in the Devi Gita to reveal the truths leading both to worldly happiness and to the supreme spiritual goals: dwelling in her Jeweled Island and mergence into her own perfect being.” (Brown, 1998, 2)





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