"The granting of the spirit of holiness is viewed as yet to take place in the eschatological future"- B. D. Smith


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THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS AS ESCHATOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE OF OBEDIENCE IN SECOND-TEMPLE JUDAISM
By Barry D. Smith

Qumran Sectarian Writings

"The Qumran community understands its existence as owing to the eschatological mercy of God.[21] Central to these texts is the assumption that the community represents the beneficiaries of God's present and future eschatological promises. One such promise is the granting of a disposition to obedience,[22] sometimes called in the Qumran sectarian texts 'a spirit of holiness.'[23] Significantly, in the Qumran sectarian texts this eschatological promise is understood as both already realized in the present and yet to be realized in the future.[24]

4.1. 1QS (Rule of the Community)

The Rule of the Community is a composite document serving as something of a constitution for the Qumran community. It provides not only regulations for entrance into the community and the ordering of common life, but also some of the theoretical underpinnings of the sectarian movement. In the Rule there are three references to 'a spirit of holiness' to consider.

4.1.1. 1QS 4.18-21

At His visitation, the time of eschatological salvation and final judgment, God will put an end to the existence of deceit (4.18-19). It is said that 'God will purify by His truth all the works of man and purge for himself some from the sons of man.[25] He will utterly destroy the spirit of deceit from within his flesh' (4.20-21). What is being described is the eschatological removal of the spirit of deceit. The sons of truth may be generally righteous, having a greater portion of the spirit of truth, but they still have a share in the spirit of deceit. Only at the time of God's visitation will the possibility of disobedience to God be eliminated altogether.

The means by which God will carry out this eschatological purging is described in 4.20 as 'his truth'. This important but ambiguous term in this context seems to mean the attribute of God whereby he opposes and ultimately defeats the deceit infecting His creation. Parallel to this, in 4.21 it is said that God will purify 'man'— understood generically—from all evil acts by means of 'a spirit of holiness,' and that God will also sprinkle upon 'man' 'a spirit of truth' like waters of purification. It seems that in this context, at least, these three terms—his [God's] truth, a spirit of holiness and a spirit of truth—are synonymous.[26] Each denotes the means by which God will eschatologically purify the members of the community. [27] Thus 'a spirit of holiness' is a name for an eschatological principle of obedience,[28] the means by which God shall destroy at his visitation the very possibility of disobedience.[29]

4.1.2. 1QS 3.6-8

Although 1QS 4.18-21 anticipates a time in the future when God would render disobedience impossible through purifying human beings by a spirit of holiness, in 1QS 3.6-8, it is said that a spirit of holiness is already present in the community, effecting repentance and atonement.

1QS 2.19-25a specifies what appears to be the procedure for an annual renewal of the covenant by the community. In this context, the case of the one who refuses to enter the covenant is discussed. This one is said to be unable to repent, in order that he might live (3.1). The same 'cannot be purified by atonement, nor be cleansed by the waters of purification, nor sanctify himself in streams and rivers, nor cleanse himself in waters of ablution' (3.4-5). The refusal to enter the community is equated with the inability to repent. The one who cannot repent is cut off from the possibility of atonement and ritual purity. Implicit is the assumption that these can only be procured as a function of entering the covenant.

The reason that atonement is denied to the one who refuses to enter the covenant is explained as follows: 'It is by a spirit of holiness of the community in his [God's] truth that he is cleansed from all his iniquities. It is by an upright and humble spirit that his sin can be atoned.' Atonement occurs by means of 'a spirit of holiness', which is synonymous with 'an upright and humble spirit' (3.7). In other words, atonement occurs when a person enters the community and comes under the influence of a principle of obedience; this naturally leads to repentance, the turning from sin towards obedience to the Torah. In response to repentance God atones for sin, as promised in Lev 26:40-42.[30] Since it is called 'a spirit of holiness of the community', this principle of obedience is accessible only to those who enter the community.[31] The phrase 'in his truth' attached to 'by a spirit of holiness of the community' should probably be taken to mean that the cause of the existence of this spirit of holiness is God's 'truth,' meaning in this context his eschatological mercy and salvation.

The variant reading in 4QS MS A (4Q255) Frg 2 of 'by his holy spirit' rather than 'by a holy spirit' indicates that, in the community's view, this new disposition to obedience characteristic of those who enter the covenant originates with God. That is, the new disposition to obedience comes to human beings from without, being a gift of God's mercy.

This 'spirit of holiness,' or 'upright and humble spirit' is also synonymous with 'a spirit of the true counsel of God' (3.6b), which is likewise said to atone for iniquity: 'For by the spirit of the true counsel of God are the ways of man—all his iniquity— atoned' (3.6b-7a). Assuming that should be translated as 'true counsel,' perhaps the designation 'a spirit of the true counsel of God' emphasizes the cognitive dimension of this new spiritual disposition. The spirit consists of the true counsel of God, for without an understanding of God's will, there can be no proper repentance, since a person must know what God requires to be able to repent. To have this new disposition to obedience results in being able 'to look upon the light of life' (3.7a). To look upon the light is to understand God's will; to do so leads to life. But, as Wernberg- Møller argues, the phrase could be translated as 'the spirit of God's true council,' meaning the spirit possessed by or characterizing God's true council or community. If so, it is parallel to the phrase 'the spirit of holiness of the community' (3.7b).[32]

4.1.3. 1QS 9.3

In 1QS 9.3, it is said that, when established, the community will be 'a foundation of a spirit of holiness in (or of) eternal truth' (9.3). Spirit of holiness seems to refer to the new disposition to obedience that God has granted to the community. Thus the community can be described as 'a foundation of the spirit of holiness,' insofar as this spirit of holiness given by God is ultimately responsible for the existence of the community: it is a foundation consisting of the spirit of holiness. Without it, there would be no repentance, no possibility for the members of 'cleansing their way by separating themselves from deceit' (9.9). The phrase 'in (or of) eternal truth' modifying 'a foundation of a spirit of holiness' makes it unambiguous that this foundation has as its basis in God's 'truth,' which is his eschatological mercy resulting in salvation.

4.1.4. Summary

In the passages from Rule of the Community considered, spirit of holiness denotes an eschatological principle of obedience; it is the disposition to obedience that God in His eschatological mercy has bestowed upon the community. There is, however, a present and a future dimension to this eschatological gift. On the one hand, a spirit of holiness is the means by which God will purify human beings at His visitation (1QS 4.18-21). On the other hand, in two other passages in Rule of the Community (1QS 3.6-8; 9.3), a spirit of holiness is assumed already to exist in the community.[33] One need not, however, resort to the positing of different sources and careless redaction to account for this apparent discrepancy. Rather, to use a well-worn phrase, this juxtaposition of the eschatological present and future betrays the 'already, but not yet' perspective, so characteristic of this Jewish sect. It is a distinctive of the Qumran community's self-understanding that its membership represents the recipients of God's eschatological mercy, foretold in the Hebrew Bible. Not with all Israel, but only with a minority within the nation did God establish his eschatological covenant, or the new covenant, foretold by the prophet Jeremiah. (Of course, potentially, all Jews could be the beneficiaries of God's eschatological blessings on the condition of joining the community.) Yet the establishment of the community is merely the first phase of the realization of God's eschatological salvation. In fact, the members of the community are to be soldiers in the final, but protracted eschatological war. Consequently, it is not contradictory to affirm that a spirit of holiness is given to the community in the present in order to make repentance and atonement possible, and that this same spirit of holiness will function to destroy forever the very possibility of disobedience in the future.[34] (Until God's visitation, the possibility of sin remains open the members of the community, even with a spirit of holiness [see 1QS 3.21-23].)

4.2. 1QSb 1.2 (Blessings)

1QSb contains blessings that are to be recited after the visitation of God, when the sons of darkness and evil have been removed from the world; thus these are eschatological blessings. At that time, the maskil is to bless '[those] who fear [God, do] His will, and keep His ordinances and are strengthened by His s[pirit] of holiness and walk perfectly.' The blessing, in other words, will be directed towards those who obey God, the members of the community. What is significant is that the members of the community after God's visitation are also referred to as those strengthened by God's spirit of holiness. From the context, God's spirit of holiness seems to be an eschatological principle of obedience. That is, at the visitation of God the members will be able to obey God, because they will have been strengthened by God's spirit of holiness.[35]

4.3. 1QH (Thanksgiving Hymns)

In the Thanksgiving Hymns, there are found several references to spirit of holiness as a present reality. In some of these, it is clear that the spirit of holiness is a principle of obedience. A spirit of holiness is granted to the founder and the members of his community, with the result that obedience becomes possible. Without this provision of mercy, obedience would be impossible, since human beings are thought to be naturally weak and sinful.[36] Although it is never stated explicitly, since the community understood its origin and nature in eschatological terms, God's granting a spirit of holiness is the fulfillment of His eschatological promise to make any future disobedience on the part of the Israelites impossible. Of course, the community applies this eschatological promise to itself, not to the whole of the nation.

4.3.1. 1QH 16

In 1QH 16.7 the author refers to being strengthened by a (or your) spirit of holiness. [37] Following this, there occur three more infinitive constructs: 'To adhere to the truth of your covenant, to serve you in truth with a perfect heart, to love your [ ].'[38] Unfortunately, the text is full of lacunae, so that it is not clear how these three infinitive constructs relate to the previous infinitive construct,' to be strengthened by a spirit of holiness.'[39] Nevertheless, it is probable that being strengthened by a spirit of holiness is to be enabled to obey God, since this is the central theme of this passage.[40] (In 1QH 1.31-32 God is said to strengthen the spirit of man, but with no reference to the means, the holy spirit.)

A few lines later the author writes,' I know that no one is righteous except through you' (16.11). On this assumption, the author implores God 'by means of the spirit that God has given 'him' to perfect your [loving] kindnesses to your servant [forever], to purify me by your spirit of holiness' and to draw me near to You by your grace according to your loving kindnesses' (1QH 16.11-12). What is significant is that God's spirit of holiness is said to be the means of purification.[41] The meaning is probably that receiving the spirit of holiness issues in repentance, which results in being purified from sins.[42]

4.3.2. 1QH 7.6-7

In 1QH 7.6-7, the author begins his hymn on a note of thankfulness: 'I thank you, O Lord, that you have supported me with your strength, that you have spread your spirit of holiness ADD Check Hebrew// reference upon me in order that I not stumble.'[43] God enables the founder to carry out his appointed task of leadership within the community against all opposition by means of his spirit of holiness.[44] To stumble would be not only to fail, but to sin against God. The spirit of holiness is a principle of obedience, a new spiritual disposition.

4.3.3. Summary

The fact that God makes obedience possible for the leader of the community and the members of his community is sometimes expressed as God's giving them a spirit of holiness. This spirit of holiness is an eschatological principle of obedience.

5. Conclusion

In the passages examined, spirit of holiness is a functional term denoting an eschatological principle of obedience. It refers to the new, divinely-granted capacity of repentance, which in turn results in atonement.[45] In some of the texts, the granting of the spirit of holiness is viewed as yet to take place, in the eschatological future, whereas in other texts, it is a present eschatological reality. Defined as such, the term spirit of holiness is synonymous with the various expressions in the Hebrew Bible used to describe the means by which Israel will be spiritually transformed at the eschaton. Clearly not every use of the term spirit of holiness in second-Temple Jewish texts has this meaning. Nevertheless, this is a distinctive use of the term.[46]"

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Notes

[21] Indicators of the eschatological self-understanding of the community include: 1. References to "The end of days" or the end time as already present (CD 4.4; 1QpHab 2.5-6; 7.1-8; 4QMMT 99-102; 107; 116). (There are other such references that are futuristic in orientation (CD 6.11; 4QFlor 1.2, 11); 2. The interpretation of the formation of the community as the result of God's restoration, foretold in the prophets (CD 1-4) 3. References to the members of the community as having entered the covenant (1QS; CD) and more significantly, the new covenant (CD A 6.19; 8.21; B 20.12; 1QpHab 2.3) 4. In 4QFlor 2, it is said that the present is the time of the eschatological refining mentioned in Dan 12.

[22] In Qumran sectarian writings, there are several means by which the eschatological imparting of a principle of obedience is expressed other than being granted a spirit of holiness. Obviously dependent on Deut 30:6, which promises that God will circumcise the hearts of post-exilic Israel, 4Q434 (Bless, Oh my Soula) states that God's mercy manifested itself not only in deliverance from enemies but also in the spiritual transformation of the individuals who constituted the community: "He circumcised the foreskins of their hearts ...he has established their feet on the path" (4Q434 1.1.4). Similarly, the author of 4Q436 (Bless, Oh my Soulc) says, .”..you have removed from me, and put a pure heart in its place" (4Q436 1.10), which is dependent on Ps 51:12 where it stands parallel to the phrase "steadfast spirit.” An echo of Jeremiah's prophecy that God will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, which, in part, will result in God's placing His Torah within them and in writing it upon their hearts (Jer 31:31-34) is found in 1QH 4.10-12, where the founder affirms that God has engraved His Torah upon his heart. (Of course, in two places in the Damascus Document (text A) it is said explicitly that those who belong to the community have actually entered the new covenant [6:19; 8:21; cf. also 20:12 text B].) E. Sjöberg refers to God's spiritual transformation of the Qumran community as "Neuschöpfung" ("Neuschöpfung in den Toten-Meer-Rollen," Studia Theologica 9 (1956) 131-36).

[23] See A. A. Anderson, "The Use of `Ruah' in 1QS, 1QH and 1QM," JSS 7 (1962) 293-303, especially 301-302. F. F. Bruce categorizes the uses of the term "spirit of holiness" in the DSS, but fails to notice its use as the eschatological principle of obedience ("Holy Spirit in the Qumran Texts," Annual of Leeds University Oriental Society 6 (1969) 49-55).

[24] Foerster explains, "Die Qumrangemeinde weiß sich also in einem eigenartigen `Zwischen' lebend: die Heilszeit ist eingeleitet, Gott hat die Würzel der Pflanzung sprießen lassen, aber die Vollendung steht noch aus, noch ist die Zeit Belials" ("Der heilige Geist im Spätjudentum," NTS 8 (1960-62) 117-34, esp 132). The spirit of holiness correspondingly is understood as a present and a future reality. E. Sjöberg anachronistically interprets references to "The spirit of holiness" and other similar formulations as God's spirit: "Er [Gott] hat seinen heiligen Geist auf ihn gesprengt, um ihn zu reinigen und die Schuld zu sühnen" ("Neuschöpfung," 135). In most of the passages in question, however, spirit should be taken to mean human spiritual disposition as influenced by God. M. Treves is on the right track when he insists that "spirit" in 1QS 3-4 refers to "tendencies or propensities that are implanted in every man's heart" ("The Two Spirits of the Rule of the Community," RQ 3 [1961-62] 449-52). He errs, however, in not recognizing that some uses of "spirit" refer to angelic beings.

[25] J. Licht believes that the text should read "The building of man" ("An Analysis of the Treatise on the Two Spirits in DSD," Scripta Hierosolymitana, vol. 4, Aspects of the Dead Sea Scrolls [ed. C. Rabin and Y. Yadin; Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1965] 97.

[26] See Friedrich Noetscher, "Geist und Geister in den Texten von Qumran," in Melanges bibliques rediges en l'honneur de Andre Robert (Paris: Blaud and Gay, 1957) 306-307; Anderson, "The Use of "Ruah" in 1QS, 1QH and 1QM," 301.

[27] The relationship between the spirit of truth or spirit of holiness as the eschatological means of the purification of the sons of Truth and the spirit of truth who resides in every human being from birth (1QS 3-4; see also T. Judah 20; T. Asher 1.3-9) is difficult to determine. Schreiner has proposed that they are the same ("Geistbegabung in der Gemeinde von Qumran," BZ 9 (1965) 161-80, esp. 174-77). Similarly, Foerster argues that the spirit of holiness in 1QH is synonymous with the spirit of truth in 1QS 3-4 ("Der heilige Geist im Spätjudentum," 129-30). It is preferable, however, to allow for polyvalence and even ambiguity of usage of the terms "spirit," "spirit of holiness," "spirit of truth," or any other phrase consisting of "spirit" in genitive construct with another noun. One should not assume that there is a single consistent doctrine of the spirit underlying each of the occurrences of "spirit" used by itself or in construct form. The spirit of truth present in each human being from birth is not the spirit of truth by which God will purify eschatologically.

[28] A. R. C. Leaney feels obliged to connect the use of "spirit of holiness" in 1QS 4.21 with other uses of "spirit of holiness" "spirit," and other phrases with "spirit" in them, on the assumption that there is a shared root meaning (The Rule of Qumran and its Meaning [London: SCM, 1966] 158-59). This is a difficult task, and probably in the end results in misinterpretation, since there is no root meaning.

[29] Strangely, in his study Licht does not comment on the use of the phrase spirit of holiness in 1QS 4.21 ("An Analysis of the Treatise on the Two Spirits in DSD.”

[30] The connection between the spirit of holiness and forgiveness is missed when the former is not understood as a principle of obedience. See, for example, O. Betz, who affirms that the spirit serves as a "Reinigungsmittel" but without explaining why (Offenbarung und Schriftforschung in der Qumransekte [WUNT 6; Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1960] 131) and Bruce, "Holy Spirit," 53. G. Klinzing says that both a blameless life or obedience and the spirit of holiness were means of expiation in the community, but does not seem to notice this is really one means of atonement: repentance (Die Umdeutung des Kultus in der Qumrangemeinde und im Neuen Testament [SUNT 7; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1971] 93-106). Likewise, P. Osten-Sacken does not make explicit that the "spirit of holiness" cleanses those who enter the community, because it leads to repentance and God mercifully allows repentance to have an expiatory effect (Gott und Belial [SUNT 6; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1969] 134-35).

[31] See Garnet, Salvation, 58.

[32] P. Wernberg-Møller, The Manual of Discipline (STDJ 1; Leiden: Brill, 1957) 61-62.

[33] In CD 5.11b-19 occurs a reference to those who heard the community's interpretation of the Torah, but rejected it. They are described as follows: "Also they have made their spirit of holiness unclean, and with blaspheming tongue they have opened their mouths against the statutes of the covenant of God, saying, `They are not unfounded'" (5.11b-12). The term "spirit of holiness" as used in this context seems to intend something like an original disposition to good or the conscience. Rejecting the "statutes of the covenant" results in the defilement of this the spirit of holiness, damage to this original disposition to good or impairs the conscience. Likewise, in CD 6.11b-8.2a, each member of the community is warned not to "defile his spirit of holiness" (7.3b-4a). From the context it is clear that defiling one's spirit of holiness results from violating the laws of purity, especially dietary laws (7.3). To defile one's spirit of holiness through ritual impurity is the defilement of that original disposition to good or perhaps a restored disposition to good. The phrase "to defile one's spirit of holiness" seems to be an interpretation of Lev 11:43; 20:25, in which the verb "to defile" is used in the context of ritual defilement; in these passages, however, the object of the defilement is not spirit of holiness, but "soul.” See O. Betz, Offenbarung, 126-30.

[34] See P. von der Osten-Sacken, Gott und Belial (SUNT 6; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1969) 178-79.

[35] In 1QSb 2.24, another reference to a spirit of holiness occurs: "May He be gracious to you through the spirit of holiness.” Unfortunately, the context to which this statement belongs is lost, so that the full meaning of this text is unrecoverable.

[36] This is a long-recognized aspect of Qumran anthropology, and serves as a presupposition of the teaching on the spirit of holiness in the DSS (see Dietzel, "Beten im Geist," 12-14; Sjöberg, "Neuschöpfung"; Betz, Offenbarung, 120-23.

[37] Vermes translates as "cleaving to Thy Spirit of [holiness], but this obscures the intended meaning.

[38] Becker, Das Heil Gottes, 162. Becker correctly interprets the reference to the spirit of holiness in 1QH 16.7 as "Kraft...,die sowohl negativ reinigend, als auch positiv den Wandel festigend, dem Frommen helfend beisteht" (162). This coheres with his hypothesis that the community constituted a sort of "Heilssphäre.” Becker does not connect the spirit with repentance and repentance with removal of objective guilt. He considers the spirit as a power (Kraft) that removes sin; it is synonymous with the Heilsphäre. As already indicated, Becker's analysis seems to be a case of over-interpretation.

[39] As Becker explains, in some contexts "(God's) truth" is the equivalent of God's commandments, God's will as expressed concretely in the Torah (Das Heil Gottes, 155-60). With respect to 1QH 16.7, he writes, "Da der Mensch wohl kaum an Gottes Treue zu seinem Bund kleben soll, wird man hier als Inhalt des Bundes fassen müssen, d.h. ist hier die in den Gesetzen konkret gewordene Wahrheit Gottes" (159).

[40] See Dietzel, "Beten," 23-24. Becker correctly interprets the reference to the spirit of holiness in 1QH 16.7 as "Kraft...,die sowohl negativ reinigend, als auch positiv den Wandel festigend, dem Frommen helfend beisteht" (Heil, 162). This coheres with his hypothesis that the community constituted a sort of "Heilssphären.”

[41] The spirit of holiness is synonymous with "The spirit that You have given me" in 16.11. Thus it is probable that the founder's reference in 4.31-32 to the spirit created by God for human beings should also be taken as synonymous with “A spirit of holiness.” The passage reads: "And the path of man is not secure except by the spirit that God creates for him, to perfect the path of the sons of man, in order that all his creatures know the strength of his power" (see also 12.11-12; 13.18-19). In this context, the spirit is the capacity for obedience implanted in human beings by God. By it a person's way is made perfect, so that it becomes known to all that God is active in enabling obedience (see Garnet, Salvation, 24-27). In addition, a spirit of holiness may also be called “A spirit of your [God's] compassion" (16.9) or “A righteous spirit" (16.10). Anomalously, in 17.17, the author probably thanks God not merely for the spirit but the "spirits" that God has given him. One should add that in 1QH 9.32 the author says that God has delighted him with your spirit of holiness (1QH 9.32).

[42] See Dietzel, "Beten," 18.

[43] In 1QH 17:26 an author other than the founder of the community uses writes, [I thank you, Lord, that] you have shed [your] spirit upon your servant. As in 1QH 7.7, the verb is used to describe the giving of the spirit of holiness, presumably with the same meaning. The probable use of the pronominal suffix denotes that the new spiritual disposition has its origin with God and is not an innate human capacity. Presumably, this shedding of the spirit occurred at the time of the author's entrance into the community.

[44] The somewhat oblique reference in 1QH 14.11 to the existence of two spirits corresponding to good and evil could imply that there is a counterpart to the spirit of holiness operative among human beings, similar to the spirit of deceit in 1QS 3-4. The fragmentary nature of text makes it difficult to determine exactly the intended meaning, but it seems to be alluding to two forces responsible for all human volitional activity. The fact that, immediately following, the author refers to God's spirit of holiness could be taken as confirmation of this interpretation (14.13). Another possible reference to the negative counterpart to the spirit of holiness could be , translatable as "guilty inclination": "There is no salvation for guilty inclination; it will be trampled to destruction" (6.32; see also 7.16). The guilty inclination seems to be the natural disposition to evil in human beings, which will bring God's judgment. When this disposition is supplanted by God's spirit of holiness, the result is obedience and salvation.

[45] Leaney errs in objectifying the "spirit of holiness" in the Dead Sea Scrolls, so that it refers to an entity that exists apart from its effects; in other words, he does not interpret the term functionally. Leaney writes, for example, "The holiness of God's spirit is emphasized again and again: only God's spirit is holy and only he can bestow it upon a man" (Rule of Qumran, 35). This is probably the result of the influence of the Christian conception of the Holy Spirit on his interpretation of these uses of the term "spirit of holiness.” O. Betz also errs does not see the functionality of the term; rather he objectifies the "spirit of holiness," interpreting it as a substance or an entity that originates from above and overcomes the flesh and its inherent weakness and impurity. He writes, "Der Geist dagegen kommt von oben, denn er ist Gottes Geist und, wie aus seiner Bezeichung hervorgeht, heilig wie der heilige Gott" (Offenbarung, 125). G. Maier likewise wrongly concludes that the spirit of holiness "Der 'heilige Geist' is also nicht der schlechthin menschliche....Der 'Heilige Geist' ist wirklich Gotttes Geist, geht aber gewisserma8en in das Inventar des Frommen über" (Mensch und freir Wille (WUNT 12; Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 1971) 188-89. At least with respect to the instances studied in this paper, it is better to say that the term "spirit of holiness" is a means of describing God's action on individual Jews, creating in them a disposition to obedience. In other words, it is a divinely-grant attitude or spirit that leads to obedience to the Law or holiness.

[46] There are other meanings for the "spirit of holiness.” First, in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the phrase "The spirit of holiness" is used to denote the means of prophetic inspiration: 1QS 8.16 "According to that which the prophets have revealed by his spirit of holiness. (In CD 2.12 a similar meaning is probably intended: "And he informed them through those anointed of the spirit of holiness...”. This text is ambiguous for two reasons: 1. There is no preposition with holy spirit, so that it can be the object of the verb (see Vermes' translation); 2. It is necessary to emend to (see M. A. Knibb, The Qumran Community [CCWJCW 2; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987], 27) The context suggests that the prophets are meant, contrary to Leaney, who interprets wxyvm as referring to God's Messiah, to whom will be granted "The power to make the spirit of his holiness known to the 'remnant'"). Second, the spirit of holiness denotes the means of obtaining spiritual knowledge otherwise inaccessible to human beings (see 1QH 12.11-12; 13.18; 14.12b-13a); the same idea is found in WisSol 9.17. The use of "spirit of holiness" in these texts is a synonym for "spirit of insight" in Sir 39.6 (see also Sir 48.12a, 24).


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The Paraclete
“Naturally the instrument changed; the ego instrument is changed. So the priorities change. But what do you get, as a result? The bliss, the joy, all the promises of all the scriptures. The time has come and you should have it, you should have it. Master it and use it. That's the way it has to be.

But I have seen people come from Sahaja Yoga, they get realized, they telephone to Me: 'We are very nice, Mother. We are feeling very nice.' They sit at home also meditate. But you have to come here because it is a very deeper way of cleansing. And who is going to cleanse you? I am the washer woman. I have to do the job. So better come to the laundry, that's the point. And work it out. And once you are established, you'll be amazed at yourself. Even with the movement of your hands, you can raise the Kundalini. You can. Just see. You can give realization. Just try; because your desire merges into the desire of God...

But even realized souls have to work it out. This is the biggest problem that I think I see. That our attention is so distributed, we cannot do anything in a concentrated manner. That's why there is guru shopping also going on. We also cannot do our Sahaja Yoga in a concentrated manner. Because once we do Sahaja Yoga, we're all right, 'Oh we felt very nice, happy, Mother.' Finished. Because attention doesn't stay at a point, it becomes mobile, spread all over. Doesn't reach any depth or height either. If you put them together, then it will work out.

And to make it worse, to make it worse ego orientation which has led us to sex orientation. Attention has become filthy, and that's why you can say that it is stagnating by ego orientation, but it is getting fermented because of filth to which we pay attention.

So to clear the attention, clear this garbage into that clear cut, beautiful lake, you have to go within. You have to allow it to sediment. You have to take pride. By it's own nature it will come, the beauty. And then you will see a ripple in that lake within you, a peaceful space in which you will see the bliss of God flowing into you, through you, you observing it and seeing it manifesting into other. That is what needs to be asked for.

No mental activity can do that. It is only the desire to be that works it. Only the desire to be one with God works it. Mental activity, rationality saps it. Through rationality, you cannot reach to God. So humble down in your heart. That's why it is said, 'Those who will be blessed have to humble down in their heart.' It is very true.

It is very, very true that we have to humble down in our hearts, so that it will work. And keep your attention steady. Is it too much that I'm asking? You started with a very humble heart as a child. Only in this life all this has been accumulated bit too much. In past life you were not like that - much better off. Only in this lifetime only you have crossed the limit a little bit. it's not difficult to recede.

So just try to humble down in your heart, and it will work out. Every time you get your touching of the Kundalini, or you can say the breakthrough, every time you get that experience, keep it in your memory and desire that and it will work out. Do not keep in memory the faults that you have had, where you have been.

When you climb up on top of a hill or a mountain, you don't remember all the ditches you have fallen into in your childhood. You enjoy the atmosphere on the hill top.

Make it a strong memory within you, and try to keep it there. I know for some people it's difficult - they come down, again go up. Because of the problems they've had before, the Kundalini comes down. But in Sahaja Yoga there is all arrangement. But if the desire is strong - not the mental activity, but the desire - it will work out. And that's why I told you why it is to be, 'Thy will be done.' Accept it from the very beginning. This is the basis of what you're going to rise. But the whole details I'll give you later on. But this is the basis which you'll have details of.

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
London, UK—26 June 1978


"There's another type of life, a higher type of life which connects you to the Divine Power, and then this Divine Power gives you the Absolute Truth. If you grow more and more you will know Absolute Truth, because so far you don't know. So, we have been doing wrong things, doing in the wrong way, getting lost, also, with listening to people who were just boasting and saying they know about the Truth. But when you, yourself discover the Truth, you are a different person. Your discovery is so innate and so real, that you discard all that is unreal; very easily you can discard it.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Easter Puja. Istanbul, Turkey—22 April 2001




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.
Total number of recorded talks 3058: Public Programs 1178, Pujas 651, and other (private conversations) 1249

“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)
The Holy Spirit as feminine: Early Christian testimonies and their interpretation,
Johannes van Oort, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
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


“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...

So somebody has to be there to give you the complete picture. You get Realization, you get vibrations (Ruach, Pneuma, Prana), but then what? What about the complete? And for that the Holy Ghost has to take a form. All right?”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Sydney, Australia—April 7, 1981
"Without the Spirit, the Son is the way, and the truth and the life, but without actualization.... Without the mission of the Spirit no one can grasp the hem of the Son's garment, we never receive the eternal life extended to us, the sending of the Son is a dispatch into a void, a messenger who never arrives, a light illumination nothing, a road to nowhere, and the resurrection is a non-event.... Without the mission of the Son the Spirit is a hand deprived of somehting to grasp, lacking a mystery to be present to, devoid of a mystery to make real in history and in our hearts, doivested of a ministry to empower, bereft of children to transform into daughters and sons, wanting in offspring to gather into unity in the church and in human communiaction.” McDonnell (2003) 228-9


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, Santa Cruz, USA—1 October 1983


“But there is a Primordial Mother which was accepted by all the religions; even the Jews had it... In India, this is called as Adi Shakti. In every religion they had this Mother who was the Primordial Mother.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
TV Interview, Los Angeles, USA—11 October 1993


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)


The Paraclete Shri Mataji (Mar 21, 1923 - Feb 23, 2011)
Mar 21, 1923—Feb 23, 2011
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was
Christian by birth, Hindu by
marriage, and Paraclete by duty.
"The Paraclete represents direct,
intimate divine intervention,
supporting and teaching
believers and challenging the
world, as Jesus did. " (D. Stevick
Jesus and His Own, 2011, 290)
“Now what is the Holy Ghost? The Holy Ghost is the Primordial Mother. But people never talked about Mother. They talked of the Father and the Son. Imagine, a father and a son and no mother. It is absurd. Have you seen any father and a son without a mother? Such an absurd situation comes in that people accepted because it's all mental. Somebody tells you, "No, it's a mystery, there's no Mother," and people accepted it.

But there has to be a Mother and this is the time of Aquarius what we call in Sanskrit as Kumbha, meaning the Aquarius which is the Kundalini, where She nourishes, where She cures you, She redeems you, She guides you, counsels you, and this is the time of the Mother. We had the time of the Father, then of the Son, and now this is the time of the Mother where She has to nourish you, where She has to take you to your ultimate goal that is the Spirit.

The consciousness itself, the way we have been moving in other directions, have been like people think that if a woman starts fighting for her life and then she is asserting the femininity. She is not.

What I'm saying is not meant for women or men. It is meant for every one of us, that we have to become like a mother. Like a Divine Mother, like a person who can nourish people, who can give them love, affection, attention, perseverance, fore-bearing.

This is only possible for a Mother to do it and that motherhood should be awakened in every human being.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Public Program Day 1, Boston, United States—Oct. 11, 1983


“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)... The Paraclete will not teach novel truths or a new revelation but will witness to the full meaning of Jesus' mission and revelation.” B. L. Marthaler 2006, 276

“I was amazed myself when I was born to see such ignorant people quarreling over something which they do not know at all—nothing of that kind. They are so ignorant. They do not know there is Power of God working. They cannot feel it and what are they doing?

Whether they are church people, or temple people, or all these scientists, when they talk about God they are at a level from where they cannot talk. But they are not even conscious that they are that level.

This is why we have to know that despite all efforts to destroy our scriptures this Knowledge that you have to become something else— that you are to be reborn—this Knowledge they could not destroy.

They have tried to maneuver it for their own advantage. They have tried to use it for their own building up because they had to have big, big buildings, they must have big, big money projects, and sometimes they also must have some business.

How can you do all these things in the name of God? Just think of it. And they are doing all these mad things and they call it God? And the seeker gets absolutely shocked and surprised that he also gets into the whole whirlpool. He just cannot get out of it because he is a seeker. He says, "Let me go and see for myself what it is. Let me burn my finger here and there and find out for myself."

Now I say again, like all these people have said—"You have to be born again!" They have said it to prepare you all for this Time [of the promised Paraclete sent in the name of Jesus Christ to explain and commence the Resurrection].

It's My fortune that I have to do it. It has to happen. If they had said all these things either they were all false and wrong. So I am here to prove it—not that they were wrong in any way but they were the only people who were enlightened. They had an eyesight to see much deeper than what you can see.

So within us lies that Power and that Power is anxious to give you your second birth. That Power lies as shown, lies in the triangular bone of sacrum and you can see with your naked eyes the rising of this Power.

It has nothing to do with what nationality you have come from, what sort of clothes you are wearing, what sort of hair dress you have—it has nothing to do with this but it has to do something with your inner being.

And while in your inner being there are certain problems which you have created out of your ignorance, and this Power being your Mother—your sweet loving Mother who has been born again and again with you—knows your problems and She knows how to correct it.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
London, U.K. — May 12, 1980


“That word, "another"—"He shall give you another Comforter"—is in itself sufficient to prove the Divinity and Personality of the Holy Ghost. If a man promises to send another as his substitute, we naturally expect to see a man like himself, occupying his place, and doing his work. And when Jesus foreannounced another Comforter, He must have intended a Person as distinct and helpful as He had been. A breath, an afflatus, an impersonal influence could not have stood in the same category as Himself.’ (Meyer 2008, 42)

“This is the Last Judgment of your quality. This is the Last Judgment. And one must know that the Last Judgment is not going to come with a big weighing machine. How are we going to know?

Through Kundalini awakening, the Judgment has to take place.

And you are judged and judged and judged. But this Judgment is so beautiful, that you are not damned with anything, you are not completely imprisoned.

But you are given a chance to improve, to reform, to be perfect, and to enjoy the Beauty that is promised, the Beauty that is described, the Beauty that we are, the Beauty that is Truth, that is Bliss, that’s Heaven.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Why are We Here and What is Our Purpose
Public Program, Hampstead, U.K. — June 6, 1980


The Paraclete Shri Mataji (Mar 21, 1923 - Feb 23, 2011)
Mar 21, 1923—Feb 23, 2011: Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was Christian by birth, Hindu by marriage, and Paraclete by duty. "The Paraclete represents direct, intimate divine intervention, supporting and teaching believers and challenging the world, as Jesus did." (D. Stevick, Jesus and His Own, 2011, 290)
“They denied Him, defied Him. Now when He's dead, then we think, "It is Christ."

Now I have come.

He has talked about Me. If you read Bible, you'll find He's talked about Me very clearly there.

And I have to do My job and I have come.

You are going to say that it was Christ, who has to do it. If Christ could do it, why did He say that, "I'm going to send you a Comforter?" He talked of [the] future, didn't He?

Why did He say such a thing? We should find out why did He say that, "I will send you the Holy Ghost and the Comforter and the Redeemer and a Counselor?" Why did He say that? Why not look forward to that?

Because we are today after Christ. People don't want to see this point; they want to depend on Christ because He's in their pocket, they can use Him the way they like.

When He has talked, He has said, "Why not see the point?" If this is what Christ is, then it is such a bad thing because people say, "Christ was no good." They say, "What has Christ given us?" Christian nations, what have they done, what have they achieved?

It's a bad name to Him if you do not see [the] completion of His work. I'm here to complete His work...

And the Day of Judgment is today: this is the Day of Judgment; that's why you are confused. This is the Day of Judgment, where you will be judged. And how are you going to be judged?

Through your Kundalini. Your Kundalini is going to be awakened and you'll be judged where you are. That's what it is.

"And those who will be calling Me, 'Christ, Christ' I will not look at them." That's what it is. By calling Him "Christ, Christ" you do not become Christians.

You have to get your Realization, your Baptism in the actual sense. It has to be an actualization.

I'm telling you that if you miss the point, you have missed it forever and ever. Be careful on that point! It's very important. Don't run after things which have no meaning to your consciousness. Try to raise yourself up to this point and understand that the Time has come for you to transform. This is the Time of your Judgment and you have to get to it in a very big way...

Widen yourself. And that's how—though you may think that you are very unassuming, simple people—you are the ones who are going to be. Not those who are successful: they are blinded by their success. Not those who are rich: they are not going to enter into the Kingdom of God. Not those who have a big name — No!

It's you! You are going to enter into the Kingdom of God.

May God bless you.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
Public Program, Day 3, Hollywood United Methodist Church
Los Angeles, USA—Sept. 27, 1983



“I believe Easter Sunday would be worthy of the Devi's explanation of Consciousness.”

April 04, 2019, 12.22 a.m.
After finishing this web-page I sat on the sofa with a bowl of noodles. I could see the computer screen and glanced at it a few times. It was then that I realized a most profound Truth of the title “I believe Easter Sunday would be worthy of the Devi's explanation of Consciousness.”
The realization is that the very meaning of Easter is the Resurrection and life eternal, a message that the Paraclete Shri Mataji declared hundreds of times over nearly four decades. Now, on Easter Sunday 2019, with the Devi (Primordial Mother) explaining "Consciousness" that eternal life is more than assured, and far more so. Far more so because She declares: “May all the gods attend to what I have to say. By merely hearing these words of mine, one attains my essential nature.”
The Devi through Consciousness and Her incaranation, the Paraclete Shri Mataji, through the Resurrection are both assuring humanity that it is possible to attain life eternal! The Devi is raising human consciousness to a far expansive awareness, much deeper dimension, and comforting experiential evolution.
No guardian of the religious regimes—priests, pastors, reverends, bishops, popes, rabbis, clerics, imams, mullahs, shaikhs, ulema, ayatollahs, gurus, swamis, pandits, brahmins, acaryas, bhagwans, granthis, gianis, lamas, monks, dalai lamas—can give humans life eternal through the Resurrection or Consciousness.
The paradigm shift in human consciousness has begun and is now irreversible. The primordial Mother will triumph!



What Is Consciousness?
Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers
By Christof Koch on June 1, 2018

Consciousness is everything you experience. It is the tune stuck in your head, the sweetness of chocolate mousse, the throbbing pain of a toothache, the fierce love for your child and the bitter knowledge that eventually all feelings will end.

The origin and nature of these experiences, sometimes referred to as qualia, have been a mystery from the earliest days of antiquity right up to the present. Many modern analytic philosophers of mind, most prominently perhaps Daniel Dennett of Tufts University, find the existence of consciousness such an intolerable affront to what they believe should be a meaningless universe of matter and the void that they declare it to be an illusion. That is, they either deny that qualia exist or argue that they can never be meaningfully studied by science.

If that assertion was true, this essay would be very short. All I would need to explain is why you, I and most everybody else is so convinced that we have feelings at all. If I have a tooth abscess, however, a sophisticated argument to persuade me that my pain is delusional will not lessen its torment one iota. As I have very little sympathy for this desperate solution to the mind-body problem, I shall move on.

The majority of scholars accept consciousness as a given and seek to understand its relationship to the objective world described by science. More than a quarter of a century ago Francis Crick and I decided to set aside philosophical discussions on consciousness (which have engaged scholars since at least the time of Aristotle) and instead search for its physical footprints. What is it about a highly excitable piece of brain matter that gives rise to consciousness? Once we can understand that, we hope to get closer to solving the more fundamental problem.

The Biggest Questions in Science

We seek, in particular, the neuronal correlates of consciousness (NCC), defined as the minimal neuronal mechanisms jointly sufficient for any specific conscious experience. What must happen in your brain for you to experience a toothache, for example? Must some nerve cells vibrate at some magical frequency? Do some special "consciousness neurons" have to be activated? In which brain regions would these ..."

What is Consciousness?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-consciousness/




April 22, 2019

I have just made a folder on Consciousness for one overriding reason: That Consciousness is not hijacked the way religions have been i.e., my concept of Consciousness is better, truthful, revealed than your version of Consciousness. Or that my mentor, teacher, expert, guru teaches it better than others.

In short, no fragmentation of Consciousness into groups.

For more than two weeks I have been learning about Quantum Entanglement, NDEs (Anthony Cheene Production) and Consciousness. It was condensed in that April 19, 2019 post (attached below)

Yesterday, on Easter morning, I read that terrible multi-bombing in Sri Lanka targeting Christians in churches and Westerners (Christians) in hotels. It was crystal clear to me that Islam had been hijacked and a peaceful religion turned into a 'monster' feared the world over.

That was when I realized that the same must not happen to Consciousness. I did not want this final frontier to be 'discovered' by various groups of scientists or spiritual groups and Consciousness labeled according to their 'pioneers'. The above article by Christof Koch is but one of the ever-growing list of articles, blogs and books about Consciousness.

So I decided to start early to make sure that human consciousness is directed to Consciousness i.e., the Source from whom it flows. This post points in that direction and one direction only — the Devi (Primordial Mother) that is also the very foundation of www.adishakti.org where irrefutable evidence is given that She is entrench in all the holy scriptures, barring none. Quantum Theory, the Universe, Mother Earth, NDEs and their relationship with Consciousness assures that outcome.

Jai Shri Mataji

jagbir




April 18, 2019

The Great Adi Shakti Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
And you are judged and judged and judged. But this Judgment is so beautiful, that you are not damned with anything, you are not completely imprisoned.

But you are given a chance to improve, to reform, to be perfect, and to enjoy the Beauty that is promised, the Beauty that is described, the Beauty that we are, the Beauty that is Truth, that is Bliss, that's Heaven.


Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

This is a very beautiful message from Shri Mataji for Easter. It is Good Friday here, today, so a Happy Easter to everyone!

Love from Violet




April 19, 2019

Dear Violet and all,

Namaste - i bow to the Consciousness that resides in you!

I believe that quote came precisely at the right time as we were on the verge of venturing into this unfathomable, unimaginable, unquantifiable Beauty of Quantum Entanglement, NDE and Consciousness. Now, in 2019, everything that the Paraclete and the Savior talked about is beginning to make so much scientific sense.

I always was looking to savor the tiniest morsel of science that backed the Beauty of the Kingdom of God I knew it existed both within and without all beings. I have been searching since 1993, at times desperately, because that Beauty of the Kingdom of God within was exactly what Shri Mataji and Jesus were talking about.

But more than science it is the NDEs of Anthony Cheene Production that are verifying that Beauty. They are confirming that we are spirit beings made up of Consciousness and that we are on Mother Earth where our lives began billions of years ago. We are on an eternal journey.

Another point I want to make is that those undergoing NDEs are told by that Being of Light that they need not go back because everything is alright. Even if the children or wife or husband or family members will suffer from that 'death' departure there is nothing to worry.

There is a very deep and profound lesson for all of us on Earth to learn from that seemingly harsh, even inhuman advice of letting loved ones suffer.

But only in deep contemplation will it makes sense, and the concept of eternity is a pre-requisite. Humans have to realize that there is no death and going Home is indeed a blessing for those able to.

However, no matter how much we know that to be true few will rejoice if a child or spouse suddenly departs. (But that will change decades from today when millions will look up to the Universe and wait to be released from earthly existence and return to Reality and unsurpassable peace, joy and Love. Humans will learn to rejoice such abrupt departures. After all, what is so difficult about waiting a few decades to join them?)

There is another profound truth - no matter what mistakes we make on Earth all is forgiven. The Divine loves us unconditionally ......... and so do all the departed, no matter how nasty or cruel they were on Earth. We are yet to experience that immense Love of all who have gone home, but will despite all our 'sins' or hurt or abuse. This collective NDE experience of being deeply loved in the Hereafter must move us to also love all human beings on Earth. We must learn to love and help all who inhabit Mother Earth, even the tiniest ant or insignificant plant or unknown stream.

That brings us to Good Friday and coming Easter Sunday. Can any day or event in history—other than the Paraclete opening the Sahasrara May 5, 1970—give us a glimpse of Beauty that Shri Mataji is talking about?

And that also brings us to a most important fact: that 2000-years ago the Savior talked about the Beauty that science is just scratching the surface (and heads). We have this priceless blessing of having science just beginning to provide evidence of what Jesus talked—evolving (through the Resurrection) to life eternal (as spiritual beings) in the Universe (Kingdom of God)!

Science is beginning to provide evidence that we are made of wave particles (Consciousness). Those having NDEs are giving medical proof that humans can leave their 'dead' bodies and continue living as spiritual beings (Consciousness).

A few days ago I wrote:

Note: I will give everyone a few more days to delve deeper and grasp the concepts of Quantum Mechanics / Physics / Biology / Entanglement and Consciousness before I post the relation of the Devi to these subjects (which I just read a few minutes ago).

I have underlined Consciousness because the substratum of Universe—atoms, protons, neutron, electrons, quarks, alpha particles, bosons, fermons—is rooted in Consciousness. So too are the billions and trillions of galaxies. So too is Mother Earth and, by extension, you and me.

I have also underlined it because without Consciousness you cannot see or read or make sense of this line. Without Consciousness, we can neither live nor enjoy life. Nothing will make sense without Consciousness.

I have to repeat: "So too is Mother Earth and, by extension, you and me." Your soul is 100% made of Consciousness and is thus eternal; we are not this physical body but only inhabit that matter (or elements that make up that physical body) rebirth after rebirth. We have that same but at the same time individual Mother that continues over millions of years of evolution. (end)

Before I post it, a single quote of the Paraclete on Consciousness:

“Now you see that here, that one is the subconscious and the collective subconscious, and one is the supraconscious and the collective supraconscious. Now the top thing, there where you see these petals and all these things, is a lotus—is the 'super Consciousness.' That is the evolutionary ascent we have to achieve, is to become conscious of the super Consciousness, which is really the Collective Consciousness.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Advice given at C.G. Jung Society's Hall
American Tour, New York (USA), 16 September 1983


I believe Easter Sunday would be worthy of the Devi's (Holy Spirit/Primordial Mother) explanation of Consciousness.

I also said that "We are now going to be moving far, far ahead and away--over the next few years--from the opening of the Primordial Sahasrara by Shri Mataji on May 05, 1970. We will be entering into another incredibly fantastic, overwhelmingly beautiful, and absolutely eternal Realm."

That Realm is Consciousness.

On this 2019 Good Friday we can all stand ever more steadfast, more determined, more invigorated, more faithful and assured that Shri Mataji will triumph! Never has She come closer to achieving that evolutionary ascent through Her message of the Resurrection and Last Judgment which is, contrary to the doctrines or organized religions, just full of Beauty and Love.

And never in history have all organized religions been at the point of oblivion and death, than the present birth of science, NDEs and Consciousness are at the point of evolution and life eternal. The beginning of their end actually begun with the advent of the Paraclete and Her message of evolution and life eternal. Now it will be accelerated.

Consciousness and Quantum Entanglement assures that their demise, and Her triumph, is irreversible. All we need to do is be conscious of Consciousness and meditate on Her! We are "to enjoy the Beauty that is promised, the Beauty that is described, the Beauty that we are, the Beauty that is Truth, that is Bliss, that's Heaven."

This is going to be the best Easter of my life. I hope it will be yours too. After all, I am you .................. and you are me too ........................... and that I am Her and you are Her too! We are all spiritual beings of that eternal Consciousness that has no beginning or end. We are tasked to awaken humanity to that Beauty that is Her — the Mother that resides in every scripture ............. and every living being!

“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, Santa Cruz, USA—1 October 1983

“But there is a Primordial Mother which was accepted by all the religions; even the Jews had it... In India, this is called as Adi Shakti. In every religion, they had this Mother who was the Primordial Mother.”

THE MOTHER: Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi
TV Interview, Los Angeles, USA—11 October 1993


Life is eternal,

jagbir




The Goddess as Supreme Cause of Creation

The Goddess distinguishes between nonconscious Maya and her own true Self as pure consciousness

[The Goddess proclaims herself as the preexisting cause of the universe, from whom evolves the creative power of Maya.]

The devi Gita
The Goddess spoke:

2.1. May all the gods attend to what I have to say.
By merely hearing these words of mine, one attains my essential nature.
2.2. 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.
2.3. It is beyond reason, indescribable, incomparable, incorruptible.
From out of itself evolves a certain power renowned as Maya.
2.4. Neither real nor unreal is this Maya, nor is it both, for that would be incongruous.
Lacking such characteristics, this indefinite entity has always subsisted.
2.5. As heat inheres in fire, as brilliance in the sun,
As cool light in the moon, just so this Maya inheres firmly in me.
2.6. Into that Maya the actions of souls, the souls themselves, and the ages eventually
Dissolve without distinctions, as worldly concerns disappear in deep sleep.
2.7. By uniting with this inherent power of mine, I become the cosmic seed.
By obscuring me, its own basis, this power is prone to defects.
2.8. Through its association with consciousness, Maya is called the first cause of the world.
Through its evolution into the visible realm, it is said to be the material cause.
2.9. Some call this Maya the power of austerity; others call it darkness; still others, dullness,
Or knowledge, illusion, matter, nature, energy, or the unborn.
2.10. Those versed in Saiva works call it intelligence,
While the Vedantins call it ignorance.
2.11. Such are its various names found in the Vedic and other sacred texts.

[The Goddess distinguishes between nonconscious Maya and her own true Self as pure consciousness.]

2.11. [cont.] Since Maya is something we can perceive, it has the nature of nonconscious matter; since knowledge destroys it, it is not truly existent.
2.12. Consciousness is not something we can perceive; what we perceive is indeed nonconscious.
Consciousness is self-luminous; nothing else illuminates it.
2.13. It does not even illuminate itself, for that would lead to the fallacy of infinite regress.
As an agent and the object acted upon are distinct entities, so consciousness itself, like a lamp,
2.14. While shining brightly, illuminates what is other than itself. Know this, O Mountain,
For thus have I demonstrated that consciousness, belonging to my own nature, is eternal.
2.15. The visible world appears and disappears constantly in the various states of waking, dream, and deep sleep.
Pure consciousness never experiences such fluctuations.
2.16. Even if this consciousness itself became an object of perception, then the witness
Of that perception would abide as the real pure consciousness, as before.
2.17. And so those versed in religious treatises regarding the real declare consciousness to be eternal.
Its nature is bliss, for it is the object of supreme love.
2.18. The feeling, 'Let me not cease to be; let me exist forever,' is rooted in love for the Self.
Certainly there is no actual relation between me and all else, since all else is false.
2.19. Therefore I am regarded truly as an undivided whole.
And that consciousness is not an attribute of the Self,
for then the Self would be like an object.
2.20. In consciousness no possible trace of the object state can be found.
And so consciousness also has no attributes; consciousness is not a quality separate from consciousness itself.
2.21. Therefore the Self in essence is consciousness, and bliss as well, always.
It is the real and complete, beyond all relation, and free from the illusion of duality.

C. MacKenzie Brown, The Devi Gita: The Song of the Goddess
State University of New York Press (September 1998) pp. 91-3




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)
“There was a philosopher in the 13th century who said that, that the time of Holy Ghost has come and She has to manifest. Even the early, very early Christians wrote books like Essenes and they have described Holy Ghost as the Primordial Mother.

That one has to understand that by just stopping one thing completely or calling it a mystery, we have really missed the point but not in India; people know about it, that She is the Adi Shakti, the Primordial Mother.

So now you have the reflection of the Primordial Mother within you as the Kundalini and the reflection of God Almighty in your heart as the Spirit. Spirit that representing the sun element. So now when this manifestation of the Holy Ghost will take place it will, it is the moon, like the moon it acts. So the consciousness itself gets nourished. So far all our development have been extrovert developments, outside, like a big tree growing, but we have to go deep down to our source to get this great tree nourished. So the new awareness of nourishment has to come.

Today if you see in the world, in the consciousness — I'll talk about it tomorrow — that people are now finding many feminist organizations but they are going in the wrong direction, absolutely, because if the women have to become men, it is a pendulum moving from one to another so that your consciousness doesn't rise, it just moves from men to women, women to men, like fighting going on; a rebellion.

Rebellion is not the word that will result into something great, it is the revolution, so that it moves finally upward, so your consciousness become a higher consciousness with nourishment. Just like the Mother Earth nourishes us, the Kundalini nourishes us completely. And you are born, reborn, with a new consciousness which has compassion, which has love, which has forbearing and which has beautifying power. That is the point where we are born, luckily, we are very fortunate.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Public Program, Rome 8 September 1983


“Like the nucleus inside every atom or a molecule, has the Spirit of that molecule. And if you become your Spirit — we can say the 'brain' of a molecule or an atom is like the nucleus, body of the nucleus. But the one that controls the nucleus is the Spirit that resides within the nucleus. So now you have got the attention of the body — the whole body of the atom, then the nucleus, and 'inside' the nucleus is the Spirit.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Talk before Mahashivaratri Puja
Pandharpur, Maharashtra (India), 29 February 1984


“Because the Kundalini knows when I am before you. She rises, She opens out, and It starts flowing. It is flowing through Me through out. But unless you are subtle, you cannot feel it. you can say, that I am the Finite in the infinite. Or you can say the Infinite in the finite. I am both. So the energy that is emitted into all the subtle energy is passing through Me. Is the Virat. From the Virata, the whole thing is passing. It is going into the All Pervading. It is all Pervading. Everybody, everywhere it is going. Even it is in a cell, in a Carbon atom it is there, in all atoms it is there. It is the Subtle Energy. That is emitted through Me.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Advice at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Question and Answers, London (UK), 22 March 1977.


“Now you see that here, that one is the subconscious and the collective subconscious, and one is the supraconscious and the collective supraconscious. Now the top thing , there where you see these petals and all these things, is a lotus, is the super consciousness. That is the evolutionary ascent we have to achieve, is to become conscious of the super consciousness, which is really the Collective Consciousness.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Advice given at C.G. Jung Society's Hall
American Tour, New York (USA), 16 September 1983.


“Today is a great day for all of us, because it is the 16th Sahasrara Day. That in sixteen beats or sixteen movements you reach a higher position in the poem. That it is complete, that Sri Krishna is called as a complete incarnation because he has sixteen petals. This completeness is called as purna.

So, now we move into another dimension. The first one was where you got your self-realisation. In the evolutionary process if you see, the animals are not conscious of many things which human beings are conscious of. Like the matter cannot be used by animals for their own purpose. Also they are not conscious of themselves at all. If you show a mirror to animals they do not react to it as if they are in the mirror. Except for, I think, the chimpanzee — that means that we are rather close to them! (Laughter) When we became human beings we became aware in our consciousness of many things which were unconscious to the animals. In their brain they did not understand that they could put matter to their own use.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Sahasrara Puja. Alpe Motta (Italy), 4 May 1986.


“So the Spirit is like the ocean which has the light in it. And when this ocean pours into the little cup of your brain, the cup loses its identity and everything becomes Spiritual! Everything! you can make everything Spiritual. Everything. You touch anything — it is Spiritual! The sand becomes Spiritual, the land becomes Spiritual, atmosphere becomes Spiritual, celestial bodies becomes Spiritual. Everything becomes Spiritual! So it is the ocean — that is the Spirit, while your brain is limited.

So the detachment from your limited brain has to be brought in. All limitations of brain should be 'broken' so that when this ocean fills that brain; it should break that little cup and every bit of that cup should become colourful; the whole atmosphere, everything, whatever you look at, should be colourful. Colour of the Spirit is the light of the Spirit and this light of the Spirit acts, works, thinks, co-ordinates, does everything. This is the reason today I decided to bring Shiva-Tattwa to the brain.“

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Talk before Mahashivaratri Puja
Pandharpur, Maharashtra (India), 29 February 1984


“So, the power of understanding only come when we become the power of Cosmic Consciousness. Because Cosmic Consciousness understands each and everything; sitting down here you can understand everything, you don't have to go there. Everything. And because your Mother is a Mahamaya it may not show, but it will expose one day. So you have to depend on that part of Sahaja Yoga, that it is a Mahamaya's job. So we should not get disturbed or upset, it will show.

So, you are doubly blessed. First of all you got your realization, which they say is the hardest of hardest thing to get. You have overcome the gravity. And secondly, your Mother is the Mother of all the Adi Gurus. She's the One who taught all the Adi Gurus. She created the Adi Gurus and She'll create out of you the Adi Gurus.”

The Divine Mother/Paraclete Shri Mataji
Guru Puja. Gmunden (Austria), 6 July 1986




I believe Easter Sunday 2019 would be worthy of the Devi's explanation of Consciousness.




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