Jesus: "You must have another Mother who will give you birth"
ZINZENDORF, NIKOLAUS LUDWIG VON (1700—1760),
poet, preacher, theologian, and religious leader. Count
Zinzendorf was a controversial figure within German
Pietism in the first half of the eighteenth century. He
advocated a nonrational approach to Christianity that he
called "religion of the heart." In addition to being a
creative theologian and author, he was the founder of
a dynamic religious community known as the
Brudergemeine (Community of Brethren, now commonly
called the Moravian Church) that established communities
on four continents. Zinzendorf was the son of George
Ludwig von Zinzendorf, a counsellor in the court of the king
of Saxony, and Charlotte Justine von Gersdorf. Because of
the early death of his father, Zinzendorf was raised primarily
by his grandmother, Henrietta Catherine, Baroness von
Gersdorf (1648—1726), who was closely connected to the
leaders of the Pietist movement, Philipp Jacob Spener
(1635—1705) and August Hermann Francke (1663—1727). "The Holy Spirit is also The Mother in a third and most important sense. She is The Mother of the church and all those who have been reborn. "The Holy Spirit is the only Mother of those souls who have been once born out of the side hole of Jesus, as the true womb of all blessed souls." Zinzendorf bases this understanding of the Spirit giving birth to converted souls in large part on Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus in John 3. Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again, not from his mother's womb, but from God. Nicodemus knew that we are born from a mother, not a father, but he did not know who this mother was. Zinzendorf has Jesus reply, "There is another Mother, not the one who physically gave you birth, that one doesn't matter: you must have another Mother who will give you birth." Ultimately, then, the Holy Spirit is The Mother of the Christian in the sense that she is the active agent in conversion. Human actors are only agents of the Holy Spirit, and in some cases are not even necessary for conversion."
ZINZENDORF AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Dr. Craig D. Atwood
"One of the least known and most intriguing parts of Zinzendorf's theology is his use of the word "Mother" to describe the Holy Spirit. This was not just a passing fancy for Zinzendorf. In fact, for over twenty years, this was the primary way he referred to the Holy Spirit and towards the end of his life, his attachment to this type of devotion increased. In the 1750s, the Moravians sang several litanies about The Mother, and even had a special annual festival celebrating the "enthronement" of the Spirit as The Mother of the church.
Zinzendorf acknowledges that theologians have generally rejected this linking of verses and the subsequent naming of the Holy Spirit "Mother," but he responds:
Now no theologian is irritated if the word comfort is taken out of the passage and applied to the Holy Spirit, for they call her the Comforter. But if we take out the word Mother and signify it to the Holy Spirit, then people are opposed to it. I can find no cause for such bickering and arbitrariness, and therefore I pay no attention to it. For if the activity in a passage is proper to the Holy Spirit, then the title also goes to the Holy Spirit.
Zinzendorf insists that the word "Mother" does not introduce a distinction of genders into the deity, such as Ann Lee or Mary Baker Eddy proposed, but deals only with the activity of God in the world. The Mother is not a goddess. Rather, the Holy Spirit acts in the role of mother to the church.
Zinzendorf explicated his doctrine of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming that she is a mother in three distinct ways. First, it was the Spirit, not Mary, who was the true mother of Jesus, since she "prepared him in the womb, hovered over him, and finally brought him into the light. She [the Spirit] gave him [Jesus] certainly into the arms of his mother, but with invisible hands carried him more than his mother did." Second, the Spirit is The Mother of all living things because she has a special role in the on-going creation of the world. "It is known that the Holy Spirit brings everything to life, and when the man was made from a clump of earth ... the Holy Spirit was very close through the breathing of the breath of God into the man." Thus, the Holy Spirit is The Mother of all living souls in a general way.
The Holy Spirit is also The Mother in a third and most important sense. She is The Mother of the church and all those who have been reborn. "The Holy Spirit is the only Mother of those souls who have been once born out of the side hole of Jesus, as the true womb of all blessed souls." Zinzendorf bases this understanding of the Spirit giving birth to converted souls in large part on Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus in John 3. Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again, not from his mother's womb, but from God. Nicodemus knew that we are born from a mother, not a father, but he did not know who this mother was. Zinzendorf has Jesus reply, "There is another Mother, not the one who physically gave you birth, that one doesn't matter: you must have another Mother who will give you birth." Ultimately, then, the Holy Spirit is The Mother of the Christian in the sense that she is the active agent in conversion. Human actors are only agents of the Holy Spirit, and in some cases are not even necessary for conversion.
The first duty of the Spirit is to preach Christ, but her motherly work does not end there. The Mother also cares for her spiritual children just as a human mother cares for her physical children. She protects, guides, admonishes, and comforts the child of God throughout the changing years of earthly life. "The Mother does not rest until a child has lasting grace, until it finally sinks into the hands of the one Husband, the Friend of all souls, the Creator of all things, who is now the Bridegroom." The care of the Holy Spirit mainly takes the form of preserving Christians from sin. Believers enter the school of the Holy Spirit where they are taught what they should and should not do. Just as a human mother teaches her child proper behavior by saying, "My child, you must do it this way, [and] you must not do that," so too does the Holy Spirit.
The Mother who is above all mothers [says], "I will comfort you; I will remind you; I will motivate you; I will define you; I will wean you from all rudeness and uncivil things. I will make a well-bred child out of you, better than any mother does in all the world."
The language of motherhood expresses the intimate connection the Brudergemeine felt with God through the Spirit. Each member of the Brudergemeine is a child who "sits on The Mother's lap, is received into the school, and is led through all classes; then it is under the special dispensation, under The Motherly regimen of the Holy Spirit, who comforts, punishes, and kisses the heart, as a mother comforts, punishes, and kisses her own child."
The heavenly Mother works individually since she knows the thoughts and weaknesses of her children and guides them in the path that is best for them. She directs their development in understanding and ability until their maturity and completion in death because "she has created the world with the Savior and now is [re-]making every child until it is a new creation, until it become one in the spirit with him, and she nurses and watches until it is grown.""
ZINZENDORF AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Paraclete "And He said it very clearly to Nicodemus that "You have to be born again" when he asked, "Am I to enter back into my mother's womb?" And He said it so clearly. Those who don't want to see can remain blind. No, that is, whatever is born of the flesh, is the flesh, but whatever is born of the Spirit is the Spirit.
But whatever is manmade is not the Spirit. This is the clear statement of Christ, which people wanted to avoid, and start their own organisations, and ideas, and created a very mythical thing in His name. And now the time has come for it to be blasted. It has been going on and on now for thousands of years, captures so many innocent people and people are into it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "Now this Kundalini is the power which is placed in the sacrum bone, nowhere else... And imagine this bone is called sacrum; "sacrum" means "sacred". So they knew there was something in it... This is the primule, is the germinating power within us. Now this fact has been accepted for thousands of years in India and elsewhere. For in the Bible also ... they talk of the Tree of Life. That is the same as this...
So this is the thing that is being described in our ancient books, in all the scriptures, even in the Qur'n they are described as Ruh, R-U-H, Ruh. Ruh means the 'cold breeze', the 'cool breeze'. The cool breeze of the Holy Ghost is described in the Bible also.
You cannot suddenly start a new idea about something. If it is an evolutionary process, if it is a living process it must have its background, its history, and it must culminate into something fruitful. Like every fruit has a tree behind it... If it is a living fruit it has to come out the tree that have existed for thousands and thousands of years, and out of that this tree has to come. It must have a base and this is traditionally called the kundalini awakening process...
Christ has said very clearly that you have to be born again. I mean the whole message of Christ's life is realization ... when Christ came on this Earth to show that you have to become the spirit. By His resurrection He showed that, and this is the message of Christ."
October 23, 1980 - Hampstead, UK
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "So first of all we must understand that your seeking must be relevant to what has been sought before in every seeking. Let's take Christ. They don't like to take His name these days. It's become so funny. Thanks to all the religions that were created out of these great incarnations on this earth. Whether take it Hinduism, Christianity everything's just the same.
So what did He say? He said: "You are to be born again", all right? So they put a certificate "born again", self certified "born again" is walking around. And when I said that four, five of them got up with a Bible in their hand to hit Me. And I just felt like laughing and really laughing at them. By hitting Me are they going to become Self Realized? Are they going to be reborn? You must face the truth as it is. If you want to avoid it, it's very easy.
But this is the last chance. Human being has learnt many things but has forgotten one thing: that every time we have missed the truth. Let us not miss it again. So Christ said you are to be born again. Nicodemus says: "That means should I enter into the womb of my mother?"
Because after all Nicodemus was a Roman. Indians won't ask such a question, they know what it is to be born again but after all Roman gentleman, you see. So Christ explains: "Whatever is born of flesh, is flesh. You have to be born again by the Holy Ghost." Who is the Holy Ghost? What did He mean?
Christ was allowed to exist somehow or other for three and a half years only. What is three and a half years amongst ignorant people? What can you explain to them? What can you talk to them? I came here seventy-two. Four years I was struggling with seven hippies in London. What could Christ do? How could He tell you what was the Holy Ghost?
Kundalini is the Holy Ghost, reflected within you. That's the Holy Ghost, which is to be awakened spontaneously as a living process and as a living process you have to become something just like a flower becoming a fruit. Transformation has to take place.
In Sanskrit language they call a bird as dvijaha and also a Brahmin, the one who has known the Brahma the one who has felt the All Pervading Power is also called as dvijaha, meaning born twice. But an egg becomes a bird, is not some self-certification like we are Christians, like we are Muslims, like we are Hindus or we are the twice born or whatever you may say. And we are quite satisfied with this self-certification and we accept: "All right, so I'm this, I'm that."
You are nothing but you are the Spirit; that's what you have to become, becoming is the point. Is not a mental projection, an illusion but the becoming is important.
And how do you become that? What do you do about it? Simple question. What did you do to become a human being? Did you cut your tails? No you did not. You become spontaneously with a living process. What is that power which has worked out this process of our evolution? And the same power is going to trigger that last happening where you become the Spirit."
Public Program 1 in San Diego 1985, USA—May 29, 1985
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