But there is an awesome, fundamental difference between the present experience of Pentecost


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"The phrase"A rushing mighty wind" is almost a literal translation of the Hebrew word ruah, meaning in Hebrew texts the Spirit of God. The experience is a powerful mystic one, hence the sensation of sacred possession"Wikipedia.org

What i am trying to convey is that a similar phenomena is now occurring on a mass, global scale i.e., the present. Hundreds of thousands have since the 1970's experienced—and those still taking part in the Resurrection continue to experience—the same"mighty wind"that" is almost a literal translation of the Hebrew word ruah, meaning in Hebrew texts the Spirit of God."They all feel the cool breeze of the Holy Spirit/Mother Kundalini issuing forth from their hands, head and other parts of the body, a powerful mystical experience similar to that of Jesus' disciples centuries ago.
But there is an awesome, fundamental difference between the present experience of Pentecost on a mass global scale, and that 2,000 years ago involving only a handful of Christ's disciples. That difference is that the present experience of the Holy Spirit was promised by Lord Jesus Christ!:
"On the night of His betrayal, Jesus had many things to say to His disciples (see John 13-17). Among them was His repeated promise that He would send the Holy Spirit. In addition to His description of the Holy Spirit as the"Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13), Jesus also spoke of the Spirit as the"Counselor" (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). In some translations, this word is translated"Comforter"or"Helper.""

A Homily for Pentecost by Rev. Steven Marshall
Coming of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is a very important feast day in our Gnostic liturgical calendar. It commemorates the promised coming of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples, which was predicted by Jesus prior to his mystical death and resurrection. The mythic cycle of the liturgical year seems to come to an end at Pentecost, yet, for the Gnostic, it is the beginning of the true spiritual mission of the Christos. The Pistis Sophia describes twelve years of activity by the Logos among the disciples after the Ascension. It also describes the Apostleship of Mary Magdalen and the mythic cycle of the feminine power represented in the descent, suffering and assumption of Sophia.

Pentecost with the insertion of the Trinity season begins an entire half of the year, representing the mythic cycle of the feminine aspect of God, the season of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost, like Advent, is a beginning, the beginning of a new level of spiritual activity in our archetypal life. The Holy Spirit, like a great wind, blows into our spiritual life with something new, unexpected, and, even if somewhat unsettling, yet as a consoler and comforter that is not of this world.

The Gospel of St. Matthew states quite accurately"The Spirit bloweth where it listeth."We cannot constrain the Holy Spirit into artificially created, ego-designed vessels. It does not matter how politically correct or psychologically comfortable they may be; it just doesn't work. The wisdom of the Spirit suggests an entirely different value system than that of the material and ordinary world. The 8th Ode of Solomon gives a speech from the Holy Spirit to humanity."Your flesh may not understand that which I am about to say to you; nor your garment that which I am about to show you."The Holy Spirit requires a vessel for its manifestation, but it is not a worldly vessel or garment; it is a vessel of consciousness. The Gospel of St. John calls Her"The Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Her not, neither knoweth Her; but ye know Her, for she dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."The world cannot receive Her because it cannot see Her, because it is not conscious of Her. In order to know Her indwelling we must acknowledge Her, become conscious of Her, feel Her presence, see Her, and finally hear Her. The Holy Prophet Mani was such a vessel; even his name means"vessel."Mani received the visit of his Light Twin whom he recognized as the Paraclete, the promised Comforter, three times during his earthly life. In this instance, the coming of the Holy Spirit is a direct mystical experience of a transcendent reality. The inscrutability and timelessness of the Holy is expressed by the holy prophet Mani by comparing the timelessness of the Spirit as even beyond the task of counting all the grains of the dust of the earth: "Know that the grains of the dust of the earth can be measured, one can count the grains of the dust of the earth year after year; but the length of time the Holy Spirit passed with the Father, that one cannot count." (Kephalaia of the Paraclete)

The coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles was not something that came and went in History; it is a present and timeless, spiritual reality. Jesus knew of his impending death and told his disciples of the Comforter, who would come after him. He told them to expect the coming of the Holy Spirit which would abide with us forever, who."..shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."Our Teacher of Gnosis is still here. Her voice remains to teach, to guide, to care for us, and to comfort us.

The Kephalaia of the Paraclete by the holy prophet Mani describes how the Holy Spirit not only looks after the sparks of light on earth, but all of the aeons of the light: "He first formed her in his inner chambers in quiet and in silence; but when she was needed, than was she called and came forth from the father of greatness; she looked after all the aeons of the light."

In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus reiterates to the disciples the timeless and unworldly nature of the Holy Spirit: "Jesus said unto his disciples: I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, the she may abide with you forever... Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you."

To know the event of Pentecost as an immanent and interior reality is the goal towards which the Gnostic's striving is always directed. If we are to know this other Comforter, we must somehow come to the place in spirit where we can reach out and touch this timelessness and transcendence; we must pass over to a non-ordinary state of consciousness and perception.

Pentecost comes from an Israelite harvest festival called the"feast of weeks," which occurred 50 days (seven weeks) following the Passover. It was a feast prepared from the first fruits of the grain in the form of leavened bread. The leavened as opposed to unleavened bread is symbolic of the power of the Holy Spirit, for the leavening that fills the dough with air and makes it rise has been long regarded as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of Thomas makes such a comparison between leavening and the Holy Spirit."Jesus said: The Kingdom of the Father is like a woman, who has taken a little leaven and has hidden it in dough and has made large loaves of it."Here the Holy Spirit is associated with the Kingdom and the feminine task of making bread.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit signifies a recognition, a knowing of the feminine aspect of God. The Holy Prophet Mani also describes the Holy Spirit as a feminine image:

"The fount of every blessing and all the invocations is The Mother of life, the first Holy Spirit, the first mother who has come forth from the Father and first appeared, the glorious one who is the beginning of all emanations that have come to this world." (Kephalaia of the Paraclete)

Jewish Christians known as the Ebionites called the Holy Spirit"The Lady," and described her as the real Mother of Jesus. They prayed to her as God, but called her an Angel because they experienced her personality so strongly and so personally. The Holy Spirit, as The Mother of Jesus occurs in many places in Gnostic literature."Even so did my Mother, the Holy Spirit, take me by one of my hairs and carry me away to Mt. tabor." (Gospel of the Hebrews) In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says," My mother gave me a body, but my true Mother (the Holy Spirit) gave me life."As we begin to contact transcendent reality, the feminine image of Deity is almost always the first to be experienced, often as an interior vision and voice.

In the Christian mythos the festival of Pentecost commemorates the descent of the fire of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Two principle symbols appear here. The first is the tongue of flame. Shin, the name of the Hebrew letter corresponding to Fire and Spirit, means tooth and also tongue of flame. The addition of the letter Shin (the Holy Spirit) to the name Jehovah (YHVH) reveals the mystery of the Spirit in the qabbalistic name of Jesus, YHShVH. In this fashion, the name of Jesus represents the healing of the deficient and unregenerate Demiurge Jehovah (YHVH) by the addition of the missing feminine aspect of deity, the Holy Spirit. The second image in this description of Pentecost is the speaking"In tongues."This is not described as the babbling of jibberish, but as recognizable languages, symbolizing a speech that was miraculously understandable to everyone regardless of their language: symbolically, a healing of the division symbolized by the division of languages in the story of the Tower of Babel. This"speaking in tongues"suggests a phenomenon of communication associated with experiences of an otherworldly and transcendent reality, yet on a mass scale.

This phenomenon comes about also through the coming together of the feminine and masculine potencies of the Trinity. While the Logos is the Word, the Holy Spirit is the breath that gives it its utterance that gives it a voice. Whereas the Logos (the Word) is symbolic of the masculine polarity, the voice of the Holy Spirit is feminine. In Qabbalah, this voice, like the Holy Spirit, is represented by a dove, and is called Bath Qol, the Daughter of the Voice.î In the Song of Solomon she is the voice of the dove... heard again in our land.î In the Jewish Targum she is called the"Voice of the Holy Spirit of Salvation."

The recognition of the Holy Spirit is an essential step to the restoration of the Kingdom of Heaven, the descent of the New Jerusalem, the Kingdom which is spread out upon the earth but cannot be seen by the eyes of the world. As stated in the Gospel of Thomas," Jesus said: It (the Kingdom) will not come by expectation; they will not say: 'See here', or: 'See there'. But the Kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth and men do not see it."In late versions of the Gospel of Luke, the portion of the Lord's Prayer, which reads"thy Kingdom come," is translated as"Thy Holy Spirit come and cleanse us."The Kingdom of Heaven is the manifestation in a greater consciousness of the Holy Spirit on earth.

In Qabbalah, the Kingdom is referred to the sphere of Malkuth, which is also titled Shekinah, Matrona and Bride, the Kingdom adorned as a Bride as written in the Revelation of St. John the Divine. In Qabbalistic teachings, the Shekinah is a feminine symbol of the immanent presence of God on earth. Followers of Valentinus called the Holy Spirit," this Holy Earth," "Mother," and"Jerusalem." In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus tells the disciples of the Holy Spirit that will come in his name and shall bring all things to their remembrance. Remembering the teaching of the Word and the role of the Holy Spirit in giving it a voice, gives the Holy Spirit with Her title of"Jerusalem"remarkable meaning. It refers Jerusalem to that spiritual Kingdom of Light, which has been called the New Jerusalem, and which the Gnostics consider their true origin and home. The verse of the 137th Psalm, which is included in our Gnostic Ordination to Cleric reads," If I forget Thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember not Jerusalem above my highest Joy."

Jerusalem is not for us an earthly city but the celestial City, the Kingdom of Light, our true home among the Aeons of the Light. The Holy City is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, the coming of the Heavenly City to dwell in our hearts in greater consciousness. Quispel translates Jerusalem as the "Kingdom of Peace."Such a"Kingdom of Peace" is the Rest, the Repose that the Gnostics used as a metaphor for the Fullness of the Pleroma where all of the warring dualities and opposites are transcended and resolved into a"single one."Dr Carl Jung, in his treatise on the Trinity, makes a case for the recognition of the feminine aspect of God as the completion and final individuation of the Trinity of God. Therefore, the coming of the Holy Spirit, as an immanent reality in the Gnostic soul, represents not just a beginning but the culmination of Gnosis, both the beginning and the end.

The recognition of the feminine aspect of the Godhead is not a political fancy but a spiritual necessity; our own wholeness as spiritual beings, even the wholeness of God, depends on it. And so we remember this day in honor of the Holy Female Power in every place, who is The Mother of Christ in every heart, and the"Wholeness upon which the universe is erected and destroyed."We, as Gnostics, seek not a political and worldly kingdom on earth but a spiritual kingdom of an interior and transcendent reality that is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within us. May the Voice of the Holy Spirit guide us on our quest to the Light of the Divine Soul within, comfort us in our travails in the world and restore within us the Kingdom of this Holy Earth within which we"live and move and have our being."Amen.

Rev. Steven Marshall

http://www.gnosis.org/ecclesia/homily_Pentecost.htm

—- In adishakti_sahaja_yoga@yahoogroups.com," jagbir singh"
wrote:
>
> Dear Violet and All,
>
> i am silenced by the sheer sacredness and depth of delivery of this
> article that evidences the fulfillment of the promise made by Lord
> Jesus 2000 years ago:
>
>"Pentecost is a very important feast day in our Gnostic liturgical
> calendar. It commemorates the promised coming of the Holy Spirit to
> the Disciples, which was predicted by Jesus prior to his mystical
> death and resurrection."
>
> But of utmost importance is the thorough comprehension and
> doubtless faith of this quote, one that WCASY and most of their
> subtle system SYs regard as a possession or work of evil spirits:
>
>"We, as Gnostics, seek not a political and worldly kingdom on earth
> but a spiritual kingdom of an interior and transcendent reality that
> is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within us. May the Voice of
> the Holy Spirit guide us on our quest to the Light of the Divine
> Soul within, comfort us in our travails in the world and restore
> within us the Kingdom of this Holy Earth within which we"live and
> move and have our being."
>
> All the years/decades of external emphasis-rituals, images, altars-
> and resulting mindset of SYs all but assures that the deep Gnostic
> teachings of Shri Mataji will never be attained. With WCASY/SYs
> having such negativity and fear that meeting/meditating on the Holy
> Spirit in the Sahasrara is the work of evil, one wonders what is the
> nature of the negativity within the organization that breeds such
> aversion. What has caused this mental illness to manifest and
> spread throughout all collectives? Why is there no cure, despite the
> 1001 subtle system 'cures' of the Sahaja Yoga Subtle System
> Religion, to rid this colossal collective catch?
>
> Honestly, there is no hope at present of ridding this huge
> collective catch from within the Sahaja Yoga collectives. The only
> way is to read the articles at websites/forum to better understand,
> firmly establish and continuously nourish the faith that subtly and
> slowly sprouts from the Gnostic teachings of Shri Mataji, the holy
> scriptures and their messengers. This spiritual growth within is a
> gentle, slow and steady process. Daily meditation and
> introspection is absolutely necessary ............ for the rest of
> your life. Without question this means meditating and introspecting
> on the Holy Spirit in the Kingdom of God within:
>
>"We, as Gnostics, seek not a political and worldly kingdom on earth
> but a spiritual kingdom of an interior and transcendent reality that
> is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit within us. May the Voice of
> the Holy Spirit guide us on our quest to the Light of the Divine
> Soul within, comfort us in our travails in the world and restore
> within us the Kingdom of this Holy Earth within which we"live and
> move and have our being."
>
> That is why the opening lines of http://adishakti.org/ reads:
>
>"Since November 1993 the spiritual experiences of children
> witnessing the mystical Kingdom of God thousands of times over the
> years have been recorded. All have independently corroborated and
> irrefutably identified Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi as the incarnation of
> the Divine Feminine sent to deliver God Almighty's Divine Message to
> humanity."
>
> Shri Mataji is the incarnation of the Holy Spirit who resides in the
> Kingdom of God (Sahasrara) within. That spiritual kingdom is of an
> interior and transcendent reality that is the manifestation of the
> Holy Spirit within us. That is the only way to rid the Sahaja Yoga
> organization of their colossal collective catch, one that will take
> a long time to get rid of.
>
> Regards to all,
>
> jagbir
>

26 June 2007

Dear devotees of the Holy Spirit,

Namaskaar - i bow to the Comforter who resides in you!

i would like to clarify the above please, specifically Pentecost.

Pentecost is celebrated by Christians yearly i.e.," Pentecost is a very important feast day in our Gnostic liturgical calendar."It is based on events that transpired in the past just after the resurrection of Lord Jesus i.e., about 2,000 years ago:

"The Descent of the Holy Spirit

The events took place on the day of the Pentecost, in Jerusalem, at 09:00 ("The third hour of the day", according to Jewish timekeeping). The community of Christ's disciples, approximately 120 people, was gathered"Into an upper room"In a building that Tradition locates on Mount Zion. The Tradition also says that it was the same room where Jesus ate His Last Supper. The tremendous phenomenon is very well described in Acts 2:1-4:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The phrase"A rushing mighty wind" is almost a literal translation of the Hebrew word ruah, meaning in Hebrew texts the Spirit of God. The experience is a powerful mystic one, hence the sensation of sacred possession"Www.wikipedia.org

What i am trying to convey is that a similar phenomena is now occurring on a mass, global scale i.e., the present. Hundreds of thousands have since the 1970's experienced—and those still taking part in the Resurrection continue to experience—the same"mighty wind"that" is almost a literal translation of the Hebrew word ruah, meaning in Hebrew texts the Spirit of God."They all feel the cool breeze of the Holy Spirit/Mother Kundalini issuing forth from their hands, head and other parts of the body, a powerful mystical experience similar to that of Jesus' disciples centuries ago.
But there is an awesome, fundamental difference between the present experience of Pentecost on a mass global scale, and that 2,000 years ago involving only a handful of Christ's disciples. That difference is that the present experience of the Holy Spirit was promised by Lord Jesus Christ!:

"On the night of His betrayal, Jesus had many things to say to His disciples (see John 13-17). Among them was His repeated promise that He would send the Holy Spirit. In addition to His description of the Holy Spirit as the"Spirit of truth" (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13), Jesus also spoke of the Spirit as the"Counselor" (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7). In some translations, this word is translated "Comforter"or"Helper."

The word"comforter" is translated from the word"Paraclete" ("Ho Parakletos"In Greek). Parakletos in Greek is interpreted as"An advocate", one who pleads the cause of another, one who councils or advises another from deep concern for the other's welfare (Beacon Bible commentary volume VII, p.168). In these verses we are told that after Jesus departs, a Paraclete will one day come, will glorify Jesus, and will guide mankind into all truth. The main signs and characteristics of the Comforter are as follows:

i) The Comforter must abide with the believers forever (John 14:16). This is only possible if the Comforter remains within each and every human for the rest of the natural lives and beyond i.e., for all eternity;

ii) The Comforter must testify on the behalf of Jesus (John 15:26). This is only possible if the Comforter is human too i.e., meeting, speaking, explaining in detail, as well as answering questions, in languages humans can understand;

iii) The Comforter must bring all aspects of Jesus teachings to remembrance (John 14:26). Obviously they must concern unlocking the deep secrets of Jesus' parables, of which the Kingdom of God within tops the list;

iv) The Comforter must reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment i.e., issue warnings of impending judgment to a world full of sin and ungodliness (John 16:8);

v) The Comforter must at all times guide and speak the truth of events that are coming (John 16:13). Obviously the truth, directed exclusively to a world of sin and ungodliness, has to be absolutely unprecedented, radical and explosive;

vi) The Comforter must glorify Jesus and declare all that the later wants delivered to humanity (John 16:14). This task of informing humans on a global scale requires many, many years to accomplish;

vii) The Comforter -whom the Father will send in Jesus' name, and teach all things and remind humanity of everything Jesus has said- will be the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). Thus the personality enlightening humanity of Jesus' teachings will be both the Comforter and Holy Spirit sent by God Almighty in Jesus' name.

Shri Mataji is the Comforter, the Helper or Paraclete who has for more than three decades glorified Christ and through Her Divine Message of the Last Judgment and Resurrection guided mankind into all truth. All who receive their second birth by the Spirit (Self- realization) experience today what Jesus' disciples experienced two millennia ago on the day of Pentecost. The awesome, fundamental difference between both phenomena is that the present experience of the Holy Spirit manifesting within humans was promised by Lord Jesus ..... and is taking place all over Earth. This truth is irrefutable as hundreds of thousands have felt it. The tens of thousands who continue to meditate on the Holy Spirit within feel it on a daily basis. Some even experience the Ruach on a 24/7 basis!

In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus tells the disciples that the Holy Spirit will come in his name and shall bring all things to their remembrance. That verily has been accomplished by the incarnation of the Holy Spirit over the last three decades! But a massive, satanic negativity has overcome the Sahaja Yoga organization for more than three decades, one that has silenced and deluded the rank and file from bringing the rest of humanity to the same remembrance. This negativity too is being overcome and destroyed.

regards to all,

jagbir


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