Inner experience of Jesus is available to all: The Son of Man is within"But another audience, the one for whom this book will resonate most deeply, are readers with an intuitive grasp of"transcendence"And the teachings of Jesus that verify the union that can be experienced between God and man. This is what Saint John of the Cross referred to when he wrote"All and Nothing." ("Here I stand alone transcending all knowledge"). Pagels points out that this experience is taught by Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas and expressed in the Vedic literature of India. ("I am That"). It is found in the writings from many religious traditions. One Catholic University scholar has compared the description of the higher states of consciousness from the Upanishads to the rooms described by Saint Theresa of Avila in her"Interior Castle" (Seven states of consciousness; seven rooms in the castle)."
Fascinating look at the early Christian writings and history,
November 6, 2003
By Frank Mclaughlin"frank mclaughlin" (Herndon, VA USA)
Elaine Pagels is an exceptionally engaging writer with a talent for locating and explaining hidden wisdom. She wrote an earlier book," The Gnostic Gospels: A New Account of the Origins of Christianity," that brilliantly summarized the ancient and rambling Nag Hammadi texts, which describe the teachings of Jesus as captured by early Christian writers. In"Beyond Belief," a title that addresses the audience she wishes to reach, Pagels examines more closely these ancient texts and how they compare to the four gospels. She focus on the"Gospel of Thomas" (90 ce) comparing it to the Gospel of John (100 ce) and current christian beliefs about the teachings of Jesus.
"Beyond Belief" is intensely interesting to the right audience. It is part gospel analysis, which she translates from ancient Greek, part early Christian history and part personal story meant to provide context in understanding the beauty of modern Christianity. One audience for this book is those seeking to understand factually what Jesus taught and what happened to Christianity in the early centuries following his death (30 ce) and how the Gospel of Thomas can shed light on that understanding.
But another audience, the one for whom this book will resonate most deeply, are readers with an intuitive grasp of"transcendence"And the teachings of Jesus that verify the union that can be experienced between God and man. This is what Saint John of the Cross referred to when he wrote"All and Nothing." ("Here I stand alone transcending all knowledge"). Pagels points out that this experience is taught by Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas and expressed in the Vedic literature of India. ("I am That"). It is found in the writings from many religious traditions. One Catholic University scholar has compared the description of the higher states of consciousness from the Upanishads to the rooms described by Saint Theresa of Avila in her"Interior Castle" (Seven states of consciousness; seven rooms in the castle).
There is no doubt that saints the world over have written of union with God. The Christian tradition is no exception (read Alan Watts," The Supreme Identity."): "It seemed to me, as if [my soul] was wholly and altogether passed into its God, to make but one and the same thing with Him; even as a little drop of water, cast into the sea, receives the qualities of the sea. Oh, union of unity, demanded of God by Jesus Christ for men and merited by him!"-Jeanne- Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon. Or"Blessedness consists primarily in the fact that the soul sees God in herself. Only in God's knowledge does she become wholly still. Therefore it is in Oneness that God is found and they who would find God must themselves become One."And the famous"My eye and God's eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love."-Meister Eckhart.
I wonder sometimes how we got from these sublime expressions to the crap that is dispensed by our Churches. Nobody explains this better than Pagels. She attempts to explain why, if the experience of union with God is universal, it is not prominently recognized in the four gospels and most Christian teaching.
The problem, Pagels explains as she accounts for the development of early church othodoxy, is that the apostles and the early Christian writers built Church teaching upon revelation and visions."Without visions and revelations, the Christian movement would not have begun. But who can tell the holy spirit when to stop?..."And when so many people—some of them rivals and even antagonists—all claim to to be divinely inspired, who knows who has the spirit and who does not? She claims that Irenaeus, the promoter of the four gospels, and only those four, was confronted not by"A lack of spiritual revelation but an overwhelming surplus. 'How' he asked 'can we tell the difference between the word of God and mere human words?'"It is in this climate the first attempt to unify Christian believers began.
Hericlitus, the great Greek philosopher, said"All is One."If you recognize the wisdom of this ancient expression and you understand that, consciousness, the source of thought, is divine and that the inner experience of Jesus is available to all, you will enjoy this book. Jesus says in Thomas"I am all: From me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there.". Or in the words of the Vedas"I am That, Thou art That, All this is That."
Understanding the Transcendent may be the key to appreciating this book. I had been practicing meditation for only about seven years when I discovered Pagels' first book over twenty years ago. The Gospel of Thomas and these gnostic writings from the earliest christians resonated immediately for I could validate it by my experience. Pagels quotes the gospel of Mary Magdalene," The Son of Man is within you."
In the end, the orthodox view, the Church view, prevailed and the Gnostic writings were suppressed. Perhaps for this reason Hericlitus had another saying for which he was known: "People who follow religions are like cattle."
The inner experience of Jesus is available to all: The Son of Man is within you
Kash was once giving Self-Realization to a new seeker Gurmit Singh seated comfortably on a chair before the photograph of the Great Divine Mother. Gurmit, who lived around Lachine and knew Kash's father for many years, was brought by his Punjab village friend Bhupinder to have Self-Realization.
After putting himself in bandhan Kash asked the help of the Great Primordial Kundalini to awaken the Kundalini residing within Gurmit. He then used his hands to channel energy into the sacrum bone of the seeker, where the Kundalini had laid dormant for ages.
He closed his eyes in concentration and vibrations began flowing profusely from his hands. The Kundalini of Gurmit responded and informed Kash's Kundalini the condition of the chakras. Kash instantly decoded this vital information on his fingertips and knew precisely which chakra was malfunctioning and the extent of damage. He then proceeded to cleanse these energy centres by invoking the Deities present at those affected chakras.
Every now and then he checked his own Kundalini for any developments. She kept coordinating with him, advising him to work on another chakra whenever a 'blockage' was detected. Sometimes he had to rotate two or three chakras quickly, one after another, as the Kundalini kept scanning the subtle system like a spiritual virus detector.
Occasionally he would coax Gurmit's Kundalini to rise and penetrate the Sahasrara, raising it all the way from the Mooladhara chakra to the top of the head. By checking the top of the Brahmarandhra for the Divine Cool Breeze and finding none, he knew that the Kundalini was still having obstructions. Then again he had to communicate with his Kundalini and continue rotating the energy centers in different combinations, working continuously to open and connect the physical body to the Universal Self.
Kash worked on until the first few strands of the Kundalini pierced the Thousand-Petal Lotus and the Divine Cool Breeze of the Holy Spirit began to blow from the top of the fontanel bone area. It was done. The Great Mother Kundalini within had given second birth to Gurmit, the genuine baptism of God Almighty. This was the rebirth that the Holy Scriptures had mentioned, a mystery that no religious institution knows about or is able to perform.
Then Gurmit's friend Bhupinder, who had also helped Kash to awaken the Kundalini, decided to meditate. Suddenly he got up and began to shake his head in disbelief: he had felt the presence of Guru Nanak very strongly and even caught a fleeting vision of Him. Everyone observed him as he kept on shaking his head in utter amazement, face flushed with emotion. All turned to Kash to see if he could confirm this fact.
Kash closed his eyes momentarily. What he saw with his spiritual eyes was stunning — all the Deities were seen sitting on each and every chakra of Gurmit's subtle body! It was the Divine Vision of the Third Eye! Kash was given the Divine Vision to witness the spiritual body of a human being for the very first and only time. He observed that there were more than 20 Deities, each about an inch in size, sitting on various chakras inside Gurmit. All these Spiritual Beings were in a squatting position and in deep meditation.
Kash told his father, Bhupinder and Gurmit that he had just seen the Deities sitting inside the latter's body.
He positively recognized Shri Ganesha above the anus (Mooladhara), Shri Vishnu and Shri Lakshmi at the navel (Nabhi), Shri Krishna and Shri Radha at the throat (Vishuddhi) and Shri Jesus behind and between both eyes (Agnya). Right on the limbic area of the head (Sahasrara) was the Spirit of the Living God Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, also squatting and meditating.
Bhupinder, Gurmit, and the father looked at each other and then at Kash, unable to believe or understand what they just heard.
Note: It has to be clearly understood that at this time Kash was new to spiritualism and had no knowledge of the subtle human body. The family members did not even know how to recite the great mantra of the Great Adi Shakti, let alone know the various chakras, their locations inside humans, and the presiding Deity. Yet Kash precisely located their positions, matching them exactly to what Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi had told humankind since She opened the Sahasrara on May 5, 1970. This simple fact proved that not only was his spiritual vision flawless, but so was the Truth of the Great Primordial Goddess.
The remaining Universal Beings could not be identified because Kash was still new to spiritualism and did not know their names or features. Put simply, although he saw all the Immortal Ones meditating on all the various chakras in Gurmit's body — Shri Krishna, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Mahavira, Lao-tze, Moses, Abraham, Nanak, Confucius and so on — he could not identify any of them. (It is just like meeting a group of strangers and trying to ascertain their identity. The only way to do so would be a formal introduction, i.e., through previous knowledge or photographic recognition.) This inability was compounded not only by their small size and multitude, which made observation and memorization difficult, but also because of the brief period that this Divine Vision was granted to him.
It must be accepted that all the Deities are sitting in every human being exactly at the energy points Shri Adhiparasakthi Shri Nirmala Devi has proclaimed. Since Kash has positively identified the positions of a few, then it is only logical that the other Divine Beings also exist at precisely at the chakras revealed by the Great Holy Spirit. Those who want to understand this profound Truth have to thoroughly understand the immensity of this spiritual Reality — upheld by many sages, saints and yogis — that"Inside each of us are primal gods and goddesses." (Deepak Chopra.) This Knowledge is priceless for all seekers of Truth. It is also the mysterious subtle Reality briefly mentioned in the Bible and Qur'n, but explicitly expounded in Vedic scriptures.
Again we have to mention that there was just no way Kash could have identified these Universal Beings — absolutely no way! In the first place, how did he know that the Immortal Beings are within the body? No one in the family even knew of this Truth, a fact that took a long time after this incident to fathom. Then, how was it possible for him to know exactly where they were sitting? He could have said that Shri Jesus was seen on the Vishuddhi chakra, Shri Lakshmi/Vishnu at the Swadisthan, and so on. But he did not. He told exactly what he saw and those Divine Beings he identified corresponded exactly to that revealed by the human Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on Earth.
And we must also bear in mind that two non-family members, Gurmit and Bhupinder, witnessed and heard what Kash told them. (Anyone may question them to confirm the above facts.)
Based on this extraordinary mystical experience the following Truths are announced to all seekers of the Spirit:
Shri Ganesha is meditating in the Mooladhara Chakra — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Shri Lakshmi and Vishnu is meditating in the Nabhi Chakra — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Shri Radha and Krishna is meditating in the Vishuddhi Chakra — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Shri Jesus Christ is meditating in the Agnya Chakra — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
Shri Adi Shakti Mataji Shri Nirmala Devi is meditating in the Sahasrara Chakra — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
The Divine Beings are within all human beings — This Revealed Truth is Absolute.
"There are Deities who are in the Chakras. When the Kundalini rises She awakens them just like seeds. Once they are awakened they start working it out. They know what is their job, what to work out like they have been appointed. Those Deities you have achieved through your evolution at different points. So where ever they are settled they do the job."
"But you have your own Gods. You have your own Goddesses. You are the making of your own which are mythical. Face it yourself. You need not believe into anything but you need nor disbelieve also. Just as you go into a college you have to study, not believing into anything or non-believing, but you have to see it for yourself. You have to experiment yourself."
Geneva, Switzerland — June 13, 1985
"Innocence is innately built within us. So the first and foremost thing that the Will of God built up was innocence, the auspiciousness. The first thing HE did was to create Shri Ganesha, or I would say She, because the Will of God is Adi Shakti. And all this innocence was created first of all to make the whole world very beautiful. All those qualities were also placed within you, all those Deities were placed within you. Specially made human beings were specially made so that they should become saintly people, that they should have their saintly, innate sense. But it happened in the countries which developed, that our brain was bombarded by all kinds of television, all kinds of things, and we became very vulnerable."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
The Will Of God, Sahasrara Puja, Cabella, Italy — May 10, 1992
"The medulla, principal entrance for the body's supply of universal life energy (Aum), is directly connected by polarity with the Christ Consciousness centre (kutastha chaitanya) in the single eye between the eyebrows: the seat of man's power of will. Cosmic energy is then stored up in the seventh centre, in the brain, as a reservoir of infinite potentialities (mentioned in the Vedas as the"thousand- petaled lotus of light.") The Bible refers to Aum as the Holy Ghost or invisible life force that divinely upholds all creation."What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"— 1 Corinthians 6:19."
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Self-Realization Fellowship, 1974, p. 363.
"The first section (of part III) constitutes from start to finish an extraordinary hymn to Light, here no longer viewed as an exclusive possession of God or as something purely external which is the source of reflected light in Man, but as an all-embracing and all- penetrating quality that illumines the whole of reality from within and without. This Light is first and foremost a feature of the heavenly world, but this same cosmic splendor is to be found also, in an immediate fashion, in Man. In a word, Man discovers his own personal, divine, and, of course, human dignity...
Man discovers himself as Man, or rather as fully Man, as a center of the cosmos, fellow with the Gods, and partner of God himself. Between the two poles of reality Man discovers a link, an unbreakable relation, and the burden of this consciousness leads him to discover not only the laws of sacrifice, but also its nature. Man is going to lose his own life in the experiment, for the discovery that he too is God, that he may enter into the mystery of reality, not by an epistemic act of his mind, but by an existential and total involvement of his being, is going to consume him in the very fire of the sacrifice that he himself discovers and prepares. All he can do is to throw himself fully into this adventure and, heedless of all else, trust that the experiment will succeed. The one who emerges will not, of course, be the innocent individual of the beginning, but the risen person, the purusottama, a new being. This fullness is a plenitude that cannot be encompassed by human nature or by any individualistic embrace."
Professor Raimundo Panikkar, The Vedic Experience
"We are here to know the Truth, first through our mental understanding and then through our experience, to prove everything you have heard so far. But the minds are very conditioned. Like in India when you talk about Christ to Hindus, saying that Christ is based and placed in the Agnya Chakra, they think that I am trying to spread Christianity because I was born in a Christian family. But when people talk about the Deities on the Chakras, which is a fact, people in the West start thinking they are talking about Hindu philosophy. But one must know they are all related to each other. Christ Himself has said in the Bible those who are not against us are with us...
I know the conditioning of the Western mind. They will never try to understand that there is something beyond what they know from the missionaries."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Seeking In The West, London, U.K. — November 21, 1979
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