Vatican recognizes Jewish expectations of a Messiah
Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 2:12 pm

On January 18, 2002 the Vatican issued what some Jewish scholars are calling an important document that explicitly says, "The Jewish wait for the Messiah is not in vain."

The scholarly work, effectively a rejection of and apology for the way some Christians have viewed the Old Testament, was signed by the pope's theologian, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

A number of Jewish scholars and leaders said they were pleased but stunned and would have to take some time to digest fully the complicated, 210-page study, published in French and Italian.

"This is something altogether new, especially compared with the earlier document from Ratzinger that was so controversial," said Rabbi Alberto Piattelli, a professor and leader of the Jewish community in Rome. "This latest declaration is a step forward" in closing the wounds opened by that earlier document, Rabbi Piattelli said. "It recognizes the value of the Jewish position regarding the wait for the Messiah, changes the whole exegesis of biblical studies and restores our biblical passages to their original meaning. I was surprised.""

It is interesting to note that according to Jewish belief the Messiah is expected to be a mortal person who, through charisma, background and power, proves to be the actual redeemer. By experiencing the Ruach, a Jew can finally experience Judaism as a living force that nourishes, heals and gives evidence of His Spirit during the End Times:


Ruach, the breath of God experienced daily as cool breeze/wind 1
Ruach, the breath of God experienced daily as cool breeze/wind 2

All-Pervading Power (cool breeze, divine vibrations, God's breath)
Divine flowing out of those born of the Spirit within

The connections between various spiritual traditions and Judaism are vast. Not only that, the experience that Shri Mataji can bring to Jews, or anybody else for that matter, goes far beyond the expectations that any Jew (with the exception of the Jewish mystics, known as Kabbalists) has ever entertained.

This experience of the direct perception and sensation of Ruach has become commonplace with those meditating on the Messiah. Hundreds of thousands and even perhaps millions of people from every corner of the Earth are feeling for the first time the existence of God on their central nervous systems. This experience transcends all religious and cultural boundaries. Shri Mataji shows its practitioners the universality of all the religions of the world. This experience is described in Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity, Greek Mythology, as well as most other spiritual paths. This experience is also perfectly described in Judaism. So we can say that Sahaja Yoga is not a religion, but a tool to shed light on religion. And when we bring the Light of Truth into Judaism, we can see how fantastic it is.

The basic experience of the universal pure religion (as described by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi) is a very simple, yet powerful evolutionary process that initially takes place on the central nervous system. Through pure desire and the Divine Compassion of God, the dormant spiritual energy in a person is awakened, creating an enlightened personality. The Torah clearly describes this in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 11, verses 16-17 and 25:

—16: And the Lord said unto Moses: "Gather unto Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with thee.
—17: And I will come down and speak with thee there; and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
—25: And the Lord came down to the tent in the cloud; and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and put it upon the seventy elders; and when it came to pass, that, when the spirit came upon them, they prophesied."

This spirit which is described is a reflection of the pure desire of God in a human being. It is an innate energy which lies in the sacrum bone, or the triangular shaped bone at the base of the spinal column. The word sacrum comes from the word sacred, because the ancient Greeks, of whose language so much English is based, knew that the sacrum bone was a sacred bone, and that it housed this sacred energy. The spirit spoken of is actually the Shechina, or the Divine Presence that protects a human being from evil. The word spirit means wind. It is important to note that this energy is described as a wind, for when it is flowing, it feels like a cool breeze emitting from the body. The word Shechina comes from the Hebrew word shochem, which means to reside. The Shechina is the One who resides in the sacrum bone.

In Her upward journey, the Shechina (or Kundalini) passes through a number of centers which are expressed in the human anatomy as the nerve plexuses of the central nervous system. In Sahaja Yoga, these centers have been called chakras for thousands of years. There are numerous ancient drawings that exhibit these chakras, and they are rendered with complete anatomical accuracy. This was all done without any knowledge of human physiology, so it is quite obvious that the source of this knowledge must be spiritual in nature. The word chakra means wheel in Sanskrit, and indeed, they spin like wheels. They contain the pure qualities as designed by God that every being possesses. The chakras and their Divine energy were envisioned by the Jewish prophet Ezekiel, in Chapter 1, Verses 19-21:

—19: And when the living creatures went, the wheels went hard by them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the bottom, the wheels were lifted up.
—20: Whither so ever the spirit was to go, as spirit was to go thither, so they went; and the wheels were lifted up beside them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
—21: When those went, these went; and when those stood, and these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up beside them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

In Judaism we find the same knowledge of Sahaja Yoga was found through spiritual pursuit and serves the same purpose. The Kabbalah, which is the core of the Law as taught by Moses, describes the Sefirot. The Sefirot are the centers of divine qualities in the spiritual body of a person. They are ten in number, and they correspond perfectly to the chakras in their location and their qualities. When one considers the discrepancy in the number of chakras and sefirot, one finds that it is merely an instance of two slightly different interpretations of the same system. A few sefirot are viewed in there different aspects as separate sefirot, where as the chakra model establishes a connection, and therefore views them as one. Furthermore, while the Sefirot are numbered as ten, they are described as residing on seven different levels.

But the result is the same. When the Shechina is awakened, it nourishes these centers which are the milestones of our evolution. In doing so, we begin to feel and emit the true qualities that every human being possesses. The joy and peace of this experience is a deeply profound one, and one that can carry the practitioner to an entirely new and ascendant level of consciousness, the consciousness of the Spirit.

This is clearly expressed in many areas of the Torah, but especially in Solomon's Proverbs, Chapter 3, Verses 13-18:

—13: Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that obtaineth understanding.
—14: For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
—15: She is more precious than rubies; and all the things thou canst desire cannot be compared unto Her.
—16: Length of Days are in Her right hand; in Her left hand are riches and honour.
—17: Her ways are ways of pleasantness; and all Her paths are peace.
—18: She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon Her, and happy is everyone that holdeth Her fast.

That tree is the Shechina. That tree is the Kundalini. And that tree is growing in humanity now. As a Jew is "the One who knows', so is a Sahaja Yogi "the one who has become". Truly, they are meant to be one and the same.

Millennia ago it was said that all who believe in the Messiah will busy themselves trying to know the Lord. Therefore, they will be great sages, knowing things hidden from the vast majority. They will obtain a knowledge of their Creator as far as possible by human understanding; "For the earth shall be full with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9).

Jai Shri Mataji

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