First Sight Of Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus was wearing a long, whitish-gray robe that reached His ankles. Another piece of cloth was draped across His right shoulder and diagonally down the left waist. He was tall, big boned and muscular. He had a beard, with wavy hair cascading into curly locks. The eyes were either dark brown or black.
(In The Kingdom Of God within)
Although not of Christian faith Kash's family began celebrating Christmas in 1992. (At this time none of the family knew Shri Mataji as Kash only started meditating a year later.) There were two particular reasons for this act of faith.
The first was the special appeal of Jesus' crucifixion that had developed a silent respect for Him, for no incarnation had ever suffered like Him.
"Death by crucifixion was an atrocious form of torture, "the worst and cruelest" according to Cicero. A post was hammered into the ground, and when the victim arrived, carrying the other piece of wood, the patibulum, the two were fixed together, generally in the shape of a T. The condemned was usually attached to the cross with ropes, but nails were also used. The bones of a man crucified at the time of Jesus have been uncovered near Jerusalem; the feet, placed one on top of the other, were attached to the wood of the post, (since a support for the feet was not used before the third century) with a single nail.
The victim who hung on a cross was continually close to suffocation; to gain breath, he pressed down on his feet — increasing his agony — or on a sort of a tilted ledge, the sedula, which cut into the buttocks but gave some support. The cause of death was not the hemorrhages caused by nails hammered into the wrists and feet but suffocation and exhaustion. And if the victim survived too long, the Romans broke his legs, which ensured that he died of suffocation." 1
It was apparent that Christ impressed the family much. Jesus' personal life revealed not only a righteous and fearless crusader against the powerful religious establishment, but also a kind and humble soul to the weak and downtrodden. By His sacrifice on the Cross and subsequent Resurrection Jesus left an enduring legacy that is still beyond human understanding, absolutely proving beyond any doubt that all humans become the spirit after death.
It was with this supreme sacrifice in mind that Christmas was spontaneously celebrated without any feeling whatsoever that it was a foreign religious ritual. There was no fear that some jealous god would get mad and fry the whole family in hell for changing allegiance. Or that irate parents would become furious and rip apart the Christmas tree. Or that it would set tongues wagging in temple corridors and his family ridiculed by society. Or that he would be gently advised by well-meaning non-Christian friends to refrain from making a religious fool of himself. The sanctuary and freedom of Canada had removed all these obstacles.
The second was the nature of Canada. It was truly one of the greatest nation in the world to live. The very moment the family stepped on its soil at Mirabel Airport, Quebec, on October 28, 1988 there was a deep feeling that they had returned home.
The peace and harmony among the people from all corners of the world comforted the heart, mind, and soul. Part of this feeling must have been due to the collective spirituality of probably the most tolerant of nations towards fellow human beings, a beacon of hope for immigrants and refugees the world over. Canada was a paradise on Earth.
"In 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau fostered the notion that Canada was a mosaic of nationalities, a land where every bloodline, from native Canadian tribes to immigrants from South America, deserved equal respect. This ideology of multiculturalism eventually led Canada to adopt perhaps the most truly color-blind immigration policy in the world." 2
According to the United Nations in 1998 "Canada is still No. 1 in a global ranking of countries according to health, education, life expectancy and per-capita income . . . It's the fifth consecutive year that Canada has come first in the human development index ranking 174 countries. Canada also ranks first in equality for women, in line with last year's top position." 3 (In 2000 Canada topped the UN table for the seventh successive year, followed by Norway and the United States.)
The first voluntary celebration of Christmas in Canada was an expression of inner joy in a nation of social security, racial peace, and religious tolerance; even it's coldest nights comforted, warmed, and healed the heart, mind and soul. There was always a unique sense of peace prevailing on Earth, a harmonious multi-national-ethnic-religious atmosphere that remains uniquely Canadian. Truly it is a blessed land second to none, a nation reflecting the qualities of the Great Spirit in heart, mind and soul.
Christmas was celebrated for the very first time in 1992 and the reasons are worth repeating: there were no parents, friends or relatives to ridicule the family, impose culturally correct views, rebuke religious shortcomings, or engage in collective gossip for observing the birth of Christ.
A Christmas tree was decorated nearly a month in advance, and the lights left to twinkle entire nights, a bold statement that the family had accepted the Universal Savior. Christmas carols were played practically every day and "Silent Night" became everyone's favorite. A circle of mistletoe was hung on the door. This was the family's first Christmas.
Then came 1993.
The Christmas Day of 1993, just weeks after Kash had met the Holy Spirit of the Almighty Creator, turned out to be the most special ever. He was told to request Shri Adhiparasakthi Devi if it was possible to visit Shri Jesus and wish Him a Merry Christmas.
Kash meditated and the Power of the Holy Spirit (Mother Kundalini) coiled in his sacrum bone snaked up the Tree of Life into the Kingdom of God (Sahasrara Chakra). The Everlasting Light shone ever so dazzlingly from above the Golden Throne of the Great Holy Spirit as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi sat in Bliss and Joy.
After the customary greetings he asked if She could fulfill his wish of visiting Shri Jesus.
The Holy Spirit replied that of course She would and got down from Her Throne. She then stretched Her Hands, with palms facing upwards, towards him and requested him put his palms, turned downwards, over them.
He followed Her instructions. Immediately he found himself being lifted a few inches above the carpet of clouds on which he had been standing earlier. Both then started traveling at super-warp speed into the Universe.
Upon reaching Shri Jesus' place they stopped at a short distance away. The whole area was glowing softly, as if charged by a Divine presence.
Shri Jesus, who knew that visitors had arrived, started walking on the soft clouds towards them to greet them.
He was wearing a long, whitish-gray robe that reached His ankles. Another piece of cloth was draped across His right shoulder and diagonally down the left waist. He was tall, big boned and muscular. He had a beard, with wavy hair cascading into curly locks. The eyes were either dark brown or black. Kash noticed that His skin was light brown, and was of ethereal form. Jesus Christ looked very fresh and youthful, as if He had just stepped out of a shower and groomed Himself.
Kash then wished Him Merry Christmas and the same greetings returned by the Universal Savior. The Great Mater Christi (Mother of Christ) also conveyed Her season greetings and Shri Jesus bowed to Her with hands folded in deference.
They then walked back to His place and sat down to meditate.
Kash clearly noticed the immense size and strength of Shri Jesus as in that squatting position His biceps and thighs really stretched the fabric taut. There was no doubt that Shri Jesus was physically a very strong person, a towering hunk of massive masculinity.
All raised their Kundalinis and went into meditation.
When finished Kash bowed with folded hands to the Universal Savior in obeisance, again wishing Him a "Merry Christmas," and left with the Spirit of the Living God to Her abode.
He then requested to return and was given permission. As he closed the eyes of his spiritual body he left the Templum Spiritus Sanctus within and returned to this world of insatiable greed and wanton consumption.
Note: According to Kash all the Universal Beings always look very fresh, clean and neat, as if they had just taken a bath and groomed themselves. Immaculate cleanliness is one of the many distinguishing characteristics of the Heavenly Hosts. The sight, neatness and radiance of Shri Jesus especially impressed Kash. On his first encounter this radiating cleanliness was overwhelmingly evident.
"We normally hear very little, however, about the inner Kingdom of Heaven Jesus wanted us to see and experience for ourselves"
"For any Christian serious about spirituality, a proper understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven is essential. In fact, the most critical spiritual mistake we Christians normally make is in failing to understand what Jesus meant by the phrases "the Kingdom of Heaven" and "the Kingdom of God." This mistake is so basic because, once made, it can throw our spirituality off on the wrong track for the rest of our lives, with unfortunate consequences that we may realize fully only after our deaths.
Most Christians believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is a place and that, if we lead virtuous lives, we will enter this Kingdom of Heaven after we die. Many Christians today find encouragement for this belief in the dozens of books that have appeared over the last twenty years telling of the "near death experiences" (NDEs) of people who have almost died and then recovered. These documented experiences seem to clearly indicate that, after death, we will go to a place filled with love, light, peace, and joy, the place we Christians normally refer to as "heaven."
The vast majority of contemporary Christians, however, are not the least upset that astronomers have yet to locate a physical place called "heaven." That is because most of us do not believe that "heaven," our promised after-death home, is to be found anywhere in the dimension of space-time. Most of us believe that heaven, though a place, is somewhere in another, non-physical dimension.
There is nothing wrong with these beliefs. There is an after-death place of love, light, peace, and joy that is properly called heaven, and leading virtuous lives will certainly help us get there. I will return to a discussion of these aspects of heaven (and the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body) in part 5 of this book. Where we Christians have made a costly mistake, in terms of our own spiritual growth, is in thinking that this after-death "heaven" is the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus dedicated virtually all of his preaching ministry to tell us about. It is not. Though Jesus acknowledged that an after-death heaven existed, Jesus devoted his preaching, not to that heaven, but to a Kingdom of Heaven that he said was here and now, near, "at hand" (Mark 1:15).
The principal message that Jesus brought to us was the Gospel or "Good News" of the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew, the author of the earliest Gospel, begins his account of Jesus' public ministry with these words: "From that time Jesus began to preach his message, turn away from your mistaken thinking, because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." (Matt. 4:17). By "at hand" Jesus meant "here," "right in front of our faces," "in our midst." A few verses later Matthew writes, "Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing people from every kind of disease and sickness" (Matt. 4:23).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus described the type of people who inhabit the Kingdom of Heaven, namely the meek, the merciful, the peacemakers, and the pure in heart (Matt. 5:1-10). He told us that we should "seek first" the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 6:33), that is, that the realization of the Kingdom of Heaven should be the principal goal of every Christian's life. And he promised his immediate disciples that some of them would not die until they had actually seen the Kingdom (Matt. 16:28).
But the single most important thing that Jesus taught about the Kingdom of Heaven was that "The Kingdom of God is within" (Luke 17:21). The Kingdom of God or Heaven that Jesus preached up and down the land of Israel, day in and day out, throughout his entire ministry, is a Kingdom that you and I can find and see only by going deep within ourselves. There is no other way except by going within to get to the Kingdom Jesus preached. No other way. In the Lord's Prayer, the only prayer Jesus personally instructed us to say, he taught us that it was our responsibility to pray every single day that the inner Kingdom of Heaven he preached about would come into existence for all of us right here on this Earth (Matt. 6:10).
Jesus told many parables about what this Kingdom of Heaven was like, a Kingdom of Heaven he himself saw, and lived in, every day of his public ministry. And he promised that those of us who truly sought this Kingdom within ourselves, forsaking all else to do so, would surely realize the same vision, not after death but in this life.
For Jesus, therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven was something that could be realized by each and every one of us right here on Earth. It was a Kingdom that could actually be "seen," not with our physical eyes, of course, but with the inner eye of understanding. The goal of the spiritual life, Jesus taught, was to "seek first" this inner vision of this world. Once we, while here on Earth, have realized within ourselves the vision of the Kingdom, he said, "all else will be added," including, of course, admittance to the heaven after death (Matt. 6:33). But first, he taught, before there is any question about entering the after-death heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth has to be realized by going deep within ourselves. The goal of Christian spirituality, the spirituality that Jesus himself preached, is for each and every one of us to personally be able to see the Kingdom of Heaven within, that Jesus saw. It is for us to go deep enough within our own psyches to find out for ourselves that what Jesus preached was true.
The Church (and by "Church" I mean virtually all of the Christian churches and communities, Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox) has never sufficiently emphasized the importance of Jesus' words about the Kingdom of Heaven being within ourselves. Instead, for centuries, the Church has emphasized our responsibility to lead virtuous lives so that we will be allowed to enter, not the Kingdom of Heaven about which Jesus actually preached, but the non-physical heaven after death.
What we Christians hear most when we attend church, therefore, are sermons about morality: the thoughts, words, or deeds that the particular Christian denomination or preacher believes (based on the Bible or the reasoning of "moral theology") that we should or shouldn't think, say, or do. Secondly, we usually hear pleas to attend church, join the choir, tithe, undertake charitable or social justice activities, and otherwise participate in the external observances, rituals and activities of the local church. In other words, we Christians hear much the same things that the religious Jews of Jesus' day heard in the village synagogues from the Pharisees (the lay preachers) and in the Temple in Jerusalem from the Sadducees (the priests). We normally hear very little, however, about the inner Kingdom of Heaven Jesus wanted us to see and experience for ourselves.
Though some Christians may disagree with the preacher, minister, priest, bishop, or pope about this or that moral teaching or interpretation, there is nothing inherently wrong with the preaching of morality in church. In Western societies, after all, religion (after the input of parents and the assistance of the schools) has traditionally been assigned, and has itself taken on, the role of teaching and preaching the cultural and moral values of the society, especially to our children. It should be no surprise, therefore, that our clergy spend a great deal of their time and energy explaining and defending (and often criticizing) societal values and the societal institutions that incorporate and enforce those values.
But very little of this moral preaching and teaching is of any significant help to us in personally realizing the inner Kingdom of Heaven. None of it helps us to transcend this world and its values (no matter what those values happen to be) so as to enter, with Jesus and within ourselves, the inner spiritual experience of that Kingdom.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because the leaders of his own religion had not understood or accepted his message about the inner Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 13:34). Instead, the blind leading the blind (Matt. 15:14), they continued to emphasize external observances (like fasting and the washing of hands) and moral rules and regulations over the inner spiritual core of religion. Rather than follow the narrow path within that Jesus pointed out, they insisted on following the wide path of moral rectitude that their society honored, one that afforded them the first place in the synagogue, access to political leaders, and an assumed right to the allegiance and donations of the people (Matt. 7:13-14).
But their wide path of external law and observance, though crowded and fully approved by society (the Pharisees, at least, were much respected by the Jewish people), led nowhere in terms of inner spiritual growth because the narrow path to the inner Kingdom of Heaven was sorely neglected. So much so that, as Jesus observed, very few of the people who followed these leaders were even able to find the true inner path. The same is true of Christianity today."
Putting on the Mind of Christ: The Inner Work of Christian Spirituality
Jim Marion, Hampton Roads Publishing (November 1, 2011) pp. 1-12
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "Like Michelangelo you can say he is a great personality. He has shown Christ in the real way. If you see the Sistine Chapel that is the Judgment he has shown so well that is happening today! Christ standing like a strong man there and not like bones they show in the Catholic Church. I feel they are sadists always talking about Christ and putting Christ just like a bone structure. I feel like crying when I see all this. Can they carry the Cross, any one of them? Like Christ with that skinny body, would He carry the Cross? He is the One who has died for our sins and miseries and you want to show Him as such a miserable person! . ..
How can you judge Christ? You have no powers to judge Him? First become the spirit then you will know what He was. But nobody wants to talk about that...
That's why Christ has said in the second verse of Matthews, He said in the second chapter that, "you will be calling Me Christ! Christ! and I will not know you." These are the people and you don't become one of them. You know Him. You see Him. You will find Him here within yourself, awakened, He resides. Be sensible. Be wise."
Geneva, Switzerland—June 13, 1985
The ancient Romans pioneered what was possibly the most cruel form of torture ever devised by man: Crucifixion. They would drive spikes into their victim's ankles and wrists, smashing his nerves. He would hang there in blinding sheets of pain, slowly suffocating and dehydrating for days, until he finally expired. Jesus was whipped and beaten, literally beyond recognition, then nailed to a cross between two common criminals.
"Apparently, the first known practice of crucifixion was by the Persians. Alexander and his generals brought it back to the Mediterranean world -- to Egypt and to Carthage. The Romans apparently learned the practice from the Carthaginians and (as with almost everything the Romans did) rapidly developed a very high degree of efficiency and skill at it. A number of Roman authors (Livy, Cicer, Tacitus) comment on crucifixion, and several innovations, modifications, and variations are described in the ancient literature.
For instance, the upright portion of the cross (or stipes) could have the cross-arm (or patibulum) attached two or three feet below its top in what we commonly think of as the Latin cross. The most common form used in our Lord's day, however, was the Tau cross, shaped like our T. In this cross the patibulum was placed in a notch at the top of the stipes. There is archeological evidence that it was on this type of cross that Jesus was crucified.
Without any historical or biblical proof, Medieval and Renaissance painters have given us our picture of Christ carrying the entire cross. But the upright post, or stipes, was generally fixed permanently in the ground at the site of execution and the condemned man was forced to carry the patibulum, weighing about 110 pounds, from the prison to the place of execution.
Many of the painters and most of the sculptors of crucifixion, also show the nails through the palms. Historical Roman accounts and experimental work have established that the nails were driven between the small bones of the wrists (radial and ulna) and not through the palms. Nails driven through the palms will strip out between the fingers when made to support the weight of the human body. The misconception may have come about through a misunderstanding of Jesus' words to Thomas, "Observe my hands." Anatomists, both modern and ancient, have always considered the wrist as part of the hand.
A titulus, or small sign, stating the victim's crime was usually placed on a staff, carried at the front of the procession from the prison, and later nailed to the cross so that it extended above the head. This sign with its staff nailed to the top of the cross would have given it somewhat the characteristic form of the Latin cross.
But, of course, the physical passion of the Christ began in Gethsemane. Of the many aspects of this initial suffering, the one of greatest physiological interest is the bloody sweat. It is interesting that St. Luke, the physician, is the only one to mention this. He says, "And being in Agony, He prayed the longer. And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground."
Dr. C. Truman Davis is a nationally respected Opthalmologist, vice president of the American Association of Ophthalmology
"The Kingdom and the Holy Spirit
We affirm that the Kingdom of God, however guaranteed in the promises of the Father and embodied in the person of Christ, can never gain entrance or come to full realization in the fabric of human life apart from the agency of the Holy Spirit, who is indispensable to insure Kingdom entrance, to seal Kingdom membership, to implement Kingdom obedience, to build Kingdom character, to furnish Kingdom gifts, to empower to Kingdom outreach, to produce Kingdom growth, and secure Kingdom victory. . ..
We affirm (a) that the Kingdom of God is a central teaching of the New Testament and cannot be neglected without loss to the Church and the Church's influence upon society; (b) that millennial issues flow from the understanding of the Kingdom of God rather than vice versa; (c) that it is more important strategically for the Church to engage in building the Kingdom of God on earth than for it to resolve its disagreements about the millennium; and (d) that the foregoing affirmations and denials are consistent with the mainstream of historic orthodox Christianity."
Dr. Jay Grimstead, www.repent.org
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