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When unconscious became conscious this is Samadhi

The Divine Light July 12, 2008


“It is exactly the beginning of parousia in the holy souls, the
beginning of the revealing at the end of times, when God will be
disclosed to everyone in this distant Light.”

“The most magnetic of all religious symbols is the light, the light
that radiates everywhere within and without — the light that never
was on land or sea. Great mystics have realized the Peerless One in
the form of Light. Moses saw the burning bush and received the word
of God. The Upanishad seers saw It as Jothi Aham — the Splendor in
the self.” – Hinduism Today

“The Bible is seen to be full of terms about light. Lossky tells us
that “for the mystical theology of the eastern Church these are not
metaphors, rhetorical figures but words expressing a real aspect of
godliness.” “The godly light does not have an abstract and
allegorical meaning. It is a data of the mystical experience.” The
author then referred to “Gnostics”, the highest level of godly
knowledge [that] is an experience (a living) of the noncreated light,
where the experience itself is the light: in lumine tuo videbimus
lumen (in Your Light we shall see light.)”

Eternal, endless, existing beyond time and space, it appeared in the
theophanies of the Old Testament as the Glory of God. The Glory
is “the Uncreated Light, His Eternal Kingdom.” Being bestowed to the
Christians by the Holy Spirit, the energies appear no longer as
external causes but as grace, as inner light.” Makarius the Egyptian
wrote: “It is . . . the enlightenment of the holy souls, the
steadiness of the heavenly powers” (Spiritual Homilies V.8.)

“The godly light appears here, in this world, in time. It is
disclosed in the history but it is not of this world; it is eternal,
it means going out from the historical existence: `the secret of the
eight day’, the secret of the true knowledge, the fulfillment of the
Gnosis . . . It is exactly the beginning of parousia in the holy
souls, the beginning of the revealing at the end of times, when God
will be disclosed to everyone in this distant Light.”

Dan Costian, Bible Enlightened

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“Cultivating the Awareness of the Light Within

The heart and mind can find peace and harmony by contemplating the
transcendental nature of the true self as supreme effulgent light

From the Yoga Sutra of PATANJALI, second century B.C.

Patanjali is often called the father of yoga because he was the first
person to codify and write down yoga practices. In this meditation
instruction, he is telling us to let go of all distracting sights,
smells, and sounds and meditate on our spiritual nature, our luminous
true self. He is telling us to look inside and experience the
radiance within.

All cultures, peoples, and religious groups through all times have
talked about the phenomena of light in the context of the religious
or mystical experience. Those who have seen visions of holy beings
typically see them surrounded by white light. People have always
described going to the light, finding the light, being called by the
light, dissolving in the light. We read about light in The Egyptian
Book of the Dead as well as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Men, women,
and children who have had classic near-death experiences vividly
describe arriving in a place of white light; they speak of themselves
and others as being bathed in white light.

Prior to being described as the light of any religion, light was just
light. Light is a part of the primary source material. Later, as the
history of mankind developed, the concept of light became
institutionalized; it was then interpreted according to cultural and
religious beliefs. Pure light thus became light of God, light of
truth, light of Buddha, light of Jesus, cosmic light, and ocean of
light depending upon where you were born and what you were taught.

Light, however, is constant. It is fundamental energy.

The New Testament, referring to John the Baptist, reads: “He came for
testimony, to bear witness to the light that all might believe
through him.” Later Jesus says, “Put your trust in the light while
you have it so that you may become sons of light.”…

British mystic George Fox, who founded the Quaker religion, used the
term “inner light” to describe our ability to personally experience
God within ourselves. He himself had such an experience, which left
him with the lifelong conviction that everyone can hear God’s voice
directly without mediation by priests or church ritual. This is the
central tenet of the Society of Friends.

According to Buddhism, all beings are imbued with a spark of inner
divine light. In describing our original Buddha-nature, we use such
phrases as innate luminosity, primordial radiance, the unobscured
clear natural mind, and the clear light of reality…. The Jewish
mystics use similar words when they speak of the inner spark or the
spark of God. The Koran, referring to man, talks about the little
candle flame burning in a niche in the wall of God’s temple.

Almost inevitably a spiritual search becomes a search for divine or
sacred light. By cultivating our inner core, we search for this light
in ourselves as well as the divine.”- Lama Surya Das, Awakening to the Sacred

“We are now Sahaja Yogis but we were ordinary human beings. We had no
Light within us. Now the Light comes within us and we see the Light
then what do we become? We have to become the Light itself. Christ
was the Light. He did not have to become. We have to become the
Light. And now you have to guard on the way this Light might get
disturbed, might be reduced or maybe completely extinguished.

So carrying on yourself with this Light first thing you should
know that if you see the Light is not proper means you are not the
Light. You have to become the Light. When you are the Light, then in
that Light you can easily see how your mind works, what ideas it
gives, what affects your mind while you’re ascending. Is this the
worry or is this the responsibility that you have? Or is this from
the bad habits you had, that there is an impediment in your growth as
a spiritual personality?

So you have to guard yourself all the time and see for yourself how
you are progressing. It’s a very beautiful journey — very, very
beautiful journey.”

Sri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Rome, Italy — April 11, 1993

 

The Christian Goddess July 1, 2008


“Many theologians and scholars believe the Holy Spirit written as,
Pneuma in Greek every time it appears in the New Testament, is a
feminine being. Note that Pneuma is a neuter word in Greek, but in
Hebrew the word Ruah (Spirit) and in Aramaic the word Shekinah
(Presence) are feminine words and imply a feminine divine presence.
The Holy Spirit is possibly a Christian Goddess, not a mysterious
invisible member of an all-male Trinity “club.” Or more
provocatively, maybe there is a Feminine Trinity of God-the-Mother
(Sophia and Mary?), God-the-Daughter (Mary Magdalene) and Goddess-the-
Spirit-Presence (Shekinah, Ruah). The Holy Spirit appears at Yeshua’s
baptism in the form of a dove. The dove has long been a symbol of the
Goddess in the Ancient Near East, and was never used to symbolize any
male Being or God.

We must also look in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and
consider the Goddess Sophia. Her name means “Wisdom.” She is the
Goddess of Wisdom referred to repeatedly in scripture as the wife of
God-the-Father. See Proverbs, Song of Songs, (also called Song of
Solomon) in the Hebrew Bible, and see the Book of Sirach and the Book
of Wisdom in the Apocrypha found in the center of any Catholic Bible.

Here is an excerpt from “The Decline of the Feminine and the Cult of
Mary In Greco-Roman Christianity” , probably because of the dangers of
Gnosticism, the biblical images of God as female were soon suppressed
within the doctrine of God. God as Wisdom, Hokmah in Hebrew, or
Sophia in Greek, a feminine form, was translated by Christianity into
the Logos concept of Philo, which is masculine and was defined as the
Son of God. The Shekinah, the theology of God’s mediating presence as
female, was de-emphasized; and God’s Spirit Ruah, a feminine noun in
Hebrew, took on a neuter form when translated into Greek as Pneuma.

The Vulgate translated Ruah into Latin as masculine, Spiritus. God’s
Spirit, Ruah, which at the beginning of creation brings forth
abundant life in the waters, makes the womb of Mary fruitful. In
spite of the reality of the caring, consoling, healing aspects of
divine activity, the dominant patriarchal tradition has prevailed,
resulting in seeing the female as the passive recipient of God’s
creation; and the female is expressed in nature, church, soul, and
finally Mary as the prototype of redeemed humanity. Because God as
father has become an over literalized metaphor, the symbol of God as
mother is eclipsed. The problem lies not in the fact that male
metaphors are used for God, but that they are used exclusively and
literally. Because images of God as female have been suppressed in
official formulations and teaching, they came to be embodied in the
figure of Mary who functioned to reveal the unfailing love of God.”

The Christian Goddess
http://www.northernway.org/goddess. html

 

The Holy Spirit in the Bible is regarded as: June 25, 2008


According to various Jewish/Christians scholars the Holy Spirit in
the Bible is regarded as:

1. Some mysterious, creative power of God, possessing and inspiring
humans;

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you.
1 Corinthians 3:16

Now the Lord is that Spirit: And where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God
Rom. 8: 14

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: For we know not what
we should pray for as we ought:
But the Spirit itself makes intercession for us, with groanings
which cannot be uttered.
And he that searches the heart know, what is the mind of the Spirit,
Because She makes intercessions for the saints, according to the
will of God.
Rom. 8: 26-27

2. The Spirit of God;

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2

Then said Mary unto the angel, how shall this be, seeing I know not
a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost will come
unto thee:
Therefore also that holy thing that shall be born of thee, shall be
called the Son of God.”
Luke 1:34-35

For what man knows the things of man, save the spirit of man which
is in him?
Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God;
That we may know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom
teaches,
But which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with
spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2: 13

3. The inner principal in the `new life’ in Christ;

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because She hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor;
She hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to
the captives,
And recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that
are bruised
Luke 4:18

4. A quasi-physical force in the form of wind;

But knowest not whence it comes and where it goes; thus is every one
that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:8

5. The personal activity of God Himself;

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit
from me.
Psalms 51:11

6. A supreme Spirit in prophecy;

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
But holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:21

7. The Spirit which baptizes;

For John truly baptized with water;
But ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.
Acts 1: 5

8. The mode of God’s activity in history;

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father,
Even the Spirit of Truth, which proceeds from the Father, She shall
testify of Me.
John 15:26

“We might go so far, as to consider the Holy Spirit, God’s feminine
presence in the world. The primary attribute of the feminine
principle is receptivity. Therefore, the Holy Spirit demonstrates
itself through it receptivity to others. I have mentioned before,
the Kabbalist look upon Shekinah, a Hebrew term which means God’s
presence, as the feminine expression of the Divine. Likewise, in the
Genesis story, the Spirit of God is said to be “hovering” over the
void and formless world just before creation. In college, my Old
Testament Professor remarked, “It’s the idea of a hen hovering over
her egg, waiting for it to hatch.” In this sense, the Holy Spirit,
is mother God, who loves and shelters all her children without
condition. ”
http://www.cliftonunitaria n.com/

9. The living energy of a personal God;

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of
God is come unto you.
Mat. 12:28

10. The breath of the Almighty;

By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of
them by the breath of his mouth.
Psalms 33: 6

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty has
given me life.
Job 33: 4

Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest
the face of the earth.
Psalms 104: 30

The grass withers, the flowers fade: Because the Spirit of the Lord
blows upon it.
Isaiah 40:7

The other word used most often of the Holy Spirit is the Greek word
pneuma. It is translated as “breath” or “spirit” and means breath,
breeze, wind or spirit.”
http://www.ucgstp.org/

“The term “Spirit” translates the Hebrew word ruah, which, in its
primary sense, means breath, air, wind. Jesus indeed uses the
sensory image of the wind to suggest to Nicodemus the transcendent
newness of him who is personally God’s breath, the divine Spirit.”
J. Cardinal Ratzinger, Catechism of the Catholic Church
(J.C.R., Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994, p. 182.)

11. The Spirit in supernatural endowments of ethical and spiritual
understanding;

I have heard of thee that the Spirit of the Gods is in thee,
And the Light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in
thee.
Daniel 51:14

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom
and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the
fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11: 2

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man, to profit
withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; To another the
word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; To another the gifts of healing
by the same Spirit;
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; To another
discerning of spirits;
To another diverse kinds of tongues; To another the interpretation
of tongues;
But all these worketh that one and selfsame Spirit.
1. Corinthians 11: 7-11

12. The Spirit of wisdom and judgment;

But there is a Spirit in man: And the inspiration of Almighty gives
them understanding.
Great men are not always wise: Neither do the aged understand
judgement
Job 32:8-9

Turn you at My reproof: Behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you,
I will make known My Words unto you.
Proverbs 1:23

13. The mode of human communion with God;

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit
upon all flesh;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall
dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions, and also upon the servants and
upon the handmaidens,
In those days will I pour out My Spirit.
Joel 2:28-29

14. The mode of transmitting God’s revelation to humans;

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed
me,
To peach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the
broken-hearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison
to them that are bound.
Isaiah 61:1

15. The Spirit which liberates;

Now the Lord if that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17

16. The Spirit which brings renewal;

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to
His mercy He saved us,
By the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Titus 3: 5

17. The Spirit which brings hope;

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad
in our hearts,
By the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.
Rom. 5:5

Now may the God of hope fill you with all the joy,
And peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of
the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

18. The Spirit which comforts;

I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter,
That may abide with you forever.
John 14: 16

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the
Father,
Even the Spirit of Truth which preceedeth from the Father, She shall
testify of me.
And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from
the beginning.
John 15: 26-27

 

HISTORY OF THE RELIGION April 7, 2008


So childish. 😦

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