YOGA

When unconscious became conscious this is Samadhi

Mother Mary – Shekinah’s incarnation November 28, 2010


Shekinah: The Presence of Divinity
by Rev. Mark Raines

Shekinah – also spelled Shekhina, Shekhinah, Shekina, and Shechina – is known in the Qabalah, an ancient form of Jewish mysticism, as one of the emanations of God and the actual Presence of God. The belief was that one could not see God in Its fullness, but could see the emanation of God, Shekinah. When Moses asked to see God, it was Shekinah that he saw. Shekinah is also the consort, or Bride, of God. As such, she is Mother to us all, just as God is our Father.

In earlier times, God was seen as either dwelling in the clouds or in high places like mountains or very high hills. With the construction of the Ark of the Covenant, and then the construction of the Temple, a part of the Godhead came to dwell in the Ark and then in the Temple. This could not be the male God, the God of the Sky and of High Places. So Shekinah, formerly known as Asherah, a Goddess of Earth and Sea, came to dwell in the Ark of the Covenant and then in the Temple.

Originally it was Asherah who dwelled in the Temple as the Bride of God, His representative there. But after the “reforms” of King Josiah, Asherah worship was forbidden in the Temple. Still, the Jews knew that their Lady was still living there as their Queen and the representative of El, their God. So Asherah evolved. She began to be seen as the presence of God, and less as a separate entity. She became Shekinah, which means something like She who dwells (from the Hebrew shakhan, which means the act of dwelling). However, Asherah did not really change. She was always the representative of Her Husband, just as He was always HER representative. She, an Earth Goddess, was also Queen of Heaven. He, as Sky God, was also Ruler of Earth. This occurred only through Their marriage. So, it was not really that Asherah worship ever changed much within Judaism, or that Asherah Herself changed; only, it was made to look like it had changed to fool the patriarchal priests.

Unfortunately, Shekinah has been all but lost to Christianity. Elements of Her remain in Mother Mary, who was perhaps Shekinah’s incarnation. Mary Theotokos, as She is called, actually held the presence of God (Yeshua) within Her. She is known as the Queen of Heaven, but she is the representative of God to us and delivers our prayers to Him, according to Catholic tradition. Her apparitions are much more frequent than the apparitions of Yeshua, and the Father never appears. It seems that She is truly His representative to us, because (as we know) She is His Bride.

The union of Shekinah and El was never more evident than in the Sabbath. She is known as the Sabbath Bride, or the Sabbath Queen. Each week on the Sabbath, God and Goddess, El and Shekinah, act out the Song of Songs. One rabbi called that holy book the “Holy of Holies” of the Bible! Now take a look at this passage from the Zohar (the holy book of the Qabalah), called the Secret of the Sabbath, which tells us all about the Sabbath Queen:

THE SECRET OF SABBATH

The Secret of Sabbath:
She is Sabbath!
United in the secret of One
to draw down upon Her
the secret of One.

The prayer for the entrance of Sabbath:

The holy Throne of Glory is united in the secret of One,
prepared for the High Holy King to rest upon Her.
When Sabbath enters She is alone,
separated from the Other Side,
all judgments removed from Her.
Basking in the oneness of holy light,
She is crowned over and over to face the Holy King.
All powers of wrath and masters of judgment flee from Her.
Her face shines with a light from beyond;
She is crowned below by the holy people,
and all of them are crowned with new souls.
Then the beginning of prayer to bless Her with joy and beaming faces:
Barekbu ET YHVH ha-Mevorakh,
“Bless ET YHVH, the-Blessed One,”
ET YHVH, blessing Her first.

(*ET-YHVH is another name for ‘Shekinah’ (the feminine Divine Presence). In the Kabbalah, ET stands for Aleph to Tav, like our Alpha to Omega, or A to Z. Here ET refers to the song itself as the ultimate speech, hymn or prayer. According to the notes of Daniel Chanan Matt’s translation, this passage from the ZOHAR is recited in the Sephardic liturgy on Sabbath Eve.)

Sources:
1. Shekhina, from Encyclopedia Mythica
2. Wisdom of Shekinah, by WOW Institute (no longer on line)
3. The Secret of Sabbath From the Zohar, ancient Kabbalistic inspired writings — zohar.com. Daniel Chanan Matt also uses this verse in his book Zohar, the Book of Enlightenment

 

When we talk with GOD our face will shine August 11, 2009


Exodus 34:29-35

The Shining Face of Moses

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant* in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterwards all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him

At his head Moses has beams of light/ not horns/

Moses radiant face Moisés


 

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

 

 
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