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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Holy Spirit-Shekinah

The Holy Spirit/Shekinah is frequently described as some mysterious, creative power of God. But when we actually turn to that ‘Spirit of God that dwells in us’, She is mysterious no longer, for She is the One that is present within us to give us that Second Birth.


The Holy Spirit and the Blossom Time

It is no secret that it is Christ Jesus Himself, who is the central figure behind the incarnation of the Holy Spirit (Adi Shakti), Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. Shri Mataji has wanted us to declare this fact to all nations, so that they would know that the Christian Comforter that Christ promised would come, has indeed finally come! It is She, who is the Holy Spirit Incarnate, that Christ promised would not only remind us, but also expand upon all that He had taught, explaining everything regarding the Spirit and the spiritual life. This is what Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has tirelessly done, for over the last thirty years or so, all around the world!

However, firstly Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi opened up the Kingdom of God (Sahasrara) on May 5, 1970, which has enabled human beings to have their Salvation or Self Realisation on an 'en masse scale' rather than just individually, so that all who desire to have it, will have their connection to the Kingdom of God within themselves. This process also commences the Last Judgment, but with this Blossom Time of Mass Salvation/Self Realisation, the Last Judgment has been made into a beautiful and very timely Message of Spiritual Liberation for all! Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi is giving ample warning, so that believers can repent, and begin living a righteous life and prepare themselves to enter the Kingdom of God!

"This is the special Blossom Time, which was promised – when so many who were seekers of truth before, have taken birth as normal householders. Sahaja Yoga will only work out with such people [i.e. with the masses of the people, rather than one or two here and there]. The position of the stars shows clearly how everything has clicked together." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Birthday Puja Seminar - Opening Address Synopsis - Delhi, India – 20 March 1993)

In an article written before the year 2000, it was stated that astrologers agree that this is a period of time, when there is the hope of mass spiritual conversions, resulting in the enlightenment of humanity:

"Many speak of the second coming of Christ as part of the Aquarian Formula. Dane Rudyhar writes in The Galactic Dimensions of Astrology: Today, the whole of humanity, and probably the Earth as a whole, are involved in a process of accelerated change, which some esotericists speak of as a planetary Initiation. This change can be related to the transition between two great ages, usually called the Piscean and the Aquarian ages, and perhaps between still larger cycles than the precession of the equinoxes. Astrologically, Pluto's sextile to Neptune, begun in 1942 and lasting until the year 2,042, is interpreted by astrologers as a ninety-six-year-period resulting in mass spiritual conversions. If this is to be, and if Sakoian and Acker's hope of an enlightened humanity is to come to pass, the second coming will not be in one person but in the resurrection of the Christ on a worldwide scale. [1]

Shri Mataji says that this Blossoming Time is all due to the spiritual work done by the power of the Holy Ghost or Kundalini, as the Hindus call Her:

"All this work is done by Kundalini [Holy Spirit's power] alone. If She does not go to any Chakra and awaken any deity, we cannot even have the fruits of those chakras, so it is all Her work, all Her ascent, all Her understanding and wisdom, which has given us this beautiful state where we call ourself as yogis [those who have had yoga or union with the Divine within] so I would request all of you to pay attention to your Kundalini, keep her awakened all the time, keep your vibrations. Not only keep your vibrations alright, but also have a different attitude towards others. Don't say anything about how wrong they are, but just see how right they are, and what good they are capable of. She [the Kundalini Mother] is a Virgin, and still so wise. In the same way we have to be very wise, very sensible. We cannot afford to waste time now, because we have to save the whole world, it's our responsibility." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Gauri Puja –Auckland, New Zealand – 08-04-91)

Shri Mataji, Herself, is amazed at how the Holy Spirit awakening (a.k.a. Kundalini awakening) has happened in so many people today, who have taken to Sahaja Yoga, which means "union with the Divine within":

"After listening to all these beautiful reports about Sahaja Yoga, I Myself start wondering how it has worked out so well and what must have happened – that in those days of Kali Yuga it has not only worked out but it is tangible – scientifically we can prove it. A person's health is the most important thing and it is to be brought to a normal condition. This is basic to Kundalini awakening. This is the special Blossom Time, which was promised – when so many who were seekers of truth before, have taken birth as normal householders. Sahaja Yoga will only work out with such people [i.e. with the masses]." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Birthday Puja Seminar – Opening Address Synopsis - Delhi, India – 20 March 1993)

"It's all a Divine plan but in your case, it is your own decision because we are human beings and you have been given the freedom to choose. It's your own decision to take to Sahaja Yoga [Union with the Divine within]. This is the time when there are billions and billions of seekers. Some of the Sahaja Yogis went through a lot and worked very hard before coming to Sahaja Yoga. This has come from your last lives – that you are seekers, but you have been seekers also of the same type in your last lives and you took birth now at this moment with your decision that you have to come to this earth. Maybe you are not aware of it." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Birthday Puja Seminar – Opening Address Synopsis - Delhi, India – 20 March 1993)

Shri Mataji says that there is a period given to human beings to rectify themselves, this period being between Jesus Christ and His destroying Incarnation of Mahavishnu, called "Kalki", which incarnation is also described as the rider on the white horse, in the book of Revelation in the Bible:

"In between Jesus Christ and His destroying Incarnation of Mahavishnu called as Kalki [rider on the white horse in Revelations] there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves, for them to enter into the Kingdom of God, which in the Bible is called as Last Judgment." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Kundalini and Kalki Shakti, Bombay India – September 28, 1979)

John, the Revelator reveals Shri Kalki:

"And I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it, had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer." (Revelations 6:2)

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi says that the establishment of global peace, can only come through people who have achieved this state of Kundalini Awakening (a.k.a. the Baptism of the Holy Spirit) whereby the cool wind or breeze of the Holy Spirit is felt, which is a sign that a person has been born of the Spirit:

"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (Christ Jesus - John 3:8)

People have also felt the Holy Spirit as a mighty rushing wind at collective pujas (and also individually) such as has been described by the disciples on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit filled the place:

"And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting." (Acts 2:1-2)

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi explains that the Holy Ghost of Pentecost is this power, which when it is awakened in a person, is felt as a cool breeze, emitting from the person's fontanelle bone area:

"The cool breeze of the Holy Ghost of Pentecost is this power that you can feel in Sahaja Yoga [in Union with the Divine Within]. In the Gospel of St. Thomas, it very clearly describes the Sahaja experience as the ultimate of our religious life. Also it says we must look after our centres. This Kundalini [coiled energy or power of the Holy Ghost] has to ascend and pierce through six subtle centres which are placed in the spinal cord and in the brain. The last breakthrough is the actualisation of the "Baptism" as one feels the cool breeze of the Holy Ghost emitting out of one's fontanel bone area." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – first small English Book)

The Kingdom of God within a person is at the Crown of the Head. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi calls this country of the Kingdom of God as "Sahasrara". There is a prophet in the Bible whom we are told was an oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel:

"The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi." (Malachi 1:1)

Incarnations and prophets all agree with each other, because they come from the same Source, which is the Divine within themselves. So, the world of the Lord came to Israel, through the oracle that was Malachi, and the Lord said:

"They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels." (Malachi, the prophet - Malachi 3:17 – King James Version)

This Word that the Lord gave through the prophet Malachi, was a clear reference to the Sahasrara (Kingdom of God). It is a fact, that today the Lord of Hosts is making up His jewels in His Crown of Sahasrara, that is, in the Kingdom of God! Here is a Christian hymn that describes this fully, that when the Christ Spirit or Holy Spirit comes, that S/He will gather the jewels for the Crown, and gather them into His Kingdom:

"When He cometh, when He cometh
To make up His jewels,
All His jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

He will gather, He will gather
The gems for His kingdom;
All the pure ones, all the bright ones,
His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown.

Little children, little children,
Who love their Redeemer,
Are the jewels, precious jewels,
His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,
His brightness adorning,
They shall shine in their beauty,
Bright gems for His crown."

It is clear therefore, that the 'Jewels or Gems in His Crown' that Christians sing about, and that the prophet Malachi prophesied about, actually refers to the awakened Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) within us, when the Holy Spirit (Adi Shakti) that is with us has awakened within us. She then brings in the Light of the Holy Spirit, a.k.a. the Christ Consciousness within, thus enlightening our whole nervous system! Then we can walk in the light, as Christ also walked in the Light! This is not just a mental concept, but an actual happening, that many have already experienced! The Crown Chakra, which Christians describe as the 'Jewels in His Crown' is also described as the '1000-petalled-Lotus' by the Hindus, the 'Niche of Lights' by the Muslims, and the 'Palace in the Head' by the Taoists. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi states that when this Crown Chakra is fully opened, that we experience the realm of God:

"But the area of Sahasrara [Gems in His Crown] is the realm of God. When the Brahmarandhra opens fully, then the heavens open within yourself." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk Evening before Sahasrara Day Puja - Vienna, Austria – 4 May 1985)

The Christian Comforter has given us Her knowledge and wisdom of the Divine laws and the Divine technique, so we may have the Holy Spirit's power flowing freely within us, without being boggled down by our ego or conditionings. When the Holy Spirit's power is firmly established within, it effectively clears and cleanses a person 24/7 from all sin or negativity, through our surrender to Her power. There is no technique for that, but as Shri Mataji explains, it is a built-in thing:

"Tomorrow I will give you all the information about the centres and all that and I will tell you how He will judge you, what are your centers that are catching. And then you will judge that and you will know what is the problem, how to get it done, how to get it all right. There is no technique for that. Like if you sow a seed, it becomes a tree. There is no technique. If you have flowers, they become fruit. It's a living thing, and living things don't have any technique. But once you get connected, then you must know the Divine laws and you must know the Divine technique. But first you must be realised. Unless and until you are put to the Mains, how can you use this machine? You are not yet put to the Mains. How can you do anything? It's like telephoning somewhere without having a connection! You must firstly be connected to the Divine (but this is not a difficult thing). In modern times it is very easy. Formerly, it was, like you can say, a tree. In the beginning you only get one or two flowers. But the time has come. The Blossom Time has come!" (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – New York, U.S.A. – 'Sahaja Yoga in America' - 19/09/81)

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi explains more about these Divine laws and the Divine technique of the Kundalini, which is the Holy Spirit's power that is now activated in the world, to transform the humanity, and have them enter the Kingdom of God:

"If you want to know what happens, it's that you just start feeling a cool breeze flowing into your hands or from your hands; and then you ask a question: Is there God? And the breeze is much more. If you ask about a thug: Is he a good man? It stops. The rapport is established with your Spirit. It speaks to you as a cool breeze in the hands. This cool breeze in the hand is the energy of the Spirit flowing, by which your disease gets cured, you can cure the diseases of others, you can raise the Kundalini of others and give them Realisation and you can enjoy the beauty of Nature; not thinking about it or grossly valuing it... but just enjoying it in a full way. This is the short and sweet [of it] but it's such a long story, taught thousands of years back and today it is just reaching its climax. The Fruit is going to be formed. It's just that the Blossom Time has come for this story, and if the Seekers cooperate, I'm sure it will work out. I have all hopes!" (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Public Programme – Hampstead, England - 22 July 1982)

Shri Mataji describes collective consciousness (a.k.a. "Christ Consciousness"). This is established when the Holy Spirit's power, a.k.a. Kundalini, unites all the centres of every body to Christ:

"The attention of the consciousness moves to the inner being (Kundalini). As the thread (Sutra) of a necklace passes through every bead of the necklace, the inner consciousness {Kundalini) passes through every human being. As soon as our attention moves to our inner consciousness, we can move on to everybody's Kundalini. One starts feeling the Kundalini, its nature, its position, in other persons. Collective consciousness is thus established." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – "Sahaja Yoga – A Unique Discovery")

Then a person becomes a Universal Being, and that is how the en masse spiritual evolution of human beings will take place:

"Now you become a Universal Being. After some days you cannot say who is the other person. The power of love is so great and dynamic, that with the movement of your fingers, you can move the Kundalini of thousands. It becomes a 'child's play'. This is how the en masse evolution of human beings will take place. These are the signs of the advent of the Golden Age of Truth (Satya Yuga)." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – "Sahaja Yoga – A Unique Discovery")

So, Shri Mataji therefore asks us to forget the hardships of the past, as the Blossom Time of collective achievement has now come!:

"Let us forget whatever hardships we have suffered in our search in the past. It does not matter if some could not find it before this. You have to open your mind and understand that though the discovery is unprecedented, it does not make any seeker or predecessor small. If some experiments are made, it does not matter if, ultimately, we have found out, the way. It is a collective achievement!" (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – "Sahaja Yoga – A Unique Discovery")

With the power of the Holy Spirit flowing in us, we can work out our salvation or spiritual liberation. We must work on our psychosomatic centres by having our mind on Christ, going within in meditation, introspecting, and witnessing our ego and conditionings. This is how we will be saved, when we surrender to God:

"If we cannot work out our own chakras (centres) now, we cannot help anyone. So first we must work out our own chakras, and then we can help everyone. It's not like some cult or organisation where we say: "I belong to this organisation; it's alright; I'll be saved by God!" It's not promised in Sahaja Yoga. There's no ticket to heaven! It has to be worked out with full understanding as to what this Kundalini is, and how She works." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Gauri Puja – Auckland, New Zealand – 08-04-91)

"Perhaps in the chaos of Kali Yuga, it was to happen and many of us, who have been earnestly searching in many lives, are reborn to have their promises fulfilled by the Divine. Maybe we were our own predecessors." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – "Sahaja Yoga - A Unique Discovery")

"Those who deserve it, will get the throne of their inner being, which rules the skies of peace, and the oceans of divine love and supreme knowledge within, which is limitless (Anant)." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – "Sahaja Yoga – A Unique Discovery")

"The world needs people who have been bestowed with this peaceful, blissful joy in their hearts, who later on make others the same way and form a planned or organised society, or a group, or a new race, which enjoys this peaceful state of being. In this peaceful state we are not running away from the society, we are not denouncing anybody, but we are now like a baked pot, which cannot absorb any marks on it anymore because it is fully baked. So we become very mature people of awareness, which cannot be dented, which cannot be spoiled, which cannot be tarnished by any other negative force. Thus, the establishment of global peace can only come through people who have achieved this state in modern times, which is very special, and I call it Blossom Time. In the Bible, it is described as the Last Judgment, also in the Koran it is called as Kiyama (the Resurrection Time). Otherwise, it is artificial to believe that human beings forming a group or an organisation, can create this global peace. The time has come for many people to get their Self-Realisation and I'm sure the day will come when these newly born in the realm of Divine love, will spread peace and also create global peace." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – book/Meta Modern Era – Chap.11 – 29/09/95)

"On the tree of life there might have been very few flowers, but now the Blossom Time has come. Their fragrance of longing has collectively materialised the manifestation of Sahaja Yoga. Many are going to jump into the realm of thoughtless awareness, where you get introduced to yourself and start identifying with your "Universal Nature". (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Formal Talk – "Sahaja Yoga – A Unique Discovery")

[Spiritual understanding and gender emphasis based upon Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's teachings]