Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pentecost – A Spiritual Message

Last Sunday was the feast of Pentecost in the calendar of the Christian church. Today Pentecost evokes very strong memory in people of a sect of Christianity (Ceylon Pentecostal Mission), existing in every continent with nearly 10 million followers, clad in white and strongly and vociferously proclaiming salvation only when baptized in the spirit.

Pentecost (Ancient Greek: πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], pentekostē [hēmera], "the fiftieth day") is one of the prominent feasts in the Christian liturgical year.
What is the real significance of this event, as enumerated in the Bible? Historically and symbolically it is related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus, Pentecost now also commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the Book of Acts, Chapter 2.

The event that is described has to be understood in a more esoteric sense. Jesus was very Eastern in His approach to spirituality and when He promised to send the spirit, He was not speaking of some external third person or entity. The word that Jesus used for the spirit was the Aramaic word ‘Ruah’ which was translated as ‘Pneuma’ (πνεύμα) (an ancient Greek word for "breath.") This finally found its way into the modern Bible as ‘Spiritus Sanctus’ or Holy Spirit. The closest translation for ‘ruah’ can be found in the Sanskrit word ‘prana’, which is the consciousness nurturing energy of the Cosmos. (According to language scholar, Dan Winter, philological investigation points to Hebrew, Sanskrit, Aramaic, Arabic, and other elder dialects having older roots and a parent language of Gaelic and quite possibly an even earlier origin.)

In the human body the seventh Chakra or energy centre is located a few inches above the crown of the head and is known to be the portal of cosmic connectivity. It is the meeting place of Kundalini Shakti and Shiva. It is the merging of the male and female attributes of cosmic consciousness, a portal of pure radiant energy.
In Sahasrara Chakra the prana moves upward and reaches the highest point. The mind establishes itself in the pure void of Shunya Mandala, the space between the hemispheres. At this time all feelings, emotions and desires, which are the activities of the mind, are dissolved into their primary cause. The union is achieved. The yogi is sat-chit-ananda, truth-being-bliss. He is his own real self, and as long as he stays in his physical body he retains non-dual consciousness, enjoying the play of lila without becoming troubled by pleasure and pain, honours and humiliations.

The tongue of fire, above the head of each apostle, is the shinning of this portal that all beholders, who were tuned to this reality, were able to witness. This is a transfiguration that lifted the apostles to a new plane of consciousness as after this event they were neither afraid of the Jews or Romans nor worry about their own pain and humiliation.

Each one of us could reach this state of consciousness but it may not happen in fifty days but surely in fifty eons. Eons here has to be defined as a period of time which would be based on each one's spiritual progress. But we are all destined for our own Pentecost, one in which we do not look for worldly miracles and gift of toungues but where we realize our true spiritual nature.

Love to you all

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