Sunday, April 1, 2012

Entry into Jerusalem

“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.’”--------------Mark 11:1-3

Today is Palm Sunday when we triumphantly celebrate the entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Most Christians and preachers are rooted in the historical context of this event rather than the spiritual significance with which Mark must have written under the guidance of Peter.

The entry into Jerusalem signifies each one of our entry into this material world during birth.
A unique body is invested with an unique soul. Christ, the Son of God, which is unpolluted Divine consciousness, requesting for a colt which no one has ridden, signifies this great mystery of individual incarnation. The colt that no one sat on is the individuated body which no consciousness has possessed and will be returned to the worldly domain. This reflects the declaration on Ash Wednesday when the priest anoints the faithful with the words “From dust you came, and unto dust you shall return.”……. Genesis 3:19

The birth of any child is welcomed with great joy for all the near and dear ones, many of whom will be the corrupting agencies of this pure consciousness. This is reflected in the very same people who were shouting 'Hallelujah' on the way to Jerusalem were shouting for Christ's blood before Pontius Pilate. There are two factors why the individual soul is subjected to modification from its pure nature. The first is very presence in this world of materialism and evolutionary and karmic impacts and the second factor is the social conditioning through our parents, teachers and people we come in contact during our lives.

Jerusalem of the Christ period is esoterically compared to the bodily existence of the soul in this world and the temple of Jerusalem represents the seat of the Divine in the human form.

This is the reason that the John writes:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” ………… Revelation 21:1-3

As I had written in my earlier blog *, in Kabbalstic mysticism, the sea was the seat of the unconscious or hidden consciousness which can be equated to the Avidya or ignorance. In the New Jerusalem, the sea disappears, signifying the removal of ignorance of the true nature of the soul and the union of the Divine and the human into higher state of existence.

This is also the reason why Carl Jung in his very insightful book “Seven Sermons to the Dead” makes the opening remark “The dead came back from Jerusalem, where they found not what they sought. They prayed me let them in and besought my word, and thus I began my teaching.”

If we seek salvation and our true identity in this world we will be disappointed. This is a beautiful thought with which we can begin our Holy Week preparation.

The whole journey of salvation from our birth till our death is to be lifted up to a new dimension of existence wherein will be revealed the New Jerusalem, the Holy City the pure dwelling of our true nature.

Love to you all.

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