Friday, November 8, 2013

Cosmic Nature of Being Twice Born

A Western lay disciple asked to an Eastern Raja Yogi:
“Does every mineral form, vegetable, plant, animal, always contain within it that entity which involves the potentiality of development into a planetary spirit?”
And the Master answered:
“Invariably; only rather call it the germ of a future entity, which it has been for ages. Take the human foetus. From the moment of its first planting until it completes its seventh month of gestation it repeats in miniature the mineral, vegetable, and animal cycles it passed through in its previous encasements, and only during the last two, develops its future human entity. It is completed but towards the child’s seventh year. Yet it existed without any increase or decrease aeons on aeons before it worked its way onward, through and in the womb of mother nature as it works now in its earthly mother’s bosom.”

In ancient times, the Eastern Initiates were called Dwijas in Sanskrit; the twice- born, those who were born first physically, and then came to life again in the spiritual world.   More recently, the New Testament Jesus repeats the same pagan and ancient teaching.
"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." ........ Matthew 18:3
When Nicodemus, the learned Pharisee, approached Christ and how a person can be twice born; He replies,
 "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."  Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, "You must be born from above.'" ....John 3:3-7

This concept of 'Twice Born' has been ludicrously reduced a mere ritual in some Christian traditions. The meaning of what Christ calls being born of water and the spirit is the physical birth which happens through the breaking of the amniotic water and this is symbolized in baptism by the immersion of the initiates fully into water and then emerging out as in child birth and the birth from above where in there is a a full realization of the spiritual nature of human creation.

In the Gospel we read:
"As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." " ......Matthew 3:16-17
 As we read in the reply of the Yogi, the spirit is the unchanging element of all creation and in the human the self awareness which is spiritual without ego in the first few years of our life gets modified through a conditioning of consciousness in our later childhood, youth and adult stages. In true spiritual awareness we identify ourselves with all creation but through the development of the ego we start a process of isolation.

This is again evident in the Gospels.
While as a child in the womb of Elizabeth, John the Baptist recognizes the child in the womb of Mary. This is possible only through the level of Divine consciousness.
"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." ............Luke 1:41

But later in his adult life John the Baptist fails to recognize Christ and he declares;
"I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God." ..........John 1:31-34

It is the mission of each human being to achieve this dual birth, namely; physical and spiritual through the gift of our parents which serves as the vehicle of our consciousness and gift of our true nature to ascend to our highest level of consciousness,


Love to you all

2 comments :

  1. Dear Sir,

    Really a very good article - "twice-born".
    In Tamil, the Brahmins are called as "Paarppanar" which means twice born. The hen's egg is also called as "Paarppu" in Tamil, i.e. birth of chicken from hen as an egg first and then real birth to this world. (coming out of the egg).

    Like Baptism in Christianity, we do holy thread ceremony at the age of 7 from which his second birth (spiritual) started. He started studying vedas through a guru in a patasala. (School).

    Many thanks for the wonderful article which will definitely useful to many of us to understand the significance of these rituals.

    Thanks,
    Srinivasan. R

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  2. Thank you, Srinivasan, for the interfaith dimension of the ritual of initiation.
    Please keep your comments coming.

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