Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Looking to the East

"Then he brought me to the gate, the gate facing east. And there, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east; the sound was like the sound of mighty waters; and the earth shone with his glory. " .......Ezekiel 43:1-2
"Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him............. After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was." ..........Matthew 2: 2 and 9

In this article, I will reproduce some of the thoughts which I shared with the Salesian nuns as part of the reflection on the first Sunday of the season of Advent. We are eagerly looking to Christmas as a celebration of birth of Christ. The birth of Jesus is a historical event, riddled with doubt about the actual date and the year. We can now trace the star charts, going back 2500 years using a NASA software and there was no comet that made any appearance during the first decade of the assumed date of Jesus birth. But what is important is that Jesus  birth was a historical fact confirmed by not only the Gospel writers but by Josephus, the contemporary Jewish historian, as Jesus being the prophet preaching in Israel during this period.

It is the deeper meaning of the Gospel narrative and how this signifies a spiritual event that is important to us.
In the first reference to Ezekiel, we see that in his vision Ezekiel sees the glory of God coming from the East. Again we have the reference to the East in Matthew's Gospel where he says:

" For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." ..........Matt. 24:27

In an earlier vision Ezekiel experiences the Glory of the Divine in the East.

"The cherubim lifted up their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight as they went out with the wheels beside them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the Lord; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them." .......Ezekiel 10:19

At the birth of Christ, we are again reminded that something significant, like His star, is seen in the East. Remember that the three wise men were travelling from the East. How could they see his star in the East and find a physical location which lies in the west.

To arrive at the true spiritual significance, we must refer to the Hebrew word for 'East'. It is 'Kedem'.
Kedem has a number value of 144 and it is translated 'Everlasting' or 'that which has no beginning or end'.
In Bhagavad Gita, the directions carry a spiritual meaning. North is the top of the head which signifies the region of intellectual or mental activity, South is the base of the spine which the region located in the material domain, West is the back of the head which is the location of reptilian and mammalian consciousness or animal nature dominated by the quality of 'Rajas' or passion and East is the 'third eye' or the spiritual centre of man. It is the spiritual portal of human consciousness.  It is this part of the human which is energized in spiritual practice. All reference in the Bible point to this deeper meaning. The 'East Gate' is portal through which we perceive the cosmic plenum of the Divine consciousness.

It is the birth of this consciousness in every human soul which is the celebration Christ birth.

Love to you all.

4 comments :

  1. A very different angle!
    " adiyum anthamum illa arutperun Jothi"(Thiruvasagam) I think is Christ consciousness.
    loved the blog!!

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  2. Thank you, EMPTY.
    Your spirituality is apparent in this comment. I am so blessed.

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  3. your direction to Advent and birth of Jesus was something original and self-emptying process.

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