Thursday, December 25, 2014

Symbolism of the Magi

"Consciousness, in Her freedom, brings about the attainment of the universe."
.............Pratyabhijnahrdayam (translation by Swami Shantananda)

"Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage. ........... they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was." ...................Matthew 2:2,9

"Nothing perceived is independent of perception, and perception differs not from the perceiver; therefore the perceived universe is nothing but the perceiver." .........Isvarapratyabhijnavivrtivimarsini, 1/710.

It is very appropriate to write something regarding the deeper meaning of Christmas on this day (25th December). There are a number of debates on the exact date of Jesus birth in the academic circle citing Josephus and Tacitus, the two contemporary historians of the first century A.D. There is also the first century Babylonian almanacs surviving to date which points out that there was no comet or any significant astronomical event on 1 A.D  However there was a triple Conjunction Jupiter-Saturn in 7 B.C in the constellation of Pisces. This triple Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occur once in 800 years.

The deeper meaning of Christ birth is the radical differentiation of consciousness in a child born in that specific space time. Especially we humans and all manifestations are deeply associated with the cosmic realm. The foundational energy of the entire cosmos, both manifest and unmanifest, is the same. The first quote, which is the first verse of the Pratyabhijnahrdayam, a Saiva siddanta text,  explains the very nature of the universe as an unqualified freedom of Divine consciousness. Certain cosmic alignments in this four dimensional context lies beyond the perception that is possible from its own inherent limitations, These alignments originate at the three levels of cosmic, galactic and planetary hyper dimensions and are responsible for this Divine consciousness to align and incarnate within a specific body which in reality is a four dimensional framework.
This is the unique expression of the Cosmic consciousness as a higher order manifested consciousness in the spiritual person of Jesus. This consciousness is known as Christ or the anointed one or messiah.

Then we have a further affirmation in the Bible story of the visit of the three wise men from the east.
In the Old Testament, the east is the abode of Divine wisdom. Prophet Isaiah says:
"Who has roused a victor from the east, summoned him to his service? He delivers up nations to him, and tramples kings under foot; he makes them like dust ............" ...........Isaiah 41:2
Again in prophet Ezekiel says:
"............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
Hence the wise from the east are men of Divine wisdom or higher spiritual consciousness seeking the
incarnation of a higher order of spiritual consciousness. The star of Bethlehem or the rare event of celestial planetary conjunction leads them towards this source. But when their consciousness is brought under the influence of Herod, which is the abode of a very low order of consciousness the linkage to the guiding celestial tie snaps and they become ignorant of the destiny which is the higher order of Spiritual consciousness. The link gets re-established once they move out of the ambit of the corrupting consciousness. It is not a journey or path that has to be understood from a physical perspective but a seeker's journey in a consciousness realm that is narrated in the Bible.

The reason why three wise men are essential to seek the incarnation of a higher order of consciousness is to do with the Law of Three in spiritual attainment. The three wise men represent the self mastery of body, emotion and mind to reach an enlightened stage.

G. I. Gurdjieff, a spiritual teacher of the twentieth century, describes "The Law of Three" as "the second fundamental cosmic law". This law states that every whole phenomenon is composed of three separate sources, which are Active, Passive and Reconciling or Neutral. This law applies to everything in the universe and humanity, as well as all the structures and processes. The Three Centres in a human, which Gurdjieff said were the Intellectual Centre (mind), the Emotional Centre (heart) and the Moving Centre (physical), are an expression of the law of three. Gurdjieff taught his students to think of the law of three forces as essential to transforming the energy of the human being. The process of transformation requires the three actions of affirmation, denial and reconciliation.

In the story of the Magi, the affirmation is through a higher level of knowledge, the denial through withdrawal from the corrupting influence of Herod and reconciliation through new knowledge derived from the interpretation of the chief priests and scribes of the people.

This law of three process is repeated in their return journey. The affirmation is through acquiring new knowledge bestowed by the angel, the denial is through avoidance of the established return path and the reconciliation is to the new path through which they return to their home land.

In the journey of the three wise men these three elements play out in seeking the higher dimension of incarnated Christ.

The third quote at the beginning of the article outlines the basic principle that it is our own individual spiritual journey and its perceptive derivatives that are elements of enlightenment.

May this seeking and our deeper perception beyond the mere literary understanding give us the power to elevate our consciousness.

Love to you all.

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