Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father." ………….Saying 15, Gospel of Thomas
“The Buddha told Ananda, ‘That is not your
heart. It is the dust (objects) before you, the
empty false marks of thought which delude your
true nature. Because of this, from beginningless
time right up to your present life, you have taken
a thief as your son, lost your original source,
and thereby undergo the turning of the wheel.’ …………….. Surangama Sutra
“I am an orphan, alone: nevertheless I am found everywhere. I am one, but opposed to myself. I am youth and old man at one and the same time. I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven. In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden in the innermost soul of man. I am mortal for everyone, yet I am not touched by the cycle of aeons.” …………………..C. G. Jung.
The theme of virgin birth runs deep in all spiritual traditions, mythologies and in depth psychology. The three sayings above demonstrates the meaning behind a virgin birth which was a common theme in many Egyptian-Greco-Roman mythologies.
It is perhaps best expounded in the saying of Sakyamuni in Surangama Sutra. Ananda was the first cousin of Buddha and was his very close attendant and disciple. So also Thomas . the apostle of Jesus, was known as the twin. He was the spiritual twin as he was very close to Jesus’ esoteric teachings. Carl Jung was greatly influenced by the esoteric Gnostic tradition of the early Christian era and he drew a lot of strength in his understanding of the human mind both from mythologies and early Gnostic writings of the Christian mystical traditions.
The concept of virgin birth is that of an incarnation of a highly realized soul for the purpose salvation of the human consciousness which has been defiled by ignorance of one’s true nature. Virgin birth signifies an embodiment of pure consciousness in a human body. It has nothing to do with the physical plane. To come to an understanding of this process one needs to believe in the intimate relation between concept of karma and rebirth. When the pure consciousness takes residence in a new body it is known as ‘Avatar’. A soul which still carries tarnished karmic imprints at the end of its temporary worldly habitation, can only relate to an inherited birthright which lies in the physical plane and hence it is called “born of a woman”.
There are two basic principles which are involved when we try to understand the process of the soul’s journey until the final merger with the Paramatma or Divine consciousness.
The first principle I call “False identity”. This is explained by Buddha s “ ……..from beginningless time right up to your present life, you have taken a thief as your son, lost your original source,….”. We inherently assume that being physical is our true identity, this is what Buddha refers to as ‘a thief’ and our entire life is devoted to nurturing the physical and material plane of our existence. This not being true we fail in our examination on the nature and purpose of life where the pass mark is probably 90% or more. If we fail our examination, then we have to take a reexamination. If we pass we are taken to what is known as an astral plane, the functioning of which we cannot comprehend but can only be experienced through highly subjective mystical experience – could be call heaven or Sat-chit-ananda. This continuous series of reexaminations is referred to by Buddha as “…..the turning of the wheel” or in Vedic tradition as Samsara.
The second principle is well explained by Jung, Jung had great grasp of the subconscious and the collective or universal unconscious realms, This enabled him to understand the non-dual nature of the True Self.
When Jung talks of “……………..I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven……”, he totally negates the importance of physical birth. A realized soul like Buddha or Christ may seem “…..mortal to everyone, yet they would declare I am not touched by aeons”.
Let us strive to realize our higher nature through the elimination of all dualities in our relationships in our lives and worship all that has truly transcended the physical plane.
Love to you all.