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The Divine Feminine will sooner or later begin to take its proper place



"We have now reached the limit of this masculine culture with its aggressive, competitive, rational, analytic character. We are moving now into an age where the feminine principle will be valued, the 'yin' in contrast to the 'yang'. In the Chinese understanding 'yang' is the masculine principle, 'yin' is the feminine and as the 'yang' reaches its limit it begins to move back again to the 'yin'. We have now reached the limit of the 'yang', the masculine culture, and we are moving inevitably back to the feminine. The feminine will sooner or later begin to take its proper place with its characteristics of intuition, empathy and co-operation, and with its holistic approach."- Bede Griffiths


"In this way we can envision the emergence of a new world culture as the present materialist and mechanistic system breaks down under the continued crisis of economic, social and political conflict. One of the characteristics of this new culture would be its feminine aspects. For three thousand years the world has been dominated by patriarchal cultures which overcame the ancient matriarchal cultures of the earlier ages. We have now reached the limit of this masculine culture with its aggressive, competitive, rational, analytic character. We are moving now into an age where the feminine principle will be valued, the 'yin' in contrast to the 'yang'. In the Chinese understanding 'yang' is the masculine principle, 'yin' is the feminine and as the 'yang' reaches its limit it begins to move back again to the 'yin'. We have now reached the limit of the 'yang', the masculine culture, and we are moving inevitably back to the feminine. The feminine will sooner or later begin to take its proper place with its characteristics of intuition, empathy and co-operation, and with its holistic approach. This will necessarily affect not only the economic, social and political orders but also spirituality and religion. The Christian religion has developed an entirely masculine concept of God. We always speak of God as Father, and of the incarnation of the Son. Even the Holy Spirit, which is neuter in Greek but masculine in Latin, we have conceived normally in masculine terms. In the Old Testament, however, the Spirit, the 'ruach', is feminine and in the Syrian church this same word was used of the Holy Spirit when they spoke of"our Mother, the Holy Spirit". That is found in the second and third centuries but it does not seem to have survived after that. The masculine character of the Godhead has always prevailed since then. There was however a feminine aspect in God in the Old Testament and to some extent in the New, and in the Christian tradition we have particularly Julian of Norwich, who speaks of Jesus as our Mother. St Anselm of Canterbury does the same. So apart from a few exceptions the masculine character of God has strongly prevailed in the West. By contrast, in India God is conceived both as Father and Mother. Obviously theologically God may be conceived as both Father and Mother. Being neither masculine nor feminine he can be represented as either Father or Mother, or both, in masculine and feminine terms. In the Tantric tradition, which derives from the ancient matriarchal culture, the mother aspect of God is dominant. In that tradition the whole universe is seen to derive from the Mother and all worship is offered to the Mother. That is precisely the opposite of the Judaeo- Christian tradition. We may expect therefore a corresponding development in Christian theology recognising the feminine aspect of God and the place of women in the ministry of the church. There is of course no question of a return to a matriarchal society. It is a matter of the recovery of feminine values and the reconciliation of the masculine and the feminine.

It should be added that in Catholicism the feminine aspect is entirely centred on the Virgin Mary. It is the only way a Catholic, or indeed a Christian, can find a feminine figure in relation to God. So devotion to the feminine archetype centres on the Virgin Mary, but we should recognise that there is a feminine aspect of God himself and that the Virgin Mother is a manifestation of this. This means, in other words, that devotion to the Mother has its origin in God.

It is possible that the transition from a mechanistic to an organic society will come about gradually, without too much conflict. But it is more likely that there will be a general catastrophe as the economic, social and political structures of the present civilisation break down. We must remember, and this is important, that the conflicts of the present world do not derive merely from human failings and miscalculations. There has been a reversal of human values, a spiritual breakdown, which has brought into play forces beyond the material and the human. The present crisis has been prepared by the whole system of science and philosophy, affecting religion and leading to atheism. This is a systematic development where the previous spiritual values have been broken down and the materialistic system discussed earlier has prevailed. This has released forces beyond the material and the human. If a nuclear war takes place it will not be because anyone desires it but because people are being driven by forces of the unconscious which they cannot control. As St Paul says," We are not contending with flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness". [1] When the truth of the transcendent order of reality is rejected we do not remain neutral. We become exposed to the hostile forces of the subtle world of which we have been speaking, forces which work in the unconscious and bring destruction upon humankind. Western Europe rejected the perennial philosophy at the Renaissance and has been led step by step to the materialistic philosophy which rejects fundamental human values and exposes humankind to the contrary forces at work in the universe. The only way of recovery is to rediscover the perennial philosophy, the traditional wisdom, which is found in all ancient religions and especially in the great religions of the world. But those religions have in turn become fossilised and have each to be renewed, not only in themselves but also in relation to one another, so that a cosmic, universal religion can emerge, in which the essential values of Christian religion will be preserved in living relationship with the other religious traditions of the world. This is a task for the coming centuries as the present world order breaks down and a new world order emerges from the ashes of the old.

A New Vision of Reality (Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith) Chapter 13, p.294-296
Bede Griffiths
Templegate Publishers - Springfield, Illinois
ISBN 0-87243-180-0

Notes:
[1] Ephesians 6:12




Interviewer: Shri Mataji, You are called"Mother."And, it seems in the Hindu tradition there's a special context or meaning of the word"Mother."What is this meaning?

Shri Mataji: "You see, in the Indian philosophy, even in the Christian philosophy it is so, but it has been little bit changed. If you read the books of Essene, you will find they have described the"Mother."You see, the Holy Ghost is the Mother. When they say about the Holy Ghost, She is the Mother. But how can you have... You must reason it out. How can you have a father and a son without a mother? [laughter] It's a, you see, simple thing like that. You see, so it's the Mother only. Holy Ghost is very important. So, Holy Ghost is the Mother, you see. It's absurd thing, I mean, to have such a thing. Even homosexuals cannot have children. It's funny thing, isn't it. Absolutely absurd! But Christians accepted this. I don't know why. Why didn't they go into find out what is this Holy Ghost business is? They said," It's a mystery."How can you say it's a mystery? When you cannot explain then better not say anything about it. So, Holy Ghost is something hanging in the air. No one knows; it's a mystery, and the rest of it is the father and the son. It's absurd!

Now, the principle of Mother is in every, every scripture - has to be there. Now, the Mother's character is that She is the One who is the Womb, She is the One who is the Mother Earth and She is the One who nourishes you. She nourishes us, you know that. And, this feminine thing in every human being resides as this Kundalini, as you have seen. And, when She rises, She gives you this new awareness which becomes compassion, which is flowing, which becomes soothing, nourishing energy of love."

Shri Mataji
Radio Interview 1983 Oct 01, Santa Cruz USA



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"Now, the principle of Mother is in every, every scripture - has to be there." The Paraclete Shri Mataji, Radio Interview Oct 01 1983—Santa Cruz, USA

"It is the Mother who can awaken the Kundalini, and that the Kundalini is your own Mother. She is the Holy Ghost within you, the Adi Shakti, and She Herself achieves your transformation. By any talk, by any rationality, by anything, it cannot be done." The Paraclete Shri Mataji

"She is your pure Mother. She is the Mother who is individually with you. Forget your concepts, and forget your identifications. Please try to understand She is your Mother, waiting for ages to give you your real birth. She is the Holy Ghost within you. She has to give you your realization, and She's just waiting and waiting to do it."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji, Public Program Mar 22 1981—Sydney, Australia


"The Kundalini is your own mother; your individual mother. And She has tape-recorded all your past and your aspirations. Everything! And She rises because She wants to give you your second birth. But She is your individual mother. You don't share Her with anybody else. Yours is a different, somebody else's is different because the tape-recording is different. We say She is the reflection of the Adi Shakti who is called as Holy Ghost in the Bible."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji, Press Conference July 08 1999—London, UK


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