Angels (Christianity And Islam)"Angels are God's Ambassadors to the planet Earth. People who are consciously aware of the presence of the angels realize they are surrounded by an invisible armada of pure spirits of unconditional love. These blessed spirits are armed with the authority and might of Paradise."
According to www.christadelphia.org/"the English word"angel"comes from the Greek angelos, which means 'messenger'. In the Old Testament, with two exceptions, the Hebrew word for"angel"is malak, also meaning 'messenger'. The Creator Himself is so powerful and glorious that He cannot be approached in person by human beings. He alone"hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see (1 Timothy 6:16). Angels do not have man's shortcomings, and can therefore act for God and represent Him when communicating with men and women. They bridge the huge gap between the holiness and perfection of God in heaven and the shortcomings of dying people on this planet. Angels were made immortal (that is, never to die). Their eternal quality was spoken of by Jesus when he said:"They which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God. being the children of the resurrection."(Luke 20:35.36)
"Angels are real, part of reality. Angels are not mythical beings, ... Angels are persons; they have their own personalities and characteristics... . They stand before the throne of God and praise Him. Angels are real. And they are here...
Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism, bring out the important differences between good and evil spirits, between angels and demons. They understand that angels are with God, from God, work for God, that they are good, that they are powerful — much more powerful than bad spirits — and that they are with us and for us."
Robert Faricy, Italy, January 8, 1995
(Janice T. Connel, Angel Power, Ballantine Books, 1995.)
"Humanity stands at the brink of the Era of Angels. A spiritual awakening unlike anything known in the history of the world begins now... Angel Power is the energy to ascend to God's Kingdom. Those who ride on the wings of the angels ride in the arms of God. Now is a glorious time for those who know the angels well... .
Angels are God's Ambassadors to the planet Earth. People who are consciously aware of the presence of the angels realize they are surrounded by an invisible armada of pure spirits of unconditional love. These blessed spirits are armed with the authority and might of Paradise. Angels bring human beings the power to transcend the limitations of space and time. Angels also bring healing, perseverance, creativity, joy, and solutions to the problems and circumstances of our human conditions... .
More and more people all over the world are awakening to the presence of angels. As such awareness is heightened and refined, the hope is that people will permit angels to bring Divine Remedies to the mistakes and problems of our times. It gives angels great joy to be included in human pursuits that hasten the coming of the Kingdom of God on Earth. People who learn to access angels and to rely upon their power find one of the greatest treasures of creation."
Janice T. Connel, Angel Power
(J T C, Angel Power, Ballantine Books, 1995, p. xiii-xvi.)
"Those who invite the participation of the Blessed Mother in their prayer life experience tremendous interior illumination, for her life is overflowing with God' Presence. She, Queen of Angels, sends the Seraphim to gather our prayers and transport them into her holy Immaculate Heart. Her pure, obedient love generates prayer intensity that draws her beyond the sphere of Divine Love guarded by the Seraphim. Her prayer requests are communicated directly to God through the power of Her Son's love.
The Seraphim, as the highest of the Nine Choirs of Angels, surround the Blessed Mother, who, for most of humankind, remain God's Hidden Masterpiece. All angels deeply revere and honor the Blessed Mother as their Queen, for she has the closest access to God of any creature. When she appears on the Earth in public apparitions, the Seraphim of course accompany and surround her. Those who choose to participate in her public apparitions receive immense light because they are in the physical presence of the Blessed Mother and her entire Celestial Coterie of Seraphin."
Janice T. Connel, Angel Power
(J T C, Angel Power, Ballantine Books, 1995 p. 185.)
Question: Are the angels playing a new role in the world? Has there been a shift in their function?
KMK: Angels haven't just arrived. There were here before our planet was created. They helped in the development of our planet... . Perhaps other people are saying that angels are descending and that they are here on the earth in new numbers. I do not perceive that. They've always been here. It is we who are being given grace in being able to see the angels or to recognize them. And this has a lot to do with the impulse of archangel Michael. It also has a lot to do with the work going on this century of many great spiritual leaders and people who have devoted their lives to bring about a better world. Their prayers have been heard, their prayers have been answered. It does not require a descent of angels; it's more a matter of our opening to the awareness of angels.
On the global level, we are beginning to remember heaven... . If we look at the problems of our lives with a new spiritual vision, we begin to see that we have help. We have angelic help, but it's optional.
That means if we open our souls to the level where we can receive what the angels are willing to give us, they will give it to us. So now the question arises, how do we open our souls to that point? ...
KMK: I think the real message today is for humanity to take responsibility for their inner life, to become more spiritually mature. To lift the soul and the spirit up higher, to create a very chalice out of one's inner nature and to lift that.
For ages humanity has asked."Well, how do you perceive the spiritual world, how do you get into it?"There have been a thousand books written in our time about this. How do you enter those realms?"
K. Martin Kuri, Angels: The Mysterious Messengers
(K. Martin Kuri, Angels: The Mysterious Messengers, Ballantine Books, NY, 1994, p. 133-6.)
"The wings usually depicted in religious art are never specifically mentioned in the Bible."
The Story of Jesus, Reader's Digest
(The Story of Jesus, Reader's Digest Inc., 1993 p. 40.)
"Angels play important roles in the Nativity narratives of both Matthew and Luke: bringing news that the aged Elizabeth and the virgin Mary will each conceive a son and conveying messages to Joseph and the wise men from the East. Indeed, the word"angel"comes from a Greek word for messenger, and these heavenly beings become visible in order to take communications directly from God's throne to his subjects on Earth ...
Gabriel, who name means"hero of God"in Hebrew, appears four times in the Scriptures. Twice in the Book of Daniel he helps the prophet understand the true significance of mystic visions ...
The unnamed angels who appear throughout the New Testament help the world prepare for the coming of Jesus, as when an angel tells the shepherds about his birth, or interpret his mission, as when the angels at the tomb explain that he is risen from the dead.
For believers, angels have always been a source of comfort and renewed faith. Throughout the Christian era, many people have claimed that everyone has been assigned a"guardian angel"and that angels come at the hour of death to lead the soul into Paradise."
The Story of Jesus, Reader's Digest
(The Story of Jesus, Reader's Digest Inc., 1993, p. 40)
"According the original Christian understanding of God of the early church, the Middle Ages, and the Reformers, God neither is solitary nor wishes to be alone. Instead, God is encircled by a boundless realm of angels, created in the divine image. They surround God in freely expressed love and devotion. They appear in a graduated, individual hierarchy. These range of angels offer God their praise, and they appear active in the universe as messengers and executors of the divine will."
Encyclopaedia Britannica (1992)
"Angels are unseen creatures of light created by Allah to act as intermediaries between Him and the visible world. The Islamic concepts of creation, revelation, prophecy, events that occur in the world, worship, the spiritual life, death, resurrection, and the central position of man in the cosmos cannot be understood without reference to the angels.
Belief in angels is one of the six pillars of belief or faith without which there is no faith. Angels are a part of the world of the Unseen which we cannot comprehend. Allah has told us about them in many places in the Qur'an and via His Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Although we cannot see angels, Allah may show them to some humans. ... Angels are assigned certain functions. These functions include delivering the revelation from Allah to whomever He wishes among His prophets."www.islamonline.net/
In the photo only two angels are visible against dark background as majority had already risen and departed after ceremony was over about half an hour earlier. It may be deduced that there might have been scores, even hundreds of angels fulfilling the prophecy of Al-Mursalat.There is a loss of quality in transfer but this is the best image possible at the moment. In the original photograph angels are even visible around right top corner.
By the (Winds) Sent Forth,  one after another (to man's profit); 
Which then blow violently in tempestuous Gusts, 
And scatter things far and wide, then separate them, one from another,
Then spread abroad a Message,  whether of Justification or of Warning.
Assuredly, what ye are promised must come to pass.
surah 77:1-7 Al Mursalat (Those Sent Forth)
(Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, 1989.)
"5863. This surah begins with an appeal to five things, as pointing to the substantive statements in verse 7, that the Day of Justice and Judgement is bound to come, and we must prepare for it. It is difficult to translate, but easy to understand, if we remember that a triple thread of allegory runs through this passage (verses 1-7.) The five things or phases, which will be presently considered in detail, refers to (a) Winds in the Physical world, (b) Angels in the spiritual world, and (c) Prophets in the human world, connecting it with the spiritual world.
5864. Understanding the reference to Winds, we can see that they are powerful factors in the government of the physical world.
5865. If we understand the reference to be, not to Winds, but to Angels, they are agencies in the spiritual world, which carry out similar functions, changing and revolutionising the face of the world. (1) They come softly, on beneficent errands of Mercy: (2) they are charged with the mission of punishment and destruction for sin as in the case of two angels who came to Lut (15:57-66); (3) they distribute Allah's Mercies as the Winds distribute good seeds; (4) they sort out good from the evil among men; and (5) they are the agency through which Allah's Messages and Revelations are conveyed to the Prophets (see No. 5 in the last note.)
5866. If we understand the reference to Prophets or Messengers of Allah, or the verses of Revelation which would be particularly appropriate for verses 5-6, we also get a satisfactory solution of the Allegory. (1) The Prophets have followed one another in a series: the verses of the Qur'an came, one after another as needed; in both cases it was for man's spiritual profit; (2) they caused great disturbance in a spiritually decadent world; they pulled down evil institutions root and branch, and substituted new ones; (3) they proclaimed their truths far and wide, without fear and without favour; (4) through them were sorted out men of Faith and rebels against Allah's Law; and (5) they gave a Message, through which just men were justified through repentance, and evil men were warned of their sins.
Some Commentators take one or other of these allegories, and some apply one allegory to a few of the verses, and another to a few. In my opinion the Allegory is wide enough to comprehend all the meanings which I have sketched. I wish a translation could do justice to those marvelously terse sentences in the original."
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n
(Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, 1989, p. 1578.)
Abdullah Yusuf Ali and his forty theologians try to mutilate a future prophecy of Divine intervention into a confusing potpourri past of sirocco winds, suspicious angels and dead prophets, all somehow working together to remind humans of the spiritual world.
The Ummah is told that if sirocco winds delivering Allah's messages don't make sense, then they should just disregard it and instead speculate them as angels who"are agencies in the spiritual world, which carry out similar functions, changing and revolutionising the face of the world. (1) They come softly, on beneficent errands of Mercy: (2) they are charged with the mission of punishment and destruction for sin as in the case of two angels who came to Lut (15:57-66); (3) they distribute Allah's Mercies as the Winds distribute good seeds; (4) they sort out good from the evil among men; and (5) they are the agency through which Allah's Messages and Revelations are conveyed to the Prophets."
And if all this still doesn't make any sense, then all the Ummah has to do is to put their heads into the sand and just try to"understand the reference to Prophets or Messengers of Allah, or the verses of Revelation which ..."
Century after century Islamic scholars found it difficult to explain mystical issues beyond their comprehension. Even the most enlightened of Muslim minds were perplexed by the diverse complexity of this verse:
i) Why the Announcement (An-Naba) of both Salvation and Retribution?
ii) How will the Angels spread this Message of Mercy if the Resurrection is sudden death, unless it is an Age of Peace and Compassion?
iii) Who are these prophets that will come for humankind's spiritual profit?
iv) How will they cause a"great disturbance in a spiritually decadent world"?
v) How will they pull"down evil institutions root and branch,"and substitute new ones?
vi) What Truth will be proclaimed"far and wide, without fear and without favour"?
vi) How will they sort"out men of Faith and rebels against Allah's Law"?
vii) So"they gave a Message, through which just men were justified through repentance, and evil men were warned of their sins."Who are the Messengers and what is the Message?
The end result was that they confused even more, rather than enlighten, with their smoke and mirrors interpretations.
It is only with the advent of His Ruh Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi on Earth and the events leading to the announcement of Qiyamah that is it possible to understand these precise conditions of fulfilled prophecy:
i) Winds in the Physical world,
ii) Angels in the spiritual world, and
iii) Prophets in the human world, connecting it with the spiritual world.
All these three specific circumstances were met simultaneously between July 14-16, 1995, at Guru Puja, Camp Talooli, Syracuse, USA. Every Sahaja Yogi present bears testimony to this Truth, even though they never saw any Angels with their physical eyes.
We will do justice for Abdullah Yusuf Ali and his forty theologians who wished that"a translation could do justice to those marvelously terse sentences in the original."
They had absolutely no answers because this was a preordained Divine Event that had not even manifested itself. Put simple, this verse referred explicitly to a prophecy that had yet to take place! The entire Islamic world is now called to bear testimony to this Revelation in the next two paragraphs and confirm with their eyes if it is indeed the Truth:
The only natural phenomenon before this Guru Puja as the Angels arrived was the awesome display of Nature — violent winds, lightning crackling and thunder bursting all around the surrounding areas throughout Friday night on July 14, 1995. Furious winds cut off power supply to that area. Throughout the night streaks of awesome thunderbolts and distant thunderclaps continuously blasted the surrounding area till dawn.
Kash's father stayed awake until early dawn to watch this majestic nocturnal masterpiece. It was the first time in his life such a massive display of the forces of nature were seen in full fury, rare even in monsoon his country of birth Malaysia.
For some reason there was much lightning, as if the negativity of the entire area was being burnt off before the arrival of the Celestial Beings. Unknown to all, the Qur'anic prophecy of Those That Are Sent Forth was being fulfilled, right down to the precise weather conditions!
Islamic scholars interpret surah 77:1-7 as that of Angels descending during violent weather and these exacting conditions have been met. The lightning, thunder and violent winds that thrashed the area around Camp Talooli, Syracuse, USA on Friday 14, 1995, is proof that this prophecy has been fulfilled down to the minutest detail.
The next day Allah's Angels (Those Sent Forth) descended to attend the Sacred Ceremony performed by the Sahaja Yogis in honor of Allah's Ruh, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, who has proclaimed that the Resurrection has commenced. This display of nature, absolutely beyond the manipulation of any mortal, thus fulfils yet another prophecy of the Qur'an that plugs all loopholes for the Unbelievers (Al-Kafirun) to deny Allah's Revelations and the Sure Signs (Bay
And the miracle photograph is irrefutable evidence to all humankind that God Almighty's Angels were sent forth, and paid homage to the image of His Holy Spirit, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. It is She who has been chosen by God Almighty to deliver the Great News to all humankind.
"Angels: the word used is rusul, the Sent Ones — the same word as for human Messengers sent by Allah to teach mankind."Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, p. 318
Concerning what are they disputing?
Concerning the Great News  about which they cannot agree.
Verily, they shall soon (come to) know!
Verily, verily they shall soon (come to) know!
surah 78:1-5 Al Naba' (The Great News)
"5889. Great News: Usually understood to mean the News or Message of the Resurrection or the Hereafter."
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, surah 78:1-5 Al Naba (The Great News)
(Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, 1989.)
The Ummah is waiting for Doomsday which they have been made to believe is the Day of Resurrection. Yet they say that the announcement of this Good News is"usually understood to mean the News or Message of the Resurrection ..."
So how on earth is it possible to spread the Good News of Resurrection all over the world if it's already the dreadful Doomsday? Moreover, what is the point of this absolutely useless undertaking if the world in coming to an end? Has there been even a single instance over the last 1400 years of anyone spreading the Good News of the Resurrection? Will just a single Muslim provide a logical answer?
Say:"I know not whether the (Punishment) which ye are promised is near, 5748 or whether my Lord will appoint for it a distant term.
He (alone) knows the Unseen, nor does He make anyone acquainted with His Mysteries — 5749
Except a messenger5750 whom He has chosen:
And then he makes a band of watchers5751 march before him and behind him,
That He may know that they have (truly)5751-A brought and delivered the Messages of their Lord:
And He surrounds (all the mysteries) that are with them, and He takes account of every single thing."5753
surah 72:25-28 Al Jinn (The Spirits)
(Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'an, Amana Corporation, 1989.)
"5748. The coming of Judgement is certain. But the exact time, relatively to our standards on this earth, no one can tell. Allah alone knows it. Even a Prophet of Allah, as such, does not know the Mysteries of the Unseen World, except insofar as they have been revealed to him by Allah's Revelation.
5749. Mystery, or the Unseen, has two aspects. The relative Unseen is so with reference to a particular person, because of the intervention of Time, Space, or particular circumstances. For example, I cannot see today a house which I saw last year, because it has since been pulled down; or I cannot in Lahore see the"Gateway to India"in Bombay, although anyone in Bombay can see it; or I cannot see the satellites of Jupiter with the naked eye, though I can through a telescope; but the Absolute Unseen, the Absolute Mystery, or Allah's Mystery, is something which no creature can know or see, except insofar as Allah reveals it to him; and Allah reveals such things to the extent that is good for men, through His chosen messengers ...
5750. Cf. 3:179 and n. 482.
Allah will not leave the Believers in the state in which ye are now, until He separates what is evil from what is good.
Nor will Allah disclose to you the secrets of the Unseen, 482
But He chooses of His Messengers (for that purpose) whom He pleases.
So believe in Allah and His Messengers; And if ye believe and do right, ye have a reward without measure.
surah 3:179 Ali 'Imran (The Family of 'Imran)
"482. Man in his weak state would be most miserable if he could see the secrets of the future or the secrets of the Unseen. But things are revealed to him from time to time as may be expedient for him, by Messengers chosen for the purpose."
5751. Revelation is not a mechanical or material thing. It has to be safeguarded from being distorted or corrupted by ignorance, selfishness, or the powers of evil. How can its precious and subtle worth and the spiritual safeguards against its misuse by human folly or the perversity of evil be expressed in plain human words? We can imagine a very great treasure, which has to be transmitted. To guard it against evilly-disposed persons, a strong escort is required, to march in front and behind, so as to protect it from all sides. When it reaches its destination, the escort presents its credentials and an Invoice showing the Treasure being transmitted. Then the destined receiver knows that it has come intact and feels satisfied. So, about spiritual Revelation, the spiritual man recognises the credentials and checks the contents on the tablets of his own heart and insight. He has then no doubt that it is a true Message from Allah, and those who bring it are the true messengers"of their Lord."
5751-A. They: the band of watchers."
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n
(Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, 1989.)
So will Muslims deny His Ruh, His Angels, His messengers and the band of watchers on Earth spreading His Announcement (An-Naba) of Al-Qiyamah (The Resurrection) and the Last Judgment?
They surely will! The Great News will be universally disputed and there is going to be a massive denial by all religious regimes and their human herd. The greatest hypocrites will be the Ummah who, despite revering their Holy Qur'n and surrendering unconditionally to its commands, will defy the very Good News of Qiyamah it delivers.
But for the Believers who humble and surrender to the Great News of the Resurrection and Last Judgment a spiritual afterlife of indescribable beauty and eternity awaits.
QUOTES OF SHRI MATAJI
"The Truth is you have to become a Realized soul, and if you are not a Realized soul you are nowhere near God. You have to enter into the Kingdom of God. Christ Himself has said that you have to enter into the Kingdom of God. You are to be born again ... Mohammed Sahib Himself has said,"When the Time of Qiyamah will come, your hands will speak, ...
But nobody is trying to find the Qiyamah. Only they are finding fault with this, or that, and fighting with each other."
Shri Sidha-vidya Devi
Milan, Italy — August 6, 1988
"I met a Russian who asked Me why the U.N. was helping the Muslims in Bosnia... . I was shocked at his perception of Muslims. I have such respect for so many of them. I wish they could accept that this is not Jihad time anymore but Qiyamah time, the Resurrection Time, the Blossom time. Are they going to miss it?
Both things are wrong; one has to understand that all these religions were born on the same tree of spirituality and that people have plucked the flowers and are fighting with these dead flowers. Of course there are some absurd things which grew with misinterpretation and interference from unholy people, which are common in these religions.
For example, Jews, Christian and Muslims believe that when they die their bodies will come out of their graves and they will all be resurrected at the Time of Resurrection, at the Time of Last Judgment, at the Time of Qiyamah.
It is illogical to think what will remain inside those graves after five hundred years. Nobody wants to think and understand that it is not the body but the soul that will come out of these bodies, be born again as human beings, and be saved through Qiyamah and Resurrection.
Who will tell them? No one can talk to them. As soon as one wants to talk one can be killed."
Shri Kapardini Devi
"God Himself is capable of all kinds of miracles. We who are created by God are doing some things, which look miraculous ... but these miracles come from the Power of God. So we are the creation of that wee bit, very wee bit, of that miracle. So all the miracles of God cannot be explained and should not be explained. They are beyond our mind and to make people feel the presence of God, God can do anything. He can move into all the dimensions and also into the Fourth Dimension. He can do whatever He feels like ...
We are to believe now, after seeing all these things for ourselves, that He is God, that He can do anything that He feels like, and we are nothing. We are nothing. There should be no rationality about it, of understanding God's miracles. How can it be? How could it be? You can't explain.
Only when you achieve that state of mind where you believe through your experiences that God is All Powerful. It's very difficult. This concept is very difficult because we are limited people. We have limited powers. We cannot understand how God could be All Powerful because we, we haven't got the capacity.
So this God who is our Creator, who is our Preserver, the One who desires that we should exist, which is our existence itself, is an All Powerful God. All Powerful! He can do whatever He likes. He can create another world, He can destroy this world. It's only if He has to desire."
Sri Lopamudrarcita Devi
Pandarpur, India — Feb. 29, 1984
"According to the Holy Scriptures, the angels, human beings, and all nature were created by God. With the words,"In the beginning God created Heaven and earth"(Gen. 1:1), we have the first indication that God created the spiritual world. Here, in contrast to earth, a substantial world, this world of spirits is called Heaven. The angels were already present during the creation of the starry skies, which is evidenced by the words of God spoken to Job,"When the stars were created, all My angels sang praises to Me"(Job 38:7).
On the creation of the angels, Saint Gregory the Theologian expresses the following thoughts:"Since for the goodness of God it was not sufficient to be occupied only with the contemplation of Himself, but it was needful that good should extend further and further, so that the number of those who have received grace might be as many as possible (because this is characteristic of the highest Goodness) — therefore, God devised first of all the angelic heavenly powers; and the thought became deed, which was fulfilled by the Word, and perfected by the Spirit ... And inasmuch as the first creatures were pleasing to Him, He devised another world, material and visible, the orderly composition of heaven and earth, and that which is between them."
Angel in Greek means messenger. This word denotes mainly their relationship to man. They, as our elder brothers, reveal to us the will of God and assist us in reaching salvation. Man, from the beginning of his state in paradise, knew of the existence of the angels. This fact is reflected in many ancient religions."
The Nature of Angels, www.fatheralexander.org/