2. Young men have seen visions"This inner vision is far more authentic than all the theories and philosophies for it is a practical experience. In fact this awakened Inner Eye is infinitely more convincing than the strongest intellectual belief for this experience of spiritual vision transforms the seer, thus demonstrating the extreme end of perception. The perceiver then realizes the narrow separateness dividing one from Reality."Lama Anagarika, Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,
I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh:
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
And on My servants and on My handmaidens,
I will pour out in those days of My Spirit;
And they shall prophesy.
The biblical signs of Acts 2:17-18 are now a common phenomena and the entire website gives evidence to that effect. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has declared that this is the Blossom Time for all humans to be born of the Spirit and prepare to enter His Kingdom, which is the final stage of evolution from human to spirit. These are the Last Days to enter the Kingdom of God as the Resurrection is taking place.
The Paraclete's" appearance means that sin, righteousness, and judgment will be revealed."- Georg Strecker
"Five separate Paraclete sayings can be distinguished, all in the farewell discourses (1) 14:16-17; (2) 14:26; (3) 15:26-27; (4) 16:4, 6-11; (5) 16:12-15 (cf. 1 John 2:1-2). The brief form of the first two sayings modulates into the more expansive ones that follow. In the process there is also a shift in statements about the sending of the Paraclete: Nos. 1 and 2; the Father (however, No. 2 has the supplement"in my name"); Nos. 3 and 4," I" (with No. 3 adding"from the Father").116 The Paraclete is more accurately described as the"Holy Spirit" (No. 2) or as the"Spirit of Truth" (Nos. 1, 3, 5), who stands over against the world. The world cannot recognize it but the Spirit is promised to the disciples as an abiding gift (No. 1). [The Paraclete's] function is to remind them of the teaching of Christ (No. 2) or the testimony of Christ (No. 3), and especially the anticipation of the final judgment of the world, for [the Paraclete's] appearance means that sin, righteousness, and judgment will be revealed (No. 4). Such leading"into all the truth"makes present the sending of Christ, for the Paraclete will speak with the authority of the Risen One; [the Paraclete] will also announce future events which [the Paraclete] will hear from the Risen Christ (No. 5)."
Georg Strecker, Theology of the New Testament
Walter de Gruyter & Co, 2000, page 505
Resurrection commences prior to Second Coming
The Resurrection commences prior to the Second Coming of Christ. During this great spiritual awakening all souls who lived on Earth will be born again and told about the Resurrection. These are the Last Days where multitudes will sleep in ignorance to shame and everlasting contempt, despite all evidence and warnings. However, those who names are found written in the book will be delivered to everlasting life.
"At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:1-2).
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? (Hosea 13:14)
Jesus replied," You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living" (Matthew 22:29-32).
But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection (Luke 20:35-36).
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him."I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned (John 5:21-29).
And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:39-40).
Jesus connects the resurrection with the end of the age
These passages of John, Jesus connects the resurrection with the end of the age as He says," I will raise him up at the last day."This mention of the last day is most likely also a reference to the"Day of the Lord"which is when Christ returns. Read this next passage carefully. What Jesus is saying to Martha is that at the resurrection at the last day, those that have died will be resurrected and those that are still alive at the last day will be resurrected too. This is what we call the rapture of the living.
Jesus said to her," Your brother will rise again." Martha answered," I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her," I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:23-26)
However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked (Acts 24:14-15).
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him (1 Corinthians 15:13-23).
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable (1 Corinthians 15:42)
Resurrection does not mean graves opening up but souls born again
Here again we are told that at the Resurrection of the dead those alive at that time will also be changed or resurrected in the rapture. This does not mean graves opening up but all souls born again and explained about this Great News by the Comforter who testifies again for Lord Jesus.
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11).
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21).
During Resurrection the bodies will be physical.
"We must understand that our bodies will be physical. Scripture teaches this in many ways. First, remember that Christ's resurrection body is the pattern of our resurrection body. We know that Christ was raised in a physical body because the disciples ate with Him after the resurrection (Acts 10:41) and touched Him (Matthew 28:9; see also John 20:27). Also, Jesus outright declared that His resurrection body was physical and can be touched: "See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have" (Luke 24:39; see also Acts 13:33-37). Since Christ's resurrection is the pattern of our resurrection, we will therefore be raised in a physical body as well. Second, the very use of the term body in regards to our resurrected state clearly teaches that it will be physical: "who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory."It would be a contradiction to speak of a non-physical body.
Second Corinthians 5:1-4 also very clearly teaches a physical resurrection: "For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life."
First, Paul's terminology about the resurrection body clearly teaches a physical resurrection. He calls it"a building from God," "a house," and"dwelling."Second, he says that we will"put it on"and thus"not be found naked."In this context, what can"found naked"mean other than"found without our physical bodies"? Since our resurrected body is"put on"and keeps us from"being found naked," it must be physical. Third, his comparison with our bodies in their mortal state with them in their immortal state reveals his physical understanding of the resurrection body. Just as our bodies are currently a"tent" (because they are physical), so also the resurrection body will"clothe"us (and thus be physical). Just as our mortal bodies are a"house" (because they are physical), so also our resurrection body is an immortal"house"and"dwelling" (and thus will be physical).
Our bodies are to be renewed, restored, revitalized
Romans 8:21-23 also teaches a physical resurrection. First, Paul teaches that we are waiting for"the redemption of our bodies" (v. 23). Our bodies are not going to be thrown away. They are going to be renewed, restored, revitalized. How glorious! Second, notice the context. Paul is teaching that the whole creation is currently subject to decay and corruption. Then he says that"the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption."As John Piper has said," The creation is not destined for annihilation. It is destined for liberation." Thus, the physical creation will last forever—in its renewed state. Since our bodies are part of creation, we must conclude that they also will be transformed and yet remain physical.
In John 6:39-40, Jesus affirms the physical resurrection of believers: "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me, I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."What a glorious truth that Christ Himself will be the one to raise us! How powerful He must be!
We also read of the physical resurrection of the body in the Old Testament: "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:2). Likewise, we read in Job: "I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes shall see and not another. My heart faints within Me" (Job 19:25-27).
But how are we to understand verses like 1 Corinthians 15:44, which says we will be raised with a spiritual body?"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body" (1 Cor. 15:44). Virtually all commentators agree that"spiritual"does not mean"made out of spirit," but"directed by the Spirit."It is just like when we say someone is a"spiritual"person. Paul uses the word in this way in 1 Cor. 2:15: "The spiritual man judges all things..."Clearly Paul does not mean"non-physical and invisible man"here but"man filled with and directed by the Spirit."And look at 10:3-4, where Paul says that in the wilderness Israel ate"spiritual food"and drank"spiritual drink"from a"spiritual rock."Does Paul mean to say that these things were not physical? Obviously not! The fact that they ate this food and drank this water indicates that it had to be physical. And the phrase"spiritual rock"solidifies the argument, for Paul clearly does not mean to say"non-physical rock."He means that these things were sent from above and were under God's direction. And that's what He means when he says we will have"spiritual bodies."Further," non-physical body"is a contradiction in terms. If it is a body, it must be physical. If it is not physical, then it is not a body. Thus," spiritual body"is not referring to a change from physical to non-physical, but a change from our lowly state to our glorified state where the Spirit will fully fill and direct our bodies. ...
We will have the same bodies, yet they will be changed.
It is essential to understand that we will be resurrected with the same bodies we had on earth, yet they will also be transformed so that they are exceedingly glorious. We must hold onto the two truths that there will be a continuity with our old bodies and yet a transformation. As humans, we are not just spiritual, but physical. Our bodies are a very important part of our identity—they are part of who we are. Therefore, if we deny that we are raised with the same bodies we had on earth, we are denying a significant part of our identity. But if we deny that our resurrected bodies are improved, we are left with the depressing idea that we will forever be subject to the weaknesses we now have, such as sickness, fatigue, etc. Because our future resurrection affirms the continuity of our identity, the improvement of our abilities, and the elimination of our weaknesses, it is a very precious hope indeed.
There are many Scriptural reasons for believing that we will be raised with the same body that died. First, Christ was raised in the same body He had before He died. We know this because the tomb was empty (Luke 24:1-6) and because His resurrected body retained scars from the crucifixion (John 20:25, 27). Since Christ's resurrection is the pattern that our resurrection will follow, then we will also be raised with the same body.
Second, this is also evident from the very meaning of the term"resurrection of the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:13, etc.). This phrase means: that which is dead (namely, our body) is made alive. If the same body that died is not the body that was raised, Paul could not call it the"resurrection of the dead."It would not be a resurrection at all.
Third, we read that"the dead will be raised" (1 Cor. 15:52). John Piper comments on this verse: "If God meant to start all over with no continuity between the body I have now and the one I will have, why would Paul say 'the dead will be raised'? Why would he not say, 'the dead will not be raised...and so God will start from scratch'? He did not say that, because it is not true."
Fourth, Philippians 3:21 says that it is our earthly body which is transformed into conformity with Christ's body, not a different body that is created from scratch.
Fifth, Paul's statement"it is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body" (1 Corinthians 15:42) establishes that there is a continuity between our current body and our resurrected body, for it is the same"it"in both cases.
Sixth, verse 53 indicates that the same body we have now (which is mortal), will become immortal: "For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality."
You may be wondering how God could raise the same body that died when most people have been dead for thousands of years and their bodies have decayed to such an extent that the original body seems entirely gone. Wayne Grudem responds to this that"we must simply say that God can keep track of enough of the elements from each body to form a 'seed' from which to form a new body (see Gen. 50:25; Job 19:26; Ezek. 37:1-14; Heb. 11:22)."
Unlike Christians and Muslims, Jews and other traditions believe in rebirth. Few Christians have realized the importance of the concept of reincarnation or rebirth in Judaism, where it is known as 'gilgul' or 'ibur'. It is thus extremely important for all Christians (and Muslims who also believe the same) to know that the above paragraph misses a crucial element of the Resurrection, without which it is riddled by doubt and disbelief. Raising the dead means nothing else than souls being born again physically to face the Resurrection where God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2;17). This is a verifiable experience of God's baptism, not that of priests and preachers. Those who believe can experience being born of His Spirit and begin healing themselves in mind, body and soul during these last days.
The Messiah-Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Christ was born on this Earth as a human being. He came on this Earth and the task that was before Him was to enlighten human awareness with the sense of understanding that we can see its actualization within the awareness of human beings that they are not this body, but they are the Spirit. The Message of Christ was His Resurrection, that is, you are the spirit and not your body and He showed by His Resurrection how He ascended into the Realm of Spirit ... And He came on this Earth in a body like a human being. He wanted to show another thing: that the Spirit has nothing to do with money, has nothing to do with Power. It is All-Powerful, All-Pervading....
He has promised that you have actually to be 'born again.' Christ is to be born within you. I do not know what Christians understand out of this? How do you become 'born again'? Not by going through the ritual of baptism. Somebody coming from the theological college cannot make you a Christian....
The main thing that one has to understand is that the time has come for you to get all that is promised in the scriptures, not only in the Bible but all the scriptures of the world. The time has come today that you have to become a Christian, a Brahmin, a Pir, through your Kundalini awakening only. There is no other way. And that your Last Judgment is also now."
The Message Of Christ
London, U.K. — Dec. 10, 1979
"This is the Bible's account of the first Christian Pentecost. In Judaism, the Pentecost is the day commemorating the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. The gift of tongues to the disciples, on the very day commemorating the giving of the Law ages before, marks the beginning of a new dispensation of God's grace, a 'dispensation of the Spirit' ... Jews and Christians alike, who even today look to a future new age, often describe it as an age of the Spirit, when the Spirit of God will become manifest in the hearts of all people... . Note also that testimony to the Lord in every tongue is a characteristic of the Last Days according to the Jewish prayer Alenu, p. 790, and in the Great Commission to preach the gospel to all nations... . Hence the Christian Pentecost is regarded both as the beginning of a new dispensation of the Spirit and as the momentary sign of an even greater outpouring of the Spirit which is yet to come."
World Scripture, International Religious Foundation
Paragon House Publishing, 1995 p. 409
"We therefore hope in Thee, O Lord our God, that we shall soon behold the triumph of Thy might, idolatry will be uprooted from earth, and falsehood shall be utterly destroyed.
We hope for the day when the world will be perfected under the domain of the Almighty and all mankind learn to revere Thy name: when all the wicked of the earth will be drawn in penitence unto Thee.
O may all the inhabitants of the world recognize that unto Thee every knee must bend, every tongue pledge loyalty. Before Thee, O Lord our God, may they bow in worship, and give honor to Thy glorious name.
May they all acknowledge Thy kingdom, and may Thy dominion be established over them speedily and forevermore. For sovereignty is Thine, and to all eternity Thou wilt reign in glory."
Alenu, (Jewish prayer) "
"It is true in a sense that religion should be the dominant thing in life, its light and law, but religion as it should be and is in its inner nature, its fundamental law of being, a seeking after God, the cult of spirituality, the opening of the deepest life of the soul to the indwelling Godhead, the eternal Omnipresence. On the other hand, it is true that religion when it identifies itself only with a creed, a cult, a Church, a system of ceremonial forms, may well become a retarding force and there may therefore arise a necessity for the human spirit to reject its control over the varied activities of life. There are two aspects of religion, true religion and religionism. True religion is spiritual religion, that which seeks to live in the spirit, in what is beyond the intellect, beyond the aesthetic and ethical and practical being of man, and to inform and govern these members of our being by the higher light and law of the spirit."
Sri Aurobindo, The Future Evolution of Man (August 1962)
"Every individual has this spiritual potential for wisdom and for knowledge of the supreme. What a teacher does is to communicate or transmit energy vibrations, which awaken our spiritual potential. It is only through the awakening or actualization of our own spiritual energy that we can know truth. The light of truth cannot be transferred. It has to flower within an individual. A teacher can only help us to activate our own spiritual potential."
Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, The Essence of Spiritual Philosophy
Thorsons Publishing Group, UK, 1990, p. 145
"The false prophets of the Last Days of this Kali Yuga are let loose. They are the foes of Shri Krishna and Christ, the masters of Adharma. They are committing the worst sin against the Father because they are talking in His name to attract and doom the lost seekers. Some of them are guilty of the most abominable sin against the Mother as they are fornicating with their disciples, pretending to lead them to God. And they are committing the sin against the Spirit because they are committing these crimes with a full knowledge of their doings. The Koran echoes: "who is more wicked than the man who invents a falsehood about Allah and denies the truth when it is declared to him?" (39.32.) Do not become their loot. For them, the Bible and Koran said, there will be no pardon. HH Mataji makes no mystery of the fact that He has doomed them: "the people who try to befool the innocent seekers and exploit them by their dirty habits are permanently doomed to hell"...
And I will end up this chapter in the words of the Apology of Socrates:
"This, O Athenian citizens, is the Truth; and I tell it without concealing or suppressing anything, whether great or small, and yet I am well-nigh ure that it is this very frankness which makes me so hated"...
Give a truth to men, and see what they will do with it! It seems, alas, that half-received truths are sometimes more dangerous than plain ignorance because they generate fanaticism and deeper mistakes. The various religions might well have manifested themselves as real flowers on the Universal Tree of Religion. Cannot we perceive a basic unity underlying the different messages of Shri Rama and Prophet Muhammad, Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira? Are they not all expressions of the Holy Spirit? But people removed the flowers from the living tree and made the dead flowers their own property...
World religions are living parts of the mystical body of God's teachings to Mankind. But this body has been cut to pieces. Today, at the time of integration, the dead pieces lie apart."Jesus is the only one!" "Muhammad is the last one!"while Lord Jesus and Muhammad are angry at the fanaticism of such followers. Contradictions in the scriptures and dogmatism go against the principle of Universality. But before feeling the vibrations from the Holy Spirit who could tell who is right or wrong? One could not feel God! Now, with Kundalini rising, we have seen that all the incarnations are aspects of One Being; the exclusion of one of them by the mind of the sadhaka causes hurdles in their integration as the corresponding chakra does not open. So a Christian has to take the adoration mantra for Muhammad, Lord Shiva, etc.
Fanatics are hardest to crack. Most remarkably, the incarnation they are supposed to worship is angry with them. A dogmatic Catholic is stopped at the Agnya chakra by Christ himself; a Muslim would have a problem with his Void (adorned by the Primordial Master of whom Muhammad is an incarnation); and Hindus have trouble with their Nabhi chakra (adorned with Lord Vishnu.) The deities are angry with the misidentification of the sadhaka. Lord Jesus said: "You will call me, Christ, Christ, but I will not recognize you."
Gregoire de Kalbermatten, The Advent
The Life Eternal Trust Publishers, 1979, p. 130
"Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It touches the life of man at every level, physical, mental, and spiritual. It is a practical method for making one's life purposeful, useful and noble.
As honey is sweet from any part of the honeycomb, so is yoga. It enables every part of the human system to become attuned to its essence, the conscious seer within. Yoga alone enables the practioner to perceive and experience the world within and around himself, to touch the divine joy of all creation, and then to share the nectar of divine wealth and happiness with his fellow beings....
Yoga is a friend to those who embrace it sincerely and totally. It lifts its practitioners from the clutches of pain and sorrow, and enables them to live fully, taking a delight in life. The practice of yoga helps the lazy body to become active and vibrant. It transform the mind, making it harmonious. Yoga helps to keep one's body and mind in tune with the essence, the soul, so that all three are blended into one....
In ancient times, knowledge in the form of traditional lore such as the Vedas and Upanisads was passed on orally. Now, most of this teaching is lost. We have to depend upon written sources in order to gain access to the past, to grasp this heritage which is concerned with the science of knowing and realizing the spiritual oasis which lies within us.
It is difficult to learn through books, but they are our only means of progress until we come across that rarity, a true teacher or master... . May this manual act as fuel to the fire of practice, so that aspirants may gain some glimmer of light, until such time as they find teachers who can further enhance their knowledge and experience."
BKS Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
HarperCollins Publishers, 1996, p. xx
"Meditation as the art of attaining self-realization and enlightenment is essentially the same in all systems of self-discipline, especially in the final phase of spiritual unfoldment. But people who practice meditation may get confused as they become exposed to various techniques from different systems because there are some differences in approach and emphasis. I have had people tell me they practiced a particular form of Hindu meditation and also have been exposed to Buddhist practice. Then they encountered Sufi teachings and learned an entirely different version of meditation. After all of these experiences they are confused and wonder what is the right path....
Teilhard de Chardin once said that whenever something new is born in human consciousness, it is born upon internal heat. Creation occurs when consciousness turns upon itself. As long as our consciousness always flows outward, we are spending our energy, enjoying or expressing ourselves. But to take a new step forward in spiritual unfoldment, consciousness has to turn inward. Then we achieve a vision of truth and beauty from a new direction."
Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, The Essence of Spiritual Philosophy
Thorsons Publishing Group, UK, 1990, p. 151-53.
REFERENCES1. Matt Perman, The Great Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Body
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