The Holy Spirit and the Tree of Life (Human Subtle Energy System)
In terms of the Tree of Life, the Christ Consciousness becomes manifest, when the River of the Water of Life, which is the energy of Kundalini, awakens and flows, thus clearing and cleansing the person's psychosomatic system
Our Father has planted a beautiful tree,
Whose evergreen branches His children behold;
They walk 'neath its shade in the City above,
Whose gates are of pearl and whose streets are of gold.
We may eat of the beautiful tree of life,
That stands in the midst of the City so fair;
We may eat of its fruit and be healed with its leaves;
No hunger, no sickness, no sorrow is there.
Beside the pure river of crystal it grows,
And yieldeth its fruit every month, we are told;
Its leaves for the healing of nations designed,
The nations who dwell in that City of gold.
The hand of the Savior will wipe every tear,
And banish forever the darkness of night;
Sweet anthems eternal that region shall fill,
The Lord is its glory, the Lord is its light.
Christ Jesus spoke about how we need to be connected to the Tree of Life, if we are to bear much fruit. He explained this in terms of a parable about the Vine and the branches:
"I am the Vine; you are the branches. They who abide in Me and I in them; they bear much fruit, but apart from Me [Christ Consciousness] you can do nothing." (Christ Jesus - John 15:5)
[Christ Consciousness, which is also called collective consciousness, is the true light that enlightens every human being that comes into the world. In terms of the Tree of Life (the Psychosomatic System or Subtle System), the Christ Consciousness becomes manifest, when the River of the Water of Life, which is the energy of Kundalini, awakens and flows, thus clearing and cleansing the person's psychosomatic system, so they become 'whiter than snow'. Through the Grace of God, the person's spirit is healed when they are raised to the Kingdom of God within. However, it is only possible for the Christ Consciousness to manifest within human beings in the first place, because of this very inbuilt subtle system, that the Bible calls the Tree of Life! As the psychosomatic system is the Mind/Body system, here is some information regarding the Nervous System, which is the electrical conduction system of the body, over which the Kundalini energy flows in its own energy channels, in order to enlighten it, with the Light of God, so that the person becomes 'Christ Conscious', which means that they become part and parcel of the Body of God... that is, "collectively conscious"]:
"The Nervous system is the electrical system of the body. It connects the brain with the organs. It is an internal communication system that relays signals with short electrical impulses. The Nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and the nerves. The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves, which extend to all parts of the body. The brain and spine make up the central nervous system. The skull and spine are designed to protect the central nervous system. Our nervous system helps our body to respond to the environment. Our nervous system is the center for consciousness, memory, reasoning and emotions. Health issues related to the nervous system are stress, insomnia, depression, headaches, anxiety, nervous disorders and multiple sclerosis."
"Inside every human being there is a network of nerves and sensory organs that interprets the outside physical world. At the same time, within us resides a subtle system of channels (nadis) and centers of energy (chakras), which look after our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual being.
At the base of the spine, in the triangular bone called sacrum (the ancient civilizations knew that there is something sacred about this bone) resides the most subtle spiritual energy, dormant in most of us, called Kundalini. Self-Realization is the awakening of this energy through the central channel, piercing each of the energy centers and emerging at the top of the head (fontanelle bone area) as a gentle "fountain" of coolness. The word fontanelle itself means "little fountain" which shows again the ancient knowledge about this phenomenon of Self-Realization.
Though Self-Realisation was the goal of all spiritual traditions of the world, very few were able to achieve it. In these modern times, Shri Mataji has made it an en-masse phenomenon through the spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini that takes place in Sahaja Yoga."
"Nadis are subtle conduits of pranic lifeforce energy. There are thousands of nadis in the body, fourteen of which are considered to be principal and three the Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna the most important. Of these three principal nadis, the Sushumna is also known as the great nadi, whose subtle interior or hollow passage is the channel for the movement of the Kundalini.
The sushumna is situated within the spinal column in the interior canal, and extends from the 1st Chakra - the Muladhara at the base of the spine all the way up to the 7th Chakra - the thousand petalled lotus at the top of the brain.
To the left of the Sushumna is the Ida and to the right is the Pingala. The Ida and Pingala entwine the Sushumna from left to right and right to left in the movement upward going around the Chakras (very similar to the spiraling configuration of the body's DNA structure). It is also interesting to note that the American Medical Association uses an ancient metaphysical symbol of two entwining snakes rising upward around a central staff, indicative exactly of the healing and liberating power of the Kundalini's upward ascent within the human body."
[The theme of the Tree of Life in the Bible carries right through from Genesis to Revelation. It seems clear though, that God has kept the knowledge of the Tree of Life, that is, the knowledge of the Human Subtle System, from the mass of humanity, until this present Time of Resurrection (and Last Judgment) in which many have already experienced their bodily resurrection. This bodily resurrection happens when our physical 'corruptible body' is changed in the twinkling of an eye, to an 'incorruptible body' that leads to our having eternal life. According to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, our genes are changed in this twinkling of an eye, when the Kundalini arises in us! It can only happen, while we are still alive in our physical bodies. If this did not occur while we are in our physical bodies (just like Christ was in his physical body), it would not be considered a resurrection! This is the Resurrection!]:
"When the Kundalini rises, She pierces through the fontanelle bone area and connects us to this all-pervading power of Divine love, which is doing all the living work for which we do not need to pay. We are not obliged and in no way do we even think about it. Thus, this vital power starts flowing within our being and all our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems are solved, as our genes are put in order." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—book, Meta Modern Era - 20 September 1995)
[As stated above, the theme of the Tree of Life in the Bible carries right through from Genesis to Revelation, and until this present time, the knowledge of the Human Subtle System (the Tree of Life) seems to have been kept from human beings, until the appointed Time of Resurrection, when mankind would be able to partake of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever]:
"The tree of life is a theme which spans the globe and permeates the great religions of the world. The Bible begins in Genesis and ends in the book of Revelation with the tree of life. In Genesis we are told that God forbade man from the tree of life:
Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever" ...He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22; 24)
So we see that God is keeping man from the tree of life, or that is, He is keeping man from partaking of the tree (understanding it) until an appointed time. In the book of Revelation the tree of life is given twelve fruits and we are told that whoever partakes of the tree will gain life everlasting:
Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him; they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place. And behold, I am coming soon." Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. (Revelation 22:1-7)
So we see that the tree of life is to be explained at the time of the second coming of Christ."
[Here is John the Revelator's account of an angel showing him these things, at the previous dispensation of God's Grace]:
"And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. And he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who heed the words of this book; Worship God." (Revelations 22:8-9)
[What the angel revealed to John the Revelator about the subtle energy system within human beings, at the last dispensation of God's Grace, was obviously not common knowledge at that time, or the angel wouldn't have had to reveal it! However, we know what it means today! The angel had revealed to John about the Kundalini, which is (the River of the Water of Life), about Sushumna Nadi, which is (in the middle of its street) and about the Ida Nadi and Pingala Nadi, which are the channels for the flow of energy (on either side of the River)... all of which are part of the Subtle Energy System, that is the (Tree of Life) within human beings!!!]:
"And he [the angel] showed me a River of the Water of Life, clear as crystal, coming from the Throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall no longer be any curse; and the Throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads." (Revelations 22:1-4)
[There is a very interesting correlation between Shri Mataji telling Sahaja Yogis about the "twelve Deities" and the angel showing John the Tree of Life's "twelve kinds of fruit". Here is what Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi told Sahaja Yogis]:
"You've all the "twelve Deities" there, working for you, so realising it, is the meaning that you must have complete faith in yourself." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—Puja Talk—Margate, England—08/10/89)
[Here is what the Angel showed to John the Revelator]:
"In the middle of its street and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life bearing "twelve kinds of fruit", yielding its fruit every month [in cycles] and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Revelations 22:2)
Upon Kundalini Awakening, the Deities that reside on each chakra, awaken and take their 'crowning seats' at Sahasrara, which is at the crown of the head. All the "twelve Deities" that Shri Mataji says are working for us, spontaneously emit their respective spiritual qualities within us. This is very reminiscent of the "twelve kinds of fruit" on the Tree of Life, which the angel showed to John!
According to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the Deities sit on the crown of the head at Sahasrara, which is the area around which the leaves of the 1000-petalled-lotus revolve, in their living array of breathtaking colour! The various aspects of Deity are 'built-in' within us! This is why it says in the Bible, that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit!
"SAHAJA YOGA" is the science of our subtle human body, which explains how the very desire of being united with God is built-in within human beings as the "KUNDALINI SHAKTI" which creates them [human beings]. Our human body is created in the form of Virat, The Great Collective Being [Body of God]. The various aspects of Deity are also built-in within the human body. These manifest in the form of the nervous systems (Nadis or channels, that is, the network of energy flow) and Chakras (wheels, the subtle centers of energy). These deities control the organs, the vital functions, physical, mental, emotional and the spiritual well-being of every person. The Chakras represent the different stages of human evolution and each shines forth the particular qualities of the Virat. On each Chakra, resides the controlling Deity who incarnated to manifest those qualities of the Collective (The Virat)."
"Kundalini is the desire of God. It is not the desire "for God"; it is the desire "of God itself". So it can only be awakened by that "desire of God" within you, that is being blessed. And the desire of God is the Shakti [Holy Spirit Power]. The desire of God is that He loves you and His desire is to give you all His powers and all His loving capacity. This is His desire. It is placed within you [in the sacrum bone] and is dormant, so when it rises, His desire is fulfilled. And that is how you get your fulfilment." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - Formal Talk, "Sahaja Yoga the Maya Yoga" - London, England—11 November 1979)
"Each of the seven chakras has several spiritual qualities. These qualities are intact within us, and even though they might not always be manifest, they can never be destroyed. When the Kundalini is awakened, these qualities start manifesting spontaneously and express themselves in our life. Thus, through regular meditation, we become automatically very dynamic, creative, confident and at the same time very humble, loving and compassionate. It is a process which starts to develop by itself when the Kundalini rises and starts to nourish our chakras."
[The Bible also lists some of these spiritual qualities, which manifest spontaneously, when the desire of God is awakened in us]:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23a)
[According to Shri Mataji, Wisdom itself becomes activated in us, when the Deities are with us]:
"Wisdom itself is active, because the Deities are with you, and whatever happens to you, they are before you. Nobody can harm you, nobody can touch you. You are so protected that [if] anyone tries to harm you, immediately there is a protection. Also your own protection is there, as I said, that [happens because] you jump into thoughtless awareness." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—Diwali Puja Synopsis—Cabella, Italy—10 November 1991)
[In Proverbs, it is said, that nothing compares to this Wisdom, which is the 'Tree of Life' within the person]:
"How blessed is the person who finds Wisdom, and the person who [therefore] gains understanding. For Her profit is better than the profit of silver, and Her gain [finer] than gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with Her. She is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of Her and happy are all who hold Her fast. (Proverbs 3:13-15;18)
[The Psalmist agrees]:
"And they will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither, and in whatever they do, they prosper." (Psalm 1:3)
[The angel also revealed to John, that any curse [sin/karma] would be taken away, as the Throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it!]:
"And there shall no longer be any curse; and the Throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads." (Revelation 22:1-4)
[However, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi does warn that]:
"Once you get the realization, the 'Chiranjivas' surrender to you. They are watching you. You are their responsibility. All the deities are awakened in you. If you do anything against the deities, immediately they will harm you. [For example], if a person who has got realization, goes to a place which is not to be seen or which is not to be felt or which is not a good place, or to a fake Guru, immediately he will feel heated up. If he does not run away and if he still goes on, he will lose his vibrations and he will become like any other ordinary person. (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - Advice NY 14)
"By the practice of "Sahaja Yoga" the great energy (Shakti) is awakened in you and you achieve "Self-realisation" which is the ultimate aim of human existence. Without this, the meaning of life is incomplete and its purpose is lost. So it is the duty of every body to get self-realisation in this lifetime and free one self from great illusion, ignorance and diseases in these modern times. "Sahaja Yoga" is a unique discovery. It is a technique to lead oneself into the next stage of evolution. It is not just a philosophy or another spiritual revival, but is a practical way to become aware of the Divine, which you might have heard of, but never known earlier. It is not a religious mumbo-jumbo but an actual and verifiable scientific method to prove the existence of the All-pervading power of God. You feel this power in your central nervous system after self-realisation. Many people have already felt it. As a rational human being you may also try and benefit yourself. The immense benefits of "Sahaja Yoga" start manifesting in you immediately after you achieve self-realisation. You become relieved from all tensions of life. All your problems get solved and you enter into new dimensions of peace and joy. "Sahaja Yoga" is the gift of SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI to humanity. All the Saints and Divine incarnations that came on this earth advocated knowing this power, which is the ultimate truth."
"The Absolute power (Kundalini Shakti) has already become manifest in millions of people all over the world and transformed their lives. They are enjoying the kingdom of God on earth. Therefore for a seeker of Truth it is important to get his self realization (rebirth) and experience the thoughtless awareness. Then be begins to feel cool vibrations of the Divine on top of his head and palms of hands. After this experience, one must stabilize one-self by learning and practicing more and more the science of "Sahaja Yoga" at home every day and also attend regular session of weekly meditation at the center located in one's city."
[Therefore, as Shri Mataji also says, it is now high time to jump from that little area to the vast area, which has no bounds!]:
"Now it is high time to jump from that little area to the vast area, which has no bounds. And once this happens, you will be surprised that all these petty little problems will drop out, in the ocean of greatness! Don't indulge into them, but leave them in the hands of the tree, so that all your small petty problems will be looked after by that nourishing force. Because you belong to a tree of great wisdom... a tree of great sustenance and religion... and a tree of great mastery... such a great mastery, that you can never know how great it is! You belong to a tree that has complete security for you and you belong to a very great tree that gives you complete witnessing of the drama and which gives you understanding that the Whole is a part and parcel of you, and that you are also a part and parcel of the Whole." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—Talk to Sahaja Yogis—Lausanne, Switzerland—25 August 1983)
"A new age has now started, which is called the Age of Aquarius; (Khumba) meaning the pitcher carrier of spiritual holy water, that is the work of Kundalini. The activity of the Kundalini is like the sap of the tree that rises and nourishes all the parts of the tree and does not get stuck at one flower. Moreover these are special times. This is the Resurrection Time!!! The Last Judgment is done by the Kundalini. On the fingertips, one can feel oneself and can judge oneself. Moreover, the all-pervading power has become very activated, so that the Kali Yuga ([Modern Times) is passing into the Krita Yuga of (the activated all-pervading power of) Brahma Chaitanya. This is helping the en-masse enlightenment and self realisation. After this, will be Satya Yuga (Age of Truth). We have to take advantage of this activity of the Brahma Chaitanya by always correcting oneself with the all-pervading power and achieving our realisation and establishing it. After such a state, a person becomes very dynamic and compassionate. His race, sex, nationality and age do not hamper his dynamic life." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—first small English book—chapter 2 — Vishwa Nirmala Dharma)
"So you belong to the great ocean of love and generosity. So this great Tree of Life has everything integrated within itself! This is the Tree of Life that has been described in the Bible, the 'tree of fire' they call it. Now you have to become One with it. You are blessed by it. You are loved by it. You are gently guided by it. It's so gentle that you do not even feel the guidance, which is like a leaf which silently falls on to [holy] ground. Try to identify yourself with that power. That is what you are. Like the meaning of the word is identified with the word, like the moonlight is identified with the moon, like the sunlight is identified with the sun... let the identification be that oneness, that integration... that you become the light of God's love... that people will know God through your depths and your fruits. It is the most fulfilling job... the highest paid in every way, the most satisfying, energy-giving and dynamic! You don't have to give up anything - just be organised in the light of your Spirit!" (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—Talk to Sahaja Yogis—Lausanne, Switzerland—25 August 1983)
"We see all these beautiful flowers and trees and fruits, and all kinds of living work happening, all kinds of seasons changing, and we do not even think: "Who does all these things?" There is the all-pervading Divine power of love, also called Ritambhara, which does all these miraculous things, which we take for granted and never even think about it.
When the Kundalini rises, She pierces through the fontanelle bone area and connects us to this all-pervading power of Divine love, which is doing all the living work for which we do not need to pay. We are not obliged and in no way do we even think about it. Thus, this vital power starts flowing within our being and all our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems are solved, as our genes are put in order." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi—book, Meta Modern Era - 20 September 1995)
"She is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of Her and happy are all who hold Her fast." (Proverbs 3:18)
[spiritual understanding and gender emphasis based upon Shri Mataji's teachings]