As the so called 20th century draws to a close there is much talk about specific dates, unprecedented change and end of Millennium prophecies, all of which can be a bit confusing.
Yet as we count down the final days and seconds we are reminded that time is an exceedingly relative, man made concept.
For example: as the Christian world clock hits the year 2000, the Millennium on the Julian calendar, the Islamic world clock will be chiming 1421 years on the Hegerian-Hijri calendar. For the Sikh-Gurumat tradition it is perhaps only year 531 and within the Judaic tradition the clock will be running at 5,760-61 years. Yet, in the Buddhist world we will be reaching about 2500 years and in the Mayan tradition of South America we will have clocked up 5114 years. For the Parsi tradition of Zarathustra from ancient Persia we might be approaching 2900 years whilst from the beginning of recorded time in the Chinese tradition it will read 4,637 years. In the ancient Indian tradition the tendency is all together different where there is the adoption of a more cyclic view of time, of yugas (ages), of cycles of birth & death. Even so, certain patterns from various traditions do seem to be emerging as follows:
So what does the past say about the present? Well in short-many things. What is intriguing is the faint echo from the past which informs us of a hitherto unsuspected phenomenon, namely the coming of a feminine spiritual personality, a Mother, who will facilitate a collective rebirth. Here are some selected references which allude to this happening!
Predictions about the Spiritual Mother
From the ancient Wisdom of Solomon written some 2500 years back we read: Chapter 6, Verse, 12-17: 6.12-Wisdom is radiant and unfading and she is easily discerned (recognised) by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. 6.13-She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. ..... and 6.16-She goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.
7. 22-24-For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, dynamic (keen), irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits .........................that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.
7.24-For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness.... she pervades and penetrates all things. . 7.25-For she is a breath (wind) of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
7.26-For she is a reflection of eternal light, and a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
7.27-Though she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets:
7.28-For God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom.
7.29-For she is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior,....
8.1-She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.
8. 4-For she is an initiate in the knowledge of God,
8.5-If riches are a desirable possession in life what is richer than wisdom, who effects all things?
8.6-And if understanding is effective, who more than she who is the fashioner of what exists?
8.8-And if any one longs for wide experience, she knows the things of old, and infers the things to come; she understands turns of speech and solutions to (lifes) riddles she has foreknowledge of signs and wonders and the outcomes of seasons and times.
8.16-When I enter my house, (the body/ temple) I shall find rest with her, for companionship with her has no bitterness, and life with her has no pain, but (is)gladness and joy.
8. 17-18-For in kinship with wisdom there is immortality and in friendship with her....pure delight and in labours of her hands, unfailing wealth, and in experience of her company, understanding and renown in sharing her words.
9.11-For she knows and understands all things,.....
And what of Sophia, of Wisdom, of the Holy Spirit, Comforter, Counsellor, Redeemer? Well people say She is here, residing within each and everyone of us as a sleeping potential, an inner life force, known widely as the Kundalini energy. This unique energy resides in the sacrum (sacred) bone. It is said that She can be awakened if one truly desires it so. It sounds like a dream but thats what this music seeks to proclaim and celebrate. Further it is said that the one who resurrects this inner Divine Life Force, en-masse, is the Divine Mother, Goddess, Holy Spirit, who is verily a Comforter, Counsellor, Redeemer.
This inner living resurrection can be enjoyed every day, and each second by those who experience it. Whats more, it is celebrated globally on the anniversary of the opening of the Sahasrara. The Sahasrara is the universal energy centre located at the crown of the head, at the fontanelle, the seventh chakra or highest centre of consciousness, known otherwise as the thousand petalled lotus. It is through this last centre that one is able to connect with the all pervading universal divine that is. On the day it was opened on a cosmic level it is said that the whole atmosphere was filled with tremendous chaitanya (divine life force energy-vibrations) and there was tremendous light in the sky, and the whole thing came on the Earth. Since that day, thousands upon thousands of seekers from every nation have crossed paths with the one who delivers the goods. For as the Ancient Wisdom of Solomon promises: Verse 6. 12 Wisdom is radiant and unfading and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. and ...she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought. Hence the song lyrics: She was also in your City. Havent you heard?
Every year since 1970, the moment when the last centre in our evolutionary assent was opened, great celebrations have been taking place with people gathering from every nation & religious tradition somewhere on the world stage. And the day of commemoration May 5th. Hence, it was a big surprise to find some predictions regarding this particular day, May 5th, for the year 2000, the so called Millennium year.
The Fernbank Science Centre Planetarium of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA have carried out various assessments and concluded that there will be a line-up of planets (heavenly bodies) in the next Millennium. Such line-ups may have only the subtlest of effects upon our lives, so no armageddon type scenarios, please. In short various planets; Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and the Sun and the new Moon will come into alignment with Earth, in a most unique conjunction or union. Momentarily being connected along invisible gravitational lines of energy. Like a cosmic string of pearls. Perhaps this will be a particularly auspicious day. And when? On the precise date of May 5th, 2000. This is mentioned only to spark curiosity, to lead the attention onward, to activate the seeking and questing faculty, to stimulate the desire to know, feel and experience the eternal. Everyone can do it..... if they wish!
All this excitement about the so called Millennium may lead us in the wrong directions. The Millennium isnt a one moment event, if anything it more clearly represents a dawning. As a seed sprouts and promises new growth, so we might look upon the idea of the Millennium. After all, this time business is in essence just a man made concept, and perhaps not too much should be made of it. In any event it is commonly debated that the Julian (Christian calendar) is only accurate to about plus or minus seven years. (So the Millennium could really be anywhere between 1993-2007).
Hence, some say, it is best to stay in the present and tap into that inner state beyond time, the fifth dimension, accessible by achieving a state of thoughtless awareness at the Sahasrara chakra.....otherwise known as the Turiya State or Eternity.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1913 makes the following plea:- Oh! Mother, let my mind awake slowly on the Sacred Shore of the sea, where great souls of the world have come together to offer their pranams. Here with outstretched hands we bow-down to the Divine in human form. In bounteous poetry and in great joy we adore thee. Behold here oh seeker! The mountain of meditation with rivers resounding and dancing to the solemn music of heaven. Adore here your Sacred Mother Earth where great souls have come together on the seashore to offer their pranams. Come oh! Aryans, come non Aryans, come Hindus and Muslims. Come come oh Englishmen, come Christians, come oh Brahmins purify your heart, hold the hands of the down-trodden and out-castes. Remove all ills and disrespect. Come quickly for the coronation (annointing) of the Mother, Blossomtime is indeed here! This is the season!
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