Review：The baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mahesvara's talisman)
Growl like a lion crouching on the ground, with Mahesvara's one eye on his forehead and a talisman under his elbow to take away one's life.
The law of Moses
Jesus spoke to the people who gathered around him in the temple courts on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. (John 8:12-14)
He meant, "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So am I born of the Spirit. (John 3:8) However, I know where I came from and where I am going. Thus my testimony is valid."
Jesus positioning himself on the absolute axis as a single one (Autogenes), "the Holy One of God," and testified. But in this way, people in this world, who positioning themselves on the relative axis, could not understand his testimony. Thus, Moses displayed the heavenly law on the stone tablets using earthly words so that people could read and understand it. However the law is no longer absolute.
Therefore, Jesus said to them, "(When I position myself on the absolute axis, ) I (preach nothing and) pass judgment on no one. But even if I (position myself on the relative axis and) do judge, my decisions are still right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me. (John 8:15-18)" He claimed that his testimony was still valid on a basis of Moses' law.
The Hindu Gods Shiva Mahesvara, the Lord of the past, present and future, has the third eye, situated in the middle of his forehead, to see things standing on the absolute axis, in addition to the regular two eyes, through which he can see the relative world and also has a talisman to take away one's life under his elbow.
Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), known as the ancestor who rejuvenated the Rinzai ("Linji" in Hanyu pinyin) school in Japanese Zen Buddhism, commented a dialogue between the founder of Linji School LinJi YiXuan chanshi(Zen master)'s one of eminent disciple SanSheng HuiRan chanshi and YangShan-HuiJi chanshi (804-890) who is the founder of GuiYang School of Zen Buddhism, which is recorded in "HuaiAnGuoYu" Case 11, as follows; "Growl like a lion crouching on the ground, with Mahesvara's one eye on his forehead and a talisman under his elbow to take away one's life." The comment warns one, who study this koan (Subjects which Zen masters give their students in the meditation hall), that he may lose his life.
One day, SanSheng chanshi visited YangShan chanshi. YangShan asked, "What is your name?" SanSheng replied, "I am HuiJi." YangShan said, "It's my name!" SanSheng said, "Is it? Then I am HuiRan." YangShan bursted into a roar of laughter. (HuaiAnGuoYu Case 11: Who are you?)
The spirit of truth is Mahesvara's talisman
Jesus continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. (John 8:23)" He meant that he had spoken to them of heavenly things but they tried to understand them as earthly things. They were just not on the same wavelength. "I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins." (John 8:24) However, "If you (position yourself on the absolute axis and) hold to my teaching, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32)" In other words, "If you are baptized with the Holy Spirit and receive the spirit of truth, then the truth will set you free from your life of sin." Before this, Jesus had also said to a woman caught in adultery, "Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin. (John 8:11)"
Jesus also said, "The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. (John 8:29)" He declared the extent of such self-confidence as "the Holy One of God." And his teaching at the temple courts in Jerusalem can be described as a true roar of Mahesvara. However Jesus still began to be deeply distressed and troubled at Gethsemane and fell to the ground and prayed, "Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. (Mark 14:36／Mat 26:39／Luke 22/42)" He also cried out in a loud voice on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34／Mat 27:46)"
When the Jewish feast of Tabernacles, which is observed in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, was near, though Jesus at first declined his brothers' invitation to go up to Jerusalem together with them, he went also after his brothers had left for the Feast, not publicly, but in secret and began to teach in the temple courts. At this point Jesus seems to have already decided to be crucified on the day before the Passover feast which starts on the 15th of the first month of the following year. The Jerusalem church was established by the representatives of the Gentile believers around the Mediterranean coast on the day of Pentecost (the 6th of the 3rd month), just one and half month after the Crucifixion, at the former meeting place of the Essenes, next to the house of Caiaphas, the High Priest and Jesus' brother James was appointed the first bishop. The detailed schedule seems to have been planned up to that time. The rest of time left only a few months for Jesus and he did not return to Galilee anymore after this. Perhaps, Luke and Barnabas are also believed to have been working hard for the finishing touch for the Gentile church headquarters' launch in Macedonia and Cyprus island respectively.
Who on earth designed such grand plan? The High Priest Caiaphas and his father-in-law Annas seem to have welcomed the establishment of Jerusalem Church overseeing Gentile Jews scattered abroad. The Roman governor and the Herod royal family, too, might expect that the revolts by religious leaders would more or less subside through the establishment of Jerusalem Church. However, it is clear that nobody among them had such influence to lead the movement involving the Gentile believers throughout the Mediterranean coast.
Suggestive biblical descriptions
According to the Gospel of John, when Andrew, one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus, brought his brother Simon Peter to Jesus, Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter) .(John 1:42)"
The Gospel introduces this episode after describing the event at Bethany, where John the Baptist gave testimony about Jesus for the clergy who had sent from Jerusalem. Up to this, there is no mention of the name of "John" except John the Baptist, it is logical for us to guess that Jesus meant "son of John the Baptist." And if so, it is understandable why the author of the Gospel of John respected Peter as the leader of the Twelve Apostles.
On the other hand, the Gospel of Mark abruptly describes another episode that a young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, fled naked, leaving his garment behind, when Jesus was arrested at Gethsemane. (Mark 14:51-52) It is believed that this young man is mentioned by the author of the Gospel to indicate that the author himself was a witness of the event.
In addition, the Gospel of Mark also mentions a female believer called Salome as a witness of the events, such as Jesus' crucifixion, disappearance of his remains and the Resurrection, together with Mary Magdalene and others. (Mark 15:40/ 16:01) The female believer named Salome does not appear in other Biblical Canons. However she is depicted as a very intimate female believer who shared the bed and the dining table with Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, one of New Testament apocryphas.(Thomas 61)
While Jesus often withdrew to the Mount of Olives when he visited the temple in Jerusalem, there were a resident of Mary and her sister Martha and brother Lazarus and another resident of Mark's mother on the east side and the west side of the Mount of Olives respectively.
According to the description of the Acts of the Apostles and others, Mark's mother called Mary lived in a house adjacent to the residence of the High Priest Caiaphas. She provided this house as a meeting place to the Essenes initially and to the Jerusalem church later. It is said that Jesus and his Twelve Apostles' Last Supper also took place at the second floor of this house.
By the way, there is a place facing the Mediterranean Sea called Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the south of France. According to legend, after the Crucifixion of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome, Mary Jacobe, her servant Sarah, Malta and Lazarus fled Jerusalem and arrived there by sea. Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome and Sarah made their dwelling among the local people. Thus, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is named for these three people.
Therefore, there is a possibility that the author of the Gospel of Mark mentioned his mother's name implicitly. And if so, it is understandable why Mark, who was not even included in the Twelve Apostles, not only wrote the first Gospel but also dared put critical descriptions regarding Jesus' brothers and his families' lack of understanding of Jesus and contest James the Less and Paul.
However, the Catholic Church seems to equate Salome with the mother of Zebedee's children (James the Greater and John the Evangelist) who is drawn as one of witnesses of the crucifixion by the Gospel of Matthew. (Mat 27:56)
Anyway, these female followers are believed to have played a major role not only in Jesus lifetime's important events such as the testimony of John the Baptist in Bethany, the resurrection of Lazarus and the Last Supper but even in the establishment of the Jerusalem Church.
Jesus' family's tomb and James ossuary
According to the recent report of NYTimes.com, Mr. Simcha Jacobovici, who wrote the scenario for a documentary movie, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" broadcasted on the Discovery Channel in 2007, is making another documentary film regarding an archaeological and geological survey to find connection between the above mentioned tomb existed at the suburb of East Jerusalem and the so-called James ossuary which became a hot topic in 2002.
The burial chamber, which unearthed at a building site in the East Talpiot neighborhood of East Jerusalem in 1980, contained 10 ossuaries with Aramaic inscriptions such as "Joseph," "Jesus son of Joseph," "Mary," another "Mary (perhaps Mary Magdalene)," "Matthew," and "Judah son of Jesus" etc. According to the book "The Jesus Family Tomb" written by Simcha Jacobovici and Charles R. Pellegrino (with a Foreword by James Cameron), though the names of these biblical characters are very common, probability to be found them in a same tomb at the same time is 1/2,500,000 a simple calculation. Even after taking into account of a variety of negative factors, it is about 1/600, the possibility of being Jesus' family's tomb is still quite high.
On the other hand, Oded Golan, the collector, who lives in Tel Aviv, bought an ossuary, bearing the Aramaic inscription "James son of Joseph brother of Jesus," from an East Jerusalem antiquities dealer in the 1970s.
Aryeh Shimron, the geologist, is now trying to make that connection by identifying a well-defined geochemical match between specific elements found in samples collected from the interiors of the Talpiot Tomb ossuaries and of the James ossuary. Mr. Jacobovici and his supporters say that if it could be proved that the James ossuary originated in the Talpiot Tomb would bolster the chances that the tomb belonged to the family of Jesus of Nazareth.
What is "Baptism with The Holy Spirit"?
According to the dialectic of the Gospel of John,
【Thesis】"A man can possess eternal life through accepting testimony of the Son of man and being baptized by him." (John 5:24)
【Anti-thesis】But "The one who comes from the earth cannot accept the testimony by one from heaven."(John 3:32)
How then can a man possess eternal life?
【Synthesis】"If you want to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, you can just go back to the word which was with God in the beginning (John 1:1) and certify that God is truthful. (John 3:33)"
When he said, "You are Huichao," Zen Master Fayan thrusted vivid Self in Huichao in front of his eyes. (P.176)
Jesus said, "Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live."
Salome said, "Who are you mister? You have climbed onto my couch and eaten from my table as if you are from someone." Jesus said to her, "I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father." "I am your disciple." "For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness."
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