There are other stories about Jesus Christ in these blogs.
There are two quotes I will refer to. Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” This is from Acts 2:38.
The word repent is poorly understood. Yukteshswar maharaj and Yogananda maharaj have explained it concisely and although I was slow in grabbing the import, the only way to repent is to forego ones “evil” ways. What is the evil way? We have spent birth after birth enjoying our senses and not once have we turned back to God, giving up all pleasures of the flesh. Repent starts when we turn back towards God, giving up the pleasures of the flesh. Giving up the pleasures of the flesh in the imagination is not truly giving it up. To truly give it up, one must turn the prana or the source of pleasure and enjoyment in the flesh away from the senses and back towards God. That is true repenting. When one is willing to do this, then one can be baptized. In the true baptism, we are born again, in the spirit and at that point, everything is turned inside out. Moreover, the divine begins to manifest in one of five ways initially and then later all five ways simultaneously and taking us to samadhi. The five manifestations are – divine smell, divine taste, divine touch, divine light and divine sounds or Nada. The greatest and best manifestation according to Gorakhnath maharaja is Nada. However, one has to be EXTREMELY cautious in the interpretation of the nada. In our egotistic rush of assumption of progress we make the mistake of thinking the bodily sounds as nada but that is not so. The bodily sounds include “tamra”, “throbbing” “Purring” etc. The truest sounds are extremely melodious, produces siddhi and one can listen to them for hours without tiring or becoming forgetful. According to Yukteshwar Maharaj, in the holy science, baptism is when we get immersed in the peculiar knocking sounds of Om. Moreover, in the baptism our thoughts are no longer ours, our emotions, our body they all are outside us, and no longer are we troubled or bothered by them. It is like throwing a pebble in the ocean or at a moutnain – that is how thoughts and emotions appear. As Vivekananda Maharaj said, a mosquito was sitting on the bulls horn and after a while the mosquito said, Mr. Bull, I hope this is not troubling you and the bull said, not at all…invite your whole family!
Thus, when we repent, when we are baptised, the holy spirit descends upon us! The holy spirit being OM, the word which can then descend upon us from the Agna chakra down from sukshma world to the sthula or gross physical world.
In short, this is a perfect description of Yoga where one learns to master ones prana, reverse its flow from the senses towards God, and at that time we can experience being born again or Dwija and progress valiantly towards God.
Another quote is from Mark 12 : 30. This quote was one of the favorite quotes of Vivekananda. He stated that even if all the scriptures in the world gets destroyed and only this quote remains, it is sufficient to lead you to God and freedom.
And you shall love the Lord your God:
- with all your heart,
- with all your soul,
- with all you mind,
- with all your strength,
Here the word to clarify is all your strength and mind. The word strength refers to prana. One must love God with all our prana or strength. This once again means one must offer all of our prana, from all parts of our body to God. This is the true offering and true surrender to God. When we so turn back towards God, repenting as we said above, our prana gets cut off from our senses and ascends the stairs of heaven (sushumna) and goes to God. Our entire bodily strength is our prana. Without the energy of prana the body would not function, not a cell in the body would function, nor would we be able to move, talk etc. Only a Yogi can understand it. This is to be experienced not just have a theoritical knowledge.
More subtly, this verse also shows the interdependence of the mind and the prana and the heart. If one can silence the prana, the mind and the heart (emotions) gets silenced or if the mind gets silenced then the other two gets silenced and if the heart is silent, then the prana and mind gets silenced. This was often quoted by Gurudev, Sombargiriji Maharaj, and by Yogananda Maharaja and Yogendra Vigyani from Shaktipata. I would like to caution the user, please DO NOT mistake prana as the breathing process. If there is any doubt, please read the criticism on Patanjali Yoga sutras by Vivekanada in the book called Raja Yoga.