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Mariology is the theological study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mariology methodically presents teachings about her to other parts of the faith, such as teachings about Jesus, redemption and grace.
Eve at the garden lead not only her husband; but the whole of humanity to illusion (maya / mithya) that we are not born in the image and likeness of God.. Mother Mary was the NEW EVE, to bear the archetype of Immanuel in her womb, so that entire humanity comes to the awareness of their original form of creation (swadharma). Mary had paid the price for the misgiving of Eve, by bearing the archetype of Immanuel, so that the entire humanity could become Immanuel Conscious. Hence it is irrelevant to blame the woman for all the miseries of today’s world. Jesus says: "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) Hence the following Pauline lines is not aligned to the teachings Jesus and purpose of His advent: "Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says." (1 Corinthians 14:34-35)
During the birth of Jesus, we come across two major characters- one is Herod and another is Mother May. Herod was a symbol of a person / an institution that wants power, position and continuity. Herod wanted children to be killed for his continuity. He did not want any child who could be threat to his position, power and continuity. He was very alert, cunning and ruthless. He gave protection, and security; but only to those who yield to his power and authority. Herod behaved like Kamsa.
Kamsa was born to King Ugrasena and Queen Padmavati. After a heavenly voice prophesied that Devaki's eighth son will slay him, he imprisoned Devaki and her husband Vasudeva and killed all their children; however the eighth son, Krishna survived and was transported to Gokul, where he was raised in the care of Nanda, the head of cowherds. Kamsa sent a host of demons to kill the child Krishna.
On the other hand, Mother Mary is the symbol of a person / institution that gives birth to children for God. She aligned with the plan of God. She had no desire for power, position and continuity. Her only desire was to bear the Child of God. She was powerless and vulnerable; and a giver of life. She was like a nest, in which people were born, protected, nourished and given necessary care, till they become ready to go into life of their own.
Mother Mary was willing to give birth to Immanuel, she must have even prepared to be stoned to death (for getting pregnant, before marriage). The virgin human birth of Jesus was needed to discontinue the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, which most of the prosperity theologians still cling on to. They have not allowed themselves go through the death of a-sat and resurrect as sahaja stithi (natural state of the new Adam) in them. Jesus said that “the foxes have their holes, the birds have their nests, but the son of man has nowhere to lie down and rest”. This is the life-style adopted by the archetype of Immanuel. Those who do not adopt the life-style of this Immanuel, will have no peace of mind, as greed of Abraham and Jacob haunts their mind and leaves at no peace; and in the process they keep the ‘Kingdom of God’ at bay. For the prosperity theologians and their followers ‘Kingdom of God’ is not at hand.
The wise-men of the east who visited the baby Jesus based on the astrological predictions were Royal Zoroastrian sages. Magi is a term, used since at least the 6th century BC, to denote followers of Zoroastrianism or Zoroaster. The earliest known usage of the word Magi is in the trilingual inscription written by Darius the Great, known as the Behistun Inscription. This visitation happened as Jesus is called the Prince of peace (harmony among all religions) and He is born not only for the Jews, but also for the entire humanity. Magis came and worshipped baby Jesus, because Jesus was not an exclusivist; but a universal archetype of an Immanuel. Immanuel born out of Virgin Mary has no connection to the past; but connected to the future – the eternity.
A religion should be like Mother Mary. The belief systems are like a womb of God. A religion needs to conceive, nourish and at maturity it need to give birth the followers into freedom. If the religion retains the followers, even after the maturity inside its womb, then it endanger the life of the Child (followers of a particular faith) and in the process its own existence. People embrace faith and just to stay inside the womb of the religion and then become apologists, a self-assumed role to protect the womb (religion), where as in reality, they die inside the womb; and in this process, religion becomes a Herod.
Every religion, particularly Christianity started its journey like Mother Mary, vulnerable for persecution and the followers had to take shelters on catacombs. When the religion attained the status of a political status, it gave protection only to those who obey the religious leaders. Now the Christian Herods have caged Jesus and confined Him to Christianity alone.
All the religions want to keep all the followers in its womb and never gives birth its followers into freedom. Anyone who hold the views that are not aligned to their belief-system are mercilessly eliminated. Jan Huss (1369 - 1415) was burnt at stake, for translating the Bible in the vernacular language. The greatness of any religion doesn’t depend on how many followers the religion has in its womb; but how many followers it has given birth to into freedom.
A spiritual virgin is one who negates the God of history and gives birth to the God of eternity, which is why God said: ‘let the dead bury the dead’.
God needs spiritual virgins; not Kamsas
When the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2: 13 & 14)
Let this Mother Day be a reminder to the purpose of Jesus' advent - the reconciliation of all the Faiths.
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