Sages of the New Covenant
“Jesus when He had cried out again with loud voice, yielded up His spirit … the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the Earth quaked and the rocks split, and graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raise … when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus saw the earth quake and the things that had happened, they feared saying: “Truly this was the Son of God!”
– Matthew 27: 50, 51, 53, & 54
“It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord:”
– 2 Corinthians 12:1
Swami Sthevananda’s Spiritual journey started long back, when he became closer to Prof. Anto Maria Vincent, his then boss at English Electric. The mystical experiences in the hospital and the events that happened in his life in December 1996, prompted him to have more Spiritual orientation. In 1997, under the mentorship of Swami (Late) Ananthananda, of Ramana Vidya Peedam, Thiruchuzhi, Thamizh Nadu, Master Choa Kok Sui of Institute of Inner Studies Inc., Manila, Philipines, Maa Roxanne Louise of Unlimited Potential Institute, Roseland (NJ), USA, and Swami Sukhabodhananda of Prasanna Trust, Bengaluru, swamiji was exposed to various techniques of meditation and healing.
As the journey into Spiritual sphere expanded, he got in touch with people with similar quest. One was Mr Terence Shenoy, an XLRI product, who emerged into a Holistic Healer, after he overcame diabetics with his self-healing. He suggested a program called Psychic Intelligence, conducted by a Singapore based Ms Chrystal Pillai to swamiji. As the price tag was affordable, he registered for the program.
The venue was an upstairs, in the Richie Street, Madras. When swamiji reached the venue, he felt some strange ambience. The place seemed to be a mandali of one of the famous babas of India. The session started with the introduction of the participants and the Master. She wanted us to go into the half-awakening stage called Alpha -state of the brain (see the diagram to know the frequency of brain waves at various levels of human existence).
The Alpha-state of the brain is achieved by inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly and by focusing on a particular spot (imaginary black dot) at forty five degree angle in the ceiling and then close the eyes, when the eyes get blurred, which happens within five minutes. This state is closer to dream-state. In the Bible, this stage of the brain is referred as a trance-stage (Acts 22:17), which Paul experienced at the synagogue at Jerusalem, after returning from Damascus. at the synagogue in Jerusalem, after returning from Damascus.
After, sometimes, Ms Chrystal Pillai told that some people in this group were not letting their thought to go and suggested everyone to LET GO. After some time, she told somebody was still controlling their mind, which in turn was affecting the group to move any further. After ten minutes, there was a strange noise – waaaaaaaaaaaaaa, followed by another noise indicating somebody had fallen from the chair. Usually it is advised mot to come to the walking consciousness immediately, when we are in Alpha-state.
After five minutes, swamiji opened his eyes and what he saw was unbelievable!!!
The person who had fallen from the chair is none other than the Master herself. It was pathetic scene to see her, as some white fluid was flowing from her mouth. Everyone was helpless. One of the participants Sifu George Thomas, of Fu Sheng Yuan TAICHI Academy, India came forward and he did something and she became normal and the participants broke for lunch.
In the afternoon, she was calling each and every one and had private talk. When swamiji’s turn came, he went inside and sat in a chair facing her. She avoided eye contacts with him and said: “Do you know you were responsible for the morning debacle? Your mental waves were affecting me. I think your Third Eye (spiritual eye) had been opened. I wonder why you are here! This program is not meant for people like you, whose are spiritually awakened. Please do not come for tomorrow’s session.”
Immediately the following verses came into swamiji’s mind:
“Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the Earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. … the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but could not.. So there were lice on man and beast. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” – Exodus 8: 17-19
Even before entering her room, swamiji had concluded that he was in a wrong place. Even, if she had not asked him to excuse himself for the next day session, he would not have come for the following day session. Swamiji smiled at her and told her, saying, “I have no intention of troubling you. I will not come for tomorrow’s session” and left the venue, with the determination to alert Mr Terence Shony, lest he suggest her program to others. Swamiji had every reason to believe that Ms Chrystal Pillai was into something else, other than the true spirituality and equate her to the medium woman of En Dor, during King Saul’s time (1 Samuel 28 3-25).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1
Swamiji was happy that God stopped Ms Chrystal Pillai from programming anything in his subconscious mind. Because of people like Ms Chrystal Pillai, the Christians tend to reject the Meditation, Yoga, Pranic Healing and Reiki. At this point, it gains more significance to give a briefing about the ‘Third Eye’, which Ms Chrystal Pillai had been referring to:
The third Eye is the very powerful tool of the Soul, to See, Feel and Hear the higher frequency (communication system) of the Reality (God). These three functions of soul is called the Third Eye. The Third Eye can see matters in metaphysical dimension. Once, you get it activated, you will get visions of God and can go anywhere in the universe just going inside you. You will be able to see anything being happened thousand miles away. In fact you will get divine sight to see the matter, which cannot be seen by your open eyes.
The THIRD EYE and the Alpha-state are not New Age stuff; but a thing of the Bible, right from Old Testament days. In the Bible, the following people had experienced the vision of the Third Eye at the dream (Theta) state: Abimelech (Genesis 20:3), Jacob (Genesis 28:12), Labon (Genesis 31:24), Daniel (Daniel 2:1-3), Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:20) and Wife of Pilate (Matthew 27:19). During the process of dreaming, everyone had either one of the following experiences or combination of two or more experiences:
- Jacob (Genesis 46: 2-4),
- Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8:5 - and 12:17)
- Daniel (Daniel 9:22 and 10: 11 & 19)
- Daniel (Daniel 7:1, 8:1 & 15, and 10:7)
- Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1)
- Ezekiel (Ezekiel 8:3)
- Daniel (Daniel 10:10 & 18)
Hearing and Seeing:
- Abraham (Genesis 15:1)
- Isaiah (Isaiah 21: 2 & 6)
- Paul (Acts 16: 8 & 9, 18: 9 & 10 and 22: 17-21)
- John, the Revelator (Revelation 1:10-11)
It is most pertinent to note that when Daniel saw the Heavenly Messenger (Daniel 10:7), the people who were with him did not see the messenger of God, as Daniel was seeing him with his spiritual eye. Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount, while talking about wealth, He said the following:
“The lamp of the body is the EYE. If therefore your EYE is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the LIGHT THAT IS IN YOU is darkness, how great is that darkness!" – Matthew 6: 22& 23
In the above verse, Jesus refers only to a SINGLE EYE, which is the Third Eye, which could be opened through meditation and contemplation of God. This is the spiritual eye, through which we truly connect with God and the universe.
Prophet Joel, while referring about the last days of the Earth, he says the following:
“… your old men shall see dreams, your young men shall see visions”
– Joel 2:28
Who are these people, Joel refers on whom God will pour out His Spirit in the next verse?
These are the 144,000 people who are expected to sing the New Song (Revelation 14: 1-3), just before the announcement of God’s Final Judgment (Revelation 14:7).
Revelation 14:1, describe the people, on whose forehead the name of God would be written. The process of writing the name of the God is the process opening of the Third Eye, which is believed to be positioned in the forehead area (in between the eyebrows) of the Outer Body (aura), which is controlled by the Soul, in the similar manner the physical body is controlled by the heart.
When the New Heaven and Earth is created, there will be no nights, no Sun, non lamps, for God (I am the Light of the World) will give His people the LIGHT (Revelation 22: 5) and God’s name will be written on the forehead of all His people so that they could see God. Prior to this, the Revelator talks about two sets of 144,000 living people during the final judgment. One set of living people are said to be from the twelve tribes of Israel; which is very difficult to trace, in today’s context. Another set of living people are those who are mentioned in Revelation 14:1.
If the event happens today, Swamiji wants YOU to be one among the 144,000 living people who would stand before the throne of the Lamb, sing the song, that can’t be sung by others. The pre-requite is opening your Third Eye (writing His name on your forehead). It is time to seek the help of God, so that your Spiritual Eye could be opened.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one that ask receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
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