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Eureka magazineIgnorance Is Bliss
But Bliss Is Not Ignorance
by Shri Bal Bhagwan Ji

In this world if you were able to live in a simple way, in a simple environment, living in nature, not knowing so many things, one could live in peace. For such a situation, there is a saying, "Ignorance is bliss." If you are ignorant of the world you remain undisturbed because you are not pained by the matters of the world, you don't suffer them. So if you are living in a natural environment, a simple environment, then only a few things are necessary.

But we are living in such a sophisticated, complex environment, where everything has been attuned to attract our mind, to pull our mind. When you go onto a city street what's happening is that so many things pull your mind, are even deliberately there to attract your mind. Perhaps it's a person, or how that person dresses, or maybe a showcase, case, or a new car, everything is pulling your mind. Our mind has been,stretched a lot and it is an expanded condibeen stretchedhy in New York people feel that they need something spiritual, because their mind has

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Did Jesus Die on the Cross?
His Life Was Preserved by Myrrh & Aloes

This article is not meant to offend any religious group. Rather it is hoped that it will promote a greater understanding of the Biblical truths.

Many sanyasis (recluses), fakirs and hermits of the far East have been well known for their various feats. They not only have control of their mental activities, namely alpha waves, but have demonstrated a full control of the body as well. Scientists have recorded the yogic control of the involuntary actions of the heart and brain with electro-cardiograms and EEG's. For experiments yogis have allowed themselves to be submerged in graves where they have existed up to seven days without food, water or air.

In many ways this state of trance (samadhi) can be likened to the state of hibernation. The temperature of the body decreases and the heartbeat and breathing rate both decrease radically. Numerous folklore and mythology persist about people who in this state of trance completely lose consciousness of the body. One story tells that a man in that state was unaware that termites were using his body as a basis for their nest.

Various siddhis (supernatural powers) were achieved by meditators who could return to their bodies after being pronounced clinically dead. From Indian history we have just such an example. Lord Shankara, who was the greatest exponent of the Vedic and Upanishadic wisdom, toured India to debate against ritualistic practices. While on his triumphant journey he met Mandan Mishra, one of the greatest pundits of Karam Kanda (the sect of ritualistic practice). Shankara with his powerful philosophical arguments defeated Mandan Mishra. Afterwards one question was put to him by the wife of Mandan Mishra. She asked him if he could tell what the pleasures of marriage are. Since Shankara was a celibate and had never experienced wedlock he could not answer her question. Therefore he asked for time to find out the answer. He, himself could not

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Shri Hans Ji Maharaj:
The Need of a Master

Eureka magazine Every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being in the end, will attain the state of perfection. Whatever we are now, is the result of our acts and thoughts in the past; and whatever we shall be in the future, will be the result of what we think and do now. But this shaping of our own destinies, does not preclude our receiving help from outside; nay, in the vast majority of cases such help is absolutely necessary. When it comes, the higher powers and possibilities of the soul are quickened, spiritual life is awakened, growth is animated, and man becomes holy and perfect in the end.

This quickening impulse cannot be derived from books. The soul can only receive impulsesfrom another soul, and from nothing else. We may study books all our lives, we may become very intellectual; but in the end, we find that we have not developed at all spiritually. It is not true that a high order of intellectual development always goes hand in hand with a proportionate development of the spiritual side in man. In studying books we are some time deluded into thinking that thereby we are being spiritually helped; but if we analyze

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Ignorance Is Bliss …

been totally stretched. And they can intuit that spirituality is concentration. They realize that it has become very, very difficult to unite their mind, to see one thing and accept it. That is why introspection is necessary. A person must experience how weak he is, how unable to control his mind he is. Becuase people don't even understand that.

Velocity of the Mind

Now, the reason is that the velocity of the mind is very high. Because everything in the world is vibrating, everything. Solids are vibrating, the molecules are vibrating, the electrons are revolving around the nucleus. You see on the level of liquids the electrons are revolving more speedily, in the state of gas they are faster, in the state of plasma they are even faster. So everything is vibrating in this universe. The human mind is also vibrating. That's why many people say, "My mind is freaking out," or, "My mind is wandering, my mind is unstable." These phrases all point out that the function of the mind is movement: flying, walking, going, roaming in the air, going to different things. Now, all the material things that we have, have a lesser vibration, and the vibration of the mind is much higher, much, much more than that. So, these concrete things, these grosser things, the physical things, because their velocity is much lower than the velocity of the mind, that is why the mind is not satisfied with them.

Eureka magazineClose All The Outlets

So that is why, in this world, first of all we have to close all the outlets. Once we close all the outlets, then we can actually experience energy which is revealed to us by Knowledge, by initiation, by the technique of spiritual insight, and once we get the technique of spiritual insight, then we take the mind, unite the mind with energy and then we have that perpetual bliss, the peace within. Because Jesus said, "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you," it's not outside, it's within. So, in order to experience that, we have to go within, not outside. We have to go within. And to go within we have to close everything, shut everything off, and just be introverted. That is why being introvert in meditation is a must. The example in Bhagvad Gita is of a turtle. Krishna says if you touch a turtle , what happens? In order to seek shelter, he does not run away because he is very slow. So, what he does, he takes all his limbs and he withdraws his limbs, he hides them under the shell. In the same way, a yogi withdraws all his senses and becomes introvert.

Now let us examine the human body, what happens in the human body. Human body has eyes, ears, taste, sense of touch, all these things are there, and these are more like the windows. I'm sitting in the room, I want to look out, I have to go to the window.

These sense organs are more like windows, and through these windows the mind goes out and experiences the entire panorama of creation. Now if we close our windows, one after the other, what happens? The mind says, "Okay, I can't go outside, I can't see outside." That's why, in meditation, we close our eyes. We close our ears.

But simply doing introspection, closing your eyes, you don't experience anything.

Now what happens when a person is taking a picture? A photographer is taking my picture, he has the camera in his hand: Now if that camera is moving up and down he will not be able to take my picture perfectly. That picture will be blurred or it will be spoiled. So in order to take a perfect picture he has to hold that camera completely stationery. In the same way, when a person is meditating, the mind becomes the camera and the object becomes the energy of God, the cosmic energy, or the universal spirit or universal energy. So when the mind takes a picture first of all the mind has to be stationery, it has to be concentrated. If the mind is moving up and down, there'll be no experience of God, and that's what happens to many people. But when the mind becomes stationery, through meditation, through concentration, then the mind is in a position to take pictures of that universal Spirit.

So that is why, in order to experience, to get the experience we have to understand that we have to make this mind stationery, which is very important. Now, a yogi sits in meditation posture, and his laboratory is right inside, he's like a scientist, because he's seeing and he's testing all the phenomena, he's testing all the spiritual realities, all the laws, within. His laboratory is right there. And a scientist who takes up different chemicals, different physical things, different salts, his laboratory is right outside in the physical world. So now there's a spiritual world and there's a physical world. A yogi or a sadhak—a sadhak is a person who meditates—is like a spiritual scientist, and his laboratory is right there inside himself. I'll give you an example, and this will illustrate, this will tell you what's the essence in our body.

Something Is Saying Wow

I was in Copenhagen, and this communist came to me and he told me, "We understand your spiritual discourse, it's good, you talk about peace and we all appreciate that, but the talk about God, I cannot comprehend it, because I don't believe in God." So I said, "Okay." My question to him was, "Do you believe in yourself?" He said, "Of course." I said, "Do you really believe that you are existing?" He said, "Yes." There was a second person, and he was more like an intellectual, he wanted to be a logician, and he said, "No, no I am not existing." I said, "Okay, you give me your hand," and I gave him a tight pinch, and he says, "WOW!" I said, "Something is saying WOW, something is experiencing the pain, isn't it? So that means something is existing. Now call that something you, so that means you are existing." And he said, "Okay, I understand now," and he kept silent. Now I said, "Okay, we all understand that we exist, we know that we are here in this world. Now just simply close your nostrils, like that, and close your mouth." So as I directed him he followed my instructions. He closed his nostrils and mouth like that, and after a moment he said, "Bal Bhagwan Ji, I'm suffocating."

I said, "Okay, breath in the air." He breathed, he took the air inside, he inhaled air and then he closed his mouth. After a moment he said, "I am going to die now; I have to exhale." So I said, "Now you want to exhale and inhale, and without this process of exhaling and inhaling you will die, you will cease to exist. Now this process is so important to you. Nobody knows this, nobody understands that. But this process is the basis of existence, the fundamental of existence of your life. If you don't complete the process, the cycle, you will die. Now my question to him was, "Do you know what your breath is?" Because everybody, whether you are black, white, Puerto Rican, or maybe Indian, or American Indian or Asian Indian, anybody, you breath. Breathing is a common phenomena. Animals breath, cats breath, even plants are breathing, everything is breathing. Now scientists are sayingthat even the sun is breathing. And finally they'll discover that the entire solar system breathes. And that's true.

Secret of Breath Part Two by Shri Bal Bhagwan Ji

If you go to India you will find many people who know the entire Vedas by heart. The reason is, they never had anything to preserve it. So, in order to preserve the scriptures, their holy books, they had to learn them by heart. And that's how chanting got into fashion. Just like, when we were small, we troubled our grandmother and we used to say, "Please tell us a story." She used to tell a story that once there was a king, and there was a queen, and they married each other and they lived happily ever after. That was the story that we learned. But I think people all over the world also know similar stories. We have listened to such a story, we have memorized it and we repeat it again and again. But, really, in order to concentrate our mind, we have to have something more powerful, more subtle than that. In the Upanishads, there's a beautiful story that all the organs of the body, all the senses of the body were in conflict. The eyes said that, 'I am the master of the body.' The ears said that, we are the master of the body,' and all the organs were having a big fight.

So finally what was decided was that the eyes will go for a period of time, and if the body could not sustain itself without the eyes then the eyes are the most important, and they'll be hailed as a master of the body. So the eyes went out; they departed the body. They came after some time and they saw the body surviving. They saw the body living. So the eyes said, "Oh body, how did you survive without us?" The body answered and said, "Just like a blind man." Then the ears went out, and they returned after a time and said, "Oh body, how did you survive without us?" The body replied, "Just like a deaf man." And all the organs were going out one after another, but still the body was living. But when the breath, when the vital spirit, when the cosmic energy departed, the eyes started failing to see, the ears couldn't hear, the nose couldn't smell, the mouth couldn't speak, the hands couldn't move. At that point they all accepted that breath was very, very important; breath was the master of the body.

Now, whether I might be a Hindu, or a Christian, or a Moslem, or a Buddhist, or a Tibetan man, or anybody; maybe I'm an atheist. But there is one thing universal, and that is breathing, this breath. And that is why, in the old testament, it has been said that God made man from the dust of the ground, and he breathed into him the breath of life, and man became a living soul. So what is important is that breath of life that God breathed right inside us. And that breath of life makes the difference. Without that, minus that the body is dust, and nothing else.So, really, we have to understand that breath. You could be from any denomination, you could be from any religion, you could be from any school of thought, or any philosophy, but everybody breathes. And in this breath, there is a power that

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Secret of Breath … Continued

Eureka magazine is manifesting. We go to sleep, we still breathe. We talk, we are breathing, we sleep, we do anything, and that breath is still there. And this breath is a constant meditation.

If we really know the secret of the breath, if we really know the formula of the empirical of the breath, then we can really tune ourselves into God. So this breath is a very important factor. And I think whether you are black or white, or of any denomination, or of any color, you know, everybody breathes. Even the plants breathe. So this breath is a very, very important thing.

And I think, in order to realize God, one must know the secret of the breath. See, in the gospel of John, it is written that, "In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God." It's a beautiful sentence. It's a beautiful realization that John spoke of. And it means, in the beginning was the word. If I'm speaking different words, all the words are coming from my mouth. And what are they? If you analyze them scientifically, then all those words are just vibration and nothing else, because my vocal chords are vibrating, then what happens? The molecules in the air vibrate. Then the diaphram inside this microphone vibrates, then the speakers vibrate, and the vibration goes into the air, the air molecules vibrate, they touch your eardrums, and your eardrums begin to vibrate, and you hear my sound. So, all the . words are ultimately vibration. But when Saint John says, "In the beginning was the word," he means in the beginning was a primordial vibration. Now, many people think, maybe, what's that? See, in Hebrew, the name for God is Jehovah. In Hindi, the name for God is Bhagwan, or, Allah, or Brahm, Parabrahm. In Urdu they call Him Allah, or in Hindi Avatar. But these are after the language was formed. After speech was formed. But that vibration was before the creation. And if you really study this scientifically, you will understand that everything in this universe is vibrating, and nothing else is there, just vibration. See, when scientists discovered an atom, they found that in the center was the nucleus. And the electrons were revolving around the nucleus. In the same way, the sun is like a nucleus in the center, and all the planets are revolving around the sun. In the same way the electrons revolve. But really, that force, that moves the electrons, is a primordial vibration. Because, inside us, all these atoms, all these molecules inside us, contain billions and billions of atoms. And all the atoms are vibrating. And finally, they sum up, and they make us breathe, they make us live. We have this consciousness, and with this virtue of consciousness, we can become conscious of ourselves.

A divine sign will be seen in the sky and that miracle will prove that the Almighty God, or Bhagwan has reincarnated. Verily, verily, the Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya will take birth on this earth precisely in the year 1951. Several times Narayana (i.e., Lord Vishnu) will come in the Dark Age. He is the only God to worship. Who will understand the mystery of my word except the wise?

Bhabishyat Malika, verses 95, 96, 97

Need of a Master
… Continued

the effect of the study of books on ourselves, we shall find that at the utmost, it is only our intellect that derives profit from such studies, and not our inner spirit. This inadequacy of books to quicken spiritual growth is the reason why, although almost everyone of us can speak most wonderfully on spiritual matters, when it comes to action and the living of a truly spiritual life, we find ourselves so awfully deficient. To quicken the spirit, the impulse must come from another soul.

The person from whose soul such impulse comes is called the Master, the teacher; and the person to whose soul, the impulse is conveyed is called the student. To convey such an impulse to any soul in the first place, the soul from which it proceeds must possess the power of transmitting it as it were, to another; and, in the second place, the soul to which it is transmitted must be fit to receive it.

The seed must be a living seed, and the field must be ready ploughed; and when both these conditions are fulfilled a wonderful growth of genuine religion takes place. The true preacher of religion has to be of wonderful capabilities, and clever shall his hearer be, and when both of these are really wonderful and extraordinary, then will a splendid spiritual awakening result, and not otherwise. Such alone are the real teachers, and such alone are also the real students, the real aspirants. All others are only playing with spirituality. They have just a little curiosity awakened, just a little intellectual aspiration kindled in them, but are merely standing on the outward fringe of the horizon of religion. There is, no doubt, some value even in that, as it may, in course of time, result in the awakening of a real thirst for religion: and it is a mysterious law of nature that, as soon as the field is ready, the seed must and does come, as soon as the soul earnestly desires to have religion, the transmitter of the religious force must and does appear to help that soul.

There are, however, certain great dangers in the way. There is, for instance, the danger to the receiving soul of its mistaking momentary emotions for real religious yearning. We may study that in ourselves. Many a time in our lives somebody dies whom we loved; we receive a blow; we feel that the world is slipping between our fingers, that we must become religious. In a few days that wave of feeling has passed away, and we are left stranded just where we were before. We are all of us often mistaking such impulses for real thirst after religion; but as long as these momentary emotions are thus mistaken, that continuous, real, craving of the soul for religion will not come, and we shall not find the true source of our spiritual nature. So, when ever we are tempted to complain of our search after the truth that we desire so much, proving vain, instead of so complaining, our first duty ought to be to look into our own souls, and find whether the craving in the heart is real.

There are still greater dangers in regard to the transmitter, the Master. There are many who, though immersed in ignorance, yet, in the pride of their hearts, fancy they know 'werything, and not only do not stop there, but offer to take others on their shoulders and thus the blind leading the blind, both fall into the ditch. "Fools … dwelling in darkness, wise in their own conceit, and puffed up with vain knowledge, go round and round staggering to and fro like blind men led by the blind." (Mund. UI., I, ii .8) The world is full of these. Everyone wants to be a teacher, every beggar wants to make gifts of a million dollars; just as these beggars are ridiculous, so are these teachers.

Herbs For Anger by Mildred Jackson

Worry and fear are major causes of disease, and psychosomatic illnesses are as painful and uncomfortable as organic ones. In fact, anxiety over disease can not only make you think you are ill, but can actually make you ill!!

Many of us worry about major misfortune and, in doing so, create stresses which deplete our reserves of vitamins and minerals. If your body is allowed to function properly you will not only be less likely to think about being ill, but your natural resistance will protect you from sickness. Alfalfa or red clover, taken daily in tablet or tea form, will restore a high level of resistance. Colds, flu, and even children's diseases such as mumps and measles can be avoided if the body resistance is kept high.

Anger, dissatisfaction and negativity inhibit the body's ability to function naturally, and create an atmosphere within the body conducive to disease. Hateful thoughts do enormous harm to your system. Worry, anger or hate can produce up to 1 pint of acid per minute in the body. So prolonged negative thoughts create a tremendous chemical imbalance in the body. Approaching problems with a calm and collected attitude will do wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing.

A few beneficial herbs for relaxation of the body and brain—

A) Chia seeds help to calm the nerves. They may be made into tea or added to salads or cooking. To make a tea, use 1 teaspoon seeds to 1 cup boiling water. Drink 2-3 cups per day.

B) Basil is good for the nerves. Use 1 teaspoon in 1 pint water. Sip slowly during the day to calm tension.

C) Parsley tea is a mild sedative and contains nourishing vitamins and minerals. Use 1 teaspoon parsley to 1 cup boiling water or eat the fresh herb. Take as often as needed.

D) Lemon juice and water sipped throughout the day will help tone the sys tern and calm the nerves. Use the juice of 1 lemon in 8 ounces of water. Repeat up to six times.

E) Sage tea helps to revitalize the brain and improve concentration. Sage supplies oxygen to the cortex of the brain. Use 1 teaspoon sage to 1 cup boiling water and steep 3-5 minutes. Drink freely.

F) Garlic and onion used plentifully in the preparation of meals provide continual natural sedatives.

"Believe nothing, o monks, merely because you have been told it … or because it is traditional … or because you yourselves have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be conductive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings—to that doctrine believe and cling and take it as your guide.

—Gautama Buddha

A Case Of Drunken Elephant

There was a king. He had a beautiful elephant, very strong, very potent. So, there was a festival, a celebration, and at these celebrations they would feed wine to the animals. So he gave a lot of wine to the elephant, the elephant drank all the wine, and he became intoxicated. He couldn't recognize his master. So when the king came, the elephant simply ran after him, to kill him. The king started running, running, running. He couldn't find anything but a big well, but when he looked down he saw that there were many snakes, many scorpions. So instead of fighting the elephant, he simply grabs a root hanging down into the well. Then he thinks to himself, "Oh, I'm safe and sound now." He looks up and the elephant's eyes are red, like fireballs, and he's just right there, looking down. The king then looks down, and he sees all the scorpions are very excited, they want to devour him. Then the king says, "Oh, I am sandwiched, I am totally sandwiched." He looks up again and what he sees is there is the root hanging, and he's holding onto it, but the root is being totally devoured, eaten up by two mice. One is white and one is black, and they are eating that root, they're slowly gnawing it away.

And this is happening to everybody, it's happening to you also. Because we celebrate in this world, we feed the mind with a lot of material intoxication, a lot of material wine, so the mind doesn't understand the master; the mind says, "I am the master," and the mind begins to chase and we run, run, run, and we fall into the well. When we fall into the well, right there is the mind, right down below is hell: the depression, the despondency, all the vices are right there. Then we look at the root, and two mice, one white and one black are nibbling at it. Those mice are day and night. One is the white one, which is day, and one is the black one which is darkness, night. So day and night are cutting your life span, each second is flipping faster and faster. There is no slow motion to life, you can't slow it down. The point is, you have to control the source, you have to control the elephant. Don't feed him with wine, stop that. That's when the mind simply charges you, it doesn't recognize you. The mind simply follows you and you run.

So this is why Knowledge is a must. We always talk about Knowledge, because people need a simple term. We need to be simple, even though we want to be complicated. We don't understand simplicity, so we let our minds go into being complicated. Only Knowledge is simple.

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Did Jesus Die on the Cross? …

get married as he had taken a vow of celibacy, so he solved the situation in a very unique way. He left his body and entered into the body of a prince that had just died.

This idea of returning to life after supposedly being dead is not limited to the mysticism of the far East. In Book X of The Republic, Plato describes just such an incident. After any battle in which Greeks had died it was the custom of the Greeks to retrieve the dead so that they could be cremated. After one such battle, a man named Er was among the dead that were placed on the funeral pyre. Just before the fire was to be lighted however, Er got up and walked down from the pyre much to the astonishment of the Greeks. Even today the scientifically unexplained phenomenon of people living after being pronounced dead persist.

Jesus the Christ, who was born in Bethleham, was the greatest master of all times. His early youth has been described in the Bible. However in the Bible there is a big gap between the time of his youth and the start of his teaching. Various other gospels like the Gospel According to Phillip and the Gospel According to Thomas shed light on this gap. According to the Aquarian Gospel He travelled the far East learning the mystical and occult teachings.

Later Jesus came to John the Baptist, who himself was widely travelled and was a knowledgeable mystic. John baptised Christ and it was after his baptism that "the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3: 16,17.

Jesus being widely travelled was aware of many mystical practices and he declared to his disciples the union that he had achieved with God saying, "I and my father are one." John 10:30. In its truest sense this union is none other than Yoga, for Yoga means the union between man and God. Jesus the Christ showed many powers of healing and casting away of spirits. These were a few of the many supernatural powers that the master had. Exorcism and spiritual healing stem from the power of siddhis (supernatural powers). Jesus who performed such feats was known by his disciples to do miracles. Those with little association with Jesus had no understanding of what he did at that time.

The baptism of the spirit was an initiation that the Master imparted, which was to be aware of the spirit. "That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of spirit is spirit." John 3:6. "God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24.

His laborious work of propagating his teachings came to an abrupt halt by his crucifixion. This subject has been discussed much but understood least. Jesus Christ's trial before Pontius Pilate ended when Pontius Pilate washed his hands in water and said, "I find no fault in this man." Luke 23:4 Pilate also knew the dreams of his wife telling him to have nothing to do with Jesus. (Matt. 27:19) Pilate personally was favoring Jesus but he was forced by public opinion to send him for crucifixion. St. Mark tells us that Joseph of Aramathea approached Pontius Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus the Christ and Pilate "marvelled if he were already dead." (Matt 15:4) Only when a centurion confirmed that Jesus Christ was dead did Pontius Pilate allow the body to be taken away. St. John speaks more fully on this point.

"The Jews therefore, because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be carried away. Then came the soldiers and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came thereout blood and water. And he saw that it bare record, and his record is true, that ye might believe. For these things were done that the scripture might be fulfilled. A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look upon him whom they pierced.

And after this Joseph of Aramathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury." (John 19:31-40)

It seems Jesus did not actually die on the cross, rather through his great spiritual powers he entered a state of trance that only appeared as death. Let us more fully examine the details of this claim.

We have seen that the idea of reviving from clinical death is not uncommon. It can happen in one of two ways. Either a person is inexplicably revived from death or, a spiritually advanced person consciously controls this phenomenon. We find this occuring in various times and cultures.

John tells us that the Jews requested the legs of the crucified persons to be broken.

This was done to assure the death of those being crucified. The Roman soldiers seeing the thieves alive broke their legs, but left Jesus Christ because he had all the appearances of death, being in a trance.

When the soldier pierced Jesus Christ's side however "forthwith came there out blood and water." A corpse will generally not bleed unless it has been only a short while dead. A body will bleed even if it is in a state of deep trance. It is also appropriate to remember Pilate's surprise that Jesus was dead so early.

Now after Joseph of Aramathea retrieved the body, Nicodemus came with about a hundred pounds of Myrrh and aloe mixture. They then wrapped Jesus in linen clothes with these spices. What are the properties of these spices?

Jethro Kloss, the author of Back to Eden claims that aloes are very useful for any kinds of sores on the surface of the body.

Linda Clark, the author of Get Well Naturally, tells a story of the miraculous pain relieving and healing qualitids of aloes. Jethro Kloss speaks also on myrrh acclaiming its antiseptic, stimulant and vulnerary qualities. (Vulnerary according to Webster' s New World Dictionary means "used for healing wounds.") He claims its effectiveness for all exterior wounds and even gangrene, and that it is one of the best remedies and very healing.

Actually Joseph of Aramathea and Nicodemus understood Jesus Christ's power of spiritaul trance and, knowing that he was not dead, retrieved his body and wrapped it in the healing ointments so that it would be rejuvenated when Jesus the Christ came out of his trance.

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