1.Ohm Shri Brahmaputraya namaha: Oh Lord, The Son of God, we praise you.  2.Ohm Shri Umathyaya namaha: Oh Lord who is born of the Spirit, we praise you.3.Ohm Shri kanni sudhaya namaha: Oh Lord who is born  of a virgin, we praise you. 4.Ohm Shri tharithra narayanaya namaha: Oh Lord who became poor for our sake,    we praise you.  5.Ohm Shri vidhiristaya namaha: Oh Lord who is circumcised, we praise you.6.Ohm Shri panchagayaya namaha: Oh Lord who bore five wounds on your body, we praise you.7.Ohm Shri vruksha shul aruthaya namaha: Oh Lord who offered yourself as a      sacrifice  on a  trishool-like tree (three headed spear), we praise you.8.Ohm Shri mruthyam jaya namaha: Oh Lord who got victory over death, we praise you.9.Ohm Shri shibilistaya namaha: Oh Lord who willingly offered your flesh to be eaten by  your saints, we praise you. 10.Ohm Shri thatchina moorthyaya namaha: Oh Lord who is seated by the side of the Father, we praise you.11.OhmShri maha devayaya namaha: Oh Lord who is Lord of lords, we praise you

                The festival of Shivarathri is celebrated by keeping a vigil throughout that night to thank god who had saved a hunter, who lost his way in the jungle. The Bible says that the Lord kept a vigil on the day of Passover and delivered the people of Israel from Egypt. In remembrance of this day and to honour the Lord, the Israelites in turn keep a vigil on this night every year. 

            On this day, God instructed Moses to mark the main doors of their houses and the top and two side posts with the blood of the lamb, which was sacrificed by each family, as a mark of identification for the purpose of protection. These same markings with the red powder can be seen in every Indian house, even today.

                Another practice of the Hindus is to have a red powder dot mark or a long mark on their foreheads in between their eyes.  In festival days they always tie a red thread on the forehand. This they call Raksha Bhandan (Covenant of Salvation). The Bible says, It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt Exodus 13:16.

            The ritual of dipping in holy rivers by devote Hindus during Kumba Melas in our country is done with the hope of cleansing oneself from his or her sins. This has been the practice in the bible and it is known as water baptism. Mat 3:6 And they were baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Mar 1:4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. They were to repent, and be baptized in reference to the remission of sins. Repentance prepared the soul for it, and Baptism was the type or pledge of it.

            While on a journey, Jacob slept for the night by keeping a stone as a pillow and dreamt, seeing angels of God ascending and descending on a ladder set between earth and heaven, and the Lord stood above it and blessed him. Next morning he took the stone, and set it up as a pillar, and poured oil over it,and he named that place as Bethel (house of God). In India also one can see the stone anointed with oil is being worshiped as “Shivalinga”. 

            In the Bible, God told Moses to bring a red heifer without spot and kill it as a sacrifice for the Lord. Her skin, her flesh, blood and dung shall be burnt. This ash will be mixed with water and will be sprinkled on the body of the people, for the purpose of purification from their sins (Num. 19:1-9). 

            During the Vedic period, three different kinds of sacrifices were in practice. 1.Nara(human)medhya(body)yagna(sacrifice),2. Ko (cow) medhya yagna,3.Aswa (horse)medhyayagna. For Ko medhya yagna, the cow should be a red one. Even today, if a Brahmin wants to do some ceremonial duty in his house, he will look for a red cow and do pooja before it. The sacrificial cow has now become a sacred cow, because cow is no longer sacrificed by law.  Therefore, people burn only the cow’s dung and they collect these ashes and mix it with water and apply it on their body or generally on their forehead as “Viboothi”.

            In most of the Hindu temples, there is a pillar big or small in front of the temple, which is called “Yupa stamba” which was meant for tying the sacrificial animal, and there is an altar on which the sacrificed animal will be burnt to ashes. The three headed fork which is now called as “trishool” was used to position as well as to turn the animal’s body on the altar because the altar should not be trampled by anyone. Now since the sacrifices have been stopped by Government order this trishool has been kept standing in front of the temple and the yupa stamba in some places have become the flag mast and the stone image of the sacrificial animal (normally a bull) is also kept by the side of the altar.

            In addition, to collect and store these ashes, several types of vessels were used. In the Bible the Lord told, “you shall make its pans to receive its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its fire pans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze” (Ex. 27:3). Similarly in the Indian temples also, all these vessels are made out of bronze. 

            In the Bible, the priest, should be wearing the robe with golden bells so that, its sound shall be heard as he enters the holy place to minister the Lord and comes out of it. In the Indian temples also, when the priest goes inside the holy of the holiest place for prayer, he makes the sound of the bell and comes out with the sound of the bell.

            He should have his undergarments from the waist to the knee while offering sacrifices to the Lord. The priest should mention the name of the family and then sacrifice.  He should wear an engraved plate on his turban saying,”Holy to the Lord” (Ex 28:31-43). Similarly the Indian priest also wears a piece of cloth from his hip to the knee over his clothing.  When the people bring their offerings to God, he always asks them on whose name should it be offered?

            Because of the commandment that every food offering shall be seasoned with salt (lev2:13), it has become a practice to keep salt first at the time of feast. As it is required by the Bible that a lamp shall burn continually before the Lord (Leviticus 24:2,4), we see in the Indian temples also a lamp kept burning all the time.       

            As the Bible says, that “God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24)”, the Yazur Veda also says, Nathasya prathima asityasya nammahastha(32.3)”, God has no image and His name is Holy. Also Mythreyi upanishad 2:26 says, “Pashanalogamani moonmayavigrahashi pooja punarjanana bohahari mumusho tasmatati: swahdayarja nameva kuyarta hayacharam parihareta punarbhavaya”, all those who desire to have salvation without taking several births, should worship God in spirit and truth.  

            The Bruhat Aranyaka Upanishad says, Vagyo vai  Brahma, the word is Brahma (creator). Brahmavindu Upanishad says,Shabdo vai Brahma, the voice is Brahma and “Shabdaksharam Param Brahma”, the voice and word became absolute God. TheYazur Veda 32:45,46 says, Poorvam Purusham Jatam, which means in the beginning Purusha was there. The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... and the Word was made flesh (Jesus)”.

            The sages believed in the trinity by saying God is sat, chith and ananda which is Sachidananda Sat means truth, chith means knowledge and anand means joy.  When a person comes to know the truth by Godly (spiritual) knowledge, he enters into eternal joy. In the Bible God is portrayed as Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. By knowing the truth (God) and accepting His Son Jesus Christ as our Savior, we can have the quickening of our spirit through His Holy Spirit and live for ever with the Father in joy and peace.

            We have seen the requirement of self realization in the Vedas i.e. the realization of the self (Purusha) who is the life (Jeeva) for the soul (aathma) is in us or part of us. To attain this stage, yoga, meditation and raising the kundalini etc. are being tried. According to Gnan Vidhi teachings, for self realization, a living enlightened medium in the form of an Avatar (Gnani Purusha) is required. Jesus Christ is that avatar and only through his sacrificial blood, our soul can realize this self, be justified and reconciled with the Holy and Just God, and attain Mukti (salvation).

 

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            Man has always been treating sin as a misfortune, not a crime; as disease, not guilt; as a case for the physician, not for the judge. Herein lays the essential differences of all religions or theologies. They have to acknowledge the judicial aspect of the question, and that man’s many elaborate solutions to the problem which has perplexed the race since evil entered have all been unsatisfactory. 

            The preference which man has always shown for his own theories, a poor discernment of the evil forces with which he professes to battle; a very vague perception of what law and righteousness are; a sorrowful ignorance of that Divine Being and His eternal Holiness and Justice; have brought about complete spiritual blindness on the entire human race.

            God is the Father; but He is no less a Judge. God loves the sinner; but He hates the sin. God has sworn that He has no pleasure in the death of a sinner (Ezek 33:11); yet He has also sworn that the soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezek 18:4). Which of the two oaths shall He keep? Shall the one give way to the other? Can both be kept inviolate? Can a contradiction, apparently so direct, be reconciled? Which is more unchangeable and irreversible, the vow of pity or the oath of justice? 

            Law and love must be reconciled; else the great question as to a sinner’s relationship with the Holy God must remain unanswered. The one cannot give way to the other, both must stand. The reconciliation, man has often tried have always been in the direction of making law succumb to love.

            But both law and love have triumphed in the reconciliation, God has accomplished. The one has not given way to the other. Each has kept its ground; nay, each has come from the conflict honored and glorified. Never has there been love like this love of God; so large, so lofty, so intense, so self-sacrificing. Never has law been so pure, so broad, so glorious and so inexorable.

            John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Rig Veda also says, “Santhakaram purakasayanam, pathmanabam suresham, vishwakaram mekavarnam lakshikanthan yogikirtham vandal bishnumbam, survalokayika” which means that, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life. 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

            Law and love have both had their full scope. They have been satisfied to the full; the one in all its severity, the other in all its tenderness on the cross,  for God has made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him 2Corinthians 5:21. Love has never been more truly love, and law has never been more truly law, than in this conjunction of the two. God’s honor has been maintained, yet man’s interests have not been sacrificed. God has done it all; and He has done it effectually and irreversibly.

            It is this judicial settlement of the case that is God’s one and final answer to man’s long unanswered question; “wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (Mic 6:6-7). 

            Not only this reconciliation between law and love is provided by a legal process, but also the verdict is given in favor of the accused, and he is clean absolved - justified from all things. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Isaiah45:6that people may know, from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.

            The consent of parties to the acceptance of this basis is required in court. The law consents; the Lawgiver consents; Father, Son, and Spirit consent; and man, the chief party interested, is asked for his consent. If he consents, the whole matter is settled. The verdict is issued in his favor; and henceforth he can triumphantly say, “It is God that justifieth; who is he that condemneth?”

 

 

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       Romans 3:23 declares that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;Romans 6:23 the wages of sin is death; Hebrews 9:22 and according to the law almost all things are purged with the blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Romans 5:8 But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

             Leviticus 17:11 for the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. 1John 1:7 The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanses us from all sin. John 14:6  am  the  way,  the  truth  and  life;  no  one comes  to the  Father  except  through me.

            Romans 10:9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Mark 8:36For  what  shall  it  profit   man,  if  he  shall  gain  the  whole  world,  and lose his  own  soul? People in Hell right now, would give anything for the chance that you have at this moment to get saved.

SAHASRANAMAVALI ACKNOWLEDGES  JESUS  CHRIST:

1.Ohm Shri Brahmaputraya namaha: Oh Lord, The Son of God, we praise you.

2.Ohm Shri Umathyaya namaha: Oh Lord who is born of the Spirit, we praise you.

3.Ohm Shri kanni sudhaya namaha: Oh Lord who is born  of a virgin, we praise you. 

4.Ohm Shri tharithra narayanaya namaha: Oh Lord who became poor for our sake,

    we praise you.  

5.Ohm Shri vidhiristaya namaha: Oh Lord who is circumcised, we praise you.

6.Ohm Shri panchagayaya namaha: Oh Lord who bore five wounds on your body, we 

     praise you.

7.Ohm Shri vruksha shul aruthaya namaha: Oh Lord who offered yourself as a 

     sacrifice  on a  trishool-like tree (three headed spear), we praise you.

8.Ohm Shri mruthyam jaya namaha: Oh Lord who got victory over death, we

     praise you.

9.Ohm Shri shibilistaya namaha: Oh Lord who willingly offered your flesh to be

     eaten by  your saints, we praise you.

10.Ohm Shri thatchina moorthyaya namaha: Oh Lord who is seated by the side of

     the Father, we praise you.

11.OhmShri maha devayaya namaha: Oh Lord who is Lord of lords, we praise you.

VIVEKANANDAR PRAISES JESUS CHRIST IN GNANADEEPAM:

            
All of us should worship the Lord Jesus Christ as our God who took the form of a human being.  We must have a close relationship with Him to reach Moksha (Heaven). Because He is the only God who is above all gods (sudar7, page270). He forgave those who crucified Him. He bore all our sins. He says “Come  unto  me,  all  you  that  labour  and  are  heavy  laden,   will  give you rest”. He gives peace to all (sudar2, page372). If a person accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord, his soul is changed. He will become like Jesus Christ, and his life becomes holy (sudar 4, page600). 

 

PURUSHA SUHKTA AND THE SACRIFICE OF LORD JESUS:

    Yagnene yagna majyanta devah-h  Taani dharmani pardamaani assan
    Tcha naakam mahimaana-h sachandae Yatra poorvae saadhya-h sandhi evah.

Those who worship the Lord who was sacrificed in heaven and submit themselves to Him as a living sacrifice will enter heaven and live forever.

1.  JESUS CHRIST WAS WITHOUT ANY BLEMISH:

            In the Bible it is written, “Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf” (Levi 22:20).  “In Him (Jesus Christ) there was no sin I John 3:5, who did not sin 1Pe 2:22, who knew no sin 2Co 5:21”.

2.  JESUS CHRIST WAS SEPARATED FROM THERS:

            The Bible says, “the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe” John 19:2, thus separating Him from others.

3.  JESUS CHRIST WAS REJECTED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE:

            John 1:11Jesus Christ came unto His own, and his own received Him not. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not (Isa53:3). 

4.  JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED SILENTLY:

            Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open his mouth. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before the shearers is silent. 1Peter 2:23 when he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to the Father who judges justly.Luke 23:34 and Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

5.  JESUS CHRIST WAS TIED: 

            Ps. 118:27 says, Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Jesus Christ was tied to the pillar (Yupa stamba) which is in front of the temple and was lashed with the whip forty times, before He was crucified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

6.  JESUS CHRIST’S BLOOD WAS SHED:

            This was fulfilled in Jesus Christ when he was nailed to the cross, and blood and water came out when He was pierced by spear on the side after he was lashed forty times with the whip having seven heads embedded with pieces of bones and lead shots which tore the flesh on His back. Heb 9:12,22, He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but entered the most holy place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Without shedding of blood there is no redemption.                   

 7.  JESUS CHRIST’S BONES WERE NOT BROKEN:

            In the Bible, Exodus 12:46 says that the bones of the animal should not be broken.  Three hours after crucifixion, “when they (soldiers) came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs” (John 19:33). 

8.  JESUS CHRIST ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD:

            God raised up Jesus Christ the third day, and shewed him openly (Acts 10:40).But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept (ICor. 15:20).

9.  JESUS CHRIST GAVE HIS BODY TO BE EATEN:

            At the last supper Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and offered it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many, for the forgiveness of sins” (Mat.26:26-28).

10.  JESUS CHRIST WAS GIVEN TO ALL:

            “He who did not spare His own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also, along with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

 

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