Friday, January 20, 2017

Bible - Man's Users Manual - The Parables - The Mustard Seed

Hey Guys

There is one thing that is very good to know in the bible regarding the life of Jesus, there is no mention of his adolescent age, his youth, his growing period as man.

What does that mean?

Simple, the rest is left to you. Your decision, your plans, your experiences. But whatever it is, it is solely your responsibility. It is made by you, all the circumstances you are currently facing.

Its like the rising and setting sun, the plant growing and dying. Its a cycle, if you do something, you will have to face the consequences good or bad. So now Jesus comes in front of the public at the age of late 20s and early 30s.

He didn't just get out of His house and started His work. He prayed on the hill top for 40 days without food and filled Himself with the Spirit of God, by baptising Himself in the river Jordan, then He started his public life.

Now, that's trouble!!!! Imagine all the people, either on the mountains or dipping themselves in the river before any venture? We human Beings are good at making resolutions and breaking them the very next moment, so if we decide to do something, we are going to pray, to give us the strength and then after the necessary prayer and the anointing of ourselves with the Spirit of God, we face the world and that is where we should have the capability to stay strong.

The world is the best place to break our Self. So the mountain where the Bible says is the Ego and we should be above the ego to be in contact with God. And the anointing happens when we are humble. Bend low over the depth of our soul

He is more wise and He knows, what He has come here for. Even if He was a man, he obeyed His mother because, His father had passed away while He was young. The best proof of His obedience to His parent is the first miracle in Canaan, changing water into wine.

You might be wondering, why Jesus called His mother "Woman", instead of mother or mom or whatever every child calls its mother with love and respect.

Jesus called His mother Woman because it's a designation - A Woman is lady without Sin. Its like calling Mr. President. Its a mark of respect. Before, there was only one woman before Mother Mary, it was Eve. God created her with her own hands. But Mother Mary became the mother of Jesus by choice. You know, when Archangel Gabriel introduced himself and informed Mary about the wish of God, she didn't say, "Let me think. She said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word."

That is how she is chosen as the Woman. So, if the Son of God calls His mother, Woman, then it is with utmost respect and reverence. 

In the Bible, there is one thing you should know, don't take in the literal sense or materialistic sense or human sense, its far deeper and each and every person should gain wisdom in this lifetime to know the real meaning of what the Bible says.

Jesus, in his public life said lots of parables, it was all easy to understand because its all the parables, the common man is in contact in his daily life. But the meaning is crap when we take it in the literal sense of the words.

One such parable, The Mustard Seed

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Well, truly, don't we have an iota of faith? Nothing!!!! its preposterous. According to what Jesus said, we would have seen mountains flying all over the place, right. But why isn't it moving? Don't we have faith even the size of the Mustard? That small a seed?

That is the beauty of the parables of Jesus. The exact meaning is, cut the mustard seed and you can see, that there isn't even a micro space within, That is what Jesus meant, if you have faith without any doubt, then surely, you can move the mountain.

So never take the parables of Jesus in the literal sense because that would not make sense. 

But to get the in depth knowledge of each parable, then you really will have to gain wisdom, which is a gift, to those who ask God.

Hope the Bible can guide you through the right path. I will explain the parables  one by one each day because that is an important factor in our day to day life. That is why Jesus used day - to - day things in the parables in the User's manual of Man. So that we can reach God. 

See you.

Meena

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bible - Man's Users Manual - Parents

Hey Guys

When you are a child, if your parents are spiritual, they will surely make you to pray to God, no matter whatever reasons you put against it. You are in a phase where you have been introduced to God. You either go to Church, Temple, Mosque, Gurudwara, etc.... on a daily basis or weekly basis or monthly basis, according to the circumstances. From childhood to youth is a long time and that is how it was for Jesus too. That phase of His life is explained in two simple sentence.

"Then he went down to Nazareth with them (He was 12 yrs old at this time) and was obedient to them." 


"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men"



When you live obedient to your family, I have found that the children are much more focused and live wisely. They become stronger, both physically and mentally. That is an important message I would like to pass, to all children. 

"Obey and Respect unconditionally your Parents and Elders"

My sisters-in-law, they are 4 of them. They are very hard working, very neat and clean, very systematic and they never have any work backlogs. And when they come to the ancestral home, they do help me a lot because I was with their parents. But one thing I have found is and which I never liked is, they respected their father and humiliated their mother. 

Well, their mother gave them cause for it, for sure. She never keeps her clothes clean. She always makes them dirty and she is just like a child. After eating, she never washes her hands, just wipes it on her dress. She mixes the spoons of different curries, which results in the food going bad. She was indeed a nightmare. But their mother, who was my mother-in-law hated me, real hated me, I was the one and only person who received the brunt of all her anger, hatred, etc..etc... I love parents, whether it is mine or others also, I really do respect them. So I never complained whenever she harasses me, which was everyday, I just accepted it and did what was right, never complaining because if ever. I remember, she throwing all the food, just to spite me, but never once I complained. Anyway, her daughters whenever they come from their husband's place criticized her for her actions and they do not even look around whether somebody else is hearing.

In the end, my mother-in-law asked forgiveness to me for her actions, and after two weeks she had a stroke which resulted in her passing away. You know, during that time, my mother-in-law said, "Child, I have always wondered, why all my children are angry with, even for once, I have never felt loved and to you, I have harassed you so much, still you didn't complain. Why are my children against me, is it because I am dark complexioned. Is it because I have no education?"

I felt sad, I really do not know the answer to this because, for me, its a new experience to see a child talking roughly to their parents. Yes, they had their reasons, but for me there was only one reason, why our parents need our respect. Do you want to know what?

They took care of us, in their own way, when we were born, educated us, clothed us, gave us food, fulfilled our needs. They could have thrown us in the streets, that they didn't do. So, a simple thank you would not be sufficient for all the hardships they faced. And I would respect all the elderly, no matter, whether they are good or bad.

And you know, what these daughters are facing, their children are humiliating them. Seeing the way, the children treating them I really felt bad. But that is how it is. Each and every action you do to your parent is accountable because, God gave them to us, so that they are the right people for us and give them the respect and privilege they are entitled to their position.

So as the Bible says,

Live with your family (father &/or mother) obeying them. Then you will grow in wisdom and stature in favour of God and man.

Hope you understood.

See you.

Meena