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Jesus and Nicodemus. Being Born of Water and Spirit

John 3:1-15
1. Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2. this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3. Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4. Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”
5. Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9. Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10. Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?
11. Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.
12. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
13. No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.
14. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15. so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

Being born from Water

John 3:5 - Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

In the Jewish culture of the first century Palestine ritual washing in water for purification and purity practices were common. John the Baptist was baptizing in water, now come Jesus offering a different kind of baptism: baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Being born from the Spirit

John 3:5 - Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

What does the Spirit represents?
The Holy Spirit (Greek word Pneuma: Pneuma, the Spirit) in the Gospel of John corresponds to the Prana of the Indian tradition.

The Greek word Pneuma (Pneuma, the Spirit) means: a movement of air, the breath, the wind, the spirit.
The Sanskrit word Prana means: the breath of life, the breath, the life force, the wind, the spirit.

The Prana is the life force nourishing the body with pranic energy once the nadis of the subtle body have been purified. Jesus represents the Kundalini Shakti pervading the Prana. The control of Prana using the technique of Pranayama will eventually lead to the merging of the individual self with the Divine consciousness (liberation or immortality).

Tirumantiram 694 - The Way Prana (the breath/life force) mingles in Jiva (the individuated Self) is through Kundalini Sakti of the Tender Vine. Prana pervades the nadis and Kundalini Sakti pervades Prana entire.

This process of breath control is said to start in the Heart center (Anahata chakra). Learn more »

Being born again

John 3:3 - Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The Greek word used in the Gospel of John translated here as "again" also means "from above" (Greek word: From above). In the testimony of John the Baptist, the Spirit is mentioned as coming from above (from Heaven) on Jesus and Jesus is mentioned to be the one baptizing in the Spirit.

John 1:32-33 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’

Being born again from the Spirit in the Gospel of John corresponds, in the Indian tradition, to the Prana (the life force) nourishing the body with pranic energy once the nadis of the subtle body have been purified.

The Son of Man must be lifted up

John 3:14-15 - As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

Jesus, the Son of Man, performing the signs/miracles in Galilee and Judea represents the Kundalini serpent being lifted up the spine in the body (corresponding to the land of Palestine in the Gospel of John) and piercing each chakra (each associated with one of the miracles). The Kundalini serpent will reach Sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head (the "place of the skull" in the Gospel of John - John 19:17) where liberation occurs, associated with the resurrection. Immortality is then achieved corresponding in the Gospel of John to having eternal life. Learn more about the symbolism in the Gospel of John »