The Bread of Life
48. “I am the bread of life.
49. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;
and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
The bread as the body of Jesus
John 6:48 - “I am the bread of life.”
In the Shaiva Siddhanta tradition of India, the Bindu is both the seed/grain (lower Bindu, microcosmic) and the ripened shaft/the bread/Lord's body (upper Bindu, macrocosmic).
Tirumantiram 1886 - Jnanis harvest the Body-field: In the body-field is the Bindu seed, the field has a fence in the crown of the head where the crop ripens.
The bread in the Gospel of John represents the upper Bindu (macrocosmic) of the Indian tradition. The upper Bindu in the Indian tradition is the mantra Soham meaning "I am" and represents the Lord's body.
Tirumantiram 1951 - The fiery Bindu above is Lord's Body (macrocosmic), The Bindu wasted here below is vital Prana (microcosmic).
Tirumantiram 1931 - Bindu is the Divine Swan, So-ham (I am) in the macrocosm.
Eating of the bread will grant immortality
John 6:51 - “If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.”
The movement of the Bindu is closely connected with the circulation of the life energy in the form of the breath. By merging the lower Bindu with the upper Bindu using breath control (Pranayama), the nectar flows and immortality is achieved. This process represents the ultimate spiritual experience as described in the Indian sacred texts: merging the individual self with the Divine Consciousness.
Tirumantiram 1966 - The Swan (the macrocosmic), and Prana (the microcosmic), Bindu is thus two for all; those who realize this and absorb one in other, The Prana (Individual) in the Swan (Cosmic), they immortal become.
Verse 12:24 of the Gospel of John is related to this symbolism:
John 12:24 - “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
The bread is the flesh of Jesus
John 6:51 - “the bread which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
The flesh represents Mamsa, one of the 5 Ms of the Panchamakara. The bread represents the upper Bindu associated with the mantra Soham meaning "I am" and represents the Lord's body (the flesh of Jesus).
In the Hatha Yoga Pradipika the tasting of the Amrita that is produced in the Sahasrara is called the flesh of the cow that the yogin eats. (3:47-49).
- The Yoga of Siddha Tirumular - Ganapathy P 460/461
Khecari Vidya 2:67-68 - The yogin should obtain in the skull union with the supramental state and eat, by means of yoga, the meat that consists of nada and bindu.