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Jesus Walks on Water

John 6:16-21
16. Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea 17. and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capharnaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18. The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. 19. Then, when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. 20. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21. So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

The Walking on Water miracle corresponds with the Vishuddha chakra of the Indian tradition located at the throat level.

The symbol of the sea

John 6:16 - Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capharnaum.
John 6:18 - The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.

In Indian thoughts the mind is compared to an ocean while the thoughts and emotions represent the waves. One is invited to quiet the mind (calm the waves of the stirred up sea) and cross the ocean of birth and death (saṃsara) with the aid of the divine boat of transcendental knowledge in order to reach the shore (liberation) and have access to the nectar of immortality.

Crossing the ocean and reaching the shore ends the cycle of birth and death. The stirred up water of the sea is a symbol for an agitated mind and is associated with the poison of ignorance leading to the creation of karma. The poison represents suffering and pain we undergo at the beginning of spiritual sadhana. This poison needs to be purified and transformed into the nectar of immortality.

The symbol of the boat

John 6:21 - So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

After crossing the ocean of birth and death (saṃsara), the divine boat of transcendental knowledge reaches the shore of Moksha (liberation from the cycle of birth and death) and the nectar of immortality flows.

The symbol of the fear

John 6:19-20 
Then, when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
Tirumantiram 363 
And high amidst the surging flood the Lord stood. The mortal ones rushed to the surging waters in trembling fear; The Lord then said to them: "Fear not! you shall be saved.

The cultural traditions that originated in India motivate people to seek refuge at the Feet of the Lord by evoking a sense of fear and this fear is described as the fear of "Samsara". Samsara portrays the picture of life’s journey as a tedious, difficult and challenging crossing of an unknown and treacherous ocean. Indians seek Lord’s protection to reach the shore and complete the journey across the ocean.

The symbol of Jesus walking on water

John 6:19 - Then, when they had rowed about twenty-five or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.

In the Indian tradition the grace comes when the Guru plants his feet on the head of the devotee to end his birth cycle. In the walking on water miracle, the sea represents the mind/head of the devotee and Jesus walking on the sea represents the Guru planting his feet on the head of the devotee.

Tirumantiram 1451 - So, do take refuge under the Holy Feet of the Lord. Then shall you cross the roaring Sea of Karma, And safe reach the Shores of Beyond.
Tirumantiram 1597 - He placed his Feet on my head and I saw the end of my birth cycle.

The Guru’s feet are the two elements in the mantra So’Ham which means “I am”. The response of Jesus translated in English “It is I” is found in the original Greek text as “I am” (Greek text I am).

John 6:19-20 - they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”

The symbol of the darkness of the evening

John 6:17 - It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.

The nectar and poison originate from the Hindu episode of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk in which gods and demons churn the ocean to obtain Amrita, the nectar of immortal life. Many things came out of the ocean including the nectar of immortality and poison. Siva drank the poison which became lodged in his throat giving him the name Nilakantha, or dark-throated one. The Walking on Water miracle corresponds to the Vishuddha chakra of the Indian tradition located at the throat level.