John the Baptist

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John the Baptist (late 1st BCE/early 1st century CE) was a Jewish prophet and seer who led a movement of baptism at the Jordan river. He baptised Jesus and is seen by Christians as having prepared the way for him.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has stated that John the Baptist was a realised soul who used the water to raise the Kundalinis of those he baptised (1981-0817, 1983-0203) and who had the authority of the Divine (1980-0611, 1982-0419, 1983-0525).

The people who talk of Baptism, like John the Baptist, he was really a realised soul and when he raised the Kundalini and put the water on the head, he really gave them realisation. That is ‘baptism’. Christian means a baptised person, but not any Dick, Tom and Harry can put his hand on your head and say you are realised. (1983-0203)

Only you will be saved by God if you are authorized. You must get your second birth. You must really get your real living baptism. John the Baptist, he tried it. He tried, didn’t work out, didn’t work out. He was the only person, who was a realized soul. He tried. (1980-0929)

The work of John the Baptist is best described in the Gospel of the Ebionites, one of the early Christian texts that were excluded from the Bible.

It happened in the days of Herod the king of Judaea, that John came, baptizing with the baptism of repentence in the river Jordan. It was said of him that he was of the lineage of Aaron the priest, the son of Zacharias and Elisabeth: and everyone went out to him. ... After the people had been baptized, Jesus also came and was baptized by John. And as he came up from the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove that descended and entered into him. And a voice sounded from Heaven that said: "You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased." And again: " I have this day begotten you". And immediately a great light shone round about that place. When John saw this, it is said, he said unto him : "Who are you, Lord?" And again a voice from Heaven rang out to him: "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." And then, it is said, John fell down before him and said: "I pray thee, Lord, baptize me." But he withstood him and said: "Let it be; since it is necessary that everything will be fulfilled." (Gospel of the Ebionites)

Shri Mataji has said that John the Baptist reincarnated in India as Gagangiri Maharaj (c.1911-2008). (1982-0603, 1984-0818)

Bibliography Joan E.Taylor, The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997); John C.L.Gibson, ‘John the Baptist in Muslim writings’, The Muslim World 45(4), 1955:334-345; John P.Meier, ‘John the Baptist in Josephus: philology and exegesis’ Journal of Biblical Literature 111(2), 1992:225-237; Charles H.H.Scobie, John the Baptist (London: SCM Press, 1964); Robert L.Webb, John the Baptizer and Prophet: a socio-historical study (Sheffield, UK: JSOT Press, 1991); Walter Wink, John the Baptist in the gospel tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968)