Friday, March 12, 2010
Muchalinda, Naga, Kundalini - The Decieving Serpent
Buddhist legend states that Buddhism (enlightenment) was revealed to Gautama Siddhartha under a Bodi tree, by the “king of the serpents” called Muchalinda, the tree incidentally is called a tree of “wisdom, enlightenment”. This tale was originally derived from Hinduism, portraying Naga (the king of the serpents) as the savior of mankind. Buddhism adopted this belief to nirvana with much of the same story, with exception to the outward idolatry, Buddhism symbolizes this worship into “Kundalini”, the inner worship of the snake who “lies coiled at the base of the spine in the chakra known as muladhara and which lies dormant until awakened by yogic and spiritual practices”. The belief is to “awaken and uncoil it to break the ontological plane and attain the sacred center of enlightenment.” According to the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols, by J.C. Cooper; it continues to say, “The symbolism of Kundalini is associated with that of the serpent or dragon and the spine, the world axis.”
Furthermore, when considering the Muchalinda (Naga, Hindu version), the Bhagavatam Purana, the Hindu Bible reveals the stark contrast to the Christian Bible. This is what it says, "While the world was submerged beneath the ocean, God lay brooding on Naga, king of the serpents, as Naga floated upon the waters." Does that sound familiar? How about Genesis 1:2, “God moved upon the face of the waters”. That old serpent (devil) is laying claim to be God by floating upon the waters. Now according to the book, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization, by Heinrich Zimmer, Gautama Siddhartha “never denied Hindu pantheon or broke with the traditional Hindu ideal of release through enlightenment, moksa, nirvana”, which is evidence enough to consider Buddhism Idolatry according to Bible standards.
So who is this Muchalinda/Naga, “king of serpents” responsible for revealing enlightenment to mankind? Meditate on the following:
Hiding in the branches of the tree of “knowledge”, “good and evil”, appeared a serpent to Eve. The deceiving snake told her to eat of the fruit, in opposition to God, “You will not die” he said, “for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” And so the woman disobeyed God, believing the creation rather than the creator –Genesis 3:4-9.
The book of Revelation continues to reveal who this serpent is, Rev 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” This deceiver, after thousands of years continues through his subtlety, to deceive mankind that self can triumph above God, but this is nothing more than a lie bent to divert worship to God and unto the serpent, the devil. The book of 2Cr 11:3 continues to say, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”