It Was The Wind That Gave Them Life.

Dear All,

Below are Navajo words of great wisdom and beauty.


It was the wind that gave them life. It is the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow we die. In the skin at the tips of our fingers we see the train of the wind, it shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were c r e a t e d.


The Creation of the People
Dine (Navajo), Southwest United States

Late in the autumn the people heard the distant sound of a great voice calling from the east. They listened and waited, and soon heard the voice nearer and louder than before. Once more they listened and heard it louder still, very near. A moment later four mysterious beings appeared. These were White Body, Blue Body, Yellow Body and Black Body.

The gods told the people that they would come back in twelve days. On the morning of the Twelfth Day the people washed themselves well. Then the women dried their skin with yellow cornmeal, the men with white cornmeal. Soon they heard the distant call, shouted four times, of the approaching gods. When the gods appeared, Blue Body and Black Body each carried sacred buckskin. White Body carried two ears of corn, one yellow and one white.

The gods laid one buckskin on the ground with the head to the west, and on this they placed the two ears of corn with their tips to the east. Over the corn they spread the other buckskin with its head to the east. Under the white ear they put the feather of a white eagle; under the yellow ear the feather of a yellow eagle. Then they told the people to stand back and allow the wind to enter. Between the skins the white wind blew from the east and the yellow wind from the west. While the wind was blowing, eight gods called the Mirage People came and walked around the objects on the ground four times. As they walked, the eagle feathers, whose tips stuck out from the buckskins, were seen to move. When the Mirage People finished their walk, the upper buckskin was lifted. The ears of corn had disappeared; a man and a woman lay in their place.

The white ear of corn had become the man, the yellow ear had become a woman: First Man and First Woman. It was the wind that gave them life, and it is the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow, we die."

--From the First Americans Web site [2]

"Navajo, Dine or 'The People', believe the Holy People created them and placed them on Earth. They emerged through a reed, having journeyed through the underworlds (the Black World, the Blue World and the Yellow World). Finally they came to the present world (Dinetah)in Northwest New Mexico. The 'Holy People' served as disciples to Mother Earth by taking the form of wind, rain, thunder, lightning and snow."

"As humans, we are part of Mother Earth. Animals and insects emerged through the four worlds from the pit of the Earth. The Holy People created First Man and First Woman, who gave flesh to the Navajo people. We are told our legs are made from the earth, our midsection is from water, our lungs from air, and our head is made out of heat and it is placed close to the Father Sun. We are known as On-Earth Holy People. For that reason, our skin is brown like the earth. A child has certain similarities to the Mother." [3]

Bennie Silversmith, medicine man and herbalist, Pine Springs, Arizona

[In the Navajo statement that "It was the wind that gave them life," there is an implicit subtle recognition of the role of the Divine Feminine, the Mother, in the creation of human life. This is particularly evident as one ponders the knowledge imparted by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, namely that the Mother is the Power of the desire of God.

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi tells us that within each human being at the base of the spine in the triangular bone called "sacrum" is found a 'residual power of pure desire', called "Kundalini". This Kundalini, lying dormant in the sacrum or "sacred bone" in three and a half coils, is also called as "wind, breath, Serpent Power and Holy Ghost". The Holy Ghost, manifesting as "wind, breath" is the reflection of the Primordial Mother, the Creatrix of the universe. And in the words of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, who is the Incarnation of the Holy Ghost, She has explained to us that, "It is the Mother who created the universe. The Father was just a Witness to the whole show."] (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, The Mother, 1980) "First of all you have to know you are prophets and you must know that I am the Holy Ghost. I am the Adi Shakti. I am the One Who has come on this earth for the first time in this form to do this tremendous task. The more you'll understand this the better it would be." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - Birthday Puja - Sydney, Australia - 21 March, 1983)

[Thus, there is an innate understanding in the Navajo Tradition that the life-giving force, namely the "wind" is actually the Primordial Mother, the Creatrix of humanity, the Power of God Almighty. And She, together with the Father, the Witness to Her Creation, are "The Holy People [who] created First Man and First Woman, Who gave flesh to the Navajo."]

Author White Deer of Autumn offers a singularly perceptive observation of the Native Tradition beliefs when she writes that, "Indian children were taught that Sky is Father and Earth is Mother and that the Great Mystery is neither male nor female, but aspects of both. Sky and Earth - one cannot flourish without the other. Each has a separate role, but each is equal to the other."[4]

[Thus, it may be said that the Great Spirit (Witness to the Creation) and the Great Spirit Mother (Creatrix, wind, breath) are dual aspects of the One God, the Great Mystery.]

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7)

[Similarly, according to the teachings of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the Lord God (Witness of Creation) of the Bible, also includes the Divine Feminine Power of God, (wind, breath), and She is the Creatrix / Mother of the universe.

Indeed, "It was the wind that gave them life." It is this Divine Feminine Mother Goddess (wind) with the Father as Witness, that have given us our physical birth as humans and remains with us in our temporary human existence as "breath", without which we die.]

[1] (Knowledge of Reality)
[3]Green Rayna. The Encyclopaedia of the First Peoples of North America.1st Canadian ed.1999.Groundwood Books/Douglas&McIntyre. Toronto,Ontario M5S 2R4. pp.110,111. ISBN 0-88899-380-3
[4] White Deer of Autumn. The Native American Book of Life. Beyond Words Publishing, Inc. Hillsboro, Oregon, 1992. ISBN 0-941831-43-4(v.2)p.30

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