1. After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. 2. Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. 4. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5. So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” 6. And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. 7. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. 8. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away, dragging the net full of fish. 9. So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. 10. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” 11. Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
The Miraculous Catch of Fish and the Walking on the Water take place at the same location: the sea of Tiberias. The sea of Tiberias in the Gospel of John corresponds to the throat chakra of the Indian tradition located at the neck level. The nectar which exudes out of the Brahma Randhra in the Sahasrara Chakra, after the Kundalini is raised to the top of the head, will fall down to the lower body. In order to prevent the falling nectar from being consumed by the fire in the region of the navel, the yogi practice the contraction of the throat called Jalandhara Bandha. Jala means the net or the web. Dhara means to stop or to hold. Jalandhara Bandha blocks the nectar at the level of the throat, preventing the downward flowing nectar from reaching the lower body. The yogi can then consume the nectar and obtain immortality.
The catch of the 153 fish
And Jesus said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
One cubit its depth, Half cubit its diameter, Thus shaped round is the body pond; The Fisherman (Lord) His net spreads; Many the fish of desires He caught; No more the troubles I encounter.
1. The sea represents the body/the mind.
Tirumantiram 2031 – One cubit its depth, Half cubit its diameter, Thus shaped round is the body pond.
2. The fish in the lake are the desires/passions.
Tirumantiram 2031 – The Fisherman (Lord) His net spreads; Many the fish of desires He caught.
3. The goal of Advaita Vedanta is to get rid of desires.
Tirumantiram 2919 – Give up desires, the Tattvas perish.
4. The 153 fish after the catch may be representing the 153 perished Tattvas. The total number of Tattvas in the Shaiva Siddhanta tradition is 153. The tattvas are the elements constituting the body. To obtain liberation, they need to be transcended so that their action no longer affects the body.
Tirumantiram 1854 –
Reduce the perishable body to its elemental constituents
(tattvas) and then discard them. Tirumantiram 2178 – By breath control the tattvas subside within the body.
5. The desires related to the elements constituting the body (tattvas) will have to be scorched by the Yogic Kundalini fire for the nectar of immortality to flow.
John 21:9 – They saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” .
Tirumantiram 229 – Those who Vedanta truly grasped, they burnt all desires away.
View the list of the 153 Tattvas as described in the Shaiva Siddhanta tradition.
The fish and the bread on the fire
By merging the lower Bindu (Microcosmic Bindu: the fish, the prana, the breath) with the upper bindu (Macrocosmic Bindu: the bread, Lord’s body) and burning them in the fire of Kundalini, the nectar flows and immortality is attained.
Tirumantiram 1959 – When the Bindu of the body perishes in the fire of Kundalini, the ambrosial waters flow and fill the body.
The bread on the fire is the Macrocosmic Bindu.
“The fiery Bindu above is Lord’s Body.”- Tirumantiram 1951
“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.” – John 6:51
The fish on the fire ( oyaria) is the Microcosmic Bindu (Prana/the breath).
“The Bindu wasted here below is vital Prana”- Tirumantiram 1951
In the Feeding of the 5000 narrative, the breath is associated with the two fish. Learn more
So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread.
The fiery Bindu above is Lord’s Body (The bread, macrocosmic) The Bindu wasted here below is vital Prana (The fish, microcosmic) If mixing the two, they burn it in the Fire of Kundalini, then they consume the very ambrosia.
The symbol of the net
The Miraculous catch of the Fish is associated with the Jalandhara Bandha. Jala means the net or the web. Dhara means to stop or to hold.
John 21:6 – And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.”