1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He cleanses it so that it may bear more fruit.
3. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
5. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
6. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”
The True Vine
John 15:1 – I am the true vine.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus represents the Kundalini raising up the spine within the body (the land of Palestine), piercing the chakras (performing the miracles). In the Indian tradition of Shaiva Siddhanta, the vine is associated with the Kundalini Shakti within the body.
Tirumantiram 1561 – The true path to pursue is but the path of divine Kundalini Sakti, The blossom-vine that through the chakras courses.
The branches of the vine
John 15:5 – I am the vine, you are the branches.
Jesus discourse of the True Vine for his disciples takes place during the Washing of the Feet. The disciples represent the branches of the vine. The branches of the vine (the disciples) represent the subtle channels of the body called Nadis that need to be cleansed. The disciples are the Nadis, for example, Andrew, Philip and Simon are associated with the Nadis Ida, Pingala and Sushumna respectively.
The cleansing of the branches
John 15:2 – Every branch that bears fruit, He cleanses it so that it may bear more fruit.
John 15:3 – You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
In the Indian tradition, the Nadis (the branches) need to be cleansed for the individual to be able to control Prana, the life force.
Goraksha Padhati 1.95 – When the whole network of Nadis, filled with impurities, is purified, then the yogin becomes capable of controlling Prana, the life force.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika 1.58 – The Nadis should be cleansed of their impurities by performing mudras, asanas and Kumbhakas.
At the macrocosmic level, in the symbolism of the ancient Indian sacred geography, the nadis are associated to rivers. The two main nadis Ida and Pingala are associated with the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, bathing in these rivers are considered cleansing and purifying by Hindu devotees.
The fruits of the vine branches
John 15:5 – I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit.
The fruits of the branches are of course the grapes/the wine.
In the Indian tradition the nadis, once purified, are nourishing the body with pranic energy. In the narrative of the True Vine, the branches represent the Nadis and the fruits of the branches are nourishment for the body in the form of pranic energy.
Tirumantiram 694 – The Way Prana (the life force) mingles in Jiva (the individuated Self) is through Kundalini Sakti of the Tender Vine. Prana pervades the nadis and Kundalini Sakti pervades Prana entire.
In the Gospel of John, the other occurrence of the word “fruits” is in reference of the grain of wheat:
John 12:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.