Scripture: Esther 6:1-7

On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
And it was found written, that Mor’decai had told of Bigtha’na and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasue’rus.
And the king said, What honor and dignity hath been done to Mor’decai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.
And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mor’decai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honor more than to myself?
And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honor, …

So Haman goes on to tell the King how he would like to be honored while never realizing that the king wishes to honor Mor’decai whom Haman was planning to hang.  Such is the nature of egotism that Haman could not imagine the king wishing to honor anyone but him.  In Chapter seven of Esther, the king finds out what Haman’s true nature is and orders him hanged.  The Book of Esther is not quoted often since it has few short sections that make good quotes, but the entire chapter is important.  While it seems to be a mere historical tale of royal politics, it is, according to the Dictionary of all Scriptures and Myths,  symbolic of the soul’s journey to enlightenment.

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Random Thoughts 11-21-2010

What I think is really scary about the Bernie Madoff story is that so many people gave him money to invest, apparently without knowing what he was investing it in!  Even if it wasn’t a Ponsi scheme, he could have been selling guns in Mexico, buying drugs in South America, etc. but most of the investors didn’t seem to care.  As long as Madoff could promise them big profits, that’s all that mattered.

It’s interesting that, except for appearing on the Joy Behar show, and local newspapers, there has been little in the news media about pastor Jim Swilley admitting that he is gay .  Is it because his megachurch, unlike most others, has never preached hatred toward gays or any other minority?  I have to assume that it is.  I had never heard of this pastor or his church before this show but I am happy that he has proved that the creation of a megachurch is possible without preaching hatred and bigotry.


A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind”  ~James Allen

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Perseverance

    Perseverance is an important idea when it come to spiritual development. A lot of people get involved briefly with some spiritual school or system of spiritual development, but many of them give up quickly because they didn’t achieve the results they wanted as quickly as they wanted to. And we also have to deal with our ego that doesn’t want us awakening our soul for fear it will lose it’s status as our main guide. 
    We also have to deal with Satan and his minions. Satan, obviously, doesn’t want us to succeed in awakening our souls and achieving spiritual enlightenment so he puts obstacles in our path. We may be getting ready to go on a spiritual journey and our car suddenly breaks down. Or we have an accident on the way to the airport. We may be getting ready to attend a spiritual seminar when we get the flu and decide to stay home because of our illness. We may be getting ready to join a spiritual school when a sudden financial problem causes us to change our mind, or put it off until some indefinite time in the future. Some of those things may happen by coincidence, but very often they are the result of the minions of Satan interfering to prevent us from achieving spiritual enlightenment. We may even have to deal with well-meaning friends and relatives telling us we are wasting our time and money getting into developing our spiritual side. They too may be listening to Satan even though they are not aware of it.
    In short, the very materialistic world we live in today is not one that makes spiritual development easy so we have to have plenty of perseverance. We can’t give up just because we have difficulties. In fact, difficulties may be a good indicator that you are on the correct path since Satan would have no reason to oppose your efforts if you are following a false path.

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Spiritual Symbols: Feast or Banquet

    You might assume that tales in scripture of people attending a feast or banquet would be symbolic of materialism and egotism, but that is not the case. The feast is symbolic of a spiritual awakening, a realization of divine wisdom. The consumption of the fruits, meats and wine are symbolic of partaking in the gifts of the spirit such as wisdom, love, joy, faith and tolerance. Also, since a feast or banquet always involves a fairly large number of people, it is symbolic of how we can achieve spiritual goals more readily when we work together with others. And since we usually sit at the banquet table, this could also be considered symbolic of humbling ourselves before God when we receive these great gifts from Him. 
    Thanksgiving, and the various forms of this harvest feast that have existed for thousands of years, is also symbolic of being thankful and grateful to God for the gifts he has given us which, one again, are spiritual gifts, not material ones.

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