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Obedience Should Never Be Blind

“But those who suppose that obedience in all things is required, or that responsibility in political affairs is transferred from the subject to the sovereign, reduce themselves to a great dilemma.

“It is to say that we must resign our conduct and our consciences to the will of others, and act wickedly or well, as the goal of evil may preponderate, without merit for virtue, or responsibility for crime. …

“If the government directs you to burn your neighbors property, or to throw him over a precipice, will you obey? If you will not, there is an end to the argument, for if you may reject its authority in one instance, where is the limit to rejection? There is no rational limit but that which is assigned by Christianity and is both rational and practicable.

“We think then that it is the business of every person, who believes that was is inconsistent with our religion, respectfully, but steadfastly, to refuse to engage in it. … Let them be willing to avow their opinions and to defend them. Neither let them be contented with words, if more than words, if suffering also, is required. If you believe that Christ has prohibited slaughter, let not the opinion of the commands of a world induce you to join in it.” ~Leo Tolstoy

Obedience to Authorities

Tolstoy is correct in saying that there must be limits to blind obedience to everything some authority or government official tells us to do. We have seen this recently in the United States with the insurrection being encouraged by the president because his narcissism would not allow him to admit he lost reelection in a fair election. Those who attacked the U.S. Capitol building are surprised in many cases that they are being arrested and thrown in jail. They think because an insane president told them to do it, they are not responsible. But blindly accepting orders from others does not relieve any of us from responsibility for our own acts. Continue reading “Obedience Should Never Be Blind”

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Guardian of the Sun and the Soul

“The leader of ancient Persian civilization, who was sent by the guardian of the Sun oracle to the people under consideration, maybe designated by the same name ad the historical Zarathustra, or Zoroaster. …

“The impulse which Zoroaster had to give to his people was to show them that the physical world is not merely lifeless material, devoid of spirit, which it appears to a man who gives himself up exclusively to the influence of the Luciferian being. To this being man owes his personal independence and sense of freedom; but it should work within him in harmony with the opposite spiritual being. With the pre-historic Persians it was a question of keeping alive the sense of this last-name spiritual being. Through their inclination toward the physical sense world they ran the risk of complete amalgamation with the Luciferian beings. Now Zoroaster, through the guardian of the Sun oracle, had received an initiation that enabled him to receive the revelations of the great Sun-Spirits. In particular, states of consciousness, brought about by his training, he was able to see the Regent of the Sun-spirits, who had taken under his protection the human etheric body.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Guardian of the Sun Oracle

Who was the guardian of the Sun oracle, and who was the Sun oracle? Steiner doesn’t say, at least not in the section of his book I am quoting above. I can, however, give a general answer to those questions. The Sun oracle is the Spiritual Sun, or more accurately, the presence of a God Consciousness in the Spiritual Sun. The guardian would have been a high priest or leader of a mystery school of the time. This means that there have been a number of sun guardians at different times and in different places.

The Physical World

One of the secrets that the guardian of the Sun oracle protected was that the physical world and the spiritual world are not separate. While they are different dimensions and different levels of consciousness, they also overlap in area. They have portals connecting them. But not only do physical beings in the physical world have a physical body, but they also have a spirit or spiritual body. This is true of all physical beings. The spirit may be weak and suppressed, but it is there. It may be dormant, as it is in nearly all humans, but it can be awakened. Continue reading “Guardian of the Sun and the Soul”

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Two Masters, Light and Dark, Good and Evil

“Yeshua said, A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows, and a servant cannot serve two masters, or the servant will honor one and offend the other. No one who drinks aged wine suddenly wants to drink new wine. New wine is not poured into aged wineskins or they may break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin or it may spoil. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment or it may tear.

“Yeshua said, If they say to you, “Where have you come from?” say to them, “We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established itself, and appeared in their image.” If they say to you, “Is it you?” say, “We are its children and the chosen of the living father.” If they ask you, “What is the evidence of your father in you?” say to them, “It is motion and rest.”

“Yeshua said, Blessings on the person who has labored and found life.

“Yeshua said, Look to the living one as long as you live or you may die and try to see the living one and you will not be able to see.

“Yeshua said, I am the light over all things. I am all. From me all has come forth, and to me all has reached. Split a piece of wood. I am there. Lift up the stone and you will find me there.” ~The Gospel of Thomas

Two Masters

While some people think it is possible to serve two masters, you clearly cannot ride two horses at once or use two bows at once, so those examples get the point across better. Yes, I know there are circus performers who ride standing on the backs of two horses, but they are moving around a small ring at a very slow speed—not real horse-riding at all.

Yes, one can work for two masters, or work on two different jobs, but in virtually all cases, at least one of those jobs is being done poorly because of it. But such aspects of material life is not what this saying is about. It means that we can’t serve God and Man, we can’t serve the realm of spirit and the realm of matter simultaneously. Unfortunately, the modern world doesn’t permit one to entirely stop serving man and capitalism while developing their spiritual side. So unless you have inherited great wealth, you will probably have to continue with your capitalistic job and accept that it will slow down your spiritual development. Continue reading “Two Masters, Light and Dark, Good and Evil”

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Man is an Island Only if He Chooses So

“Man is an Island. And its name is Loneliness. Around it is a sea of raging passions. And the waves that beat against its shores, are not they taking away a part of its outer fringe, thereby reducing its very borders? Do not storm winds of gigantic force break the crowns of trees whereon the Bird of Happiness could build its nest? And is not the “flesh” of the island, already withered by the heat, wounded by sharp-edged rocks? Further, the hidden treasures — are not they the eternal target of robbers who live at the expense of their spoils? The island itself is mute, and therefore cannot emit a cry for help, or seal a message in a bottle and consign it to the will of the waves. And there is no cozy haven to attract the gaze of passing ships. Here amidst the stormy waves of life, it is not the island that chooses. Rather, it is chosen by those who wish to set their feet on dry land. Of course, every island dreams of one day seeing Scarlet Sails on the horizon, borne by all the winds directly to its shores. And at the helm will be none other than the one who intended to visit this island in particular. But people often end up on the island as the result of a shipwreck, carried on pieces of wreckage as a “gift” from the sea-waves of life. And while it will accept this unexpected offering of destiny, the Bird of Happiness will not sing its song for them, for it knows that those whom the island rescues will always strive to leave it, using every excuse to press on to other shores. And this will only exacerbate the island’s loneliness, compelling a more vigilant search of the distant horizon in anticipation of beholding a glimpse of the fabled Scarlet Sails.” ~Zinovia Dushkova

Man is an Island

It is debatable whether or not Man can be considered an island. Anyone spiritual knows that all beings are connected together, and that includes man. Even science, in the field of quantum physics, recognizes that things are connected together in ways we don’t yet understand. But I think what Dushkova is saying with his claim that man is an island is that man makes himself an island by treating himself as different from and separate from nature and other beings. We are islands by our own choices, not by our nature.

Man is an Island of Loneliness

Much like the man is an island statement, I think that the loneliness part is exaggerated in the quote also. Not that it isn’t true, at least some of the time, but it isn’t true for everyone all of the time. The point of this claim is that our loneliness is unnecessary. We feel lonely because we are detached from other people and being, or think we are. In fact, we are always connected even if we ignore those connections.

Those of us in Cosolargy wear a sacred thread to remind us that those connections exist. Everyone can do something similar as a reminder. Man is an island only when he refuses to acknowledge and use those connections. Continue reading “Man is an Island Only if He Chooses So”

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