Saints Resisted Sin Out of Love

“For the sake of love all the saints resisted sin, not showing any regard for this present life and they endured many forms of death, in order to be seperated from the world and unified with themselves and with God, joining together in themselves the broken fragments of human nature. For this is the true and undefiled theosophy of the faithful. Its consummation is goodness and truth – if indeed goodness as compassion and truth as devotion to God in faith are the marks of love. It unites men to God and to one another, and on this account contains the unchanged permanence of all blessings.

“The actualization and proof of perfect love for God is a genuine and willing attitude of goodwill towards one’s neighbor. ‘For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,’ says St John, ‘cannot love God whom he has not seen’ (1 John 4:20).

“The way of truth is love. The Logos of God called Himself the way; and those who travel on this way He presents; purified from every stain, to God the Father.

“This is the door through which a man enters into the Holy of Holies and is brought to the vision of the unapproachable beauty of the Holy and Royal Trinity.” ~The Philokalia

Saints Resisted Sin

What it meant to resist sin varies depending on the religion, and even on different churches within the same religion. Christians and Jews have the Ten Commandments to follow. But the Laws of God are more complicated than those basic rules. It can be expressed simply by saying that sin is anything that opposes the Will of God. It has also been said that sin is ignorance of God, because anyone who truly knows God would not violate His laws.

No Regard for the Present Life

I don’t think this is entirely true. There are many saints in various religions who spent much of their lives fighting for religious freedom and the human rights of their people. Moses took on the Pharaoh. Gandhi took on the British colonialist in India. So I think it is more accurate to say that saints place the spiritual life of themselves and others ahead of physical life on Earth. They are, in almost all cases, willing to fight against those persons, organizations, and forces that prevent people from practicing their spiritual growth methods. Continue reading “Saints Resisted Sin Out of Love”

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Arrogant God and the Real God

Arrogant God of Matter

“Opening his eyes he saw a vast quantity of endless matter, and he turned arrogant, saying, ‘I am god, and there is no one but me.’ “When he said this, he sinned against all. And a voice came from above the realm of absolute power, saying, ‘You are wrong, Samael,’ that is, god of the blind. “And he said, ‘If any other thing exists before me, let it become visible to me!’ Immediately Sophia pointed her finger and introduced light into matter, and she pursued it down to the region of chaos. And she returned up to her light. Once again darkness returned to matter. “This ruler, by being androgynous, made himself a vast realm, an endless precinct. And he contemplated creating offspring for himself, and created seven offspring, androgynous like their parent. “And he said to his offspring, ‘I am the god of all.’ “Zoe the daughter of Pistis Sophia shouted, saying to him, ‘You are wrong, Sakla’ (for which the alternate name is Yaldabaoth). She breathed into his face, and her breath became a fiery angel for her; and that angel bound Yaldabaoth and cast him down into Tartaros, at the bottom of the abyss. “Now, when his offspring Sabaoth saw the strength of that angel, he repented and condemned his father and his mother matter. “He loathed her, but he sang songs of praise up to Sophia and her daughter Zoe. And Sophia and Zoe found him and put him in charge of the seventh heaven, below the veil between above and below. And he is called ‘god of the forces, Sabaoth,’ since he is up above the forces of chaos, for Sophia placed him there. “Now, when these events had come to pass, he made himself a huge four-faced chariot of cherubim and harps and lyres and an infinity of angels to act as ministers. “Sophia took her daughter Zoe and had her sit at his right to teach him about the things that exist in the eighth heaven, and the angel of wrath she placed at his left. Since that day, his right has been called life, and the left has signified the unrighteousness of the realm of absolute power above. It was before your time that they came into being.” ~The Reality of the Rulers

Endless Matter

To the eyes of most of us, the realm of matter does indeed seem endless. Yet we are also told by scientists that the universe of matter is continuing to expand. If it is expanding, it must be expanding into areas where there previously was no matter. So the universe of matter may be enormous, but it isn’t endless. It just seems endless to a limited mind. And since the arrogant “god” in the quote thought it was endless, he had a limited mind, unlike the true God.

The Arrogant God

If it isn’t clear from the quote, this arrogant god who is claiming that he is god and there is no other god is the creator of the universe of matter. He is the being (or beings) called the Demiurge in Gnostic scripture. Since the quote comes from Gnostic literature, it is naturally critical of this being and identifies this Demiurge as “arrogant” because of his claim to be God, when he knows that he isn’t the real God. A voice calls him the god of the blind, and that is a good way to put it. He is the god of those who thinks the universe of matter is all that exists, therefore the ruler of that realm must be the one and only God. He is also the god of those who don’t believe in God at all because by rejecting God, they allow themselves to fall under the control of the false god.

In the Old Testament, we hear of this god getting angry with man and being jealous of anyone who says he isn’t the only god. Anyone who takes the time to think a little would know this must be a false god, an imposter. If he truly was God, he would have no call to be jealous of any other being as those other beings would all be His creations. So the arrogant god, jealous god, angry god, is a false god. Continue reading “Arrogant God and the Real God”

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Undifferentiated Light of the Spirit

“In Dante, the transcendent and impersonal aspect of illumination is seen in its most exalted form. It seems at first sight almost impossible to find room within the same system for this expansive vision of the Undifferentiated Light and such intimate apprehensions of Deity as Lady Julian’s conversations with her ‘Courteous and dearworthy Lord.’ or St. Catherine’s companionship with With Love Divine. Yet all these ae really reports of the same psychological state: describe the attainment by selves of different types, of the same stage in the soul’s progressive apprehension of reality.

“In a wonderful passage, unique in the literature of mysticism, Angela of Foligno has reported the held vision in which she perceived this truth: the twofold revelation of an Absolute at once humble and omnipotent, personal and transcendent—the unimaginable synthesis of ‘unspeakable power’ and ‘deep humility’.

“’The eyes of my soul were opened, and I beheld the plenitude of God, wherein I did comprehend the whole world, both her and beyond the sea, and the abyss and ocean and all things. … I now comprehended how small a thing is the whole world, … and that the power of God exceeds and fills all. He then said unto me: “I have shown thee something of my power, …behold now my humility.” Then was I given insight int the deep humility of God.’” ~Evelyn Underhill

Transcendent and Impersonal Illumination

In spiritual writing, Illumination most often means a spiritual awakening and spiritual awareness. Illumination can also be light of any kind. In this case, it means both. We are talking about a Spiritual Light that brings a spiritual awakening and illumination. This Spiritual Light comes from God and reaches us through the Spiritual Sun, which acts as a gateway between the physical world and the spiritual. It is impersonal because it doesn’t choose to shine on some individual and not others. It doesn’t even shine o some species and not others. It shines on all humans and all other beings. That makes it impersonal. It is transcendent because it transforms us over time from the lower levels of consciousness to higher, more spiritual levels. Continue reading “Undifferentiated Light of the Spirit”

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Slavery of Fear that Traps Us All

Slavery of Fear

“The most common, yet most unknown, form of slavery is that where you are ruled by the thought around you. You may be in the employ of another person. You do your best to earn your money. You are conscientious, and desire to earn your wages. Yet you are troubled by a continual fear that you do not give full satisfaction, or that you may be discharged. You live in continual fear of coming to want, if so discharged, or of being obliged to continue this mere struggle for the body’s existence under still harder conditions.

“The reason for these unpleasant thoughts is that some other mind is acting on your own. Some one is hostile to you. You feel that hostile thought. It is not on your part a ‘notion’. There are many persons today living under control of undecided minds, and dependent on them, as they think, for a livelihood. They may give that undecided mind much of their own inspiration, plan device, invention, and fertility of thought. They may give this unconsciously because it is worth repeating many times.

“The person so ruled may have the superior mind. Such a person may be indispensable to the fickle, and possible unjust and tyrannical employer. … Yet the superior mind may go on, year after year, in slavery; giving to the other’s idea, and seeing it but half carried out. No shackles are as heavy as these.” ~Prentice Mulford

Most Common Slavery

Living in fear is indeed the most common form of slavery. It is also, as Mulford notes, the most “unknown”, by which he means that those living in fear are either unaware that they are doing so, or do not think that doing so is slavery. That is, in many ways, the worst kind of slavery, because you put it on yourself to some degree, yet are unaware of it. Mr. Mulford is concentrating on one particular form of fear controlling the lives of people, but there are many others. Sadly, we have seen in the past few years, politicians in the United States and a few other countries using and promoting fear as a way to control and manipulate people. But let’s first look at the situation Mulford is concentrating on.

Fear of Losing a Job

The slavery of fear is common in the job market. In some cases, it is deliberately promoted by companies and managers. They want people to fear losing their jobs. They want people to fear that they won’t get a raise next year because they don’t rate among the top employees in the department. They want people to fear that the boss might hire a new person fresh out of college who will get paid less. Now they even have to fear that the company will start bringing in guest workers from other countries who will work for significantly less money. Some of these fears are well-founded, yet we still shouldn’t let them control our lives. Some of such fears are simply not valid because in many cases, we wouldn’t have the job if the company didn’t need us and our unique skills. Continue reading “Slavery of Fear that Traps Us All”