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Works of Sinners and Works of God

“Marvel not at the works of sinners; but trust in the Lord, and abide in thy labor: for it is an easy thing in the sight of the Lord on the sudden to make a poor man rich. The blessing of the Lord is in the reward of the godly, and suddenly he maketh his blessing flourish. Say not, What profit is there of my service? and what good things shall I have hereafter? Again, say not, I have enough, and possess many things, and what evil shall I have hereafter? In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction: and in the day of affliction there is no more remembrance of prosperity. For it is an easy thing unto the Lord in the day of death to reward a man according to his ways. The affliction of an hour maketh a man forget pleasure: and in his end his deeds shall be discovered. Judge none blessed before his death: for a man shall be known in his children. Bring not every man into thine house: for the deceitful man hath many trains. Like as a partridge taken and kept in a cage, so is the heart of the proud; and like as a spy, watcheth he for thy fall: For he lieth in wait, and turneth good into evil, and in things worthy praise will lay blame upon thee. Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is kindled: and a sinful for he worketh wickedness; lest he bring upon thee a perpetual blot. Receive a stranger into thine house, and he will disturb thee, and turn thee out of thine own.” ~Ecclesiasticus

Works of Sinners

What Ecclesiasticus means by “the works of sinners” is those things made by or deeds done by man, which are not done in accordance with the Law of God. Such creations may seem like wonderful things to materialistic people, but they are not. When are done without taking God’s Law into account, they may harm the environment, waste natural resources, give off harmful radiation, or otherwise cause damage to the world.

Obviously, things like murder, rape, and theft are the works of sinners, but Ecclesiasticus is talking about the less obvious ones. The buildings we build, the statues and monuments, the labor-saving devices that make us fat and lazy.

So he advises us to trust in the Lord, meaning let God guide us in all our endeavors and we will then not be doing the works of sinners. Continue reading “Works of Sinners and Works of God”

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Live Again Through Spiritual Rebirth

“That which most men would think themselves most happy for, and would prefer before all things, if the would grant it unto them after their deaths, thou may while thou lives grant unto thyself; to live again. See the things of the world again, as thou has already seen them. For what is it else to live again? Public shows and solemnities with much pomp and vanity, stage plays, flocks and herds, conflicts and contentions; a bone thrown to a company of hungry curs; a bait for greedy fishes; the painfulness, and continual burden bearing of wretched ants, the running to and fro of terrified mice; little puppets drawn up and down with wires and nerves: these be the objects of the world among all these free from all manner of indignation; with this right ratiocination and apprehension, that as the worth is of these things which a man does affect, so is in very deed every man’s orth more of less.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Prefer to Live Again Before All Things

I’m not sure all men prefer it above all other things, but I think it is true of most of us. What we want is to live for a long time. A very long time. We want it so badly that many have accepted the idea that we are reborn into the world over and over again with very little evidence to back up the belief. But many are not just satisfied with being born again. They want to be reborn smarter, richer, more attractive, and otherwise better than they are now. Aurelius is saying that it is possible, and without waiting for death and the afterlife. You can live again now, not later.

Grant Unto Thyself

Aurelius is saying that rather than waiting for death to bring us to a better, more illuminated life, we can seek and gain that life now, while still alive on earth. This is what has been taught by mystics and mystery schools for ages, but only a few ever listened. That is changing, though, now that we are at the dawn of a new Golden Age of Spirit. The spiritual sun known as the Sun of Righteousness is now shining down on us. This is making it easier for men to awaken and develop their spiritual faculties. It is also making it more imperative since the arrival of this sun also marked the beginning of the End Times, the age when the illusions of materialism will be pushed away and the truth revealed. We are learning to live again and be reborn right where we are. Continue reading “Live Again Through Spiritual Rebirth”

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Adonis as the Spiritual Sun

“The Mysteries of Adonis, or Adoni, were celebrated annually in many parts of Egypt, Phoenicia, and Biblos. The name Adonis, or Adoni, means ‘Lord’ and was a designation applied to the sun and later borrowed by the Jews as the exoteric name of their God. Smyrna, mother of Adonis, was turned into a tree by by the gods and after a time the bark burst open and the infant savior came forth. According to one account, he was liberated by a wild boar which split the wood of the maternal tree with its tusks. Adonis was born at midnight of the 24th of December, and through his unhappy death a Mystery rite was established that wrought the salvation of his people. In the Jewish month of Tammuz (another name for this deity) he was gored to death by a wild boar sent by the god Ars (Mars). The Adoniasmos was the cerimony of lamenting the premature death of the murdered god. …

“Adonis was originally an androgynous deity who represented the solar power which in the winter was destroyed by the evil principle of cold – the boar. After three days (months) in the tomb, Adonis rose triumphant on the 25th day of March, amidst the acclimation of his priests and followers. …

“In the Mysterie of Adonis trhe neophyte passed through the symbolic death of the god and, ‘raised’ by the priests, entered into the blessed state of redemption.” ~Manly P. Hall

Birth of Adonis

I have known for some time that the Greek god Adonis represented the Spiritual Sun, but this story of his being born from Smyrna after she had been turned into a tree is new to me. It is a strange tale that is undoubtedly symbolic rather than literal. So let’s look at some of the symbols involved in the tale.

Birth of Adonis

The Tree

A tree can symbolize a number of things. I think in the case of Adonis, we can say that this tree is none other than the Tree of Life. After being thrown out of Heaven by our own actions, humanity has no direct access to this spiritual “tree”. We can access it only through an intermediary. The primary intermedia between man and the Tree of Life is the Spiritual Sun, which Adonis represented.

The Birth

God was never born. Spirits and souls are not born. They exist outside the limitations of time and space, so the very idea of birth is meaningless to them. So why would Adonis, who represents the Spiritual Sun, have a birth? The idea is that while the spirit of the sun is immortal, it doesn’t always shine down on us from within (or around) the physical sun. And when it does, it isn’t always with the same energy, the same vigor. So you could say that when the spiritual sun is not shining on us at all or is very weak, it is, from our point-of-view, dead. When it starts shining on us again, it can seem to be  birth from our perspective. So much as birth in a dream is symbolic of a major change coming, the birth of Adonis represented a return of the Spiritual Sun to full vigor. Birth in general represents a renewal. So being born from the Tree of Life is instruction for us to do the same.

Androgynous Deity

It seems surprising that Adonis was originally an androgynous god since he is generally depicted as very masculine and muscular. A very handsome man is still sometimes called an Adonis. But it actually makes perfect sense that a god should be androgynous or asexual. First, a god has to serve both men and women, so the god should have aspects of both male and female. Second, a creator god can only create from some aspect of himself, so there must be both aspects within him. Third, a god creates without sex so while he may mentally have an androgenous mental attitude, he is probably more asexual. In other words, there is no reason for a god to have sex, so being male or female doesn’t really apply to a god. This is especially true of the One true God, the God of Spirit and Light.

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Supersensual State of Spiritual Growth

“Nothing truly but your own willing, hearing, and seeing do keep you back from God, and hinders you from coming to this Supersensual State or the Life which is above Sense. And it is because you strive so against that, out of which you yourself are descended and derived, that you thus break yourself off, with your own Willing, from God’s Willing, and with your own seeing from God’s Seeing. In as much as as in your own seeing you see in your own Willing only, and with your own understanding you understand but in and according to this thy own Willing, as the same stands divided from the Divine Will. This thy Willing moreover stops thy hearing and makes you deaf towards God, through your own thinking upon terrestrial things, and your attending to that which is without you, and so it brings you into a Ground, where your are laid hold on and captivated in Nature. And having brought you here, it overshadows you with thine own chains, and it keeps you in your own dark prison which you make for yourself; so you can not go out thence, or come to the state which is above Nature and above Sense. ~Jacob Boehme

Our Own Willing

There is no doubt that it is our own will and our own beliefs that keep us from truth, wisdom, and God. It is true that we get much of this from others, but it is still our will, beliefs, and subconscious mind that is blocking our spiritual vision and growth.

We are a product of the world and society we live in. Our parents, teachers, friends, and even total strangers teach us things when we are young and we retain them and believe them. The problem with this is that very often the one teaching us doesn’t know that those teachings are true any more than you do. They only know that it is what is accepted as true by the majority of the society, or the church they belong to. And since modern science behaves much like a dogmatic church, they are as much a contributor to false beliefs as the churches are. So by the time we reach an age where we can make decisions on our own, we have already been filled with false and speculative beliefs and ideas that hold us down like a bunch of sandbags attached to a hot air balloon. But the responsibility for clearing out the subconscious so we can gain access to the truth is ours, not theirs. Continue reading “Supersensual State of Spiritual Growth”

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