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The Great Sphinx of Truth and Knowledge

“Confronting mankind there stands a sphinx—the vast unknown. However well a man may be informed concerning a specific subject, his furthermost outlook concerning that subject is bounded by an impenetrable infinity. And the ‘discovered,’ as I will show, has only transferred ignorance to other laces. Science has confined its labors to superficial descriptions, not the elucidation of the fundamental causes of phenomena. … She dare not attempt to explain the why even of the simplest things. … How does the maple tree secrete a sweet, wholesome sap, and deadly nightshade growing in the same soil and living on the same elements, a poison? …
“That word Why to man dominates the universe. It covers all phenomena, and thrusts inquiry back from every depth.” ~John Uni Lloyd

The Great Sphinx

When you talk about a sphinx, most people immediately see a great statue in Egypt. That statue, however, is a depiction of a sphinx, not the thing itself. The sphinx represents a mystery, the unknown, the great riddle of the universe, and beyond.

The Limits of Science

There is no doubt that the scientific community has found answers to many questions. They can tell us what chemical make some people have red hair, while others have brown or blond. They can tell us what chemicals make some peppers hot while others are not. They can tell us what makes the sun hot. They can tell us that ice expands when it freezes. They can tell us that metals liquify when heated enough. They can even tell us at what temperature each type of metal will melt. They are good at discovering the whats and wherefores of the universe, but not so good with the whys.

They can tell us that a certain chemical in some peppers makes them hot, but they can’t really say why some peppers have a lot of that chemical, and others don’t. They can’t say why some plants spread their seeds using the wind, while others rely on birds, insects, or animals to spread the seeds. They can’t tell us why plants exist at all.

The Seeker Asks Why

Whether they realize it or not, the seekers of the world are really trying to answer that question “Why?”. Telling them that copper makes red hair isn’t enough. They want to know why they have red hair. They want to know why they have hair at all. Most of all, they want to know the root causes of it all.

Science might be able to give those answers if it would go beyond the limitations of the material plane, but few scientists are willing to do that. When they do, they are often ridiculed by those who refuse to look over the fence, to look outside the cave of matter.

The Spiritual Teacher

Religion generally doesn’t do any better than science in this. Today’s churches are often just as materialistic as the business and scientific communities. They too look for answers in matter rather than in spirit. When they do venture beyond the realms of matter, it is often made up nonsense that pleases the congregation, but is not based on any spiritual truth. It has no actual answers for the Sphinx.

A real spiritual teacher, however, is both religious and scientific. He applies the rules of science and scientific study in exploring the realms beyond matter. Since matter ans spirit are very different, the study of spirit must be different, yet still scientific. You cannot put a spirit on a scale and weigh it to prove it exists. A spirit has no weight, but it is still real. A spirit has no beginning and no end, so cannot be measured. That doesn’t make it ay less real.

So if man really wished to answer the great riddle of the Sphinx, he needs to embrace spirituality as well as science, the non-material as well as the material. Maybe soon the scientists and the spiritual seekers will join together to find the real truth. But for now, we must learn different things from each discipline and put it together ourselves. We must each solve the riddle of the Sphinx.

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Seek Divine Light as Well as Material Light

Disciple: But is it not for me to attain, if I can, both the Light of God, and the Light of the outward Nature too, and to make use of them both for the ordering of my life wisely and prudently?
Master: It is Right so to do. And it is indeed a treasure above all earthly treasures to be possessed of the Light of God and Nature operating in their spheres, and to have both the Eye of Time and Eternity at once open together, and yet not to interfere with each other.
Disciple: This is a great satisfaction to me to hear; having been very uneasy about it for some time. But how can this be without interfering with each other, there is the difficulty?
Master: … It will be necessary, my child, in the first place to wait for and attend the Supernatural and Divine Light, as this superior Light appointed to govern the day, rising in the true East, which is the center of Paradise, and the Great Light breaking forth as out of the darkness within thee …
Wherefore seek the Fountain of Light, waiting in the deep ground of thy soul for the rising there of the Sun of Righteousness, whereby the Light of Nature in thee, with the properties thereof, will be made to shine seven times brighter than ordinary.” ~Jakob Bohme

Some believe that in order to seek the Divine Light, the Light of God, the light of the Sun of Righteousness, one must divorce herself completely from the material world, material goods, and even the light of the spiritual sun. This is not true and is foolish to even attempt when one is not ready. Besides, it is virtually impossible to get the light of the spiritual sun without also getting light from the natural sun, the sun of matter. The highly developed spiritual people called the Essenes still ate physical food at least once a month and Jesus didn’t fast forever, just forty days. They knew that one could not completely give up the natural as long as one had a material body, but they avoided becoming attached to the physical.

It is a matter of emphasis. By placing the emphasis on spiritual development and on taking in that Divine Light, one does not have to be overly concerned that he is also exposed to the physical light and to the world of matter. The world of matter cannot be avoided as long as we have physical bodies, but we can keep it to a minimum and subordinate to the spiritual. Continue reading “Seek Divine Light as Well as Material Light”

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Mother Truth and Father Knowledge bring Wisdom

Mother Truth, Father Knowledge

“Truth is the mother, knowledge the father. Those who think that sinning does not apply to them are called free by the world. Knowledge of the truth can make one arrogant, giving meaning to the words ‘being free.’ It makes them feel superior to the world. But love builds up. Who is really free through knowledge is a slave because of love for those who have not yet attained the freedom of knowledge. Knowledge makes them capable of freedom. Love never calls something its own, yet it too may possess the same thing. Love never says, ‘This is mine,’ or ‘That is mine,’ but ‘All these are yours.’

‘Spiritual love is wine and fragrance. Those nearby also enjoy it from those who are anointed. But if the anointed withdraw and leave, then those unanointed, who are hanging around, remain in their bad odor. The Samaritan gave nothing but wine and oil to the wounded. Only the ointment. It healed the wounds, for ‘love covers a multitude of sins.'” ~The Gospel of Philip

Truth is the Mother

Philip says that Truth is the Mother. The Mother of what? He doesn’t say exactly, but we can reason it out. Philip is talking about a spiritual awakening. He isn’t interested in a mother in the physical sense but in a spiritual sense. That is why he says truth is the mother. Mother Truth is the mother of the awakened soul.

Knowledge is the father

In the same way that truth is the mother of the awakened soul, knowledge is the father. Not ordinary knowledge of the realm of matter, not knowledge you can find in a book at the public library, but knowledge that comes from above. Continue reading “Mother Truth and Father Knowledge bring Wisdom”

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Living Book of the Spiritual Sun

Living Book of the Sun

“He who cannot accept truth looks only on the surface and makes conclusions which his mind can accept. The same thing happens with him who does not understand the Sacred Book of Life. He is content to seek the superficial truth – he is not ready to seek its real content. As the book is a living and sensible book for one who understands it, so is the Sun a living and sensible book, which only a few can read and understand. Every morning the sun rises and a voice from the invisible world asks if you have read your page for today. The Sun is a book in the pages of which God every day writes something new. You may say that the Sun is something that has no intelligence. The Sun exists – it has abundant light which causes the fruit to ripen, the flower to bloom, the snow and ice to melt – how can it be said that it has no intelligence? The light that the Sun sends to all the plants indicates that there are living beings in the Sun with a high level of intelligence and the ability to reason. Whatever the speculations about the Sun may be, it is important for man to know how to make use of the Sun’s light and warmth and to achieve something from it. One day his eyes will open and he himself will be able to investigate. Therefore I say that man has a great future ahead of him.” ~Beinsa Douno

Looking at the Surface

Many will not believe what Douno is saying about them looking only at the surface truth, and not going deeper to the real truth, yet what he says is correct. And it isn’t limited to the average person who doesn’t care to dig any deeper than what he needs to function in his daily life, get his job done, etc. Even scientists who think they are studying things all the way to the depth of molecules and atoms are still only looking at the surface. The level of matter is but one dimension of being. There are other dimensions above it and when you look at only that part that is in the dimensions of matter, you are looking only at the surface. You are studying the ten percent of the iceberg sticking out of the water and ignoring the ninety percent that is below the surface of the water. With a limited view like that, you may find some truth, but it will be limited, partial, and probably temporary.

As Douno also points out, even those who look beyond matter into the realm of spirit, but do so with an attitude of expecting it to be virtually identical to the dimensions of matter will not understand what they are seeing, feeling, and hearing. They will look at spiritual things with their physical senses and not be able to comprehend them because they will be seeing them in a very distorted way. Only the spiritual faculties of Man can truly see, feel, and hear the spiritual, but they must first be awakened as they are dormant when we arrive in the physical world. Continue reading “Living Book of the Spiritual Sun”

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Brightness of the Light of God

“Understand this well: the measureless splendor of God, which together with the incomprehensible brightness, is the cause of all gifts and of all virtues—that same Uncomprehended Light transfigures the fruitive tendency of our spirit and penetrates it in a way that is way-less; that is, through the Uncomprehended Light. And in this Light the spirit immerses itself in fruitive rest; for this rest is way-less and fathomless, and one can only know of it through itself—that is, through rest. For could we know and comprehend it, it would fall into mode and measure; then it could not satisfy us; but rest would become an eternal restlessness. For this reason, the simple, loving and immersed tendency of our spirit works within us a fruitive love; and this love calls to us; that is, it calls all of those who are united with the Spirit of God in fruitive love. This inward call is an inundation of the essential brightness, and this essential brightness, enfolding us in eternal love, causes us to be lost to ourselves, and to flow forth from ourselves into the Godhead. And thus united without means, and made one with the Spirit of God, we can meet God through God, and everlastingly possess with Him and in Him our eternal bliss.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Splendor of God

What Ruysbroeck means when he writes of the measureless splendor of God, is that God is the source of all, the creator. He isn’t just some being who was promoted to the job of God. He/She has always been God, always will be God because there is no birth and death in the realm of God.

Incomprehensible Brightness

Another part of that splendor of God is that God is Light. Not ordinary light from a light bulb, or even light from the physical sun, but a different kind of Light, a spiritual Light. It is incomprehensible because it has no limits. It can’t fade out, it can’t be blocked, It can’t be stopped. To turn off this Light would be to stop God Himself, and that is not possible. This great brightness of God is shared in a lesser degree by all spirits, all souls. But when we are born into the fallen realm of matter, our spirits and souls are in a dormant state and have very little Light. They must be awakened and fed spiritual Light in order for them to grow strong and healthy. We do that by taking in the Light of the Spiritual Sun, Which shines down on us all just like the light of the physical sun, but few see it, few make any effort to absorb it. Just as you can hide from the light of the physical sun by sitting under an umbrella, or covering yourself with sunscreen, you can block out the Light of the Spiritual Sun. You do that by having the wrong attitude, the wrong thoughts. You take in more of that light when you intentionally turn to the Spiritual Sun following the practices that have been passed down in legitimate spiritual schools for ages. You do it by looking at that sun with humility, grace, and love in your heart. Continue reading “Brightness of the Light of God”

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Domestic Animals and Domestic Humans

“Domestic animals may be the bull and the donkey and other species. Others are wild and live in the deserts. A man plows the field with a domestic animal, and from the fruit of his labor he feeds himself and the animals, tame or wild. Compare the perfect human. Through submissive powers he plows and prepares for everything to come into being. So his world holds together, good or evil, the right and the left. The holy spirit shepherds everyone and rules all the powers, those tame and wild and running loose. He gathers them and shuts them in so, like it or not, they cannot escape.

“It is impossible to see anything in the real realm unless you become it. Not so in the world. You see the sun without being the sun, see sky and earth but are not them. This is the truth of the world. In the other truth you are what you see. If you see spirit, you are spirit. If you look at the anointed, you are the anointed. If you see the father, you will be father. In this world you see everything but yourself, but there, you look at yourself and are what you see.” ~Gospel of Philip

Domestic Animals

It is interesting that in the time of Philip and the other Apostles, the phrase “domestic animals” is assumed to mean bulls, donkeys, and probably oxen. Today we would immediately think of dogs, cats, and other pets when talking about domestic animals. Perhaps a more accurate name for what Philip means is working animals. That would include animals that pull plows or carry heavy loads. Today, it would also include service dogs that have been trained to help humans or other animals that are handicapped. Philip says that when we plow a field with the aid of domestic animals, we get food for them as well as for ourselves. In some cases that is true in a very direct sense, but in others, it is true only indirectly. If the domestic animals are herbivores, they may eat some of the plants the farmer grows. If the animal is more of a meat-eater, it will be fed off meat that the farmer gets by buying it or trading produce for it. That is an indirect example. As for Man himself being a domestic animal, we will get to that later.

Wild Animals

It seems that to Philip, animals are either domestic work animals, or wild ones, but some animals are tame, yet not working animals. At least they don’t do work for man. What I would think of as wild animals doesn’t include the tame ones that are not working animals. Only those that avoid humans, and live on their own are truly wild. Yet even they may have to rely on man occasionally. We have all seen the pictures and videos of animals being rescued and treated for burns from the major wildfires in Australia a while ago. And there are the videos of one or more humans helping a wild animal that has fallen through ice on a lake, or giving water to a wild animal during a drought. So it seems wildness can be pushed aside in case of emergency. Continue reading “Domestic Animals and Domestic Humans”

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