Ignorance is the Root of Evil

” As long as they are hidden, most things in the world are upright and live. If they are revealed they die, as is clear by the example of the visible person: as long as the intestines are hidden, a person is alive. When the intestines are exposed and come out, the person will die. So also with a tree. While its root is hidden, it sprouts and grows. If its root is exposed, the tree dries up.

“So it is with every birth that is in the world, not only with the revealed but also the hidden. As long as the root of wickedness is hidden, it is powerful. But when it is recognized, it is dissolved. When it is revealed, it perishes. That is why the word says, “Even now the ax lies set against the root of the trees.”It will not merely cut—what is cut sprouts again— but the ax penetrates deeply until it brings up the root.

“Jesus pulled out the root of the whole place while others did it only partially. As for us, let each one dig down after the root of evil that is within us and pluck it out of our heart from the root. It will be uprooted if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces fruit in our hearts. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will eventuate in death because those who come from ignorance neither were nor are nor will be. But those who are in the truth will be perfect when all the truth is revealed.” ~Gospel of Philip

Hidden are Upright in Ignorance

I believe what Philip is saying is that those who are ignorant, but unaware of it, can remain upright and alive in a world where ignorance is the norm. However, when they become aware of their ignorance, and the ignorance of others, they must change that status. They will no longer seem alive and intelligent to themselves once the ignorance and illusion of the world they live in is revealed. They do not truly die if they awaken to their ignorance and seek to change. It is those who cling to the ignorance and comforting illusions who are truly the walking dead.

He is also saying that people who are in truth not powerful can appear powerful in a land of ignorance and illusion if they are good at negotiating and manipulating the illusion. There are even people who believe that by manipulating the illusion through a process called “manifesting” that they are being spiritual, but manifesting is spiritual only when it is used for spiritual purposes, not material gain. Continue reading “Ignorance is the Root of Evil”

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Truth is Joy, Ignorance Brings Fear

“The gospel of truth is joy for those who have received from the father of truth the grace of knowing him by the power of the word, who has come from the fullness and who is in the thought and the mind of the father. This is the one who is called the savior, since that is the name of the work that he must do for the redemption of those who have not known the father. For the name of the gospel is the revelation of hope, since that is the discovery of those who seek him, because the realm of all sought him from whom it came. You see, all was inside of him, that illimitable, inconceivable one, who is better than every thought.

“This ignorance of the father brought about terror and fear. And terror became dense like a fog, so no one was able to see. Because of this, error became strong. But she worked on her material substance vainly, because she did not know the truth. She assumed a fashioned figure while she was preparing, in power and in beauty, the substitute for truth. This, then, was not a humiliation for the illimitable, inconceivable one. For they were as nothing, this terror and this forgetfulness and this figure of falsehood, whereas established truth is unchanging, unperturbed, and completely beautiful. For this reason, do not take error too seriously.” ~The Gospel of Truth

Truth is Joy

Yes, truth is joy, especially when you can be sure that it is the truth and not opinion. It also depends on the kind of truth. It may be true that a loved one has died, but being told that will not bring joy. It may be true that you are out of money, but finding that will also not bring joy. In truth, the kind of joy you get from having money or material things won’t bring you the truth or the kind of joy that the Gospel of Truth is talking about.

Real joy comes in knowing that the truth you know isn’t opinion or illusion. It isn’t truth agreed upon by the majority and enforced by the legal and educational institutions. It is a spiritual truth that comes from an awakened soul. So the real Gospel of Truth that brings joy is not a written scripture, but true spiritual knowledge that is accessed directly by the soul. Continue reading “Truth is Joy, Ignorance Brings Fear”


Falsehood & Ignorance: Two Peas in the Same Pod

“There is no devil worse than falsehood and calumny. Ignorance is a nonentity, but falsehood is the substance of evil. The columniator rejoices whenever he has found something upon which to base his lies and to make them grow like mountains. Opposed to it is the truth, it being a ray of light from the eternal fountain of GOOD, which has the power to transform man into a divine being. …

“Those who are false do not love the truth. Those who are foolish do not love wisdom. The true Rosicrucian prefers to enjoy the company of those who can appreciate truth to that of those who who would trample it with their feet. He will keep that which he knows locked up in his heart, for in silence is power. As a minister in state does not go about telling to everybody the secrets of the king; so the Rosicrucian does not parade before the public the revelations made to him by the king within, who is nobler and wiser than all the earthly kings and princes, for they only rule by the authority and power derived from Him. His secrecy ceases only when the king commands him to speak, for it is then not he who speaks, but the truth that is speaking through him.” ~Franz Hartmann

Devil of Falsehood

Lies are a favorite tool of the devil, and so it is reasonable to say that falsehood is itself, a devil. All falsehood comes from the devil or dark beings. Lies are never a tool of the angels of God or the beings of light. If you find that someone is lying, you can assume that person is doing the devil’s work, intentionally or not.

Why are lies a favorite of the fallen angels known as the devil? Because they created and control the realm of matter. Because the dimension of matter is one of distortion and illusion, it is also the realm ruled by falsehood. So we really don’t need to speak of a devil of falsehood as if there were many devils, but only one dealt in lies. Whether there is but one devil or several, falsehood is their primary tool of control.

Ignorance and Falsehood

Hartmann says that ignorance is “a nonentity,” while falsehood is the true evil. I think that he means that telling lies is an active evil while being ignorant is passive. I don’t think that is always true. In fact, I think more often than not, it is false. It is the people who know the truth who limit who they share it with, and how much of it they share. On the other hand, those who are ignorant generally think they know what they are talking about and are willing to share their beliefs and falsehoods with everyone. So while ignorance itself may be passive, sharing that ignorance with anyone who will listen is not. And there is a lot more of that going on than the sharing of intentional falsehood.

Ignorance of Reality

While intentional falsehood may be worse than ignorance, some spiritual teachers say that ignorance is the only real “sin”. That idea shocks many. They will ask, “What about murder, rape, theft, and so on. Are they not sins?” Yes, they are. As are many other types of negative behavior. But the point is, we only do those things when we are ignorant. Ignorance of one form or another is the cause of fears, insecurities, and anti-social behavior. Greed doesn’t happen when we are aware that having more than we need, or can possibly use, doesn’t do us any good. Fear doesn’t happen when we know the truth of the world we live in.

The belief in the total reality of the realm of matter is the greatest falsehood. Matter is an illusion. Even science now agrees with that. The Quantum Physicists say that this universe appearing to be so solid, so real, is just a hologram. As an illusion, getting too involved in it is pointless. The only real worlds (or dimensions) are those of spirit. The spiritual realms are permanent and unchanging. They are forever. Matter is temporary and constantly changing. While we do have to live and function in the realm of matter, we need to remember that it is like playing a part in a play. When we understand that, how can we get jealous or greedy? Those negative things happen only because of ignorance.

So ignorance is not truly passive and engaging in regular falsehoods is done only by the ignorant. Wake up to reality and the falsehoods will end ( except for the polite and harmless compliments where the person isn’t really asking for your honest opinion). But we can’t get rid of all ignorance until we awaken our spirit and soul. Only the soul can know and understand the spiritual realms. But it must be awakened first. The best way to do that is by using the light of the spiritual sun following techniques shared by the mystery schools of the world for centuries. Doing it blindly, without proper instruction, rarely works. Telling yourself you don’t need training is another falsehood.

Ignorance Bane of spirit

Ignorance: Bane of Man and Spirit

“Omission is the bane of prayers: Of houses, laziness the bane; The bane of beauty, indolence; And carelessness the watchman’s bane. Ill conduct is a woman’s bane, A giver’s bane is avarice; A bane are all bad doctrines, in this world and the next. Thence, more baneful than the rest, Is Ignorance, the bane supreme. This bane renouncing, baneless be, O monks! Easy is life to live for a shameless man, Impudent as a crow, and backbiting, Aggressive, bold, depraved. Hard is life for a modest man, Ever in quest of what is pure, Disinterested, retiring, clean-lived, clear-sighted. He who destroyeth life and speaketh lies, Who taketh in the world what is not given, And goeth to another’s wife. And the man who is addicted to strong drink, E’en in this world doth his own root dig up. O mortal, know thou this: Evil is the state of the intemperate; Let not impiety and greed Reduce thee long to pain.” ~The Dhammapada

Omission and Laziness

What the Dhammapada is calling omission would be called procrastination today. Putting off until some future time things which should be done now. Procrastination is the bane of many things.

With prayer, I don’t think omission is the greatest bane. The main problem with the way most people pray today is that they do it all wrong. It isn’t that they leave things out, it’s that they use prayer like a form of begging. Or they act like God is some genie ready to grant their wildest wishes. The proper way to pray is to ask God to give you what He knows you need to grow and learn. Also ask for the strength and wisdom to deal with the dark ones who would lead you away from the path.

I can agree that laziness remains the bane of houses, or at least orderly homes. If we don’t clean our houses, and make repairs when necessary, they cease to be places of comfort and beauty. Of course, there are other things that can be a bane to a happy home.

The Great bane of Ignorance

Many disagree with the idea that ignorance is the greatest bane. They will tell you there are many good, kind people who lack education. On the other hand, there are well-educated despots, thieves, and greedy businessmen.

But ignorance is not a lack of formal education. To spiritual people, ignorance is more specific. It is lack of knowledge of truth. It is not knowing God in and true sense. They may have been taught about God, but that is not the same as knowing God from one’s own experience. Those who do know God cannot help but want to sever God’s Great Plan. Those ignorant of God and truth think they follow their own path, but are probably following one under the guidance of Satan and his minions. Continue reading “Ignorance: Bane of Man and Spirit”