Law of Moses

Law of Moses and God

“The law ordained through Moses … has not been understood by many persons. … I think that this will be perfectly clear to you when you have learned the contradictory opinions about it. Some say that it is legislation given by God the father of all; others, taking the contrary course, maintain stubbornly that it was ordained by the opposite, the devil who causes destruction, just as they attribute the fashioning of the world to him, saying that he is the father and maker of this universe. Both are in error; they refute each other, and neither has reached the truth of the matter. For it is evident that the law was not ordained by the perfect god the father, for it is secondary, being imperfect and in need of completion by another, containing commandments alien to the nature and thought of such a God. On the other hand, one cannot impute the law to the injustice of the adversary, for it is opposed to injustice. … Only unintelligent people have this idea, people who do not recognize the providence of the creator and have blinded not only the eye of the soul but also the eye of the body. From what has been said, it is evident that these persons entirely miss the truth; each of the two groups has experienced this, the first because they do not know the God of justice, the second because they do not know the Father of all, who was revealed by him alone who came and who knew him. It remains for us who have been counted worthy of the knowledge of both of these to provide you with an accurate explanation of the nature of the law and of the legislator by whom it was ordained. …

“First, you must learn that the entire law contained in the Pentateuch of Moses was not ordained by one legislator, I mean, not by God alone; some commandments are Moses’, and some were given by men. The words of the savior teach us this triple division.” ~Ptolemy

Law of Moses

What Ptolemy is saying in his lengthy and convoluted way is that we can’t just assume that all of what is called the Law of Moses is the Law of God. In other words, we can’t say that God was the source of all of it. Ptolemy says some are the words ( or opinions) of Moses and some the ideas of other men. This doesn’t even account for what gets lost from translations into another language, then translating that into another language, and so on until what comes down to us has been through four or five translations. Those who would argue that it is the Word of God, therefore God Himself makes sure it is always translated correctly fail to recognize that there are dozens of different versions of the Bible, each a little different. And even if it were true that all of the Law of Moses was inspired by God, many people would still not understand its true meaning. Continue reading “Law of Moses and God”

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Rules and Laws in a Spiritual School

  1. Love God above all. To ‘love God’ means to love wisdom and truth. We can love God in no other way than in being obedient to Divine law. …
  2. Devote your time to your spiritual advancement.… The spirit of man may send his mental rays into matter to to obtain knowledge of all terrestrial things; but there is no need that the spirit should thereby lose its own divine self-consciousness …
  3. Be entirely unselfish. Spiritual knowledge begins only where all sense of self ceases. Where the delusion which causes man to imagine himself to be a being separated and isolated from others. …
  4. Be temperate, modest, energetic, and silent. The door to the inner temple is called ‘Contentment.’ … without energy, nothing can be accomplished. …
  5. Learn to know the origin of the METALS contained within thyself. Ignorance is the cause of suffering.
  6. Beware of Quacks and pretenders. He who claims to be in possession of knowledge, knows nothing. …
  7. Live in constant adoration of the highest good.… The Eagle spreads his wings and rises up towards the sun.
  8. Learn the theory before you attempt to practice. He who travels with a trustworthy guide will be safer. …
  9. Exercise charity towards all beings. All beings are one in the spirit; divided from each other merely by the illusion of form …
  10. Read the ancient books of wisdom. Books are to the unripe mind that which mother’s milk is to the nursling.
  11. Try to understand their secret meaning. That which is external may be seen with the external eye but that which is spiritual can only be seen with the eye of the spirit.

These are the eleven rules which ought to be followed. … But the Rosicrucians have a twelfth rule, an Arcanum, in which great power resides, but of which it is not lawful to speak.” ~Franz Hartmann

Rules of Mystical Orders

While Mr. Hartmann calls these rules the Rosicrucian Rules, They apply to almost nay of the ancient mystical orders with only slight changes and additions. Since mystery schools were all about spiritual development, it behooves all of us trying to develop our spiritual self to pay attention to what they had to say.

There are many New Age people today who say there are no rules to spiritual development. Others say there is only one rule, which is to be opposed to organized religion. Both groups are wrong. Not all religions or churches are the same and none of those critics have ever taken the time to really research them. They simply make assumptions base on knowledge of a few. And the no-rules type usually get into deep trouble after a few years when the demons and dark beings control them even more that the church sheep they like to insult. There are rules of all orders on earth. There are rules, or laws, in Heaven as well. Anarchy and chaos is not being spiritual. So let’s take a closer look at some of the rules Hartmann mentions.

Love God Above All

It should be obvious and logical o all serious students that this is rule number one. If you don’t love God, you are not going to follow His Laws. You also won’t work for completion of the Divine Plan if you don’t love God. No one will follow the remaining rules otherwise.

Time For Spiritual Advancement

Another fairy tale of many who call themselves spiritual is that nothing has to be done to become spiritual. They simply declare that they are spiritual, and so it is. No great spiritual school ever taught such nonsense.

We must work on our spiritual development forever. The job is never completed. We never reach the highest level of consciousness while trapped in a physical body. Yet we must go as far as we can before we leave that body. And we must work on it regularly. That means daily, or close to it. Whatever spiritual development techniques you practice, they must be done often to be most effective.

Be Unselfish

Selfish people hoard things. We all know about the very wealthy who hoard money and material goods. Most spiritual people know this is not a good thing. Yet there are also those who hoard knowledge, even spiritual people. Sure, there is advanced spiritual knowledge that can never be shared with the general public. Nonetheless, there is basic information that should be shared. Not only will you be helping others, but when we work together, we accomplish more that when we work alone. Most businesses know this is true. They call it “The Law of Synergy”.

Another reason to not be selfish is that we never know everything. Others may know something we don’t. If we want them to share, we have to share.

Beware of Quacks

Sadly, there are many phony spiritual teachers around these days. Some of them are innocent of deception. They actually believe that the overly-simplified systems they promote are really going to cause a spiritual awakening. Of course, they never have any proof. There are others who are well aware that they have put together a mix of available spiritual teachings from various schools and places simply to appeal to the masses and make a good deal of money. While the bits of spiritual truth their books and seminars share may be better than noting, we should take care to not believe that they have it all. No book aver contains all that is necessary for a complete spiritual awakening. In a real spiritual school, certain truths are reserved for those who have reached a certain level of understanding.

Learn the Theory Before You Practice

Hopefully, no one would attempt to do brain surgery before attending medical school. And the courts won’t let you be represented by a “lawyer” who doesn’t actually have a law degree. Yet there are many who think they can just jump into spiritual practices without first studying the proper way of using them.

St. Paul was one such person. He knew that Jesus and His followers practiced some form of sun gazing, but he didn’t know the details. He tried doing it anyway and seriously injured his eyes. So learn the whys and hows before you do it.

Charity Towards all Beings

This is another important rule of all real spiritual schools. Vegans will, of course, jump on this and say, “See, we told you it was wrong to kill and eat animals.” They are correct. Yet, they are also wrong. They think animals are beings, but plants are not. But plants are just as much living beings a as animals are. St. Francis understood this when he call all plants and animals his brothers and sisters.

So we must treat all lifeforms with charity and respect. And eat only what we need to survive. We need to start learning to eat light. The Divine Light of God is the only food we should be eating. Unfortunately, we have become so dense, we cannot live on light alone. But if we take in spiritual light from the spiritual sun regularly, we start changes that will be passed on tho the next generation. In two or three generations, we may be living solely on light. Until then, killing and eating one type of being is the same as any other. On a spiritual level, they are all the same.

Read and Understand Ancient Books

Many of us have read ancient books of wisdom such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, The Upanishads, etc. Few really understand them. And many have never read them. We read the books of contemporary spiritual writers, but ignore the great writings of the past that hold far more truth than the McDonald’s of spirituality.

But to understand them, we need to first accept that a large part of all of them is written in allegory. They are not intended to be taken literally.

A good example of this is the Bible story of Jesus turning water to wine at a wedding. Materialistic types take this literally and think it was a great accomplishment. But even if it really happened, it’s importance lies more in it’s allegorical meaning. The basic meaning of is that Jesus turned materialistic people (water) into spiritually awakened people (wine). That is far more important.

Rules and Laws

While the rules of spiritual or mystery schools were important to maintain order and aid spiritual growth, they never overruled the Law of God. All these schools recognized that God’s Law was supreme. But they also recognized that many beginning students didn’t know what those laws were. For that reason, they had laws and rules on the human level. Unlike modern laws, however, they never violated the supreme Law of God.

For more on God’s Law, read this older post. And this one.

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Living By Divine Law is Living in Joy, Peace, and Music

“The life of the person who is in accord with Divine Law is pure poetry, music, and song. That person is brave, resolute, and filled with noble and sublime feelings. Should one part with the law, one will become mistrustful, with concerns about everything: fear for one’s life, fearful that old age is coming and that there are not sufficient resources and so on.

“Pay attention to the least impulse. The small thoughts and feelings that manifest through you – these come from God.

“Where is God? God is in all those places where Love, Wisdom, Truth, Life, Knowledge, and Freedom are present. His presence gives us the most beautiful experience of the Spirit. It refreshes us and uplifts us.” ~Biensa Douno

In Accord With Divine Law

The person who is fully in accord with divine law is a person of peace, love, and joy. As such, being around such a person is like listening to great music or poetry. Balance, harmony, and humility describes such a person.

But Douno also looks at another side of that person .He says such people are “ brave, resolute, and filled with noble and sublime feelings.” That is true. It may seem to contradict the idea of being peaceful and living in harmony with others, but it doesn’t. One can be brave, strong, and resolute without being angry, hateful, and violent. In fact, it often takes greater strength and bravery to keep still rather than lashing out at others in anger or fear.

Parting With the Law

Douno is basically saying that one who parts from that spiritual life will be much like those who were never spiritual to began with. Those who never followed Divine Law. They will live in fear of just about everything—although they will deny it. Some will say, for example, that they are not afraid of immigrants. They just don’t want them coming into the country because they steal jobs, commit crimes, and rape our daughters. Well that is fear! They will worry about money, and paying bills. They may become greedy and start hoarding. Since you can’t be greedy and compassionate towards the less fortunate at the same time, they will gradually lose their compassion. Continue reading “Living By Divine Law is Living in Joy, Peace, and Music”

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An Unclouded Mind can Learn Truth and Wisdom

“Wouldst thou with unclouded mind
View the laws by God designed
Lift thy steadfast gaze on high
to the starry canopy;
See in rightful league of love
All the constellation move.
Fiery Sol in full career,
Ne’re obstructs cold Phoebe’s sphere;
When the Bear at heaven’s height,
Wheels his coursers’ rapid flight,
Though he sees the starry train
Sinking to the western main,
He repines not, nor desires
in the flood to quench his fires. …

“But through this connected frame
Runs one universal aim;
Towards the Good do all things tend,
Many paths, but one the end.
For naught lasts, unless it turns
Backwards in its course, and yearns
To that Source to flow again
Whence its being first was ta’en.”
~Boethius

With Unclouded Mind

If we want to know truth, we have to have an unclouded mind. That means that we first have to rid ourselves of ll false beliefs and limitations. We can’t learn what is real when we wear blinders. We can’t see what is really happening on the stage through all the smoke and mirrors. cleansing the clouded mind is necessary. One by one, we have to empty the clouded mind of assumptions and beliefs.

God’s Law

Law exists at three levels. On the lowest level is man’s law. Above man’s law is Nature’s law. Man can try to pass laws that oppose those of Nature, but it always causes problems. At the highest level is God’s Law Any attempt to override God’s Law with man’s law is foolish. It just won’t work. On the other hand, God can and will change the laws of the universe when it suits His purpose to do so. Many spiritual groups and school advise us to look within to learn God’s law. Boethius seems to disagree with that. Continue reading “An Unclouded Mind can Learn Truth and Wisdom”

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