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Mystic Temple and the Light of Wonder

“Let us enter the mystic temple and be initiated,—though it must be supposed that, a year ago, we were initiated into the Lesser Mysteries at Agræ. We must have been mystæ (veiled), before we can become epoptæ (seers); in plain English, we must have shut our eyes to all else before we can behold the mysteries. Crowned with myrtle, we enter with the other initiates into the vestibule of the temple,—blind as yet, but the Hierophant within will soon open our eyes. “But first,—for here we must do nothing rashly,—first we must wash in this holy water; for it is with pure hands and a pure heart that we are bidden to enter the most sacred enclosure . Then, led into the presence of the Hierophant, he reads to us, from a book of stone, things which we must not divulge on pain of death. Let it suffice that they fit the place and the occasion; and though you might laugh at them, if they were spoken outside, still you seem very far from that mood now, as you hear the words of the old man (for old he he always was), and look upon the revealed symbols. And very far, indeed, are you from ridicule, when Demeter seals, by her own peculiar utterance and signals, by vivid coruscations of light, and cloud piled upon cloud, all that we have seen and heard from her sacred priest; and then, finally, the light of a serene wonder fills the temple, and we see the pure fields of Elysium, and hear the chorus of the Blessed.” ~Thomas Taylor

Mystic Temple

What constituted a mystic temple in the ancient world varied depending on several factors. One factor was the standards of those who founded the temple. Another was the acceptance of the area for mystics. Where they were not only allowed, but encourages, they may have had open temples like that of King Solomon. In other places, they may have been hidden caves that few knew about. In some cases, the temple may not have been a structure of any kind, but simply a group of like-minded mystics working together.

As with many buildings today, what you used it for defined it more than the architecture itself. Yet there were things that most of the mystic temples had in common. One was some form of chamber or maze where initiation was performed. Another was the entrance that had two pillars by it, one to the left, one to the right. It is said that in some of these temples, once you passed between the pillars, there was no turning around. That is why new students were not simply allowed to enter and wander around. They entered only when they had been prepared for initiation. That preparation part alone may have taken a year or two.

Shut Our Eyes

The students of the mystic temples did not literally shut there eyes in order to prepare for the knowledge of the mysteries. They certainly didn’t blind themselves. They shut their eyes allegorically. They stopped blindly accepting the material world as exactly what it appears to be and as the only reality. They at least accepted the possibility that the world of matter was an illusion. They could not have moved outside of those limitations without accepting that more existed. Their eyes were shut to illusion, not reality.

Wash in Holy Water

Having initiates “wash in holy water” in the mystic temple may be why many churches started the idea of using holy water for one ceremony or another. I really don’t know who started it, but I remember reading that the first known vending machine was in a religious temple and dispensed a few drops of holy water when a coin was dropped into the slot. But water that is made holy simply by being blessed by a priest isn’t the real holy water. It is an allegory, much like the “shut your eyes” above. The real holy water is the flowing light of the spiritual sun that awakens the spirit and soul. It is this that prepares one to enter the mystic temple and complete the initiation.

Book of Stone

Did mystic temples really have a book made of stone from which the Hierophant read? Perhaps. But whether it was literally real or not doesn’t matter. It is the symbolism that matters. The idea of using a book of stone is to say that what as being revealed was eternal truths, indestructible truths. It wasn’t the opinions and interpretations of men found in most written books of paper. If you have never done so, read a few books that are two or three hundred years old. Not spiritual books, but others. See how things that were accepted as normal or true would be laughed at today.

Light of Wonder

It may start with short bursts of light, that spark of light called “ vivid coruscations of light,” in the quote. But eventually, you are filled with that light and you begin to understand the truth. This is not truth in a sense of human history. It is eternal truth, ultimate truth. It is wisdom. The mystic temple could just as easily be called a wisdom temple. Today, many confuse education with wisdom, They are not the same. And real truth and wisdom never come from reading books. They must be experienced by each of us individually. That light of wonder does that for us. That light that originates with God and reaches us through the spiritual sun.

For more on the mystic temples, read this earlier post.

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Cosmos of Wisdom, Universe of Light

“When after an interval of rest, our Earth system appears as the successor of this Cosmos of Wisdom, all the beings newly emerging on the earth, developed out of their moon-germs, prove to be filed with wisdom. And this is the reason why earthly man when contemplating the things around him , is able to discover the wisdom concealed in their inner nature. The wisdom in each leaf of a plant, in every bone in animal and man, in the marvelous structure of the brain and heart, fills us with admiration. If man requires wisdom to understand things, and therefore gathers wisdom from them, this shows that there is wisdom in the things themselves. For however much man might have striven to understand things by by means of wise perceptions, he could not draw wisdom from them if it had not been put into them. He who tries by means of wisdom to understand things, assuming at the same time that wisdom had not been concealed within them, may just as reasonable believe that he can empty water out of a glass into which it had not first been poured.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Cosmos of Wisdom

To say that the cosmos is one of wisdom is to say that it has hidden meaning and knowledge within it. That is true, and fairly obvious, at many levels. Even the most materialistic scientists who believe nothing exists beyond matter do not claim that we already know everything. Even on that level, there remains much to be learned. There is also much which can’t be learned if trapped in that philosophy since there will always be things that can never be understood as part of a universe of only matter and no spirit.

Those who have awakened to some degree are aware that wisdom is not found in books or anything else of matter. It is found in spirit. It is broadcast throughout the realms of spirit and received by the soul. Only the soul can understand. But as Steiner says, there is wisdom in everything and every being. And if we start looking for that wisdom within them, we will start seeing the world in a whole new way. Continue reading “Cosmos of Wisdom, Universe of Light”

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River of Light and Logos of God

“For those still mainly concerned with the bodily forms of virtue, the Logos of God becomes hay and straw, sustaining the possible aspect of their souls and guiding it to the service of the virtues. For those who have advanced to the true contemplation of divine things, the Logos is bread, sustaining the intellective [sic] aspect of their souls and guiding it to a godlike perfection. That is why we find the patriarchs on their journeys providing themselves with bread and their asses with fodder. …

“In scripture the Logos of God is called and actually is dew, water, spring and river. According to the subjective capacity of the recipient. To some He is dew because He quenches the burning energy of the passions which assail the body from without. To those seared to the depths of their being by the poison of evil He is water, not only because water through sympathy destroys its opposite, but also because it bestows a vivifying power conducive to well-being. To those in whom the fountain of contemplative experience is continually active He is a spring bestowing wisdom. To those from whom flows the true teachings of salvation, He is a river copiously watering men, domestic animals, wild beasts, and plants.” ~The Philokalia

Logos as Fodder

Why would anyone see the Logos, the Divine Light of God, as hay or straw? For the same reason, an atheist sees God as imaginary, or a hotel developer sees a flower garden as wasted space. So what the Philokalia is saying is that when that divine light enters such people, the effect is no greater than what happens when you feed hay to a horse or donkey. It won’t awaken the souls of such people any more than straw will awaken the divinity in the donkey.

Today, as many are being encouraged to engage in sun gazing, some such people try it. They may get some physical benefits, just as the donkey gets nourishment from the straw. However, there will be little, if any, spiritual benefit. They are attuned to the wrong frequencies of that light. Just as your radio will only play the channel it is tuned to, your body and spirit will only absorb the frequencies you are connecting with.

Logos as Bread

Here bread is allegorical. Physical bread is not going to be any more effective at awakening our spiritual faculties than straw is. But it is being used here as an allegory for those frequencies of light that do awaken those faculties. The bread here is the Divine Light of the spiritual sun or Sun of Righteousness.

River of Light, and More

The Philokalia then shifts gears, in a sense, and starts referring to the Logos as various forms of water. This is also an allegory. It is an allegorical reference common in the scripture of various religions because it symbolizes how Logos flows. It isn’t something static. It flows into us and fills us much like water filling a jar.

Dew of Light

I’m not so sure about dew, the lightest form of water referenced, being used to quench burning passions. I think some passions may need something more like a fire hose. Still, the point is that one thing the Logos does is help control passions. It does that making us change our priorities to the spiritual above the physical. It also makes us understand the physical is temporary and superficial.

Water of Light

As the quote says, you can look at the Logos as water because it washes the poison of materialism and falsehood out of us. They truly are things that poison us so we need this cleaning. For some of us, it may take the river of light to do that.

River of Light

When we have rid ourselves of false beliefs and are completely open for truth and reality, the river of light flows into us like a flash flood. We become so full of the spiritual light that we must share it with others. If we don’t, the excess can actually make us ill. That is one reason why all awaken people try to help others by sending light to them. And the others you send light to don’t have to be human. You can send a river of light to a sick pet. You can flood a dying forest during a drought with a river of light to help it survive. Or you can just send the excess light out into the world to help any and all that need it.

River, Fountain, Waterfall, Ocean

Beyond the dew, water, and river mentioned in the quote, there are other forms of water. They also can be an allegory for the Logos or Light of God. The fountain of youth that foolish people searched for is the spiritual sun from which the river of light flows. A rushing waterfall can represent someone overwhelmed by too sudden an awakening, too great a flow of light. Such a thing can drive men mad. That is why any responsible guru or teacher is always careful about teaching each student only as fast as hey can handle it. The ocean can be an allegory for the entire race of light beings, human and otherwise. Or it could represent the worlds of light, the spiritual dimensions where everything is light and there is no death or disease.

There were times in the past where such things had to be hidden in allegory. Today is different, so some of the allegories can be revealed to the general public. But even now, the most advanced teaches are kept only for the serious students who will use them carefully and wisely.

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Brightness of God Completely Eliminates Darkness

“For the incomprehensible brightness of God and His boundless love brood above the spirit, and touch the loving power; and the spirit goes forth once more into its works, but with a more sublime and inward striving than ever before. And the more noble and inward it is, the more quickly it is spent and brought to naught in love, and goes forth once more into fresh works. And this is heavenly love. For ever does the craving spirit yearn to eat and to swallow God; but itself is swallowed up in the touch of God, and fails in all its works. For the highest powers are made one in the unity of the spirit. Here are grace and love in their essence, above all works; for here is the source of charity and every virtue. Here there is an eternal outflow into charity and the virtues, and an eternal return with inward hunger for the taste of God, and an eternal dwelling within in pure love. … It is the most inward exercise which one can perform in the created light, in heaven and on earth; and above it there is nothing but the God seeing life in the Divine Light and in the Godlike way.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Brightness of God

It is odd how many people don’t notice how many times words associated with light are used to reference God: brightness, brilliance, illumination, shining, glowing, blinding, etc. We hear these words being used, yet still don’t really associate light with God. If you ask people, they will say they do associate God with light. At least if they believe in God, they will say that. So why do I say that most people don’t associate light with God?

The primary source of light, heat, and other types of energy and radiation on earth is the sun. It should, therefore, be logical to think of the sun and God as being connected in some way if we associate God with light. Yet few people make that connection. And the ones who do are accused of being sun worshipers by those who don’t.

Those who see the brightness of God in the sun are not worshiping the sun. Nor are we saying that this brightness of God is God. There would be no point in saying brightness of God if just saying God meant the same thing. We see God’s presence in the sun. More specifically, we see the brightness of God in the spiritual sun. But that isn’t saying that the spiritual sun is God. God is so much more than just the spirit of the sun. But it is fair to say that God’s presence, God’s essence is in the spiritual sun. And it is that brightness of God in the spiritual sun that can awaken the human soul and nourish it. It also educates the human spirit and soul about their forgotten past. The light of the spiritual sun carries spiritual information and knowledge. And it is true knowledge, not opinion. Continue reading “Brightness of God Completely Eliminates Darkness”