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Saints Resisted Sin Out of Love

“For the sake of love all the saints resisted sin, not showing any regard for this present life and they endured many forms of death, in order to be seperated from the world and unified with themselves and with God, joining together in themselves the broken fragments of human nature. For this is the true and undefiled theosophy of the faithful. Its consummation is goodness and truth – if indeed goodness as compassion and truth as devotion to God in faith are the marks of love. It unites men to God and to one another, and on this account contains the unchanged permanence of all blessings.

“The actualization and proof of perfect love for God is a genuine and willing attitude of goodwill towards one’s neighbor. ‘For he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,’ says St John, ‘cannot love God whom he has not seen’ (1 John 4:20).

“The way of truth is love. The Logos of God called Himself the way; and those who travel on this way He presents; purified from every stain, to God the Father.

“This is the door through which a man enters into the Holy of Holies and is brought to the vision of the unapproachable beauty of the Holy and Royal Trinity.” ~The Philokalia

Saints Resisted Sin

What it meant to resist sin varies depending on the religion, and even on different churches within the same religion. Christians and Jews have the Ten Commandments to follow. But the Laws of God are more complicated than those basic rules. It can be expressed simply by saying that sin is anything that opposes the Will of God. It has also been said that sin is ignorance of God, because anyone who truly knows God would not violate His laws.

No Regard for the Present Life

I don’t think this is entirely true. There are many saints in various religions who spent much of their lives fighting for religious freedom and the human rights of their people. Moses took on the Pharaoh. Gandhi took on the British colonialist in India. So I think it is more accurate to say that saints place the spiritual life of themselves and others ahead of physical life on Earth. They are, in almost all cases, willing to fight against those persons, organizations, and forces that prevent people from practicing their spiritual growth methods. Continue reading “Saints Resisted Sin Out of Love”

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Ignorance of the Divine Spark and Awakening It

Human Ignorance

“Humans are generally ignorant of the divine spark resident within them. This ignorance is fostered in human nature by the influence of the false creator and his Archons. … Not all humans are spiritual and thus ready for Gnosis and liberation. … Gnostics do not look to salvation from sin (original or other), but rather from ignorance of which sin is a consequence. Ignorance – whereby is meant ignorance of spiritual realities – is dispelled only by Gnosis.

“And as a terminal downbeat observation: Death does not automatically bring about liberation from bondage to the realms of the Demiurge. … It is implicitly understood in most Gnostic teachings that those who have not made effective contact with their transcendental origins while they were in embodiment would have to return into the sorrowful condition of earthly life.” ~Bernard Simon

Ignorance of the Divine Spark

Much of humanity is ignorant of the Divine Spark within. They generally fall into two groups. One group believes in God and is often quite religious, but doesn’t see and need for spiritual self-development. The other doesn’t believe in God or anything spiritual. Both are living in some degree of ignorance.

Ignorance is Sin

Mr. Simon says that, according to the Gnostics, that salvation (or forgiveness) of sin was not the path to Heaven and enlightenment, but rather to be free from ignorance, which causes sin. That is true of most Gnostic groups and it is true of Cosolargy, which I follow. Gene Savoy, Sr said:

Man punishes himself because he breaks the supernatural laws of the cosmos. Man suffers because of his ignorance of God and His laws. Ignorance is the only sin for which man must atone.”

Why is ignorance the only sin that matters? Because one you overcome ignorance, you stop sinning, it is that simple. When you were an infant, you may have touched a hot stove and got burned. Not badly, but enough so you knew it wasn’t a good thing to do. But because you didn’t quite put the stove and the burning pain together as connected yet, you may have made the same mistake a day or two later. But after getting a few mild burns (hopefully, your parents had you protected from the hotter areas where you could get serious burns!), you got the connection and stopped touching it.

Death and Liberation

A common belief of those living in spiritual ignorance is that when you die, you go on to Heaven or some variation of the Christian Heaven. You need not do anything special, you don’t have to earn this high privilege, you just have to die. If that were true, the idea that suicide is wrong would make no sense at all. Why should anyone be deprived of the right to rush off to heaven whenever they choose?

The answer, of course, is that death is not a ticket to Heaven. It isn’t even a ticket to an afterlife, at least not in the sense that most of us expect an afterlife to be. Those who die without doing what is necessary to get into heaven will find that their soul will separate from them, and return to heaven without them. The soul is like a guest living in your spiritual guest room. If you don’t go through the process that allows you to become one with the soul as taught by mystics and mystery schools for ages, the soul moves out and you do not go with it. Instead, your consciousness becomes part of the Gaia mind that controls the planet. You become, in a way, a piece of Mother Nature’s consciousness. That is not what I want when I die and I don’t think it is what anyone else wants.

I have heard of some Eastern Gurus telling people that when they die, their soul is like a drop of water falling into an ocean. Once that happens, it becomes just a part of the whole ocean. That is a good description of what happens to those who, out of ignorance, don’t integrate with their soul.

Escape from Ignorance

So don’t become a drop of water in the ocean, a tiny piece of the Gaia mind. Lose your ignorance by awakening and developing your soul. You do that primarily by taking in the light of the Spiritual Sun through a process called sun-gazing. But sun gazing alone won’t do it. It is more complicated, which is why those who are serious about ending their spiritual ignorance join a reputable spiritual school to learn the complete process one step at a time.

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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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Ignorant Humans and Spiritual Humans

“Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of God, and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the workmaster; But deemed either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of heaven, to be the gods which govern the world. With whose beauty if they being delighted took them to be gods; let them know how much better the Lord of them is: for the first author of beauty hath created them. But if they were astonished at their power and virtue, let them understand by them, how much mightier he is that made them. For by the greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionally the maker of them is seen. … But miserable are they, and in dead things is their hope, who call them gods, which are the works of men’s hands, gold and silver, to shew art in, and resemblances of beasts, or a stone good for nothing, the work of an ancient hand. …
“For blessed is the wood whereby righteousness cometh. But that which is made with hands is cursed, as well it, as he that made it: he, because he made it; and it, because, being corruptible, it was called god. … Therefore even upon the idols of the Gentiles shall there be a visitation: because in the creature of God they are become an abomination, and stumbling blocks to the souls of men, and a snare to the feet of the unwise. … For by the vain glory of men they entered into the world, and therefore shall they come shortly to an end.” ~The Wisdom of Solomon

Vain and Ignorant

It seems to be a strange truth that most people who are vain and egotistical are also ignorant, while those who have knowledge also have humility. There are a few exceptions, but generally, that is true. They are not necessarily ignorant of Earthly things, things of matter, but ignorant of spiritual things, Godly things, and that is the greatest ignorance of all. It has been said by some prophets and spiritual teachers that the only sin is ignorance because those who are knowledgeable in the ways of God would never do anything that violates the Laws of God. Only the ignorant are foolish enough to oppose God.

Gods Which Govern the World

Solomon, or whoever actually wrote the Wisdom of Solomon, is saying that those who live in ignorance of the real God, the God of Spirit, are likely to start worshipping false gods. They worship water gods, fire gods, storm gods, etc. Mostly, they worship the creator of the physical world known to Gnostics as the Demiurge. This Demiurge is not the true God, so his creations, while fantastic, are also flawed. It is flawed because noting in it is permanent, everything dies, every being has to eat other beings to survive, but then they die anyway. That is not how God’s world functions. Continue reading “Ignorant Humans and Spiritual Humans”

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