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Spiritual Rebirth and the Sun of Righteousness

“Some are reborn through water and the spirit (cf. John 3:5); others receive baptism in the Holy Spirit and in fire(cf. Matt. 3:11). I take these four things – water, spirit, fire, and Holy Spirit – to mean one and the same spirit of God. To some the Holy Spirit is water because He cleanses the external stains of their bodies. To others He is simply spirit because He makes them active in the practice of virtue. To others He is fire because he cleanses the interior defilement which lies deep within their souls. To others, according to Daniel, He is Holy Spirit because he bestows on them wisdom and spiritual knowledge (cf. Dan. 1:17; 5:11-120. for the single identical Spirit takes His different names from the different ways in which he acts on each person.

“The Law instituted the Sabbath, says Scripture, so that your ox and your servant might rest (cf. Exod. 20:10). Both of these are symbols for the body. … The Sabbath signifies the final goal pursued by them throughout the ascetic and the contemplative life, and so it provides for both of them a fitting rest.” ~The Philokalia

Spiritual Rebirth

The most important part of the first line quoted above is that we are reborn. Many modern churches interpret this as something that happens with physical death when we are reborn as spirits. Others say that simply accepting Christ as our Savior makes us reborn. Neither Jesus nor the Apostles ever taught either of those beliefs. The great mystery schools didn’t teach it either. Yet all believed that we must be reborn. It should be obvious to any thinking person that being reborn cannot be such a simple thing as accepting someone’s philosophy and teachings. It doesn’t matter whether the teacher is Jesus, Buddha, or some Indian Guru. Jesus didn’t say, “Listen to what I say and you will be saved.” He said, “Follow me, do as I do, and you will be saved”. That is quite different from what is being practiced in the majority of Christian churches today.

The early Christians, Buddhists, Mystics, and others understood what was meant by rebirth. It means that the spirit and soul, which lie dormant when we enter the world of matter, must be awakened and made conscious. That makes us very different people. It makes us butterflies instead of caterpillars. Sadly, most of those who today claim to be reborn have not actually done this.

Water, Spirit, Fire, and Holy Spirit

I can agree with the Philokalia when it says that this rebirth through four different things all refers to rebirth through the spirit of God. In the specifics of each, I think they are only partly correct.

While water can represent a spiritual cleansing—which is certainly necessary for most of us—it can mean much more. We think of water as flowing. Water has waves. Energy also flows in waves. So another interpretation of water is as flowing waves of energy. Not just any energy. It is the spiritual energy that flows from God, into the spiritual sun (or Sun of Righteousness), and then into us. It is this energy that awakens and “feeds” the spirit and soul. It is, in that way, a means of being reborn. It is a means of spiritual rebirth.

To the ancients, fire and light meant the same thing. Since they got light from a fire, they used the words interchangeably. So yes, fire can burn the impurities out of us, but it does more. Thinking more in terms of light, it again represents that energy, that spiritual light, that comes to us through the Sun of Righteousness (“Sun,” not “Son”). This spiritual sun shines on all, but only those who turn to it and attune themselves to it receive and significant benefit. The Old Testament prophet Malachi did promise, however, that it would burn all the evil out of the world. That doesn’t mean people, animals, etc. will burst into flames. It means that we will all transform into spiritual beings. We must all go through a spiritual rebirth. Those who make the effort to transform early will be the leaders in that coming Golden Age of spirit.

Likewise, spiritual rebirth by spirit or the Holy Spirit means the same thing. That light, fire, flowing Water of Life that comes from the spiritual sun.

Law of the Sabbath

I have to admit that I never thought of the references to animals with regard to the Sabbath was really a reference to the human physical, or animal, body. Yet it makes perfect sense to see it that way. Of course, work animals need to be allowed to rest. But I think that is more of a daily thing rather than a weekly one.

When it comes to man, however, I see it differently. It isn’t so much that the physical body needs a day of rest once a week, although that might be a good thing also. I think what was really meant by those who started the idea of a Sabbath is a day of mental rest. Or more accurately, periods of mental rest. It could be a day or an hour. It might be just a few minutes. So in an allegorical way, the idea of a Sabbath is to remind us that we need to devote time to spiritual matters as well as physical and mental ones. It also is hinting at the need during spiritual practices to clear the mind as much as possible and let the true knowledge found in the spiritual light educate us. As the Zen masters say, you must empty your cup before it can be refilled with something else. The one who successfully empties his cup can experience that spiritual rebirth.

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Sun of Ideas, Discoveries, and Philosophies

“When you want to benefit from the energies of nature, receive them directly from the source and not indirectly. For instance when you want to use solar energy, go out and receive it directly from its source and not through glasses or lenses.

“Love as the Sun loves. When it rises, it sends forth light to all living beings—ugly and beautiful, small and great.

“The heart of our solar system is the Sun. The rhythmical movements of blood in the human heart are determined by the rhythmical waves of the Sun. Therefore, when the heart of man functions improperly, this is a symptom that he has violated his relationship with the Sun—the heart of the solar system where he lives.

“The Sun is the bearer of new ideas, new discoveries,new philosophies, a new religion and a new science. The Sun is going to sweep aside everything old; it will consume the old and turn it into dust. The Sun will bring to earth a pure and sublime life. For whom will this be so? For the souls that are ready. The soul that is ready is like a bud that is waiting for the Sun to shine. Whe it does, the bud will open into blossom.” ~Biensa Douno

Benefit from Nature

There are many ways to benefit from regular contact with nature, or the natural environment. We can aid our physical health in a number of ways by simply removing our shoes and walking barefoot on the earth. Or you can just sit in a chair with your bare feet on the ground. For more on that concept, read the book Earthing.

Another way to benefit from nature is to observe wild animals. If you are gentle enough, loving enough, you might even be able to make friends with some of them. And don’t forget the plant kingdom. There are indeed benefits to tree-hugging. Old trees may have much wisdom hidden within them that they might share with one who makes friends with them without demands or expectations.

But as Douno notes, the most significant way to benefit from contact with nature is through contact with the sun. Both the physical sun and the spiritual Sun can benefit us (I believe that when master Douno capitalized “Sun,” he is speaking of the spiritual sun).

In recent decades, we have been told by many, especially the drug pushers, to avoid sunlight. “It will melt your face,” they say. “It will give you cancer, or dandruff, or tough skin1,” they warn. And many who listened are now suffering from a shortage of vitamin D which can lead to a number of health problems. Some have learned from the mistake of hiding from the sun. Other take vitamin D pills instead (Sigh!). In truth, the sun shining on us is just about as beneficial as the sun shining on flowers and trees.

The spiritual sun is another matter. It is of benefit to the spirit and soul, not the physical body. It is more than a benefit. The light of the spiritual sun is necessary for the good health of the spirit and soul. And the easiest way to awaken a sleeping soul is with the light of the spiritual sun. One effect is felt on the physical level. It is the light of this sun, coupled with the light of the physical sun, that awakens the pineal gland, sometimes called the third eye.

Heart Sun

The sun is the heart of the solar system. There are some who still disbelieve that, but the foolishness is of no concern to the rest of us. We shrug off their silliness and move on.

While our sun is the heart of the solar system, it is not the heart of the universe. There are many stars, many suns. Some of those suns are much larger, and much more powerful than our sun. Yet is remains our sun we should turn to for light, both physical and spiritual. There are two reasons for that. Turning to other stars for energy is pointless because they are so much further away that only a miniscule amount of their energy reaches us. The other reason is that the stars share light, energy, and knowledge with each other. So the light of our own sun is the light of all suns.

Sun of Ideas

A sun of Ideas? Whoever heard of such a thing? A sun of ideas and philosophies? Nonsense!

But it isn’t nonsense. It is all very true if you are referring to the spiritual sun. The light of the Sun carries what we in Cosolargy call “Information Factors”. This means simply that light is a carrier of information. While that may sound unbelievable to many, just consider how radio carrier waves can carry with them music, news, an episode of “Little Orphan Annie”. Light is a carrier wave just as much as radio waves. And the light of the spiritual sun carries spiritual knowledge that few know how to receive, and even fewer can understand. Sometimes, those light waves from the sun of ideas inspire inventors, musicians, writers and creative people of all sorts. It is the muse of muses. For many others, it may simply affect your dreams, causing you to see things differently. It may even allow you to see some future events, usually, so you can either prevent them or prepare for them. A sun of ideas is a powerful teacher, a great guru. And think how much more you would gain from that sun of ideas if you turned ti it and took in its light with intent and a desire to learn with no accepted beliefs to filter out the truth. If we all started turning to that sun at dawn, and taking in that knowledge from the sun of ideas, we would soon have that promised golden age that most of us want. An age of peace, love, and good health for all.

1 – So what’s wrong with tough skin? The skin is supposed to protect the body. A tough skin does that much better than a thin, pale, tissue-paper skin.

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Sun Life and the New Golden Age

“Through the changing relations of the Sun, there appears now in the human being himself, as has been already indicated, a change in the conditions of life. Things so shape themselves that when the human being is dominated by the Sun influence, he devotes himself more to the Sun life and its phenomena than to himself. At such times he feels the greatness and glory of the universe; he, so to speak, absorbs them. Those very exalted beings who dwell on the Sun then influence the Moon, which again influences human beings. … It is then that the physical and the etheric bodies attain a definitive size and form. … Man gave himself up to the enjoyment of the universe in a kind of Sun life. During this period he was carried beyond his own life; he lived more spiritually. … He felt as though the forces of the universe were streaming into him.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Relations of the Sun

In the quote, Steiner is writing about ages in the distant past. He calls one such age the Sun eon, and another the moon eon. But just about everything he says in the quote can be equally applied to shorter, more recent periods of time. In fact, it can be applied to a single day, but to different individuals living as either Sun people or Moon people.

We have always had a close relationship with the sun. But in recent centuries, we have been convinced to push that connection aside in one way or another. Centuries ago, it as done mostly through religion. The state-approved churches put down any forms of sun gazing as pagan sun worship. They preached that anyone who did such a thing would never be welcomed in heaven. But simply because a religious or spiritual practice predates Christianity does not mean it is wrong.

Change in Conditions

While the practitioners of modern Astrology often exaggerate the influence stars ad planets have on us, they are correct in saying that they do have an influence. The locations and conditions of the sun, moon, stars, and planets all change the conditions of the world we live in. When the conditions change, they change us. But they do not force us to behave in any particular way. They only guide us toward certain things, for better or worse.

Sun Life

In Steiner’s ancient cosmology, a sun age came first, then a moon age. The sun age was more spiritual, the moon age more materialistic. This sun age ended long ago. The moon age of materialism is still happening.

In that sun age, man’s life was different. We did not have the dense physical bodies we have now. Because our bodies were almost pure spirit, we didn’t need to eat matter to survive. We lived on energy, on spiritual light. In the sun age, we were as concerned about others as we were about ourselves. We did things to benefit all rather than doing just what benefited ourselves. We shared everything we had with friends and family. The idea that we owned anything made no sense to us at all. The whole concept of ownership was unknown.

Moon Life

But dark beings and influences got to us. They convinced some to start consuming matter. They convinced some to start claiming ownership of things. Before long, we were in a moon age, an age of materialism. In this age, we have wars and diseases. We have greed and envy. Practically everything negative belongs to the moon age. But now that is changing one more.

A New Sun Life

We are at the dawn of a new solar age. This is primarily because God has sent us the promised Sun of Righteousness. That’s “sun,” not “son”. The Sun of Righteousness might be thought of as a special edition of the spiritual sun. It has more energy than the previous spiritual sun. It has higher frequencies than the older sun. It sends spiritual light and consciousness toward us at a much greater rate than before.

As a result, some of us are awakening. As we awaken, we turn around and start changing from moon-age beings to a new sun life. As solar beings, we consume less matter, but take in more energy. We start thinking of others as much as ourselves. Killing other beings, plant or animal, without a good reason is not acceptable to us. Most of all, we gradually raise our consciousness levels, with the aid of the spiritual light from the Sun of Righteousness, to higher and higher levels. As we increase our levels of consciousness, we become able to communicate with higher beings like angels and light beings. We learn truth and wisdom. Gnosis is achieved. And the darkness and the beings of darkness will be banned forever in this new age of light. So start becoming part of this new sun life now.

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Solar Relationship of Man with the Spiritual Sun

“We will make an experiment with the sunlight. Let it speak to you: music is hidden within. No harmony of tones more sublime exists than that which emanates from the vibrations f the rays of the Sun.

“When you want to benefit from the energies of nature, receive them directly from the source and not indirectly. For instance, when you want to use the solar energy, go out and receive it directly from its source and not through glasses and lenses.

“Love as the Sun loves. When it rises, it sends forth light for all living things—ugly and beautiful, small and great.

“The heart of the solar system is the Sun. The rhythmical movements of blood in the human heart is determined by the rhythmical waves of the Sun. Therefore, when the heart of man functions improperly, this is a symptom that he has violated is relationship to the Sun.” ~Biensa Douno

Listen to the Sun

Yes, the sun will speak to you. Or more accurately, something within the sun will speak to you. That something is the spiritual light that comes from God, down to the spiritual sun, and then to us. We have a strong solar relationship. But few of us turn to the sun. As to whether or not it sounds like music, I think that is open to interpretation. Douno probably meant that statement allegorically. That is to say, he meant it is like music in that it is pleasant and makes one feel joyful. Our solar relationship is one of joy and pleasant sounds and scents. Continue reading “Solar Relationship of Man with the Spiritual Sun”