Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters and the Light of the Spiritual Sun

“Lo! Quiet waters are before you—holy and tranquil and pleasant—for they are not the waters of contention that cast Joseph into the dungeon. … Nor are they waters of strife. … There are waters whereby there is reconciliation made with Heaven. … In it are baptized the sons of Hagar, and are become gentle and peaceful.
“In the beginning the Spirit that brooded moved on the waters; they conceived and gave birth. … The Holy Spirit has brooded in Baptism, and in mystery has give birth to eagles. … Lo! They are baptized and they become virgins and saints.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

Quiet Waters

White water rafting may be great fun, but for those seeking spiritual growth, calmer waters are better. The Quiet Water is the water of spirit. Water is symbolic of both cleansing and growth. This quiet water does both. It cleanses us of false beliefs and false life styles. It nourishes our spirits and souls allowing them to grow just as water helps plants to grow in the garden.

Waters of Contention

St. Ephraim says those quiet waters are not like the waters of contention. The waters of contention are those forces that turn us away from spirit, make us materialistic. They are the forces that make us turn o one another. Greed, fear, and other negative motions are carried on these waters. Continue reading “Quiet Waters and the Light of the Spiritual Sun”

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The Great River of Everlasting Spirit

“I sing words of glory unto my God who is the Great God above all gods, and the words, which issue from my mouth shall be exalted above all things. With them, I will praise Him in the Sacred Place, in the silence of His Hidden Sanctuary. … With the ever-living thoughts of a devoted heart, I praise Him. Even as the sun rises joyfully into the daysky, so does my heart rise towards He. … He is Great; He is Mighty; He is Glorious. He made the Great River to flow, that all men in the two lands might be fed. It never wearies; it never ceases its onward flowing. It is everlastingly renewed. Even as the great river flows, … so let the river of my life flow through the Earth and eat away the sands of wickedness. …
“Keep me, o my God, from the ways of darkness, and let my spirit rejoice in the Light of Righteousness.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SCL:25:80-85)

God above Gods

There is only one True God and that is the God of Spirit. Other “gods” are either just aspects of the One God, or frauds. Satan, and other fallen angels, have been labeled gods because they have great power, but their power is nothing compared to the one True God, and is almost noting outside their domain which is the dimension of matter.

We should, of course, praise God who gives us eternal spiritual life, even though neither praise or derision can actually have an effect on Him. The effect is actually on us. Just as when we praise some accomplished person we will, to some degree, be reprogramming our subconscious mind to be more like that person, likewise, when we praise the True God of Spirit, we tell our subconscious that we wish to serve Him and be like Him. Continue reading “The Great River of Everlasting Spirit”

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Symbology in Greek Tales and Legends

“Taylor says that the Grecian theology was first ‘mystically and symbolically’ promulgated by Orpheus, and so at once goes to the root of the whole matter. To understand that theology, therefore, we must treat it from the point of view of mysticism and symbolism, for no other method is capable of extracting its meaning. …
“These symbolic Orphic fables have for ages baffled the intelligence of rationalistic literalists, and shocked the prudery of ecclesiastics who, erroneously regarding the Jewish myths as actual realities, have fallen into the same error with regard to the fables of Orpheus. Nonnus states the simple fact in saying “Orpheus describes the series of powers, and the modes, energizings and powers of being, by means of fabulous symbols. … we find Proclus writing, ‘the Orphic method aimed at revealing divine things by means of symbols, a method common to all writers of divine lore.” ~G. R. S. Mead

Greek and Orphic Tales

The Orphic fables of ancient Greece are full of mystical and spiritual symbology. They were not so foolish as to actually believe that the sun rode across the sky in the chariot of Helios, or that Prometheus stole fire from Olympus and gave it to man. These are symbolic tales, as are most of the others. Some literalists will point out that evidence has been found to indicate that some such myths and legends actually did occur. That really doesn’t matter. The philosophers, prophets, and spiritual teachers may have taken historical events and used them to make a point symbolically. It is what the tale stood for symbolically that mattered, not whether or not it actually happened on the physical level.

Orpheus was a traveling musician, poet, philosopher and prophet of ancient Greece. It was claimed that he had the power to charm all living things with his music. He is credited with founding, or at least spreading, certain ideas about religion, theology, and mysticism that came to be know as Orphic Mysteries. The main points were that (1) the human soul is divine and immortal, but must be “awakened” by certain practices which were taught in the mystery schools to those who proved worthy by passing certain preliminary trials. Continue reading “Symbology in Greek Tales and Legends”

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The Isiac Tablet and Its Symbolism

“Plato was initiated into the ‘Greater Mysteries’ at the age of 49. The initiation took place in one of the subterranean halls of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The Isiac Tablet formed the alter, before which the Divine Plato stood and received that which was always his, but which the ceremony of the mysteries enkindled and brought from its dormant state. …” ~Thomas Taylor

“Westcott sums up his interpretation of the Tablet as follows:
‘The diagram of Levi, by which he explains the mystery of the Tablet, shows the upper region divided into the four seasons, each with three signs of the zodiac, … The central region he ascribes to the Solar Powers and the Planetary. In the middle we see above, the sun, marked Ops, and below it is a Solomon’s Seal, above a cross; a double triangle, Hexapla …”
“The Tablet of Isis was originally a table or altar, and its emblems were part of the mysteries explained by priests. … In his introduction to the Table, Kirsher summarizes ts symbolism thus: ‘It teaches, in the first place, the whole constitution of the threefold world—archetypal, intellectual, and sensible. …” ~Manly P. Hall

The Isiac Tablet

I have to admit that I had never heard of this tablet until I read this section of Mr. Hall’s book (The Secret Teachings of All Ages). It’s appearance and descriptions are fascinating. Also known as the Bembene Tablet or the Mensa Isaica, it is a large bronze tablet with enamel and silver inlays and most experts say it was probably made in Rome in the first century.

There are many interpretations of the tablet, including those who say it has no meaning at all but is just an interesting work of art. Some things are fairly clear just by looking at it. First, it is clearly divided into three horizontal sections. It may be that the top section is intended to represent the higher (spiritual) realms, the bottom section, the lower worlds of matter, and the center section representing the world of man who is caught between the two.

Most scholars doubt the claim that Plato was initiated on this table, but then most scholars doubt everything spiritual or esoteric. Continue reading “The Isiac Tablet and Its Symbolism”

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