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Treader Upon the Serpent of Materialism

“Now then, if we consider the miserable Fall of Adam and Eve, we need not to run long after the mad Antichrist, to learn wisdom from him; he has none. Let us only consider ourselves, and compare the heavenly and earthly images one with the other, and so we shall see the whole root and ground thereof: We have no need of a Doctor, nor of any strange language about it, it stands written in our Body and Soul; and when we see it, it terrifies us so much, that we tremble at it, As Eve and Adam did in their Fall.

“And if we do not come to know the Treader upon the Serpent in the mark of the partition, in the gate of the deep, between the world and the kingdom of hell, then we see nothing else but misery and death, which might well awaken us from sleep.

“Do not behold thyself, thou blind mind, and consider thyself, where is thy angelic form in thee? Why are thou so angry, stern, and malicious? Wherefore does thou elevate thyself in thy wickedness, in pride, in might, and pomp, and boasts thyself a brave and potent beast? … Wherefore hast thou let the spirit of this world into thee, which seduces thee into high mindedness, into proud stoutness, into covetousness and lying, into falsehood and treachery?” ~Jacob Boehme

The Miserable Fall

The fall of Adam and Eve is not specific to them. They represent all of humanity. We have all fallen into the dimension of matter. This dimension was not created by the true God, the God of Spirit and Light, but by the fallen angels, the Demiurge of Gnostic scripture.

Albert Einstein said we cannot solve a problem using the same mentality that created it. So Boehme correctly advises us that we cannot expect help from the Antichrist (Demiurge) in gaining the wisdom we need to get out of this prison of matter. The owner and operator of the prison doesn’t help the prisoners escape. Turning to the Demiurge for spiritual advice is like turning to a prairie dog in the desert for swimming lessons. What that all means is that if we want to escape the prison of matter and climb up to the dimensions of spirit, we need to get advice from spiritual beings that are in those higher dimensions. We start by looking within ourselves and awakening our sleeping soul. Continue reading “Treader Upon the Serpent of Materialism”

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Fruitless Trees of Priests and Men

“Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you troubled? Amen I say to you, all the priests standing before the altar proclaim my name. Again I say to you, my name has been set down in writing in the generations of the stars through the human generations. They operate, planting trees that bear no fruit, shamefully, and do so in my name.’He went on, ‘Those whom you’ve seen presenting offerings before the altar, they are the ones you are. That is the god you serve, and you are those twelve men you also saw. Cattle you saw brought in for sacrifice mirror the many people you lead astray before that same altar. The ruler of the world will stand, using my name in such a way, and generations of those with faith and piety stand loyal by him. Yet after him another man will stand before you from the fornicators, another from the child-slayers, another from those who sleep with men, from those who keep the fast, and from all the others, from among the people of pollution, lawlessness, and error. Some say, ‘We are like angels.’ They are stars bringing an end to all. And to this generation’s human beings it is announced, ‘Look, now god has received your sacrifice from a priest’s hands,’ meaning a minister of error. But it is the lord of the universe who commands and speaks. On the last day they will be shamed and punished.

‘Stop sacrificing what you have on the altar, since they command over your stars, over your angels, and already have reached their conclusion there.” ~Gospel of Judas

Generations of the Stars

Jesus said his name was set down in the generations of stars. The people of that age probably had little idea how long a star lasted, but today we know that the life of a star is measured in billions of years. And Jesus said his name was known by generations of stars, so many billions of years. How is that possible when we know that Jesus lived a short life? It is possible because when he said that he was speaking as the spirit Christ, not the man Jesus. Jesus may have been thirty years old when he said that, but Christ was billions of years old, having existed before time, before matter.

He also says His name was “set down in writing” through the human generations. Again, He is talking as Christ, who is eternal. But He is also saying that Christ, by one name or another, was known to all generations of man. Throughout all of human history, there has been a Messiah, a Savior, a Light to turn to. Christ brings us that Light. Yet He tells us to turn to the Father and pray to the Father, not to Him. Sadly, few Christians today listen to what He said.

Fruitless Trees

Jesus also says there are priests who proclaim His name, yet plant trees that bear no fruit. Did any priests in those days proclaim the name of Jesus? Of course not. Most of them didn’t even know that Jesus existed. And those that did, didn’t much like this wandering preacher pulling Jews away from the temple and from the control of the priests. No, what they proclaimed was the coming of a Messiah. But they had altered the definition of Messiah so greatly that most were expecting a great and powerful warrior to come to smite their enemies and put the Jews in power. No real prophet ever taught that. The Essenes never taught that. Jesus definitely filled the requirements for the Messiah expected by the Essenes, but not for the warrior prince expected by others.

So when Jesus says these priests were planting fruitless trees, He is speaking in allegory. He means that the things the priests of the temple, now under control of the Roman Governor, were teaching was false and would never happen. Unlike today, where many are now accepting the idea that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, Jesus said no matter how many times the priests taught lies, those trees would never bear fruit. And the majority of priests, ministers, and spiritual gurus today still plant those same fruitless trees. Continue reading “Fruitless Trees of Priests and Men”

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Pure Experience of Sublime Reality

“Buddhist philosophy, therefore is the philosophy of Suchness, or philosophy of Emptiness, or philosophy of Self-identity. It starts from the absolute presence in which there is no differentiation of subject and object, and yet which is not a state of sheer nothingness. … This Suchness defies all characterization or denotation. No words can express what it is, but as words are the only instrument given to humna beings to communicate our thought, we have to use words, with this caution: Nothing is available for our purpose to say ‘not available, (anupalabda in Sanskrit and pu k’u te in Chinese) is not to the point either. Nothing is acceptable. To say it is already negating itself. Suchness transcends everything. It has mo moorings. No concepts can reach it, no understanding can grasp it. Therefore, it is called pure experience.

“ In pure experience there is no division between ‘ought’ and ‘is,” between form and matter or content, and therefore there is no judgment in it. …

“The Buddhist philosophy of Suchness thus starts with what is most primarily given to our consciousness which I have called pure experience. But, in point of fact, to say ‘pure experience’ is to commit oneself to something already posited somewhere, and thus it ceases to be pure. The Dhammapada reflects this thought when it designates the starting point of Buddhist philosophy as trackless, unboundable, … formless.” ~Daisetz Teitaro Suziki

Pure Experience is Truth

Here is something that a lot of people have not yet grasped, even spiritual ones: you can never be sure that what you read in a book, or what you are told, or see on YouTube, is absolute truth. You have to accept that it is almost certainly someone’s opinion. Worse yet, it is often the understanding of one person reading the opinions of another person, who studied the writings of someone like Buddha who had actual spiritual pure experience.

I hear people in various spiritual groups on social media say that spirituality is about having your own experience. Yet when one of them posts a meme, one hundred others will re-post it as if it is a known and absolute truth. As the above quote says, anything put into words can never be absolute truth. At best, it can only hint at the truth. In any case, reading what someone else wrote is not having your own experience.

Every day I see someone in one of these spiritual groups asking other members to recommend books or movies that will help them awaken. These things can only point you in the right direction. Only experience of your own can truly awaken and enlighten. Once you have awakened your spiritual faculties, they can connect with higher dimensions of reality. The experience of those dimensions, the knowledge found within them, is the pure experience Buddha was talking about. It’s a spiritual thing, not a mental one. Continue reading “Pure Experience of Sublime Reality”

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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”