“Do not come to us holding heathen gods in your heart, even though they are within a hidden and closed recess. Purge yourselves of all false beliefs outside the gate.
“Here, all are to practice the way to full soul realization in common Here, truth will bind one with the other. Humility, modesty and justice will govern our lives. There is to be no straying of heart and eye towards improper and unworthy things. Every man is to command or obey according to his rank.
“If anyone is found to have lied upon admittance, … amends are to be made by labor. … If anyone lie with intent to deceive, or if injury or sorrow be caused to another, amends will be made by labor. …
“If anyone defame another behind his back, he is to make amends by labor.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:20:24-29)
This line has both a literal meaning and an allegorical one. Spiritual students are being advised to not worship false gods. But allegorically, it means that you must free yourself of all false beliefs, spiritual or not. If you cling to old beliefs, you can’t accept new ones.
You might ask, “How do I know which beliefs are false?”. In many cases, you can’t. At least not until you have truly awakened your spirit and soul. What you can do is be open-minded and accept that many things you were taught, and believed all your life, are simply not true. Some are exaggerations. Others are confused versions of the truth. Some are complete fantasies. They cannot be replaced with truth until we accept that they may be false. As Oriental teachers say, you must empty your cup before it can be refilled. Continue reading “Follow the Way for Full Soul Realization”