Month: June 2017

EsoBites: Understanding the Esoteric 108-year Cycle (5)


EsoBites: Understanding the Esoteric 108-year Cycle (5)

20 June 2017

Dear Fratres and Sorors,

Today, I am going to continue my explanation of the R+C cycles of activity and silence.

Specifically, I am going to provide a complete explanation of the ancient origin, significance, and meaning of the Petite and Grande Esoteric Cycles. I will do my best to present such ancient knowledge simply and with the prayer that at least one other person will find the key to the Tomb of Ancient Knowledge and Wisdom.

Though, it is far too late to stop mankind’s march into the infernal realm of the evil and impure forces, the Qlippothim, residing within the Sitra Achra of the Kabbalists. Hindu metaphysics tell us that the Universe is nearing the end stage of the Kali-Yuga. Such end stage being evidenced by man’s absorption into the materialistic mindset and losing contact with the spiritual powers of the Upper World.

Translation–modern man is no longer under the protection of the ruling Angels, Immortal Beings, or the Holy Family. Over the past centuries, mankind has chosen to give his or her soul energy to feed secular gods rather than the Natural God for Mankind. By relinquishing his or her Efforts for developing ones Soul, mankind unknowingly built a Wall between his Collective Mind and the Spiritual Forces of the Upper World.

At the same time, the Qlippothim have been attacking the Protective Wall that the Creator placed between man’s Collective Mind, or Astral World, and the residual psychic parasites from prior Universes. Every day the fissures grow wider and more numerous so to weaken the Wall. When the Wall fails, mankind’s existence fails.

Generally, students of metaphysics are in the dark as to the origin, significance, and meaning of the esoteric cycles. As R+C students, we are lucky that the Order acknowledges and follows the near universal cycle of 216 years in its worldly activity and rest. Two half-cycles lasting 108 years each.

So the first question is from where, did the time interval of 216 years?

The first principle is to remember that the ancients looked into the night sky so to better understand themselves. The ancients believed that every star was a living being and that when a person died he or she went to the stars for eternity (Stories of Castor and Pollex, Hercules, and so on). Subsequently, they saw a distinct correspondence between the cyclic motions of the stars over the year and the psychospiritual life of mankind upon the earth.

By observing the positions of visible stars over many thousands of years, the ancients discovered the precession of the equinoxes by the changing of the pole-star around which all other stars circled during a day. It is highly likely that the Dynastic Egyptian, Sumerian, Indus Valley civilizations, and the Aryan Vedic peoples were all aware of this Grande Cycle.

Traditional esotericism declares that the length of a Grand Star Cycle is 25, 920 years of 360 days each. However, we know that there are 365.2421 in a solar year (which the ancients were aware) which gives a more accurate modern value of 26, 298 years [(365.2421/360)*25, 920).

Interestingly, both time intervals reduce to the number 9 = 0 upon theosophic reduction.

The ancients saw the sky divided into what appeared to be twelve different constellation patterns, of unequal expanses. Assuming that the actual area allocated to each constellation is evenly distributed, they reasoned that the twelve Ages exist within the Grande Cycle. If one divides the full duration of the Grande Cycle by twelve, each Age persists for 2160 years.

The ancients noted that the Sun is the Hub of a great wheel with twelve spokes holding the constellations in place. In other words, the Sun has two opposed Cosmic Hands with six fingers each. Similarly, under the law of correspondence between the macrocosm and the microcosm, we would presume that Adam would also possess six fingers upon each hand and be Steward over twelve earthy orders of living creatures.

This correspondence is suggested by verse in several portions of the Old Testament. For in Genesis 6:1-2 we find,

“1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.”
4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”

While, controversy exists as to the males identified as the ‘sons of God,’ the Hidden Records are quite clear. The sons of God were not spiritual entities possessing human bodies, e.g., angels who assumed flesh, but referred to the unnamed descents of Adam and Eve after the metaphorical expulsion from the Garden. Especially, as they are called the ‘mighty men who were of old, men or renown.’

For in 1 Samuel 17:4-7,

“4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.
6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders.
7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him.”

Even more interesting is 2 Samuel 21:20-21,.

“20 Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant. 21 So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.”

Therefore, it is reasonable to see that Adam was the true microcosmos (12 fingers) and that majority of terrestrial man has been reduced to only ten fingers. Looking at their own hands, smaller and less grand that of Father Sun and Adam, but still created in the ‘same image.’ Therefore, mankind itself is the hub for ten human time periods ruled by different demigods, each period lasting 216 years, rather than 180 years.

Although cultures differ in how they have interpreted events of the Oneiroin, or Astral World, they are were aware of the procession of the equinoxes and the zodiac. This is why prayer beads in the Far East possess 108, 54, 27, or 18 beads. Many have five additional beads attached which represents the five celebration days external to the 360-day spiritual year.

Now, you understand why esoteric Orders operate with a 216-year cycle. As day is half light an half dark, 108 years are active and 108 years are silent.

So Sayeth Michael

The Purpose Journey (Lesson 54)

The Purpose Journey (Lesson 54)

The kitchen grannies had prepared a wondrous breakfast. The students were discussing the affairs of last night and Merlin’s tale. Finally, Edward asked, “Merlin, was last night intended as a teaching lesson for all of us? It seemed much too spontaneous to me, but nothing surprises me anymore–when it comes to Magick.”

The kitchen grannies began to laugh and Merlin replied, “Edward, of course, it was a teaching lesson for all of you. Morgana may be a mite over-dramatic, but she is a great teacher of Magick. What happened last night was a miracle, but it was also an object lesson.

“All of you have been with Tristan for a long time and have been provided learning opportunities outside of the imaginations and dreams of most human beings. Last night, Tristan, Morgana, and I showed you the most fundamental core of Scientific Gnosticism. The esotericism we teach is based solely upon the most precious energy of all energies, Pure Love. Every day, you see the love shared by Tristan and Morgana. You see how Morgana depends upon Tristan and how Tristan adores her. You were there when they created Eleanor.

“You met Gabriel and went to his wedding in the Land of the Djinn. You observed Morgana’s reactions to Tristan’s kisses in the Temple of the Ancient and saw her naked. No one was shy or embarrassed for everyone loved Morgana as a best friend and mother.

“The Purpose Journey Tristan brought you on was to demonstrate the power of love when it fills your heart so full it overflows as the desire for more joy for another than for yourself. Of course, Creation has many purposes, but simply said, the only Abiding Purpose is to learn to Love unconditionally by learning Wisdom so to properly utilize your Will.

“In all of the worlds, there is no being who loves more unconditionally than Gabriel. He has told you his tales and you have learned of the religion of the Djinn. He is the only being who has fulfilled the Creator’s Plan so well that the Holy Father and Holy Mother allowed the Holy Daughter, Ariel, to join with him as One.

“So right after breakfast, the lot of you will accompany me to the Temple of the Ancients so to meditate upon this lesson. Then, I shall initiate each one of you by bathing you in the Magical Waters of the Temple. Each shall enter the waters naked and return to the surface reborn and ready for the tasks ahead. So hurry up, we have much business to accomplish.”

Everyone quickly finished food and beverage, returned to their rooms to prepare, and promptly met Merlin in the library. When the group was gathered, Merlin whispered a spell in Enochian and, in less time than it takes for a dragon to blink its eyes, the group was once again outside the Temple of the First Ones.

Merlin performed the mandatory invocation so to enter into the Temple proper. As the students entered, they saw that Tristan and Morgana were present–dressed in the white robes of the Hierophant and Matre. Both were standing on the South side of the Temple Pool and so were facing the entrance to the Temple. The female students noticed that Morgana water had broken for the front of her gown was wet and she was having early contractions, though she did her best to stand upright.

To their right and in the East, stood Gabriel with Sophie on his left and Alliona on his right. Gabriel was wearing a white garment trimmed on all edges with gold thread. On his head rested a laurel-leaf crown. Sophie was dressed similarly and her gown trimmed with copper thread. Alliona’s gown was trimmed in pure silver thread. Both Sophie and Alliona wore crowns constructed of various colors of rose and angel’s breath.

Standing below the trio was a beautiful woman the students had never met. She was dressed in a sheer linen gown with a belt at the waist. The gown was so sheer that her nakedness was barely concealed by it. She wore a crown made of the top of wheat stalks woven together.

Merlin brought the group to the Western quadrant of the Temple and arranged them with the six ladies in front and the six gentlemen behind. He then went to stand in the Northern Quadrant of the Temple.

After everyone was situated, Gabriel announced,

“Awaken, awaken, enlightened Fathers and Mothers of all conscious creatures.
Awaken so to bathe this Temple of the First Ones
In the Divine Luminance, Radiance, and Enlightenment of
The Unborn, Unfathomable Source of All Beingness.

For on this day, a Miracle of the Holy Tetrad is to Manifest in this Ancient Temple.
A Miracle which shall open a Portal to the Oblivion so to return
Prince Marduk to the Universe of Being.
The Divine Emanation of the Holy Son, Kor-el, Himself.

For on this day, a Miracle of the Holy Tetrad is to Manifest in this Ancient Temple.
A Miracle which shall open a Portal to the Holy Family so to bring
Princess Eleanor to the Universe of Being,
The Divine Emanation of the Holy Daughter, Ariel, Herself.

Open the hearts and mind of those standing herein so to join all
Of us with the Eternal Hearts and Minds of Ye, Ancient Ones.
So, Chosen Ones, together we shall intone the sacred vowels,
Aum, Ra, Ma, Aum, three times. Take a breath in and we begin.”

The group intoned the vowel sound sequence three times with full voices. After they stopped, the Temple continued to resound the female uttered vowel sounds. Moreover, the water in the Temple Pool began to be agitated and musical notes were heard.

“Now, we shall intone Aum, Aum, Aum, Aum, Ra, Ma, Aum three times. Please inhale and we begin.”

The group intoned the vowel sound sequence three times with full voices. After they stopped, the Temple continued to resound the male uttered vowel sounds. The agitation of the water in the Pool increased greatly and the musical notes seemed to start a melody.

Gabriel continued, “The last vowel sound we shall intone shall be Om. The ‘O’ sound should occupy approximately 1/4 of your exhalation and the ‘M’ sound will finish off dropping to silence at the end of the breath. Inhale, please.”

The group intoned the vowel Om three times with full voices. At the end of the vowel sound, the water in the Pool was quite disturbed, but everyone heard the most beautiful music emanating from the water.

Gabriel began again, “Morgana, remove your gown and allow Tristan to help you descend into the Pool of Magick so to bring Ariel-Eleanor into this realm. Sophie and Alliona, remove your gowns and help stabilize Morgana as she squats upon the birthing stone lying just beneath the surface of the waters.

“Sweet Iris, you shall be the midwife delivering Ariel-Eleanor. Please take charge of the birthing.”

Iris removed her gown and descended into the Pool of Magick. She positioned herself in front of Morgana and instructed her how to breathe and bear down with the contractions. Iris said, “Little Mother you are much honored for my Mother Demeter, who you call Alliona, and my Sister Kore, who you call Sophie, are here for this most Holy and Divine Birth. And above you, is our Beloved Apollo, Lord of the Light.

“Please drink this potion I concocted for you will have an easy birth and a quick birth,” finished Iris.

As Iris spoke in a soft voice, the Magick Pool manifested a very relaxing melody which visibly relaxed Morgana. Both Demeter and Kore comforted Morgana and controlled her breaths and pushing. As Iris watched her vulva, she would spread a softening cream which relaxed the area so it would not tear. Everyone was totally focused on the birthing event.

Iris said, “Morgana, push harder, your daughter’s head in beginning to show. Push, sweetheart, push. She is coming, she is coming.” Morgana looked exhausted and was sweating profusely. Morgana screamed one time, and Eleanor was caught by Iris and held up for everyone to see.

Iris said, “A goddess has been born who shall right this world. Thank you Father-Mother for this gift of Pure Love with Her Flaming Sword. Little Mother take your daughter so she may feed at your breast.”

As Morgana nursed Eleanor, Iris made sure that the afterbirth was properly removed so to prevent any bleeding problems.

Morgana looking up at Tristan said, “Look, Honey. It is our Eleanor. Isn’t she beautiful?”

And indeed the child was beautiful in every way. Moreover, as she fed on Morgana’s breast, little Eleanor and Morgana began to radiate the golden light and the Temple of the First Ones was filled with unconditional love. The magical water in the Pool turned into liquid, transparent ruby after being mixed with Morgana’s water and blood from the birth process.

Gabriel began to speak once more, “Students of Lord Tristan, remove your gowns and follow Merlin into the Magick Pool. Arrange yourselves so that you make a circle around Morgana and Eleanor. Each male shall be surrounded by two females and each female by two males.

“You have all successfully completed this part of your magical training with the highest honors. Each, a little different, but all accomplished. Today, is a most auspicious time for you, as the birth of Ariel-Eleanor in this Temple of Temples, and Morgana’s water and blood have caused this Pool to change into a color never seen previously in this pool. Her water and her blood are High Magick. Each one of you shall kneel down and use your hands as a cup so to take up this water and drink of it as many times as seems appropriate. This is not ordinary water you drink, but the water of Eternity and the Unborn. Then, you shall lie down in the water and allow yourself to sink to the stone bottom. Do not worry, you shall not drown, but you shall find yourself in the place between death and rebirth. I have something to bequeath to you.
The students did as instructed and settled into the ruby water. True to Gabriel’s word, none felt they were short of oxygen, but in a few minutes all lost consciousness. Shortly, each student heard Gabriel voice, a voice which first seemed so far away, but grew closer as they listened.

Gabriel said, “My dears, at this moment, I ask each of you to visualize your Mentor, your Rav, standing next to you. As your vision clears and you regain awareness, you will notice just how relaxed and at ease you are at this moment of time. As you survey your awareness, you notice the total absence of concern, anxiety, or worry, in fact, it seems rather strange to be without any negative emotions present in your psyche.

“But, all is as it should be for I have brought you to a place none of you have been too before during this incarnation. All of you are present outside of time and space in a region which the Tibetan Buddhists call the bardo at the moment of death–though, none of you have died. Your awareness is present here for you need to learn something prior to the end of your physical lives.

“This lesson is a gift of Eleanor, Morgana, and Tristan so to celebrate this auspicious and unique occasion of a direct influx of Holy Compassion from the Holy Father-Mother, or if you prefer, from the Buddha-Consorts of the five directions. I am going to take you through the three bardos while you are alive so you will recognize them when you come to the time for physical death. This way you shall remember and at the worse choose an auspicious life as a stream-enterer.”

Gabriel took them through the three primary bardo experiences using prayers and instructions gathered from the Tibetan Book, The Great book Of Liberation Through Understanding In the Between. At the end, he said, “Noble Ones, I do not know how any of you will actually experience the period between physical death and rebirth so to complete your journeys as stream-enterers. For such experiences are strongly dependent upon your social upbringing and strongly held beliefs. This being said, while, what I have shown you may not be your exact experience, you will be able to recognize similarities–for the psychoistic process is fundamentally the same–person to person, culture to culture, religion to religion. This is the greatest gift, we can give to each of you. For the Holy Family so loves the creatures it watches over that even in death special opportunities for Enlightenment are given when the individual’s mental faculties are much enhanced, as it is freed from much of the negativity of its autobiographical memories.

“Rise up from the ruby water and behold the Clear Light filling this Temple of Temples which is the Holy Family,” finished Gabriel.

When the students rose out of the water and stood around Morgana, they experienced the Clear Light which seemed to be radiating from little Eleanor who was floating with Morgana in the air. Little Eleanor spoke, “Daughters of Eve and Sons of Adam, you have seen the Way, do not forget this Day.”

As everyone left the Pool and dressed, including Morgana, Gabriel’s beloved Ariel appeared to his eyes alone. Ariel said, “Heart of my Heart, it seems that you and I shall fight another battle together in this Universe. So, I must depart from Sophie and Alliona. But, still, you and I are eternally joined in Divine Intercourse, in unending Bliss, Unconditional Love, and Truth. For every Buddha Consort has Her Buddha Prince. When in deep sleep, we shall remember of Union and shower Divine Love upon each Other.”

After everyone was dressed, Merlin took everyone back to his Crystal Cave. Gabriel, Sophie, Alliona, and Iris returned to Athens so to finish their Work.

The Purpose Journey (Lesson 53)

The Purpose Journey (Lesson 53)

As the sun was setting, the troop of seekers arrived in Camelot and headed to the Phoenix & Dragon Inn. The Inn was a popular rendezvous spot for the knights and ladies of Camelot. Even though, everyone was well aware that Sir Tristan was married to Morgana La Fey, the ladies invariably flirted with him and he with them. Tristan always made sure to pay attention to the less comely and more shy ladies, as he truly did honor and respect the female gender.

As the troop took their seats at an empty table, Merlin ordered a goblet of Dragon’s Blood for each. After the goblets arrived, Merlin stood and made a toast, “Let us drink to the miracle which happened at this Inn a long time past.”

Everyone raised his or her goblet and drank. Celestine asked, “Merlin, you haven’t told us about any miracles happening at the Inn. Tell us, please.”

Merlin began, “A long time ago Tristan, Morgana, and I were at the Inn with Arthur’s remaining knights. Morgana and Tristan were not yet married, for she had only recently returned from the dark side. Needless to say, Camelot was not particularly receptive to Morgana.

In earlier times, Tristan had often stayed at the Inn and read troubadour poetry to the notables gathered together for an evening of serious discussions. Several of the most interesting ladies claimed to have succumbed to his poetry and wit, but Sir Tristan never agreed or disagreed. Though, more than once he had been seen stop next to a young lady to chat and lovingly stroke her hair.

Whenever, this occurred everyone agreed that each of these ladies was most dearly loved by Tristan for the auras about their head become visible and flickered in so many colors. A visiting knight once asked, “Lord Merlin why do the auras of such ladies become visible whenever Tristan touches them so tenderly? Is it a miracle?”

Merlin answered, “Yes, young knight, his touch is a miracle. Sir Tristan’s Inner Soul abides in Pure Love Alone. So when he strokes a ladies hair or face, holds her hands in his, it brings to the surface the innermost beauty and goodness of the young lady. He does this so other knights and lords will see just how beautiful and wise are those not so blessed with good looks. Needless to say, our Tristan is quite the matchmaker in Camelot.

“Tristan use to say, ‘Lady Fortune, like a farmer seeding a field, randomly distributes good looks and sexiness. While, it is nice to look upon such pretty faces and figures, those who have the kindest of hearts and the clearest of minds, only grow prettier with age. So young knights, marry for love and good companionship, not for a pretty face, a loose disposition, or a tight ass.’

After Morgana and Tristan were reunited, Morgana would get unreasonably jealous over the attention Tristan paid to the unmarried ladies of Camelot. One night, she stormed out of the Inn and Merlin followed her so to explain the reason for Tristan’s behavior. She thought for a moment saying, “Of Merlin, why am I such a fool to doubt my beloved. Especially, as it was my fear of losing the only man I ever loved, to be alone and unloved in the world, my jealousy, and my immaturity, which lead me to the dark side. For if I could not have all of Tristan, I would do with none and make the world suffer.”

Morgana began to weep and Merlin took her into his arms, “Oh Morgana, I cleansed you of the illness of the darkness, but you must rid yourself of all negative emotions towards Tristan–for his sake and your sake. If you do not, you will feel unloved and alone. Gabriel and Tristan are not like other men. Their centers of being are not in any of the known worlds, but in the First World of the Ancients. Often, they are difficult to understand, but what they do is always out of love for another.

“For instance, Sophie and Alliona are both married to Gabriel and are the happiest ladies I have ever met. They bare no jealousy for they each feel the full love of Gabriel and this love is so potent that they adore and love each other more than sisters. It really is a miracle. So Morgana, dry up your tears and go back to the Inn. Tristan is waiting for you. Show Camelot that you are not a petty woman, a jealous woman, but a woman who loves others more than she loves herself.”

Morgana understood perfectly and felt changed inside. At first she thought Merlin had cast a spell over her, but quickly understood that it was Tristan’s love and her determination which finally freed her from her past. “Yes, dear Merlin. Time to go back. You are the best friend a girl could ever have.”

And back to the Inn they went smiling.

When Merlin and Morgana opened the Inn door and entered, Tristan excused himself and went over and took her hand, saying, “Come my Love, sit with me.”

Suddenly, the common room began to fill with a warm, golden light radiating from the innermost being of Morgana. Everyone knew that physically, Morgana was the most beautiful, wittiest, charming, and intelligent lady they had ever seen or heard tales about. But at this moment, they saw the golden light of innate goodness, kindness, and love that had been hiding within her heart since the day she first met Tristan as a child without friends.

Indeed, Tristan was not an ordinary knight or wizard. Tristan was the essence of love itself.

As Merlin noted later in his diary, “What a night, we had at the Phoenix & Dragon Inn. Somehow, the radiance of Morgana opened the door to the hidden hearts of those present and the Inn was filled with an unconditional love shared betwixt all present. Such love fed by the love poetry spontaneously composed and orated by Tristan and Morgana exalting the love they possessed for each other. I am sure something wonderful has transpired in Camelot yesterday eve. Truly, love is the magick of the Ancients.”

After finishing his tale of the miracle at the Inn, Merlin sat down and everyone was silent. Everyone had a tear or two streaming down his or her cheeks. Morgana, realizing how things could have turned out, buried her face in Tristan’s chest. Tristan said nothing, but began to stroke her hair and Morgana began radiating her golden light just as had happened during Merlin’s story. Soon all hearts were open to God’s Love and all malice and negativity left the great room.

Everyone had a grand time eating, drinking, and sharing love verses with each other. The party lasted to nearly dawn and the troop was back at the Crystal Cave just as faithful Sol was rising above the horizon. No one wanted to sleep , but everyone was ready for breakfast. Well not everyone, Morgana and Tristan were off to their boudoir to make love.

Making Death Your Advisor: I

Hello, F & S,

For some 9 or 10 years, I had a weekly radio show called Mind, Brain, and Body with the Good Doctor. I discussed science, religion, philosophy, psychology, medicine, and good works. Based upon records, this weekly show drew over 100,000 listeners per show. I do not tell you this to brag, but only to show that the world still has rational and spiritual persons.

Early on, I broadcast 4 chats on Making Death Your Advisor during a period when my Kabbalist friend Volodya was preparing for his death. He and I spent every afternoon for over a month working so he would accomplish the spiritual growth he came into this incarnation to finish.

The day before he passed, he was transferred to a hospice. He left physical life that night.
When, I was called I drove to the hospice and his family was grieving quite hardily. However, Volodia had passed smiling so I knew that he was satisfied with his life and had made it through the three bardos successfully. How could I be sad, when his life was a true success?

So I am going to share these broadcasts with each of you so you will stop shortening your life by wasting activity on escapist activities, hard feelings, and resentments.

The Purpose Journey (Day 52)

The Purpose Journey (Day 52)

The Purpose Journey (Day 52)

After Tristan was finished, Elaine asked a most needed question, “Rav, I listened very carefully to your last talk and my mind was open. I think your Roshi would tell you that I listened with beginners’ mind. I am curious as to how the lineaged Buddhist Masters would react to your presentation? How does your Teaching differ from that of Zen or Tibetan Buddhism?”

Rav smiling replied, “Excellent Elaine, most excellent. I have been waiting for someone to ask about the interface between Buddhism and Scientific Gnosticism. They mesh rather well, I would say. Any place, you would like me to begin, Elaine?”

Elaine said, “Yes, the Buddhist Canon teaches that the universe contains six levels of experiential existence.”

Rav began, “The Buddhist Schools are in agreement that the universe contains a total of six realms of experiential existence. I do not dispute the existential reality of any particular realm, though I do not list them in a linear order, as do the Buddhists: realms of gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hellish beings.

“The Buddhists ascribe, to these realms, an emotive set which characterizes the etiology for residing in one realm or another. In the same order as the realms, the problematic and unwholesome emotions are pride, jealousy, desire, ignorance, greed, and anger.

“Personally, I have never been convinced that existence in any particular realm is secondary to any predominance of one particular negative emotion. Rather, residency within a described realm is related to how an individual expresses his or her self-centeredness and hoarding of any desirable commodity. For example, one person finding self-aggrandizement most pleasant will live an earthly life based upon seeking personal power and control. Another will find pleasure in worldly goods will work diligently so to hoard and control such commodities. Another will be angry with his or her situation and strike back at society in one manner or another. However, in every case, one or more of the stated negative emotions will show a prominence as to behavior toward others.

“Our School has seen many cases of persons drawn naturally to greed and hoarding, persons diligently working so to increase and stabilize greed, persons transforming themselves into treasure chests so to take what such goods into the afterlife. In the end, each one becomes a kli, or vessel, for full manifestation of greed. Another way to say such is that these persons, by clinging, grasping, localizing greed to himself or herself, and making greed his or her demiurgus will transform his or her atonic body so too fully identified with the negative emotion of GREED. There is no reincarnation, as each willingly forfeited his or her free choice and opportunity for enlightenment so to be merged with Mammon, or Universal Greed.

“The Buddhist Schools are speaking of the extreme cases in which persons purposely glory one of the unwholesome emotive states of aggrandizement, envy, physical desires, ignorance, hoarding, or hatred. This is why Swedenborg taught that each person chooses where he or she would like to spend his or she afterlife–based upon his or her core love or desire. Some schools teach that there are one physical life and one afterlife during the life of any universe. Many Buddhist Schools teach that individual afterlives exist for varying times and then reincarnation again becomes possible. Some schools teach that reincarnation is a rare gift earned by few persons who have based their lives upon altruism, compassion, wisdom, and good works.

“Our dearest and most beloved friend, Gabriel, may be the wisest of all enlightened beings. For Gabriel is utterly honest about such matters and says, ‘As the dreamtime was and continues to be the creative playground of mankind (and other partially conscious beings), what one finds residents, within this vast, transfinite, space-time, are all of the above and many more examples of physical and aphysical life. The Unborn are boundless in its Love for all creatures. Boundless in its Generosity, boundless in its Tolerance for foolishness, boundless in its Patience, and boundless in its Hope every moment some conscious heart will discover the emerald key hidden deep within his or her heart so to open the door to the Kingdom of the Unborn Within.

“Whenever a living being discovering the emerald key, all beings in the astral worlds hear a joyous laugh emanating from everywhere and nowhere. The beings in the heavens are reminded of the Unborn’s endless Love and Compassion. The beings in the hells tell each other that god is laughing at everyone. And our benefactor Gabriel, he laughs with the Unborn and suffers for those who sold eternity for worthless power and rocks.

“Moreover, as the Buddhist Schools teach transmigration, rather than successive human reincarnation, each realm is perceived as existentially separated from the others. Gabriel showed me a very long time ago, how each realm actually represents the major categories of human behavior, excluding enlightenment. These realms are not fundamental to the astral, or atonic, worlds, but are fundamental for our species.

“As Gabriel and I have mentioned previously, the realms of post-corporeal existence were not formulated by Ein Sof, but were created by the collective desires of mankind over many aeons. Each of us develops brain-dependent, sets of personas and operating modes which allow us to function within the social world effectively. There is nothing divine about these structures and operating modes as they are emergent from the neural circuitry of the human brain.

“The spiritual term ‘soul’ should never be associated with such brain phenomena. Many schools denote these sets of personas and operating modes by the terms ‘false self or false personality.’

“Realizing the truth of the evolutionary nature of the false self is most helpful for spiritual growth. While, nature builds the brains which create the false selves, our brains organize the atonic energies so to produce a living, creative, virtual world, which we call our dreams. It is our world of dreams which allow our false selves to come to a realization that they exist independent of the body and possess an existence unique to themselves. The feeling of independent existence arises for three reasons.

“The first reason being that our dream selves, and other characters, operate seemingly independent of the corporeal body. The second reason being that the atonic energies are enriched by the 5Q+1, especially, the Quale of everlasting Presence. It is Quale of Presence which provides the various ego states comprising the false self to believe that each possesses primary existence. The third reason being that the false self possesses access to one’s autobiographical memories and so can link a person’s life events in a temporal string. In other words, it feels that it knows that it knows and can act under volition in the world.

“Unfortunately, for the false self, as it does not understand how it came to be in the first place, it possesses a deep fear that it may stop existing one day. It knows the body will die and so is afraid the atonic body will also die. It is a reasonable fear based upon the situation. Therefore, it does everything it can to ‘puff itself up,’ ‘to gather riches and goods for the future,’ and ‘to not think about death.’ It is the false self which desires the self-aggrandizement and hoarding of goods.

“The fear of permanent death is so strong that such fear survives physical death and continues to torment the atonic bodies of the deceased. It attempts to avert such death by creating an imago of an everlasting afterlife in the astral world for it to dwell within. The astral existence of the realms of gods and demigods roughly corresponding to the Christian’s heaven; while, the realms of hungry ghosts and hell beings correspond to the Christian’s hell.

“Gabriel has spent much time explaining the nature of the astral, or atonic, worlds to you and so I shall not repeat such.

“Based upon Gabriel’s reformulation of the Buddhist Teachings, all realms exist within the physical world retaining the Buddhist principle that the most favorable birth realm is that of humankind, we place the human realm higher than the others so to form an inverted ‘v’ or ‘Λ.’ The left arm descending to demigods and gods; the right arm descending to animals, hungry ghosts and hell beings. The human realm refers to persons who are responsible as to living a mundane life predicated on useful work and satisfying family duties. Gurdjieff calls such persons ‘householders.’

“The left arm of the gods and demigods refer to people whom the populace believes to be special and privileged in life. The right arm represents people who hoard and hurt others. I am sure each of you can provide examples,” finished Tristan.

“Rav,” began Helen, “your explanation seems to solve the ongoing problem of how to define and locate what neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers call ‘ego.’”

Rav replied, “Yes, it does suggest a solution to the problem of the relationship between ego and false self. Our school posits that ego is a mental function that animates and provides independent awareness and volition to the false self. However, ego does not reside in the central nervous system, but in the atonic world via the Quale of Presence. If this were not true, as soon as a person died physically, so he or she died aphysically. Hence, no afterlife, no reincarnation, no meaning or purpose to anything.

“Actually, I think rather than false self, we should call this psychological entity, the ‘imaginary self.’ It is much kinder and more accurate.

Morgana spoke up, “Darling, I think we have enough for the day. I suggest all you gather up your coats and boots and head to Camelot for dinner and dancing.”

Tristan smiling replied, “Great idea, darling. We have not been about for a while and it will do all of your children good. In addition, it is time for some romance, eh, Morgana?”

Morgana blushing bright red threw a pillow at Tristan. “Stop teasing me and embarrassing the children.”

Merlin intervened, “OK, everyone up, off to the water closets, and we shall all have a grand time in Camelot–even, if Tristan and Morgana are whispering to each other and kissing.”