Month: August 2017

HOUSE OF ETERNITY (2)

FIRST TEACHING: THE SUPREME TEACHING

Father: Children of my joy, here is the first teaching. Listen and heed it well.

In the beginning,
the tribes of men were unable to understand
each other as languages were many.

Consequently,
men were in perpetual conflict
over land and women.

So Lord Krishna,
calling upon His bhagavats to goeth forth,
gathering all tribes of humanity
and settling the many as one on the plane of Kurukshetra,
making sure each group had the land and the women needed.

Our Lord gave to each group a bhagavat
learned in their language.

Using such intermediaries,
our Beloved instructed all the adult males and females
to work together in unity
so to build a great stupa to heaven.

Moreover, such stupa was to contain one window
for each adult man and woman.

As the tower grew in height,
so did the comradery of the builders.
And as our Lord commanded, so it was done.

One day, the tower was high enough
and the Lord commanded the bhagavats
to situate each man and woman
behind a window fit to gaze
upon the plain below,
a plain stretching far beyond imagination.

And then, our Beloved Krishna commanded the bhagavats
to write upon clay tablets the visions
that each person described gazing out his or her window.

After such task was accomplished,
the people left the stupa returning to the plain.

The Lord commanded that the clay tablets
were to remain within the stupa,
for in truth it was built to be a grand library.

Then, Lord Krishna commanded
the bhagavats to proclaim to each group,
“Children, by nature you speak different languages
and have different customs
and so you fight with each other.
Our Lord commanded you
to build this great library
and you did as told.

If someday,
you choose to come together
as one grand family
so to be with your Lord,
then, go into the library and read
the many clay tablets residing within.

For by reading and contemplation,
you will see that each person’s view
of the plain of Kurukshetra was mainly illusion,
but all possess a ray of real truth.

If you read and contemplate,
your minds will remove what is false
and retain what is true;
then, you understand the Lord’s plan and wishes.

You shall all speak one language,
the language of the enlightened heart.

Explanation: The true tale of the Library at Kurukshetra moves us beyond the ‘the law of the excluded middle’ and into a more user friendly logic system consistent with the operational rules of neuronal circuits of the brain. In the neuronal-based system, both linear causality and God is

finite, and associative causality is allowed, i.e.,

God is not finite,
God is both finite and not finite,
God is neither finite nor not finite.

Comes X, comes Y,
Goes X, goes Y,
With X is Y,
Without X is without Y.

In modern terms, the Library at Kurukshetra represents the signal-averaging capacity of a normal human central nervous system to process ongoing data so to eliminate random noise, or error. A realized human being is as Brahman, identity-in-difference. What is Divine will understand the Divine.

The ‘take-home message’ being, that no one truly understands how the Unborn manifests so to create a universe, are there just forces and energies, or do divine beings exist, the nature of the afterlife, who reincarnates, and so on. Your only hope is to study as much metaphysics as you can, not believing but with discursive thought, experiment with meditation of all persuasions, and learn how to sort honest misperception from falsehood. Signal averaging is your best plan. God is pretty wise, I would say!

A New Tome From Days Long Past

THE HOUSE OF ETERNITY

Book I: Ruminations Upon Divinity

By Gabriel Baal ’Eyt
Légat Royale du Temple du Mont Carmel

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

The Teachings contained within this short Epistle are extremely ancient, predating the very beginnings of the four, verified, historical civilizations, i.e., Dynastic Egypt, Dynastic Sumer, Indus River, and the Pontine Steppes (Vedas). As you read and contemplate each Lesson, you will discover their prescient nature, as similar propositions are commonly found within the various esoteric schools which have come and gone over the past 5000 years.

In presenting such Teachings, I have taken the liberty of removing the original names, as none will recognized or understood, and substituting the names of divine beings, seers, teachers, and yogis found in scriptures still in existence.

You will discover that the First Teachings were pragmatic and designed so to provide the quickest paths to essence, immortality, enlightenment, and liberation from the confines of time, space, and energy.

The First Ones taught,

The Liberation of self,
Requires the killing of self,
A murder accomplished in Lovingkindness done.

For with the killing of self,
One Awakens into the Timeless-Spaceless Infinitude.

The Unborn and Unfathomable which:

Is both Existence and Nonexistence,
Is neither Existence nor Nonexistence,
Is manifest and unmanifest,
Is neither manifest nor unmanifest,
Is both Possibility and Impossibility,
Is neither Possibility nor Impossibility,

Is both Point and Infinitude,
Is neither Point nor Infinitude.
Is both Individual and Collective,
Is neither Individual nor Collective.
Is both Known and Unknown,
Is neither Known nor Unknown.

The First Ones said, “When a student is no longer confused by the Lesson above, he or she has attained Enlightenment and is consciously present in the Three Worlds, the lower corporeal, the middle Oneiroin, and upper the Empyreal-Noumenal. The Work is Completed and the Enlightened One may exit from Manifest Universality into the Unborn or chose to remain, as God’s Friend, φίλος του Θεού. Terms used in the later esoteric schools are many, e.g., Paraclete, Παρακλέτα, Bodhisattva, Avatar, Fisherman, Ψαράς, and Son of God.

The evolutionary flaws of civilized mankind has brought the corporeal and Oneiroin Worlds into a very dark and evil time of crisis. Man is well one his way toward transformation into a new, mechanical form of socialized insect–Homo insectus. A form of life centered around mechanicalness, materialism, selfishness, and group-think. A life without freedom of choice and endless servitude to Ahriman and Mammon.

The First Ones continue to do what they can to bring mankind back to a place of stability where spiritual progress remains possible for those who desire such. Contrary to popularized, metaphysical schools, schools which attempt to distribute Divine Knowledge and Beingness amongst all human-level creatures, attaining to the Unborn is not a gift given to all. Only those with proper genetic propensities, suitable developmental upbringing, a compelling environment, and plain luck will even try.

These are the ones that the First Ones are able to help.

At first this may seem unfair and unjust, but it is not. Hardly anyone wants to sacrifice his or her selfish desires, kama so to have time to apply the super-effort required to earn reincarnation. A wise Teacher of your time said, “Happy is the Man who has completed his Soul, unconcerned is the insect man, but in true misery is the man working on making his Soul.”

Another modern wit noted, “Mankind is like a large box of laundry detergent. For within the box are a few grains of soap and the remainder is inert filler to trick the masses.”
Regardless, the First Ones asked me to tell you of the Original Metaphysics in the hope that enough will listen so to strengthen the Holy Egregore so to correct your social predicament, most dire. Personally, I have my doubts, but conscious action is what must be done without demanding the fruits which may be.

Herein, I give the instructions I gave to the son and daughter of my heart and loins when they were young–in a time before this Universe was.

NINTH TEACHING: DEATH SPEAKS WITH NACHIKETAS

Son of Adam: Father teach me the knowledge of how to avoid Death.

Father: So mote it be. I will tell you the story of the conversation between Lord Death and Nachiketas.

[Death Speaks]

In a warrior’s quiver lay arrows sharp,
one arrow leads to Brahman, the others to death.

One arrow is named ‘Appropriate,’
the second the ‘Pleasant.’

Not coequal are arrows these,
for the arrows of desire pleasant are numerous,
whist, the arrow Appropriate is but one.
All compete so to bind a person.

Of the two, wise is it for him who takes the Appropriate.
Foolish, indeed, is he who chooses the Pleasant.

In every passing moment of time,
the arrows sing to the archer calling his attention.
Both the Appropriate and the Pleasant call to a man.

Amidst, the many voices, a man can choose only one.
The wise man chooses the Appropriate,
the stupid man, from delusion chooses the Pleasant.

Thou indeed, upon the pleasantly desires appearing,
meditating, hast let them go, my darling.
Thou art not one whose arrow hit the mark of wealth,
which sinks many a man down
and leads to annihilation or rebirth at best.

Widely opposite and asunder are these two,
ignorance and what is known as knowledge,
ignorance leads only to death, knowledge to Immortality.

Those abiding in the midst of ignorance,
self-wise, smug and thinking themselves learned,
running hither and thither, aimless and deluded,
as blind men led by one who is himself blind.

The passing from life onto death is hidden from the deluded,
heedless, ignorant with desires for wealth, sex, power, or fame.
Thinking this is the world; there is no other!
Again and again such men die as if they had never been.

So choose Liberation, my dear, and we shall be friends.

Son of Adam: Is it really so? Does Death speak truly?

Father: Death should be called ‘best friend’ and ‘advisor.’ For those who meet him whilst alive are not taken by him when they die to mortal life.

Understanding the 108 yr Cycle of AMORC (6)©

VI. Our Holy Fraternity and the Source of the 108-year Cycle

Last year, I posted several articles discussing the significance of the Rosicrucian 216 year activity cycles from an operational point of view as to historical significance. As most of you know, traditionally, the whole cycle is divided into 108 years of public activity and 108 years of silence.

However, I did not initiate anyone into the time and place of the origination of such cycles. In this post, I will remedy this omission.

To my knowledge, I do not think the Order has previously disclosed the origin of the cycle of 108 years, as it is not taught within the standard teachings. In order to locate this source, we must look outside the early civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Minoan Crete. In fact, we need turn towards the East to the Aryans and the Indus Valley Civilizations (hereafter “IVC”)

The Indus Valley Civilization arose in the environs of the Indus River and its tributaries, now in modern Pakistan. It first came to the attention of archeologists and anthropologists with the excavation of two ancient cities, Harappa and Mohenjo-daro in the 1920s. Continuing excavations have shown that the social complexity of this cultural center rivaled Dynastic Sumer and Egypt.

During the time of its peak influence, Indus Valley Civilization covered an area in the Indian subcontinent that was larger than the present day Europe. The civilization flourished roughly between 3500 BC and 2000 BC, with its antecedents dating as far back as 7000 – 6000 BC during the Neolithic period.

The IVC was urbanized, characterized by well-designed cities, built according to the needs of the residents and the geographical and climatic challenge inherent in the local environs. They built high rise structures, knew agriculture, pottery and metallurgy, familiar with drainage and water supply systems and traded with other peoples by navigating in boats along the river routes and also probably across the seas [it is well-established that artifacts from Mesopotamia have been found in the Indus Valley excavations and vice versa suggestive of trading].

Some scholars are of the opinion that the nidus for the advanced urbanization of Dynastic Sumer and Egypt were colonists from the Indus Valley Civilization. Such colonists created, or at least was a significant stimulus to the existing peoples, for creating urban centers and introducing writing and other advanced concepts. This hypothesis seems probable as the IVC economy depended significantly on trade, which was facilitated by major advances in transport technology. They may have been the first civilization to employ wheeled transport. These advances may have included bullock carts that are identical to those seen throughout South Asia today, as well as boats. Most of these boats were probably small, flat-bottomed craft, perhaps driven by sail, similar to those one can see on the Indus River today. Archaeologists have discovered a massive, dredged canal and what they regard as a docking facility at the coastal city of Lothal in western India (Gujarat state) suggesting seafaring capabilities.

During the transition between the neolithic and chalcolithic periods (4400 – 3200 BCE), the IVC presents ceramic similarities with southern Turkmenistan and northern Iran which suggest considerable mobility and trade. During the Early Harappan period (about 3200 – 2600 BCE), similarities in pottery, seals, figurines, ornaments, etc. document intensive caravan trade with Central Asia and the Iranian plateau.

Judging from the dispersal of IVC artefacts, the trade networks, economically, integrated a huge area, including portions of Afghanistan, the coastal regions of Persia, northern and western India, and Mesopotamia. Studies of tooth enamel from individuals buried at Harappa suggest that some residents had migrated to the city from beyond the Indus Valley. There is some evidence that trade contacts extended to Crete and possibly to Egypt.

There was an extensive maritime trade network operating between the Harappan and Mesopotamia civilizations as early as the middle Harappan Phase (2600 – 1900 BCE), with much commerce being handled by “middlemen merchants from Dilmun” (modern Bahrain and Failaka located in the Persian Gulf). Such long-distance sea trade became feasible with the development of plank-built water craft, equipped with a single central mast supporting a sail of woven rushes or cloth.

Although, a number of theories have speculated, as to the people who founded this civilization, the current consensus opinion among Indologists states that the Indus valley civilization was probably part of Vedic civilization or not much different from it, an idea that also confronts and repudiates the classical Aryan invasion theory. Indus people were probably a mixture of Dravidians, who lived in ancient times in parts of north western India, Afghanistan, parts of the Mediterranean, Central Asia and Europe, and Aryans from the central Asian Steppes north of the Caspian Sea arriving before the Rig-Veda was put into writing around 2000 BCE.

Regardless, the preexisting religious beliefs of the Aryans and the Dravidians merged over time so to form the Vedanta (end of the Vedas) series of texts called the Upanishads by 800 BCE. Here is where the most probable answer, as to “Why does the number 108 hold such a significant place in the Vedanta schools of India to this day?”

Over the decades, people have proposed various solutions to this problem based upon interpretation of specific geometrical and astronomical observations. The geometric theories are based upon angles of various figures, e.g., the number 108 is the number of degrees between the top arms of the pentagram. Hosts of other mathematical manipulations have been devised to equal 108, e.g., 1*22*33 = 108,

Personally, I have yet to find any sound mathematical reason too related the number 108 to either the macro- or the microcosm.

The astronomical theories employ convenient astral observations, e.g.,

1. The solar system has 9 planets and 12 zodiac signs [9 x 12 = 108, though in ancient times this would be 7 x12 = 84].

2. The ratio of the diameter of the Sun (1,392,000 km) to the diameter of the Earth (12,756 km) = 109.125, while, the diameter of the Earth to the Moon (3,476 km) = 3.670.

3. The distance to the Sun from the Earth (1,500,000 km) divided by the Earth’s diameter = 117.591, the distance from the Earth to the Moon (384,000 km) divided by the Moon’s diameter = 110.47.

4. The mean time interval for the Precession of the Equinoxes is near 25, 920 years (note the sum of the digits reduces to 9 by serial addition). If we distribute this interval equally for the zodiac signs, each sign reigns for a period of 2160 years (again reduces to 9). Divide 2160 by 10 (the number of days in an Egyptian week) we have 216. As a day is ruled by the Sun and the night by the Moon, we arrive at daily activity and inactivity periods of 108 years.

I imagine such reasoning would have worked in Dynastic Egypt given a wily priest who wants to marry the Pharaoh’s beautiful daughter, but it is nothing more than cogent manipulation of natural numbers. I am sure I could devise more examples, but I opine that they are ill-founded, as they bare no relationship to any significant aspect of any known ancient, religious beliefs.

If we want to find a plausible answer to our supposition, we must look to the Vedic Civilizations in the Indus Valley. The answer is found within the written texts of the four Vedas (dating back to 2500 BCE) and the post-Vedic Upanishads written sometime prior to the 9th Century BCE. It seems ludicrous to propose that a stray geometric or astronomical ratio, alone, would serve as the foundation for the 10, 800 stanzas in the Rig-Veda. Rather, the sacred number 108 must be related to the foundation principles of the Vedic religion.

“Come tiptoe through the Upanishads with me,” so to find the answer (paraphrase of a song written by Al Dubin in 1929 and made famous by Tiny Tim in 1968). Hurry up, Ms Vicky!

The first Upanishad we will consult is the second in age (circa 800 – 700 BCE) is the Chandogya. The Creation stories in the Upanishads speak of an eternal, soundless, source composed of Sat (ultimate Reality) – Cit (pure awareness) – Ananda (perfect Bliss). Generally, such ultimate Reality is known as Brahman and is conceived in the guise of a person.

In section 2.23.2-3, we are taught that the Creator Divinity, Prajapati uttered on primordial vowel sound so to begin creation. The Khanda says (Robert Hume translation),

“The syllable ‘ Om,’ the acme of the cosmogony

2 (3). Prajapati brooded upon the worlds. From them,
when they had been brooded upon, issued forth the threefold
Knowledge. He brooded upon this. From it, when it had
been brooded upon, issued forth these syllables: bhur, bhuvah,
svar

3 (4). He brooded upon them. From them, when they
had been brooded upon, issued forth the syllable Om. As
all leaves are held together by a spike, so all speech is held
together by Om. Verily, Om is the world-all. Verily, Om is
this world-all.”

Curiously, a great similarity exists between the Vedic contemplations and several religious doctrines prevalent in the Occident. For example, the 8th Century BCE Shanbaka Stone contains a Creation story Ptah, the patron god of craftsmen, metalworkers, artisans, and architects was viewed as a creator-god, a divine craftsman of the universe who was responsible for all existence. Creation was first a spiritual and intellectual activity, facilitated by the divine heart (thought) and tongue (speech/word) of Ptah. Then, creation became a physical activity carried out by Atum, who, created by Ptah’s teeth and lips, produced the Ennead from his seed and hands

In Genesis 1New International Version (NIV), we find Creation by the Word,

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

In the gospel of John (KJV), it is written,

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.

I surmise that the similarity between the various stories, and there are others, arose from the migrations of the Vedic peoples into both the Levant and Egypt such that Vedic concepts were added to Egyptian concepts.

The Taittiriya Upanishad primarily deals with instructions for the priests in properly pronouncing each word of a mantra, or chant, from the Vedas so to actualize a potent sacrifice to one of the gods. Clearly, the sages of the Upanishads recognized the cosmic power in the breath (prana) which is released into the physical world when the Sanskrit vowel sounds were spoken. For in 1.2.1, it is written,

Lesson on Pronunciation

Om! We will expound Pronunciation:
the sound;
the accent;
the quantity;
the force;
the articulation;
the combination.
Thus has been declared the lesson on Pronunciation.

In section 1.8, the sages declare the power and importance of the first syllable spoken at the beginning of Creation,

Glorification of the sacred word ‘Om’

Om is Brahma.
Om is this whole world.
Om that is compliance.
Om says a Brahman about to recite,
may I get the sacred word (Brahma)
‘He does get the sacred word.

The power of the breath and the spoken word is frequently discussed within the thirteen major Upanishads.

Conclusion I: At Spoken Sound, or Vibration, was uttered by the Creator so to set the Universe into motion so to manifest, sound is the avenue to sacrifice.

Continuing our journey, we come to many sections of the Chandogya Upanishad dealing with the significance of the seven-fold Saman chants contained in the Sama-Veda. Hidden within such chants is a key to the Vedic understanding of sound and its creative potential. In the Tenth Khanda 2.10.1-6, we find,

The mystical significance of the number of syllables in
the parts of a sevenfold Chant

1. Now then, one should reverence the Saman, measured
(sammita) in itself, as leading beyond death.
hinkara has three syllables, prastava has three syllables.
That is the same (sama).
2. adi has two syllables, pratihara has four syllables.
One from there, here that is the same.
3. udgitha has three syllables, upadrava has four syllables.
Three and three that is the same, one syllable left over.
Having three syllables that is the same.
4. nidhana has three syllables. That is the same, too.
These are twenty-two syllables.
5. With the twenty-one, one obtains the sun. Verily, the
sun is the twenty-first from here. With the twenty-two one
wins what is beyond the sun. That is heaven (nakam). That
is the sorrowless.
6. He obtains the victory of the sun, indeed, a victory
higher than the victory of the sun is his, who, knowing this
thus, reverences the sevenfold Saman, measured in itself

If one is observant, he or she quickly notices that the Saman chant is based upon the heptatonic music scale (eight notes to the Octave, Do1 – Re- Mi- Fa- Sol- La- Si- Do2). The Sanskrit word, Saman, is being used here in the same sense as the vowel, Om. Following the text we see that this Sacred Vowel expands itself into a descending Octave and distributes the primary vowels so to fill it. The lengths of the intervening notes from the first ‘Do’, in order are 3, 3, 2, 4, 3, 4, and 2 (nidhana is length 2 as to the final ‘Do,’ but length 3 so to pass out of creation by liberation). The final Do is sounded on a frequency twice the lower.

The number 21 refers to the maximum number of notes filling the Octave in a heptatonic scale containing equally distributed flats and sharps. The number 22 also refers to the total notes counting both ‘Dos.’

It is most revealing that the Sanskrit language places all sound and power into the vowels alone (the consonants cannot be sounded until connected with a vowel). As to such vowels, they teach that the primordial Vowel Om, first divided into the eight prime vowels [C to C], which subsequently are divided into the full complement of 21 vowels.

Normally, the Octave is western music is divided as ‘eighths’ between the low and higher ‘do,’ endpoints, 8/8 and 16/8, which the intervening notes are generally given by 9/8, 10/8, 4/3, 3/2, 5/3, and 15/8. Using this division the notes which sound in an ascending scale would be: C – D – E – F♭ – G – A – B♯ – C; in an descending scale: C – B♯- A – G – F♭ – E – D – C.

It seems that Indian music is similar to western heptatonic scales, untempered or equally tempered.

However, I always thought it strange that as the heptatonic full music scale possesses 7 major notes, and 14 flats and sharps, evenly distributed. Subsequently, the major notes should be given in one-twenty firsts (1/21) such that the ascending series is given [C to C] as: 21/21, 8/7, 9/7, 29/21, 11/7, 12/7, 40/21, and 42/21. This is a most curious scale for rather than possessing the 3/2 note of the western scale, we find the note 11/7 was is a good approximation for π/2. In fact, if this note is set equal to half of pi, we can adjust all the other notes slightly so to possess a music scale related to a fundamental and ubiquitous constant of the universe.

To my knowledge, this treatise is the first instance where a reasonable explanation of the number 108 is found and a new kind of musical scale based on sevenths and the transcendental number π.

Conclusion II: The 21 vowels of the Sanskrit language are the vowels of power and significance and so we must look to the Sanskrit language for the answer to our query.

It is likely that pre-Vedic Sanskrit contained 21 vowels, including diphthongs, and 33 consonants. While the consonants carry no sound by themselves, when joined with a vowel can be sounded. Moreover, the arrangement of the 21 vowels is in a descending order of power as to chants and closer to the physical. Subsequently, the Sanskrit primary alphabet contains exactly 54 phonemes, or distinct sounds which can be produced the human vocal apparatus.

If one recognizes that male and female voices are different in tone, the 54 phonemes increases to 108. Voila, the sacred number 108 appears most reasonably. Moreover, the number is not some far-fetched idea unrelated to the religious beliefs of the creators.

This is why prayer strings possess 27, 54, or 108 beads, in many traditional religions.

Moreover, many of the vowel sounds intoned during a Rosicrucian ritual are likely derived from the vowel sounds utilized by the Vedic influenced IVC.

Conclusion III: The most parsimonious explanation for the origin of the sacred number 108 arose from the Vedic Sages. The Sounds of Creation were utilized so to produce the Sanskrit alphabet of 54 letters by conscious decision.

Unified Egypt began to collapse at the end of the Middle Kingdom (2055 – 1802 BCE) with the death of Queen Sobekneferu (circa 1800 BCE) who was childless. Shortly thereafter, the Egyptian rulers of the 13th Dynasty removed the old capital from Itj-tawi to Thebes.

Simultaneously, the first Hyksos settlers moved into Northern Egypt near the city of Avaris. As such settlers came with war chariots, the compound bow, bronze daggers and short sword typical of the Aryan from the Steppes, some experts believe they were migrating Indo-Europeans.

The decision to move the capital to Thebes left Lower Egypt open to whatever power felt it had enough support to dominate it. The port town of Avaris, quickly expanding into a small city through commerce, attracted many of the people known to the Egyptians as ‘Asiatics,’ and as it flourished, their population grew. The Hyksos gained control of the eastern Delta commercially and then moved north making treaties and forging contracts with various nomarchs (governors) of other regions in Lower Egypt until they had taken a sizeable amount of the land and were able to exert political power.

Consequently, the Hyksos began the major controlling party in Lower Egypt from 1782 to 1566 BCE, the latter date corresponding to the expulsion of the Hyksos from Egypt by Pharaoh Ahmose I. It is curious that the time period of the Hyksos involvement in Lower Egypt was 216 years. Even more interesting is the Hyksos-Egyptian relationship was rather peaceful for the first 108 years and antagonistic for the second 108 years. Such a school most likely being located in the Delta region prior to the Hyksos settlement (circa 1979 BCE).

This occurrence likely would have not been noted by the Egyptians unless the founders of the 18th Dynasty came into contact with a Vedic-Egyptian mystery school understanding the Cosmic significance of the number 108 and the interesting way it arose in their own history.

Based upon my studies and meditations, the collapse of the Middle Kingdom and the settlement of the Hyksos at Avaris circa 1783 BCE occurred approximately 216 years after the founding of said Mystery School Moreover, the priests would have noted that the active conflict between the North and South began around 1655 BCE and was concluded by 1547 BCE with the supremacy of Ahmose I.

The synchronicity of the Hyksos and the life of the Mystery School could not be an accident in their eyes, but was a consequence of the Word (Om) spoken by Ptah or Brahman so to initiate Creation. Therefore, the 216 cycle was established by fiat for the Mystery School and accepted by the House of Pharaoh in the 18th Dynasty. Moreover, it was to be an active cycle.

Conclusion IV. The linking of the spoken vowel sounds of the pre-Vedic alphabet with the operational history of the Avaris Mystery School may be a reasonable explanation as to the existence of the cycle of 108 years active and 108 years quiescent. While, no absolute proof has been located in written documents, I posit that the explanation presented is the strongest to date.

END

EsoBites Review (1)

EsoBites: Pitfalls to True Esoteric Growth: Esoteric Phenomenalism (3/3)

As I write today’s post, I have the most unusual feeling that I have written a similar post in another time and place. Most curious. I shall discuss the concept of recurrence one day.

Before discussing the third pitfall, I need to remind you that Existence consists of only two (2) primary worlds, a physical, lower world of corporeal bodies and objects and an aphysical, upper world of God or Creator. No other worlds are fundamental contrary to many inaccurate philosophical systems.

In other words, all physical bodies are relegated to the physical world and remain there without exception. This is the world of living creatures and inanimate objects. Creatures of the physical do not have soul-seeds, but depending upon level can exhibit traits which in humans are known to be associated with Personality.

One needs to understand that the fundamental happening in most stories of Creation is the fertilization of the physical world (the feminine) with Divine Love, Wisdom, and Will (the male) so to form an advanced creature having the intellectual capacity for language and rudimentary awareness of self-existence. This is why Genesis says,

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Once a partially conscious creature exists, an ego, psyche, or Personality forms in the nightly dreams and when sufficiently well-known feels independent of the person’s physical body. Given generations of such dreamtime activity, mankind produced a collective dream world comprised of the dreams of us and our ancestors. Soon, we found ourselves living in a virtual world created by ourselves and perhaps other semiconscious creatures elsewhere. This collective dreamworld is called the intermediate world, the psychic or astral world in which our human Personalities function within. Our physical bodies function in the physical, but we always function mentally in a virtual world reproduced from the physical.

This intermediary world is no more than a shared dreamtime, but, at some common level is experienced as if it were as real and fundamental as the physical world. All of mans’ social problems arise from this false conclusion. Not understanding the illusory nature of the virtual world (most call ‘home’) and the illusory existence of the human Personality, a seeker becomes easy bait for discarnate astral selves and dream creatures.

The third pitfall to true esoteric growth and development is identifying with the astral or empyreal world and its inhabitants. The term ‘identification’ refers to the innate human fault of automatically bequeathing a portion of his or her own ergoegotic energy (egoism) to another person, entity, belief, group, and so on. In other words, by identifying with not-self, we feel as it we bought what we are identified with and so feel ownership. Such merging of our egoism with something external to our Personality is also known as ‘confluence.’

As ones human intellectual center becomes familiar with the astral world, a seeker’s attention is fascinated, stimulated, and captured by the novelty and experiential richness of this psychic world of mindbrain. Especially captivating for a new student is introduction to the varied inhabitants, angels, elementals, gods, satyrs, wise souls, the kesdjan bodies of other dreamers, and djinn. Compared to daily existence the astral world is just more fun.

This world appeals to the evolutionary side of our creature as it appears to be able to provide workable means to address our innate needs for security, nourishment, and sexuality. Moreover, the astral world is one of magical thinking and so makes it appear that magical forces can be harnessed for selfish reasons.

Whether or not magical powers can be realized by interacting with certain creatures inhabiting the astral world, many immature persons believe it is so and so are further enticed into the astral world so to serve as food for the inhabitants.

If you are unsure of what I am relating, then go to any advertized esoteric or occult website and read what is written and promised to those who join. What is generally stressed are skills useful to the human Personality and not to the task of germinating and growing ones Soul-Seed.

Unfortunately, even genuine esoteric and mystical schools acquire their share of persons who desire to practice the mysticism of phenomena or esoteric phenomenalism.

One needs to become intellectually familiar with the dangers of the psychic world so he or she can avoid being trapped by his or her human Personality (which lives in this world). For the true goal and aim of esoteric study is full development of a permanent Soul (having a godly personality or self) and entrance into the Upper World of the Divine. This is the true place for Man for its is a fundamental world and is not imagined.

This can be understood reading Paul, when he said,

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

So I strongly advise you, dear friend, to keep Divinity as you goal and not to be distracted by the illusory gifts of our self-created intermediate world. For you may be lost and never find your way out of Hell.

Teaching Tales From The Park (2)

Good and Evil (24)–The Poem of the Immortals

“Sophie, do you enjoy poetry,” asked Gabriel.

“Yes, I do enjoy most kinds of poetry which rise above the mundane. I like fairy tales also. Why do you ask?”

Gabriel replied, “Poetry and fairy tales are excellent communication methods for mysticism and elevated matters of the heart. We are leaving soon for another journey after the hookah is finished and you have had a light snack. So I want to share a poem with you honoring the Source of All Love and Wisdom. Remember, the Divine provided two unique gifts to humans, the ability to discern the true from the false and the freedom to choose how good will be utilized. Each act of a rational creature has a purpose, a means, and a resultant action. For while living, men and women choose either heaven or hell.

“I have written of God’s emanations many times and in many ways over the aeons, but I think this prose-poetry is the clearest and most straightforward. It is what we know to be true about the Divine.” Gabriel opens a small notebook and begins to read a poem contained in the Archives of the Society.

“Harken onto my Voice, for I am the Shepherd of all men and women, just as the mother and the father are Shepherds for their children.

My Love sees no distinction between the young and the old, between the male and female, between those who live in my Light and those dwelling in suffering and darkness still, I am blind to color and to cultural beliefs.

To teach that I favor one tribe or nation over another is a blasphemy. My Nature in Its Essence forbids naming one group to be my Chosen Ones. How can a mother or father love one child more dearly than another?

I am forever Merciful and Compassionate for My Understanding of the actions of men and women is Complete. I am the Greatest Goodness. Come, My children and live with me, all as One and even More.

At the moment of Creation, I dissolved Myself and placed my Monadic fragments into the physical world so to allow for the completion of the Work accomplished by the evolutionary processes. This is my sacrifice for Mankind for without Divine Awareness the physical world is as Nothing, only an empty shell of matter without life.

In dissolving Myself at the end of the ancient, prior aeon, I assured that the Four Pillars of Divinity would Live On: Loving kindness, Intending consciously, Observing dispassionately and Knowing the Actuality of the All. This I called the Lion’s Roar.

I have no Power to Act Directly in this new Creation for by choosing Dissolution, I relinquished all Control. Mankind is the Prince and Shepherd of this new world. He rules wisely and tolerantly as a true king and agent of the Greatest Goodness or he will die and be with Me no more. In relinquishing My Choice, I gave each man and woman the opportunity to become again as I, the Totality before the beginning of this Time.

Many Monads have discovered their most inner natures and found that they were separate when incarnate, but as One when existing only in My Awareness. By finding themselves they found the I who has always been, the True Continuity without Beginning nor End. You have seen My Light and Love many times: I am Christ, I am Buddha, I am Zoroaster, I am Krishna; I am mother, I am father, I am brother and sister, I am child; I am Such that none can hide nor banish Me for without Pure Awareness there is no mind nor world; I am simply Infinite Goodness, Eternal Benevolence and Benefaction, Highest Intention, Endless Seeker of Understanding, the Silence of Observing; I am the Active, the Lawful, the Organizer in all things.

The Source from which all worlds arise, I am said to Exist, but, many misunderstand for I am found only when a man or woman stops looking. My Existence has meaning only when used as a term for the marriage of Pure Awareness with Physically–we are the Eternal Complements. I can be said to Exist only as Love and Creative Potential exist when a man and woman are joined fully in holy intercourse as one unit without distinction.

I am not Mind nor Consciousness for these are simply the result of Pure Awareness working with physical machines. To believe otherwise is not useful.

I live in the hearts of many worlds, all unknown to the uninitiated of this world manifestation. Near the end of this Time, I will be again a unified Wholeness for Pure Awareness utilizing the totality of the physical as the instrument of Universal Mind and Cosmic Consciousness.

I continually inspire the hearts and minds of the meek ones so to elevate them to sages so to establish Holy Pathways for finding Where the I Am is Hidden. Some come onto Me, by Loving Me directly and without measure. Some come to Me by acting with unrelenting kindness and justice toward other creatures. Some come to Me by attaining to an understanding of what is Actual in this Universe.

For these are the Children who have finished the Great Task for which this Universe was brought to Conscious Life. Children, each much discover his or her own Salvation before this material world dissolves as it had never been. The Greatest of all Gifts I can Bestow is freedom of choice and this is why your Salvation is your own. I forbade Myself from doing the Work you must do, but My Help is never far from your heart if you pay attention and ask.

Remember, Children, I Am closest when you suffer and I suffer with you. So look for Me. My Love is Endless and Eternal and Perfect and Fulfills all desires.”

Gabriel finished reading he closed the notebook and put it back into his jacket pocket. He turned looking deeply into Sophie’s eyes and she was transfixed.

Sophie noticed that the blueness of his irises faded away opening a portal into something much deeper. She saw her physical-kesdjan bodies within the flowery meadow she had visited earlier. Birds flitter about, calling out to each other in the most melodious of bird songs. The flowers whispered to each other by sharing the sweetness of their fragrances. Whenever, a pollen collecting bee landed upon a flower, the flower exuded its charity without restriction which the bee accepted in sincere appreciation and respect.

The meadow glowed with the sweetest and purest of loves. “This must be the garden of Eden,’ she thought.

Neither Gabriel nor the elf ladies were present, only the beautiful baby girl and herself. She was sitting upon rich green grass with her back resting against a giant live oak tree whose canopy reached as high as heaven itself. The baby was cradled within her arms and feeding from her right breast. As the baby suckled, Sophie felt her nourishing milk enter into her baby’s mouth. But, this milk was not just milk. It was the love flowing from the Divine into her heart and into her baby.

As she nourished her little girl, Sophie realized that Divine Love is in everything and is everywhere. She understood that the strongest fountain of Divine Love upon the earth was the female, as females inherently exude love and nourishment. Babies’ first experience of nourishment is his or her first experience of Divine Love from mother. And for many, mothers’ love is the last joy they feel within the physical realm.

Sophie understood that she was needed by the Society so to restore a proper gender balance in the power structure of the world. She understood that the birth of this child would be a Divine Intervention accomplished by the Society, Gabriel, and herself. She understood for Gabriel had shown her.

The vision faded from her consciousness and the moonlit roof top garden again surrounded her. “Thank you, darling for showing me our intended future. To bear such a child, our child, I can find no words, darling, to express what I feel for you. I would give you my life, Gabriel, if you, but asked. I think what I am feeling is unconditioned and pure.”

Gabriel reached over to take Sophie’s hands into his, saying, “What you feel at this moment is the purity of God’s Love. It will be difficult to remember this feeling in a few minutes, but knowing that it exists is sufficient. The greatest gift you can bestow upon me, my love, is not to waver in your efforts to enter into the Society–for this is the narrow doorway leading to our Eternal Marriage. For Immortals are best as a gender-complemented pair.”

TO BE CONTINUED

Teaching Tales From The Park

NOTE:  I joined the Rosicrucian Order in 1971 and shortly afterwards began to attend Boston Lodge.  In 1974, I returned to California and so was able to visit the Park frequently.  I eventually became acquainted with many of the persons at the Park, including, the Supreme Grand Lodge officers.

THE TALE

I was in the Park one day enjoying the Rose Garden and Mr. Lewis saw me and came over to chat.  After asking how the Studies were coming along, he told me an interesting teaching tale. I would like to share it with you as I think everyone with open eyes and ears will find it useful on his or her spiritual journey.  Mr. Lewis began,

“A long time ago, a famous Monk lived alone in the forests of a particular mountain.  He did not require much for he grew some millet and gathered berries and roots from the generous forest lands about his little home. He was so kind that around his home lived many animals and birds.

One day two young boys arrived in front of his home, one coming from the North and one from the South.  The two lads did not know each other, but had heard of the wisdom and powers of the Monk.

Both begged to be allowed to stay and learn about all of Creation from the Monk.  The Monk looked into each boys eyes, smiled and said, “As you wish so shall it be.”

As the years went by, the Monk saw that both young men were diligent in studying the Scriptures, tending the garden, and meditating.

However, the two boys were different in one important quality.  The boy from the North was always arguing with the boy from the South and the Monk that such and such Scripture cannot be correct and such and such hypothesis arising from contemplation could not be correct.  The boy from the North was most rigid in this thinking and behaviors.

Now, the boy from the South seemed to change his mind as to what the Scriptures meant and what meditation had showed him.  One day, he spoke of Ishava, another day of pure Brahman, and sometimes he just made up new ideas all day.

The boy from the North use to tease him mercilessly about changing his mind so much. After many years, the boy from the South stopped responding to the boy from the North.

Then one beautiful day, the Monk took both young men to the forest to smell the flowers and chat. After everyone was sitted comfortably, he began to speak, “Dear Ones, I am leaving this world in a moment and both of you shall be alone.  So now is the time for me to explain why I took both of you as students many years ago.  For when we first met outside our little home, I saw a great difference between the two of you and I wanted to see what would happen if you were together.”

The two young men wanted to say something, but the Monk shook his head No.  “So I have one last lesson to teach and I do hope it sinks into the boy who came from the North so long ago.  But, I do have my doubts.

“For you see Dear Ones, you were both ignorant when you came first to me.  Both of you studied diligently, but only one of you have any true understanding of the Eternal Teachings.

“For you see, I can teach an ignorant person, who wants to gain knowledge so to understand this Creation.  If he or she studies, contemplates, and tests what I teach and what is in the Scriptures he or she has hope of enlightenment.  But, to understand one must think and contemplate from many different points of view without worrying about whether any are the final truth.  For in the end, no one seems to have the final answer.

In other words, enlightenment requires giving up much so you can gain just a little. Knowing just a little very well is actually knowing very much indeed.

“Boy from the South, you were once ignorant and now you are almost enlightened.  Here is my sash as I want you to give that which has been passed from one teacher to another for as long as Creation has been.”

The Monk handed over the sash and the boy from the North started arguing.  The Monk replied, “Boy, I can show a person how to overcome his honest ignorance, but it is impossible for me to show a stupid person the errors of his or her ways.”

And in a flash of light, the wise Monk vanished.

Mr. Lewis asked me what I thought of this story?  I replied, “I am glad you told me this story, Mr. Lewis.  Now, I know that I am only ignorant so I can work studiously to become a Rose-Croix.”

Mr. Lewis smiled.

THE END