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EsoBites: Ancient Source of the Fama Fraternitatis (Part 2)

EsoBites: Ancient Source of the Fama Fraternitatis (Part 2)

11/11/17

By the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s demise, the peoples of Judah and many other lands remained captives in Babylon. The great exile of peoples to Babylon was not reversed until the empire was conquered by Cyrus the Great in 540 BCE.

Though history proves that Cyprus II was an exceptionally able military commander and administrator, his policies with respect to treatment of minority religions are well documented in Babylonian and Jewish texts and historical accounts. Cyrus had a general policy of religious tolerance throughout his vast empire. He brought peace to the new empire.

His treatment of the Jews during their exile in Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar II destroyed Jerusalem is reported in the Old Testament. The Jewish Bible’s Ketuvim in (2 Chronicles 36:23).

“Thus saith Cyrus, king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD, the God of heaven given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whosoever there is among you of all His people – the LORD, his God, be with him – let him go there.”

This edict is also fully reproduced in (Ezra 6:3–5).

“In the first year of King Cyrus, Cyrus the king issued a decree: “Concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the temple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt and let its foundations be retained, its height being 60 cubits and its width 60 cubits; with three layers of huge stones and one layer of timbers. And let the cost be paid from the royal treasury. Also let the gold and silver utensils of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took from the temple in Jerusalem and brought to Babylon, be returned and brought to their places in the temple in Jerusalem; and you shall put them in the house of God.”

Josephus, the first-century Jewish historian, relates the favorable view the Jews had towards Cyrus in his Antiquities of the Jews, book 11, chapter 1:106.

“In the first year of the reign of Cyrus, which was the seventieth from the day that our people were removed out of their own land into Babylon, God commiserated the captivity and calamity of these poor people, according as he had foretold to them by Jeremiah the prophet, before the destruction of the city, that after they had served Nebuchadnezzar and his posterity, and after they had undergone that servitude seventy years, he would restore them again to the land of their fathers, and they should build their temple, and enjoy their ancient prosperity.

And these things God did afford them; for he stirred up the mind of Cyrus, and made him write this throughout all Asia: “Thus saith Cyrus the king: Since God Almighty hath appointed me to be king of the habitable earth, I believe that he is that God which the nation of the Israelites worship; for indeed he foretold my name by the prophets, and that I should build him a house at Jerusalem, in the country of Judea.”

This was known to Cyrus by his reading the book which Isaiah left behind him of his prophecies; for this prophet said that God had spoken thus to him in a secret vision: “My will is, that Cyrus, whom I have appointed to be king over many and great nations, send back my people to their own land, and build my temple.” This was foretold by Isaiah one hundred and forty years before the temple was demolished.

Accordingly, when Cyrus read this, and admired the Divine power, an earnest desire and ambition seized upon him to fulfill what was so written; so he called for the most eminent Jews that were in Babylon, and said to them, that he gave them leave to go back to their own country, and to rebuild their city Jerusalem, and the temple of God, for that he would be their assistant, and that he would write to the rulers and governors that were in the neighborhood of their country of Judea, that they should contribute to them gold and silver for the building of the temple, and besides that, beasts for their sacrifices.”

The return of the Jews to Judah for the rebuilding of the Temple is well known. What is not generally remembered is that Cyrus allowed others to returns to their homes, if they so desired, including, the mystical Hebrew and Hierophants of several mystery schools which brought to Babylon with Nebuchadnezzar.

To Be Continued

EsoBites: Ancient Source of the Fama Fraternitatis (Part 1)

Greetings, one and all,

Thanks to the work of many scholars, especially Christian Rebisse, the persons responsible for authoring and printing the Fama Fraternitatis have been established. For details, I refer you to Rebisse’s book, Rosicrucian History and Mysteries (see books on the AMORC site).

Still, scholars perceive the Fama as a de novo production of the authors. While, it is reasonable to presume that the narrative details, as to CRC and his Fraternity are a de novo creation secondary to insufficient factual material, the essential story is much older and dates to the Babylonian reigns of Nebuchadnezzar II (c. 605 – 562 BCE) and Cyrus the Great (c. 600 – 530 BCE).

Nebuchadnezzar was the eldest son and successor of Nabopolassar, an Assyrian official who rebelled and established himself as king of Babylon in 620 BCE; the dynasty he established ruled until 539 BCE, when the Neo-Babylonian Empire was conquered by Cyrus the Great.

Nebuchadnezzar is first mentioned in 607 BCE, during the destruction of Babylon’s arch-enemy Assyria, at which point he was already crown prince. In 605 BCE he and his ally Cyaxares, ruler of the Medes and Persians, led an army against the Assyrians and Egyptians, who were then occupying Syria, and in the ensuing Battle of Carchemish, Necho II was defeated and Syria and Phoenicia were brought under the control of Babylon.

Following the death of his father, Nabopolassar, in 605 BCE, and Nebuchadnezzar returned to Babylon to ascend the throne. For the next few years his attention was devoted to subduing his eastern and northern borders, and in 595 BCE. In 594 BCE the army was sent again to the west, possibly in reaction to the elevation of Psammetichus II to the throne of Egypt. King Zedekiah of Judah attempted to organise opposition among the small states in the region, but his capital, Jerusalem, was taken in 587 BCE (the events are described in the Bible’s Books of Kings and Book of Jeremiah). In the following years Nebuchadnezzar incorporated Phoenicia and the former Assyrian provinces of Cilicia (southwestern Anatolia) into his empire and campaigned in Egypt. The kings who came after him ruled only briefly and Nabonidus, apparently not of the royal family, was overthrown by the Persian conqueror Cyrus the Great less than twenty-five years after Nebuchadnezzar’s death.

Nebuchadnezzar is the King in the apocalyptic Book of Daniel. Daniel was an exile to Babylon after the destruction of the Temple and forced exile of the Jews in 586 BCE. While, the historicity of the Book of Daniel is questioned, it is important for establishing Nebuchadnezzar’s great interest in learning, occultism, and theology and is supportive of the reports that he brought many scholars and priests back to Babylon after his conquests to Egypt and the Levant.

The flow of knowledge from the circumference of the world wheel to its hub is the first part of our tale as to the initiating source of the Fama.

TO BE CONTINUED

The 5th Gospel of Gabriel

From the Quintessence Gospel of Gabriel.  This Gospel relates the activity of Jesus from the beginning to the Crucifixion as it transpired.

7.1 And it came to pass that Jesus and Miriam’s son, Gabriel, found the street blocked by a throng of persons listening to a complex, theological sermon from a local priest.  The pair made their way to the front of the crowd and listened for a few minutes.  The sermon was finished and the priest asked for the crowd to tell him what he had just taught.

2 The crowd was silent and at last the Master climbed up on the platform to answer.  The priest moved to stand upon the left side of Jesus.

3 Jesus began, “Once there lived a man with three sons.  The eldest was a Pharisee, the next a Sadducee, and the last an artist.  One day, the man called together his sons and announced that he was going on a journey to the East and would not return.  Looking lovingly at the three, the father said, ‘I have divided my land and orchards into three portions:  the first comprises 90%, the second 9%, and the last 1%.  I shall distribute such depending upon the answers given to one question.’

4 ‘So, children, answer me this riddle.  What is sweeter than a date, more intoxicating than the choicest of wines, more faithful than a beloved herding dog, closer to your heart than anything else, never tells a falsehood, or will betray your expectations?’

5 The eldest son answered first, ‘Father, the Law.  For the Law is from the Lord and tells us what to do in every situation, from birth to death.’

6 The second son answered, ‘Father, the pleasures of the world are as you say. For to eternally indulge is pleasure is never to be sad at heart.’

7 The youngest son answered, ‘Father, I am only an artist working with stone and clay, but I think I can answer your question.  Clearly, the Law is not correct for what good is justice without being tempered by mercy?

8 ‘Hedonism is not correct for pleasure is never forever, but is interlaced with sorrow and pains.  Moreover, the enjoyment of earthly pleasures of the few are bought at the cost of injustice and hurt to others.

9 ‘What I have found to be as you describe is the allowing space within my heart for the voice of God.  For God shows me clearly how to speak and act every moment of my life so to hurt none and benefit all.’

10 Tears appeared in the old man’s eyes and he hugged his youngest child.  ‘To you goes the largest portion, the next to the eldest, and the last to the middle.  Truly, only God can possess all of these qualities and more.'”

11  A man in the crowd shouted, ‘So that was what the priest was telling us.  The old man was wise and so was his youngest son. Bless them both.’

12 The crowd began to disperse, Jesus stepped down from the platform, and began to walk away with Gabriel by his side.  “You see, Gabriel, a simple parable for most is better than the most erudite of lectures. Remember, dear boy.  Give pablum to the simple and meat to the wise.”

From the diary of Gabriel Baal Eyt concerning his days with Jesus.  The original has been stored in the library at Mt Carmel and an English translation may be made public this year.  I will keep you informed.

EsoBites: Understanding the Meaning of Spiritual Hierarchy (comment to comments)

Dear I. and R.,

Very helpful analyses, thanks.

The fault I see in most spiritual systems is that they are maintained on dangerous premises which remain unproven.  One such premise is the egoistic concept of mandatory reincarnation for all human beings predicated upon the supporting premise of divine retribution (see my earlier posts).

Spiritual schools typically and arbitrarily establish that the screen of spirituality lies between apes and humans. Moreover, such schools presume that all humans attain to immortality of one sort or another (enlightenment or afterlife) and our pets do not.

Does it make sense that the endpoint is absolutely predetermined such that the most loving and faithful of canines (dogs are conscious in many ways that humans are) excluded?  I think not.  Returning to the Divine is only of value if a person is given the freedom to decline such return.

So a sly student realizes that he or she has no more than one life so to activate his or her soul seed so to become a stream enterer, or reincarnate.  Why is he sly?  For he makes sure that he does not waste this life by trusting unproven premises.  (I recommend my post on the Devil in Heidelberg.)

Spiritual schools are useful, but every lesson I received, as to how to attain enlightenment was given to me directly as a new experiment beginning at 3 yo.

All ones needs do is to remain open as a little one and God will send what is needed for those with eyes and ears open.  God does not make it difficult, mankind does.  I am quite sure that the Holy Ghost comes to those who love the god of their heart, Christian or not.

Love, Michael

EsoBites: Understanding the Meaning of Spiritual Hierarchy

EsoBites: Understanding the Meaning of Spiritual Hierarchy

11/01/2017

It is a truism that every attuned student of the Esoteric possesses no inherent issue with any sincerely held spiritual belief which is consistent with the First Order Teachings of the Christ given in the NT. Higher Teachings exist as Christ fed both pablum and meat. But, for the moment such Higher Teachings are not needed.

A spiritual belief system can be sincerely held only after individuals have made great efforts to ‘prove to themselves’ the veracity of their beliefs. Such persons will resonate with ‘what is accurate’ in their system and in the other. They seek similarities of Love and Wisdom in both. They forget minor divergences as both might be in error.

As an aside, persons occupying higher stations in the Cosmic Hierarchy do not consider themselves ‘elite.’ It is better to speak of them, as Confucius spoke of illuminated persons, the Superior Man (Woman). Each one is far superior in Love and Wisdom than those living only in the Earthly-Astral worlds. Oftentimes, they seem harsh to those who are still ‘young in progress’ and even ‘uncaring,’ as they are well-aware of the pitfalls on the path which lead to ultimate death. They are not patient with foolishness, as they understand the severity of mankind’s position and duty.

Becoming a Superior Man (Woman) mandates much focused Work and many years of necessary suffering; but the years a student has clocked in any Spiritual Order is a poor marker of illumination. As I have mentioned previously, many pseudo-students considering themselves as ‘elite’ members, mechanically subscribe to many strange conceptions, which I, as a psychiatrist, would classify as blatant delusions.

So here is the secret: generally, Superior Men (Women) remain silent as to their station, but a few are permitted to provide such information to sincere students in troubling times when Hope is Needed. You will tell them by their words and actions.

So be vigilant, for a day may come when such a Man or Woman decides to enter into your world line for just cause. Do not ‘blow it off’ secondary to egoism–it will happen only once–so do not waste the gift.

Ciao Michael

A Little Rhyme to Set You Straight

Greetings, dear friends. may Deity’s blessings be with all of you.

***

A Little Rhyme to Set You Straight

How the world came to be,

is not a question meant for me?

if you must, ask a light-bearing angel,

or perhaps, a demon lurking by a well.

I heard philosophers are a heady lot,

and drunkards babble about what is not.

The priest offers bread as His flesh,

mixed with wine His blood fresh.

Hedonists, ascetics, scholars, and the rest,

tout views at odds one to the other’s best.

All I try each day is to love you God,

even though most find this quite odd.

I work to love my neighbor as myself,

even though admitting, I can find no self.

So even, if I knew the Absolute,

to you, I would remain perfectly mute.

For what benefit is such knowledge complete,

if you not help those having nothing to eat?

***

A rare spur of the moment poem.  But, I do think it addresses the problem herein.

Love you all, Michael

Counterpoint: Metaphysics and Science

Greetings, dear friends.  Sorry about my lack of posts, but extremely busy with constitutional litigation.  However, I think it important to discuss what I see as an unnecessarily  and nonproductive intellectual interaction between scientific and metaphysical (often religious) epistemologies.  Commonly, intellectual discussions between metaphysicians (usually theologians) and scientists are conducted adversarially, rather than cooperatively and the outcomes are nonproductive and enhance existing hostility.

For in truth, science and metaphysics are simply alternative methodologies for dealing with knowledge of the origin, construction, and operation of physical and aphysical (psychospiritual) worlds of existence and being.  Science preferring the physical and psychological and metaphysics the psychological and the spiritual.  Please note, that the human (and perhaps other conscious creatures) psychological world(s), in which both the physical and spiritual are imaged and realized,  is the common link.

A homey analogy may be found in a simple bar magnet with its opposed N and S poles. As the polarity of the magnet arises from temperature-dependent orientation of relativistic, spinning, electrical quanta by the earth’s magnetic field, the polarity of N and S are intrinsic to the magnet itself.  In other words, while opposed electrical charge exists, independent magnetic monopoles do not.

Likewise, scientific and metaphysical epistemologies arise and share a common dimension, the psychological (which is where our attentive center of observation is located).  Therefore, from the perspective of the Institute,  the proper discussion format is one of counterpoint, rather than an adversarial debate.  Moreover, such format needs to be remembered and applied in your explorations of existence, contemplations, explorations, and modeling.

Give it a trial, you may discover that your useful knowledge and tolerance are much enhanced.

Blessings from the Institute.