Decision and Group Soul

Decision and Group Soul

The Question: “He who has fear yet overcomes this barrier will reach the soul before he who has no fear and does not overcome it. What is it?”

Several guessed “indecision:” which is the key word.

Other great answers were given and I regret that I do not have time to comment on them. A number of you could make the case that you have the best answer.

Let me tell you why I see indecision as being a greater barrier than fear.

While it is true that much indecision is caused by fear there are many who are indecisive for reasons other than fear. Maybe the person has inertia, is lazy or just disinterested in applying himself.

A person can be indecisive and have no fear as a cause, yet there is no fear that can stand in the way of a powerful decision.

The two most terrifying moments of my life came about because of supernatural circumstances and I have not written about them before. The terror, I assure you, was much worse than facing a firing squad.

In the first incident I was only 16 and the fear paralyzed me with indecision. This indecision haunted me for about five years.

Then after I came to grips with myself the second incident occurred but this time even though my fear was great, I reached into the innermost resources of my being and made a firm decision and stayed with it. For me it was the most difficult decision imaginable and I hope and pray I do not have to make such a decision again in this life or the next.

Even so I owe more to this decision than anything else that has happened in my life and if I had not made and held to this decision arrived at in the midst of terror I would not be here writing to you tonight. In fact the instant my decision was definite I had a great spiritual experience that eclipsed any fear or negativity.

The fear is now long gone, but the benefit of the decision shall forever remain.

In my first experience I learned the lesson of indecision, but in the second I learned the power of decision.

Look at some of the most indecisive people you know and you’ll notice that many of them do not seem to fear much. In fact they often do not feel much or care for much period. Unless a person’s power of decision can be amplified through force of will or circumstance the soul will never be reached by him. Yet I have learned by experience that even great fear is no barrier for it can be immediately cancelled by a powerful decision and if such a decision is in alignment with the will of the soul then you immediately move toward the Kingdom of God and soul contact.

What I write can be realized to be true because it can be proven by experience and that which we prove through experience is to be trusted until a higher experience gives additional light.

Comment: “Even though I know the power of decision, I still stumble around like a lost soul.”

This will always be the case for a period of time when we enter new vistas of learning. The important point is to eventually get hold of yourself, use the power of will and decide.

Question: So now, how does decision relate to reaching the soul?”

All decision in harmony with soul brings the power of soul, but the main decision I am referring to, that is even more important than overcoming fear, is the decision to seek soul and spirit, the decision to seek higher light, knowledge and understanding, the decision to love…. To be devoid of fear and yet to not advance in these decisions is to move toward a Zombie state.

Honesty which is under discussion is also extremely important after the decision to move toward soul has been made. We have already covered this to some degree, but I will make more comments soon.

Group soul contact is an ideal which shall soon be achieved. In a Molecule of twenty-four individuals each person involved must be capable of such contact or contact for the group as a whole will not be achieved. The weakest link determines the power of the spiritual flow.

We have seen in this group how one person can create division and in division the power of the soul is diminished to the group as a whole (though not to individuals) and then we have seen how a more unified group as we have today brings a greater power of soul and peaceable things of the Spirit.

There is a time for personality and a time for soul. This group first had to grow and develop its personality and now that is accomplished the time has come that the group become more directed toward oneness wherein lies higher contact.

There are advantages to the written and also to the spoken word in reaching the group soul. In written communications the group avoids much of the emotional heat that a gathered group would have, though you would hardly know it by observing some posts in times past.

The advantage of the spoken word is that a teacher can speak from the soul and if the words are eternal words, spoken in the language of the principles, then they are carried through the medium of soul to the hearts and minds of the group, or as it is written in scripture:

“…for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.”

Question: There are three ways a group can become as one voice.

What are these three and what is the difference in the quality of the oneness?

Oneness on the emotional level does indeed have a positive and negative to it. It is positive when a team camaraderie is developed around a positive goal.

It is negative of course, when some type of mob mentality is developed and participants in oneness are unable to check themselves while headed toward the edge of a cliff.

Oneness on the mental level is more sophisticated and stable than the emotional. To disturb this oneness new facts have to be discovered, but to disturb emotional oneness all it takes is for feelings to change. If feelings change for people who are polarized emotionally then it does not matter if the truth of the facts remain the same.

Oneness on the soul level is very rare. It has sometimes occurred in the foundation stage of some of our more benevolent organizations, but has rarely occurred after they have become established, except among small pockets of members or participants.

Group soul contact will become an increasing topic of discussion, investigation and experiment over the next seven hundred years after which time group soul contact will become so accepted that the common man will be aware of the concept and aspire to universal brotherhood.

A point of interest here is that spiritual oneness encompasses the oneness of the mind and emotions. In addition the oneness of mind encompasses the emotional. The higher includes the lower, but the lower does not comprehend or encompass the higher. For instance, one polarized in the mind can ague with an emotional person and will find that reason and logic will merely confuse or enflame him.

Over 90% of humanity are controlled in some degree though emotional oneness and this is the power behind the mark of the Beast.

Jan 17, 2001

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The Name of God

The Name of God

Reader Comment: What you have quoted from JJ Dewey is a derivation of the translations of M. Buber who suggested that “ehyeh aser ehyeh” should be translated as “I will be as I will be” and expounds it as a promise of God’s power and enduring presence with them in the process of deliverance. However, when Moses addressed God, with some reluctance, he asked “When .. the children of Israel .. shall say What is his name ..”, “mah” is used to express “what” wheras in normal usage, the pronoun used is “mi”. The use of “mah” is to invite an answer which goes further, and gives the meaning “what” or substance of the name. It is in this context that the translation is accepted to be “I AM THAT I AM”, and He said “Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel I AM has sent me unto you”. By this, Moses would not think that God was announcing a new name, nor is it called “a name”; it is the inner meaning of the name Moses knew. What follows adds weight to this .. “Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever”. (Dr) Aiden O’Leary Onetime Lecturer in Ancient and Modern Hebrew.

JJ: If you are indeed an expert in ancient and modern Hebrew you will be aware that most scholars do not agree with what you say here. Whereas I AM THAT I AM is the traditional rendering most knowledgeable translators see this as a simplistic inaccurate wording.

You say The use of MAH is to invite an answer which goes further, and gives the meaning “what” or substance of the name.

I would say that since MAH invites a meaning with substance then the translation I AM BECOMING fills the bill much more than I AM.

Let us quote the verses using the Concordant Version which I deem to be the most accurate English translation available:

“Yet Moses said to the One, Elohim (God): Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring forth the sons of Israel from Egypt?

Then He said I shall come to be with you…” Ex 3:11-12

Some manuscripts use the word EHYEH here so this verse could read:

“Then he said I AM BECOMING with you…”

Now this is an interesting thought. God not only becomes that which he decides to become within his own being, but he is BECOMING with and through Moses.

In other words, Moses was told to not fear because part of God’s BECOMING was to take place through the oneness of Moses and God working together with one purpose as one being. This is also true for us. God works through each of us and BECOMES who He decides to be through us so long as we follow the Spirit of God within each of our inner selves.

Let us continue with the Concordant translation:

“Now Moses said to the One, Elohim: Behold! When I am coming to the sons of Israel, and I say to them, The Elohim of your fathers sends me to you, then they will say to me, What about His name? What shall I say to them?

“Then Elohim spoke to Moses: I shall come to be just as I am coming to be. And he said thus shall you say to the sons of Israel, I-Shall-Come-to-Be has sent me to you.”

Then in the footnote alternative renderings are given. Let me quote:

“I shall come…coming to be. Literally: I AM BECOMING, or as traditionally rendered, I am that I am.”

Now to verse 15:

“And Elohim said further unto Moses: Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel, Yahweh, (Jehovah) the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent me unto you. This is my name for the eon(age), and this the remembrance of Me for generation after generation.”

Scholars agree that Yahweh is a more correct rendering of the Tetragrammaton (YAV HE VAV HE) than is Jehovah. So keep in mind that Jehovah and Yahweh are one and the same.

Now when God says “this is my name,” was he talking about Yahweh or I AM BECOMING?

An interesting note here is that even though the name Yahweh (or Jehovah) seems to be a new revelation to Moses it is a fact that the name was mentioned over 160 times in the book of Genesis (before the birth of Moses) But then, the Bible seems to contradict itself in Exodus 6:3

“And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

So why did God say this when Jehovah was written over 160 times in the book of Genesis?

Part of the reason for this is that I AM THAT I AM and JEHOVAH are essentially the same. Just like ISN’T is short for IS NOT, but the meaning is the same. JEHOVAH is short for I AM THAT I AM.

So why was this revelation of the name to Moses such a big deal when the Israelites already seemed to have the name?

The answer is that they did not have the meaning of the name which is also true of this generation, for the world today does not have the meaning either, for it takes a revelation to understand completely.

Perhaps this quote from my book will clarify:

John pulled out his old Bible again and opened it to Exodus chapter three and asked me to read verse 14. I read the words: And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

“This is pretty much the standard translation in most Bibles, but it is a very bad one and most honest Hebrew scholars know this. In the Hebrew it reads: I Am Becoming that which I Am Becoming. Go say to the children of Israel that He who Is Becoming has sent you.

“The ancient Hebrew is much different from the English you are used to. It always had gaps in it that were to be filled by either the obvious or by the intuition. Now let me tell you plainly the answer that Moses heard. As you remember, Moses asked God what His name was. To this question God said: You ask for my name so you will know who or what I am. This I cannot give you because I Am Becoming that which I decide to Become. Go tell the children of Israel that He who is Becoming has sent you. John paused a moment. “Now tell me how you think Moses understood this answer.”

“I think you’ve turned on a light in my head,” I said excitedly. “Here’s the way I see it. As you said, in that age, a name revealed the core essence of who the individual was and Moses was expecting an answer like this from God. In other words, he thought he might get an answer like I am the great and powerful one, or something like that. Instead, God told him that He cannot give Moses a standard name because He is in the process of becoming whatever it is that He wants to become. Thus any name given to Him at one time may not apply at a future time.” From The Immortal

I AM BECOMING THAT WHICH I DECIDE TO BECOME (EHYEH ASER EHYEH) was a long name and considered sacred and beyond the understanding of many so it was shortened to Yahweh, Jehovah or YHWY.

Now it is true that the word “decide” is not literally in the Hebrew as we know it but this meaning is implied in numerous ways. Many scholars see the implication of cause in the sacred name. In other words, the Hebrew indicates that something is creating causation or initiating. Those who see this would translate it as something like “I will cause to be that which will be.”

Now consider this – is there any cause without decision? No. Decision is cause – BE-CAUSE.

God told Moses that he would BECOME in him and cause a deliverance for the Israelites. Essentially God BECOMING in His servants to create cause is God causing to be that which he decides to be.

It is written that “ye are gods” and we are in the “image of God.” If this is true and we are true to our destiny then we should wisely make decisions and cause them to come into being. In other words – become an initiate. This thought is also in very close alignment with the Greek word for faith (PISTIS).

No wonder it is written: “For without faith it is impossible to please God.” Faith brings decision into being and through faith we manifest the name of God becoming in

Question: “I just recently read the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ by Levi and found myself contemplating on several versus. One of them has to do with God’s name. You mentioned that a more accurate translation from the Hebrew writings regarding the name of God is: I AM BECOMING THAT WHICH I DECIDE TO BECOME (EHYEH ASER EHYEH). I understand this but what did Levi mean in 96:17 “The name of God man may not speak with carnal lips; with Holy Breath alone can man pronounce the name.”

Also, it is mentioned several times within the book that Jesus always spoke “the Word” before he performed a healing/miracle. In this book, Jesus mentions that the “Word” is only revealed to those who are one with the Holy Breath. Is this “Word” the name of God?

JJ: You cannot pronounce the name of God by merely being taught the letters or normal sounds that you commit to memory and repeat.

The name of God must be spoken on four levels. These levels are the physical, emotional, mental and the soul, or spiritual.

The essence of the name is realized when the speaker understands that he is to BECOME as he decides to become when that decision is in harmony with the will of God. If we are one with God then all decisions will align automatically with that Will for our vision of the perfected future will be seen through eyes of higher understanding.

The name of God includes more than your own becoming for in the end all souls are one. Becoming, or evolving toward ultimate perfection within the various spheres, is the destiny of all the sons and daughters of mankind. Therefore, when you see a brother in need and you see him as becoming perfect with you, you are speaking the name.

The four levels it must be spoken are as follows:

(1) The physical.

This has been physically represented in a number of different ways – Yahweh, Jesus Christ, Allah, Krishna etc. In addition to this there have been special sounds given to initiates and methods of intoning them. But there is another way to physically sound the name of God. In the midst of healing you will be given a mystic phrase corresponding to the BECOMING that is to transpire. This phrase is usually spoken and communicated by the healer to the mind and soul of the person for whom it is intended.

One (of many) of these phrases spoken by Jesus, for example, was: “thy sins are forgiven you.”

This was what this person needed to hear to BECOME well.

This was given through the soul, at this particular time, to Jesus as a name of God to be spoken as intoned by the Holy Spirit.

(2) The Emotional.

The name the initiate speaks must be sent forth with a fullness of feeling and love as it is understood on the emotional plane.

(3) The Mind

The mind must see the name BECOMING perfectly manifest. If a healing is being performed then the vision of wholeness (holiness) must be seen.

“Perfection brings imperfection to the surface. Good drives evil from the form of man in time and space.” Djwhal Khul

(4) The Spiritual

The key word here is understanding. The name of God must go forward with understanding. You understand that you are a sower of seeds and the seed is the name (word) of God and you are planting this seed in your brother who is in need. You understand that if there is interplay on all four levels then nothing can prevent the BECOMING of the seed and the manifestation of healing and wholeness.

What I present here is only a seed thought in the direction of understanding the name of God, but if one allows the seed to be planted, nurtured and grown to fruition then such a one will go forward and do “even greater works” than did Jesus as he predicted.

Jan 13, 2001

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Soul Contact and Illusion

Soul Contact and Illusion

A lot has been said about psychic attacks. Some seem to think that a religious thought, an angry thought or even a disagreeable thought is an attack. Others see an attack as a consciously directed thought. Still others feel there are some occult means available to hurt others.

But let me submit this thought to you. Harming people with mere thought is much more difficult than one might surmise.

Where is my proof?

Just look at the last presidential election in the United States. During the conflict in Florida there were millions of hard core supporters on both sides of the aisle sending about as negative of thoughts and feelings as can be conjured up by humanity. And who were they sent at?

The main targets were Bush and Gore. (Note: Hillary and Trump after 2016 are even better examples)

And how are Bush and Gore faring now that they have both endured millions of nasty thoughts projected their way?

I have seen them both on television during the past week and they both look fine. Gore may be a little down emotionally because he didn’t capture the White House, but outside of this it appears that these millions of “psychic attacks” had little effect.

Now if Bush and Gore are able to withstand millions of negative emotions sent their way you would think that us relative unknowns could deal with anything that comes at us from fellow members in this group, who by and large are very peaceable folk.

Unless one is dealing directly with the Dark Brothers, which is rare, 99.9% of perceived psychic attacks owe its cause to a flaw opened from within oneself and if we live a reasonable stable life, as Bush and Gore seem to, then there is little to worry about in this area.

The Question: Just what is it that will encourage the establishment and increase of soul contact? Is there anything we can do to encourage the process? What forces or conditions support soul contact?

It is such a good question I am tempted to answer it, but I do not want to spoil your fun in learning and sharing.

Our contrarian member is still accusing us of using the wrong definition of intuition.

The word intuition is the closest we have in English to the principle we are exploring so instead of creating a new word we refine the use of this one.

If you open the dictionary you will find that many words have six or more meanings and when you teach you have to define the meaning you are using, if the meaning may not be obvious from the context.

Actually one of the definitions in my dictionary is very close. It calls the intuition “an impression.”

This is headed the direction of our class definition but not all impressions are through intuition, therefore we needed to clarify.

I know that some on the fringe see a teacher as being a big bad dictator if he defines a word for a class and tells the class that “this is the meaning we will use for the class.” They who are so black and white see the teacher as saying:

“My definition is the only right definition.”

Such is far from the case and to come to such a conclusion a person must be possessed with a spirit of contention.

The motive for defining terms, at least for this class, is so we can all speak the same language and understand each other.

Let me illustrate.

If we were giving a class on apples and Bob calls apples carrots, Sue calls then peas and Jim calls them rocks what is the teacher to do? He is to show a picture of an apple so all can understand what it looks like, and instruct the class to use the word “apple” when describing this particular fruit. When this is done teaching and communication can then proceed.

A reader states: “Soul contact: A unification of the body and the spirit. A oneness, a clarity where each of the two components are equal partners in bringing the will of God into this physical plane.”

JJ: The union of matter and spirit makes soul possible, but Soul itself is the interplay of body and spirit rather than the union, and that interplay is within us all no matter what our degree of evolution. Soul contact happens when we tune into that interplay. Thus tuning into the interplay opens the door to soul and Spirit. This is the first major step we all make at one time or another.

The group has been discussing I AM verses I AM BECOMING.

Let me add some clarification.

The I AM of itself is not wrong or evil for it is a description of BEING which is the foundation of life for us all. Where the problem comes in our evolution is when we become lazy and cease to become and try to just “be,” which is to say relax and do nothing.

In our current reality we either go forward in spiritual evolution or we go backward. We never stand still. If we try and just stand still and “just be” as many new agers teach then the person will go backwards on the path. (Do not confuse this stillness with the stillness of thought necessary for some types of meditation – which is actually part of our becoming process.)

We only go forward on the path by amplifying our power to decide in harmony with the Will of God and then bring that decision into reality through BECOMING.

Question: Is a ‘light bulb moment’ the same as ‘soul contact’?

The light bulb moment is more like intuition as we define it in the group, but there are two types of light bulb moments.

(1) You study a problem, do research, think about it and suddenly the pieces come together in a logical manner and you see the solution through your own mental powers.

This is not intuition but a bringing together of a whole picture through the use of mind.

(2) You study a problem, do research, think about it but no matter how much you try to figure it out you seem to reach a dead end, but you continue to pursue the solution. Then finally at an unexpected time a flash of light seems to turn on in your mind and you see the principle that answers all your questions. The answer is beyond anything that your mind could have come up with by itself and you have a sense that you owe a debt to an intelligence higher than yourself.

This is intuition and only comes after a degree of soul contact has been achieved.

Imagine that you are a young female and have just had the seed of a baby – a tiny life – planted in you. This life is so small that you cannot see it with the naked eye, but it is life nevertheless. Now imagine that the life is so tiny that if you were not paying attention you would have missed the planting entirely. Not only that but if you are not careful you will miss months of its growth.

Now let us suppose you are that young woman and decide that you are not going to miss the planting of the life nor its initial growth. Now be still and imagine the tiny life being planted in you. You must be absolutely still. The new life is so small that you must pay full attention to feel it, but you do pay attention and you do feel it.

You feel a slight movement – so slight you think you may be imagining that a life is within you, but you also feel a warmth and a comforting feeling from the life. You want to believe that your feeling is real, but you have doubts. “It’s too good to be true that I could be a vessel for a wonderful new life” you are tempted to think, but then you resist that temptation and think another thought:

“God is good and through Him nothing is too good to be true.”

Just thinking this thought seems to increase your sensitivity and you seem to have more communication with the tiny life. It is now real enough that you decide you want it to grow in you and you nurture it. As you nurture the life the time soon comes that the evidence that you will give birth to something wonderful will be undeniable to you. You have moved from hope to belief to knowing.

Jan 4, 2001

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Handwriting Analysis of Bush and Gore

Handwriting Analysis of Bush and Gore

Since everyone is getting a smile out of the fake Nostradamus prediction I thought I would make some comments about it. Let me quote:

“Come the millennium, month 12,
In the home of greatest power,
The village idiot will come forth
To be acclaimed the leader.”

First of all, the fact that Bush is attacked with a fake prediction scores him two points off the bat in my book. Nine times out of ten it is the person who is closest to the truth who has the most fabrication created against him.

But putting that aside it seems that many have attempted to make a Dan Quayle out of the guy so I thought I would look at the handwriting samples of both Bush and Gore to see who would have been the brighter president.

I speak with some authority here having 40 years experience in this art.

As I look at their handwriting samples I see that both men are above average in intelligence, but their intelligence is guided in different directions.

Al Gore is quite intelligent in the way he projects his thoughts and personality. He has good people skills, but has a loner consciousness and appears stiff because he has to force himself to perform, but when he finally decides how he is to project and the course he is to follow he is able to proceed quite intelligently.

He is a quick thinker, but not a perceptive one. His brain activity is quick, but his thoughts are not deep. He sees the answers in what is the obvious and is able to project that solution with credibility in the eyes of many.

When he makes a decision he is able to pursue it aggressively. This in itself is a sign of intelligence.

Even though he is a good debater he does not like conflict and seeks to avoid it.

He has good organizational abilities – another sign of intelligence.

His thought process is very quick and never lacks for a vocal expression.

One surprise is that he lacks self esteem and that it varies quite a bit with the situation. This is probably why he hired a consultant to tell him how to dress during the campaign.

Three things would concern me if he were President – and keep in mind this is from handwriting alone, putting politics aside.

(1) He seeks for surface answers and is good at selling them.

(2) He suppresses emotion. This would make his actions unpredictable in an intense situation. It would be possible that he could take us to war on an impulse.

(3) He is very secretive. As president there would be many things going on behind the scene that most would be unaware of. He is also deceptive when the pressure is on.

BUSH

Overall the intelligence of Bush and Gore is quite comparable, but while Gore directs his intelligence to the projection of image and ideas. Bush directs his more internally. He is perceptive and when his interest is aroused he will look below the surface to dig up the facts or the truth. He is much harder to fool that is Gore. When talking with him in person he will perceive your point quickly and likes to cut through the BS and get to the point.

He is fairly intuitive. Although he does not like to take risk without calculation he does trust his instincts.

He has a strong consistency to himself. We will not be seeing two Bushes. He has a mental focus of attention on this consistency and dependability, and this is one of the areas where his intelligence is directed.

He is aggressive similar to Gore.

He sets high goals for himself and has a strong sense of purpose and drive to reach them. He also has a strong self image and is confident in himself.

About the only reason I can see that Bush may be accused of lacking intelligence is that when he is under pressure he has some difficulty in sorting out his thoughts and may go on automatic pilot for a short time.

He has a handful of secrets which he doesn’t want to tell anyone (such as his DUI arrest) but aside from some items that he feels strongly about he is quite open with his thoughts. Under normal circumstances he will be quite open with the American people and he is above average in honesty.

He has no suppression of emotion, even though he has very strong feelings and is quite sensitive. When he gets angry he will let the offender have a piece of his mind and that will be the end of it.

The most positive note for him is he is willing to look below the surface and obtain all possible facts when solving a problem. This characteristic is lacking in too many politicians.

Does the handwriting reveal any warning signs about him?

No real obvious ones as I saw in Gore, but this does not mean he will not have problems or that he will not make some blunders.

Here are some possible red flags:

(1) He is emotionally sensitive and has a critical thought process. He is likely to offend a number of people during his term, especially when he feels attacked or under pressure.

(2) He is likely to get overconfident at times and let is guard down.

(3) Even though he has a practical side he is likely to bite off more can he can chew at times diminishing his chances for success.

All the presidents since Kennedy have been of similar intelligence, but have expressed it differently – and this includes Bush.

Overall we should be able to trust him to make reasonably intelligent decisions. He seems to be surrounding himself with intelligent people and this is a good sign.

As far as intelligence goes (again using handwriting) John Kennedy was the most intelligent president of this century – a very impressive thinker and extremely quick mental processes. He would have been a fun person to have had in this group.

Jan 3, 2001

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Intuition, Truth and Light

Intuition, Truth and Light

A reader keeps trying to convince us that we should be using his definition of the word “intuition,” rather than that espoused in the Ancient Wisdom.

There are many words in the dictionary which have a half dozen different uses and when this is the case the teacher must define his terms and make the students aware of the definition he is using and clearly represent how the word is to be used. Then there are other times that there may not be a current word that clearly represents his thought so he uses the best word available and redefines it for his students. When this is the case it merely becomes a distraction for a student to insist on examining the other definitions.

I have clearly defined the class use of the word “intuition.” If this does not fit in with how you have used the word in your past this is perfectly understandable. When you teach a class then you can use a definition which fits in with your belief system.

The definition I use does harmonize with Djwhal Khul who uses sources sometimes millions of years old, ancient wisdom indeed.

Definition of Intuition for this class (not found in any standard dictionary)

“The reception by the mind, as a result of a point of tension reached through contemplation, of a principle which leads to a “flashing forth” of understanding, which leads to unlimited knowledge.”

Note that the intuition leads to comprehension of a principle which leads to knowledge and not knowledge or facts only.

If a person obtains knowledge outside the normal realm of learning this does not mean he has used the intuition. A child does not use intuition as we have defined it here. A child’s mind is not equipped to do the type of contemplation needed.

As far as the relative verses absolute truth I find it interesting that the Buddha very strongly stressed absolute truth as well as Jesus.

Here are some quotes from the words of Buddha:

Truth is the correct comprehension of things; it is the permanent and everlasting, the real in all existence, the bliss of righteousness.

Free your mind of ignorance and be anxious to learn the truth, especially in the one thing that is needful, lest you fall a prey either to skepticism or to errors. Skepticism will make you indifferent and errors will lead you astray, so that you shall not find the noble path that leads to life

eternal.”

Those who imagine they find truth in untruth, and see untruth in truth, will never arrive at truth, but follow vain desires. They who know truth in truth, and untruth in untruth, arrive at truth, and follow true desires.

Some form their Dharma arbitrarily and fabricate it artificially; they advance complex speculations and imagine that good results are attainable only by the acceptance of their theories; yet the truth is but one; there are not different truths in the world.

The truth, however, is not temporary. The truth is not arbitrary nor a matter of opinion, but can be investigated, and he who earnestly searches for the truth will find it. The truth is hidden to the blind, but he who has the mental eye sees the truth. The truth is Buddha’s essence, and the truth will remain the ultimate standard. Let us, then, revere the truth; let us inquire into the truth and state it, and let us obey the truth.

I particularly like the definition by the Buddha that “Truth is … the real in all existence.”

This is why even a child knows what is true within its ring-pass-not because he knows the real to the extent that he’s aware if he is telling a lie or not. It takes adults to extend the idea of truth to the unreal so no clear definition can be had among them.

I am sitting in this chair typing on this computer at this moment in time and space. That is the real. This is a point of truth and nothing else is true in contradiction to this..

Those who regard

non-essence as essence

and see essence as non-,

don’t get to the essence,

ranging about in wrong resolves.

But those who know

essence as essence,

and non-essence as non-,

get to the essence,

ranging about in right resolves.

The Buddha

Let Your Light Shine

Each of us is a light to the world in some way and as a light to the world we must see ourselves in the symbol of a candle. Where we lack light we share in the light received by another and we are then filled with light. Consider the image of one candle lighting another candle. Unlike sharing as is done in the world there is no loss in the sharing of light. When one candle lights another and the flame is full, both shine with the same brightness. All the light of the first is given to the second and none is lost neither diminished.

One candle can light two, two can light four, four, eight and so on until after a few generations millions of candles can be lit by the one and none suffer any loss through the sharing, but the light of the whole is increased many fold.

If I have done my job here then I should have lit some candles and whether I am here or not there should be lights in your midst burning bright.

The key now is to work together and blend your light. If each of you center on the subject at hand, contemplate it and write your thoughts whether you feel inspired or not, your group blending can create a light which will satisfy the soul and those coming aboard will indeed be comforted by the fact of many lights becoming one light.

The words of Jesus ever come to mind:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Mat 5:14-16

So my friends, what good is it if we have light but keep it under a bushel? The bushel is composed of fear, inertia, ego, lack of confidence and dependence on unjust authority. Let us remove the covering of the light and keep this a land of the ever present sun, in season and out of season.

Dec 29, 2000

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The Birth of Christ

The Birth of Christ

The Birth of Jesus

THE time was nearly due for Jesus to be born, and Mary longed to see Elizabeth, and she and Joseph turned their faces toward the Judean hills.

2 And when upon their way they came to Bethlehem the day was done, and they must tarry for the night.

3 But Bethlehem was thronged with people going to Jerusalem; the inns and homes were filled with guests, and Joseph and his wife could find no place to rest but in a cave where animals were kept; and there they slept.

4 At midnight came a cry, a child is born in yonder cave among the Beasts. And lo, the promised son of man was born.

5 And strangers took the little one and wrapped him in the dainty robes that Mary had prepared and laid him in a trough from which the Beasts of burden fed.

6 Three persons clad in snowwhite robes came in and stood before the child and said,

7 All strength, all wisdom and all love be your, Immanuel.

8 Now, on the hills of Bethehem were many flocks of sheep with shepherds guarding them.

9 The shepherds were devout, were men of prayer, and they were waiting for a strong deliverer to come.

10 And when the child of promise came, a man in snow-white robe appeared to them, and they fell back in fear. The man stood forth and said,

11 Fear not! behold I bring you joyful news. At midnight in a cave in Bethehem was born the prophet and the king that you have long been waiting for.

12 And then the shepherds all were glad; they felt that all the hills were filled with messengers of light, who said,

13 All glory be to God on high; peace, peace on earth, goodwill to men.

14 And then the shepherds came with haste to Bethlehem and to the cave, that they might see and honour him whom men had called Immanuel.

Aquarian Gospel; Chapter Three

On December 25th we celebrate the birth of Christ. While it is true that he was not born on this day it is true that this has been a sacred season for the celebration of world saviors for many thousands of years.

If Christ were present writing to us, here are the words I believe he would speak.

My Friends, I call you friends, because you seek my voice and recognize my words carried by the Spirit into your hearts. When you sense words of light and embrace them within to kindle the fires of Spirit in your heart and feel the fire that burns but never consumed – you know at that time that it is I, even I that am with you, and you are with me in the bosom of the Father/Mother God.

Any day that you seek to kindle the birth of Christ within your heart is a sacred day and honored by me and all the saviors which have gone on before me for I am in them and you are to be in Me in thought and deed for I hold your presence in the palm of my hand and embrace all within my heart who seek the inner flame of soul.

“Peace on earth goodwill to all,” are still the words on the lips of angels. Let it also be on your lips, my friends, and let it spread as the fire of a candle lighting other candles until all the hearts of humankind feel the presence of the most holy peace within, transforming the world to peace without. When you feel peace within and see peace without you will feel Me within and My presence in form will no longer be hidden from your eyes.

Semantics

Comment: Trying to prove truth through the use of words is a dead end street. One must experience truth.

On the other hand, without semantics we wouldn’t even be here talking on the internet and the loss would be the sharing of truth.

Yes we learn truth through experience, but for each experience there are words to communicate the truth of that experience to a like-minded soul. The key is to seek with an honest heart to communicate truth as experienced rather than concentrating on the words themselves.

I have experienced that two apples plus two apples equal four apples and have never experienced otherwise nor do I know anyone who has ever experienced any variance to this common experiential knowledge.

Truth is simple. It is what is. When we experience what is then we know the truth whether it be 2+2=4 or the Light and Love of God Itself.

Testing the Soul

A critic seems concerned that we (or more particularly me) are using mind control tactics here in this group. He states that what I call soul contact is similar to mind control techniques the military uses.

First let me state that I think that it takes an over active imagination to come up with such a comparison.

For one thing I am sure that the military is not experimenting with using mind control solely by posting teachings on the internet. It would be difficult to control anyone by such methods. Any experiments they use involve some type of in person contact and to suggest that the military uses “soul contact” as I have taught it as a means of control is an amazing thought.

However, it is true that groups with ideologies do project a cohesive energy, but this is far removed from soul contact as I have taught it. I have stated a number of times that the standard astral group energy can be mistaken for soul energy but is far removed from it.

True soul contact begins with the individual. Such an individual with soul contact can unite with other individuals and share the soul energy within a group, but unlike regular groups capitalizing upon the herd instinct, the decision of the individual within the soul group will always come back to the individual free of all outside influences. The decision is always between the individual and his soul among true disciples.

Let me herewith issue this challenge after teaching here over the years. Where is there even one statement I have made or even one person as an accuser that can name one time that I have sought to influence the souls of men and women contrary to their free will?

As far as my handicap creating some hole allowing negative forces to control me – this idea is an outrageous insult to all who have sustained an injury. My accident that I referred to earlier involved a homemade rocket blowing up in my left hand when I was a teenager. My shoulders lungs and heart are fine.

According to your theory Franklin D. Roosevelt would have been subject to control of dark forces since he had a handicap and Hitler would have had the advantage on the side of light.

I let nothing control me but my own soul and recommend the same path for all people. Of course, none will know this is true if I merely proclaim it, but such truth can be had by all who find true soul contact for one who reaches the soul can recognize another who has.

I end with a quote from Djwhal Khul on accidents:

“When through application to meditation, and power and activity in service, a man has developed his vehicles to a point of real achievement, then his vibrations set in motion matters of a specific kind, and he learns to work with that matter, to manipulate the fluids, and to control the builders. In so doing he encroaches on the domain of those who work with the forces of involution and thus he may bring attack upon himself. This attack may be directed against any of his three vehicles and may be of different kinds. Let me briefly point out some of the methods employed against a disciple which are the ones which alone concern the student of these letters:

“{A} Definite attack on the physical body. All kinds of means are employed to hinder the usefulness of the disciple through disease or the crippling of his physical body. Not all accidents are the result of karma, for the disciple has usually surmounted a good deal of that type of karma and is thus comparatively free from that source of hindrance in active work.”

Letters on Occult Meditation, Page 131

Dec 25, 2000

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Seeking the Good

Seeking the Good

One who makes a reversal and takes the dark path is not in denial but does so motivated by selfishness and knows what he is doing. On the other hand, such a one encourages the denial in others to accomplish his objectives. He will also use denial when it suits his ends even though he knows the denial is a lie.

Those caught in the loop of denial and suppression are usually sincere people who are deceived into thinking that not facing friction and life’s problems head on is for the best at the moment. This lessens the soul energy, but the person usually turns around after enough pain if caused by this error.

A reader claimed that a focus on good creates evil.

This idea that any focus or recognition of good is through fear of evil or lack makes no sense.

If I am driving down the road the good is to drive down the road to my destination. The evil is to not steer correctly and drive off the road. As I put my attention on the good (staying on the road) I have no sense of any lack of ability to steer or anything else. I also have no fear of driving off the road because I feel competent. By keeping my attention on the good the opposite of what you say occurs. I have no sense of lack and no fear.

There is no denial on my part. I realize the possibility of driving off the road, but have no fear because of the knowledge of driving I have that allows me to avoid this possibility.

Good and evil and the dualities are not created by our thoughts but exist independently. Night and day will continue to exist whether we are here to think about them or not.

Reader Comment: “The longer the attention on good, the greater the denial of the unconscious opposite polarity (pendulum swing), the greater the fear generated.”

If this is true then why doesn’t it work out as you say in real life??? I have focused on good all my life and my fears have become less not greater. This is also the case with everyone I know who focuses on the good.

To focus on good does not mean that you deny the bad. To focus on a bullseye does not mean that you are denying that there is earth under your feet as you are shooting the good arrow.

Reader: “So long as there is judgment involved as to right and wrong, good and evil, where ever there is a conscious attention, there will always be an unconscious attention which will create the opposite of the perceived need or focus.”

I have judged what is good and evil all my life and where my point of focus is, is what has been drawn to me. Again my experience testifies to the opposite of what you say.

In fact one of the most important lessons I have learned in my life is to keep my focus on the good and the desired goal without wavering if I wish to achieve. This has also worked well for Bill Gates but in as different area than my attention dwells.

I see a thread of truth in what you are saying in the fact that many deny their fears and illusions as they seek to progress toward the good. This indeed does create many problems, but it is the denial and suppression that is the problem – not any attention one has toward the good.

A reader pointed out that the Christmas season represents the longest days of the year in the southern hemisphere and the shortest in the North.

North in the Biblical Hebrew is TSAPHON which is associated with mystery and literally means “hidden” or “occult.” This backs up the symbolism that behind the fact that the celebration of the birth of Christ is at the time of the least physical light has a hidden significance. It is like the Cliché says: “It is always darkest before the dawn.”

On the other hand, the fact that Christmas is at the time of greatest light in the South also carries much meaning as Christ came as a “light to the world.”

Translating Literally

Comment: “The Practice of handing out brightly wrapped gifts from underneath the Christmas Tree on December 25 designed to spread “Good Cheer” originated from the Northern European practice of the sharing of fluorescent red and white hallucinogenic mushrooms of the variety Amanita muscaria ..”

Very interesting; as far as words from ancient languages being translated into modern vernacular goes – many are correctly not translated literally. For instance, as you examine the passages in which TSAPHON was translated North you can see that they are indeed referring to the direction of North as opposed to South or an ancient city. But you can also see why they used the word TSAPHON for that particular direction. It means “dark” or “hidden” and the further north you go the darker it gets. Thus the ancients associated TSAPHON with North.

Many words in ancient languages are like this and it is much better to translate them with the best current word than the source word. Using source words only will often give a misleading translation.

I like the method of translation of the Concordant version of the Bible which I deem to be the most accurate for giving us the original meaning or intent of the writer. Keep in mind that many of the Biblical Hebrew words differ in meaning from modern Hebrew so finding the original intent of the writer is not an exact science.

What Concordant people do is first examine the source word. Then they examine the context of the word in all ancient passages they can find and attempt to find the word that fits the best in all the writings. When they decide upon the word, they will use that word consistently unless some type of obvious exception occurs. By using this method I have found their translation is far superior than any other I have examined.

You can find a link to the Concordant Bible HERE

A reader was arguing with me that 2+2 is not always four and presented different numbering systems and nomenclature to prove his point.

I am familiar with the binary system and in this or any other numbering system 2+2=4, but is merely written differently.

For instance if you write 2+2 =4 in Spanish this does not change the mathematics.

Let me put this challenge before you.

If you take two apples and add two additional apples you will get four apples. Let me challenge anyone to use the binary or any other system and cause any other sum to appear than four apples.

What I find interesting is that this reasoning is very simple to a child. It takes adults to complicate truth to the extent that it becomes as perplexing as counting rabbits running around in a fog.

Let me end with this question:

Two people have the same question and receive the answer through intuition yet explain it a little differently to others. What causes this different description of the truth? Did they receive two conflicting truths or was it something else?

Dec 21, 2000

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The Four Evils, Part 3

The Four Evils, Part 3

The Fourth Evil: “Spiritual wickedness in high (celestial) places.” Eph 6:12

The main word of interest here is the Greek EPOURANIOS. In the King James this is translated 16 times as “heavenly” as in heavenly Father, twice as celestial and only once as “high places” in this particular verse.

One can easily see why many translators are hesitant to render this verse as it reads as the meaning does not seem to make sense. After all, is not the place where God and celestial beings reside a perfect place where no evil can possibly exist? Why then would Paul tell us that one of our enemies is wickedness in heaven itself.

It is indeed disturbing for many to contemplate that even heaven or the higher worlds may not be perfect places. You may recall that we discussed perfection earlier and concluded that the concept is an illusion and not even taught in the Bible. The word perfection there in relation to God is mistranslated and the original word merely implies that God correctly finishes what He starts.

To have perfection you have to have a judge of what perfection is. Since we all see perfection through different eyes then there can be no perfection that will satisfy us all.

The big question is how could there be evil in the higher realms and what would that evil be? Could we recognize celestial evil if it stared us in the face?

Before we explore this topic let us make clear that the Dark Brotherhood is not a part of this celestial evil. The disciple here on the earth can clearly see that the direction of the Dark Brothers is incorrect. These entities have taken a definite stand toward selfishness and are of a low vibration. However, the inhabitants of the celestial worlds are clothed with light and filled with love. How could evil manifest in such a place?

We need to be reminded of this point to solve the mystery.

Evil does not manifest as a killer demon tearing everything in its path from limb to limb, but evil can manifest in all spheres and places. Evil means to reverse direction from progression to retrogression and a heavenly being can do this as well as a worm. If a heavenly being does this we may notice no lack of love and light from him or her from our vantage point.

Remember the analogy of Hitler’s Dog. As long as the dog gets attention and food Hitler will seem like as good of a person as Mother Teresa. Hitler’s dog had no idea of the higher conflict that was going on beyond his understanding.

Even so it is with us. We have heard that a great light who was Lucifer fell from heaven, but we have little understanding about the cause. A hint to the key to understanding evil and why death is associated with it lies in these two key words:

(1) Reversal and (2) Attention

As far as will and decision go let me add this. Will cannot exist without decision for Will is a motivating force to bring that which has been decided into existence. The first decision was “TO BE.” After this took place, Will became manifest causing us TO BECOME. The only thing within human comprehension that existed before decision was PURPOSE. This attribute is not purpose as we understand it but an underlying intelligence that is the Prime Cause of all things.

The reason that evil is associated with death and good with life is that death is generally seen as the breaking up of a form or forces because the attention of the soul has been withdrawn from it. Life is seen as good because life is caused by the flowing forth of the soul through the focused attention of the life of the soul. Life is a gathering of forms or forces around a point of decision wherein we have the power of attention focused.

A key to the great mystery I am pointing you toward is hinted at in the ancient phrase: “energy follows thought.” Perhaps it could be more accurately worded as follows:

“Energy follows thought which is held by focused attention.”

We move ahead or backward in evolution according to where we place our focused thought. Thus, the disciple is on the path of light (the good path so to speak) if his focused thought is on the true advancement of himself or his group.

On the other hand, the wayfarer is on the path of darkness and death if his focused attention is returning to lesser evolution, lesser advancement or lesser light.

Why would one place attention on becoming as one who is less evolved?

Answer: Sometimes it is pure selfishness but it usually begins as a selfish interest which is stimulated by a deception. When this occurs the deception is eventually revealed and then the pilgrim must make a definite obvious decision between the left and right hand path. The trouble with the great deception here is that by the time it is unraveled the person is so attached to his selfish interest that the turning around is very difficult.

I said that two key words to understand this mystery is “reversal” and “attention.” This reversal can happen to any being so long as there is free will. However, as we climb the ladder of spiritual progress the number of entities who turn around in their progress lessens because as we move toward greater and greater light it becomes more obvious that it is indeed wisdom to continue forward. However, after we finish one long cycle of spiritual evolution then, after a period of rest, we will begin another with temptations anew and perils unlike any encountered before.

Therefore eternal good is eternal BECOMING or eternally moving forward to greater life. Eternal evil is to cease becoming and to “to be” that which was in the past, a different thing that the being of the Eternal Presence.

So, what happens to one who reverses his movement forward?

Answer: First it must be understood that a reversal in progression does not come in a single moment or a single life, but solidifies over a fairly long period of time. As we move forward in our progress we enjoy the life of the soul flowing through us, but when we make a mistake and slip into reverse we begin to feel a great absence of soul or a vacuum where the power of life and purpose seems lacking. At this point most will sense that something is wrong and seek correction and eventually find their way back into forward motion. Only those who are very stubborn and selfish will ignore all the warning signs and place their full attention on going backwards. When one then makes a definite decision to serve self at the expense of the soul then a very significant event happens.

What is that?

At the point of definite reversal with no energy directed toward the path of evolution then there is no attention on the soul or spirit. To understand this we must realize that energy does follow thought and if there is no energy on the higher then all energy follows the line of least resistance toward the lower.

We are all composite beings made of many lesser lives and to maintain the cohesive force to keep the lower lives together to maintain the higher, attention must be focused on the higher energies of soul. Without this attention and the drawing forth of spiritual power then the forces holding the lesser lives becomes diminished until eventually the lesser lives come apart and return to their native element. This produces a death or disintegration of the person as he is.

This is comparable to a water molecule of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen which has been together for millions of years falling apart and returning to the two separate gasses of hydrogen and oxygen – no longer having the properties of water.

So what happens to those few stubborn humans who succeed in reversing themselves on the path?

Answer: The lesser lives that make the greater begin to come apart and as they do the person begins to lose human attributes and take on the characteristics of the next kingdom down which is the animal. The strongest animal lives within him take control of the life until it falls apart. After this the animal lives revert to the vegetable and finally to the mineral and lastly to a pralaya that lasts many millions of years. The person’s evolution must then begin anew in a far future creation.

Can one higher than human make a reversal?

Yes.

What would happen if a Master made a reversal?

Just as a human reverts to an animal when making a reversal even so a Master reverts to becoming human and later to the animal.

Above the Kingdom of God where dwells the Kumaras is Shamballa. A known reversal that occurred there was one who had the position of Lucifer – the Lightbringer. Because of his reversal he placed himself in danger of disintegration, or of breaking down to its component parts. This is why the scripture tells us that “he knoweth that his time is short.”

We are therefore on one of two paths:

(1) The path of Life where Spirit is increasing in power as we share greater union with an increasing number of lives.

OR

(2) The path of death where the power of Spirit is diminishing and the lesser lives which compose us are in the process of coming apart and unraveling the greater entity.

A great life which once lived in Shamballa who has reversed himself, and yet has the knowing of a master, will have the power to deceive all but the very elect for he can duplicate all the wisdom, the power and even the concern for humanity a Master may appear to have.

The problem with humans discerning evil among the greater lives is that what is backwards in evolution for them appears far ahead for us. Their evil is our good. Take again the example of Hitler’s dog. The discipline that a Hitler will give his dog may be just what he needs for his progress. The dog cannot see the greater picture affecting the whole.

Because some greater reversed lives can appear good throws emphasis on our maintaining soul contact for it is only through bypassing authority with all life but the soul and spirit can we safely travel the path forward and not be deceived.

I will be touching on this subject from time to time.

Dec 20, 2000

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The Four Evils, Part 2

The Four Evils, Part 2

Perhaps we seekers have a kinder and gentler view of evil than the many hard liners, but as humanity as well as the Masters define the term, both good and evil exist.

Now let us move on to Paul’s third evil that can pull the disciple backwards in his evolution and service.

(3) Rulers of the darkness of this world.

It is always helpful to example Biblical phrases in the ancient languages.

Rulers comes from KOSMOKRATOR. This Greek word is derived from two other words. The first is KOSMOS which is often translated as world, but more closely corresponds to what we currently call “the system.” It literally means the “current arrangement of things.” The second word is KRATEO which basically means “to seize with power.

The word “rulers” is a bare bones translation that does not give the full implication.

A more correct translation would read: “Those who seize power and control the way things are.” “The power brokers within the system” could be another rendering.

Darkness comes from SKOTOS which can indeed mean darkness, but also can be translated as “shadow” or “obscurity.”

“World” is mistranslated from AION which means “an age.” The English word eon comes from this.

Taking this into consideration let us give a more accurate wording of the verse. Instead of reading:

“Rulers of the darkness of this world,” it could more accurately read:

“Those who size seize the power of this age and work in the shadows.”

So who are these people that send out a frustrating negative force to the workers of light?

In our age some would call these power brokers “the conspiracy.”

Even though there is no unified agreement on how sinister, powerful or unified the conspiracy is, there is one thing most will agree upon and that is that there are definitely people of selfish intent working behind the scenes pulling strings to manipulate events toward their own ends to the detriment of the whole.

It does seem that every time a good work or a good worker comes forward to change the world for the better that some power comes out of the shadows to do everything in its power to stop them. In our time John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were mysteriously killed just when they were in the midst of progress.

Organizations who seek to change things for the better are often hit with law suits, tax audits and mysterious threats.

Disciples therefore must be aware that he or she not only have outward authorities of position and glamour to deal with but also invisible power brokers behind the scenes who may be impossible to identify without revelation.

Reader Comment:

“There is no Sanskrit word for which the direct transliteration into the English language is Evil. Therefore, the translation of the Buddha teachings you quoted is misleading.”

Unfortunately, I do not have the original Sanskrit available to check this out, but I will give you this. The concept of the religious ones today toward the word evil and numerous other Biblical words is quite a bit different from the original use thousands of ears ago. I’m sure this is also true of Buddha’s words.

Even so, when you examine the teachings of Buddha it becomes quite obvious that he often spoke of the dualities of good and evil quite consistent with the other world teachers. All the translations I have seen of Buddha’s teachings have him speaking of both good and evil with about the same fervor as the early Christians. Perhaps Buddha did not see evil in the same light as a fire and brimstone preacher, but it was still the most equivalent word that these experts in the language were able to find.

The quotes I posted the other day had numerous references to the concept and these were translated by Dr. Harischandra Kaviratna for the Theosophical Society.

This was in the introduction:

“Dr. Kaviratna, a native of Sri Lanka, is equally versed in Sinhalese, Pali, and Sanskrit, and since youth has been a dedicated researcher into the esoteric implications behind the Vedas, Vedanta, and Buddhist canonical and noncanonical literatures of both Northern and Southern Schools.

This quote from his translation gives a pretty standard view of good and evil:

“Make haste in doing good and restrain the mind from evil; if one is slow in doing good, the mind finds delight in evil.”

But here is one I find quite interesting:

“ It is quite easy to perform evil deeds which are not beneficial to oneself. But it is extremely difficult to perform a deed which is righteous and beneficial.

“If an evil-minded one, by reason of his false views, reviles the teaching of the Arhats, the Noble Ones, and the virtuous, verily he brings forth the fruit of his own destruction, even as does the katthaka reed.”

The interesting thing is that Buddha talks of evil here as a negativity which can bring “destruction” This is a very close harmony with RA, the biblical Hebrew word for evil which means “to break into pieces,” or to destroy.

Another translator, Paul Carus, used the word evil regularly in translating his words. Here is an example:

Avoiding the Ten Evils

The Buddha said:

“All acts of living creatures become bad by ten things, and by avoiding the ten things they become good.

There are three evils of the body, four evils of the tongue, and three evils of the mind.

[1] “The evils of the body are, murder, theft, and adultery; of the tongue, lying, slander, abuse, and idle talk;

of the mind, covetousness, hatred, and error.

[2] “I exhort you to avoid the ten evils: [3] “(1) Kill not, but have regard for life.

[4] “(2) Steal not, neither do ye rob; but help everybody to be master of the fruits of his labour.

[5] “(3) Abstain from impurity, and lead a life of chastity.

[6] “(4) Lie not, but be truthful. Speak the truth with discretion, fearlessly and in a loving heart.

[7] “(5) Invent not evil reports, neither do ye repeat them. Carp not, but look for the good sides of your fellowbeings, so that ye may with sincerity defend them against their enemies.

[8] “(6) Swear not, but speak decently and with dignity.

[9] “(7) Waste not the time with gossip, but speak to the purpose or keep silence. [10] “(8) Covet not, nor envy, but rejoice at the fortunes of other people.

[11] “(9) Cleanse your heart of malice and cherish no hatred, not even against your enemies; but embrace all living beings with kindness.

[12] “(10) Free your mind of ignorance

and be anxious to learn the truth, especially in the one thing that is needful, lest you fall a prey either to skepticism or to errors. Skepticism will make you indifferent and errors will lead you astray, so that you shall not find the noble path that leads to life eternal.”

Now it may be true that the original Sanskrit word may have a deeper meaning than the modern English – evil – but the opposite of that which is good is certainly implied by the context.

Dec 18, 2000

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Good and Evil Examined

Good and Evil Examined

It is indeed true that all teachers will have this EXOUSIA authority (authority given freely to authorities) granted to them. This was true for Jesus as well as false prophets such as Jim Jones. There is nothing the teacher can do to stop this from happening with that certain percentage of students that will not check with their own souls.

The question for the sincere teacher, who is not seeking power over others, is what shall he do then? Shall he cease from teaching at all?

On the contrary, Jesus spoke just the opposite in his advice to Peter when he said: “Feed my sheep.”

The sheep are those who will follow a teacher.

The false teacher will seek to be fed by the sheep.

The true teacher will seek to feed the sheep.

Notice that Jesus repeated this instruction to Peter three times and by the third time Peter answered with irritation that the Master seemed to think him so dense.

By feeding the sheep with true knowledge and service these students will be quickened in their progress so they will be better prepared for the great test when they meet their Busiris who seeks to bind them with his power over them.

Keep checking with your souls, and when the link, called in the east the antahkarana, is created, then the seeker graduates from a sheep to a disciple to a shepherd.

Note the words of Jesus:

“I am the good shepherd.”

There are small number of good shepherds and then there are the not-so-good ones. The beginning sheep find good or bad shepherds by accident. The more progressed ones recognize the good shepherds through the voice of the soul.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” Albert Einstein

Light on Illusion

A reader commented that she did not believe in evil and that even Hitler was part of the divine plan producing ultimate good.

Let me repeat here what I said about evil in part one:

“It is important here that when we define evil that we do not envision demons dripping slime, for such a thought distracts from real understanding of the principle. An evil force is that which keeps us from moving forward in our evolution. In other words, evil pulls us backward and good pushes us forward.”

It sounds like the reader is thinking of the old time religious definition but if one thinks of good and evil the way we define it here, which is also in alignment with the ancient wisdom, then evil as well as good does indeed exist.

As far as the Bible goes “evil” comes from the Hebrew RA which is derived from RA’A which means “to break into pieces”

This also agrees with the ancient wisdom. That which takes creation or evolution in reverse indeed breaks things to pieces or destroys that which has been built.

I have made numerous postings about the contention that Hitler was neither good nor bad, but let me just add this.

If we define evil as a force which pulls us backward, or a destroying energy, then Hitler indeed was evil. The only good that came out of World War II were the lessons we learned because the forces of good were triumphant. If the forces of good did not gather and defeat this arch enemy then the good that seemed to come out of World War II would not have been. Instead, the Third Reich would have reigned supreme for 1000 years, as Hitler predicted, and you and I would not be writing these type of thoughts upon a free Internet.

In a past age, in the days of Atlantis, the ending was a different story. Hitler was the leader of the Lords of Dark Face and his dark forces won the great war against the forces of light. This lead to the total destruction of that great continent.

The interplay of good and evil does eventually result in the outcome of what is called the “dominating good,” but in between there can be much unnecessary evil, pain and suffering because we did not use our free will to bring the dominating good.

To say that there is no evil is to say that a creation cannot be destroyed. To say there is no evil is to say that there is no friction. To say there is no evil is to say that all progress is smooth with no hindrances ever showing up. To say there is no evil is to say that we are not living in a world of dualities, that there is no day or night, no form or space, no feeling or thought.

While this may be true in some ultimate reality that we cannot understand or experience, such a belief is a hindrance to progress in this one.

The basic idea of Hitler not being evil goes something like this:

Even the bad guys are good guys. God is perfect so everything that happens in the universe is a perfect occurrence in alignment with the will of God. Therefore Judas did not do a bad thing in betraying his master because even this was a perfect happening. Judas agreed to this and because of this he was just as good of a guy as Jesus was.

The Christians needed to be thrown to the lions and crucified so Nero came to the earth as a good guy in disguise and just played the role as a bad guy. In reality he was neither good nor evil, but just an actor on a stage.

The Jews needed to be tortured and killed so perhaps Hitler was the best guy of all because be volunteered for the most disgusting mission. He played the role of the evil dictator so we could learn some lessons.

Many people are accepting this doctrine in this age, but let me present to you the idea that this is one of the most deceptive and harmful teachings to come down the pike for some time.

Why?

Because if one accepts this belief then cause and effect and karma are nullified. This means that it does not matter what you do. If you want to beat your wife that is OK because every bruise you put on her face is part of the divine will and somebody has to do it so it might as well be you.

If you fail in an endeavor then that is part of divine will since all events are part of the perfect will. Maybe you should just give up and not try because it may be a part of the plan that you are a failure. Thus you turn into a alcoholic so you give everyone else the chance to see what such a life is like and give them the opportunity become enablers.

As far as I can discover this teaching was not taught by the ancients and has never been a part of the ancient wisdom. The first I have seen of it was in Betty Eadie’s book “Embraced by the Light.”

She went through a near death experience and supposedly went to heaven where she was told that all people go there, even Hitler. Hitler, she was told, was as good as anyone else and merely agreed to his nasty mission, but in heaven he is a clean as the driven snow.

In the future we will talk about the afterlife in greater detail, but I will say this, that what ms. Eadie experienced was certainly real to her, but it was not a true reality and the Jesus she walked and talked with was not the real Jesus. She experienced a taste of the astral world full of dream fulfillment. This was a taste of a world created for her by her desire nature which would feed her spiritually and prepare her for lessons in a future life.

The astral world is full of illusion, but also a heaven of sorts and to rise above this illusion one must see through illusion after illusion until the celestial devachan is reached and finally Nirvana as taught by the Buddha. When this is reached the seeker finally sees reality as it is.

This teaching by Eadie was also incorporated by Walsh in his series Conversations with God and between these two books this illusionary concept has received wide circulation and acceptance.

Is Hitler in heaven then?

No.

Where is he?

After you die your consciousness can only rise in vibration, or light, to the light of consciousness you have achieved on the earth. In between lives your essence goes in a circle from the earth to the astral zone and back up to the celestial spheres and then back to the earth again. When this essence rises above that which is your level of consciousness then you go to sleep and dream of heaven or hell. Most harmful or evil people quickly pass their level of consciousness and sleep to their higher nature where they are out of harm’s way until they are born again. They will awaken in the consciousness of their soul which does see on a higher level than the personality, but Hitler’s Higher Self is not Hitler. Hitler is a failed and distorted reflection of soul.

Thus the entity we know as Hitler will not enter heaven as Hitler, for then there would be no such thing as paradise. Hitler’s personality and essence is imprinted and stored in the consciousness of his higher self for due reflection.

The higher parts of ourselves are indeed always in heaven, but the consciousness of the lower personality cannot go there until the proper lessons are learned, karma is worked out and it learns to be one with the Higher Self

A reader maintained that even pain is the result of a choice leading to an ultimate good. Yes, both good and evil serve as part of divine purpose. However, pain comes as a result of choice. It is rarely what we consciously choose, however. When’s the last time you heard of someone scalding himself on purpose with hot water? Such pain was a result of bad choice – not what the guy consciously chose. This should be self evident.

I would submit that pain and suffering is not something that “just is.” If you make the right decision you often avoid pain and if it “just is” then it could not be avoided. On the other hand the principle of good and evil “just is” for there is nothing we can do to make them go away from this reality.

Question: Do Buddhists believe in evil? I am thinking I may be more Buddhist in my thinking.

All the ancient scriptures from all faiths have been very consistent on the teaching of good and evil. Buddha’s teachings were very much in harmony with the Bible on this subject. All of the writings of the Ancient Wisdom also teach the principle of good and evil. It is only recently that I have seen this idea of there being no evil surfacing.

Here are some quotes from the teachings of Buddha in The Dhammapada:

  1. The sinner laments here, laments hereafter, and he laments in both worlds. Having seen himself sullied by his sinful deeds, the evildoer grieves and is afflicted.
  2. The doer of wholesome deeds rejoices here and rejoices hereafter; thus he rejoices in both places. Having beheld his pure deeds he rejoices exceedingly.
  3. He repents here, repents hereafter, the evildoer repents in both worlds. “Evil has been committed by me,” thinking thus he repents. Having taken the path of evil he repents even more.
  4. He rejoices here, he rejoices hereafter, the doer of wholesome deeds rejoices in both worlds. “Good has been committed by me,” thinking thus he rejoices. Having taken the celestial path, he rejoices exceedingly.
  5. Recognizing this corporeal body to be evanescent as foam, comprehending this worldly nature as a mirage, and having broken the flower-arrows of Cupid (Mara), the true aspirant will go beyond the realm of the Evil One.
  6. The hedonist who seeks only the blossoms of sensual delights, who indulges only in such pleasures, him the Evil One carries off, as a flood carries off the inhabitants of a sleeping village.
  7. The hedonist who seeks only the blossoms of sensual delights, whose mind is agitated, him the Evil One (Mara) brings under his sway even before his carnal desires are satiated.
  8. So long as an evil deed does not mature (bring disastrous results), the fool thinks his deed to be sweet as honey. But, when his evil deed matures, he falls into untold misery.
  9. Though a fool (practicing austerity) may eat his food from the tip of a blade of kusa grass for months and months, he is not worth one-sixteenth part of those who have realized the Good Law.
  10. As fresh-drawn milk from the cow does not soon curdle, so an evil deed does not produce immediate fruits. It follows the wrongdoer like a smoldering spark that burns throughout and then suddenly blazes up.
  11. Make haste in doing good and restrain the mind from evil; if one is slow in doing good, the mind finds delight in evil.
  12. Do not think lightly of evil, saying, “It will not come to me.” By the constant fall of waterdrops, a pitcher is filled; likewise the unwise person, accumulating evil little by little, becomes full of evil.
  13. As a merchant who has limited escort, yet carries much wealth, avoids a perilous road, as a man who is desirous of living long avoids poison, so in the same way should the wise shun evil.
  14. It is quite easy to perform evil deeds which are not beneficial to oneself. But it is extremely difficult to perform a deed which is righteous and beneficial.
  15. If an evil-minded one, by reason of his false views, reviles the teaching of the Arhats, the Noble Ones, and the virtuous, verily he brings forth the fruit of his own destruction, even as does the katthaka reed.

I think some just have a different definition of evil and want to focus on the positive. This is good, but when we see evil as a form of error I think we must admit that we all make mistakes now and then so good and evil in this context certainly does exist.

Dec 17, 2000

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