Chapter 2: The Language of Symbols(4/4)
December 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
The Language of Symbols
Let us take a look at the notes that each of these sons received from
Jacob the father:
Reuben- “The excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water”- Instability
Simeon and Levi- “For in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.” – Anger and self will.
Judah- “He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?” – Intemperance.
Zebulun- “Shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.”- Limitation
Issachar- ”And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.”- False responsibility.
Dan- “ Shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.”- Deceit
Gad- “A troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last.”-Paranoia
Asher-“ His bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.”- Self indulgence. Complacence.
Naphtali- “Is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.”
Joseph- “Unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills”
Benjamin- “In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.”-Greed.
Indeed a very poor report card regarding any Spiritual development.
These are characteristic features of one that is deep in the physical
and literal sense of Self, his own picture in his own eyes, identifying
with his visible appearance to be the only Self he knows and reacting
to life from that limited stand point.
In order to correct this, one has to firstly be aware of those weak
features, and then be able to admit them. Only then can he start a
hard Work of improvement, as a necessary condition to the fulfillment
of the promise. Fit for the Kingdom.
This improvement is represented by the 12 disciples in comparison
to the 12 sons of Jacob.
Simon Peter- The Rock, Stability.
James son of Zebedee- Implement of wisdom.
Bartholomew- Quality of originality, freshness of thought.
Thomas- Quality of logic.
Matthew- Illustration of trust.
James- Capacity to diagnose the wrong.
Judas Iscariot- Dwelling place of Cause, Detachment.
With such qualities, being conceivable opposites to the sensual
I see it necessary, again at this point, to state that this has nothing to do with history, nor does it have to do with your national or religious identity. It certainly doesn’t mean that one religion is better than the other. Don’t think for a minute that if I said that the 12 disciples are improved versions of the 12 sons of Jacob, and that if you are a Christian then you have chosen the improved religion to Judaism.
The sons of Jacob represent the unconscious man’s features. This is mental and emotional behavior of the unconscious person. A will to improve and advance will reverse these features to their exact opposites, represented by the disciples. This will help one reap success concerning the fulfillment of his desires, and improvement of his life standards, for we have said already that ones mental behavior determines how life appears. Man’s instinctive approach is mostly negative, and “every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. This is exactly what man is told to improve by observing the moments when he thinks and reacts in a negative way. It is told of every man. This is a psychological quality that every man, being unconscious, possesses, no matter which religion he relates himself to.
Zero- This number always represents emphasis. We know, for
example, what the number 4 represents, but it can also appear as 40
or 400. In such a case we have to notice the number of zeroes and
combine it with the given symbol. A good example is found in this
“Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?”
(1st Samuel 21:11)
The symbol is the number One that represents the understanding of Divine Unity. In thousand there are three zeroes, and in ten thousand there are four. Which implies that what Saul represents in this verse is the ability to conceive Divine Unity from the emotional level of interpretation, still within the physical frames of ones limited perception of Self, which is not yet the Spiritual Causative level that expands beyond those frames, which is what David represents with his four zeroes. Do you see now how much more there is than you thought? Can you begin to see the depth of what scripture tells us using symbols to be interpreted as what takes place deep within man, having noting to do with literal history? Assuming that all these symbols represent no one else but self and parts of our being, do you see now how much there is to improve? Are you starting to get a hint regarding the purpose for which you are here?
One last symbol that I would like to bring up in this connection, is the symbol of The Son.
Until today, we were taught, believed and had to live under the conflict (if to put mildly) between the religions about the birth of The Son, a conflict that originated from the literal understanding of this story, that made this kind of statement look like blasphemy to the present monotheistic approach.
“They (the unjust) say: “God hath begotten a son” :Glory be to Him.- Nay,”
(Quran, The Cow, 2:116)
But for Christianity this is one of the most important corner stones, and what authorizes the one that brings the Messianic message, which by the way is the same one according to this quoted book too.
On the other hand, although everyone, those that accept and those that reject, read and approve the trueness of the book of Psalms, that according to tradition is related to David, which in its very beginning says:
“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” (Psalms 2:7)
So now, where in fact is the conflict? for if there is one, it will necessarily indicate that it is alright for David to be Son of God but not for Jesus, in a better case. In a worse case, and according to this verse, such a conflict will indicate that the world that had to deal, and not very successfully I must say, with one Son, will have from now on to deal
with at least two.
“If only they had stood fast by the Law, the Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side.”
(The Table 5:69)
Right! But all these references mentioned here, speak of a Son. How is it that we are called to read these books and yet not believe that God has a Son? Why are those that believe in the Son called unjust?
And how come this very same Son, despite the disagreement, and despite of the believers being called unjust, is still the very Messiah that reveals in the day of judgment according to these books also?
Do you now see that all errors and conflicts originate from the literal interpretation? The Quran does not scold those that believe in the Son, for if it was so, it would contradict itself, on the one hand seemingly rejecting the idea, and on the other pointing us to scripture that is based on this fact. The Quran scolds those that accept His birth as a literal fact. The unjust are not those that believe that Jesus or David or anyone else born by a promise are Sons of God, but those that do not know that they all are the same Being representing a Spiritual birth, what is called to be born from above, From The Father, in comparison to being born from the mother, which implies one’s physical birth. The Quran scolds those that mix the message of religion with literal historical facts. Do you know anyone, including in this sector, that the Quran does not justifiably scold?
The symbol of the Son appears in scripture in many variations, and all of them carry the same principle, the fulfillment of the promise. The Son is your own ideal, in your own eyes, according to what you are able to conceive. Do you want to be more successful in your job? Do you see yourself as enormously rich? Or do you, at this point, only dare to see yourself capable of paying your rent? It may be something entirely different too. It is all up to you and to your ability to see that ideal. The Son is you, in the best way you can see yourself, and killing the male born is killing that ideal. It is the sensual and logical rejection of the possibility of its fulfillment. Drowning your desire in the river of Egypt, Spiritual darkness, by the command of Pharaoh, the tyrant, false personality, to whom we are enslaved. Everyone in scripture that was born by the promise is you. David is Jesus, is Isaac, is John, is Samson, is Samuel, is You. There is nothing that was written there and is not about you, not only because the writer says so, but because you really understand and acknowledge Truth.
When this happens, dawn breaks and you open your eyes from the deep sleep in which you were until now. Things are starting to clear, and darkness no longer rules the mind. You realize that if all this was written about you, and “all this” is the most important book ever written, then you also must be more important than you thought. No longer one of billions, but the very center of everything that goes on around you, and therefore its Cause.
This is a very fundamental principle of everything that is going to be said here. I hope you are starting to see the great difference between what was taught so far and the real meaning of all this. I hope this chapter opens your eyes and throws a little light on your perception of the purpose of scripture and the real meaning of Spirituality, mysticism and religion. Keep walking by this light. Keep reading from this stand point, and you will see that there is no stumbling. There are no contradictions. Is there any fact in the world that can contradict your experience of existence?