The Light (2/2)
December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
Only this way can we not stand terrified and helpless in front of a
“Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy
liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me. Likewise
shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it
shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me.”
This, of course, does not mean that you are going to slaughter your first born or put him on the stake on his eighth day as a proof to your loyal faith, the literal meaning for which many don’t even know this verse exists. This verse also, like all the others is not about your son or any other person or creature but yourself. It will be of great relief to know that you do not have to implement this command literally, but mentally only, and let me tell you, you do this everyday. This may sound dumb and not understood for the time being, the very reason why you will have to learn how to interpret what you are asked to do here- “distinctly”, for the principle that this verse teaches is very important and of great significance, and discarding the verse because of the aversion that it arouses, will make us miss the instruction, and therefore the aim. To this great significance we will return later. Read scripture, and not necessarily out of religious reasons. Scripture is not religious. It is spiritual, yes, but not religious in the sense that religion is perceived today. Making scripture the concern of only religious groups, and the lack of interest in it in secular groups, is a fundamental error. Let me tell you, that whether you are a proud non religious that sticks to his rejection to scripture thinking it has nothing to do with your ideals and principles, or you consider yourself obedient and faithful to the present system, taking scripture on the literal basis, you are both doing the same mistake of missing the guidance and instructions, and the privilege of being announced the good news that scripture is breaking. The more you stick to your standpoint, either way, the deeper you will be inside the error, and the more difficult you will find it to emerge.
According to the present belief, scripture is about events that occurred in the past, somewhere BC. But let us notice the very special tense in which Scripture is written in the original text in Hebrew: All the verbs are written in the future tense.
( yomer- will say, yelech-will go, ect). Then comes the connecting Vav, (“and”), at the head of every verb, that changes it’s syntactic meaning to past tense (va-yomer- said, va-yelech- went ect). This is how we were taught to read it, and this is how it passed to various translated versions. Only this syntactic tense is unique to the bible and is not at use in daily spoken Hebrew. Therefore we have to conclude that this unique tense is also significant to the way we are supposed to read scripture.
The bible is not written in the past tense, nor is it written in the future tense. It is written in the tense that connects between those two by the connecting Vav. It is written in “Eternal Present”. All that is written there did not happen thousands of years ago, but happens all the time.
In one of his lectures, Freedom Barry was told that he would have
had much more followers if he didn’t say that the characters of the
bible never lived. His answer was: “I didn’t say that they never lived. I
say that they EVER Live!”
This is the way to read scripture: “distinctly”, “written of me” and in
Eternal Present tense.
Therefore stop looking for the stories written in the bible in the pages of history or in archeological sites. And start looking within. For if history is what you are seeking, history is also what you will find. If you ask me, being not much more than a report of wars, repeating during hundreds and thousands of years, all for the same wrong reasons, indicating a lack of essential human development, I personally would not invest too much time and effort in the subject called history.
History is merely the background for the biblical story. The time and place that the stories take place and that we regard to as history, are no more than a scene to fit in the significant message. It is the same with every written material. Would you look for a person called David Copperfield, or even for his tomb, in the streets of London after reading Charles Dickens book? And although the castle of Alsinore, where Shakespear’s drama takes place, stands high on a rock, in north Copenhagen, would you look for that story in the Denmark history books? No! The castle is merely a scene for the Hamlet plot.
That sure does not mean that Denmark ever had a prince called Hamlet, just like Copperfield never really walked the streets of London, just like a person called Abraham never really lived in the deserts of the Middle East. Abraham did not live thousands of years ago. He lives here and now, In You!
“They live in consciousness, the mind of (the writer) and all of
his readers, and have never lived anywhere else.” ( Freedom
It is not history. It’s a gospel. It’s good news. You are going to be very pleased to hear it, I promise, and very soon you are going to find out what it is.
Now, I know this statement about scripture not being history causes a decisive resistance in all those that relate themselves to groups that base their ideological principles on a literal reading of scripture as historical evens. I am not going to name those groups, for although you may belong to such a group, it so seems that you alone, and no one else is undoubtedly right in your arguments, and you can actually prove them in scripture, there are other opposite groups (and even if I use the word “hostile” that would be mildly put) that base the arguments and their ideological principles on exactly the same stories. This, of course, cannot lead to anything but a dead end and a continuing conflict. What you are being served here is much more of importance to you than to belong to that group or another, let alone the fact that if you grasp and apply what is written here, you will be able to achieve your ideological goals without participating in violent conflicts.
This is well illustrated in the story of the crowning of King Solomon, as told in 1st Kings, when God asks him: “What shall I give you” and instead of all the physical benefits that he could ask for he asks for wisdom.
“So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long
life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your
enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what
you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that
there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”
(I Kings 3:11-12)
The Book being “written of me”, King Solomon is no other than your Self. All you need is wisdom and a correct understanding of the law of God, and the rest will follow, for this includes the fulfillment of your desires, among which you might like to include your ideological way as well.
Indeed the question is asked: If all this is true, why then, was scripture written the way it was? Why not directly? Why didn’t they just tell us what we need to know and prevent a fatal error?
I found three main reasons for that:
The first reason is that the truth revealed in scripture as stories about people doing things in places is most complicated. The same story can be addressed to different levels of understanding. On each level, the significance of the symbols will be different. On a certain level, we could only focus on one aspect of the principle meant to be explained in that story, when on another level we could get totally different instructions from the same story.
If, for example, we go back to the verse about sacrificing the first born, at one level the first born could symbolize the physical reality in which you live and what you identify with as who you think you are, on another it could be the knowledge and prejudice that you were supposed to get rid of before starting to read this chapter, and on another level it could be the personality that you acquired during life and the moral standards according to which you live. In one story there can be several principles, according to the level in which it is read. Or, alternately, one principle may be told in various stories, using different symbols.
This, of course requires a very careful choice of names and words, an assignment that the bible carries out in great performance, which verifies the saying about not even one little comma been written there by chance, every word or combination of letters being of great significance, which makes the bible at this level, a genius piece of work.
The second reason is that it is impossible to express deep emotions, and spiritual and inner things in a verbal language. Words are not always enough. Did it ever happen to you that you wanted to tell someone how dearly you felt for them and realized that the more you talk the less you say, and that you are not at all expressing how you really feel?
Did it ever happen to you that you tried to explain something that was difficult and when you couldn’t find the right words you passed to resembling, saying:” you know what its like?…it’s like….” This is exactly the case. Deep spirituality, wisdom, and inner states of man cannot be explained in earthly terms, but only by symbols and parables about certain characters doing certain things in certain places, when every little detail has a major significance, and so the story includes all the complicated aspects of that same principle that it comes to teach us. And the one spoken of is always you and the conscious state that you are occupying.
Therefore, the story teller is always you, and you are also the one that you address it to.
The third reason is that there always has to be a starting point. We have to start somewhere. In this case, the starting point would be the literal interpretation of scripture. Man, being a developing creature, and the literal understanding being static and undeveloped, man will soon start looking for other meanings. If those meanings were written as a starting point, not being understood to the sensual mind, only very little would have read the bible. It would have been dumb and not understood, and therefore discarded. Today also it is so, and understanding it requires a certain amount of development and rising above its literal interpretation, which can be conditioned only with ones dissatisfaction of this level, due to his development.
The Bible was written from Consciousness, and is addressed to us humankind.
Its purpose is increasing Consciousness while giving strict instructions of how to do so. Being based on sensual perceptions and literal terms of what seems to be reality, man cannot understand the language of Consciousness. Consciousness’ language is not verbal and it does not deal with sensual visible reality.
However, scripture turns to us is the only language we understand, as what seems to be the story of people doing things in places, in way of parable. Exactly like all those well known parables, usually based on animal stories, that in order to draw the meaning and the lesson they teach, we have to discard the fact that a fox can weave intrigues, that hens can speak words of wisdom, and that pigs can build houses.
In order for us to reach the purpose and the lesson for which Consciousness turn to us in a certain story, we will have to give a metaphysical interpretation to the literal event, according to the symbols that appear in that story.