The Teacher – The Light (1/2)
December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
& Laurie Baron
“If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.”
We could have told you the idea that stands behind this book in a few sentences, but you wouldn’t believe a word. Therefore this book will mostly deal with the illustrations from ancient Scriptures, unbound by literal explanations, with examples, in an
attempt to turn things that have nothing to do with what most would normally call common sense into somewhat rational. Since the terms and perceptions of this teaching are so different from those that you are used to, you are demanded at this point, to put yours aside, if only temporarily, and then later go back to them if you still wish to.
In one of the books I read the author resembles this to pouring water into a glass that is already full. The consequence is obvious, a total mess. Therefore the glass has to be empty of water, and you, empty of old ideas.
I know how hard it is to discard our knowledge, especially if we are so proud of it, while in such a sensitive subject, let alone that this knowledge in a way shapes our image in our own eyes. This effects our picture(s) of ourselves of who we think we are, where no higher meaning can come because we feel we all ready know everything there is to know, after all most of us have or have given those we look up to, that taught us, full authority to influence us. One may be considered going astray or losing our way. Let me tell you that willing to let go of your previous knowledge is one of the indications of you being ready for The Truth. It means that you are not satisfied with what you have for truth, and that you are looking for something better. If you are satisfied with what you have, you better stick to it, because there is nothing better that you can learn if you insist that you know the best.
Since this teaching is mainly based on scripture, the Old and New Testaments, we are not going to relate long to the question whether we should read it or not, assuming that the answer to this question is clear. If a quote or a verse is used to prove our argument, We expect you to check and verify our words.
The authors are well aware of the emotional difficulty of certain groups, in reading the books that they do not relate to themselves religiously, further more, even relate to them in certain hostility, seemingly caused by being offended of what is written there, which can only be explained by the misinterpretation of the stories as historical events from the past.
In this chapter you will start to get an idea of the real meaning of scripture. The events, as already been and still to be said, are not historical but spiritual. They concern much higher levels of your Being. For example, it might help, maybe, as a hint, if I told you that in this chapter and over the book we take upon ourselves the part of Judas Iscariot and hand over to you, the troops of Roman soldiers, who lives according to the standards of bondage and slavery to establishment and physical life (The Roman Empire), the one that will save you of those standards, Your-Self. But it is not really the authors that do anything, it is you. This knowledge comes from you and to you at the same time. It is merely a reflection and manifestation of your desire to finally reveal The Truth, being tired of unanswered questions and baseless nonsense.
This happens when you’ve already had enough of all the things that you have to repeatedly deal with over and over again, and you realize that the time has come to break the wheel of recurrence and make a dramatic change in your life. It is those shocks that are needed to get to that conclusion of wanting to look for a higher meaning of Truth. Something that will make you scream: “No more!”, and then the change comes from within you, and at the same time to you. So you see, the question, therefore, is not whether one should read (all) scripture or not, but how to read it, for if you insist on not reading the books for any reason, or even if you do, accepting them as doctrines that have no value to anyone, you are then missing a deep and significant Truth that relates directly to you. While doing this you are missing the purpose of scripture and what they come to teach you, that has nothing to do with history but has everything to do with you and the improvement of your own life, and this “missing” is considered to be a sin, for this improvement is the purpose of your being here.
” Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the
day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of
Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband
unto them, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:31-32)
In its other name, the New Testament Scripture is also called “The
Gospels”. The meaning of the word Gospel is Good News.
Something that I will be very pleased to hear. Yes, but what is this good news, you ask, that Scripture is breaking? This is our starting point and what we are going to find out soon. Regarding to reading Scripture, this teaching bases on two main principles:
“Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of
me.” (Psalms 40:7) – Of me and not of people that lived or not
thousands of years ago.”
And the second:
“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the
sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” (Nehemiah 8:8) –
Scripture has to be interpreted and dug into under the surface, beyond historical fairytales.
Scripture has to be read in first person: I read to myself, about my Self. When we understand these two principles, it turns out that scripture is not the story of people that lived and did things B.C., but the story of each and every one of us. It is your own story. Scripture is not about “them” it is about “you“, and the things told there did not happen
thousands of years ago, but happen all the time, every moment your life (The Light) is saying something wonderful about you!
As so, one would understand that the characters and the stories have to be interpreted as personifications of one’s own conscious state(s), or in other words, let us tell you, this is the best psychology book ever written!
This is the understanding that bridges over the gaps between the different existing conceptions, and actually gathers all religions to one, for the characters, names of places, and all symbols written in the bible are merely parables to the inner states of man. The higher you rise in your level of understanding, the smaller those gaps of
misperception between the different concepts become. Can you conceive the many and complicated problems this principle alone can solve?
The first example that I would like to use to make this clearer, is the state called in the bible -”Babel”.
“Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did
there confound the language of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9)
Despite of the consensus over the Oneness of God, we cannot neglect the fact that every book of the books of scripture of the different religions caused a further separation, and even hostility between the believers. Therefore we must conclude that there is a fundamental error that one is commiting reading into them. It seems like every book brings another message appearing different from the previous book (in fact there are more than 66 books in the Bible), as if they came from three different sources. And indeed there is no one that can disagree with the fact that they all came from One source, unless one is willing to admit that there was a kind of regret and a wish to correct a mistake made by that same source in the former books, which is of course out of the question to every opinion. It is obvious that the books purpose was not to separate between religious and secular groups of at least three religions to their many and different branches, but of course to pass a one and only message, certainly not several truths, that sometimes even contradict each other. The error occurred in the mistaken starting point of all religions, that is, a literal reading of the stories of the Bible as if they were merely historical accounts.
On this basic error, different interpretations were constructed when everyone is spicing his interpretation with local mystic elements and not forgetting to slander and condemn those that did not think like them.
Unlike the present interpretation, the story of the tower of Babel does not indicate of a mixture of languages in the sense that citizens of one country do not understand the language of citizens of another country, for such difficulty can be easily solved with simple translation methods. It illustrates the situation in which two speak the same language but still find it difficult to understand each other, let alone agree with each other. It tells, of course of the different perceptions of the same term. A situation in which each side is locked in his stand point and is not willing to move from it, which causes confusion, arguments, patronizing and even hostility, let alone when such a situation is present within man, when certain levels of man’s Being do not understand others, in a meaningful interpretation of what goes on deep within man’s psychology of which we will elaborate later.
All books were written from one source. It will be even right to say that this source is Divine. But we can agree with this only if we understand the fact that the writers of the books (which, by the way, are also not to be taken as names of persons of those that tradition relates them to, but are also significant as symbols) dropped on the paper the most inner parts of man. That which goes on deep within, and certainly not fairy tales about people that once lived or not. And if we agree that they were written from one source, then we will have to agree that the message is one as well, or as Blake puts it:” All religions are one “.In other words, every religion in the world, and it doesn’t matter which one it is you relate yourself to, teaches exactly the same thing. The only way to bridge over these gaps is to understand that scripture tells parables about things that can only come from the deepest core of the Human Being, and which are addressed to it, and that what these stories actually describe are indeed personifications of psychological states of mind. This is the conception that originates from a higher level than the physical one, and stands above all other interpretations that derived from it, unifies all religions and leaves the disagreements and hostility a subject for chuckle.
This is the very fundamental principle that we must consider before
approaching the complicated and sensitive issue that is called religion
and reading scripture. This is the first days light, the thinking mind, or
as Paul describes it: The speaker of many tongues.
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto
men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the
spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1st Corinthians 14:2)
Do you see that The Speaker of many tongues is the exact opposite,
and therefore the neutralizing solution of the state of confusion
illustrated in scripture in the story of the Tower of Babel?
The Speaker of many tongues is nothing but the metaphysical interpretation of Scripture. The authors state this depending on the basic agreement to all opinions, that scripture, all as one, including the books of all religions that exist today, deals with spirituality, and as such cannot be taken literally on the physical level, meaning as historical events only. If history is what you wish to study, then there are books to do that. Not The Bible. I think it will be comprehensively agreed that The Bible must have a greater purpose and meaning then merely teaching us history. When we read scripture we should rise above the physical level of the text. To rise above means to turn deep within to Spirit and Soul and not look without or in this case to the past and its physical influences over us. Indeed The Books are of much greater significance than which the literal understanding gave us.
In the same manner, Scripture was also not written in the purpose of exhausting us with the demand to imitate ourselves to the story’s characters, with countless commands that by their literal interpretation, some would not even pass the test of morality or even the law, and therefore are unattainable. Let alone that the purpose of their literal implementation is unclear, for the simple reason, that there is none as such. However, until we understand, by way of Self study and not necessarily because someone said so (which is one of the most important principles of this teaching), that there is a much greater and a much deeper meaning to all this, we will have to keep following the laws, until we know better, and until we awaken to the real purpose of the books that is to guide us, the reader, in the path of ones Spiritual Awakening and inner development. And if one asks, “what for?” the answer then will be to bring one to a conscious level high enough, a level from which one can create their own world, the one that one wishes to live in, the desirable life and not the one you are being dragged through with no control whatsoever.
The stories of the bible are personifications of conscious states that we occupy during life. They are experiences of the enlightened, those that knew The Truth, who wrote their revelations of deep Truths that is innate in all mankind, in the shape of stories. They are instructions of how to awaken to higher meanings. The higher you climb on that ladder of levels of understanding, the closer you get to the core of your Being, which makes you freer of external influences, that to a great extent indicate the way that our lives will look like.
The purpose of scripture is no other than to set you free of the state of bondage you put yourself into, slavery to the physical understanding and the personal sense of Self. They are instructions of how we should proceed in order to reveal the great potential that is hidden in us, under the ruins of our mist-taken ideas and beliefs.
As for the commandments, they are a kind of index to check ourselves, and how far we’ve reached asking ourselves: “Where art thou?” as God asks Adam after eating of the forbidden fruit. The meaning of this question is of course, not “under which tree are you hiding”, as we were forced to believe despite the absurd, even according to the literal interpretation, but of course, “where are you regarding your spiritual development?”
The commandments are not to obey, but to “live by them” which meaning cannot be other than once reaching a certain level of awakening, some of the “thou shalt” commandments are things that we would do anyway and the “thou shalt not” are those that are, as it is, impossible for us.
Soon you will also find out that there is nothing that you can do or not do externally, that can be considered as a decree or a sin. Everything takes place within, in consciousness. Therefore the commandments are also not to be read literally, nor are they to be implemented physically, but to be interpreted as symbols in a search for their true meaning which is, of course, not a physical act but a mental one.