Seeking A New Enlightenment

Foreword

 “Fairness” has a number of meanings from the color of something to being just and righteous. Being “right” has almost as many meanings as “light” when we take things literally. However, for the purpose of this synopsis I am going to concentrate on the word “light” as it relates to our Spiritual message within the Self.

In the context of this synopsis I wish to remain focused on references referred to in religious scriptures, mainly the King James Version of the Bible, and how it is used to give a description to our relationship with “God” and our enlightenment. Since the Magna Carta of 1215 and our own Constitution of 1776 and the following Bill of Rights, we are guaranteed certain rights today that were not available to those whose wrote ancient texts. Quite often simply speaking the wrong words, let alone writing them down, could literally mean a death sentence to the originator and repeater of those words.

Until the birth of nations, beginning in the 12th and 13th centuries small kingdoms were basically the rule of the land where the king had supreme rule over the individual. If the king didn’t like what a person said, or wrote, there was little any other person could do to deter a death sentence. Therefore information was often written in a cryptic manner saying one thing but meaning something completely different to the initiated in many various studies. It was for the masses, who in general had little comprehension of higher education or thinking, that most things written, prior to the 16th century, were meant to be relayed to through any number of officials. Sheriff’s and judges would dictate the common law to the mass, clergy and the Church would define the spiritual thinking of the day and the royal court would dictate all things to these other forms of public authority.

If we keep this in mind while reading many of the ancient texts available to us now, we must put ourselves into the mindset of those writing, reading and hearing those words regardless of the political, legal or religious connotation. People in many cases fear new technologies and we must remember that writing 5,000 years ago was indeed a “new technology”. Language, thus writing styles have changed dramatically over these 50 centuries and has evolved from a crude form of expression into the eloquent appeal to our senses that we have today.

I’m not, in any manner, trying to rewrite history or attempting to reclassify “Christianity” as something it is not. I’m also not trying to “take Jesus” away from a religion based on his teachings. What my purpose has been in writing this article is to point out how this book, called The Bible, might be apply to a person’s search for Enlightenment. Much of the Old Testament was based on theology and dogma of ancient times and many of the authors of those 39 Books were claimed to be “Prophets”, which gives an air of authority to the work. The same goes for the 27 books of the New Testament except instead of prophets, many of those books were written by Apostles and those who would long after their death be deemed Saints.

What follows is the culmination of many years of research into my understanding of our Spiritual Quest and how ancient traditions and writings have influenced our contemporary interpretation of things regarding this elusive treatise that we know as the Bible has been passed down through the centuries. I’m certain there will be those whose interpretation of the same Biblical references I used will be differentiating and perhaps even conflicting to my own views. All I ask is that the reader at least try and view the content and context of this synopsis from a new perspective.

In every aspect of our lives we are urged to use extreme caution and to make qualified decisions. Some of our most common sayings deal with being careful; “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, “buyer beware”, “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”, “if it walks like a duck…” you get my meaning. However, when it comes to our most precious Gift from the Creator, our very Soul/Spirit, we’re suppose to put all that precautionary doubt aside. We’re instead, suppose to place our eternal lives in the hands of those who have historically cheated and deceived us, enacted their personal forms of injustice upon us and surrender to the self given authority of the Church/Temple. This was just one form of misrepresentation that I believe Jesus saw in his day.

Many regards and Blessings,

Rev. Dr. D. A. Kjono

Definitions of “En-LIGHT-enment”

 Light. Do I mean as in the light of day? The light of our soul? Making our burdens light?

Objectively, that is what this entire synopsis is about, defining our current understandings of the word “enlightenment” as well as that of the ancient texts from which we derive our contemporary views.

In Biblical text there are numerous references to the light of our soul as well as that of the time of day or night and how lessened our emotional burdens are if we but adhere to a given train of thought. We have available to us these short definitions from where I will begin this analysis of the word “Light”:

 (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; illumination

 (educational) a particular perspective or aspect of a situation;

 (spiritual) a condition of spiritual awareness or divine enlightenment

 However, many of the references within the Bible refer the last definition (above) being the difference between the first two descriptions and having Spiritual Illumination. There are a number of verses that liken the aware spiritualist to that of the menorah and oil lamps that were common in the ancient past. Enlightenment it seems was not used at all and “enlighten” was only used once in Psalms.

 Psa 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

 The menorah was symbolic of the gift of spiritual illumination and was passed to the daily life of the Believer through the ritualized act of lighting their lamps from the candlestick. It was created in the raoming Temple of Moses and Aaron during the exodus and has represented this commune with God’s Light ever since.

So there was indeed a clear understanding of the difference lighting one’s surroundings and being enlightened through an intimate association with a higher power, “God”, or “YWYH” as God’s name was not be used. The Christ, a title not name, or Yeshua (Jesus) made a direct reference to these differentiating understandings when he, according to the Gospel of John 8:12 said: “I am the Light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life.

During Yeshua’s many sermons he spoke of his unique perspective on this subject and seemed to have understood things a bit differently than the religious leaders of his time. The Sadducee(a) and Pharisees,(b) though having quite different views about their relationship with “YWYH”, had a completely different role in synagogue than did the priests and High Priests. The religious leaders; i.e.; Rabbi (priests) and other formal heads of Temple, did agree on one thing; that Yeshua’s interpretation of scripture and giving the power of enlightenment to the common mass was dangerous to their existence. If the power of synagogue was taken away, how would these religious leaders continue to collect sacrifice (food) and tithing (money) from the masses? It would severely hamper the accustomed lifestyle on which they had become so dependent for numerable generations.

This “Light” that Yeshua spoke of also directly contradicted the conventional Jewish thinking of the day that there was no “fate” or “life after death”. This radical view was probably stirred in the young rabboni during his time studying abroad in the eastern parts of the world. There are Vedic sources which contend an “enlightened one from the West” came and first learned, then taught, Brahmani understandings of reincarnation and the interconnectedness of all things within the Universe.

One thing we must give serious thought is why there is an 18 year gap in the Biblical stories of the Christ between his young life growing up near Nazareth and his crucifixion at approximately age 33. We only learn of his adult years in Biblical writing through the Apostle’s descriptions of his relationship with the twelve disciples. This covers about 3 years and we are never given any sort of qualitative accounting for the “missing years” in the Bible. We do however have other Gospels of Thomas, Mary, Barnabas and even “the betrayer” Judas. Many secular references in Eastern cultures as well as the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ(01) which relays much more evidence as to Yeshua’s education in things Spiritual.

In the Bible we are given the many accounts of his youth being spent astounding the rabbi’s in the 2nd Temple with his unique perspective on God’s Laws and how they were manifest in Jewish culture and society. Then, when he returns to Galilee as an adult, we are told of his frustration with the unchanged lot of people’s spirituality hinging more on their relationship with the authoritarian priests of the Temple and less with “God”. How the priests had allowed the “Temple of God” to become little more than what we would call a flea-market today. The great halls and galleries and especially the plaza areas of the Temple were given up to thieving vendors rather than Spiritual Leadership. The place were Jesus sat as a child, infatuated with his study of the Torah, was now a stinking, noisy market place for things no less evil than what the rabbis supposedly preached against.

 So how did this man go from being the spiritual darling of the Temple to despised radical?

 In my own analysis, I believe it was due to his Spiritual growth during his time abroad and a more complete understanding of the true Light that was originally taught in early scriptures. While the varying factions of the Temple priests, the at odds disciplines of the Sadducee and Pharisee and their relationship with the masses deteriorated, he sought to bring these things to light. He wanted everyone to contemplate the difference in what they were as oppose to what they could be if they but understood the differences between the type of Light they chose to illuminate their minds with.

 A short excerpt from a lecture by Swami Srila Prabhupada seems to express this eloquently.

 “So Lord Buddha appeared at a time where people were too much addicted to animal killing. Still it is going on. Any religion where pasu-ghatam (live sacrifice) is there, that is not religion. That is simply barbarianism, under the name of religion. So God Himself becomes so much disturbed that these rascals are simply killing. At that time, of course, the Buddha religion was not there. The so-called followers of the Vedic religion. In the Vedas there are sanction for killing animal in a special sacrifice, but people took it as general, and they began to kill animals like anything, under the protection of Veda. Therefore when Lord Buddha began to preach his philosophy, ahimsa, nonviolence, he did not accept the authority of Vedas. Because people will misuse it. Therefore he said that “I don’t care for your Vedas.” Just like Lord Jesus Christ rebelled against the whole Testament. He formulated his own testament, New Testament. Similarly, Lord Buddha also, he rejected Vedas and He presented his own philosophy: ahimsa, nonviolence.” ~ Srila Prabhupada -Los Angeles, Ca., Sept 29, 1972

While we have the Lost Years of Jesus by Notovich that says:

Issa said that man had filled the temples with his abominations. In order to pay homage to metals and stones, man sacrificed many creatures in whom dwells a spark of the Supreme Spirit. Man demeans those who labor by the sweat of their brows, in order to gain the good will of the sluggard who sits at the lavishly set board. But they who deprive their brothers of the common blessing shall be themselves stripped of it.

Both of these excerpts seem to describe in great detail the true teachings of Yeshua if we but open ourselves to these meanings. Jesus (Yeshua) spent approximately two decades in the East learning what the Brahmas of Vedic beliefs taught as well as the Understandings of Tibetan monks. How much time was spent at each place is a bit in question, but to me, there is no question Jesus knew, that internal transcendental knowing, things of the Spirit did not equate to what the mass was being taught by the priest of the Temple. So regardless of whether Jew or Gentile, Easterner or Nazarene, African or Slavic culture there was indeed a commonality in Spiritual Awareness, or eternal Enlightenment, that was not being taught by those who supposedly held mankind’s deliverance in their hands.

 This was to be no more evident than when those that represented the Temple condemned him to death only a short time after his return to Bethlehem and his taking up disciples to which he taught his new found understandings. Jesus’ intentions were to re-educate the priests of the Temple in matters concerning the true and original concepts of the Torah. He was committed to this even if it meant teaching the masses there was a different way for which they could be Enlightened spiritually and still live by orthodox Jewish law.

 How The Christ, and those of Religious Based Theosophy Differed

 How different a person’s soul felt when they received this new interpretation of “God’s Word”. How wonderful their life could be with a mindful understanding of the Spiritual aspects of the Temple. When someone gains what can only be described as unfolding the mysteries of the Universal Laws; whether physical human being or ethereal spiritual being, or a combination of both; one would have to believe they would have a nearly unrestrained and endless compelling urge to share that knowledge.

This is another point of contention I have with dogma and indoctrination by the religious “cults”; i.e. “the Church Heads” of any religion; of our modern day society and the interpretation of Biblical Scripture of Jesus being a literal manifestation of “God’s Spirit” in the flesh and not merely human. I wish to make it clear I firmly believe Jesus/Yeshua/the Christ to be a human being, of human paternal and maternal origins that had a unique and unmistakable new understanding of what has been held as “God’s Word” since Moses first put quill to papyrus. The whole “virgin origins” mythology was yet another manifestation by the early Church to proclaim their authority through having specific, mysterious, knowledge of things not of this Earth.

The Christ’s interpretations of the Torah and other ancient Holy Writing was not an effort to denounce or dispel the authority of the Temple, rather to get the Temple, and it’s leadership, to acknowledge they had swayed from the meaning of those sacred words. To take the mystery and ethereal tenets and canons of doctrine out of the hands of those who would misuse the words and place it into the understanding of the common person, where it belonged, according to his new found insights from his teachers abroad.

The simplistic approach that Jesus took to our Spirituality was that “God resides Within”. That is to say in our hearts as directed by our minds, thus actions. When the Old Testament spoke of “God” knowing each and every thought, every hair on our heads and so forth, that is a tall order for any Omniscient Being regardless of the source. Genesis, after all, already put the disclaimer on “God” knowing all when he didn’t know if they had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge nor where they were in the garden…and I do not, for an instant, believe He was being coy.

 Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 3:11..hast thou eaten?

 Two questions, in my mind, dispel the need for any omniscient, all knowing deity to ask such things in the first place:

  1. Why would an omniscient deity care to clutter their thinking (or Being) with such information when they presumably already knew the answer?
  2. Does it not make sense that the only one who could ever know such details, (as described in Biblical text) about you, is You?

 It is our conscience that dictates our conscious actions which in turn rules over our physical being.

There also seemed to be an extreme misogynistic relationship of the Garden of Eden story and the author of Genesis. This seems to correlate with a change in worldly views of previous secular references, predating Moses, when women, not men held the higher titles of authority in healing and spiritual matters. Things were changing from a Gaian or Mother Earth (Gaia) maternalistic view of a natural association with the physical realms and the monotheistic and paternal role of the Creator.

By having the woman be tempted by the serpent and falling prey to its conniving and deceit, there was now direction from “God” for female subservience to man’s whim. There seems to be a number of credible stone-age references in pictographs and even early pottery of the feminine role of not just Mothering, but also being in authority. We can not be certain, but I think it would be fair to assume, that a maternally ruled governance over clans and early civilization would not “allow” such things as all out war and the taking of territory for the shear pleasure of doing so. War, even though “murder” (killing) was specifically mentioned as a “sin” in the Ten Commandments Moses brought down from the mountain, was an activity rife in the Old Testament. As well, many of the excuses given for such atrocities seem to be fairly petty by today’s standards.

Therefore, if we can at least in concept, rely on evidence of a maternally organized society turning paternal as well as the pantheistic views being changed to monotheism, I think it is safe to conclude that the Old Testament, specifically the the Torah, was a documentation of vast changes in ancient society. It also seems peculiar that this evolution and changing of male and female roles is based on a serpent, a phallic representation. These changes were spiritual and cultural or better defined as ethereal and physical.

These changes occurred almost instantaneously in Israelite culture and were autonomous with the large group wandering the desert under Moses’ authority. The more feminine authority culture that the rest of the world was accustom to had been in place for eons, but was also rapidly changing. However, Moses had been raised in a pharaoh’s court with the masculine aspects ruling over all things of the spirit and physical, peacetime and war. He would have used his in-depth education to keep order over the masses during the exodus and while writing what would become the Torah.

Spiritual and cultural changes posed some very diametric differentiations that were not widely recognized by the commoner five millennium ago. Don’t forget it wasn’t until just a little over a century ago that educated physicians such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung brought this form of thinking to our consciousness in the first place. Defined as psychology today, the ability to manipulate the masses through ones emotions merely had no medical title in Moses’ era, yet it was still used as one of the “mysteries of God” defined by the his leadership.

To define the Id or the Ego as having ultimate control over our actions made it personal, personal responsibility in no way shape or form has need of a controller except by the individual. Without the fables, tales and mythology in Moses’ time there would be no need for Hebrew Temple or any other form of religious doctrine. Without that doctrine, there would be no purpose for those of political title to do anything except create the Law and pass sentence on those who refused to adhere to their particular manic interpretations of the world.

Religion was the perfect intermediary between those of political title and position and the general masses. Moses clearly saw this when he began writing the Torah and twelve centuries later the Christ was subject to the absolute authority of a further defined theosophy. We need not go much further than the Book of Exodus to see that hope was a very powerful tool in Moses’ tool kit. No one knows exactly how many Israelite slaves were taken out of Egypt, but it was in the hundreds of thousands at a minimum. Academic scholars estimate somewhere between 80,000 and 200,000 in number based on Egyptian accounts while the Book of Numbers says the twelve camps under Moses totaled 603,500 in population. In either estimation, that is an enormous number of people to keep happy while wandering around a desolate desert for forty years and would have demanded enormous amounts of hope in the hearts of the masses.

During his youth Moses would have seen the dying from the pharaoh’s many battle weary soldiers and I’m sure been charged with learning medical skills which would have been sorely needed by the wandering mass of ex-slaves. Without the tools of modern day medicine at hand there was little any leader or healer could do but give hope to those injured that were more than likely going to die. Creating an omniscient deity in which to believe combined with the existing Israelite creation stories prevalent at the time, Judaism was born. This in turn gave a figurative but significant shot in the arm to one’s hope, that in turn made a noticeable difference in survival rates of the sick and injured as well as kept Moses’ authority intact over the masses.

Hope is one aspect of mental conditioning that is still used in modern medicine and we now have numerous studies on which to glean surprising facts and overwhelming evidence to its usefulness. A person’s mental perspective on any given situation can produce miraculous results. So while it is not mentioned in the Bible or many other ancient texts, I believe mantra (daily prayers and devotionals) were used hand in hand with the development of Moses’ religious ritual and following.

Many years before his return to Egypt to take “his people” out of slavery Moses had killed a guard and fled to what was known as the land of Moab in that time. There he forgot about the strife of his fellow Israelites, took up a wife and tended to a rather sizable flock of sheep which his father-in-law had put under his supervision. During these years he had the opportunity to learn much about the desert and how to survive there, including such things as “manna trees” from which the small fruit was edible when cooked and even the sap made a crystalline form of sugar. Many other plants were edible even if not the best tasting and certain small cactus like bulbs could be made into rudimentary flour. There were other shrubs and trees that due to the proximity to thermal vents all over the Arabian Peninsula could even burst into flames, consuming only the dry leaves, leaving the rest of the plant intact. (See Note “A”)

Taking his knowledge of the land into consideration, and his being raised with all privileges due a pharaoh’s “son”, it would make sense that his survival skills would be what saved the Israelites rather than any form of religion, which Moses was still creating and refining from Hebrew Law. To put it into perspective, Moses was a field promoted leader, elected by the Israelites, who had to think fast on his feet after escaping out of Egypt. While walking during the day he certainly thought about many things and sometime during during the night proceeded to write down the first four, others say five, Books of the Torah, which was to become the basis of the Bible centuries later. With four decades of desert wandering, the people must have threatened to revolt even more times than what is documented in the Scriptures.

Religious authority over hundreds of thousands of followers would tend to be the only reliable source of power that Moses could wield over such a mass. An unseen, omniscient deity held as the ultimate threat over the masses explains a lot as to why many passages from the scriptures are written the way they are, as the most common theme is subservience to numerous superstitions and a mythical being that only the “fearless leader” could see. A bush bursting into flames, seemingly for no reason, would have most assuredly held many in fear as would many of the other events mentioned in the exodus story. With a completely illiterate mass of people on hand, with no perceived goal in mind, there would have been an enormous supervisory task needed. Maintaining absolute authority would have been the only means possible.

So, from the time of the exodus and the writing of the Torah by the handing down of the “Ten Commandments” from “God himself” to Moses, to the time of the Christ, there was a long time frame for the leaders of the Temple to formulate even thicker layers of mystery and wonders concerning the individual’s Spirituality. About 1,250 years worth of layering and reformulation. Is it any wonder that Jesus, and his foreign learned, in-depth knowledge of things Spiritual, saw need to redefine things a bit?

In the example of the tossing of the tables at Temple we’re suppose to believe that this was an uncustomary act of vengeance upon a few priests and rabbi’s that had gone astray of the Laws of God, handed down to Moses. If we were to only study the religious history of just the Galilee and Bethlehem areas one might conclude that, but in secular history these sorts of abuses are well documented throughout the Middle East and Asia. The Jewish state that Jesus was raised in was as corrupt as any “Third World Government” we so vehemently despise today. As a child he absorbed this knowledge through a keen understanding of the writings pertaining to his family’s beliefs. As an adult he came back and seeing no changes for the better, violently opposed such a state.

I also am of a mind to believe he was as upset with the masses as he was those in charge of the Temple because they had allowed themselves to be treated in such a manner through their ignorance and illiteracy of the Scared Texts and Holy Books. One of the things we don’t read about in the Scriptures is Joseph’s work as a carpenter, one who held privileged contracts with many of those connected to the Temple.(01) This allowed the young carpenters son to learn how to read which was nearly unheard of in ancient times, in virtually every land.

By grooming himself on the written words of the many sacred texts, Jesus could then apply that knowledge to what he observed. As we read in the Gospels, as a child he asked a lot of questions of the priests and was even in trouble for not telling his parents where he had gone one time. Jesus was one of the few who was more than likely ridiculed by his age group peers because of this learning quest in which he engaged himself. As well, since he was merely “one kid” of one of the contract workers, he probably wasn’t seen as a threat to the established Temple. I have no doubt the priests probably took great pleasure in answering his numerous questions and perhaps even felt a bit enamored with the whole scenario. And then, around age 13, after being confirmed at his bar mitzvah, Jesus was whisked away to the East by Prince Ravanna(01) who saw the eagerness in a young man to learn. A young man who was obviously aware of much more than his age would dictate.

Jesus went to the East, studied under those of Vedic doctrine, spent at least some of his time with monks in Tibet and during his “missing years”, that are barely mentioned in the KJV, learned many new concepts that put a whole new meaning to the things he had been taught in Temple. It is no wonder that the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE that keeping any references to the “Messiah’s” non-Jewish education would be stricken from the ‘official record’. Making it widely known that the Son of God had actually completed his “Doctorates Degree” outside the Faith would have surely been a quandary for those seeking to control the masses through doctrine that was still in its infancy at this time.

We also know, through reading the few original sacred texts of the Apostles that we have available, that large and small parts were edited by the first ecumenical council to form a more consensus view with the Church, rather than allowing first hand accounts given by Jesus to the Disciples to stand as written. The Christ had tried, in my opinion, to relate to these twelve chosen men and one woman, his Eastern views into the ancient Hebrew scriptures. This was why he repeated so often the “look” and “seek” and “within” phrases in both his sermons and parables, a concept not especially made poignant in the OT.

He had also seen first hand, how those of religious authority lived in the East. Men who materialistically were as poor as the masses and beggars they ministered. Those who had little more than a few rags upon their physical bodies were rich in Spirit and forth giving of even the few crumbs of bread and rice they had been given as sustenance. This lifestyle would surely promote the Truth of those being rich in spirit need not worry about what they were to wear or eat. He made this abundantly clear in what he told the disciples (according to Matthew’s account):

 Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Where with shall we be clothed?

Mat 6:32 For after all these things doth the unbeliever seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 At the same time he was teaching this philosophy to his followers he certainly would have looked upon the priests and high priests of the Temple, lavished in their finery and eating the best foods, with a callous eye. While people begged in the streets for enough to stave off starvation the Holy Men sat in every comfort of their day requesting those less fortunate, that did not have either post or title, to fill themselves with more faith. It was this hypocrisy of the Christ’s era that is still with us today from so many of the church leadership. While they are fortunate to have not only a post and title (minister/pastor of a congregation), they still lavish themselves with the tithings of the faithful by extravagant living when having far less material worth would be a much better example unto the masses.

 Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 As well as his most appealing message of seeking the Kingdom of God within, Jesus was also about fairness and justice. Over and over he taught through messages of righteousness… “Doing that which is Right”…concerning matters of the physical and ethereal realms. He could see, by the examples of inequity what the Temple taught was not a direct reflection of what those of post and title within the Temple did.

 Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 Jesus knew that for the average family of his era to have a stable home, sufficient food to eat, substantial work that was not demeaning and maintaining a decent reputation was what most people wanted then, as most people still do now. This could be had within every community, but, it would take a lot of hard work. He saw no difference in the labors of the carpenter or grave digger, sculptor or scribe, priest or handyman as far as the value of their labor to any community. He also realized that in order to get the Temple to realize how far it had strayed from the path of God’s Will was another area that would take an enormous amount of work to ‘clean up’.

In many ways, not that much has changed over the last two thousand years as far as social injustices that concern our society and communities. Priests and politicians bathed themselves in every luxury available to them while the honest, hard working, low or no class or caste people could barely feed, clothe and shelter themselves, yet all were deserving of being his Spiritual Father’s acknowledged Children. He sought change through equity, something any number of politicians or priests had difficulty with accepting as it meant, to them, a reduction in their outlandish lifestyle.

The Christ didn’t blaspheme against the Word of God as the haughty priests told Caiaphas at Jesus’ hasty trial, he merely sought to change the standing order of things. Basically, all that meant was the losing of title and post for some of the charlatan priests in the Temple. It meant cleaning house and getting back to the bare bones basics of the Scriptures and change was a direct threat to many priests, and the publicans who were in cahoots with them.

Upon his return from the East, Jesus taught a continued story of seeking first the Holy Spirit and let one’s earthly goods and material wealth be secondary. If everyone lived in such a manner, everyone would be quite content and satisfied in both the physical and spiritual realms. He had seen it work elsewhere in the world and sought to bring this message home with himself as the dedicated messenger. Through his many acts of kindness and healing, his many sermons of change and his never ending capacity to use everyday people as examples to his disciples, he set out create an entirely new society based on the current Holy Laws and ways. The Christ had no intention of beginning a new religion as the concept of monotheism was already firmly entrenched in his culture and society in general.

 Defining Our Understandings of Spiritual Enlightenment

 If we follow the Christ’s examples of how to live in the physical plane of existence and we follow his teachings of living a Spirit filled Life, based on God’s Will, we shall be fulfilled in every way. One of the many lessons and means by which to do Christ’s calling is our motto within the Universal Life organization: “To Do That Which is Right!”

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 Our true needs are already taken care of if we live right. If we put this in contemporary terms and you only have a shanty to live under and but simple stew be in your pot for dinner, are you not housed and fed? If you have but one good pair of work boots, pants and shirt are you not able to work, thus earn your other needs? If you only have a single jacket when it is cold and a straw hat for the heat, are you not comfortable? If you don’t live along public transportation routes and have but an old car that is in somewhat good repair, can you not get from your shanty to your job? We do not need a mansion, all the gadgets like appliances, cell phones, fancy car and a closet full of clothes, none of these things makes us any worse or better person.

When we go out during the day and come across those in worse condition or more dire circumstances than ourselves and we give a hand up, not a handout to that person, (in whatever capacity we are able) are we not fulfilling our ULC motto? As a society we have forgotten basic needs and foolishly replaced that with our pride and ego attentive things such as big screen TV’s, all the bells and whistles cell phones, video game stations, fancy clothes and flashy cars.

We have become gluttonous on food and greedy for materialistic items and envy those who have more than we do. We lust after unobtainable fashion model bodies while being sloth like in our work and even our pleasure and play. The worst attribute of our ego is that we have succumbed to becoming wrathful by seeking vengeance against anyone that would attempt to remove these material things from our daily lives.

We have given our collective selves up to what the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri wrote about in his Divine Comedy “Inferno” as being the Seven Deadly Sins. It is also what some 1300 years prior to that Jesus gave us one verbal illustration after another as being unpleasing unto the Lord God. We are indeed human and we are put to the test, so to speak, nearly every day of our lives whether or not we subscribe to any or all of these emotional tenets. Many of us also like to try and bargain our way out of these teachings of the young Rabbi from Nazareth because we call ourselves “Pagan”, Muslim”, “Atheist”, “Agnostic” or myriad other labels that would have us believe his words have no authority over our lives.

Are we really so foolish?

Many of the “prophets” of the Old Testament were absolutely adhering to a set of standards sent down from Jewish/Hebrew Law and were based on a Judaic form of monotheism and point of view. I feel certain than many of the stories we read in the OT are attempts at making a rational objection to any one of the deadly sins or another. These prophesies, visions and dreams were then given in the form of corrective orations and by the religious authority needed to persuade a rebellious people of their day. I personally believe many of these visions and dreams only “came from God” in the sense they played hard upon the individual’s need to remain a part of the collective society. In reality I’m fairly certain that many of the Prophets had their conscience working on them while they slept.

What I feel we really need to maintain and hold on to concerning Dante’s definitions of the same “sins” the Christ spoke of as “God’s Commandments” is that when we are so empty headed as to only look upon these attributes of human nature as being religious dictations, we cut ourselves off short. To me, it doesn’t matter if Tao, Confucius, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Odhinn, a Tibetan monk or Dante made us aware of these plights against humanity. It is only worse, if we try and fool our Self into believing we can conduct ourselves in such a manner and receive no consequence from our actions through the Collective Consciousness of a living set of Universal Laws.

Follow the simplicity of the Christ’s message in just one aspect, prayer, of how he thought it best we acknowledge the Supreme:

 Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 The whole manner in which we respectfully request our needs be met by the Creator Father, Great Spirit or Eternal One is summed up, by many religious manifestations and names, into one clear concept “Father”, as came from a commonality of Judaism, Buddhist and Hindu beliefs of Jesus’ era. “Father”, after all, in many languages is simply translated as “paternal life giver” or “one who gave me life” in a single word.

It is because of the common grounds of which so many religions hold as the Sacred Truth being of and from the same source that we should rationally put away our “childish toys” and not look upon the Christ as merely a religious figure, thus giving away much of his prominence. Jesus, by his own definition, was not a religious figure but thought of himself more-so as a philosopher and teacher of Truth. In the Gospels he doesn’t argue with any of the titles the masses, the priests or later his Roman guards put upon him. In one manner or another he simply says; “If that’s what you believe, then it is so.”

 1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 No Corinthians was not authored by Jesus, nor was I quoting anything he ever said, I posted that verse in reference to the overall theme of “maturing” our preconceived ideas about “religion”. I tend to look upon the Christ as just that, a Spiritually matured man who put away the childish notions of religious authority. After all he was not a Christian or Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist, Shinto or Taoist. He was a Jew, from a Jewish mother and father, who had been educated as few others were in his day, abroad and under many influences.

I feel very confident that his message was one of putting away the childish notions of what the Temple had become in his day. A group of brooding children who when prevented from getting away with any and all of their immature ideologies became infuriated thus throwing temper tantrums that could easily put those to death that did not agree with their every whim and fancy.

The Christ, as did many other philosophers of their eras, spoke of a loving relationship with God, the “Father” figure, that meant a Spiritual death if a person chose to walk separate of those concepts, which in many ways is true. If we allow ourselves to become enamored with such things as Dante’s “Seven Deadly Sins” we are walking separate of our loving “Father”. If we choose to ignore the Nine Noble Virtues(e) or Six Fold Goal(d) of Old Norse beliefs or by the Law as was given in the Ten Commandments(c), we are walking in darkness and away from our Spiritual Father. If we can not see the value in having our needs met, regardless at what specific level, we are endangering our Spirituality due to our seeking fulfillment in material wealth rather than Spiritual Fulfillment.

Whether our Spiritual Enlightenment comes from a unique perspective brought about by our individual understandings of things in the ethereal realms, or through the Bible, Koran or Vedas or by being fortunate enough to be allowed to study many Native Lands Cultural understandings or from some pleasant experience with Extra Terrestrial Beings implanting a “chip” in our nasal cavity, does it really matter? Does the person who may have learned “To Do That Which is Right” through any one, or parts of all, of the above examples, really deserve being called nuts or a heretic because that belief and understanding is different than mainstream religion? Do they deserve to be cast aside and prescribed a derogatory label because they simply think different? No.

This is yet another part of the Temple that I feel justified in saying Jesus was so vehemently against. Simply placing a label on someone that disagreed with their dogmatic responses, and then passing sentence upon them, was not following “God’s Will” either.

Regardless of who wrote what and which specific texts in the Bible, it is all a grand effort to apply religious authority to how we, minister and laymen alike interpret these works. If we go by strict definitions, I merely see little difference in such words as “church” and “gangs” or “Priest” and “thug” by the examples given to us every day of our lives. Nowhere, do I believe, did the Christ teach that the priesthood should be filled with pedophiles, as we’ve witnessed these last few decades. I do not believe that Moses wished to teach the raping of sovereign lands from those who have occupied those areas for thousands of years any more than I believe Mohamed taught intolerance and terrorism. These have all been erroneous human interpretations of “God’s Will”

The “Church/Temple/Mosque” is suppose to be The ultimate example of “Doing That Which is Right” and to instill that in every one of its adherents, yet it seems it has failed this mission as well. While the High Priests of the Temple in Jerusalem, Ayatollahs and Imams at Mecca and the many high titled at the Vatican all surround themselves with with every conceivable luxury and have sequestered themselves from the masses, they point a collective finger at their Believers and tell them to have Faith that God is doing what is best for each one of the starving, homeless and unemployed masses. These religious leaders use the examples of captains of industry, politicians and the “self made” wealthy as examples of believing and faithful observance of “God’s Laws” while at the same time denounce their counterparts as being a part of the wrong religion.

All the while we have been molested in our conscience to believe that we, the congregation, the laymen and those who seek the benefit of a righteous relationship with “God”, “The Source”, “The Universal Consciousness”, “The One”, “The Almighty”...and many more terms describing the Omniscient Being called “YHWY” in the Bible, are the ones that need to express more Faith. Now I do believe that there are a great number of clergy out there that do teach the proper message and righteousness of a life walking with “God” but even so, they must adhere to the dogma and doctrine of their diocese, synod, mosque or temple to remain in the good graces of their particular religious authority, so in reality, they can only teach so much of their personal understanding of Scripture.

This is why I personally believe that the best a person can do for themselves is a singular, individual walk with “OB” (Omniscient Being) and trust their own religious path as being righteous. Of course this would at the very least completely dismember the Church, Mosque and the Temple, tearing into ever smaller pieces as it rattles its last death call, but perhaps that is the definition of the “New Church” and “New Era” referred to in the Revelation of Jesus Christ written by John of Patmos, the last Book of the New Testament.

Perhaps it is not the masses that has the Apocalypse to fear, but the Church Head that will be destroyed in place of a completely new understanding of Spiritual Enlightenment. For nearly 5,000 years we have been told it is us, the individual and the masses that needs to “fear God”, but if one desires to read the Scriptures with a new outlook and understanding, it could very well be those who have wrongly used “God’s Word” that have the most to fear. Since the first Temples, and later the first Mosques and Christian Churches, the Religious Hierarchy have applied “God’s Will” upon the masses to humiliate them, hold the people in subservience, kill, maim and torture those who truly did Believe. Therefore, in my opinion, it should be the Church Head itself facing the Wrath and Vengeance from the Lord God, not those who earnestly and strongly Believe.

Those who have the most to lose from the dismantling of the Church are of course the ones who will most vehemently deny any rational thought being put into this text, but I’m merely back to Belly Buttons and “everybody having one” when born a natural birth. We can believe the interpretations that have been passed down for thousands of years OR one can choose to see things with a different spin, no rose colored glasses needed, it is indeed, your choice.

Blessings of Peace,

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