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As we are now, we are overwhelmed by negative emotional forces and negative mental forces, which create tremendous suffering in our lives. Every human being struggles daily with unhappiness, doubt, anger, fear, and more. These states cause us to act in harmful ways toward ourselves and toward others, which in turn creates more suffering for everyone. Gnosis is a direct and very potent way of transforming these problems, because it works upon the very foundations of suffering. Gnosis is a method to develop discipline and psychological stability. It is a means to arrive at genuine inner tranquility. And the great beauty of Gnosis is that it presents a method which uses tools that we already have within: we do not need to rely on anything or anyone other than ourselves. Truthfully, our happiness and well-being is up to us, and when we discover how to cultivate such qualities through the transformation of our own mind, we arrive at the understanding of the message that has been given by every great Saint and Prophet. Read along: https://glorian.org/learn/knowledge-is-power/the-purpose-of-gnosis
An esoteric explanation of John 4:46-54, Healing the Royal Official's Son. This story is about the healing of our own soul. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour [ז zayin] the fever [πυρετός , puretos: “scorching heat”] left him. John 4:52 The hour of healing was the seventh, related to the seventh letter, ז zayin. We discuss how we must work with “left” side of the Tree of Life to achieve spiritual life [חי chaim].
"It is certainly women who are able to transform the world, if that is what they want. The woman holds in her hands the key of power. Even the masculine biology is controllable by the woman; in fact, the woman controls the biological activities of the man (she has this power, and it is extraordinary, wonderful). The only thing that she must do is retain this prodigious force, this creative energy of the Third Logos. She must not allow it to escape, she must not permit it to merge into the universal currents. It is for this reason that the married woman, in the chemical or metaphysical copula, must assume an edified and essentially dignified attitude. "Obviously, the Sacred Order of Love stems from the Earth's most ancient times. We can recall (in Greece) the priestesses of love, the Hetairas (ἑταίρα). They were sacred in the most complete sense of the word, and knew how to administer that which is called “love,” and men had to be obedient to them. Let us recall there in the lands of Japan, the supreme priestesses. They ministered that which is called “love.” "Unfortunately, the people of this modern century have lost the true feeling of love. The modern woman must turn to the ancient wisdom, she must begin to educate the man. Sex is one hundred percent sacred, and she must teach the man veneration for love and respect for sex. If the woman acts in this manner, she will be able to transform the world in a definitive manner..." Before all, the woman must free herself from many constraining attitudes, she must approach the study of sex from a new angle, not considering sexology as “taboo” or “sin,” as a cause for shame, something covert etc. If the woman is to regenerate the man, she must confront directly the mysteries of sex; she must teach such mysteries to the man. Unfortunately the “intellectual animal” mistakenly called “man” not only does not know how to respect women, he commits adultery like an animal, fornicates incessantly, squanders money, that which is for his home, in the bar, in the casinos, etc. Unquestionably, the crude reality of the actions is that the woman is called to assume a new role. She needs to transform herself (by means of the creative energy) and teach the man the path of regeneration. But this will not be possible if she does not have a superior electro-sexual potential, which will permit her to realize such a magnificent labor... It is necessary for the woman to reserve her own creative energy. Only in this way will she be able to increase her electric potential, so as to have sufficient force or authority to enable her to transform the man, to take him from the bars and teach him the path of responsibility, to indicate to him the path of regeneration. A Reading from "Treatise of Sexual Alchemy: Love, the Key of Spirituality and the Chemistry of the Soul " by Samael Aun Weor (https://shop.glorian.org/products/treatise-of-sexual-alchemy) This video was made possible by donations. Make a tax-deductible donation to help Glorian (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) make more: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/989733?giving_to=Make%20More%20Videos
The birth of Christ is always celebrated on the 24th of December, at midnight. This warrants reflection: why is it that on the 24th of the 12th month, at 12 midnight that we celebrate Christmas?Kabbalah is the science of numbers, and helps us understand the laws that manage our self-development. Read the transcription and see the accompanying images.
The Essence, or Buddha Nature, is beyond the body, emotions, and thoughts. It is beyond the mind. The Truth could never be grasped by the mind. Yet, when the mind is silent, then the Essence is free to apprehend the Truth. This lecture discusses the aspects of the Essence, the importance of meditation, and concludes with brief mediation practices.
Howbeit we speak wisdom [σοφία, sophia] among them that are perfect [τελείοις, teleios]… 1 Corinthians 2:6 τέλειος (teleios): that which is perfect consummate human integrity and virtue the realization of one's ultimate purpose in life τέλος (telos): the end purpose or goal of something the telos of an acorn is an oak tree. Cease not to seek day and night and remit not yourselves until ye find the purifying mysteries which will purify you and make you into a refined light, so that ye will go on high and inherit the light of my kingdom. Jesus (Aberamentho), Pistis Sophia, ch. 100 This lecture discusses: What is goal of the universe? What is our spiritual purpose? What are the forms of knowledge and how to do we know what is true?
Part three of a history of all the root races of the Earth, including the Polar, Hyperborean, Lemurian, Atlantean, and Aryan races. Evolution is a law of nature that applies to the development of the soul (consciousness), but not in the way most people realize. Furthermore, the Bible explains the previous races and ages (Atlantean, Lemurian, and more), and about fallen angels and the existence of demons, but one has to know Hebrew and Kabbalah to understand. This course reveals the essential clues to understand how we got to where we are now. Learn about the reality of the development of the soul as it is hidden in the Kabbalah, the Bible, the Hebrew letters, and the Zohar.
Ego Death is an essential aspect of spiritual work. Explains various ways the term ‘ego’ is used and how it must be understood in terms of the spiritual and psychological work. Provides practical method and advice on how to eliminate the ego. Concludes with a brief meditation on the ego. Topics include: The ego in terms of: Freudian, popular psychology, and religion. Ego Dystonic and Ego Syntonic states. “Our Personal Algorithm” How the ego relates to the Spirit, Soul, and Body Afflictions and Cognitive Obscurations Ego vs Consciousness Temporary Liberation and Final Liberation Steps of Ego Death: Observation, Comprehension, Elimination Ego Death and Psychedelics
This lecture describes how to perform the meditation practice related to Melchizedec, which is performed at the 13th hour on any Saturday the 13th. "Malkhi-tzedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine. He was a priest to God, the Most High." - Genesis / Bereshit 14
A broad lecture about the state of our consciousness, and how to awaken it. Consciousness is the basis of our experience. Consciousness provides both perception and understanding from moment to moment. Our consciousness is conditioned, by what we typically call "the ego". The correct application of consciousness can remove the negative elements which presently condition it.
“The Gnostic Pentagram is the human (אדם Adam) figure with four limbs, and one single apex which is the head. The sign of the Pentagram is also called the sign of the Microcosm. It represents what the Kabbalist Rabbis of the book Zohar call the Microprosopus.” - The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor
Why do some have spiritual experiences while others do not? Learn how to have reliable spiritual experiences. The Three Minds Sensual Mind Intermediate Mind Inner Mind “(Jesus)… taught them (Pharisees and Sadducees) in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this Sophia (σοφία), and these mighty works? …And they were offended in him... And he did not many mighty works there because of their Apistis.” —Matthew 13 “…your Pistis should not depend on the Sophia of men, but on the power (Binah) of Theos (God)… as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard (sensual mind), neither have entered into the heart of man (intermediate mind), the things which Theos hath prepared for them that love him. But Theos hath revealed them unto us (inner mind) by his Pneuma (spirit): for the Pneuma searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of Theos. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the pnuema of man which is in him? even so the things of Theos knoweth no man, but the Pneuma of Theos… But the psychikos (sensual) man receiveth not the things of the Pneuma of Theos: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are pneumatikos (spiritually) discerned.” —1 Corinthians 2
An introduction to the universal teachings on sexual transmutation, also known as alchemy or tantra. Explains the following (and more): The Golden Bowl of Buddha. The Ark of the Covenant Crossing the Jordan River. Jesus Turing Water into Wine at the Wedding. The Mystery of Dionysus and Bacchus. The Hermetic Seal, and why it is the necessary basis of Alchemy. Tantric Bodhichitta. How to Practice Sexual Transmutation as a couple or a single person. Many practical questions answered. Slides (PDF): https://gnosticteachings.org/download/beginning-here-and-now-introductory-lectures/869-sexual-transmutation-alchemy-tantra-pdf.html “The philosophy of Sexual Alchemy has its principles in the school of the Essenes, in the school of Alexandria, in the teachings of Pythagoras, in the mysteries of Egypt, Troy, Rome, Carthage, Eleusis, as well as in the wisdom of the Aztecs and Mayas, etc. The procedures of the science of Sexual Alchemy must be studied in the books of Paracelsus, Nicholas Flamel, Raymond Lully. We also find these procedures hidden within the veil of all symbols, in all the hieratic figures of ancient hieroglyphics of many ancient temples, as well as in the Greek and Egyptian myths.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message Additional reading: Frequently Asked Questions: https://gnosticteachings.org/faqs/sex.html Books The Perfect Matrimony https://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/the-perfect-matrimony.html Kundalini Yoga: Mysteries of the Fire https://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/kundalini-yoga-the-mysteries-of-the-fire.html The Mystery of the Golden Flower https://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/the-mystery-of-the-golden-flower.html The Narrow Way https://gnosticteachings.org/books-by-samael-aun-weor/the-narrow-way.html Courses Alchemy https://gnosticteachings.org/courses/alchemy.html Evolution of Sex https://gnosticteachings.org/courses/evolution-of-sex.html Machinery of the Soul https://gnosticteachings.org/courses/machinery-of-the-soul.html
Mindfulness is paying attention to our experience. Mindfulness has a quality of openness, being open to the experience of the moment without avoidance or distortion. Spaciousness is what is directly experienced when mental content (thoughts and emotions) cease. We experience the space of our awareness through meditation. Emptiness, as an experience, is a radical annihilation of self-identity in which one perceives universal consciousness. Download PDF slides: https://gnosticteachings.org/download/beginning-here-and-now-introductory-lectures/863-mindfulness-spaciousness-emptiness-pdf.html
Gnostic Psychology is a method of awakening consciousness. It can also be called Spiritual Psychology or Revolutionary Psychology. Get slides (PDF) here: https://gnosticteachings.org/download/beginning-here-and-now-introductory-lectures/859-beginning-here-and-now-gnostic-psychology-pdf.html Psychology is the combination of two Greek words, meaning ‘study of the soul’: ψυχή psyche: “breath, spirit, soul” λόγος logos: “explanation” This lecture discusses how all major religions have the elements of psychology, especially in their mystical aspect. It also discusses the differences between Gnostic Psychology, and modern materialistic psychology. It also teaches about the difference between the spirit and the soul, and four main states of consciousness: Eikasia Pistis Dianoia Nous The following quote from the Gospel of Philip is explained in detail: As for ourselves, let each one of us dig down after the root of evil which is within one, and let one pluck it out of one's heart from the root. It will be plucked out if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces its fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive, to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want, we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it. While it exists it is active. Ignorance is the mother of all evil. Ignorance will result in death, because those who come from ignorance neither were, nor are, nor shall be. - Gospel of Philip
Explains the secrets behind the story of the woman and Jesus at the Well of Jacob, Jacob’s Ladder, the Jacob’s Stone Pillar, and Jacob’s Struggle with God. Slides (with quotes and references) found at the course home: https://gnosticteachings.org/download/esoteric-christianity-course.html Reviews the three primary souls of kabbalah: נפש Nephesh – Animal Soul רוח Ruach – Thinking-Emotional Soul נשמה Neshamah – Spiritual Soul All three souls can be translated literally as ‘breath’ or ‘wind.’ Explains the esoteric meaning of the Hebrew letters ו Vav, ז Zayin, and ט Teth. In the second half, the lecture explains the importance of breathing and meditation, quoting from the Philokalia. Since the intellect of those recently embarked on the spiritual path continually darts away again as soon as it has been concentrated, they must continually bring it back once more; […] some teachers recommend them to pay attention to the exhalation and inhalation of their breath, and to restrain it a little, so that while they are watching it, the mind, too, may be held in check. – Philokalia, St Gregory Palamas, In Defense of Those who Devoutly Practice a Life of Stillness Restrain the drawing-in of breath through your nostrils, so as not to breathe easily, and search inside yourself with your nous so as to find the place of the heart, where all the powers of the soul reside. – Philokalia, St Symeon the New Theologian, The Three Methods of Prayer Single people must transmute the seminal liquor with deep breathing, keeping the lungs full thirty seconds or more. – Samael Aun Weor And by the רוח ruach of your noses your [sexual] waters were gathered together, your flowing waters were lifted up like a pillar, and the depths [of Yesod] coagulated in the sea of your heart. – Exodus 15:8
This lecture looks at the factors that keep us trapped in cyclic existence through the lens of Hindu, Buddhist, and Gnostic scriptures, and how we can free ourselves from suffering through in-depth comprehension of our own Being and the reality that surrounds us.
Suffering has a cause. When we perceive the cause, we can then apply the remedy. How do we know that suffering can be cured? Because of this simple law of nature: “A superior law overpowers an inferior law.” To cure suffering, we start by studying it. Classically, there are three basic forms of suffering: Suffering of suffering: pain, birth, illness, growing old, and dying Suffering of change: the anxiety or stress of trying to hold on to things that are constantly changing Suffering of conditioned existence: unsatisfactoriness, caused by mistaken perception of “self” Then, we go deeper: to see the specific qualities of that suffering and its roots. In Western religions, those roots are organized as seven vices: Avarice Laziness Lust Anger Pride Envy Gluttony Curing the vices has three steps: Discovery: observation of facts Judgment: meditation to perceive the defect in the subconsciousness Execution: use of divine power to destroy the defect The purpose of meditation is to acquire information inaccessible to the senses or the intellect. Only by acquiring that knowledge can the roots of suffering be seend and understood, and only then can they be destroyed. You cannot destroy what you cannot see. When a vice is destroyed, its corresponding virtue is liberated: Generosity Diligence Chastity Love Humility Happiness for Others Temperance To understand the suffering of others, we must first understand our own. That is why all genuine spiritual pursuits begin with knowledge of oneself. “All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.” —Bodhisattvacharyavatara
To develop and expand compassion, the basis of liberation from suffering, one needs to know how to preserve and harness the substance of compassion (שמן, bodhichitta). This has three essential practical actions: Transmutation Transformation Transubstantiation These three acts develop the fire (ש) of compassion. "If someone is near me [Christ], he will burn. I [Christ] am the fire (ש) that blazes. Whoever is near me is near fire; whoever is far from me is far from life." —Gospel of the Savior "Now therefore if any one hath received the mysteries of Baptism (Transmutation), those mysteries become a great fire (ש), exceeding strong, and wise, so as to burn up all the sins: and the Fire [ש] entereth into the soul secretly, so that it may consume within it all the sins which the counterfeit of the spirit hath printed there." —Pistis Sophia
“The object of the superior man is truth.” – Confucius This lecture is about discovering the truth within ourselves. It explains the Four States of Consciousness: Eikasia: Dream, Delusion Pistis: “Vigil,” Irrational Belief, Opinion Dianoia: Self-cognizance, Dialectical Analysis Nous: Objective cognizance, Intuition Also, the Tree of Life in relationship to psychology and meditation, and the Three Natures of truth according to the Yogachara school of Buddhism. “When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in [psychological] poverty, and you are the [psychological] poverty.” – Gospel of Thomas
Anyone who has known love knows that it has physical effects: this experience demonstrates that love is a substance. Learn how to work with that substance in order to develop the fullest capabilities of your heart. Discusses how the highest virtue, compassion (bodhichitta, רחמים rachamim), is developed from the substances of our bodies, which is why the sexual energy is considered sacred in all religions. “The powers of the masters emanate from their purity of life [chastity] and the merits of their hearts. ” –Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose “The relative jasmine-flower-like [seminal essence; sexual energy] is the embodiment of bliss [Eden], the ultimate [Absolute].” –Hevajra Tantra “Whosoever is born [again] of God doth not commit sin; for his σπέρμα sperma [seed] remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” –1 John 3:9 “Do not allow the movement [loss] of bodhichitta… …not to lose the seminal essence serves as the cause for all powerful attainments… always maintain the ethics of not emitting [the seminal essence].” –Chakrasamvara Fundamental Tantra “If practitioners transgress pledges and do not restore them, the transgressions become the root cause for their fall into the hell of Unceasing Torture or another hell; thus they are called root downfalls. The fourteen root downfalls are explained as follows…. (5) To lose the jasmine-flower-like bodhichitta means to emit [through orgasm] the seminal essence, the support [for bliss].” –Jamgön Kongtrul, Treasury of Knowledge “There is precious treasure and משן shemen in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish Adam spendeth it up.” –Proverbs 21:20 “And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured שמן shemen upon the top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel (House of God)… And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house…” – Genesis 28:19-20 “To draw [bodhichitta] up the central channel [spinal column] means to draw up and stabilize at the crown focal point of energy the seminal essences that have flowed down to the tip of the secret place [sexual organ] by reversing them and experiencing the joys in the ascending order.” –Chakrasamvara Fundamental Tantra "Whether one be a man or a woman, by restraining the bindu [sexual seed] that others discharge during cohabitation [via orgasm], one obtains success in the practice of Vajroli… Through practice, the bindu that others discharge is drawn upwards. One can restrain and preserve one's own sexual matter. The Yogi who can preserve the bindu thus overcomes death; death comes by discharging the bindu, and life is prolonged by its preservation.” –Hatha Yoga Pradipika
"Whatever joy there is in this world all comes from desiring others to be happy [compassion], and whatever suffering there is in this world, all comes from desiring myself to be happy [lust]. But what need is there to say much more? The childish work for their own benefit, the Buddhas work for the benefit of others. Just look at the difference between them!" —Shantideva The origin of all suffering, the "original sin," is lust. By simple axiom, the origin of all happiness is love (compassion). These are opposed to each other. That is why love and lust and 100% incompatible. They cannot be mixed, ever. If lust is present, love is expelled. That is how Adam and Eve fell from Eden (Hebrew, "bliss.") “In the region of Light live the beings who adore each other. In the region of darkness live the souls who become inebriated with the chalice of lust, and who after getting drunk spill the cup. Those souls are consumed in the fire of their own lust.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony As soon as there is an atom of lust, there is imperfection, thus perfection is gone. It is that simple. That is why Christ said: “Lust is insatiable and is a great devil, know this as the enemy. As the fire is covered by smoke, as the mirror by dust, and as the embryo by the amnion, similarly, self-knowledge gets covered by the different degrees of this insatiable lust, the eternal enemy of the wise.” That is the purpose of alchemy or tantra: to conquer lust and liberate our capacity for genuine love (compassion, bodhichitta). “The origin of the sinful “I” lies in lust. The Ego, Satan, is subject to the Law of the Eternal Return of all things. It returns to new wombs in order to satisfy desires. In each one of its lives, the “I” repeats the same dramas, the same errors. The “I” complicates itself over time, each time becoming more and more perverse.” - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony Recorded live at the 2019 Meditation Retreat. Read the lecture transcription: Compassion
"We must search for the Divine Mother within our heart temple." -Samael Aun Weor What is your relationship to your Divine Mother? Do you feel her within? Do you sense her loving presence? Do you allow her into your heart, into your life? Through this lecture we will explore our personal relationship with our inner being represented by our Divine Mother and discuss how we can identify, how we can strengthen and how we can become more connected with this amazing divine force within us in our daily life.
Iccha-shakti is the will of our consciousness and the sexual force of life, it is the will in all dynamic forces of the universe. It is willpower. Thelema. This lecture explains three types of will related to different stages of the path: Ratzon La’Hshpia רצון להשפיע – Will to Influence Ratzon La’Kabel רצון לקבל – Will to Receive Ratzon La’Tet רצון לתת – Will to Give
Everyone wants to know their purpose in life, and to find meaning in living. If you look deeply, you can find the way to discover your purpose, the find meaning in being alive. Yet, that only emerges in an exact way. Most people believe that if they follow their traditional morals, they will get everything they need in life and when they die they will go to heaven, and that this is the purpose of life. In Hinduism, this is believed to be the meaning of the four purusharthas, which people call the "four desires" or "four aims" of life. The purushartas are dharma, artha, kama, and moksha, and are commonly believed to mean "morals, wealth, pleasure, and entry to heaven." Yet when we study the actual terms and scriptures, we discover that their meaning is much deeper, and corresponds exactly with what was taught by Jesus, Buddha, Moses, and other great teachers. “…take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the ethnos [multitudes] seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of Theos, and his dikaiosynē [dharma]; and all these things shall be added unto you.” —Matthew 6
Explains the true meaning of "Being Born Again." Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Truly [ἀμήν, amen, אמן], Truly [ἀμήν, amen, אמן], I say to you, We speak what We know and testify [martyria: testify, martyr, עד od] what We have seen, and you do not receive [lambano, קבל kabal] Our witness [martyria: testify, martyr, עד od]. If I have told you earthly [ἐπίγειος, epigeios, הארץ erets] things and you do not believe [pistis: powerful comprehension, based on experience or witnessing], how will you believe [pistis] if I tell you heavenly [ἐπουράνιος, epouranios, שמים shamayim] things? John 3:9-12 This lecture goes into detail regarding the real meaning of pisits, which is usually translated as 'belief' but is actually 'faith.' Faith is not 'religious belief', or the courage to have blind belief, but an activity of your heart and mind, based upon conscious efforts and experience. The esoteric meaning of ἀμήν amen אמן is explained. Also explains the real meaning of Moses and why Jesus connects being born again with the Serpent of Brass that heals the people of Israel.
The symbolism in the Bible has definite and exact meanings, but to see them you need to know Kabbalah, Alchemy, and the Hebrew letters. The four creatures of Ezekiel represent specific forces within nature and within us, and are synthesized in the sphinx, the four gospels of the New Testament, and the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Every spiritual seeker wants to find their true master, their guru, but the world is filled with "wolves in sheep's clothing." "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits." - Jesus In this lecture you will learn the essential practical conditions you need in order to find your true master. Best of all, it works, and it uses tools you already have. "You shall love the Kyrios your Theos with all your kardias, and with all your psyche, and with all your dianoia, and with all your ischys.” —Mark 12:30
Esoteric Christianity teaches that we must perform “psychological work” in order to achieve perfection (teleios). This lecture explains the meaning of Jesus driving the money changers and merchants out of the temple. “Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.” - John 2:13-15 We must learn how to be vigilant in life, and go to “war” against the enemy, which is our own ego. We do this through contemplation and comprehension of our sins and the psychological defects which produced them. This lecture also explains the basis of Christian Meditation, with quotes from The Desert Fathers and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis.
From the lecture transcription: This lecture relates with what Jesus said: "Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my logoi (λόγοι words) shall not pass away." - Matthew 24: 35 When people read this, they assume that Jesus is talking about the words that he is speaking in that very moment. Of course, this does relate with his logoi; but, in Greek, "Logoi" is plural for "words." This relates to the three primary forces of creation: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in Christianity; Kether-Chokmah-Binah in Kabbalah, etc. These are the three aspects of the dragon of wisdom, or the lions of fire, which relate to the three kabbalistic worlds, kingdoms or spaces of the Trinity above the fourth kabbalistic world, named Assiah, Malkuth, our physicality, in the Tree of Life. “The three spaces of the First Mystery are the regions of the Demiurge Creator.” - The Pistis Sophia Unveiled by Samael Aun Weor “Demiurge” from Greek dēmiourgos (δημιουργός from ‘ergon’ builder; maker; creator of ‘dēmos’ people). Everything passes away, but not those three aspects, because they are eternal. They are within every single Monad that abides in the Absolute. The three spaces outside of the Absolute are represented in the three triangles of Tree of Life, namely, Atziluth, Briah and Yetzirah; these are the heavens of Genesis. The earth is Assiah, our physicality. From that point of view, we have to understand the words of Master Jesus, since the Master Aberamentho is a Paramarthasattya, an inhabitant of the Ain, the first aspect of the Ineffable, the Absolute.
In English, this word "soul" is used in a very unclear and vague way. It is from a root in Old English to indicate “the emotional or spiritual part of a person,” that represents their true identity or nature and that assumably, continues after death. That is the assumption that people in the western world have about the soul, that it is who we truly are, and that the way we perceive our inner self now is our soul and that it continues in its current form after death. Yet, if you ask people to define the soul or give practical or experiential examples of their soul, no one can give you that, because this is all just theory and belief. It is difficult to find facts about the soul, and that is exactly our purpose here: to find the facts. In Judaism and the Christianity originally taught by Jesus, there are five souls, and three are of immediate importance to us: Neshamah נשמה Ruach רוח Nephesh נפש Hinduism and Buddhism talk about atman, jiva, buddha nature... in this lecture, we show you have to reconcile all these terms with practical facts. ““Let every psyche [nephesh] be guided by the higher exousia [power of choice; strength, conscience: neshamah and ruach]. For there is no exousia [power of choice; strength: conscience] but that which is given by God: the exousias [power of choice; strength] that be are arranged by God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the exousia [neshamah and ruach], resisteth the arrangement of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation." - Romans 13
In this lecture, the first miracle of Jesus, the transmutation of water into wine at the Wedding in Cana of Galilee, is explained. Spiritual Marriage is the real beginning of Esoteric Christianity. A Spiritual Marriage makes use of all the forces manifested between husband and wife for spiritual development. Love blossoms in the spiritual marriage. The esoteric meanings of Cana, Galilee, Gilgal, syneisaktism, and the Hebrew letters ג Gimel, ל Lamed, י Iod, ו Vav, ז Zayin, and ח Chet and also explained. Syneisaktism (‘sin-ay-sak-tism’, from Greek συνεισάκ “to add or bring together”): the practice of a chaste man and woman living together in a spiritual marriage. The term is most closely associated with early and medieval Christianity. Several related terms are used to label such communities, for example, the virgins subintroductae, the agapetae, and the gynaikes syneisaktoi. The practice was widely adopted in early Christianity: “Nor was syneisaktism a phenomenon peculiar to one locality; it can be found in Ireland, Syria, North Africa, and many other centers of Christianity.” Clark, Elizabeth A., John Chrysostom and the Subintroductae, Church History, 46(1977), p. 173 “Of one thing we can be sure: there was hardly a church province in ancient Christianity in which spiritual marriages were unknown.” Seboldt, Roland H. A. Spiritual Marriage In the Early Church: A Suggested Interpretation of 1 Cor. 7:36-38, part 2, Concordia Theological Monthly Volume: 30 Number: 3 in 1959, p. 176-189
The five types of souls in Kabbalah: Yechidah, Chaiah, Neshemah, Ruach, and Nephesh. "In your patience possess ye your souls." - Luke 21: 19 Yehidah יחידה, the Universal Soul, Ain Soph, Kether, Chokmah and Binah in Atziluth Chaiah חיה, the Soul World, the soul of Jah-Havah Elohim Binah in Briah Neshamah נשמה, the Spiritual Soul, Buddhi, Geburah, in Briah and Yetzirah Ruach Elohim רוח אלהים, the Soul of Elohim, Chesed, our Innermost, Atman, in Briah Nephesh נפש, the Animal Soul, Assiah, Yesod and Malkuth These five types of souls, Yehidah, Chaiah, Neshamah, Ruach and Nephesh are the five types of Consciousness, or better said, cognizance (from Latin cognoscere, the range of what our Consciousness can know or understand). These souls relate to the seven cosmoses, and the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. Read the lecture transcription: Light and Consciousness Note: This lecture was updated and recorded anew in December 2018.
This lecture continues to discuss the archetypes of our soul, and how the false archetypes are known as our imperfections, "passions" or simply egos. It continues with a general outline of the Paths of Peter, Judas, and John, at the introductory level. The inner meaning of the name “John” is explained, as well as the meaning of the “servant” and “witness” of God, the olive trees, the candlesticks, in relationship with Zechariah 4: 11 – 14 and Revelation 11:1 – 4. How to work with the Keys of Heaven, Two Keys of Peter, is explained. In relation to the Old and New Testament, The Path to Christ can be understood, at an introductory level, in the following way Abraham descends from the City of Aur (“light”). The Spirit emerges from the uncreated light into the created light. Isaac is born. The Spiritual Soul unfolds from the Spirit. Jacob is born, and becomes Israel. The Human Soul unfolds from the Spiritual Soul. The Human Soul unfolds further into mind, emotion, vital/sexual energy, and body, and may choose to begin the Path. Joseph and Benjamin (and all the 12 Tribes of Israel) develop. The Human Soul begins to develop superior qualities. The Inner Temple is constructed. Moses & Aaron liberate the Israelites by overcoming the Pharaoh (psychological defects, attachments, passions, etc.). John baptizes Jesus in the River Jordan. Joshua crosses the River Jordan after the laying of hands by Moses. John/Moses dies to make way for resurrection in Jesus/Joshua. Jesus (Yeshuah, Joshua, “savior”), the Intimate Christ, is the descension of the Universal Christ into the initiate who has achieved the level of “John” or “Moses.” After John, comes “Jesus” in the New Testament. After Moses, comes “Joshua” in the Old Testament, which is the same symbol.