The Heart Centering Path brings us back to our selves. Usually, our minds are scattered. But we will lead you the way into our center. Your heart chakra and your physical heart both contain immeasurable treasures. We will show you, how to unlock them and make them available to you. You will be able to turn your inner energies around in order to transform your life. You will no longer be the slave of outside events, but the center of the creative flow. You can create a happier and more fulfilling life. You may gain a sense of reconnection and of coming home. Love will caress you like a warm summer breeze. You will know what to do and what to give because you have found something real inside. This path opens the door to God and to your song, which is your part of the universal symphony.
When we want to lead a life under the guidance of the heart, this path may be the answer to you. You will dive into the song of the energy of your inner flame and you will flow through your unfolding life. And you will extend what you want to see in the world. Things you need will have come easily to you because you will be in the flow. This is the work of the holy spirit. This is the practice of this Commandery.
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– Revelation 19:12-16
Swiss psychologist Carl Jung has been touted by many as a pioneer into the “uncharted” realms of human consciousness. One of the great “discoveries” (I use quotes for uncharted and discoveries because this was in fact a rediscovery of ancient knowledge and understanding) was that of what Jung referred to as “archetypes”. In the book, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetype of the Mature Masculine”, authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette describe the findings of Jung and those who followed in his footsteps:
“Jung and his successors have found that on the level of the deep unconscious the psyche of every person is grounded in what Jung called the ‘collective unconscious’, made up of instinctual patterns and energy configurations probably inherited genetically throughout the generations… These archetypes provide the very foundations of our behaviors- our thinking, our feeling, and our characteristic human reactions. They are the image makers that artists and poets and religious prophets are so close to.”
Jung understood archetypes to be the inhabitants of the mythic landscape of human consciousness- the wellspring from which the great myths and legends of all cultures arise. Archetypes simultaneously shape human consciousness while being shaped by it. While there are subcategories of archetypes and certain elements that are distinct to different races, ethnicities and cultures, there are certain archetypes that are universal to all humans. The most important of these is the archetype of the King.
In times of old, human tribes and civilizations from China to Babylon, from Egypt to Britain, from the Congo to Mesoamerica, all had versions of what we would call “kings”- rulers who claimed a sort of “divine right” of rule. Nowadays the notion of an individual human claiming divine right of rule is abhorrent to the modern mind accustomed to representative democracy and the like. We tend to conjure up images of obese tyrants living in luxury while their subjects starve to death. We see this tyrant justifying his cruelty and neglect toward the people by saying he had “divine right” to behave the way he did. However, this is in fact the opposite of what the ancient understanding of what the embodiment of the King archetype was.
One of the basic functions of the king could be understood of that of a protector and a guardian of the land. Typically trained as a warrior, the king would be chosen for his leadership capabilities and his skill in battle. The king would be charged with leading the warriors into battle, defending the people and the land from marauding invaders and rivaling tribes. Warriors would not go to battle if the king was not fighting alongside them. The king was a man of honor and virtue. However, the king was understood to be something even more than these things.
The true legitimate king of antiquity was akin to Socrates’ vision of the “philosopher-king”- a spiritually attuned human being, initiated into the Divine mysteries whose role it was to bring the divine principles into Earthly form through the construction of society and the rules that held it together as well as giving/bringing blessing to the people and the land. One may imagine the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt who were priest-kings of a supposedly semi-divine nature. These would have been individuals who studied in the great mystery schools and underwent the great initiations into understanding the Divine Laws of Nature and Creation and had achieved a state of Self-Mastery. These priest-kings would have been mediators standing in between the divine and earthly realms as a conduit.
However, in these ancient times, the kingship was a tentative position, and once the king was no longer able to embody these Divine Laws and Principles, he was removed from the throne, and in some cases, sacrificed. The story of the sacrifice of the king is a part of ancient myth and lore as well. In the archetypal sense (and at times the historical as well), the king is willfully sacrificed or even sacrifices himself, accepting his role as a channel for the divine forces of creation. This can be seen in the ancient myth of “The Sacred King”. The true king is wise and selfless, and understands that he is a conduit for something that is beyond himself as an individual of flesh and blood. The true king sees his role in the seemingly endless cycle, hence the phrase that is chanted upon the coronation of a new king- “The king is dead. Long live the king”.
The true king of ancient times was the embodiment of the great ordering principle of the universe- the creative force that molds the raw material from which all things are made in a right and orderly way. This is the Divine Masculine Principle that creates the world from the stuff of the Great Cosmic Abyss, which is the Great Mother. When Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”, he was embodying this ordering principle as well as stating that he himself was a medium for a power that was greater than he was. Moore and Gillette explain this:
“[T]he king was the earthly conduit from the Divine World- the world of the King energy- to this world. He was the mediator between the mortal and the divine… He was the central artery… that allowed the blood of the life-force to flow into the human world.”
We may recall the scene from the Last Supper where Jesus has the Apostles partake of the cup of “His blood”. It was this rite that the Apostles brought into the world as the sacrament of Communion, in which all who wished could partake in the blood of the divine life-force and take it into their Being, becoming one with it.
It is also understood in the Christian mysteries that the greater power that anointed and embodied itself in the figure of Jesus was the Sun. The Sun was understood to be the physical body of an invisible God- the Christos. The masculine creative ordering principle has been associated with the Sun since great antiquity, with human kings from Pharaoh Akhenaten of Egypt to King Louis XIV of France associating it (right or wrong) as the source of their power and right of “divine rule”.
The true king as understood in antiquity was a steward and protector to the people- a kind of “all father”. This concept would often be literal as well, as the lineage of the true king was seen as something that should be passed on to strengthen the people and the land. It was understood at that time there was a spiritual component to genetic lineage and true nobility. Like the immortal gods who were his ancestors, the king took on the role as the literal and figurative patriarch of the people.
The king was seen as being in a sacred matrimony with the land, which was understood to be the Goddess Herself. It was to Her and Her children (the people, as well as wild game and livestock) that the king was sworn to protect and serve until he was no longer capable. The king’s true queen was understood to be the Goddess of the Land; the Goddess of the Earth. It was she who had the ultimate say as to whether or not the king was fit to rule and be in union with her. Gnostics understood this Goddess as the “Fallen Goddess” Sophia, who “fell” into Earth. Many Gnostics and practitioners of the Mysteries understood both Mary the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene to be aspects or incarnations of this Goddess.
In “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover”, Moore and Gillette paint a very clear picture of what the role of the “Earthly” King was understood to be in these ancient times:
“It is the mortal king’s duty not only to receive and take to his people the right social order of the universe and cast it in a societal form but, even more fundamentally, to embody it in his own person, to live it in his own life. The mortal king’s first responsibility is to live according to Ma’at, or Dharma, or the Tao . If he does, the mythology goes, everything in the kingdom- that is, the creation, the world- will also go according to the Right Order. The kingdom will flourish. If the king does not live ‘in the Tao’ then nothing will go right for his people, or for the kingdom as a whole. The realm will languish, the Center, which the king represents, will not hold, and the kingdom will be ripe for rebellion.”
It is following this Right Order; following “The Way”, that legitimizes the King. Again, we recall Christ Jesus referring to himself as “the Way”- he was speaking as the living embodiment of this principle. To this day, many followers of the teachings of Christ refer to themselves as “Servants of the Way“.
During the Middle Kingdom period of ancient Egypt, the prophet Nefer-rohu wrote of the disastrous consequences of what occurred when corrupt and illegitimate rulers who did not follow and embody the principles of Ma’at– interpreted as “Right Order”; sat on the throne of Egypt:
“The land is completely perished… The sun-disc is covered over…. The rivers of Egypt are empty…. Damaged indeed are those good things, those fish ponds…. Everything good is disappeared… Foes have arisen in the east, and Asiatics have come down into Egypt….This land is helter-skelter…. men will take up weapons of warfare, [so that] the land lives in confusion. Men will make arrows of metal, beg for the bread of blood, and laugh with the laughter of sickness…. [A] man’s heart pursues himself [alone]…. A man sits in his corner [turning] his back while one kills another. I show thee a son as a foe, the brother as an enemy, and a man killing his [own] father.”
Nefer-rohu then prophesized of a new king that would arise who would embody the principles of Right Order, restoring Egypt, driving out the invaders and setting things right with the Kosmos.
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Something happened as the Ages progressed and humanity came into the “Dark Time”, i.e. the Kali Yuga. The kingly lineages became increasingly prone to corruption and tyranny. They began to no longer serve the people, but rather their own self-interest and lust for power. At the same time, members of the merchant class began to rise to prominence, corrupting the machinations of government. Again, it is at this time the story of Christ Jesus takes place. Born into obscurity, but having blood of the old kingly lineage, he had the task of raising the archetype of the king out of corruption- in essence bringing it back from the dead. The rulers on the throne were illegitimate, and now the true king- the true embodiment of the king archetype had returned. However, the way the throne would be reclaimed would be done in a way that was unheard of and is still at this point just beginning to become realized.
When Jesus bled into the Earth, the seeds were planted for something monumental. However, it would be some time before the seeds began to sprout and grow. As the gestation process was occurring, the illegitimate rulers maintained and continued their power. But they were secretly aware of what was occurring and sought to corrupt, poison or crush any “seedlings” of the Christ event that they saw.
These illegitimate rulers are still firmly in control of the machinations of Earthly government to this day, and are attempting to tighten their grasp out of fear of the inevitable. They believe that if they can manipulate, poison and destroy the soil of humanity and the Earth that they can hold onto their illegitimate power and keep the King from returning. However, true power rests only to those who can embody the King archetype, which these men (and women) do not. Anything else is illegitimate and will inevitably fall to its own internal corruption.
Jesus stated, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;”
It has been understood by students and practitioners of the Mysteries that the long-awaited “Second Coming” will not be the return of an individual, but rather the birth of a “Christened Humanity”- that is a humanity that acts and lives in “Christ Consciousness”. The King archetype is returning to manifest not as one great individual who will lead humanity and the Earth to the promised land, but rather it is returning to each individual soul that is incarnated on Earth who has done the work to prepare themselves as a vessel appropriate for such an anointing. To quote Hopi prophecy, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
Christ Jesus sacrificed himself so that the Solar Initiations that were once relegated to a select few would be available to all of humanity. It is understood by many in the esoteric traditions, that the work of Christ Jesus enabled a sort of “inner life” in every human being that had not been available before. Christ made it possible for the sort of Self-Mastery that had only been possible for the most elite of incarnated beings to be available to everyone. Christ Jesus made it possible for anyone to embody the archetype of the King if they were willing to do what was needed for the transformation to take place. This is the true legacy of the man who was the incarnation of the Sun/Son of God and his lineage are all who are able to go through the initiation process of psycho-spiritual death and resurrection, and become an anointed being.
In order for this to take place, we have to allow the immature, selfish and fearful lower ego to die in order to claim our right to the “Throne”. This “death” was the pivotal component of the ancient initiation process, which has seemingly been lost in modern culture (although is still present in some of the indigenous cultures that are also being wiped out). The illegitimate rulers seek to keep us in a state of perpetual childhood so we cannot fully come into being as Sovereign Anointed Kings (and Queens). This is why governments and societies are set up in the manner that they currently are and by and large have been for millennia. Likewise, the initiations we are “allowed” to have in modern society are by and large things that either serve or don’t threaten the illegitimate system like graduations, job promotions, military service, sports, fraternities, etc. Otherwise, they are things that only serve to degrade and corrupt the individual like gang initiations. Even things like Freemasonic initiation rites are not what they once were.
During the periods known as the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, the ideas of Sovereignty; i.e. “Self-Rule” as well as Self Determination for not only nations, but individuals, began to resurface in European consciousness. Many of these ideas stemmed from the ancient Celtic, Germanic and Nordic cultures, but were eventually either suppressed or wiped out by the illegitimate rulers. These reborn ideals then began to spread throughout Europe and into the New World, culminating in the ideals expressed and carried out in the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the idea of rule “for the people, by the people”.
However, the illegitimate rulers sought to twist and corrupt these “seedlings” and did so pretty successfully. The problem was that while the people may have been ready for the external freedom that results from self-rule, most were still not mature enough and lacked the true personal responsibility and understanding required for internal mastery. This made the people susceptible to moral corruption and cultural decadence, which eventually led to them losing sight of the little bit of self-mastery that had been achieved which had allowed for their external freedoms. Each generation slipped into increasing decadence and childishness. This is what has led to the predicament we find ourselves in today.
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We cannot have true freedom until we each learn to master our internal domain. We master our internal domain by learning to control and harmonize our thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions; as well as understanding and working in conjunction with the Laws of Nature and Creation. Now this may sound simple, but for most people (myself included) actually having the discipline and willingness to sacrifice and surrender the childish and selfish ways of the lower ego can be extremely difficult. Nevertheless this is exactly the process Christ Jesus said was necessary in the Gospel of Thomas when he said:
“When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner as the outer, and the upper as the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one. . . then you will enter [the kingdom].”
This work begins when one answers “The Call” of Life to begin the path of CONSCIOUS spiritual initiation (this in and of itself can take lifetimes). It is at this point we begin “The Hero’s Journey” that mythologist and author Joseph Campbell pointed out was the central theme of the major myths and legends of humanity- including the story of Christ Jesus. In this archetypal story, the hero is called (often reluctantly) to embark on a quest or adventure. The hero then passes through a series of increasingly harrowing ordeals and initiations, climaxing in his/her confronting death itself in some form or fashion. This culminates in the triumphant ascension or “resurrection” of the hero who is now changed from what he once was into something far greater. It is a change as stark as the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. In truth, the Hero is the young, immature version of the King, who goes through the ordeal in order to be able to legitimately claim the Throne. It was only after the death and resurrection that Jesus was truly KING OF KINGS.
Looking at the world through this understanding of the King archetype, we can see that all the suffering, chaos, and environmental erosion currently taking place in the world is a direct impetus of illegitimate rulers who do not properly align with the King energy being allowed to hold power; combined with our own refusal to align with the King energy ourselves. If we look back to the writings of the ancient Egyptian prophet, Nefer-rohu, we will see a startling amount of similarities between what his people were experiencing then under illegitimate rulership, and what we are experiencing now. However unlike those ancient times, we now each have not only the potential but the responsibility to bring that King energy back into the world through ourselves and bring new life to a dying humanity and a dying planet.
We need to understand that this will not be achieved through electing politicians and giving more power to technocrats and oligarchs. These are the illegitimate rulers who operate the illegitimate governing system, and any attempt to legitimize the illegitimate is an exercise in futility. I believe human destiny begins with the move towards true Sovereignty; true Self-Rule; which leads to true freedom both internally and externally. The idea of human self-governance should be the end goal here, but it is something that must be initiated from within ourselves, rather than something to impose externally through creating more laws and bureaucracies.
Of course I realize that individual humans are far from equal, most of all in their progress moving up the ladder towards this ultimate goal of becoming Anointed Sovereign Beings. This process can take lifetimes. I realize that most humans alive on this planet are not ready or even capable of Self-Rule at this time, and that a great deal of suffering will still need to occur before this reality will be manifested on a collective level. But suffering, although unpleasant, is a crucial component in the process of Self-Mastery. Suffering is the elixir of the strong. Christ Jesus needed to suffer immensely before he could before his destiny of becoming KING OF KINGS could be fully realized. But it is in the midst of our suffering where we have the opportunity to face and overcome the things that keep us from Self-Mastery, including the greatest fear known to mankind- death.
We are seeking to do nothing less than align our Being with the Divine Ordering Principle of the Universe. I will again reference the wonderfully insightful work of Moore and Gillette to explain how this Principle can work in each one of us:
“The King archetype in its fullness possesses the quality of order, of reasonable and rational patterning, of integration and integrity… in the psyche. It stabilizes chaotic emotion and out of control behaviors. It brings calm. And in its ‘fertilizing’ and centeredness, it mediates vitality, life-force and joy. It brings maintenance and balance. It defends our own sense of inner order, our own integrity of being and of purpose, our own central calmness about who we are, and our essential unassailability and certainty in our… identity. It looks upon the world with a firm but kindly eye. It sees others in all their weakness and in all their talent and self-worth. It honors them and promotes them. It guides them and nurtures them toward their own fullness of being. It is not envious, because it is secure, as the King, in its own worth. It rewards and encourages creativity in us and in others.
In its central incorporation and expression of the Warrior, it represents an aggressive might when that is what is needed when order is threatened. It also has the power of inner authority. It knows and discerns (its Magician aspect) and acts out of this deep knowingness. It delights in us and others (its Lover aspect) and shows this delight through words of authentic praise and concrete actions that enhance our lives.”
Austrian mystic, Rudolf Steiner understood the Christ Impulse to be the one that brought balance and harmony to the opposing forces of the manifest world. This impulse brings order and blessing into the world and into our lives. It is the realization and actualization of the Christ Impulse, which is one and the same as the King archetype, that will move us towards our destiny, which was alluded to when Jesus said in John 10:34, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?”
I do not believe the destiny of man is to simply return to our Source in order to be re-absorbed, becoming the same formless collective we emerged as in the beginning. Nor do I feel we are simply to become child-like spirit beings frolicking in a heavenly paradise, living in a state of divine subjugation, and existing in a sort of angelic hive-mind: we aren’t going back to Eden. Rather I feel our destiny is to continue the individuation process of the ONE that divided ITSELF into many, until each individual soul is the fully realized god-being that it is meant to be. There is a difference between individuation and separation- one is reality while the other is illusion. The full realization of the Solar Christ Impulse and the King energy is man’s path to godhood. I see us each as individual souls destined to become divine immortal beings in a way that is different than what we were before. We are evolving and are to become the new pantheon of immortal gods and goddesses- sacred kings and queens- ushering in the New Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth.
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Knights Templar (or simply Templars), mysteries and warfare – these three avenues had an obscured connection when it came to the mercurial times of the medieval Crusades. In fact, their full name ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’ (or Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici in Latin) directly pertains to the enigmatic Temple of Solomon. And while the Templars did exhibit their fanatical martial prowess on the battlefields (a ‘quality’ conducive to Crusades), the moniker of ‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ’ didn’t really do the organization any justice. That is because, by 13th century AD, the Order administered an incredibly well-managed economic infrastructure throughout Christendom while also making innovations in early European banking systems. However, there was more to the Knights Templar than deep fortunes and fervent warfare tactics. So without further ado, let us take a gander at ten fascinating facts you should know about the Templars.
1) From praying to fighting –
It is quite a well-known fact that the Templars took a vow to defend their fellow Christians from ‘foreign’ intrusions, especially in the Outremer (the conglomeration of Crusader States in Levant). But interestingly enough, their proclivity towards martial pursuits was only developed as a reactionary measure, rather than a (starting) ideology that dictated religious warfare. To that end, historically, in the aftermath of the First Crusade, some of the Christians warriors actually decided to put away their swords in favor of a monastic lifestyle based around the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
But with the establishment of the Christian entities in the so-called Holy Land, the scenario became a logistical nightmare for the nascent Outremer kingdoms – because a great number of pilgrims flocked to these newly conquered lands. And as more visitors turned up around the confines of Jerusalem, local bandits (that also included Muslims who lost their lands) took advantage of the chaos and attacked these common pilgrims. Afflicted by such unconventional forays, the monastic warriors decided to once again take up their swords. As a result, pertinent military brotherhoods were formed, and they finally coalesced together to form the Templar Order, officially approved by the Church in 1120 AD.
2) Temple of Solomon?
As we mentioned before, the full name of the Knights Templar (‘Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon’) directly linked the order with the Temple of Solomon. Now from the historical perspective, the Temple of Solomon pertains to an enigmatic ancient structure whose existence is still debated among the historians (read this post for more details). But the ‘Temple of Solomon’ referred to in the case of the Templars might not be as sensational as one would be inclined to think. That is because after the Order was ratified by the Church (possibly at the Council of Nablus, circa 1120 AD), the king of Jerusalem, Balwin II, gifted the Templars a wing of his makeshift ‘palace’ inside the Al Aqsa mosque situated on Temple Mount.
3) Commercialism (and banking) beyond the Holy Land –
While the primary goal of the Templars was to defend the pilgrims against ‘foreign’ forays, it was not long before they were involved in political affairs in Outremer, sometimes at the beckoning of the newly established Christian kingdoms in the region. Such overtures translated to defending borders of these realms or mounting skirmishes against local enemy forces, thus allowing the Templars to flex their military muscle. In return, the Order was gifted lands, farms and even castles for management. Similar scenarios were also played out in the west in Iberia (Spain and Portugal), and Christian kingdoms based there valued the military prowess of the Templars – so much so that they were frequently furnished with swathes of lands on the frontiers that separated the Moors. This scope was further complemented by land and monetary endowments that were situated across Europe, far away from the conflict zones. Supported by such large tracts of real estate, the Templars not only managed farms and vineyards, but also engaged in manufacturing, imports, and even ship-building – thus creating a ‘multinational’ commercial empire of sorts that connected Christendom.
Interestingly, in spite of their mercantile acumen, the individual Knights Templar were sworn to poverty (at least in theory). This, in turn, led to the creation of a trustworthy ‘brand value’ that advertised Catholic Christian virtues with a military veneer. Inspired by these supportive measures, and also fearful of their own safety, European pilgrims (circa 1150 AD) frequently deposited their valuables with the local Templar preceptory before embarking on their overseas journey to the Holy Land. The Templars, in turn, prepared letters of credit that indicated the value of these deposits. So once the pilgrim reached the Holy Land, he/she was handed over an amount of treasure of equal value (as written in the document). Simply put, this system alluded to an early form of banking and quite a successful one at that.
4) Alternate feudalism –
With all the talk about lands, it is interesting to know that the Templars managed their assets in a feudalistic manner. In fact, like most kingdoms of the time, the lands of the Order were divided into autonomous provinces that were governed by the ‘provincial’ Grand Master – who usually came from an aristocratic background. The individual provinces were further divided into smaller commanderies (or preceptories in Latin), with each property being administered by a commander, who also hailed from the higher social strata. Now in practical terms, many of these rural commanderies consisted of farmlands that were controlled by a hold. This local stronghold housed the regional brothers, while also comprising a chapel and accommodation for travelers. And mirroring the secular feudal system of Europe, a portion of the annual revenues generated from the lands under the commander – known as responsion, was to be paid to the provincial Grand Master, who in turn transferred the income to the Knights Templar headquarters.
The amounts and requirements of responsion were frequently discussed in the ‘chapter’ meetings that were organized intermittently at a gap of few years. These meetings also doubled as general assemblies that appointed officials and passed newer rules and amendments. Furthermore, the chapter conclaves practically maintained the (much needed) communications between the Templar brothers who were usually stationed in various parts of Europe and the Outremer.
5) Knights of the Templar Order –
Often times the Templars were considered synonymous with the Knights Templar; though in a practical scenario that was not the case. In fact, knights formed a small percentage in a chapter, and they usually headed the other warrior-brothers from the Order. Now it should be interesting to know that the statuses of these Knights Templar also mirrored the evolution of the knightly class as the political elite in the European societies. So as we discussed at length in one of our articles concerning the medieval knights – “the first medieval knight was not really the lord who dabbled in opulent affairs. On the contrary, he was of ‘relatively’ lower social status (though always a free man) who was brought forth to the political world because of his military prowess.” Similarly, in the case of the Templars, the knights who were inducted into the Order in 1120 AD were possibly of lower (or mixed) social status. However after a century later, most European knights acquired their higher social standing, and thus by late 13th century, a brother whose family belonged to the knightly class was only allowed to enter the Order as a knight (and thus was accorded the status of Knights Templar).
The other non-knightly warriors in the Templar Order mainly consisted of the so-called sergents (in French) or servientes in Latin, which can be either translated as ‘sergeants’ or ‘servants’. Most of these warriors played a supporting role in the battlefield, by forming solid infantry lines or at times doubling up as screening medium cavalry. However, there were also many sergents who played non-combative roles by taking up ‘commercial’ professions like builders and craftsmen.
6) Yes, there were female members of the Templar Order –
In the earlier entry, we talked about the knights and the sergeants. Other than those ‘fighting’ members, the Templars also inducted priest-brothers for spiritual support of their communities. These ‘chaplains’ performed the various religious functions within the order, including the conducting of prayers, the celebration of masses and even hearing confessions. And quite intriguingly, some Templar chapters present in Europe also included female members among the ranks. These ‘sisters’ were housed in facilities that were segregated from the main chapter house. And while they were obviously not expected to fight in battles, many of the nuns actively took part in the spiritual side of affairs – by helping the priest-brothers in their praying tasks and even offering psychological counseling to warriors. Furthermore, there were associate female members (along with males) who made donations and other contributions to the Order, in spite of not taking the full monastic vow required from regular members.
7) Varying motivations for joining the Templars –
It naturally begs the question – why did knights leave the apparent opulence of their ‘lordly’ lives to join an austere order that advocated simple living and sexual abstinence? Well, the reasons were many, with some joining the ranks of the Knights Templar to escape their personal tragedies over at home, like the death of their loved ones. Others joined the Order as penance for their presumed sins, while some of the knights also seriously believed in the ‘core’ cause of the Templars – to protect Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land from the ‘non-believers’. Relating to an odd parcel of Templar history, there were also instances when criminal (or excommunicated) knights were enlisted into the order as punishment for their deeds; though in a practical scenario this method also served as an effective conscription technique for bolstering the Templar ranks with experienced warriors. In that regard, we can comprehend the inspiration behind the Night’s Watch featured in The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) novel series by G.R.R. Martin.
The non-knightly members of the Templar Order had more varying reasons to join the reclusive ranks. Usually hailing from poorer sections of the society, many joined to simply provide themselves with timely meals on a daily basis, while others desperate (and illiterate) folks took the gamble to be ‘martyrs’ – pertaining to a glorious death on the battlefield against the ‘infidels’. According to their beliefs, aided by propaganda, this would release them from their uncertain lives (that in middle ages were usually cut short by diseases or starvation), and gain them ‘direct access’ to heaven. Intriguingly enough, in spite of such fanatical belief systems, the Templars were renowned in contemporary times for their apparent long lives when compared to the average medieval life expectancy (25 – 40 years). A recent research into this seemingly paradoxical scope provided a hypothesis that the Templars on an average lived longer due to their controlled diets and better hygiene. In any case, reverting to the motivations, one shouldn’t also overlook the significant percentage of people who simply joined the Order to justify their belief in the core principle of the Templars – defending the pilgrims and other Christians in the Holy Land (unfortunately, such values later morphed into bloodthirsty punitive actions). Many of the brothers were probably pilgrims themselves and were later inspired by the fighting prowess (or at least the ‘advertised’ prowess) of the Templars in Outremer.
8) The tight-packed charge –
The ‘tour de force’ of the Templars arguably related to their capacity for fighting and organizational skills during the early medieval Crusades. But oddly enough, there were no specific instructions dedicated to martial training and pursuits in the Templars’ Rule (a codified statute approved by the Pope himself). This was probably because the warrior-brothers who joined the Knights Templar ranks were already expected to have some experience in fighting and tactics – be it in horse-riding or wielding swords, couched lances and spears from horseback (or dismounted positions). Interestingly, some regulations also allude to the use of rather ‘exotic’ non-knightly weapons such as crossbows – that were fired from both horseback and on foot. Furthermore, the Templars also employed mercenaries like the famed Turcopoles (derived from the Greek: τουρκόπουλοι, meaning ‘sons of Turks’), who were mainly lightly armed cavalry and horse-archers usually comprising the local forces of Levant, like the Christianized Seljuqs and the Syrian Eastern Orthodox Christians.
Now beyond training and mercenaries, it was the devastating charge of the Templars that brought them renown throughout the Holy Land. Many then-contemporary literary sources write about how the Knights Templar were masters of forming the tight-packed eschielle (squadron) and charging into their enemies in wedged formations. Now while this maneuver seems simple in theory, the scope must have required expert levels of discipline and organizational skill to actually make it work on a battlefield against a formidable foe. In fact, such degrees of discipline contrast with their secular Western European counterparts, who were more prone to individualistic glory on the battlefield as opposed to dedicated team-work. To that end, it can be hypothesized that the Templars were more organized simply because of their reactionary measure to counter the superior mobility (and tactics) of the Muslim armies. Moreover, it should also be noted that many of the knights who joined the Order were already experienced veterans when it came to military careers.
9) The ‘downside’ of fanaticism –
Unfortunately for the Templars, a ‘right’ charge was not always conducive to winning the battle, especially since this aggressive battle tactic required other Christian forces to exploit the gaps in the enemy ranks brought on by the heavy cavalry assault. So in many practical scenarios, these supporting forces (derived from the Frankish kingdoms of Outremer) were not sufficiently drilled to take the dynamic advantage in the battlefield, thus leaving the Templars stranded and surrounded by the agile Muslim foes. These baleful situations were even more exacerbated for the Templars in the earlier Crusades because most of them were executed on being captured without mercy – as was the bloody scenario after the Battle of Hattin. Such extreme actions on the part of the Muslims were probably instigated by bouts of savagery displayed by the Templar Order itself in various battles. Sometimes the Muslims were even portrayed as soldiers of Antichrist, and as such many (illiterate) brothers believed in the ethnic or religious cleansing of the adherents of Islamic faith – so as to prepare the Holy Land for the advent of Christ’s kingdom.
Beyond just delusions, their uncompromising principles, like not surrendering until the red cross of ‘martyrdom’ had fallen in battle, also added to unwarranted afflictions on the battlefield. In that regard, many contemporary works allude to the fanaticism displayed by the Templars, like in the case of a few knights who were imprisoned until their ransom demands were met. But instead of paying ransoms, the Order just sent knives and belts to the captors – thus symbolizing how fighting was their ransom, and on being captured the knights would rather die than be paid for. However as time went on, the practicality of military requirement triumphed over blind zealotry, and thus by late 13th century, some high-ranking Knights Templar were indeed ransomed successfully.
10) The enigmatic symbol –
The mystery had always played a part in the cryptic aura of the Templars, so much so that one of the charges made against them in 1307 AD entailed ‘secrecy’. Now a later analysis of the events have revealed that the Templars were probably innocent of most of the charges, and thus were just victims of monarchical politics in the early 14th century. But on the ‘puzzling’ side of affairs, there was (and still is) some degree of mystery pertaining to the third Templar seal, which depicted two knights sitting on a single horse. Now the most common (though possibly incorrect) explanation relates how two knights on a single horse symbolized the state of poverty advocated by individual Templars. Another explanation talks about the representation of ‘true’ brotherhood, wherein one knight rescues the other knight whose horse is probably injured. Intriguingly enough, there is a plausible commentary regarding two soldiers on a single horse, written by Saladin’s chronicler Bahaed-Din Ibn Shaddad –
On June 7, 1192, the Crusader army marched to attack the Holy City, (then occupied by Saladin). Richard’s spies reported a long-awaited supply train coming from Egypt to relieve Saladin’s army…when Richard received information that the caravan was close at hand…a thousand horseman set out, each of whom took a foot soldier (on his horse) in front of him…At daybreak, he took the caravan unawares. Islam had suffered a serious disaster…The spoils were three thousand camels, three thousand horses, five hundred prisoners and a mountain of military supplies. Never was Saladin more grieved, or more anxious.
Book References: Knight Templar 1120 – 1312 (By Helen Nicholson) / God’s Warriors: Crusaders, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem (By Helen Nicholson and David Nicolle) / Knights Templar Encyclopedia (By Karen Ralls)
Why do you think so many liberals fail to understand that liberalism, rather than a neutral political and ideological space, is a particular ideology and worldview?
Liberalism has shrouded its substantive commitments behind a veil of neutrality, although some of its classical and contemporary philosophers and defenders are forthright about those substantive commitments. But, in practice, liberalism’s advance is somewhat comparable to what happens in Economics courses: the textbook definition of basic human motivation according to economic theory is maximization of one’s utility – one’s interest and advantage.
While apparently merely a description, sociological studies have shown that students who take multiple economics courses are more likely to act more selfishly than before they took the course or in comparison to students who don’t take economics courses. In a more pervasive way, liberalism advances by positing the belief that humans exist in a state of nature as autonomous, disconnected, wholly free and rights-bearing creatures.
But what is claimed to be merely a description of human nature over time becomes an aim and goal of liberal society itself, gradually but ineluctably shaping people in the image of what it merely claims to describe. Thus, we increasingly see a liberal people defined by absence of interpersonal commitments, whether marriage, family, children, or memberships in longstanding cultures or a religious community.
Further, where commitments are taken on, they are subject to perpetual revision – whether through divorce in the matter of marriage, abortion in regard to children, or church shopping or the rise of “Nones” in the case of religion. Such people are driven above all by demands of consumption and money-making, claiming the right to self-definition while abandoning any longstanding cultural practices of self-limitation, which become increasingly regarded as unjust and unjustified limitations upon one’s freedom and autonomy.
More ironically still, a massive growth of the state is required to make this experience of individualism possible, thus enthralling purportedly free subjects to a pervasive political order.
The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 in a cave in the area of Nag Hamadi. It is the most significant document among the documents found there, because, like the source of the Q, it goes back to the historical Jesus, and thus is even older than the oldest canonical (biblical) Gospel of Mark. It offers insight into the teachings that Jesus gave to his inner circle, which included Mary Magdalene. These teachings, focused on personal knowledge (gnosis) or enlightenment, were barely included in the canonical gospels, either because their authors did not know them or because the church did not want them. This gospel was branded as Gnostic by the Church, it is said to be heretical, but it is neither Gnostic nor heretic. It is only more primitive and thus more holistic and experiential than the scriptures handed down to us from the biblical collection. It is therefore a gift to our time. However, sometimes some comments may be needed to be understood, as its language is too foreign to speak of a state of mind that goes deeper than the awareness of the everyday Western mind.
(1) These are the secret words that Jesus, the Living One, spoke and the
Didymus Judas Thomas has written down.
And he said, “He who finds the meaning of these words will not taste death.”
The truth is such that understanding it means liberation.
Those who live here in ignorance have already decided against the truth. Anyone who understands Jesus’ words can remember what he once knew long ago.
(2) Jesus said, “He who seeks shall not stop seeking until he finds; and if he finds, he will be startled; and when he is startled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the universe. ”
The one who finds the truth finds not only God, but also himself. He realizes that the universe moves in his mind, but he is infinite.
(3) Jesus said, “If those who guide you say to you, ‘Behold, the kingdom is in heaven, the birds of heaven will go before you. If they say to you: it is in the sea, the fish will lead you. But the kingdom is in you, and it is outside of you.
When you recognize yourself, you will be recognized, and you will know that you are the sons of the living Father. But if you do not recognize yourself, then you are in poverty and you are poverty. ”
Self-knowledge is everything, and external things are nothing, because they can not add anything to you. God is infinite, so he can not be outside or separated. He is quite subjective and all-encompassing. He is the source of the inner infinite universe. Everything that is real has to be part of it. What do you choose?
(4) Jesus said, “The aged man will not hesitate to ask a little child of seven days for the place of life, and he will live. For many first will become last, and they will become one. ”
The little child still knows the origin in the father. We can learn from him. True life is possible only in the unity of the Father.
(5) Jesus said, “Know what is before you, and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. “That which is before you, that is you, for you live in a mirrored world. But when you open your eyes and relax, the world can melt back into your mind, and you recognize the light of the Father everywhere.
(6) His disciples asked him and said to him, “Do you want us to fast? And how should we pray and give alms? And from
what food should we keep away from? ”
Jesus said, “Do not lie, and what you hate, that does not do; because everything is obviously in the face of the sky. For there is nothing hidden that does not become manifest, and there is nothing covered that remains without being revealed. ”
You have to be true to yourself, that is, to what lives in your depths. Do not listen to the others, because they do not know who you are. If you follow them, do it out of love not out of fear.
(7) Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion that man eats, and the lion shall become man. And cursed be the man the lion eats, and the lion will become man. “There lives a mighty beast in us, our animal nature, our passion. We need this fire to come to life. Only through passion, we recognize ourselves. If we split them and displace them, it will poison us and suck our lives. Only those who go through the middle of the world will be free.
(8) And he said, “Man is like a wise fisherman throwing his net into the sea. He drew it out of the sea full of little fish; under
To them he found a big, beautiful fish, the wise fisherman. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the big fish without hesitation. He who has ears to hear, may he hear! “This pearl in the field is the one thing we can and must find in the world, the knowledge of the love of God and our fellowship with him.
(9) Jesus said, “Behold, a sower went out, filled his hand, and cast [the seed]. Part of it fell on the way, the birds came to pick them up. Others fell on the rocks, and they made no roots in the earth and brought forth no ears of corn to the sky. And others fell on the thorns, stifling the seed, and the worm ate them. And others fell on the good earth, and she produced good fruit; she brought sixty measures and one hundred and twenty measures. ”
We can multiply the truth in this world. The seeds are moments of awareness without content, when the mind becomes aware of itself. We can directly achieve that awareness by searching for and identifying with the inner void. The indirect path is taken in centered prayer. This practice consists in letting go of every thought and sense impression, until the true nature of the mind emerges. The seeds we see today determine the kind of consciousness in which we will live.
(10) Jesus said, “I have cast a fire on the world, and behold, I keep watch till it burns.”
This fire is the Holy Spirit. Fire means that the mind has the power, through its higher frequency and light power, to dissolve all the blockages that we have set against the truth. It is up to us to decide if we live for or with the light or fight back against it. Our fate depends on this decision and we only have these two possibilities. We can develop whole cosmologies to channel and control the light, which we continue to walk on the paths of the ego. Or we can open ourselves to the creative energies of God and let things pour out of our hearts that God wants to bring into the world through them. We are the will of God here on earth, if we say yes. God consists of three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are invited to enter into the relationship of this Trinity, as the Son. God is relationship, as we should be. Relationship can burn like fire. We have to become this fire. When we burn, there is no need for instruction.
(11) Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. And the dead are not alive, and the living ones will not die. In the days when you eat of what is dead, you make it out of what is alive. When you will be in the light, what will you do? You became two the day you were one. But if you become two, what will you do? ”
Nothing that lives can die because what God created can not change because it stays in God, and God never changes. That is why in our essence we are still as God created us. Therefore, we need no salvation, just the reminder that salvation has already been accomplished for us. This happened the moment we decided to descend into the duality of the world. Now it’s time to let the second in favor of the unit. When we are light, we are created as God creates, because therein lies our joy.
(12) The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you will leave us. Who is it that is to become great over us? ”
Jesus said to them, “Wherever you come from, go to James, the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth have arisen.”
There is only one dreamer of the dream. It is always the one who looks into the dream, the brother of the Lord. That’s us all. There is no other. Heaven and earth will pass if you use them to awaken, for they were made for your awakening.
(13) Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me, tell me whom I am like.”
Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a just angel.”
Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.” Thomas said to him, “Master, my mouth is utterly incapable of pronouncing to whom you are equal.”
Jesus said, “I am not your master. Since you were drinking, you got drunk from the bubbling spring that I measured. “And he took it and withdrew and said three words to him.
But when Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, “What did Jesus tell you?”
Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the words he has said to me, you will take stones and throw them at me, and a fire will come out of the stones and burn you.”
These are the words of enlightenment. Their wording is unimportant. They save the multiplicity. They may say, “Only God is.” Or “You are me.” Or “There is no world.” Who is the true follower of Jesus? Mary Magdalene or Thomas or John? Only you can be when you are ready to step back and let Him take the lead.
(14) Jesus said to them, “When you fast, you will create a sin for yourself; and when you pray, you will be judged; and if you give alms, you will do evil to your spirits.
If you go to any land and walk in the fields when you are taken in, then eat what you are given and heal the sick among them. Because what enters into your mouth will not defile you. But that which leaves your mouth, that is what will defile you. ”
Whoever devotes himself to religious exercises creates polarity because he seeks to attain goodness that is contrary to evil. The way of the heart goes into the depths. All impulses may come up, and be seen and felt in the clear light of awareness. Everything is just an energy. Pain and hate dissolve when they are admitted without being reinforced by thoughts and fantasies. What these feelings need is attention and love. Then we rise to the sphere of peace. When we have turned our darkness into light, we find a peace that has no opposite.
(15) Jesus said, “When you see him who is not born of the woman, throw yourself on your face and worship him, he is your father.”
He is not human, he has not touched the earth and yet he is free to be completely here. He has a body or not. But his spirit is unborn, unchanged, uncreated. It is your mind. When do you remember his silent presence in you? When you let go and stop being limited.
(16) Jesus said, “People think I have come to bring peace to the world. And they do not know that I have come to bring disunity to the earth, fire, sword, war. For there will be five in one house: three become two and two
be against three, the father against the son and the son against the father. And they will stand alone. ”
The question of the truth is very urgent, because we only escape sleep when we renounce its ideas and belief systems. We often break with our family or clan, who usually want to carry on as before, as they have for many generations. The Liberators and the Enlightened are rarely greeted in their Nazareth. Instead they are called a traitor. The sleepers hate the Lightbringer, because they feel relatively safe in the dark. They have become accustomed to the dim light and fear any change that they believe will only worsen their situation.
(17) Jesus said, “I will give you what no eye has seen, and what no ear has heard, and what has not touched a hand, and what has not come in the human sense.” The world of reality is beyond the senses. She’s right here right now. But because it is imperceptible, it can be so hard to recognize. It is the background of our experience. It is subtle, quiet and seemingly empty. And yet the light of reality shines in her.
(18) The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what our end is going to be.” Jesus said, “Have you already discovered the beginning of asking for the end? Because where the beginning is, there will also be the end. Blessed are you who will stand in the beginning, and he will know the end and will not taste death. ”
“Show me your face before your parents were born!” Is a Zen riddle. This points to the same truth. Before we enter this world and after we leave it, we are pure spirit. We also live here in the certainty of our innocence, our infinity and our unity with God.
(19) Jesus said, “Blessed is he who was before he became. If you will discipiate me and hear my words, these stones will serve you. For you have five trees in paradise that are untouched by summer and winter, and whose leaves do not fall off. He who recognizes them will not taste death. “He who recognizes his true identity will also be served in this world. Who can let go, will be given. The five trees symbolize the five original energy points that connect us to God and the earth, Father and Mother, beyond time and change: crown, third eye, heart, solar plexus, base.
(20) The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us who the kingdom of heaven is like.”
He said to them, “It is like a mustard seed, smaller than all seeds. But when it falls on plowed earth, it produces a great branch and becomes the protection of the birds of the sky. ”
The kingdom of heaven wants to be recognized in us. But how? It is smaller than the thoughts, because it is not a thing. It is bigger than the world because it is the place where the world appears in us.
(21) Mariham said to Jesus, “To whom do your disciples resemble?”
He said, “They are like little children who have settled in a field that is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say: Give us back our field. They undress before them so they leave it to them and give them back their field. Therefore, I say: If the Lord of the house knows that the thief is coming, he will wake up before he comes, and will not let him enter the house of his kingdom, lest he carry his things away. But you, watchful of the world, gird your loins with great strength so that the robbers will find no way to come to you. Because the benefits you expect will come. May a wise man be among you. When the fruit ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand, and mowed it. Who has ears to hear, may hear. ”
It is difficult to protect the harvest in this world and retract at the moment of the right moment. The harvest is the moment of love we give and receive. They stay with us forever. But who is the thief? It is the adversary, our own self, that creates itself as separate from the rest of the world and God. So we still live in God because he is limitless, without a place to flee from him, but we hide in dreams. We believe God had abandoned us, and would now be in the guise of death on our track to punish us for the betrayal of our flight from him. All this never happened. When the thief appears, open yourself, without fear. Your protection is God alone, always here and without limits. He said yes to you forever.
(22) Jesus saw little ones being suckled. He said to his disciples:
“Those little ones who are nursed are like those who enter the kingdom.”
They said to him, “Will we enter the Kingdom as a little girl?”
Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one and when you make the inside as the outside and the outside as the inside and the top as the bottom and if you make the male and the female one, so that Male is not male and female is not female and if you make eyes instead of an eye and a hand instead of a hand and a foot instead of a foot, a picture instead of a picture, then you will be in [the Kingdom]
He says let all opposites collapse in you, plunge into the world and let them fall into you, into the deep without bottom. Let go of your knowledge, it does not keep you, given the depth in the Father’s Unity.
You are none of this, you only play a play as a human, without ever being human,except for a moment. But now it is over (the game) and everybody goes home.
(23) Jesus said, “I will choose you, one from a thousand and two out of ten thousand, and they will stand as one only.”
Being chosen by Jesus means being one, a monos, monk.
One who has recognized the Father in himself. What does it mean to know the Father?
It does not exist as an ego, but rather as a spirit that also belongs to you and streams through your eyes to see the world. The source of everything good is always within you, but beyond your reach. Only when you are true can you extend what is your life-sense in this world.
(24) His disciples said, “Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek Him.”
He said to them, “He who has ears, may he hear! There is light within in the man of light, and he enlightens the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness. ”
You decide where you are, in heaven or hell, depending on whether you extend light or judgment. You believe there is a compromise in that, because there are still many judgments that you want to hold on to. The world you see is a colorful mix of light and darkness, a result of your undecided action. Only when you lay down the verdict and bless everything that you encounter inside and out, you will find the place where Jesus is waiting for you.
(25) Jesus said, “Love your brother as your soul guard him as your eyeball.”
Your brother is your mirrored self. How you judge and treat it shows how you think about yourself, how you experience yourself and how you experience the world. When you protect him, you acknowledge that there is no one out there who is separate from you, and you find enlightenment. If you believe in separate persons, you are also separate from God.
(26) Jesus said, “You see the splinter in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your eye. If you pull the beam out of your eye, then you will see to pull the splinter out of your brother’s eye. “What obscures your vision are your judgments. They are all worthless, because the ego only judges the form and does not know the content. You can not see clearly as long as you maintain these projections. Only when you let go of all this, you can see your brother and show him the way.
(27) Jesus said, “If you do not keep the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the Father. ”
The mind must be free, without diversity, to see the one thing. The one thing is to be found in non-differentiation and in the knowledge of the nature of one’s own mind. The Sabbath is the day of rest, the silence in which the spirit recognizes itself, in a state without waves (in Sanskrit: Nirvana).
(28) Jesus said, “I stood in the middle of the world and appeared to them in the flesh. I found them all drunk, I found none among them thirsty. And my soul was grieved over the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and they do not see; because they are empty in the world
come and empty, they seek to leave the world. But now they are drunk. If they shake off their wine, they will regret. ”
The drunks are busy with minor issues. They are distracted to not see the one thing they dance around their entire lives, afraid to remember who they are in God. The middle of the world is the tree of life, the channel of return that we must fall into to ascend to the Father’s house.
(29) Jesus said, “When the flesh of the Spirit is born, it is a miracle. But when the spirit of the body is born, it is a miracle of miracles. But I wonder how that great wealth has taken his home in this poverty. ”
It is a miracle to be God and man at the same time. The materialists try in vain to find the source of the pure mind in the brain. But you are more than just a body. You are a child of the Most High. What are you doing here? You came here to play the game of separation. But if you have enough of that, Jesus calls you home. That means already here on earth to be happy and to announce the will of the father.
(30) Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods; where there is two or one, with whom I am. “God is with the people, not far beyond in a heaven that does not mean here. In the encounter is God. God is relationship. He is always right here. Therefore, the Trinity is a true description of a God of love.
(31) Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his village, no
Doctor heals those who know him. “People have got a picture of you. If you come home and offer salvation to them, they will drive you away. They would rather be right than to be happy.
(32) Jesus said, “A city built and fortified on a high mountain can not fall, nor can it be hidden.”
It is your mission to make your light shine in this time of transition. Then you will be seen by those who seek you and shunned by your enemies, for you are under the protection of the angels.
(33) Jesus said, “Hear what you hear with your ear and with the other ear, preach it from your roofs. For no one lights a lamp, and puts it under a bushel, nor does he place it in a hidden place, but puts it on the lampstand, so that everyone who enters and goes out sees their light. ”
When you have heard the truth, your heart swells from it. Do you want to keep your mouth shut or build other bridges so that you can also receive the loving kindness of God?
(34) Jesus said, “When a blind man leads a blind man, they both fall into a pit.”
You can only lead, if you know. And you can not gain knowledge alone. Only from God comes real knowledge and the connection to God is Jesus. The Holy Ghost He sent to your enlightenment is your healer spirit.
(35) Jesus said, “It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of the strong and take it by force, unless he clasps his hands; then he will ransack his house. ”
Guard your mind so that no strange idea gets in there. Once accepted as true, you’ll think it’s your idea. Throw away all strange ideas from your mind and listen to what God wants to tell you.
(36) Jesus said, “Do not worry from morning to evening and from evening to morning what you will wear.”
God will take care of you tomorrow too, so relax. Do not worry about other people’s opinions. Only attract what you like and what makes your body breathe.
(37) His disciples said, “When will you be revealed to us, and when will we see you?”
Jesus said, “If you undress without shame and take your clothes and put them under your feet like the little children and step on them, then you will see the Son of the Living, and you will not be afraid.” Jesus describes the condition in Paradise before Adam and Eve ate the tree of knowledge when they were not ashamed to be naked. What does it mean to be truly innocent? It is the knowledge of oneness with God and all living things. There is nobody out there you should be ashamed of. There is no “outside”. All that you see outside are your brothers and sisters, because they are part of your spirit, i. are inside. Now the dance of life can begin. Jesus is a dancer, a tantric, who accepts everything, enjoys everything and gives everything away to receive it anew.
(38) Jesus said, “Many times you have desired to hear these words that I am telling you, and you have no one else to hear from them. There will come days when you seek me and will not find me. “Jesus was not here for ever as a human being. If you look for things that you can see through your eyes, you are looking for idols, not for the Savior. Unless he decides to see his Savior in each one, because every person is a brother of Jesus. But the real Savior is you, when you listen to the Spirit in you.
(39) Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have received the keys to knowledge and have hidden them. They did not come, and those who wanted to enter did not leave them. But ye are as wise as the serpents, and innocent as the doves. “You who know the secret of the gate, do not throw your pearls before the swine. Only talk about when the doors are closed behind you, until the kingdom of heaven is announced by the sparrows on the rooftops of the world.
(40) Jesus said, “A vine has been planted outside the Father, and since it is not fortified, it will be torn out of its root and corrupted.” This vine is the world. It is ruled by elites who worship evil instead of God and want to pull everyone under its bondage. The father did not want a separation, but the father knows no separation. That is why the separate world will pass away, only what has been brought back into the kingdom of heaven will exist.
(41) Jesus said, “He that has in His hand shall be given. And whoever does not have will be deprived of the little that he has. “The mind expands as the Trinity flows back and forth and then flows outward, as does our mind. We can not be neutral. If we do not pour, then we are dead, because we have parted from the spirit that we are. He who seeks in the outside, and not within, where God lives, goes out empty-handed. The outside is just a reflection, it has no substance. What is true in the world comes from the mind, from love. This true part of the world is made of spirit and thus can not be owned. Anyone who reaches for something because he has denied the spirit, goes out empty. Who recognizes the essence of what he wants, but in himself, recognizes the abundance of creation.
(42) Jesus said, “Become passer-by!” Do not settle in this world. Accept it as a gift, and give it away when others need it. Also give from you, so that you do not get entangled in this world. Run the dust off your sandals and keep walking, on and on. Take with you only your brothers and sisters in the light who go home with you.
(43) His disciples said to him, “Who are you who say these things to us?”
[Jesus said to them,] “From what I say to you, do not you recognize who I am? But you have become like the Jews: for they love the tree and hate its fruit, and they love the fruit and hate the tree. “Jesus is of God and the face of God in the world. Some love the abstract God and not the Son, they hate their brothers and the world because they are not perfect and thereby lose God. The others only love the world without loving their brothers and God, and miss love as well.
(44) Jesus said, “He who blasphemes the Father shall be forgiven, and he who blasphemes the Son shall be forgiven; but he that blasphemes the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven, neither on earth nor in heaven. “The Holy Spirit flows through you and is your whole Spirit, because you are part of the Trinity. If you deny it, you can not go home to God where your life is.
(45) Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested by thorny bushes, nor are figs picked from hawthorn bushes, for they give no fruit. A good person brings good things from his treasure. A bad person brings badness out of his bad treasure, which is in his heart, and he says wickedness, for out of the overabundance of the heart he produces badness. “In what voice do you hear? There are only two voices in you. A voice that speaks for God, the Holy Spirit and the ego, the voice of the separate, self-sufficient identity that fights against the rest of the universe to defend their little joyless kingdom. What do you want? A joy that can not be had without humility and obedience or despair, which is the price of the pride of those who do not want to hear God’s voice?
(46) Jesus said, “From Adam to John the Baptist there is no higher among the women born than John the Baptist, that his eyes should not be put down before him. But I said, ‘Whoever grows small among you will know the kingdom, and will be exalted above John.’
The ego seeks greatness and finds only appearance that means nothing. Only those who become small, who obey the voice of God and serve the highest good, will know their true self and enter into the kingdom, which is waiting to be known.
(47) Jesus said, “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses, to draw two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters, or he will honor one and disparage the other.
No one drinks old wine and immediately wishes to drink new wine. And you do not pour new wine into old tubes so they do not burst; you still pour old wine in a new hose, so he does not spoil it. One does not sew an old patch on a new garment, as a tear would arise. “This doctrine is new. It is not an ascetic nature as almost everyone believed until today. Jesus teaches kenosis, self-denial. Give yourself away, over and over again to find yourself. So also your time, your attention and your goods. Make it available to all. Then you will recognize your true self.
(48) Jesus said, “When two together make peace in this one house, they will say to the mountain, Move away, and he will move.” The Spirit who has found peace can achieve all things. He will move no mountains in the outer world, but in the inner one already. The peace that comes from reconciliation is the ultimate goal of spiritual realization and is easily attained. He only needs the willingness to let go of his own judgment and instead listen to the higher self. We are all siblings because we are children of God.
(49) Jesus said, “Blessed are the lonely and the elect, for you will find the kingdom, since you are of it and will return there.” These monos are the incarnate, the enlightened, who have realized that God is infinite and they includes.
(50) Jesus said, “When they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’, Say to them, ‘We came out of the light, where the light arose and established itself, and manifested itself in its image.’
When they say to you, ‘Who are you?’, ‘We are his sons, and we are the chosen ones of the living Father.’
When they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your Father in you?’, Say to them, ‘It is motion and rest.’ “We all came out of the light and returned to it. The father keeps giving and never takes. That’s how we should live, in the kenosis that Jesus teaches. We should live like the source of all life, bubbling over and receiving.
(51) His disciples said to him, “When will the rest of the dead enter, and when will the new world come?”
He said to them, “What you expect has come, but you do not recognize it.” The new world is already here. It is the silent background of your mind on which impressions and thoughts appear and disappear.
(52) His disciples said to him, “Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and they all spoke of you.”
He said to them, “You have left out the living that is before you and spoken of the dead.” Jesus is here now, not in the past. Can we use it as a beacon of our everyday life, as the ray of light that calls us home?
(53) His disciples said to him, “Is circumcision useful or not?” He said to them, “If she helped, her father would father her circumcised from her mother. But true circumcision in the spirit has been of full benefit. ”
This latter circumcision means the rejection of the ego. This means depersonalizing one’s own body and all the stories surrounding it in the psyche. Things just happen. The one ghost looks out of your eyes and experiences the world from this point of view. A personal ego is not needed to make decisions for the well-being of the body and the whole. They rise as intuition and certainty about what to do next. Here is a space where life can be experienced without falling out of the state of grace.
(54) Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven.” Those who have little in the outer world can engage in the interior where they meet the One.
(55) Jesus said, “He who hates not his father and his mother can not become my disciple. And who his brothers and his sisters
not hate and who does not take his cross like me, will not be worthy of me. “The cross is otherwise not found in this gospel. It is here a symbol of self-renunciation, kenosis. Hatred of the family makes sense in Jesus’ teaching system only when interpreted as a radical departure from the world and the clan.
(56) Jesus said, “Whoever has recognized the world has found a corpse; and whoever finds a corpse is superior to the world. ”
The world is an image. When viewed through the eyes of the ego, it is a symbol of death. Anyone who has recognized himself as an eternal spirit, as a soul who comes from God and returns to him, is free from the world. He does not live in the world, but not from her.
(57) Jesus said, “The kingdom of the Father is like a man who had a good seed. His enemy came at night and sowed weeds under the good seed. Humans did not allow them to rip out the weeds. He said to them, “So that you will not be able to rip out the weeds and tear the wheat out with them. Because on the day of harvest, the weeds will become visible, and it will be torn and burned. “Evil comes to light in the light of truth. We should not hunt it in the dark, but let our presence shine on it until it passes.
(58) Jesus said, “Blessed is the man who has suffered, he has found life.” Those who have been disappointed in the world may be willing to seek and find the real world.
(59) Jesus said, “Watch the living as long as you live so that you do not die and try to see him, and you will not see.”
Search for Jesus while you are still in your body. When you have a connection with him, you will be carried to the truth by the cloud of illusions after your death. But he who wastes his life with trivialities will afterwards feel darkness only because his spirit lacks direction.
(60) They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He asked his disciples, “Why does the man carry the lamb?” They said to him, “So that he may slaughter and eat.”
He said to them, “As long as he lives, he will not eat it, but only if he has slaughtered it and it has become a corpse.”
They said, “Otherwise he can not do it.”
He said to them, “You, too, seek a place for you to rest in order that you may not become a corpse and eat.” Cultivate the liveliness of the Father within you, which swells out of his uncleanness in you to eternal life, then you can God does not eat time.
(61) Jesus said, “Two will rest on one bed, one will die, the other will live.”
Salome said, “Who are you, man, that you […?] Risen on my couch and have eaten at my table?”
Jesus said to her, “I am the one who is of the undivided; I am given of what my father is. ”
[Salome said:] “I am your disciple.”
[Jesus said to her,] “Therefore I say: when he is destroyed, he will be filled with light. But when he is divided, he will be filled with darkness. “Did Jesus sleep here with Salome? Your question expresses exactly this. Jesus answers: What happens out of the Father’s Undivided Kingdom, that is, out of love, can not be sin. The transcendence of the ego leads to enlightenment, but the division of the psyche into good and evil that the ego pursues holds the mind in the dark. Jesus is beyond morality, his teaching is far superior to this.
(62) Jesus said, “I tell my secrets to those who are worthy of my secrets. What your rights do, your left should not know. “Who is worthy? Who is rooted here on earth, who does not have the pride to fly away to part with his brothers. Salvation happens here. There is nothing to brag about. Who gets involved completely on the earth, is free.
(63) Jesus said, “It was a wealthy man who had much wealth. He said, “I will use my riches to sow, to harvest, to plant, to fill my storehouses with fruit, so that I lack nothing. That’s what he thought in his heart. And he died that night. He who has ears, may hear. “Nothing can give you security except your soul. You do not know what tomorrow is. Trust your God today and yours yesterday and tomorrow. His loving hand can take care of you better than your little ego.
(64) Jesus said, “A man had guests; and when he prepared the meal, he sent his servant to invite the guests.
He went to the first and said to him: My Lord invites you. He said: I have money with merchants, they will come to me tonight, I will go and give them instructions. I apologize for the meal.
He went to another and said to him: My Lord has invited you. He said to him: I have bought a house, and one demands for me for a day. I will not have time.
He went to another and said to him: My Lord invites you. He said to him, My friend will marry, and I will prepare a meal. I will not be able to come. I apologize for the meal.
He went to another and said to him: My Lord invites you. He said to him: I have bought a good and go to get the rent. I will not be able to come. I apologize.
The servant went and spoke to his master: Those who have invited you for a meal can be excused. The Lord said to his servant, “Go out into the streets, bring those you find to feed.” The businessmen and traders will not enter my father’s places. “Who is present here with his depth to meet God, in the spirit of blowing where he wants? Only those who live from their inner ocean of power (in the pelvic area) from their root energy, where heaven and earth connect. There are only a few who are present. Most shine through absence.
(65) He said, “A righteous man had a vineyard. He gave it to winegrowers so that they worked into it and he got the fruit from them. He sent his servant so that the winegrowers would give him the fruit of the vineyard. They seized his servant, beat him and nearly killed him. The servant went and told his master. His master said: Maybe he did not recognize her. He sent another servant and the winemakers also beat this one. Then the Lord sent his son. He said: Maybe they will respect my son. The winemakers, learning that he was the heir to the vineyard, seized him and killed him. Whoever has ears, may hear. “We all kill the Son in us, whenever we do not listen to his soft voice, with which God wants to bring us to life. Sometimes we have to spend time with our fear and defense and give them space to penetrate to the voice of the Son in us.
(66) Jesus said, “Show me the stone that the builders have rejected: He is the cornerstone.” It is Christ, the realized human being, who has no resistance to his being here and has thus come to unity.
(67) Jesus said, “He who knows the All, but misses Himself, misses the whole.” He who denies his humanity to find God will only split off from God and himself, no matter how much light he may experience temporarily.
(68) Jesus said, “Blessed are you, if you are hated and persecuted, and they will find no place where they have been persecuted.” There will always be a place in you that the persecutors do not reach, who only inhabited by God.
(69) Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted in their hearts; These are the ones who have truly recognized the Father. The hungry are the same, because the belly of him who desires it will be filled. “The grace of God will heal all wounds in those who prepare themselves for it by putting them in the one jump and forget yourself.
(70) Jesus said, “When you bring that into yourself, what you have will save you. If you do not have that in you, what you do not have in you will kill you. “The soul does not need to be cultivated because it is already perfect. The embodied human consciousness, however, must be freed from all blockages, because it considers itself limited. For this, a life as a person can be enough. But those who waste their time here on earth will end up empty-handed. Love is already in you and is love. But can you put down your judgments and let them flow?
(71) Jesus said, “I will destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it.” He will destroy the temple of those worshipers who worship everything outside. The real temple is established in the heart of man.
(72) [A man said to him, “Tell my brothers to share the possessions of my father with me.”
He said to him, “O man, who made me a divisor?” He turned to his disciples and said to them, “Am I a divisor?” Jesus leads, he does not divide. He is not a herbalist like King Solomon. But are you doing? Do you distinguish or let it collapse?
(73) Jesus said, “The harvest is great, but the worker is few. But ask the Lord to send laborers for the harvest. “Are you among them? Be here with your heart-awareness, for you are the harvest to bring home.
(74) He said, “Lord, there are many around the drinking pit, but nothing is in the cistern.” The living water that is supposed to nourish our soul has gone out to us and we are looking for it like blind people.We must forgive and love to find it. But the world we see screams for condemnation and nothing seems to justify forgiveness. But only after the miracle of forgiveness do we all recognize in the One Spirit in which nothing has changed since creation.
(75) Jesus said, “Many stand at the door, but it is the lonely who will enter the bridal chamber.” If you want to unite with the bride, be very united in yourself. The separated do not get into the bridal chamber. Let everything come up and let your despair continue as long as it is by your side endures.
Books by Peter Bernhard:
“The Gates of Mary Magdalene” A Spiritual Adventure in Berlin
“What Jesus really thought” This book describes the original teachings of Jesus Christ. His goal was to show a path of liberation to his followers. This was different than the teaching of the Church about him as a savior. Jesus was a Savior because of his teaching. This books provides a step by step process of learning and liberatio
„The Course Of Miracles“ The Zen Teachings of Jesus. The path of A Course In Miracles, with other stories of students, Lucifer and Jesus.
Other Authors on the cutting edge of the Christian new paradigm: Matthew Fox, Richard Rohr, Carl McColman, Cynthia Bourgeault , Paul Selig, and many others.
„Der Kurs der Wunder“ über eine neue Art zu Leben und Christus nachzufolgen, für das dritte Jahrtausend.
“Die Pforten der Maria Magdalena” Einführung in die gnostische Lehre des Märchens “Eisenhans”
„Christsein in der Matrix“ Besser leben in einer unwirklicher werdenden Welt.
„Das Evangelium der Katharer“ Wie würde ein Evangelium aussehen, das keinerlei Angst vor Gott erzeugt?
„Die Katharer“ Begegnungen, Liebe und Abenteuer in den Bergen Kataluniens.
„Im Westen ist das Meer noch tief“ Das Abenteuer der Selbstentdeckung auf dem Jakobsweg.
„Christliches Mantra“. Durch ein betendes Leben Sinn und Freude finden.
„Mit Crazy Horse im Schnee“. Eine bewegende und abentheuerliche Erzählung über die Begegnung eines Mannes mit seinem Tod.
„Ethik und Integration“ Wo steht die deutsche Gesellschaft heute? In welche Richtung müssen wir uns bewegen, um den Herausforderungen der Zukunft gerecht zu werden und die vielen Fremden zu integrieren?
„Was Jesus wirklich lehrte“ Die 24 Erkenntnisse, die Jesus gelehrt hat, um den Frieden Gottes zu finden.
“Wir leben alle in Gott“, Die verborgene Botschaft des Johannesevangeliums
„Die Allen der Kindhei“, Gedichte über das Sein
„Praxis des Herzensgebet“s, Andreas Ebert, Peter Musto, Claudius, München, 2013
„Unterweisung im Herzensgebet“, Emmanuel Jungclausen, EOS, St.Ottilien, 2008
First chapter of The Gates of Mary Magdalene
One day in the fall I met a strange man at a coffee shop at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. He approached me when I was reading a book about Iron John. I loved reading and had already read many books about the Holy Grail, fairy tales and tribal peoples. But instead of gaining a real understanding of the inner mysteries of life I only had amassed a large number of unconnected information in my mind. This was going to change rapidly now. Why this man found me I cannot say. I had no special qualities and was certainly far less care taking than any average mother, who brought her children home after work. Perhaps I was simply lost and needed help.
“Iron John isn´t an ordinary fairy tale.” The stranger said. I looked at him with astonishment, but because there were plenty of interesting people on the streets of Berlin I decided to give him a second of attention. He was perhaps sixty and had a thick beard, whose lower half was white. He wore a black trench coat, a black hat, which he took hesitantly and had dark brown eyes that shone beneath his bushy dark eyebrows.
“I am Carlos, by the way.”
“Bernard.” We nodded to each other.
“So what do you thing about this fairy tale?” I asked.
“It´s a Gnostic tale, written as a reminder of the steps one has to follow if he wants to reach the Sophia.”
The man pulled back a chair and sat down at my table.
“The Sophia?” I asked. “Who is that?” Carlos smiled.
“The Sophia is the female part of God who stands for knowledge and enlightenment. She is the spiritual goal for seekers since thousands of years.”
“But can this be a gnostic tale? Did not the brothers Grimm wrote this story down?” i asked. He nodded.
“They have published it, sure. But who designed it first? The Grimms just found it somewhere. But anyone who understands the symbols of the Gnosis can find in this fairy tale much more than an average parent who reads it to his children.” I gave him a curious look. He held my gaze.
“Ok. I am listening to you.”
The man put his big old farmer-hands on the table, looking at them as if he remembered all the troubles he once had in his life.
“I am pleased to do that. Today, our teachings are not as secret as fifty years ago. We have lifted the curtain a little, so that a sparkle from inside can attract some seekers. You may already know the goal of the Gnostics was enlightenment. Furthermore they have written down their doctrines in symbolic form. This tale is a good example of that. It’s pretty sophisticated, but you can´t see it at the first glance. It looks like a normal fairy tale, containing the naive message that all things will fall in the right order and all good people will find there happiness. But such a story can also be used as a hiding place, into which you can put things you want to preserve over time. If you want, I’ll show you some meanings, which we believe can be seen in the story. But this must remain only between us. It´s still confidential information.”
His eyes pierced me in a way that I felt a shiver down my spine.
“Wait!” I said. “Why should you tell a complete stranger an ancient secret? That makes no sense at all.” Carlos smiled seriously.
“It makes no sense, that’s true. But there are hardly any secrets left nowadays, in the age of information. I ask not really that you hold these information secret. But respect them as a way of seeing the world, which is first of all just for you. I give them to you only because the voice asked me to do that. You’ll be part of a long line of transmitters, said the voice. But this is not without danger I need to say frankly.”
I was surprised. Was I invited here into a different world where danger could be lurking behind each corner? Should I not just run away?
“Why should that be dangerous?” I asked with a scratchy voice. Carlos looked around the cafe, as if he was a man who had lived long in the underground and it was used to scan the environment for particular persons.
“I have a strange feeling that someone is at my heels. I ‘m not quite sure, but you never know. Maybe some people would like to see us all dead, forever swallowed by history. But now do not think about it. Instead, think of a unique change that can occur in your life now. That does not happen in any lifetime.” I nodded, my heart was pounding. I decided not to push Carlos away, even he sound totally crazy to me. What he said felt just true, although he might pull me into a world of madness, from where there was no escape. Little did I know that soon the way of my thinking would change and therefore my world also. But since my life somehow seemed boring and empty I had not much objection against the risk of change.
We agreed to meet in a pub at Friedrichshain, another Berlin neighbourhood a week later. Meanwhile, I read the story through as carefully as possible. I found that it was an interesting tale. It was a story of savagery and power, and the final victory over all the forces who were opposing love. Then Carlos gave me the explanations that I’m trying to reproduce here in the following pages.
It is time to take responsibility for the world we see. The world is not really there. Only what we see right now is there in a way. But not independent of you. You put it there every nanosecond. you are the author of this scenario. Do you want to know how to change it? How to wake up from it into your real power? Ask fo!r the ITS-ONLY-Me-Course!