Holy books are different from secular in style and intention: to speak to our entire being.
The unique experience of man is that we can contribute as a soul in a variety of ways in the creation. First, we are spiritual beings who recognize the splendor of creation and can share it. But we are also known personalities and by our mental and emotional skills involved ethically in the world. And as incarnated beings we experience the world very tangible, sensual use of our physical body.
With a holistic approach to expressing personality exists between these levels and vitality exchange. But life inevitably leads us in many directions, and often we lose touch with our full nature. This inner conflict is that we can look out for teachers and teachings. True teachings try to bring us relief and lead us into greater unity and greater awareness. Writings, inspired by the divine heal, unite and separate consciousness.
Parables are the quintessence of the scriptures, in the East as in the West. They are structured and complex symbols. Taken into simple language, they speak all the different levels at the same time. Parables bring the listener depending on their need and income are an ideal form of communication.
No one mends an old garment with a piece of new cloth, because the cloth tears yet again from the garment, and the tear is made worse. It also fills not put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine is spilled, and the skins perish. But they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved remains. (Matt. 9:16-17)
1. First Physical / historic (gross)
These parables are working with images that grasp the listener easy to understand and remember is: You start in a practical truth and prevailing folk wisdom can be found in the audience.
2. Mental/emotional (Psycho-noetisch)
The cleaning of the personality happens gradually and requires time and patience. The personality is shaped by elementals. All effort to change it radically, can do more harm than good. We can not force them to be patient overnight after years (life) of impatience. What we need is time to transform our entire nature (and not just here and there a little repair).
Inter alia during my time in Cyprus as 'Stoa Managers' I was responsible for all the many visitors. And I tried to keep the Stoa in good condition. There were times when more than 150 truth seekers were in and around the Stoa around and there was only one toilet available. Daskalos with teaching about serving humanity and in the ear, I took myself to the duty to clean the toilet regularly. I thought it was a great spiritual act of serving a Master and keep the toilet clean. But as I wanted to, I just could not really bring himself: I tried to force a higher ideal for which I was not ready. It ended up that I was discouraged, selfish and guilty.
A biblical metaphor for the personality of the house. A house is made up of nothing but single stones and if you suddenly take away a wall to collapse the whole house at risk.
3. Spiritual / mystical (spiritual soul)
You do not fit in the scales of this world. Let yourself rather in the depths of God convert. Let's give you a new attitude. Then you can recognize what God wants of you. Then you know what is good and perfect and what pleases God.
To bring to the Christ consciousness within us perfect expression, we should transform into worthy vessels. These short parables from the Gospel of Matthew, remember the main message of all the Gospels:
1. Rebirth into our soul nature.
2. Christ as the spiritual manna (the Eucharist).
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Let
except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
We should rise above the limitations of the family, the birth and the age and renew us from the truth out. In order to receive Christ as manna, as vibrant and lively wine bread, it is necessary to purify our hearts.
The Tibetan Buddhists have a beautiful picture of a seeker of truth: He is a gold cast, empty shell that can fill the Buddha nature. similar to the one we should be new wineskins - holy Gräle - in which the wine can be filled.
The sacred language is not limited to parables. In John's Gospel, we find no parables, and yet these are the most perfect versions of the Scriptures. Consider an example below:
Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, he rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel, and girded himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter, who said to him: Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I am doing you do not understand now, you'll know hereafter. Then Peter said unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet! Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head! Jesus saith unto him, He that is washed needs only, as that his feet washed, for he is quite clean when he had washed their feet, he took his clothes and sat down again and said to them, You know, what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and says it right, because I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his master, and the apostle is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know this - blessed are you if you do them (John 13.3-17).
1. Physical / historic (gross)
At this level, the foot-washing actually occurred and Christ washed the feet of the apostles. As a perfect reflection of the deity serves Christ in the flesh of mankind. The actual physical act serves the senses and gives us the strength to elevate ourselves above the purely carnal and let the great burden of pride behind us.
2. Mental/emotional (Psycho-noetisch)
Food for our ethical maturity: The moral of the story is very clear, because Christ himself explains. It is an act of humility and service, of which are deeply rooted in the minds of the apostles: experience and learn humility in service.
3.Spiritual / mystical (spiritual soul)
Manna for our spiritual path: The feet is the man with the earth, or, symbolically interpreted, with the earthly things. In India, therefore the feet are considered profane. As he washed his disciples' feet Christ shows a great respect for our entire being. As in the water of baptism here serves to lift the underground alignment of the apostles, so that they are able to understand better the crucifixion (the supreme cosmic event). Seen in this light, the foot washing is an initiation of the highest degree.
Spirituality and Mysticism are often taken with the mind but leave the heart untouched. As we only see the spiritual aspect, we run the risk of developing a cold, sterile and abstract mysticism. However, if we only the mental / emotional level and the underground / historical level, open up, we run the risk of not finding the highest message.
The inner Christianity encourages us to experience all three levels of harmonious, so that we can capture the Son of Man and the Son of God. From deep immersion in the scriptures we can intellectual arrogance (a danger of the West) often hold. The mind is proud and says he can understand every teaching immediately. Further, it brings us when we humbly with great teachings and writings of the world deal, get involved in the fine vibrating dimensions of the message, to experience healing and transformation.
Before you get you get closer to the scriptures, trying to forget how far you have read and understood the text and then read it as if you were reading it for the first time.
Copyright: Paul Skorpen, 2000-2018