about the Word A M E N
about J E S U S' life
"It is an eternal tragedy of man, happening today as well as long ago, that words of love are changed to words of hate, that life is changed to death, and the original, simple dynamic idea of Jesus is destroyed by rigid dogmatism and one-sided faith without the light of reason.
Now let us examine what was this teaching of the Son of Man which brought such vital force? Was it a philosophical system? Was it a science? Was it a collection of laws? No, it was not. The central force which took hold of men and changed men was he himself, his life, his example, the integrity and completeness of his life. It was not only his words, but himself and his living example. They came and asked him divers questions, but he always answered with simple, clear, and few words. He always gave that which he was asked. To those who were sad he gave joy; to those who were ignorant he gave knowledge; to those who were at war with themselves and with others he gave peace; to him who had not found quiet he gave quiet; to him who suffered with pain and with illness he gave health. He always gave that which was needed then and there, and never spoke about anything which was not asked, which was not wanted immediately with urgent necessity. He did not make and create a philosophical system for the future; he simply created constantly new values and distributed them to all, to all who needed them, to all who came to him.
Now let us examine the one thing which he did not give, for which he was asked. He never refused the sick who came to him asking that they should be healed. He never refused the ignorant who came that they might learn, but there was one whom Jesus refused when he came to him and asked for a sign and asked for miracles. For this request was a sign of doubt and of misunderstanding of him. We can see that our greatly distorted texts speak about his supernatural miracles. He always rejected these categorically. Whence does this belief in supernatural miracles come? It has its roots in the human consciousness which construes as supernatural and miraculous all those acts which it does not understand. Jesus did not need to do supernatural miracles. He was in possession of all the natural and cosmic forces and of all the natural and cosmic laws. He did not need to do miracles, for it was in his power to do all without miracles. He could heal the sick, for in his power were all the forces of nature and all the forces of thought. And he could answer all the questions which he was asked, for he had in his power the knowledge of every natural and cosmic law. So he refused when he was asked for a sign, for he was truly sent from God. He answered: 'Go hence from me, unbelievers.' For he knew that the sign should not appear in heaven but should appear in ourselves, in our hearts, for the Kingdom of God is in ourselves."
Quoted from The Essene Jesus, A Revaluation from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Academy Books, San Diego, CA, pages 38-41
the SPIRITUALITY place
"FOOD for THOUGHT"
FOOD for THOUGHT
quotes, comments & observations
"What we ritualize we need not live out in a melodrama."
"The purpose of life is that God should attain through you a further advance in the evolution
of the universe."
-- Caroline W. Casey, Astrologer
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
"Do unto to others
as you would have
them do unto to you."
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
2. Don't Take Anything Personally
3. Don't Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best
The G O L D E N Rule
T O L T E C Teachings
Do not be angry
Do not be worried
Count your blessings
Be kind to all living things
The TEN COMMANDMENTS
1. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4. Thou shalt remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.
5. Thou shalt honor thy father and mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
The R E I K I Creed
"This short word has two meanings. In the Aramaic language used in the Essene brotherhoods, 'Amen' has the exoteric meaning, 'And it shall be so.' It is a final affirmation and condensation of the whole prayer into a single word. Esoterically, the word is used in the Essene scriptures as the symbol through which the Essene masters of all ages sought to express the divinity. In its esoteric meaning. 'Amen' is the Aramaic form of the ancient Hindu AUM, which originally consisted of four letters - AOUM. Each of the four letters represents a fundamental manifestation of the law: they stand respectively for power, love, wisdom and eternal life. Going back even farther, we find this word appearing in the Zend Avestas of Zoroaster, in the form of ASHEM VOHU. It has exactly the same meaning as the Hindu AOUM and the Essene AMEN. The Essenes used these four letters - with minor changes according to the age - to represent the manifestations of the Law, the Creator. The Creator himself was expressed only through silence. In keeping with the great Essene traditions, the greatest teacher given by the Essenes to humanity ends his prayer, the Son's Prayer to the Father, with the traditional Essene word 'Amen'."
FOR CONTEXT: QUOTE REFERS to the LORD'S PRAYER and the ending of this prayer with the word AMEN.
Quoted from The Essene Jesus, A Revaluation from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Academy Books, San Diego, CA, pages 30-31