Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Introduction and Sample to the Second Book of the Two Book Set - Enlightenment and Ritual, by Stephen T. McClard



Sample Chapter From the Second Book - Ritual, by Stephen T. McClard


Introduction
           

New Book - Enlightenment and Ritual-Awakening to True Identity from Sanskrit and Hebrew SourcesFor any truth to be wholly understood, two mutually contradictory realities must exist. This paradox of contradiction can be shown in nearly all directions we look, from the nature of good and evil, all the way to the highest dimensions of Absolute. We can track this concept from something as simple as regular polytopes in n dimensions, which are seen as invariant from all angles of observation.

In two dimensions, there are infinite regular polytopes. Imagine this by seeing the first regular polytope of a triangle, all the way to the illusion of a circle with infinitely small sides. In three dimensions, there are five regular polytopes, which are the Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron. In four dimensions, there are six regular polytopes. In the fifth dimension and all higher dimensions, there are only three, yet these three together form one whole, or absolute invariance. These three are six divided and mirrored from above into time, revealing the first mutually contradictory reality above and below, showing themselves as six regular polytopes in the fourth dimension.

With one cross-section of reality, we find the first invariance comprising both one and three. Reducing this to the first invariant polytope, we see the triangle again meeting itself on all orthogonal sides. This is the key to the temple we occupy as mind, time, and space. This key then opens the temple doors to all rituals mirroring the same invariance and translation of invariance. Rituals are the translation, while the symbolism they represent are eternal and unchanging realities mirrored into existence on all three sides. See into this to conceptualize your own nature and being in all higher dimensions.

I will return to my first statement in this book: For any truth to be wholly understood, two mutually contradictory realities must exist. From this understanding, a third higher axiom will always allow the mind to resolve contradiction, seeing into what is unseen by mortal eyes. It is with this one truth that we find the truth of both the orthodox understanding of ritual, and the ultraunorthodox view we will come to see when both sides are reflected by the third. When the book is finished, you will be able to accurately see that YOU are the subject for every object you observe. By this one fact only, we will see the point of all rituals as eternal reminders of our own identity and nature in unity with the whole. Raise one to know three. 

Several years ago, it occurred to me that Baptism was symbolic of rebirth into the waters of life. Reflecting on the obviousness of this thought, I began to piece together the meaning of this symbolism from countless scriptural references scattered throughout the whole of the Bible. Parallel to this discovery from the Bible, I would occasionally come across other sources referencing the same truth of transmigration of the soul, or rebirth of our true essence into other bodies. The key to this came when I read the story of the early Christian Father, Origen, whose written view had been banned from the church for promoting belief in rebirth and transmigration of the soul.

In 2013, this concept so captivated me that I wrote a book on the subject—The Present is the Gift – The True meaning of Baptism in the Jordan. I later noticed that many of the other rituals we observed held deeper symbolic meaning, different from the church definitions we were given by theology. Here is a short quote from the book:

“In 545 AD, Justinian declared it a heresy to believe in Transmigration of the Soul. This is after Origen, a Christian philosopher, tried to reveal this mystery to humankind. Many people in the past have held this idea as fact after reading the Bible with open eyes. The Disciples inquired this very question many times. The Hebrew tradition calls it Transmigration and Eastern religion calls it reincarnation.”

Transmigration is a word used mostly by Jewish and Greek sources, confirming the belief of this hidden truth from the foundation of Jewish Mysticism. The word Transmigration is the same as metempsychosis, or the transition of the soul into another body after death. The term metempsychosis is a Greek term, held by the ancient Roman culture to signify the same meaning. If you do a bit of investigation, the Christian religion is a single voice of world religion holding this truth to be incorrect. In other words, we have been lied to from the foundation of our faith. Where would we find this truth outlined by Jesus? Surely his voice would have told us the truth.

First, we must see where the lie originates. Once you know the verse below, you then realize the lie becomes a pretext (lie we tell ourselves) over the centuries, or the lie we perpetuate with the passage of time. Eventually, the lie becomes orthodox and accepted truth, with no voices left to negate. Facing this lie with truth is as simple as checking Biblical sources, then comparing these words to the commonly held beliefs in other religions. Where does the lie begin?

Luke 11:52

"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."

Here, we clearly see that the keys to knowledge regarding religion and salvation are taken away from common knowledge by the Jewish leaders. If it is true that transmigration is a known law of life, then this key was clearly hidden by the Priests who knew the true meaning behind the symbol of immersion into the waters of life. We also get this same lie perpetuated by Justinian regarding Origen.

Here is the actual decree from Justinian:

“If anyone asserts the fabulous preexistence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema.”  ~A.D. 545, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2d ser., 14: 318.

Emperor Justinian sought to wipe Origen's writings and teachings on transmigration of the soul out of existence, but Pope Vigilius refused to sign a papal decree. The Emperor then arrested the Pope and put him in jail for his refusal. In 543, Justinian held the Fifth General Council of the Church, informing the Pope he would sign, leaving no other option. The Pope escaped, leaving Justinian to issue the decree.



Quoting Origen:

"It can be shown that an incorporeal and reasonable being has life in itself independently of the body... then it is beyond a doubt bodies are only of secondary importance and arise from time to time to meet the varying conditions of reasonable creatures. Those who require bodies are clothed with them, and contrariwise, when fallen souls have lifted themselves up to better things their bodies are once more annihilated. They are ever vanishing and ever reappearing." (Letter CXXIV, to Avitus)

This and many other quotes show the early view of Christians just 250 years after the resurrection of Jesus. If we consult the words of Jesus, we see the same impressions at the end of John 2.

John 2:23-25

Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.  He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Direct witnesses were coming for salvation, yet Jesus would not entrust himself to them. Why? The answer clearly comes to us in John 3. They must be born again. This set of verses makes it clear, yet our theology holds to the lie of one life leading to either hell or heaven. In truth, this lie denies the patience of a loving God. I will leave you to read John 3 on your own, but when seen against the attitude of Jesus in John 2, there is no doubt left on the subject.

In case you do have doubt, let’s visit a few other verses on the subject:

But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead. ~Isaiah 26:19


They have the opportunity to live again, but they are not smart enough to take it. They are like a baby who is about to be born but won’t come out of its mother’s womb. ~Hosea 13:13


They will live again in God’s shadow. They will grow like grain. They will blossom like grapevines. They will be as famous as the wines from Lebanon. ~Hosea 14:7


Won’t you restore our lives again so that your people may find joy in you? ~Psalm 85:6

Now that we can establish the symbolism for rebirth in to the lower realms of space and time, consider the commonly held orthodox view of baptism. What is the central meaning?

From the Christian perspective, our orthodox view of baptism is that we are immersed into water, rising to new life as a regenerated soul. As all good preachers will inform you, this is being born again, or finding your salvation from hell. If we properly translate this again, saying it slightly different, notice how the words call us to the truth of the symbol.

“Baptism is the symbol for immersion into the waters of life. As we rise back to our true soul after death of the image (image of God in creation), we are regenerated by the experience, finding new life again. Being born again above comes for all equally at the resurrection. Until then, we are born into the waters of life below.”

Here is where the twist to this comes in. Nearly all scriptural references we can find on the end days claim that all beings are present to see the return of Christ. Not only this, but those who pierced Christ will also be present.


Revelation 1:7

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.

Even good old Job knew the truth of this matter when he says this in Job 19:25-27

I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!

We also get the same allusions from Matthew 13.  Ask yourself a question as you read this. Where are we when salvation comes?

Matthew 13:26-41

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.

What does it mean that a soul comes to life again? Where are they coming to life again from these verses?

Revelation 20:4-6

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

Where will they reign with Christ for one thousand years? As you clearly begin to see a pattern emerge, let’s move our mind to the promises of the Old Testament. In each case, a promise is made to living humans about future times they will actively participate in, as future beneficiaries of coming promises. I could use countless verses, but simply consider how promises to ancestors are fulfilled in future generations, showing us clearly what is meant by Malachi 4:5-6:

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

            Keep in mind, this is spoken 430 years or so before Jesus appears.  First, he sends someone who was taken by God, but never died. We first see Elijah appear as John the Baptist. When John was asked if he was the returned Elijah, he says no to the question, but then quotes the prophecy about Elijah. They then ask Jesus if John was Elijah, born again into a new body, to which, Jesus says this:

Matthew 11:14

And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
 
If you can accept it, I will simply say this: Baptism is immersion into the life you live today, which is symbolism for the flood of Noah.  Baptism turns the hearts of the parents to the children, then the children become the new parents as ancestors are then born again into new bodies. In other words, we transmigrate with our own families. Your children will raise you in later years. You are raising your former mother and father now, or at least other relatives you have once known.

            Another way to connect Elijah to this story is to examine 1 Kings 17, where Elijah raises the widow woman’s son from the dead. This is the perfect imagery for baptism. Go to first Kings 17, then realize that dew and rain are symbolism for drops of water from the ocean of all souls. Dew is distilled as it rises. In the passages of 1 Kings 17, the imagery is traveling up to the bed of rest, then down to the mother’s bosom again.  The Son in question is imagery for the Son of God entering into the stream of consciousness as all mankind in division of his first essence. The Mother is symbolism for the womb of creation.

How do we know Baptism is symbolism for beasts in water, or immersion of our soul into the animal nature of mankind? Let’s check the sources in 1 Peter 3:19-22:


 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

            Fact Check from these Verses:

1)     Jesus makes proclamation to imprisoned Spirits who were denied life after the flood of Noah. He then empties the abyss in the book of Revelation, letting the Locust out to devour the Earth. Today, we are those souls devouring the Earth. It is clear who we are.
2)     Baptism is symbolism for the flood of Noah.
3)     We rise to new life from these lower waters, symbolized by baptism, in the same manner as animals did emerging from the Ark. Who is in Heaven now? Only the Son of God.  How do we know?
John 17:11-12

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

            In is with this verse that I then lead you to the tradition of bride and groom. The groom goes with the Father to build a house. When he returns, he brings the bride back with him. Has this happened? Where are we as we await the return of Christ, bringing the bride home with him at the end of the world?



John 14:3

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

            I begin our journey in this introduction with the topic of Baptism for a very specific reason. If Baptism is understood, the whole of symbolism between both Buddhism and Christianity will be seen in parallel. One side explains the other. It is only by this view that we begin to see that religion is very much misunderstood by most of humanity, yet perfectly understood in relative. One relative side is not enough. We must bring the two halves together to see the whole story. In the triangle between all of the views we examine, YOU are the missing information resolving contradiction between each side we see in a state of imbalanced unity.

            In the remaining pages of this book, we will examine the hidden mystery behind each of the basic rituals we observe in religion. When we emerge at the end of this book, our view will forever be changed. See this by the first triangulation we know from geometry.

1.     Christian view of Baptism – No rebirth in other bodies
2.     Buddhist view of Baptism – We are born again
3.     Jewish and Greek View – We are born again
I will freely admit this is a generalization, yet the concept of rebirth into another body is a universal view of mankind reaching into the depths of our existence on Earth. Given the imbalanced side of this witness, what would probability say to us as the pathway to the higher axiom of truth? Simply seen, three sides should agree, leaving the truth of the ritual known clearly. As you will come to see, there are more voices allowing this first regular polytope of truth to grow from a mutually contradictory understanding, into a tree of witness showing the same story on all sides. Rituals are the evidence left behind as mirrors of a truth forgotten.

Remember this: black and white thinking is only seeing a one-dimensional line with two directions. If you rise to the third dimension, there are many more sides. Rise again to the tenth dimension and only three regular sides exist again. From the first triangle to the trinity of all that exists above, you are the missing information completing the objects you observe. Now that we have baptism out of the way, consider the parallels from Buddhism as we begin our journey into Chapter 1-Samsara, Rebirth, Baptism, and Awakening of Higher Nature. 

Raising one to Realize Three
– Father and Son need a Mother

Monday, June 18, 2018

Yahweh Lord and Son of God


On many Christian forums, this question will be asked and debated:  Is Jesus God the Father, or the Son of God?  From my point of view, the Bible answers this question with a simple reading of all the verses associated with the identity of the Lord.  We can also solve the puzzle by looking deeply into the following verse:

John 10:30


I and the Father are one.

EGO KAI hO PATHR hEN ESMEN
egw kai `o pathr `en esmen.

Hen – To be united most closely.
Esmen – “we are to be"


Note that the word one is Hen, which is the single word that could have been used to mean unity with, not one single identity.  Similarly, we find the same distinction with the words in Hebrew: Echad (unity of multiples) and Yachid (single / bad / alone).  

In the book, I touch on a subject I would like to clarify here for anyone interested.  The story must be read first from Genesis 1, where we identify the first Son of Elohim (Father) and Ruach Elohim (Mother).  If you are from a traditional Christian mindset, you will already notice two points of disagreement with me:  1) The fact that God's image is both male and female (Genesis 1:27).  2) Yahweh as Lord is the Son as revealed in the New Testament, which holds the express distinction of being a relative (related) image of God.  We confirm this second point easily with Colossians 1:15-17.  I will show this below.  

Although Adam is the Son we meet first in Genesis 1 (firstborn over all creation), Yahweh and Jesus are merely aspects of the same image of God (again, read Colossians 1:15-17).  All means all in these verses.  Additionally, we verify this in Luke 3, where Adam is identified as the Son of God at the very end of the Genealogy.  In John 17, we learn that the Son of God was existent before creation (with all things already complete within his glory). I realize your first questions so far will be this: What mother are you referring to?  

The Mother of all things is Ruach Elohim from Genesis 1, or the Spirit (mind) of God.  In terms of God's image, God is stated as being both male and female within Adam's own essence (Genesis 1:27).  When I say Ruach Elohim is the Mother, I do not intend to divide God.  God's image is stated in Genesis 1 to be BOTH Male and Female, yet God as a whole Spirit is Absolute with no divisions.  Echad is a word meaning unity of multiples.  Ruach is a feminine word meaning Spirit.  Read Genesis 1 to identify the Mother and Father. 

Genesis 1 1 In the beginning Elohim created heaven and earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water.
The Ruach Elohim was hovering over the water. 
Notice the relation of the Spirit (Ruach) to the Waters of creation.  In Hebrew, the word Mother is Aleph Mem, or Strong Water.  I won't cover this here, but the book (Thus Saith the Flame to the Spark) outlines this in detail.  See Chapter 10.

Read simply, Genesis 1 outlines a Mother and Father (one in union) making Adam a living being.  Adam is the Firstborn of Elohim.  From this, we know who Yahweh is from John 8.  Before you get there, read this:

26 Then Elohim said, “Let us make humans in our image, in our likeness. NOG
 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness," NIV The word Humans and Mankind is Adam.

Interlinear:

Original Word: אָדָם
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: adam
Phonetic Spelling: (aw-dawm')
Short Definition: man

Manu in Sanskrit is where we derive the English word Man, which means, "To think."

The verse is clear when you consider 'us' and 'our.'  The likeness and image in the next verse then shows you how God is ONE (Echad) Spirit in union with God's own Mind and Essence, which is Love.  Echad is the same word used to show Adam and Eve as one, yet two distinct individuals.  Again, who is Elohim's firstborn Son?  Adam.  There can only be one firstborn.  Let's now meet him in Colossians 1:15-17.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God,  the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth,  visible and invisible,  whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

All means All, which includes all of humanity, the entire Cosmos and All nations.  Note that all rulers, powers, thrones and authorities are there as well.  This included Satan.  IN the Son.  The Son is all things that have ever been made.  All.  Not part.  All.  I say this over and over so you realize.  It's important to know this as we progress, setting your very first presupposition in place.  The Son is not just a Son outside of you, but who you are by your own outward essence, body and awareness.

In John 8, we find the identity of both the true Father and the Devil in one chapter.  Read the entire chapter for context. 

John 8 19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

Keep in mind, he is telling the leaders of Israel that they do not know the true Father.  From here, we find one small fact that then illuminates this clearly.  The Lord they are speaking with is the Lord of the Old Testament.  The SAME Lord is here humbly submitting to HIS Father in Baptism, or birth into the material body (immersion into waters below). Israel is only seeing the Son's old nature as the Lord they fail to see by identity as the scapegoat in the form of man.  You may just now be realizing this, so I tell you this: Do not judge, or you judge yourself.  We are the Lord. Again, check the definition of the word ALL. 

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!

He says, "You belong to your father, the devil," which implies the rest of what he says by Yahweh's own anger and ill will as the accuser of mankind in the Old Testament.  What do we see here by these words?  Israel has a Father, and Jesus is showing them that Yahweh is the Lord's (his) old nature.  Who is Israel's Father? The Lord, which is why you should never judge others.  They are YOU!  How can I confirm this from scripture?  Remember here, Adam is the firstborn over all creation.  If you wish to argue that Adam was not born, but formed, then move on to Cain / Abel.  Israel is still later as a Son for Yahweh (his own firstborn).  

Exodus 4 22 Then tell Pharaoh, ‘This is what Yahweh says: Israel is my firstborn son. 23 I told you to let my son go so that he may worship me. But you refused to let him go. So now I’m going to kill your firstborn son.’” 24 Along the way they stopped for the night. Yahweh met Moses and tried to kill him.

Look closely.  Israel is the FIRST Son of Yahweh.  Adam is the first son of Elohim.  With this, we know who Yahweh is as Lord (God's Son).  We also know who the Last Adam is by identity, paying for his sin of bloodshed (our / his sin).  Yahweh is our old nature by law as scapegoat of his own Son Israel. By this, we all see the pattern of overcoming our own old nature the same way--One Mind, One Love and One Unity. Love demands itself as Identity with God. God is Love (1 John 4). 

Genesis 9 then clears it all up with the command of Elohim (Father) to Yahweh. 6 Whoever sheds human blood,    by humans his blood will be shed,        because in his image, Elohim made humans.

HIS blood was shed by human hands.  Why?  Who shed Adam's blood (rib) to divide the image of mankind?  Yahweh.  Who made Satan in Genesis 3?  Yahweh.  Rather than judging Yahweh, allow me to clear this up.  Manu (Mankind from Sanskrit) is the image of the Son from Colossians 1.  Reread the Colossians 1 verses above.  ALL means ALL.  Yahweh, Satan, Manu and everything else is in Adam.  Adam paid the cost for this very reason, realizing his own Father by humble example to the cross.  He paid the debt in Genesis 9, the very debt he accumulated with Israel in the Old Testament.  In essence, he judged his host (his own image).  By this, All of creation is saved from Yahweh's judgment of his host (his own mirror).  YOU are the only one you can judge within this same reflection, because YOU are the Lord (in him). Find love and unity follows. Identity is the key. Know yourself!

Consider reading my books to see your own identity, nature and unity by this story.  The Son of God was required to overcome his own lower nature (ruler of the underworld / Yama).  Yama from Hinduism is defined as Self-Control. 

The Beauty of this Story

As shocking as it is to see this, realize the truth of this story as it applies to you.  All of us must overcome our anger and ill will toward our relatives, which IS the good news of Love for others.  Anger and ill will are the markers of wrong view, wrong nature and wrong unity, as outlined in all Eastern religions of the Heart.  Yahweh is the classic example of this, shedding blood to get his way. By this, the light shines from Israel to all nations.  Once you wrestle with this, you can then overcome this defect in yourself (your own former relative nature).  By this, you then realize One Mind, One Nature and One Unity as a bond of Love with all beings.  Even the Son of God Prime (Adam) had to accomplish this, allowing his own lower nature to become the Scapegoat of scripture.  He willingly allowed himself to be remade by his Father in baptism.  If you have read my book, you will get this clearly. Find our new books to see this story expanded further:

-Bow with Unity - Benefactors of Orphans and Widows

-Enlightenment - Awakening to True Identity

When you were a child, Santa was the illusion. When the illusion was broken, you came to see that your parents were Santa giving you gifts.  Today, the same illusion breaks, possibly showing you that Santa--meaning "Good Man" in Sanskrit--is true after all.

Merry Christmas if you get it.

Share our books.  Share your book. Word is equality between us all. Your old nature (Father) is the Devil if you cling to the Ego as your ruler. If you see the light, your true Father is in every face equally. See it in the story of Christmas. Santa is a good Manu. So are we all in God's image of the Ishvara (Lord / Ruler). Human Kind is the Kind Human Being who rules himself.  This is the lesson of Love.  Kings of the Earth are those who overcome.  

Wrestle with the Lord.  When you win, ask his name.  It's you!

Is Jesus the Father?  He is one with the Father, as we all are.  

Is the Son of God the one true God?  Who are you before creation?  Were YOU in the Son and in Glory with the Father before creation?  Who are you as the first face of creation?  


John 17:   
I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. 
And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
Who was the scapegoat?  The Lord's old nature (Yahweh).  This is the untold story, which is the burden and job we each share to overcome your own old nature to judge others.  Just as Yahweh judged and shed blood, Jesus walked away from the temptation for this kingdom on Earth.  In place of the Kingdom of David, he rules Himself as the example of unity and equality.  

Don't judge me for informing you.  Love the Lord.  YOU are the one you Love in others.  If you get this Unity and Love, then the Identity of the Son of God is not far from your mind.  Look in the mirror and remember who you were before creation engaged.  We are all the Lord as images of the Father.  


Bhakti and Sattva  


Define who you/we are from the Words. Ask the question once again:


Is Jesus God the Father, or the Son of God?

The answer is yes.  The Absolute contains the whole.  We are all this.  

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Have you Experienced God? Identity, Nature and Unity (ONE)

There are three aspects to enlightenment: Identity, Nature and Unity. Have you experienced God? is not the answer of God's identity, but the ultimate answer to your own nature and unity with that identity.

None of us are separated from the identity of what we are from our source and identity before creation. The Bible states that we are the house (Bethel) of God's Spirit. Bet is the Hebrew letter for house. EL is Aleph Lamed, or Strong Shepherd. We are all God by this identity of Spirit hidden within each person. As evidence of this, ask this question. Where did God rest after producing Man in Genesis 1? Read the first verses of Genesis 2. God rested in Adam. Finding our true identity is one simple realization. God gave of Itself to produce each of us as individuation of the same face before creation. Have you experienced God? To answer this, we must know all three parts to the puzzle.

Beyond this simple logic, we are asleep to this identity until we awaken to the nature (LOVE) and Unity with others required by the realization of who we are in the absolute. A divided nature is a divided unity with the whole, rendering us a relative to the absolute. Cultivation of nature brings unity. Love, once realized, allows all three aspects to then self reflect back to our true origin and destination. In truth, we have never left home. This is enlightenment.

Apart from reflecting Love, love cannot recognize itself. Once our nature is rectified back to Love, unity with the identity of God is then seen clearly in the mirror of our own being. Individuation, at this point of realization, becomes one with our first state of being. Love can only give. It never takes back its identity once given. To experience God is to experience your true self.

Love only recognizes itself. God is Love.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge - Reflections from the Image

By Stephen T. McClard
I love the study of comparative religion. To me, all religions hold the same central message, with the message of Christ revealing the risen Son in us all. Beyond the story of the Son in the Bible, other religions hold parallel stories worth knowing. My favorite is the story of Buddha.

Most people do not realize that Buddhism is not a religion, but a philosophy. Although it can be practiced as a religion by ritual, the core of the tradition is simply a philosophical understanding from the Sanskrit language. Judaism is the same parallel to Hebrew, which is then practiced as religion across many different traditions. As the Eastern texts reveal, the Sutras (thread) are woven into the robe (tantra). Tantra is the text we wear, or Word as a robe. Eastern commentary would say that we wear the text as our garment, showing the significance of man being born into nakedness. John 1 is this same Word revealing God in the Body of Christ, or the robe a Christian wears. Father in Hebrew is the word Aleph Bet, or letters as the Sutra for the robe (Word). God is the one weaving the cloth; shaping the pot on the wheel as a potter and the thread of text weaving all of this hidden symbolism together into one simple understanding. No matter the robe you wear, God is the same.

In January of 2017, I annotated a 1000 page Sanskrt Dictionary to learn more about Eastern Religion. From this, I discovered the hidden world of this philosophical language at its core truth and message. BUDH in Sanskrit means, "Awakened Mind." Mara is Buddha's mother, or the Sanskrit word Illusion. In the Far Eastern mindset, we are born into illusion, unable to find truth outside ourselves in a state of impermanence and suffering. When looking inside, we find our true nature and identity, which is Love and Compassion for others sharing the same identity. From this understanding, my recent books were written.

Directions of Dimensional Reality

There are nine directions outside our inner nature according to various Sutras--North, South, East, West, Past, Present, Future, Above and Below. According to this tradition, only one direction contains the essence of our true identity--Inside. In Judaism, our true self is the House of God (Bethel in Hebrew). Bet is the Hebrew letter for House. EL is Aleph Lamed, or the word God in Genesis 1. EL, from the meaning of the letters, means Strong Shepherd (Aleph Lamed). Muslims call this same Abrahamic God Allah, or Aleph Lamed (AL LAH). In Hebrew, these two letters are EL, or Elohim, which is plural (God and his Spirit). Ruach is the word spirit, or feminine (Holy Spirit as Mother).

When Genesis 1 says, "Let us make Adam in our image and likeness," the designation of the plural is then understood simply. The Mother of all living beings is the Spirit (Mind) of God. It is on this point that Christians, Buddhists and Muslims all miss the final aspects of their own faith. While the Christian faith outlines the Father's work with a Son, the Buddhist faith reveals the Great Mother (Aleph Mem). Together, these two languages (Sanskrit and Hebrew) give birth to new and expanded understanding. For the Muslim, faith is the Father only. For the Christian, the Son and Father. For the Buddhist, only the Mother is understood. Imagine knowing all three.

Keep in mind that the Islamic faith is another Abrahamic religion, defining its robe by the same text as Judaism and Christianity. We identify one religion from another by the text worn. When you see a Rabbi, you know the text he venerates. When you see a Muslim, you know the two texts they claim.

Our identity as believers is revealed by the robe we wear, and is further revealed for the Christian within this passage from Colossians 1:15-17.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
A Father's Love for His Son

All of Mankind (Manu in Sanskirt) are images of the first seed of God, or Son of God as an image of God's own essence. Finding our nature and identity as humans is the eternal pursuit of all philosophy. Philosophy is how we see the world around us according to wisdom and truth. Religion is what we do with this knowledge, which is the difficult part of a divided illusion. Religion, properly defined is a verb ((James 1).
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Perfect religion, according to James 1, is serving orphans and widows. What is an orphan and widow missing? Alpeh (Father / Strength). In Hebrew, the word Truth is Aleph (Father) Mem (Spirit / Mother) and Tav (Plowman's Mark / Cross). Aleph - Mem - Tav is the word Truth in Hebrew. Mem Tav is the word death, or missing the Aleph (Father of letters), which means strength. What does religion do for the orphan and widow? It restores the Aleph, bringing an end to death. Aleph Bet is the Hebrew word Father, or Strong House. Family is the Love of a Father and Mother for their offspring. In truth, we are all the family of God. By replacing the Father in a broken home, we restore the strength to the home. This is religion in action. By identity, we see that one God (his own identity and nature) raises all creation as his Son. We are all the Son, imaged into life to learn this fact.

The Mother's Wisdom

Buddhism calls Sanskrit the Great Mother, or the religion of the heart. Hebrew is the mirror to Sanskrit, or the Father raising a Son in the wilderness of life. What happens when the Mother (Holy Spirit of God's Love) and the Father (Strength of the House) reveal a Son to the World? We are born from above. Love is the key once the illusion is broken. While we are reborn into death (this life as impermanence) many times, we are born from above once. True life only happens above, where death cannot reach us. The gift of eternal life is the Christmas gift hidden in the Sanskrit language.

Christmas Gift (SHIN)

When the illusion of Santa was broken for you as a child, who was it giving you gifts from behind the scenes? Your Mother and Father. Santa in Sanskrit means, "Good Man." Manu (Man) means, "to think." Ho means, "to be." As we become the good person, breaking the illusion of life (Maya is Buddha's Mother), we come to find our true Father and Mother above. Life is our womb for awakening (birth from above). When the perfect higher mind awakens above, the lower mind is no longer needed. It was the raft carrying us to the other side of creation (Waters Above). Without the risen body of Christ (mankind below), we could not accomplish this path back to the Father. BUDH is the body (Assembly / Sangha). In Christian terms, this is the Church, or body of Christ.

In Buddhism, this is the removal of suffering and the liberation of the soul back into its higher nature. We are all images of the same Son, loved eternally by God the Father. An eternal love cannot be broken, or it would not be eternal. Waking up is BUDH, or finding the answer to the questions of philosophy (Love of Wisdom). 1 John 4:8 states that God is Love. Looking deeply into comparative religious studies, the answer is common to all sources of this perennial truth. The answers are simple once our identity and nature are learned. In Buddhism, these are the three jewels--BUDH (Awakened Mind), Dharma (Universal nature) and Sangha (Assembly / Church). Finding unity is finding your identity in the Father and your nature in the Mother. Once attained, unity follows.

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Climb the tree and partake of the fruit. Ask the questions to find the answer. YOU are the answer and the fruit hanging from the branch. You become the next tree of life in the end. Death is necessary to reveal the seed on new soil. Love for all beings is love in action (religion). Judgment divides. Discernment unites. All human traditions hold value for understanding the whole tree of life. See the video below to challenge your own conception of these truths.

Remember that every branch leads to the same tree. All roots are in the same soil. All thoughts are part of the same mind. One blood, many veins. One bread, many slices.

Introduction and Sample to the Second Book of the Two Book Set - Enlightenment and Ritual, by Stephen T. McClard

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