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Matthew 21:18-22

#1 Postby frankito » Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:38 pm

Greetings,

I just started perusing your website and I have started reading "Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ". Thank you for the learning opportunites.
My question regards the section wherein Jesus curses the fig tree.
What is a meaning(s) behind this act?

Thank you
Frank

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Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil

#2 Postby Tau Malachi » Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:11 am

Salutations in the Light of the Messiah!

First we must say, the Living Word is life, the power of creation, but it is also the death, the power of destruction – the power of creation and destruction is one and the same. According to the Kabbalah, in the process of creation countless universes and worlds are shattered, destroyed, before this universe comes into being; thus destruction is an integral part of the creative process, the old state of being passing away to open the way for the new state of being to be created.

In terms of an old state passing away and a new state coming into being, although the apple tree has often been taken to represent the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the fruit of which is the invocation of death, according to Judaic tradition, Adam and Eve covering themselves with fig leaves indicates that it is the fig which represents the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Thus, by causing the withering of the fig tree, on a symbolic level, a talismanic level, Yeshua Messiah is bringing the power of that Tree of Death to an end, bringing the dualism of good and evil into cessation – it is a prophecy of the death of death, or the revelation of the illusory nature of sin and death.

Most profoundly, the knowledge of good and evil, light and darkness, and so forth, is an expression of dualistic consciousness, the illusion of separation, fundamental ignorance – this is the generation of self-grasping, the ego, and egoistic desire and fear; while this is integral to the involution and evolution of souls, their individuation, this must be brought to cessation for the realization of union with the Divine.

The suggestion of the cessation of dualistic consciousness indicates the dawn of a non-dual realization – something beyond the present vital and mental consciousness, something Supernal, Supramental. This is the nature of true Messianic Consciousness, a non-dual realization, pure radiant awareness or non-dual gnostic awareness; the withering of the fig tree hints to the breakthrough from mental consciousness to Supramental Consciousness, true “Christ Consciousness.”

This event transpires on his way to Jerusalem, the final leg of his earthly ministry, leading to the crucifixion and resurrection. With the cessation of the power of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the way to the Tree of Life is opened – the Risen Messiah is the power of the Tree of Life.

Look and see the discourse that transpires between the Master and his disciples following this wonder – a teaching of the power that it is them and how to access that power. We may also say that this act of wonderworking facilitates that conversation, that spiritual transmission – skillful means setting up a teaching, knowing his disciples would swiftly inquire about it because it stood out to them.

Now all of this said, it also is a very human moment of Adonai Yeshua – he is hungry and goes seeking figs, and when he does not find them he uses his wonderworking power, magic power, to destroy the tree; as much as the divinity that is in him, we see his humanity in this story – how very much like us this action is!

The truth is, many good Christians would do well to study and contemplate the gospels setting aside the creeds and doctrines of manmade religious institutions concerning “Jesus Christ,” for much of the theology has little, if anything, to do with who Yeshua was and what the Messiah is. On one hand, the Messiah is a state of divine illumination – union with the Divine, the embodiment of the Divine Presence and Power (enlightenment), and Yeshua is the Messiah; on the other hand, Yeshua is a seer and wonderworker, a shaman, as the prophets before human – a deeply spiritual man and gifted man, but very human. In other words, Adonai Yeshua is much nearer to us, more like us, than dogmatic orthodox and fundamental doctrines propose.

What is so important about this difference in the view of Yeshua Messiah? First, we hear and understand his teachings in a very different context, and second, we know and understand a very different spiritual life and practice in the Messiah – as the very passage tells us following the wonder of the withering of the fig tree, we know we are to do what Yeshua did, we know we are to embody the same Living Presence and Power.

The shaman in a tribe is not the only person with medicine or power – they may have a special talent with it, but everybody has it, and typically, there is not one single shaman, but others are also shaman, medicine people; if Adonai Yeshua is an illumined and holy person, and is a seer and wonderworker, a shaman, then this is what he is teaching his disciples or apprentices – a “shamanic” spirituality, a direct spirituality, in which everyone has direct access to God and the Powers, Yahweh Elohim and the Holy Shekinah.

On one hand we can say that Adonai Yeshua ushers in a new level of self-realization, Messianic Consciousness, but on the other hand we can say that Adonai Yeshua restores the ancient Judaic spirituality that existed before temple Judaism, or before the Babylonian exile – the way of the ancient Jewish prophets, an ancient Jewish shamanism, if you will.

If we consider the ancient Israeli patriarchs, matriarchs and prophets in the context of the shaman, and consider Yohanan and Yeshua is the context of the shaman, a very different picture of the advent of the Messiah arises, and a very different picture of the spirituality within and behind the Holy Scriptures arises – all of a sudden there is a living spirituality of direct experience we can all access quite apart from religious dogmas.

We might say that the withering of the fig tree is a very “shamanic moment.”

May we know and experience our innate Spirit-connection in all things; amen.


Shabbat Shalom!
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#3 Postby frankito » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:02 pm

Greetings,

Thank you for your insightful reply.
This prophecy to the ending of dualism in the Yeshua Messiah's act of the withering of the fig tree is truly beautiful. It gives me a lot to contemplate.
If the fig tree is the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Knowledge (Tree of Death) is Daath then does this prophetic act signify that the Abyss will be nullified, that Daath itself (knowledge, gnosis) will become obsolete and that symbolically Yeshua will "come off the cross"? That that burden that he carries will be lifted? The burden of our suffering through our ignorance of the unified consciousness? The Tree of Life will transmutate somehow?
Also is this prophetic act for us purely a signpost to our personal evolution or a dawn to an evolution en masse? What I am asking is does the Sophian tradition hold to an event of human evolutionary "leaping"? A "Second Coming" (if you will) of Christ Consciousness that will propel humanity en masse to a cessation of duality? Or is this purely internal and individualistic? A great work that each person must accomplish on their own?
Thank you for your time.
P.S. Thank you for making available your book "Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ" in a Spanish version. My wife has begun reading it in her native tongue and thanks you for the opportunity. We both came from a Catholic tradition but are attempting our own personal evolutions.
Regards :)
Frank

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Knowledge & Realization

#4 Postby Tau Malachi » Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:11 pm

Salutations in the Light of the Messiah!

Da’at and the Abyss abide in dualism, the illusion of separation, only so long as we are cut off from the Supernals – it is the “crown” of the Tree of Death when it is not unified with the Supernals, but when unified it is, itself, the manifestation of Supernal Consciousness, Supernal Habad. It is the crown of the Tree of Death, the Other Side, when divided from the Supernals, for the Kings of Edom, the klippot, reach up to Da’at, and so it is written that spiritual forces of evil are established in celestial or heavenly places by St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians.

Da’at to Malkut is the Tree of Death when cut off from the Supernals – the Tree of Life manifests when there is unification.

In Yeshua Messiah this unification is accomplished, and we are empowered to accomplish it in him – each of us must accomplish this unification, this self-realization in Messiah.

Knowledge, indeed, comes to an end in the sense of the knowledge of subject and object, knowledge in dualism, and the reliance of the mental being upon thought and thinking, which is inherently dualistic; however, knowledge in the sense of Da’at, or in the sense of Divine Gnosis, has no beginning and no end – it is a state of Pure Radiant Awareness, direct knowing; this is the Habad (knowledge, understanding and wisdom) of Messianic Consciousness.

St. Paul speaks of this Habad when he says that we will “know, even as we have been known.”

Now, in terms of the Sophian Gnostic vision of the Second Coming, it is, indeed, the advent of Messianic Consciousness, Supernal or Supramental Consciousness, in a larger segment of the collective humanity; but, in that the collective is composed of individuals, it is through the spiritual labor of a conscious evolution by individuals that this will come about in the collective of humankind.

There is a twofold aspect in this movement. On the one hand, there is the influx of illumined souls into the human life-wave on earth serving as midwives helping to facilitate this greater Advent; on the other hand, it comes into being from the efforts of a spiritual labor within individuals of this life-wave driven from an impulse within them – so there is divine assistance, and yet individual must co-labor to workout this evolution and ascent of consciousness within themselves.

In a manner of speaking, each individual must co-labor with Divine Grace to bring about this evolutionary leap; yet, in the experience of the breakthrough, clearly, we have done nothing to accomplish it, but it is Grace, this Light-presence (Christ) and Light-power (Holy Spirit), that accomplishes it.

When we incarnate, basically speaking, we become a dual being, having dual aspects – there is our energetic being, our energetic body, and there is our physical and material being, our physical and material body; as we go into life, these, in effect, become disintegrated, and our energy body becomes damaged, diminished and restricted. Thus, we are called to heal our energetic body and to reintegrate our energy being with our physical being, and to reintegrate the whole of ourselves with the Light Continuum (Yahweh); in Christian mysticism this integral state of being, or integral self-realization, is represented by the Blessed Name of “Yeshua.”

Living from the integral being, the Messiah, the Spiritual Sun, we accomplish our soul’s purpose here, and when we do we pass into another cycle of evolution in another dimension, no longer having need of physical incarnation, at least not in the sense that it occurs in this world and the present humanity.

The first step in all of this, of course, is becoming aware of our energetic being and the energetic dimension, and paying attention to our energy – hence, the experience of the “Light Transmission” and “reception of the Holy Spirit.” Until we are aware of our energetic being and the energetic dimension, we may act in faith, and that is good, but true healing and reintegration, illumination and liberation, come only with direct awareness, gnosis. In this sense, gnosis is not an end, but a new beginning, and to this gnosis there is no end, for it is the expansion of consciousness into the Infinite, Ain Sof.

Now, there is no doubt that Divine Grace is involved in the evolutionary leap – but we have free will and we have choices to make. Each individual must make the choice for him or herself and be willing to the co-labor, and only then will Grace enter to bring about the evolutionary leap; it can transpire in no other way.

If not in this life, then in a future life; if not in this world, then in another world – all eventually will pass into the Great Ascension, the Great Exodus, by their own will and desire for it, all in due time and season; many, though, are as yet unwilling to it.

First and foremost, however, we must labor to embody this realization in our own lives, and ourselves, for that is the true empowerment to help others enter into this realization and it is the foundation of the realization in the larger collective.

If we look closely into what Adonai Yeshua says to his disciples following the slaying of the fig tree, he speaks of this work, a work all who follow him are to take up.

May we be empowered to take up our responsibility as co-creators with the Holy One and Shekinah; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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#5 Postby frankito » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:43 pm

Greetings and Thank you for your reply.
As I delve into your book "Gnosis of the Cosmic Christ", I hope to reference you in the future with questions and general bewilderments.
Regards
Frank

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The leaves of the tree

#6 Postby Marion » Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:34 pm

Shalom!

I was very intrigued by the connection between the passage in the gospels when Yeshua curses the fig tree and the fig tree in the Garden of Eden. It was also interesting that while the fruit that Adam and Eve eat isn't specified, the leaves that they sew together to make themselves clothes is, we are told that they are fig leaves. So the connection here is the leaves specifically.

I remember contemplating this passage in Genisis in the Zohar (a mystical commentary on the Torah) and the leaves of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and evil are magical powers, which can be used for good or for evil.
Now what is interesting about this in connection with the fig tree that Yeshua curses is this: when spring is approaching the branches of the fig tree become tender and begin to sprout leaves shortly after the fruit begins to grow. Therefore, if a tree has full grown leaves, it should also have fruit, and if Yeshua was looking forward to figs, then it would probably be safe to assume that it was the season for figs. Also, there is a law in Judaism that you cannot eat fruit off of a tree that is less than 5 yrs (I think) old, so if the tree were just a very small tree, Yeshua probably wouldn't have been looking for fruit on it. This then tells us that this tree should have had fruit on it. So, what I was wondering was, does this tree with only leaves on it symbolize magical powers without a connection to the divine (i.e. the fruit?) and therefore, the use of magic of ones own gain? And is this why Yeshua Curses it? To teach his disciples about the proper use of magical powers? I was also thinking, if this is the case, does this also foreshadow the Crucifixion and resurrection, when Yeshua creates a sanctuary of Divine Grace where the Demiugos (Ignorance) and archons cannot follow?

Yeshua says "you will know them by their fruit" therefore, I was also wondering, does this tree also symbolize the tree of death? Because it has no fruit and therefore, no life i.e. death.

In looking at the Hebrew spelling of "fig" and "leaves" I came across something very interesting... fig is spelled Tau-Aleph-Nun-Heh Teneah (Ten-ae-ah) and leaf is spelled Ayin-Lamed-Heh Aleh. If we just look at the first letters of these words, Fig-Teneah begins with a Tau meaning culmination, fruition and means cross. And Leaf-Aleh, begins with an Ayin which means eye, and is the Devil atu in the Tarot. We also know that it has its root on the dark side because the tail of the Ayin goes below the line. I was wondering, is there redemption for the Aleh because the next letter is Lamed which we know has special divine influence because it's tail comes above the line? And does that redemption come from the fruit-Teneah? Also, in teneah, the next letter is aleph. Which reminds me of Yeshua saying "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Aleph and the Tau." does this imply that the fruit is the purpose of the tree, just like the Messiah, the Human One is the purpose of creation? I was a little puzzled about the Nun and Heh at the end of Teneah, any thoughts on this?

It seems to me that in this passage Yeshua is instructing his disciples that if you do not come from above, and if what you do does not serve the divine kingdom, then it is as if it never existed, and indeed it is cursed.

Oh Holy One, May You Teach Us In Your Ways That We May Serve You And Your Holy Kingdom, Amen and Amen.

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Binding the Powers

#7 Postby Tau Malachi » Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:27 am

Salutations in the Light of the Messiah!

There are, indeed, many teachings in the Kabbalah about the “leaves of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil,” those leaves with which Adam and Eve clothe themselves before the coats of skin are made for them – these are klippot, impure forces, of the spiritual and astral light, the restriction and diminishing of the supernal light, and these are magic powers, specifically those that will later be used in sorcery and witchcraft, and in impure forms of divination and augury.

If we study and contemplate esoteric gospels, such as the Pistis Sophia, Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah, engages in a heavenly ministry, bringing the Gospel to the cosmic and spiritual forces of the inner dimensions, just as Adonai Yeshua engages in an earthly ministry, bringing the Gospel to beings of this world. According to Pistis Sophia, as part of his heavenly ministry, he binds and diminishes the power of the demiurge and archons, and their shadows, significantly reducing the powers of the klippot, the “leaves of the Tree.”

To understand what this might mean we must look into the world of the sorcerer, which we must understand as distinct from that of the seer and wonderworker, the shaman – the world of the sorcerer is a world of power and seeking power for oneself alone, the world of the shaman is also a world of power and knowledge, but the shaman calls in, anchors and holds power for the people, seeking power to help and benefit all their relations, and seeking to honor and glorify the Creator, God, the True Light. The sorcerer and the shaman are two very different creatures.

Now it must be said, all sorcerers are not evildoers – some may do things that help people with their power, but usually charging some price for their help. A sorcerer may do good or evil with their magic power, or may act in a way that is neither good nor evil with their power, just as anyone in this world who comes into any kind of power. Generally speaking though, in the case of a sorcerer, power is held for selfish ambition, for the fulfillment of self-interests, it is held by the ego, and the spiritual forces called upon to acquire power are impure and dark forces. A sorcerer could very well seek to do good with their power, but the world of the sorcerer is a very dangerous game of power, and more often than not souls entering into the world of the sorcerer fall to the Other Side, the Dark Side, for if and when a would-be sorcerer succeeds is getting power, overcoming the first two “enemies,” fear and clarity, they fall to the third enemy, power, becoming intoxicated by power and being taken over by power, destroyed by power.

If you look into the sorcerers world, for example, if you look into the Toltec and Aztec tradition, the tradition made very popular by Carlos Castaneda and his encounters with Don Juan, you will hear about a world filled with conflicts with powers, spirits, and a world of magical conflicts between sorcerers, one sorcerer trying to harm or kill another to acquire their power, and you will hear of the knowledge of cursing and the evil eye, and such; the world of the sorcerer is a very admixed and shadowy world, filled with conflicts and great danger. It might seem exciting, it might seem very entertaining, but truly it is very sad – a vision of sorrow and suffering, and it is the epitome of the unenlightened condition, the ignorance.

Don Juan, in fact, is an excellent example, for medicinal herbs – hallucinogenic plants, are made his god, his source of knowledge and power, and there is no teaching on spiritual purification and no teaching on how to pray and called upon the Spirit and Powers of the Divine without recourse to the “allies.” In the stories told we hear of all manner of magical combats between sorcerers, men and women alike – what we encounter is unclear and shadowy, and very heavy energy.

On an esoteric and mystical level, the cursing of the fig tree may be understood as a shattering of the power of the world of the sorcerer, a shattering of the dominion of klippotic forces; and we may understand this very well in our own experience, calling in the Spirit and Powers of the Divine, abiding in the Light of the Spiritual Sun, the Messiah, the impure spiritual forces of the world of the sorcerer have no power over us, they are powerless to harm or bind our soul.

Quite distinctly we may say that these impure powers are bound to the cross, they are pacified, enriched, subjugated or destroyed by the Light of the Cross, as reflected in the many exorcisms and healings Adonai Yeshua performs; this same Light-power is communicated to his disciples, the apostles – and Adonai Yeshua says this to them, and to us as his disciples, that in faith and gnosis we will bind and banish such forces, and move all manner of cosmic and spiritual forces, we will become conscious agents of the Divine in the play of great spiritual forces.

Indeed, if and when we encounter a true apostle, a true tzaddik, we will find a person of knowledge and power, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, filled with the Light-presence and Light-power of the Spiritual Sun, the Anointed of God, and they will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to pacify, enrich, subjugate and destroy admixed and dark spiritual forces. The promise of this knowledge and power is given in this verse, and the full communication of this power comes through the resurrection, the Risen Messiah, when he speaks the mystical word, lays hands upon the disciples, and breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, and it is confirmed when they receive the Supernal Chrism, the outpouring of the Pentecostal Fire.

When Adonai Yeshua curses the fig tree he is beginning the movement of this culminating initiation or empowerment.

So, yes, this is an esoteric dimension to his causing the withering of the fig tree on his way to Jerusalem for his symbolic or talismanic triumphal entry.

To truly know and understand this, of course, we must acquire direct perception of the energy dimension – the world of spirits and angels and such, within and behind this reality of our experience, direct perception of the play of spiritual forces; apart from that, much of what might be said of all of this can only sound crazy or like some weird kind of superstition, or might lead to some very strange ideas, rather like what we have seen generated by the outer and unspiritual church.

In a very real and direct way, this wonderworking action of Yeshua calls attention to the energy dimension – but then that is the purpose of all of his wonders, reflecting the play and exchange of energy that transpires in everything here, in all our relationships and activities.

As for Nun and He in the word for fig – are not all spiritual forces and powers in their essence the manifestation of the Holy Shekinah and Holy Spirit; when the spark bound up in a spirit or power is released, the klippah shattered, is not that holy spark purely divine?

This hints at the true noble ideal of the Christ, the Messiah, the eventual redemption of all beings and forces, the reintegration of all holy sparks with the Light Continuum (Yahweh); we do not simple seek the destruction of titanic and dark forces, but we seek their restoration, their redemption, their fulfillment in God, the True Light. In the Risen Messiah, the whole of creation, all beings, is uplifted and redeemed.

May this Good Earth be illuminated by the Spiritual Sun of God and drawn up in the Great Resurrection and Ascension; amen.

Blessings & shalom!
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