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Keep Awake (Mark 13:37)
Posted: Mon May 06, 2019 11:08 am
“And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake” (Mark 13:37).
When you follow the Straight Path and take up its various practices, abiding in the awareness of your innate oneness with the Messiah in God Most High there is essential key, that you ‘keep awake,’ cultivating a presence of awareness, mindfulness or wakefulness, joined with alertness so that if the presence of awareness wanes you notice it and restore yourself to mindfulness, wakefulness - the presence of awareness. This is essential for the cultivation of the Divine Attributes, the performance of good works, and the ongoing realization of oneness with God. Indeed, consider the need to be kind, courteous, which is integral to the love and compassion in Messiah; without mindfulness very swiftly we may fall into unkindness. This is true of any quality of Messiah and God we wish to manifest, all depends upon the presence of awareness, wakefulness. This is also true of good works, apart from mindfulness we may not preserve our good and noble intention throughout a work and following a work, some sort of self-cherishing, ill intention or other negativity might enter into the work, corrupting it. Likewise, if we do not keep awake, having the presence of awareness, we cannot abide in the remembrance of God with us, within and all around us, and cannot cleave to God, let alone experience our oneness with God. In this regard mindfulness, wakefulness, is everything, and as Adonai Yeshua taught, we must ‘keep awake.’
The generation of mindfulness, wakefulness, requires meditation and contemplation, specifically primordial meditation, primordial contemplation - prolonged sessions of abiding in mindfulness in stillness and in action, cultivating the presence of awareness. This, joined with invocation and prayer in various forms is integral to the development and evolution of our interior life and our ongoing spiritual or supernal realization.
Now understand, along with the forgiveness of sin that is in Messiah Yeshua, the coming of the Messiah was for the sake of dispelling ignorance, the illusion of separation, the delusion of lack, or in a manner of speaking to ‘wake us up’ from a long ‘sleep.’ The very nature of the Word of God is awakening, the generation of faith and awareness of our innate oneness with God so that we might realize our oneness with God, returning to be One - the Word is the activating power of our divine nature and intelligence; if after having been awakened we fall ‘asleep’ again, if we fall into the illusion of separation, delusion of lack, then all is lost and we may be led far astray from the Way - the Straight Path. Truly we must labor to ‘keep awake.’
In the lengthy teaching to some of his disciples preceding this commandment Adonai Yeshua responded to their questions concerning the end of days and he gave them a prophecy and guidance about those times. It is clear from his message that the tumultuous events that he beheld in his vision were felt to be very near, very immediate, by him and his disciples, though he does proclaim that no one knows when the end of days and return of the Messiah will happen, neither the Messiah nor angels of heaven, but only God Most High alone. As we know today, although that time was believed to be very near over two thousand years ago, as yet it has not transpired. The end of days has not come for the world, but eventually it will come, and it is certain that the end-time is nearer in this generation.
The end of days has not come for this world as yet, and it might not come until a future generation. Who knows? God knows. Yet it is also true that the day of our death will be the end of days for us and given the relatively brief span of a human life, the fragility of our mortal existence, for us the end of days is ever near, it could be any day now, even today for all we know. Who knows? We do not know, neither does the Messiah or angels in heaven, but only God Most High knows. Are we ready for that coming of the Lord, that Day of the Lord, and being gathered into the Lord and heaven - are we awake in the Lord, abiding in communion, keeping vigil, keeping awake?
We do not know when death will occur and we will return to God in that way, so we are wise to be passionate in our faith and works today, making the most of this precious day that God has gifted to us, living as fully as we can, laboring for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and the glorification of God, having appreciation and gratitude for this day of life, aware that for all we know it could be our last. This is life wisdom.
As we know, gnostic gospels teach us that we are to experience the resurrection before we die, and that having the resurrection - knowledge of the Risen Messiah and the awakening of our soul to the Pleroma of Light within us, then we are able to engage conscious dying, and experience rest, repose, with the Messiah in God Most High; hence, the full reintegration of our soul with the Infinite Light. Quite naturally when a gnostic reads, hears, ‘keep awake,’ they also read, hear ‘be resurrect,’ and ‘seek always a better resurrection’ - so be alive in God, the True Light, for then, though your material body falls away like a husk, you will not die but you will abide with the Messiah in God Most High, eternal, immortal. Praise God!
May the Holy Spirit awaken many souls this day and lead them in returning to be One, and being One, may they keep awake! Amen.
Re: Keep Awake (Mark 13:37)
Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 8:19 am
Blessings and Shalom Tau Malachi!
“And what I say to you, I say to all: Keep awake.” Mark 13:37
I am most taken by the context of this teaching. As you have noted, it lies at the end of a discourse on the revelation at the end of days, which is brought on by the disciples marveling at the large buildings in the city of Jerusalem. Yeshua reminds them that what God has risen, God will break down by saying: “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
He seems to be re-directing their attention to the Father versus the shadow of this world, and reminding of the impermanence of all that appears.
This Chapter is between the story of the poor woman in the Temple, who gave two small copper coins, and the Passover last supper. The poor woman at the Temple knows what matters most—God Most High. I also get a sense that her action was a theurgic movement of giving all that she had to God, becoming completely empty so that she could become Spirit-filled. During the last supper and then most profoundly at the crucifixion and resurrection Yeshua teaches the disciples that everything is not how it appears here. He actually shows them during the crucifixion, what he teaches them in chapter 13 with his discourse on the last days.
Yeshua saying “Keep awake” to his disciples reminds of some of our discussions of hardening of the heart. Because as we know, in the next chapter, when Yeshua is praying at the garden of Gethsemane before the crucifixion, he asks his disciples to stay awake with him, and twice he comes back to find them sleeping. Our legends say that it was only the women disciples that were able to stay awake with him, keeping vigil throughout the night.
I am wondering if this command “Keep awake” relates to the Vow of Our Lady? Where she vows in between the crucifixion and resurrection to: “Continue to incarnate in woman’s form until the time of the Second Coming.” Is this teaching that she vows to “Keep awake” throughout all her incarnations?
There is another thing with Our Lady that I wish to ask. According to the Gospels, when she meets Yeshua at the time of the crucifixion, she is the only one of the disciples that comes to the tomb. Is this a teaching that she is the only one who has hope in a time of apparent hopelessness? When she preaches the good news of the Risen Savior, none of the other disciples believe her. Is it that they are now hopeless? Not knowing the true glory and power of God? Along with the Magdalene, it is spoken in our legends that St. Lazarus also walks on the earth until the time of the Second Coming, also keeping vigil for the sake of humanity. But unlike our Lady, he does not incarnate again and again. These two are said to be the soul mates of Yeshua Messiah, sharing the same Neshamah.
Blessings be to our Lord and our Lady, Amen!
Re: Keep Awake (Mark 13:37)
Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:13 pm
Blessings to you in the Holy Light of Messiah, the Anointed of God!
If you look into what I’ve written concerning the ‘hardening of heart’ you will find that it addresses your questions concerning the doubts and misgivings that arose for most of the male disciples.
If we look into the various gospel accounts of the Magdalene at the tomb in some its seems she is alone but in some it seems she was accompanied by other women disciples. Uniting these stories, understanding that generally speaking, women would go out together, there was likely at least one other, if not more, with her; but she was alone, being the Holy Bride, and having the most intimate experience of Hayyah Yeshua, the Risen Messiah. Indeed, for according to oral tradition her soul is carried up in the first ascension with him, uplifted through the seven heavens into the heaven of heavens, the Supernal Abode. Thus, she experiences a most intimate and complete revelation of the Risen Messiah, primordial and universal - ‘Cosmic Christ.’ In her experience she is inseparable from the Messiah, and abides in the awareness of oneness with God; hence, the realization of the Absolute Oneness of God Most High - complete enlightenment.
It is in this state, reaching into the station of the Messiah, while abiding in the station of Apostleship, that she comes into being as the Magdalene, ‘Tower of the Flock,’ the Apostle of the Apostles, and so makes her vow before the ‘Throne of Glory’ to continue to incarnate in woman’s form until the end of days and fruition of the Second Coming when ‘all is accomplished.’ Understand, if she wished she could have remained in full reintegration with the Absolute Light, passing into the Great Liberation, but in love and compassion she held the heart-wish for the salvation of all, the enlightenment and liberation of all, and therefore she withheld herself from that Great Repose in the Infinite and Eternal, speaking her intention to continue to incarnate. This, of course, tends to be the way of those who are anointed as Gnostic Apostles, those uplifted by the Holy Spirit to the station and states of Apostleship; it is akin to the way of the Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism, though some Holy Apostles do enter into the Great Liberation opening the way for other souls to go into the ‘Ever-Beyond,’ most withhold something of themselves from full reintegration with the Infinite Light and continue to incarnate to labor in the harvest of souls, in service to the kingdom of heaven and for the greater glorification of God. As the first to realize the inmost grade of the station of Apostleship she sets this in motion in the Continuum of Gnostic Apostles.
As we know, Yeshua is the Messiah - the Lamb of God offered in holy sacrifice, and she is the Magdalene, Apostle of Apostles, and her vow is her complete self-offering; there are these two works in the revelation of the Messiah, each taking up their role, their destiny, and their self-offering. The intention of her perpetual reincarnation is that always, in each generation, there may be at least one Gnostic Apostle - one who embodies this full Self-realization in the Messiah - Supernal Realization, and so can impart this Light Transmission, preserving the inner and secret Gnostic Apostolic Succession in this world, even in the darkest of times, until the ‘Day of the Lord,’ the End-Of-Days.
This, no doubt, is the most esoteric understanding of the commandment: “Keep awake.” Not just for the sake of oneself and one’s own salvation, but for the sake of the salvation of others, the salvation of all - the Great Work of Universal Salvation, which is the ‘Mother’s Way.’
Understand, as the Apostle of Apostles the Holy Bride is the Mother of Apostles, giving birth to the Apostolic Succession - the Continuum of Light Transmission; hence, the Holy Shekinah of Messiah, the Messiah and Shekinah of Messiah being One, just as the Eternal God and the Name of the Eternal God are One - Yahweh Elohim.
She was the first among the disciples to be completely awake, embodying full awakening, enlightenment - Christ or God Consciousness as embodied in Adonai Yeshua.
So it may be said that she continues to return in each generation, and sends many sparks of her soul in each generation, to continue to awaken souls and tend vigil with them to ‘keep awake’ until the return of the Lord, the full dawn of Christ or God Consciousness, or Supernal Realization.
As for the poor widow who put all that she had into the temple treasury, she understood the kingdom of heaven and the need to stay awake in a labor for the realization of the kingdom of heaven; she knew that life is short and the time for our labor for full spiritual or supernal realization is now. Likewise she demonstrates the very essence of this labor, love, charity, in self-offering: total and complete self-offering, passing away in the One, returning to be One. God bless her!
As for the legend of St. Lazarus (or Eleazar) as the ‘Eternal Witness,’ the one whom the Lord said would not die until his return, the meaning of this is very esoteric, but we can say that it is a movement, labor, parallel with that of the Magdalene and certainly connotes a vigil of ‘keeping awake.’ More than this, though, can only be spoken to one having a sense of the mystery already, one who may have come to believe that there may be some truth to this ancient tale of God’s power and some insight into God’s intention in it. It’s quite a wild and crazy tale - crazy wisdom I’d say!
These are some thoughts I can share.
May you abide always in the good company of the Shekinah of Messiah, awake in the Living Presence of the Infinite and Eternal One! Amen.
Re: Keep Awake (Mark 13:37)
Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:54 pm
Shalom Tau Malachi,
Praise God for these teachings and blessings in the Messiah—our Adonai!
I have been very taken by something you said: “Quite naturally when a gnostic reads, hears, ‘keep awake,’ they also read, hear ‘be resurrect,’ and ‘seek always a better resurrection…’”
There is a verse from Ephesians 5:14 that seems to speak to this: “Wake up O sleeper and arise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you.” This verse comes in the middle of a teaching to maintain awareness, and not fall into forgetfulness. I’m hearing “Messiah” here as the enlightenment experience itself. Therefore, is it saying, when we are fully awake and aware in the Lord, enlightenment will dawn?
There is also the question in the original verse: “And I say to you, what I say to all: keep awake.” Who is this “all” that Yeshua is speaking of? Could we hear this as Yeshua seeking to draw in all parts of the disciples? Because I was thinking of the contemplation you put forth in the original post of the necessity to always be aware and awake in the Spirit, and if we find ourselves falling out of awareness, to immediately return to be One.
What would allow us to fall asleep? Is it parts of ourselves that do not like the light? You have said that we are like a vast committee; some of us want one thing, and some of us want other things. Sometimes these parts of ourselves argue with each other and fight one another. The magic happens when we are all on-board with the same intention, the same will-desire, and hopefully this is God’s desire!
This contemplation has been making me consider Resurrection in a new way. Sometimes these things can seem so “out there”, so removed from us. Is this “all” that Yeshua speaks of, the "all" coming together with the One? I’m also getting a sense that this is how Yeshua was able to enact the mystery of the crucifixion and resurrection. Because you’ve said that in the crucifixion he literally merged his soul with the soul of the world, and this is how salvation was enacted. In order for his body to completely ascend, he also had to be of One Mind. The word healing is also coming to mind here, because healing means “to be made whole” and can also have implications of the union of opposites. Like when parts of ourselves no longer believe that they are separate from us—separate from the light presence.
This also reminding me of something Yeshua says on the sermon on the Mount: “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are single, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22. The Greek word for “single” here is “haplous” which means: single, simple, sound, healthy, and perfect. The idea of “perfect” here suggests this idea of healing where all is made whole.
Therefore, I am hearing this verse and the call of the Messiah, the enlightened nature out of darkness and into light. Another way of saying this is, calling us out of our stupor, to unite with the One in awareness. This awareness being that we were never separate and apart from the One.
May the Messiah unite all opposites in us, Amen!
Blessings and Shalom,
Re: Keep Awake (Mark 13:37)
Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:13 pm
Grace and peace to you from Hayyah Yeshua, the Living Messiah!
When we receive the Holy Light and Spirit from ‘above’ we undergo an initial awakening, and with that awakening we are established in the Way - Messiah. Until we receive the Holy Light and Spirit it is as though we are dead, a corpse that cannot see, hear, feel, smell, taste or touch the spiritual world, let alone perceive the true kingdom of heaven, the Pleroma of Light; but receiving the Holy Spirit we can see, hear, feel, smell, taste and touch in the Spirit, and as such there is awareness of the spiritual world, and the Reality of God - the Pleroma of Light. Having thus been stirred from sleep, forgetfulness, we must then strive with the Spirit of God to ‘stay awake,’ and more so to ‘fully awaken in the Lord,’ which is to say to realize conscious union with the Holy One.
Our initial awakening is just the beginning, for generally speaking it happens in a state of ignorance, twoness - the illusion of separation, and while we may experience various grades of nearness to God, and perhaps even taste, glimpse, oneness with God, our knowledge of God is partial and incomplete. In order to fully awaken we need to engage in an active and dynamic surrender to Divine Grace - the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, co-laboring with the Spirit of God to cultivate full presence of awareness, wakefulness, or mindfulness and alertness; and with this we co-labor to cultivate the full array of Divine Attributes, and to live according to the Truth and Light revealed to us, laboring to realize and embody the fullness of the Divine Presence - Christ or God Consciousness.
It is one thing to see, hear, feel, smell, taste and touch in the Spirit in nearness, twoness, it is another to see, hear and feel with God, and to smell, taste and touch with God, God being the seeing, hearing, feeling and so on, and so to embody the fullness of the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, in oneness; hence our body becoming as the Body of God, our heart as the Heart of God, our mind as the Mind of God, our soul as the Soul of God - this is the enlightenment and liberation of the soul, actual Self-realization.
In this process there is a progressive development of consciousness beyond the body, and at the same time a greater influx of consciousness into the body; joined with this there is an increasing presence of awareness through out all states of consciousness, waking consciousness, sleep and dream, and death and the afterlife, and specifically the generation of the presence of awareness during transitions between these states, as well as in them. Understand that this expresses the experience, reality, of the ‘resurrection’ among mystics and gnostics in the Messiah.
This naturally requires deep faith and love, and a passionate pursuit of the true knowledge of God in oneness with God. If, indeed, such an awakening, enlightenment, is to be brought to fruition, we must actively co-operate with Divine Grace, and this realization of oneness with God, the true knowledge of God - the ‘kingdom of heaven,’ must be our priority, the central orientation of our life. We must indeed ‘keep awake’ and not fall asleep again! May God help in this! Amen.
Understand that many initially attracted to mystical and gnostic spirituality do not necessarily have such passion, zeal, and rather than spiritual realization being the priority of their life, their orientation is all manner of other things of life. For this reason spirituality is often engaged as something like a ‘pass-time,’ an entertainment of sorts, or hobby on the side. Though perhaps there may be some initial awakening, and for a while some passion, some zeal, very often that fades and rather than God, the true Light, all manner of false lights of worldly things and endeavors distract and become the main preoccupation and thrust of life. Of course it is not that needs and desires in the world, the material, are a great problem in and of themselves, but as Yeshua clearly teaches us, ‘Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you.’ When that’s not the case the would-be mystic is in pursuit of worldly things separate and apart from the Spirit, or devoid of the Spirit, and so in effect has fallen ‘asleep,’ assuming there was an initial awakening.
For every sojourner, sincere or insincere, sleep, forgetfulness or mindlessness - lack of awareness, is a great danger, and falling into it we may be easily lead astray and turn away from the Straight Path and God, the True Light.
This is a struggle for all of us. Just consider how the lofty souls that were of the disciples of Adonai Yeshua at key times fell unconscious, whether at the transfiguration on the mountain or at Gethsemane. If those who were preordained to come into being as the the first Holy Apostles struggled so greatly at times, how about us living in these end-times?
It is true, we live and move and have our being in the Holy One - our very existence being an emanation of the One, and so we have never been separate and apart from the Holy One; but in the ignorance, the ‘great sleep,’ unconscious of our innate oneness we live in the illusion of separation, in what may be called ‘strange and fitful dreams’ - an aimless wandering through potentially endless incarnations in the unenlightened condition. Truly, the ‘Path of Return’ is all about awakening and staying awake, certainly so!
May we awaken, and may we stay awake; may the Holy Spirit help us fully awaken in the Lord! Amen.