Earth’s Crisis and Evolution Series- Part 1 Finding Commonality in Religious and Spiritual Pathways

“THE HOLY SPIRIT is actually the activating agent of Knowledge. It is the communication of God to awaken.” Secret 298

“The PURPOSE OF THIS IS KNOWLEDGE. There is no one to idolise. There are no heroes here. We remain invisible. You cannot worship us. In time, you will understand the wisdom of this and why it is so essential in order for us to be effective. Even the great ones in your world who have gone so far, who contributed their Knowledge, did not seek to become idols of worship. It is their Knowledge that has been neglected, for people are afraid of Knowledge, yet Knowledge is the purpose.” Secret 299 Secrets of Heaven – Mystery Teachings of The Angels – Marshall Vian Summers

Our religions are a methodology for connection to the sacred, yet wars have been fought in their name and still we have religious division and violence. Human beings will never fully agree on everything that is the nature of being human; having contrasts and challenges to our beliefs help us evolve into better human beings. Whether we believe in a god or gods, creation stories, paganism or goddesses, or spiritual alternatives, we have a spark inside of us that KNOWS there is something greater than the physical beings we are and that our planet and universe works in a dynamic whole. The New Message from God is re-teaching this deep inner connection to the sacred intelligence within us called “Knowledge.” It is a modern teaching for our times with an expansion of a greater cosmology where Knowledge has been lost, hidden in ancient teachings, misunderstood and misinterpreted for a myriad of reasons.

This first part of the series focuses on aspects of sacred Knowledge within some religions and the spiritual essence individuals seek within awaits discovery through the sacred presence within their own spiritual heritage. Answers to our prayers for the world today can be given when we recognise we are all on the same journey whatever the pathway chosen and we connect with each other’s light of Knowledge within. Then we can serve our destiny and help humanity by bringing unity where there is division and support through the fastest and most challenging evolutionary chapter of human history.

I begin by drawing attention to “the prestigious Gifford Lectureships, established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887) who was a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland bequeathed to the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen sponsorship for lectures to “promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term—in other words, the knowledge of God”. From this excellent resource I quote Seyyed Hossian Nasr Iranian University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University:

 “In the Orient knowledge has always been related to the sacred and to spiritual perfection. To know has meant ultimately to be transformed by the very process of knowing, as the Western tradition was also to assert over the ages before it was eclipsed by the post medieval secularization and humanism that forced the separation of knowing from being and intelligence from the sacred. The Oriental sage has always embodied spiritual perfection; intelligence has been seen ultimately as a sacrament, and knowledge has been irrevocably related to the sacred and its actualization in the being of the knower. And this relation continues wherever and whenever tradition still survives despite all the vicissitudes of the modern world.”  Source: The Preface of “Knowledge & The Sacred”

Let me now consider the above perspective with types of Knowledge in Hinduism.  Here we learn this: “Traditionally, the religious knowledge of Hinduism is divided into two broad categories namely Sruti and Smriti.

“Sruti constitutes the knowledge which has been heard from heaven or from an extra-terrestrial source. It refers to the knowledge which is not man-made (apaurusheya), suggesting its divine or unearthly origin. In Hinduism, the Vedas are considered sruti because their source is believed to be God himself. You will also find many texts in Hinduism, which attribute their source to a divine being such as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Indra, Ganesha, Devi and so on. By definition, they too should be considered Sruti only. Some teacher traditions also claim divine origin of the knowledge taught by their gurus.

Sruti is eternal and indestructible knowledge.

Smriti is the learned or remembered knowledge. Traditionally, the entire body of Hindu religious literature, except the Vedas, constitutes Smriti. Smriti is transient and subject to changes according to time and place. Hence, it is useful but not very reliable to ascertain truth.” Source: www.hinduwebsite.com

In the New Message we call Knowledge Gods intelligence within us and our personal mind which we associate with day to day knowledge is different from this. Are we not hearing the same explanation above?

In Judaism, there is a complex layer of how the Jews work with and understand Knowledge (however I see it in a similar vein). Traditionally knowledge of the sacred scriptures is handed down generation to generation with learning as a key part of developing in the Jewish tradition. However in Jewish apocrypha, (texts written in the Jewish religious tradition either in the Intertestamental period or in the early Christian era, but outside the Christian tradition which do not include books in the canonical Hebrew Bible, nor those accepted into the canon of some or all Christian faiths), we find earlier reference to literature containing hidden Knowledge.

“Certain circles in Judaism, such as the Essenes in Judea and the Therapeutae in Egypt, were said to have a “secret” literature (see Dead Sea scrolls). The Pharisees were also familiar with these texts. A large part of this “secret” literature was the apocalypses. Based on unfulfilled prophecies, these books were not considered scripture, but rather part of a literary form that flourished from 200 BCE to 100 CE. These works usually bore the names of ancient Hebrew worthies to establish their validity among the true writers’ contemporaries. To reconcile the late appearance of the texts with their claims to primitive antiquity, alleged authors are represented as “shutting up and sealing” (Dan. xii. 4, 9) the works until the time of their fulfillment had arrived; as the texts were not meant for their own generations but for far-distant ages (also cited in Assumption of Moses i. 16-17).

This literature was highly treasured by many Jewish enthusiasts, in some cases more so than the canonical scriptures. The book of 4 Ezra reinforces this theory: when Ezra was inspired to dictate the sacred scriptures that were destroyed in the overthrow of Jerusalem, “in forty days they wrote ninety-four books: and it came to pass when the forty days were fulfilled that the Highest spake, saying: the first that thou hast written publish openly that the worthy and unworthy may read it; but keep the seventy last that thou mayst deliver them only to such as be wise among the people; for in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom and the stream of knowledge.” (4 Ezra xiv. 44 sqq.) Such esoteric books are apocryphal, in the original conception of the term.” Source: Jewish Apocrypha – Spiritual Life

Apocryphal teachings play a big part in the founding of most religions. Revelation and oral transmission of the teachings begin the service of the messages coming from a greater source. Later they are ‘canonised’ into scholarly and theological text and methodology.

Buddhism is no different in how it began, however in Buddhism there is no belief in one creator God. The Eightfold Path of Buddhism including the Four Noble Truths is based upon the release of suffering and the eternal cycle of rebirth in order to purify the being. Read more here: https://thinkbuddhism.com/noble-eightfold-path-meaning-practice/

“The Buddha was uninterested in the question of God; and Buddhist tradition has been unanimous that a creator-God in the sense in which he is thought to exist by Christians for example, simply does not exist. Suffering, for Buddhists, is the result of our ignorance, not understanding the way things really are, and we all live our lives in the light of that failure in understanding. The central dimension of such misunderstanding lies in our not appreciating that everything in our experience by its very nature is impermanent. All such things change, ourselves most of all. Suffering results from holding on, trying in our experiences and in our lives to ‘fix things’ so that they do not break up and cease to be. Clearly we are doomed to failure. We need to let go, but this letting go has to occur at a very deep level indeed since we have been confused, and suffering, in this manner for infinite lifetimes.” Source: Paul Williams – The New Lion Handbook of The World’s Religions – edited by Dr Christopher Partridge.

Considering the teachings of the New Message from God which at this stage would be considered apocryphal (although they are written down and the voice of revelation recorded so that our modern world can hear it), we find similarities from the above Buddhist teachings. In the journey of the soul and through studying The Steps to Knowledge there are releasing and unburdening teachings that echo what the Buddha taught all those years ago. The difference with the Path of Knowledge is that a Greater God is mentioned throughout the teachings, yet re birthing to purify the soul is similar and placed into a greater cosmology with an explanation about the return to God from separation. It is the ‘Knowledge’ within us that is the spark of God’s intelligence that keeps us on a call to return to our Ancient Home within the heart of God. Our lives here are a workplace where we release our burdens and suffering in physical existence by the service we give and the deeper connection we make with Knowledge within us and beyond us.

There has been a mushrooming of people seeking ‘spirituality’ outside of mainstream religion. Especially with concern for the environment many are turning to what are termed ‘Pagan’ beliefs as well as ‘New Age’ angelic and channelling avenues. Whilst these have an importance in the evolution of human consciousness, spirituality and ultimately religion, they have caused great confusion in many people and have a tendency to make people think ‘spirituality’ is an ‘escape from life’. Life is the spiritual teacher; we come here to serve and to unlock our true spiritual beings as much as we can on a physical plane. However it is beyond this physicality that we will complete our journey.

No religion knew this better than the one true Western religion now forgotten and denigrated – Druidism. The Druids later embraced Christianity through the one god belief but Christianity is an Eastern religion with its roots in Judaism. Druidism is solely western and we can learn much from its philosophy and teachings. Let me quote from the leading Celtic authority Jean Markale

“Every effort must be made during an individual’s human life to command respect for justice. The druids were also legislators and judges who looked after the implementation of divine justice. What was least tolerated by the druids was injustice. They wished to see the perfection of the Otherworld realised in this world, which is, perhaps, the only means of escaping death.

But in order to install perfection in this world it is necessary to know how to present the perfection of the Otherworld for this is the justification for the quest. Each individual, recognised as autonomous, free, and endowed with specific talents. Has the duty of attempting the quest and returning to tell what he has seen. All the “questers” will not have seen the same thing, and so the individual experience will enrich the group. The best illustration of this kind, of course, is the Knights of the Round Table, a conception inherited in large part from the druids. Each knight achieves a solitary and singular quest toward a single goal, the Grail for example. But when the knight returns to the court to recount what he has seen one feels very strongly that the responsibility of the group is engaged in the individual action of one of its members.

Therein lies the paradox. But druidic thought is paradoxical because it pertains to a heterology. It is a dialectical thought. God is the Whole. God, therefore, is the multiform grouping of all individual actions. There is unity within the multiple and a multiplicity within the unit. This is the spot where Celtic logic digs a ditch in front of Mediterranean logic. Druidic logic is neither collectivist nor individualistic; it is both simultaneously, since it refuses all dualism. It has been said that this is an irrational kind of thinking, but this makes no sense as the irrational does not exist, or rather it is simply a mental structure not based on the same references as those of the predominant and everyday rationalism of any given civilisation. The Greeks and Romans did not understand the Celts, but they did often admire them. Their failure to understand the Celts was normal. The Celts themselves certainly did not understand the Greek and Roman thought process. In any event, it is proof of the infinite variety of the human mind, which, when confronted by the realities of existence and fate, succeeds in finding explanations, justifications and solutions. The concept of one single universal tradition is a decoy. If such a tradition came from a unique revelation in primitive times – from the Golden Age, for example – traces of it could be found. But outside of the tendency toward syncretism, which scrambles data instead of clarifying it, it is difficult to discern a “dark and profound unity” in human thought. Furthermore, this unity of human thought would be an impoverishment of human thought. Because God and the world are in a state of perpetual Becoming, it is up to each individual and each collectivity to bring something to it. That convergences will occur is a certainty. That there may be mistakes, reversals, oversights, and misunderstandings is obvious. The human spirit seeks itself in seeking the “Grail”, whatever that may be. This is the meaning of the quest, a word that means “search.” The Quest is mandatory. No one can hide from it without shame upon oneself vis a vis the collectivity.” He continues further in this chapter:

“Druidism is a humanist belief, but is a sacred humanism. The monist conception of the druids is such that there is no distinction made between the sacred and the profane. The human being is sacred. It is because he has forgotten this idea that the universe is in the grip of dark forces. Druidism, therefore, presents itself as a perfectly coherent, perfectly organized, perfectly human and divine system for going the furthest possible way toward the discovery of the shores of the marvellous island where finally, contradictions are revealed for what they are, merely the sterile games of a thought that doubts itself. It is a generous attempt at the reconciliation of individuals with themselves.” Source:  ‘The Quest’ p236 – 238 from the book “The Druids – Celtic Priests of Nature”

As you can read here there are many aspects of Druidism that teach the deeper spirituality within us and as you can see above can also be found in the depths of other religions.

The Way of Knowledge as a pathway includes a Greater Community Spirituality Could this possibly be the Otherworld referred to in druidism? We can but ponder, however the teachings of the New Message from God fuse many religious teachings in a new way expanding upon them to help us deal with what we now face in the 21st century. What the druids called the ‘Otherworld’ is not heaven but a greater universe we are all part of. Like the Buddhist re birth cycle we come into this world, we learn to purify our suffering and we go deeper into the connection with our true self. In the New Message that true self is Knowledge and it teaches that we have a learning group to report back to which is our Spiritual Family. We are here on earth like the Knights of the Round Table to give our individual gifts back to the collective whole. We are on a pathway of return to wholeness and each of those pathways are like golden roads leading up all sides of the mountain, providing different but connected views and experiences that we finally converge into one whole which we call ‘The Sacred or God.’

I feel blessed that I can walk the way of Knowledge, share in the Interfaith Movement and with each religious pathway in my own way. I have an inner freedom and an inner strength in relationship with Knowledge within, I have found my purpose and I follow my destiny with trust in the mystery of life as I serve in this world.

This series is to help those who wish to find their true self within their own pathway and consider deeply the realization that each of us has a commonality of purpose with every person, irrespective of religious label, nationality, and culture or job title. The jewel of Knowledge is within every one and in each of those pathways, just dig deep enough to find the treasure within.

Earth’s Crisis and Evolution Series – Introduction

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Spiritual Teacher and Emissary of Knowledge

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