Glimpses of Esoteric Christianity Part 1


There is additional to Truth of the matter and Truth than what elementary minds would want to go after and take into consideration. It typically appears a lot more cozy to sit in the dark in which we see nothing than to confront the blinding gentle. Is the blindness the similar in both equally cases? The former is blissful ignorance, the latter an initial shock–but 1 that at some point presents solace to the soul. It is the brave unique that seeks Reality no matter how agonizing or stunning it may well be. In this paper we do not fake to represent Truth of the matter, we basically give instructions to it. Due to the fact there are all those that request Fact, humankind could be categorized into two distinct groups:

1) “The Several,” the believers, those people who are devoted and satisfied with the dogmas of their creed and resistant to any teachings that contradicts and upsets their beliefs and religion, which includes the better revelations of the Paraclete, or the Holy Spirit.

2) “The Few,” the seekers, those who are jaded with irrational faiths and creeds that do not fulfill the intellect nor the escalating conscience of the internal self, and who look for spiritual knowledge and experience to fill the vacant heart of religious craving. St. Martin, the co-founder of Martinism, phone calls this 2nd team, “Adult men of Wish.”

Recognizing this division inside of humankind ever because the spring of existence, the better intelligences that oversees the evolution of guy instituted religions with twin sections that catered to the two kinds of guys. It has been acknowledged by the non secular guardians, the “Small Spirits” of Martinism that the masses of person are as yet much too puerile to participate in their individual salvation and the unfoldment of their divinity. Only the few experienced the capacity of doing so. Religion, for that reason, has its mysteries, an esoteric facet to its character, founded for the nurture and nourishment of those people couple of who had been certified to receive the larger teachings that would stimulate the awakening and unfoldment of their divine consciousness, their seed probable of Christhood, or Buddhahood, and build them firmly on the route of discipleship, that they may well grow to be initiates of the Holy Spirit.

“But we talk the knowledge of God in a secret, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained in advance of the entire world unto our glory.” (1Co:2:7)

Faith, to be of worth, need to achieve the hearts of adult men standing at many grades of the evolutionary ladder, as depicted in the symbolism of Jacob’s aspiration. Its doctrines and precepts should incorporate equally elementary and advanced teachings of Cosmic laws that would assist man in fulfilling the historical threefold injunction: “Know thyself, know thyself as God, and know they enemy.” Teachings ideal for the several are identified as “esoteric.” St. Paul known as these kinds of manna “meat,” in contradistinction to the “milk” appropriate for the quite a few–or the “babes”–people whose soul-working experience, particular evolution, and consciousness are nevertheless on the elementary amount. Origen, one particular of the early Fathers of Christianity, taught that only when the users of the church’s congregation ceased to do evil would the esoteric side, or key mysteries be exposed. Sinners were being explained to not to sin, but notwithstanding the simplicity of this principle, the early Christian pursuing found it tough to place this teachings into follow, and sincere seekers, as a outcome, turned scarce. Slowly, the portal of the “strait and slender gate” was shut and withdrawn from the Christian establishment and its existence forgotten by lay customers and priesthood alike. The “keys” to the Kingdom of Heaven have been no for a longer time in the hands of the Apostle Peter’s successors–the very nature of these “keys” are unknown to most religious representatives of God, even far more so to the lay follower. The latter is unconscious of its existence.

These days, blind leaders mislead their equally blind followers with a salvation based mostly on a untrue interpretation of the scriptures. But this affliction has actually always existed in the previous in the temples of spiritual instruction. The Master Jesus was pretty vocal pertaining to these mis-leaders of the Spiritual Legislation.

Religion in its first intent, was intended to convey to the minds and hearts of gentleman at a specific position of his mental and religious advancement the Mystery Knowledge of the Ages. Humankind is envisioned to be dependable for their possess salvation and flexibility from the bondage of issue. Due to the fact person is evolving and progressing towards the Light-weight, revelation would need to be continuous to fulfill man’s constant inquiry, escalating awareness and comprehension of the Character of Getting, the ontology of his Soul. Resistance to even more revelations of the “Comforter,” is an act of fanaticism and brings about the evolutionary impulse of the resisting a single to stall and lengthen the sleep of consciousness in the tomb of make any difference. It was the opposition of gnosis, the Ancient Wisdom, and progressive revelation that triggered the esoteric facet of religions, especially Christianity, to withdraw formally from the outer, exoteric operate and form themselves into mystery societies and Orders, preserving the top secret teachings in their archives. It is the esoteric side of faith that infuses everyday living into the institution as a whole. Faith without the mystical factor, will become a farce, a sham, and a fertile subject for corruption. Dogmas and foundationless beliefs and faiths just insult human intelligence, and the revolt of the human soul struggling for enlightenment occurs as a organic final result.

Prophets and sages, exponents of gnosis, launched religions and societies with the intention of top the masses many methods ahead in their ascension toward the Gentle. They even gave hints of an highly developed approach that would speed up the non secular advancement of all those who would tread these a route. The Master Jesus made available the “strait and narrow gate.” Jeremiah performing as Omneity’s scribe and mouth-piece, recommended that humankind “. . . inquire for the historical paths. (Jer 6:16)” Quite a few tales to be discovered in the scriptures are consultant of manuals of sensible spiritual procedures of growth. For occasion we have, Jacob’s Ladder Elijah’s mount working experience the a variety of phases of Moses’ encounters with Divinity the Merkabah or sky-chariot of Ezekiel Jesus’s 40-day fast on the Mount with Satan the situations in Jesus’s lifestyle, and so on.

Quite a few of the precepts, rites, tenets, and principles of Christianity originated from aged religions and Secret Educational facilities. This fact might be discerned ought to a review of comparative religions be carried out. For occasion, the doctrine of heaven and hell, the last judgment, the mediation of the Logos on behalf of humanity’s salvation, and the Eucharist–all have their counterpart in the cult of Mithras, Zoroastrianism and the Essenes. It is also in the industry of probability that the illumined minds of the founders of religion have been enlightened with the identical illumination of the Spirit about Cosmic legislation of the universe that directs just about every spark of God. This would account for the several similarities involving many religions. Truth of the matter is everlasting and immutable, as it is A single. The manner Fact is conveyed may perhaps vary from society to culture, from age to age, but its critical nature is endlessly the similar. Founders of religions ended up, and are, amazing beings from the viewpoint of an unenlightened humanity. Nevertheless, every and every enlightened-one particular train of the possibility of male attaining the really very same state of divine godhood by unfolding his non secular probable and emulating the fantastic kinds who incarnate to present the Way, to Moksha, to Flexibility.

Aspect of the Historic Knowledge or the gnosis of the Bodhisattvas, were recorded in ancient scriptures these kinds of as the Avesta, the Vedas, the Tao Teh Ching, the Guide of Dzan, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and many other publications thought of apocryphal. Particular facets of the Ancient Knowledge was conveyed orally from Grasp to chela, this kind of as the Qabalah of Judaism, for occasion.

Esoteric Christianity, as a useful collective-stream corresponding to bhakti, raja, jnana, kundalini, laya, and karma yoga, is the gnosis taught by Grasp Jesus to an inner circle of learners. Its precepts and doctrines are centered on the Historic Wisdom. Jesus, on the other hand, revealed more superior elements of the gnosis for the disciples of the new dispensation, the Piscean and the Aquarian Age. And yet, even to his most foremost disciples he declared that there ended up greater teachings which they were being not as nonetheless qualified to obtain:

“I have lots of things to say to you, but ye can’t bear them now.” (John 16:12)

Right here Jesus hints at the continuity of revelation, and the assure that bigger teachings shall be offered at the suitable time. We may well properly check with, “are the present votaries of Christianity receiving these teachings in this current age?” Is the mother nature of these teachings regarded?

There was a common perception in the early times of the Church’s inception that Jesus remained with his disciples for a substantial interval right after his ascension, for the intent of instructing them even further on the gnosis. A gnostic operate titled “Pistis Sophia” declares that Jesus was with his disciples for eleven decades immediately after the resurrection. St. Iraneus, bishop of Lyons, concurred with this perception, even while he attacked most, if not all, of the other gnostic concepts. In his e-book “From Heresies,” he wrote that the Apostles them selves testified that Jesus lived to an aged age. In connection with this, 1 miracles at the report of Jesus’ grave staying in Srinagar, India, as pointed out by community natives residing in the space.

According to a contemporary university of Esoteric Christianity, the gnosis transmitted from Initiator to candidate ended up divided into two sections:

1) The Purifying Mysteries–for the sinner who wishes to be cleansed of karmic tendencies and stains.

2) The Illuminating Mysteries–for people who want to probe and comprehend reality and Maya the microcosm and the macrocosm, etc.

Initiators of the spiritual gnosis are the mythic Peters that guards the pearly gates of Heaven. They keep the keys of illumination, knowledge and the rules that would support the prospect to enter Heaven, the Kingdom of God in his consciousness–exactly in which Jesus pointed out exactly where it would be–within oneself and not in the afterlife or in some physical locale on earth. His parables are plenty of to convince just one of this.

The existence of esoteric teachings inside early Christianity have been described by particular Church Fathers this kind of as Origen, Clement of Alexandria and Ignatius. They praised the mystical teachings hugely and would have proclaimed them from rooftops had it not been for the opposition of the dull minds of worldly adult males, some of whom ended up appareled in priests’ habit. This in point was finished by Origen, and he was anathemized hundreds of years later on by the Emperor Justinius who presided around the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 553 Advert. Many of Origen’s performs were being put to the flames. We experienced previously stated how the gnosis was withdrawn from general public consciousness. The many church councils convened through the centuries, later on supplanted the gnosis with impious creeds and dogmas which no longer reflected the original teachings of Jesus.

Among learners of esotericism there are all those who take into account Joseph of Arimathea to have been the guardian of the esoteric church of Christianity, just as “Peter” was regarded as to be the leader of the temporal church. The esoteric church was named the “Solution Church of the Holy Grail.” As the tale goes, Joseph, a key disciple of Jesus, journeyed to Glastonbury, England, having together with him certain relics claimed to be loaded with divine virtue. Amongst these relics was the grail, the chalice used by Jesus during the “Last Supper” and the spear that wounded him when he was hanging on the cross. Since of corruption in just the church in subsequent years, the Grail disappeared from the actual physical aircraft. The Order of the Knights of the Round Desk was set up by King Arthur and Merlin for the quest of the Grail. In real truth, the search probably happened within just the Soul, for the Grail, from a single level of look at, symbolizes a religious theory in man’s remaining. It is claimed that only the pure may perhaps see God. Sir Galahad, the young Knight who located the Grail, according to a single edition of the Grail legend, represented the purified nature of guy. Only in this sort of a purified state is it possible for gentleman to “see” God–and dwell–to stay, but no for a longer time as an regular mortal, for the lower facets of his getting would have “perished” in God’s consuming, transmuting flame.


The Order of the Grail was not the only department of Esoteric Christianity. Gnostics assert that they too, have been bequeathed the mystery teachings of Jesus, with a “Doctrine of the Coronary heart,” transmitted to them through lesser recognised apostles this sort of as Thomas and Mark. In the head of Gnostics, Peter always represented the exoteric side of Christianity. Some Gnostics affirm that Simon Magus was the founder of Gnosticism. Nothing at all substantially is identified about this mysterious individuality apart from that in Functions in the New Testament he clashed with Peter in a psychic battle and was vanquished. Numerous believe that this story was fabricated by the monks of exoteric Christianity to discredit Gnosticism as a entire.

Gnosis, from which the term Gnosticism is derived, arrives from the Greek phrase “Gnostikos,” which usually means 1 who has awareness. It is outlined by Bishop John Bricaud in his e book Esoteric Christian Doctrine as,

“The supreme spiritual science, that is the real information of the a few worlds, divine, spiritual, product, as very well as their relationships.”

Gnosticism presents to college students mystery approaches of inquiry and entry into the soul’s inner depth. Beliefs and mere religion had been not advocated in the teachings of the Gnostic Masters.

St. Iraneus, as talked about before, attacked Gnostics for their mystical notions. He declared their religious literary operates, their gospels, as currently being complete of blasphemy. It is uncomplicated to discern why Iraneus was opposed to their doctrines. Gnosticism supplied seekers direct entry to Omneity, and this very problem undermined the placement of the priesthood as the meant intermediaries, as the only so-named legitimate way for seekers to tactic God. Gnostics on their side, opposed the a few-fold process proven within just orthodox Christianity: doctrine, ritual, and the church hierarchy. The historic Gnostics were being people today who sought knowledge and knowledge, pragmatically, by means of personalized practical experience. From their standpoint, the doctrines taught by Jesus had been more significant than the male himself. The historic actuality of Jesus was not a issue of any great import. The mystical and legendary Christ were their sole issue, their only guides and suitable. The rules of God, our relation to Reality and Truth–to Gnostics were far more critical than the personality of the exponent of individuals revelations. To them, the next coming of Christ normally takes place mystically, within the consciousness of one’s staying. Basilides, Valentinus, Marcus, and Marcion were being some of the eminent Gnostics that formed Gnostic imagined.

Gnosticism, like several other cults and societies, ended in several schisms, triggered by differences in the interpretation of Fact. Absolute Real truth is inapprehendable by human intellect. Relative truths have this weird attribute of presenting various sides of Complete Fact that from a single perspective look genuine, from yet another appear untrue, and yet from yet another, tends to make no difference at all.

In 1945, in Egypt, at Nag Hamaddi, certain gnostic manuscripts were being uncovered, among which was the Gospel of Thomas. This operate is composed of a assortment of sayings of Jesus, and is regarded by some scholars as the principal source of Jesus’ sayings to be discovered in the 4 canonical gospels. We will talk about briefly some of the sayings to be identified in the Gospel.

“Blessed is the lion which a man eats so that the lion gets a male. But cursed is the gentleman whom a lion eats so that the male gets to be a lion.” (Gospel of Thomas Expressing No.7)

The which means of this indicating is very similar to expressing No.116:

“Cursed is the flesh that relies upon on the soul, and cursed is the soul that depends on the flesh!” (Ibid. Expressing No.116)

The carnal self, or the bestial mother nature in person is usually portrayed as a lion. Alchemical writers of the earlier produced use of this symbolism profusely. To consume a lion is the procedure of transmuting and sublimating man’s lower impulses. This is in accord with the evolutionary urge which is prompted by the increased impulses of man’s religious character. Conversely, to let animal instincts to rule and tyrannize the larger features of our becoming is to figuratively, be eaten by the lion by permitting its persona to be superimposed on our Genuine Self. This in a sense is worshipping an idol, a bogus god, that misleads man’s senses and consciousness in the labyrinth of Maya. Male should discover himself with his Atma, his religious character, and not conclude that his decreased principles with their needs are his Truth. Attachment to the flesh benefits in suffering and sorrow, and person is cursed by this sort of conditions that binds his soul to the wheel of birth and rebirth, as graciously pointed out to us by Gautama, the Buddha. This divine messenger of God gave us the 8-fold route as a way of escape from the turmoil in the soul. The Christ gave us the prime commandment to really like, which if lived and applied within just our thoughts and inner thoughts, would yoke the Fragment to the Complete.

“Blessed is the male who has laboured he has found lifetime!” (Ibid. Stating No.63)

Man’s goal consciousness is in a condition of dying–spiritual demise. He moves, and thinks inside God’s remaining like a zombie. Blind to spiritual realities and verities, and to his divine possible, man depends excessively on an irreligious science and an unscientific religion that dulls as nicely as stimulate his mind and emotions with an artificial, mechanized living that degrades the soul. Lifestyle is Actuality, and people who look for the increased life should labour in the winery of the soul to awaken the consciousness of the Kingdom of God. All that is temporal, transient, is unreal. Almost nothing in this a few-dimensional globe is Genuine in the absolute feeling of the phrase, for every little thing is in a point out of fluctuation, of turning into. The Serious does not improve. The dependency on disorders, relations, and objects in this unreal earth for one’s mental and emotional perfectly-currently being and safety sooner or later upsets the equilibrium of overall body, head, and soul, and benefits in inharmony, in illness, and in suffering. Illness is an absence of the bountiful force of Life. God is Life, and Everyday living in the bodily motor vehicle of gentleman is to be located in the blood. The denial of God’s existence inside and devoid of us is to deny the pretty foundation of our existence, the quite everyday living-power in just our currently being. According to a person faculty of assumed, disintegration occurs on a religious stage to all the concepts or factors comprising male should really this denial be a frequent condition incarnation immediately after incarnation. The closest proximity that such an unfortunate being could get to the daily life-essence, consequently God, to survive spiritually, is by blood-drop. This points out the acts of depravity of these who indulge in blood-sacrifices, vampirism, and murder.

Matter gives a wonderful problem to the Moi. It presents resistance to its etherealization, the accomplishment and mastery of which awards male with the unfoldment of his Christhood. No other remaining can execute this for us by proxy. We precipitated this problem for ourselves by our demand of totally free-will in the higher states of existence. It is the mission and prerogative of gentleman to help you save his soul and thus obtain a higher lifestyle, a bigger consciousness, a higher point out of getting, and to protected for himself a long term position in the Kingdom of God as a pillar of perfection.

“He who is near me is in the vicinity of the fire, and he who is significantly from me is considerably from the kingdom.” (Ibid. Stating No.86)

The fireplace referred to right here is the spark of God within man’s coronary heart. This spark is the divine facet of man entombed inside of subject. It corresponds to the sun in the photo voltaic method and is the resource of life within just the physique. Hindu mystics describe this flame as a divine staying meditating in the heart of the anahata chakra. They phone this divine spark “Dahara,” which indicates “minuscule,” with “overtones of radiance.” (Encyclopedic Dictionary of Yoga, by Georg Feuerstein)

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