Life’s Little Mysteries
There are so many things in life that defy explanation, not the least of which is the concept of God. No one was born with a knowledge of God and no one, I dare say, has ever talked to God – not even the preachers who begin their sermons with “last night God talked to me”. Religion, therefore, is a rather curious endeavor in that it tries to explain the unknowable. So when God said “let there be light” who was he talking to, inasmuch as the world had not yet been created.
Down through the ages man has tried to make God human in order to understand him better. However, in the process it was necessary to take certain liberties with the stories about God – stories which were often borrowed from older stories. For example, there’s the Lord’s Prayer which probably even people who aren’t religious have at least heard about. Now, the Lord’s Prayer was not unique to Christianity despite its repeated use in the Bible’s New Testament. Christianity, you see, borrowed it from Judaism as it can also be found in the Old Testament. It’s actually based on Talmudic sources as many of its verses have their origins in ancient Jewish prayer. The thing is – so much of what passes for Judaism and Jewish law can actually be traced back to Egypt. First, there’s the obvious connection to Moses who was steeped in esoteric traditions based on the training he received from Egyptian priests. Beyond that, one can also look at the Egyptian “Book of the Dead” which contains a similar, and much older, version of the Ten Commandments.
It’s also instructive to examine the Talmud, the rabbinical interpretation of Jewish law, which says that Amen (the closing from The Lord’s Prayer) is a name for God. Interestingly enough, Amen was actually the very ancient name given by the Egyptians to their God who they referred to as “the hidden one”. So, one could say that the Lord’s Prayer is really an Egyptian prayer to their god Amen which was later adopted by religions that came afterwards. As for the ancient Egyptians themselves, they have long been mischaracterized as pagans when, in reality, they were praying to their one god, the first cause, long before the pharaoh Akhenaton (who is considered by many to be the father of monotheism).
While this could well be very interesting to some, one might ask why it matters. Well, it matters because beneath the surface there has been a long-running battle between two diametrically opposed forces, both trying to win over the hearts and minds of mankind. For the last 1,700 years, the world has heard, almost exclusively, one side of the story which is reflected in the religious dogma of the day. All the while, the other side of the story has been dismissed as heresy and the books and writings of an important philosophy destroyed (e.g. the Library of Alexandria).
But in 1945, the “truth” took an interesting turn. In that year, a treasure trove of ancient documents was discovered in the Egyptian desert. The find is referred to as the Nag Hammadi Library. The Nag Hammadi Library, along with the Gospel of Judas (which was found in 1970s), are Gnostic texts. The Gnostic texts are important because in ancient times the Gnostics were the keepers of the secrets of the universe (referred to by some as The Mysteries), which you could only learn if you were an initiate of their group. Similarly, the Bible tells us that Jesus never intended his teachings to be for the masses, only for his disciples.
While the world was obsessing over the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Library was relegated to relative obscurity. Recently, however, the ancient masters’ teachings have finally been published. One of the most important mysteries promulgated by the Gnostics was that God is the spirit and the light within us. According to the Bible, Jesus echoed the Gnostics belief as he taught his disciples that the kingdom of God lies within. Even science (quantum physics) has come to the conclusion that our reality is an expression of a deeper order of existence that exists beyond space and time. The consensus then is that man is really a spiritual being having a human experience rather than a human being having a spiritual experience!
Voltaire once wrote that even if God did not exist, man would have to invent him. So while religion has brought the discussion about God to the masses, it did so through the invention of superficial surface stories. Just as with Jesus or the Gnostics, the common man has never been allowed to explore the deeper esoteric truths about God. Therefore, it is important for people everywhere to finally learn the truth about who they are and their place in creation. Interestingly enough, science has had some breakthroughs on this front. Recent scientific theory states that the human genome is a hologram and that the universe is a virtual reality matrix driven by intelligent design. More meaningful to you and I and how we lead our daily lives is that science says that matter is basically an illusion which springs from a non-physical reality. This has relevance in that it means that thoughts create. For example, it can be demonstrated scientifically how things such as bio-feedback, prayer and positive thinking techniques work since they are all involve creating reality through controlling the thought process.
From a religious standpoint, what it all boils down to is this: salvation isn’t a right, it’s a choice. It requires that people choose to walk the path of life that all the enlightened ones have taken. It’s a path of exploration of the divine light within and becoming co-creators in the universe, as opposed to living by faith alone. Now that’s what I call one of life’s little mysteries.