Wednesday, December 19, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Today i conclude the initiate series. We have learnt what initiation means, we have travelled throughout the ages from Orpheus all the way to H.P. Blavatsky. But, what can we conclude of the lives of these initiates, how can we relate our lives to them, can we be like them, can we take the path like they did and how can we as seekers, if that is what we are, find that path, which will lead us to similar ends as these initiates have reached.
Going back through my notes on the meaning of initiation, what i can say is that, initiation is not a destination; initiation is not a moment when you are revealed some truth that will change your life and, make you greater than everyone else. Regardless of whether you go through a ritual that stated that you are initiated or not, the process of Initiation is your whole life. We have such a wrong conception of what initiation is, that, we tend to wait to join a particular group, or have a certain experience, if that doesn’t happen, we immediately shut down from ourselves, the possibility that we, in our daily lives could be going through the whole process of initiation.
From child hood to adulthood we are constantly being initiated into ideas, groups, all our learning, and conditioning, all our negative and positive experiences are initiations. The problem with the idea of initiation, in modern times is, that, it is usually likened to being initiated into a secret society, a religion or with having a mystical experience, and it might rightly be so. The reason for seeking initiation in that way is a problem, because, people are simply seeking for escapism from their daily lives, rather than, truly seeking to enter, into contact with the sacred.
I can stand here and explain to you how Orpheus descended into hades and ascended once again and how his story is related to Persephone’s myth and how both myths have been used for thousands of years, by secret societies, to initiate people into the ancient mysteries. But do we really need to know that? Are we really ready to experience a similar ordeal and understand its true meaning? What one can highlight about Orpheus, is that, he, like the other initiates, was not only a seeker, but also a practical man.
Orpheus travelled extensively from Europe to Egypt and from Egypt to Chaldea and all the way to india. Orpheus was initiated into the mysteries, but what is important, is that he was a serious seeker he was not seeking to be initiated just to feel contempt for himself or to seek aggrandizement. As a matter of fact when Orpheus returned to Greece, with all the knowledge he acquired he restored the ancient mysteries which at the time were in decline. The restoration of the ancient mysteries by Orpheus gave a spark to the Hellenic world that l continued until the time of Apollonius of tyana.
Apollonius like Orpheus travelled the world seeking and spreading truth. Orpheus exact personal details are lost to us in the mist of time, but for our fortune Apollonius life was recorded in 200 A.D, by a poet and writer called philostratus. What was striking of Apollonius life, was not that he travelled so extensively, especially in that age, and not that he was so knowledgeable, but again he was also a practical man. In one occasion, and perhaps the most important episode of his life, was that, when he was studying Pythagorean philosophy, he shocked his teacher because he wanted to practice every single instruction left by Pythagoras in his books. Apollonius teacher thought him to be crazy; but, Apollonius understood that, if he did not followed the way of life suggested by Pythagoras, then it would have been a waste of time to have studied his teachings. Apollonius life was defined by this decision, his way of life became an example to all those true seekers in the Mediterranean and he was well received in all courts and in all countries for his virtues, and discipline.
We jump further more than a millennia to the renaissance in Europe. Apollonius had passed away already more than a thousand years, but again in this period men like him were rising to bring light to those in the darkness of ignorance and repression. Giordano Bruno a Dominican monk was causing havoc throughout Christian Europe; his thirst for learning and for spreading the truth drove him to the torture chambers of the Vatican. I am not sure if he lived a virtuous life, since he was not wondering Europe deliberately, but as a fugitive from the Vatican. Giordano’s teachings were the same ideas that Apollonius had learnt; and for the 1500s they were thought provoking ideas, he went from court to court, from university to university teaching and questioning people’s ideas. Giordano will never be forgotten as he was a man that died for his beliefs which were contrary to the established ideas of the world.
We now come closer to our time. It was the 1700s Giordano bruno was one of the first pioneers of the enlightenment. many a philosopher came after him. in this period the world was changing dramatically, the enlightenment had taken over Europe, secret societies were coming out of the wilderness, the church and all the monarchies of Europe were beginning to loose control of people and countries. The 18 and 19 centuries were the foundations of what the world is today. And to influence such times, a man of great mystery emerged to make sure that Europe, in particular, took the right path. Comte St Germain, taught to be by many a phony, was an initiate in the right sense of the word, yet he never boasted of such thing. Despite popular belief st germain was a man of honour, and great virtues, he was not a simple man like any that existed at the time. St Germain was and is an adept, and to have reached such heights he had to have gone through similar trials like all other men seeking initiation have gone through.
75 years after st germains disappearance from Europe, H.P.Blavatsky emerged to create the Theosophical society. like all the initiates mentioned before, she was a world traveller seeking for truth, but what made her especial, was, that she was a woman. She was indeed a pioneer; she was a strong woman that had dared defy the chauvinism of the time in all parts of the world. Blavatsky was strong and focused; she sacrificed all she had, even her life to make sure, that our great society was founded, with strong foundations, like: Isis unveiled and the secret doctrine. Although many criticize Blavatsky’s habits, short temper and some even question her meddling into psychical activities, she also had the qualities of an initiate, which were, her focus on the great work, service to humanity and self development.
What all these initiates have in common is that they were not just seeking truth for self aggrandizement or for evil ends. In fact, all of them were great teachers, guides and saints. All had a quality that was exemplified and became their strength.
Most people that is seeking for truth these days, wonders, how to become an initiate, and thinks that it must be a simple task to be one. One of the issues these days with joining any initiatic group, is that most peoples, drive to join is mainly out of curiosity. At the moment, we are living in a very materialistic time, we are driven by capital, by what we have, by how much we have, by how many things we have, how many things we have done, how many countries we have travelled to, how many people knows me, how many degrees we have done, and of course the spiritual has become an asset as well. So people also put the abstract, the spiritual, into a basket. And so, you meet people that are into the spiritual path, and they begin to tell you, how many things they have practiced, how many gurus they have met, how many books they have read, how many temples they have been to, and how many spiritual artefacts they have collected, and yet, they still feel empty. They continue seeking and Of course they are seeking, and they will continue to seek for many lives. but in this moment, they have purchased so many spiritual ideas, and placed them into the storage room of their house and forgotten them. And still they call themselves spiritual, or that they are on the path or that they are initiates because they have joined this or that group, but are they?
Buddha, in search of the reason for world suffering, travelled and tried many practices, but at the end he gave up all practices and ideas and decided to sit under the bodhi tree and meditate until he received an answer. that answer did not come from outside, it came from inside, what one has to realize is that Buddha’s result was not just from that one life, Buddha was on that path for thousands of lives before he reached Buddha hood.
So my question is, are we ready to be initiated? Are we all going to be Buddha’s after learning reiki, yoga, tarot, astrology, crystals, herbalism, rosicrucianism, theosophy, freemasonry, religion, philosophy etc all in one life? Is it going to take us somewhere? Learning all this things doesn’t really make you an initiate, it just makes you an intellectual, and maybe just a walking encyclopedia, because, if you really stopped, and focused in one discipline alone, you might find that you, can spend your whole life studying that subject.
So what is it, that really makes us apt to become initiates? Some people will probably say, surely it cannot be that difficult, of course its not, these days every one pays to get initiated, so then you have to ask your self, if you have the money. But is it really that, what really makes you the initiate, is it the fact that you could afford to pay to join some group? If that was the case then the great initiates would not have been a few but many, but its not many initiates that have existed throughout the ages and it’s because it’s not as easy as one thinks.
Ill tell you what it is, that takes to be on the path to initiation. Very simple. Follow the laws of your sacred book which ever that is, follow the meditations of any ancient philosopher, or even the meditations of some of the earlier members of the theosophical society. Wow! That’s easy i will read that book and later on once i have read it, i will ask myself, what next? I guess its just another of those boring books that i have read, that says the same thing. What is it that we are ignoring, if we weren’t ignoring those basic teachings of the sacred law, would things be different?
Lets analyse one day of our lives. when we wake up, what is it that we do, we rush to the shower, thats if, we have any sense of personal hygiene. We dress up and rush out to work or to study or what ever it is that we do. In these days the first thing that we do is grab the ear phones of our Iphone and plug them in, and that is how it all begins. While we are walking, we are focused on the Iphone, we are so focused, that we are almost in another world. We cross the roads without looking, we pass by people completely ignoring them, there could be a blind person waiting to cross the road, someone is getting mugged, or maybe someone we know is passing by and is expecting us to say hi and we just completely ignore them. When we get to our destination, we begin our tasks and without paying any attention to the whole day we go about doing our things. The day finishes, we get home, tired, watch tv and go to sleep. What ever happened during that whole day is gone, and all we were looking for was for the day to have finished so we could go home, to watch TV, or like people do these days watch tv, surf the internet and chat on the phone, all at the same time. By the time we go to sleep we are really tired, and we wonder why.
This is how most of us spend every day, passing by without noticing any of our actions, without noticing our thoughts, without noticing anything. In fact, when we look at our lives its just a blurr and what we remember, is just those moments, that made an impact in us. We remember when we had the most fun, when we were the most sad, when someone hurt us, when someone said this or that, or when someone made me really made me angry, we remember when we got the presents we wanted, we remember only, what is convenient for us. What about everything in between those emotions that i prize so much as my life. Actually, the moments in between those great emotional moments are our lives and in fact what we only remember are the moments that disappeared from our lives faster than anything we experienced.
Lets go back again to that one day. We woke up and our partners were there, if not that the cat, or maybe our relatives were there. And they greet us with happiness to see us up, but we are in such hurry that we ignore that, and of course they know you are busy, so they are forgiving, as usual. You are walking through the streets you as you usually do and someone that has been trying to speak to you for a while passes by and tries to say something but you either say your in a hurry, and go, or you just ignore them because you are rushing and you are listening to your iphone. When we get to work, class or what ever, we usually think we are doing more work than everyone else. And so, we take breaks here and there, and actually it has become such a habit that we take more breaks than the work we do. What do we do in those breaks? Some of us have a black coffee because we didn’t have enough sleep from those endless hours in facebook, some take out a cigarette and smoke away. In the mean time, we engage in gossip, we talk about how little work someone else does, what a life wreck tom is, how unfashionable laura is, if we are in the street, we mock who ever passes by, we make false accusations of people about how lazy they are, or about how they are so rude, without even asking why they are in such mood, we just stand there and judge everyone and once its done we feel better, we had our cigarette, our coffee and now we can go in to our tasks and wait for the next break, and so on and so forth, and this cycle doesn’t end.
A time comes when we have a terrible experience or when we just reach an age when we need answers to the meaning of life. Some of our friends leave us, we wonder why, we broke up with our partner, our parents, well, and we just forgot them, because frankly, they are always there so I don’t need them, i don’t need to speak to them. we come to a point in our life and not necessarily at the age of menopause or midlife crisis, because frankly, that is just an explanation to the realization that all we have done until that point was wrong. We can be in our twenties, fifties or seventies, and we realize, that our lives are or have been quite meaningless and that so far we have not achieved our goals or perhaps we have, but, we have no sense of accomplishment. We didn’t become famous, we didn’t meet our soul mate, we didn’t go to that one country we wanted to go to, or we didn’t feel anything by getting the top job, it really didn’t make a difference. We got a high paid job but didn’t do anything good with the money we earned, or we bought houses, cars, we dinned in the best places, we met important people, we had the most beautiful partners, and if not beautiful the wealthiest ones or the smartest ones, we always had the best, our friends were or had to be the best, good looking, rich, famous, or simply someone i could use later for a favour.
We wonder why such emptiness exists within us, and ask why did my partner leave me, why did my parents shut me out of my life, or maybe i feel terrible because i never wanted to have a special moment with dad or mom before they passed away. we have everything that a person from a so called third world country would like to have, yet, we are empty inside, in fact we feel that no matter how much we have or how much we have accomplished, how far we have gone up in the social ladder we are still inwardly searching for happiness. What is it that those third worlders smile about when they don’t have all the riches we have. I mean, we have stable governments, less corrupt, we have good public transport, medicare, easy access to education, good and decent wages, we have a diverse society, we eat food from all over the world, there is peace, we have a history and although a bit dark . We have everything, our achievements were only made because we had all these facilities and we probably call this good karma and say well, those poor people in other countries must have done something really bad in their past lives to be poor or suffering right now.
We take for granted that our forefathers had to suffer to build what we now have. Our parents worked hard to give us that education which we boast of now, we think that every we are now, is just because i and i alone did it, but is that so?
I mean, someone did make the pants i am wearing, some person in the country took the wool from the poor sheep to make my shirt, my pants were made of cotton which was picked by a poor kid in india. My I phone was assembled by a poor girl in china, who had to work because her parents were too old to find a job. The food, well, whether its organic or not it was picked out by someone somewhere, everything i have was made by some one else, even my body, and yet, we are not thankful to our creators.
We feel lonely, we feel empty because we don’t have all we craved for, because we haven’t been able to find a partner, or our friends are simply going away and we just say, well, he was a bastard anyway. Inside we crave for love, but outside we pretend to be this automaton that has no emotion and go about treating people in similar manner. When we are feeling lonely, thinking that we need a partner, we ignore the pads in the back our friends are giving us, we ignore the deeds of love our family does for us, we ignore someone we might know that maybe is willing to love us, but because they don’t fulfil our standards we reject them. Oh no, she or he is not my type, she or he is too fat, too skinny, too loud, too smart, too dumb, no sense of fashion, poor, not enough money, not white, not brown, not yellow, not tall, not short, not anything. When it comes to friends, well, if they don’t do what i say, or if they don’t agree with me, or if they simply don’t put up with my tantrums or the insults i give them, they are not worthy of being my friends, and yet we feel lonely.
Lets look even closer to our attitudes. Unless you are a hermit, human life is built upon relationships, and these relationships are so important that they define who we are. The first people we encounter in this world are our family, then friends and teachers in school, then girl and boyfriends, university, work, family again until the end. These relationships are so important that our lives are in a way dependent on them. When we are growing up we are dependent or we are at the mercy of the adults around us, for our well being and education. When we reach adulthood we still need others, we need friends, partners, our parents support through university, our bosses at work, our pets and then when we are old, people depends on us for advise, money and support and at the end again, like kids we are at the mercy of those around us until we die.
What is important of all this dependency on others is how we deal with it. Some of us seek friends because we don’t have the best relation ship with our parents, we look for partners to fill that fatherly or motherly figure we lacked in our child hood. We have kids to not feel lonely in old age. But we never think of how we treat all these people. We only think about how they treat us. My mom didn’t give me money, my father was never there, or vise versa, my friend is angry with me, what have i done? Have you thought you could have upseted him by a comment you made without thinking, why is she angry, is she or he talking about me right now, he doesn’t trust me, he is so arrogant, he is so stubborn, he doesn’t know anything, he doesn’t listen to me, he smells, he is this, that and the other. But what about us, have we looked at what we do, have we considered that we talk to much instead of listening to others, have we considered that the other person has their own views, have you realised, that you might have insulted someone, have you realised that that person is doing his best in his capacity, that maybe they are trying their most effort to impress you to win your friendship, your love, you acceptance, and yet you only think about what they don’t do or might do to upset you. When he or she doesn’t agree with you, you reject them, you ostracise them when they don’t do what you do, without regard for their desires, if he doesn’t drink, he is boring, if he drinks he is bad, if he smokes he is bad, if he doesn’t smoke, whats wrong with him, if you cant drink with me there is no point us being friends. If you don’t like the music i like why should we talk, oh you are poor, it would be too embarrassing if i hangout with you. he is good looking but he doesn’t have anything, she is a nice girl but she doesn’t look like a top model, he is unemployed why should i talk to him, i wont talk to my dad he was a bad father, my mom is an alcoholic, im sick of my partner, he doesn’t deserve that girl, she is too much for him, she doesn’t deserve him, i should be with him i am prettier. He is religious don’t talk to him, he is an atheist stay away from him, he is black, oh, she is such a gold digger, stay away from migrants, those westerners are infidels, that bus driver was so rude, my boss is so incompetent, why is he so happy.
The positivists might say, well i don’t want to hear that, i am not like that. You are too negative, but am i negative, i am simply raising the obvious, we cant just simply brush away or hide our negative deeds under the carpet; one day there wont be space under the carpet to hide all this things that we are and that we don’t really want to change. And when the carpet gets full, is when we realize that we are alone and we feel this emptiness inside, because, after all this years of going about recklessly, behaving without thinking, we have no one left in our lives. And the ones that are still around are masochistic or are simply also waiting to see your demise because you also mistreated them. This wondering of why things are not going the way we expect goes on for years, some people just keeps wondering about it and never stops to question why, and, they simply die without even thinking about it.
For some a time comes, an opportunity arrives, in which they find a religious or spiritual calling to, find the answers to their emptiness. And so, a new journey begins. But here in this part of ones life one comes across many paths, many ideas that can help to solve the riddle. But even in this paths one can find a wall. A clear example is the mind body and spirit festival, there you can find, tarot readings, all sort of courses, reiki, Tibetan lamas, crystals, books, Rosicrucianism, our society and other groups that offer a path, we then fall pray to the great variety of things available, and so begin to try everything. For a few years we try reiki healing, we then find that it was a waste of time and so we join a sufi group and we stay there for a while but we don’t find anything there, we have the opportunity to join the Rosicrucians and nothing, and so we keep looking, jumping from one grpup to the other. Even the TS falls pray to our thirst for more and more knowledge and i guess its not bad, there is nothing wrong with seeking the path. But somehow most of us in this search don’t find any of this paths fullfiling and then we retreat and fall back into our old lives and forget that that episode in our lives ever happened. Some even go further and take hallucinogenic drugs, they go to countries like peru to take drugs with shamans so they can have this supernatural experience that will show them the ultimate experience on earth. For those that stay in this new age journey they become like the other consumerist, claiming to meditate just to show off that they are special, they do yoga and tell the whole world about it, they go to india and hang out in ashrams, they dress in purple or in a bohemian style, wear strange perfumes, try to speak in abstract manners just to claim attention or like masons wear rings, jewels, to show they are this or that.
We also complain that this groups we join don’t have what they were looking for because it seems that they were looking for something no profane knows but initiates of this groups. an example we have is people that says that theosophy has nothing and has nothing to teach yet they ignore the theosophical core teachings, the same can be said of the freemasons. Most people joins thinking they will meet the hidden masters in person, and that maybe by joining they will encounter some secrets that no one else knows. When they realize its not as easy as it looks they become critical of the group they are in. They become dissenting of its ideas, and start smear campaign to change things around the group. They think that since they could not find something that made them happy then they would take over the administrative side of the group and try and change it to leave a mark in the group and have a recognition for making that change. But is it really the group or society that needs changing? Do we have to change the name of the society? Do we have to change its core values? do we have to change the seal? All just to make us feel better and make us feel like we are leaving a mark in this world; so, is recognition the way to fill that emptiness we have in side, is that the way to go? Lets put it in a broader sense, do we need to change the world, do we need to change our government, do we need to change the way other people thinks? Do we need to make every one believe what we believe? The world is imperfect, do we have to change it?
I tell you this, WE have to change. Not the world, if we were not born the world would have continued to exist, so what is that fuzz about trying to change everthing around us, but ignoring the core issue which is ourselves. We can now go back to the comments above about the groups we belong to. All of them are beautiful paths which teach us in different ways, the same thing, which is that we have to change our selves, in order to be able to embark on the path to initiation. And the fact is that, we ignore that little fact, because we simply don’t want to change ourselves, we think we do, and are, but in the moment that we think we are, that is when our fallacies are, at their strongest.
How and what core teaching am i talking about? Frankly you all know what im talking about, we know what the Ten Commandments are, we know them also as common law in our society, and also as etiquette and morals and family values. but we think of them as so basic and so unimportant that we ignore them and when questioned if one practices this basic principles we say we do , but do we? Why is it so difficult to face ones own faults, why are we scared to face the reality that we are not perfect, that we are not always right, that we are humans and therefore bound to make mistakes but that if one recognises that one, is all too human one can change, fix or in a better way mutate those faults into great qualities.
Krishna murti the theosophical societies greatest jewel left a little book for us called at the feet of the master. Many that come to the society overlook this book. In fact they toss it aside for it does not contain any secrets, or lost words or anything alike, but it addresses the issues we have been discussing now. I did not research on Kirhsnamurties life because this talk is not about him but about that little book he left, and that little book alone says alot about who he really was, and regardless of the fact that he had left the TS he was and is still one of the most influential theosophists of the twentieth century and perhaps his teaching will be a greater influence in the twenty-first century in the whole world.
To address the emptiness inside us, that thirst to fill in the void we cannot fill with anything external Krishna murti tells us first that we have to have discrimination. Discrimination from the good and the bad, from the right and the wrong, from the desires of the body and those desire of the god within, Krishnamurti tells us to look within, for only inside can we find GOD. We have to learn to not let our body dictate our life but viseversa we have to deictate our body what we want. And although we should not identify with our physical body or any other body we should take care of it for we only have one. You have to learn to not let any emotions drive you, control your anger, your jelousy, your sadness. You must be watchful of your pride, don’t think your self better than others, don’t let your mind make you think you need this or that, simply focus on the path.
You must focus on choosing the right path, you always have to do good, never harm anyone or anything, and don’t justify your deeds as my good acts are someone else bad acts, you have to do good for good not just to justify your ends. Always be kind and gentle unto others. Study is of utmost importance, but be sure to discriminate between useful knowledge and knowledge that will simply create more issues for the understanding of yourself and of the path. Study not to be known as an intellectual, but to be able to put into practice everything you learn and to serve humanity by feeding them words of wisdom, study to be wise and not to aggrandize your reputation, and be wary of thinking yourself too wise because wisdom is an ocean that cannot be fully attained in one life. Control your thoughts for chaos begin from the most negative thoughts, uncontrolled thoughts can become superstitions or assumptions that will put you at discord with the world.
Control of speech is important, for you can do or undo someone’s reputation, through speech you can kill someone or make someone’s life a heaven, so always measure your words and if you don’t have anything good to say don’t say it. Always speak the truth, never gossip and never hurt verbally others.
Control your actions as controlling your steps when walking on a thread. If you act right, no negative actions will come back to you. Always act with love and compassion without expecting anything in return.
And most importantly see goodness in all, even if they show the contrary, be sceptical about them being totally evil and think that they might have some good in them. No one is bad, they are just not aware of their actions. Understand others as you are trying to understand yourself, see in them yourself and you will know why they are in that situation.
Never try to attain phsychic powers or to develope them fully for if you do you might think you are a great guru and might be deceived by ethereal entities. Your faculties will develope if they are necessary for the great work that is being done.
Never interfere in another man’s path, do not tell them what they have to believe or what they shouldn’t believe, do not interfere at all as everyone has to learn in their own way, do not even judge them, for they might judge you back. If you think it is something serious do not embarrass him publicly and say something to him in private and even then it is better to abstain from such an act as everyone has their own conscious to judge them for their acts.
If the person is being cruel or evil toward another living being then take action in a measured way.
Abstain from bigotry and any other form of discrimination, all men are equal, all paths are valid so long as they mean good. All religions, all schools o thought are valid. Castes, races, nationalities are created by men boundaries and you should treat all men equally, for we are all brothers.
Always be happy, radiate positiveness even in times of despair. If one shows strength others will be inspired to be strong in their own paths. Smile in the face of karma, for all suffering is transient.
Focus on the path, regardless of what path it is, if its simply work put all your efforts into it, put all your might into it to make sure it is properly done. If its family, be a good parent, brother, cousin or sister, be a good friend, be a good ritualist, if one focuses full heartedly on this tasks one will not have trouble in undertaking higher work.
Believe in yourself and never give up, no matter what type of trial it is be strong and confident, if you fall, get up, and if it happens many times, get up every time. Never give up, believe in your self.
Love is the most important of all the aspects that will help you to embark on the path. If there is no love all other aspects are dry ground. Love is the water that gives live to all living things. And i don’t mean they Hollywood love, but brotherly love, love among humans, love for plants, for animals for the world as a whole, love for one self, love to serve humanity. Love is the first step in to the path that embarks on that long journey of initiation that will lead us to our masters. Love the world, love yourself, love everything.
Julian Ochoa 13:22
Monday, October 22, 2012
Right now I meditate in god
My heart begins to send its light to the world
The atoms in my self are transformed
I am all light
the by passer begins to feel love
the suffering begin to recover
the minerals begin to shine stronger
the plants grow stronger
the animals recognised in man its future
man puts his hate aside and begins to fall in love
entire cities become over flooded by love
countries forget their identity and become one
humanity is no longer divided
we sing of love, love to be one in one
planets begin to praise earths awakening
the sun shines stronger in happiness
galaxies rejoice to know their sister earth is emerging from its darkness
the universe is one
light absorbs darkness
love becomes the all
we no longer need to feel alone
I meditate in god
Julian Ochoa 13:55
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Julian Ochoa Film Review: Agora 2009 Agora is a 2009 film directed by Alejandro amenabar, same director of The Others. Rachel Weizs plays the role of Hypathia. The movie is a historical drama about the fall of the Alexandrian library in the late 4th century A.D. Agora was filmed in the island of Malta and was released between 2009 and 2010. Agora was highly criticised for its slow scenes and for its apparent anti-Christian message. However its message and historicity can interest those that want to watch a roman movie without legions cutting each other’s throats. Agora’s context is in the 4th century AD in Alexandria, Christianity is on the rise and paganism, philosophy and science are on retreat. The whole movie takes place at the Agora and the serapeum , the last location of the Alexandrian library. Hypathia (Rachel weizs) is the last great thinker of the Alexandrian library, she belongs to the ruling elite which is the educated class that runs the library and operates the pagan temple the Serapeum. In the movie religious intolerance is rampant, Christianity is on the rise and the pagans and the jews are constantly ostracised. The whole conflict in the city starts when a Christian insults a pagan God, the Pagans arm themselves and lynch a Christian mob that is mocking pagan images, in return the Christians regroup in a bigger mob and kill all the pagans. The Christian church and the roman emperor give an opportunity to the pagans to convert and in exchange the Christian mob destroys the serapeum along with the library. At the end the serapeum was converted into a Christian church and the library into an animal farm. Hypathia was killed by her former slave whom was a Christian; he had killed her before the Christian mob stoned her to death. The main stream interpretation of the movie is that the movie can be likened to modern day extremism and intolerance of other religions and that science was right all along. However one can see that there is a deeper message in Agora and that is, of how theosophy 2000 years ago had to retreat into far away monasteries as a result of intolerance to the wisdom of the ancients and ideological differences. As modern day theosophists, what we can take from this movie is that we should appreciate the opportunity we have of having access to a library like the one we have in Kent street Sydney. Our library may not be like the one the theosophists in Alexandria had, but it still contains great works. We as theosophists should realise that we are not only members and users of the library but custodians of a wisdom that has been revived by the same masters that illuminated the Alexandrian library. Our job is not to attract a full stadium of people into our library, but souls that are seeking the path and that are looking for that book that will open their minds to create new ideas that might foster new things for humanity in years to come. Theosophy today faces a new threat, this time it is not religious fundamentalism or an invader from hostile lands, but materialism and scepticism. To survive as a society today, we don’t have to change Theosophy, but instead go back to our founding principles, follow our three objects and to follow them precisely to show, that we are the light bearers of the ancient wisdom in the 21st century.
Julian Ochoa 01:38
Saturday, September 01, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Love is the path of solitude
I walk with love irradiating from every inch of my being
I feel love for every one I meet
I sense love in every act of hate
Love is the creator and destroyer
I hear love from all the chaos that screams around me
Love is ever present
Stop all you are doing
Stop all you are thinking
Stop everything and you will hear love, you will sense love, you will see love and let it consume you
Be consumed by love, love will cleanse you of all your ghosts, let love destroy all you were, let love renew your soul, let love purify you to the point of your being love itself. Be love, see love, speak love, act love and create love. Love should not just be a word in you, love should be the entirety of your being. Be love, be a comet of love in this world of chaos, and leave your particles of love where ever you pass by. Change people's lives by loving them, change the world by being in love and one with it. Be the word and the verb. Love your self and you will love the universe.
31 september 2012
Julian Ochoa 12:00
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
Heraclitus of Ephesus
Julian Ochoa 23:52
Saturday, July 14, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Every time I miss a chance to love I loose a piece of my heart
Every time I cross eyes with love and let it be gone like a shooting star I loose a part of my soul
Everytime I miss a chance to love and be loved the beautiful unknown becomes a dark world of no imagination
Everytime I miss the opportunity to love I Miss the opportunity to share the world
Everytime I let go of an opportunity to be loved I am closing my door to gods light
Everytime I listen to the mischievous words of the loveless ghosts I loose my humanity
Everytime I ignore the voice that calls for love I am ignoring a plea of help
Everytime I reject the possibility of love I am rejecting life
Everytime we close the doors of our life to love we are closing the doors to the universe
Everytime I close my senses to love I am killing my imagination
Everytime I refute the idea of love the most dark, rigid and dry takes over me
Everytime I laugh at love I am slandering gods will
Everytime I break someones heart I am breaking gods law
Everytime I cease to think about love or loving I stop being who I am
Everytime I close my mind to all love, it is, as if I were dead
Love is what bind us, and everytime love springs somewhere in this universe a lotus flower opens. That lotus flower is our heart, our hearts are all connected by the invisible cord of love. Love is something that can be felt, smelt, heard, said and foreseen, it is the experience of life itself. If one never loves one never existed. Love is our purpose, love is our aim and our destination. Love all like you love your self, but do love, for love is the only reality in this illusory world. Love is the only thing we will carry with us in to eternity.
Julian Ochoa 03:34
Monday, July 09, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Men have conquered lands
Men have waged war
Fought in duels
Built entire civilizations
Fought for their freedom
Fought for their rights
Men have climbed the highest peaks
Travelled to the most isolated places
Given their lives for it
Discovered the unknown
Created religion, science and philosophy
Our ancestors have built this world out of love
Our ancestors did anything for love
In the past men submitted to the law of love.
Why should we sit back an do nothing for love.
We are the product of love and should strive to preserve the love that has inspired men to go beyond their means just for love.
Don't expect me to be merciful because for love i will conquer all within and without my heart.
Julian Ochoa 01:33
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
By julian Ochoa
The Intent for today is serenity. The collect tells us that we should try and Gain from GOD that peace with which he reigns ever serene above the water floods. The best example that comes to mind when speaking of serenity is the Buddha. I remembered long time ago watching the movie the little Buddha. The movie presents the Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree in a serene state turning away all temptations whilst he was trying to attain enlightenment. In the book by Edouard Shurer the great initiates it is explained how the Buddha whilst in meditation is approached, by all sorts of daemon like creatures and temptresses, the Buddha also witnessed an ocean of humans suffering from their own deeds, he was approached by the lord of desire whom shifted into the lord of death, and other entities appeared all to be destroyed by his serenity and focus on the path.
In at the feet of the master by Krishnamurti: the master teaches that it does not matter in the least what happens to a man from the outside; sorrows; troubles, sickness, losses – all these must be as nothing to him, and must not be allowed to affect the calmness of his mind. They are the result of past actions and when they come, you must bear them cheerfully, remembering that all evil is transitory, and that your duty is to remain always joyous and serene.
In the book light of the Sanctuary, By Geoffrey Hodson, he recounts that at one point in his life he was going through difficult moments; his wife was very ill, he was also sick and had other problems; however the masters requested of him that despite this ordeal he had to remain focused on his theosophical work. The Masters understood his situation but Geoffrey’s work to humanity was beyond any temporal suffering.
How can we relate to these in our daily lives? The collect says: Grant us to gain and hold that holy peace which naught on earth can vex. I can assure you there have been moments in my life where I have needed serenity, i don’t remember if I was serene in most occasions. But I do remember in one particular event in my life where I had to become serene to get out of my problem. I was rowing down a river in Gloucester, the boat was for two, and my friend wasn’t able to row properly, at one point the river was so strong we could not row anymore and we were pushed to a side that had no shore, we were under a tree, the boat flipped and we couldn’t get back on the boat. I got desperate thinking we were going to drown; the tide was so strong we were barely holding to a branch. For one micro second i almost cried, and stared straight into my whole environment, I looked at the river, the sky, the trees and noticed how peaceful nature was and that the only one causing the conflict was me for stressing about our situation. I realized then that the only way i could get out of that part of the river was to breathe deeply and calm down. Somehow after 5 minutes we got out of that part of the river and we were on our way. Since that time whenever i have problems i remember my experience at the river and try to calm myself down, breathe deeply, meditate if i can or just remain still and try to not react emotionally to anything negative that comes to me.
Serenity is something we need at all times, we need serenity in times of pain, when someone says something rude to us, when we are trying to make an important decision for our lives, we need serenity before we speak. People that is on the spiritual path always tends to be the first one to lose their serenity thinking they have the higher ground on most things, but in fact only through serenity in front of any situation will we be able to truly become spiritual.
If we cannot control our emotions how can we ever be spiritual and be of an example to those around us?
The Tao Teh Ching says: Cling single heartedly to interior peace. While all things are stirring together.
Serenity sounds very simple, but it is not something one can attain easily, one of the ways to start on the path to becoming serene is to meditate, pray, and be ever watchful of one’s thoughts, words and actions.
I will close now with a small quote from Geoffrey Hodsons book the yogic ascent to spiritual heights: “wait upon the lord” and wisdom will assuredly be ours, and therefore success. For wisdom wedded to zeal has skill in action for a son, and skill in action is the goal in yoga for the aspirant. “Equilibrium is called yoga”. Imprint this sentence upon the brain and inscribe it upon the fiery aspiring heart and all be well; for from equilibrium is born serenity.”
Julian Ochoa 21:58
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
The storm before the new beginning is coming
Beasts all over roar, they know their end is near
They cause havoc in the human mind, but no longer will they exist
The drops that will fall from the heavens will cleanse this earth once again
No sinner, no evil doer, will be able to hide from the storm,
the conscious of our souls will unleash in the coming dusk
No matter how powerful, or how intellectual you may be, if you owe this earth
You will shed tears, until you are washed completely from sin
The storm will come, but it will bring a new life, it will bring a new hope
To this world of decay, no more time will be given
The time has come to realize our mistakes
Or else we will be but dust floating eternally in the darkness of space
Wake up from that lie you are living in
No material wealth, no isms, no-thing will protect you for ever from taking the right path
Don’t avoid the truth, the truth of GOD and this universe that flows in our vains
This universe that we breath, that we hear, that we see, that we speak
Don’t try to run from this rain, because this water cannot be contained
It is the water that will cleanse every corner of our minds
Don’t run, stay and face you past, face your good and bad deeds
And you will be able to float in the oceans of life, like the continents that have floated in this universe for eons.
Julian Ochoa 20:29
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Dispelling of Ignorance
By Julian Ochoa
The Intent for today is The Dispelling of Ignorance.
Todays sermon is a last minute one, but lets see how it goes. Ignorance is the opposite of wisdom. Manly palmer hall calls ignorance the winter solstice, representing a time of darkness, cold and fear. I found on Wikipedia that ignorance: is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge). The word "ignorant" is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware and is often used as an insult. But aren’t we all ignorant in one sense or another, having a university degree or any particular title doesn’t really say one is not ignorant, it just means one has certain information. I don’t think in our time there is a lot of ignorance, the internet provides so much information that most people has a higher intellectual capacity than before.
Where most ignorance lies in our times is in the spiritual department, despite all the information out there we are still ignorant of the truth of GOD. In fact with all the information we have today we are probably becoming more ignorant about GOD than before, with the simple fact that we are seeking GODs truth in books, movies, music and not within. Most people think that to understand GOD and GODs truth one has to read all proven theories, and often these same people call those faith ones ignorant because they never search beyond the scriptures or holy books.
In my search through the infinite universe of the internet i found that the word ignorance in Sanskrit is Avidya, avidya means ignorance or delusion. Avidyā plays a key role in Buddhism and Buddhist doctrine and is the primary cause of suffering in saṃsāra, the material world. See, ignorance doesn’t really mean not knowing, but just knowing a lot of rubbish and not knowing one self. The antidote to avidyā is "wisdom" (Skt.: prajñā; Pali: pañña). This is achieved by practicing awareness/mindfulness (Pali: sati, Skt: smṛti), patient endurance (Skt: kṣānti; Pali: khanti) and meditation (Skt: dhyāna), all three of which are incorporated in the pan-Buddhist practices of the Noble Eightfold Path and the pāramitās ("perfections").
In the Collect we ask GOD that by thine indwelling power we may shine forth as the sun to enlighten and encourage those brethren who are lost in darkness of ignorance and guide them to thee.
I bumped into a little passage from the Mahatma letters to A.P Sinnett where one of the Masters tells him of his disappointment of mr sinnetts doubt of the masters existence, he tells him that if he had more knowledge that perhaps he would understand the path that he is in. The master calls doubts as traitors and doubts arise in ones heart due to ignorance. So how can we as liberal catholics be light unto those living in ignorance, we have to have to continue our studies, serving the church and most importantly self searching. We can only cast out others from the bondage of ignorance others if we are at peace with our selves and if we believe and take seriously the task we have of serving this wonderful church.
To close i will like to quote again from the feet of the master By Alcyone the first passage which is on discrimination, discrimination being one of the qualities of wisdom:
“The first of these qualifications is discrimination; and this is usually taken as the discrimination between the real and the unreal which leads men to enter the path. It is this, but it is also much more; and it is to be practiced, not only at the beginning of the path, but at every step of it every day until the end. You enter the Path because you have learnt that on it alone can be found those things which are worth gaining. Men who do not know work to gain wealth and power, but these are at most for one life only, and therefore unreal. There are greater things which are real and lasting; when you have once seen these, you desire those others no more.”
Julian Ochoa 19:03
Thursday, May 31, 2012
The intent for today is: Wisdom
By Julian Ochoa
When i think of wisdom the first thing that comes to mind is an old person. That goes with the saying that wisdom comes with age; I believe that to a certain extent. I also think of wisdom, being the opposite of intellect. Wisdom being the knowledge accumulated through experience and being in touch with ones inner self; intellect is knowledge based on facts, theories and rationalistic thinking.
When i started searching for the meaning of wisdom, I found that most meanings attached to wisdom have to do with GOD, Truth and Human experience.
The collect from the Liberal Catholic Liturgy on wisdom starts By saying: O GOD, who art the wisdom of the wise.
But what wisdom, does GOD hold which is from where the wise men draw their knowledge and strength? The only way to find this out is by seeking the words of those wise men that have come before us.
“Confucius stated that wisdom can be learned by three methods: Reflection (the noblest), imitation (the easiest) and experience (the bitterest). Wisdom is not told by self but unless asked for by another. This means a wise man never tells his wisdom unless asked person to person. According to "Doctrine of the Mean," Confucius also said, "Love of learning is akin to wisdom. To practice with vigor is akin to humanity. To know to be shameful is akin to courage”
“Buddha taught that a wise person is endowed with good bodily conduct, good verbal conduct & good mental conduct (AN 3:2) and a wise person does actions that are unpleasant to do but give good results and doesn’t do actions that are pleasant to do but give bad results (AN 4:115). The Buddha has much to say on the subject of wisdom including:
• He who arbitrates a case by force does not thereby become just (established in Dhamma). But the wise man is he who carefully discriminates between right and wrong.
• He who leads others by nonviolence, righteously and equitably, is indeed a guardian of justice, wise and righteous.
• One is not wise merely because he talks much. But he who is calm, free from hatred and fear, is verily called a wise man.
• By quietude alone one does not become a sage (muni) if he is foolish and ignorant. But he who, as if holding a pair of scales, takes the good and shuns the evil, is a wise man; he is indeed a muni by that very reason. He who understands both good and evil as they really are, is called a true sage.”
Being wise sounds difficult, and achieving wisdom sounds even more difficult. But it sounds to me that wisdom is the summit that humans will and must reach. Wisdom is something that perhaps cannot be attained in one life time, but in several. The experience of one life time is not enough for a man to say he is wise, the fact that his body is old does not mean he is wise. He is wise only in that he may have had such and such experiences in this life.
Humans are wise compared to animals, but humans are not wiser compared to highly evolved souls, like the Adepts that have guided the world since the beginning of time.
Searching for ideas on wisdom i came across the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. I had never heard of these before in my life. One of the meanings to the seven gifts of the holy spirit is that these gift s are attributes of God..
I will only state the first gift which is the Gift of wisdom. This was defined by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica
“Wisdom- With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the whole image of God.”
The epistle taken from the third chapter of the general epistle of St James, beginning at the thirteenth verse teaches us that we have to have self control, in thought action and word, we have to be at peace internally and externally opposite to that we would be subject to our earthly desires which delay our spiritual growth.
To obtain wisdom one has to rebuild ones character by correcting ones negative traits every day, one can start with one negative trait per week, if you say bad words, then focus one whole week on watching what you say, the next week target another negative trait, once you have done that for a few weeks repeat it until you have polished all those traits you don’t like about yourself.
You can also begin by studying divine wisdom or ageless wisdom. From divine wisdom i mean the teachings imparted to us by the masters in past times, in religions, philosophies and sciences. The wisdom left to us by the Masters is worth studying over and over until one finds its true message, by simply reading this wisdom once is not enough to grasp what they truly mean. Read as much as you can, not only from one source but from many as it will open your mind. If one just studies one set of teachings one tends to become dogmatic and narrow minded. So if you are reading the gospels to simply learn the life of Master Jesus, i recommend that you read the Bhagavad gita to learn about Lord Krishna, read the Koran to learn about Prophet Mohammad, and also read other texts that are not part of any religion but that compliment religion like the secret doctrine by HPB.
Reading Bishop lead beaters chapter on wisdom, in the Hidden Side of Christian Festivals, i realised that all things made by man such as institutions, are only wise for the particular time in which that particular institution was created. (read pages 395-397)
Wisdom is more than experience; it is all the hidden mysteries in man and the universe that will unfold slowly through the ages.
Julian Ochoa 21:35
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Don’t run away from love
Why do you deny yourself the only truth
Love is the only truth
Yet you run from it
Love is the liberator of the soul
You yearn to die because you haven’t found love
Love is always there, at the tip of your fingers, for you to grasp with your hand and heart
Yet, your own incredulity, your own conceit, your own pride stops you from seeing that great gift, God has given you.
Don’t blame the world for your blindness
It is your pride that blinds you from obtaining that which is in front of you
Love is in front of you, it is behind you, it is on your sides and it is above and below
Yet you ignore it, full of anger you cry because you cannot find love
Love created you, love found you even before you existed
Don’t crave for death because death is also love
Love is in life and death; everything is terrifying until you realize love resides in all
You don’t want to see what you truly seek
Love has found you before you even existed
Open your eyes, see the signs!
See the symbols; see the light and you will find love
Get rid of your pride for it blinds you from what lies in front of you
Love is within.
21 February 2011
Julian Ochoa 10:28
Monday, May 28, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Today’s topic is very if not the most important. For those faithful to GOD and the path to truth, service to humanity is essential. I will speak briefly about service, and will quote different sources to explain what service means from my perspective.
We are living in a time where freedom for the individual is most important. Freedom in this case means freedom to speak for my self, act for my self, think for my self, but people doesn’t see that this freedom is just plain selfishness. Our modern way of thinking asks us to think only for ourselves, and not for others. Sense of community doesn’t exist anymore. There is only a sense of community when a problem affects us all. People today are so immersed in their own selfish bubble that they don’t look to the people around them to see if they are ok. People goes to church, not to pray for the world but for themselves, people prays for the BMW they want, their lotto ticket, their sickness, or to simply ask for salvation. But what salvation, or to which heaven can a man go to if when in life he only thought about himself? Surely he will probably be incarnating back here in no time, and for no other reason than to learn to acknowledge his brethren, and to serve them.
What is service, is it just working in a third world country with an NGO, or working for the Salvation Army?
The third pillar of Islam is to give charity or serve others, Islamcity.com quoted the Prophet Mohammad statement on charity:
“The Prophet said: 'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim. ' He was asked: 'What if a person has nothing?' The Prophet replied: 'He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.' The Companions asked: 'What if he is not able to work?' The Prophet said: 'He should help poor and needy persons.' The Companions further asked 'What if he cannot do even that?' The Prophet said 'He should urge others to do good.' The Companions said 'What if he lacks that also?' The Prophet said 'He should check himself from doing evil. That is also charity.'
According to that quote service is in our hands, service is an everyday act. In most religions and spiritual teachings service is very important. Service is where man puts his knowledge from study and wisdom from meditation and life experience into practice. Service is the path to GOD, as it is said in our liturgy; we best serve GOD when we serve our brothers.
How can we serve our brethren? George Arundale in his book the way of service gives a good guideline as to what a man should do to serve:
IF you desire to be of service to others with advantage to them and without danger to yourself, see that these three principles guide you in your service:
(i) That your greatest joy is to tread the path of service;
(ii) That you know yourself to be but the agent of some force greater than your own which sends the power of service through you;
(iii) That you see in others the same divine nature you yourself possess.
The epistle of today best guides us as to how we should serve. It teaches us that we best serve our brothers when love them, speak kindly of them, help them when they need us, when we forgive them, when we are there in every single moment of their lives unconditionally.
A woman i once met told me that she tried helping others and worrying about others, but that she got exhausted from worrying and caring for others and that now she is only focused on her self. I did not say much at the time, but it made me wonder why she got sick of helping others. And i realized after many years of having met her that serving has no immediate recompense. People that serve think they will get a nobel peace price, achieve salvation or get self gratification, but those that serve with that in mind will only find solitude and a wall of no reward. Serving others should not be about getting a reward, serving others is the only way to serve GOD and to show GOD that you have come to love him through all his creation. In other words, to achieve true nirvana we have to serve humanity in the same way GOD serves us, unconditionally.
Julian Ochoa 00:49
Sunday, May 27, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
Today we are celebrating the day of our patron saint St Alban. At the beginning of the collect for Saint Albans day we hear: We praise thee, O lord for the example and assistance given to us by the holy martyr St. Alban. To find out what sort of example and assistance St. Alban is giving us i will have to speak about whom he was and how he is helping our church now.
According to the book of constitutions of the ancient and Honorable Fraternity: Saint Alban was born in the 3rd century a.d in hertfordshire, near verulamium. During his youth he traveled to Rome in company of a Christian monk called Amphibalus. In Rome he served in the roman army for 7 years, there he learned the secrets of the craft, and following the great example of the Christian monk he converted to Christianity. (page 76, second edition, 1763) Upon return to England he had become steward of the household of Caurasius. For whom he served as an officer in the fortress. Saint alban also became head of the craft, he improved the craft making more men part of it, improved all of their wages and created a charter for them. (the history of freemasonry, pg:91)in 297 emperor Diocletian permitted the closure of Christian temples and the persecution of Christians. At the time Amphibalus was being sought for beheading, when the roman soldiers came looking for amphibalus St. Alban gave himself away to protect amphibalus, saint alban wore amphibalus cloak that distinguished Christians. During st. Albans imprisonment the soldiers discovered that he wasn’t amphibalus and they discovered Amphibalus hiding place, both St Alban and Amphibalus were beheaded for Christianity.
In the Epistle for the Patron Saint it says: For though they be punished in the sight of men, yet is their hope full of immortality. And having been a little chastised, they shall be greatly rewarded: for God proved them and found them worthy for himself. (liturgy, pg 182) Saint Alban became the first Christian Martyr and the first martyr of the craft. He not only died for Christianity but also for a brother. What we should learn from Saint alban is not his martyrdom but what he did when he was alive. Saint alban lived a moral life not only by working but by improving the living conditions of those around him and by willing to die for his friends and for a worthy cause. Willing to die for a brother is as worthy to die for God. In our daily lives we can live a worthy life by simply loving our neighbors, our brothers. By helping the elderly cross the street, by supporting worthy causes that can improve the conditions of others in our society, or by simply praying for the good of Humanity. We don’t have to be saints to do good, all we have to do is open our hearts and work for humanity in thought or action.
According to bishop leadbeater in the hidden side of Christian festivals, Saint Alban was a manifestation of the seventh ray. The seventh ray being the light of the west, saint Alban helped to introduce into England Christianity and Freemasonry, although both being thought to be contradictory to each other, both are esoterically representations of the same Light. According to Bishop leadbeater the seventh Ray is beginning to rule the world therefore our church is now receiving the Light of Saint Alban more than ever.
Julian Ochoa 02:15
Saturday, May 26, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
My dear love I am waiting for you
Like Gautama waited for Nirvana under the tree of life
I have also tried many things to attain your love
Now I am waiting under the tree of love until you come to me
I have been bleeding since the day you left me
Only you can stop the flow of blood into the stream of darkness
I will wait for you, regardless of time and space
I will wait until you come back to me.
For you are my enlightenment in this time
You are the smokeless fire of which the wise men speak of
I have merely glimpsed you
Yet it was enough to set me free from the darkness of my mind
I am in the greatest battle of my universe
Beasts of all sorts have manifested in my way to reach you
But none will stop me from being with you
Your silence is deadly yet your words are blessings
Don’t forget me, for I am your lover
And I will love you for eternity
Like the fire that has been shinning through all the universes for eternity.
Julian Ochoa 02:56
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Today’s intent is purity.
By Julian Ochoa
When one thinks of purity or pure, the colour white comes to mind. In our culture white symbolizes purity, virginity, cleanliness, innocence, or light. I looked in the dictionary what pure meant and it said: pureness, cleanness, freedom from physical or moral pollution.
The dictionary gave me the meanings i wanted to speak about today: As soon as i read that purity means also cleanness i remembered that saying the detergent companies use on the TV: Cleanliness is next to Godliness. I immediately remembered my Muslim friends from university telling me that in their holy book it requires them that before prayer time one should tidy up. I decided to look for this in the Quran and it says:
In the book of Women it says:
“believers , do not approach your prayers when you are drunk, but wait till you can grasp the meaning of your words; nor when you are unclean – unless you are traveling the road – until you have washed your selves. If you are sick or on a journey, or if, when you have relieved yourselves or had intercourse with women, you can find no water, take some clean sand and rub your faces and your hands with it. Gracious is God and forgiving.”
In the book “The Table” it repeats the same but goes further to say:
“God does not wish to burden you; he seeks only to purify you and to perfect His favour to you, so that you may give thanks.”
In our Eucharist before the service begins we use incense to purify the temple from all physical and spiritual impurities.
To open the Eucharist our Priest or Bishop uses the aspergill to cleanse the temple and its congregation:
“The Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist opens with the asperges or sprinkling with consecrated water, whose purpose is to prepare the building, to purify and steady the thought and feeling of the people and to invoke the presence of an angel to assist in the worship.”
It is important that when one can, one should try to be physically clean to pray to God or to do anything in reference to GOD or anything as such for we are constantly striving to be with GOD. But does this mean that those in poor countries that don’t have a means of cleaning themselves be less likely to be able to communicate with GOD or ultimately be with GOD?
Purity can be mistaken for Material purity only; in our own culture we see how purity can signify, the pure race, blue blood, high station in life, intellect, Power. In Gods eyes purity in the physical sense is pretty much meaningless, if there is no purity in the heart of that which tries to be pure then it is not pure at all.
So purity then is not only a physical matter but a spiritual one. What does being pure spiritually mean? It simply means being pure in thought, pure from having mundane thoughts, lower desires, envy, anger, laziness, low self esteem, all those negative things that keeps us from thinking purely about God.
The collect of today says:
“We thy humble servants do now most earnestly desire to keep our hearts unspotted from the world; to reach this purity we ask for strength from thee”
We should try and keep our thoughts pure at all moments but most importantly when we are at the temple ready to invoke God and his servants.
(Bishop lead beater in science of the sacraments says: read from book: page 31. optional)
To fight these impure thoughts we can reflect on our thoughts, meditate, pray and keep our selves busy: studying and serving our community.
“The epistle of today best explains: Love not the world ; neither the things that are in the world. “
I like this introduction into the epistle because it is reminding us that this world is material therefore not pure. Everything we see, hear, touch and smell is of this material world therefore it is not worth dwelling in it or even miss it when we are gone. This quote also reminds us that we should never think of God as we usually do, because we are immediately attaching a material significance to him or to any of his servants. The only true source of purity is God in us, our spirit.
Julian Ochoa 21:26
Friday, May 18, 2012
GOD AS PEACE
By Julian Ochoa
The word peace has become very mundane. Politicians use the word “peace” to settle a conflict or to impose rules upon another nation. International organisations like the UN strive for peace around the world, International personality’s make concerts for peace, there are peace movements against wars, but have they brought us any closer to peace?
Krishnamurti speaks after winning a peace medal at a UN convention; he says the following about the matter of peace:
“ One wonders, if one is at all serious, why man kills another human being - in the name of god, in the name of peace, in the name of some ideology, or for his country - whatever that may mean - or for the king and the queen, and all the rest of that business. Probably we all know this: that man has never lived on this earth, which is being slowly destroyed, and why man cannot live at peace with another human being. Why there are separate nations, which is after all a glorified tribalism. And religions, whether it be Christianity, Hinduism, or Buddhism, they are also at war with each other. Nations are at war, groups are at war, ideologies, whether it is the Russian, or the American, or any other category of ideologies, they are all at war with each other, conflict. And after living on this earth for so many centuries, why is it man cannot live peacefully on this marvellous earth? This question has been asked over and over again”.
Peace Is of two kinds internal and external, If a man is not at peace with himself, he will never be at peace with the world. It sounds very simple to say that but peace is an end that we must achieve in order to be able to understand the truth of GOD. To achieve peace be it in the heart or in the world, there must be recognition of the desires that keep us tied up to this world, action must be taken to eliminate this desires.
The Bhagavad-Gita explains it:
“ A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires- that enter like rivers into the ocean which is ever being filled but is always still- can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietorship, and is devoid of false ego-he alone can attain real peace.”
Mahatma Ghandi promoted peace by way of non-violence, although he was misunderstood by many believing that non violence was just a way to get rid of the British out of India. Non-violence was in fact a way to teach the man of the 20th century to solve his conflict with himself and with his fellow creatures by means of non-violence or peace.
Ghandi said: When the practice of non-violence becomes universal, GOD will reign on earth as he does in heaven.
The Buddha thought : “that peaceful minds lead to peaceful speech and peaceful actions. If the minds of living beings are at peace, the world will be at peace.”
How can we practice or try to achieve peace in our daily lives? It is very simple but very difficult to try to attain inner peace or world peace, but we must try. If we do not try, all would be lost. To attain inner peace one should: meditate, reflect on what we have thought, said and done to others. Study the teachings of the masters, as a man without guidance from a master cannot know the formula to change his rough mind into a perfect instrument of peace.
Externally we can start by loving our neighbor as the first epistle states. We can also help those in need; speak gently to others or about others. Serve your community without any other intention but to help because it is your inner most desire to do so. Accept those of other creeds, sex or race. Acceptance of those different from you is accepting GOD for GOD is everywhere and in everyone. And the most important of all is to forget the past, and forgive those that have caused you harm. If one can let go of all that is negative we can surely continue climbing the ladder to peace.
As it is said in the first epistle of today:
The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. If we live in the spirit let us also walk in the spirit.
The second lesson quotes Jesus:
Peace I leave with you, my peace i give unto you; not as the world giveth, give i unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
By this he means that we should follow his teachings of love.
And I close by giving the salutation of Peace from our Eucharist:
The peace of the lord be always with you
And with thy spirit.
Julian Ochoa 13:12
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
In past lives I conquered lands
In past lives I conquered people
Ruled nations with an iron grip
In past lives I fought thousands of battles
In past lives I fought thousands of foes
My kingdoms spread beyond any mans imagination
In past lives men feared me
In past lives men loved me
I was deified after my death
In this life I was born a sword less conqueror
The Trojan fortress and people seem small and weak compared to my new adversary
The Gods are on my side, but the past is against me
I have no legions, no allies, no hoards of horses,
It is me against an army of hundreds of thousands of thoughts
Hundreds of thousands of experiences that hunt me with their spears
They are holding me from conquering the greatest land ever know to man
The GODs and the hierarchy above is on my side, but cannot aid me in this battle
They can only pour their love to me, to strengthen me
In past lives I sat at the throne
In this life I am seeking to be on my knees at the feet of the great throne
I have already defeated half the adversaries army
The greatest of their heroes still remain
But they fear a fall like hectors in the old war
I am getting closer; I sense the fear of my adversary
The closer I move to the end, the more I sense its fear of loosing a life eternal strong hold
Life after life it has taken a stronger hold of that passage I need to go through
But the time has come for me to pass or die
Death is not the end; other men have already passed through this path,
Many lives, many times did they pick up the sword to fight this endless battle
Triumphant they were, triumphant they are sitting above guiding us with love
Once I give a blow to the greatest of my enemies hero
I will hold my love in my arms
I will hold you in my arms for eternity
Triumphant I will be.
By Julian Ochoa 2010
Julian Ochoa 18:39
Sunday, May 13, 2012
By Julian Ochoa
In the first part of this talk I will speak about the history of the Cathars. I will speak briefly about why I decided to speak about the Cathars. I will then give a recount of the period in which the Cathars existed, what world events were happening at the time. And lastly I will deliver the historical account of the Cathars existence in Europe.
My interest in the Cathars started when I was 17 years old, I was back in my native country Colombia. I bought one of those popular books on the cathars they sell in each occult section in book shops ; it was a pro Christian book denigrating the occult and groups that had non Christian views about the world. The Cathars called my attention as they were victims of the inquisition. Having grown in a Catholic country the inquisition was portrayed as an epoch of cleansing that Christendom had to go through to get rid of pagans, idolaters and all sorts of heretics or freethinkers as one would call these days. I dropped the topic for many years until a few years ago I read the Holy Grail and later on the Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. I searched on the internet a bit on the Cathars but i found nothing profound until last year when I was recommended to read a book by Arthur Guirdham called Cathars and Reincarnation. At first I thought it was going to be a silly book, by someone claiming to be a Cathar. The book was about Guirdham’s work as a psychiatrist in England dealing with a woman that had dreams and visions about events and places she knew not about, all related to the Cathars in France. When I finished the book a new interest awoke in me about the Cathars and grossness grew in me for any sort of intolerance.
Tobias Churton highlighted Catharism has attracted many people’s minds by having apparent connections to the Holy Grail, King Arthur, Pagan Gnosis, The descendants of Christ, the knights templar, the Rosicrucians, the Ark of the covenant, UFO’s, The theosophical society, Ancient Egypt and Atlantis.
When the Cathars emerged in Southern France in the 11th century, 1000 years had already passed since the Christ had existed as the Nazarene in Judea. 700 years had passed since Rome abolished the worship of several GODs and adopted Christianity as the state religion, or as the universal church. This event occurred in a meeting called the first Nicaean council, which met in Nicaea Turkey, where hundreds of bishops met to decide what gospels to allow into the New Testament and what the church stood for in terms of beliefs.
Any writings or groups that were excluded from this council were made heretics and were persecuted or driven underground. Among the groups excluded were the Gnostics. The Gnostics were different groups that lived around Judea, Egypt, Rome and some parts of southern Gaul, these groups differed in beliefs and their accounts of the Christs teachings were totally different from what was decreed at the Nicaean Council.
The Cathars existed from the 11th to the 14th century. This period is commonly known as the high middle ages. By the 11th century the barbarian invasions had finished and Christendom was spreading across all of Europe. The moors were stationed south of Spain and remained there until the late Middle Ages. The Christian crusades to the holy land started in the 11th century and lasted until the late middle ages. The knight’s templar were founded as an order in 1119 and most of its knights were exterminated after Friday the 13th 1307. It is said that the Knights Templar were the secular faction of the Cathars hence why they suffered a similar fate to the Cathars.
The name Cathar comes from the Greek word Katharos, signifying “unpolluted”. The Cathars were also known as Manichaeans, followers of the prophet Mani. Mani was a Persian Gnostic teacher of the 3rd century whom thought that the world was created by a lesser god, whom had fallen from Gods grace. The Cathars were also known as the albignensians, after the town of Albi located north of Toulouse in southern france. They were named after this town for the inquisition focused its major offensive on the Cathars in the south of France in the areas of Toulouse and Carcassonne. In fact, when the Catholic Church launched its crusade against the Cathars it called it the Albigensian Crusade. The Cathars did not call themselves by any of these names, but as the good men and good women or the good Christians.
As mentioned above the Cathars belief system have been likened to those of the Manichaeans, but the Cathars never mentioned the prophet Mani or prophesied to believe in his system. In fact they used to consider themselves the real Christians. Their system being more closely related to the Christian Gnostics whom existed 800 years earlier. It is thought that Catharism entered Western Europe by way of Eastern Europe, from Bulgaria where a group called the bogomils practiced and believed similar ideas to the Cathars. The Bogomils can be traced back to a Gnostic/Manichean group from Armenia called the Paulicians whom were persecuted by the Christian Church for their heretical believes.
The Cathar belief system was based on the four gospels of the Christian church, however they differed from the church because they did not believe in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, in fact they only had one sacrament. The Cathars believed in Jesus, but not in the same way as the Catholic Church did. The Cathars believed that Jesus never existed in the physical level, but was a projection of the cosmic Christ, therefore he could not have lived an earthly life, or even resurrected as the church claims Jesus did.
This belief alone was enough to anger the church. However the Cathar belief system was far more complex, it also refuted the God of the Old Testament, stating that this God could not have been a good God for God would not have created this material world to make us suffer. for the Cathars there were two Gods, the god that created the material world and the GOD that created the spiritual universe, this view of the world is related to the Gnostic and Manichaean dualist view of the cosmos and its creation. The Cathars had several circles, one of sympathisers, another of followers and the inner circle of priests called the Parfaits the perfected ones. Men and women were allowed into this circle, women were given equal rights, this group was the most devoted of the Cathars. The parfait’s practiced, asceticism, vegetarianism, non-violence. In fact most parfaits before entering the sacred order had families and lived like a common person would, once they had acquired this experiences they were allowed to become parfaits.
A group like this was certainly not going to survive in medieval Europe. The rejection of the Catholic Church, women as priestess, and its ever growing influence in southern france enraged the church and in 1208 under Pope innocent the III the Catholic Church declared war on the Cathars. By the summer of 1209 the Crusaders had assembled in the north of France an army of 10- 30,000 knights and descended into southern France, in what was the first Christian crusade against other Christians, and was also the beginning of the Christian Inquisition.
I will now forward events to the final blow the Christian Crusaders had stricken upon the Cathars. It was the year 1242; the crusade had been going on for almost forty years. The last Bastion of the Cathars in France was in Languedoc near the town of Carcassonne at a fort called the Montsegur. the Montsegur fort was located at the top of a mountain 1200 metres high. It was an impenetrable site, there were two forms of entry, one was through the main entry, which was difficult to get through due to the natural terrain that gave advantage to the defender from ensuing troops.
The other entry was at the east side of the mountain which was an entry that could only be scaled, and was used by the Cathars to bring in goods to sustain the siege. The siege of Montsegur last 1 year, the longest siege in the Albigensian crusade, the other Cathar pockets of resistance fell through faster than this one. There were about 500 people inside the fort. 200 were women and children, 200 were parfaits, and there were only 100 knights to defend the fort. Outside the fort the Crusaders were numbering at 10,000 and had access to relief and supplies to last a long period, whereas the Cathars inside the fort slowly ran out of supplies.
In the Christmas Eve of 1243 a few crusaders entered the fort through the east side of the mountain, killed the guards and facilitated access to the fort passing the first moat of the fortress. By March of 1244 the fort fell into the hands of the besiegers. The knights and the common people that survived were interrogated and later on joined the 200 parfait at the stake. All Cathars refused to repent and submit to the church believing that if they did they would be giving themselves into Satan; therefore death was a better solution as it would liberate them from this material world.
What was the impact the Cathars had in southern France? The high middle ages were a time where the Catholic Church was very powerful, but not very spiritual. The Catholic Church demanded from all landlords’ money for their profits and vast lands as a path to heaven. There was great poverty across Europe and the church was the only entity that had mass control over Europe. Southern France at the time was a great crossroads of trade and ideas, all that came from Moorish Spain, Italy, and the Mediterranean to Britain and Scandinavia passed through southern France. In the years that the Cathars grew, the economy of southern France grew as well and so it attracted attention not only of people that wanted to go there for trade, but of the church. The church sent spies to survey Cathar influence and it found that where the Catholic Church failed the Cathars triumphed. The Catholic Church on the one hand charged landlords for money whereas the Cathars thought spirituality without any cost. Moreover the Catholic Church always imposed its views of God and how to live in the world, and this was not so popular in southern France where a prosperous economy and a more liberal Catharism gave the opportunity to men and women to take the spiritual path without so many constraints. Women had the freedom to explore spirituality without the patriarchal oppression of the Church and were allowed to explore their sexuality like men did. The Cathars went as far as worshipping the feminine side of GOD through the image of Mary Magdalene. The Cathars did not have a religious structure which allowed individual Cathars to have their own set of beliefs and understanding of the cosmos. Southern France had become Liberal Economic zone which had slipped from the hands of the Catholic Church, and it had to be subdued or it would have become a greater threat than the Saracenes as Pope Innocent the III said when he declared war on the Cathars.
In a period of forty years the Albigensian crusade killed 500,000 people in just southern France, the Last Cathar to have ever lived was burnt in the 14th century. The Vaticans thirst for dominance and wealth led them to act with boldly to the rising Cathars. The heresy of the Cathars, cannot be measured with the slaughter that the Church unleashed upon them, it is to remember that when the witch hunt was happening a knight asked his commander Arnald-Amalric whom he should kill in the city of Beziers and, Arnald responded: Kill them all, God will look after his own. The Cathars are only known for being heretics, but as explained their heresy was simply to think differently and to allow women to take an equal role in society. It is said that a troubadour sang after the crusades that the Cathar land will once again flourish in 700 years.
As mentioned in my last talk, the Cathars emerged obscurely in Europe in the Middle Ages, exactly in Southern France in the 11th century; the Cathars nearly exist for four centuries, but were persecuted and exterminated by the Catholic Church. The persecution against the Cathars was called the Albigensian crusade, it was the first crusade against other Christians and the Cathars were the first people to suffer from the inquisition. The Catholic Church launched this crusade against the Cathars, for various reasons. The most famous one being that they had a different view of the world and were critical of the Catholic Church, its beliefs, its hierarchy, the corruption and politicking. The Vatican also saw the Cathars as a threat to their rule in Western Europe and to their control of assets and wealth in the south of France. At this time the Merovingian Dynasty had already broken down and the Carolingian Dynasty was left as a remnant of it in northern France. In 1209 With help of the Vatican and knights from different parts of Europe the French king sent 30,000 men to execute the cathars This crusade lasted 40 years and at the end 500,000 people were killed for following Catharism or for supporting them.
It is said that before the Cathars lived in southern France, the Druids lived in Southern France, the Romans and after the fall of the Roman Empire the Goths lived in Toulouse. All these groups left their legacy of spiritual beliefs there, this amounted to the arrival of Islam to the south of France in Spain and Christianity and Gnosticism from Italy and Byzantium, Egypt and the Middle east.
What made the Cathars so especial to the Catholic Church that they had to make sure none of them were left a live? Land, wealth and power were very important to the church, but most importantly what threatened the foundations of the church were the Cathars beliefs, these beliefs were so radical that it made the people that lived in southern France at the time renounce Catholicism and embrace Catharism. The people that opted to continue following Christianity in Cathar areas, loved living under them because of their tolerance and open mindedness to all other religions.
The name Cathar comes from the Greek word Katharos, signifying “unpolluted”. The Cathars, had a hierarchy, but not as centralised like that of the Vatican. At the top of the Cathar hierarchy there was a Bishop, followed by two other persons called, filius major and filius minor. To join the Cathars the candidate had to go through several requirements, if the candidate fulfilled them he or she would become a Perfecti, a perfect person or a good person a priest of the Cathars. The other members of the Cathar Church were the credentes and auditores, the believers and listeners. The credentes were people whom believed in the Cathar teachings but were not ready to take the life of an ascetic like the perfecti did. They did however help and contribute to the church in as many ways as they could. The Auditores were people that were open to listening to the Cathar teachings, but were still practicing Catholics, or were just mere beginners.
The word perfect has been used by other spiritual groups throughout history; in Greece the Eleusinian and the Pythagoreans used a similar term to describe their hierophants. In the Middle East the Essenes used a similar word for their priests. In the Theosophical Siftings it is highlighted that in Pauls Epistle the word perfect is used in two different ways. In one way if signifies a person irradiated by the inner God, in the other way a person who has conquered his lower self as a means to enter into the higher mysteries. The term perfect has been used by many mysteries schools to identify its hierophants. (Vol. VII, 1894-5.)
The perfecti can be considered Hierophants or initiates like those of the Ancient Mysteries. Blavatsky considers the perfecti successors in the west to the Gnostics, their rituals and lifestyle show why they would be considered carriers of the ancient wisdom. The Cathars were ascetics, vegetarians and abstained from drinking. For the credentes to become Perfecti, they had to go through trials and spiritual development to reach the level of perfecti. If the credentes passed the tests and finished their training, they would receive the cathars only sacrament called the Consolamentum. The consolamentum meant that the person had to lead a strict life abstaining from any form of toxic substance or sexual act. To receive the consolamentum was a serious step and it was seldom performed on people as it meant that the candidate was initiated into the higher mysteries, if any of the vows were broken the consolamentum was cancelled and all efforts would be futile and could set back the candidate in his spiritual progression.
The consolamentum was pivotal at the time of the inquisition as it was given to most credentes before their death to prevent them from fearing the fatality of their end at the hands of the inquisitors.
The Cathars View of the world was that there are two opposing forces, the God that created the spiritual world and that is in everything, and a lesser God that created the material world. The cathars state that the Spiritual God had nothing to do with the creation of the material world, the Material world as we know it was created by the Devil, or a demiurge and his main purpose was to create order out of chaos by giving shape to the material world. This concept was attributed to the Cathars, however as Blavatsky explains, this concept of dualism is simply an exoteric concept for the esoteric concepts about the creation of the world teach that the universe spiritual and material reside at the hands of the one universal GOD.
The Cathars believed that in the beginning there was a struggle between God and the Devil, it started by a rebellion from some of Gods angelic forces, which led to their own fall into the material world and their everlasting imprisonment in the world of desires and suffering. To the Cathars the material world was an illusion, where all the fallen angels or Human egos were punished trapped in the cycle of death and rebirth according to the laws of karma until the soul was made perfect once again.
According to the Cathars the mission of o man’s life is to enter into harmony with one self and with the universe. And this was done by living an ethical and moral life, a peaceful life, and service to others. By leading a good life man could once again become one with God. To the Cathars the earth was where we came to fix our past deeds either in our present incarnation or in the next one. The idea of hell for them did not exist for they believed the earth; the material world was hell itself therefore the mission was to live a pure life as possible in order to break from the chains of the material world.
The Cathar view of Jesus Christ was that he had descended into the earth to teach humanity how to lead a better life so to break away from the chains of the material world. The Cathars believed that jesus existed but not totally in a physical body, especially not at the time of his crucifixion where they believe that what was hanged at the cross was just the flesh, but not the Christos.
The Cathars refused to worship any idols, saints or even the cross for they believed that the cross was a negative symbol for the process of initiation, for it represents the suffering world. The Cathars disbelieved in the Catholic Sacraments for they did not believe that the Body and blood of Christ could be manifest through bread and wine. They also disbelieved that the Priest and bishops were higher than the common folk, for any man could enter in touch with God and Christ if they lived a worthy life. The Cathars themselves did not impose their believes or way of life on the profane, the rules were imposed only on those that were perfecti or that had taken the consolamentum.
The Cathars like all mystery schools had exoteric and esoteric teachings. There were monasteries and convents where the neophytes would be trained to become parfaits. They were very good preachers and proselytes, hence why Catharism spread so fast throughout Europe. The parfaits used to travel from town to town, and were known to be dressed in black or dark blue robes and carried the gospel of john, the most spiritual of the four Christian gospels. They used to preach in the local language rather than in Latin like the Catholic Church did. Some have likened the Cathar teachings to those of the Buddhist, there is speculation that they received the Buddhist teaching by means of the story of Barlaam and Josafat, they are both Christian saints canonized after The Buddha. Other similarities to Buddhism were their belief in Non-violence, Reincarnation and vegetarianism the cathars practiced meditation to have inner peace in order to have a more receptive mind to divine powers that will give the person a higher spiritual perception of the world. The Cathars were also known to be Psychics, clairvoyants and herbal medicine doctors. Their most common prayer was our father.
The main influences of Catharism are Gnosticism and Manichaeism. Gnosticism comes from the Greek word Gnosis meaning wisdom or knowledge. The Gnostics were groups of Christians that claim to know the real teachings of Christianity. The Gnostics had similar tenets to those of the Cathars, but some were influenced by paganism or had very different views of Jesus and his teachings, Manichaeism is a Gnostic religion that existed at the beginning of the third century of our era. It was a religion founded by the prophet Mani from Persia. Manichaeism was a religion inspired by many traditions from the east and Christianity. It remained a dualist religion, but did not last long as it did not manage to infiltrate deeply into the bureaucracy of the Persians of the time. Manichaeism grew and expanded fast but it also fell quickly by the fall and execution of its prophet by the same Persian kings.
In most recent times the Myth of the Cathars has been related to the knight’s templar, an order of knights whom fought in the crusades at the beginning of the 11th century. The Cathars and the Templar’s had temples and monasteries located in southern France. When the Vatican asked the knights templar’s to participate in the crusade against the Cathars they refused, a few decades after the Cathars were exterminated the Vatican moved to hunt the knight’s templar for sharing some of the Cathars views. To this day there are speculations that state that the knight’s templar were the warrior faction of the Cathars and that at the time when the Catholics and their dark knights descended on the Cathars the knight’s templar’s fought on behalf the Cathars. There are also speculations that both groups were protectors of the Holy Grail and that that they both worshiped the Black Madonna, which was a symbol of Mary Magdalene. According to the recently found Gnostic gospels they stated that Mary Magdalene was a close disciple and lover of Jesus. According to recent speculations the Cathars and the knight’s templar had this information and had the real teachings of Jesus in their power. In movies like Indiana Jones the last crusade, the myth of the Holy Grail is revived, where Indiana and some Nazi agents are chasing the grail. It is also speculated that the Nazis were hunting the Holy Grail and hence why the last crusade of Indiana Jones was a faceoff with the Nazis. In other words, the battle of good and evil continues in our TV screens, and more recent the Da Vinci code although it does not mention the cathars, the lore of the Da Vinci code touches on the same period when the whole myth of Mary Magdalene sparked the horrible inquisition.
The Cathars were the beginning of the inquisition and were the main reason the church moved quickly to oppose any person or group that had a free spirit. Whether they were of druid origin, Gnostics, or Manicheans did not matter, what matter was that they lived for a short time, good lives of service, study and meditation. The Cathars proved that their belief was greater than life and therefore worth dying for. Today a lot of spiritual groups are going through a crisis. This time it is not the inquisition chasing them. Our whole world is now globalised and there is greater access to information, even to esoteric information, but even then the world has descended deeper into the material world. What threatens spiritual groups today is all the entertainment and hard work that keep humans distracted from finding that truth that will liberate world from this material enclave. What the spiritual groups and spiritual people of today have to do is not be ready to die like the Cathars, but live and give a perfect example of how a spiritual life should be, as an example for the conduct of others.
Julian Ochoa 20:48