To have a clock with a pendulum in the house is interesting, not only to check the time, but also as a source for some reflection.
Without its pendulum, this type of clock cannot function. The movement of the pendulum is profoundly significant.
In ancient times, the dogma of evolution did not exist. In those days, the sages understood that historical processes always take place according to the law of the pendulum.
Everything has its ebb and flow, its rise and fall, increase and decrease. Everything moves to and fro according to this marvelous law.
There is nothing strange about the fact that everything oscillates, is subject to the fluctuations of time, and that everything either evolves or devolves.
At one extreme of the pendulum lies joy, at the other lies sorrow. All our emotions, thoughts, longings, and desires swing according to the law of the pendulum.
Hope and desperation, pessimism and optimism, passion and misery, triumph and failure, profit and loss, surely correspond to the two extremes of pendular movement.
Egypt rose with all its power and majesty on the banks of a sacred river. But when the pendulum swayed to the opposite side, the country of the Pharaohs fell, and Jerusalem, beloved city of the Prophets, rose.
Israel fell when the pendulum changed position, and at the other extreme gave rise to the Roman Empire.
The movement of the pendulum raises and ruins empires, causing the ascent of powerful civilizations and later bringing about their destruction, etc.
The various pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occultist schools, religions and sects can be placed at the right side of the pendulum.
The materialist schools—Marxism, atheism, skepticism, etc.—can be placed at the left side of the pendulum’s movement. These are antitheses of pendular movement, changeable, subject to incessant permutation.
Because of some unusual event or delusion, a religious fanatic can move to the other extreme of the pendulum, changing to an atheist, a materialist, or a skeptic.
A materialistic, fanatical atheist can shift to the opposite extreme of the pendulum’s motion and become an intolerable religious reactionary, due to some unexpected event. This could be due to a metaphysical or transcendental encounter, or to a moment of indescribable terror. For example, a priest defeated by the polemics of an esotericist, in desperation becomes incredulous and materialistic.
We knew of a case of a skeptical, atheistic woman who, because of a conclusive and definite metaphysical event, changed into a magnificent exponent of practical esotericism.
In the name of truth, we must declare that a true and absolute materialistic atheist is a farce, and nonexistent.
Faced with the proximity of inevitable death, faced with an instant of indescribable terror, the enemies of the Eternal One—the materialists and nonbelievers—go instantaneously to the other extreme of the pendulum. They resort to prayer, lamentation, and the clamor of infinite faith and enormous devotion.
Karl Marx himself, author of dialectical materialism, was a fanatically religious Jew who, after his death, was accorded the funeral rites of a chief Rabbi.
Karl Marx worked on his dialectical materialism with a sole purpose: To create a weapon in order to destroy all the religions of the world through skepticism.
This is a typical case of religious jealousy taken to the extreme. Marx could in no way accept the existence of other religions and preferred their destruction through his dialectics.
Karl Marx complied with one of the Protocols of Zion that literally stated:
It is not important if we fill the world with materialism and repugnant atheism. The day when we triumph we will disseminate the properly codified religion of Moses in a dialectical form and will not permit any other religions in the world.
It is interesting to note that in the former Soviet Union, religions were persecuted and the Soviet people were taught dialectical materialism. Meanwhile, the Talmud, the Bible, and religion were studied within the synagogues, and they operated freely with no problems at all. The leaders of the Soviet government were religious fanatics of the law of Moses, yet they poisoned the people with the farce of dialectical materialism.
We will never pass judgment against the people of Israel; we are only making a statement against certain elite double-dealers who pursue undisclosed ambitions. While poisoning the people with dialectical materialism, they secretly practice the religion of Moses.
Materialism and spiritualism, with all their resulting theories, prejudices, and preconceptions, are processed in the mind according to the law of the pendulum and are fashionable according to custom and time.
Spirit and matter are highly debatable—thorny concepts that no one understands.
The mind knows nothing of Spirit and nothing of matter.
A concept is nothing more than just a concept. Reality is not a concept, although we conceive many ideas about reality.
The Spirit is the Spirit (the Being) and is only recognized by Itself.
It is written: The Being is the Being, and the reason for the Being to be, is to be the Being Himself.
Fanatics of a material God, the scientists of dialectical materialism are 100 percent absurd empiricists. They talk of matter with dazzling and stupid self-sufficiency, when in fact they know nothing at all about it.
What is matter? Which one of those ignorant scientists knows? The question of so-called matter is a very touchy and highly disputable subject.
What is matter? Is it cotton? Iron? Flesh? Starch? Stone? Copper? A cloud? What is it? To decide that all is matter would be empirical and absurd, just as it would be absurd to assert that the whole human organism is a liver, or a heart, or a kidney. Obviously, each thing is what it is and everything else is something else; each organ is different and each substance is different as well. Therefore, which of all these substances is the ever hackneyed matter?
Many people play with concepts of the pendulum. However, concepts are not in fact reality.
The mind knows only illusory forms of nature but knows nothing of the truth contained within those forms.
Theories go out of fashion with time and the passing of the years. What one learns at school serves no purpose later. In conclusion, nobody knows anything.
Concepts of the extreme right or extreme left of the pendulum go out of date like women’s fashion. They are all processes of the mind that take place on the surface of our understanding. They are nonsense, vanities of the intellect.
For any psychological discipline there is another opposing one. Any logically structured psychological process is opposed by another similar one. Nevertheless, what does it matter?
What interests us is what is real, the Truth. It is not a question of the pendulum. It is not found in the fluctuations of theories and beliefs.
Truth is the unknowable from instant to instant, from moment to moment.
Truth is found at the center of the pendulum—not at the extreme right, or at the extreme left.
When Jesus was asked, “What is truth?” He kept profoundly silent. And when the Buddha was asked the same question, he turned away and departed.
The Truth is not a question of opinions, of theories, or prejudices of the extreme right or the extreme left.
An idea about the Truth that the mind can form is never the Truth.
The idea which our understanding might have of Truth is never the Truth.
Any opinion we might have regarding Truth—however respectable it might seem—is in no way the Truth.
Neither spiritual trends nor their materialistic opponents can ever lead us to the Truth.
Truth is something that must be experienced directly, like getting burned when sticking our finger into the fire, or when we choke while gulping down water.
The center of the pendulum is found within ourselves, and it is there that we must directly discover and experience what is real, what is the Truth.
We need to explore ourselves directly in order to discover and profoundly know ourselves.
The experience of the Truth only comes when we have eliminated the undesirable elements, which together form the me, myself, the “I.”
Truth comes only by eliminating error. Only by the disintegration of the myself—our mistakes, our prejudices and fears, our passions and desires, our beliefs and lusts, intellectual stubbornness and all types of self-sufficiency—does the experience of what is real come to us.
Truth has nothing to do with what has or has not been said, nor with what has or has not been written. It only comes to us when the ego has died.
The mind cannot seek the Truth because it does not know it. The mind cannot recognize the Truth because it has never seen it.
The Truth comes spontaneously to us when we eliminate all of those undesirable elements which form the me, myself, the “I.”
As long as the consciousness remains bottled up in the me, myself, it will be unable to experience that which is real, that which lies beyond the body, beyond affections and the mind, that which is Truth.
When the myself is reduced to cosmic dust, the consciousness is liberated in order to finally awaken and experience the Truth directly.
The great Kabir Jesus rightly said:
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. - John 8:32
What purpose does it serve for a person to know fifty thousand theories if he has never experienced the Truth?
Each person’s intellectual system might be very respectable, but every system has its opponent, and not a single one is the Truth.
It is better to explore ourselves in order to gain self-knowledge so that one day we might directly experience what is real: that which is the Truth.
This chapter is from The Great Rebellion (1976) by Samael Aun Weor. Benefit yourself and others: buy the book, and you help raise awareness of Gnosis.