This is a transcription of the audio lecture Path of the Bodhisattva 02 The Epiphany of Christ originally given live on Gnostic Radio, which you can download for free.
Epiphania is the manifestation of the divine essence of Christ within the human being, or the ascension of the christic solar energy through the spinal column of the initiate, as represented by the Magi.
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came μάγος magos from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the μάγος magos, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Μαρία Maria his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him." - Matthew 2
ἐπιφάνεια: epiphania, "manifestation, appearance"
Epiphania talks about the way in which the human being manifests the only begotten Light—from the unknowable abstract space—which in the Greek language is called Christ (Χριστός).
The Cosmic Drama—that is, the Birth, Life, Crucifixion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of the Cosmic Christ, which is always performed in every single cosmic unit (planet) in the universe—has to be repeated in each one of us, in order for us to attain the level of the Solar Man or True Human Being. The Gospels were written so that the initiates can understand and comprehend the steps.
Despite the fact that the initiates, the Gnostics , wrote many esoteric, cryptic books in many religions of the past, the Cosmic Drama representing the assimilation of that Solar Christic Force within the human organism—within the mind, soul and spirit of the human being—was never described in detail. This is why the great initiates, the Gnostics , wrote many Gospels in order to explain the process, or the procedures for this Christification, but in the Council of Nicene they chose only four from the Gospels, due to the fact that each Gospel of the New Testament explains the process in the Physical Body, the Vital Body, the Astral body and the Mental body, which are those bodies related with the inferior matter.
When we talk about matter, we have to understand that the mind is matter, which in Sanskrit is related with Manas. This matter is in different densities. The lowest of all them, of these types of matters, in Kabbalistic terminology is called Malkuth. Above Malkuth we have other type of matters which are: the ethereal matter, above which is the Astral, and above this is the Mental; thus we have the sephiroth Malkuth, Yesod, Hod, and Netzach.
Above Netzach is Tiphereth, but this is related with another type of matter which is beyond the four Bodies of Sin. The Lord Christ worked directly in the stable, which is the four Bodies of Sin that are related with the four Gospels and that are aligned according to the Tree of Life.
- Malkuth (the physical body) corresponds to Luke
- Yesod (the ethereal or energetic body) corresponds to Matthew
- Hod (the astral or emotional body) corresponds to Mark
- Netzach (the Mental body) corresponds to John
These Gospels are related with the four Bodies of Sin. Remember that Christ enters into the human being in order to erase the sins of the world. That world is the microscopic world called human being, where the sins of the world abide; these are related with the earthly man. In other words, the terrestrial human being is related with the four Bodies of Sin, which are related with the mechanicity of the lunar laws of nature.
The explanation of the assimilation of the essence of the Christic force was written in code and aligned to the life of the Master Aberamentho, the Master Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, who received that title of Jesus Christ because he had the honor of representing the only begotten son of God, which is not a person but a Light, a Fire, a Force that in Kabbalah we call the Ain Soph Aur. The Ain Soph Aur is the ray of creation that descends from heaven in order to sustain the life of the entire universe. So we have to understand and comprehend that the Master Aberamentho, Jesus of Nazareth who is called Jesus Christ had that honor. He received that title in this planet Earth because his Light—physical Light and spiritual Light—represented the Cosmic Drama that each one of us has to experience if we want to become children of God or Solar Men.
The Gospels were written in code for initiates because only the initiates can assimilate Christ. Only the initiates can be saved by Christ. Christ is not a person but an energy and only the initiates know how to work with that force.
The four Gospels were written by Gnostics . The rest of the Gospels (the apocrypha) that are not in the New Testament were written by Gnostics . The whole Hebrew Bible was written by Gnostics . Genesis is a book of Gnostics because Moses was Gnostic; he was a man with knowledge.
Luke wrote the Gospel related with Malkuth, related with that regenerated Malkuth—or as we say, regenerated earth—and that is the beginning. That is why you find in the Gospel of Luke how he describes in detail the different steps that the initiate takes in order to incarnate that Force.
The genealogy of the solar forces that descend into the genes of the initiate is written in Matthew. Matthew (related with Yesod) is directly related with the sexual force, the libido, where we find that which is called the gene, and therefore the genealogy; this is why Matthew wrote the genealogy of Christ.
The Gospel of Mark is in relation with fire.
The Gospel of John was written in relation with Netzach in order to comprehend the forces related to the air.
All of the internal bodies are interrelated. That is why in the Gospel of Luke you find all those miracles and wonders performed by Christ, because that is performed really in Malkuth, the physical body. To begin, observe how Luke starts the Gospel. He said in the beginning of his Gospel:
"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." – Luke 1:1-4
He wrote that because he wants to explain it to you, most excellent θεόφιλος (Theophilus), as we would say in Greek. Why did he write “Theophilus”? In Greek, “Theos” is God and “Philos” is love, in other words, Theophilus means “beloved of God” or “lover of God.” Filial love or Philos is to feel that one is a Filius (Latin), a child of God. That is what a Theophilus is. Thus, in order for us to be a Theophilus, we have to remember our first love. Remember that it is written that God is love, and when specifically we talk about the Filius or Son of God, we say that Christ is love and God as Father is wisdom and God as mother is love. So we have here the three aspects of that child of God, of that factor which is filial love, of what it is to feel that one is a child of God. To feel that love (Philos) as a child (Filius) of God is to become a Theophilus.
But to become a Theophilus is not just by feeling, but also by work, by performing work on ourselves. Christ as life coexists with the sexual substance, thus the sexual act is where the consubstantiation of that energy, “Filius,” which is called love, “Philos,” is verified.
"In him was life; and the life was the light of men." – John 1: 4
When you study the sexual energy in relation with love to God, you have to learn how to transmute the sexual substance, in order to give all your love to your Inner Being. This means that only those who know how to transmute their sexual energy truly love God. It is not a matter of believing or saying it. You have to prove it with your actions.
This is why Luke talks about Theophilus, “most excellent Theophilus.” This is addressed to those who already know that they have to take care of their sexual force; those who already love their God because they are already transmuting their sexual substance; those who are already practicing scientific Chastity and who already know about the path. It is not that they are believing or reading the Bible or the Gospel. It is not that simple.
Theophilus is that devotee who knows that the sexual force is the energy of the Holy Spirit. That energy dwells in your temple, in your physical body. Remember that it is written that the physical body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit and that He dwells within you.
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God?" – 1 Corinthians 6:19
That Holy Force is the sexual energy that has to rise from the Muladhara chakra up to the brain. For instance, the brain relates to Netzach; it is the physical vehicle of Netzach (the mind in Kabbalah). The mind is related with air, with the gospel of John. The fire, Hod, is related with the gospel of Mark. The sexual force Yesod is related with the gospel of Matthew. The physical body is related with the gospel of Luke.
The four Gospels are synthesized in the human being. Imagine your physical body as Malkuth (Luke), then the three brains: the sexual brain (Matthew), the emotional brain which is related with the heart is Mark, and John in your intellectual mind. This is how they are described; this is why four Gospels are given to the human being, a human being who has already created the astral, mental, and causal bodies.
This is why Luke says “after having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first.” Then he continues, “I write them to you in order, most excellent Theophilus.”
Now, you know what is to be a Theophilus; I repeat, it is not to be a believer. You can memorize all the chapters of the Gospels in the Bible and thereafter you can swear that you love God and Jesus Christ, but that is not being a Theophilus.
Theophilus is somebody who knows Tantra; somebody who knows how to transmute their sexual energy; somebody who knows how to love their God with all their mind, with all their heart, with all their strength. Do you remember the first commandment? It was said unto Moses that you have to love your God with all your mind (John), with all your heart (Mark), and with all your strength, which is the sexual strength (Matthew), with all your soul in your body; that is precisely Luke. So in view of that, if you know how to transmute all those forces of your three brains which express themselves through your body (Malkuth), through your Luke, then you are a Theophilus.
Then Luke continues:
"There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zachariah, of the course of Abiah: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth." - Luke 1:5
There is an angel named Zachariel, but this priest in Luke 1:5 is Zachariah, which is another way to utter a secret name in Hebrew . There is a great mantra or a great prayer in order to invoke the forces of the Sephirah Kether, the Father, which is when we pray or say “Hallelujah” or “Halleluiah.” Jah יה is precisely the mantra, which is the name of God in Kether. “Jah” יה is an androgynous name, because it is written with יה Iod-Hei. “Jah” this is how you pronounce it in Hebrew . The Hebrew letter י “Iod” and the Hebrew letter ה “Hei” are the first letters of the holy name of God, יהוה Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei. Nevertheless, “Jah” is applied to Kether, thus “Jah” is a masculine and feminine name. We call it “the Father” but this Father is androgynous, it has the two polarities.
To be on the path you have to remember God from moment to moment. It is important to understand that only by remembering God from moment to moment, which is to remember “Jah,” the Being, from moment to moment, is how you become a זכריה Zachariah. Zachariah means “he who remembers “Jah.”
Zachariah is a priest, which in Persian is mag, magus (priest), a magician, somebody who works with the forces of nature, the forces of Malkuth, a mag, a priest named Zachariah.
Luke is talking about that Theophilus whose name is Zachariah: "he who remembers Jah," Kether. The work that we have to perform is the assimilation of the Filius, the Son of God, who is precisely the Son of “Jah,” because “Jah” is Kether and the Son is Chokmah.
Zachariah is of the order of אביה Abiah or Abi-jah, which means "My father is Jah.” Abba is Father and “Jah” we already explained. Thus, “of the order of my Father “Jah.”
In other words, when you are in this path, you have to be a priest, somebody that controls the forces of Malkuth under the order of אביה Abiah, the order of the Father.
If you are performing magic (Tantra or priesthood) and you are doing it by your own whims without taking in account the will of your own Inner Being (your own inner God, your own Innermost, Chesed and beyond), meaning, Kether who is “Jah” the first emanation of the Ain Soph Aur, then you are not performing the work as Theophilus.
They are many people who know Kabbalah, who preach the gospel or who preach any other religion, yet, they do it in their own whimsical manner, meaning, the will of the Spirit of God, the will of the Spirit of their Kether, does not manifest through them; they do not understand that their Abba has to be of the order of Abiah, of the order of the Father Kether, the Father “Jah.” Hallelu-Jah!
This is why always when any initiate works or preaches, he always pronounces the mantra “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” By uttering it he places himself as a vehicle of his particular individual “Jah,” who is Kether. When pronouncing Hallelujah, one has to remember “Jah.” One has to become a Zachariah of the order of Abiah, and this is how one becomes Theophilus.
Notwithstanding, a priest can work in this manner only by having a spouse. Thus, the name of Zachariah’s wife was Elizabeth.
Who is this Elizabeth? If you read literally you would think that she is just his wife. Understand, she was of the daughters of Aaron: in other words, a priestess. In the physical plane, the priestess is Zachariah’s spouse, because any priest has to have his priestess, and any priestess has to have her priest. But Elizabeth also has a deeper meaning.
Zachariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Jesus and Mary
“Elizabeth” in Luke 1:5 represents the Monad. “El” is God (Atman) and “Iza” is Isis, the feminine soul (Buddhi). We as souls (Manas) have to align ourselves to the Inner Being, and become the “Beth,” the house of the Monad, the Inner Being, the Innermost.
Generally, people who are married here in this physical world are married to the physical matter of Malkuth, which is called Naamah or Nahemah, which relates to evil beauty; such people are identified with their physicality, which is rooted in their Klipothic ego that abides within their physical body and which follows the devolving rules, the mechanical rules of nature.
Nevertheless, the initiate is not married to their particular Nahemah, but to their Elizabeth. In other Gnostic Gospels, instead of Elizabeth they have written Isabel. Elizabeth or Isabel is also the name of the mother of John the Baptist. Thus, precisely here, as we follow the sequence of Luke’s gospel, we must understand why it is written that John the Baptist has to appear first before the coming of Christ. John the Baptist is the incarnation of Elijah. Eli-Jah has a deep meaning too, yet about this we have to explain little by little, in order to understand how the Gospels were written in code for those who were initiates in order to follow the solar rules.
As we stated, Elizabeth is a Hebrew name broken into different words. In Hebrew ‘El’ is God, and that is the sacred name of the Sephirah Chesed. When you study the names of God in the Tree of Life, you find that “El” is the sacred name of Chesed, which is the fourth Sephirah in the Tree of Life, counting from the top to the bottom. Thus, the sacred name of Chesed in the world Atziluth is “El.” El is God. El is the Spirit. El is the Real Being, the True Being, the Innermost within us.
The Innermost has two souls: one Divine and another Human. The Divine Soul is described in many myths; Isis is one name that is given unto the Divine Soul, and is represented in different Egyptian symbols. In El-Isis, Eliza, Elizabeth you find Atman Buddhi, and Beth in Hebrew means house. Thus Elizabeth is the House of God, the House of Eliza. Elisa, the feminine aspect of God, joins to Beth.
So in other words, Elizabeth is pointing us towards our particular individual Monad, which is the Spirit and Divine Soul. El and Isis together are the Monad, and the House of both is Abel. The house where El and Isis manifest is Abel. Again “Eliza” manifests through Abel. Abel is Habel in Hebrew , who represents the Human Soul. This is why sometimes Elizabeth is written or shortened as Isabel in order to point towards the two Souls: Isis and Abel, the divine and human souls. Abel is in English and Habel in Hebrew .
If you remember Cain and Abel in Genesis, Cain is the bestial mind and Abel is the Human Soul. So, in other words, or in synthesis, the whole name Elizabeth is pointing to Atman-Buddhi-Manas, the Monad.
When you are working in Alchemy, in Tantra as a true Theophilus, then you are married to your own Monad, you as a Zachariah remember your own God. You are then practicing filial love, because you feel that you are a child of God; thus, as Mohamed you fall in love with God because all of your creative forces are for Him.
To be a Theophilus is to fall in love with God within, and to purify your Malkuth, your physical body. If you persist in doing that, that is, transmuting, sanctifying yourself as the book of Luke explains, then the Angel Gabriel (which is precisely Geburah-El or the virile forces of Iod-Chavah Elohim, that fecundate) will come to your Monad and announce the Birth of John the Baptist within you, which is a symbol of the Human Soul descending into the initiate. In other words, the master has to be born in the physical world, in Malkuth.
John the Baptist
In Gnosticism, many Gnostics commit the mistake (since they do not understand what it is to be a master, what it is to be a priest or Theophilus) of affirming that any Monad within any person is a master. No! Listen: the Monad of any person becomes a master when the Monad of that person achieves (for the first time) the first Initiation of Major Mysteries, which is when the Divine Soul, Isis, is united with El, and forms “Elizabeth.” That is the result of the first initiation.
Nevertheless, if your own “Elizabeth” wants to have a child on the Earth, the physical world, in other words, if that master wants to manifest his human soul in Malkuth, then that Master has to reach the fifth Initiation of Major Mysteries (Tiphereth); then the human soul of the master is born in the earth, in your physical body, because the Human Soul descends from the Monad; that descending Human Soul is Manas, the third part of the Monad.
In synthesis, in order for us to achieve the incarnation of the Human Soul into our physical bodies, we have to develop seven serpents sequentially in the Physical, Vital, Astral, Mental, and Causal bodies, plus the Buddhic Body and Atmic Body; This, in order to have I, E, O, U, A, M, S, which are the letters that esoterically represent John the Baptist. John is the synthesis of the seven serpents. John the Baptist is the Human Being created in the forge of the Cyclops, created by the Holy Spirit, because it is written: “and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb” (Luke 1:15), meaning, the Holy Spirit (Binah) will send his Ruach Elohim into the womb of Elizabeth, into the womb of the Monad (in Daath) in order to create John in Yesod and send him down to Malkuth as a Master.
"There was a man (better said, a human) sent from God (Binah), whose name was John (I, E, O, U, A, M, S). The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light." – John 1:6-8
John (the earthly man, the Master) was sent to bear (to hold up, support) witness of the Light, as it is written:
"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of Jah-Chavah, make straight in the desert a highway for our Elohim." - Isaiah 40:3
Nevertheless, this happens only to those individuals (masters) who are following the straight highway in the desert of their life; this is the Christic Path, the Direct Path, the Path of the Middle. The straight highway in the desert of life is not for those masters who enter Nirvana, because in order for those forces to descend into Malkuth, the individual has to renounce Nirvana. Through Chastity, Elizabeth has to be impregnated by the Holy Spirit (Binah) which is the sexual force of the Logos, and then John the Baptist is sent (being born) to bear witness of that Light (of the Logos) in Malkuth (the Earth). This is why it is written:
"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel (Geburah-El or the virile forces of Iod-Chavah Elohim that fecundate) was sent from God (Iod-Chavah Elohim) unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph (IO-Cephas), of the house of David (Tiphereth); and the virgin's name was Mary (or Miriam, better said: the Divine Mother Ram-IO)." - Luke 1:26, 27
Here you find the difference in mastery. According to Luke, there are two births: one is the birth of John the Baptist by the Holy Spirit from Elizabeth, and the other is the birth of Jesus by the Holy Spirit from Mary. What is the difference between Elizabeth and Mary? You have to understand that both feminine elements are within us, since everything that is written in the Gospel is within us, not outside.
Mary (the Divine Mother Ram-IO) is above Elizabeth (the Monad). The Divine Mother is the wife of the Holy Spirit; she is called Kundalini Shakti. She has five aspects. One of those aspects dwells within us.
These are the two different births by the Holy Spirit:
- "Thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb." - Luke 1: 13-15. This means that Elizabeth the Monad creates within her womb (Yesod) John the Baptist in the image of the Elohim by means of the Ruach Elohim which is an emanation of Binah, the Holy Spirit. This birth is a process of four initiations of Major Mysteries. When John the Baptist (the initiate) develops the fifth initiation and takes the direct path (Arcanum Six), then occurs the higher birth:
- "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." - Luke 1:26, 27. This means that Binah places Jesus (an unfoldment of Chokmah) within the womb (Daath) of the Divine Mother Kundalini, Mary (the feminine aspect of the Holy Spirit).
However, to acquire these two holy forms of birth, we have to transform our sinful matter into virginal matter by means of the wise use of the fire of Holy Spirit.
"Flee Fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commiteth Fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6: 18-20
This physical body (Malkuth) is a child of Mary, the Divine Mother, because the Divine Mother is the real creator of this physical body that is developed in the womb of our physical mother. However, she was raped. Why was she raped? Because we are children of Fornication. Remember that fornicators do not respect the sexual force, the sexual energy of the Holy Spirit. This is why it is written that we are children of sin, or children of the Original Sin (orgasm).
The Divine Mother (the feminine aspect of the Holy Spirit) is the creator of this physical body, and she created the physical body within the womb of our mother. Without the mother, without the woman, it is not possible to be here in this physical world. Nevertheless, this Divine Mother that created our physical body has to become our Divine, Spiritual Mother if we enter into the path of Chastity.
The Book of Revelation talks about the whore that sits on a dragon of seven heads and has in her hand a cup of abominations.
"Do not be ignorant of me (do not sleep; awaken your Consciousness, and seek to know me through knowing yourself: that is Gnosis).
For (as Christic Substance) I am the first (in Daath, Tantric Knowledge) and the last (in Yesod).
I am the honored one (of the chaste ones) and the scorned one (of the fornicators).
I am the whore and the holy one (of the Arcanum Six, because I tempt the fools and guide the wise ones).
I am the wife and the virgin (because I am your companion on the Path).
I am the mother and the daughter (of the Initiate, because I give birth to him, and he gives birth to me)." - Thunder, the Perfect Mind
The whore is a representation of our sinful matter. The physical body is a sinful matter that our parents provoked through Fornication. Fornication properly defined is the spasm or orgasm in the sexual act. So from this point of view, you see that our Divine Mother, our divine nature, was raped; this is why our Divine Mother suffers in each one of us; we are children of Fornication, because through the orgasm we transformed our matter (mater, Latin for mother) into a whore.
"For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." – Romans 7: 15-25
Nevertheless, through these practical studies, through the mysteries of the Gospels, which is, with the practice of scientific Chastity, little by little we can transform our matter, our physical Malkuth, into a virgin. This is an alchemical process; this is why in the beginning many students feel discouraged because it is not easy to transform sinful matter into virginal matter. We do it by loving God, by becoming a Theophilus.
Sequentially, when you read in Luke that the Angel Gabriel is sent to Mary to announce the birth of the Savior, Luke explained very clearly that the matter of Zachariah, the matter of that initiate, is already virginal—not only virgin in Malkuth, it is also virgin in the Ethereal Body, the Vital Body related with Matthew, virgin in the Astral body related with Mark, is virgin in Netzach (the Mental body related with John), and this is how the whole matter of Zachariah is virginal.
The virginal matter that is related to Mary is different, because the physical body, the vital body, the Astral body, the Mental body, the Causal body, and all the internal solar bodies are created in the womb of our Divine Mother Kundalini.
Unfortunately our bodies are bodies of sin. But we can transform ourselves through Initiation, that is, through the second birth, the matter of our bodies become virginal, and then the Divine Mother Shechinah, who is the maker of those solar bodies - above in heaven appears as a Virgin, an Immaculate Virgin.
Therefore, if somebody says “I am a Christian” and you investigate into their own Church of Ephesus, the level of the Muladhara Chakra, and you find there that his Divine Mother is not yet awakened as a Virgin, that she is not pure because her son or daughter is a fornicator, then you find that they are liars.
Moreover, the fundamentalist Christians state that they do not worship Mary. We understand that they do not, because they ignore this mystery; indeed they are truthful because they do not worship Mary, since they fornicate. Listen: in order to worship the Divine Mother, you to have be virginal. You have to practice scientific Chastity. It is not that you have to have a statue of Mary or any symbol of the Divine Mother from other religions. No! You have to purify your matter, because the Lord can be born only from Virgin Matter. Understand: this is precisely the meaning of the birth of Christ from the womb of Virgin Mary. This is the symbol.
There are many people who read the Gospels but they are sinful; their physical matter, mental matter, emotional matter is a whore. The Lord cannot be born in them. In order for the nativity to occur within us, we have to christify the matter of our own bodies in order for them to become virginal. That is why it is written:
"And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be." - Luke 1:28-29
The Divine Mother Shechinah is surprised when the Lord is coming to her; notwithstanding, that before such event Elizabeth, the Monad is already pregnant with the fifth initiation, thus the master is ready to descend; this is why Gabriel is sent to a virgin (the Shechinah) espoused to a man (Manas) whose name was Joseph, of the house of David (in other words, a Priest); and the virgin's name was Mary, better said: Ram-IO, because the whole matter of Shechinah is virgin.
The Virgin Mary (Ram-IO, the Shechinah) is married to Joseph (a Priest). IO-Cephas or Joseph is another symbolic name left by the Gnostics in order to explain the two polarities of the fire of Shechinah in the stone of IO. IO-Cephas or Joseph is somebody who is following the rules of Alchemy, the rules of scientific Chastity. This is why it is stated that he was a priest of the house of David (Tiphereth).
IO-Cephas or IO-Seph is the same Zachariah, symbolically speaking. Zachariah (the one who remembers “Jah”) in the physical world, is Joseph (IO-Cephas) in Yesod, he who works with IO, the two polarities, the androgyne: the Moon and the Sun that are the two polarities Ida and Pingala, the two forces of Shechinah.
Therefore, only those who become IO-Cephas, those who work with the stone “Cephas,” become IO-Seph. This is why if you read the Gospel of John, you will read there that Jesus said to Peter:
"Thou art Simon the son of Jonah: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone." – John 1:42
"And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." - Matthew 16:18, 19
The Gospel of Peter is made with the stone “Cephas.” This stone is Yesod, a Cephas which is already purified. IO-Cephas is Joseph, the one who is working with the purity of the stone of Yesod, I-es-Od. IO-Seph is the spouse of Ram-IO, Mary, the Virgin.
Moreover, IO-Seph, the husband or the spouse of Ram-IO, the Virgin Mary, the Divine Mother, as a priest must also be virginal. As you see, this is another symbol, how we have to be united, betrothed to our Divine Mother as Joseph. In other words, in Yesod, the priest must represent the Holy Spirit and the priestess must represent the Divine Mother Shechinah
This is how the Divine Mother “Mary” is made pregnant by IO, the Holy Spirit of Cephas, the stone. IO represents the two polarities (Ida and Pingala) or the two forces of the Holy Spirit, which are masculine and feminine. When the sexual forces are transmuted in the body, the “matter” of Malkuth, they become IO-Cephas. IO-Cephas is the fire of the Holy Spirit in the stone of Yesod that is generating the Savior within the womb of the virgin matter, the womb of Mary.
For all of this to be done, the sexual act from the Tantric, positive, white or pure point of view is necessary. This is how through scientific Chastity our matter becomes virgin and married to Joseph, married to IO-Cephas (the fire of the Holy Spirit in the stone of Yesod). All of this is described in synthesis in the Gospel of Luke.
People think that Luke wrote his gospel just to tell the story of Christ in order to explain this to believers. No, it is not written for believers, since it is in code and goes further and deeper.
In the past, other Gnostics added symbols to the Christmas celebration. We find for instance in the Nativity all of those elements that Catholics put in their homes in order to celebrate the birth of Christ. Among those are a mule and an ox, there is Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the three magicians, the three magus or three wise men in the stable of Bethlehem.
The ox and mule are symbols common among the Catholics but established by the initiates in the past. Observe, analyze: what is a mule? A mule is a hybrid. A hybrid is the outcome of a she-donkey mating with a horse, or a donkey mating with a mare. But a mule cannot reproduce itself. A mule is sterile. Do you see the symbol here? The mule is a sterile animal: it cannot reproduce; this mule symbolizes us, because we are stubborn, even when we are on the path. That mule is our head. Our mind, even though animal, must learn how to transmute, how to be in Chastity; we must not give more sexual energy, sexual force to our beast, to our bestiality. Remember that deep down we have bestial nature, we are animals. We have to state this because we have to come out from that animal nature, that bestial nature, into a human nature and beyond. Christ is the one to help us to go beyond that.
Thus the Lord is born amongst animals, and where he is born, he is the one who says: “Once again in a new physical body! How painful life is! Woe! Woe! Woe...!” In other words, here is again this mule. Such a mule was within the body of Jesus, within the body of Moses, within the body of Buddha, within the body of Krishna, within the body of Quetzalcoatl. Yes, that mule had different shapes but it is always there when the Lord is born in an initiate. It is the mind, the stubborn mind.
And what is the ox? It is a bull that is neutered, castrated. Oxen are not born naturally from nature; man makes oxen. How do they make oxen? By taking a bull and cutting his testicles. This brings to my mind that statement of Jesus of Nazareth about eunuchs. He said:
"For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it let him receive it." – Matthew 19: 12
In many ancient religions and cultures, they cut the testicles of men in order to make of them eunuchs. However, Master Jesus states that there are other types of eunuchs that become eunuchs by themselves for the love of the kingdom of God. This does not mean that these people who become eunuchs by themselves for the love of the kingdom of God are going to cut their testicles. No! It means that they are going to cut their animal sexual behavior or bestial sexual conduct. In other words, they are not going to keep acting like beasts, since the ox likewise cannot procreate because it has no testicles. In the testicles you build the sperm, but if you transmute your sperm into energy, it is like cutting your testicles, as becoming eunuchs for the kingdom of God. You still have your testicles there, but you are transmuting the bestial sexual force, the sperm into energy, and that is the symbol of the ox. This is how you are taking the energy from your beast, from your bull. Do you remember the God Mithras stabbing the bull? Well, that is the way.
Thus, this is how the Lord is born amongst the animals of the stable of Bethlehem. What animals? These are all the particular individual animals that we carry within.
So behold how scientific Chastity or the way in which you become chaste is hidden behind these symbols. Chastity is the means by which you take the sexual force from your animal bodies in order to give it to God, in order to become a Theophilus! Through Chastity is how the Lord is born within you.
"John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law (of Yesod) was given by Moses, but grace and truth (from Daath) came by Jesus Christ." – John 1: 15-17
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. - Matthew 11: 13
To declare that Christ is within you because you believe what is written in the Bible is ludicrous. People do not even know how to read what is written there. People believe in some chapter or verse from the Gospel that states this and that, and because they repeat it, they believe they are saved. This is indeed ludicrous.
Understand, alchemically we have to perform two works: one of transmutation and one of transubstantiation.
"Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge (Daath, Gnosis, transubstantiation). For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness (in Yesod), have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (Daath, Gnosis). For (the incarnation of) Christ (in Daath) is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. For Moses (in Yesod) describeth the righteousness which is of the law (of sexual transmutation), that the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith (Daath) speaketh on this wise (Chokmah-Christ), Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep (Klipoth)? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word (the Logos) is nigh thee, even in thy mouth (the Eucharist), and in thy heart: that is, the word (the Logos) of faith (in Daath), which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth (the Eucharist) the Lord Jesus, and (by incarnating Christ) shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him (Christ) from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart (transubstantiation) man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth (the Eucharist) confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him (follows the direct path) shall not be ashamed." – Romans 10: 1-11
Remember that the Lord is born in the stable. That stable is your own physical body, it is Malkuth. The manger of Bethlehem is the pineal gland of your physical body Malkuth and this is why many Kabbalists in the past wrote many things in symbols in order to teach the initiates.
There are many Kabbalists who said a variety of things about the physical birth of Jesus. Some Kabbalist stated that “the Virgin Miriam, the physical mother of Jesus, was raped by a soldier named Pandera.” For me, such a statement is symbolic, if you know how to read between the lines. We understand that the birth of everyone in this physical world is through Fornication, thus everybody’s divine nature is raped when born. When we enter into the path, we understand that our matter was raped when we were born in this world, or in other words, the nature of our Divine Mother was raped. Who is our Divine Mother? Our Divine Mother is the feminine aspect of the Holy Spirit, whose essence was raped because our physical mother and physical father did not transmute, they fornicated. All of us are children of Fornication.
Those who call themselves Gnostics or Christians do not know how to read between the lines. We have to meditate on everything that we read in order to understand, otherwise we fall into mistakes or think that those who wrote the Gospels committed many mistakes because they contradict each other in many things. Listen, they do not disagree or contradict. When you know Kabbalah, you read with the eyes of your soul, with the eyes of your spirit. Then you see no contradiction at all because everything is written in code for those who have spiritual eyes to see, and for those who have understanding to understand.
So these are the mysteries of the gospel according to Luke, and that is why only in Luke you find all those symbols because they are related with the physical body, with Malkuth.
The Gospel of Matthew
Now, related with the priesthood or practical magic of Yesod, we read in the gospel of Matthew:
"Now when Jesus (the savior) was born in Bethlehem of Judaea (pineal gland) in the days of Herod the king (of lust), behold, there came wise men (magus, priests of Chokmah-Wisdom) from the east (Yesod, where the sun-Christ rises) to Jerusalem (the heart), saying, where is he (the Nous atom) that is born King of the Jews (solar atoms)? For we have seen his star (Mother Kundalini) in the east (Church of Ephesus), and are come to worship him." – Matthew 1: 1, 2
The initiate as a magician (as a Zachariah, as a priest) has to follow the Star of Bethlehem (Divine Mother Kundalini) in order to find the Lord in her womb. Thus, the Star of Bethlehem is not what many people think. I.e. sometimes you find explanations about it which are written by people who are not initiates, thus, they say that the Star of Bethlehem was a flying saucer or a UFO that the wise men saw, so, according to this whimsical statement, the wise men were following a UFO which by means of a beam of light was guiding them towards the place of the birth of Jesus. There are many stories like this, and they are very, very, very ludicrous.
Listen, that Star is the chakra Sahasrara, which in Malkuth (the physical body) is the pineal gland, because the chakra Sahasrara – which is the door to the Monad - is connected to Yesod (chakra Muladhara). Remember that that the philosopher Descartes said that the pineal gland is the seat of the soul. What soul? The Human Soul! So, there, in the pineal gland, the town of Bethlehem is where the human soul (Tiphereth) is united as willpower to Christ.
When you have the center of gravity of your Consciousness there in the pineal gland, as a soul, as a Consciousness, you - as a Zachariah - are remembering “Jah,” and when you are remembering “Jah,” your Superlative Monad, Kether, you then understand that this “Jah” is the Star.
The Star is the Light, the “Aur” that emerges from the Ain Soph and appears in the universe as “Jah,” for through the pineal gland we connect to the Monad, to the Glorian - which is Kether, Chokmah, Binah - and beyond the Glorian is the Ain Soph. Thus we connect to the Star of Bethlehem through the pineal gland.
Personally I have had many experiences of what you would call Samadhi, in which I leave through the pineal gland, and when I leave through the pineal gland (the seat of the soul), I experience there the higher Sephiroth, related with Tiphereth, Geburah, Chesed, Binah, Chokmah, and Kether and even the Ain Soph.
Thus through the pineal gland is how the soul enters and goes accordingly to your concentration, according to your practice. All initiates do that and can do that. You do not need to be special in order to have an experience of Samadhi. The only thing that you need in order to have a Samadhi is to meditate. If you meditate, you can have the same experiences, because everyone, in any place of the earth, has an Ain Soph. Everyone has a Kether, everyone has his own Monad. There is not a single being in the universe without a Monad, without Kether, without Chokmah, without Ain Soph. Thus, all of us are spiritually connected to the Star of Bethlehem. So, if you meditate, you can experience all the Sephiroth. The Star of Bethlehem guides the magus in the world Malkuth and beyond.
Nevertheless, in the beginning, in this world of Malkuth, you need guidance. Thus, many times you find and hear that we need a Guru, a Master to guide us. Yes, of course intellectually we are doing this; we are instructing here, we are guiding you in different ways. But understand, in order for your soul to be really guided, in order for you to be guided from within, you have to connect your soul to your inner Guru and Maha-Guru who are within; they relate to the superior parts of your Being and they represent within you the Star of Bethlehem.
Bethlehem, as we told you, is the pineal gland; there is where the city of Bethlehem is.
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among (the endocrine glands) the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel." – Micah 5: 2
There are always three wise men following the Star, because no matter what magician you are, what type of level you are in, you always have to follow the Star.
The first Magi or Priest is the black one, the black wise man. Here, when we say black magician, we are not talking about those magicians from Klipoth. We are talking about that black magician that loves the Lord but who is psychologically black. All of us now without exception are black internally, psychologically. Maybe we are from the white race, or from the yellow race, oriental, but internally all of us are black. So when we enter in that level in which we follow the Star of Bethlehem we begin worshiping the Lord as a black wise man. This is why it is a very funny thing to point at anybody and say: “Oh! He is a demon, he is black.” Listen, anyone with the ego alive is black. In this path, we are trying to be white magicians but that is a very difficult task. If you want to become the white magi, you have to incarnate that force we call Avalokiteshvara, Vishnu, or Quetzalcoatl; well, if you are Christian and you did not know anything about these former names, then let me tell that you have to incarnate Christ. To make this understandable to you understand that these are ways to name Christ. Christ is a Greek name in order to explain what the Glorian, the Light, is.
That Light is called Kuan Yin in Taoism. So if you are Taoist, you then have to incarnate Kuan Yin if you want to become white magi. If you are Tibetan, and you practice Buddhism, you then have to incarnate Chenrezig. Chenrezig is the name of Christ among Tibetans. However if you are from Persia then you might be worshiping or following the precepts of Zoroastrianism; then you have to incarnate Ahura Mazda. If you are a Mayan from Guatemala, Honduras, or Mexico, then you know the scriptures of the Popol Vuh, and you have to incarnate Kukulcan.
As you see, there exist different names for the same truth because not all the people speak the same language. If everybody spoke Greek, then everybody would say Christ, but in the world not everybody speaks Greek.
So psychologically we are not white but black. Thus, as a black magi who loves the Lord we want to become white, full of light inside, so we have follow our Star. In the black magi such a Star is already united with Christ.
This is the beauty of the narrative of this Gospel, the Gospel of Luke, which tells us the way in which Christ is united with John the Baptist, united within the physical body, united within all the bodies of that human being. This is the Epiphany of the Lord. This is how the epiphany starts.
Evidently there are also many subjective elements within the black magi: I.e. Herod the king, who represents the lustful ego, which is within us as well. Herod represents those elements that know about the Doctrine but are egotistical elements. And we also have the Pharisees, priests and whatever subjectivity within us, which we have to annihilate. All of these elements are afraid, yes; we are afraid egotistically speaking of losing our bestial identity, because when Christ incarnates in an initiate, that means he has to die and such a death begins with the decapitation of John the Baptist whose head represents the terrestrial, the mundane. Through this beheading is how you indeed understand.
When Jesus talks about John the Baptist, he says:
"And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is (the reincarnation of) he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger (to reincarnate) before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater (reincarnation) than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is (the reincarnation of) Elijah, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." - Matthew 11: 6-15
John represents the incarnation of El-IAO, Helios, the Solar Force. In other words, John the Baptist is the outcome of the solar force, Helios, Elijah, El-IAO - IAO the three primary forces of my God “Jah.” Therefore, the human being, the True Human Being is the outcome of Elijah, the outcome of El-IAO.
Jesus said: “Among them that are born of women,” in other words, them that are born through Tantra, through transmutation with women, because these are those who know how to transmute their sexual energy with their spouse, “there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist” Why? Because on the path of Yesod you find many levels of initiates, but the highest in the terrestrial level is the soul who is united with Christ in Tiphereth, which is represented in John the Baptist.
Indeed, among them that are born of women there is nobody higher than John, since although all of us have been born from women, we are without mastery. You reach the level of John through the mountain of Initiation, “notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” Do you follow that?
This means that when you follow the direct path and you start entering into the levels of the Kingdom of heaven as a spiritual man, as a heavenly man, as a Pneumatikon, you then arise above your terrestrial mastery.
Anyone can be a master in this physical world, anybody. Those initiates from Nirvana, when they reach the Fifth Initiation, they become masters of the spiral path; that is easy in comparison with the Direct Path. It is very difficult to reach mastery, so to reach the level of John the Baptist is not easy. But the spiral path is easy when in comparison with the direct path, which is not easy because here John the Baptist has to be decapitated.
In other words, the master that has reached the mastery in the light says, “Ok, now I am going to give my head, I am going to leave my mule, all my bestiality, all my inheritance, my blood, my race and everything that is in relation with my physical life, thus, for that I have to be decapitated, which means I have to take all that which is mundane out of my head.” This is why Herod and Salome decapitated John the Baptist.
There is a Herod within every man and there is a Salome within every woman; two mundane aspects, of course. Herod is within the initiate and Salome is within the wife of the initiate. Nevertheless, by working with the sexual transmutation, John the Baptist is decapitated and dies in order for the Lord to appear within the physical body, which is already decapitated (not literally without the head, but symbolically, psychologically). The head represents the mind where Herod and Salome had their kingdom. After the symbolic decapitation, their kingdom is no longer there. Now instead of the head of that terrestrial mundane man, the head of the heavenly man appears, which is Christ united with the Monad, thus the Lord appears and does his miracles. Everything that John the Baptist says about the Lord is true because he was experiencing it.
As you see, within the same initiate appears John the Baptist, but John the Baptist dies and then the Lord appears little by little and that Epiphania is represented in the three wise men.
Little by little, as John the Baptist is decapitated, the black magician, the black King, Herod is gone, is dead, he is permuted into the white magician. The white magician is the king that will become yellow. These steps of Epiphania are the manifestation of Christ in different levels, or steps or degrees within the initiate and will be explained in this course.
This is precisely why you find among the Orthodox Christians that they do not celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. They celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January. Why? Because they say that the 6th of January was when the three wise men came to worship the Lord, but that is the individual human birth of Christ within the initiate. It is not related with an activity of the Cosmic Christ that was explained in previous lectures, but with the activity of the Incarnated Christ that is in relation with that Christic Cosmic Force. The 6th of January is Epiphania which means the birth of the Lord in the human being in different steps. This is why the three wise men come on the 6th of January. If you study Arcanum Six you see clearly there the lover (Tiphereth) between the whore and the virgin. Little by little, the lover, Tiphereth, the Theophilus is annihilating his ego little by little until his whore is completely disintegrated.
Questions and Answers
Question: Is there a difference between Jezebel and Isabel?
Answer: Jezebel is the contrary of Isabel. You find Abel or Habel in “Jezebel” as well. But this is Abel, the human soul bottled up within the whore, within that polluted matter which is Jezebel.
Question: What is the fundamental difference between the spiral and direct path?
Answer: The fundamental difference is that in the spiral path you do not incarnate Christ. In the spiral path you only experience the Drama of Christ in the third Initiation of Major Mysteries. You experience Christ from the point of view of the fire.
The descent of the Lord in the initiates only happens in those who take the direct path. They have to renounce everything; their gifts, their powers in order to receive the Lord. There are individuals who as soon as they reach the 5th Initiation, they boast about it to everyone, so obviously they did not renounce their powers; they just want everybody to know about it. All of that is egotistical. All of that has to be decapitated. Pratyeka-masters have to leave those mundane customs, mundane habits of boasting with pride about what does not belong to them, because Mastery belongs to Elizabeth, not to the ego. So that is the difference between the spiral and the direct path.
The spiral path reaches the fifth Initiation and enters into Nirvana. There, they purify themselves through successive reincarnations, through many Mahamanvantaras, and they do not sacrifice themselves for humanity.
Question: How do they destroy their ego?
Answer: Their ego is destroyed slowly through many Mahamanvantaras, or cosmic days. But the problem is, since they are submitted to the law of reincarnation, every time they reincarnate, if they do not have strong willpower, they fornicate again and they loose everything again. So they have to rise again from the very bottom. That is precisely the problem of reincarnation; thus, only those who have strong willpower reincarnate and do not fall.
Question: Is it enough to fornicate only one time, in order to fall?
Answer: Yes, only one time is enough. For instance, let us say, a particular master reached mastery in the past life but he took the spiral path, then returned in this life and is a baby. So he has all the serpents raised to Tiphereth. But then, when in his teen years a friend teaches him how to masturbate. Thus he commits the mistake of masturbation only one time. He loses everything he had achieved spiritually in that one moment. When he finds the path again, he remembers and says: “Oh my goodness! I have to start again and to reach a little bit higher.” This is because when the ego of lust is alive, you are always in the danger of falling. That is why if you do not want to fall, you have to annihilate lust. That is why there are many fallen bodhisattvas or fallen masters.
Question: Are there some Masters that never fall?
Answer: There are some examples of masters who are from the spiral path that come again and again and never fall. Yet, they are rare. Commonly they fall, especially if they incarnate in a male body. Some of them prefer to incarnate in female bodies in order not to fall, but in this day and age it is not much better.
Question: Why it is not much better in this day and age?
Answer: Well, we state this because in this epoch, Nirvana is in activity, but after the reincarnating activity stops, those masters will enter into the happiness of Nirvana and forget about humanity until Nirvana enters again into activity, which will be in a thousand or two thousands years. They reincarnate little by little. Yes, that is precisely the point. But if they renounce Nirvana, then the Lord will incarnate within them, and they will annihilate the whole ego. The Direct Path is the path of the Lord. He annihilates the whole ego in order for those Masters to be always standing.
Question: Padmasambhava says that there is no difference between Nirvana and Samsara.
Answer: Yes, this the same which I said. There is no difference between Nirvana and Samsara because the masters who reach Nirvana they have to come periodically to Samsara, to Malkuth in order to continue their work. They are not free. So that is why the Master Samael Aun Weor emphasizes that it is better to take the direct path in order not to loose your powers, not to lose your mastery. Many initiates from the spiral path, when they come back, they immediately fornicate. As you know, Lucifer is always there waiting for them in the Tree of Knowledge
Question: At what initiation does time as an experience stop?
Answer: Well, really time does not exist but only as a dimensional point of view and in these studies we talk about esoteric time. So you have to specify your question. Time, in which way? Chronological time is an invention of the human being. Time, really is something we identify with because we are identified with the ego. We say that the ego is a child of time. Of course, in order not to be identified with time, you have to analyze your whole ego. Then we live life as an eternal moment because as long as we have one ego, that ego will take us to the past, to memories.
Question: What is the difference in terms of Christ, between the Ain Soph and Ain Soph Aur?
Answer: The Ain Soph is the Father-Mother of Aur in each one of us, the Aur is their Son. That Aur is Christ. So the first manifestation of Christ is the Ain Soph Aur which is first emanation of the Ain Soph. It is written in esotericism that the Ain Soph is Father-Mother; it is darkness, uncreated darkness. So, when the Ain Soph unites as Father and Mother, they create their Son which is Aur, the Ain Soph Aur. So that is different. Christ is the Ain Soph Aur and the Ain Soph is the Father and Mother or eternal Cosmic Father.
Please understand that one thing is the Nativity of Christ on the 25th of December and another thing is the Nativity of the Christ within us, as a symbol. Jesus Christ, the Master Aberamentho who came two thousand years ago, taught about this and he never said he was the only one. But when Christ was talking through him, of course that Christ is the only one.
Question: At what initiation is the ego destroyed?
Answer: The ego is a little bit destroyed in every single Initiation, but is only completely destroyed when the initiate resurrects from the dead. It is a process because you have to enter in different levels. The ego becomes very subtle and very subtle and very subtle, and only on the straight path is the ego completely annihilated. The ego becomes completely annihilated on the Second Mountain, when the Master reaches the summit of the Second Mountain and resurrects.
When the master resurrects, he is already without ego, yet he is always in danger because what remains instead of the ego within any resurrected master is the Solar Mind. Even being Solar, the Mind is always the mind; thus, when a resurrected master falls in love he does it through his solar mind, which is the terrestrial man. Through the mind is how many resurrected masters fall. This is why the only way not to fall is by entering into the Absolute.
So good luck in your journey and keep ahead!