Friday, December 2, 2016

About spiritual sacrifice


Expulsion of merchants from the Temple
Medieval Art, British Library Arundel

For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:16-17 ESV).

This is without any doubt one of the most profound verses in the Scripture, for it contains secrets we can hardly fathom with words.

What is really a broken contrite heart? An afflicted, repented, dejected being or something more?

True spiritual sacrifice begins with the collapse of all inner idols, including the idea of a separate God that demands our servitude, sacrifice and suffering. 

The Supreme only gives Goodness without waiting for anything in return, except for the sacrifice of what keeps us from receiving plenitude.

Who´s then demanding? What is really required from us?

In order go deep into these questions we must first clarify some issues.

...the Ebionites [also known as the Poor (evyonym) and Nazarenes] were very critical with the possibility of restarting a religion that prescribed animal sacrifices. Hence they argued that Jesus had come to abolish, with the help of his own death, cruel sacrifices. Together with the rejection of sacrifices they had preference for a vegetarian diet, which implied the absolute opposition to the consumption of meat. Both attitudes respond to the fact that in Antiquity the consumption of meat was many times linked to sacrifices in the temples, whose sacrified victims were later sold in markets. Meat was eaten when there were sacrifices, otherwise, the diet was different (Los Cristianismos Derrotados, Antonio Piñero, p.75).

That Yeshua/Jesus/Issa or whatever we want to call him, was against all rigid norms and ritual sacrifices is clearly seen in the expulsion of merchants that commerced with animals destined for sacrifice and consumption:

In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen (John 2:13-16 ESV).

This is very much in accord with the philosophy of previous Biblical prophets, who pointed out the great mistake of those who regarded themselves as Jews without being such:

He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog´s neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig´s blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and  their soul delights in their abominations (Isaiah 66:3).

For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the Knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6).

Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me (Jeremiah 6:20)

For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices (Jeremiah 7:21).

(See also Isaiah 1:11-16; Amos 5:21-44; Proverbs 21:3; Hosea 8:13)

Now, if the prophets thought like this, what originated the custom of sacrificing animals as an offering for Yahve? Did they copy it from other tribes?

The wild custom of sacrificing in order to appease the wrath of the gods was spread all over the earth and came to be part of Judaic religion which degenerated beyond limits, as all the other religions.


Moloch

In the last article we saw how the spiritual teachings were rejected by a majority of Hebrews, which preferred a more carnal-literal cult. 

This made them incapable of receiving the truth about a reality higher than the elements of the world, and thus they had to be left in the hands of astral intelligences that rule in accord to Laws of Nature, which demand energies mercilessly. And if those energies are not obtained from spiritual labors performed by conscious humans, other severe works are imposed, even painful events, such as catastrophes.

This is how ritual sacrifice came to be, as a shadow of a true inner sacrifice that humans did not want to make.

The Book of Splendour or Zohar explains that the word sacrifice, korban, derives from karob, to come close. Sacrifice makes one come close to the divine. Particularly, a broken heart is the highest sacrifice, as we heard in David´s  Psalm.

The Inner Doctrine of Scripture teaches that the Creator and some angelic beings delight on receiving energies emanated by those who work with true mystic fire, which involves not only attention to the silent loving Presence within the cloud of unknowing during meditation, but also self-exam, compassion for those near that offend, etc. 

Awakening the spiritual fire involves body, heart and higher mind together, and has little to do with the emotional agitation  lived in some churches or even with a gentle touch of the Holy Spirit, that we might confuse with deep experiences, getting attached to emotional peace without developing the higher mind, also known as Mind of Christ/Mashiaj. 

The baptism of water and the "feminine" Holy Spirit, only involves a certain conversion, some inner peace and even miracles, but that is not enough and requires hard work which leads to the baptism of fire (Matthew 3:11) that grows over time, since much dross needs to be burnt. 

On a lower level, this emanation of spiritual energies was symbolized by the "smoke" that came out of burning fat, which represents impurities that are scorched and spiritualized, risen to a higher vibrational frequency.

And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the YHVH: is is a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto YHVH (Exodus 29:18 ESV).

The ram that charges with his horns represents the stubborn ego, the inner Satan or first born of the flesh, which is precisely what Abraham and his offspring were asked to sacrifice, but very few understood.

This explain why the Old Testament speaks constantly of the sacrifice of the "first born".

As Paul pointed, first comes the carnal-natural, and then the spiritual (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Unfortunately, many are still unable to go beyond the carnal.

Precisely, the rejection of the "inner meanings" of the Torah made Israel and other cultures externalize the sacrifices, even with infants, becoming thus prey for lower forces, not just planetary principalities, but true moon demons, shedim in Hebrew, the wicked spirits of the air (Ephesians 6:12), which inspire all sorts of self-mortifications, cult to images, material offerings, and of course, bloody sacrifices, like those of Moloch, which liberate energies that feed the magnetic field of the moon, from which many creatures are nurtured.

This is the context of passages such as:

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations–Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch...according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh (Colossians 2:20 ESV).

The inner teachings that had been vomited by the Hebrews, was again ignored by the institutions that began to forge their own religion, moved by low passions, encouraged by the same jokers of ever, who are probably still laughing somewhere behind the curtains of reality.

Of course, the new laws and traditions of men also included human sacrifice, although in a new format. In this case it consisted in persecuting heretical christians or infidels, who were beheaded, chopped up, burnt alive or simply received a dosis of boiling lead through their throats. 

Prisciallianus and his six followers were the first vegetarian heretics condemned to death and beheaded by the Holy Church of Rome in 385 A.D.

Well known is the fact that one of the strategies to detect  Nazarenes, Ebionites and other genuine Christians was to capture them and offer them meat to see if they avoided it, and if they did, they were straight away taken as lambs into the slaughter house.

This was almost practiced inside the Church:

To the members of the clergy, whether presbyters or deacons, that abstain from meat, we command them to taste it and then, if they wish, they may abstain from it. But if they do not even ingest the vegetables cooked with meat, and do not obey this canon, they will be destituted from their rank (Point XIV, Canon of the Concilium of Anciara, 314 A.D).

Later on,  in 1441, the Ecumenic Concilium of Florence abolished officially the wise advices of the apostles relative to abstaining from eating sacrifices and blood (Acts 15:29). 

And the argument was clear enough to reveal how little the spiritual meaning of Scripture is understood.

The Holy Church of Rome, founded by the word of the Lord and Savior [who knows which and how]...Firmly believes, profeses and preaches that all creature of God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

According to the document of Florence, the custom of not consuming blood, pork and other things regarded as impure, are aspects of "discipline" that were only relative to recent converts of the early centuries, reason why it´s no longer valid. 

Obviously, this was not just disciple, but a question of vital health, without which there cannot be completion.

By their fruits, many have always regarded themselves to be above the criteria of Jesus Christ and the apostles, who already warned about false apostles who would plague and dominate the world, just for a while (2 Corinthians 11:13).

According to the document of Florence, the passages of Mark 7, Acts 10:9-15 and 1 Timothy 4:4 establish an open way to eat just anything, because all is blessed.

But let´s examine this by parts to see if it´s true:

When the pharisees complained before Jesus that his disciples did not wash their hands before eating, the Master replied:

Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from the outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach and is expelled? (Thus he declared all foods clean) (Mark 7:18-19)

First of all, even when supposing the last phrase is not one of the typical interpolations that populate the Gospels, declaring pure all foods is not strange. But in this case, "food" is just what is edible for humans, since the Master spoke with "humans"–or something similar. And according to the inspired Word, starting with Genesis 1:29 or Genesis 10, pork and blood are not human food, except for other creatures, naturally.

In any case, the passage does not speak of food, what makes one suspect it is an interpolation. And what is it referring to? Obviously, to possible germs or virus that would not affect an immune system that is not weakened by an unclean mind and heart:

What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness...(Mark 7:18-23 ESV).

Just to say it more clearly, would a pure hearted person be able to swallow a jar of petroleum without even feeling some tingling in the stomach? Who knows? May nothing would happen. But this person surely would not make it part of a daily diet.

This might be what Paul was referring in the letter to Titus:

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure (Titus 1:15).

According to the Kabbalah, those impurities do indeed make humans sick and are originated by "impure spirits" or residual energies  that belonged to past antediluvian humans: the Goborim, which with pride pursue power and honor, building towers of Babel; the lusty Nefilim that flood the media; the violent Anakim, that impose themselves by force; the Refaim, which infuse despair and lack of self-esteem, and the Amalekim, which seed doubt and therefore ignorance, keeping people away from the study of the Inner Teaching, the Universal Kabbalah.

The contents of the mind and the heart are precisely what must be sacrificed in the temple of the body, on all their levels, since an adulterous is also he who mixes himself with lower passions; a thief is also he who wastes energy hating others; a murderer is also he who kills the hope of others, etc.

Another passage mentioned in the Concilum of Florence was the letter to Timothy, quoted partially, for obvious reasons, since the complete version exposes the Church itself:

in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods [fasting?] that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 

Needless to say, even in those days the Word included passages such as Leviticus 11 or Deuteronomy 14, in which neither pork, nor blood, nor animal fat nor shellfish or scavengers are deemed as a holy food by the Word.

And with regard to abstaining from food, it makes more sense to think it refers to a forced fasting, which is a way of mortification or ritual sacrifice that benefits dark energies and not necessarily the body. 

Only when one knows how and why to fast one is capable of doing such thing in a healing way.

Some of the first Christians fasted on Wednesday and Friday in order to prepare themselves for the Shabat or Resting Day, which was also abolished and wrong understood.

Now it only remains to examine Acts 10:9-15, which is also popular and is often quoted as a dietary panacea.

The symbolic story comes to say that before receiving the visit of messengers sent by the Roman centurion Cornelius, Peter had a vision destined to prepare him to meet the Roman.

Rise, Peter, kill and eat!, the angel says to him showing a flying table full of animals.

But Peter said, By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean. And the voice came to him again a second time, What God has made clean, do not call common". This happened three times...

The vision comes three times due to a specific reason that does not go unnoticed for he who studies the context and its inner meaning. It´s pointing to the three spiritual centres (instinctive, emotional and mental) demanding subtle discernment.

The passage has nothing to do with food, but with ceasing to regard others as impure simply because they do not belong to the same religion.

And it is Peter himself who interprets the vision correctly:

You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean (Acts 10:28 ESV).

Therefore, we see that sacrifice must also be aimed at the own prejudices and false beliefs.

We pay with living energy and sacrifice pride with the study and permanent meditation/prayer. And by eliminating the idols of the heart and mind, we stop seeing the Divine One as something external or far away, feeling how S/He lives even in our own conscious suffering:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17 ESV).


This is a hint to a deeper aspect of the Teaching that has to do with the supreme sacrifice that turns us into vessels for the divine, preparing us for a second birth, growth and higher marriage. But we will continue in the next post.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Why were the Prophets and first Christians vegetarians?

Garden of Eden. Hieronymus Bosch
El Prado Museum. Madrid


As we saw a few days ago, the ideal food of a humanity in harmony with the divine spirit is basically comprised of fruits, legumes and other seeds, as suggested in Genesis 1:29. 

This excludes the consumption of meat, which was not even accepted by prophets right after the last great catastrophe, which only led to the inclusion of natural (non-industrialized) "eggs", "milk" and "honey", since these may cover some nutricional deficiencies due to a harsh climate. A fact that was hidden with slight modifications and incorrect interpretations of Genesis 9, which contains clear indications:

But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood (Genesis 9:4 ESV).

Meat consumption was regulated later, as we will see. However, even though the human being has been thousands of years living in disharmony, inclined to eat animal protein due to planetary perturbations, the vegetarian diet, even if it´s ovo-lacto-vegetarian,  is still the best to overcome the literal carnal mind and enhance the development of spiritual capacities that can put us into contact with higher levels of being and bring heaven to earth, canceling future earthly perturbations. Always provided one understands how to become a true vegetarian without eating too much, without    destroyed certain foods through cooking and nurturing properly, both physically and spiritually.

According to Biblical prophecies, humans will return to the original vegetarian diet during what has been called the Millennium, a time of peace on earth in which many just souls may reincarnate if they wish. Associated to the World to Come, it´s a time when the physical level of the Earth will be generally reconnected to the Paradise of Eden, which humanity´s consciousness abandoned thousands of years ago. Although not everyone will live it this way and might be deceived by a "materialistic Millennium".

Now, without the need of waiting for the Millennium, many decided to live as if they were already in Paradise, also known as Abraham´s Bossom. But others lived as if they were already in the Kingdom of Heaven, which was never announced to the prophets previous to Jesus Christ / Yeshua ha Mashiaj. 

In fact, the followers of the Nazarene Messiah were not guided by the old "resurrection of judgement" (John 5:29, Hebrews 9:27), which implies the dissolution of the soul in parts that reincarnate in other persons, even in the Millennium.

By contrast, the followers of the Nazarene Master had heard from him about a Kingdom which is not of this world (John 18:36), and yet is omnipresent (Luke 17:21, Romans 14:17). And they also had heard about the "resurrection of life" (John 5:24-29), which takes place before physical death and continues after it, incarnating from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), by means of acquiring celestial bodies (i.e lunar, solar and stellar), as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:40-47.

Unfortunately, this was not understood nor explained by the blind that dare to lead the blind without knowing what kind of pits lay ahead, putting themselves under the yoke of the deceptive God of this World (2 Corinthians 4:4), which governs inside and outside fallen man.

Since the great prophets and "genuine Christians" of the first century lived as if they were back in Paradise or even fully alive in the Kingdom of Heaven, they had no need for acting by mere obedience to written laws, for they manifested a spontaneous divine justice, by the divine conscious love that flew through them naturally. And this allowed them to feed on the "living seed bearing fruits" of the earth without the need to kill, being able to receive the divine spirit that heals the incurable, even a mere vitamin deficit. 

How many pretentious religious leaders and guides are able to live like that today?

Sadly, the systems of carnal religion can only be ruled by "carnal laws and traditions of men", and therefore be subject to the dominion of the God of this World, which simply plays the role of Testing Coach of Humanity, being comprised of contradictory forces of the stellar and planetary Nature: the so called angels, principalities, powers, dominions and spirits of the air mentioned in Romans 8:38 and Ephesians 6:6. 

In the Scriptures these forces receive many names, starting with the Lawgiver, Lord of Hosts (Isaiah 5:24) or Angel of the Lord (Exodus 23:20), continuing with the Accuser (Revelation 12:10), Prince of this World (John 16:11) or simply Adversary, i.e Satan (Job 2).

Some forces accuse and lead humanity to be slave of carnal world, whereas the The Lord of Hosts governs the Natural Law, demanding "energy of suffering" as payment for everything that violates natural laws codified in the Torah, including all one receives from Nature, as the carnal body and the consumption of flesh, even if it´s that of a turkey.

Hence the Master encouraged to pay energy debt as soon as possible:

Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny (Matthew 5:25-26 ESV).

Later on we will see the exact reason why Moses had to offer a carnal Law which regulated meat consumption–a Law that was written by accusing angels, as Paul points in Galatians 3.

And in case someone still has any doubt about the vegetarianism of prophets and christians, here we have some quotes:

And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food...Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing (Ezekiel 47:12 ESV).

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge...Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags...Buy truth, and do not see it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding (Proverbs 23:12-23 ESV).

those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24 ESV).

Christians abstained themselves from all animal flesh (Pliny the Younger, Letter to Trajan, Book X:9).

No streams of blood flowed at their place; no flesh was slaughtered and cut to pieces [...] One does not smell there the awful vapor of meats [...] one hears no racket and terrible noise (John Chrysostom, on exemplar Christians, Homily 96).

We, the Christians leaders, practice abstinence from the flesh of animals to subdue our bodies [...] the unnatural eating of flesh is of demonic origin [...] the eating of flesh is polluting [...] flesh-meats and wine serve as material for sensuality, and are a source of danger, sorrow, and disease. (John Chrysostom, on Matthew 22:1-4). [1]

Jerome, Father of the Church, tells us about the apostle Jacob and Jesus Christ concerning the issue of meats [2]:

James, the Lord´s brother, succeeds to the government of the Church, in conjunction with the apostles. He has been universally called the Just, from the days of the Lord down to the present time...He drank no wine or other intoxicating liquor, nor did he eat flesh; no razor came upon his head... (De Viris Illustribus).

The eating of meat was unknown up to the big flood, but since the flood they have the strings and stinky juices of animal flesh into our mouths, just as they threw in front of the grumbling sensual people in the desert. Jesus Christ, who appeared when the time had been fulfilled, has again joined the end with the beginning, so that it is no longer allowed for us to eat animal meat (Adversus Jovinianum 1:18, 2:6).

Among all the foods preferable are those that can be directly consumed without the need of cook them, since they are always available and ready to be eaten and are the most simple. This is the reason why apostle Matthew lived on grains, fruit from the trees, vegetables, without meat. And John, which kept a high self-control, ate leave sprouts and wild honey. As for the bloody sacrifices, I believe, were discovered by men who looked for a pretext to eat flesh, which they could have had without such kind of idolatry (Clement of Alexandria, Paidagogus II, 1:16).


The apostle Peter is attributed the following comment:

I live on bread and olives, to which I occasionally add some vegetables (Clementine Homilies, XII:6, V:6). 

We should not forget what apostle Jacob said to the gentiles who wanted to become followers of Christ:

abstain from the meats sacrificed to idols, from blood, the strangled and fornication (Acts 15:29). 

Of course, it´s necessary to read in-between lines and see the context. Foolish is he who does not discern and becomes a sectarian accuser, as it happens to some vegetarians, carnivorians or followers of who knows which spiritual sect.

It just suffices to admonish or point possible weak points in order to illumine darkness:

I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another (Romans 15:14 ESV).

Without forgetting that:

Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge (1 Corinthians 8:3 NRSV).

To avoid the accusing or judgmental attitude based on the stony moral law is precisely what Jesus/Yeshua did, being later imitated by Paul, with regard to customs and food:

it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or sister stumble (Romans 14:21 NRSV)

Paul saw there are aspirants who still experience a hard struggle against the flesh and harmful habits due to lack of understanding, and these could feel offended or confused seeing others with more experience of something which might seem a contradiction. Hence his words:

Food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak (1 Corinthians 8:8-9 NRSV).

In a particular occasion someone with understanding may eat meat, for some specific reason, even if it´s something toxic, such as pork or shellfish.

For instance, some vegetarian teachers have sometimes eaten meat in order to break the "rigid mind" of some student. This was perhaps the case of Prince Siddharta, the Buddha, who supposedly died from eating pork, probably contaminated flesh. Who knows? But it would´ve been a great lesson.

Anecdotes apart, something different is that a spiritual aspirant turns meat into regular diet only to satisfy the demands of the stomaching Moloch.

This is actually was happened to the Jewish people in the desert, which did not understand the spiritual dimension of the teachings of Moses and demanded more literal teachings, mirrored on meat consumption:

Not the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel wept again and said: Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing all but this Manna to look at (Numbers 11:4 NREV).

Moses hallucinated in colors, finding hard to believe that people preferred a carnal life more than the deep knowledge about reality, starting from the perception of inner Divinity:

Where am I to get meat to give all this people? For they weep before me and say: Give us meat, that we may eat. I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me (Numbers 11 NREV).

This passage is key to understand why the written Law of Stone was introduced, including regulations concerning meat consumption, as we saw in the previous article.

Of course, the Nazarene Messiah lifted the carnal veil of the Law, showing the true Spiritual Law that sets us free, offering divine understanding and not just the spiritual Knowledge or Manna that Moses gave. But very few knew to see both sides, and became slaves of the carnal mind.

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (Romans 8:13 ESV). 

those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24 ESV).

Consequently, he who feels the Divine Conscience touching his inner side, stops feeling the attraction of meat consumption, and loses the taste for it, so to say, since one is already aware of the process that food underwent before reaching the table, and can´t avoid seeing in his spiritual mind how the animal has been tortured, killed and butchered, feeling thus aversion when taking a piece of dead flesh to the mouth.

And what´s more, such conscious aspirant knows what to eat and which steps are necessary to nurture the body without an excess load of food.

All this makes ironic that some of the self-proclaimed pastors and followers of Christ/Messiah confess to be lovers of lamb, or even bacon, fried blood and pork steaks, which would´ve been aberrant for the first christians :)

Nevertheless, as it was already pointed, this should not make anybody feel the obligation to become vegetarian. It is not enough to stop eating meat or fish. There are many elements involved and it is necessary to understand what one does.

Now, where did the misunderstanding began?

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end [the rigid obligations of written Law] (2 Corinthians 3:14 ESV). 

Without understanding the meaning of "lifting the veil of the Law" (Exodus 34:34), not wanting to understand Spiritual Law, all the Institutional Churches started to forge what´s known as "replacement theology", believing they were the new chosen recipients of Christ and supposedly fred from the Law. And indeed, they became new recipients, not for the Consciousness of the Messiah, but for the God of this World and its diabolic suggestions, what led to the creation of new traditions of men –as those denounced by Jesus Christ in Mark 7– and a new stone Law, with new rules, new and ravished temples of stone, new sacrifices and of course, new diets that do not even respect the wise regulations of health contained in the Torah, which offer the safe consumption of flesh and fish, avoiding blood, fat, pork, shellfish and other scavengers (Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14, etc). 

But let´s leave that for the next article, since it implies showing how the teachings of the prophets, even Jesus/Yeshua, had to do with the abolishment of carnal sacrifices and all it implies.

Contrary to what has been said, the Nazarene Master never ate lamb nor celebrated the Jewish Passover, since he was, as its epithet indicates, a Nazarene, and Nazarenes followed the Essene Passover, as it´s shown by the consciously introduced contradictions in the Gospels (see Jesus and the Essene Calendar in this blog).

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[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James,_brother_of_Jesus#cite_note-62




Thursday, November 3, 2016

Nutrition and Divine Instruction





Famous is the passage in which the prophet Daniel and his friends refuse to follow the food habits of King Nabuchadnezzar:

Daniel resolved not to be defiled by the king´s food or by the wine he drank; so he requested of the king´s chief officer that he should not be defiled...Now test your servants for ten days, and let them give us some pulse [legumes, tzaraym] that we should eat, and water that we should drink. And let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king´s food be seen by you, and as you will see, so do with your servants. He heeded them in this matter and tested them for ten days. And at the end of the ten days, they looked handsomer and fatter than all the youths who ate the king´s food (Daniel 1:8-16) [1]

Three are basically the foods for humanity: one for the physical body, another for the spiritual heart and a third for the spiritual mind. 

There we have three levels of being symbolized by the three friends of prophet Daniel.

Our heart needs a profound serenity born out of Conscious Love, while the higher mind needs the Light of understanding that illumines darkness.

So as these foods are present, we won´t fall into the ignorance and idolatry that forces us into poverty, sickness, despair and the lust of the senses, specially our so characteristic gluttony. 

Pertinent in this regard is the teaching of spiritual Bread and the Wine, passed down by the Nazarene Messiah(John 6) and the Nazarene Essenes, who had inherited it from an ancient royal brotherhood that goes back to Egypt and Sumeria through Joseph and Abraham, who was initiated by a certain Melchitzedek:

And Melchizedek, King of Salem brought out Bread and Wine; He was priest of God Most High [El Elyon]. And he blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram by God Most High; possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand (Genesis 14:18-20).

As Paul indicates in Hebrews 7, Melchitzedek was the King of Peace (Salem), title that denotes the state of serene consciousness attained by a royal divine humanity that left traces of its existence in monuments and profound teachings.

The Bread and the Wine represent the Light that illumines our mind and the Spirit that calms down our heart.

I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger (John 6:35).

In Hebraic Kabbalah the Bread also represents the literal understanding or peshat of the Torah, while the wine is the sod or secret, whose numeric value is 70, as that of wine, yayin

Fish is another mystic symbol, associated to the deep consciousness that dives into the waters of Life. 

This is the reason why Simon Peter says in John 6:9 that there is a kid with five loaves of bread and two fish, with which the Master feeds the multitudes, as did Moses with the Mana that came down from heaven in the desert.

The five loaves of bread are the five books of Torah in their literal or veiled form, while the two fish is "something" known by the Nazarenes who lifted the Mosaic veil of the Law that judges and condemns.

But let´s leave the secret of the two fish for those who want to meditate on it and awaken the inner Christ/Messiah.

The spiritual food that nurtures our divine buried consciousness helps us to be less imprisoned by the dark forces of dense matter.

This implies knowing better our physical food, so we can detach ourselves from it, as the Nazarene Messiah did in one of the temptations of the satanic ego, which wanted him to manifest food in times of fasting:

Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of the Creator (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4). 

The Word or Logos reaches us through the heat and light of the inner –and outer– sun, but also resonates on the Divine Instruction.

And according to Divine Instruction, the main physical food of harmonious humanity must be in tune with the Tree of Life:

Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food (Genesis 1:29 ESV).

The interesting point in this passage is found in the expression "plant yielding seed", which in Hebrew is asheb tzara tzera. And it is so because it does not refer so much to the plant itself as to its "offspring", which is another meaning of tzara. And the same applies to tree.

Since we are not cows nor termites, our main food is not grass, roots, stems, bark nor branches, since these contain too much cellulose, which our digestive system cannot break down, even though it may help to evacuate–although if we eat too much of it, we get constipated. Who hasn´ t got a bit stuck with a bit of cabbage indigestion?

Certainly, some plants and roots may fulfill a medicinal function, but we normally make an infusion with them in order to extract their "active elements", although its abuse should be avoided.

Therefore, the main food of a humanity in harmony are seeds and fruits with seeds, namely: dry fruit, fruit, legumes, flowers, some cereals such as non-modified wheat, and seeds such as quinoa and amaranth.

                                          How attractive this pomegranate looks



And how nice can Amaranth be

We can also see that Genesis does not speak of animals as main source of food, since Life cannot consist on killing, specially for survival.

It was never said: Thous shall not kill, instead for noshing the animals. 

Now, today´s human being is not even close to the one that existed in Edenic conditions, neither physically nor spiritually: we are much smaller, weaker, savage and tremendously ignorant, since we even ignore the divine laws that prehistoric civilizations violated on purpose, getting into a quite demonic mess.

The story about the Garden of Eden teaches that since adamic humanity lost contact with divine consciousness, humans felt naked, for their eyes were opened –and so much– to the carnal world of the senses. Then humanity was forced to cultivate the earth and cook with heat:

By the sweat of thy face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground [adamah], for out of it you were taken (Genesis 3:19).

The earth or ground from which Adamic humanity came was ha Adamah, and then put into the Edenic Garden where no work was required and everyone ate effortlessly the fruits available. A piece of data we find in most mythologies of the world that refer to the Golden Age. 

According to Biblical prophets, when humans evolve and receive the higher state of Consciousness of the Messiah, humans will go back to the original vegetarian diet. Something that will become more or less stable in about 250 years, according to Biblical calculation.

This is the coming time Isaiah was referring to:

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall die down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together, and a little child shall lead them (Isaiah 11:6 ESV).

Now, what forced us to meat consumption?


Many traditions speak of a sudden change in the psyche and food habits of humans and animals due to a great catastrophe that took place because of the alteration of natural laws.

This violation of laws also brought the apparition of beasts that began to eat human beings, and vice versa.

The Book Jubilees and the Book of Enoch (7:14-25) tell us that it was the Fallen Angels who began to eat meat, a habit deemed as demonic in those texts and which caused "genetic corruption", as told in Genesis.

When man began to multiply on the face of the land... the sons of God [consciousness of the fallen angels] saw the daughters of man [human bodies] were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose [i.e they incarnated]...Now the earth was corrupt in God´s sight, and the earth filled with violence...for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth (Genesis 6:1-12).

The corruption by genetic modification starts again to take place thanks to the "illumined ones" who believe they are more clever than the Creator. Something that will lead to unpleasant consequences. Hence it was said:

As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man (Luke 17:26).

We should not forget that the Flood or Deluge was a disharmony caused by the wild practices and technologies of carnivorous humans, who coexisted with abnormally violent creatures that had appeared due to the bad vibrations of fallen humanity, and therefore, of the planet, which is like a amplifier and magnet; the lower the human heart vibrates, the more it attracts catastrophe in the form of comets, earthquakes, epidemics, etc.

Right now we are like the target of the devil, conditioned by a remote past.

In spite of the brutal catastrophes that wiped out great civilizations, some corruption remained and became part of the new ways of life:

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving things that lives [that creeps on the ground, i.e remesh] shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man (Genesis 9:1-4 ESV). [2]

This passage is often used by judeo-christian sects in order to justify the slaughter of animals for food–although, deprived of their blood, of course. 

The problem is that the text is very clear. In fact, the first judeo-christians –Nazarenes and Ebionites– mention it in order to reject the consumption of meat and ritual sacrifice, which is what their Master Messiah, Yeshua, came to abolish. 

To begin with, in most Bibles the word "remesh" is translated first as everything that creeps on the ground, but then it is miraculously changed for every moving thing that lives shall be for food, implying that every animal can be eaten, what even contradicts later laws of Moses.

Furthermore, in the first Chapter of Genesis, that same word is always translated as "reptiles" or "creeping things":

Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds–livestock and creeping things [remesh] and beasts of the earth according to the kinds (Genesis 1:24 ESV).

Therefore, if "remesh" are neither cattle nor beasts of the earth –which referred to hominoids or primitive men–, what is this passage saying? Were serpents and crocodiles the new food?

Reading attentively we will see that the text does not say anything about killing animals to eat them: But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 

Some suggest this refers to eating flesh without blood, as it´s supposedly done according to the Jewish kosher laws derived from the interpretation of passages such as:

you shall eat no blood whatever, whether of fowl or of animal, in any of your dwelling places (Leviticus 7:26).

Muslims, who copied the Jewish custom of ritual blood draining also consume flesh following purity laws called halal

But anyone who has seen the ritual of blood draining can realize it´s not possible to take away all the blood from a dead carcass.

And the idea behind these mandates was to avoid that certain energy contained in the animal blood passes into the human blood, since that energy makes spiritual evolution harder.

Anyone who has stopped eating meat, even for some time, knows that one feels more serene, calmer. Something many do not like, since it brings down "aggressive moods" and "sexual drive", or rather "animal sexuality", which in the human being ends up becoming "sexual psychopathy". 

Something similar happens with most animal fat:

Of course, such a mandate is not a whim either; it has been proven that the excess of animal fat and oils refined and oxidized with heat, in combination with refined sugar, congests the liver and other organs, causing "lipotoxicity", from which we get insulin resistance, diabetes, atherosclerosis and other illnesses that have become epidemic in a society where the consumption of refined carbs and animal meat, fat and blood is abusive.

Despite there are healthy fats, such as Omega 3, it is not coincidence that fat is associated with sin, specially gluttony.

Curiously, the passage of Genesis 9 does not mention fat at all. Does this mean Noah and his people were allowed to eat meat and its fat but not its blood? How can that be when it contradicts the Law of Torah? Is it not more cogent to think that the phrase really means that neither meat not flesh should be consumed?

The intake of flesh is something that came later as a result of further degeneration. However, meat was always something hard to get, due to the risk and effort involved in hunting, natural scarcity and also economic reasons. Obviously, many supermarket minds find hard to understand that.

But we must consider that due to the new and adverse climatological conditions that came after inimaginable catastrophes registered in hundreds of myths, many fruit trees and edible seed bearing plants disappeared, and all seems to indicate that what was suggested as food was the "fruit" or "offspring" –tzara, remember?– of certain animals, namely, their "eggs"; and this may include not only lizard eggs or serpent eggs but also eggs from some wild chicken – after all, these are mini dinosaurs–, and their eggs are highly nutritious, according to specialists, since they contain essential fatty acids and the famous vitamin Cobalamine or B12, necessary for the covering of the nerves.

This sheds light on the phrase everything that creeps shall be for food. Raising chicken or picking up some of their eggs does not mean to kill the already formed animal.

So the just humanity known as Noah and company would have started an ovo-vegetarian diet, compelled by the hard conditions.

Roots, plants and seeds also became the main source of food of prehistoric humanity, as evidenced in stone age feces. What many call "paleo diet" is nothing but an fanciful whim of restless carnal minds. 

Certainly, many human communities were forced to move into hostile and cold areas where edible vegetation was not abundant, hence husbandry and hinting became a necessity. For instance, the Himns of Zoroaster tell of how the homeland Aryana Vaejo was destroyed by ice, forcing the forebears of the Aryans to move. 

In this context of abnormal catastrophe and extreme survival, the human being developed an abnormal appetite for flesh, since the body became incapable of assimilating certain nutrients from the earth and air. 

And this increased with spiritual and physical degeneration of humankind, since meat is one of the main sources of parasites and viruses (hepatitis, flue, etc), in addition to aggressive passions.

Notwithstanding, humanity was not taught to eat just anything:

You shall not eat any abomination. These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep. (Deuteronomy 14).

All clean winged things you may eat [i.e chicken, hen, turkey] (Deuteronomy 14)

and the pig...is unclean to you (Levítico 11:7) 

Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat...Everything in the waters that does not have fins and scales is detestable to you (Leviticus 11:9-12).

For many years it was believed these statutes were illogical. However, today is has been proven there are scientific reasons to avoid certain animals.

For instance, fish scales filter toxins, and thus these are not as harmful as shellfish, which is a scavenger that feeds on the feces of other animals.

As for the indicated herbivores, those are not toxic for humans, unlike pork and other scavengers, which eat anything, even viscera and rotten meats.

Hence pork and shellfish are rejected by the best doctors and nutrition experts.

This indicates this information did not come from religious ignorants.

Despite all, the immense majority of Israelites did not eat meat on a regular basis since they could not afford it; only during Passover and perhaps some other feast.

As for Prophets and Essenes –including genuine Nazarene Christians–, these always manifested themselves against animal sacrifice and meat consumption, for several reasons that religiously blinded minds insist on rejecting or hiding in order to satisfy carnal appetites, making up all sorts of twisted arguments that we should see crumbling one by one in the next article. 

...those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24 ESV).

Now, all of this does not mean everyone should or must become a vegetarian, since everything depends on the aspirations and understanding of each one.

In the same way that eating meat regularly makes us sick and pushes us further away from the truth, ignoring how to be a vegetarian can also lead us to a serious lack of nutrition and thus sickness, since there are many factors involved (type and quality of the food, hygiene, capacity of assimilation, proper cooking to avoid destroying nutrients, etc); being a true vegetarian is not thinking like a new Hippie, buying lettuce, lentils and fruits in a supermarket, be it vegan, pagan, kosher or super ecological, since not all green veggies are meat for food and even ecological products can be deprived of vitamins and minerals, for today´s soils are very poor; "labels" are useless without the proper Instruction.

Actually, many spiritual teachers were vegetarians and died seriously ill, lacking nutrition, wondering what the heck they had done wrong–and among them, Krishnamurti, who died of intestinal cancer.

It´s worth mentioning that according to the Pali texts, Prince Siddharta, the Buddha, died of indigestion after consuming pork in bad state, what even became an issue for theological discussion in Buddhist circles, since it can be interpreted in many ways.

Nowadays, the Dalai Lama claims that his consumption of meat is due to health reasons, something which can be quite logical. 

So, let´s not deceive ourselves, there are as many sick vegetarians as sick carnivors, reason why they have started to chop each other down, accusing and judging themselves of this and that.

It is not that easy to speak about spiritual nutrition without knowing all factors. In this carnal world almost all is relative. 

Hope these questions become more and more clear during the following days.
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[1] http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16484

[2] http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/8173