Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Original Lord´s Prayer - Part III




May thy Kingdom/sovereignty come

Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

Give us the Wisdom bread of the morrow


Yeshua taught in Aramaic and Hebrew. Actually the gospels derive from Hebrew sources that were later translated into Greek, as Saint Jerome and other Doctors of the Church  clarified [1]

Therefore the original word for Kingdom must have been Malkut (Hebrew), or in any case Malkuta, its feminine Aramaic form.

Malkut can be translated both as kingdom and sovereignty, but in Biblical references malkut usually means the latter when it goes associated with God, specially in the Psalms [2]. 

The Kingdom or Realm of Higher Rulership has already been established and it is so some degree accesible to those who really work to dominate/have sovereignity over their lower nature:


The Kingdom of God is at hand; transform your mind [metanoeite] and have faith on the good news –Mark 1:15

What has to come or enter each servant is the divine rulership over the animal side, expanding the Kingdom, inside and outside:

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21)

In the logion 3 of Thomas Gospel we even read:...the Kingdom is within you and it is outside of you.

And in the logion 113:

His disciples said to him, "When is the kingdom  going to come?"
"It is not by being waited for that it is going to come. They are not going to say, 'Here it is' or 'There it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out over the earth, and people do not see it.

The Kingdom can be felt when the heart is subject to divine sovereignty by influence of the loving consciousness or Holy Spirt.

Inner work increases the sensitivity and leads to perceive the dominion of the Eternal One in the most unsuspected places.


There should not be room for anxiety, fear, hatred . Nothing escapes or will escape supreme sovereignity.

Thus it is said Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, which parallels the Hermetic formula As Above so Below

According to these traditions, everything that happens on earth, is a reflection or response of what happens in inner worlds above, such as the mind and the heart.


So, in order to change something below, it´s necessary to act deeper and affect something above: changing the mindset and way of feeling. 

Nothing in our lives can change if we do not get into contact with our higher dimension or Holy Spirit.


In the Zohar we read:


The beings who live down here say God is up above, whereas the angels in heaven say God is on Earth.[3]

The central idea is that the Earth becomes a perfect reflection of the higher kingdom of the Abba (Father).


  In fact, the Kingdom is a Celestial Earth, higher than Paradise, future residence of truly restored humans.

Yet, living on this fallen earth is the only chance to gain understanding. There are many aspects that cannot be understood in the realms of Light; light beings know very little about suffering, compassion and true love. Hence they come to learn in this cosmic university called Earth, as it is the case of human souls. 

The physical universe must become a reflection of Heaven, governed with the help of all who obey the Will of the Source, even with processes of Severity (Geburah), necessary to establish balance. 

This is not possible with the "selfish passivity" characteristic of those who believe all will be done by a super powerful Savior.

To reach the degree of "human being" implies at least to know oneself like a Buddha, and thus be part of Light Christ, mature Son of the Eternal One.


A hard task and reason why we need Wisdom bread.

The Greek expression Ton árton ton epiousíon, literally means bread (árton) of superior (epi) essence (ousía). 

This was formerly understood by those who prayed in Latin saying: panis supersubstantialis

Saint Jerome wrote the following in his Commentary on Matthew:

In the gospel called According to the Hebrews, instead of supernatural bread I found moar, which means "tomorrow's"...[4]


In other words, to ask for the bread of tomorrow is to ask for an anticipation of the Wisdom food enjoyed by true humanity in the Olam ha Ba or World to come, the Paradise and the Kingdom, which is already accessible from the physical body to some degree, in the form of gifts.


Without this higher connection, nothing can be done in this mad world and all would remains dry. 


What remains now is the removal of the inner barriers that keep us from downloading the gifts to actualize the highest human potential. This will be the theme of the last parts of the prayer, which we will see soon.

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[1] In the Gospel used by the Nazarenes and Ebionites, which we recently translated into Greek from the Hebrew language –and which many call the authentic Matthew...The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition By James R. Edwards, p.84

It has been claimed that the Syriac version of the Our Father prayer, contained in the Peshitta Bible (VI century A.D), is the original one; but that is not  necessarily the case. In fact such version is a copy of the Greek one, but written in Aramaic. 

Yet we don´t need to go very far to know what the original meaning of the prayer was. The Greek version alone is enough, with the help of Hebrew and Aramaic conversions and explanatory texts from the tradition.


[2] "The Hebrew word malkuth [...] refers first to a reign, dominion, or rule and only secondarily to the realm over which a reign is exercised. [...] When malkuth is used of God, it almost always refers to his authority or to his rule as the heavenly King."[9] The "enthronement psalms" (Psalms 45939697-99) provide a background for this view with the exclamation "The Lord is King".[5]

[3] El Zohar en la España Musulmana y Cristiana.  Dr.Bension

[4] The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition By James R. Edwards, p.84

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