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For many thousands of years before our calendar began, all the nations around the Mediterranean were influenced and fascinated by a powerful story. This was the story of the Son of God who was born to save the world, who died, but who rose from the dead victorious, having conquered evil and death. In each nation this God-man had a different name. In Egypt he was called Osiris, in Greece Dionysus, In Asia Minor Attis, in Syria Adonis, in Italy Bacchus and in Persia Mithras.*
At the time our calendar begins there were in this area hundreds of religious groups that taught this story, which they took not as a historical event, but as symbolical of a process which every human being must one day undergo if he is to achieve spiritual enlightenment and reunion with God. Their belief was that the Son of God must be born in the heart of man, that he must die in a sacrifice to overcome evil, but that he would rise again from the dead, thus vanquishing death.
Some of these groups we know today as the Gnostics. They called the Son of God Jesus Christ, but the story of Jesus was simply adapted from the Pagan myths that were thousands of years old. To the Gnostics Jesus was a mythical hero; the prototype of the human being who has cleansed himself of his earthly, mortal self, and has brought back to life the Divine Man asleep in his heart.
Some time in the fourth century AD powerful men in Rome were searching for a way to achieve total power over the “civilised world”. This had to be a method to enslave the whole population of Europe and the Mediterranean area, in mind, body and soul. They found this method in the myth of Jesus, which was known throughout the known world.
Hundreds of manuscripts of different versions of the myth of Jesus were circulating at the time. The men of Rome chose those manuscripts which they could use for their purpose, and collected them into a book which they called “The Bible”. Manuscripts which were more explicit about the Inner Christ in the human heart were destroyed. The Romans called themselves the universal church and this was made the state religion.
The church of Rome perpetrated the greatest betrayal of modern times: it declared the thousands of years old myth of the God-man Jesus to be a historical record. The idea of the birth of the Inner Christ was declared a heresy and the Gnostics were persecuted. They were killed and tortured and their manuscripts burned. All traces of them were removed as thoroughly as possible.
The new church declared itself to be the Body of Christ and its priests were gradually given power over all aspects of human life, especially education. It began to act as if it literally owned the souls of all human beings under its rule, and anyone who went awry was dealt with most cruelly, ranging from excommunication to burning at the stake. They set up an inquisition to make sure people kept to the authorised doctrine (see newsgroup post 372). To dominate people totally it taught them that they would suffer eternal torture if they fell foul of the teachings, but that they could be saved from this if they confessed to their priest.
In later centuries the church split into hundreds of smaller churches and denominations, but the greatest betrayal of man has not been discovered, let alone been undone. In fact there are now vociferous groups of “Christians” who take the collection of Gnostic texts approved by the church of Rome to be literally God’s word, which has to be obeyed to the letter.
What has this greatest betrayal of all achieved? In the last 1700 years hundreds of millions of people have lived in ignorance and fear, and with the belief that they would enter Heaven to live in eternal joy with God by being faithful to the church of their denomination. This has deprived the whole “Christian” world of the knowledge of the process in which their Inner God can be reborn and so enable them eventually to attain enlightenment and reunion with God.
Instead of living with God after death, they are taken up into one of the temporary spheres in the hereafter which are controlled by the churches, and then eventually placed in a family selected by the church, in the process of reincarnation. The hereafter is filled to bursting with religious “heavens” where the dead stay for a few years to prepare for their next incarnation.
Why is it so important for the churches to have many members? Because the leaders of the churches can maintain their stay in the hereafter, reincarnation free, as long as the living worship in their church. Any kind of worship releases spiritual energy which the leaders of the churches in the hereafter collect and absorb, thus giving them great spiritual power, and stopping the wheel of reincarnation for them as individuals. They’re like a crowd of huge man eating spiders that suck the spiritual energy out of the living. (See post 2162)
Only now, in the Third Millennium, people are gradually waking up to this great conspiracy which has blinded man to the truth of spiritual enlightenment for at least 1700 years. I cannot properly express my gratitude to people like Timothy Freke *, Peter Gandy * and Tom Harpur * for bringing the evidence of the great conspiracy to the forefront.
But at the same time there is another conspiracy happening right under our noses at this very minute. This conspiracy, however, is a Divine conspiracy. This is God’s “revenge” on the great betrayal.
For the story of Osiris, Dionysus, Attis, Adonis, Bacchus, Mithras and Jesus has come back into the human consciousness with a vengeance! This conspiracy is so absolutely ingenious, so superlatively intelligent, that it is truly breathtaking!
The story I’m talking about is in the form of a series of books, ostensibly written for children. It makes use of extremely powerful symbols and archetypes which resonate with extraordinary force in the collective unconscious, making the appeal of the story almost universal. This means that millions and millions of children of every religious background, all over the world, are unconsciously absorbing the myth of Osiris-Dionysus-Jesus. The story of the birth of the Inner God, his death, and his resurrection is being etched deeply into the souls of innumerable children. This conspiracy can truly be called ingenious, because hardly anyone has the slightest idea this is happening, and nearly every religious person reviewing the books complains of its lack of (overt) religion. Only the people mentioned above, who take the Bible literally as God’s word, oppose this story because it aims to develop people’s inner spirituality instead of the blind following of the literal interpretation of the rules in the Bible.
The basic story is this: A prophecy is made that a baby will be born who will change the world. The baby is born and a star (Sirius) appears at his birth. When the king of this world hears about the birth he tries to have the baby killed, but fails. The child grows up in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man. He performs miracles at a young age. But as he grows older he knows he will have to meet his arch-enemy: Satan.
The rest of the story has not yet been published, but all the elements are there for the usual ending: death and resurrection. Harry Potter will sacrifice himself to defeat evil, but he will vanquish death, and he will triumph in Love!
The consequences of the publication of Book 7 of the septology are incalculable. Many millions of people, children and adults alike, are awaiting the final book with mounting excitement. The interest in this book is unprecedented in world history. Six circles touching each other are laid out in a pattern in the unconscious minds of the excited millions. In the middle of the circles is a round gap, exactly the size of the seventh circle. When this gap is filled with the seventh circle, there will instantly also be an eighth circle filled with the seven. The eighth circle will form the Gate of Saturn, the gate to eternity.
This powerful imprint in the minds of so many millions will change history. It will be the foundation for a tower, a Tower reaching to Olympus: the ancient symbol for immortality.
Once the foundation will have been laid, the Real Church can be built by those who have completed their Tower of Olympus. There will be a gradual dawning of realisation what Harry Potter is really about, and people will begin to understand that their task in life is to become the fertile earth for the Lily in their heart. Like a stag they will begin to thirst for the Living Water from the River of God, and Harry, the Son of the Potter of the universe will be born in their heart. He will lead them through the seven levels of the Tower of Olympus, to the eighth level: the Alchemical Wedding of Spirit, Soul and body.
What the Romans did in the Fourth Century AD completely changed the world. Their acts resulted in the Dark Ages, and their teachings still hold a thousand million people in their grip. The consciousness of the human race has been moulded to their pattern. But now a new pattern is being imprinted in the human consciousness, starting from the unconscious mind. How long it will take for the new pattern to enter the consciousness I have no idea. It could be centuries. But then God’s mill has always ground slowly but exceedingly fine.
Do you doubt that a simple story could change the world so much? Well, think again. Think about how the simple story of the little boy born in Bethlehem, who was crucified, and who came back to life, changed the world. Ask yourself how many people have been killed for not believing that story, or for interpreting it a different way from the powers that be. Just look at all the churches, cathedrals, monasteries, church schools and others ecclesiastical buildings that have been built in the last 1000 years to house the believers in that story. Think of the libraries full of books that have been written about it, the music, the songs, the paintings! Remember the annual celebration of the boy’s birth, which is carried on to the tune of billions of dollars. But, most of all, visualise the most abstract effect of the story: that on the consciousness of the people of the western world. Try to estimate the strength of the belief of the 1000 million people today who believe that the story really happened on the physical plane, literally. Try to estimate the magnitude of the delusion, and how different the world would be without it. Isn’t it time humanity faced the truth?
I’m certain that the Age of Aquarius will bring a new world religion, based on the birth, the sacrificial death, and the resurrection of the Inner God.
This question was sent in by a reader of this article.
Q: Do you not believe that Jesus Christ was a flesh and blood person?
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A: This whole thing goes back to the Fall. As I've said in some of my posts and on the website, the human microcosm basically has the same structure as a cosmos, which has the same structure as a macrocosm, which has the same structure as the whole universe.
To be able to develop His perfect creation, God created the human microcosms. These microcosms live in a large cosmos. In the physical world we call such a cosmos a planet. A planet is part of a larger structure; in our case the solar system, with the sun as its nucleus.
When the microcosms of our planet became caught up in the Fall, they could not live without a cosmos, and so the Fall caused the creation of a new cosmos out of the old one. The old, divine cosmos could not in any way be affected by the Fall, and so it still exists in its divine glory as before. This divine cosmos, this original home of man before the Fall, is what we call the Christ. He is a divine spirit of the most holy substance and power, and can rightly be called the Son of God. However we have to remember that the original solar cosmos is also the son of God, as well as the other planets in our system. And so are the innumerable stars and planets in the galaxy, as well as all the billions of galaxies. They are all the sons of God, who is the central Sun that feeds the whole universe. And all the microcosms are the sons of God too.
So this is the state we're in today: we live in a temporary universe created as a home for all the trillions of fallen microcosms. On this planet earth we live in a fallen cosmos which is ruled by an ungodly force, which we usually call Lucifer. In Harry Potter he's called Voldemort. But we still belong, by virtue of our origins, to the original spirit of the original planet or cosmos. That's the Christ.
Now unfortunately we have fallen so far down (by that I mean in vibration rate) that we have lost all contact with the
Christ. By vibration rate I mean the vibration of the atoms and the forces of our whole sevenfold being. If you've read my
essay Harry Potter, the Road Map to Liberating Alchemy, you'll remember that our personality is composed of seven parts:
In my essay I've pointed out that each Part of Harry Potter discusses the liberation of one of these aspects, in ascending order. This is why book 7 will deal with the liberation of the consciousness ego, which I reckon is Harry's scar.
That was just to orient you as to what we're talking about. As I said, we've fallen in vibration rate to such an extent, we've lost touch with the Christ, and hence with God. The Christ is humanity's original cosmos. He is the Spirit who gives life and energy to all of humanity, provided they are open to His power. We, fallen human beings, are NOT open to His power, and this causes Him to seek us and bring us back to Him, and hence to God.
The Christ, in doing God's will, has devised a Divine Plan of Redemption. This Plan is far too complicated for me to understand, so please don't ask me to explain it, but essentially it can be summarised as follows.
Seven attempts have been made in the past to reconnect man to the Christ. I'm not sure exactly what period of time we're talking about, but I guess hundreds of thousands of years. The attempts I'm talking about manifested themselves in seven world religions. These include the ancient religions of India, Egypt, Persia, Babylonia, Greece, Palestine etc.
Each religion established a connection with one of the aspects of the human personality in descending order.
The first attempt connected the Christ potentially with the consciousness ego of the human race.
The second one connected the Christ potentially with the emotional ego.
The third one connected the Christ potentially with the mental ego.
The fourth one with the mental body.
The fifth one with the astral body.
The sixth one with the etheric body.
Two thousand years ago, the sixth attempt had been completed successfully. Preparation had begun for the connection of the Christ with the physical body of the human being. The plan was for the Christ to enter the blood and the physical soul of the fallen human race.
The Christ Hierarchy chose a group of people who would live a life of great purity and spirituality, and would eventually produce a human body for a person of great spiritual qualities. This group was known as the Essenes, and 2000 years ago they provided the physical body for a person we know as Master Jesus. He incarnated in a physical body among the Essenes. After an upbringing of complete purity and spiritual teachings, Master Jesus was ready to receive the connection with the Christ in the physical body. This was the beginning of the seventh world religion, and the birth of Christianity. This was the triumph and victory of the Divine Plan of Redemption: the Christ descended into Master Jesus. The Great Plan was crowned with success.
What the great myths of the preceding six world religions had all pointed to, had been actualised. The hero, Osiris - Dionysus - Attis - Adonis - Bacchus - Mithras - had achieved in Jesus the aim of the Divine Plan of Redemption: the demolition of the old sevenfold temple (the human personality) and the rebuilding, stone by stone, of the original Temple as designed by the Potter of the Universe.
And so Jesus proved it could be done. He is our example and our predecessor on the Path. And the "myth" of Jesus is a true story, not of the personal history of Jesus, but of the process that every one of us will one day undergo, and which Jesus carried out to perfect completion.
And so the gospels are like a play that Jesus performed according to the script of the Playwright. They cannot in any way be taken as the history of the physical Jesus. He was not literally crucified. The Way of the Cross is a symbolic representation of the sacrifice we all have to make - the sacrifice of the fallen earthly personality, and the resurrection of the original Son of God.
And Harry Potter is the same symbolic story again. That's why there are similarities between Jesus and Harry, and all the other heroes. I believe that Harry Potter is the attempt by the Christ Hierarchy to bring the whole world together in one religion, the religion of liberation. As I said in my aforementioned essay, Rudolf Steiner said that this would last for 3000 years, and would be under the banner of Christian Rosycross. You see that this name contains all the symbols: Christ, who is the Spirit of our original Cosmos, the Rose, which in Harry Potter is called Lily, and the Cross, which symbolises the sacrifice of the earthly human personality. Out of this sacrifice the inner Christ will be reborn.
The most important thing about all of this can be summarised in a line written by the poet Angelus Silesius, who said,
Though Christ a thousand times in Bethleheme born,
But not in thee, thou shalt be yet forlorn.
The historical aspect of the incarnation of the Christ is irrelevant unless we imitate the way Master Jesus went. There is nothing anyone can do for us unless we go that way ourselves. Even Master Jesus couldn't do anything for us personally unless we follow him.
Just to complete the picture: the Blood of Christ is what we call the astral blood, i.e. the soul-essence of the Christ. This is kept in the Holy Grail. That's a symbol for a force field maintained by the Christ Hierarchy. This force field has been built up over the past by those who have gone the Path back to Christ. The Holy Blood is the Christ force reduced to a vibration level that people with pure longing, arising from the Lily in their heart, can "drink", i.e. attract into their astral and etheric bodies. To drink the Blood of the Lamb is an experience of the highest possible ecstasy. When Christ enters your heart in this way it feels like you're Home at last.
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