In these studies, within the Gnostic tradition, we seek to understand many mysteries pertaining to religion in symbolism. We explain many archetypes, principles, and meanings associated with the symbolism within the scriptures, whether in the Judeo-Christian tradition, or within Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. Today we are going to explain the secret teachings of anointment as particularly elaborated within Judaism and within Christianity.
It is important to note that this science, denominated Gnosis, pertains to all religions. So we find not only the mysteries of anointment within within Christianity, we find it also within Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc., but we are going to elaborate on many principles pertinent to the Judeo-Christian tradition, especially the Hebraic Kabbalah.
Kabbalah is the science of Judaism. It is the teachings of the relationship of the human being to God, the structure of the human being in his or her internal constitution in relationship to divine principles. We are going to elaborate many things in relation to the Hebrew letters, because the Hebraic alphabet teaches us many things as you will see. Each letter symbolizes a principle, an archetype we need to cultivate psychologically, spiritually within ourselves, and which pertains to the teachings that Jesus gave regarding anointment.
So we find in this image Jesus, his feet being bathed by the tears of the woman from Bethany preceding his crucifixion, his Passion. His disciples were alarmed and disturbed that this woman was in the party washing the feet of the Lord Jesus with her tears and anointing his feet with oil. You find scripturally stated within the Book of Luke, when Jesus is responding to his apostles' reaction:
Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins which are many, are forgiven: for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. ―Luke 7:44-47
So the teachings of anointment pertains to redemption of the human being, which we denominate as the studies of soteriology: how the soul is purified, is sanctified, is cleansed in order to unite fully with God, whether we call that entity Christ, which we are going to elaborate upon, Allah, Jehovah, Iod-Havah, etc. So the teachings of anointment specifically relate to the Eastern teachings of Tantra, associated with what we call in this tradition as sexual magic: the work of a couple, man and woman, in order to harness the most potent energies we possess in our interior, which is precisely the sexual energy that we call the Holy Spirit, the sexual force.
In order to elaborate on these teachings of anointment, it is important to note that in this scripture and Chapter 7 of Luke, Jesus is preparing for his Crucifixion, his path of the cross, and we emphasize very clearly in these studies that the cross is a sexual symbol. It is the union of man, the vertical beam, and woman the horizontal beam, within the sexual act, harnessed completely for God. Instead of that energy being utilized in the common carnal passion to engender children, the same energy can be utilized in order to unite with God. The mysteries of an ointment are associated directly with this, because in the Hebraic teachings, the Kabbalah, we talk about what is known as the Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life is a diagram illustrating ten spheres, ten סְפִירוֹת sephiroth (Hebrew: “emanations”). In the center middle of the tree, we have what is known as Yesod, the foundation. If we take the image of the Tree of Life and transpose it on a human being, we find that Yesod pertains to the sexual organs, and that this is the foundation stone of our temple, spiritually speaking―or as Peter, whose name signifies a stone, was denominated the founder of the Gnostic Church, the Gnostic Catholic Church, the Gnostic Universal Primeval Christian Church.
So as a symbol of Yesod, we have what is known as the sandals, because each of these spheres in the Tree of Life of the Kabbalists has a symbol. The symbol of Yesod is the sandals. It is how one walks the path of self-realization of the inner Being.
And so the fact that Jesus was anointed by his feet with oil and with tears is illustrating for us how we ourselves need to walk spiritually, because Jesus, the Master Aberamentho, was one individual who incarnated Christ through the power of Yesod. There are many who have incarnated the Christ. The Christ is an energy. It is a force and can become particularized within any individual that is fully prepared through the process we call initiation. Master Jesus was teaching physically with his life what we need to do. We need to anoint our feet, and the feet is a symbol of, we could say Malkuth as well. Because you take the Tree of Life, put it on the human being, Malkuth relates to the feet as well. But the symbol of Yesod is the sandals. How we walk is determined by how we use our energy, spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, and sexually, in union and harmony.
The Christ Principle
Now, of course we need to understand exactly what Christ is, because the word Χρίστος Khristos literally means “anointed one.” This is a title. It is not a specific name for one individual in the past. It pertains to a title that any initiate can acquire and we can acquire that ourselves if we walk this path. So we have the Greek god of fire Χρήστος Khristos and it literally means “anointed one,” from the adjective Khriein, “to anoint.” The Greek god Khristos means “fire,” and this fire is not physical, but psychological, spiritual, and is an energy. Many people talk about the Christ force, but none have openly explained how to directly work with this energy inside of ourselves, because the secret of anointment explains this teaching directly.
So we have on the right, an image of a Rabbi who is anointing a disciple with a horn. What is interesting is that the horn―and to elaborate on the sexual nature of this type of teaching―typically, whether in treatment of Taoism or even some forms of acupuncture for individuals who suffer impotence, one remedy they give is the horns of a goat or a type of deer or a type of buck, you could say, because the horns of any animal contain the sexual power of that animal, of the man, of the male. So men who physically suffer impotence are sometimes given treatment if they try alternative medicine such as this. Sadly, this is where the the term “horny” comes from, to explain some terms and the real origin and meaning of that.
Typically, the rabbis would anoint their disciples from a horn, because the horn is a symbol of how the sexual energy of God, when we conserve it and harness it for spiritual practice, how it goes inward and upward up our spinal column: the path of the cross, the Via Crucis that Jesus of Nazareth taught with his physical life.
Question: Is there a relationship between what you are talking about and the shofar?
Instructor: The shofar relates to that. The שׁוֹפָר shofar, they would blow on holidays because the horn, the rams horn pertains to this teaching, because the ram is a symbol of Christ, the spiritual power of the Verb, sound, vibration. And the horn is the sexual male power of an individual. This energy, we can conserve it, bring it inward and upward up the spinal column to the brain. This is where the horns of the initiates can be found, and not to be mistaken with the horns of demons, which is different.
So to explain this teaching even further, the word oil in Hebrew is שמן shemen. We have this quote and we are going to give some more quotes that directly explain this teaching.
Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies now; Thou has anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. ―Psalms 23:5
The Hebrew word for oil is שמן shemen, semen, literally. And if we break down the Hebrew letters associated with the word oil, we arrive at the meaning. The letter ש Shin―and it is important to remember that each Hebrew letter represents a principle, something we need to develop within ourselves―the Hebrew letter ש Shin looks like a trident. It relates to the three primary forces of nature: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, or Christ in unity―the flame, the fire of God within us. מ Mem relates to water, such as in the word Stella Maris: Virgin of the Sea, relating to the Divine Mother מִרְיָם Miriam, the goddess of the waters. And the letter נ Nun, which in Aramaic literally means fish, but it can denote either the sperm or ovum within a man or a woman.
Now, we explained it in these teachings that the sexual physical matter known as semen is a container for powerful forces, which we could use for God, which we can use for Christ within us. We teach that this energy, when it is transformed, when it is conserved and never wasted, but retained in the body and transmuted into a higher substance through the science of alchemy, that this energy will grant us anointment. "Anoint thy head with oil," it says, meaning: we need to take that energy within us, bring it inward and upward, up our spine through the exercises we provide in this tradition, to the brain.
Like Jesus carrying the cross, we need to bring that energy, inward and upward, up the 33 canyons, the 33 vertebrae of the spinal medulla represented by the 33 years in the life of Jesus, or the 33 degrees of Freemasonry. So this energy is is sacred. It is the foundation of this science, of union with God, because we need to learn to work with this energy―the sexual power, which some call Holy Spirit, some call Kundalini―if we want to really unite with our inner Christ, our inner Being.
To explain the teachings of anointment, it is important to elaborate on the first book of Genesis and explain it from a Kabbalistic point of view. So very famously we remember, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." But if we look at the original Hebrew, it gives us a much more direct translation. So we emphasize that a lot of the translations of the Bible are very mistaken, because they don't have a deep Kabbalistic knowledge, many translators, of the meaning of the Hebrew letters and how they teach us things that are not explicit. So the original Hebrew says:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים Bereshit Bara Elohim, “In the beginning Elohim created.” So the word אֱלֹהִים Elohim, they say, is God. But if we look at it literally, breaking it down, אֵל El means God. Eloah or אֵלָה Elah means goddess. And the plural י Iod ם Mem at the end, that is masculine-plural. So it really should read “gods and goddesses.”
We teach that in these studies, in the Gnostic tradition, that when a man and woman unite sexually in holy matrimony, and when this energy is preserved and never wasted, the man and woman become a god. They become Elohim, because they now have the power to create life, whether physical or spiritual. They are a god and a goddess together, because every man needs his wife in order to be fully complemented, and every woman needs her husband in order to be complemented as well, spiritually (and sexually) speaking.
In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth. ―Genesis 1:1
We have to remember this is not just talking about physical creation of this planet. That is one meaning, but it is very symbolic. On another level, this pertains to how a married couple can create God within themselves, to develop spiritually those archetypes, the teachings of the Hebrew letters within themselves.
If you examine this: “In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth”―we are going to elaborate a lot about what the word “heavens” means. Heavens are שָּׁמַיִם Shamayim or “the Heavens,” הַשָּׁמַיִם Ha-Shamayim, literally speaking. Notice that in this word, and we are going to break this down further, we have the letter ה Hei, the letter שׁ Shin, the letter מ Mem, the letter י Iod, and the letter ם Final Mem. We are going to break this down further, as I mentioned, but הַשָּׁמַיִם Ha-Shamayim means “the heavens.” Heaven is not just some place in the clouds, that we need to somehow behave very well by paying our taxes and being a good husband or wife in order to go there. It pertains to psychological states, archetypes: principles we need to cultivate. As John Milton, the famous author Paradise Lost, said:
The mind is its own place, and in itself
So heaven is a state of mind, a state of being, even though there are dimensions represented by the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah that represent higher states of consciousness we can access when we are physically asleep or in meditation. What is important is that we cultivate this in ourselves here and now, fundamentally. So:
אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
The letter אֵת At here, א Aleph ת Tav are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Or we say in Greek, Α-Ω, Alpha-Omega, beginning and ending, which is why we included in this next line.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending saith the Lord, which is and which was and which is to come, the Almighty. ―Revelations 1:8
So the fact that in the beginning, Elohim created heaven through א Aleph ת Tav, Α-Ω, Alpha-Omega, through all the principles within the human being that make him or her complete. אֵת At is the Word. So we could say אֵת At is another way of saying “of begetting, becoming, creating” through these letters, these principles. Elohim, the spiritual couple, created the heavens and the earth, וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ Vay’at Ha’aretz. הָאָֽרֶץ Ha’aretz is “earth,” the earth, which is our body we could say. Our physical body is an earth. It is its own world in itself that has its own substances and forces.
Now again, remember this is symbolic. The letters represent things for us that we need to comprehend. In the words of וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ Vay’at Ha’aretz, “and the earth,” and then “created the earth,” we have א Aleph ת Tav, again and another Hebrew letter, ו Vav, which is a straight line. ו Vav is our spinal column. So in tantra, we emphasize that the spinal column is important and that we need to raise the sexual power through the spinal medulla, from our sexual organs to our brain because it is the creative power of God.
Question: Is that air? Would that be the central column? י Iod, ה Hei, ו Vau?
Instructor: Yes, in the sacred name י Iod, ה Hei, ו Vav, ה Hei or יהוה Jehovah is the name, ו Vav is present and the ו Vav represents the spinal column.
And so we need to raise these principles א Aleph ת Tav, the beginning and the ending, all the principles of God within us in our body through the science of breathing. So the Book of Genesis is explaining that all of the creative power and potential of the Being, of divinity within us, is precisely within our sexual organs, because it is the only power that can create a physical child, a physical life. There is no other way to create life except when a man and woman unite sexually to create, physically, in the manner that everybody knows. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh. But that which is born of the Spirit,” through the transformed sexual act, “is Spirit” (John 3:6). But here were explaining a superior spiritual teaching for how to use that energy, spiritually.
The Heavenly Hebrew Letters of Kabbalah
So I mentioned to you, we are going to explain the word heavens or השמים Ha-Shamayim. In this image, we actually have the Tree of Life transposed over a golden figure, which is the Egyptian God Ptah, which is where we get the word pater or father. This is the real human being made into the image of God―the ten sephiroth, the spheres, which are the different aspects of the consciousness within a human being fully illuminated. The fact that this figures made of gold like in the manner of the Egyptian pharaohs emphasizes that psychologically, alchemically, he transformed the brute substance of his body into the gold of the Spirit, into that fully developed human being.
If you are familiar with the tradition of Christmas, the Christmas tree, the lights on the tree illuminated, this is the same symbol. The light of God, the light of Christ, has been elevated inward and upward to the brain, to the heart, and fully illuminating these different spheres, these different aspects of the human being. This the heavens within us.
The heavens is השמים Ha-Shamayim and we can also break it down as a ה-ש-מים Ha-Sha-Mim in Hebrew because Hebrew is very dynamic. There is a lot of meaning even in just one word. We can read many things from it. ה-ש-מים Ha-Sha-Mim means “The Names,” precisely these archetypes within the 22 Hebrew letters we wish to cultivate within us. We have “The Name,” השם Hashem, or we can say in Hebrew, יהוה Iod-Havah. Many devout Jews will, instead of saying Iod-Havah, יהוה Jehovah, many times they will pronounce ברוך השם אדני Baruch Hashem Adonai, “Blessed be the name of the Lord,” as a type of honorific or title to God, to be respectful, not to pronounce that name in vain.
The word שם shem means “name.” The letter ה Hei is simply, when you add ה Hei in front of any word, it's the indefinite article “the.” So השמים Ha-Shamayim, “The Heavens,” or ה-ש-מים Ha-Sha-Mim: “the Names.” השם Hashem, “The Name.” And then שם shem is literally “name.” What is interesting is that we just discussed the Hebrew letters in שמן shemen. The word שמן shemen has literally the Hebrew letter ש Shin and ם Final Mem which is “Name.”
The name of God is hidden within the sexual matter, the substance in our body which, sadly in these times, we think is only useful for pleasure or procreating children, physically speaking. But people have ignored and we are attempting to explain how this same power can be used for spiritual development, that it is really the foundation stone if we wish to transform our psyche.
The names of God, השמים Ha-Shamayim or ה-ש-מים Ha-Sha-Mim, or the heavens, meaning all those principles of God we need to cultivate are in us, literally are inside of our body, physically within מ Mem, contained within semen or שמן shemen, which is ש Shin, the fire of God, מ Mem, the waters, because the semen is a fiery water. When a man and woman are united, there is fire, sexually speaking. The question is whether the couple will conserve that fire and never lose it or, or will waste it or expel it. And so, שם shem, the divine name, is precisely within נ Nun, to spell שמן shemen. נ Nun, as I said, literally from Aramaic, is fish. So men have sperm and women have ovum. That is the fish in our waters, literally speaking, in which the principles, the שם Shem: name or השמים Ha-Sha-Mim are contained within.
This is really the fountain of youth within us that many explorers were seeking physically, thinking that alchemy was just this fountain of youth of the alchemical teachings is just about transforming physical substances into gold, physical lead into gold, but it is symbolic. This is a symbolic teaching of how the base and dense sexual instinct is transmuted into the gold of scientific chastity, the sexual purity of the gods. The potable gold of the alchemist is within our body. It is our שמן shemen, semen. It is our oil which we need to be anointed with precisely by conserving it and then transforming that energy, that oil into, precisely the השמים Ha-Shamayim, into the heavens: superior internal psychological and spiritual states of being.
So remember we mentioned in the third graphic talking about Genesis:
In the beginning Elohim created. “In the beginning, gods and goddesses created the heavens and the earth. ―Genesis 1:1
Man and woman together are a god, one Being. They create as Elohim precisely by working with all the archetypes that are found in a chaotic state, in a potential state. As you remember in the Book of Genesis:
The earth was formless and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. ―Genesis 1:2
Psychologically speaking, we are a type of darkness. If we examine our mind, we oftentimes find a lot of anger, resentment, pride, vanity, conflicting emotions, resentment―negative aspects about ourselves that we want to change, that we want to rectify, that we want to know how to remove, so that we can fully illuminate this light of God within us: Christ. But there are many books on self-help and many teachings, but if they ignore that without working with that energy of God, the sexual power, we cannot change and unite with God.
We need that energy, that power that is Patar, the foundation stone. Even in slang―and I am gonna explain some meaning of where certain slang words came from―the word Peter we say is a name for a phallus. It is a stone, Patar, of our temple. So Jesus said, "You will be my stone of my church, upon which I will found my church”―the rock upon which the house was built when the storms came, and it did not blow it away. But those who build their their house, their spiritual house, their beliefs, on theories, the wind, karma and circumstances will knock it down. We need to know what this stone is, Patar, which is the God Ptah in Egypt, and to develop these principles within us.
So heaven is within us, is formless and void. So semen is really formless and void, but if the spirit of God hovers upon it, by working with our breath through the רוח אלהים Ruach Elohim mentioned in Genesis, we can transform that substance into light.
יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור
אֹור Aur is light in Hebrew, and we are going to explain that further. But precisely the name of God, שם Shem or השם Hashem, is within our שמן shemen, in the physical sperm if we know how to use it. We find this symbolism all throughout the Bible.
The Anointment of Biblical Kings
We have in the next graphic שמואל Shemuel or Samuel. Literally, it spells ש Shin, מ Mem, ו Vav, א Aleph, ל Lamed. So those who are not familiar and this is an image of שמואל Shemuel anointing Saul in the Bible. He was the son of חנה Hannah who was barren. A lot of women in the Bible are mentioned that, though she was barren, she became fertile through divine aid. At first she was unable to engender children―and many Jews interpret this literally thinking, well, it is about a physical woman in the past who couldn't have physical children, and amongst the Jewish race and other groups where family is very important, if you are familiar with different cultures like this. It is very intense, where many people are very concerned about having family, procreating, having children and very identified with just having kids. This is not the meaning there in this biblical allegory.
The meaning is that to be barren is, really, what we are psychologically, if we are honest and see that we in ourselves are barren, empty, formless, and void―psychological darkness, ignorance upon the deep of our mind. To be barren is to be sterile, meaning: to not have a lot of sexual, divine, spiritual creative potency. To be sterile is to be impotent, or for a man to be impotent, but barren is not having enough sexual creative energy to engender a child, even physically. But we are looking more at this: the spiritual meaning. We want to engender spiritual children inside of us, the golden child of alchemy or Christ, within our interior.
חנה Hannah means “favor” or “grace.” So we have the names like John which is והנןי Johannan or the angel אנאל Anael or חנאל Hanael, “Grace of God.” So חנה Hannah means “favor” or “grace,” and the word חנה Hannah is ח Chet, נ Nun, ה Hei. If you translate the נ Nun in the middle to a ו Vav, the letter V or the spinal medulla we mentioned, you spell חַוָה Chavah, Eve.
Eve is the “mother of the living” mentioned the Bible. She is the one who engenders and creates children according to physical history. But psychologically and spiritually, חַוָה Hava is the sexual organs of any man or woman, because it is through sex that we create. The problem is that in the times of Adam and Eve, individuals wanted to create, to have children by reaching the orgasm, having physical children, forgetting that that same energy can be used, when it is conserved and not wasted, to create spiritually. So if we wish to become like Hannah, we need to take this middle letter נ Nun, symbolic of the sexual energy within the sperm or ovum, and raise it up our spinal column, the ו Vav. Then you spell חַוָה Chavah: to create spiritually.
And so שמואל Shemuel, Samuel―just some history or the tradition associated with him―he was the last judge of pre-monarchic Israel. He was the last judge before the anointment of the Kings Saul and David. According to the rabbinical literature, he was considered the first of the major prophets. So he is very highly regarded within Judaism. But one thing is שמואל Samuel in the past. What he represents is what we are concerned with. שמואל Samuel, we have the latter שם Shem, name, and the Hebrew letter ו Vav, which is the spine in our body. And then אל El is God, as I mentioned, as an אלוהים Elohim―the name of God שמואל Shemuel within the spine, the creative forces of God within our spinal column.
We need to find the name of our inner God, because each of us has our own inner Being and our Being has a name.
Question: Isn't Samuel [Samael] an angel or archangel associated to Geburah?
Instructor: Yes, and סמאל Samael sounds like שמואל Samuel, but it is different. It has different spelling too, since ס Samech is the serpentine fire of Kundalini in profound activity, yet ש Shin, the sexual fires in us, are dormant. But שמואל Samuel is a symbol of how we need to develop the archetypes of God, the names of God within us, the heavens within us, by precisely working with our own שמן shemen, semen. Because שם Shem, the Name, the Name of אל El, needs to rise up our spinal column, which is a precisely the work of alchemy or tantra.
Question: You also have mantras. They help also?
Instructor: Yes, and when we do mantras, as we explained in books like The Perfect Matrimony, that is how we activate those forces if we are married and working with our spouse. That is the full meaning of how to develop שמואל Samuel within us. That is how we anoint within our interior, the King of our soul.
So King Shaul or Saul and David are mentioned. So before ourselves can become kings and queens of nature, we need to develop שמואל Shemuel first, by working with the name of God and cultivate that energy, so that we can receive חנה Hannah, grace from above. By working with חַוָה Chavah below in order to elevate ourselves.
Sexual Teachings in Psalms and Proverbs
Now, to emphasize the importance of this in relation to anointment and how it is by working with this energy that we achieve salvation, we have the following quotes from the Psalms and then we have Proverbs. So in the Psalm book 45 verse 7:
אָהַבְתָּ צֶּדֶק וַתִּשְׂנָא רֶשַׁע עַל־כֵּן מְשָׁחֲךָ אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֶיךָ שֶׁמֶן שָׂשֹׂון מֵֽחֲבֵרֶֽיךָ׃
Or more specifically:
אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֶיךָ שֶׁמֶן שָׂשֹׂון מֵֽחֲבֵרֶֽיךָ׃
The Hebrew word for oil is שֶׁמֶן shemen.
There is treasure to be desired in oil in the dwelling of the wise… (or שֶׁמֶן shemen in the dwelling of the wise). ―Proverbs 21:20
So what is that dwelling of the wise person? It is the physical body and our body is really how we can cultivate wisdom.
…but a foolish man spendeth it up. ―Proverbs 21:20
So there is oil, שֶׁמֶן shemen, in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man expels it, ejaculates, it―fornicates.
The word fornication means “to burn,” like a furnace, and then to expel the semen through a few moments of pleasure and then exhaustion afterward. שֶׁמֶן Shemen is precisely that oil that is our treasure. The word for treasure I believe is o’tsar אֹוצָר. So treasure is o’tsar אֹוצָר, which we have the three Hebrew letters that remind us of the Hebrew word אֹור Aur―which is light. אֹ Aleph, ו Vav, ר Resh. We have the word אֹור Aur which means “light.” So:
“There is a treasure, there is אֹור light to be desired and שֶׁמֶן shemen in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man wastes it,” expels it through many vices such as masturbation or prostitution, fornication―any act in which that semen is expelled.
In all the teachings of religion, the foundational tenet was you should not fornicate according to teachings of Moses, Moshe, the foundations. If we want to change ourselves, we need to understand this precept, because this energy, if it is wasted, we feed desire, we feed animality, we feed lust, anger pride. It is the original sin by which all of our defects manifest. If we want to really grab the bull by the horns and change psychologically, we need to have energy. If we don't have that energy, if we are giving into lust, we are feeding all our defects.
So it is light. It is o’tsar אֹוצָר treasure, in the dwelling of the wise, and the foolish man spendeth it up. The word for “spendeth” is בַלְּעֶֽנּו [balenu]. We have three Hebrew letters that are significant. ב Bet, ל Lamed, ע Ayn. You take those three letters, you spell the name of a demon named בַּעַל Baal mentioned many times in the Bible. So, a fool is one who is a demon, who is wasting that energy, feeding desire and creating suffering for him or herself. A demon is not just some guy with horns in some fairy tale with a pitchfork. A demon is any person who has anger, vanity, pride, laziness, gluttony, defects.
Question: An archetype?
Instructor: Yeah, so we say it we say that a demon is a person who has faults. An angel has no faults―is a perfect human being.
If we waste that שֶׁמֶן shemen, that light, then we are formless and void, and then the Spirit cannot hover upon those waters, because there is no water there. There is no light to be created. Then we are left as בַּעַל Baal, a demon. This is why it is mentioned in the teachings of Moses, "Thou shalt not fornicate." Don't waste your energies, because the orgasm is a tremendous waste of energy. You lose everything: concentration, will, the ability to focus, meditate, because there are many people who try and meditation while continuing to indulge in behaviors that have been restricted within the foundation of every religion. They don’t progress. If we want to be successful meditators and to change psychologically, we study this foundation: working with this energy and not abusing it.
So to elaborate, we have in the mysteries of anointment, we have this image of Jesus, the resurrected Jesus before Mary Magdalene. And we are going to elaborate upon the teachings of The Perfect Matrimony, the sexual union and cooperation of a husband and wife to take that energy and use it for God.
Comment: Then it certainly impossible for those who are not polarized, specifically homosexuality. There is no way!
Instructor: Exactly, which is why every religion, even Buddhism, which seems to be such a tolerant religion―the foundation is: you cannot engage in sexual vices. The Dalai Lama gave a talk to a homosexual community. They welcomed him at first because he's a very tolerant and understanding man. They asked him, "Can a homosexual practice Buddhism?" He said no. And so they got angry at him. They booed and hissed at him. But he was just being honest, you know. You cannot be a Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jew, if you are adulterating the sexual energy in an abusive way, in a homosexual way. You need both polarities, man-woman, the vertical beam, the phallus―the horizontal beam, the uterus―the cross, to create the cross.
However, to avoid confusion, we are not only against homosexual behaviors, but heterosexual behaviors rooted in lust, desire, orgasm. Fornication, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot create the soul. We make this clear, because people today become enraged that the Gnostics teach chastity: purity in sex, and qualify our instructions as hate-speech or oppression against the LGBTQ community. We respect people’s free will and do not promote discrimination or violence against others. We only point out how certain behaviors, sexually speaking, can produce the bane or boon of the soul. For this, we are often accused of lacking compassion. Sadly, people mistake compassion with complacency, that to love others we must accept the behaviors that make them sick, afflicted, and diseased. The compassionate action is to teach humanity how the sexual energy can be used to achieve divine realizations, but for this, one must be pure. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). This is why the sexual teachings are rejected by humanity. People find the Gnostic teachings of sex, the stone of Peter, Patar, offensive:
Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. ―1 Peter 2:7-8
These sexual teachings are the foundation of religion, to build the temple of our inner divinity within our consciousness. You cannot do that through fornication, whether heterosexual or homosexual. To spiritually create within, you need both sexual polarities, male and female, combined through chastity, pure sexual union. Homosexuals cannot create, just as two men or two women cannot create a physical child together. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). The same sexual act, transformed between man and woman, can create, whether a physical child or the spiritual force of divinity within. It depends upon the couple, if they really want to enter the spiritual path of initiation as given within esoteric―not public―Christianity.
Homosexuals, we could say―and not to to disrespect these persons―but homosexuals have been considered vampires in ancient traditions. This is a symbol, not necessarily a literal accusation that “homosexuals drink other people’s blood,” because that would be an absurd generalization. The reality is that they don't create spiritually. Therefore, they steal energy from others, especially from the same sex in order to feed their desires. Now, that is why vampires were afraid of the cross in ancient traditions. They hate the cross. The homosexuals hate man and woman united, the force of Genesis, generation. They think it's disgusting, because they have lost their innate attraction towards the opposite sex, which is a form of degeneration, a form of abuse. We emphasize, as taught by Jesus, as taught by Buddha, Muhammad, that if we want to enter the kingdom of heaven, we need to take up our cross, as Jesus taught, sacrifice for others, and follow him. Deny oneself, take up your cross and follow him as he taught.
So the cross, again, is the work in a matrimony. This is not pleasant for fornicators addicted to lust. Often times the truth appears harsh. As Shakespeare declared through Hamlet: “I must be cruel only to be kind. Thus bad begins and worse remains behind” (Hamlet 3.4.181-82).
Magicians of the Divine Priesthood
So we have Mary Magdalene with Jesus, and the word mag in Indo-European language means “priest” or “priestess.” A priest of nature has his wife, a priestess, in which, by working with with alchemy, they learn to conquer their own inner nature, psychological, sexual, and spiritual nature, and therefore have power over the elements. This is the meaning of the word magician, mag, as we say. So Mary Magdalene, we say was the wife of Jesus and symbolically. She represents us, because she is a prostitute.
If we examine ourselves, we have a lot of lust, a lot of wanting, desire to look at the opposite sex, a lot of distractions―maybe vices like pornography and addiction of a psychological nature, of a sexual nature. That is our prostitute, our mind, Mary Magdalene. But she is repentant. She doesn't want to be a prostitute anymore. She wants to follow Christ. And so she was the most exalted initiate among those with Jesus, because the farther one falls, the higher one will rise. Jesus said that is why there is more joy in heaven for a sinner who repents than for a thousand righteous ones who have no need for repentance.
To elaborate on the teachings of alchemy and anointment, we have this teaching from the Gospel of Philip, which is a Gnostic scripture.
No one can know when the husband and the wife have intercourse with one another, except the two of them. Indeed, marriage in the world is a mystery for those who have taken a wife. If there is a hidden quality to the marriage of defilement, how much more is the undefiled marriage a true mystery! ―The Gospel of Philip
So what is this defiled marriage? When a man and woman unite sexually and they reach the orgasm, they defile the bed. If you remember the book of Hebrews, it says:
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled (meaning, without the culmination of the orgasm, without expelling that energy) but whoremongers and fornicators [prostitutes] God will judge. ―Hebrews 13:4.
To reach the orgasm is to make the body a whore, a prostitute, filthy physically and psychologically.
If there is a hidden quality to the marriage of defilement, the marriage that everyone knows today, how much more so is the undefiled marriage a true mystery? Meaning: the teachings of alchemy that we are teaching.
Question: In order to create a human being, there has to be an orgasm, so how can that be defilement?
Instructor: There are children as a result of sexuality without the orgasm. This is a form of immaculate conception. Children in the past, in a time so ancient that it's impossible to imagine given our current archaeologists and the study of anthropology, but the humanity of the past used to create physical children without orgasm. This is called immaculate conception, in which the Holy Spirit of an individual can guide one sperm from the phallus of a man into the uterus and guide it to an ovum without the necessity of spilling millions and billions of spermatozoa. But the way that people engender children today, that was the fall of Adam and Eve, which is a symbol of an ancient humanity that disobeyed these precepts from Elohim, from God, deciding that they want to have children of their own, to eat the forbidden fruit, without following the laws of nature.
This is why in the Book of Genesis, it says:
And יהוה אלוהים Jehovah Elohim said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life… ―Genesis 3:14
That energy now is being used for pollution, the serpent, the sexual power going down. And then Jehovah Elohim tells Eve, “You will suffer child pains in childbirth” (Genesis 3:16). Humanities in the past did not suffer that. There was no pain, because they procreated by immaculate conception, sexually uniting, but without wasting the seminal force. They engendered children in accordance with superior laws. Immaculate conception does not mean to not have sex, or that Mary was suddenly impregnated by some figure called the Holy Spirit and then she had a child. You can have children by copulating with your wife in a chaste, pure, clean way, because chastity means cleanliness, and to engender children without orgasm. It's very possible. The one who decides that is the Innermost, because if we are married and we want to have children, we petition to our Being and ask the Holy Spirit that we wish to engender a child in a pure way. If it is in accordance with karma and the forces are correct and divinity wants it, then it will be. But if we want children of our own accord, that is why humanity started at procreating like animals.
Question: So the whole point then, I have heard this before, to give control in any way, you are just instilling your will in the universe in any way, is considered somewhat sinful. Is that true?
Instructor: We say that sin is a psychological quality pertaining to our mind. Defects like anger, pride, lust, desire toward certain impressions, which are transitory, seeking fulfillment through those transitory impressions, is a form of suffering. We say that it is sin in Christian terms.
But to sin is an archery term. Meaning: when you are aiming your bow, to go to the left, and in Kabbalah, the left pillar relates to how the forces from heaven go down to hell. That is why in traditions they say that the left hand is bad but the right hand is good. The right relates to the sun, the left to the moon, but to follow sin is to follow our own desires, our defects. To follow divinity, to be chaste, is go to the path to the right, shoot to the right, to aim one's efforts in meditation and concentration and contemplation towards eliminating our desires, our defects.
Desire, any desire, is an attachment. But just to say that by eliminating desire one is dead to the world, it doesn't mean that. In fact, we have a greater appreciation of life as a result. But that pertains to what we call the study of the ego, or desire, defects, synonyms for the same thing. All of that is fed depending on our sexual behavior.
That is the foundation. First, stop behaving in a negative sexual manner and use those energies in a pure way for God. That is how we learn to cultivate a serene mind, because if we give in to desire, the waters of the mind are disturbed. But if we anoint ourselves with that energy every day, we learn to cultivate a serene mind.
So this undefiled marriage is a true mystery.
It is not fleshly, but pure. It belongs not to desire, but to the will. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So this is going back to what you were asking. Desire is an attachment or craving or an aversion to a certain phenomena and impression, whether it is people or food or friends or whatever. It is our psychological attachments to what we experience from life. Now, will is different, real willpower, meaning: to be united with our inner Being, our inner God, to do only His will and Her will, because we have a Divine Mother and a Divine Father.
It belongs not to desire but to the will. It belongs not to the darkness nor the night (meaning ignorance) but to the day and the light (comprehension, cognizance). If a marriage is open to the public, it has become prostitution and the bride plays the harlot not only when she is impregnated by another man (in the common way), but even if she slips out of her bedroom and is seen. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So what does this mean that one's marriage has become public? Look at the world today. The institution of marriage as is commonly practiced, where by signing papers, a couple continues to engage in sex in an animal fashion, people engage in the way of prostitutes. The bride also plays the harlot, not only when being impregnated in the lustful way without immaculate conception, but when she shows herself. Many women do this and men too, show off their bodies in a lustful way. So this is everywhere, because modesty is dead. This parallels the type of degeneration we have in our world today.
Let her show herself only to her father and her mother and to the friend of the bridegroom and the sons of the bridegroom. These are permitted to enter every day into the bridal chamber. But let the others yearn just to listen to her voice and to enjoy her ointment (שֶׁמֶן shemen, her oil, lusting after her energy that makes her so attractive) and let them feed from the crumbs that fall from the table like the dogs (like animals). Bridegrooms and brides belong to the bridal chamber. No one shall be able to see the bridegroom with the bride unless he becomes such a one. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So a lot of Christians interpret and they are right that the bridegroom is the Christ and that the bride is the soul that needs to be married. Brides and bridegrooms are symbols of alchemists: initiates who transform the sexual energy into the power of the soul, the anointment of the divine spiritual kings who have conquered themselves.
But how does one get married to Christ? By working with the cross, as we mentioned.
The Symbolism of Baptism
In the next graphic, we have Jesus being baptized and anointed with water. It is the same symbol, same meaning. It was at this moment in which Christ, through anointment, Jesus of Nazareth incarnated his Intimate Christ, his own light, his own ray from which he emanated. And to explain further how sexuality can either be pure or sensual, we have this continuation from the Gospel of Philip.
A bridal chamber is not for the animals, nor is it for the slaves, nor for defiled women; but it is for free men and virgins. ―The Gospel of Philip
What is the bridal chamber? It is the mysteries of alchemy that we are teaching: how to sexually unite with our partner, husband and wife, and to use that energy completely for God. That is the bridal chamber.
We are saying that these mysteries of alchemy are not for animals. People who want to continue having sex in a defiled way, in a lustful way, alchemy is not for them―not for animals, nor is it for slaves: people who are a slave of anger and resentment and pride and defects. Alchemy is not for slaves either. It is not for defiled women, women who are prostitutes― meaning all of us, really, who are defiled, psychologically speaking. To be defiled, the body, to be defiled as a prostitute is to constantly engage in masturbation or homosexuality or the ejaculation of the שמן shemen, the oil of God.
"But it is for free men and virgins." So a virgin doesn't necessarily mean someone who doesn't have sex. It means to have sex in a chaste way. To be a free man is to have enough potential to really change, because there are some people in this world, they don't care about changing themselves psychologically. They don't care about learning how to better themselves. Instead, they want to fornicate, drink alcohol, and destroy themselves.
So alchemy is for free men, people who still have some potential, some freedom left to study and meditate and practice and who really want to change, and for virgins, pure initiates, who want to be chaste and clean.
We are born again through the Holy Spirit, and we are conceived through Christ in baptism with two elements. We are anointed through the Spirit, and when we were conceived, we were united (so again talking about how the Holy Spirit is sexual). No one can see oneself in the water (מים mayim) or in a mirror without light (אור aur), nor can you see yourself in the light (אור) without water (מים) or a mirror. So it is necessary to baptize with two elements, light (אור), and water (מים), and light is chrism. ―The Gospel of Philip
So אור Aur and light and water are synonymous. As I mentioned, if you expel your treasure within you, your o’tsar אֹוצָר, and your שמן shemen, you lose light. Instead, that energy can be used to give light within us. In order to see spiritually, we need water and light, meaning we need to transform our waters into the light, into comprehension, because that energy is the most potent creative force in the universe. There is no greater power than God, and God is a sexual power. God gave man to have a woman and a woman to have a man in holy matrimony.
Question: אור Aur, light, you would need water and fire right?
Instructor: Yes, so the fire is in the water, the sexual matter. The light is in the fire and the water contains all that.
So to elaborate and we are going to explain what chrism is. It is the mystery of anointment, the oil, the Christ within the oil.
There were three buildings specifically for sacrifice in Jerusalem. The one facing the west was called "The Holy.” Another, facing south, was called "The Holy of the Holy.” The third, facing east, was called "The Holy of the Holies," the place where only the high priest enters. ―The Gospel of Philip
So what is a priest? A mag, a magician. Every magician husband has his magician wife.
Baptism is "the Holy" building [and relating to Kabbalah, it is Malkuth]. ―The Gospel of Philip
“The Holy” is our physical body, which we need to make our physicality a holy vehicle for God. As Paul of Tarsus taught:
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth 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? ―1 Corinthians 6:18-19
So make your body holy. Whoremongers, adulterous prostitutes who abuse sex, they will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
But our body is “the holy.” So “redemption is the Holy of the Holy [Chesed].” So we say that is our inner Being, Chesed, because as the founder of this tradition, Samael Aun Weor, taught, that the opposite of our physical body is our Spirit above, Chesed in Kabbalah.
The Holy of the Holies is the bridal chamber (דַעַת da’ath, these sexual mysteries that we are teaching, alchemy, alchemical science). Baptism includes the resurrection and the redemption; the redemption takes place in the bridal chamber. ―The Gospel of Philip
Literally, when a man is uniting sexually with his wife and fighting their lust, to contain their lust and eliminate their desires by using that energy, that is where redemption is found. It says “the redemption takes place in the bridal chamber.” So literally in the sexual act is really where the redemption of the human being or the damnation of the human being occurs.
Question: As the Kundalini rises, can't that spiritual act also raise the vibrations of the etheric body?
Instructor: Yes, so when we work with a marriage, that is how to awaken Kundalini, the Divine Mother שכינה Shekinah in Kabbalah. And so when we wake that fire in a matrimony, that energy makes the physical body vibrate at a higher level of being, and the ethereal body, etheric body saturates the physicality much deeper. It makes it even holier. It makes it holy.
In this next graphic, we are going to explain more about the Kabbalah. This is the Tree of Life, and we explain that to the West is the Holy, Malkuth, the physical body. And that to the North we mentioned Chesed, the Spirit, the Innermost. And then to the East, Daath. The South is Geburah, judgment, the divine soul.
So this symbol of Kabbalah teaches us, can explain many scriptures for us, because this is a map of the human being made into the image of Christ. To synthesize, we have Malkuth, our physical body; Yesod, our vitality, our energy, our vital body. We have Hod, our emotions or astral body. We have Netzach, our mind, our intellect, the mental body. We have Tiphereth, will power, the soul or human soul. We have Geburah, divine soul relating to God. Chesed is our Spirit, our inner God. And then above is Christ, the Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit: Kether, Chokmah, Binah. Our willpower can either follow heaven or follow our own desires, as we mentioned previously.
Question: What is the role of Da’ath again?
Instructor: דַעַת Da’ath, again if we transpose this image on a person, this Logoic trinity relates to the head, this ethical trinity relates to the heart, this magical trinity relates to sex. Da’ath relates to the throat, the verb. So we teach that in alchemy, when a husband and wife are united, we can pronounce sacred mantras to activate the sacred fire, awakening the snake of Kundalini inward and upward, to begin the path of the cross.
Question: So mantras would be associated with Da’ath?
Instructor: Yes, because Da’ath relates to the throat and the verb. Da’ath is precisely the Holy of the Holies.
Now in explaining this, the previous scripture in the Gospel of Philip, it says that to the West is the Holy, which we said is Malkuth. Imagine that we are standing in Tiphereth, because we are using our willpower here: imagining that our will is situated in the center of the Tree of Life. To the East is above, towards heaven, because the Sun, when the Sun rises, represents the birth of Christ within us. So the East refers to going up towards heaven. The West refers to darkness relating to our body. So if we can imagine this transposing ourselves in our situating ourselves in Tiphereth, to the West is our physical body, to the South of Tiphereth is Geburah, the divine soul; to the North is Chesed, the Spirit, the Holy of the Holy, and then to the right, to the east above us is Da’ath, the Holy of the Holies, because it is through alchemy that God creates within us.
The Elements of Redemption
We had this following scripture from Gnostic teachings where Jesus is addressing his disciples.
Truly I tell thee that I have brought nothing to this world but Fire, Water, Wine and the Blood of Redemption. I have brought Fire and Water from the place of the Light, from there where the Light is found. ―Gnostic Ritual
So in Kabbalah, we explain that water relates to Chesed, the Spirit, because the Spirit, of our inner God, works with our waters. So in the Book of Genesis, it says that the Spirit of God hovered about the face of the waters. That is Chesed that is performing this work here. But wine in spirituality relates to His divine soul. The divine soul, we have to remember that these five sephiroth above is God. Beneath is the human soul. We are part of Tiphereth. We are a fraction of that Soul needing to be developed that wants to follow God.
Question: Is that the abyss above Tiphereth?
Instructor: There is an abyss relating to Da’ath, relating to other studies of the Kabbalah, but the abyss refers to how we need to cross an abyss. How do we do it? By working with alchemy, by working with our Spirit. But we have to remember that these five sephiroth above never fall into degeneration. God never falls, but the human soul, which is us in potentiality, has fallen into abuse of mind, emotion, sexuality, and our physicality―to synthesize.
The wine of spirituality relates to our divine soul, we say in Kabbalah, because if you are familiar with the Book of Revelation, how:
…out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God [שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai]. ―Revelation 19:15
And the winepress, the wrath of God, the strength of God is Geburah, our divine soul, which needs to be united with our Innermost.
So where is the region of the light from which the water (Chesed) and the wine (Geburah) emerge? Above, that light is the trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit, which we also call the region of Barbelo, region of the light of Christ.
And I have brought the wine and Blood from the dwelling of Barbelo. After some time has passed, the Father has sent me to the Holy Spirit in the form of a White Dove. But listen: The Fire, the Water and the Wine are for the purification and the forgiveness of sins. ―Gnostic Ritual
Meaning, by working with our Spirit in alchemy, our divine soul, and working with our willpower represented by blood, Tiphereth, the soul, that is how we purify ourselves, because Tiphereth, if you transpose this image on a person, this is the heart, our human soul. We follow the will of God through our heart, and the heart circulates the blood and the blood contains many powerful archetypes that we need to develop, spiritually. So sex and blood is synonymous, because the blood gets charged with sexual power, with spiritual force by working with alchemy. That is how we achieve redemption by learning to work with these forces.
The Blood that was given to me as a symbol of the human body, I received in the dwelling of Barbelo, of the great Strength of the Universal God. ―Gnostic Ritual
The Sexual Mysteries of the Holy Grail
So anointment pertains precisely to this teaching of working with the chalice as we see in this image. So we related the Gnostic scriptures that I just mentioned to talk about how redemption is by working with our Spirit, our inner God and with the archetypes, which are found in a potential state within sex.
And so in this image, we have a woman or even Mary Magdalene holding the Holy Grail. So the Grail is a symbol of the feminine sexual organs, the uterus, the chalice. The spear, the lance of Longinus, is a symbol of the phallus in the grail mysteries. So anointment pertains precisely to these mysteries of the Holy Grail.
So we have this explanation from the Gospel of Philip.
The cup of prayer contains (יין) wine and (מים) water, since it is appointed as the type of the (דם) blood for which thanks is given. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So wine in Hebrew is יין yayin, and water is מים Mayim since it is appointed as the type of the blood, דם Dam in Hebrew, for which thanks is given.
So we know from science that it takes 80 drops of blood to make one drop of semen. So individuals who ejaculate their semen lose vitality. They literally are expelling their blood from their body in a grotesque manner.
We need to charge our blood with spirit. The way that we do that is by working with our breath, the sexual exercises of transmutation we provide so the blood becomes saturated with with divine forces, becomes wine, spiritual wine. So the word blood is דם Dam in Hebrew. You add the letterא Aleph, the wind, the spirit, and the name אל El or אלה Eloah or אלהים Elohim, God, add that letter דם Dam and you spell אדם Adam. So Adam is the first man made in the image of God, which if we work with our own breath, א Aleph, mantra, pranayama, sexual magic if we are married, we start to create the human being within us.
And so this cup is elaborated in terms of anointment.
It is full of the Holy Spirit and it belongs to the holy perfect man (or woman we could say). When we drink this we shall receive for ourselves the perfect man. The living water (מים mayim) is a body. It is necessary that we put on the living man. Therefore, when he is about to go down into the water (מים mayim) he enclothes himself in order that he may put on the living man. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So this relates to baptism, anointment. So what happens when a person who wants to baptize themselves in any tradition, they take off their clothes and they go into the water. This is a symbol of alchemy. When a man is with his wife, they take off their clothes and they purify themselves with those waters if they know this science.
Question: How does this relate to the מקווה mikvah?
Instructor: It's the same meaning. The מקווה mikvah in Hebrew or Judaism refers to ritual bathing or cleansing of the rabbis. So traditionally it was a symbol of how to clean oneself psychologically by working with that energy of God and to purify the mind. They would take their clothes and dip themselves in the water as a form of anointment, baptism.
Question: Some just take their shoes off.
Instructor: Yeah, there are different ways of doing it in different cultures, but in explaining this in this scripture, you know, a man takes off his clothes because when he is with his wife, they are intimate. That is how they may put on the living man, or as Paul of Tarsus talks about the celestial man and the terrestrial man.
Howbeit that was not first which is πνευματικός pneumatic [spiritual, relating to Chesed], but that which is ψυχικός psychic [carnal, animal]; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. ―1 Corinthians 15:46-49
Just as we bore the image of the earthly, meaning if we were working to create a certain archetypes within ourselves, we can then bear the image of the heavenly: the living man mentioned in the Gospel of Philip.
The Significance of Chrism
So we have this image of Jesus with a heart of thorns. So we are going to elaborate on the water in the fire. So precisely we are going to explain a little bit more about what chrism is. See here in this image, Christ is illuminated. His heart is illuminated. The blood of his heart is purified, emanating light, אֹור Aur, precisely because he worked with his waters.
So the thorns gripping the heart refers to how we need to restrain our animal passion, and it is painful. The mind does not want to give in. It wants to indulge in its desires and always fights against us to think bad thoughts or feel negative emotions or to identify with lust and is that pain we feel, that conflict when we are struggling against ourselves. But here he is showing a lot of peace, showing that it is through the power of the cross in his heart, by taking the cross of sex, the energies of the Kundalini up the spinal column to the brain and then to the heart, is how one can attain redemption.
Soul and Spirit come into being from water (מ Mem) and fire (ש Shin). The attendant of the bridal chamber (we can say any initiate working in alchemy) has come into being from water, fire, and light (the Hebrew word is אֹור Aur for light). Fire is chrism. Light is fire. I do not mean ordinary fire which has no form, but other fire (which we say in these studies is astral light, INRI, Ignis Natura Renovatur Integra in Latin, or Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews), which is pure white in appearance, beautifully bright and imparting beauty." ―The Gospel of Phillip
The Hebrew word for beauty is תפארת Tiphereth, as we explained previously, the heart, the soul.
So what is chrism? It is that oil we have in our body, with which we can be anointed spiritually. We have another word, which unfortunately is a very vulgar term, which we are going to elaborate where the meaning comes from. In Hindi it is not so vulgar or commonplace, referring to the body or female sexual male organs, the vulva of a woman or the penis of a man.
The Hindu word is जिस्म jism, and the word chrism is the same thing―the same energy, which emanates from our sexual glands. So I hate saying the term, but you know it elaborates, it explains for us, provides clarity. Where did this term come from? I was doing some research and people are not sure where this word comes from. Well, it comes from chrism, the light of Christ within our semen. And it also means seminal fluid in Hindi, or energy and strength.
The Astral Light and Fire
So what is that energy that we need to develop? In this image, we have Moses with the brazen serpent upon a staff, and I'll quote from the Master Samael Aun Weor, the founder of the modern Gnostic tradition, who explains the significance of the astral light―what chrism is―what the seminal power of God is.
The astral light is the deposit of all of great nature's past, present, and future forms. ―Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
So if we awaken in the astral plane, we can investigate many things within the astral light in the world of dreams, where, upon that etheric and astral atmosphere, we can perceive many things clairvoyantly, by invoking our Being to show us the memories of nature. This is known as the akashic records.
The Astral Light is the deposit of all of great Nature's past, present and future forms. The Astral Light is the Azoth and Magnesia of the ancient Alchemists, Medea's Flying Dragon, the Christians' INRI, the Tarot of the Bohemians. The Astral Light is a terrific sexual fire springing from the Sun's nimbus and is fixed to the Earth by the force of gravity and the weight of the atmosphere. The Sun is the one that attracts and repels such an enchanting and delightful light. The Astral Light is Archimedes' lever. The old sage said: "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the universe. ―Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
This is the fulcrum by which we can move mountains, with “faith the size of a mustard seed” (Matthew 17:20). Really, the seed relates to the semen. You can move a mountain or any ordeal.
The semen is the human being's Astral liquid. The semen is the Astral Light. The semen is the key to all powers and the key to all empires. The Astral Light has two poles, one positive and the other negative. The ascending serpent is positive. The descending serpent is negative. ―Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony
So we have Kundalini above and then we have Kundabuffer. The serpent above is the brazen serpent that healed the Israelites in the wilderness, the serpent of brass. Brass is an alchemical symbol referring to tin, Jupiter, the man; and copper, Venus, the woman. So copper and tin united is bronze, teaching us that in order to awaken the serpent that will heal us from all our sufferings, the people of Israel within us, we need to raise that serpent on the staff, which is our spine. And really, the staff is also here depicted as a cross―sexual union of man and woman. The other serpent that goes down as the tempting certificate of Eden: fornication, lust, homosexuality, lesbianism, masturbation, all those vices that awaken that fire downward.
Question: What about these poor souls? What do they call them, transgendered?
Instructor: Transgendered or transexual individuals―they commit a great crime against their bodies, against their Being, and it is very sad that people want to destroy themselves in that way. So those individuals become barren we can say. They lose their potential to change, because they physically destroy their organs in such a way. They want to become the other sex because of abusing their creative energies. They no longer find attraction for the opposite sex, and become confused regarding their sexual identities due to the negative polarization of the sexual fire.
This is due to the fact the sexual energy must act: it is creative. This energy must create something, but if it is utilized by lust, produces conflicts, confusion, and negativity. People are welcome to do what they want with their sexual lives and behavior, but well, there is a price for that.
They activate and develop that inverted fire in such a way. So we seek to develop Kundalini in a marriage, not Kundabuffer. Kundabuffer is the serpent that descends into hell. It is the tail of Satan which you can perceive in certain individuals in the astral plane.
The Second Birth
We want to be born again. We want to be anointed, as mentioned in the teachings of Jesus, and so to raise that sexual serpent of the spinal column is precisely the meaning to be born again, because the spinal medulla is a womb in which we can engender the sacred fire of Kundalini, the Shekinah, amongst the rabbis of Israel. So Jesus is teaching Nicodemus. He says:
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born (ה) of water (מ) and [of] the Spirit (ש), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ―John 3:5
For the Word to be born relates to the letter ה Hei, which is a womb. If you see this image it looks like a womb. It represents the uterus.
Question: ה Hei is water?
Instructor: No, ה Hei relates to, in this case, the womb: to be born, to be gestated.
מ Mem is water and ש Shin is Spirit, the fire. Take those three letters together and you spell השם Hashem. To be born again is to precisely to work with השם Hashem, our God, our שם Shem, the Name of our being, our שמן shemen. And beneath that we have―if you take the same letters and reverse it―you spell המש Moshe, Moses―to develop the archetype of Moses within ourselves, because Moses represents for us the need to develop Tiphereth through willpower is how we are born again, precisely through working with the tantra.
In this image, we have Christ on the cross some other scriptures to relate his teaching of being born again.
Philip the apostle said, "Joseph the carpenter planted a garden because he needed wood for his trade. It was he who made the cross from the trees which he planted. His own offspring hung on that which he planted. His offspring was Jesus, and the planting was the cross." But the Tree of Life is in the middle of the Garden. However, it is from the olive tree that we got the chrism, and from the chrism, the resurrection. ―The Gospel of Philip
So, what is that Tree of Life? It also refers to our spine. And Joseph or IO-Cephas or Io-Soph, Cephas means “head” or “stone,” and IO as in the name Jupiter, IO-Patar, Father-Mother united, man-woman united. So Jesus is really the initiate who is incarnating Christ, hangs upon the olive tree, and that tree is precisely the crucifix and the crucifix is a work with alchemy, by which, working in a matrimony, we work to eliminate our defects. We hang up on that cross. The ego dies in a very painful manner. It is a also a representative of how the initiate needs to pay certain karma, patiently.
But the garden, the Garden of Eden is precisely sexual. Man and woman united are a garden, is beautiful, bliss, divine. And the tree that is in the middle of the Garden of Eden is our the Tree of Life, our spine, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the olive tree. Ever wonder why an olive tree represents sexuality? Olives have the form of ovaries or testicles, producing oil that is wonderful for one’s health. He same with the sexual energy.
How do we develop knowledge, Daath, Gnosis? It is by working with energy, the sexual force, which is precisely of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in sex. So those two trees share the same roots.
Question: Do you have any knowledge in raising the Kundalini? Also, in the spinal column there are chakras, would that add to knowledge because once they spin you see certain phenomena?
Instructor: Yes, so the chakra is developed as a result of raising that fire and that is how our garden begins to blossom. The chakras are flowers, and if you see in the internal planes, you see many beautiful flowers in a dreams where you ask, How am I doing?”―they will show you flowers that are very beautiful and divine. It means that you are awakening your spiritual senses because you are raising that energy upward.
Truth and Nakedness
So the Garden of Eden is precisely that, and in this next image we have again Adam and Eve represented in paradise. So, this is again, from the Gospel of Philip and it elaborates on much that we have explained how the scriptures are symbolic, Kabbalistic.
Truth did not come into the world naked but in symbols and images. The world cannot receive truth in any other way (because as the Zohar mentions, people don't understand it. They would be outraged to hear it literally. But now times are different. We are giving it publicly). There is rebirth and an image of rebirth (to be born again, Hashem) and it is by means of this image that one must be reborn (precisely in parentheses through sexual magic, alchemy with one's partner). What image is this? It is resurrection. Image must arise through image. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So what is image, being, referring to? It could either mean virtues or defects. Any defect in the mind is a type of image, an idol, a false idol that we all worship whenever we identify with a defect, desire. But we need to destroy those idols in order to liberate the soul that is trapped in them, to create spiritual images, to create the virtues of the soul. This is resurrection. By dying in those defects and liberating the soul, it resurrects like the Phoenix from its ashes.
By means of this image, the bridal chamber (which also we could say is the physical body) and the image (psychological image of we say of the initiate) must approach the truth. This is restoration (or we could say is spiritual and sexual regeneration. So to restore ourselves back to the kingdom of heaven, we need to work with the bridal chamber, work with our bride, or if a woman, then working with her husband, bridegroom).
Very literal, very very direct.
The apostles called this the power of the right and the left. ―The Gospel of Phillip
So what is this power over the right and the left? It is Adam and Eve. We know from the symbol of the spinal medulla that the Caduceus of Mercury in medicine, that there is a spinal medulla and that there are two energetic channels which rise inward and upward, intertwining up the spine to the brain. To the right we have Adam, the solar sexual current, the solar masculine energy rising up.
Question: Is that Ida and Pingala?
Instructor: Ida and Pingala in Sanskrit.
On the left is Havah, Eve, lunar, the lunar energies. This doesn't mean good and bad. It just means that we have a polarization, like magnetism. We have a magnetism in our body and how those forces operate. So in men, the solar sexual current rises from the left testicle and then goes to the right nostril and the lunar energy goes from the right testicle to the left nostril. The left side relates to the moon, the lunar sexual current, the right to the positive solar current.
It is saying here that this power is given to the right and to the left, meaning we have those two energy channels. We call them the Two Witnesses in Book of Revelation, in which that energy can rise inward and upward to those channels, to the chalice of the brain, and then to the heart.
Question: Does it have anything to do with the alternate breathing?
Instructor: Yes. So we teach pranayama and that exactly relates to working with Ida-Pingala, Adam-Eve. Or in Hebrew עד Od and עבד Obd. Different names for the same currents.
This person, so the apostles call this power of the right, Pingala, and left, Ida, the two currents. And those who raise the energy, we can say, "This person is no longer a Christian, but it is Christ." So that is how we become Christified. It is how the soul, the bridegroom, marries the bride.
The Three Brains
So in this image we have, again, those two currents, Ida and Pingala represented by the holy eight. We referenced a little bit previously. We have three brains or three centers of activity. We have our intellectual brain where we have thoughts. We have the emotional brain relating to the heart and then the motor-instinctive-sexual brain or the sexual brain related to sex―three spheres by which we process our experience: thought, feeling, and action.
The sexual energy has to rise through these two channels to the brain in the form of the holy eight. And we didn't mention it in the beginning, but you know, the Hebrew letters are associated with the physical body. א Aleph is the air and it relates to the mind, thoughts that float, insubstantial. ש Shin, fire, in the heart relates to the blood, because if we have love or hate, it is fire in our interior. Then the waters relate to sex. So א Aleph, ש Shin, מ Mem, you can say, spells Ashem or השם Hashem, the Name of God.
So we elaborate on the points we made from Book of Revelation, book 3 Verse 18:
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine (עיניים) eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. ―Revelation 3:18
So what does it mean to buy gold tried of fire? In the sexual act, the fire is present, and if we control it, we can incinerate our defects. It is explained in The Perfect Matrimony and The Mystery of the Golden Flower. So that we can be rich spiritually and white raiment, meaning to create the soul. The soul is a vesture that we need to wear by creating it. As Jesus taught, he said "In patience possess ye your souls” (Luke 21:19). He didn't say that we have a soul yet. It means that we need to develop it.
And that “the shame of thy nakedness do not appear,” meaning we don't feel ashamed of being naked in front of God after having fallen.
But now we wish to “anoint thine eyes,” our perception with the oil of God. Our spiritual sight is illuminated by working with that energy. And this is the wine which in Hebrew is יין yayin, and the words for eyes is עיניים ayni’im, so the wine of spirituality helps to see clearly.
But the wine of fornication makes us very drunk and we stumble into the abyss, if that is what we choose. So eye salve is that that oil, that ointment that can allow us to see. And we are going to give a little practice briefly and how to work with that eye salve.
Question: What is that relationship with the letters (א Aleph, מ Mem, ש Shin) with the mother letters?
Instructor: Those are the mother letters. So we have three primary Hebrew letters in Kabbalah that are the basis of all Kabbalah. א Aleph in the mind, ש Shin in the heart, and מ Mem in sex. So those three letters are the foundation of Kabbalah in terms of the study of the Hebrew letters, and they relate to our three brains. It is interesting how they correlate.
Ham-Sah: Mantras for Sexual Transmutation
So we have an exercise called Ham-Sah, in which we learn to control our breath, our respiration, so that we can take that energy inward and upward, up these two currents in our spine, to our brain and then to our heart.
When we inhale, we mentally pronounce Ham, very prolonged:
As we inhale, imagine that energy rising from our testicles or the ovaries, inward and upward, up the spine through the two channels to the brain. You do not vocalize Ham aloud. It is silent, internal, mental. This is because we are focusing on our inhalation, drawing the sexual energy up the spine to the mind. We mentally pronounce the powerful mantra Ham, which has the functionality of a suction pump. The pump is the mantra Ham combined with our inhalation, the pipes are the energetic channels or Two Witnesses of our spine, and the water is the creative sexual energies of Genesis.
When the air is fully inhaled, through prayer, and concentration, we bring that energy to our mind to illuminate our mind, we pronounce the mantra Sah, very light, and then imagine that energy going to the heart:
Ham is solar, meaning we are trying to change the flow of forces in our body to go inward and upward, because most of us, through bad education and or miseducation from our childhood, learning to masturbate or fornicate, those energies go from inward to outward, from inside to out. Our breath relates to how those forces fluctuate inside of ourselves.
We learn to reverse the momentum using our breath, breathing inward and accentuating, mentally, Ham, really focusing on the retention of the breath with that energy going from the sexual organs to the brain, and then we visualize the energy going in our heart. So Ham is more exaggerated, internal, mental, silent. Our exhalation, pronunciation, is a light Sah.
I know people who try to do it very fast, very fast rhythm, and it is not supposed to be labored like that. It is very relaxed. The body must have no tension. What is important is one's concentration and faith, and by imagining the energies working with our breath, the א Aleph, the wind, the spirit of God.
So Ham-Sah is important in this tradition. It is an exercise that Samael Aun Weor gave in different lectures.
Question: Sah goes to the heart?
Instructor: Ham is solar, meaning inward and upward. Sah goes out, lunar. It goes to the heart. There is a four-part lecture given on Glorian.org called The Transmutation of Sexual Energy, which is where you'll find a more elaborate explanation about HAM-SAH from the Master Samael Aun Weor [see the fourth part or section in this series of lectures from the founder of our modern Gnostic tradition].
So we have this following quote from Blavatsky in explaining this image. So Ham-Sah is the Kalahamsa swan of Hinduism. This is the famous swan that was killed by Wagner's Parsifal in his opera. If you watch that opera, because Wagner was a master who knew this science, you will clearly see that he taught how the redemption of the human being is in the bridal chamber. You see very clear in that opera how he needs to take the spear back from the evil magician, meaning his ego, and to wage war against him. But he does it precisely by conquering a woman, who is trying to tempt him into hell. Her name is Kundry, or Kundabuffer. We could say the tempting serpent. But Blavatsky, another great Master, she says in her Secret Doctrine:
…[Kala Haṃsa] is an important symbol, representing, for instance, Divine Wisdom, Wisdom in darkness beyond the reach of men. For all exoteric purposes, Haṃsa, as every Hindu knows, is a fabulous bird, which, when given milk mixed with water for its food (in the allegory), separated the two, drinking the milk and leaving the water; thus showing inherent wisdom―milk standing symbolically for spirit, and water for matter. ―H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine: “Primeval Radiations from the Unity”
So the shemen, the oil, we need to extract the soul from the substance so that we can illuminate our psyche. That is the mystery of alchemy, of transmutation. And we drink the milk of wisdom from the waters of sex. Milk is a very prevalent symbol within different religions, even Islam, the paradise of milk and honey where many houris or divine virgins serve one with cups of alabaster, or cups of divine Amrita. Or the Arabic word is Almizcle when transliterated into Spanish.
Question: Is that the same as turning the water to wine?
Instructor: Yes, so same meaning. Jesus' first miracle was at a marriage. It is really a symbol of anointment. In a wedding, where men and women are celebrating their sexual union, he turns water into wine. People interpret it literally thinking it's about Jesus trying to get some people drunk, and that is absurd. But the real meaning is these mysteries of anointment that we are teaching.
Questions and Answers
Do you have any questions?
Question: I was wondering the Hebrew behind fornication. Today, people think of fornication as sex outside of marriage and so too the Hebrews. They use the Ten Commandments. Does that tell us the real meaning?
Instructor: People think that the sixth and the ninth commandment are the same. “Thou shalt not fornicate,” sixth commandment, and then “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Why would Moses, who was a great initiate, say the same thing twice? It really is incongruent, because fornication is 'to burn' as a furnace, from the Latin fornix. And adultery means to mix and make impure. So they are related. But to commit fornication is to burn with passion. And what comes to my mind, I believe is the second day of Genesis where it says: Let there be lights in the heaven of the firmament in order to divide the heaven from the superior waters from the inferior waters.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
The word for lights in heaven is מְאֹרֹת me’orot. It has the word אור Aur in it. If you ejaculate your אור Aur, your light from those waters, you have the Hebrew word מוות muut, which means “death.” So מְאֹרֹת me’orot is like lights in heaven. You want to have lights in heaven, your Christmas tree―your spinal column needs to be illuminated. Work with your waters to divide the inferior waters with the superior, so that you can create lights in your head, your heaven, your pumpkin gourd, like in the mysteries of Halloween. Get that gunk out and put a candle in it so that you are spiritually illuminated. So that is the same meaning of dividing the waters. Now again, to fornicate is to burn that fire and then to ejaculate it. So the light מְאֹרֹת me’orot just becomes מוות muut death. One is dead spiritually through that act.
See also in the word מוות muut that you have two ו Vavs. These are the spinal columns of two fornicators, two people who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit: the sexual energy, within themselves, through expelling their light. Those two ו Vavs are empty of light, cavernous, dark, without illumination. This is the esoteric definition of fornication.
But the question is why would Moses say the same thing twice? This doesn't make sense. Or like the fact that there is a line in the Genesis that says "be fruitful and multiply." The original Hebrew says be fruitful and rabau, be fruitful and be a master, rabbi. And we have a whole series of lectures just about that line or those series of lines on our website from one of the other lecturers. But Hebrew tells us that fornication is really one thing. Adultery is to commit fornication outside of marriage. Or really, adultery pertains to simply looking at a member of the opposite sex with lust. Jesus said:
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. ―Matthew 5:27-28
That is adultery. Fornication is actually to burn, is a furnace of passion, desire.
Question: So instead of the burning you transmute that into light?
Instructor: Yes, so we need to learn to work with fire, to steal the fire from the devil in a matter of speaking. Steal fire from your defects. The way the best way to do that is when you are united with your wife sexually. That is the moment of “To be or not to be.” You are going to control that fire or you are going to let it control you. One either enters עֵ֖דֶן Eden (Hebrew for sexual bliss) or is expelled from it through eating he forbidden fruit of the orgasm. So that is what it means to make light out of the darkness, and to really sanctify marriage, make it something holy.
Question: A lot of people, religious people too, they don't realize what you are saying here. They have sex then they go all the way to orgasm. There is nothing wrong with that. They could be religious people too. Go to church...
Instructor: And many Jews say “Be fruitful multiply.” The Bible says we can have kids. It does not mean that. It says:
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply [וּרְבוּ U’Rabu], and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. ―Genesis 1:22
Or be fruitful and rabbi, be fruitful and a רַב rabbi, be a master, but the esoteric tradition in the scriptures was not given openly. The thing is, these books were not meant for the public. But they were taken and then they were used and interpreted literally for millennia.
But the reality is, why would God need to command beings to procreate in the animal way? No one needs to be told how to do it. It is instinctual. Rather, to learn how to transmute the sexual energy requires instruction and practice, to multiply the virtues of the soul through chastity.
So we need to learn how to see things in a very scientific matter and not approach it blindly. Yeah, people think that casual sex or just having... they think it is a game.
Audience: Recreational sex...
Instructor: They think it is something to be mocked and to have fun with, and really, it is a tremendous crime. The crime against the Son, Chokmah in the heart, can be forgiven: anger, pride, vanity… you can be forgiven of that. But crimes against the Holy Spirit in sex, you have to pay with pain. Many people are getting sick nowadays of cancer and all sorts of diseases because they abused that energy. They don't anoint themselves.
Question: Have you heard of Wilhelm Reich?
Comment: ...This was something he was saying. He was the guy who came up with the orgone energy. He came up with apparatuses to measure chi or Holy Spirit, whatever you are calling it, and really study... He made like a box and everything and he attributed illness to channeled sexual energy....
Instructor: Chi is precisely Christ. Chi is Christic energy that we need to learn to control. So yeah, there are a lot of scientists who are developing apparatuses to measure psychic phenomena like the Kirlian camera, photographs of auras. Those are Russian scientists who invented that. But yeah, mischanneled sexual energy… anyone who ejaculates, it is an explosion of energy, and the circuitry of the body fuses, burns out. But it can be healed and regenerated through a lot of patience, a lot of persistent work with this force. We have many many exercises we use to heal ourselves from our previous actions.
Any more questions?
Question: You mentioned about the stone and the foundation. Are there several words for that? I heard the word Aben or Eben…
Instructor: אֶבֶן Eben is Hebrew for stone and we get names like בנג'מין Benjamin. You have a famous movie בן חור Ben Hur or בן האור Beni-Ha-Aur, “son of the light.” Beni means “son” and the son emerges from the stone. A child emerges from the stones of a man and a woman.
Comment: It is interesting you say that because they have that colloquial phrase: “Don't cross my stones." I wonder where that originated from?
Instructor: It comes from that because it's the stone. It is slang, but it's funny when you look at it. That is where the meaning comes from.
Any more questions or comments or else we will conclude.
We have a many exercises that help us to really experience and understand these principles from direct experience. So Gnosis is pertinent towards developing conscious knowledge of religion, what religion teaches. We are explaining some of the meanings behind different scriptures, but the real meaning is only really open to us as we learn to work within ourselves. This is a very practical teaching. So we gave a lot of theory and we explained many things, but really, that will come to fruit in our own understanding by studying and by practicing. I invite you to really study some of the literature we have available and study our websites for other lectures and materials that might be interesting to you. That is how understanding will blossom more and more. So we explained a lot about Kabbalah today and how it pertains to our development as a as a soul. The most important thing we need to do is to practice, to apply what we learn. Otherwise, as James the Apostle said, "Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). So I thank you for coming.
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