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דעת : DA'ATH. The Tree of Knowledge, The Doorway of Knowledge

Luminous⚖️SovereignJul 28, 2018, 3:20:31 PM

The teachings of Da'ath were always restricted, given only to the elite. Now, the secret teachings are available to anyone who wants to return to Eden.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [Daath, Gnosis]: because thou hast [fornicated, thou hast] rejected knowledge [Daath, Gnosis], I will also reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law [Torah] of thy Goddess [the Schekinah], I will also forget thy children." - Hosea 4: 6

The doorway to knowledge is what we seek when we enter into a religion, or any kind of spirituality, that doorway of which Jesus spoke in the Gospel:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8

To knock on that doorway, we have to know where it is, and to aid us we have many religions in the world, many mystical teachings throughout all the different groups and ages of humanity. Contained within them all are the clues that can guide us towards that singular door which does not reside in only one religion or in any force or group outside of us. That door is not in any book. It is not in any priest, preacher, or master. The doorway is within ourselves. This is why the ancient Greek oracle said:

“Know thyself.”

The doorway that we need to knock upon and pass through is within us.

We call the synthesis of all the religions in the world by the name Gnosis, which is a Greek word that means “knowledge.” This synthesis indicates a practical science to discover and utilize that doorway by conscious will. It is not a matter of belief or theory. It is something that we have to perform consciously, psychologically, and spiritually in ourselves. The discovery of that doorway is up to us. All who study religion or mysticism do so in order to receive the guidance and instruction to discover that door. We can only find it if we make the effort, if we actually do our part.

Daath: Knowledge

In Hebrew , the word for knowledge, or Gnosis, is Daath [דעת]. It is usually spelled in English as daat, da'ath, or Daath. This is a kind of special knowledge that is unique to the Consciousness. It is not related to the intellect. It is not related to belief. It is not in the form of thoughts, words, ideas, concepts, theories, dogmas, books, etc. Rather, it is a kind of conscious knowledge related to the soul, that has to be put into practice so that this special, internal knowledge can grow and build upon itself, and elaborate the creation of the soul.

When we look for the doorway to our own real knowledge, our own real Gnosis, if we come from a Christian or a Jewish background we find that doorway symbolized in the book of Genesis, or Bereshit, the first book of the Bible. That doorway is symbolized in the Garden of Eden as the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil [עץ הדעת טוב ורע]. The Tree of Knowledge is Daath. It is the tree of Gnosis, the Tree of Knowledge.

"And the Lord God caused to sprout from the ground every tree pleasant to see and good to eat, and the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil." - Genesis / Bereshit 2:9

In Kabbalah, when we study the Tree of Knowledge it is symbolically represented in the great void between the first and second triangles on the Tree of Life.

When the Tree of Life is superimposed over the body of a man, Daath corresponds to the throat. In Genesis, God creates through the throat, using his Word (Logos). This is symbolized in every religion:

    And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. - Genesis / Bereshit 1:3

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - John (Christian)

    I (Osiris) brought my own name into my mouth as a Word of Power, and I forthwith came into being under the form of things which are and under the form of Khepera (Creator). - The Book of Knowing the Evolutions of Ra, and of Overthrowing Apep (Egyptian)

    In a year he (Prajapati) desired to speak. He uttered ‘bhurbhuva svar’. ‘Bhur’ which means earth; ‘bhuva’ which became figment and ‘svar’ which became the sky… with his mouth he created the gods. - The Satapatha Brahmana (Hindu)

    This is the beginning of the ancient Word… the potential and source for everything done. - The Popol Vuh (Mayan)

Creation occurs through Daath.

In Hebrew , דעת Daath is spelled with three letters: ד Daleth, ע Ayin, and ת Tav. The twenty-two Hebrew letters symbolize and encode the entire path to awaken the Consciousness and to have the direct experience of God, the entire path to become a fully-developed soul, what someone might call a buddha or an angel.

Daleth: The Door

Daath is the doorway to God, and we know that is true because the first letter of Daath is Daleth [ד], which symbolizes a door. Daleth is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and carries the value of the number four. It is also a symbol of a doorway.

It is through the Tree of Knowledge that Adam and Eve were expelled from of Eden. They went through the door of Daath. They made a mistake. They disobeyed the commandment of Jehovah. Because of that, they did not take the benefits of Daath that were intended for them. Instead, they reaped pain. They ate of the forbidden fruit and went through the doorway of Daath, but into the wilderness, into suffering and death. They descended to a low state, a state of existence burdened by death and suffering.

The first letter Daleth summarizes what Daath is all about. It tells us that this special knowledge is a doorway. This doorway is like any door: you can go through it in two directions. It depends on how you enter and what your will is: how you use the doorway. That is why Daath is called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, because there are two potential outcomes of using this door.

Here we have to clarify that the words good and evil in the context of Daath are not as simple as the dualistic notion of right and wrong, or good and evil, in the way we always think of it. It is not limited to that sense of duality. It is much richer and deeper than simply “good” and “bad,” like the way a child thinks of good or bad, or the way we think of our morals or ethics as good or bad, or the good and bad guys in the movies. That form of thinking is very limited. It is dualistic, it is intellectual. It does not encompass how nature actually works. Nature in itself is not good or bad, it just “is.” Nature functions according to laws, and Daath is the same. Daath expresses certain laws, and by application of the knowledge (Daath), we arrive at certain consequences, or results.

Ayin: The Experience

The second letter of Daath is Ayin [ע]. Ayin is the sixteenth Hebrew letter, and it symbolizes “to see, to know, to experience.” It symbolizes the eyes and how we perceive.

Tav: The Covenant

The third letter Tav [ת] symbolizes a covenant, a seal. It is the twenty-second letter, the final letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So, it is the seal or completion of the twenty-two letters. The twenty-two letters contain all the knowledge in symbolic form, and the Tav is the synthesis of them all. It is the completion, the end, the seal, the covenant. When you sign a contract and somebody seals it at the end, that is Tav.

The letters of Daath say: Daleth is the doorway, Ayin is the way to see, and Tav is the end of the work. The word Daath contains a message. Through the knowledge you can arrive at the vision, the insight, the perception of the complete path, of all the work, of all creation. The twenty-two letters symbolize and encompass all the laws that manage everything that exists. Daath is the science to perceive it, to access it.

The doorway can go two ways. That is why in Jeremiah it says:

“Thus saith Jah-havah, ‘Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.’”

This explains the good and evil (Tob and Ra in Hebrew ) of Daath: the way of life and the way of death. This is a better way to think about good and evil. We tend to think of evil as a guy in a red suit carrying a pitchfork. That idea has nothing to do with reality.

In Gnosis, we use the term evil to describe devolving forces. Anything that we would call evil is something that is degenerating, something that is descending, something that is antithetical to the Spirit. We call good that which elevates the Spirit, that which is ascending. But, there is another path that is beyond good and evil. This is something beyond the limitations of that dualistic notion, and Daath can lead us to that which is beyond both: but only after completing the path of Tob (good).

In the Hebrew word Daath, we see this character ע Ayin in the middle, which has two Iods at the top of its shape, and those two Iods look like a pair of eyes. That symbolizes the duality of the potential outcome of Daath: two kinds of vision, two kinds of perception that result from knowledge. In the Bible, the result of that doorway of Daath is symbolized in two kinds of people: prophets and diviners. The prophets in the Bible have the vision of God. They see purely what God shows them. But the diviners see impurely. They see “through a glass darkly.” They see, but they see a lie. There is a difference between them, but the diviners do not see the difference. That is the scary part: someone who has awakened the Consciousness through the knowledge of Daath, sees, but do they know how they see? This is where the science of Daath becomes the Path of the Razor’s Edge. It is something very delicate. This why we need to study the science very deeply.

Adam and Eve Within

When we study the story of Adam and Eve, we should not take the story literally. It is an initiatic story. It is symbolic: it is psychological, it is spiritual. When we apply the story of Adam and Eve to ourselves in order to understand how we can access the doorway of Daath, and how we use knowledge now, we understand that Adam symbolizes our brain, and that Eve symbolizes our sexual organs.

These are related to two energetic channels that are wrapped around our spinal column, symbolized as the two serpents on the caduceus of Mercury. In India, they are called Ida and Pingala, and in Kabbalah they are called od and ob. These are two forces, energetic channels, which relate to Adam and Eve. One is masculine, one is feminine. One is Adam, one is Eve. Adam relates to the brain and Eve relates to the sex.

In the story of Adam and Eve, Eve is tempted by a serpent to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. The man and the woman were warned to not eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. They could enjoy all the fruits of the garden, but to not eat that fruit. Then the serpent tempts Eve. To understand that, we have to go deep into the Hebrew letters to know what these symbols contain, to understand how this applies to us.

Eve falls into temptation and eats that fruit, and gives it to Adam, which means the sexual organs take something that was forbidden and passes it to the brain, which likes it. The result is that Adam and Eve are cast out of Eden.

Eden: ( Hebrew עדן ) bliss, pleasure

By eating of the fruit, Adam and Eve are cast out of that ecstasy, or bliss, of Eden, the pleasure of bliss. Because of that, suffering begins. This happens to us every day. We persist in these mistakes in ourselves because we do not understand the Tree of Knowledge in ourselves. This is the whole point that we need to grasp. We have our own Adam and Eve inside. We have Eve, the sexual organs, and we have Adam, the brain. They are constantly being tempted by the serpent who is Lucifer, the sexual force, that tempting power, that fiery force that resides in sex, and that tempts us to eat that fruit, to indulge in that fruit. When we do so, the result is passed to the brain, which becomes identified and attached to the sensations of the fruit. And because of that, Adam and Eve both are cast out of that pleasure into suffering. This has many levels of meaning – physically, spiritually, psychologically.

After they eat the fruit, the scripture says that their eyes were opened.

"Their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked."

This is Ayin, the central character in the word Daath. ע Ayin relates to the eyes. In other words, through sex Adam and Eve have their eyes opened. They see something different. In the story, Adam and Eve realize that they are naked and they feel ashamed. Then they feel afraid. We pass through that. When we are young and the sexual hormones begin to become active in us, we pass through tremendous uncertainties and anxieties about sexuality, and when we begin to experiment with it, we start to feel shame, guilt, and uncertainty, and we want to hide what we are doing. We do not want it to be open. We do not tell our parents. We might boast to our friends, but in the places where we are the most intimate, like with our parents or our true loved ones, we feel shame. This relates to our own Adam and Eve, and how our own Adam and Eve abuse the Tree of Knowledge, sex. This is something that we need to get very realistic about. It is the root of our suffering. It is the root of why we cannot see God. You see, the way to use Ayin, which is in Daath, to see God, to see like a prophet, is also through using sex, but in the way that God teaches, and the way that is in accordance with scripture, with the way nature should function in us.

Adam and Eve had their eyes opened and they saw that they were naked. What this really is saying is that when they abused the Tree of Knowledge, they inverted the power, the fire of sexuality, and abused that commandment, and so, being naked, they lost the protective innocence, the protective power, of a Consciousness that is in harmony with the divine. The protective covering was the light of the Shekinah. That nakedness is the feeling of not having God within. It is a feeling of vulnerability that most of us know very well. It is a feeling of being spiritually naked, consciously vulnerable, weak, afraid, ashamed. It does not mean physically naked. It is not literal nakedness: it is psychological and spiritual.

We need to learn how to use this doorway of knowledge in the right way, to be like David. David in the Psalms, sang,

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy Law."

David prayed for the help of God to use Daath to open his own eyes and see the Law, symbolized by the letter Tav.

The door to that vision is the same door that Jesus mentioned, which is one path, one door. There are not multiple doors to God. There is one doorway. None of the prophets, including Jesus, said there are many paths. Jesus said there is one path, and it is narrow, and it is difficult, and it is hard to find.

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." - Matthew 7:13-14

Many people go the easy way, which means they use Daath, sex, and become hypnotized by the serpent within them, and they follow that path to destruction. Very few conquer temptation and take the narrow path, which is difficult, but is the path to life.

To understand that path, we look to the two words for good and evil in Hebrew .

Tob: The Path of Goodness

The Hebrew word for good is טוב Tob, which has three letters.

Teth: the Serpent

The first letter of ט Tob is Teth. Teth represents a serpent. In its shape you can see a curled serpent. That is the tempting serpent. It is also the healing serpent of Moses:

"And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." - Numbers 21: 6-9

Remember that Daath is related to the throat, thus when the people “spoke against God” they used the door of knowledge in the wrong way. They were falling under temptation of their own inner serpent and suffered for it.

The serpent is always present in relation to the Tree of Knowledge, and heals or harms according to our relationship with it. Teth, this letter that represents a serpent, is the ninth letter in the Hebrew alphabet. If you relate that to the sephiroth of the Tree of Life (Kabbalah), you see that the ninth sphere, counting downwards, is Yesod. When you place the Tree of Life over your body, you see that Yesod is sex, and Yesod is related to ט Teth, which is the serpent. This is where we are tempted by the serpent: in sex.

Vav: The Spine

The second letter in Tob is a ו Vav, which is a straight line. The Vav represents the spinal column. The Vav is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This is also significant.

It is through the spinal column that God creates. You remember in the Bible it always says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light’… And God saw that it was good… And God created.” ו Vav means “and.” So in Hebrew , Good and Evil, is טוב ורע “tob veh ra” - the veh is a ו Vav, which means “and.”

It is through the spinal column (Vav) that God creates. It is through the spine that we are tempted by the serpent. It is through the spine that we can be healed by the serpent.

"Make thee a fiery serpent (ט Teth), and set it upon a pole (ו Vav): and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh (ע Ayin) upon it, shall live." - Numbers 21:8

When we conquer the temptation of the serpent, the energy of sexuality will rise up the spine, which is what makes what we call “the second womb.” This is how the soul is created in us.

Beth: Creation

The third letter in טוב Tob is ב Beth. Beth is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which represents a house, the house of God. Beth is the creative power of the Divine Mother Shekinah. Beth is related to the powers of creation. In Hebrew the first book of the Bible is called Bereshit, which refers to creation. The first letter of Bereshit is Beth, and it is through that Beth that the rest of the Bible emerges. It emerges from that letter Beth.

The word טוב Tob has the serpent (ט), the spine (ו), and the house (ב) where creation occurs. Tob means "goodness." So, "the Tree of the Knowledge of Good." The good is first. Through Tob, or this goodness, the upright creation can occur, the creation of the real man, or the reestablishment of Adam and Eve in Eden.

What we need is to follow the path of Tob, the good path, the upright path, in order to recover our place in Eden, so then we can go further than that and become a fully-developed soul, beyond good and evil. Returning to Eden only fixes the mistake. Then we have a whole other work to do after that.

The three letters of Tob relate how God creates the real man. It is good because it is related with our own goodness, which in Hebrew is Gedulah. Gedulah is a name for the sphere on the Tree of Life called Chesed. This is related with our own inner Spirit, who in the Bible is the Ruach Elohim, the spirit that hovers over the waters in the process of creation. The first six days of Genesis symbolize how our own Spirit, the Ruach Elohim, our goodness, creates the real man in us, creates Adam in other words, the Adam that belongs in Eden. So, in other words, if we follow the path of Tob, we utilize our sexual forces to empower our own inner Spirit to bring us back into Eden.

Unfortunately, Adam and Eve do not follow that path. In the Bible, in ancient times, this happened on a macrocosmic level, with humanity as a whole. But it happens in us psychologically on a daily basis, because daily we allow our own inner Adam and Eve to abuse the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, to abuse the energy, our own sexual force. Instead of following the path of Tob, we follow the path of Ra, which in Hebrew means pollution, or evil, or that which is harmful.

Ra: The Impure Spirit

The result of abusing the sexual energy is that Adam and Eve are cast out of Eden and they give birth to Cain and Abel, which is the arrival of murder, jealousy, and all the problems that are described throughout the rest of the Bible.

The Hebrew word רע ra has two letters: ר Resh and ע Ayin. Resh symbolizes our head, where we have the brain, Adam. Ayin represents our eyes, or how we see and experience. When we fall into the temptation of the serpent, we awaken the Ayin, the vision within the head related to the pineal and pituitary glands. But God is not there. There is no letter for God there. In our head is just ra: pollution, evil.

    It is written, 'And God saw that the רע of men upon the earth was great and all the imaginations and thoughts of their hearts were only רע continually.' (Gen. vi., 5.)

    Said Rabbi Jehuda: "'Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness, neither shall evil dwell with thee' (Ps. v., 5). Observe that he who gives way to the temper and suffers himself to be led and guided by it, defiles not only himself but also those with whom he comes into personal contact. As already stated, though the wickedness of the antediluvians was great and their evil deeds were many, yet was the Holy One unwilling to destroy them, but long-suffering towards them, notwithstanding, and their shameful propensities and heinous practices, of which it is written 'that they were only evil continually.' Their evil actions are denoted by the word (Ra) (pollution). Of Er, the eldest son of Judah, who was guilty of this sin; it is written that 'he was wicked in the sight of the Lord and the Lord slew him.'" - Zohar

In the Bible there is only one line written about Er.

"Now ער Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death." - Genesis (Parshah Vayeishev) 38:7

It is interesting that the name Er is spelled with the same letters as רע Ra: Ayin-Resh. The definition of his wickedness is not stated explicitly, but when you analyze this, you see that it was Fornication. As a son of Judah, as a son of the tribe of Israel, as an initiate, he abused the Tree of Knowledge.

    Said Rabbi Jose: "Is not this sin synonymous with what is termed rashang (wickedness or wrongdoing)?"

    "No," replied Rabbi Jehuda, "for rashang is applied to intentional evil ere it becomes an actuality, but רע Ra refers to him who defiles himself by the dissipation of his vital powers [Fornication, abuse of sexual energy] and thus gives himself up to the unclean spirit called רע Ra. He who thus renders himself impure will never attain unto the Divine Life nor behold the face of the Shekina, whose disappearance from the world previous to the deluge was owing to the vice termed Ra. Woe unto him who indulges in it, for he will never experience the joy of living [Eden] in the presence of the Holy One, but will drag on through life as a degraded captive and miserable slave of רע Ra, the unclean spirit...

That description sounds like us, this humanity, because we are slaves of רע Ra. We are slaves of the unclean spirit that is within us. In Gnosis, we call that unclean spirit “the ego.” The ego is a multiplicity of desires: pride, envy, jealousy, fear, anger, gluttony, laziness. The ego is constituted by all of the psychological attributes that utilize our energy in the wrong way. They all have their root in sexual energy. The unclean spirit, or Ra, is within us. It is not outside.

"...so true are the words, 'The fear of the Lord leadeth to life, it bringeth peaceful nights free from visits of the impure spirit רע' (Prov. xix., 23). And therefore it is written, 'רע (Ra) shall not dwell with thee' (Ps. v., 4). Only the pure in life and thought and deed can say, 'Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of רע, for thou art with me and causest me to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.'" (Ps. xxiii., 4-6.)

The Zohar , this mystical text that explains the Kabbalah to us, is very clear. Only the pure in heart, thought and deed can claim to be free of the spirit of רע Ra, that impure spirit. In other words, we must eliminate the ego. There is no exception to this. Those who have this impure spirit within cannot come into the presence of God. The scriptures are unequivocal. There are no exceptions. There is no way around it.

But unfortunately in these times there are many, many teachings, many rabbis, many new age people, many Gnostics , who are teaching methods or theories that suggest that you do not have to dissolve your ego. Many of them teach how to use the sexual energy. Many of them teach about transmutation, Meditation, and astral projection. They may teach about Daath. They may talk about the ego, but fail to deliver the practical knowledge of how to actually eliminate the ego every day, that impure spirit רע Ra remains alive in us. That is a great danger, and it is very sad that so many teachings avoid giving the full knowledge. There are some groups who actually teach (and who are very popular, by the way) that if you simply stop paying attention to the ego, it dissolves on its own. You will see this talked about on television now. It is very popular, but it is a lie. What these groups forget, what they do not understand, is that matter and energy are interdependent.

The ego is a crystallization of sexual forces that are not physical, but that are emotional and mental. Those crystallizations are within our own mind. We can call it the unconscious, or the subconscious, or the infraconscious, or we can just call it hell. We can call it klipoth. But that level of our own psychology has matter. The ego is matter, but not physical matter. It is matter in a lower dimension. It is a formation that traps energy, and until that matter is removed, the energy that corresponds to it remains imprisoned. You can ignore your egos all you want, but they do not go away or dissolve on their own. This is the great mistake that these groups make. They believe that there is a way to extract that energy and leave that matter behind. This is impossible. That energy and that matter are synonymous with each other. In order to free the energy, the matter must be destroyed. It is simple as that. This is a basic function in physics.

In other words, what these groups teach is how to awaken this Ayin in our Resh, in our head, and develop insight, powers, clairvoyance, vision – but through the ego, רע Ra, impurity, pollution. This is what we call a diviner, or a seer, someone who has developed powers, but with the ego still alive. This is what we call a demon, in other words. They might look like a regular physical person, they might think they are a regular physical person, but their soul is becoming demonic because the Consciousness is awakening inside the ego, and God is not there. We can also call these people “baalim,” which is a sort of respectful term that means “sirs.”

The way this awakening occurs is through our use of our own energies, through will. From moment to moment, constantly, our whole organism, psychologically and physically, is receiving and transforming energy. We use that energy according to how we use our Consciousness. Wherever you place your attention, you are directing forces, energies, and there is a reciprocal event that occurs. When you begin to pay attention to something, you are putting energy into that and you develop a relationship with it. This is natural. It is part of how nature functions. Thus when you choose to invest your energy into being angry, or to being lustful, or to feeling a desire, or indulging in a desire, you are falling under the temptation of your own serpent, Lucifer, who is tempting that energy. You fall into that and become hypnotized by your desire.

That energy creates a formation in your mind. It is matter, it is real. It is something that exists in the mental plane, and emotionally in the astral plane. But it is a false creation. It is what we call an ego, or a shell. This is where we get the Hebrew word klipoth. This is a word that refers to the lower realms below Malkuth in the Tree of Life. Klipoth means “the world of the shells.” That world is the subconscious, unconscious, and infraconscious levels of our own mind, those areas that for us are darkness. We do not see them because at the moment we are blind to their true nature. We are blind to all those things internally because we have not utilized the power of Daath to awaken our eyes.

The function of this all occurs through the letter Vav, which represents the spinal column. The letter Vav is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. If you have studied the the arcana of the Tarot, you know that the number 6 relates to Indecision. It is represented in the graphic of that arcanum as a man trapped between two women, a virgin and a whore. He has to choose between them. This is where we are all the time when the serpent in us is tempting us to choose. Do we choose to use our energy, our time, our mind, our heart, and our body to serve the virgin, our own Divine Mother? Or do we use those energies to serve the whore, Lilith, Nahemah, Jezebel, who is in us? We choose in each moment according to how we behave, how we think, how we feel, how we use those energies.

That process is happening through Vav, because that is our own spine. What happens in our spinal column? Eve is at the base of the spine, which is where the creative energy resides: in the sexual organs. The root energy of our whole organism and psychology is in our sexual energy. When our inner Eve is tempted and uses sexual energy to feed her desire, she uses that energy and sends it up the spine to Adam, and infects the brain with the taste and lust and desire for sensations of pleasure, even if those are not explicitly sexual on the surface.

It may just be, for example, that we have a situation with someone we are envious of, and we indulge in that envy in our mind and heart; that indulgence is a usage of sexual energy, but we are unaware of it. The brain becomes addicted to that sensation of envy, and we become used to it, we start to like it, even though it is a form of suffering. This is what happens with drug addicts and alcoholics. This is what happens with people who are manic, people who are depressed. They become habituated to sensations and they start to like it. The same happens with people who are undergoing torture, who are put in jail. They become used to it, and they start to think it is normal, and they start to crave it. This is what has happened to us. It sounds weird, and the mind says, “That cannot be,” but it is true. And when you really become honest with yourself and you start looking into your behaviors, you start to see things that you know you shouldn’t do but that you like to do. We all have them, and we each have our idiosyncrasy. Some of us really like to feel afraid, to feel insecure, to feel anxious. I bet you that most of us, even though we would not admit it, actually like to feel stressed because we have become used to it. Now when we feel stressed, we feel like we are doing something, like we are part of life, we are on the path to success because we are stressed out. When we feel relaxed, we feel uncomfortable, as if we are not doing our work, we are not doing something. Have you ever noticed that? When you start to really relax, you start getting worried and anxious because you are not stressed? Why is that? Because we become habituated to these harmful states of being.

The end result here is that we suffer. We use our energies to cultivate and strengthen all these unconscious and subconscious and infraconscious desires, fears, anxieties, cravings, aversions, all of that impurity that surges the mind, about which we do not know because we are in darkness. We are blind; we do not even see ourselves. Instead, our eyes are only opened to our desires. We see everything through our desires and in relation to our desires. We are so enslaved by our inner impurities that we do not even realize it. For us, life is just the pursuit of desires. That is why we suffer.

However, if we have learned something about Daath, if we have learned something about Tantra, and about how to consciously use this energy, the sexual energy, then the stakes go up. Then, the game is really on. The problem is that many of the groups and movements who teach about the transmutation of sexual energy do not teach about the elimination of the ego. So, the students begin to practice karma mudra, Maithuna, Tantra, taoism, - there are many techniques to restrain and utilize the sexual energy. But because they are not eliminating the ego, their own inner Eve is taking that energy, and feeding it to Adam, the brain. All of that energy is moving up the spine (Vav) through the nervous system. There is a creation that is occurring. But, the creation is related with רע Ra.

All of that energy begins to stimulate and activate the pituitary gland and the pineal gland in the brain. The sexual energy is a very powerful, potent force. It is the very force of being. It is the force of life, and when that energy suffuses the brain, saturates the brain, the pituitary and pineal glands become activated. In most of us, they are completely atrophied because we have drained them of all their energy. When those glands become activated by being suffused with energy, those glands awaken the chakras related with clairvoyance or the power to have inner visions. If we are not aggressively eliminating our ego, the result is that we become a diviner, a clairvoyant, but someone who sees through the filter of the “I,” the ego. This is how demons are made. This is how suffering is deepened.

In other words, through this method, the eyes (ע Ayin) are opened in רע Ra. But those eyes are opened in hell, in klipoth. This type of person who has this experience is able to see clearly in klipoth, their own subconsciousness. To them, it looks like heaven, because it is a world of their own desires. To them, it looks like they are with angels and gods, because they are seeing through the filter of their own subconscious mind. They are seeing the projections of their own mind, not the truth. And the problem is, all of us who learn Gnosis, who learn transmutation, will face this because we all have ego. Even if we are working to eliminate ego, and we are trying to harness the sexual energy, we start to awaken our own inner sight, our own Ayin, the ability to see, but then: are we seeing in hell or are we seeing in heaven? But we get so excited because we see something in Meditation or out of the body that we immediately think it is in heaven. We lack discrimination. This is a very serious problem that the students face.

In synthesis, those who do not eliminate the ego, following whatever path, whether they are transmuting or not, if they are using energy and not eliminating ego, they are following the path of Ra, the impure spirit, even if they think they are a holy one, even if they are a priest, even if they are a bishop or a lama. It does not matter. What matters is the actual works that are performed consciously in the soul. The result of keeping the ego alive is symbolized in the Bible. Adam and Eve, having been cast out of Eden, have children, Cain and Abel. Of course, we know the story. Cain murders Abel. This is the beginning of all these problems, jealousy, murder, and suffering.

While the ego is alive in us, the inner Tree of Knowledge of that person, the Daath within them, does not bring forth good fruit. The result of using the fruit of the sexual energy does not bring forth good fruit. The result is that this tree within that person is fruitless in the eyes of God. To the person it seems bountiful because they seem to be having all kinds of spiritual bounty. But in the eyes of God it is not. And that is why Jesus said,

"And now also the axe is laid unto the root (Yesod) of the trees (of life and good and evil): every tree (every person) therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit (from their sexual organs) is hewn down, and cast into the (devolving Klipothic) fire." - Luke 3: 9

This is what Jesus was referring to, that Tree of Knowledge in us.

The way it brings forth good fruit is when we follow the path of Tob, the path of good. And this is by following Chastity. But the path is not mere transmutation. Mere transmutation is only part of the equation. Be very clear about that. Many people study Gnosis or Tantra and think transmutation is the sum of the teaching, and that is the whole thing. It is not. The main aspect is the death of the ego, the most important. You can transmute all you want, but if you do not work on your ego, you are going on a mistaken path. This needs to be very explicit in your mind. This is why in the Gospels also Jesus says,

"And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire."

This eye (Ayin) that he is referring to is not our physical eye. It is our Consciousness. The Consciousness is what gives us the ability to perceive. Perception can occur in any of the levels of nature, symbolized in the map of the Tree of Life. We see physically, through the physical eyes, because we have Consciousness, but what we see is filtered by the conditioning of our Consciousness. That is something you really should consider. What you see is not what is actually there. You see the impressions created by your senses and mind, not the thing in itself.

Until your Consciousness is completely awakened and your ego is completely dead, you do not see the truth. We do not have right view, the view of prajna (Sanskrit; the eighth step of the Buddhist Eightfold Path; the view of the two truths simultaneously) until the ego is one hundred percent dead. A person who has acquired that is a person like Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, or Mohammed. Not us. We are not like that. So, let us not listen to those groups that tell us we are already gods, angels and buddhas. This is all a lie. This is all self-deception, based in fear. You see, these groups are so effective now in telling these lies because we are all so afraid. We want to believe in something that makes us feel good. So it is very easy for us to listen to these ideas of, “You do not have to eliminate the ego. You are already an angel. You are already a buddha. All you have to do is realize it.” This is a lie. It contains a truth because we have the potential in us to become a buddha or an angel, but not while the ego is alive. No way. Impossible. The ego traps that inner buddha. That buddha is in hell, not because of God, but because of us. No one else did this to us. We cannot blame God, we cannot blame angel Sakaki, we cannot blame a Lucifer outside of us, we cannot blame a Satan outside of us, because we have Satan within. Our own ego is the devil who created suffering. So, do not blame anyone else for your pain. Blame yourself, and now solve it.

The way to solve the problem of suffering and death is to use your energy wisely. This is why Jesus says, “If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out.” Who is “thee?” Who is the real “thee” within? It is God. It is Gedulah. It is our goodness, our own Spirit. In other words, if the vision (the Ayin) of our eye offends our Spirit, pluck it out. Kill that ego. Destroy it.

But it is not as simple as saying it, or as simple as saying, “Well. I am not going to listen to that ego anymore.” This is just repression and avoidance. The way you dissolve an ego is through very deep penetrative Consciousness of that ego. You have to know yourself. You have to know very deeply all of the impurities that are within your mind. This is the only way you can stop being fooled by your own mind.

You know that old saying, “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer?” The meaning in that is, you need to know very well what your enemies are doing. Your friends, you can just leave them be. But your enemies, if you ignore them, you have committed yourself to failure. If you ignore your enemies, they will get you. Because they know you are not looking. Then you are an easy target.

Unfortunately, we are an easy target, because we choose to ignore what is within ourselves. We start hearing about this talk about the ego, and Adam and Eve within us, and lust and pride, and we do not want to hear it. We want to hear how good we are, that we are all angels, that we are all prophets, that we are all on this ascending arch of evolution, and humanity is about to enter into a big golden age. And we all want to feel good. This is all a lie. None of that will happen as long as the ego is alive. There will be a golden age, but no ego is allowed. Zero. If your ego is alive, that ego cannot go there. And if you want to go and be a part of some heavenly realm, you have to vibrate in that level. You have to belong in that world. Right now, we do not. So, if our eye offends our own inner spirit, we need to pluck it out. We need to eliminate that ego.

In the Gospels, Jesus says,

    "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" - Matthew 6

When we close our eyes to see what is within ourselves, or when we sit to pray or meditate, do we see light or darkness? When we close our eyes, when we imagine God, do we see light or darkness? Usually we see darkness. Usually, when we look to see what is in us, we do not see anything. We see darkness. When we want to resolve a problem in our life, we do not see solutions. We see darkness, psychological darkness, spiritual darkness. Not literal darkness. To be in the dark means to not know which way to go, to not be able to see your way around. To not be able to navigate through life. This is our case. None of us know where we are going today or tomorrow, our karma, what is coming for us, when death is going to arrive, whether tomorrow will be good or bad. We have no idea. We are completely in the dark, and that is because our own insight is blind. We are blind.

Jesus says, “The light of the body is the eye.” But when you look into the Greek, it is more accurate to say, “The illumination of the self is the vision.” This is what the Greek says. That is totally different. It is not talking about the physical body. He is talking about the way that you become illuminated, and see your way, is through your Ayin, through your inner vision, which is here in the midst of Daath. Directly between the door (Daleth) and the completion of the work (Tav) is Ayin, that vision.

He says, “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Let us put this back to what the real Greek says. It says,

“If thine vision be singular, pure (not multifaceted and divided into a billion egos, but is one light from God), thy whole self will be full of light.”

Moses is always depicted with rays of light from his head, and it is said that he radiates so much light it is hard to look at him because his face is so bright with Consciousness. Jesus is the same. This is not physical light, not literal light, but conscious light.

In other words, Jesus is saying, “If thine eye offend thy spirit, pluck it out. It is better to have one eye.” This is how we enter into the path of life. That one eye, that one vision is the pure vision that we can reach through Daath, through knowledge. That singular eye is the divine clairvoyance, pure clairvoyance, or pure inner vision of the prophet. If the ego is alive, our vision is filtered and impure. So that phrase that theologians have been arguing about for centuries is actually very simple. When you look to the Hebrew and the Greek, you see what is actually written there.

[By our actions we] Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. – Matthew 12:33

We have to make our own Tree of Knowledge good. We have to convert our Tree of Knowledge and make it fruitful. Remember, God says, “Be fruitful and multiply.” He is not talking about physically, He is talking about spiritually, to make Daath bear fruit, spiritual fruit, conscious fruit. And that is why He says this, “Either make the tree good and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt, for the tree is known by his fruit.” That means that our own tree, our own Daath inside, is known by the fruit that we ourselves create.

And so, what fruit do we have in our lives? This is the question for us. He says, “Every man is known by his fruit.” What is the spiritual fruit of our life? What spiritual fruit do we have to show? The truth is that spiritually, we are in darkness. Do we have the ability to meditate and see God face to face and receive the guidance that we need? If not, we need to make our own tree fruitful, to water that tree and nourish it, by following the good path. And the way we do that is we follow the guidance that is encoded in this tradition. We have to learn how to stop breaking the Law, and instead follow the path of Tob, goodness. This starts withour own power to create, which is in our own Daath within, related to our sex and our throat.

    Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy [wrong use of Daath] shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost [Binah] shall not be forgiven unto men.

    And whosoever speaketh [through his actions in Daath, sex] a word against the Son of man [the prophets], it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh [through his actions in Daath] against the Holy Ghost [the power of God in sex], it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

    [By our actions we] Either make the tree [of knowledge within] good, and his [sexual] fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

    O generation of vipers [fallen serpents], how can ye, being evil [ra: impure], speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh [for you commit Adultery and Fornication in your heart].

    A good [tob] man [respecting Daath within] out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things [fruit]: and an evil [ra] man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

    But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak [through their own Daath], they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

    For by thy words [of your own Daath] thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

It is very interesting to see how that path is presented in different ways in different religions, but always contains the same essential tools. I started by telling you that what we want is to enter the doorway into real knowledge. To see for ourselves. To have Gnosis ourselves, to see God, to get guidance from God. Not from a book or a person, but inside. The way we do that is by using this doorway in Daath. That doorway is inside of us. That doorway is in our own letter Resh (our head), but that Resh has to be made pure. Resh is our head. That doorway begins in Yesod, in sex through the serpent, the first character of Tob. It ascends up the spinal column (Vav). As we utilize those energies in the right way through transmutation, and through conscious will, it is created through the letter Beth of Tob. This is how we initiate Genesis within ourselves, to create the real man.

In this way, we start to utilize these forces and pass through a series of tests and initiations that help us to see the ego and remove it. This is the great help that Lucifer provides to us. The tempter has his place. He serves God.

"...the angels of God came to stand beside the Lord, and the Adversary, too, came among them. [...] Now the Lord said to the Adversary, "Behold, all that he [Job] has is in your hands; only upon him do not stretch forth your hand." - Job 1:6, 12

That tempting serpent is here, the first letter of Tob is the letter Teth, in us, who tempts us. And that is the temptations we pass through in the stages of initiation as we raise that energy up the Vav, the spinal column. This is a slow process, and is not easy. It is symbolized in the book of Revelation, believe it or not, by the seven churches in Assiah, not Asia. Assiah relates to the physical body. It is the first kingdom, the first world of Kabbalah.

The first few books of Revelation detail the process of working through the seven churches in Assiah, which are the seven chakras of Hinduism and Buddhism. Those seven chakras are energetic centers along our own spinal column, through which that energy must pass as we raise each serpent of the Kundalini. Each process is a process of psychological examination, within which we have to see our “I,” our ego, and conquer it, little by little. This is the role that Lucifer plays, guiding us in this, presenting us with temptations. We have to overcome them. But what is very interesting is when we arrive to the head, the two primary chakras, or churches, that we need to know about are related to the pituitary and pineal glands.

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia (which is the chakra Ajna, related to the third eye), ‘These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David (the key to the door), he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth. I know thy works. Behold, I have set before thee an open door.’"

This is the first place the door is mentioned in Revelation, the door of Daleth, the first letter of the word Daath, knowledge. That door is in the pituitary gland, related with clairvoyance, the door to vision, Ayin.

"I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it, for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name."

So, in other words, the person is starting to show a little perseverance in the path, but they do not have much strength yet. And it continues to explain what is needed to go further, which is patience, and to hold true.

A little bit later, it says,

"I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it, for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name."

“I know,” is Daath, knowledge. In other words, God knows what we are, who we are, and what we are doing. And it says a little bit later,

"Behold I stand at the door, and knock. If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne."

The throne is the pineal gland. This is the crown of life. This is where that energy rises all the way to the spine, top of the spine, reaches the pineal gland, and divine sight is opened. This process is a combination of these two churches, Philadelphia and Laodicea (Ajna and Sahasrara in Sanskrit). When those two churches, or chakras, are awakened, clairvoyance and polyvoyance are awakened. This is the divine sight of the prophet who sees by the power of God in Daath - without ego.

The full completion of that process, when that process is fully accomplished, which is many stages, is symbolized in the six days of Genesis to create the complete man. If you read the sixth day of Genesis, this is the only day that God says is “very good.” The other days, He completes the work of that day and says, “And God saw that it was good.” And God saw. The “and” is the Vav through the spine. But on the sixth day He says, “It was very good.” It was tob me’od. The word “very” in Hebrew is written with Daleth-Aleph-Mem, the same letters as Adam. In other words, on the sixth day, when the completion of creation is done, Adam is restored back to Eden. And we have then a complete man.

So in synthesis, what we need to do is to perform that creation in ourselves, to return to the Tree of Knowledge, but to not eat the fruit. To enjoy the aroma, to enjoy all the benefits of it without eating it, which means to not indulge in it, but instead to restrain the senses, to control lust, to not be tempted by the serpent. When we accomplish that, day by day, we need to use that energy to eliminate our psychological problems, not outside – inside. It is these problems that filter our vision. We do not see the facts of our life, the truth of what is around us, because our perceptions are filtered by our resentments, by our memories, by our desires, by our fears. We only allow ourselves to see according to what we want to see. We do not want to see the truth, and that is why we are blind.

To see the truth, we have to awaken our Consciousness. This is possible for anyone to do, but we cannot do it alone. We have to follow the steps exactly, but we need help, and that help comes from inside. It comes from our own goodness, Chesed, Gedulah, but it also comes from Christ. You remember here in Revelation, it says at the seventh church,

    "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God."

This Amen is related with the upper triangle of the Tree of Life: Kether-Chokmah-Binah. This is the cosmic Christ, that illuminating force of light, the Ain Soph Aur, which illuminates everything. For us to see the light, to see what actually is, we need the help of that light, which is Christ. Christ is not outside. It is inside. That is something that we earn. We earn it by our works, by our deeds.

That help is symbolized here in the book of John. Jesus here represents Yeshua, which is the savior Christ. It is not Jesus the person. This story is symbolic.

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind (of the mysteries of the Sabbath) from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."

The meaning is:

"And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth (Blind because of the abuse of the Tree of Knowledge. Blind like Samson, who is seduced by Delilah, the night, Lilith, and who because of lust lost his strength, his power). And His disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus (Yeshua) answered, ‘Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.’"

If we know that karma, cause and effect, is the basis of everything, this man is blind, so why would he be blind if not for consequences? Jesus says he is not blind because of any sin, but that God’s work might be shown through him. The answer is, this man already eliminated the cause of that sin. He is blind, but he eliminated the ego, and so he is awaiting Christ to illuminate him. So it says,

"I (Christ) must work the works of him that sent me (and that is the Ain Soph Aur), while it is day (when the Son, the Christ, is there). The night (or Delilah) cometh (in Klipoth), when no man can work (for one cannot be on the path if in hell). As long as I (Christ) am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Do you remember Jesus says, “If thine eye be single, thy body will be full of light,” that is the world. When Christ is within, then we see and we have illuminated vision.

"When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And said unto him, ‘Go wash in the pool of Siloam.’ He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."

The ancient community of Siloam was built around the "serpent-stone", Zoheleth. The stone is related to Yesod, which means the foundation, and is the foundation or sorner stone mentioned in the Gospels. The serpent is within the stone, and awakens through transmutation of the sexual energy. Thus, Jesus tells the man to return to his sexual work.

Jesus healed the blind man’s sight, but with a very beautiful symbol. When Jesus spits on the ground, He is taking that sacred water from the mouth where the word emerges, the logos. That water is Shamayim, the superior waters of the upper Eden, which are related with Daath. If you remember from other lectures, there are two Edens, Daath related with Shamayim, which is usually translated as “heaven,” but means “fiery water” and the Mayim, or lower Eden in Yesod. That spit emerges from Daath through the throat of Jesus. This is the transmuted sexual fiery water, the guidance of Christ for an initiate, for someone who transmutes. That spit, that liquid fire, He places in the earth, adamah (which means ground, earth in Hebrew ) and this is where Adam is created.

Adam comes from the dust of the earth. This is how the soul is created, this is how Adam is created. That fiery water mixed with the earth, and then is extracted and heals the man’s sight. Do you see the beautiful symbolism? Completely kabbalistic. If you do not know Kabbalah, the story does not make any sense. Why would He spit on the guy’s eye with dirt? It doesn’t mean anything. But when you know what the kabbalistic symbols are, it is beautiful. It is showing this deep relationship of why these waters need to descend to the earth and rise again. This is the process of the path.

The path is hard, but only because we have made it hard. The aid of Christ is there for us if we take it. The path is only hard because of our own ego, which we made. And the more we delay, and the more we avoid it, the harder it becomes.

If we ignore the ego, we cannot control it. If we are ignoring what is happening in our subconscious mind, our unconscious mind, our infraconscious mind, then we are not in control, so we are blind: ignorant.

To receive the aid that this blind man received, we have to eliminate the ego. Jesus said it is not due to his sin, because that sin was already absolved. That man did not have any sin within himself anymore. He had done his part, and then Christ comes to illuminate him. This is possible for any of us, if we do our part.

Questions and Answers

Audience: …great descriptions of egos these days… new groups… New Age schools. They describe ego as illusion, and the antidote…is also illusion. And they say, “Why should we even bother?” And they seem to start, they say, “I will start from this point on to the future with upright thoughts, upright feelings, upright actions, compassion, love.” And they say, “Why should I care about what I did in the past if that is also illusion…is illusion in the past.” And to me it seems like the point that is missing there is that illusion in the past had a cause and effect, and it is stored in the subconscious because of that, and to somehow…ego, where it is subconsciously stored, is not beneficial to…

Instructor: It seems to me that their whole point of view is an illusion. You cannot dispel an illusion with an illusion. People who say that the ego is an illusion are people who lie to themselves and other people, who are not being sincere, and looking into themselves to see the causes of suffering.

There is a very important aspect of our tradition that I think deserves emphasis, which is that we do not make stuff up. Our point of view in studying this teaching is to analyze the most ancient teachings of this humanity, and to discover that practical truth that is within all of them. If you applied the same rigorous analysis to a lot of these New Age teachings, they would completely fall apart. They do not stand up to comparison to our ancient scriptures. They are revealed to be what they are, which is just marketing. Most of these New Age teachings are just clever marketing, that is all that they are. They contain no truth. They contain no ability to generate and sustain true change.

So, when we study Gnosis and we analyze this teaching, and we try to understand this teaching, it is in light of teachings that have been around for thousands of years, and teachings that have been not only delivered by great initiates, but utilized by great initiates, and proven. These new ideas that are coming out in bookstores now, nobody has proven them. They just sound good, but when put to the test, there is nothing there.

The fact remains that every great religion is explicit in its symbolism about the destruction of the ego. It is only nowadays that you have these groups saying that the destruction of the ego is not necessary. They are saying that because it sounds good. The thing is that people now are suckers for anything that sounds easy. We think, “If it sounds easy, and it sounds comfortable, I will do it, sure. Only $29.95, right? And if the talk show host is doing it, it must be good, right? We can believe talk show hosts because they know.” I am sorry, but for me personally, I would rather rely on Jesus or Buddha.

The Dalai Lama talks explicitly about eliminating the ego.

Audience: He says it is illusion.

Instructor: It is illusion, but it is real, too. This is the problem, and this is the same problem that certain Tibetan schools propagate. Yes, the ego is illusion, it is maya, but that does not mean it is without matter or energy. This is the fundamental problem that happened in Buddhism centuries ago, and in Hinduism, that caused a great split in various schools. This is this intellectual debate about truth. The problem is that when you analyze the scriptures like Vedanta or Madhyamaka or certain tantric scriptures that talk about the nature of maya, or illusion, they state very clearly, especially in the higher schools like Dzogchen, that "the ego is illusion, so it does not exist. It is not real. Therefore, we should just awaken Consciousness and disregard the ego." So a lot of these modern groups are taking that as their evidence.

What they fail to realize is that the teaching about the illusory ego belongs to the ninth yana, the highest Tantra, and to reach that you have to have first comprehended all the previous yanas (vehicles), which state that the ego is real and must be eliminated. So, how do you resolve that apparent contradiction? True Dzogchen, Mahamudra, or Taoist practitioners do not ignore the ego. Someone who has genuinely consciously reached the level of working at that level has developed right view, which is the capacity to perceive prajna, wisdom. Prajna is the ability to see the two truths simultaneously. That person recognizes that conventional truth exists and so does ultimate truth. In other words, you have a physical body, but it does not exist. And there is no contradiction. You do have a physical body, but it is mostly empty air. The ego is the same. You have an ego, but it doesn’t exist.

Audience: It is impermanent.

Instructor: Well, it is impermanent, but avoiding it does not cause it to cease to exist. This is the misconception. There are certain tantric Buddhist groups who teach this, that you do not need to worry about the ego. They say you just awaken your Consciousness, and do not worry about the ego. The result is they all awaken their Consciousness but in the ego, and they do not realize it. They awaken their Consciousness, but as demons, as devils.

Audience: The Dalai Lama said that the medicine is illusionary also, so it is like a magician that covers one illusion with another…

Instructor: It is true, but you have to see it at the level he is talking. He is talking about the highest Tantra Yoga , Dzogchen. From the perspective of Dzogchen, it is true. It is true, but until you can consciously with awakened Consciousness perceive that, you are wasting your time. This is why, in all the ancient times, throughout centuries, those teachings were hidden, because we who are asleep cannot understand it. We who are asleep, who are blind, who have no spiritual vision, hear that the ego is illusion, we think, “Oh, good. I am ready to go to heaven.” No. We are asleep, and those teachings were hidden because we cannot understand until we awaken our consciosuness and can see consciously what those teachings mean. When we awaken, we can understand it a little bit, but it is not easy. Dzogchen and Mahamudra and the teachings that relay that profound knowledge are very difficult to grasp, even with the Consciousness. With the intellect it is impossible, impossible. Unfortunately all these groups now are using those sacred teachings to mislead people.

Audience: On the flip side, can you tell us about the… groups who are saying that the teachings given here… are illusions themselves, they are not real, that it is just to control people, so that… give the excuse to continue… fornicate, continue to get angry, continue to… full of pride, continue to be envious, etc.

Instructor: The bottom line with both these cases is beautifully summarized in the conclusion of the book, The Perfect Matrimony. Samael Aun Weor had a very emotional and troubling experience in the internal worlds, through his awakened Consciousness.

"I remembered the lecture halls of some professors of occultism, always filled with thousands of people. I remembered the temples of the world, filled with thousands of human beings.  I remembered the lodges that call themselves Rosicrucian with their millions of affiliates.  Nonetheless, here, now, in the midst of an authentic temple of the White Lodge, the few who were present could be counted on the fingers of one hand.  Then I understood everything.  At first, many people came to our esoteric meetings.  As time passed, the number who attended notably decreased, and now only a few thirsty for wisdom and love were coming to us.  When I understood this, I spontaneously exclaimed, “The temples, lodges and schools of the world are always filled with many people, because Satan has enticed them.  However, only few are those who come into the temples of true divine wisdom.”  This is how I spoke, with a voice that did amaze me; thus, when I spoke, I noticed that the Superior of the temple was nodding in approval.  Then he added, “Thus, this is how it is, Satan has enticed them.”

Only a handful of people genuinely reach the light. It is not because of some Satan outside of us, it is the Satan inside of us who keeps us in darkness. We all have a billion reasons and justifications for why we avoid the real teaching.

All these groups have beautiful, intellectual, logical, very reasonable concepts behind their point of view. If you approach the teaching logically and reasonably, you will believe them. That is because the most dangerous demons work in the mind. The most dangerous forces that we face outside of us work through our mind, tempting our mind and getting our own mind to say, “Yeah, that makes sense. Why should I bother with all this stuff that Gnosis says? It is too hard.” This occurs because our own inner Satan is whispering, repeating what those outside sources said. So we tell ourselves, “ego is illusion, I will just forget about it.” Sounds easy. It is easy. You will awaken Consciousness that way, I guarantee it. If you avoid your ego but transmute your sexual energy, you will awaken Consciousness. You will have experiences and visions, but unfortunately, you will also enter into hell because the ego cannot go to heaven. That is the law. As beautiful a story as we may tell ourselves, and as sublime and attractive as our theory of religion might be, no idolater, no murderer, no fornicator, no thief, no covetousness, none of that can ascend into the higher realm. We have all of that within. Ignoring it does not get rid of it. Saying it is illusion does not get rid of it. Trying to be a good person day to day is great, but is does not get rid of the ego.

Let me ask you a question: if you suddenly realize that you have become lost in a very confusing and dangerous place, would you tell yourself that the threat of death and suffering is just an illusion? Would you just keep on going, hoping that by being a good person you will avoid the dangers that surround you? To me, this sounds insane. It would be foolish to walk blindly hoping to accidentally find our way out. Instead, we would be better off retracing our footsteps, so we can be sure to get out. By correcting our mistaken steps, we can find our way out. This is why we learn how to meditate: to retrospect our past actions and recover from our mistakes.

There is only one way to get rid of the ego, and that is by using a power that is superior to the mind. That power is the Divine Mother, the Kundalini, which is here, the Vav, the spinal column. That is where she works, through Bereshit, Genesis.

Audience: I am interested in elimination of the ego. You call upon the Divine Mother to do that for you. Is it better to do it when you are in sort of a state of Meditation, or can you do it without being in Meditation?

Instructor: Your Divine Mother is always with you. If you maintain constant awareness of Her, you will feel that more strongly. She is always with you, and if you are transmuting your energy and you are really trying to work on your ego, She is helping you. If you do not work on your ego, what can She do? If you are creating more ego and cultivating your desires and feeding your fears, and your pride, and your envy, She is still there, but She cannot save you, because you do not want it.

You can call on Her all the time, and you should, through prayer. Whether you call on Her in Meditation or out of Meditation, She can only eliminate an ego that you have fully comprehended. The reason is, that ego is enlivened and empowered by your Consciousness, meaning part of your soul is inside of it. When you have fully comprehended that ego, it means that you have fully extracted yourself from it. When you have fully understood it, when there is no way you can repeat that mistake because you are not in it anymore, then She can eliminate it. And you can pray for that. You can do it while you are standing, or meditating, or sleeping, it does not matter. It is dead already. That ego has no Consciousness in it. It is a shell. Then She can kill it. Until then, She cannot, because part of you is still in it. She does not want to hurt her child.

Audience: Could you please explain what is Yaldaboath (?)…

Instructor: I think we will come to that in another lecture. That is another lecture, just that question. Anything else?

Audience: …knowledge, Daath, is intellectual knowledge or…

Instructor: Daath is not intellectual knowledge. Daath is Gnosis, it is conscious knowledge. When you comprehend your ego, when you comprehend that your anger towards your relative is wrong, and that your anger causes you to be in pain and causes your relative to be in pain, and then you learn to love that relative and to not be angry with them, but to love them, then you have comprehended that ego and you have acquired Daath, Gnosis. Then you do not need to repeat that resentment. What is there then is love, not anger.

The same is true of every ego. Lust, fear. Let us say that you have lost your job. Money is dwindling, and you start to be very afraid. If you learn to do what you have to do, and to trust God to help you, and you keep at it so that eventually you do not feel the fear, but you start to feel faith, conscious faith, that is comprehension. It cannot be faked. You cannot get up and say, “Today I will be faithful in God. I will not be afraid.” You can say it, but that fear is still there, right?  You can say, “Oh, that fear is an illusion, I am not going to believe it.” That is fine, but it does not dispel the fear. What dispels the fear is real understanding of it, to look into the fear and say, “You know what, this fear really does not make any sense. I am on the path. I have my Being inside who knows what I need, who knows I need to eat and I need a place to live, and I need to be warm.  I need these things. He knows that. He wants me to do the work, he will give them to me. What do I need to worry about? Why should I be afraid?” And when you sincerely feel that, that is comprehension. That is not easy. There is no affirmation, there is no intellectual argument for that.

That is how you see the difference between Tob and Ra, the good and the evil. When you have real comprehension of an ego, the only way you can have that is if you are conscious, if you are centered and seated in that throne in the mind, in the brain, in the heart, in the sex, the throne of our own goodness, Gedulah, Chesed, our spirit. Our Consciousness is connected to that. And when we have our Consciousness present, here, and strong, that brings comprehension. And then we can see that that ego, that fear that is wanting us to become identified with fear, to be worried about where we are going to live, or how we are going to pay for this or that, or how are we going to do this, and what about whatever situation is troubling us.

This is a matter of perception, Ayin in Daath. When we start to see that, and experience that, that is Gnosis, that is Daath. That is real knowledge. You see, I talked about Ayin in the context of clairvoyance, but do not think that clairvoyance is only extra-physical. Every one of us is clairvoyant. Every image that flickers in your mind is clairvoyance. Every memory, every daydream, every fantasy, every projection, every thought is related to clairvoyance. Clairvoyance, or the power of sight, is this Ayin in the midst of Daath. So, according to how we see from moment to moment is according to how we perceive or comprehend. When the Consciousness is present in us, we rely on God in us, we rely on the path of Tob, of goodness, in order to see Ra, the impure spirit inside. This is why we need to self-remember, to self-observe, to meditate.

Audience: Can you talk about labeling, because what happens is many students label the ego… is this is comprehension. This goes on all the time in Meditation…forms of…comprehension.

Instructor: The key point, the key foundation or basis for right view is to not have any preconception, to really be conscious, to really see things as they are. You cannot expect to see anything. You have to see what is there. But in us we have a mind that is full of projections, full of images and filters that we see through.

When you first went to the place you live now, it looked very strange to you. It looked very odd, but as you live there, you stop seeing it. You do not even see it anymore after a while, because what is there is there, but what you see is what is in your mind.

This is the simple reason why when you are going to leave, you cannot find your keys, you cannot find your wallet, because you are seeing a picture in your mind that does not relate to what is actually there. You think you left it on the counter, but you actually left it in the other room; you are projecting an image that has nothing to do with the reality.

We do this all the time. We do it when we dream. We are not seeing the actual reality in front of us. This is this Ayin that is seeing through the asleep Consciousness, filtered through projections in the mind.

When we learn Gnosis, we do the same thing. We learn the teaching, we build a whole series of mental projections about that teaching and what we think it is. And so we no longer see it for what it actually is. And this is why people become fanatics, people become attached, they become followers, but not doers. There are many Gnostics like that, many Buddhists and Christians and Jews. They have a lot of mental concepts, but they do not see what is actually there.

When we learn to meditate, we still do this. We observe ourselves and we feel a discursive emotion, and we say, “That is anger,” and we label it. And we go on about our business thinking that we saw it for what it was, but really all we did is, we got scared and we put a label on it and ran away. This is what happens. When the ego is really there for us to see it, we do not want to see it because it is scary and it is uncomfortable.

Audience: …it’s a form of Meditation that notes ego…

Instructor: This is why the science of Meditation is so incredibly important. When you really develop the ability to meditate, you learn how to position the Consciousness in such a way that it does not become distracted by anything, and you will see what is there without blinking, without looking away. This has nothing to do with labels, this is to see it as it is.

This relates to the stages of pratyahara, dharana, and dhyana in Raja Yoga . Patanjali outlined this very well, if you read the Yoga sutras of Patanjali or you can read Vivekananda or Swami Sivananda or Samael. All of them explain these stages very clearly. These are not intellectual, they are stages of conscious perception within which, by the time you reach dhyana and will penetrate samadhi, your Consciousness has become capable of seeing without filters. That is what samadhi is. You do not really see without filters until you penetrate samadhi, until you enter into that state. The filters are the ego, so until you are in samadhi, you are in the ego. So what is the point of labeling? An ego cannot label an ego.

Audience: But in the beginning stages of a student he has to label to quiet the mind, there is no way to...

Instructor: There are techniques that you can use like that, that use labeling and that is fine. There is nothing wrong with that. That is fine, but we are talking about a psychological tendency of labeling, a projection. Anyway, we could talk for hours about that. There is a lot to it.

Audience: What is clairvoyance?

Instructor: Clairvoyance is just an exotic word for imagination. It is the same thing. Clairvoyance is French, it means, “clear vision.” So, any time you use your imagination, you are using clairvoyance. But we have different kinds of imagination, right? Most of the time, our imagination is egotistical. We imagine what we want, or what we do not want. We daydream about our fantasies or our fears. But through learning how to direct attention and cultivate will over the Consciousness, will over imagination, we learn conscious willpower, conscious clairvoyance, which is an ability to perceive without filters of the ego. To see with that same power of imagination, but to see what actually exists. And this is the great power of the Ayin in Daath, is to see knowledge and to have comprehension, to see what is, not what we would like, but what is.

The knowledge that we seek to understand is symbolized in the book of Genesis as a tree whose fruit Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat.

    Now the Lord God took the man, and He placed him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to guard it. And the Lord God commanded man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat. But of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat of it, for on the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die." - Genesis 2:15-17

Adam and Eve make the mistake of being tempted by the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and from that moment suffering began. If we look at it historically, all of the suffering that we have, the suffering of death, of age, of illness, of pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain, began with that mistake. But we know that every symbol in the Bible and all the great scriptures holds more than one meaning, and in the Gnostic tradition, we go deeper than the literal meaning and penetrate into the other levels that are hidden from those who are not specially educated or initiated.

The recitals of the law are the vestment of the law. Woe to him who takes that vestment for the law itself! David had this in mind when he said: Open Thou my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law (Psalms 119, 18), i.e., what is hidden under the cloak of this law." There are foolish people who, when they see a man covered with fine clothes, look no further than the garment, and yet it is the body that lends value to the clothes; and still more precious is the soul. The law also has its body. There are commandments that may be called the body of the law, and the ordinary recitals which are mingled with them are the clothes which cover the body. The simple-minded take heed of nothing but the vestments or the recitals of the law; they know nothing else, and do not see what is hidden under this garment. The well-informed think not of the vestment, but of the body that the vestment covers. Finally, the wise, servants of the Supreme King, they who dwell upon the heights of Sinai, think of the soul only, which is the foundation of all the rest, and which is the law itself, and in time to come they will be prepared to contemplate the spirit of that spirit which breathes in the law." - Zohar , part III, fol. 152a

In Bershit / Genesis, the original Hebrew says Daath Tob vey Ra, which means “knowledge of good and evil,” and the Hebrew letters in this phrase hide a lot of important meanings.

Those of us who have some background in the Jewish or Christian religions are familiar with the story of the man and woman in the primeval garden, who, it is said, were there in complete innocence and happiness, without any manner of suffering or death. It seems a fairly common understanding that if you have a story about a naked man and a naked woman in a beautiful garden, somehow sex must be part of the picture; there must be a sexual aspect. Yet, unfortunately for many centuries, public religions have failed to explain the sexual symbolism hidden in this ancient story. This is much to the detriment of this world, because in fact an in depth understanding of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil is precisely the doorway out of suffering. It is the doorway back to Eden.  We know this is true because the first letter of Daath (knowledge) is Daleth, which in the Hebrew language symbolizes a door; this is the doorway back to Eden. It is through knowledge, through Daath or Gnosis (Greek for knowledge), that this fallen humanity can return to a state of happiness, a state of ecstasy or bliss, which in Hebrew is Eden. The word Eden literally means bliss or pleasure. This again points out to us that the garden of Eden and the story of the Tree of Knowledge must have something to do with sex. The very name Eden means pleasure.

The Duality of Knowledge

The second letter in this word Daath is Ayin, which as a symbol on its own means “to know, to experience, to see, to perceive.” It has two Iods at the top of its shape, which can represent the eyes; not necessarily the physical eyes, but that manner in which we perceive, and gain experience or knowledge.

As we discussed in the previous lecture, Ayin has a duality, it has a dual potential, also represented in its structure of two parts. Daath, this doorway of knowledge, can lead to good or evil, Tob or Ra. Ayin symbolizes this duality, and is why in Kaballah we know that Ayin is the pathway to either iniquity or to modesty (Chastity). These two words in Hebrew start with Ayin.

    Avon: iniquity
    Anava: modesty / Chastity

The Ayin represents two paths also. In reality, this is one path but which goes either up or down. This path is sexual.

    Avon: iniquity, the path of Fornication, the path of death, the path of Ra [the impure spirit].
    Anava: Modesty or Chastity, the path of Tob [goodness], the path of Gedulah and Geburah.

The Ayin is the heart of Daath. These are the two sides of Daath.

tavThe third letter is Tav, which is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet, the twenty-second letter, which contains the entire alphabet. All the mysticism of Kaballah is hidden within the Tav. It is the seal of the covenant, the stamp that wraps everything together, and this is why this letter Tav in Kaballah is also said to be dual. Both of these words end in Tav:

    Emeth: truth
    Maveth: death

Here again the Kaballah hides in its very letters the two ways that Daath (knowledge) can take us.

If we meditate upon these symbols, we can easily come to the realization that there are two paths available to us through sex. If Daath, knowledge is sexual, than there are two ways to use it:

    Tob (good; pure)
    Ra (evil; impure)

We have further evidence that knowledge (Daath) or “to know” is sexual: by the use of the word knowledge in the Bible.

    Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain... - Genesis 4:1

    And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS...

    Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? - Luke 1:30-34

Knowledge implies sexual knowledge.

We do not study this just for the sake of theory or because it is interesting. We study this because we are tired of suffering.  We study this because we want a fundamental change in our experience of life.  We want a fundamental change in our experience of death. We want to know.  We want knowledge, Daath.  Therefore, this knowledge of Daath is very practical, and when applied in our daily life can render great change if we use it wisely; but we need to understand the difference between Tob and Ra.  We need to understand the symbolism of Adam and Eve in this book, in this great kabbalistic symbol.

Every symbol has multiple levels of meaning. Adam and Eve have a literal meaning related to ancient humanity who made a mistake; Adam and Eve also have a physical meaning related to our physical body and its energetic counterpart. In this context, Adam represents the brain. Adam, our mind, is tempted by our inner Eve, which is the sexual organs. Our mind is tempted because it likes pleasure, and is tempted by the fruit of sex (Daath) through Eve (the sexual organs), who, in turn is tempted by the serpent, Lucifer which is a symbol of our own inner tempter, our own inner Satan.

Adam and Eve also represent husband and wife.  Through the cooperation of a man and a woman, the return to Eden can occur.  For that, however, we have to know the laws of Eden, and how to come back into harmony with those laws so that we can return to Eden. Knowing how to discriminate between Tob and Ra is of critical importance.

Tob means good or goodness. To be in harmony with the laws of Eden is to follow Tob. The three letters of Tob (Teth, Vav, and Beth) contain that knowledge. Tob, good, goodness, relates to our own inner Spirit, Chesed: love or goodness. Chesed is our inner Being, our inner Spirit; but unfortunately we have been under the illusion of the serpent and have fallen into the path of Ra.

Ra does not mean evil in the sense of a great villain like from the movies. Ra means “the impure spirit,” pollution: psychological pollution, spiritual pollution. It is made of the two letters Reish and Ayin. This is the negative Ayin of iniquity and death. Ra, pollution, and is specifically sexual. Specifically, Ra refers to sexual crimes committed in the temple of God, which is our own selves.

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor a person who commits extortion will inherit the kingdom of God.” - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

All of these named here are egos, desires. People tend to read this passage literally, as if it is an indication towards particular people. What we fail to realize is that all of us have Ra within, that impure spirit, and all of us have these different desires or latent tendencies in our own mind. Every one of us has the elements of Adultery in our own mind, because all of us have broken the commandment that Jesus explained beautifully in the Gospel:

    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

It is explicitly clear that this is a form of Adultery, and all of us are guilty, so we cannot claim that other people are adulterers while we are.  That element is in our mind, and the same is true of Fornication and idolatry. To be an idolater is to worship anything other than God. We do not really worship God; we worship our pride, we worship our need for security, we worship our personality, we worship money, we worship our fear, we enthrone our memories, our resentments. We have many elements in our own mind that we idolize, we worship, and these are all because of the influence of Ra, the impure spirit.  Ra is our own egotistical psyche.

So many religions fail to address why the Tree of Knowledge is sexual. There are so many contradictions in religions and in the teachings of our modern theories. What this teaching tells when we look into its depth is that in the beginning God placed a man and a woman side by side in Eden (blissfulness).  Only because of falling to temptation were the man and the woman ejected from Eden, and that is when death and suffering began.  This tells us is that there is a secret knowledge available between man and woman – it is this knowledge of Daath. Yet, it is very strange that so many religions now reject the union of man and woman as a path to God. For centuries, they have said that a person needs to be alone, to be a so-called “celibate.” This is nowhere demonstrated in the Bible or in any religion, except when Paul was explaining some very subtle things which are greatly misunderstood, about being a eunuch. Jesus spoke of this also, and we have discussed this at length in a course called The Sacraments of the Gnostic Church. I point this out because in order to understand this path of Tob, we have to recall that marriage is a sacrament: a sacred act. Marriage, the union of man and woman, is part of the divine laws of nature.  It is the basis of creation; creation occurs because of the union of man and woman. Without that union, there is no creation. Likewise, the soul cannot be created unless a man and woman unite. This is how Jesus explained it: that we must be born again.

    There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

    Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. - John 3:1-7

This is the second birth, which is the result of the path of Tob. This is why Tob ends in the letter Beth. Beth is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, but it is also the letter that begins the Bible:

Genesis (creation) begins with the letter Beth. This is the letter of the Divine Mother, she who has the Immaculate Conception. This can only occur between a man and a woman. There is no other way. It is written:

    Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. - Hebrews 13:4

This statement very clearly illustrates the two ways to use sexual knowledge (Daath). In other words, the Bible says that marriage is honorable (Tob) if it is undefiled.  But if it is defiled,  by Fornication, Adultery, lust, by Ra, the iniquitous spirit that tempts the mind through sex to indulge in eating the fruit, then God will judge.

We need to recall that the very first miracle that Jesus performed to demonstrate his mastery was at a wedding. This is no accident; it is not happenstance.  It is because the wedding is sacred, and in the wedding is found the heart and root of his teaching, which unfortunately was excised out of the Bible by ignorant people, and only shards of it remain in the Bible.

This teaching that he gave at the wedding was to transform water into wine; what is the wine? It is the wine of the Eucharist, the blood of Christ: it is Shamayim, Hebrew for the fiery water that descends from above. When that water is transformed through sexual transmutation, Christ can save.

    He that have faith [pisteuō] in me [Christ], as the scripture hath said, out of his abdomen [koilia] shall flow rivers of living water [all life emerges from the sexual water]. - John 7:38

Christ saves through the fire in the water. The fire is force of the Spirit.

The Creative Fire

    For the Lord your God is a consuming fire... - Deut 4:24

Jesus taught the path of our inner Father, to love our own God with all of our heart and mind and strength, with all of our soul. This inner Father is our own inner Ruach Elohim.

    In the beginning [Bereishit] of Elohim's creation of the heavens and the earth.

    Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God [Ruach Elohim] was hovering over the face of the water. - Genesis 1:1-2

In the very beginning of the Bible we read about the days of Genesis, which symbolize the creation of the man, creation of our own spiritual being, how we walk through Initiation. The one who hovers over the sexual waters is the spirit of the Elohim: the Ruach Elohim. This is our own inner Being. The Spirit of the Elohim is Chesed, goodness, love, mercy, our inner Spirit, our own individual inner Father.  Every person has their own inner Father, and that inner Father is a particle or a spark of the great Blaze, which we call God. Our own Inner Father is God. It is individual in us, and every one in us has that within, but undeveloped, and the collection of them all is that great unknowable divinity. This is how we see that polytheism and monotheism are actually the same thing. But to get to the point, what is hidden here when we analyze Tob and its relation with the Ruach Elohim, that Spirit that hovers over the waters, if you add up the numerical values of the Hebrew letters of the name Ruach Elohim, the result is three hundred. The number three hundred in Hebrew letters is Shin. The letter Shin symbolizes fire.

The letter Shin looks like a trident that has three points. It looks like a flame or a fire. It has three Hebrew letters Iod at the top. Those three points are the trinity:

    Kether, Chokmah, and Binah
    the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
    Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
    the first, the second, and the third Logoi, which in their union are the Solar Logos, the Cosmic Christ, the great blaze, the fire of life, the fire of life.

When it descends from those ineffable worlds above, first manifests as Spirit, Chesed, Tob, goodness, our inner Father who is that Spirit hovering over the waters ready to create. Shin represents that fire of divinity. It is all these levels above related with Briah and Atziluth. Through those supernal worlds of Kabbalah, emerges Daath, and from Daath emerges Shin.

Shin is deeply related with Binah, the third Sephirah, which is the Holy Spirit. It is in that third Sephirah, which is a three–in–one. We can see its structure: three points in one shape.  Binah is the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit always appears as a fire, as a great blaze.

    And Iod-Hei-Vau-Hei went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night... - Exodus 13:21

    And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they [the Apostles] were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind (Aleph), and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire (Shin), and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit (Binah)... - Acts 2:2-4

This is the Holy Spirit, the creative and destructive power of God, which is fire.

When that force manifests, it does so through Daath, the upper Eden, which in Hebrew is called Shamayim.

Shamayim is usually translated as “heaven” in the Bible, but literally it is Shin – Mem – Iod –Mem, which means “fiery waters.”

The fiery water is the upper Eden, Daath. In the Bible, God separates the waters from the waters, the superior from the inferior.

And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water [mayim], and let it be a separation between water and water." And God made the expanse and it separated between the water that was below the expanse and the water that was above the expanse, and it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven [Shamayim]... - Genesis 1:6-8

The lower waters (mayim: Mem-Iod-Mem) are the lower Eden, related the sexual organs. The upper waters (Shamayim: Shin-Mem-Iod-Mem) are the upper Eden, related to Daath and the Holy Spirit. The difference between them is Shin: the fire.

It is through the fire that God creates and destroys.

This is the power of Shin in the Shamayim, which is separated from the Mayim of Yesod, the lower Eden, which is sex.  There is a deep relationship between these two.

Throughout the Bible we find scriptures telling us that God is fire. In Deuteronomy, it says “for the Lord your God is a consuming fire.”  In the book of Matthew, John the Baptist says: “He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire who’s fan is in his hand and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the garner that he will burn up the chaffe with unquenchable fire.”  In Luke it says: “I am come to send fire on the Earth.”

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. - 1 Corinthians 3:13-17

Daath, the knowledge of good and evil, is the knowledge of fire: how to use the fire. That fire is sexual. Those who have reached maturity know that fire is sexual, because it boils the blood. When our sexual fire is activated, it is because the Shin from above is stirring the waters of the mayim in our sexual organs. It is thorugh sex that we have the power to create as Gods. This is because in our sex is the Shin, the fire of creation.

Yet, because we have the impure spirit alive in our mind, when the sexual fire boils our blood, the tempter is there in our psyche and physiology calling for that energy, tempting us. Temptation is fire, but remember: light comes from fire. If we want the light for our Consciousness, we take it from fire. When we conquer temptation, we transform that fire into light. This is what the teachings of are all about: how to transform that sexual fire into light.

In Hebrew , fire is Esh, which is spelled Aleph-Shin.

Shin by itself can represent fire, but as the word fire, we put the Aleph first.  Why? Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Aleph is a sacred letter that represents the upper spheres on the Tree of Life. It is one of the mother letters of creation, and represents the element of air. Shin represents fire, and for fire to burn, there must be air. For God to create, God first has to inhale.

    And God [inhaled, then] said, "Let there be light," and there was light. - Genesis 1:3

What is exceedingly curious and overlooked by centuries of theologians, scholars, and debaters is this word Esh (fire) in the Bible, and how hidden and how beautiful it is when you see the meaning. Many hundreds of years ago, Rabbi Akiba gave the clue:

    “If husband and wife are deserving, Gods presence dwells in their midst; if they are not deserving, fire devours them.”

The Hebrew word for man is Ish: Aleph-Iod-Shin. If you put a Iod into the fire, you make a man.

If you remove the Iod, you are left with fire, Esh. The Iod symbolizes the phallus, the masculine sexual organ.  It also symbolizes a man or a person.

Furthermore, the Hebrew word for Woman is Isha: Aleph-Shin-Hei.

The Hei in Hebrew letters symbolize the womb, the uterus. If you take the Hei out of the word woman, the fire remains.  So in the very basis of man and woman the fire remains and what distinguishes them are the sexual organs, Iod and Hei.  These two letters are the first two letters of the divine name of God:

Iod-Hei-Vau-Hei: man + woman, phallus + uterus: sex.

Within every man there is fire; within every woman there is fire. If man and woman know the knowledge of Daath, the path of Tob, they can take advantage of that fire in order to walk the path, to be in harmony and to enter Eden. If they do not know this knowledge, then the fire burns them. We see this is true: the fire of sex is at the root of so much pain, so much suffering, and yet we continue to believe that we can indulge in our desires and continue to ignore these fundamental truths.

If these two fires are brought together in the path of Tob, in purity, those fires are united and transformed and become the basis for creation.

    And the Lord God built the side that He had taken from man into a woman, and He brought her to man.

    And man said, "This time, it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one shall be called isha (woman) because this one was taken from ish (man)."

    Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

    Now they were both naked, the man and his wife, but they were not ashamed. - Genesis 2

When ish and isha become one flesh, they can create like God. They become the basis for Genesis within Bereishit. This is why they are not ashamed: they obey the law and dwell in Eden, in pure sexuality, without shame, suffering, or death. But when they become tempted by desire, they are destroyed by the fire, and Ra emerges.

The Kabbalistic tradition says that it is impossible to put this fire out.  You cannot, because the fire is life. Life itself is this fire.  It cannot be quenched.  It either needs to be maintained or destroyed: it may not burn fast, it may be slow, but it is a fire.  It requires great intelligence (Binah) to manage it properly.

The Kabbalists state that if one leaves the fire as it is and does not take conscious control over it in accordance with the divine law, it is impossible to manage because it generates evil (Ra). In other words, if someone tries to avoid the sexual fire as in so-called celibacy, that fire destroys. We have seen plenty of that in recent decades, witnessing so-called celibates who become child molesters and abuse other people sexually, or who become tyrants. In fact, misuse of the sexual fire was the root of the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition; those so-called celibates were unable to utilize their sexual energy properly and it rotted their minds, making them violent fanatics. That is why they committed so many horrible acts of violence.

That sexual fire, if not managed, becomes the source of Ra, evil or the impure spirit. Whether the sexual fire is indulged in or repressed, it becomes evil. The only way to use that sexual fire properly is through the path of Tob, which means to take a hold of that serpent and control it by will. That is not an easy task, but there is no other way.

The Offering of Fire

In the Bible, the woman is not called Eve until after being cast out of Eden. Previous to the expulsion from Eden, Adam and Eve are called Ish and Isha. The word for woman (Isha) can actually be pronounced another way; there are multiple ways of pronouncing the same letters. If you say Aleph-Shin-Hei as Isha, it means “woman.” If you say Aleph-Shin-Hei as Ishe, it means “offering of fire.”

Previous to the woman being tempted by the serpent, she is called Ishe: offering of fire. She is not called Eve, she is called fire offering. Why is that?

Remember that the man and the woman have literal significance, but also psychological and physiological meaning. These symbols relate to our body. Our Malkuth, our physical body, is feminine. That sephirah is feminine. The woman represents our sexual organs, while the man represents our brain.  Previous to eating the fruit, the woman is an offering of fire. In other words, the sexual organs are returning the sexual energy back to God. They are offering that fire to God. They are not abusing the Tree of Knowledge.  Ishe means fire offering.  The woman symbolizes sexual transmutation: harmony with the law, and respect for the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, sex. In other words, within the body of a person who dwells in Eden, their own Isha is Ishe: the own sexual organs are an offering of fire. The sexual fires are not used by Ra, the impure spirit, but by Tob, the Goodness, our Being.

It is only after she eats the fruit that she receives her name:

    And the man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all life. - Genesis 3:20

In other words, that sexual fire that was previously going inwards and upwards to illuminate the soul and give life to the Tree of Life within, is now descending outwards to create physically, outside. Because of that, they were cast out of Eden.

This secret about the fire is the basis of Tantra, and is the ancient basis of all religions, which in their heart are all religions of fire. This is why fire has always been a significant aspect of any ritual or offering: the fire represents the sexual light that must be returned to God so that it can create within us, instead of outside of us.

Within us we have the Mayim, the sexual waters within our body, over which hovers the Ruach Elohim (which equals Shin, fire). Everyday, that Mayim in our physical body receives Shin, the fire of God, as sexual fire. That fire stirs the blood sexually. This is how we have a sexual drive. The sexual fire is generated every day.

When the man and woman unite and do not eat the fruit, in other words, they connect sexually and through willpower restrain the sexual forces, guiding them through remembrance of God, prayer, and love for each other, their water and fire mix and form a very combustible element called Schamayim: the superior waters, the fiery waters. In this moment, the couple has the power to create through Daath. Yet, that power is dual: the create through Tob or Ra. If they eat “the fruit of the tree,” the water is cast out and the the fire is extinguished. That fire polarizes negatively and becomes Ra. If they do not eat the fruit, the water is not released, the energies are retained and saved, and are returned inwards and upwards, up the spinal column, symbolized by the letter Vav.

This why the Vav is the central character in the word Tob.  The Vav symbolizes the spinal column, and it is through the spinal column that God creates. Vav is used in a sentence to say, “and.” This is why in the Bible it says:

    And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

    And God saw the light that it was good, and God separated between the light and between the darkness.

    And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night, and it was evening and it was morning, one day.

    And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the water, and let it be a separation between water and water."

Every “and” is a Vav: the spinal column. Genesis is a symbolic explanation of how to create the man in Eden: through the spinal column.

In addition, after any ritual in the West, people always say “Amen” to seal the ritual.  Amen has three letters: Aleph-Mem-Nun. In Hebrew , this word is called El Melech Naaman, which means “God, the faithful king” (El for Aleph, Melech for Mem, and Naaman for Nun).

People say “Amen” as a seal or covenant in order to conquer their inner Ra.  You say “Amen” through your throat (Daath) as a seal over Ra, and it becomes Amen-Ra, the name of the Solar Logos in the Egyptian tradition. Amen – Ra, where that RA is transformed and purified, made clean.  Amen-Ra represents how the Three Forces revert the Ra back to a state of purity.

In the Hebrew letters of Amen, the Aleph is the Air and the Mem is the water.  The Spirit (Aleph) is hovering over the waters (Mem) right there in the Amen. The letter Nun represents “life.” The letter Nun symbolizes a fish, the fish of Jonah, the ‘leviathan,’ the fish which is the ancient symbol of Christianity.

The Nun is hidden in the seed, the sperm, the semen, the sexual energy. It is through the Nun, the fish in the waters, the semen, that life emerges, and the Nun is part of the Amen. What we need to understand is that the Nun (which is also the final letter of the word Eden) is that force of life that descends and ascends through the spine.

If you spell out the letters for Nun (Nun, Vav, Nun Sophit), that word means “the superior light.”  This is the light that emerges from the fire of Shin, if we follow the path of Tob. So you see, there are many correspondences hidden in these letters and in these words - very deep meanings, which take a lot of Meditation to penetrate.

"And a river went out of Eden to water the garden" (Gen. ii. 10). This river, proceeding out of the secret place of the Most High, never ceases to flow down upon the world or the garden, as it is termed. This secret place of its origin or fount is symbolized by B, the first letter in the book of Genesis. It includes in itself all the other letters and symbolizes also the river which gives life to all things. The secret place resembles a narrow path most difficult to discover and walk therein, yet bestudded with many priceless gems.” - Zohar

The secret place is Daath,  the river emerges from the upper Eden and flows to the lower Eden, which we reach through sex.  Eden means “bliss,” so that river represents the waters of sex. That river creates all life and gives life to all things, and that secret place is a narrow path “most difficult to discover.”

    Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:14

That narrow gate is Daath and is reached through the river that flows down through Yesod.

“From it proceed two great life forces, indicated by the word ha-shamayim (the two heavens) and used in scripture to denote the source of this mystic river. The words that follow after, viz., "veath haaretzs" (and the earth) possess a mystical meaning, implying that the mystic river flowing down from the heavens on to the earth will bring with its waters peace and salvation to mankind, which will in their realization be the first fruits when heaven and earth become united and blended together.” - Zohar

This passage reveals the meaning of many symbols in the Bible and other scriptures. The synthesis of it is that from Eden flows the river that brings peace and salvation IF we follow the path of Tob: not eating the fruit of the tree.  If not, if those waters are cast out of our earth (body). If the sexual fruit is abused, then those waters which flow from the Shamayim to Mayim in Yesod flow outwards and downwards and form Ra, the impure spirit, which in the Tree of Life is called Klipoth, or Hell.  In other words, the river that emerges from Eden becomes the rivers that flow in Hell.

Dante described the rivers in Hell, and they are described in the Aeneid and in many other books from different mythologies. Those rivers in Hell are the waters of the same river that emerges from Eden.  It is that fiery water that emerges from Heaven, but when misused creates the fiery pit of Hell: Ra.

This is all hidden in the scripture. It does not mean that this is physical or literal, outside of us, and this is the key point. This is all psychological. This is what happens to us when we abuse sex. We can observe it in our own life when we fall under the temptation of the serpent who tempts us through sex. Our own inner Isha (woman, the sexual organs), gives in to the temptation to have sex in spite of the divine law. That law says “thou shalt not fornicate. Thou shalt not adulterate.” Yet our desires (the serpent) tempt the sexual organs (Isha, woman) who want to taste the sexual fruit (orgasm) and so she tempts our brain (Ish, the man), who uses reasoning to justify his interest in fulfilling his desire. When we fall into that temptation and we commit that sexual act, the sexual water that flows down from Heaven that gives us life flows out of its proper place in us psychologically, and that sexual fire burns us. Those heavenly waters become the waters of Hell: the fires of Shin burn us psychologically.

Every one who has become sexually active has experienced that transformation. What does that burn feel like? It is not physical, it is psychological. What is the first sign that we should know of this?  It is in the Bible.  As soon as Adam and Eve ate the fruit, what did they feel?

    "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I am naked; so I hid." - Genesis 3:10

Shame. They felt ashamed. They wanted to hide. All of us who have committed this mistake have tried to hide it, even from ourselves. But some of us hide it in funny ways.  Many people just hide it altogether.  They do not want to talk about it, they do not want to think about it, they want to forget that they made the mistake.  This is avoidance or repression.  But on the opposite side of the pendulum are those people who boast of it. They trying to hide their guilt and shame by getting other people to accept them, to admire them, to envy them.  But it is driven by guilt.  It is a form of shame that is externalized as pride.

The expulsion from Eden happens in us everyday, and is a mistake that everyone is making because no one is educated in Daath.  Because of that, suffering multiplies.  To return to Eden, to go back into that bliss, we need to control those fires and make our Isha, our sexual organs, into Ishe, a fire offering. In other words, we need to take those forces and give them back to God, to let God take control of that part of our life.

This is another interesting thing about our psychology: many people are very spiritual except when it comes to sex.  Many people love Jesus or Krishna or Buddha, but do not want to think about Jesus or Krishna or Buddha when they are in the bedroom. Why? God made sex; why should we be ashamed of it?  We are ashamed of sex because we know in our heart of hearts that we abuse it. When we learn how to respect the Tree of Knowledge in ourselves, we learn how to retain those fires. In other words, we stop fornicating.


If you look in any book of etymology, most will tell you that Fornication comes from an old word from the fourteenth century: fornix, which means “a vaulted archway.”  Yet, that is not the actual root, that is not the whole root.  It is only a branch of it.  The actual root of that word is Gwere, from an ancient Anglo-Saxon language. Gwere is the root of many common words, such as “to heat, to warm, to burn.” Fornication comes from the same root as the word furnace or oven. This makes sense when you know about about this teaching and the role of fire.

When a couple or an individual abuses the sexual waters, that fiery water and that water is expelled through the orgasm: this results in a fire that burns, fire that harms. That is Fornication: the furnace, the fire, that burns.

How do we know this so? This is the secret doctrine that has long been hidden. Yet, there is ample evidence of it in the scriptures.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. - 1 John 3:9

What is the seed? The Nun, the fish, the seed of life, the germ, the sperm, the semen, the sexual water. He cannot sin because he is born (again) of God, be means of retaining the sexual seed.

    A man from whom there is a discharge of semen, shall immerse all his flesh in water, and he shall remain unclean until evening. And any garment or any leather [object] which has semen on it, shall be immersed in water, and shall remain unclean until evening. A woman with whom a man cohabits, whereby there was [a discharge of] semen, they shall immerse in water, and they shall remain unclean until evening. - Leviticus 15:16-18

Uncleanliness, impurity, Ra, comes from sexual emission: orgasm.

It is explicit in the Bible, and yet for centuries people avoid these passages because they do not want to face the facts of what is written there.

    Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [his desires], and take up his [sexual] cross, and follow me. - Matthew 16:24

Jesus said anyone who would seek to follow his path must first deny themselves. That is the denial of our own inner fornicators, our adulterers, our idolaters, our ego, our own Ra. When we do that, we begin to take control over those energies.  By means of this, we begin to develop the capacity to walk in the fire without being burned.

    Then King Nebuchadnezzar was bewildered and stood up in haste. He shouted and said to his leaders, "Did I not cast three men into the fiery furnace, bound?" They answered and said to the king, "The king is true."

    He called out and said, "Behold, I see four free men walking in the midst of the fire, and there is no wound upon them, and the form of the fourth one is like [that of] an angel."

    Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the gate of the burning, fiery furnace. He shouted and said, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, the servants of the Most High God! Step out and come!" Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. - Daniel 3

This is a symbol related to transmutation.

In ancient times, the beginners who were being introduced into this knowledge would go through a period of sexual abstention or Chastity.  In Sanskrit, this state is called Brahmacharya. This is a period of preparation for marriage within which the individual begins to train themselves to enter into the sacrament of sexual union. This is where we got the basis of so-called celibacy. There are two main times: one is before marriage, the other is after. In the Bible, Paul addresses these two states.  People misunderstand what he wrote. Nonetheless, Paul exhorted his students to maintain their Chastity:

    ...they that have wives be as though they had none... - I Corinthians 7:29

Meaning: to continue to save the sexual energy, even though one enters into the sexual act.

Jesus states quite clearly in the Bible how to be a Eunuch for God. Nonetheless, whether we are single or married, the teaching is very clear.  In the Bible it is written in Thessalonians:

Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from Fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit (sex). - 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

In other words, sex comes from God, but sex used in the right way for sanctification.

So how does upright sexuality work? We know that through eating the forbidden fruit through the emission or ejaculation, those energies are cast out of the body. If the sexual energy is retained, the fires are retained, and this is the basis of Taoism, Tantra, and Daath. These traditions teach us to hold that force, transmute it, and use it. This is why the book of Revelation says:

    And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God...

    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 eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. - Revelation 3

“To buy gold tried in the fire” is to utilize these fires of Shin in sex, to remove the impurities.  This is what you do when you put gold in the fire: you melt it to take all the impurities out. This is the ancient symbol of Alchemy: the Chemistry of God, which is to extract the impurities and make pure gold, the Gold of Spirit, the Gold of the Solar bodies, the Mercabah, the chariot of God.

“That thou mayest be rich” is to be rich in Spirit. When we have accumulated the Gold of the Spirit, we become spiritually rich. The Spirit is our own inner Father, to have that within, instead of being filled with the spiritual emptiness and pain that we have now.

The white raiment “that thou mayest be clothed” is the soul, the wedding garment that is required in order to attend the feast of the lamb.

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. - Matthew 22

That thy shame of thy nakedness do not appear. Remember the shame and the nakedness of Adam and Eve: right now, we are not clothed. We all live with this spiritual shame everyday. Yet, through transmutation and the proper use of sexual energy, that shame is removed. Then there is no shame about sex.  Then, we approach sex with honor with sanctity in remembrance of God. Then, we can stand before anyone, including God, with honor and dignity. We can return into Eden, spiritual bliss.

“And anoint thine eyes with eyesolve.” This relates to the story from the previous lecture, where Jesus places the spit of his mouth mixed with soil on the eyes of the blind man to heal him. This healing is related with the letter Ayin, the sight, how we see and know and experience. Through the transmutation of the sexual energy, our inner sight is restored, our connection with God is returned.

Remember in the Bible when the man and the woman are cast out of Eden, they can no longer see God; when we return to Eden, we can see God again.

The three parts of this passage represent the awakening of the Consciousness. This is how we awaken the Consciousness. This is how we develop the soul and become a true human being.

The fire that tries the gold removes the impurities. This is represented in the book of Genesis when God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah.  Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities that were famous for their sexual crimes.

    Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven...

    And he [Lot] looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah [cities destroyed because of sexual crimes], and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. - Genesis 19:24, 28

Those are psychological cities that we have within.  These are the sphere of Lilith and Nahemah, the two wives of Adam, the tempting feminine spirits that call us to fornicate and commit Adultery. Lot who was faithful to God was told to leave, and the cities were destroyed by fire. And listen, it says:  and Lo the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. From Fornication.

So to summarize this we’ll read this passage from Corinthians:

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.- 1 Corinthians 3:13-17

Question: What about when Jesus says we should be hot or cold?

Answer:  That passage has several levels of meaning. It relates to Brahmacharya: the cold path and the hot path are the two ways of transmuting the sexual energy: either as a single or in a couple. To be lukewarm is to be doing neither.

This passage can also relate to choosing a path: straight or spiral. To be lukewarm is to be in the middle and not defined. To be lukewarm is to be in the Arcanum 6, like us: not going anywhere. If one is cold, one chooses the easier path. If one is hot, one chooses the difficult path.

Question: How does this relate to the Atlanteans?

Answer:  The literal or historical story of man and woman being cast out of Eden relates to the time of Lemuria, which was the civilization previous to Atlantis, and the fall of the Lemurians is symbolized there. The fall of the Atlanteans came later and is related to the great flood. During the Lemurian age, the human beings of that time were tempted and that is where this whole problem began to unravel. It is a long story.

Question …(Inaudible)

Answer:  There is a lot of knowledge hidden in these letters.  It is very challenging to navigate them, as I’m sure you’re experiencing right now, but if you are patient and have fidelity that you demonstrate through your actions to your own inner Being that you are serious and committed and you make your effort, He will guide you.

It is not necessary to memorize all of this.  What is necessary is to do the work. That work is daily and moment to moment. The fire that emerges within us is the sexual fire, but it is also a psychological fire because we manipulate those forces with our willpower.

It is not important so much to affirm to yourself that you are going to walk on that path. What matters is that from moment to moment you make the decisions to do it by controlling your energy, by using your energy wisely. We have within ourselves all the elements that we need in order to return to Eden, whether we are single or in a couple.

We talk a lot about the sexual cooperation between a man and a woman, and it is a very important aspect of Daath; yet a person who does not have a partner can work and can achieve great things, because these forces of man and woman, or Adam and Eve, are within us.

Do not think that because you are a single person that you cannot start to work until you’re married.  We do the work from moment to moment, no matter our circumstances, no matter our station in life, no matter our difficulties or limitations. If you have a physical body and you have a Consciousness, then you can work. That work is done from moment to moment.  It is continual. It is not done only when someone has sex or does not have sex: it is done through how we use our energy through our three brains.

Daath, the doorway of knowledge, is within us, not outside. We choose between these paths of Tob and Ra through our actions from moment to moment, consciously, not by intention, not by wishing, but by what we do. This is why the scripture says we are measured by our works, that our works will be made manifest: meaning, that our works will be brought into the daylight. If we are doing things that we are ashamed of, if we are doing things that we wish to hide, we should reconsider our actions. Nothing is hidden from the light of God. Therefore, do only what is good (Tob) and you can return to Eden.

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that is symbolized in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, is a very deep and profound symbol that requires a great deal of patience in order to grasp its real meaning.  This is because this Tree of Knowledge, Daath, relates to the very fiber of our Being.  It is not something that you can grasp simply intellectually or as an idea.

Daath is concerned with the fire that animates the atoms in your body.  Daath is concerned with the energy that is within every thought, the energy that drives every emotion. The substance of every sensation that we experience is related to the Tree of Knowledge, Daath.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that simply by hearing a few lectures or reading a few books that you will comprehend what Daath means.  The fact is that this mystery of Daath has been explored by saints and prophets for centuries, and its depths still have not been fully explored—because there is so much wisdom, so much to this science of Daath.

Daath [דעת] is Hebrew and means knowledge.  It is spelled with three letters:  Daleth [ד], Ayin [ע], and Tav / Tau [ת].

The Tree of Knowledge is one of those symbolic trees described in the myth of Adam and Eve. In order for us to grasp the meaning of Daath, we have to first grasp that Adam and Eve are a myth—not a myth in the sense that it is not true or not real, but a myth in the sense that it is a mystery.  Adam and Eve is a mystery—a story that contains and hides the truth.

The mystery of Daath relates to the entirety of what we are as Being.  When we look at Daath or the Tree of Knowledge in relation with the Tree of Life, we know from studying Kabbalah that these two trees share their roots, they have the same roots.  Those roots are the rivers of Eden—that one river that was parted into four heads.

When we graphically or symbolically represent Daath in relation with the Tree of Life,  we imagine Daath as a mysterious sphere just below the topmost triangle on the Tree of Life.  Daath is in a void, a great gap or space between the trinity:  Kether, Chokmah, Binah—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva—between that Trimurti and creation.

When the Solar Logos, the Supernal Triangle, unfolds itself in order to create, that Three-in-One divides itself into two.  That dual form is called Elohim; it is God and Goddess, Shiva-Shakti, Abba-Aima, the Father and the Mother who, in their sexual co-operation, form Daath.  This is how God creates—through the union of Shiva-Shakti, the Yab-Yum, the Father-Mother.  That union is represented as the sphere of Daath.  This is the world of creation; this is how Briah and the remaining worlds of Kabbalah come into existence.

When the Tree of Life is superimposed over a man, Daath is at the level of the throat.  This has great significance.  It is through the throat that God creates.  In the Bible it says, “And Elohim said, Let there be light.”  Elohim is El plus Eloah to make the plural word Elohim.  That union of El (God) and Eloah (Goddess) spells Elohim, which is plural—God and Goddess, the duality, who work together.

Daath, that mysterious sphere, is at the level of the throat.  It is from our word that the Logos emerges—Logos is Greek for word.  This upper triangle is called the Logos, the Solar Logos.  The first Logos, the second Logos, and the third Logos are the Three-in-One.  When that Three-in-One unfolds into two and creates the Elohim, from the throat emerges the light, the sun, Horus, the Word of God.

The reason this is important is because Adam and Eve were created in this method.  This is why it says in the Bible that God says, “Behold, the man has become as one of us,”—plural—it is not singular—“In our image and likeness.”  Adam, the primeval Adam, the root Adam, reflects that duality or male-female.

Adam is later separated to further reflect that duality as Adam and Eve, or Ish and Isha, man and woman. The man and woman were cast out of Eden because of the great mistake.  It is not our purpose in these classes to spend much time on the historical or literal meaning; our concern is psychological, spiritual.

We know that we are out of Eden.  We are not in Eden, and we want to go back.  We want to return to a state of blessedness, a state of happiness.  In Eden, humanity was free from suffering and death.  When we seek spirituality, we seek that—to be free from suffering, to be free from sickness, from death.

We need to discover the doorway back to Eden.  As we discussed, the first letter in Daath is Daleth, which symbolizes a door.  How do we reach the door of Eden?  How do we return back to Eden?  This is the great mystery.

When the man and the woman were expelled from Eden, the Bible says that they entered into the wilderness in order to till the earth and to suffer, and Eve begins to have children.  How?  Because Adam “knew” her.

    And Adam knew his wife and she begat Cain.

To “know,” or Daath, knowledge, is sexual.  We know this is true, and we have discussed this in previous lectures at length, but this represents an intimate connection between Daath and the sexual organs, which on the Tree of Life are related with Yesod, the ninth sphere.  The ninth Sephirah on the Tree of Life rests over the sexual organs.

Yesod, like every sphere, has many levels of meaning.  Yesod relates to Eden.  In Hebrew , Yesod means “the foundation, the basis”; it is from here that life emerges.  It is the foundation of life: sex.  From Yesod, life emerges on every level.

Being on the central pillar of the Tree of Life, it has a profound relationship with Daath.  Yesod is Eden, but the lower Eden—the Mayim; and Daath is the upper Eden—the Schamayim.  These are the two waters—when God separates the waters from the waters—superior from inferior.

The Mayim are the waters below, which are Yesod, the sexual waters, the great womb, those waters from which life emerges.

The Shamayim, which is usually translated in the Bible as “heaven,” is Mayim plus the letter Shin, which means fire.  Shamayim means “fiery waters” and is related with the upper Eden, Daath, at the level of the throat.

When we look at this psychologically and discover how Cain comes to be, we remember that Adam and Eve are symbolic.  We have to look at Adam and Eve in this myth in relation with our own psyche, with our own selves.  In this way we know that Eve is related with sex; Eve is related to the sexual organs.  Eve is related with that energetic serpent on the caduceus of Mercury, related with procreation, with the ether of life, with the energies that push the organism to reproduce, to create.  This is Eve, in us—and Adam relates to our brain.

When Eve tempts Adam, this represents how the sexual organs tempt the brain.  The serpent, which is that fiery force of Lucifer, tempts the sexual organs to eat the fruit of Daath.  Eve, being tempted, fails, and eats of it and takes that fruit to Adam (the brain) who likes it, and indulges in pleasure and sensation.  Thus, Adam and Eve are cast out of Eden, because they break the covenant of sex. They break the covenant, the agreement, between Jahovah Elohim and man, between us and God.  That covenant is:

    Thou shalt not fornicate.

When that covenant is broken, we as a psyche leave Eden and the result is that Eve gives birth to Cain.  Cain and his brother Abel are the result of Adam and Eve (brain and sex) leaving Eden.

Cain and Abel

In other words, as our psyche has developed, through the abuse of the Tree of Knowledge we lost the innocence that we once had as Adam and Eve.  What emerges in us is a conflict between Cain, the mind that likes to fornicate, and Abel, the innocent soul.

In the Bible it says that God preferred the sacrifice of Abel over Cain—that Cain, the mind, brings as his sacrifice the fruit of the soil, the earth, which represents materialism, worldly things.  This is what Cain, our mind, thinks is of value.

Abel brings the first choice of his flock.  The flock represents spiritual aspirants, the sheep who follow the shepherd, in other words the students of the way, of the doctrine.  Abel is related with the soul, the Consciousness, and what he offers to God are the fruits of his labors—Abel offers his spiritual work.  God prefers that clearly, but Cain, the mind, becomes jealous of the soul and complains to God. So God says:

“Why are you annoyed and why has your countenance fallen?  Is it not so that if you improve it will be forgiven you?  If you do not improve, however, at the door sin is waiting and to you is its longing, but you can rule over it.”

When it says sin, what it is actually saying is, in Hebrew , Ra, which is the evil from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Ra does not mean sin in the way that we usually think of it, as infractions of moral rules; Ra means the impure spirit, pollution.  Specifically, as we discussed in the last two lectures, Ra refers to Fornication.

In other words, God warns Cain that it is up to Cain (the mind) to choose his path.  God says, “...at the door, sin waits.”  Ra is waiting at the door.  What is the door?  Daath.  Knowledge.  Sex.  Cain (the mind) must make a decision how to act.

This is us; through Gnosis, we have the knowledge of what Daath means.  But sin, Ra, the impure spirit, is within us, and is waiting at the door to tempt us and to cause us to continue to make the mistakes that we have always made.

God tells Cain, “You can conquer it.”  But what does Cain do?  Cain spoke against Abel, his brother, and when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother and killed him.  This is how our mind, because of jealousy, because of pride, because of envy, because of attachment, because of lust, kills the soul.

Cain is our own mind. Cain and Abel have nothing to do, in this context, with history.  We do this everyday; our own inner Cain slays Abel every day, every moment that we listen to the impure spirit (Ra), which is at the door of the Consciousness.

Ultimately, that door is in sex, but that door also is within the senses—because Cain is the mind, the sensual mind that takes his information through the senses.  He is that mind that is attached to sensation, who wants praise, who wants pleasure.  Cain is the child of Adam (the brain), and Cain works through the brain.  Cain is the child of Eve, because Cain is born and nourished through sex.

After the death of Abel, the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?”  And he said, “I don’t know, am I my brother’s keeper?”  This is how the mind is.  The mind says, “I don’t know anything about the soul—I have nothing to do with the soul; I am innocent,”—even though the mind is the one that always betrays the Lord.  This is Pilate from the Gospels, the traitor who washes his hands of any guilt.

God says, “What have you done?  Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the earth.”  When the soul is killed by Cain, the blood is spilled—the energy, the essence, the light, the life force.  The power of being alive flows into the earth, absorbed into the earth, and sinks into the earth.  The voice of Abel is heard crying from the earth.  This is because the soul becomes trapped in hell, becomes trapped in death; and we know this is true.

When we abuse sex, when we fortify our pride, when we indulge our envy, we suffer; our Consciousness suffers.  Our conscience—we know in our heart of hearts when we do wrong, but we do not want to admit it.  Our Cain says, “I didn’t do anything wrong—everybody else is doing it—it must be o.k. All the books say it is o.k.; the priests and rabbis say it is o.k. for me to fornicate, for me to sleep around, for me to steal and to lie.”

Our Cain says all these things about killing Abel, our soul.  The result is that our soul has become trapped below the earth, which means in Klipoth, in Hell, in Sheol—the infernal worlds, our own sub-Consciousness, unconsciousness, and infra-Consciousness—very deep levels where our soul, where our own beauty, our own potential is trapped.  Thus Cain is cursed.

We know this is true because our own mind is cursed.  Cain is sent out of the presence of God.  Our mind cannot know God—we all try; everybody in the world is trying to reach God through the intellect—with theories, with beliefs, with dogmas, with movements and groups—trying to reach God through materialism.  But remember, God does not like the sacrifice of Cain—materialistic things; God wants the sacrifice of Abel, the soul, which is related with the sheep, the shepherd, the Christ.

The Wives of Adam

It says in the Kabbalistic tradition that when this happened, Adam left his wife.  Adam became distraught, hypnotized, seduced.  He left Eve and began to have other wives.  Two of these wives are called Lilith and Nahemah (or Naamah); these are two demons—seductive, psychological elements that seduce the brain.

The interesting thing about Lilith and Nahemah and the other creatures that Adam becomes entranced by, is that as a result of their cohabitation, there emerge into the world many elements, many creatures, many beasts, that before had never been seen.  These are creatures that exist in an intermediary state, that cannot be seen with the physical eye, but that exist in more subtle levels of nature.  In Latin they are called incubi and succubi, and these are the product of when Adam, the brain, fornicates through fantasy.

You see, Adam “left” his wife, the sexual organs. The brain began to fornicate in the mind, through fantasy, with Lilith and Nahemah—mental effigies, tempting forces in the mind.  The result is that the brain creates incubi and succubi, which are half-existent sort of creatures, created by the brain and Lilith and Nahemah.  These creatures exist only to suck the life from their creator.  They do this by inciting the brain to fornicate through fantasy and masturbation.

These creatures have been known for centuries, but nowadays people think it is a joke.  It is not; they are real.  Everyone who indulges in mental fantasy, in masturbation, in Fornication and Adultery, creates these effigies because they utilize the sexual force in the mental world through lust.  That power, that sexual force, creates, but in the mind. Stated simply: when we utilize our imagination and charge it with sexual energy, we create mental formations.

The result is that people become addicted to their fantasies.  Fantasies can never be satisfied.  Those fantasies always call for more energy, tempting us to feed them with more sexual forces, which we provide through fantasy and Fornication.  Those elementaries, as they are called by Paracelsus and others, are hungry for the energy that gave them life: the sexual energy.  They always appear to Adam (the brain), and ask for food—sexual energy.  They push the person to fantasize, to masturbate, to use pornography, to sleep around—because those mental formations want food, energy.

This is our situation; whether we are single or married, all of us have made this mess in our mind.  All of us have these creatures, these lustful elements, either masculine ones or feminine ones in the mind.  All of us have this raging sexual urgency that arises periodically because these elements want food; they want to be fed.  These elements are our own children of the mind; they are false children, they are liars, they are demons—they are incubi and succubi, and they must be dissolved.

This is why it has become so difficult for us nowadays to approach the door of Daath, because Ra, the impure spirit, waits there to tempt the brain.  In other words, that impure spirit that we ourselves made, through masturbation, through Fornication, through Adultery, through lying, through deceit, through pride, is hungry.

Cain, the mind, can conquer the impure spirit (Ra), if we know how.  In the Kabbalah it is said that Adam eventually realized his mistake.  Fortunately for Adam, the Kabbalah states that he still retained within him some goodness.  In other words, he had not yet completely become absorbed by Ra, evil, the impure spirit; there still remained in him some speck of Tob, goodness.  In other words, our brain this has a small connection to goodness. That goodness relates to Chesed, Geburah—our own spirit, our own Inner Father—and that is the root or the source of that little pure spark of Consciousness or conscience that we still have.

This is that quiet voice inside, that when you are about to do something wrong, tells you, “you shouldn’t do that—you really shouldn’t do that.”  That is the conscience that is showing you that you still have that spark of goodness struggling to stay alive.  But if you ignore your conscience and instead you listen to your friends and the tv, and to all the music and bands and movies, then you will continue to drink, to fornicate, to commit Adultery, to do drugs, and to do all the things you can to destroy your body and to fortify Cain.  Eventually, the voice of Tob will be dead; there will be no conscience at all.  What will remain is a mind (Cain), that simply loves pleasure, and that is it—no conscience, no sense of right and wrong, no regret, no guilt.

Classically, a person who has reached this stage is called a “demon.” In the strictest terms, a demon is someone who has been divorced from their own Inner God. They can be recognized very simply: they have no conscience. They do not recognize goodness for what it is, they do not care about it, and instead love to follow Ra, the impure spirit within them.

Such a person has received a psychological seal, a mark, discussed in the Book of Revelation.  The end letter of Daath is Tav, which means seal or mark, but there are two ways we can be marked: with the mark of the beast or with the Seal of the Living God.

The Seal of the Living God is the Star of Solomon or Star of David, which is the symbol used to represent Daath.  It is made of two intersecting triangles that represent the union of male-female, the union of Elohim.  Those who are true to the own inner Elohim can receive this seal.

If we kill Abel (the soul) completely and kill our longing to return back to the path of goodness, we receive the mark of the beast.  That seal indicates a soul that can no longer ascend back to Eden; that soul is condemned to be purified by nature through what is called “the second death.”  The second death is how impure souls are recycled by nature, through fire, through pain—in order to clean that soul of all of that impurity.

This process is what we hear about as Hell or the Averno or Avichi.  It is not eternal; the fire of Hell, the place of Hell is eternal—but punishment is not.  Punishment, or time spent in Hell, is relative to the crime.  If God put us in Hell for all eternity, God would be a tyrant; but God is not a tyrant, God is love.  If we do not do our part to free ourselves from Ra, God will help us, and cleaning us in the fire is the final alternative.

Shin and Tav: Seth

It is related by Kabbalah that Adam had not completely been absorbed by Ra.  Even though the brain, Cain, or the mind, Cain, had killed Abel, there was still some purity remaining in Adam.  This is symbolized in the Zohar , the book of Kabbalah; when Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden, God took the mysteries away from them, took away the secret doctrine which is symbolized in the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Because Adam still had a spark of goodness within, God left to Adam the last two letters of the alphabet.  Those two letters are Shin [ש] and Tav [ת].  Tav (22) is the seal, the mark; Shin (21) means fire.  These last two letters remained in the hands of Adam as the way back to Eden. They represent the potential to return to Eden.

After that period of time where Adam was committing the mistake of sexually mixing with Lilith and Nahemah, and creating these other effigies or entities, he realized his mistake and wanted to return back to God, back to Eden.  It is written in Kabbalah that he returned to his wife and joined again with her. She then has a son and that they name Seth.

Seth is spelled with Shin and Tav.  The name of Adam and Eve’s third son is spelled with the last two letters of the Hebrew alphabet—Shin and Tav—as a recognition of their mistake and their commitment to return to God.

tavTav is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the last letter of the word Daath. It is the last letter of the word truth and it is the last letter of the word death. So Tav is a duality; it can seal or mark two paths: the path of life or the path of death.  It depends upon how it is used.

shinShin is the 21st letter, and it has three points.  Those three points represent the three forces of the Trinity:  Kether, Chokmah, Binah.  Those three points become one thing: a three-in-one. The shape of it is like a fire, a flame—and this is the great blaze, the fire of God, the fire of the Holy Spirit. Shin is a very important letter.  When you put these together, Shin and Tav, “Fire and Seal,” it is the name of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve, but it also, is a word that means “seat,” it means “foundation,” it means “basis,” and it means “a pillar”—erect, upright, and high.

We are not in Eden.  If we have a spark of goodness still in us (conscience), God grants us Shin and Tav.  We do not have any of the other letters of the alphabet to use to return to Eden. We have Shin and Tav and thus the potential to make Seth—to establish a basis or a foundation, to set up a pillar.

The name Seth has a very ancient history.  If you know Egyptian mythology, you know that Set (Seth) is a very important God in the Egyptian pantheon.  In early days of the Egyptian civilization, Set was a great God, highly venerated and worshipped—a Solar God, related with the sun, with fire, whose symbols are a serpent and a pillar.  Whenever you see the name Seth written in Egyptian, it is always next to a stone—a picture of a stone, or a representation of a stone or a pillar.

The name Seth in Hebrew means pillar, basis, foundation, and is related with Daath and Yesod, the central pillar on the Tree of Life.

Later on in the Egyptian pantheon, the story of Set began to change, and he was seen as having a duality—two faces, two aspects.  When Osiris the great God was to be enthroned as king, his twin brother Seth became jealous and killed him.  Seth, the serpent, killed Osiris.  It is the same story as Cain and Abel.

Seth can become inverted, negative.  In other words, Shin and Tav have a polarity that can ascend or descend; it can be good or evil, Tob or Ra.

It says in the Zohar that if we want to repent and return back to Eden, that God will forgive us.  When the world was created, God established a covenant—a law or an agreement.  When Adam broke the covenant by eating of the fruit, the whole universe wanted to dissolve because it was such a heinous crime.  This is psychological in relation with us; it means that when our own Inner God gives us the empowerment to exist and we break the covenant by eating of the forbidden fruit through Fornication, our whole psychological and spiritual universe wants to withdraw because the crime is so horrible against God.  This is that crime mentioned in the Gospels: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven.  The Holy Spirit is Binah, which is the Logos, and to blaspheme is to misuse the energy at the throat—Daath: Fornication.

However, if we want to repent, that covenant still exists and we can return to it—and it is hidden.  In the Zohar it says:

Said Rabbi Hezekiah: "The Holy One remitteth and forgives everyone who confesses his sins and wrongdoings. Observe that when the world was created, the Holy One made the covenant upon which it continues to exist. We infer this from the word Brashith which should be written thus, bara, shith: meaning 'He created the foundation' or the covenant, symbolized by the letter Iod (I) in the middle of the word shith which though the smallest of the alphabetical letters, nevertheless represents the covenant through which all blessings come to mankind.

The covenant is symbolized, it says in the Zohar , by the letter Iod in the middle of the word Shith, which, although the Iod is the smallest letter, nevertheless represents the covenant through which all blessings come to mankind.  The Iod is that little dot, which is the same little dot at the top of the Shin—the three Iods.  The Iod is the tenth letter and relates to the ten commandments, the covenant, the law.

When a son was born unto him, Adam confessed his sin and was forgiven by the Holy One, and therefore he called his name Seth, having the same consonantal letters as Shith without the Iod, symbol of the covenant he had transgressed. Furthermore, the Holy covenant is also symbolized by the letter Beth (B) which became incorporated with S and Th when the children of Israel stood at the foot of Mount Sinai and thus formed the Sabbath (S B T), of which it is written, 'Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath (or covenant) throughout their generations for a perpetual covenant.' It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever.'" (Ex. xxxi., 16). - Zohar

At that time, symbolically, we arrive to Mount Sinai, we receive the entire covenant, the rest of the letters of the alphabet.  This is related with Moses and the Exodus.

In other words, to receive the covenant once more, we need to unite the Shin with Tav.  When we unite Shin with Tav, we create that Covenant, we re-establish that Covenant.  The Shin is sexual fire, the Tav is the mark.  When we incorporate that with Tob, the path of goodness, we bring Beth, and we make the word B’reshit, and the word Shabbat.  There is a lot hidden in the combination of these terms, but these are the root terms of the entire Christian and Jewish traditions.  It is the Covenant between God and his children.

The methodology to return to that Covenant is to once again respect the Tree of Knowledge.  It is to understand Daath and to follow the law, to respect the Covenant.  That law in encoded in that Iod.  The Iod [י] is the tenth letter—related with the ten commandments.  But the Iod, as the tenth letter, is related also with the tenth sphere, which is Malkuth, which is us—the man and the woman.  The Iod also represents the phallus; when you take the word fire and you put the Iod in the middle, you spell Ish, man. There are mysteries hidden within these letters upon which we should meditate and reflect.

If we are a single person, we need to undo the mistakes of our brain (Adam) and clear the mind (Cain) of Ra—to train Cain to conquer that impure spirit that awaits at the door, Daleth (Daath), which is sex.  Even if we are a single person, not in a relationship, we have sexual energy and it is active in us every day.  That sexual energy works through our spinal column, through our nervous systems, through our endocrine system, throughout our entire physiology and psychology, and is utilized by our will.  How do we use it?  This is the question.  How do we use our will?  How do we use our Consciousness?

If from moment to moment and day to day we are indulging in lust—enjoying the fantasy of imagining sexual scenes or sexual acts with other people, then we are becoming slaves of Ra; we are enslaving our Consciousness to Egypt, to the Pharaoh, to Ra, to the impure spirit.  Thus little by little, we are entering into hell.  Those desires that we fortify and build only grow.  Did you know that in one of the oldest documents on the planet, the Laws of Manu, it says that desire cannot be conquered when it is fed.  It is like trying to put out a fire by putting fuel in it. If you are sincere with yourself you will see the truth of it.  People who begin to experiment with pornography, only go deeper; they become addicted, they can never get enough.  People who begin to sleep around cannot get enough, because they ignore the conscience and they listen to the tempting serpent.

As a single person there is a lot of work that can be done in order to rectify one’s mistakes and prepare oneself for the greater work, which is through sexual cooperation.  This is the Holy Alchemy of Daath or Tantra, which is the sexual cooperation between a man and a woman—in other words, the Sacrament of Marriage.

In this sacred act of marriage, male and female become the reflection of the Elohim:  Abba and Aima.  By respecting the law, by not indulging of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, those forces and energies are returned to God and empower Abel, the soul.  The result is that husband and wife, Adam and Eve, create a new son.  This is symbolized in the Zohar when Adam repents and returns to his wife, Eve.

    And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son, and she named him Seth, for God has given me other seed, instead of Abel, for Cain slew him. - Genesis 4:25

In the Kabbalah it is stated very clearly in ancient times, that Seth is a reincarnation of Abel.

    Said Rabbi Jehuda: "He was called Seth because he was a reincarnation of Abel, as it is written, 'For God hath appointed me another seed in place of Abel, whom Cain slew' (Gen, iv., 25). - Zohar

This is a very interesting statement, but this can only occur in a matrimony.  It can only occur when a male and a female are united in the holy sacrament of Alchemy or marriage and those forces, instead of creating physically, create spiritually.

Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve is the reincarnation of Abel, the innocent soul who was slain.  In other words, when the couple unites in Alchemy and begins to transform the sexual forces of Daath, Abel starts to leave Hell; Abel starts to come out of Hell.  This is how the couple starts to return into Eden, by rectifying the mistake.  They start to undo the mistake of Cain.

his is the narrative of the generations of man; on the day that God created man, in the likeness of God He created him.

Male and female He created them, and He blessed them, and He named them man (Adam) on the day they were created.

And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and he begot in his likeness after his image, and he named him Seth. - Genesis 5:1-3

The Bible says that Adam lived 130 years and he begot in his likeness after his image, and he named him Seth.  This is an exact replica of how Adam himself was created by God—in the image and likeness of the Elohim.  So Adam, now, is beginning to manifest and demonstrate the power of the Elohim to create through Daath; but that creation only happens after 130 years.

These numbers are symbolic, not literal, and we are not talking about Adam, a person.  We are talking about our own inner Adam, the Being, the Adam Kadmon.  In this context we are not talking about the brain.  We are talking about our progenitor, our Innermost, who creates the soul when we give him the forces with which to do it.

The ages in the Bible are esoteric. Someone who has acquired 100 years of age has completed the first initiation of Major Mysteries, which is related with Malkuth, the physical body.  From there, there are thirty-three vertebrae for that fire of the Holy Spirit to ascend up the pillar of Seth, the spinal column, in order to complete the second initiation of Major Mysteries related with Yesod, the vital body.  Adam had 130 years, which means he had completed the first initiation of Major Mysteries and was at the 30th vertebrae of the second initiation of Major Mysteries, related with the vital body, related with Yesod, Eden.

If you look at your spine, it has 33 vertebrae, counting from the bottom to the top.  Where is the 30th?  At the level of the throat—Daath.  You see, Adam created in his image and his likeness, Seth, through Daath.

Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaqi) refers to Seth as the ancestor of Noah and hence the father of all mankind. According to the Zohar 1:36b, Seth is "ancestor of all the Generations of the Tzaddikim."  The Tzaddikim are the righteous ones, those who follow the path of Tob.  The ancestor of all the generations means:  generations—generate—creations—to create.  Seth is the beginning of the creation of the soul.

When the couple who works in matrimony raises the first serpent upon the rod as Moses did in the wilderness, this is the serpent of Kundalini related with the physical body, the first of the seven serpents.  When the couple working in Alchemy or matrimony raises the second serpent on the rod, this is the second serpent of Kundalini, related with Yesod, the ethereal body, or vital body. Likewise this continues successively through the astral, mental, and causal bodies, in order to create the soul, the Mercabah, the chariot of Ezekiel, what in Greek is called To Soma Heliakon.  In Egyptian it is the Sahu, the soul, the bodies of the soul.

The beginning of the creation of the soul or to establish the temple of Solomon, the new Jerusalem, begins in Yesod, with Seth.  There is a great deal of significance here: in Hebrew Seth means “the basis, the foundation,” and is the foundation of the soul; Seth is the pillar, the cornerstone upon which the soul is established.  Seth is the beginning of the ethereal man which Samael Aun Weor explains very well in The Pistis Sophia Unveiled:  the ethereal man is the Bodhichitta; the embryo of conscious love, within which the bodies of the Being are perfected.

Unfortunately, this positive Seth does not immediately eliminate the negative one.  Cain is that negative Seth.  Cain (the mind) is what happens when that fire of Seth is polarized in the negative way—and instead of awakening the Consciousness and creating the soul, that sacred fire is polarized through lust and creates in Hell.  So instead of creating an angel, a Tzaddikim, a righteous one, it creates through Ra something called Seth, a demon.

The Negative Seth

In us, the negative Seth is very alive; Seth is the ego (Cain).  The name Seth has these two letters, Shin and Tav—in each case, whether positive or negative, Seth represents a polarization or a utilization of the fire of the Holy Ghost, the fire of Binah, Shakti, the creative fire of God.  If we are still being tempted by Eve, by sex, the fire of Shin polarizes negatively, and our Cain kills Abel, and that fire—instead of creating in Heaven—creates in Hell.

This is why we talk about the triple dominion of Seth—Seth, in his negative aspect, is threefold. He is:

    the demon of the mind: Pilate (Bible)
    the demon of evil will: Caiaphas (Bible)
    the demon of desire: Judas (Bible)

The three traitors exist in us. These are the three traitors of Buddha, Moses, Chiram, Osiris, and more.

These are the three ways that Seth (Cain) fools us.  Cain always washes his hands and says:  “I didn’t do it; I don’t know where Abel is.  I have been here the whole time minding my own business.”  This is what Seth says as Pilate.  As Caiaphas, he plotted his brother’s death.  As Judas, he sells his master for silver, for pleasure.  Our mind does this—our Cain, our Seth—everyday.  Everyday that we continue to fortify our pride, to fortify our resentment, even resentment against God, resentment against ourselves, resentment against our family.

All of that is how Seth in his triple dominion rules our mind and continues to push Abel into the earth (Klipoth) in order to completely kill him.  Seth or Cain is triple: three traitors that work through our three brains:

    motor-instinctive-action or sex

—through the body, through our feelings, through our thoughts.

Through the three brains, Seth appears as seven, those seven capital sins that we ignore that we have within—sins like anger, greed, jealousy, envy, gluttony, laziness.  None of us like to admit that we have these things, yet we have them in abundance.  We like to think that we are good people, that we are near sainthood, especially once we have acquired a little bit of knowledge about this teaching; we start to think that we are really a great person.  This is exactly how Seth wins—by fooling us with these kinds of games in the mind.

But Seth as three and as seven, is far more than that.  We do not have one pride or one element of lust; we have a multiplicity.  We have some lust that likes to lust for others and we have lust that likes to be lusted for.  We have lust that likes to cause pain, lust that likes to cause pleasure, and we have lust that likes to be indifferent.  Each ego is multi-faceted and has many, many formations and manifestations—so many that it would be impossible to diagram them or chart them out.

All the prophets, including Samael Aun Weor, stated very clearly that the mind, the ego is a mess; we have thousands of defects, not just one or two.

The problem is that our Consciousness is asleep.  Abel is unaware; we sleep.  Instead, we listen to Cain comforting us and telling us that everything is going to be better when we get a new ipod, or when we graduate from school, then we will start making money and everything will be better then.

Cain-Seth does his best to keep us out of the present moment.  Cain-Seth always tempts us through fantasy about the future and through memories about the past, through longings for something we do not have and for resentments against the things that we do, or cravings to keep the things that we have.  In other words, through many illusions, just as the three traitors of the Buddha, the daughters of Mara, tempted him, these traitors are very active in us.

The triple power of Shin which is in Seth, receives the mark of the beast, if we kill Abel completely.  This is how our own inner Seth takes is to Hell; this is what Revelations is talking about.  If you read the book of Revelations it is very clear:  idolaters, murderers, fornicators, adulterers, thieves, blasphemers, go to the second death; and we have all of that in abundance in us.

Without exception, all of us murder each other in our mind, commit Adultery in our heart every day, steal from each other from moment to moment—stealing energy, stealing attention, stealing ideas.  We forget God; we worship Cain.  If we persist, we will receive the fulfillment of Seth: the negatively polarized Shin with the mark of the beast—Shin-Tav.  We will go to the second death and we will suffer.  If we think suffering is bad now—this is a cakewalk compared to what awaits for us to completely pay off our crimes.

Yet, if we choose to take the Covenant seriously, the Tav, we can return to Daath.  If we work seriously to conquer Cain-Seth, we can utilize that power of Shin, and that triple aspected power becomes the triple aspected soul:

    the Solar Astral body
    the Solar Mental body
    the Solar Causal body

These are these three spheres above Yesod:


This is why Seth is the foundation.  Seth, the positive Seth, is related with Yesod, the ethereal body.  Upon this foundation stone rests the Temple of God which is Tiphereth, Netzach, and Hod: the soul, the Mercabah.  Once that has been created, we are back in Eden; we have re-established ourselves as a true man.  We have fulfilled the Covenant, and instead of that mark of the beast, we receive the Seal of the Living God—so that Shin, which is upright, is combined with the Tav of the Seal of the Living God.  Then, we have returned to Eden.

When that happens, we have fulfilled this seal, the Tav at the end of the word Daath; this is how we return to Eden.  In this way we create the child of Seth.  Seth has children too; his first child is Enoch.  Enoch means ‘he who sees’ or ‘the anointed.’ ‘He who sees’ is the one who has the letter Ayin awake.  When we receive the seal of the Tav of the Living God, we receive the Ayin, Enoch, and we have entered the doorway, Daleth, back to Eden.

Audience:  I am a little confused …. Egypt from one point of view, is a civilization that has a vast amount of knowledge that has permeated throughout the ages,  and on the other hand also seems to be civilized as a negative thing as a totalitarian kind of state of control…

Instructor:  You find the same symbolism with Israel in the Bible.  Sometimes Israel is representative of the Kingdom of God and all the righteous ones and other times Israel is all the unbelievers that must be punished by God.  Egypt is the same—symbolic.  Both can be used interchangeably.

Audience:  When you say Fornication, you are not just referring to the act of sex are you..

Instructor:  The word Fornication we went into in depth in the last lecture. Specifically, to fornicate is to spill the sexual energy through the orgasm; it is to release that force, to indulge in that.  That is what it means to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.

When that energy is harnessed, when it is kept, when it is controlled by will—this is called White Tantra or Alchemy.  This is how that fire is contained and transformed into the soul.  In very simple terms, that spark of energy that most people expel and experience a little bit of physical pleasure—when that energy is saved and transformed it produces the ecstasies of the Consciousness that we call Samadhi or Nirvana.  It is the same force, yet polarized in two different directions.

Audience: Is there another form of this teaching…?

Instructor:  There are many forms of this teaching; so there are some positive and some negative.  There are, broadly speaking, three classes of schools that address the sexual force.

What we are teaching you here belongs to White Tantra, which is a tradition found world-wide within every religion, but traditionally are only entered secretly.  White Tantra teaches three factors.  The first factor is Chastity, which means the use of the sexual energy in the pure way, to not fornicate.  The second is sanctity, which means purity, the death of the ego.  The third is charity or sacrifice for others, conscious love.

There are also “grey” schools who teach similar concepts but allow occasional orgasm. Inevitably, such schools go nowhere. They are symbolized by Sisyphus, the man who tried to roll a stone up a hill but kept having to start over.

Then there are “black” schools who encourage the orgasm. These are the most common; you can find them everywhere, like weeds.  This is because it is very easy to follow those schools and accomplish what they promise. Why?  Because our own Abel is 97% already trapped in the negative Seth.  There is only two or three percent free— if you go into those schools and learn to utilize their methods to use sexual energy and combine it with lust, you will awaken Consciousness and fast, but as a demon—yet you will not know it.  You will think you are having ecstatic, beautiful experiences; you will think you are seeing God—but you are seeing as a diviner—someone who does not have God, but sees through the ego.  This is what we talked about in the first two lectures related to the letter Ayin.

Audience:  Cain slays his brother and he dies, where I am confused is, by him committing that act that buries mankind’s 97% Cain, 3% Abel...why would he just let him do that?  It is like condemning 97% of the world’s population…

Instructor:  God is not a tyrant.  God has established laws and functions in nature and respects our will; we are able to follow our will.  It is the same reason that God allowed Lucifer to fall, it is the same reason that God allowed—

Audience:  Preventing a major catastrophe doesn’t make you a tyrant…

Instructor: God sets up the law but respects the law; in fact, God has to answer to the law.  You see everything in nature—everything—is managed by karma, cause and effect.  Even the most superior levels are managed by cause and effect.  The gods themselves have to answer for their actions.  No one is free.

Audience:  Who does God answer to?

Instructor:  That requires Meditation in order to understand what God is and that is not an easy thing to answer.

Audience:  Can you explain that, that every God, every Angel, every Archangel was a demon at one time…

Instructor: Every God, every Angel, every Elohim, has to know good and evil, but that does not mean that they were demonic, that they entered into Hell and became fully fledged demons.  There are levels. By a full demon, we mean a creature that is divorced from the Spirit. Not all beings become that. In order to know good and evil, one must know evil. Yet, one does not have to divorce the Spirit. Only the most perverse ones go so far. Historically, humanity needed to have the experience of evil, but not become evil.  But there were Angels who decided to take the path of Ra and become fully fledged demons.  This is explained in the Book of Enoch and a little bit of Genesis.  When they did that, they tempted humanity to come along for the ride.  Those Angels become true demons. That does not happen on every planet; it happened here. Not every Angel or every Elohim becomes like that.

Audience:  When we talk about to fall, to gain more intelligence, that is what I am talking about…

Instructor:  Well, that is another subject.  When you look at the Tree of Life, it maps all the levels of Consciousness—but this tree is really simplified; it is like kindergarten.  On all those levels are levels of conscious development.  Just because it is possible to descend into the bottom of the Klipoth does not mean that it is required.  It is not required, but some choose to go that way, to take the path of death. God respects that choice, but you have to pay for your actions.  You can take it, but you will pay.

Audience:  The red demons of Seth…

Instructor:  Yes, the red demons of Seth are all the egos.

Audience:  Why aren’t these demons burned and cleansed as all humans are…

Instructor:  They will, they are—that is the whole purpose of going through the second death—those demons are purged from the soul.  Through pain they are purged.

Audience:  Are you saying this is the place where you get purged?

Instructor:  We are in hell already.

Audience:  So we are getting purged now?

Instructor:  That is why everyone is suffering and it is getting worse because the world is descending more and more.

Audience:  So you are saying we are in the first level of Hell, and another level after…

Instructor:  Depending on where you are in the world, yes. New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Delhi, London—these big cities where a lot of people are gathered—if you come from the country to the city you feel the difference; things get really complicated and that is because as you descend on the Tree of Life, there are more and more laws.

It should be that in the physical world, we are managed by 48 laws.  So if you go out in the country, you have a simple life, you are not around a lot of complexity—that is more or less what it should be like for everyone.  When you come to the city it is not like that—it is very complicated, very difficult, very painful; people suffer a lot in the city and that is because those cities are descending.  The psychological level of that group of people is bringing it down.  That is Hell.

Audience:  Adam reached the age of 130… when the western patriarchs like Methuselah lived up to the age of 900, is it referring to his level of Consciousness?

Instructor:  Yes.  Those hundreds of years relate to these spheres on the Tree of Life.  If you count upwards to nine you can see the level of development that prophet had—very high.   So, those patriarchs are patriarchs for that reason, because they reached those very high levels..

Audience:  Is it possible to reach the thousands?...

Instructor:  Thousands goes beyond.  Beyond Kether is a whole other level—there is work there that we cannot even comprehend.

Audience:  So you are saying God could just be the first level for all – to comprehend but you can obey some other people at other levels who are even higher?

Instructor:  More or less.  The thing is that there is not a thing that we think of as God, as a person.

Audience: …just a big rule book…

Instructor:  Well, in a sense, it is but it is like cause and effect, like gravity.  To be here in the physical world you have to understand how gravity works and if you do not you hurt yourself a lot—you could walk out of a top story window and get killed.  All these laws are the same; if you want to ascend, you have to know how to do it.

Audience:  On the path we have to start with sex; does sex help with all the levels of this work?

Instructor:  It is the beginning.  It is not everything, but it is the beginning.  Creation is sexual and to enter the path we have to create.  We have to create Seth and his children; we have to create the soul. However, once the soul is created, then an initiate has a choice:  to continue on the wet path, the sexual path, or the dry path, the path of Brahmacharya, where they do not practice the sexual act physically.  There are choices that can be made depending on the path that one chooses.

Audience:  If throughout the lifetime of the soul… if they abused their sexual powers, would sex be the first doorway for that person to enter into higher Consciousness or should they retrain from having sex then?

Instructor:  The greatest power that we have as a human being is sexual power; it is the greatest responsibility that we have.  When we misuse it we can dramatically change, not only our lives, but the lives of other people.

It is the single most influential, most powerful force in nature, the sexual power.  There is nothing that influences us more than that.  So, given that, someone who has harmed themselves sexually, the best medicine for them is to heal themselves sexually.  It is said in Asian and indigenous traditional medicines, that the cure can be found in the ailment.  This is true.  It is especially true sexually.

Most of the illnesses that we suffer in these times are sexually rooted—and I am not talking about simply physical illnesses.  Emotional illnesses, mental illnesses, spiritual illnesses—the majority of them are sexual in nature, because of sexual abuse either in this physical body or a previous one.  So to heal those illnesses, the greatest medicine is to provide that powerful energy in the body which can heal it.  To recycle those hormones—those hormones that created the body in the first place have the power to heal it.

Audience:  So you are saying committed love doesn’t matter..

Instructor:  It does matter; of course it matters. God is love. If there is not love, God is not present. Only God can heal us, and we know God through love.

If you are a single person and you transmute your sexual energy, you can be healed if it is the will of God, if it is in accordance with cause and effect: karma.

Audience:  Is zero equal to two?

Instructor:  Zero is related to two in the context of the sign of infinity:  infinity is a zero twisted into two halves, and that is the sign of the Elohim.

As well, the zero or the infinity, the Ain Soph, comes into existence and leaves existence through the number two, which is Beth from B’reshith. All creation comes from Beth, the second letter.  So yes, the answer is: two is equal to zero.

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