The Fourth Seal (Islam)
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At The Feast of Tabernacles 10/14/1992
Maitreya: Let us have a
moment of silence, close our eyes and bring our energy up, all
together as One. Just relax your body, listen to your body and see
if there is any tension anywhere, and just relax it. We are all a
family and we are together to learn more about God’s Plan. We are
all here to learn together, and that is all that counts. Sal-Om.
Today we are going to talk about
Islam, and how it was revealed and established. We are going to talk
about the Fourth Seal, which is Islam. The Fourth Seal is a part of
the Eternal Divine Path.
So the first question might be,
when did the Fourth Seal start? Or when did the Eternal Divine Path
started? Both started in eternity. It is not really the Prophet who
brings the teaching; it is not his teaching. It is God’s teaching.
All these Seals are from Eternity and are in the Akashic Records.
Prophets just bring them back to earth (humanity).
So the Spirit of God comes to
earth again and again, through His Prophets. In the moments that the
Prophet is Revealing God’s Revelations, they are One. So in a sense
the Prophet, the person who opened the seals, is the Spirit of God,
they are One.
That is why when we believe in
God, we go beyond the narrowness of the mind which may feel, "Why
should I follow a person from Arabia, who brought us this teaching?"
But if we realize the Spirit behind that person was God and it was
God who came to earth to bring a new teaching, then we will go
beyond these narrow concepts. Then we realize that it is the same
Spirit which came as Christ, Moses, Bab, Abram (Abraham), etc. We
would not ask, does anything good come out of Nazareth?
As we said before, Prophets are
usually born like regular people. They are born from a mother. The
sky doesn’t open and they suddenly come and say, "Here I am, come up
here in the clouds and join me, etc." and they are going to get
caught up in the clouds together, and all will be well. That has
never happened in history. And it will not happen in the future.
Tell the people who are waiting for that to happen, good luck, it
will never happen. I wish they were right, though. It would be much
easier that way, wouldn’t it? One day someone says, "Everything is
going to be OK," and then everything is OK? That is really what it
is, "wishful thinking!"
The Prophet is born from a mother.
Buddha was born from a mother. Abraham and Moses were born from
mothers. Christ was born from a mother. Muhammad was born from a
mother. All of them came the same way. That is the most logical way
to look at it.
Prophet Muhammad came and brought
the Fourth Seal, which is a part of the Eternal Divine Path. The
whole thing started from eternity. The person who brought the
Eternal Divine Path to humanity was the first Prophet. Who was that
first Prophet? [many answers] It was Adam who was the first Prophet.
Actually the word "Adam" in Arabic
and Persian means "perfect man." This means that when you progress
in your life, the more perfect you become, the more Adam you become,
because they say, "He is becoming an Adam," which means he is
becoming mature, he is no longer childish. That is what it means, I
suppose even in Hebrew it means, "perfect," or something similar!
Why was he called perfect? He was
called perfect because he was both male and female. Adam had both
parts in him. He also was mature as the Father Is.
So he was perfect. Actually that
is also what you become when you progress spiritually, you are going
to create male and female energies. At least you will understand
what is the difference between them, what is the male energy and
what is the female energy. Female energy has a lot of Grace and
beauty, and that is what The Holy Mother is. The Holy Mother is the
graceful mother. Whenever you look at pictures of Mary, they have
her in long white clothes and she is very graceful and beautiful,
and she has her hands in a praying position, etc. That is what
female energy is, Grace.
When the female energy falls, it
becomes what? "Woe-man," or "woe unto man!" It becomes Maya, or
So the woman, if she brings her
energy up to higher consciousness and become graceful, the
"woe-man," becomes Shakti, Grace, the Holy Mother. That is the goal,
instead of being a "woe-man," to become Grace. That is when the
woman is no longer woman, but becomes The Holy Mother. That is the
goal of every woman, that each has to become The Holy Mother.
Even the men have female energy in
them. They have to recognize that female energy and transform it to
The Grace. So even men should become graceful. It is not just women
who should become graceful, but men also have to become graceful,
understand their female parts, and become more in tune with them and
accept them. It is not that they should become women, but recognize
Of course, male is the
consciousness and the logic in the universe. And female is The
Grace. So male is logic and female is Grace. They go hand in hand.
Just imagine how boring is a logical mind without Grace. It would be
dry logic. There would be no Grace in it, no beauty.
Just imagine Grace without logic.
You would be very Graceful, but you couldn’t logically express that
Grace. You see, Grace without logic is a very dangerous energy.
Actually the Holy Mother becomes Durga. Radah becomes Durga. These
were the two consorts of Krishna. There was Rahdah and Durga. Radah
was the Graceful one, the beautiful one, the one that had Grace.
Durga was the destructive one (fallen grace). See, it is the same
thing. The Grace of God can bring Grace to you, or it can bring
destruction. It is the same energy. Creation and destruction are two
sides of the same energy!
It is just like the atomic energy,
you can use it for the peace and good, or you can use it for the
destruction. It is the same energy, it is no different. It can be
used for good, or it can become Kali. Kali is the destructive woman
with the black body and all the skulls around her neck. She is
pictured drinking blood and she is terrible looking, but it is the
same thing. The same energy can become Grace.
So, Grace without logic can become
very destructive, especially if it is not Grace any more but fallen.
Adam was a perfect man. Adam means
perfect. He was male and female. He brought the Eternal Divine Path
to humanity and he taught them the Path in the beginning.
As you remember God created man,
male and female. God created man, and He made them male and
female. There was more than one of them. He created many humans.
That is why He created man, and He made "them" male and female. It
means He made a lot of them, and they were each male and female.
But most of the people don’t
meditate. They don’t understand this teaching. That is another thing
we hope eventually will be understood, that there is no war between
males and females. Each of them has to recognize that they are both
male and female. If there is a female with a good logical mind, she
should be accepted as such. If there is a man who has a lot of
Grace, he can be Graceful.
Adam brought the Eternal Divine
Path to humanity at that time. Humanity, of course, fell after
awhile. You remember the story of Adam and Eve, the fall of man,
When Eve (Fallen Grace, Woe-man)
fell, "The woman ate of the tree of good and evil," it means that
the lower nature of man made him do what he was not supposed to do.
That is what it really means in the Bible that the lower
nature of man made the higher nature of man fall.
God said, "I have created you, I
know better than you how you are created and what will make you
happy. So follow these commandments, My Laws, and you are going to
be happy." They were living in the Garden of Eden (Heaven). They
were eating and they didn’t have to till the ground. They didn’t
have any problems.
But they said, "No, we want to
become God ourselves. We know better than God does what is good and
what is evil." They became self-centered. The moment they became
self-centered, they fell from The Grace. They started thinking about
"Me," instead of "He." The moment they did that, that
self-centeredness made them fall. They fell from the Garden of Eden
(Grace). They went from the higher level of consciousness to the
When the humans fell, they fell
more and more, and eventually they became flesh (received the coats
of skin). Later on God spread them all over the world. They created
tribes, different languages, etc. They also became more and more
selfish. Eventually at the time of Noah the situation became so bad
that God decided to destroy them all. He decided to close their
third eyes and give them two human eyes! Man became more
intellectual than Spiritual!
Actually at that time, before we
received our two eyes, the spiritual world was more real than the
external world. The external world was just like the spiritual world
to a lot of people now. It was something that really didn’t
completely exist for them. Some people didn’t have that awareness of
it, but the spiritual world was very real to them. That was because
their third eyes was more open than their physical eyes.
So God closed the third eye, and
gave us two external eyes. That is exactly like the story Mark was
telling at the Feast of Tabernacles. The gods came together and
said, "Where can we hide the spiritual truth and power so humans
cannot find it?" Someone said, "Put it in the ground." But then they
realized, "The human will dig the ground and will find it." Someone
said, "Put it in the sky." But they realized, "They will create
airplanes, space ships, etc. and find it too." Eventually God said,
"The best place is within them, they will not find it there. They
will look everywhere else but within"
You have the third eye. The third
eye is there, and it is yours. It is not going to go anywhere. It is
in your brain, and if you meditate and follow the Eternal Divine
Path, it is going to open up. And eventually you will say, "Yes,
these things really make sense."
Then you can no longer look at
humans as separate beings. It destroys your concept of separation,
and you become One with everything. Of course, the more people
progress spiritually, and become beautiful and graceful, the more
you love them and you become one with them and you feel comfortable
Eventually, as we said, hopefully
we are going to have 144,000 Maitreyas on earth. So we are going to
have 144,000 Feasts going on at the same time. Wouldn’t it be nice?
144,000 Communities of Light all over the earth.
Now, historically, who was the
first spiritual teacher? Historically when did the Scriptures start?
It started with Noah. That is where the Vedas came from. He
brought the teachings of the Mystical Path to humanity. The essence
of that teaching became
and Hindu scriptures. They also are the essence of all Mystical
Paths all over the world.
It was after the flood of Noah. It
was close to 12,000 years ago, that the Mystical Teaching came to
this new man. They needed these teachings since they no longer were
connected to Spirit directly. The flood came and everything was
destroyed. Probably it took some time before the new human evolved.
Then the human needed a religion and a Scripture, because this new
human cannot live without a religion and a Scripture. He will be
Even these people who say, "I
don’t believe in God, and I don’t believe in Spirit," usually pick
up some beliefs or habits. They believe in football, or political
systems, or they believe in evolution. You see, they have some
beliefs. That is the nature of humans. They have to have some sets
of beliefs and moral codes. If they don’t have any moral codes, they
destroy themselves. They have no sense at all, so they are no longer
civilized. Therefore, in general those people who say they don't
have any beliefs, usually do have some beliefs.
So Noah brought the truth to them
in a very symbolic manner. It was shrouded in mystery and in such a
way that they had to find their way to the goal. That is why the
concept of teacher, or Guru, and the disciple was created. The
people who would be attracted to teachers and wanted to understand
this teaching, would go and seek a teacher. If they were accepted,
they would be guided, and those symbols would be revealed to them
according to their capacities, and their teacher’s abilities.
Actually the whole story about
King Arthur and Excalibur is a very mystical story. It has a lot of
symbolic meaning behind it. It is really not about a king. It is
about how to reach Pure Consciousness, the Holy Grail. It is about
the conquest for the Holy Grail and how you may lose your way to the
Holy Grail and are destroyed. And who may find it again? The True
Knights would find it.
But the knights had to fight for
it. They had to go through the scary places, like the forests that
were very dark and had those creatures that would try to destroy
them. It is the same as going on the spiritual path. In every corner
there is some attraction that is trying to take you away from your
path, all the time.
Now we come to the new
dispensation, or the wonderful, incredible story that started about
6,000 years ago. Does anyone remember what it was? God did
something. God chose a person to start a Plan. Then God was trying
to start a wonderful story for humanity.
That is why He closed our eyes and
gave us these two eyes. He didn’t do that because He hated us and
didn’t want our third eyes opened. He wants our third eyes to be
open. That is why He created us in the first place. He wants
friends. He wants people to love Him, to be with Him, to dance with
Him, to chant with Him, to understand Him. He doesn’t want us to
just be with the two physical eyes and that’s it, and the only thing
we know is the physical world and He is by Himself in the whole
universe and still has no friends or beloved ones, and we have two
eyes, and that is the external world, and we fall to our lower
natures, and we never meet.
He created us, not only to
progress, but also to be His friends, be beloved ones, lovers, dance
partners, and all that. He wants us to open our third eyes. That is
our birthright, to have our third eyes open.
That is why He started a wonderful
story and history for humanity to read, to understand, to meditate
on and realize that God can make us completely helpless. But He
doesn’t want that. He has enough other helpless creatures, all the
animals, who just follow their Daharmas. They don’t sit there and
say, "Let’s talk about THOTH today. Let’s read THOTH
and meditate on it, etc." The only thing they know is that they are
born, they have to eat, sleep, procreate, they are beautiful, and
they are part of God’s creatures. But they can’t become spiritual
teachers. They cannot meditate and become in the image of God. They
are not created in the image of God. They are created with the
programs in them, and they just follow those programs.
It is just like angels. What is
the difference between angels and us? Angels are anything that God
uses to direct His universe. Angels or those forces have no choice.
They have to accept and follow God. But the human has choice.
Which one would you prefer,
someone who has no choice but to love you, or someone who has the
choice? He is free. He has a choice. He can love you or not. If that
person says, "No, I still love you," which love is better? The
second one, the one with free will, the one who could walk away and
did not and said, "I love you."
We can see that that is how God
wants us to be. He wants us to choose Him. That is the wonder, the
highest Love, we can give to God. God says, "You are free." And we
say, "But I want to be your slave."
It is just like you had a choice
to come here to the Mission and to the Feast, or you could simply
not come. And you chose to come. Isn’t that wonderful? Then I say,
"That is beautiful. They chose to be here and to listen to this
teaching. That makes my heart sing." That brings The Grace of God
Of course, the more wonderful
people come, the more wonderful the Mission will be. So that is also
how God wants us to be. He wants us to recognize that His Way is the
best way, because He created this universe, and He knows what is
good for us and what is not good for us.
There was a purpose for the 12,000
years of destruction and creation of the new man. Six thousand years
ago, He started a wonderful story. He chose Abram and said, "Abram!"
And Abram said, "Yes, here I am." And God said, "Take your family,
take your belongings and leave Ur" (Abram was living in Ur, in the
south of Iraq, almost on the border of Iraq and Kuwait/Iran. So the
whole story and most of the present religions of the world started
God said, "Take your family and go
to the city which I will show you." Probably Abram resisted God for
awhile. Then when Abram told that story about the big idol that
destroyed the other small idols, the people in Ur chased him out of
the city, so he had no choice [laughter]. God was telling him, "Go
where I will show you," and he was resisting Him and he was saying,
"No, No, I’m very comfortable here. These are my people, and I know
them." Suddenly He put this idea in his mind to make up the story
about the big idol destroying the small ones. When he did that, the
people chased him out of the city. He had no choice but to go and
follow God’s work.
It was the same way with
also resisted God’s Call. God forced him to accept the call and do
it. That is why I always say, if you have been called for this
Mission, you have no choice. If you think you have a choice, you are
either not called for this Mission or are mistaken!
Anyway he took his family, his
wife, his cousin (Lot) and whatever they could carry, and they
started going toward Syria and then eventually to Israel, Egypt,
etc. But because he listened to God, God blessed him.
You see, that was all that God put
in as a condition in His Blessing. He said, "If you do this (leave
your family, city, etc.) for Me, I will do that for you." In the
beginning, when God called Abram, there was always a condition for
him to receive God’s Blessing, "If you do this, this, this, then I
am going to Bless you."
God told Abram, "If you listen to
Me, and you take your children and go to that city which I will show
you, I am going to bless you and you are going to be a blessing, and
whoever blesses you is going to be blessed," and on and on. So there
was a condition of how He would bless him.
His name was Abram when he was
called to go to another city. Abram means, "The father of one
nation." Actually he was "A-Bram." "A" means "no" in Sanskrit. It is
the negative. For example, vidya means knowledge; avidya means
ignorance, the opposite of knowledge.
Brahmin means, "God-realized";
Abraham (Abram) means, "not God-realized." That is where the word
Brahmin comes from, they are the priests of the Brahman religion. So
he was Abram, not a priest, but God still chose him, and He showed
that God is not the respecter of man-made titles, such as priests,
mullahs, rabbis, Brahmins, etc. The most important thing for God is
your heart. Those titles are not important.
God gave a lot of promises to
Abram. He promised him that he would be blessed, that he would be
the father of one nation, and that his children would have a
territory that would stretch to the east and west and north and
south. And the number of his children would be the number of the
stars. That means that you cannot count them, that there is no way
that you can exactly know their numbers.
Then God changed the name of Abram
to Abraham. He told him, "Now, your name is no longer Abram, it is
Abraham (father of many nations). Your wife’s name is no longer
Sarai, but Sarah." Abraham means, "father of many nations." Sarai
means, "my princess," and Sarah means "our princess." So at this
point God wanted to start many nations so that is why Abram became
Abraham and Sarai became Sarah.
At that time Sarah was 90 years
old and Abram (Abraham) was 99, and God told them that, "You are
going to have a child." Abraham thought, "How can it be? I’m 99 and
my wife is 90." He did not believe he could have a child by Sarah.
He asked God, "Let Your Blessing that You want to bestow on me, be
God said, "I have already blessed
Ishmael. This promise is for your new son, Isaac." Abraham said,
"Who is Isaac?" God said, "That is going to be the name of your
son." And of course Sarah laughed, in fact, she giggled and said,
"How can it be? I am not going to have any child." But God said,
"No, you are going to have a son in one year."
After a year they had Isaac, and
they were very surprised. From Isaac, of course, came Israel and the
Children of Israel, the story that we covered last year about the
Third Seal, how all those things happened, until eventually the
Messiah came as Christ and brought Christianity to humanity, etc.
Now in this lecture we will try to
explain what happened to the promises God gave to Abram and his son
Ishmael, the Fourth Seal. If you remember God gave two promises to
both Abram (for Ishmael) and Abraham (for Isaac). The promises were
the scepter (Kingly Spiritual Domination, Messiah, Prophet), and the
birthright (The Material Possession). Now we see how these promises
are also fulfilled through Ishmael and his children (for more
information read "Children Of Abram (Abraham), All Prophecies Are
The child of Abram was Ishmael.
Ishmael had 12 sons, whom God called the 12 princes. From those 12
princes came the Ishmaelite, the children of Ishmael, who eventually
became the Arabs. They covered most of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, North
Africa to Spain, and from the Spanish population South America is
As mentioned above, through Abram,
the Children of Ishmael also received the same blessings, the
blessings of the Birthright and Scepter. And they are one nation, or
the Children of Abram (father of one nation).
The Children of Israel became many
nations. The Children of Ishmael became one nation. We still know
them as the Arabs. They are all the way from Saudi Arabia, to Iraq,
Jordan, and some even in Israel. They go all the way to Egypt, North
Africa, and even to Spain and south of France. So it is a large
territory. Of course, Spanish people who have a lot of Arab blood in
them, populated South America.
The Children of Israel, as we
know, go from Israel and north to Turkey. There are some in Russia,
in Europe, in England, and some came to America. So we can see, from
two sons, God almost created most of the population on earth.
We can see again that God
promises, and He fulfills. Most of the people don’t know where these
people came from and how they populated most of the earth. Now in
our teaching we are explaining where they came from and that it was
the Will of God that things happened the way they did.
Add to this reincarnation, then
you may explain why even some races suffered in the process. Those
who apparently suffered in any race may have been people who have
inflicted suffering on others in their previous lives. They then
were reincarnated as some of the people who suffered in the Children
of Abram or the Children of Abraham, or any other races.
Also we may not understand how
God’s Words are going to be fulfilled, but eventually they will be
fulfilled, even if it take a long time. How many years did it take
for these promises to be fulfilled? For some of these to come true,
it took six thousand years. So although it may take way more than we
expect, His Words will come true at the end!
Again, What were those promises
that God gave to Ishmael and Isaac?
There were two promises: the
scepter, the spiritual kingly personality, and the birthright, or
material possession. So the spiritual kingly person was the Messiah,
the spiritual teacher who would come from them (read "Children Of
Abram (Abraham), All Prophecies Are Fulfilled." The territorial
possession was, as we said, for the Children of Israel who went from
Israel to the north to Russia, Europe, and the United States. They
mostly became Christians (Christ gathered the people as Christians
-- Genesis 49:10), etc. Our teachings show how the ten Lost Tribes
of Israel left Israel, continued north to Lebanon, and eventually
brought the Children of Israel to North America.
God also gave promises to Abram
for his children, the Ishmaelite (read "Children Of Abram (Abraham),
All Prophecies Are Fulfilled"). The Arabs or Ishmaelite knew about
those promises. That is why when Prophet Muhammad was chosen as a
Prophet, he thought he was possessed with "jinn." They had some
belief in beings that were called "jinn" (like unclean spirits) who
were supposed to be of fire. He didn’t want to be possessed, and he
didn’t want to be a poet. The Koran sounded very poetic to
the Arabs at that time. He didn’t like poets at all. That is why
some called him a poet, and he resented that.
The reason they say the Koran
is a miracle is because no one could create the same kind of verses
that are in the Koran. For 1,000 years they have not been
able to do that, until Bab came. A western scholar whose book I read
said, "If you know Arabic, you can make a person cry or laugh, it
depends on how you read the Koran to them." Arabic is a very
powerful language. Indeed, Arabic has influenced Spanish, Spanish
has influenced French, and French in return enriched the English
When Prophet Muhammad received the
first revelation, he went to his wife Khadija shivering all over and
told her that, "Khadija, I think I am possessed." She said, "What
happened?" And he explained what happened. She covered him to warm
him up and ran to one of her family members.
This family member, who I think
was a cousin, knew about Jewish Prophecies. He was a Christian Arab.
And he said, "Yes, there has been a prophecy that there will be a
Prophet coming from the Arabs." So the Jewish people knew that God
also had promised to Abram that a Prophet would come from Ishmael!
So Khadija came back and told him
about that, and he felt better. However, for the next three years,
after the first revelation, no revelation came. He became
discouraged and thought the whole thing was just in His imagination.
Indeed according to the
revelations in the Koran, the prophecy about a Prophet who
would come from the Children of Ishmael, and the territorial
possessions for them which were revealed to Abram while he was in
Mecca, is reconfirmed. According to the Koran, Abram left his people
and went to Mecca. That was the first place where he erected an
altar for God. This place is where Mecca is now. He prayed to God.
That was the first contact God made with Abram after he left Ur.
That is why Mecca became a holy place, and eventually the Arabs took
it as their holiest place.
There God promised Abram a nation,
birthright, and a Prophet (Messiah) from them, the sceptre. So the
Koran also confirms what the Bible revealed to us.
After I received most of THOTH
and the part about the promise of the sceptre, while I was in
Denver, suddenly I came across this revelation in the Koran.
"…and of our
off-spring a nation submissive unto thee God..,"
"And from them
raise a messenger for their guidance…"
(Surah The Cow, 128-129)
This is exactly the same thing, a
nation, which is the birthright (material possession), and a
Prophet, who would come from them. So the nation was the Arabs, and
the Messiah, or Spiritual Kingship (Messiah), was Prophet Muhammad.
From now on we are going to
explain about Islam, and talk about what happened and how Islam came
into being. Of course, God gives promises and it may take a long
time before He fulfills them. Sometimes humans become impatient,
because they forget, and their culture and history cover a lot of
things and some of the original beliefs are forgotten. These beliefs
might have been forgotten by many Jews also, but the truth
eventually will show itself.
As I said, when Prophet Muhammad
received the revelation, he thought he was possessed. He couldn’t
believe that God had chosen him. Well, I can understand that
[laughter]. When God comes and asks you to do something, or gives
you a Revelation, or calls you for a mission, the first question is,
"Why me? There are four billion people on earth, why me?"
It is just like in my case, being
in another country with a different language, and having to learn
that language. You feel that someone from that culture at least
knows the language better than you! So why me? Why chose me? I was
just here to finish my education. I had exams coming up soon when I
Prophet Muhammad was saying, "I am
just a caravan master from nowhere." The status of a person in the
Arab culture at that time depended on what tribe they were from. If
you belonged to a dominating tribe, you had better opportunities.
He was from a prominent tribe, but
his clan in that tribe wasn’t as powerful as other
was from the Banu Hashim clan, which was a lower status clan of the Qureysh tribe.
The Qureysh was the most prominent tribe in Mecca, but the dominating
clan was another clan.
The clan he was from was not very wealthy and powerful. So probably
he was saying, "Why me? Why not someone from a more prominent
But remember, where was Christ
from? He was from Nazareth, and supposedly, "nothing good could come
out of Nazareth." They thought he was going to come and make a big
"splash," just like in that movie "Superstar." They thought everyone
would follow him, dance with him, etc. He would make everything
right, with no effort on their part. That is what a lot of people
But God’s Way is different. He
comes like a thief of the night. He comes very quietly and all
covered. He sneaks in, teaches his teaching, and eventually
succeeds, because what he says is the truth.
Muhammad was an orphan. His father
died before he was born, and his mother died when he was six years
old. His uncle raised him. But from the very childhood he was a
different kind of child.
One of the interesting things
about the Prophets is that if you study their lives, they are a
different kind of child. They are usually more observant. They are
more meditative. They probably ask a lot of questions. They usually
are not very satisfied with the answers. It is just like when Christ
went to the temple. The lawyers talked to him, and he kept saying
things that they didn’t know. The minds of the Prophets are usually
very active, and they want to know the truth. They are looking for
what is the truth. The people give them their dogmas as truth and
they say, "It just doesn’t make sense."
It is just like, I was born in an
Islamic country, and it was OK, but I wanted to know the real Truth,
not their dogmas. I kept saying, "If God exists, show Him to me. Can
you show me God?" They threw a bunch of dogmas at me, and I said,
"It just doesn’t make sense." I said, "If you show me God, I will
believe. I cannot believe in something that I cannot see. Can you
show me God?" They couldn’t do that.
Eventually I had to say, "Just
forget it!" Then I accepted dialectic materialism, because it made
sense that everything is matter. I can see the matter. I can believe
in this table, it is matter. So you kind of reject the teaching, the
dogmas, that they offer you.
Probably Prophet Muhammad was the
same way. That is why he was looking for something. That is why he
started going to the mountains to the cave, to meditate and reach
inside his own Soul for answers.
So Prophets come as regular people
but they are very different from childhood. They express a kind of
deep desire to know the truth. If you don’t have that desire, then
you just accept whatever preachers tell you. But, as Christ teaches,
we should knock, ask, and search.
It amazes me how many people
accept whatever dogma is put on them in their cultures and from
their childhood. They just accept them and live the rest of their
lives with those beliefs. They accept whatever the preacher tells
them. They never question, "Why is it the way they say? Is it really
possible, what they say? Does it make sense? Is it logical?" They
don’t question like that. They just accept it. So maybe that is why
we are here, and they are not, because they just accepted whatever
they were told from their childhood.
When Prophet Muhammad grew, he
became a caravan master. He started taking caravans for different
rich people to various places for trade, etc. With this traveling
around, of course, he came in touch with ideas different than those
of his own culture. He would take the caravan, probably, to Syria,
to Egypt, to Persia, and/or to many other places.
Traveling expands your mind. For
example, Christ himself had to travel. He didn’t stay in the Jewish
community alone. He traveled, he went to Egypt, he went to Persia,
he went to India, and he went to Tibet. Abram (Abraham) traveled.
Most Great Prophets traveled before they received their revelations.
Traveling expands your mind, and you start understanding, "Oh, there
is more than one point of view. It is not only Islam, but there is
also Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, etc."
Interestingly, there were some
Christians and Jews in Tehran, Iran. One of my best friends was a
Jewish person who is in Israel now, and I had a couple of friends
with a Christian background who were Armenian. But we never talked
about religion with one another. We were friends. We had fun going
out, doing things together, discussing politics, etc. But we hardly
ever discussed religion.
Also, there was a Sufi Order,
around 4-5 blocks from where I lived for awhile. I knew this Sufi
place, but I was never attracted to go in there and talk to them.
Probably if I had done that, I would have been a Sufi by now, and
would have never received this Revelation.
But it is interesting how God
prevented me to know about Christianity and Judaism until I came to
the US. He kept me from even knowing about Sufism or Mystical Paths
until I came to the United States, and suddenly I was guided to the
people who were into Hinduism and meditation. Suddenly the Mystical
Paths were opened to me.
The thing that got me was when I
heard Baba say, "God is everything." It just made so much sense. God
is everything. See, it is not a God or something somewhere up there
in heaven, that you cannot reach Him, you cannot talk to Him, and He
is something up there completely away from you. No, God is
everything, and that makes sense.
We can see that there is a pattern
that, if you study the Prophets’ lives, usually as children they are
very curious, they want to know about the truth. They ask questions,
but they are not satisfied with the answers. Usually they are also
guided to go to different cultures. They would be in touch with
different energies. This way their minds are expanded, and they
realize that, "Yes, there is more than just one point of view."
There also is a period in their
lives of isolation. God isolates them from the people. For example,
Christ was in the desert for forty days, or Moses was banished from
Egypt, and he had to go to through the desert to go to Media. So
they have to go through that period.
Six months after I became a part
of Ananda Marga (AM) and started meditating, I had to go to
Mississippi. After having a lot of fun with the new friends I found
in AM, I had to leave. We used to meditate and go to the top of
Scranton in the lake, which was their reservoir. It was a big lake.
It was a one-hour walk around it. We used to walk for half an hour,
meditate for half an hour, and walk for another half an hour back,
everyday, for six months. After this six month period, suddenly I
was taken away from all those wonderful friends, and sent to
Mississippi, where I knew no one.
I went to Mississippi and entered
school. I was involved with meditation, yoga, etc. There was no one
else who wanted to do these things (as my friends in Scranton did).
So I was by myself. Actually I had a roommate for a while. He quit
school after three weeks. I had that room all to myself for the rest
of the semester. There even was no roommate. That was interesting,
and it just hit me right now.
After awhile I felt that I needed
some people to meditate with me. So I started a meditation class,
etc. We had talked about that before (read "How He Became
This is usually what happens.
There is a period of isolation for the Prophets. In that period the
stream of consciousness or revelation starts coming to them.
When Prophet Muhammad was 25 years
old, he married this rich lady called Khadija. She had caravans, and
she hired Muhammad to be master of one of her caravans before they
He was so honest that he became
known as the trustworthy one. Therefore, even before realizing who
he was, he became known to everyone as a trustworthy person. His
work impressed Khadija so much that she proposed to him herself,
"Will you marry me?" Of course, she was 15 years older than he was,
and he said, "Do I have any choice?" She said, "No." [laughter]
They got married. She was a rich
lady, so after they married he didn’t need to be too worried about
financial problems. Then he became more attracted to realizing, "Who
am I? Where am I from? Where am I going?" Some believe he joined an
order similar to the Sufis!
In that period the Arabs were
under a lot of pressure from three groups: Christians, Jews and
Zoroastrians. Actually a lot of Hindu and Buddhist ideas also were
coming to Arabia. It sounds like it was a period of a lot of
searching, and people were asking questions, etc.
It was just like the period we are
in now. It is a period of upheaval. Religions are falling apart. The
political systems are falling apart. Everyone is asking questions.
People are looking for answers.
So these people of the Sufi order
also had their own ideas. It sounds like they considered Abram and
Abraham as the most prominent figures in the Old Testament,
and they were studying who Abram and Abraham were, etc. Actually
Prophet Muhammad modeled his teaching very much on Abraham, because
Abraham was a surrendered person to God. God told him to take his
son and sacrifice him, and he did comply (although God stopped him
before he used the knife).
Muhammad joined those people. He
used to go to the cave and meditate there for one month every year
in Ramadan. The month of Ramadan was the month during which all the
tribes would come to Mecca. The Arabs would not fight in that month.
There were many tribesmen, and
there were a lot of fights among them. Each tribe would try to
possess the other people’s wells, areas, oases, etc. It was all
desert there, so the water was very important. The oases were very
important. And when their children grew up, each tribe wanted more
oases for themselves. Therefore a lot of fighting was going on
But in Ramadan they had a truce.
They wouldn’t fight then. If they did, the other tribes would join
the tribe that was attacked and fight the tribe that broke the
truce. They had to honor the tribal law; otherwise there would have
Ramadan was the month during which
everyone would put down their swords, and most of them would come to
Mecca. There were three hundred and sixty idols in Mecca, because
there were all kinds of gods. They had Krishna. They had Buddha.
They had all the tribes worshipping different idols, etc. They had
different trees that some people felt had some magic in them, and
they would go and worship them, etc.
In that month usually Prophet
Muhammad would go into seclusion and meditate in the mountains. For
fifteen years he did that. In one of these periods of seclusion, in
Ramadan, when he was forty years old, he had a vision. It was while
he was in a kind of trance it seems (some people say he was in a
sleep, some people say he was awake). It sounds like he fell into a
trance while he was meditating.
In that state, He heard a voice
that said, "Read!" He was an illiterate person; he never knew how to
read. He said, "What should I read? I can’t read." The voice again
said, "Read!" Muhammad answered, "But I can’t read, what should I
read?" The voice said for the third time, "Read!" And Muhammad asked
again, "What should I read?" The voice said, "Read in the name of
your Lord that created all things, etc."
So really he never read anything,
but the "reading (Koran)" was from the Akashic Records. It came
through him as the revelation, as what they called "Vaheh." Vaheh is
probably closest in meaning to intuition, to hearing something that
you know, but you cannot explain how you know, the quiet voice of
From that point on he started
preaching his teachings, and any time the revelation came to him, he
fell into that kind of trance. That is why he felt that he was
possessed, because he almost lost control of his faculties when this
revelation would start coming through him.
It sounds like Edgar Cayce, almost
the same thing happened to him too. He would fall into a kind of
sleep or trance and he would start revealing these Truths. It is
interesting that Edgar Cayce’s work is also called "Readings." And
Koran also means "Readings." It has the same name. God indeed
works in the most Mysterious ways!
After this first revelation came
to Prophet Muhammad he thought that, "I’m possessed and I’m a poet,
and I don’t want to be either, so I’d rather just kill myself." He
left the cave and tried to drop himself from the top of the mountain
and kill himself, but suddenly another vision came and he saw
Gabriel on the horizon. He saw someone like a very large person on
the horizon. He was so afraid he looked somewhere else, and he again
saw Gabriel there. Then he became so afraid and mesmerized, that he
almost became like a stone. He just sat there and didn’t move for a
Khadija became very worried so she
sent some people to find him. They went to the cave where he usually
went to meditate. But they couldn't find him. They came back, and
they thought something bad had happened to him. Then eventually he
returned and told Khadija what had happened.
So eventually he accepted his
situation. It is just like when this Revelation came to me. Of
course, I don’t have to go into a trance or things like that, just
like Christ didn’t go into a trance, etc. It doesn’t always happen
the same way. Probably Prophet Muhammad wouldn’t have started
anything if God hadn’t given it to him this way, only God knows. God
is a very flexible Being. He does things according to the time,
place and people.
God recognized that, probably
Prophet Muhammad wouldn’t have accepted that situation if He would
not have had that vision, etc. It is very hard to accept that
situation anyway. You feel you have to really claim something that a
lot of people are going to tell you that you are crazy. A lot of
people don’t want to put themselves in that situation.
I resisted accepting it for more
than a year myself. But in the end you have no choice. If you accept
it, then of course the revelation and the connection are complete.
That is another thing, God calls
us, and we accept. If we don’t accept, there is no connection
between God and us. God says, "OK, you didn’t accept, you are not
Of course, God knows us very well.
He knows our Spirit. If we wouldn’t accept, He wouldn’t call us.
That is why He calls us. He knows that we are going to accept it
eventually, because that is the only thing really worth living for.
Eating, sleeping, and procreation,
everyone can do that. But being in God and in His Grace, that is
really what counts. The only way to receive that is, of course, to
do His Will. That is another thing which usually is in those who are
called by God, they can see that they are not satisfied with many
things in this world of Maya.
It doesn’t make sense: coming
home, having a drink, watching television, waking up the next
morning, going to work, coming home, drinking, watching television,
waking up next morning, etc. You are not satisfied. Or going to get
an education, getting married, having children, and that’s it? That
is all this life is about? There should be more than this.
That is a question that you have
to ask yourself, and eventually come to the conclusion, "I don’t
want to do anything else but to do what I am doing, to do His Will."
Sometimes I imagine myself, "Oh, I could have become a professor in
a university, or an accountant, or have done something else." I go
through it in my meditation and I say, "Nah. I don’t want to be
that. I want to do His Mission even if it is much harder than a
Maybe that is why I had to go to
the university and see that it was all games. It wasn’t really the
truth. Even the professors, they thought they were big shots, and
what did they do? They stole from each other’s books, made a new
book, and published it, so they became "published professors." Then
they would join all these different organizations and become "active
professors." They would repeat like birds, the same thing over and
over, and that became just like an ego trip. The Spirit wasn’t
You have to cope with that
situation if you accept to be one of them and join them. You can’t
be different. If you are different, you are usually pushed away. So
that is another thing, that is another sign of being called. Nothing
else makes sense but God, His Revelation and His Understanding. If
anything else makes sense, then you are not called. You are more
interested in the world rather than God and His Words.
That is another thing that you
come to a conscious decision about, "That is it. That is what I want
to do. That is what my life is all about." Then you have no choice
but to accept it.
After you do that, you don’t have
to go into a trance to reveal the revelation of God. You can just be
like a regular person, walk, talk, do things that everyone else
does, but at the same time be connected to God and tell them all
about Him and His Plan, our Message and this Revelation.
The Fourth Seal (Islam)
At The Feast of Tabernacles
Lecture: Remember we
discussed yesterday about how Prophet Muhammad was called to his
mission. The most important point for us to realize is that God had
already promised to Abram and Abraham that there were going to be
two nations from his two children, and that there was going to be a
territorial possession and a Messiah (spiritual king) who would come
from each of them.
If we understand
that, then we have unified the Jews, Christians and Moslems
together. Because if God promised to both his children that there
would be a Messiah or a Prophet coming from them, then it is all in
the Bible, and all these three religions accept the
as the Word of God. They are the people who are supposed to follow
the Bible, the three of them, the Jews, Christians and
If we recognize that,
really my lecture is finished here. The only thing we are going to
talk about is why Islam came and what was the purpose for it to
come, what was the prophecy about it, and what it was going to bring
to humanity. The rest is mostly history, that this was how it
So for us, the most
important thing is to realize that God said that this is how things
will be. That is our strength, our faith. God had already promised
Abram and Abraham both, that these would come to pass. So because He
said that both Christ and Prophet Muhammad would come, we believe in
both. Of course, we also believe in other Prophets from God such as
Moses and all those Prophets before them.
Also it is not only
in that promise, as we explained, it is also in The Revelation, the Seven Seals are the seven religions. So Islam is
a part of the Seven Seals. That is also revealed in The Greatest
Sign. That is another confirmation that Islam should have come.
Now, of course, we
are going to explain why it came. So let us just explain what
happened historically, and how it evolved into Islam and covered
almost one-fourth of the population on earth. This also had been
prophesied, that Islam would cover one-fourth of the earth.
Muhammad accepted and received the revelation, the first person who
accepted Islam was Khadija his wife. So did my wife. She was the
first who accepted the Mission and the new revelation from God.
Who was the second
one? It was his cousin, Ali. As we said, Muhammad was raised by his
uncle. His uncle had a child whom he left in Muhammad’s care when he
was 10 years old, and he was called Ali. Muhammad was an orphan by
the time he was six years old. That is interesting. He was an orphan
when he was six years of age, and Muhammad’s son died when he was
six years old!
His uncle never was
converted, but he protected Muhammad. He never became a Moslem.
Actually that is a very well known story, that although he raised
him, he never became a Moslem. My father raised me and he never
became a Divine. Probably Joseph, Christ’s father, also did not
accept Esa. Maybe that is why we hear so little about him in the New
There were a lot of
families and uncles who were converted to Prophet Muhammad’s
beliefs, but not the uncle who raised him. He was the head of his
tribe. He raised him, but he never accepted Islam.
The third person to
convert to Islam was Abu Bakr. He was a prominent businessman and
well known in the Qureysh. Then a few other prominent people started
converting to Islam in that area, and that is actually why the
leaders of the Qureysh became very alarmed.
Of course, Prophet
Muhammad chose the name "Allah" for the name of God. Allah comes
from the root Elohim, El, Elah, and even Alohah, the Hawaiian
greeting. So the name of God is not something that Prophet Muhammad
made up himself. The Jewish people, Christians and many other people
Actually "yah" at the
end of most of the names in the Bible refers to God, such as
"Hallelujah," "Jeremiah," and all those "yah" sounds at the end of
the names. "Al" also was the name of God, and Ali, and Aloha, and
Eli, and all those sounds were related to the name of God.
With all these,
Muhammad started his mission, but the problem was, there were a lot
of preachers (there always are), and although everyone accepted him
as a spiritual teacher, they could not accept what other things he
was saying. He said, "There is no God but God. He is invisible. He
doesn’t have any partner, and He is the only God you have to
worship. He is Formless, Nameless and Invisible." So if there is
only one God, "There is no God but God," then the idols in the
Kabbah were no longer gods.
That is what made the
leaders of Mecca very upset, because that was their base of power.
There were 360 idols in the Kabbah, and everyone would come for
pilgrimage, bringing their money and business there. That is when
they started opposing him.
Before they openly
opposed him, they went and talked to his uncle who raised him.
Muhammad was under his uncle’s protection (in the same tribe). They
said, "You’d better go and talk to your nephew and tell him to stop
this. What he is saying is going to hurt us all. If he just says
that that is his God, and the other gods are OK, we will leave him
alone. We will give him a good position, a lot of money and
everything he wants, but he has to stop saying that there is only
One God and there is no god beside Him." His uncle went to him and
said, "That is what the leaders in the city want you to do."
answered, "If you put the moon in one of my hands and the sun in the
other, I will not stop my mission." He was very uncompromising about
the truth, and that is why Islam has become very uncompromising
about putting any partner with God. It is one of the points that
cause friction between Christians and Moslems. The Moslems say,
"There is no God but Allah, and He has no partner, no son, or
anything like that." Then when Christians say, "Christ is the son of
God," that creates some friction between them.
There is a poet in
Persia who explains in a poem how Christ and Allah and all those
things are from the same source. He is a Sufi, of course, who can
see the meaning behind what Christ meant.
That is one point
that is a very uncompromising principle in Islam, that "There is no
God but God, and Muhammad is His Prophet." However, as we have
explained, both the Moslems and Christians are right. There is no
God but God, and there is no partner for Him. But when the Spirit of
God comes to earth as Christ, he is His Son (In His Image), the
Messiah. There is no separation between them.
So the opposition
started rising against Prophet Muhammad, but because of the social
structure of Arabia, at that time, the tribes would protect their
people. If you belonged to a tribe, the whole tribe was behind you.
It was very important that you belonged to some tribe. Actually the
worse thing that could happen to an Arab was if he was
excommunicated from a tribe. Then he would be a fair game to other
tribes. He wouldn’t have any protection.
As long as Muhammad’s
uncle was alive, no one would even try to touch him, because his
uncle said that he would protect him. But some of his followers
didn’t have that kind of protection. Some of them didn’t belong to
very powerful tribes. Some of them were even slaves, etc. So the
leaders of Mecca started persecuting them.
Then Muhammad told
those people who didn’t have that kind of protection to go to
Abyssinia. There was a Christian kingdom in North Africa and the
south of Saudi Arabia. Prophet Muhammad told his followers who were
in danger, to go to that country because that king was just and
Muhammad told them, "He is going to give you protection."
Indeed the Qureysh
sent a delegate to bring them back, as you saw in the movie. Anyway
they stayed there until later on when Muhammad went to Medina.
It was fine for
Muhammad until his uncle died. When his uncle died, the new head of
the tribe, who was his other uncle, was very opposed to Prophet
Muhammad. So this uncle said, "No, I am not going to protect him any
Of course, they were
persecuted, and Prophet Muhammad realized that his mission was not
getting anywhere in Mecca. It was all opposition and they were just
not listening to his message. So he was probably looking for
somewhere else to expand his message.
It happened that some
of the people from Medina came to him asking if he would come and
stay with them and become their leader. The first year they came,
and he said, "I will accept, but why don’t you all go and talk to
the others in Medina and see what they say?" The next year, four
times the number of people who came the first year came to him and
said, "We want you in Medina as our leader." Eventually he decided
he would go to Medina.
The night that the
people of the Qureysh (in Mecca) decided to go and kill him because
he no longer had protection, he fled. That is when the Hijrah, or
Flight, started in Islam. That is what Muslims use as the beginning
of their dating, the Hijrah.
Muhammad had a place
where he used to sit in front of a window. He could be seen sitting
there all day. On the day of Flight, Ali put on Muhammad’s robe and
his hat (turban), and sat in his place all day. Prophet Muhammad had
left early in the morning. At night his opposition came to kill him.
Their device was that one person of each tribe opposing him would go
and they would do it all together, so everyone would be guilty.
There would be no finger pointing to one person or tribe.
Ali also slept in his
bed so all thought he was still in his house. His enemies came in,
ready to kill him. Just before they struck the first blow, they
realized that it was Ali in his bed, it was not Prophet Muhammad.
Then they realized that the Prophet was gone. So they started
searching for him, and sent many people in many directions to find
Actually the story
goes that Muhammad and Abu Bakr went together. Then they saw that
the horsemen were coming, so they went inside a cave. The moment
they went inside the cave, a spider came and made a web over the
opening of the cave.
The people of the
Qureysh came to the cave, and they saw the spider and the web there.
They said, "The Prophet can’t be here. If they had gone inside, the
web would be broken up." So they didn’t go in and Muhammad was
saved. Muslims accepted this as a Miracle to protect His Messenger.
When they (the
Prophet and Abu-Baker) arrived in Medina, the people all came out to
greet him. There was a lot of strife in Medina between the people.
They just couldn’t bring peace to themselves. They were looking for
someone to come to be their arbitrator and bring peace to them. So
when he went there, all the people said, "We all accept whatever you
say, because we know you are trustworthy. We will accept whatever
you judge among us."
They created a kind
of constitution, where they wrote down the rights and the wrongs,
and how they would treat each other, etc. So Prophet Muhammad sat
with them, drafted something like that, and everyone said, "That is
fine. We accept that."
In a very short
period of time he brought peace to Medina. Everyone started living
peacefully and, of course, most of them became Moslems. He said,
"The Moslems from Mecca are the brothers of the Moslems from
Medina." This itself was a revolutionary step, since tribal
affiliation was broken with this. The Moslems from Mecca started
moving to Medina little by little. Because they didn’t want to
attract too much attention, they didn’t take any belongings. They
would just walk away from Mecca and come to Medina.
So Prophet Muhammad
said to the people of Medina, "The people of Mecca are your
brothers. Give them sustenance, a place to live, and food, etc."
They became like brothers. As their leader there, he started making
laws and regulations of how the relationships should be between
people, and eventually he proclaimed that "All that are in Islam are
one and are brothers." That was a revolutionary idea among Arabs who
believed in tribal bonds. They used to say, that is where you came
from, so I can judge you according to your tribe, etc.
This new idea
destroyed the kind of gridlock that they were in, such as, "Which
tribe are you from?" It is just like, "What family are you from?"
Then because you are from that family, you are better than others,
or worse, depending on your family or tribe.
said, "No. Whoever is in Islam, does good and does his duty to God,
is a better person." That also made people who were opposing him
even more opposed to him, because according to them that was
destroying the whole fabric of their society. But again, he didn’t
compromise. He said, "That is the way it is. That is the way God
wants me to do it."
He also was facing
Jerusalem in the beginning when they prayed. Later on the revelation
came to him to face Mecca. So he faced Mecca. There was another
strife about this, and the people (even his followers) were
murmuring. Some of them wanted to face Jerusalem. It was kind of a
purification, to cut off those people who were not strong enough to
stay with him. He just did whatever came to him from God and He was
With all these
things, the Qureysh started feeling very pressured from Medina.
Medina was also on the way of the caravans to Mecca. The caravans
had to pass close to Medina on their way to Mecca. They thought if
Muhammad gained more power, he would close the route and they would
be in a bad situation. The geo-political situation of Medina was in
such a way that the Meccans needed to have that route open.
So they started
opposing Muhammad in even a greater degree. They started raiding the
Moslems and doing things that his followers didn’t like, and the
Moslems wanted to fight back. But Muhammad said, "No, be peaceful,
don’t fight back," but little by little His followers started
putting a lot of pressure on him, "We want to fight. We can’t stand
received the revelation to fight back (jihad). It was also
prophesied. If you remember in
The Revelation in the Fourth Seal, it says that they were
going to conquer a fourth of the world with the sword. That is
exactly what occurred with Islam.
They picked up the
sword and they started a battle with the Meccans. The Meccans, of
course, came and attacked the Muslims. That first battle the Moslems
won. That was a very big blow to the egos of the Meccans, whose army
was four times the number of the Muslims.
The Meccans had no
doubt that they were going to win the battle. The Muslims had only
two horses and the Meccans had around one hundred horses. The
Muslims did not have a lot of experienced fighters; most of the
people with Muhammad were the slaves and the lower people in the
society who were never in a battle before. The Meccans said, "We are
just going to destroy these people." And they went and lost it. That
really hurt them.
The next year the
Meccans came in an even larger number, and that battle they won.
Actually the Muslims were winning in the beginning. What happened
was that the people who were supposed to hold their positions,
around a very strategically located hill, suddenly saw that the rest
of the Muslims were going to get the booty. They left their
positions to join the others. Their leader forbade them, but they
did not listen.
When they left their
positions, there was another group from Mecca with horses who came
from the back (around the hill that those people who left their
positions were supposed to defend) behind the Muslims. So the
Meccans won the battle. Muhammad almost got killed, but he fled to
the mountains and they left him alone.
Then the revelation
came that from then on the booty would be distributed equally, after
the battle was over and that it didn’t matter who obtained it first,
it would be put together and would be distributed equally. So there
wouldn’t be another situation that some fighters would leave their
positions to share the booty. They would get it anyway.
So that battle was
lost. The next battle occurred, and this time the Muslims won the
battle, and I guess that was it. They had only three battles between
Then after awhile
Prophet Muhammad decided to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He gathered
his followers, and they started going toward Mecca. The Meccans
became very upset about this move and they said, "We had fights with
him and now he is coming for a pilgrimage? And this is the month
(Ramadan) that we can’t fight with him!" It was forbidden to fight
He started going
toward Mecca, and everyone became more and more uptight, because
they couldn’t take up the sword, and they were afraid the Muslims
were going to take over Mecca. The Meccans sent a delegate to tell
the Muslims, "Don’t come. We are not going to let you in. But if you
want to come, come next year."
So Prophet Muhammad
said, "OK." He returned to Medina. Actually they made a pact that
they would not fight for ten years, but that he could come the next
year. He said, "We accept the pact."
That caused another
big upheaval among Prophet Muhammad’s followers. They didn’t want to
have a pact. They said, "We won two wars, almost three wars, why do
you want to make a pact with them? Let’s conquer Mecca. Don’t make a
Prophet Muhammad had
to really work hard and give a lot of Satsangs and say, "Please,
please!" [laughter] Eventually his followers said, "OK, we accept
it," and they had a pact for ten years of peace.
The next year he went
on his pilgrimage to Mecca. Actually those ten years of peace didn’t
stay ten years. Those years of the peace pact became the period when
most of the people were converted to Islam, because there were no
wars and there were a lot of preachers going around and talking
about the new message. Many people heard the message, converted and
realized what he was saying. He was actually able to create more
peace among the people in Medina.
I guess it was the
fifth or sixth year of that peace that there was another strife
between the Muslims and the Qureysh people. The people from Mecca
attacked the Muslims so Prophet Muhammad said, "You broke the pact.
You weren’t supposed to attack the Muslims. So you broke the pact.
We don’t have a pact anymore."
After the pact was
broken, Prophet Muhammad started marching toward Mecca. He started
with a small number of people. But as he marched, the people started
coming and joining him. By the time they reached Mecca there were so
many people that the Meccans realized that they had no chance of
The leader of the
Meccans went to Muhammad’s camp and converted to Islam. Muhammad
promised, "We are not going to even touch one tree in Mecca. You
just go in your houses and stay in."
He went into Mecca
with no opposition, and that was it. He became the leader, the king
and the ruler of all of Mecca and Medina. The other tribes, one
after another, started coming and joining him. So for the first time
the whole fragmented Arabia became one unified nation, under one
leader and one religion. For the first time ever, the Arabs were
unified. Before that, they were scattered into different oases, and
each oasis had their own leader, their own tribe, and their own
religion, regulations and laws, and also a very loose law that
governed them all. But they never were unified. They were always
separated and had fights and skirmishes between themselves.
One of the things
that happened was that he forgave all those people who were against
him and were his enemies. That was one of the things that a lot of
his followers didn’t appreciate very much. They felt revenge and
wanted to get even. But he said, "No," and he actually gave a lot of
good positions to his previous enemies.
The Qureysh also
joined his forces and became his people. Then he had a large army
and was making the laws, etc. All the laws and regulations he
brought through Islam became the laws for the Muslims.
Muhammad never stayed
in Mecca. He went back to Medina, and that became the center from
where he started his rule. After one or two years he came for the
pilgrimage, and he gave his last speech that said that he had
perfected the religion that God had given him (not that he was the
last Prophet, but that he had perfected what was his share to bring
to humanity!) He said that all Muslims are brothers and sisters
together. The next year he didn’t come to the pilgrimage. Sometime
later, after having a headache for three days, he died.
After he died,
suddenly again, Arabia started to be fragmented. They proposed,
"Let’s have each tribe come together and have their own leader." The
bad habits of the past resurfaced. They wanted to have their own
leaders, and they didn’t want to have anything to do with the
Omar, one of
Muhammad’s followers said, "No, Muhammad is not dead. He is still
with us." But Abu Bakr said, "No, Muhammad always said that he was
just a Messenger of God and a man. The Prophet had said that he
would die just like any other man." So this stopped the creation of
a personal cult. Eventually they came together, and Abu Bakr and
Omar (both were generals of Muhammad) suggested that they should not
have many leaders. Omar said, "There should be only one leader for
all Moslems," and he nominated Abu Bakr.
Abu Bakr was an older
man, and he was very well liked by everyone. Everyone accepted him,
and the next day everyone came and made a covenant with him. He
became the new leader of the Muslims.
They called him
"Caliph." Caliph means "leader of the believers." So he was the
first Caliph after Prophet Muhammad. Of course, a lot of tribes
still did not accept this arrangement. They said, "We are not going
to follow you." The Moslems had to fight for some time to
bring them all back under the control of one leader of Islam again.
In the time of Abu
Bakr, mostly that was what they did; they tried to solidify Moslems
as one unit again. After Abu Bakr, of course, the people chose Omar.
Omar was the one who made Abu Bakr the first Caliph.
Omar became the
Caliph then. He was a general, and he was the person who started the
conquest for the Arabs. He attacked Persia, Byzantine, and the Roman
Both the Persian
Empire and the Roman Empire had been at each other’s throats for
hundreds of years. By this time they were both exhausted from the
many wars they had with one another. So the Arabs didn’t have any
opposition. They just ran over Persia and Byzantine, and went to
Egypt and North Africa. In one hundred years they had conquered
almost three fourths of the then known world.
That is another
miracle, but as we said, it was prophesied that Islam would conquer
the earth with the sword. That is exactly what Islam did. And, it
would convert one fourth of the earth.
When Omar was the
Caliph, he created a body, a council of the tribes. The council of
the tribes was supposed to choose the new successor, the new Caliph.
That was what they
did. After Omar they chose Osman and then Ali. Those were the first
four successors of Prophet Muhammad.
Ali was a very
charismatic person. He had a lot of his own followers. From the very
beginning, after the death of Muhammad, a lot of people said, "The
next person has to come from Muhammad’s family." And of course, they
A lot of other people
said, "No, he doesn’t have to be from the family of Muhammad." But
the others said, "No, the spirit of the family is what is
important." Actually most of those who said that were Persians,
Iranians. They always had kings, and the king’s son became the king,
and on and on. They had a feeling that, "the next leader has to come
from Muhammad’s family."
It is very hard to
break old habits, isn’t it? The Arabs wanted to have it that
everyone had their own leaders, and the Persians wanted to make it a
They also had
political reasons, because Persians never accepted Arabs as superior
to themselves. They always felt, "Oh, we are so civilized, we had
such a great civilization and kingdom for so long, and we have had
empires, etc." They had empires for hundreds of years. They were
running everyone else around that empire. They compared themselves
equally with the Roman Empire. They never accepted the Arabs as
equals, who were considered tribal and fragmented.
they wanted to break this up, and also, of course, they were used to
a dynasty and kingdom. They had a king for two thousand years, and
later on again it became a kingdom. So it was very hard for them to
resist that temptation. That is one thing these old cultures have to
learn, to learn democracy.
After Ali became
Caliph, there was a lot of opposition. They said that he was
vacillating in making decisions and wasn’t very strong in
implementing them. Then a lot of people started opposing him and
there was an upheaval. Even Prophet Muhammad’s wife Iyesha started
to oppose him. That was because Ali said Muhammad’s wives didn’t
have to have that much allowance. He started cutting their
allowances somewhat, so Iyesha became upset with him, and she
started opposing him. There was a small war between them (Ali and
Iyesha). Eventually Ali won, but it created a bad feeling between
By this time Islam
was in upheaval. Islam started splitting. Suddenly there was a great
strife between two people, Ali, the new Caliph, and Muawiya from
Syria. Muhammad had given Muawiya, one of His archenemies before He
conquered Mecca, a new position and made him the governor of Syria.
Muawiya claimed that he was the new Caliph.
A lot of Muslims
accepted him because he was a powerful leader. Ali was eventually
assassinated. Muawiya became the new Caliph, not by being chosen,
but by political maneuvering and use of the power. So he became the
Caliph, and then he created a dynasty.
The whole idea of
choosing a Caliph through consensus of the tribes fell apart. Islam
became a dynasty. Actually you can say that almost the whole idea of
Islam was destroyed right there. It was the Kingdom of God for
awhile, but it stopped right there.
That had to happen.
Islam wasn’t supposed to bring the kingdom of God on earth for a
thousand years. It was supposed to bring the law, the Divine Law, to
humanity. Remember the prophecy by Israel to his children? He gave
the lawgiving to the tribe of Judah until the Shiloh (Messiah) came,
and after that it would be taken away from them and given to another
That was exactly what
Christ said at his last departure from the temple in Jerusalem,
before they crucified him. He said, "The Kingdom and lawgiving will
be taken away from you and given to another nation (Matt 21:42-45)."
And did Christ bring any Laws? He didn’t bring any Laws. He brought
The next Prophet
after Christ brought the Law. Indeed, the people who studied Islam
for the next two or three hundred years, worked mostly on Islamic
laws. They tried to analyze the laws that Prophet Muhammad brought,
and discussed and argued about them. They created different schools
of thought about what these laws meant. Eventually they came up with
the concept of Shariah.
Shariah really means,
"The Path, the Way." The whole idea was to find out what were the
Divine Laws and implement them in the society. So the whole thing
fell in place as the prophecies foretold by Jacob, that the
lawgiving would be taken away from Judah and given to another
nation. Christ came and said the same thing, that it would be taken
away from the Children of Israel and given to another nation.
Christ didn’t bring
any Law himself. Then Prophet Muhammad came, and the whole religion
became a kind of concentration of Law for a Divine society, and how
justice can be brought to humanity. The Laws that were brought by
Prophet Muhammad are the Laws that have to be accepted as the Laws
for the society (COLs) to follow.
But by the time that
Muawiya became the new Caliph, the movement that the Caliphs have to
come from the family of Muhammad, became even stronger, because they
saw that this person had nothing to do with Muhammad, his family or
his teachings. He wasn’t even a close follower of Muhammad. He
became the new Caliph and created a dynasty.
So there was a lot of
dissatisfaction over this new king and new Caliph. There was a
movement that started which is called Shia. The others were called
the Sunnis. "Sunni" means those who follow your (Prophet’s) example.
Sunni means the people who follow the example of Prophet Muhammad.
They don’t believe anyone else is going to come after Prophet
Shias are those who
say that the people who came after Prophet Muhammad have to be from
the family of Muhammad. That is why they believe that the real
Caliph after Prophet Muhammad was supposed to be from his family.
They believe that Ali should have been the first Caliph.
When Prophet Muhammad
died, Ali was a very young man. The Arabs never choose a young man
as their leader. They usually choose an older person, an older
leader, who is respected, tried out, trusted, etc. So it is
impossible for the Arabs to have accepted Ali as their first Caliph.
That was why they chose Abu Bakr, an older man. Then Omar, who was
again old, and Osman, who was old too.
By this time, after
Osman, Ali was an older man, and then they could accept him as
Caliph. But the whole idea was that because this new Caliph came
over and he didn’t really know the Islamic Laws, these movements
became a kind of split in Islam, who mostly are Sunnis and Shias. Of
course in Shia itself there are many different branches, seven Imam
Shia, twelve Imam Shia, nine Imam Shia, and many other branches.
But that is really
the difference between these branches, the successors, who should
succeed Prophet Muhammad and after. And that made the difference
between Sunnis and Shias.
Muhammad died, his successor, the first Caliph, they kept the whole
Koran, didn’t they? They gave that to the people?
Maitreya: The Koran
never was written down. That is why they call the Koran a
miracle. It was so easy to memorize. Later on, those who were chosen
to memorize it, whoever was left of them, gathered together and they
recited what they could remember, and they put it together in
written words as the Koran.
Question: When they
chose Abu Bakr to be the first Caliph, was he spiritual like
Muhammad? Did he have those energies to go out to the people?
Maitreya: Well, he
wasn’t a Prophet for sure. That is the whole idea, Muhammad was not
only a Prophet but was also a leader. He was both Spirit and the Law
at the same time. That was his very unique position. That is why
when he died, everything, it seemed, was falling apart. That is why
the roles Abu Bakr and Omar played were so crucial in this time
after Prophet Muhammad. They kept Islam together. Of course, it was
the work of God.
So in a sense,
Caliph, as we said, became "the leader of the believers." He no
longer was a Prophet. He no longer was a lawmaker. That is why they
started trying to implement those laws that Prophet Muhammad
brought, to every situation, and then later on it was realized that
they do not apply to every situation.
There are a lot of
situations that Prophet Muhammad did not bring any law about,
because there was no such situation that arose while he was alive.
As the kingdom became larger and new decisions had to be made, they
couldn’t use those laws in every instance.
So they had to sit
down, discuss it and try to bring the Spirit of God to the law, and
that is why those law schools in Islam started. Eventually it became
four branches of thought about those laws. They called that body of
laws together as Shariah, "The Way."
We can see that
really that Kingdom was established for a very short period of time
and for a very small part of the world. But as we said, the most
important thing is that the lawgiving would come from the next
Prophet after Christ. Of course, Grace came with Esa and the Law came with
Also, if we believe
in reincarnation, then Prophet Muhammad could have been reincarnated
as some of those lawyers and helped in perfecting them. The greatest
of these laws are communities based on married couples. In our case
also, a community based on the Eternal Divine Path.
Now, has humanity
understood this message and the teaching of Prophet Muhammad? What
is the message of Prophet Muhammad? It is surrendering and
submission. What is that? That is the highest spiritual realization.
If you submit to God and surrender the result to God, then you are
not attached to the results of your actions. So you become
submissive and again you become a channel for God. You are free of
attachments. Actually that is the way not to be attached to your
actions, because God is doing them through you.
brought the Divine Laws, as we said, Shariah. Shariah means to
inquire and find what is the Will of God in every situation. The
Will of God is to bring justice. In every situation, we have to
bring justice to those situations. Are we just in this situation, or
not? If there is a law in the land, is that law just? If it is not
just, then it is not God’s Law. His Spirit is lacking. Whenever His
Spirit is lacking, the spirit of evil is present.
Of course, as the
four schools of thought evolved, after two or three hundred years,
they eventually reached a point that they concluded, "That’s it. We
did all the work to be done. We discussed it, we came to these
conclusions, and it is perfect as it is. No one can add anything to
it or subtract from it." They decided that they had reached the end
of the Divine Law. That is when the Spirit left them. Whenever you
say, "There is nothing more to learn about God," that is when the
Spirit leaves you.
If you say, "I have
the truth, and there is nothing else besides what I know," then your
Spirit is dead. If you accept a dogma, and you say, "This dogma is
the truth, and I don’t need anything else," your Spirit is dead.
Then you close yourself to Spirit, to that flexibility of the
Spirit, and to be able to adapt yourself to different situations.
That is when the
legalism came to the Muslim communities, a legalistic approach to
life, "If you do this and this, you have to do this and this, etc."
"If it happens this way, this is the cure for it." It is very
legalistic and rigid.
So the Spirit died.
The spirit was no longer in their laws. That is when we saw a
movement start in the Moslem communities called Sufism. It was kind
of like the law was split from the Spirit. The Spirit went to the
Sufis, and laws and legalism went to the fundamentalists.
Of course, the Sufis
came and they meditated and they chanted and they sang and they had
different philosophies. Some of them even came out and said, "I am
God," and started dancing in ecstasy. To the fundamentalists, there
is God and Prophet Muhammad, and the rest, is not God. "You are the
rest of humanity, and you come and you say you are God?" It became
the type of environment that did not allow for that kind of
realization. It became a very rigid environment. That is why after
this happening most of the new converts to Islam were not by
Muslims, but by Sufis.
It was just like that
in India. Most of India was conquered by Sufis, as were other parts
of the world. The fundamentalists, of course, started opposing the
Sufis. Still there is a lot of tension between the Sufis and the
fundamentalists in the Islamic world. But eventually the Sufis
realized that they could not live in that environment if they
continued doing this, so they said, "The people who go to that state
of ecstasy and say that they are God, really don’t mean it. They
really mean something else…." The Sufis changed some of their
beliefs, at least on the surface, to appease the fundamentalists and
get them off their backs. They were somehow trying to fit into the
society. Of course not all of them did this!
There were a lot of
ideas that evolved from Sufism into Islam, later on. They tried to
fit into the society and at the same time preach their teaching. Of
course that way of thinking eventually evolved into a branch of
Islam which is called the Ishmaelis.
That is where Bab
came from. Bab and Baha’u’llah and the Baha’i religion came from
that branch of Islam, because they believed someone was going to
come from them. This subject we are going to cover next year. See,
everything is connected together in our teaching.
Also Prophet Muhammad
said the truth. Whenever you say the truth, what happens? It hurts a
lot of people’s egos and concepts, etc. They try to shun you,
destroy you, oppose you, and all that, but the words of God always
That is what we have
to hang onto, the words of God, not our own tradition, not our own
thinking, not our own beliefs, but what God tells us through His
Prophets. If we don’t see the truth in this, then we, of course,
have our own concepts and doubts. The doubts and concepts come in,
such as, "Why accept Muhammad? Christ is the only way! That is it!
There is no one going to come after that!" Or, "We are the chosen
people, we shouldn’t accept Christ. We are the Jews, and we are the
chosen people, and the rest are no good." Or, "This world is an
illusion. The goal of the life is to merge into God. So shun the
in Islam is about a word in the Koran that says, "Muhammad is
of the Prophets." They take it to
mean the last Prophet. That is one of the beliefs of the Ishmaelis,
the branch that Bab came from, that that really doesn’t mean Khatem
(last). It really means Khatam, the seal.
If we take the word
as Khatem, the verse means the He was last of the Prophets. If you
look at The Greatest Sign, as we explained it many times, Prophet
Muhammad brought the highest spiritual realization, surrendering and
submission to God. So in a way he is the end of the Prophets because
he brought the highest spiritual realization. Khatam, on the other
hand, means the seal in a ring. And Islam is at the top of The
Greatest Sign, just like a seal in a ring.
So both words are
explained in The Greatest Sign, and both of those words are
true. There is no spiritual realization greater than being
submissive to God. If you are submissive to God, then you’ve made
it. Spiritually you’ve made it. What is more than that, than being
submissive to the Will of God?
Also it is the seal
of the Prophets, and as in a ring, it is at the top of the ring (The
Greatest Sign). Therefore, both meanings make sense in our
teachings and Revelation.
Of course, Prophet
Muhammad suffered. He was starved, he was stoned, and he was almost
killed by the Qureysh and all that, as we said here. We don’t have
these things in this Mission because God somehow provided this
environment for us so that physically, at least, they can’t do that
to us. Probably some of them would like to do that, but they can’t
do it because of the environment that God provided for us in this
But of course we have
a lot of intellectual and mental stress and persecution. It hurts,
but it is fine. We should get stronger and stronger, and even that
shouldn’t bother us at all. We should just say the words and the
truth, and leave it at that. As we create the Communities of Light
and other people see the beauty of the Communities of Light, and we
implement the Laws, and people become stronger and more in tune with
God and follow God’s Will, they will eventually see that, that is
the only way.
This time it is not
only for the Jews (Children of Israel) or the Christians (the lost
tribes) or the Moslems (Arabs) or the Persians (Bab/Baha’i faith).
This time it is for everyone. Even a lot of people say that Islam
was only for the Arabs. "It was only an Arabic revelation." That is
true, at the same time God promised Abram that a Prophet would come
from his child, Ishmael. Ishmael’s children were the Arabs. So Islam
kind of came for the Arabs, in their language, etc. This revelation
even did not come in my mother tongue.
But, of course, the
Persians were not the followers of one God. Although they had "Ahora
Mazda," many pagan beliefs had crept into their religion. They
weren’t a one God religion anymore. They even believed in the sun
god (Mithra). So they also were included with the previous pagan
Arabs. But the Moslems couldn’t change all the Christians to Islam, all
the Jews to Islam, all the Hindus to Islam, and all the other
people to Islam, because they were all necessary to be here when
The Greatest Sign came.
As we know in
The Greatest Sign, there are Seven Seals. We need Hinduism, Buddhism,
Sufism, etc. They are a part of the Seven Seals, the mystical part
of the religions. Even Sufism is a Mystical Path. When Sufism came
to Islam, they didn’t accept it. They still have a problem with it.
Sufism says that you can become God. The fundamentalists say, "No,
you can’t. There is God and Muhammad, and the rest are no good. You
can’t make it among Muslims without this dogma." That is why Sufis
had to add God and Muhammad as the pinnacle to their philosophy. Of
course there is some truth in that. God and the First Begotten Son
are at the top of the Hierarchy!
But the Mystical
Paths say that you can become god by being one with Him, submissive
to Him and following His Will. Everyone has the potential to become
god (son of God). There are a lot of people who say, "I am god. But
I have still have all my ego and I have all these problems in my
life, and I don’t know how to solve them, but still I am god." If
you are god, you shouldn’t have all those problems. You should be
one with God. You should have the energy of God. You should Manifest
God’s qualities, such as compassion, gentleness, forgiveness, etc.
And you have to be able to solve your problems, not only yours, but
other people’s problems as well. So being God is not just a word. It
is a Spirit that comes through.
What was the symbolic
meaning of the life of Prophet Muhammad? He brought the Fourth Seal,
so he meditated (remember He used to go to the cave, etc.) and was a
kind of mystic when he received the revelation. He created a
community, he scarified for it, and he was surrendered and
submissive to God. So he was in the Fourth Seal. But he wasn’t a
universalist. Although in a sense he was, but his teaching did not
concentrate on that aspect. That was left to the next Prophet.
The symbolic meaning
of Prophet Muhammad acting as a king: Didn’t God say that there
would be a sceptre and a material possession for the Arabs? So he
came as a king. He had a sceptre and the Arabs gained the material
possession they were promised they would have. As Christians call
Christ "the King of the Jews," He was as a king, and of course, the
Christians received their share of the earth.
brought the message of submission to the Will of God. Islam comes
from the root "tasleim." Tasleim means to be submissive and
surrendered. Only with surrendering our will to His Will ("His Will
be done") will we be One with Him and the Communities of Light be
What was the last
conversation between Christ and God? It was in the Garden of
Gethsemane. He was supposed to be crucified, and he said, "Can you
take this cup from me?" He wasn’t completely surrendered. As we
said, it hurts to be put on the cross with some nails through the
hands, etc., and to be left hanging on a cross. He didn’t want to
follow His Will. He wasn’t completely submissive yet. So he said,
"Can you take this cup from me?" Then suddenly, right away he
realized, "What am I doing?" He said, "Thy Will be done, not mine."
Then the next
lifetime he came as a completely surrendered and submissive person
to the Will of God. If we accept that he is the person who brought
all these seals to humanity, then Prophet Muhammad is indeed the
same as Christ, or Esa. It was the same person. Actually Islam
means, in a sense, "Is-Lamb," Islam.
So he learned that he
should become submissive and surrendered. The next time when he came
as Prophet Muhammad, he was submissive and surrendered.
Of course, without
submission and surrendering to God, the Communities of Light are
impossible. There are a lot of communities out there, spiritual
communities, but they are not the Communities of Light. A Community
of Light is a community in which the people follow the Eternal
If you get together
and you don’t follow the Eternal Divine Path, you are not a
Community of Light (COL). That is the difference between a community
and a Community of Light, and a part of the Community of Light is to
be surrendered and submissive to the Will of God.
The Will of God has
already been given to us: meditation and doing our spiritual
exercises, directing all this energy towards the creation of
Communities of Light or the Second Seal, to sacrifice for that
ideal, submission and surrendering to the Will of God, becoming a
universalist, and becoming a Paravipra, becoming a dynamic spiritual
force. That is the goal for each of us, if we want to make
Communities of Light.
We don’t have to be
there right away, when we first come to the Mission, but that is the
goal. Eventually we will reach a point that there will be many
people who are going to join the Communities of Light. Then when
more new people come it would be easier for them to adjust and learn
to become a productive member of the COL.
They are going to be
talking about this teaching and sharing with one another and others.
We shouldn’t talk with one another about anything except this
teaching and the business at hand. The rest is idle talk. As Christ
said, you should just say, "Yeah, yeah, nay, nay." Anything other
than that is idle talk.
And is idle talk
good? It is no good. Idle talk comes from the first chakra. That is
why it brings the energy down. The moment someone starts giving idle
talk, the energy goes down. People in higher consciousness would
say, "Oh no, I don’t want to hear this. Let us take care of the
business at hand, or let us talk about God and His Plan."
You have to be able
to not fall into that temptation. There is a lot of temptation to
give idle talk. A lot of people love to sit and gossip and give idle
talk, and all that. That is no good. It is not good for you, it is
not good for the other person(s), it is not good for the
environment, and it is not good for the community.
If we create such
communities, the people will always talk about God, the different
Prophets, and make movies of each of these Prophets. They can make
movies about each of these seals and then at the end show how they
come together in The Greatest Sign and the Eternal Divine
Path. That will be wonderful. The television will have all these
wonderful programs about God and/or different things for educational
purposes, how the Communities of Light can bring beautiful education
to children, and how the self-sufficient units are so important for
our economy and are going to solve our problems, etc.
It will wrap us up in
this energy and flow. It is going to be a much better environment
then going into the temptation of the world. So each person has to
recognize and become the Eternal Divine Path.
What is the
relationship between the Fourth Seal and The Greatest Sign?
It is the Fourth Seal
in The Greatest Sign! It shows that submission to His Will is
necessary in order for the Communities of Light to be manifested. We
just explained why. Because if we are not submissive to the Will of
God, then each of us is going to have our own will, and we will
think that our will is the best way it should be. Each person will
pull the community in different directions. Such a community will
Of course, at this
point in time, we are really not the Communities of Light; we are
the facilitating body. We are trying to get this message to every
corner of the earth. We are trying to facilitate the formation of
the COLs. It is the COLs, which eventually will bring the KOHOE.
Communities of Light are going to manifest everywhere. Just like
mushrooms, they will come to be everywhere on the earth.
Right now we are
looking for 144,000 Maitreyas. After we get them, these Communities
of Light are going to pop up everywhere, and they are going to
choose their own leaders. As we said, twelve people are going to
come together and have one leader (representative). Twelve of such
twelve people are going to have another leader. Twelve of such
twelve are going to have another leader. Then we are going to have
cities, then providences, then states and countries, and on and on.
These leaders are going to come from the bottom to the top.
There will be twelve
people who gather together, and one of them is going to emerge as
the leader. The leader has to emerge. It is not something that
someone says, "Now I am the leader, I am going to take over." It
will not work that way.
Everyone will have to
accept him that, "Yes, you have the qualities of a leader. You are
trustworthy. We back up what you say. You can take charge. You can
lead other people to a better place than where they are."
As we said, we are
the facilitating body. These twelve people are going to choose their
leader, and these other twelve people are going to choose their
leader. Hopefully they are going to choose a person who is connected
to God. It is very important that they choose a person who is
connected to God. If they do not, they are as lost as those who
chose them. If they are connected to God, they can lead us to where
God wants to take us.
So it is important
that we have leaders who are submissive to the Will of God and bring
His Energy and Will to the community.
This is a part of the
Plan of God, the Eternal Divine Path. The Fourth Seal is a part of
the Eternal Divine Path. Muhammad as the Messiah, the first Begotten
Son of God, has brought it to us again.
As we said, Adam
brought the first teaching, then Noah, Abraham, and on and on. As
God said, Abraham was going to be blessed. Every nation was going to
be blessed through him. How could every nation be blessed through
him, if he was not born in every nation, and was not their leader,
and blessed them with his blessing? So that is how every nation was
going to be blessed through him.
There is another clue
in The Revelation, where it says that he is going to open
every seal. So it has to have been done by the same individual over
and over again. Adam is the same as Abraham, as Noah, as Moses, and
Each seal of
The Greatest Sign is a part of a greater truth. The whole is greater
than each part. The whole has life. Separate each organ or part from
the body, and no life will exist. However, parts are needed for life
Each sign has a great
truth, and it brought a great part of the earth together as a
religion. Now we put all of them together. Which one is greater? Is
the whole greater than the parts? So the whole Greatest Sign
and our teaching is greater than each part.
Each part in
The Greatest Sign and the Mission is important. It is like your head,
your hands, your heart, your legs, your digestive system, etc, is
important. When you separate them from each other, what is going to
be left? No life will be left. But if you put them together, and
then bring the Spirit also to it, what is going to happen? You are
going to have eternal life.
There is so much
strife and so many problems on earth between religions, because they
are separated and they don’t recognize how they are one.
Now put them all
together and you have a body. Now you have all the parts together,
and bring the truth, which is greater than each of them, which is
the Mission, the Spirit of the Mission, and it is then that each
part also is going to have life.
The human has no
choice. They have to evolve to a higher degree of understanding.
They are not there yet, but they have to evolve to the understanding
that there is one planet, there is one God, and one Eternal Divine
Path, and that Path is the shortest way to reach God.
God really exists.
Amazing as it sounds, but it is true. God really exists. If they
recognize these things, they have no choice but to become unified.
Each sign in
The Greatest Sign is a part of a greater truth. The Greatest Sign
and the Eternal Divine Path is greater than the parts. The whole has
many different parts, as a body with the many different organs. When
these different parts (organs), are put together, much can be
manifested. Separated parts (organs) have no life. These organs
together will mean that the Spirit will have life. Without Spirit,
which is the Vision, man will die. Now this Vision is the Mission.
The Mission, as a body with all its components, has to be received
Another thing is that
the Mission is a whole package. You cannot accept a part of it and
reject another part. It cannot be done. It is just like we said, you
can have a heart and a mind, but if you don’t have any digestive
system, how are you going to live? So it is the whole body that has
to be accepted. It is something that if you believe in it, you have
to accept the whole.
A lot of people came
to the Mission and they said, "Yes, we accept this seal, this one
and this one, but not that one," and it didn’t work for them. You
cannot do that. It is impossible. Sorry, I wish it could work that
way, but it doesn’t. Or, they accepted the teaching, but not the
teacher, and they also failed.
Our teaching is the
spirit of life giving life to its parts, and together it will
manifest the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth. That is exactly what that
stone is, which came from nowhere and hit that image in the vision
which Daniel interpreted for the king, and broke that image into
pieces. And you can see that the whole earth is breaking into pieces
right now. And the stone which broke the image filled the whole
Actually you can see
that even countries are falling apart, while we are talking about
unification. They are becoming separated. Even Canada is on the
verge of becoming separated further. Yugoslavia, Russia, and all
those places are falling apart into pieces.
Accepting only one
part or a few parts of the Mission and rejecting other parts is like
accepting a few organs of the body, and rejecting the others. There
will be no normal life, no receiving life. It will not work.
Each part is
necessary for the body, the Mission, to function properly. Of
course, some organs (parts) of the body are more vital than others
are. Some parts are like the brain in the body. If it is not there,
the body will die. Some others are not that vital, but are good to
have. It is just like it is good to have ten fingers, however, you
can live with only nine fingers, but it is much easier to live with
Some parts of the
Mission, of course, are not as vital as other parts, but are good to
follow. If you miss your Reminder once or twice, that will not,
probably, take you completely away from the Vision. But there are
parts that you cannot compromise. These parts of the Mission are
very important, just like the brain. If you do not have the brain,
you are dead. So you have to have the brain. You can even take out
one of your kidneys and still live, but it is good to have two
So some parts of the
Mission are vital. The Eternal Divine Path is vital to understand,
follow, and become. Taking half a bath is good to do. It makes you
feel refreshed, gives you a healthy body, and cools you down,
because heat in the body is one cause for a lot of disease. When you
cool yourself off, a lot of disease goes away from you. Heat also
brings lethargy in you. It makes you lethargic and lazy. If you do
the half bath, especially if you can put the water through your nose
and let it go to the mouth, it really cools off your brain. Your
brain will work much better. But it is not vital. It is not
something that if you don’t do it you won’t go to heaven.
The Greatest Sign
and the Eternal Divine Path are the answers for humanity’s salvation
physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, individually and
collectively. The Mission is the whole Body and Soul. It has life.
It is no longer apart, it is not separated.
The Mission is not
only for Muslims, it is not only for Jews, it is not only for
Christians, it is not only for Hindus, or Buddhists. All of them are
accepted in it. It doesn’t matter what is on this earth, if it is a
Mystical Path, if it is a message from God, it is a part of the
Eternal Divine Path. We don’t separate anyone. We don’t exclude
anyone. If they exclude themselves, that is their problem. We don’t
exclude them. They exclude themselves.
It is just like God,
if we don’t understand that we are a part of Him, it is our problem.
We are a part of Him if we like it or not. God is everything.
It is not God’s
problem if someone says, "No, I’m not a part of this Mission." To
me, they are. To them they are not. That is their problem. To me
there is no one on this earth (or the universe) who is not a part of
So the Mission is the
whole Body and the Soul, and whoever accepts it will become vital,
will become alive. Of course, we have to forget about our little
problems. They will be solved in the COLs. There has never been a
greater truth on earth.
Still we are hanging
onto our own little problems, and we cannot see the potential that
is being offered to us in the Mission. I’m not saying that we don’t
have problems. There is no one on the earth who doesn’t have
problems. Everyone has problems. There is no one who doesn’t have
And they are not
going to be solved. Even in Communities of Light there are going to
be problems. No, but as I said, 99% of human problems are not real
problems. They are created by our own self, so that if we get rid of
99% of the problems, then we have only 1% of the real problems, and
those can be solved much easier in the collective effort, in
cooperation, in the Communities of Light, based on the Eternal
So the Mission is the
whole Body and Soul. If any part is separated and not accepted, the
whole will die fast. As we said, you have to accept the whole thing.
If you do not accept the whole thing, it is not going to have life.
It is going to die very fast. It unifies all the great religions of
the world. It fulfills all the prophecies. It shows the way to bring
the Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth. It is the way to bring individual
and collective salvation to humanity.
is through your meditation, your realization from self and getting
rid of unwanted energies and problems, making your life much
simpler, nicer and easier, so you can cope with the other energies
that you would like to get into. The simpler and the easier the
life, the simpler and easier it is to get rid of your problems. The
more complex your life becomes, the more complex your problems
become. It is as simple as that.
So individual and
collective salvation will occur with the Communities of Light. It is
much easier in the Communities of Light to have your physiological
and safety needs taken care of. So you can concentrate on your
spiritual progress. As I said, when your life becomes more
complicated, mentally you become more complicated, and it is harder
The Mission shows the
shortest Path to the highest spiritual achievement. It is the answer
to all human longings, physically, mentally, emotionally and
spiritually, individually and collectively.