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Tablet Eight

"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;" (Rev. 2:12)

<1>What is the church in Pergamos?  It is the third symbol (cross-s.gif (869 bytes)) in The Greatest Sign.  It is the teaching of Christ, and the Angel is Esa.  His teaching is the sharpest ("hath the sharp sword") and has a twofold meaning, literally and mystically, "with two edges."

<2>The sharp sword is the truth.  Whoever is in Pure Consciousness will say the truth, which is sharp as a sword. The sharp sword is used only in the verses about the third sign, because who has the sharpest teaching among the Prophets?  It is Esa.  The four gospels are the most direct and sharpest teachings of the truth.  They cut through the faults (if you understand them!)

<3>This church can also refer to the third chakra.


"I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is:  and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth." (Rev. 2:13)

<4>"Where Satan's seat is":  The first three chakras are where a human is bound to the attraction of the external world and still greatly under the influence of the tama guna (Satan).  Therefore whoever overcomes these three psychic energy centers knows "where Satan's seat is."

<5>That is why Esa taught that you have to be born again.  To be born again means to go from these first three chakras (lower nature) to the higher chakras (higher self).  Or in other words, to crucify the false ego (lower self) so to be born again (resurrect) into the higher self and be glorified.  That is why until you are born again, you are not saved.  <6>In fact the very symbolic meaning of the crucifixion of Esa (symbol of the death of the false ego) and his resurrection is to show that you have to die first (your false ego) before you can be born again (resurrect to the higher self), "It is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life" (St. Francis of Assisi).

<7>"Antipas" is the true consciousness against the attraction of the external world which will be slain by these three chakras.  By overcoming these first three chakras, you enter "the heart of the yogi" (the sacred heart) which is the place of unconditional Love (Mother, fourth chakra).

<8>Christianity is the symbol of this overcoming of these first three chakras.  It is a symbol of individual achievement in detaching completely from Maya.  He who overcomes the first three chakras overcomes evil (attraction of Maya) and is a true disciple of Christ.


"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication." (Rev. 2:14)

<9>However, still in this stage between overcoming the power of the first three chakras and entering the fourth chakra, man can be misled by false prophets and teachers in spiritual realities.  He can fall from being a child of Israel (one who struggles with God) and be as lost as others.


"So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate." (Rev. 2:15)

<10>The deeds of the Nicolaitanes are evildoings and false guidance.  In the third chakra, the desire for power, prestige, and possession is dominating.  Therefore, the pitfall is that a person might follow false guides or become one of them himself, and do evil from passion.  That is what God does not like.  He dislikes people who do evil or become false guides for their own desires to gain power, position, or prestige.

<11>Also, verses 14 and 15 refer to the influence of the Roman doctrines (pagan religions of Rome) and other false teachers who tried from the very beginning to influence Christ's teachings (Acts 8:1-24, Jude 4), and eventually did.


"Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." (Rev. 2:16)

<12>How did Christ fight with the Pharisees and scribes?  He fought with his teaching, which was sharp and true like the sword.  He came quickly and fought with the truth ("sword of my mouth") against those who were following false teachings (Balaam doctrine) and performing false doings (Nicolaitanes).


"...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it." (Rev. 2:17)

<13>He who overcomes the first three chakras will enter the fourth chakra, which is the center of love.  The experience of bliss in this chakra is so great and the nectar that will be felt in the throat area is so unexplainable that the joy is not comparable with anything in this external world.  That nectar is the "hidden manna."

<14>"And will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written."  The white stone is the stone of purity (purified consciousness) and knowledge of God -- not intellectual knowledge, but intuitive.  The experience of eating of the hidden manna will bring that relationship with God where there is no mistake, you know that He exists.  The "new name" is The Word, which is a vibration within you.

<15>These are the people who will hunger and thirst for righteousness and will be filled (Matthew 5:6).  They will eat of the hidden manna, and they will be given a white stone and new name (Rev. 2:17).  They will hunger for bringing justice on earth, as symbolized by the balance in Rev. 6:5.


"And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God,..." (Rev. 2:18)

<16>What is the church in Thyatira?  It is the fourth symbol in The Greatest Sign (islms15c.jpg (912 bytes)), the symbol of Islam.   Islam comes from the word "tasleim," which means to be surrendered to the Will of God. Being surrendered to God does not mean to be idle and let Him do everything for you, but to do your best and then surrender the result to Him with no attachment, "Work not for a reward, but cease not to do thy work" (Bhagavad-Gita 2:47).

<17>This church is also the end of the fourth chakra and the entering into the fifth chakra where the sound OM (omsmall.gif (884 bytes)) can be heard.


"I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first." (Rev. 2:19)

<18>By residing in the fourth chakra and trying to reach the fifth chakra, the quality of giving charity, doing service, and having great faith and patience will become manifest. You become merciful (Matthew 5:7).  Islam is the symbol of all these things.  In fact definite rules and regulations are set up to awaken the people to do these things.  Another quality in Islam was bringing the right of all being spiritually equal, "the last to be more than the first."


"Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols." (Rev. 2:20)

<19>Who is this Jezebel?  She is the false understanding of the teachings and realities which were revealed to the person who has come to the fourth chakra and is trying to go to the fifth chakra.  The false understanding is that the person feels so content and experiences such a joy and great truth that he feels he has reached the end of the spiritual path.  So this becomes a source of misunderstanding and also a hindrance in further progress.  But because the universal point of view has not been created, this leads to narrowness of the mind.

<20>Moslems also think that Islam is the last religion. Like many other religions, they follow concepts that have been imposed on them.  They believe that Prophet Muhammad is the last Prophet and Islam is complete by itself.  So they oppose any Prophet after Prophet Muhammad.  They do not accept the three truths after the sign of Islam in The Greatest Sign, nor do they add the knowledge of the three previous signs.


"And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not."

"...and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds." (Rev. 2:21-22)

<21>The following of this false belief is like adultery with Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.  This will create confusion and cause man tribulation and misery.


"And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts:  and I will give unto every one of you according to your works." (Rev. 2:23)

<22>In the sentence, "And I will kill her children with death," death means ignorance.  Therefore, those who follow the false understandings of the teachings and realizations in this state (which is narrowness and not having a universal view), will become ignorant and their minds will become more narrow, further into death.


"But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden." (Rev. 2:24)

<23>"As many as have not this doctrine" means, "As many as are surrendered to My Will and are submissive to Me, and so will progress further in the spiritual path, or those who are ignorant of the depth of Satan as they speak [they think they know], to these people will I be merciful."

<24>The point is that the doctrine you follow in your life is the most important part of your spiritual progress.  Doctrine means your ideology and goal.

<25>Therefore, if you are ignorant of the depths of Satan (you are following a false teaching or doctrine), "I will put upon you none other burden."  That is, if the person in this state will open his heart to understand others also, then God will be merciful to him and he can progress further.


"But that which ye have already hold fast till I come." (Rev. 2:25)

<26>Those who stay in this state from ignorance will not be punished for their ignorance, but only for their bad deeds (samskaras, or sins).


"And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:" (Rev. 2:26)

<27>Those who overcome these false understandings of the teachings of the fourth symbol in The Greatest Sign will become surrendered ones to the Will of God.  They will become people with expanded minds and eventually will become universalists.  They will study the teachings of the three truths before (in The Greatest Sign) and also will accept the next three truths after this fourth one, "and keepeth my works unto the end."  Only such people can assume the leadership of the nations, because they have overcome the narrowness of the mind.

<28>The power over the nations was given to the Moslems when in a short period of time they conquered so many great nations, such as Persia and Rome.  This was possible only because they were following the true teachings of Prophet Muhammad at that time.  Also, it was His Will ("... And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth..." Rev. 6:8).


"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." (Rev. 2:27)

<29>"He shall rule them with a rod of iron" because the authority of these people shall not come from man but from God.  "Even as I received of my Father" means, in the same way, "as my authority which is from the Father."


"And I will give him the morning star." (Rev. 2:28)

<30>The star of the morning is the sun. "The morning star" (sun) is the symbol of the highest spiritual realization, which is to be completely surrendered and submissive to The Plan of God.

<31>Surrendering does not mean escapism, it means to use all the beautiful gifts of life, such as intellect, spiritual powers, our bodies, tongues, eyes, etc., toward bringing about The Plan of the Lord.  This Plan was the main purpose of the creation of the universe, which is to create the proper environment in order for all to reach Pure Consciousness.  So we try our best to use all of our abilities to do His Will and then surrender the results of our actions to Him.  <32>Or, we let Him do the actions through us.

<33>The people in the fourth chakra are those who are merciful and shall obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7).  The Spirit says, "I will put upon [them] none other burden" (Rev. 2:24), power over the nations will be given to them (Rev. 2:26), and they will receive the morning star (true knowledge of God) (Rev. 2:28).  Also, power is given to them over the fourth part of the earth (Rev. 6:8).


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