"The same day went
out of the house, and sat by the sea side."
"And great multitudes were
gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat;
and the whole multitude stood on the shore."
"And he spake many things
unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;"
taught the multitudes in parables but he taught his disciples
directly as in chapters 5 and 6.
"And when he sowed, some
seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them
"Some fell upon stony places,
where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because
they had no deepness of earth:"
"And when the sun was up,
they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered
"And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:"
"But other fell into good
ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some
sixtyfold, some thirtyfold." (Matthew 13:4-8)
gave this parable to the multitudes. Its meaning would be explained
to his disciples later on.
"Who hath ears to hear,
let him hear." (Matthew 13:9)
who have opened their spirit (Heart) can understand the meanings
behind his teachings.
"And the disciples came,
and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?"
"He answered and said unto
them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the
heaven, but to them
it is not given."
"For whosoever hath, to him
shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath
not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath."
"Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not,
neither do they understand."
"And in them is fulfilled the
prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:"
"For this people's heart is
waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they
have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and
hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and
should be converted, and I should heal them."
"But blessed are your eyes,
for they see: and your ears, for they hear."
"For verily I say unto you,
prophets and righteous men have desired
to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to
hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." (Matthew
disciples wondered why he did not teach the multitudes as he taught
them but instead spoke in parables to the masses.
answered that the multitudes were not ready to receive the true
teachings or in other words, they were more interested in their
mundane things. <5>They
were attracted to his powers, healing, and their daily lives rather
than to higher things. That is why "to them it is not given" to
"know the mystery of the kingdom of
those who seek, knock, and ask will gain some knowledge about
God, "for whosoever
hath," and to such a people even more knowledge will be given
Universal Mind, "and he shall have more
those who do not seek the truth will be drowned in the ocean of
"but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he
hath." So they become deaf, blind, and dumb to the understanding of
the spiritual truth. They become spiritually dead.
as Esaias said, these people hear but do not understand, they see
but cannot perceive, and so on. Because they have closed themselves
to the truth, even the
Messiah cannot save
through these parables a seed was planted in their
so one day they might, "see with their eyes, and hear...", then they
would be saved, "I shall heal them."
are those who have opened themselves to receive the truth. That is
why they see and hear things that great
Prophets desired to see and hear but
"Hear ye therefore the
parable of the sower." (Matthew 13:18)
explained the meaning of the parable of the sower to his disciples.
"When any one heareth
the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the
wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This
is he which received seed by the way side." (Matthew 13:19)
is crude will not understand the truth, because the truth will not
even enter into it. So it is like the sower never planted the field
and the seeds fall "by the way side." The
tama guna ("the
wicked one") causes them to be so ignorant that they will not
receive the truth.
"But he that received
the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word,
and anon with joy receiveth it;"
"Yet hath he not root in
himself, but dureth for a while: for when
tribulation or persecution ariseth
because of the word, by and by he is offended." (Matthew 13:20-21)
who sees the truth and embraces it, but when he tries to follow it
he falls, because of other people's disapproval (tribulation),
is one who has no depth. So the seed cannot root deeply into him to
protect him from failure. This type of person has a
which is like the stone, with only a little soil on it to receive
the seed. Therefore because there is not deep ground for it to take
root, it will not last long and will be destroyed.
"He also that received
seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of
this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he
becometh unfruitful." (Matthew 13:22)
who receives the truth, recognizes it, but has stronger love for the
world, will forget the truth for this love of the world and
("the deceitfulness of riches"). That is what is meant by "choke the
word," The Truth.
"But he that received
seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some
an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:23)
those who are ready and are true seekers will receive truth in their
prepared Souls (Elected
Ones). Each of them will bring
fruit according to their capacities.
"Another parable put he
forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of
is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:"
"But while man slept, his
enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way."
"But when the blade was
sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also."
"So the servants of the
householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good
seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?"
"He said unto them, An enemy
hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we
go and gather them up?"
"But he said, Nay; lest while
ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them."
"Let both grow together until
the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn
them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matthew 13:24-30)
who go to the ocean of
will be drawn further in the depths of
ignorance, "...bind them in bundles to
those who go toward Him, long for truth, and overcome
"but gather the wheat into my barn."
"Another parable put he
forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of
is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in
"Which indeed is the least of
all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and
becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the
branches thereof." (Matthew 13:31-32)
who open themselves to the truth and/or receive the
light of truth even
as little as the size of a mustard seed, will have that little truth
grow in them as a great
and they will become the Savior of many because of their
light, "so that the
birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
"Another parable spake
he unto them; The kingdom of
is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures
of meal, till the whole was leavened." (Matthew 13:33)
"leaven," will help the whole universe to reach the same, "till the
whole was leavened."
"All these things spake
unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not
unto them:" (Matthew 13:34)
only spoke to the multitudes in parables because they were dead
(ignorant). But it is amazing that with all
these examples that understanding the truth is hard, still so many
claim they know the truth!
"That it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my
mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret
from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 13:35)
would utter the mysteries of
God in parables,
"which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world."
<22>But the same
mysteries will be revealed by the seventh
without putting them in parables, "But in the days of the voice of
should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the