"And after six days
taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into
a high mountain apart,"
"And was transfigured before them: and his face
did shine as the sun, and his raiment was
white as the
light." (Matthew 17:1-2)
<1>He showed to his disciples how unlimited
is the power of man to master the elements of the universe. They saw
"And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and
Elias talking with him." (Matthew 17:3)
<2>So Moses and Elias were different Souls
was the reincarnation
Adam, Elias was
reincarnated as John the Baptist, and Moses is a different Soul than
both of them.
"Then answered Peter, and said unto
Esa, Lord, it is good for
us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one
for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." (Matthew 17:4)
<3>Again Peter was thinking of material
things for them, and was in the lower thoughts. He was trying to
Prophets instead of
"While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud
overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the
cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom
I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:5)
<4>A voice came to them and made them realize
Esa was. He was
Begotten Son, with whom the
Father is "well pleased," and his disciples should listen to him
and follow his teachings.
"And when the disciples heard it, they fell on
their face, and were sore afraid." (Matthew 17:6)
<5>They were still not ready to be in the
presence of the
Father and a great fear
came upon them. That is why most humans are kept away from higher
realizations, because it is very hard for many to see the truth.
They are not ready yet. That is why the Soul should progress
gradually toward the Father.
When it is ready, it will receive His Darshan (Presence).
came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid."
"And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw
no man, save
Esa only." (Matthew 17:7-8)
Esa, who was in
Pure Consciousness, was not afraid. He comforted them by
touching them and talking to them. They had been allowed to see a
little of the truth <7>but when they came back to their
regular state of being, they saw no one but
Esa. They had been awakened from their vision.
"And as they came down from the mountain,
Esa charged them, saying,
Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from
the dead." (Matthew 17:9)
<8>All these things were done so that his
disciples would become familiar with his true mission and be able to
be sure that he was
Christ. So later on they
could do his work with great faith.
"And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that
Elias must first come?"
answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and
restore all things."
"But I say unto you, That Elias is
come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him
whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of
"Then the disciples understood that he spake unto
them of John the Baptist." (Matthew 17:10-13)
<9>John the Baptist was the
"And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a
certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,"
"Lord, have mercy on my son: for he
is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire,
and oft into the water."
"And I brought him to thy
disciples, and they could not cure him."
answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long
shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither
devil; and he departed
out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour."
"Then came the disciples to
apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?"
said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you,
If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and
nothing shall be impossible unto you."
"Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer
and fasting." (Matthew 17:14-21)
<10>To be able to help others, a person
should have a great faith in the Lord and purify himself so that His
powers might manifest through him, "but by prayer and fasting."
"And while they abode in Galilee,
Esa said unto them, The Son
of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:"
"And they shall kill him, and the third day he
shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry." (Matthew
predicted his death and his rising on the third day, and his
disciples again did not understand the significance of this
happening. But this time they accepted it without arguing that it
should not happen to him. However they felt sorry inside, and they
thought that he would actually die.
"And when they were come to Capernaum, they that
received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master
pay tribute?" (Matthew 17:24)
<12>Tribute collectors were trying to cause
trouble for him and his disciples.
"He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the
Esa prevented him, saying,
What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take
custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?"
"Peter saith unto him, Of strangers.
Esa saith unto him, Then
are the children free." (Matthew 17:25-26)
asked Peter if the kings of the earth are just to the people, or do
they impose suffering on those who are not the same as them,
"strangers?" Peter answered that they impose burdens on strangers
but not on those who are like themselves, "their own children."
<14>Esa asked if he
(Peter) thought by doing this are the king's children free from
burden? The answer is of course "NO." <15>By doing this,
kings create a bad
karma not only for
themselves but for those who are protected under them, who accept
the suffering of others so that they might live in prosperity.
"Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go
thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first
cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shall find a
piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee."
instructed him to go and pay what they asked for and leave the
judgment to the
Father. If they have
done an inequity, they will pay for it.