<1>To do good, to be good, and all the acts of
giving instead of receiving, are for self-purification.
<2>He who strives in the path of spiritual progress in truth is
trying to overcome the illusion of this external world (Maya).
The desire to be glorified by man is one of them which binds the
human to the earth.
<3>"Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not
sound a trumpet before thee," because that is the way of the
hypocrites. That is the way of those who try to look spiritual but
inside are filthy. In truth they receive their reward, which is the
glory of men, but their
will not grow, and will even be more darkened.
"But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right
"That thine alms may be in secret: and thy
Father which seeth in
secret himself shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:3-4)
<4>So those who truly want to do good will do it
in secret. They will not do it to be glorified by man but will
receive their reward inside as spiritual progress from the
Father who is in
Heaven. <5>Even if they
do a good action in the open, they do it not to receive the
attention of others but to set an example for them.
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for
they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of
the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward."
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy
closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy
Father which is in secret; and thy
Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew
<6>This Law is true about any action. The action
should be done not to receive praise and attention from others for
selfish reasons ("to be glorified by men"), but to make the
purified and grow toward the goal -- to be(come)
Divine. To try to be
glorified by man for our actions is the way of the hypocrites.
"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for
they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."
"Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your
Father knoweth what
things ye have need of, before ye ask him." (Matthew 6:7-8)
<7>The true prayer is done when a person is in
meditation and in
the silence of the heart. With merely repeating or much speaking,
nothing will be gained. <8>Also there is no need to pray for
anything, because whatever is necessary for you to have will be
provided by God.
God has already given man
all the tools necessary for him to use and to gain his basic
necessities. <9>In truth, the only necessary prayer to the Lord is
for His guidance to overcome the power of the
tama guna over our
Souls and detach ourselves
"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our
Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy
"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as
it is in
"Give us this day our daily bread."
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
evil: For thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Amen." (Matthew 6:9-13)
<10>This was the prayer given by
Esa to be performed by his
followers. Before starting to pray, the ideation of respect and
God should be invoked. That
is why the first verse gives praise to the Lord, "Hallowed be thy
name," the same as, "We pay our salutations to the Divine
<11>The second verse is an expression of the
desire that the Will of the Lord be done, which is for His Kingdom
to be established on earth, "as it is in
heaven." <12>As it is shown in
The Greatest Sign, there are three Kingdoms Of
Kingdom Of Heaven In Heaven,
the Kingdom Of Heaven within, and the
Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth. The
Kingdom Of Heaven In Heaven
already has been established. When the Kingdom Of Heaven within ()
Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth
are also established, then His Kingdom will come and His Will, will
be done on earth as it is in
<13>So in this verse the Will (Desire) of the Lord has been
expressed. He desires to see that His Kingdom come and through it
the whole universe progress as rapidly as possible toward the goal (Pure
<14>"Give us this day our daily bread": To do His
Will and/or before starting any spiritual progress, man's
physiological and safety needs should be met. That is why the daily
bread (minimum necessities) should be provided for all.
<15>"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
debtors." We forgive those who have done wrong to us, and the Lord
will forgive us also. Forgive and you will be forgiven.
<16>"And lead us not into temptation." The
essence and reason for any wrong doing is temptation, when an action
seems good to us to do, but in reality is against the Laws of the
Lord. When temptation comes to the person through his lower nature,
it is a great task to overcome it. <17>Also temptation occurs
because of the power of the
tama guna (crudifies
the consciousness) and attraction to
Maya. So in truth this
verse is similar to the sentence, "We open our hearts to Your
and pray for Your Guidance in overcoming the power of the
tama guna over our
Souls, and detaching
Maya," or "lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from
evil (tama guna,
<18>"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, for ever." He has complete power over the
three gunas and is
the master of the universe. So only He can deliver us from
evil or the power of the
tama guna and help us detach ourselves from
Maya. He is the only subject of praise in the universe, and only
with directing all our attention and our being to Him can we be
delivered from the ocean of
Maya. So "the kingdom, and
the power, and the glory" is His forever. The "Amen"
is the same as "Aum" or "OM"
which is to invoke the Lord or the Divine vibration in the universe.
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your
Father will also forgive
"But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your
Father forgive your
trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15)
<19>Forgive whatever wrong has been done to you,
and then you also will be forgiven. But do not forgive the bad done
"Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad
countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear
unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
"But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head,
and wash thy face;"
"That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto
Father which is in
secret: and thy
Father, which seeth in
secret, shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:16-18)
<20>This is the same lesson as taught on
alms-giving in the first verses of this chapter. Do good not to be
glorified by men, but for your own spiritual progress, because in
truth you do all these things for your own benefit to progress to
Pure Consciousness. You do not do them for the Lord.
God does not need your fasting, alms-giving, etc, but these are
your own Soul. <21>However, with doing these things for the sake of
your own Soul and with detachment to them, you will invoke the
Grace of the Lord, and through that
Grace you will be saved.
<22>Also the act of washing, being clean, and
staying fresh (like taking a half-bath) is emphasized.