"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a
beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and
upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of
blasphemy." (Rev. 13:1)
<1>This beast is different than the beasts in
Daniel, chapter 7. Those arose from the "great sea" (collective
consciousness). But this beast arises from "the sea" (the
consciousness of one human).
<2>This beast is the symbol of the desires
for the things
Maya (illusion of the
external world) offers. The
dragon is the
Maya itself. <3>But
the beast is that desire which arises in the consciousness (sea) and
brings attachment to humanity.
Maya is attraction to the
external world, and desire is the wanting of the fruits of this
<4>The seven heads are the seven attractions
to the seven powers of
(survival, food, power, beauty, false attraction to the sexual
world, wealth, and
<5>The ten horns are the
devils which result from this attraction (greed, fear, anger,
envy, false prestige, etc.). With these desires to the attraction of
the external world (Maya),
blasphemy will come to humanity. They will forget
<6>Desires arise from the consciousness of the human ("the sea"). By
purifying the consciousness, desires also become purified and the
a dove. Then the desires will be(come)
"And the beast which I saw was like unto a
leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as
the mouth of a lion: and the
dragon gave him
his power, and his seat, and great authority." (Rev. 13:2)
<7>It is really desires that make people
Maya. As long as there is
no desire for the attractions of
Maya, it (Maya) has no
power over the
Soul. But the moment
desire is stimulated, man becomes its slave. So the
gives the powers to this beast to bring people to his feet. <8>However,
only excess or mundane desires are bad. Desires which are according
spiritual progress, and to be(come)
Divine, are good.
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to
death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered
after the beast." (Rev. 13:3)
<9>"One of his heads as it were wounded"
means that by the coming of
Prophets and great spiritual teachers, people will lose their
excess attachments for survival, because other attractions really
come when a person feels he is only his body. This brings great fear
and attachment to the external world and results in awakening the
other attractions of
Maya (illusions). <10>So
the head, which is attraction for survival, was wounded many times.
But later on, people again will become attached to life and that
head of the beast will be healed.
<11>All the people wondered how this beast
could make them go astray and not find the answers. This occurred
because they were bound by the desires of their lower natures and
could not understand.
"And they worshipped the
gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying,
Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (Rev.
<12>People worship the
through their desires (the beast). Because they are in their lower
natures, they think life consists of the attraction to the external
world and that there is no other reality.
<13>They spend their lives desiring and chasing it, "Who is
like unto the beast?" They never believe that the beast can be
destroyed. But by practice, knowledge, and faith, with His
Grace, false desires will fade away.
"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking
great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to
continue forty and two months." (Rev. 13:5)
<14>Desires (the beast) chatter continually
and tempt all to do
and follow their lower natures. The beast is the one who brings
temptations and is responsible for the fall of man. He tempted the
woman (lower nature) to eat of the tree of knowledge (forbidden
actions) and then gave it to man (symbol of the higher nature).
Because of these actions, they were thrown out of
<15>So it is desire which blasphemies, tries
to defile the Laws of
and attempts to make man follow what is good in his eyes but not in
<16>"And power was given unto him to continue
forty and two months." Forty-two months again is 1,260 days, or
3,500 years. So the
false ego has been
left alone to make humanity fall for 3,500 years, exactly the same
amount of time that has been given to the
Prophets and the
"And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against
God, to blaspheme his name,
and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in
heaven." (Rev. 13:6)
desires of the
of the human, will continue to deceive humanity, blaspheme against
the truth (His Name), and try to destroy it. <18>Also, those
who are in their lower natures cause trouble for those who are in
their higher selves, "and them that dwell in
"And it was given unto him to make war with the
saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all
kindreds, and tongues, and nations." (Rev. 13:7)
<19>"To make war with the saints," means that
the real spirituality will be lost because of the power of these
desires in humans. All the nations and kindreds will be deceived
because of this.
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship
him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev. 13:8)
<20>"That dwell upon the earth" means those
who are in their lower natures. "Whose names are not written
in the book of life of the Lamb" refers to those who have not
reached higher consciousness or those who do not try to be(come)
Divine. <21>The Lamb is he who overcame his lower nature
("slain") before the creation of the manifested world ("from the
foundation of the world.")
"If any man have an ear, let him hear."
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into
captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the
sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Rev.
<22>Whoever pursues animality will go to
destruction and animality. That is the Law of the universe. He
who kills by the sword for selfish pursuance eventually will be
killed also by the sword because of the Law of
Karma. That is what makes
Saints believe and have patience, because the Laws of the universe
never fail. The reaction of the action will stop if the lesson is
learned. <23>However, action by knowledge for bringing
harmony and peace, creates no
As we saw, power was given to the fourth horseman to kill by sword
(Rev. 6:8), but he will not be killed by sword because he was doing
it to fulfill His Will.
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the
earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a
<24>This beast symbolizes the attachment
which develops when a person becomes attracted to
Maya gives his authority
to the desires in man, and fulfillment of desires bring attachment.
His two horns are wealth and power, which enable a man to fulfill
his desires. <25>He comes from the earth, which is attachment
to the external world or carnal self.
"And he exerciseth all the power of the first
beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein
to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." (Rev.
<26>Again, this is the power of attachment
which is symbolized by the beast. It causes humans to become greedy.
Greed brings more attraction, attraction brings desire, fulfillment
of desire brings more attachment, and attachment brings more greed.
That is how this beast makes people worship the one before him, "causeth
the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast."
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh
fire come down from heaven on earth in the sight of men," (Rev.
<27>He brings so much attraction to humanity
that they become completely drawn to whatever is in the external
world. They become amazed with the fire play (the illuminated world
Maya), the parties, and
everything that is bright, shiny, and makes the eyes feel it is
beautiful, and they follow these things. He brings many wonders to
them, and they become more attached to these wonders. They become
more and more bound to their egoistical desires.
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by
the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of
the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should
make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did
live." (Rev. 13:14)
<28>"Make an image to the beast" means that
desires come as an image in the conscious
mind. Then the image
becomes a desire. Fulfillment of desires increases their
desires for the external world, which was the first beast. They will
have more desires, which will bring more attachment. More attachment
will increase the attraction, and attraction will increase the
desires in this cycle that goes on and on.
<29>That is the reason why people in this age
have more desires, because of the images that stimulate them in all
walks of life, from street advertisements, T.V. and radio images,
available everywhere. <30>More false desires create more
<31>The attachment has the power to awaken
the desires in a person and bind him to the external world, "to give
life unto the image of the beast." Fulfillment of these awakened
images brings more attachment, and so on.
<32>"And cause that as many as would not
worship the image of the beast should be killed." Those who do not
follow the crowd and do not stay lost in
Maya will be cast out or shunned ("should be killed") by the
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich
and poor, free and bond, to receive a
mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:" (Rev. 13:16)
<33>These people who follow their desires and
are attached to the external world will be recognized so easily as
they will have a
themselves. A person with understanding (a person whose eyes are
opened) will recognize them with the first sight.
mark is the "GREED" of these
people for more and more, never being satisfied.
"And that no man might buy or sell, save he that
mark, of the name
of the beast, or the number of his name." (Rev. 13:17)
of the beast is greed, especially for money and external
possessions. And you cannot buy or sell anything without money. This
is what people are attracted to. The people (in this lost world) who
strive to gain more and more external things in life. They try to
buy and sell as much as they can.
<36>In this age, the prestige, beauty, and height of each
person is related to the possessions that he has in the external
world, but not his spiritual knowledge. These possessions, which are
the mark of the
beast that bring more attachment, desires, and excess attraction to
the external world, are
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and
his number is Six hundred three score and six." (Rev. 13:18)
<37>The number 666 would be treated as 6 + 6
+ 6 = 18. The number 1 is for leadership and 8 is for prosperity or
material longing. Therefore it represents those who lead a life in
Maya. The number 18 also can be shown as 1 + 8 = 9. The number 9
represents the ultimate, the completion. The number 6 represents
beauty or attraction of the external world. So the number 666 is the
number of those who have reached the ultimate depth of
Maya. They are
greatly attracted to the external world, so their desire for what it
offers is great (beast with seven horns). They are very attached to
it and are extremely greedy. The name of such a person is 666
and is in the camp of the
<38>The number 144,000 also is equal with 9
(1 + 4 + 4 = 9). As explained above, the number 1 is the number of
leadership, but the number 4 is of strength, manifestation (of the
Divine) and forebearing. That is why it is the number of the Chosen
Ones. They are leaders (1) who, with great forbearing (4)
manifest (4) Divine attributes (God).