"And unto the
angel of the church in
Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was
dead, and is alive;" (Rev. 2:8)
<1>What is the church in Smyrna? It is the
second symbol in
The Greatest Sign (),
the star of David (the seal of Solomon). <2>It also refers to
"I know thy works, and
poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which
say they are
Jews, and are not, but are
the synagogue of Satan." (Rev. 2:9)
<3>"I know thy works, and
poverty" means that those who had overcome escapism will start to
evil doers and liars. They
will go through
outcasts, and be struck with poverty.
<4>"But thou art rich" means, but you are
rich in spirit and life,
because you have an ideology to fight for and a goal for which to
strive. <5>However, those who lie, do
evil, and are lost in
Maya are rich in material
things but are poor in spiritual wealth.
<6>"And I know the blasphemy of them which
say they are Jews, and are
not, but are the synagogue of Satan": <7>Jews
were supposed to be the
Children of Israel
struggle with God, or the
Elected Ones) <8>and they should have shown humanity that
the KOHOE ()
is necessary for human progress. They should have tried to
establish it. <9>Hence those who do call themselves the
Elected Ones but
do not strive to bring this ideal are "the synagogue of Satan."
"Fear none of those things which thou shalt
suffer: behold, the
devil shall cast some of
you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have
ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown
of life." (Rev. 2:10)
<10>"Fear none of those things" refers to
suffering and being persecuted. Be faithful and do not fear death,
because "I will give thee a crown of life."
<11>There is no
such thing as death for a Realized Soul. <12>He dies in
knowledge and will gain eternal life.
<13>Also it is true that in this state a person is in his
chakra but if he is so
sincere as to be ready to
sacrifice all for
truth and his ideology, then he has overcome the attraction of this
external world. <14>If a person who reaches this point, where
nothing can stop him from fighting for truth, is killed, then he is
martyred and becomes a martyr. He will reach
Consciousness because he is worthy of it, "I will give thee a
crown of life." <15>This is also promised in both the
Bhagavad-Gita: "A war to establish justice, such as this one,
opens the doors of heaven.... Happy is he who fights such a war. Not
to fight such a righteous battle is to disregard your sacred duty
and honour, and is
sin [transgression of the
Law (Darma)], Arjuna"
"Do not think of those who are slain in the way of
God [righteous way] as dead, No, they are with their Lord...."
(Family of Imran, Ali 'Imran, 169).
<17>This means that he who has the thoughts
God in his mind even at the
moment of death ("be thou faithful unto death"), is he who Loves
God with all his might.
He will reach
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt
of the second death." (Rev. 2:11)
<18>Those who overcome their fears and
attachments to this external life will gain everlasting life. They
Consciousness. These are the people who are meek, who will
inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5), and will gain eternal life (Rev.
2:11). The power will be given to them to take peace from the earth