Essays Essays I
<1>Night starts at sunset, and the day begins with sunrise. <2>However, because sunset and sunrise change every day and during the seasons, a fixed time, which is close to the average of their changes, can be accepted.
<3>At present 6:00 P.M. seems the most logical time to start the night. In fact, that is the reason midnight has its name (it is six hours after the beginning of night). <4>But the observation of midnight at 12:00 is again one of the thoughtless acceptances of Roman set-ups which humanity is following without questioning.
<5>After time reaches midnight, which means the middle of the night, then the next minute of any added time after that is called morning. That is, 1:00 A.M., 2:00 A.M., and so on. In other words, being in the middle of something means that thing will continue at least equally after it occurs. Or at midnight we are in the middle of the night, so equal time from the beginning of the night is still to come.
<6>But according to our illogical timing, day starts in the middle of night. It is just like we are trying to reach a destination, then in the middle of the way we assume we have reached it. <7>However, as it is described in the book Commentaries On Prophecies In Daniel, Period Of Intellectual Domination, it was predicted that the little horn would try to change the time according to its confused understanding.
<8>The acceptance of this time schedule has come to humanity from the Roman Empire. <9>It has been explained how illogical their reasoning was in this arrangement, as is most of what they have presented to man (dry and inflexible like iron). (For more detail, read Commentaries On Prophecies In Daniel, Period Of Intellectual Domination.)
<10>With the same reasoning, noon or mid-day also is an incorrect time for being 12:00 A.M., because mid-day means we still have six hours left from the beginning of the day.
<11>Also, as it was said, the most natural time to start the night is when the sun sets, and finish the night with the sunrise. Similarly, day naturally starts at sunrise and ends at sunset. <12>However, because of the change of the time of sunset and sunrise, we can accept the present 6:00 P.M. as the beginning of the night and the end of the day. Therefore when it is 6:00 P.M. it will be midnight (12:00 at night of the present timing system), and it is true midnight, because we still have six more hours left of night. <13>Also with this method of timing, when it is 12:00, the morning starts. At 6:00 A.M. it will be noon or mid-day and we will have six more hours of the day left.
<14>This is a more logical (but not necessarily
most natural) way of timing the day and the night. <15>More
natural than this is to follow the actual sunset and sunrise as the
beginning and end of the days and nights. This is the way humans
used to identify night and day in the past, even many earlier
civilizations before the Roman Empire.
<16>In chapter 23 of Leviticus, the feasts and Holy Days which the Lord had commanded for humans to observe are listed. <17>He commanded them to be observed for ever and ever.
<18>This life and body is given to us so that we realize the truth beyond this universe and perfect ourselves toward becoming Pure Consciousness. That can be achieved when the false ego as a separate entity is dissolved and it is realized that the unit identity is not separate from the universal identity. <19> Then it is known that both are part and parcel of one Universal Self.
<20>But because of the false ego of the human, man always separates himself as a self-centered entity away from the rest. <21>That is why God always had demanded from man to exalt, adore, and worship Him instead of self. Then man might dissolve his unit self into the Universal Self (God) and become Divine.
<22>That is why all activities, thoughts, and relationships of man should evolve around God and be for Him. <23>The feasts, festivals, and Holy Days also should be for Him so that man's thoughts might be directed toward its goal, which is to dissolve the self into the Universal Self and realize he is a part of the All.
<24>That is the reason why in chapter 23 of Leviticus in the Bible, God has given the days that He demanded to be kept as His Feasts and Holy Days. There should not be any other holidays. <25>Any other holidays are not Holy, because they are not from God.
<26>Also only these Holy Days which are demanded by the Lord and are in one of His Holy Books can be easily accepted in this respect. Otherwise any nation or group will insist on their own, and no other Holy Days are so directly demanded by the Lord Himself to be observed.
<27>Also the rituals and contents of these days might differ from the original demand by God. But the spirit of them will be the same as it has been intended to be. That is, to keep these days Holy, to come together in order to remember Him, share our knowledge of Him, and rejoice in His perfection, compassion, and love for us. <28>In other words, to dissolve ourselves into Him.
<29>These feasts and Holy Days are described in brief below. A more detailed description is given in chapter 23 of Leviticus.