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The Wisdom of The Ascended Masters
By Jackie Audrey ONeal
Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Father Edward Hays has a section in his book Prayers For A Planetary Pilgrim called "Cosmopolitan Prayers." I love the notion of a cosmopolitan prayer as it assumes we will draw upon other faith traditions besides our own.

The Wisdom of The Ascended Masters: You Don't Have to Be A Christian To Be Saved
By Jackie O'Neal
 
The Wisdom of The Ascended Masters: You Don't Have to Be A Christian To Be Saved
By Jackie O'Neal
Father Edward Hays has a section in his book Prayers For A Planetary Pilgrim called "Cosmopolitan Prayers."  I love the notion of a cosmopolitan prayer as it assumes we will draw upon other faith traditions besides our own.  Father Hays affirms : "Speaking through the lips of the prophet Isaiah, the Divine Mystery said: My house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus to view the cosmos as a temple means to view  the prayer and worship of all those who dwell on the planet Earth as the praise of the children of God."
 
Many people fear inter-religious dialogue, and yet if we strive for peace in the world, it is essential. Scripture teaches us: Beloved let us love one another because love is of God, everyone who loves is begotten of God and has the knowledge of God.
 
The Buddhist tradition affirms We are what we think. What we are is the result of our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world.
It's vital for all of us to think only pure and loving thoughts about others and life. How else can we help create a compassionate world? 
 
 Can we help build a world full of joy by insisting that only one faith tradition has all the answers?  Why not stretch our minds and make the realization that the Holy Spirit was moving upon the earth even before the birth of Christ?
 
It would seem that God's intention is for man to be creative enough to embrace the wisdom drawn from all traditions and we can be so spiritually enriched by doing so. We can learn not to take each other for granted. We learn also of the temporal nature of life. Listen to the following Aztec prayer to God from  the Native American tradition:
Oh, only for so short awhile have you loaned us to each other.
Because we take form in your act of drawing us
But only for a short while have you loaned us to each other
Because even a drawing cut in cystalline obsidian fades
and the green feathers, the crown feathers
of the Quetzal bird lose their color
and even the sounds of the waterfall die out in the dry season.
 
The companionship of our loved ones is so precious, and because life is so fragile, any of these dear ones could be called by God to return Home. The day before, my son perished in an accident, we were all together as a family, and my last day with him was one of love, affection, warmth, laughter.  None of us knows the hour when we will be called, or when our work on this earth will be finished.
The Islamic tradition teaches us that We are born asleep and at death we awake.  What a magnificent idea that helps lead us to honor everything around us that lives and breathes. And to see the inter-connectedness of life. What a sense of comfort to know too, that those loved ones that have passed on, have been born anew and continue to thrive, and perhaps we are the ones that exist in a slumbering state waiting to realize the beatific vision or as Father Hays wrote: Lift my drooping eyelids this day
from the slumber of the unawakened
so that I might see you in the vastness of the universe, in the busy work of an ant, in the awesome beauty of the flower,in the ordered cycles of the seasons and in all I shall encounter.
The mystics of Judaism of the Hasidic tradition assert : Do not think that the words of prayer as you say them -go up to God. It is not the words themselves that ascend but rather it is the burning desire of your heart that rises like smoke to heaven.  God examines the heart of everyone to see if the intentions are pure. Words and acts of piety are not enough to expand the soul, or to learn the lessons we are here on earth to learn.  Sometimes it is not sufficient to pray mindlessly, but to establish a friendship with God and our unseen helpers. This is when we become truly spiritual. 
 
The Hindu tradition teaches that We are born into the world of nature our second birth is into the world of the spirit.
What a marvelous knowledge that the world of the unseen is more real than matter.  As we develop our awareness of the world of spirit, and know we are not alone, our life journey becomes less tedious. How fascinating to know God sends messengers in the form of spirit guides to infuse us with knowledge and show us right direction despite whatever trials or tribulations we face.
 
My son was still alive when I first began writing my book, and after his death in 2009, I had to learn to grow spiritually, and in so doing I began to reject some of the patriarchal teachings of the church, and to embrace the reality of a Mother God.  Many cultures have acknowledged a female principle for thousands of years. The reason why many of the Gnostic Christians were martyred was not because they would not bow down to the emperor, but because they believed in the female principle. In the Episcopal church, devotions to the Blessed Mother have disappeared. I do recall an Episcopal priest gritting his teeth, and snarling: "You and your rosary," when I suggested using one during an Advent Quiet day. 
 
Every day, I am aware of God as a loving God not a punitive one as I had been taught via my Anglo-Catholic faith. Since I am a person who tends to internalize guilt, I feel myself becoming more at peace, and releasing the need to please others. I have become less judgemental in appreciating other's uniqueness. Each one of us was made uniquely with our own persona. From the moment we came from God we carried a unique temperament, disposition, personality, and sense of humor. 
 
  Annie Besant  affirmed the transcendence of the great masters. She wrote: "The great Teachers—it is alleged by Hindus, Buddhists, and by some Comparative Religionists, such as Theosophists—form an enduring Brotherhood of men who have risen beyond humanity, who appear at certain periods to enlighten the world, and who are the spiritual guardians of the human race. This view may be summed up in the phrase: "Religions are branches from a common trunk—Divine Wisdom."  The writer Besant went on to assert  an inspiring truth that is as fresh in modern day as it was when she wrote it in 1907: "And it may be that if the world grows more spiritual, it may be that if Spirit again becomes triumphant over matter, after passing through the darkness which was[46] necessary in order that the intellect might be thoroughly developed and might learn its powers and its limitations; it may be that, in days to come, when the world is more spiritualised than to-day, climbing as it is again the upward arc, these living Masters of the world's religions will come amongst us again visibly as in the earlier days. It is not They who keep back in silence. It is we who shut Them out, and make Their presence a danger rather than an encouragement and an inspiration. And every one of you—no matter what your faith may be, Christian, Hinḍu, Buḍḍhist, Theosophist, what matters it?—every one of you who makes the Master of your own faith a living reality, part of your life, nearer than friend and brother, every such believer and worker is hastening the day of joy when the world shall be ready for the open reception of the Masters, that They may move visibly amongst humanity once more.That it may be so, open your heart to every breath of truth; that it may be so, open your eyes to every ray from the one eternal Sun. "  
 
My traumatic experience of loss brought me spiritually to where I am today, a seeker of truth and one who can no longer accept only one faith tradition, but who embraces the wisdom of all the ascended masters.  Sometimes trauma can open the mind to transcend an attempt to understand knowledge above and beyond the ordinary, and I beleive this has been my experience in internalizing the passing of my son. In closing, I'd like to draw upon the wisdom of Annie Besant who noted: "Divine Wisdom; and the name historically,  is identical with that which in Eastern lands has been known by various names—as Tao, in China; as the Brahmaviḍyâ, in India; as the Gnosis, among the Greeks and the early Christians; and as Theosophy through the Middle Ages and in modern times. It implies always a knowledge, a Wisdom that transcends the ordinary knowledge, the ordinary science of the earth; it implies a wisdom as regards life, a wisdom as regards the essential nature of things, a wisdom which is summed up in two words when we say "God-Wisdom." —man can really never know anything at all unless he knows himself, and knows himself Divine; that knowledge of God, the Supreme, the Universal Life, is the root of all true knowledge of matter as well as of Spirit, of this world as well as of worlds other than our own; that in that one supreme knowledge all other knowledges find their root; that in that supreme light all other lights have their origin; and that if man can know anything, it is because he is Divine in nature, and, sharing the Life that expresses itself in a universe, he can know at once the Life that originates and the Matter that obeys."
 
 
 
 

 


 


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