Some essential questions

An important aspect of the Universal Teachings is the idea that each human being is confronted over and over with the fundamental questions of life, the questions of the Sphinx:

 Who am I?

Where do I come from?

Where am I going?

These questions are ones that many human beings, irrespective of their different intentions, would like to have answered.

During this reflection we would like to focus on some of the essential questions about the purpose of life.


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Let us start with a question that goes straight to the heart :


Are you conscious of having been called to Freedom?

Are you conscious of being drawn to New Life fields?


If you are conscious of this, you are blessed among many.

Then throw off all the impediments and enter the Freedom which lovingly beckons you.


The pastures of Freedom and Fulfilment are not a “Place” to which you must travel, incredibly far away.

No, they are a “State”, a State of Being.


Because Freedom calls you, because you seek Freedom,
because time after time Freedom touches you,
we may say that the New Life is nearer than hands and feet.

It encompasses you and is within you.


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Questions from the distant past in China are still topical today, such as:


What is Tao? Lao Tzu’s answer to this was:

“Could Tao be spoken, it would not be the eternal Tao.

Could the name be named, it would not be the eternal name.”

                                                            [Tao Te Ching, chapter 1]

Lao Tzu also said:


“He who knows Tao, is not learned;
he who is learned, does not know Tao.”


“He who preserves Tao, does not want to be full.

And because he is not full, he will forever remain free from change.”


“How do I know that all of creation originates in Tao?

Through Tao itself.”


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Questions from ancient Egypt also concern these fundamental issues.


From the Gnostic Egyptian wisdom teachings of Hermes Trismegistus,
particularly his writings the “Tabula Smaragdina” and the “Corpus Hermeticum”, we know of the dialogue between Hermes and Tat.

Tat is the human being who remembers his true origin
and who is beginning to understand the purpose of his existence.

Such a human being has many questions that he cannot answer with his present consciousness and hence he seeks counsel from Hermes, the thrice Great One.


Tat: “Why, O Father, did God not impart the Spirit to all men?”


Hermes: “It was His will, my son, that the link with the Spirit should be obtained by all souls; however, as a prize for the race.

He sent down a great Mixing Vessel, filled with the powers of the Spirit,
and He appointed a herald and bade him proclaim to the hearts of men:
Immerse yourselves in this Mixing Vessel, you souls who can;
you who believe and trust that you will ascend to Him who sent down this Vessel; you who know for what purpose you were created. […]


These, O Tat, the manifestations of the Spirit-Soul,
the emergence of divine things and the beholding of God
are the gifts of the divine Mixing Vessel.”                     

                                                                                                     [Seventh book of Hermes, verses 5, 6, 8, 14]

Tat: “There is then, Father, truth even upon earth?”


Hermes: “You are mistaken, my son. There is certainly no truth on earth, and neither can truth be brought into being on earth. But it could happen that a few people could form an inkling with regard to the truth. They are those to whom God has granted the ability to see it.”


Tat: “So there is nothing true on earth?”


Hermes: “I think and I proclaim that everything is illusion and delusion.

The things I think and proclaim are true things.”


Tat: “But should one not indicate as truth those things
one thinks and proclaims as being true?”


Hermes: “How would that be possible?

One must think and proclaim things as they are: on earth there is nothing true.

This is true, that here below there is no truth.

And how would that be possible, my son?”

Truth is the supreme magnificence, the absolute Good
which is not obscured by matter, nor encompassed by a body.

Truth is the naked, luminous, unassailable, exalted, immutable God.”

                                                                                                     [Seventeenth book of Hermes, verses 6-11]


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What is Truth?


The question that occupies everyone,
the question about which everybody has an opinion,
the question which causes human blood to be shed,
the question underlying many wars,
the question that is asked daily is:

“What then is Truth?”


We may possibly find an answer to this question in the Gospel of the Holy Twelve. These words were spoken from heart to heart, so you too should understand it with your heart.


Again the twelve were gathered together in the Circle of palm trees,
and one of them, Thomas, said to the others: `What is Truth?

For the same things appear different to different minds,
and even to the same mind at different times.

What, then, is Truth?’

And as they were speaking Jesus appeared in their midst and said:

‘Truth, one and absolute, is in God alone,
for no man, neither any body of men, knows that which God alone knows,
who is the All in All.

To men is Truth revealed according to their capacity to understand and receive.

The One Truth has many sides, and one sees one side only, another sees another, and some see more than others, according as it is given to them.


Behold this crystal: how the one light is manifest in twelve faces,
yes, in four times twelve, and each face reflects one ray of light,
and one regards one face, and another another,
but it is the one crystal, and the one light that shines in all.


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Behold again, when one climbs a mountain and attaining one height, he says:
This is the top of the mountain, let us reach it,
and when they have reached that height, lo, they see another beyond it
until they come to that height from which no other height is to be seen,
if so be they can attain it.

So it is with Truth. I am the Truth and the Way and the Life,
and have given to you the Truth which I have received from above.

And that which is seen and received by one,
is not seen and received by another.

That which appears true to some, seems not true to others.

They who are in the valley don’t see as they who are on the hill top. […]

Therefore, condemn not others, that you may not be condemned. […]


They who have love have all things, and without love there is nothing worth.

Let each hold what they see to be truth in love,
knowing that where love is not, truth is a dead letter and profits nothing.’

                                                                                                     [Gospel of the Holy Twelve, ch.90:1-7,13]


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One question finally,
one question: heart to heart:
one question which unceasingly
brings sorrow to our hearts:
Will you not once again forget
the Gnosis’ Word of Love?


And will you finally, with us,
cut the Black Rope in half,
which ties you to the present,
the present nature’s power,
and keeps you on the treadmill
of the here, from hour to hour?


Will you not once again forget
the Gnosis’ Freedom Call?

Come, enter in this hour
into Gnosis’ Upper Hall.


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We sincerely hope that this reflection may have made a contribution
to answering your questions.

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