We hope that you all liked the first issue which focused on Valentine's Day. In keeping with the celebration of Master Samael's birthday, March 6th, our topic for March is sacrifice. Sacrifice is one of the three factors for the revolution of consciousness that Master Samael emphasizes in all his books. It is a factor which we cannot overlook in the work; we cannot forget others on this path. This is appropriately covered with an article on the this third factor, an excerpt from one of Master Samael's books and with an article on the role of sacrifice in the Gnostic esoteric work. We have also included the message to missionaries by Master Samael Aun Weor which has become quite widely known. We hope these lead up to the Easter material that we will have for you in our next issue.
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The Third Factor: Sacrifice for Humanity
Jesus the Christ said, "In loving one another, you will prove that you are my followers." But it would be impossible to fulfill this Christic precept as long as we have within us the "I's" of resentment and self love. It is urgent, undelayable, unpostponable to eliminate from our psyche such undesirable elements. The "I" of resentment or the desire for revenge has always originated great failures in the world.
The third Factor is that of Sacrifice for humanity. It is necessary to love our fellowmen but love has to be shown with concrete, clear and definite facts. It is not enough to say that we love our fellowmen; no, one has to show it with facts, one has to be ready to climb the ark of supreme sacrifice for humanity, one has to lift the torch of wisdom, to illuminate the way for others; one has to be ready to give up to the last drop of blood for all our fellowmen, with true, disinterested, pure love.
The third factor for the Revolution of Consciousness is then Sacrifice for Humanity. Birth, Death and Sacrifice for humanity are the three factors that convert us into true incarnations of the Cosmic Christ. Those three factors come to convert us into gods, although we have the bodies of men. Those three factors come to make of us something different; they transform us into Deidusus or ineffable gods, elohim, daimons, etc. If we work with the first and second factor, that of being born and dying, but we do not love our fellowmen, we do not do anything to take the light of knowledge to other people, towns and languages, we will fall into a very refined, spiritual egotism, that will impede all inner advancement. Since, if we only worry about ourselves and only ourselves, forgetting so many millions of beings that inhabit the earth, unquestionably we will self-enclose ourselves in our own egotism. In this manner, the "I" of egotism does not permit our enlightenment.
Egotism can present itself in very refined ways and one has to eliminate them. As long as we have egotism within us, enlightenment will not be possible.
Humanity, one Family: We should comprehend that all of Humanity is one big family. Unfortunately, we are trapped in too many affections and we only consider as family a few persons that surround us, this is egotism; because all human beings, regardless of race, creed, caste or color are all one family. This family is called "humanity."
If we only consider as brothers those who surrounded us from birth, we are acting wrongly. If we only want to redeem those we call "our relatives" we are acting egotistically. To see in each person a brother is indispensable. What I am saying is not pure sentimentalism, it is real, just as it sounds: We are one family, only one family that should not be divided, an enormous family that inhabits the earth and is called humanity.
To these persons, our brothers, we need to take the knowledge, show them the Way, so that , someday, they too can find it and arrive at the final liberation.
If we want happiness, we should struggle for the happiness of others. The more one gives, the more one receives, but the one who gives nothing, even what he has will be taken away.
Sacrifice in the Gnostic Esoteric Work
Sacrifice, the Hidden Key: Sacrifice in the Gnostic Esoteric Work is often misunderstood by many Gnostic students. Although it is absolutely fundamental to spiritual progress and growth, its role and value are not well-known (or well-accepted) by many people who study Gnosis. Yet, despite all the confusion surrounding its meaning and application, sacrifice is really the hidden key to overcoming any problem that one may have on the path to self-realization.
Sacrifice is one of the Three Factors for the Revolution of Consciousness, and consequently is one of the cornerstones of the Gnostic Esoteric Work. In Gnosis, it consists of conscious and voluntary actions, efforts, and sacrifices that one undertakes for the benefit of all of humanity. Even though sacrifice is very important, it is often neglected by Gnostic students. The psychological ego that we each carry within us is primarily responsible for relinquishing sacrifice. The ego is selfish and does not want to sacrifice anything it holds dear, especially for others. If we study the lives of the great avatars and masters who have come to teach humanity we can see the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices that they made for mankind. They were not selfish, keeping their knowledge for themselves alone, but rather they shared their teachings with as many people as they could. It is imperative to lose all selfishness and start working for the benefit of others. Whether we can see it or not, our lives and the events that transpire within them are closely related with other people's lives. It is a mistake to think that we are separated or isolated from our fellowman.
The Role of Karma
The reason the Gnostic student sacrifices for others is to pay back his or her karmic debts. The Law of Karma is a universal law that deals with "cause and effect", and is a very practical law. Every action that we undertake has a consequence, and thus good deeds produce good consequences while bad actions produce negative consequences. Even though we may not be consciously aware of it, we all have amassed large karmic debts throughout this lifetime and previous lifetimes. These debts can either be paid back unconsciously through pain and suffering, or by consciously performing sacrifice for humanity. The Gnostic student attempts to pay back these debts through sacrifice.
By understanding the Law of Karma we can see that absolutely nothing is given to us for free. Anything that we may want to achieve, whether it be spiritual or not, has a "price" associated with it. If we want to receive something, we must likewise give something in return. When we want to purchase a certain item in a store, we exchange money for it. When we want to receive knowledge, however, we must give knowledge. If we are to pursue the awakening of consciousness, we need to help others to awaken consciousness. This is how one effectively works with the Law of Karma.
Through sacrifice for humanity we attain merits, or "cosmic capital", by which we pay back our past karmic debts and also pay for what we presently want to achieve in our lives. Without such merits, obstacles constantly appear in our path. These obstacles appear because we do not deserve what we are seeking. Mystical experiences are rare for some Gnostic students because they do not deserve to have these experiences (i.e. they have not paid the "cosmic capital" required for such experiences.) It is common for us to fail to comprehend an important teaching, and this holds us back in our inner work. Failure to comprehend a concept is completely due to us lacking the appropriate amount of inner merits. This is how sacrifice for others breaks down any barriers that may exist on our path - through the continuous attainment of additional merits we "pay" for our own awakening and thus overcome all obstacles.
To be compensated or not be compensated? It is very important to approach sacrifice with the proper inner attitude. This inner attitude consists of love and of not expecting anything in return. If one does good deeds while receiving monetary compensation, then he or she has already been paid - the Law of Karma does not give such a person inner merits for this action. If one does good deeds while expecting praise and applause in return, then such deeds are done to inflate one's pride and not for the benefit of humanity; therefore the Law of Karma does not compensate such a person either. Rather, love should be the major force behind sacrifice. We should not sacrifice because we have to, but because we want to out of love. Love is something we should nurture within us, since without love we will not be able to overcome the forces of opposition that will appear in our own inner work. It has been said that "sacrifice is love in action".
Sacrifice gives us the inner strength to go deeper and deeper in the Gnostic Esoteric Work. If at any point we stop working with sacrifice, we will also reach a halt in our inner work. In order to act on something, we need to not only understand the information intellectually, but bond with it emotionally as well. Sacrifice lets us do this. As with any other endeavor we may embark upon, we must approach sacrifice for humanity in a gradual manner and then constantly increase our efforts. But the most important part is to begin. "He who has begun is half done. Dare to be wise; begin!"
A Message For Gnostic Missionaries
"We need missionaries...
patient men, who are capable of enduring the most arduous disciplines;
friends of culture, true aspirants of the pure science.
We want missionaries to have the sentiments of an artist, to love science, philosophy and mysticism;
to delightfully vibrate with the Corinthian columns of Greece, the lover of beauty;
to feel in their hearts the mysticism of a Francis of Assisi, to really love the wisdom of Egypt.
We want missionaries, who can be as poetic as they are scientific;
that they be able to investigate the atom
and stop to meditate by the singing stream that flows on its rocky bed;
missionaries who are capable of meditating at the feet of the ruins of Athens or of ancient Rome;
missionaries who know how to admire the chisel of Praxiteles;
missionaries who vibrate with the lyre of Orpheus and sing with Homer in the delightful land of the Hellenes
That is the kind of missionaries that we yearn for!
Missionaries who know how to admire the twinkling of the stars,
missionaries who are in love with the pure nights;
missionaries who have a fiancée, and that that fiancée's name be Urania.
That is the kind of missionaries that we desire!
Missionaries who can garb themselves with the robe of sanctity,
missionaries who place their mat at the feet of the Guru, in order to receive his wise precepts;
missionaries who yearn for in-depth Christification
and who truly feel the beauty of Love, as it was felt by brother Francis in his heart.
Missionaries like these are what we need!
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