Sunday, July 22, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XXIII)


Pray for Jerusalem of peace, in abundance those who love you. (Psalms 122:6)

We refer often to praying and praising, not as a passive but a dynamic process by which we attune our consciousness with what we do.

We pray to evoke God as the ruler of the best in us, in order to allow goodness to be with us, and provide us with what we need us and for those who benefit from us. We certainly pray for goodness to be with us, not with a selfish approach but to make us better to ourselves, and as a source of goodness for others.

We praise, not to experience an emotional or passionate feeling of closeness and attachment to God, but to evoke His ways and attributes and emulate them in what we say and do.

We say “praise the Lord” as the invocation of His loving kindness to awaken our goodness, and be able to manifest it in what we are and do. In this sense praising is acknowledging, thanking and recognizing God’s presence in us, and to express it in our moment to moment engagement to life.

In this verse the Psalmist invites us to evoke the peace of Jerusalem as what makes it complete, wholesome, total, eternal and undivided. As we have said, peace in Hebrew means all these words, for this wholesomeness is the culmination of unifying our consciousness through goodness.

Loving the peace of Jerusalem is living in goodness as the abundance that makes us constantly fulfilled in plenitude. Thus we realize again that love and goodness belong to each other as the source of what we truly are, our essence and identity.

Peace is in your bulwark, abundance in your strongholds. (122:7)

Bulwarks and strongholds share the same qualities, whose function is to protect something. Peace encompasses these qualities as our strongholds, for these are our strength as well as the bulwarks that shield us against anything opposite to goodness, hence abundance is the outcome.

Once we achieve the committed and diligent process of unifying the diverse traits, trends, dimensions and aspects of our consciousness, the end result is peace as the functional harmonized unity that Jerusalem represents.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XXII)

Jerusalem, built as a city that is together, united. (Psalms 122:3)

This verse is the answer to those who want to divide it as the capital of two different peoples that don’t share the same connection and relationship with the Creator.

The divine establishment of Jerusalem, called here “built”, is meant to reflect the oneness of the God that calls her His house on earth.

This is the same oneness of goodness, which is not a divided or disperse ethical ruling principle as the head (in Latin, “capital” means “head”) that can’t be split into parts because it is a unit.

In Jerusalem everything is not only “together” but also “united”, forming a functional harmonic unity where all is bound by goodness which purpose is to unite the diversity in all levels, aspects and expressions of human consciousness through goodness, for the sake of goodness.

For there have tribes gone up, the tribes of the Lord, companies of Israel to acknowledge [thank] the name of the Lord. (122:4)

As we have mentioned, the tribes of Israel represent the potential of goodness in what comprises human consciousness, including creativity, inventiveness, skills and talents that must be elevated by and for goodness in order to ascend to God, from whom emanates all.

In this ascent we acknowledge what God is for us, and that compels us to revere Him in gratitude because thankfulness is the immediate response to goodness when we receive it.

The verse relates also to the offerings the children of Israel brought thrice a year to the Temple of Jerusalem, commanded by God in the Torah, as the means to renew their bond with Him in a united and harmonized fashion, consonant with the unity of Jerusalem.

For there [in Jerusalem] are set thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. (122:5)

The verse clearly states that judgment as the outcome of discernment must come from the highest level of consciousness that Jerusalem represents, for it is the “place” were we connect with our Creator through goodness as our bond with Him.

Here we understand judgment as the righteous approach we must have in every instance of living. Hence, having a “good judgment” means letting goodness direct our thoughts, emotions, feelings, speech and actions. Thus we assimilate that goodness is the throne as the seat from which we rule all aspects and expressions of life.

The “thrones” mentioned in the verse refer to the ways and attributes of goodness that delineate its ethical qualities. From these we harmonize the necessary interaction of intellect, mind, thoughts, emotions, feelings, passion and instincts, in order to live a unified consciousness destined to function by and for goodness.

In this context, the house of David represents the willingness, commitment and determination to lead in goodness the tribes of Israel that, as we have said, encompass the positive creative potentials in human consciousness.

King David is the paradigm of the leading and ruling expressions of goodness, also called the Messianic consciousness destined to reign forever after the Jewish final redemption.

Jerusalem is the place where this new transforming consciousness is manifest to reign in the same chosen dwelling place of the Creator in this world.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XXI)

I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. In the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst Jerusalem, praise the Lord. (Psalms 116:18-19)

Jerusalem is where we integrate through, in, with and for goodness, all levels and aspects of consciousness (“God’s people, the tribes of Israel”) with conviction and determination (“vows”).

The “courts” and the “midst” of the city of God are His ways and attributes, with which we “praise” Him by what we are and do in the material world. Living in the premises of goodness is dwelling in the house of God that is built in Jerusalem.

I have rejoiced in those saying to me, ‘Let’s go to the house of the Lord’. (122:1)

We can read this verse in several ways. King David is happy because of those who invite him to visit the Temple of Jerusalem. They certainly are not only his friends but also those in whom he rejoices, as his source or cause for happiness.

These are the positive traits and qualities that define goodness by their expressions in what we do for our individual and collective well being, hence the best reasons to rejoice, for they are destined to direct our lives as God’s will, which is His “house”. Going to God’s house is what the best in us does when live permanently in goodness.

Our feet have been standing in your gates, Jerusalem! (122:2)

Coming to Jerusalem, as well as anywhere, requires from us the full awareness and determination to move in that direction. Our feet indeed take us to where we need or want to go, but they only respond to our will. Once we stand where we want to be, it becomes our accomplishment.

The Psalmist makes the words in this verse sound as the culmination of a long journey, which is about leaving behind the negative traits and trends of ego’s fantasies and illusions, in order to commit to permanently live in the ways and attributes of goodness.

It is not an easy task, for it is an ongoing process of transforming our consciousness to redirect it in the right path. Once we complete this challenging journey we will be literally at the gates of the city of God, calling at her name to let us in and dwell in it bonding with our Creator.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XX)


The scepter of your strength the Lord sends from Zion, [to] rule in the midst of your enemies. (Psalms 110:2)

This is another of the most profound verses in the Hebrew Bible, related to the Jewish final redemption and the Messianic era. We must understand it only in the context of God’s promised new consciousness in the advent of the end of times.

King David addresses the promised Messianic consciousness to Israel as his “lord”, telling us that its leading power is the ruling principle (“the scepter”) that comes from the Creator through Zion as the connecting point with Him and His creation.

We understand the Jewish final redemption as God’s fulfilled promise to Israel as the chosen people to become “a nation of priests” (Exodus 19:6) and “a light for the nations” (Isaiah 42:6, 49:6, 51:4). Therefore, Israel is the bearer of the Messianic consciousness, as it is addressed by King David.

Hence we assimilate that the quality of this future revealed consciousness will rule over the negative traits and trends, redirecting them to serve the ways and attributes of goodness. The verse that precedes this one confirms it.

“God says to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool’. (110:1)

As long as we remain permanently close to goodness, which is His “right hand” to prevail in His creation, He will turn all that is against goodness into servants as a footstool.

Thus we realize that Israel represents the traits, trends and qualities of goodness destined to prevail in human consciousness forever, as it is later reiterated.

This means that evil won’t exist in the way we know it, but as another aspect of human consciousness that will be manifested in positive and constructive expressions. This is so under the direct emanation of the goodness God promised to reign forever from Zion as His dwelling place in the material world.

“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind. You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. (110:4)

This is Israel’s priesthood established by God as an eternal decree.

The Torah and the Jewish oral tradition tell us that Melchizedek was the king of Salem (later called Jerusalem) who received Abraham after his victory over four kings of Canaan and gave him the tithe of all (Genesis 14:18-20), officially passing the eternal priesthood to Abraham and Israel his descendant. Hence the kingdom of peace (Salem) was given to Israel as their divine inheritance, as King David states in this verse.

Thus we realize that Jerusalem and Zion represent the full awareness of peace as the means to bond with the Creator, who gives it to us as the utmost expression of goodness.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XIX)


You [God] have risen, You have had compassion for Zion for it is the time to grace her, for the appointed time has come. Because Your servants desire her stones, and in her dust they grace themselves.
(Psalms 102:13-14)

The allegory of God’s “rising” suggests the culmination of His will, as a lengthy process through which we learn how to integrate in our individual and collective consciousness His ways and attributes. The ways God relates to His creation are indeed His will. Hence rising implies a dynamic action in contrast to the apparent stillness of sitting.

We mention often the reason why the Hebrew prophets present their visions or revelations in past tense, because they speak about what already happened in their perception. As they witness the Jewish final redemption, they foretell it as an already accomplished prophecy.

For us is just a matter of assimilating the aspects and conditions for their prophecies to happen, and from them we begin to live the foretold “end of the times”, in regards to the transformation needed to acquire the new consciousness where only goodness reigns in all facets and expressions of life.

This transformation can only take place in Zion as the full awareness of our permanent connection with the Creator of all. At some point in time, hopefully in our times, by His compassion He puts an end to the dual “good and evil” approach of human consciousness, and makes Zion to rise with Him towards new heights where only goodness rules us to engage in new paths unfathomable in our long standing conditioned understanding of life.

King David tells us that the appointed time for our final redemption is already established for us to also rise and elevate our thoughts, emotions and feelings to the highest expressions of goodness, as God commands us to be, to have and do.

Those who serve goodness desire is stones as its foundations, which are the ethical ruling principles that define its nature. As we live by them, gracefulness is their outcome. The more we live in goodness, the more we are graced with it as the permanent blessing bestowed by the Creator in His creation.

So the nations shall revere the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord has built Zion, He has been seen in His glory. (102:15-16)

Jerusalem again is reaffirmed as the place where God is acknowledged as the only ruler in our consciousness. We have said that His “name” is how He relates to His creation. This name encompasses His ways and attributes by which we also relate to Him, as the ways in which we “revere” Him.

“Nations”, “peoples” and “kings” represent our human traits, trends, qualities, talents, skills, along with intellect, mind, thoughts, emotions, feelings, passion and instinct. All are destined to honor God’s “glory” by fully living in His will, for this is His glory.

We accomplished His will in complete awareness of the goodness that we “see” in Zion as the highest level of consciousness from which we bond with the goodness that emanates from Him.

“[In order] To declare in Zion the name of the Lord and His praise in Jerusalem. In the peoples gathered together and the kingdoms to serve the Lord. (102:21-22)

We praise and honor God by the way we relate to Him, which as we said is by emulating the goodness He bestows in His creation, for this is how we “serve” Him.

We are destined to gather together all that our consciousness encompasses (“the nations”) in order to be manifested as a functioning harmonic unity ruled by goodness for the sake of goodness.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XVIII)


Zion has heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah are joyful because of Your judgments, O Lord.
(Psalms 97:8)

Many of King David’s psalms are clearly prophetic; some in a specific way, others in a veiled way like this one. The veiling is an invitation for us to consider the meanings of Zion, Jerusalem and the Temple, and how these resonate in our consciousness.

Zion is the highest level of consciousness in which we permanently bond with our Creator, and “hearing” and “rejoicing” are complementary situations where one leads to the other.

We often relate hearing to understanding, and seeing to knowing. As we fully understand goodness as our bond with God, the immediate outcome is enjoyment, for what would be more rejoicing than bonding with Him?  

The “daughters” of Judah, as well as the ones of Jerusalem mentioned in other passages of the Hebrew Bible, are the positive traits, qualities, trends and expressions related to goodness as our connection with God. Hence these rejoice while emulating and sharing His ways and attributes, which are also His “judgments”.

“The Lord in Zion is great, and high He is over all the peoples. (99:2)

Zion is where God dwells in us, for it is the highest awareness of His presence in our consciousness. God’s greatness is indeed His presence that encompasses His entire creation.

God is high over all, including the “peoples”, which usually also represent the negative traits and trends that separate us from the ways and attributes of goodness, that are higher and above to rule over all.

Exalt the Lord our God and bow at the sacredness of His mountain, for sacred is the Lord our God! (99:9)

We bow to sacredness in reverence to what is higher and above us, without which we can’t exist. Awe and reverence is the least we can have before what we completely depend on.

Knowing and understanding otherwise is pure arrogance, disdain and total lack of appreciation and gratitude for the sacredness that gives us life.

“Constantly (lit. all mornings) I cut off all the wicked of the land, to cut off from the city of God all the doers of evil. (101:8)

In this verse King David pioneered the phrases “not deviating from a straight path requires eternal vigilance” and “eternal vigilance is the price of freedom”, and he actually goes beyond what these mean.

The constant vigilance to live free from negative traits and evil ways requires keeping them away from us, by cutting them off our thoughts, emotions, feelings, speech and actions.

All the “doers of evil” do not belong to the city of God, for His ways and attributes do not dwell with wickedness.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

JERUSALEM IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS (XVII)


Honorable things are spoken about you, O city of God, forever.
(Psalms 87:3)

All that is related to Jerusalem is of the highest nature and quality, as it is all related to goodness, simply because is “the city of God” as its immutable ruling principle for His creation. Hence, it is an eternal, absolute, self-sufficient entity destined to direct all aspects and expressions of life.

“But about Zion it shall be said, ‘This one and that one were born in her’; the Most High himself establishes her.” (87:5)

Here, the verse equates the place of birth to the essence of one’s identity. Therefore Zion, as well as the Torah, defines the Jewish identity as the bonding quality that the Creator of all with Israel.

The essence of this identity is goodness as the expression of every aspect and facet of Jewish life. Thus we are recognized by the principle that guides our actions, for it is what identifies who we are, that has been established for us by our Creator.

Those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (92:13)

The Jewish identity is deeply rooted in the principle that encompasses all the principles inherent in God’s commandments, decrees, statutes and ordinances presented in the Torah.

Goodness as the absolute ruling principle is the expression of the positive ideas, beliefs, feelings and emotions that “flourish in the courts of our God”, which are His ways and attributes that we strive to emulate as the source of our plenitude.

This verse reminds us that we flourish only in goodness.

Your statutes stand firm. Sacredness adorns Your house, O Lord, forever. (93:5)

God’s commandments, decrees, statutes and ordinances are the firm foundation that delineates the purpose of goodness in the material world.

Thus we realize that in order to grasp this, first we must fully assimilate goodness in our consciousness where we also must stand firm. In this awareness we realize the sacredness of goodness as the eternal splendor and beauty of God’s radiance in His creation.

From the Book's Foreword

Let's reexamine our ancestral memory, intellect, feelings, emotions and passions. Let's wake them up to our true Essence. Let us engage in the delightful awareness of Love as the Essence of G-d. The way this book is written is to reaffirm and reiterate its purpose, so it presents its message and content in a recurrent way. This is exactly its purpose, to restate the same Truth originally proclaimed by our Holy Scriptures, Prophets and Sages. Our purpose is to firmly enthrone G-d's Love in all dimensions of our consciousness, and by doing it we will fulfill His Promise that He may dwell with us on Earth forever. Let's discover together the hidden message of our ancient Scriptures and Sages. In that journey, let's realize Love as our Divine Essence, what we call in this book the revealed Light of Redemption in the Messianic era.