THE LORDS OF KARMA
compiled by Dee Finney
4-23-02 - DREAM - I was in an office where there was a large screen TV high up on the wall. It was showing a group of people who were deciding the fate of who was going to live or die. The camera was panning the faces of the people in the group. I knew all of them and my heart swelled with pride that I knew all of them and held them all in high regard.
The meeting was very lively with a lot of gestures and smiling faces, so I had to assume the meeting went well though I couldn't hear what they were saying.
Then the meeting was over and the camera showed the whole group crossing the street together. The center four of the group (two men and two women) wore voluminous robes such as one would see in a high court - but I took it to mean that they had PhDs or some high office like that - none of them was wearing black - their robes were purple and dark blue. Then three people on each side of the center four were wearing black suits like Rabbis or priests, and one person on each end was wearing regular clothing - so it appeared that they were lined up by rank to each side. There were 12 in all.
After I woke up, I attempted to meditate to remember more details about the above dream - such as why they were deciding which people lived or died or the circumstances. I fell asleep:
DREAM - I was in the same office, having slept overnight on a cot. It was 8:15 a.m. and the phone rang. It was 'the teacher' and I told him the dream so we could discuss it.
While talking to 'the teacher' I was having a vision of encyclopedia pages that were scanning downward quickly. There were two columns on the pages. I could only pick out a word here and there. I saw 'ein sof' and that it appeared that I was looking at a computer screen close up with the AOL task bar at the top so I couldn't read the name of the encyclopedia I was looking at. The name was hidden.
I asked 'the teacher' about the encyclopedia pages I was seeing and he said, "Yes! It's possible to transmit information across time and space like that."
I said, "I mean, I AM receiving this information - it's right in front of me." As I said that, the page had words in the shape of the state of Texas in the center of the page between the two columns of print.
I had been assuming he was sending it to me mentally, when he did not; he was only telling me that it was possible to do it. I had no way of knowing how I was receiving it, or where it was from.
While I was talking to 'the teacher' a man dressed in a brown suit came into the office and asked for a copy of a letter. He said the letter was from 'the third day'. I was forced to hang up the phone quickly to try to help the man..
I had no clue which file cabinet a letter from the 'third day' would be in. There were thousands of file cabinets in this office building.
Then the head secretary came in. She had worked in this office longer than I had and I hoped she could answer the man's question.
She sat at her desk brushing her short dark hair like she had just got out of bed. So I started brushing my hair too because I had just woke up myself. So we were brushing our hair simultaneously and I was thinking how much she and I were alike.
The boss came in then. His name was Ray. I didn't actually see his face - only that he was there next to me. He said to me, "You could dress more appropriately."
I looked down at myself and saw that I was wearing my pink pajama top (actually a sweat-suit top) over my pink pajamas and I realized I was still dressed for bed, not for work. Instant guilt flooded through me and I knew I had to run home across the street and change clothes. It would only take 5 minutes. So I grabbed my multicolored coat-sweater (which I call my coat of many colors) and put it on over my pajamas and headed for the elevator. (I was actually dressed this way in bed)
When the elevator door opened, there was a square piece of royal blue oriental rug laying on the elevator door track but the door closed and I went down in the elevator to go home.
The elevator door opened and that same royal blue oriental carpet square was laying over the elevator door track.
I was amazed by this. Then the elevator door closed and it dragged the carpet piece across the doorway and the elevator door jammed open. So I reached down and picked up the carpet piece which seemed more like a towel now and the elevator door opened again.
I saw that the elevator itself was sunk down in the pit about a foot down and was full of garbage trash, so I assume I was now in the basement and woke up.
THE THIRD DAY: Genesis 1:9 - And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear." and it was so. 10 - God called the dry ground "land" and the gathered waters he called "seas". And God saw that it was good. 11 - The God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 - The land produced vegetation plants bearing see according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 - And there was evening, and there was morning - the third day.
The reference to the State of Texas, I believe is a remembrance that I learned my basic metaphysics lessons from there.
We have since written about the Tree of Life on 112 different pages.
A Personal Experience:
THE SEPHIROTH - MUSIC FOR OUR EARS AND HEARTS
3-19-98 - While Joe was talking to me early this a.m. around 5 a.m., I experienced an intense desire to close my eyes. It WAS NOT out of boredom. :-)
Joe was expressing his theories about the Sephiroth . The Tree of Life. He said that many people feel that the Sephiroth has to do with music.
I said that was VERY interesting. I said that because when I closed my eyes, I was seeing a book and each 5 lines explained a section of the Sephiroth. As I watched, each word on each line became a circle and then each circle became a musical note.
When I told Joe my vision, he asked if those notes could be played. I said, "Yes! They could be played. If they were played as I saw them, it would be like playing a musical scale or if seeing it electronically, it would look like a sine wave.
After Joe left for work, I heard a telephone ring in my left ear. The phone had rung in my head only...not in the physical. I lay there quietly and I then heard 5 knocks.
Each knock brought one of those musical staff lines into view again. On the top appeared a brilliant green sign that read, "Happy Cheers Day" Then I began to see the lines of the staff below it fill in. On the next line, it read, "THE GAME OF LIFE"
and below that: "How to get through life without dying".
Below that was a line of music. The top four lines became musical notes easily played. I waited for the lower line to fill in and it never did. It remained blank.
Note: I seems to me that one should not play those notes which lie on the lower spaces if one wants to live without dying. I'm thinking that those lower notes would represent such low tones as "fear" and "anger'.
What do you think?
Love, Light, and Joy
The term Ein Sof is sometimes taken in Kabbalah to refer to God's very essence.
When more precisely used, Ein Sof refers to God's infinite light, before the beginning of the creative process. Ein Sof = 207 = Or ("light"). Were Ein Sof -- literally "no end" -- meant to refer to the essence of God, it would be more appropriate to call God Ein Techila -- "no beginning" ("no end" implies a "beginning" which precedes it, but nothing precedes God). The infinite light which emanates from God's very essence does in fact possess a beginning (God's essence) but does not possess an end.
Even more precisely, Chassidut teaches (in the name of the Maggid of Mezritch) that Ein Sof refers to the infinite light generated by the malchut of Echad. The thought and desire of Ana Emloch resulted, spontaneously, in a "surge" of infinite energy and light to enact the creative process (just as the heart of a mortal king becomes full of "infinite" energy and light to materialize his will to rule).
The relation between Ein Sof and the power of malchut is indicated by the fact that Ein Sof = Adon Olam ("the Master of the universe"; Ein = 61 = Adon, Sof = 146 = Olam). In the beginning of our daily prayers we praise God as: "The Master of the universe [Adon Olam] who ruled before any being was created."
The surge of infinite energy and light, Ein Sof, is referred to in the Zohar as the Tehiru Ela'ah, the "higher brilliance" (in contrast to the Tehiru Tata'ah, the "lower brilliance," which appears after the initial contraction of God's infinite light).
The oral tradition of Kabbalah states that the reason for existence is that God wished to behold God.
(This is also similiar to the Hindu theology of the (Dance of Shiva)
God can be visualized symbolically as follows. AIN SOF OHR, (also spelled EIN SOF OHR) the Endless Light which surrounds the void, emanated spheres or realms of light (effulgent and infinite bright). This, Kav or expansion of Divine Will, manifested in ten distinct stages of Emanation. The world was called into being by ten Divine Utterances.
Scientist have now defined our Universe as 10 dimensional with 4 space-time dimensions and 6 dimensions curled away infinitley small. This is known as the 10 dimension solution in the super-string theory.
These ten stages are known in the Kabbalah as the Sefirot. Sefirot express Divine Attributes, which from the primal moment of Emanation are lawfully held in a set of relationships until God wills them to vanish back into the Void of nothingness again.
(This is almost identical to the the Hindu concept of the out cycle of the expansion God's glory and in cycle of withdrawing God's Glory, each expansion and contraction lasting Eons and Eons.)
Also, EIN SOF is the part of God, Budhhist call Nirvana. Buddhist don't recognize the personal God because their meditative practice is to help them achieve union with Nirvana just as Buddha did (also called in Buddhist theology, the Void or Bliss).
AIN SOF is a Kabbalistic term meaning "Without End." In Kabbalah, Hashem (God) the Transcendent, is called AIN. AIN means in Hebrew "No Thing", for Hashem is beyond existence. AIN is neither below nor above; nor is it in movement or stillness. There is nowhere AIN is. Hashem is Absolute Nothing. AIN SOF is the title of God who is everywhere. AIN SOF is the One to the Zero of AIN. This is the totality of what is and is not. AIN SOF is God the Immanent, the Absolute ALL. AIN SOF has no Attributes, because attributes can only be manifest within finite (limited, bounded) existence realms and AIN SOF is (Infinite, Unbounded, Limitless) and Transcendant.
From this endless unfathomable EIN SOF GODSOURCE emanates 10 realms of existence, each less glorious than the former, until we get to the last realm, which is the realm our universe is in. At this level God manifests personality and is knowable with attributes. Another way to say it is, The Serifot are ten creative energy realms that intervene between the infinite, unknowable God ("Ein Sof") and our created finite world.
THE KABBALISTIC Tree of Life is a picture or diagram of Creation cast in the image of a tree. As this is a visual rendering, an abstraction, let us continually remember the idea of analogy and correspondence. Hence, if the rendering be taken literally it will be meaningless. After all how does one explain the inexplicable?
Whenever we endeavor to understand the "inexplicable" we find our only vehicle is through the use of symbolism. Symbols are the outermost face of archetypal forces, which emerge into our world as recognizable forms. A symbol, like a map, relates to the living ideas which animate them. They are not definitions or periods at the end of a sentence. We have a tendency, in our time and culture, to reduce symbols into signs. A sign serves as a code, a unit of information or data, which reduces ideas into a clearly recognizable something. We need only drive down the street to see the myriad of signs we confront daily. A symbol, on the other hand, is a starting point for the imagination.
When speaking of the imagination, it is important to distinguish it from fantasies which are the production of the brain and based upon what we already know. Imagination, however, is the bridge between our self-awareness and our connection to archetypal energies. Through these energies we have the capacity to support, maintain and create our sense of self, our sense of time, along with an understanding of the universe in which we interact.
Thinkers during the Renaissance, such as Robert Fludd and Johann Reichlin, etc. understood the value of the intellect when translating subjective experiences into objective communication. They viewed the intellect as a navigator and decision maker, but recognized the imagination as the true key for unlocking wisdom -- A wisdom which could only emerge as a living force without being reduced into a familiar code of laws. When reading H. P. Blavatsky's translation of The Stanzas of Dzyan, we can sense the vitality and power of this force. These Stanzas stimulate our imaginative faculties. They are poetry of a divine order, and are able to unlock knowledge from a deeper level in ourselves. These unaccustomed regions in our nature, when stirred, allow us to become aware of the Universal Design in an intimate way. In other words, knowledge becomes less of an abstraction and more of a reality. In order to appreciate what the Kabbalah means to convey, we must begin with a receptivity at this level. Thus we are enabled to move away from the logical or rational mind and into the very soul of our poetic nature. Kabbalah asks that we move beyond our own thinking and enter into a dialog between thought, reason and imagination -- to listen, to remember, to reawaken -- to let the wisdom that supports, maintains and informs our very cells and atoms to function in a way that is beyond everyday comprehension. We are the living product of an ancientness of Being and if we become open to listen, even momentarily, to this wisdom we may find that it is truly closer to us than the nose on our face.
Moving into the symbolism and language employed by the Kabbalah, we will begin with the unknowable, the unutterable and unspeakable. This is known as the Absolute, the No-Thing which is symbolized by the outermost radiation above the Tree. The name given this radiation is Ain -- God the Transcendent. Ain is beyond existence, Ain is Absolute No Thing. Ain is not above or below, neither still nor in motion. There is no where Ain is, for Ain is not. Out of Ain emanates En Sof or the endless absolute ALL. God the transcendent becomes God the immanent.
The last curve or radiation is Ain Sof Aur, the endless light of Will. The Kabbalists say that God willed to see God which caused the first contraction in the Absolute All or En Sof, making a place for the mirror of Existence.
In this way The Endless light of Will or Ain Sof Aur radiated like a beam of light into the Void of unmanifested existence. It was the dimensionless point created after the contraction of the Absolute All. (Or the Point in the Center of the Circle.)
This brought into focus three factors that made the Void:
1st was the Will of the Absolute
2nd Allowing it to occur
3rd Restriction to limit and contain it.
These are known as the Three Hidden Splendors and the first of several sets of Major Laws which govern existence. These generated expansion and contraction and are called the Prime Crown or I AM, allowing existence to be.
The Primal Crown or Sephira is the seed or one light from which all others emanate. Thus God willed the world into Being. The seed took root, grew downward into a trunk with branches and fruit Divine.
The structure of The Tree of Life, then, is based on the emanations flowing down from the Crown into what is known as the lightning flash. So it is through emanation, creation, formation and action that our world is produced.
Although the Kabbalistic Tree is portrayed as emanating up and down, in reality, it is meant to be thought of, or perhaps experienced, as moving from within to without. In other words, emanation comes from within as, from the nothingness at the heart of an atom outward into this world of seemingly stable objects, beings and forms.
The following, from Stanza I of the Book of Dzyan, illustrate a means through which this "divine formula" may be transmitted:
The ancient teachings are given as tools to help us reawaken to the knowledge of our divine and celestial origins. They attempt to relate ideas of spiritual evolution and brotherhood in the deepest sense. Through self effort, hard work, study and question we can at least, like Socrates, try to ask questions of a penetrating nature. Edison said that invention is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. If we diligently grapple with the universality and wisdom of the inner meaning presented by these teachings we will most often notice the perspiration but, when, in those fleeting moments, we experience inspiration -- a universe within and without opens in a way undreamed of in our wildest flight of fancy. And, let us ever keep in mind these wise words from the great hermetic philosopher, Robert Fludd:
"TO BELIEVE IS TO REFLECT, TO KNOW IS TO PENETRATE."
HELENA BLAVATSKY EXPLAINS IT BETTER THAN I CAN!
[[Vol. 1, Page]] 213 THE CREATIVE POWERS.
(3) WHEN THE ONE BECOMES TWO -- THE "THREE-FOLD" APPEARS (a). THE THREE ARE (linked into) ONE; AND
IT IS OUR THREAD, O LANOO, THE HEART OF THE MAN-PLANT, CALLED SAPTAPARNA (b).
THE SEVEN RAYS
Ray One - Will, purpose, power, destruction
As part of the initial Plan, the one Life sought expansion, and the seven aeons or emanations came forth from
the central vortex and actively repeated the earlier process in all its details. They too came into manifestation
and in the work of expressing active life, qualified by love and limited by an outward phenomenal appearance, they
swept into a secondary activity and became the seven Builders, the
1. The Lord of Power or Will. This Life wills to love, and uses power as an expression of divine beneficence.
For His body of manifestation He uses that planet for which the sun is regarded as the esoteric substitute.
4. The Lord of Harmony, Beauty and Art. The main function of this Being is the creation of Beauty (as an expression
of truth) through the free interplay of life and form, basing the design of beauty upon the initial plan as it
exists in the mind of the solar Logos. The body of manifestation of this life is not revealed, but the activity
emanating from it produces that combination of sounds, colors and word music that expresses - through the form
of the ideal - that which is the originating idea. This fourth Lord of creative expression
6. The Lord of Devotion and Idealism. This solar Deity is a peculiar and characteristic expression of the quality
of the solar Logos. Forget not that in the great scheme of the universal universe (not just our universe) our solar
Logos is as differentiated and distinctive in quality as are any of the sons of men. This ray force, with the second
ray, is a true and vital expression of the divine nature. A militant focusing upon the ideal, a one-pointed devotion
to the intent of the life urge, and a divine sincerity are the qualities of this Lord, and set their impress upon
all that is found within His body of manifestation. Advanced esotericists debate as to whether Mars is, or is not,
the planet through which He manifests. You must remember that only a few of the planets are the bodies of expression
of the Lords of the rays. There are ten "planets of expression" (to use the term employed by the ancient
Rishis), and only seven ray Lives are
7. . The Lord of Ceremonial Order or Magic is now coming into power and is slowly but surely making His pressure
felt. His influence is most potent upon the physical plane, for there is a close numerical
THE LORDS OF KARMA
The 'Lords of Karma' are given as a term that you may realize those laws or rules that you would apply in judging
In the East, broadly speaking, people do believe in reincarnation and, correctly, in relation to the Law of
Karma. Unfortunately, even in the East, the Law of Karma is seen from an erroneous point of view. There is a correct
interpretation and approach to the idea of rebirth, and its close connection with the Law of Action and Reaction,
Cause and Effect.
The Westerner tends to reject the idea of a future life, mostly because of the way the Bible has been edited and translated erroneously over the last two milleniums. It is an idea which is only just beginning to be entertained by people's minds. Most people who come to believe in reincarnation are interested in knowing who they were in their pat lives. The popular literature in the West about reincarnation is almost exclusively about previous existences.
Is it of value to know our past lives? At a certain point it can be helpful. But until one is ready for knowing that information, not only is it not of major value, it can actually be dangerous. There is a little-known law that when we become truly aware of a particular past life we enter into the karma of that time. Most of us have enough to do with dealing with our current lives, than to bring the full load of karma from a previous life into it. Knowing the details of a past life is not a game to play for fun. It brings great responsibility with it.
The whole subject is fraught with danger and complexity. When our past lives by themselves into our consciousness,
they will do so under law. It is more important to know that every moment we are alive, we are making karma for
our future - we are creating our karma and our next life right now.
It's much more important to be the best person you can be in this lifetime in order not to rack up bad karma, and in fact, the way life is going now, karma is tending to be returned to everyone, sometimes within minutes, and not centuries like it used to. So, you will want to earn good karma, and not the bad kind - remember - it's always 'cause and effect' and if the cause is negative so will the effect.
Certain religious people believe that if they are poor, hungry, miserable, indebted to the landlord, with hardly
enough to feed their family, that they must have been someone really terrible before. They believe it is the Law
of Karma because they were so bad, nasty, horrible, such low-grade human beings in their past life, they deserve
the misery they are in now. They believe that; it is the teaching. And they believe, because it is the Law of Karma,
that there is nothing they can do about it. They accept it totally, fatalistically, as their due according to the
law. And they also believe that if they accept their lot meekly and try to be good they will be rewarded with a
life of higher status next time around. If there is anything which has kept the Orient down, in terms of its living
standards, its social happiness, social democracy and equality, it is the acceptance of the Law of Karma on that
Lords of Karma
I know that sounds like a very cold and calculated way to live, but once you are spiritually awakened, there
is a good reason to do this.