The Four Evils, Part 1
We have had some thought provoking answers on the four categories of evil from members. I will comment more on them later, but first I want you to contemplate a great mystery lying before us in the fourth category concerning spiritual wickedness in celestial places.
We tend to think that when we progress out of the human kingdom to the kingdom of God that the only way to go is up, but is this really the case?
Do we not have the story of Lucifer falling from heaven? Is it possible that even a Master or a Logos could turn to evil? If he did, how would that evil manifest?
Do we ever lose free will?
Keep in mind that we are not using evil in the typical context of the religious zealots, but as a principle.
We assume that both Hitler and Churchill treated their dogs reasonably well and the pets of both men were quite contented.
Did either dog question the integrity of their masters? Were either able to see any evil in the kingdom above them?
Now use the law of correspondences and apply this to the human kingdom as it relates to the Kingdom of God. Is it possible that “spiritual wickedness in high (celestial) places” may appear to be good from our perspective?
The Question:: There is a basic four square of evil as mentioned in Eph 6:11-12 which the disciples of light must deal with.
(1) Principalities or sovereignties.
(2) Powers or authorities
(3) Rulers of the darkness of this world
(4) Spiritual wickedness in high (celestial) places.”
Who or what are these four categories of evil? Why are they evil and what can we do to overcome them?
What could be the evil in the celestial realms?
Before I begin let us reiterate the definition of evil. It is important here that when we define evil that we do not envision demons dripping slime, for such a thought distracts from real understanding of the principle. An evil force is that which keeps us from moving forward in our evolution. In other words, evil pulls us backward and good pushes us forward.
The first evil: “Principalities or sovereignties.” What are these and why does Paul call them evil?
The first evil translated as “principalities” in the King James comes from the Greek ARCHE. The “arch” part of archangel comes from this word. When this word is used in connection to a person or institution it implies that this person or organization has the highest possible authority. For instance the Supreme Court of the United States is the ARCHE court in the land. The Vatican is the ARCHE organization of the Catholic Church and the Pope is the ARCHE guy. The American Medical Association is the ARCHE group regulating medicine and so on.
The Principalities (ARCHE) then are authorities set in place in all the institutions and organizations throughout the earth. We all have little or no choice about their positioning.
In their present state of organization do any of them aid us in moving forward in our spiritual progression?
Do they hinder progression?
For instance, when is the last time you heard new light and truth revealed by the Vatican or any other ARCHE religious organization?
Is the American Medical Association avant guard in promoting a cure for cancer or do they resist the real cures?
Thus we establish that the first evil the workers in the light must overcome are the established authorities set rigidly in place upon the earth.
The second evil is translated in the King James as “powers.” This comes from the Greek EXOUSIA and is sometimes translated as “authority,” “power,” “privilege” or “mastery.”
This second evil also represents authority over our lives, but is a totally different authority from the first. The ARCHE authorities have power over the populace whether we will it or not. They are just there and there is not much we can do about it. However, this second authority (EXOUSIA) is one that we accept of our own free will. The EXOUSIA are those who we call our heroes, idols, celebrities, experts and teachers who we willingly embrace merely because we adore them and put them on a pedestal. While we cannot do much about who is appointed to the Supreme Court, and their effect on us, we do have full power as to who we pick to give our power and allegiance to.
Who are some of the EXOUSIA in this day and age? They are our movie stars, sports figures, our favorite writers, directors, television personalities, talk show hosts, and cult leaders.
There are some who are ARCHE as well as EXOUSIA authorities. Take Bill Clinton (written Dec 2000), for example. He can make a decree that affects us such as tying up clean burning coal reserves in Utah and there is nothing we can do about this effect. On the other hand, many give him their power because they adore him and are willing to subject themselves to his every whim through their own free will. Barbara Streisand, for instance, will jump at his EXOUSIA authority but to some here in the group Clinton has no such authority.
Why does Paul call these celebrity type authorities evil?
Answer: He was not referring to the individual entities involved as some of them use their influence for good, but because this type of authority comes from glamour and illusion and it is rarely reliable. The receiver believes the authority because he is famous or adored by millions and often does not think out the matter for himself.
Because of the power of EXOUSIA most manufacturers seek out celebrities to endorse their products. The illusionary authority of the famous ones has been proven to influence millions, even though they may not use the product or have any knowledge of it.
Celebrities, as a whole, operate in the world of illusion and glamour and act as a fog which hides the light rather than direct the hearts and minds of the masses toward the light.
When a true light does step forward do the celebrities recognize the good and endorse it? You see lots of celebrities claiming to be for the environment, but have you seen even one of them risking anything to promote or finance a clean burning engine?
Rarely do you see them promote anything that they are not paid big bucks to promote.
While it is true that you and I have the free will to reject the endorsements of celebrities it is also true that they affect the thoughts and desires of millions of people and these millions have a mass effect that reaches us all and often causes great resistance to true spiritual work.
For instance, if someone at Oscar time were to make a wise crack about a struggling disciple this one simple statement may have the power to bury a work of service forever.
It is the destiny of business to evolve and become a great force of light to bring in the New Age, yet what does Hollywood do? In movie after movie the arch villain is a business person. The number of bad guys in the movies who are business people is a hundred times out of proportion to reality. When has a business person ever tried to take over the world or blow up the World Trade Center? Never. But when has a politician tried to do so? A number of times as far as taking over the world and they regularly attempt to blow things up through unnecessary war or intrigue.
Before the disciple finds his true path he will be captured by this illusionary authority of EXOUSIA which will be an “evil” force to tempt him to go backwards in his progression.
Overcoming this authority is well illustrated in the story of the third labor of Hercules as related by Alice A. Bailey, especially in the account of the false teacher Busiris.
The Gathering the Golden Apples of the Hesperides (Gemini, May 21st – June 20th)
The great Presiding One, within the Council Chamber of the Lord, had watched the labors of the son of man who is a son of God. He and the Teacher saw the third great Gate, opening before the son of man, revealing a new chance to tread the Way. They noted how the laborer arose and prepared to enter on his task. “Send out the word to guard the sacred tree. Let Hercules unfold the power to search without discouragement, deception or too great a speed. Let perseverance now be called upon. He has done well so far.” And thus the word went forth.
Far in a distant country grew the sacred tree, the tree of wisdom, and on it grew the golden apples of the Hesperides. The fame of these sweet fruits had gone to distant lands, and all the sons of men who knew themselves to be likewise the sons of God desired them. Hercules, too, knew of these fruits, and when the word went forth to seek for them he sought the Teacher, asking Him the way to go and find the sacred tree and pick the apples.
“Tell me the way, O Teacher of my soul. I seek the apples and I need them quickly for my use. Show me the quickest way and I will go!”
“Not so, my son”, replied the Teacher, “the way is long. Two things alone I will confide to you, and then it is for you to prove the truth of what I say. Remember that the sacred tree is guarded well. Three maidens fair cherish the tree, protecting well its fruit. A dragon with one hundred heads protects the maidens and the tree. Guard thyself well from strength too great for thee, from wiles too subtle for thy comprehension. Watch well. The second thing that I would say to thee is that thy search will carry thee where five great tests will meet thee on the Way. Each will afford thee scope for wisdom, understanding, skill and opportunity. Watch well. I fear, my son, that you will fail to recognize these points upon the Way. But time alone will show; God speed thee in thy search.”
With confidence, because success nor failure held for him a claim, Hercules went forth upon the Way, sure of himself, his wisdom and his strength. Through the third Gate he passed, going due north. Throughout the land he passed, seeking the sacred tree, but found it not. All men he met he questioned, but none could guide him on his way; none knew the place. Time passed, yet still he sought, wandering from place to place and returning oft upon his steps to the third Gate. Sad and discouraged, still he sought on every hand.
The Teacher, watching from afar, sent Nereus to see if he could aid. Time and again he came, in varying form and with differing words of truth, but Hercules responded not, nor knew him for the messenger he was. Skilled though he was in speech and wise with the deep wisdom of a son of God, Nereus failed, for Hercules was blind. He did not recognize the help so subtly proffered. Returned at length with sadness to the Teacher, Nereus spoke of failure.
“The first of the five lesser tests is passed,” replied the Teacher, and failure marks this stage. Let Hercules proceed.”
Finding no sacred tree upon the northern way, Hercules turned towards the south and in the place of darkness continued with his search. At first he dreamed of quick success, but Antaeus, the serpent, met him on that way and wrestled with him, overcoming him at every point.
“He guards the tree,” said Hercules, “this I was told, so near him must be the tree. I must break down his guard and, thus destroying him, break down and pluck the fruit.” Yet, wrestling with much strength, he conquered not.
“Where lies my fault?” said Hercules. “Why can Antaeus conquer me? E’en when an infant I destroyed a serpent in my cot. With my own hands I strangled it. Why fail I now?”
Wrestling again with all his might, he grasped the serpent with both hands, lifting it high in air, away from off the ground. And lo! the deed was done: Antaeus, vanquished, spoke:
“I come again in different guise at the eighth Gate. Prepare again to wrestle.”
The Teacher, gazing from afar, saw all that happened, and to the great Presiding One who sits within the Council Chamber of the Lord he spoke, reporting on the deed.
“The second test is passed. The danger is surmounted. Success at this point marks his way.”
And the great Presiding One replied: “Let him proceed.”
Happy and confident, Hercules went on, sure of himself and with new courage for the search. Now to the west he turned himself and, turning thus, he met disaster. He entered without thought upon the third great test and failure met him and for long delayed his steps.
For there he met Busiris, the great arch-deceiver, son of the waters, of close kin to Poseidon. His is the work to bring delusion to the sons of men through words of seeming wisdom. He claims to know the truth and with quickness they believe. He speaks fair words saying:
“I am the teacher. To me is given knowledge of the truth and sacrifice for me. Accept the way of life through me. I know, but no-one else. My truth is right. All other truth is wrong and false. Hark to my words; stay with me and be saved.”
And Hercules obeyed, and daily weakened on the early way (third test) seeking no further for the sacred tree. His strength was sapped. He loved, adored Busiris, and accepted all he said. Weaker from day to day he grew, until there came a day when his loved teacher bound him to an altar and kept him bound throughout a year.
Suddenly one day, when struggling to be free, and slowly seeing Busiris for what he was, words spoken long ago by Nereus came to his mind:
“Truth lies within yourself. There is a higher power and strength and wisdom in yourself. Turn inwards and there evoke the strength which is, the power which is the heritage of all the sons of men who are the sons of God.”
Silent lie lay a prisoner on the altar, bound to its corners four for one whole year. Then, with the strength which is the strength of all the sons of God, he broke his bonds, seized the false teacher (who had seemed so wise) and bound him to the altar in his place. He spoke no word, but left him there to learn.
The watching Teacher, from afar, noted the moment of release, and turning to Nereus said: “The third great test is passed. You taught him how to meet it and in due time he profited. Let him go forward on the Way and learn the secret of success.
Chastened, yet full of questioning relief, Hercules continued with his search and wandered far. The year, spent prone upon the altar, had taught him much. He went with greater wisdom on his way.
Suddenly, he halted in his steps. A cry of deep distress smote on his ear. Some vultures circling o’er a distant rock caught his attention; then again the cry broke forth. Should he proceed upon his way, or should he seek the one who seemed in need and thus retard his steps? He pondered on the problem of delay; a year had now been lost; he felt the need for haste. Again a cry broke forth and Hercules, with rapid steps, sped to his brother’s help. He found Prometheus chained upon a rock, suffering dire agonies of pain, caused by the vultures plucking at his liver, thus slowly killing him. He broke the binding chain and freed Prometheus, chasing the vultures to their distant lair, and tending the sick man until he had recovered from his wounds. Then, with much loss of time, he again started to make his way.
The Teacher, watching from afar, spoke to his seeking pupil these clear words, the first words spoken to him since he entered on his search:
“The fourth stage on the way unto the sacred tree is passed. There has been no delay. The rule upon the chosen Path which hastens all success is, ‘Learn to serve’.”
The Presiding One, within the Council Chamber of the Lord, remarked:
“He has done well. Continue with the tests.”
Upon all ways the search went on, and north and south and east and west, the sacred tree was sought, but was not found. There came a day when, worn with fear and travelling, he heard a rumor from a passing pilgrim on the way that, near a distant mountain, the tree was to be found, the first true statement given him as yet. Therefore he turned his feet to the high mountains of the east and, on a bright and sunny day, he saw the object of his search and hastened then his steps.
“Now I shall touch the sacred tree,” he shouted in his joy, “surmount the guarding dragon; see the fair maidens of wide fame; and pluck the apples.”
But again, he was arrested by a sense of deep distress. Atlas confronted him, staggering ‘neath the load of worlds upon his back. His face was lined with suffering; his limbs were bowed with pain; his eyes were closed with agony; he asked no help; he saw not Hercules but stood bowed down with pain, with the weight of worlds. Hercules. trembling, watched and gauged the measure of the load and pain. He forgot about his search. The sacred tree and apples faded from mind; he only sought to aid the giant and that without delay; forward he rushed and eagerly removed the load, lifting it off the shoulders of his brother onto his own back, shouldering the burden of the worlds himself. He closed his eyes, bracing himself with effort, and lo! the load rolled off, and he stood free, and likewise Atlas.
Before him stood the giant and in his hand he held the golden apples, offering them, with love, to Hercules. The search was o’er.
The sisters three held still more golden apples, and pressed them likewise into his hands, and Aegle, that fair maid who is the glory of the setting sun, said unto him, placing an apple in his hand,
“The Way to us is always marked by service. Deeds of love are signposts on the Way.” Then Erytheia, who keeps the gate which all must pass before they stand alone before the great Presiding One, gave him an apple and upon its side, inscribed in light, was writ the golden word of Service. “Remember this,” she said, “forget it not.”
And lastly Hesperis came, the wonder of the evening star, and said to him with clarity and love, “Go forth and serve, and tread the way, from henceforth and for aye, of all world servers.”
“Then I give back these apples for those who follow on,” said Hercules, and returned from whence he came.
Before the Teacher then he stood and rendered due account of all that had transpired. To him the Teacher gave the word of cheer and then with pointing finger indicated the fourth Gate and said to him:
“Pass through that Gate. Capture the doe and enter once again the Holy Place.”
End of Part I
Dec 14, 2000
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