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How were the universal laws created?
Zarathustra says that God the Father created the universal law through God the Mother – whom he, like Solomon, called Wisdom: “He who in the beginning thought, and the Light was filled with lights, Himself through wisdom [the Mother] created (the Law of) Righteousness.” (1) We individual souls are the lights that fill the Light of the Father.
Solomon was the best-known mystic to know the Mother as “Wisdom.” He said:
“Doth not wisdom cry? …
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth.” (2)
Solomon is here describing the Mother acknowledging that she was created before there was a heaven and an Earth. Elsewhere he says of Wisdom:
“For wisdom … is the breath of the power of God,
And a pure emenation of his almighty glory.”(3)
The Latin word for “breath” is “spiritus.” Divine Breath means Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s first creation, the primary step-down transformation of the formless into form.
The Holy Spirit, unlike the still and silent Father, is organized by being active and sonic, a creative, universal vibration known to us as Aum or Amen, which is the Procreatrix (Prakriti) of all forms in the phenomenal realm.
Hindus know the Divine Mother as Shakti, which created the Heavens and the Earth. “She” is not a female any more than “He” is a male. The sages used the male/female distinction to tell apart movement from rest. That is all.
Jesus acknowledged this difference when he responded to his disciples’ question, “What is the sign of your Father in you?” He answered: “It is a movement and a rest.” (4) The Mother is that movement and the Father is that rest.
When John the Baptist was described as “the voice of one crying in the wilderness,” (5) the Mother is that voice and the Father is the wilderness in the sense that no law applies to the Father, who is the source of law. Law only applies to the domain of the Mother – matter, mater, or materiality.
Solomon goes on to tell us that the Lord created everything there is by way of the Divine Mother, the Holy Spirit, Wisdom. “The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth,” Solomon tells us. (6) “Wisdom … operates everything,” he says. (7)
Not only did Wisdom create the Earth, but She also created the human body, as Solomon tells us: “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn her seven pillars.” (8) Her seven pillars are probably the seven chakras.
She also created the natural law, as Sri Aurobindo tells us.
“Something … imposes on [these elements] the law of their being, and what could that be but the Womb, the matrix of original and indestructible matter, the plasm which moulds the universe and out of which it is moulded?” (9)
The Divine Mother is that womb or “matrix of original and indestructible matter,” mater, matrix that “moulds the universe.”
The Divine Mother is the necessary but not the sufficient cause of the natural law. God the Father is the sufficient cause. He creates the law through the Mother, but the Father is still said to be the source of it.
The natural law is perfect, which is why Jesus could say: “Wisdom is justified of her children.” (10) What did he mean? In my view, what he meant is that the Divine Mother’s natural laws bring us children of God from unconscious awareness of our identity as God to conscious awareness. Achieving this result “justifies” or validates Wisdom, or the Divine Mother.
Put another way, the efficacy of the Divine Mother’s universal laws is proven by the result: that they bring God’s children to their destination, which is absolute knowledge of their identity as the Father. That is their purpose.
What is the reward of the one who keeps the Mother’s laws? She says through Solomon:
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments.
“… Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
“For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
“She is more precious than rubies: and all things thou canst desire are not to be compared with her.” (11)
“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind [it] continually upon thine heart, and tie [it] about thy neck.
“When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” (12)
So God is the ultimate source of the universal law but he creates, preserves and transforms it through his identity as the Divine Mother. Keeping the law carries its own reward. And following the law leads us to the Father.
Through the Mother, the Father applies the natural law to this dreamworld of materiality which the children of the two reside in on their journey from the Father out into the Mother’s world where She raises them up, schools them and prepares them for their conscious return to the Father.
(Continued in Part 4.)
(1) Zarathustra in Greenlees, Duncan, trans. The Gospel of Zarathushtra. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1978, 187. [Hereafter GZ.] [Hereafter GZ.] Incidentally the “God” who Zarathustra worshipped, Ahuramazda, was in fact Sanat Kumara. “The Ascended Masters teach that the supreme God of Zoroastrianism, Ahura Mazda, is Sanat Kumara. Ahura Mazda means “Wise Lord” or “Lord who bestows intelligence.” (Elizabeth Clare Prophet, “The Many Faces of the Great Guru, Sanat Kumara,” 2 July 1993, at http://www.tsl.org/masters/sanat_kumara/default.htm.) For more on the Mother, see: “On the Nature of the Divine Mother or Holy Spirit,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/on-the-nature-of-the-divine-mother-or-holy-spirit-2/
(2) Proverbs, 8:1 and 8:22-4.
(3) “Wisdom of Solomon” in Edgar J. Goodspeed, trans., The Apocrypha. An American Translation. New York: Random House, 1959; c1938 191. [Hereafter APO.]
(4) A. Guillaumont, et al. The Gospel According to Thomas. New York and Evanston: Harper and Row, 1959, 29.
(5) Matthew 3:3.
(6) Proverbs 3:19.
(7) “The Wisdom of Solomon” in APO, 192.
(8) Proverbs 9:1.
(9) Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1983, 3.
(10) Jesus in Matthew 11:19.
(11) Proverbs 3:1 and 3:13-5.
(12) Proverbs 6:20-3.
(Continued in Part 4.)