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Chapter 193 - The big rock temple of Jabusimbil.
193,1. (Oubratouvishar:) “We asked the proconsul, if anything similar had ever happened to any other extremely upright person on this earth.
193,2. He shrugged his shoulders and said: ‘Directly, most probably never; but there are valid examples of indirect communication both in the scriptures and in stories handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation, that very upright and devout people, having entered a state of rapture, saw God’s Spirit as a light penetrating the innermost recesses of all infinity and they perceived that they themselves were part of this light. However, all those blessed in this way confessed, that they were overcome by an intensely joyful feeling in the presence of this light. They began to prophesy and their prophecies always came to pass. However, no mortal has ever seen the true primordial God in another guise!
193,3. Man wishes to bring his primordial God closer to himself in a limited way. His heart’s desire is to see the Creator in approachable human form and to converse with Him, the everlasting primordial spirit, as if he were a person. However, that is nothing but the foolish desire of weak-minded mankind, which is in a certain way forgivable, but can never be realized. The finite can never become infinite - nor the infinite, finite!’
193,4. This is what our wise mentor said to us and we understood his words as well as our limited comprehension would permit..
193,5. Nevertheless, despite everything, a process began spontaneously within each of us in which a powerful divine personality began to develop as we felt too lost in God’s infinity and could not confidently find our way forward. Our hearts longed for a personal God who could be seen and loved, while our minds always declared war on our poor hearts which felt much too inadequate to embrace divine infinity with all our love, even though the proconsul advised us to love the primordial Godhead.
193,6. Our mentor also told us that there was a nation on earth called the Jews. This nation was said to have the best concept of the supreme Godhead. One of the first of their wise men, an Egyptian by birth named Moi ie sez (which means: ‘my foundling’, a name given to him by a princess when she rescued him from the Nile), had conversed with the spirit of God over a period of fifty years. God’s spirit strictly forbade him ever to make an image of Him in any way! This wise man at one stage expressed a heart-felt desire to see God in person but received the answer, ‘You can not look on God and live!’
193,7. Nevertheless, when the desire within the heart of the wise man became more insistent, the spirit of God instructed him to hide in a cave and come forward if he was called. The wise man did that and when he heard his name he came out and saw in the distance the back of God’s body shining more brightly than a thousand suns! His own face then began to shine so brightly, that no man could look at him for seven years without going blind. For this reason Moses was obliged to hide his face behind a thick veil at all times. As you know, the very wise proconsul told us all this.
193,8. To what extent all this was true or not, we would not know how to judge. We only know that an untrue word never passed the lips of the proconsul. The way he heard it is precisely the way he passed it on to us.
193,9. You know that, when we asked him where in the whole of Egypt, the true, eternal primordial Godhead had ever been worshipped and in all probability greatly revered, he replied: ‘Not very far from here – to be precise it was in the great rock temple of Ja bu, sim, bil (which means: ‘I was, I am and I will be’)! You enter through a wide high gateway which leads to a cavernous inner hall. This is adorned with columns carved from the rock. Between each pair of columns an armed colossus stands at least as tall as twelve men and appears to support the weight of the temple ceiling.
193,10. The interior is divided by an arch into three halls and in each of them on both sides there stand seven of these colossi – a total of fourteen giants in each of the three halls. They symbolise the seven spirits of God. In its three sections the hall houses six times seven of these colossi. This shows that even from the beginning of all creation, God set down six periods of time or ages and that in each of these endlessly long and always overlapping ages, the same seven spirits have always supported everything with their influence spreading throughout the universe. Each of the six sides of the three sections of the temple hall is engraved with all kinds of signs and figures, decipherable by a seer steeped in the ancient wisdom that the spirit of God revealed to the primordial wise men in this country.
193,11. At the end of the three halls the veiled image of I-sis is again to be found, the open portrait of Ou-sir-iez, and, on the altar in front of the I-sis, the following words are engraved in the hard rock: Ja-bu-sim-bil! On each side of the entrance to the temple gate, there are two giants in a sitting position and they represent the four main elemental forces of God in nature. The fact that they are seated indicates an ordered rest position, in which they have been placed by God to serve all creatures according to the will of God.
193,12. An inscription above the gate reminds the visitor that this is a holy place and that he should always enter the sacred halls with a well disciplined spirit. Anyone entering the first hall will find the first pillars engraved with quite strange symbols and figures and these are said to make reference to some kind of world-wide war under the words ‘God’s wars’.
193,13. However I myself am not sufficiently well versed in the wisdom of times past to be able to put forward any further more profound explanation! In seven days I will lead you there and you can see all this with your own eyes. Of course, the sharp tooth of time has damaged many aspects of this ancient sanctuary but most of it is still quite well preserved and you will still be able to learn a great deal from the visit!’
193,14. Now, what feelings then began to gain ground in us! We could hardly wait for the day on which the proconsul would lead us to the holy place he had described. When finally the day arrived and we hurried there on our camels, our hearts began to glow more and more, the nearer we came to the outer temple, which was said to be merely the grave of a few ancient seers. How our hearts then pounded when we reached the great rock temple! What an indescribably deep impression the four statues depicting the elemental forces made and were we not speechless when we entered the halls carrying our burning torches? Why did all this affect us so powerfully? The reason is that, in that place, we thought ourselves to be closer to the supreme, true Godhead than anywhere else in Memphis.
193,15. When we left the marvellous temple with much weeping and sighing and after our mentor had told us something of the history of the earth in primordial times, we were so moved by all this, that we immediately then began to regard the whole earth as a large temple of God! Whether some days were hot and others cooler, we did not notice as our minds were too fully occupied with anything which might bring the primordial spirit of God closer to us. Yet we still completely missed the point. We certainly knew a great deal then, but I-sis remained hidden and veiled. No mortal was ever able to lift the hem of the mysterious garment worn by the everlasting Godhead.”
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