The Brother and the Brotherhood
After the order of Melchizedek

The Brother and the Brotherhood
after the order of Melchizedek

Prologue The Luminaries of the original Light
Part one The tabernacle of God with men
Part two The Light dwells in the east
Part three On the spiritual community
Part four The Master of Nazareth
Part five The mystery of Golgotha
Part six Jesus Christ





 

Part Five

The Mystery of Golgotha

 

 

“Fools believe themselves great when they overcome others; but the wise man makes himself small so that he might overcome himself.”


At the time of Kung fu tse there lived in the Middle Empire a wonderful wise man called Lao tse.

Kung fu tse, the great teacher of the laws of the happy life, heard of him and set off to visit him. Having returned from this visit, Kung fu tse went around for three days without saying a word, so that his pupils were astounded.
But Tseu Kong took courage and asked the teacher why he maintained his silence.

Upon which Kung fu tse answered and said:
“When I notice that a man uses his thoughts to escape me like a bird in flight, then I use my thoughts like an arrow which speeds from the bow.

Unerringly I strike such a man and become his master. –
If he wishes to escape me like a swift stag, I will pursue him like a skilful hound, catch him up and bring him to ground.–

If he wishes to escape me like a fish sinking down into the depths, I will cast my rod, catch him and bring him into my power. –

Yet a dragon which soars into the clouds and hovers in the air, – him I cannot pursue!

I have seen Lao tse and he is like the dragon!

When he spoke my mouth dropped open and I could not close it again. –

My tongue hung out of my mouth in astonishment and I could not retract it. –

But my soul was aroused and still has not yet found calm!”

These few words, preserved in the Chinese scriptures, speak clearly of the enormous influence which the spiritual wisdom of Lao tse had on Kung fu tse, who truly was, in his way, a wise man. Yet he had but mastered the realm of the intellect, whereas the other teacher found his spiritual homeland far beyond all intellectual knowledge. –

It is reported that Lao tse was advanced in years, approaching the end of his life, when he left his country, – to travel westwards, – to the place where he had once received his teaching…

In the “Tao te king”, ascribed to him, one can search for the essential core of his teaching.

With certain justification it has been pointed out how close his teaching is to the Pythagoreans and the philosophy of Plato. It was even thought probable that Lao tse drew from the wisdom of ancient Egyptian mysteries and thereby made the strangest connections.

There is a kernel of truth in all these suppositions, as almost always in such cases. For Lao tse, admired by the great wise man of the world of his time, was one of the few active masters of that spiritual community called symbolically the “White Lodge”, to which all old mystery-cults, to which also Pythagoras and Plato, owe their best.–

While this spiritual community as such worked fully concealed for thousands of years in a spiritual way, there were, at times, though extremely rarely, some of its members “living in the world” who were ready and willing to impart the most exalted spiritual teaching through the spoken and written word. One of these rare examples was Lao tse.

Not for nothing does he emphasise that the wise man must adapt his teaching to the age and circumstances. He was well aware that his message can only be understood among a given people and at a given time in a version which might hope to be accepted at least by those of a spiritual disposition.

Each one of those very few who sought, as Luminaries of the First Light living in the world, to teach with words, had to adapt to time and circumstances. Also that “great Man of Love”, who called this teaching “glad tidings”, was no less aware of his mission than of his duty to consider time and circumstances. He sought to attach the rope of his teaching to a secure hold. And yet, a sure hold is at the same time always: – resistance…

One will only understand, in its full greatness, the life, deeds and teaching of the most Sublime in his love amongst those who name themselves the “Luminaries of the First Light” and the “Words of the Word”, if one has comprehended that he too had to use time and circumstances wisely, and that he – perhaps more than others before and after him – sought to find a hold where there was resistance. –

Far be it from me to disturb here the pious belief according to which the Master of the Gospels became the only “Son of God”! –

Whoever believes this and hopes to find salvation thereby may be certain that his hope will not deceive him, if he allows the teaching of the Master to live within him. The blessing which can be his is never bound to his opinion regarding those things which once caused his Master to appear.

If he feels strong in his belief, let him just read what is offered here and reject all those things which the roots of his belief cannot bear!

The stronger his belief truly is, so much more surely will he draw new strength from these disclosures, for: “To him who has, shall be given, so that he has in abundance”. If he feels weak and vacillating, and if his belief is only that weak consolation which doubting teachers of this faith, condemned to the duty of teaching, have to give, then let him rather not read on. For it is written: “to him who has not, shall be taken away that which he thought he had.” –

From: The Mystery of Golgotha pdf pages 10-16