Of Gods… and Un-Gods

…“Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.” (1)…

1962… somewhere in England… and school assembly draws to a close… With these stout comforting words echoing in our heads, our day begins in the knowledge that Out There somewhere, a rather stern but gentle and supremely benevolent man, (whose appearance resembles a Victorian Patriarch complete with flowing white beard), watches over us with care, concern and ineffable love while we trudge off to double maths on a dreary, grey, drizzly Thursday morning.

Out There‘ is where we look for all the answers to all our seemingly un-answerable questions. The ancient Greeks created a fascinating mythology in an attempt to explain all the imponderables of life and in doing so, wrote some absorbing tales that would keep an eleven-year-old boy occupied for many a dull wet day.

Far from the idea of God as in… “Most blessed, most Glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise,” (1) there was a whole room-full of gods, an ancient sort of ‘league of super-heroes,’ who idled away their hours on top of Mount Olympus, only concerning themselves with the plight of humanity when some form of diversion from the daily tedium of immortality was required.

Immortality of course, meaning that they were there ‘for the duration,’ and were thus denied the mortal glory of a hero’s death, the victor’s spoils and other very mortal prizes.

When suitably motivated, the gods would take sides to help control the outcome of a mortal conflict as in the Trojan wars, so that their favourites might be victorious.

Inevitably, this could lead to gods falling out with other gods, as they, (rather curiously), seemed to suffer all the emotional frailties of mortal humans. Bouts of extreme jealousy, lust, and out-and-out hatred were all commonplace on Mount Olympus.

The god Zeus who was known for his disguises, seemed to have an insatiable sexual appetite. This led to certain mortal women whom Zeus had singled out for attention, being transformed into an assortment of creatures such as a cow (Io), and a swan (Leda), just so that Hera, the long-suffering wife of Zeus, might not suspect anything.

Hera however, was aware of his constant infidelities and would use her powers as queen of heaven to try to thwart each carefully arranged tryst, sometimes enlisting the help of other gods, with varying degrees of success.

As the inevitable resulting offspring would often become the founders of cities or great tribes, it seems that one function of these myths was to create a source of Greek national pride. Another function was to explain nature and natural occurrences.

The amorous visit of Zeus to Danae, disguised as a shower of gold, is an example of the romanticised expression of natural phenomena. The shower of gold is representing the sun’s rays, which germinate the seed buried in the ground.

One constant rule of mythology is that whatever happens among the gods above, mirrors events happening on the Earth below.

In primitive agricultural communities, recourse to war is rare and Goddess-worship is the rule. Herdsmen on the other hand tend to make fighting a profession and perhaps because bulls dominate their herds, as rams do flocks, they worship a male sky-god, typified by a bull or a ram.

It seems that mythology came about in an attempt to answer the age-old questions such as, “What happens when we die?” “Where do our souls go?” “Why are we here?” etc… etc…

The English adjective ‘mythical’ means ‘incredible’ and the fact that European mythologies don’t contain the biblical narratives says something about our notion of what is true and what is myth.

Through the ages, great teachers have arrived on Earth and the common thread which links them together is the notion that looking out there for answers to anything connected with divinity is fundamentally misguided. This thread can be traced back to Hermes who was a man before becoming deified. His better known alter-ego was the god and winged messenger known to the Romans as Mercury.

Zarathustra, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed all continued to teach that in order to touch divinity we must connect with our inner heart where the Soul resides. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is within us all, which was his way of expressing the same thing.

This ancient wisdom also tells us that because of this, far from being ‘mere mortals,’ we are all equal and divine and that our ‘immortality’ refers to the separated aspect of the eternal Soul – our Spirit – which does not die with the body, but which reincarnates. However, in spite of this great wisdom, nearly all of us seem to have got a bit lost along the way.

Moreover, all these great teachers came up against huge resistance during their lives from the established order, in the form of the church, which perceived each of them as a threat to its hegemony. We all know that Jesus was crucified, but later on in history, the established Roman Catholic Church launched a crusade against whole communities of non-Catholics, in particular the “Cathars” in France, who were mercilessly massacred.

These religious institutions had hijacked religion for the principal purpose of controlling the population.

Our ancient teachers’ words were often not written down until many years after their deaths and, as such, became open to misinterpretation and misrepresentation.

It was much simpler for the church to keep people in their place with a vengeful God and a one-and-only life, than a God of love and reincarnation. The vengeful God would punish “sinners” who could end up in that “other place” if they failed to repent. Thus the power of the church to control, mostly through fear, continued relatively undiminished until the arrival of the secular state as we have it today.

Fortunately, the Ancient Wisdom is very much alive and well, and the work of Hermes, Zarathustra, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed is being continued by Serge Benhayon. His teachings present that our problems all stem from us having become separated from our inner selves, in particular, our inner heart where our divinity lies.

Thus, by looking out there for answers, we are rather like gods playing at being un-gods and for me this has a particularly familiar ring to it, very much in the style of the Greek gods’ mythology.

If the gods had everything including immortality and supernatural powers, why would they need to concern themselves with Joe Bloggs and his wife down below? Why the need for ‘gods’ to play at being ‘un-gods’?…

We have said that what happens among the gods above, mirrors events on Earth below and so the creators of the mythical stories are frequently using examples of mortal ‘weaknesses’ causing problems among the gods. Lust, envy, greed and jealousy all abound on Mount Olympus where one would expect harmony and tranquillity.

Thus the Greek gods were really just like ‘mortals’ but with super-human powers ‘bolted on.’  In the Ageless Wisdom teachings, True Divinity resides in the inner heart and so, had the myth-creators been aware of this, they could have connected with their own divinity as sons of God.

Serge Benhayon presents in the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom that the intellect is only a receiver of energy which is out there, but the inner heart contains all the knowledge and wisdom of the universe.

To borrow and rephrase a title from a well-known nineties T.V. series about, of all things, aliens,                                                                                              

… The Truth is ‘IN’ there …

By Jonathan Cooke, France

References:

  1. net. (2018). Hymn: Immortal, invisible, God only wise. [online] Available at: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/14? [Accessed 7 Jun. 2018].
  2. Graves, R. and Guirand, F. (1996). New Larousse encyclopedia of mythology. London: Chancellor Press.

Further Reading:
Sin, Confession and the True Religion of the Ageless Wisdom
Me, my Brothers, Mohammad and Jesus at the Gym
Teachers of the Ageless Wisdom – The Lineage never dies

 

452 thoughts on “Of Gods… and Un-Gods

  1. ‘far from being ‘mere mortals,’ we are all equal and divine’ – the more we realise this and live it, the more we will see life as more, more than purely all about the physical self. There is so much more to life on offer when we open up to the possibilities.

    1. It does make sense and it takes away the drive to attain something outside of ourselves, the endless outward search can come to an end as we return inward to that which we know and are from.

  2. “What happens when we die?” “Where do our souls go?” “Why are we here?” What a superb subject to study in school, subjects that in my book are as central as learning ‘the three R’s’, and one that when taught from an embodied knowing of these questions, provides immense depth and purpose to everything we learn.

  3. The power and simplicity of the Ageless Wisdom is the incomparable truth – as well as making sense when we connect to the spaciousness of allowing, this truth naturally pours through us without reserve.

  4. It’s interesting to me how the Greeks and many other cultures use a mountain (in this case, Mt. Olympus) to denote the dwelling space for the Gods or other immortal beings with supernatural powers. Perhaps this shows how we put other people (like Gurus, professors, scientists, etc.) on pedestals (the mountain, symbolically) as if they all are the experts and know more than us, when in fact we all have equal access to immense wisdom when we connect with our inner hearts, and thus realise we are all Gods within.

  5. ‘These religious institutions had hijacked religion for the principal purpose of controlling the population.’ My understanding about the beginning of the Catholic religion is that the Emperor Constantine incorporated Christianity into Paganism in order to keep the Roman Empire united, and centuries later in Europe the Catholic Church was a very strong political influence making laws that dictated to science about the earth, the Sun and the planets and torturing anyone who went against the grain.

  6. Attending presentations by Serge Benhayon brought a completely different understanding and awareness of God. A word that no longer has me contracting in fear of retribution – only a profound ever deepening innermost connection and a re-building a relationship with God.

  7. This is the type of history/mythology lessons we need in school… exposing what is offered and learning to discern the truth for ourselves.

  8. “The English adjective ‘mythical’ means ‘incredible’ and the fact that European mythologies don’t contain the biblical narratives says something about our notion of what is true and what is myth.” Yes what if the myths are carrying more truth than we care to consider? What if we indeed are Gods using our power to create but not in accordance with the divine?

  9. Why is it that conversations like this blog and the thread are not commonplace as regards looking at religion, and God, and so much more so that we understand truly there is more to life than meets the eye – and that many things in life aren’t what they seem (e.g. they aren’t the answers or solutions they may seem to be`).

  10. Jonathan that was brilliant, the type of history lesson all should receive at school. I love that symbolism has all the answers once we chose to read them.

  11. I too can relate to the familiarity of looking outside for answers Jonathan when we know now that all the time they are all within. It has been interesting to read about the Gods reflecting what has been happening on earth which show us how long we have been so lost despite many world teachers coming to support us,

  12. There are many sources of beliefs and different ideas to do with religion, God, reincarnation etc. out there, but it’s so important to develop a relationship with the ‘more to life’ ourselves and consider our own sense of it.

  13. ‘This ancient wisdom also tells us that because of this, far from being ‘mere mortals,’ we are all equal and divine’ this is a fact of life most of us are ignorant of, few religions teach us this despite the Ageless Wisdom having been with us and around us for aeons. It has been there but we have not been listening and because of the way we live many of us have lost the ability to feel it as a truth.

  14. The very portrayal of God by institutionalised religion goes further to cause doubt in his existence by many rather than a connection to him. I felt this when I was younger and it was only through the teachings of Sege Benhayon and The Ageless Wisdom that all my questions were answered and everything makes sense.

  15. “Serge Benhayon presents in the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom that the intellect is only a receiver of energy which is out there, but the inner heart contains all the knowledge and wisdom of the universe.” Imagine how we would relate to double math if our day began with this kind of assembly, it would bring a whole new perspective to learning the laws and language of the Universe.

  16. As I walk through the streets where I live and observe people acting out their ungodliness, it is a reflection for me too that we are wasting so much time and effort, when we could be living together in connection to the grandness of love and joyful purpose.

  17. ‘Serge Benhayon presents in the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom that the intellect is only a receiver of energy which is out there, but the inner heart contains all the knowledge and wisdom of the universe.’ I heard this presented years ago but have resisted it greatly. It is a complete game changer and we ignore it to our great detriment.

  18. If we daydream of being God or at least Gods, would we like to be that without any change, i.e. all the power but no responsibility? That is how many Gods are depicted in mythology.

    1. And therein lies the reason why we resist being the ‘Gods’ that we all are, because we think we don’t want the responsibility. However, we are not being honest about how it really is to live as an ‘ungod’ in terms of the effect on us physically, energetically and the effect on us all collectively – as we are all connected and how one chooses to live affects everyone else. Just because we may choose not to be aware doesn’t stop things from being true. Equally, in our resistance we are not allowing ourselves to feel how divine it is to surrender and be true to the ‘Gods’ that we all are.

  19. I had an experience today in this way with a friend – they got really worked up over someone pulling out in front of them. Yes, it was dangerous and not a nice move, but in the end, half an hour later my friend was still stressing over it in frustration, whilst it was more than likely the person driving the car had more than moved on – so the only person suffering was my friend. How often do we get caught in emotions that serve no purpose, but to keep us caught in something, rather than choosing to stay with us and not let life impact us in this way.

      1. The teachings of the Ageless Wisdom share for us to Observe rather than absorb. It’s our choice whether to leave ourselves and engage with another energy when something unexpected happens. It can be challenging to catch ourselves in time, however, when we absorb energy from others during our day, this has a huge affect on our bodies and all of our movements become laboured.

  20. A great question arises from what you have so eloquently delivered Jonathan, and that is that the libraries of Alexandria were burnt by the catholics and why when the Ageless Wisdom has always held the truth, so could it be control and power over the people? As all that is presented by Serge Benhayon empowers the Students of The Livingness!!

  21. Once you feel the quality of the lived teachings from these messengers and teachers over the years it is impossible to doubt that it is not the same thread of wisdom just presented according to the requirements of the time.

  22. I think when I was a child I confused God with Father Christmas – both had white hair and beards and both sat on a ‘throne’. I was probably closer to the truth than I realised because God as presented by the Church is a bastardised version of who God truly is.

    1. Well said Carmel. There is so much confusion around “God’ as every religion has a different belief about ‘him’, and I felt this as a child. Thank goodness that Serge Benhayon has brought the absolute truth about God to the table, and is reminding us that there has always been a constant thread of teachings since the ancient of days, that we all have access to God within us, and need not go searching for him outside of ourselves.

  23. … The Truth is ‘IN’ there … – it is in seeking and creating the truth ‘OUT’ there where the God loses itself to just being a god with all the human frailties Greek and Roman mythology tell us about. The return with-IN is the process of resurrecting the true God.

  24. We all inherently know, when connected to ourselves and the oneness of all that is true and what is not, such as how myths and legends are usually the Chinese whispers with few little grains of truth remaining in them.

  25. I love this awareness of the common thread between the teachings of Zarathustra, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. How wonderful it is to look at that which unites religious communities, rather than divides them.

  26. We are gods of our self-created world we suffer and take pride in at the same time. But that is not our true divine nature, it only reflects a minor aspect of it. In order to be the Gods that we are, we have to let go of playing being gods of our own creation and instead co-create with the one God we are part of.

  27. “It was much simpler for the church to keep people in their place with a vengeful God and a one-and-only life, than a God of love and reincarnation.” One approach keeps us bound to the temporal world, ignorant of our power and eternal divinity. The other Way restores our integrity, responsibility and multi-dimensional purpose in relation to all of us, the Laws of the Universe and the Philosophy of God.

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