Arquivo da categoria: Arcana Coelestia I
I wrote this few days ago, on the 16th, but had still some things to correct in the english, and that is why it comes out now, a bit later.
“But to repent signifies to be merciful”. Swedenborg, Arcana Coelestia, 587
“For all mankind are evil, and of himself every one would rush into hell, wherefore it is of mercy that he is delivered thence.” AC, 587
What does this mean?
It means that probably all of us — receptors of the Divine — can as well be influenced by others, can “fall”. For instance, what did I do in other lives? I don’t know. I guess…. Or lets put it another way: if I had grown up with or had only known extremely cruel people… Like others, I would be influenced, and maybe do that too. This is what this means. What it means is the same as when the Eastern says “all is God”. Or when, in one passage, I don’t remember which, Swedenborg describes the following scene in the spiritual world: some spirits are creating a beautiful gift for Christ, and at the end they are all happy and cheering. Swedenborg tells them then that all they did, was coming from God, and not from themselves. And they were surprised for they were not aware, and felt it was from themselves.
This is a beautiful theme which keeps coming back in Swedenborg, explained in a great way. So what Swedenborg is saying can be seen as very condemnatory of the human being. For he is saying that all the good comes only from God. Or it can be understood as the mystics do, when they finally say “all they see is God, all is God”.
Then it becomes quite clear, what it means that all Good is God and comes from God.
Swedenborg explains evil as what happens when human beings start being very powerful, and they think it comes from them, as it happened in the past to some of the very advanced human beings, of the Most Ancient Church. That’s how their religion finally deteriorated, very very slowly, with the time, bit by bit…
Of course the whole issue is hammered by the Eastern spiritual teachers too. But still there are many questions about it, and I find the way that Swedenborg exposes it, very helpful:
He says we need to feel we are doing things as of ourselves, yet knowing or remembering that they come from God.
Further, Swedenborg’s exposure, replies to the atheist or sceptic, or non-christian, or previous christian, who talk with contempt of God, who let his son suffer such a fate among human beings, to save them.
The crucifixion is not what saves people!
Jesus suffered all that, because he had to undergo the temptations and processes of human beings, and he underwent all this, in a way that he has defeated evil from the Earth.
Although people think otherwise, the truth is that without his message of love, which we learn so badly and slowly, humanity would be even more lost and in a more advanced state of cruelty. He fought with the evil, yea, with evil spirits, with hell. And in his conquering brought salvation to Earth. But that doesn’t mean that “we are saved, because Jesus was crucified, and we believe”.
I agree with all the people who think that that can not be true.
And the catholic faith, in the past, always defended the same as Swedenborg in this respect.
So Jesus crucifixion is much more then what we think, actually.
But it doesn’t substitute neither our private paths, nor the need for us to stop the cruel inhumanity which humanity has created.
So, when Swedenborg is saying that human beings are bad, it means that without God, humans (remember them getting tyrant powers…) do NOT, can NOT succeed in making a better society ! For ultimately, all good is God and comes from God. It’s like light. We may become stars. But what is a star without the light?
Thus the Crucifixion, is, historically speaking, the volunteer confrontation that Jesus had with evil because it does exist: it comes between us and a path of joy, it oppresses US, individually and collectively, sending the earth into a path of steel and concrete, of mechanical and materialistic “transformation” of the organisms and human beings into advanced controlled machines, with even much less consciousness, freedom, love and compassion.
It’s not for nothing that the Resurrection, in the world of Spirit, is celebrated in it’s correspondence on earth with the coming back of Spring and Life. The reason is that the real Life is not the coming back of Nature, but Life is the Spirit which inhabits Nature.
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Mercy has its name from the fact that it delivers man from miseries and from hell.
What the mercy of the Lord is none can know, because it infinitely transcends the understanding of man; but what the mercy of man is we all know to be to repent and grieve. ~ Arcana Celeste 587, 588 Swedenborg.
The latin word for mercy, is the same as the portuguese: Misericordia
Continuação de resumos dos Arcanos Celestes de Swedenborg
AC 5 – Ter-se conhecimento de que cada expressão na Bíblia, representa e significa tesouros e segredos sobre o Além e o Paraíso, não é possível senão directamente de Deus. Por isso, declaro que, por Misericórdia Divina me foi permitido durante anos estar contínua e ininterruptamente na companhia de espíritos e anjos, ouvindo-os falar e falando com eles. Desta forma pude ouvir coisas maravilhosas do Além, que nunca antes foram do conhecimento do ser humano. Fui instruído sobre os diferentes tipos de espíritos; os estados das almas depois da morte; sobre os infernos, os Céus e sobre a doutrina que é reconhecida no Paraíso Universal.
Capítulo 1 do Génesis
Conteúdo AC 6 – AC 13
AC 6 – Os 6 dias ou períodos da criação, significam os estados sucessivos da regeneração do Homem.
AC 7 – dia 1: Infância e período ou fase antes da regeneração: vácuo, vazio, e espessa escuridão.
AC 8 – dia 2: Distinção entre as coisas Divinas, e as que são do homem. As primeiras, foram aprendidas na infância, e ficam até esse momento, guardadas por Deus, dentro do homem interno.
AC 9 – dia 3: A terceira fase, é a do arrependimento. O homem então, faz o bem, actua caridosa e devotamente, porém estas acções são ainda inanimadas, porque o homem pensa que elas vêm de si mesmo.
AC 10 – dia 4: A quarta fase, é aquela em que o homem é iluminado pelo amor. A fé e a caridade instalaram-se agora no seu interior, e chamam-se dois luzeiros.
AC 11 – dia 5: Neste estado de regeneração, o homem confirma-se na verdade e no bem, e o seu discurso vem da sua fé. As coisas que ele produz são então animadas: têm vida, alma, e são chamadas peixes da água, e pássaros dos céu.
E amanhã acrescento o resto, que tenho que me deitar… :) Oh benção ! Criminoso é eu não saber latim… tenho-0 aqui, de uma réplica do original:
“Quintus Status est, quod ex fide loquatur, seque inde confirmat in vero & bono; quae tunc producit, sunt animata & vocantur pisces maris, & aves coelorum.”
AC, é a abreviatura para Arcana Coelestia.
AC 1 – Introdução
O Antigo Testamento contém segredos sobre o Céu, e tudo nele se refere ao Senhor, ao seu Paraíso, à Igreja, à religião. No sentido literal, parece referir-se aos ritos exteriores da Igreja Judaica. Mas a verdade é que estas escrituras estão repletas de coisas internas, que não são mencionadas exteriormente, (a não ser algumas explicadas por Jesus aos seus apóstolos).
Por exemplo, os países de Canaan e Jerusalém, e o jardim do Paraíso, significam o Céu.
AC 2 – O mundo (cristão) no entanto, está ainda profundamente inconsciente de que nas escrituras, tudo, até ao mínimo detalhe, significa e encerra coisas celestes, e por isso, não dá importância ao Antigo Testamento.
AC 3 – Quando separado do interno, o ser humano externo é apenas o corpo, e portanto, morto; pois que é o ser humano interior que está vivo, sendo a alma que causa a vida do ser humano exterior. O mesmo se passa com as Escrituras, as quais quanto ao sentido literal apenas, são o corpo, sem a alma.
Porém, tudo nelas se refere a Deus, que é a própria vida: de tal maneira que tudo o que não tem a ver com Deus, não está vivo, nem é divino.
AC 4 – Por exemplo: Ao ler o Génesis, se a mente se prende ao sentido literal, não vê além do jardim de Éden, e de Adão. Mas ficará claro, nas páginas seguintes, que estes assuntos contém mistérios ainda nunca revelados; e que de facto, o primeiro capítulo do Génesis, trata da nova criação do ser humano, quer dizer, da sua regeneração; e, especificamente, da Igreja mais Antiga, a que chamaremos, Antiquíssima.
Since I added my introduction pages, lot’s of people subscribed to this blog. That’s great.
So, I just got it: there are followers and subscribers. Followers are possible to contact. Yesterday there was a woman complaining about her 1000 subscribers. She felt abused in her privacy, because her posts apparently go to 1000 email addresses, of people who never show up, say nothing, and whom she knows not who they are. I agree.
In this blog of mine, it is natural that people are waiting, because I just started. But I don’t believe it is being read, except by the people who tell me so.
I would like to relate to the subscribers, when… you say hello, in order for me to know something of you, why you are here, and which languages you speak. :) I’ll appreciate that, even if my ideas are out of the common. I mean, people are mostly either conservative and eventually interested in such a spiritual subject as Christ, but then they stick to their tradition. Or people are progressive and they question, so they are sometimes even allergic to “Christian” subjects.
Well, I come from a different perspective, although I didn’t explain what has been previous to my interest in Swedenborg.
How are you guys?
How was Christmas? Mine was good, with my daughter, her friend and his teenage daughter. Mine made lasagna, vegetarian, of course, which always comes out perfect, and his daughter made a delicious apple tart. It was wonderful, talking and being together.
I wish you all a Good New Year, particularly to my few followers, and real subscribers. Do you have a translator ? Can you understand if I write in portuguese ? I hope so. It is not always possible to write in both languages.
My projects for 2013, are among others: to write/share regularly the Arcana Coelestia which consists of the esoteric explanation of the mysteries contained in the Old Testament.
The significance of each word, is then different from the literal and normal one.
“But there is too much cruelty and absurdity, and it is just an assembly of books put together, which do more harm then good.”
I also thought like that for long periods of my life, but nothing is less truth, in spite of the logic of that view.
The Old Testament is one of our greatest treasures and heritages from a long past, which contain and bring essential keys for the peace and goodness YOU would like to see in the world. Do you really care for hunger and war, for the disasters happening and the countries afflicted with despair ? Do you really care for women slaves and the thousands of abused children? Well, if you do, I invite you earnestly to read with me the Arcana Coelestia. I don’t ask you to believe me. I ask you to sincerely try it for a while.
Do you know that Arcana Coelestia corrects dozens of doctrines which guide and are the ground of actions of the elites ? So, yes, it brings solutions for war. Yes, it brings solutions for cruelty, for the blindness and egoism which is leading this planet. So, if you can spare some time to do it, give it a try. I can assure you, it will be surprising, and it will not ask too much of your time.
Why would you ?
Well, how about if you would discover that that which YOU, LIKE MOST PEOPLE, LOVE about Jesus himself, his teaching of love and sincerity, are a living reality, with which we can make a better world ?
You say <<no! That has been tried and violence and horror was the result! I like maybe Jesus, but not the rest of it!>>
Well, it went wrong from the beginning because people could not understand, could they? They did something else of it !
<<Ok, but now it is too late. We got to try another thing.>>
Do you know what the illuminati, free-masons, atheists (communism, prohibiting religion and theism ) have been doing since three centuries? Exactly that. Other things have been tried. For some people it has been ok, privately. But if you have any idea of what is happening in the world, you know that somewhere it went wrong, completely wrong.
Well, who says that you can’t help it? What if there’s a doctrine, so graceful and intelligent, that it can refresh and re-inspire even those powerful people ? What if it can bring to repentance some lost guys into big business with evil, and who would find here the mercy and compassion they need to restart again ? What if there’s a doctrine able to unite and enlighten and truly bring joy and make of Jesus’s teachings — the ones YOU like — a daily reality of people who can live with a smile on their face?
But Natya (that’s me), I live with a smile on my face, exactly because I am free of all that bs of religion! Or because I have my religion already, which is perfect!
I ask first to reconsider the similarity of the first position with the second. And secondly, I ask: you live maybe with a smile, that is wonderful. But at what cost ? Would you still have a smile on your face if you would see black on white, that for you to have what you have, others are screaming for your help in unbearable suffering ? Do you still have a smile on your face if you remember that USA is rich because it fills the whole world with its weapons, and then it bombs its innocent people with the excuse that they have weapons ?
Ok, it turns to be more complex then this, but we got to understand that it is in our hands, to change the suffering in the world. And that asks understanding. And that is what Arcana Coelestia is about ! It is a Testament a Sacred Book for our age and for YOU, us, as we are, to bring us understanding and to point to us the way for Peace.
I can’t think about that. And I can’t do anything about it.
Yes, you can :) The best way to combat lies, is with truth. If you make yourself busy with truth, you are bringing a light into the darkness, and lots of small fires make a big fire. And this will call and attract many of the one’s who are into the darkness. It is as simple as that. Yes, peace in the world, depends not on your president: it depends ON YOU. It depends on HOW MANY OF us will want in our hearts either to do something about it, or to just live as if it is not our business !!! Make it your business.
“But you are talking about God. And many people tried paradise on earth. And that’s how it goes wrong. Bush was making war in God’s name”
Well, if Bush was filling the earth with weapons, and similar business in God’s name, then we are speaking of another God, that’s for sure. And he needs to read the Arcana Coelestia, and repent.
Can you imagine Jesus defending anything like that? But if you know that, and you don’t do anything about it, who will?
“Who are you to think you are stating the truth”
Not me. Jesus is, in the writings of Swendenborg, rationally and calmly, a truth we need, a science of the spirit if you wish, in order for us to be able to understand many things, and change our lives, in a way that we can do what Jesus told us to do.
As much inside as outside. Caring for ourselves but also for others.
And now, now in 2013, we can see that all the previous attempts, in which we thought we didn’t need to take it serious what he said, we can see that there’s no other way but to go back, sit down and be willing to restart. This is inevitably so, if you have courage to get out of your bubble or box, and really inform yourself of what is happening in the world, and how many people need your help, our help. So that we find ways for more love, less exploration.
“The hippies tried it. It didn’t succeed”
And so because they tried it we need to do nothing else? Can’t we research and enquire what can we do better this time? Besides, meanwhile, J. Lennon knows now that there’s a heaven and after life. :D… And that there’s a Heaven, and a Soul and Divine Love is why to make love and not war is possible !
Alone we can’t do almost anything for each others. But together we can do all. That’s basically, Jesus’s doctrine.
Yet, to be able to bring it into the world, we need a good doctrine: his, more developed. Doctrine is not all, but it is a seed. A divine seed. like the mustard seed.
So, I’ll be sharing these seeds, maybe mostly for people who would not otherwise take these book in hands. Maybe for people who are very fundamentalist. Maybe for people who can be attracted by the tremendous level of consciousness related to these sacred jewels.
Thank you for reading me, and until next time