In today’s society the holiday of Easter has lost much of its real significance. The religious value of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, has been put in the background. As with many Holy days it has become commercialized, with the Easter bunny, painted eggs, and chocolates becoming the primary focus. Although some of these, such us the eggs contain some religious symbolism, it is important to realize that there are far deeper mysteries behind Easter. The Holy Week is a good time to reflect on these mysteries, which have been taught in initiatic schools for centuries.
The Holy Week culminating on Easter Sunday symbolizes more than trials and crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus Christ is often called the historical Christ, because he was an actual historical figure who taught his doctrine in the holy land two thousand years ago. But the real Christ Force, the Cosmic Christ, is of no time, or of the three–dimensional universe. The Cosmic Christ is the Sacred Fire, the Cosmic Sacred Fire. The great Master Jesus earned the title of Christ because he was one of the few who incarnated the Cosmic Christ within Himself.
The Sacred Fire of the Cosmic Christ is not the same as the fire that burns of the earth. Rather it is the occult, or the esoteric aspect of fire, the Astral Fire, the Flame of the Flames. The Christic Fire is the fire of the Spirit that fertilizes the chaotic matter, that has the power to create atoms and universes and to desintegrate them. The Christic Fire has the power of all that is, all that has been, and all that will be, including the power to transform us if we may reach Intimate Self-realization. It is by means of this Fire that we may Christify ourselves.
We need the Christ to penetrate us so that He can change us radically. Once the Fire of the Christ blazes within us we will be transformed, enjoying full illumination and cosmic powers. Only this Fire can destroy those psychological defects that comprise the ego, which at present keep our consciousness imprisoned.
The events that transpired during the Holy Week, as described in the gospels, must be lived within ourselves in order for us to become Christified Beings. Just as Jesus was physically born, crucified, and resurrected in the holy land, so too should the Inner Christ go through the same within ourselves in order for us to become Christified. It is important to realized that all the historical figures that existed around Jesus have their counterparts within our psyche. The three traitors who crucified Christ are inside each one of us now. Judas is the demon of desire, that constantly torment us. Pilate is the demon of the mind, which washed its hands and provides justification for everything. And Caiaphas is the demon of ill-will that causes us to stay from doing the Will of the Father.
The multitudes of people who ask for the Lord’s crucifixion are all the inhuman psyche aggregates that we carry within, which comprise the psychological ego. Who whipped Christ? Who are the ones who spit on Him? Who crowned Him with a crown of thorns? Who are the ones who cried “Crucifixion, Crucifixion”, sending him to death? Are they not the same multitude of psychological defects that we created and carry in our interior?
The twelve apostles are found within ourselves as well. They are the twelve fundamental parts of our own being, found in our interior here and now. There is a Peter, a John, a Philip, and a Andrews, a Matthew, etc., each with his own powers and virtues. Whoever wishes to become a true initiate or esoterist must learn to relate with himself, with the twelve parts of his/her inner Being. But this is only possible by burning the psychological defects with the Christic Fire, since the correct relation with each of the parts of our being is the impossible as long as the ego continues to exist within us.
Therefore Easter, the Holy Week, and the entirety of Christic history is not just a tale of yesterday, confined exclusively to the past. It holds deep esoteric mysteries, and for those who have gained comprehension of it is a story of the present, a mystery that will unfold into work towards one’s own Christification, here and now.
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