After the Tax revolt of 6 A.D.
November 5th, 2001
Received by H.
[Judas laughing] It is marvelous what M___ has written you! It is a well-deserved reprimand. You know, my dear friend, this is called wisdom. It is not only intelligence, no, it goes beyond that. It is understanding, perspicacity, coming to conclusions that are often so simple…
You wrote her that one of the key moments in your life was when you realized that knowledge was not everything.
[H.: I wrote: In Austria, elementary school teachers are graduates of educational academies. They don’t have an academic title. But college teachers are university graduates, and they have a master’s or doctoral degree.
Well, we used to call elementary school teachers “Teacher” and college teachers “Professor.” But after 4 years of saying “Teacher,” it happened that one of my schoolmates, in the first year of school, at the very beginning of this new school cycle, called the professor “Teacher.” And with that he [here, in the original, comes a four letter word] exploded like a bomb: “How dare you!” he hollered, “Are you mad? Next time why don’t you call me a garbage man or a railroad worker?”
My father was a railroad worker. And so I was given to “understand” that he was garbage, and therefore that I was also garbage.
And I understood (instinctively, because at this age [of ten years] reasoning is not as developed, I think) that only through achievements could I make my way. And so it happened.
For example, when the professor (this same one) gave an oral exam to a student, and the student did not know the answer, he usually reprehended him fiercely [I expressed this a little more roughly in my letter]. But if the student was another professor’s son, or the son of a “distinguished” member of society, he just said: “But my boy, what’s the matter with you? I know that you know the answer; I know that you study; I have spoken with your parents. Are you nervous? Well, calm down, sit down and tomorrow we will continue.”
I graduated as the best student in my course, in fact I graduated as one of the best at university. I was a very good chess-player (which was very important for me), and in spite of my graphic talent, I rejected arts partly because arts included very little of the intellectual, or so I thought.
The intellect was everything to me, because I “knew” that only through it could I develop, because I didn’t belong to “society.”
Now I scorn nobility, those “rich ones” with their parties and photos in the magazines, because they represent precisely those who forced me to perform better than they in order to achieve less than they did. I understood that I was born with all doors tightly shut against me.
Now I am experiencing some change, and finally I am aware of my “scorns,” of my deficiencies, and I realize that certain doors perhaps have been and are still closed to me, but that for the same reason I have the opportunity to open up other doors, more important ones, which people pass by without paying attention to.
This is what I am doing now.
Ultimately, then, there have been radical changes in my life, or rather, in my attitude or appreciation of things. What pity that this has taken me so long.]
And she responded to you with, amongst others, a poem:
[H.: M___ answered:
As the master is the wise one,
who speaks the truth,
between the speech and the thinking,
between courage and weakness,
the only foundation to choose,
I speak truth, says the Courage.
I refuse truth, says the Weakness.
I follow my persistent way, says the Speech.
I am still entangled in my refusal, says the Thought.
The thinkers are mind-bound weaklings.
The wise one speaks the truth.]
Don’t just read this, think it over. It is wisdom.
Aren’t you deceiving yourself? You say that you have changed in your attitude. But considering that you continue with the same zeal of accruing knowledge and comprehension of things, it seems to me that this is not true. Speak the truth and don’t deceive yourself.
One of the purposes of my communications is to convey a description of Jesus’ life. A short time ago, you were aflame with the desire to know of this life. Now, it seems that you are no longer interested as much. I am aware that this information is not important for man’s spiritual development. But I am also aware that many people will be attracted to this kind of information, and this attraction may lead them to also study the teachings which I will communicate at the same time. This is why I would like to continue with the story.
We have spoken of the tax revolt, and of the terrible consequences for many, some by their death in the fighting, their horrible destiny on the cross, or their exile as slaves, which often was worse than death, especially when they were assigned to the sulfur mines of Sicily, where after few months or years under awful conditions they would die, puny shades of what once were human beings.
But, after the storm, the sun shines again, and frequently life prospers better than before. Joseph’s family prospered. He had money and could afford to travel frequently to Jerusalem, attending the celebrations of the feasts in the Holy City. In fact, he had so much money that he even bought a house in Jerusalem, becoming legally a citizen of Jerusalem.
Joseph also effected his desire to join the ranks of the Pharisees, in the House of Hillel, and through his intense studies of the Scriptures he earned the reputation of being a learned, just and respectable man. And so, little by little, the preconditions for Joseph’s later admission to the Sanhedrin were formed, to the high counsel of the Jews, a great honor, which few enjoyed.
I tell you of these particulars so that the impression that Jesus lived in an environment of extreme poverty, as the son of ignorant peasants, may disappear once and forever.
During one of these trips to Jerusalem, which the family also took advantage of in order to visit their relatives, he met his cousin John, who later on would gain fame as the “Baptist” But this is a story which we will deal with in another message.
In that time, as you can easily imagine, Jesus was fully aware of his destiny as the Messiah of humanity. It was a destiny that awaited him and that he assumed freely. And so it is always in life. The meaning of our life is not created by us, but rather awaits us. We have the option of assuming the responsibility or of avoiding it. And it is not only about one destiny; it is a chain of challenges we have to overcome, only so that we may be faithful to ourselves.
Jesus’ life is also instructive in the sense that we can see how he handled things. In order to find answers and solutions, Jesus didn’t study psychoanalysis, he didn’t read voluminous treatises on philosophy, no. He simply entered into communication with his Father, with our Father, and he conversed. Call it meditation, call it prayer, but in fact they were conversations, where the Father revealed to him what he needed to know and to understand. And the understanding came with the Love that Jesus so much yearned for, and which he received in abundance.
That doesn’t take away importance from each one’s work. Jesus worked, he didn’t live like a hermit or oriental ascetic in a cave, waiting for the definitive illumination, but he lived a normal life, working in his father’s shop, and his hands became rough from touching wood and stone, and his muscles became hard through the weight of the hammer and the axe. But in his free time, he trained those “muscles of his soul.” Everybody can do this. Spirituality doesn’t mean to escape from the banal reality of life, but rather it facilitates the capacity of living this life which so often you don’t like, with dignity and filled with meaning.
The statement “do not fill life with hours, but hours with life” conveys a great truth. Real life, (I repeat this because it is worth repeating it), it is the life of the soul. And that life doesn’t oppose what you call real life, but rather it may pervade it and raise it to heights of dignity.
If you want information, you usually go to someone who has that information. And so it should be. If you want spiritual information, go to the Father, who is the Owner of Truth, who is Truth. You need not rely on third-hand models of Truth, what for? The Very Source is accessible for all. Ask and you will receive answers.
But, as the Bible states, “seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you,” that is to say, seek the Love of God, because this Love will give you faith, and true faith is knowledge. And so, many questions will find their answers even before they are formulated.
Well, my brother, I see that M__’s reprimand has been fruitful. She knows how to handle you, better than I do [Judas laughs]. I hope I may also count on her collaboration in the future.
When you manage to convert to this attitude, the one of going to the Father, into a part of your life, your spirituality will no longer be like a rollercoaster, with ups and downs. Do you remember what you read yesterday in Mary Magdalene’s message through Amada Reza?
“It is a fortune that you are possessed of the knowledge that your spiritual nature is your true nature; your physical world, always subject to change, will not affect you as much as the one who places his or her confidence in its so-called realities.”
If you seek stability, lean on things that are stable.
That is all I wish to say for the moment. In my next message, if God and your condition allow it, I will speak of forgiveness, of forgetfulness, and how God forgives sins. I hope I will be able to deliver it soon.
Until then, I wish you happy dreams. You know already, if you need anything, count on me. I extend my blessings to all humanity and pray that all men come to the awareness of their definitive desire: to be at-one with God.
Your brother in the spirit,
© Copyright is asserted in this message by Geoff Cutler 2013