Four keys to interpret Scripture

Number One

The supposedly recorded narration of historical and physical events are to be considered as having occurred as metaphysical and interiority experiences, movements and interactions within the human body, clothed in allegory, metaphor and myths.

The scriptural narrative is a great drama of evolution as people ascend from matter, intellectual and intuitive realms, and also the emanation from the higher to lower stages of consciousness in the formation of matter.

Number Two

The supposedly literal and historical figures represent the condition of consciousness and quality of character within humanity. These figures are not historical but are humanisation of the aspects of human nature with all its attributes, principles, powers, faculties, strengths, limitations, weaknesses, errors, ordeals, defeats, victories and evolutionary stages of development.

The Divine is the impersonal, immortal and infinite Life Force rather than a humanoid male and fatherly figure craving for human attention; “Adam and Eve”are humanisation of the masculine and feminine principles not historical persons; “Cain and Abel” are symbolic of the never ending metaphorical conflict between good and bad just like light and darkness; the disciples and apostles are the personifications of the eager but learning individuals among us; the Master symbolises the Teacher without and the Self within.

The Master also represents the conscience or moral agency within that admonishes, rebukes and warns us.

Number Three

Each scriptural story is a description of the experiences of an individual as he/she passes through the various phases and stages of the evolutionary journey to cosmic consciousness, “moksha” or liberation in Hinduism, “nirvana” or pure consciousness in Buddhism, way of holiness in Judaism, and heaven in Christianity.

Cosmic consciousness is the goal and summit of human attainment. For example, the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23) represents the various phases of evolution and the states of receptiveness, from complete unresponsiveness (rocky ground) to full perception (fertile ground).

In the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), the foolish ones are those not yet sufficiently evolved to be able to respond to the impulses from the self, while the wise virgins personify those in whom the immortal self has attained considerable evolutionary unfoldment within and the mortal physical nature is sufficiently developed to be aware of the fact and gives it expression in the daily conduct of life.

This leads to the progressive illumination of the mind-heart and a fusion of the immortal and mortal natures.

“Restoration of sight” represents the arousing of the faculty of responsiveness to one’s vision or causative power; “restoration of hearing” represents the responsiveness to the small still inner voice of conscience; “curing the paralysed or sick” represents the free exercise of the intellect liberated from rigid orthodoxy, dogma or social conditioning; and “raising from the dead” is the awakening to full self-awareness and knowledge (“gnosis” in Greek or “daath” in Hebrew).

And Number Four…

Some physical objects and certain words are symbolic. The meanings of symbols are ever constant and such symbolism unlocks the inner meanings of texts.

 

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Shingai Rukwata Ndoro can be reached at [email protected]

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