Angels and Gods
In our previous posting we introduced the mystical idea of the existence of lesser and greater souls inhabiting each vessel.
In this present essay, we will expand our focus to the idea of gods and angels, drawing from the writings of Wisdom Schools and mystics throughout the Ages.
The Bible says: ’Many are called, but few are chosen.’
This begs the question: Who is doing the calling, and who is doing the choosing?
Most mystical traditions teach of the existence of angels or gods who assist man in his spiritual evolution.
For example, the Greek Wisdom School wrote of myths relating mysterious stories of how gods such as Zeus, Apollo, Athena, and numerous others directly interface upon the lives of stewards such as Ulysses and Perseus.
From the Hebrew Wisdom School come stories such as the steward Jacob wrestling with an angel, or an angel appearing in the midst of the burning bush introducing the steward Moses to his own inner divine realm.
The early Christian Wisdom School tells of an angel announcing the mystical birth of the steward Jesus to Mary (the inner chamber of the heart.)
Lastly, the Islamic Wisdom School tells of how the angel Gabriel mysteriously revealed the entire Koran to the steward Mohamed.
All of these Schools relate an identical mystical teaching in their writings: Angels or gods (In Schools the terms are interchangeable) interact with man, providing him with the friction, wisdom, and nourishment needed for the ‘steward/hero’ to struggle against spiritual sleep.
Please know that it is of utmost importance not to erroneously allow for a symbol such as the steward to become the focus or the end of one’s search.
The steward’s role is to bring one to the threshold of divine presence. Once this is accomplished the steward must step out of the way, lest it distract the soul’s direct experience of the divine.
From their very onset, the teachings promulgated by Wisdom Schools fell simultaneously upon the ears of esoteric man and exoteric man.
Esoteric man is interested in pursuing the inner or mystical meaning to these teachings, whereas exoteric man is content with the literal meaning.
Homer wrote that “all men have need of the gods.” He understood that higher knowledge can only come from a divine higher mind.
On our plane of existence it is the mystic who has realized higher mind, and his cup runneth over with gratitude and humility to the incorporeal beings who imparted this divine knowledge to man.
Without the assistance of the gods, the existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre would be most correct: there is no exit.