The Parable of the Weeds *
When the Divine Call comes knocking on the Inner Door of our Heart, if we follow this Call, it can lead us to a Path of Great Silence, Sacred Wisdom and Peace.
During the sixties and early seventies there arose hundreds of Spiritual Communes filled with an ever-growing number of baby boomers. These commune-ities, in cities, mountains and valleys, were advertised as being dedicated to the pursuit of the part of our Innate capacity that lives with-in the Human Heart: the part of us that longs to become One with our Highest Self.
Thousands of youth received this Inner Call all at once, and joined one of the ancient Caravans, taking them far from their homes, to enter these budding Commune-ities during this massive and vast, “Opening of the Ways.”
The Call to leave one’s family traditions sometimes came through a personal Vision of a Master, or one of the Master’s teachers. Sometime it came through one’s friends. In all cases it became an insatiable longing, so deeply thrusting itself into one’s Being, that it could not be pushed aside. All of the usual plans of youth were left in the dust, as by herds, baby-booming youth marched off their family trails—to go they knew not where. Gathering together, they streamed into the ancient or newly emerging folds, and were unable to be tempted back, by any offerings of glitter and gold from their parents’ world.
In this same Way, the Call to enter into Great Solitude, in order to merge oneself with the Wisdom of the Source of All, has continued to arrive throughout all Epochs. It is this direct Guidance from the Unseen, that eternally has led humanity to Walk upon path-ways of Divine Love, Honor and Truth. For example, looking back as far as the Epoch of the Goddess, we are told that those who answered the Call, entered Her temples as a priestess-in-training. They also needed to leave their homes and families, as their Call led them to study the Sacred Wisdom, in solitude for the rest of their lives. Later, in the days of Buddha, Abraham and Sarai, Hagar and Ishmael, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, the pilgrims who were Called to Serve the Most High also left their homes and worldly in order to attain the Wisdom and Divine Union offered in their days, within isolated commune-ities.
Yet, seekers living in earlier times were in some ways luckier than those of our modern era. For in today’s world, Spiritual students are required to perform an almost impossible balancing act: While answering Wisdom’s Call, they must also remain with-in today’s work world, trying to evolve Spiritually, while at the same time, carrying on the daily grind in the dog-eat-dog world of deception, competition, and thievery. In this terribly difficult Way, they tap dance through their lives—making a living while striving to hold the Holy Lamp of Love-Light aloft, for their Inner growth, and the Inner and outward benefit of the world. Buddhism and Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Gong, Kabbalah and the Goddess Paths, Hinduism, Native Paths, and Mystical Christianity are among today’s Spiritual Callings.
Yet even greater challenges await today’s Seekers than having to live in both worlds simultaneously: For while these and other Spiritual Paths claim to still carry the Living Wisdom teachings, and while today’s teachers purport they can—and will—guide the students to attain Union with the All-in-All, a few words of caution must be offered here: Almost all of today’s Spiritual Ways, though their founders were absolutely Pure, have degenerated into unholy ways that are not only impure—but are being deliberately bent—toward Spiritual harm and usury—of the Pure and innocent seekers—who come to answer the Divine Call—only wanting to Serve the Bountiful One—the Source of Beauty, Love and Truth.
While this deception can completely knock the aspirants off their Path, this is far from the end of their story: For as we all Well know, whatever is pushed down rises again, “And the meek shall inherit the world.” (This world…. or the next.)
* Parable of the Weeds:
24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”
— Matthew 13:24-43
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In Wisdom’s Light, Ancient and Modern Teaching Stories and Practices, Vol. III, Emi Miller
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