Betrayals on the Christic Path and the Purging of the Three Traitors
As it has already been said before, the Path to complete awakening and liberation consists of three stages, also known as the Three Mountains, and each of these mountains has eight initations. It is on the Second Mountain that the initiate goes through, in a symbolical form and in the internal worlds, the large milestones in the life of the Christ, because inner Christ as a major part of the inner Being occupies the central role on that mountain. The above mentioned milestones are events such as the birth of Christ, his baptism, temptations, transfiguration, the passion, resurrection etc.
The final and the most important events in the life of Christ were towards the end of his life, which are summarised in what in Christianity is known as the Holy Week, starting from his entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and ending up with his resurrection one week later. In the Path to liberation, these events of the Holy Week are embedded in the initiations 4th to 8th of the Second Mountain. But in this article I would like to focus on the event that is related to the betrayal of Christ, which happens on the initiation 5th /6th of the said Mountain.
Samael Aun Weor has in his books and talks often spoken about the three traitors of Christ: Judas, Pilate, and Caiphas.
Judas, the demon of desire, always changes the lord for thirty coins of silver, that is to say, for liquor, money, fame, vanities, fornication, adultery, etc. Pilate, the demon of the mind, always washes his hands, always declares himself innocent, is never to blame, constantly justifies himself to himself and to others, he seeks excuses, means of evading his own responsibilities, etc. Caiaphas, the demon of ill will, unceasingly betrays the Lord within ourselves; the adorable Intimate one gives him the staff for him to lead his sheep to pasture, however, the cynical traitor turns the altar into a bed of pleasures, unceasingly fornicates, commits adultery, sells the sacraments, etc
These three traitors make the adorable Intimate lord suffer secretly without any compassion whatsoever. Pilate has the crown of thorns put on his brow, the evil “I”s lash him, insult him, curse him in the intimate psychological space without any kind of mercy.
~ Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion
He also mentions that the three traitors are not only part of the Christian tradition, but are also in the Egyptian tradition (in which they are known as Apopi, Hai and Nebt), and in Freemasonry. In the latter they are related to the three assassins of Hiram Abiff, called Sebal, Orteluk, and Stokin. And as the Christic Drama is of a universal character, it would not be unusual to find similar references in various other traditions as well.
It has also been explained by Samael that all the major characters in the story of Jesus are within us; some of them represent parts of our inner Being, and others represent intricate aspects of our subconscious, unconscious, and infraconscious mind. This means that within us are all the twelve apostles, all the three traitors, as well as other major characters that create the scene for the events of the Second Mountain to unfold within us. So even though each of the character could be looked upon from strictly external and historical point of view, we also need to consider them as something that is within our consciousness.
It is interesting to reflect on the three traitors of Jesus, and how their role was unfolding in the Christic Drama.
If we start with Judas Iscariot, we cannot escape the question, why would someone who was so close to Jesus betray him? If we go on with a popular belief that he was an evil character, and yet he was one of the twelve that were closest to Jesus, what does that tells us of his close circle of disciples and of Jesus’ ability to choose well? According to Samael, the role played by Judas Iscariot was to betray Jesus out of envy, and that within us, he represents the demon of desire. The latter is the ego that sells inner Christ for the pleasures of the worlds. It sells and betrays the inner Christ, but if the initiate is true to his purpose, he will see this ego for what it is, and will apply great efforts to destroy it and to finally be free of it. However, according to Samael, Judas does not only represent the demon of desire within each of us, but also a part of the inner Being.
“Within us there is also a Judas, not the Judas who handed over the Christ for thirty pieces of silver, no, a different Judas, a Judas who deeply understands that the matter of what the ego is, a Judas whose secret gospel takes us to the dissolution of the “myself”, of the “oneself.”
~ Samael Aun Weor
“Judas represents the Death of the Ego, that is his Gospel. He played that part as he had been ordered to do so by the Great Master.”
~ Samael Aun Weor
In the early Christian text known as The Gospel of Judas, it is revealed that not only did Judas not handed over Jesus voluntarily, but it also shows that he was able to take on the great load that none other of the twelve were ready to do it, which indicates his high spiritual level.
Unlike Judas Iscariot, the other two traitors in the Christic Drama do not have a double inner significance. According to the Gnostic teachings and narrations from the Gospels, though both Pilate and Caiphas had an important role in the summary of the Christic Drama, they seem to be spiritually asleep characters, selfish and with inferior motives.
Caiphas was the high priest at the time, with the role to keep the Judaic religion undisturbed. The teachings of Jesus were in his eyes the worst form of blasphemy, and he did all he could to get rid of him. Internally, he is referred to as the demon of ill-will. Everyone is said to have a large ego of ill-will in their subconscious depths; this ego, just like Caiphas, works incessantly to have the inner Christ handed over to authorities who will crucify him. Unlike the first traitor who sacrifices Christ for the pleasures of the world, this one now has deeper motives, knowing that the inner Christ could eventually destroy all religious, social, and scientific dogmas and ignorance. This is unacceptable to the demon of ill-will, and will do all in his power to destroy the inner Christ first.
Once the Christ is captured, he is handed over to the third traitor – Pilate. The latter was historically a governor of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’ Passion, and his main task was to maintain the Roman power there. And as he was the main authority to decide over the faith of Jesus, he had to make a decision in this regard. Despite his reluctance to sentence him to death, in the end he has made that decision, probably mostly for political reasons. Even though he felt it was not right to do it, he has done it anyway, washing his hand after sentencing him to death.
Internally, Pilate is representing the demon of the mind. This is referring to a lesser mind, also known as the lunar mind. Unlike the solar mind which has a higher substance to it, the lunar mind is described as the shell of the egos. Due to its nature it is full of egos and without much ability to be detached from them, at least until the consciousness goes through the first few substantial transformations on the Path. As the lunar mind is so tightly associated with the egos, it is not surprising that it will make justifications when standing before the acting conscience. The egos always justify themselves, they always justify the “I”, always being selfish and self-centered. And so the demon of the mind is the one who hands the inner Christ over to other egos that will torture him and ultimately execute him.
In the face of all of that inner Passion, the initiate must remain calm, and must apply a great effort to work on the egos and to learn the lesson of the that 6th initiation of the Second Mountain, so that he can finish it and incarnate the Holy Spirit, and continue with more difficult process, which is the one of the inner crucifixion, at the 7th initiation.
It is only with great quality inner work that the 6th and the 7th initiations of the Second Mountain can be achieved. Only in this way are the three traitors within us eliminated, and the inner Christ ready for resurrection. It is necessary for the Christ to go through the process of death and resurrection, in order to return transformed and to fulfil the mystery of the inner Father.
HDP, March 2021.