Reflection on the Seven Last Words of Jesus
In an esoteric sense, the life of Jesus Christ provides with an incredible wealth of insights that every initiate (and aspirant to the Path) would do well by studying and trying to understand its deeper significance, and how it relates to us individually, as his life was more than just a historical account or a one-time saving event. When we begin with our awakening process, we start to notice that the lives of great spiritual masters can also be looked at from the point of view of the Path to awakening, and the life of Jesus Christ is a pinnacle of that example due to its intensity and spiritual insight. We know that the events of his life follow the path of inner Christ which must take place in the life of every initiate that is climbing the Second Mountain, from the first to the eight initiation of it, from the birth of Christ within us until its resurrection at the end of that Mountain. The inner Christ is a large part of our Being that enters as an infant and then grows and expands throughout the seven higher bodies (physical, etheric, astral, mental, causal, buddhic and atmic), until it reaches its full maturity/expansion on the 7th initiation, right before it resurrects.
The entire life of Jesus is significant in terms of the Path of the Second Mountain, and the last week of his life is the culmination and the enormous effort to reach resurrection. Jesus knew what awaits him, he knew the roles that each of his disciples will play, as well as every other character from this Christic drama. Probably the most difficult role that needed to be done was the one of the betrayal by Judas. We know from the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Judas, that Jesus has chosen him to play that part, and has even said that “…he who receives the one I have sent, receives me, and he who receives me, receives the one who has sent me.”
Judas played his role consciously, willingly, knowing that his jealously is the darkness that will help the Christ to resurrect, while most others in the Christic drama played their roles asleep.
Those who kill the Christ – the high priest, the government authorities, the elders, the doctors of the law, the Pharisees – the agents of the system that govern this world, they also played their role, as Christ must descent to the underworld before he can resurrect within us. Christ is rejected and hated by the world, and is only recognized for what it is by those who are not of the world.
Each of the event in the life of Jesus can be meditated upon, especially the last week of his life. In this post, I would like to focus and reflect on his last words on the cross, known as the Seven Words. These words appear in the Four Gospels:
- Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
- To the good thief: I promise you that today you will be with me in paradise.
- Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother.
- Father, why have you forsaken me?
- I am Thirsty.
- Everything has been consumed.
- Into your hands I commend my spirit.
Father forgive them for they do not know what they do
The inner Christ is merciful and compassionate, even in the face of the event as intense as torture and crucifixion. The inner Christ and the cosmic Christ are one and the same – a divine substance through which the Universe is created, maintained, and with which individuals and nations are saved. However, this saving has multiple layers. The death of Jesus has probably caused a certain dharmic trigger in the world, but those who are saved in the full sense of the world are those who have the inner Christ incarnated. The multitudes who want to kill the Christ are asleep and submerged in their darkness. They don’t know what they do. They, too, face consequences for their actions, but not to the same extent as those who consciously act in darkness. The more we awaken our consciousness, the more we are responsible for our actions.
To the good thief: I promise you that today you will be with me in paradise
In the Gospel of Luke it is written: “Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
In the alchemical symbolism, it is said that the good thief is an aspect of ourselves that steals the sexual energy and gives it to the Being for its correct usage, whilst the bad thief steals the energy but instead of giving it to the Being, it fuels lust. Everything within us is exposed and judged at the time of crucifixion, and it will be either elevated and kept, or discarded and destroyed before the resurrection (minus the egos that remain and are dealt with on the Third Mountain). Everything needs to be perfected before this point.
The two thieves may also be looked at as duality within the darkness itself. One of them remained spiteful and bitter, submerged in the darkness until the very end, whereas the other emanates light and understanding; he recognizes Christ as the savior and receives him through repentance at the end of his life, showing that even when we plunge into darkness, we can still be saved if we only allow for the light within us to prevail.
Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother
Many people came to witness the event of Golgotha. Several disciples of Jesus were there, including John, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, his mother. Each of the disciples and each of the character from this Christic drama can be found within us. The inner apostles are parts of the Being that are activated and put to their proper service on the Path. The apostle John represents the Word, and we can see from his role that he was very close to Jesus, and had a superior appearance to all the other apostles. His Gospel starts with: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The meaning of the Word here is beyond what the mind can conceive, but meditating on it can put us into a transcendental state of consciousness in which we can begin to grasp the depth of its meaning.
We also know from the teachings of Judas that the Path to awakening begins with the path of Peter, but continues on the path of John. The former is a wide path of devotion and preparation, while the latter takes us to the dissolution of the egos and to the freedom of the Being. Thus, the apostle John, with its superior Gospel, represents an elevated part of the Being that is in close relation to the inner Christ, as John was often depicted as the most loved of all the disciples, resting his head on the sacred heart of Jesus, always exposed to the radiations and wisdom of the love of Christ. It is written that after Jesus have said “Mother, behold your son; son, behold your mother”, Mary went to live with John, or in other words, John became responsible for her. The resurrected Christ, even though he is still the son of Divine Mother, now has a wider role in the economy of the Absolute, and so he opens up a new relationship between the Divine Mother and the inner John, the Word, so that the two will co-operate in the continuous process of the self-realization of the Being.
Father, why have you forsaken me?
The agony of dying on the cross is hard to imagine. As the body of Jesus was deteriorating, at one point he cried out: “Father, why have you forsaken me?” We know that Jesus was very close to his Divine Father, and that his faith in him was beyond what we can imagine. So we have to look at this 4th utterance from the point of view of the Path, just like everything else concerning Christ. When a master is inwardly crucified on the 7th initiation of the Second Mountain, he goes through a lot of suffering in the situations of his everyday life and within himself. At that stage he already has Holy Spirit incarnated, and he incarnates the Father on this 7th initiation if he successfully goes through the necessary learning and test. At that point, he feels a great connection to the Father, but he still does not have him incarnated. The Father stands at the gateway of the initiation, and beholds his son or daughter with joy, hoping that he will pass the tribulation so that they can be one. Even though he is closer to his son than ever before, it is very possible that he seemingly withdraws, looking at him from a distance. On some high initiations of the Path, the Being can almost completely withdraw its presence, for the purpose of learning that is part of the initiation.
I am thirsty
One of the last utterance of Jesus on the cross was when he said I’m thirsty. Someone from the crowd requested that he be given water, but instead of water he was given a soar wine on a sponge. If we know that the Being is the only thing that satiates all hunger and all thirst, we can then say that esoterically, the initiate longs for the Being on that 7th initiation. An initiation can be very long and arduous. The master feels the light of his Father shining on him, but he has still not reached him, he has still not incarnated him. We thirst for the Being, but are instead given by the world something bitter that not only lacks, but it makes us sick.
It is finished
The stage of dying on the cross is nearing its end. The mission that master Abaramentho (Jesus Christ) had to do is near completion, at least that major part where his physical body dies, and he gives what he had set to give to humanity, not bounded by linear time.
Into your hands I commend my spirit
“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” – Luke 23: 44-46
Christ has died on the cross and gives his spirit to the Father. In reality, it is a large chunk of the ego that has been eliminated at this point, while Christ moves on into the underworld to do another part of his work, the one related to resurrection and the 8th initiation. The 7th initiation is finished at this point, and the Father is incarnated. The initiate now has Christ fully matured (though not yet resurrected), the Holy Spirit in his physical and etheric body, and his Divine Father incarnated in the physical body. The darkness has come to signal the move of the Christ into the underworld. Samael interprets that darkness in the following way:
“In the moment when the human being becomes united with his Innermost, he remains submerged within the profound darkness of the infinite, thus illuminating himself with his own spiritual fuel; the light that was illuminating him within all of the cosmic planes and within the entire infinite was a borrowed light, that light that nourished him was the light of the gods; they were his spiritual parents who nourished him with such a light. Now, he has to nourish others with his own light. The gods were nourishing him, were taking care of him, were illuminating him and feeding him in the same way that a mother does with the fruit of her womb, while her child grows and becomes capable to work and to be a cognizant citizen. So, once he is capable of becoming self-reliant, he no longer is in need of his parents.
Therefore, the one who becomes joined to his Innermost is already an elder brother capable of illuminating himself with his own spiritual fuel, extracted from the Tree of the Science of Good and Evil; thus, from within him, the gods remove their light, with which they were nourishing him during his state of spiritual gestation within the bosom of the Blessed Mother of the World.”
In a few of his works, Samael states that while on the cross, Jesus said something that was interpreted by the evangelists in four different ways, and what he said was the following:
Eli, Eli, Lama Sabactani!
“There exists full documentation that the great Master Jesus learned Maya in Tibet, thus he spoke the Mayan language. As a proof of this, we have the phrase pronounced by him on Golgotha. This was a Mayan phrase that the Jews did not understand, because they did not speak Mayan. When Jesus uttered: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” the Jews said, “This man calls for Elias… let us see whether Elias will come to save him.”
Its meaning in Mayan language is: “I now merge in the pre dawn of your presence.”
It has been demonstrated that the great hierophant Jesus learned the Naga and Mayan in
Oriental Tibet. In the sacred Lhasa monastery in Tibet, there is a book that textually says: “Jesus became the most proficient master ever on earth.”
A wise writer has said:
It has been historically established that the science-religion Christ learned in Egypt, India and Tibet was Maya. A profound Maya occultism existed and Christ undoubtedly knew it; he elected his (Mayan) symbols as a base for his ideas of fertilising love. It cannot be supposed a coincidence that he chose the Mayan cross, the Trinity, the twelve apostles, and many other symbols to be the foundation of the great religious and scientific significance of his preachings.
Ostensibly, the Atlantean Mayas brought their religion to Mesoamerica. They colonized Tibet, Babylonia, Greece, India, and so on. The great kabir Jesus’ ritualistic language was Mayan. This can only be acceptably explained by means of the common Atlantean roots of the American and Mediterranean-Semite peoples.
“I now merge in the pre-dawn of your presence” is a deep statement, showing that Jesus had knowledge and experience not only of this Universe, but also of the Source of everything. His Seven Words are a powerful testimony to the macro and micro levels of his work: of his mission as Jesus and as Christ on the planetary and Cosmic level, and on the level of each individual ascending in the path towards the Father.
Using this auspicious time of Easter for meditation on the Holy Week, on his last words, on the resurrection, and on the events that come after resurrection is a wonderful way to connect with our inner divinity and the masters of light. By striving to understand and to change inwardly, we are submerging ourselves more and more into that divine substance and its saving light.
HDP, April 2022.