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VISION MOUND

Volume 1, Number 7

JANUARY 1978

The Essential Teaching of the New Testament

an essay by Bubba Free John

The New Testament is not, in its meaning, the
representation of a drama outside man. It is an archetypal
drama, an esoteric play about man rather than merely a
concept or incident directed to mankind. The life of Jesus
is itself a Teaching or “Word” about man, and it obliges
those who “hear” and understand to live a new and true
pattern of presumption and action-whole bodily, rather than
exclusively in inner belief or in superficial outward
appearance. That pattern is sacrifice to the Divine Truth
and Condition rather than mere yielding to experience and
the circumstances of gross life.

The New Testament represents the ancient archetypal and
esoteric understanding of man. It is also a story and a
commentary about the communication of esoteric and
transcendental Truth in the common world of ordinary
fascination and exoteric beliefs, behaviors, and
rituals.

The key to the right understanding of the New Testament
is this: The “Kingdom of God” is not outside man. It is man.
The “Kingdom of God” is the whole body of every man and
woman. The “Kingdom of God” is the whole body-being and
Destiny that is every man and woman.

The drama of Jesus birth, life, death, resurrection,
“ascension to the Father,” and communication of the “Holy
Spirit” is not, in Truth, a drama outside and merely
observed, believed, or rejected by mankind. It is the
necessary drama of transformation and Realization in the
case of every human individual. “Jesus” is the “Word” or
Truth about every man and woman, and every man and woman is
obliged to “hear” this Truth and duplicate this Life, or
else continue to be deluded by experience and egoic
knowledge. The story of Jesus is an archetypal story and an
esoteric Revelation of the whole bodily or spiritual process
of the human being in Truth.

The “world” of the New Testament is the total human
world, including “Heaven,” “Earth,” and “Hell.” Its meaning
is not external to man but native to him. That is, the
“world” of the New Testament is the whole body-being of man
(male or female), and It, therefore, includes the apparent
universe, but interpreted as a Process like that of man-that
is, a psycho-physical rather than a merely physical realm.
The whole body is the epitome or meaning of the world. And
the whole body includes not only the elemental physical, but
the etheric or life-force dimension, as well as the mental,
the higher psychic or subtle super-mental, and the egoic
ground or witness. Human beings discover or assign meaning
to the world of their experience. Their whole bodily form
and nature and Condition is the archetypal structure wherein
the Truth and the Way and the Life of this world is shown
and obliged upon them. The New Testament “Word” or meaning
is the sacrificial Way of the human body-being as a whole.
And the message is that man, in the form of every man and
woman, priorly (or always alreadyexists in a transcendental
Condition that is eternally free and not ultimately or truly
limited by the cycle of birth, life, and death. Each of us,
therefore, is destined, in Truth, to eternal Existence,
Happiness, Delight, and Freedom, since we are presently,
totally, and always established in the same. However, until
we respond to the communication of Truth and accept, whole
bodily, responsibility for the play of our manifest
existence in this human world, we are distracted by our
mortality, divided in our body-being, and tending by
association to be constantly limited by and to the
conditions of the lower body consciousness. Therefore, we
are striving to survive as that portion of our Condition we
notice as our conventional human birth, and we are bound to
a self-possessed struggle, divided in ourselves, chronically
turned away from others, and knowing only what we observe or
acquire in our apparent and presently extended form rather
than our prior whole body-being.

The archetype of Truth communicated in the New Testament
is the whole body “Gospel,” or the message about our
Happiness and Lawful Destiny. If we change in response to
the understanding of this archetypal message, then we
participate, presently and consciously, in the Destiny of
Happiness, Fullness, and Responsibility in Truth. If we do
not respond whole bodily, from the heart, then we remain
turned in on ourselves, divided and self-possessed, and
confined to the knowledge and presumed destiny of
mortality-until we Awaken to Truth.

The drama of Jesus is the drama of human Destiny when
lived in Truth. It is the story of the whole body-being of
archetypal man. “God the Father,” “Jesus the Christ” (the
“Son,” “Messiah,” or Messenger of “God the Father”), and the
“Holy Spirit” (eternally sent from the “Heaven” of “God the
Father” and also sent via the sacrificial and radiant action
of the “Son” of “God the Father”are all archetypes of
aspects of the whole body-being of every man or woman.

“God the Father” is the crown, the head, the brain, and
the prior Source Light of the whole body-being of man.
“Jesus the Christ” is the heart, the true Self (or Condition
of the ego), and the sacrifice or Lawful Way of the whole
body-being of man. And the “Holy Spirit” is the nervous
system and the all-pervading, eternal Life of the whole
body-being of man.

The heart, or “the Christ,” is the Way. It is the Way of
sacrifice, through unobstructed feeling-attention, love, or
whole body radiance to Infinity. It is the sacrifice of the
ego-or the reactive contraction and functional
disintegration of the whole body-being-into perfect
Feeling-Intuition. The true heart is prior to the egoic
subconsciousness and unconsciousness of the lower body as
well as the egoic consciousness and superconsciousness of
the upper body. The Truth or God of the whole body-being is
not itself any part of the whole, nor is it the whole
body-being itself. The Truth is at the heart of the whole
body-being. The Truth is the sacrifice of the whole
body-being into its eternally prior Condition. Therefore,
the heart of man is one with Truth, the Condition of all
conditions.

The crown of the body is one with the subtle Light of the
whole body. It is the Revelation of the Light, Radiance, or
Brightness communicated by the heart (which is the Truth of
the whole body-being). It is “above,” in the direction of
the creative Source, the manifesting Source or Light of all
states of human experience, just as the heart itself, in the
midst of the whole body-being, is the prior Truth of that
Light and the whole body-being. The Light that is seen when
the brain rests from perceptual reactivity and
conceptualization is revealed by that rest itself. That is,
the heart (or “Christ”is the Truth of the whole body-being,
and when the heart sacrifices the contracted or egoic
position, the Light is revealed, not merely or only to the
gross or subtle eyes, but in Truth, prior to perception or
differentiated knowledge.

When the heart becomes a sacrifice-when the whole
body-being is love rather than contraction and reactivity of
body, emotion, and mind-then it abides in its Condition in
Truth and is one with its eternal Radiance or Light, which
is then expressed infinitely above and all around, prior to
all thinking and knowing.

Therefore, “Jesus the Christ,” the heart-which is the Way
of the Law of sacrifice or love-reveals the “Father,” who is
otherwise unseen or falsely envisioned. Light itself is not
Truth, unless the Truth itself is Realized. “Jesus” is the
Way of that Realization. The heart is the Truth of the head
and the rest of the whole body-being. “Jesus” is the Truth
of the Creator God. The heart, the seat of egoic
consciousness, is awakened to the Real Condition in the
instant of intuitive awakening and the fulfillment of the
Law of Sacrifice. Then the heart says: “I and the Father are
one.” That is, the Truth of the Light is sacrifice of all
conditions. The “Father,” in Truth, is not any manifest or
created condition, above or below, nor is He even the
intention, process, or act of creation in itself. The
“Father” in Truth is realized only in sacrifice of the heart
(the whole body-being, including the knowledge presumed by
experience at the head or via the nervous system). The
“Father” is not the physical world or like it. He is the
“Spirit” of the world. The “Father” is not the Light in
itself, but the Source of the Light. The “Father” is
revealed by the sacrifice of the “Son.” The “Father,” God,
the Truth of the whole body, is one with the “Son.” The Real
or God is Love-or unqualified Radiance beyond all knowledge,
all forms, and prior to all that can survive.

The “Son” (the heart, and every “Son of God,” every true
man or womanis not only one with the “Father,” and thus able
to reveal the “Father” through sacrifice. The “Son” is also
the only perfect “Messiah” or Messenger of the “Father.” The
“Father” is prior to the appearance of the world (the whole
body-being). The “Father” is also the ultimate Source of the
world, and all things are manifest modifications of Him.
Therefore, the “Father” is not only the Truth of the world,
but the Love and Light of the world. The “Son” reveals the
Truth, the Love, and the Light. He is not only one with the
Light, but the Messenger (“Messiah”of the Light. He reveals
the eternal activity of the Light in the world. That
activity is the “Holy Spirit,” the Life or Breath of God.
Only those who become “Sons of God” through transformative
“hearing” may enter Into conscious Communion with the
“Spirit” of God.

Thus, the heart becomes one with Truth through right
understanding, and, in that event, fulfills the Law, which
is sacrifice, release of egoic contraction, or love. Love is
itself the intuition of the Truth or Condition of the whole
body-being. Therefore, “Jesus” reveals the Truth of the
“Father” to be the sacrifice of the whole body-being from
the heart, which is love. Then the Light is realized in
Truth to be beyond conditions. It is the forgiveness or
non-assumption of the necessity or the effects of
experience, past, present, or future. The head, the brain,
is purified by the sacrifice of the heart, so that the brain
and the whole body stand at rest in the all-pervading
Vibratory Light rather than in the obstructed stream of
reactive and presumptive thinking, feeling, and moving. When
the brain is so released by the whole body sacrifice
initiated by the intuition of the Condition of the heart, it
sends or reveals its “Comforter” or “Spirit” to the whole
body. The “Son” comes into the world to reveal the Truth, to
reestablish the intuition of oneness with the Light, and
then to leave, or return to the simple and prior position of
the heart in Truth, and allow the “Holy Spirit,” now
revealed to be pervading the whole body-being and the world
eternally, to awaken, or enter, pervade, and transform, the
whole body-being and its activities.

When the heart (or Truthand the crown (or Lightare
acknowledged to be one through the sacrifice of the whole
body-being as love (the intuition of Radiance), then “Jesus”
has died, come to life again, and ascended to the Light.
When this has become true in the case of any man, male or
female, then “the Holy Spirit descends upon him.” That is,
the Radiance of the Truth of the whole body-being pervades
the whole body-being. The nervous system becomes the
conductor of unqualified Light, or Fullness of Life. Such an
individual is free while alive, conscious in and as eternal
Life, Light, and Truth, and functioning in intuitive unity
with his or her prior or Divine Condition, while alive, in
death, and beyond death, into the eternity of
transformations of the possibilities or “worlds” of the
whole body-being, from the human to the Divine.

The universe in which such a regenerated (“reborn”man or
woman appears is like himself-a whole body-being, or
psycho-physical Process. And the experiential destinies he
may suffer or enjoy depend on the forms his attention takes.
If he responds to the Teaching of Truth, then he will tend
to be associated with more subtle or “Heaven-ward” futures.
If he only fulfills the responsibilities of the true man to
a modest degree, oriented toward fulfillment in the apparent
world, then he will tend to be associated with human
futures-in the present life, in etheric or purgatorial
realms after death, and through future human rebirths. If he
does not respond at all to the Teaching of Truth-or the
right fulfillment of the Law of the whole body-being-then he
will tend to be associated with human futures that are
profoundly difficult to bear, or else with daemonic futures,
sub-human and elemental. Such futures are the destiny toward
“Hell,” or the apparent and lower or gross, semi-conscious,
unconscious, and elemental dimension of the whole
body-being.

If any man or woman not only responds to the Teaching of
Truth to the degree of sympathetic absorption in Radiance or
Light and the subtle destinies above the awareness of Earth
and the gross body, but if he or she becomes an absolute
Sacrifice in Truth, so that all attention, all conditions,
high and low, are yielded in the radical intuition of
Happiness, then he or she will ultimately be translated out
of the play of extended and unnecessary phenomena into the
very Divine, the Domain of Eternity, that is neither
unnecessary nor extended.

Thus, it should be seen that the Way communicated by and
in association with the Messenger Jesus is the Way of every
man. It is the Way in which all men, male or female, are
“Sons (and “Daughters”of God.” That is, all who are devoted
to Truth in this Way are alive as the whole body-being in
Truth. The dimension of the whole body-being above the heart
and the dimension of the whole body-being below the heart
are lived as a unity, a heart-felt sacrifice, rather than a
theatre of conflict and separativeness. Thus, such devotees
are both “God” and “man” in their singleness. They are holy,
set apart from the vulgar destiny created by reactive and
mortal knowledge, understanding, and experience.

The Law of such devotees is Sacrifice, or love, which is
unobstructed feeling-attention, as and via all functions, in
all relations, and through all relations to Infinity, and
under all conditions. Therefore, Jesus description of the
practice of “Sons of God” may be summarized quite simply:
Love God, or be a living and total sacrifice to God, which
is Reality and Truth, or Love itself. And love or be a
living sacrifice to all others, as if each other were
yourself-which is, in Truth, the case.

Such devotees or “Sons of God” value above all relations
the relationship with the Spiritual Master, who is the
Source Messenger and direct Revealer of the Way and the Life
of Truth. And they also value above all forms of ordinary
human relationship the relationship of devotee to devotee,
and the life they enjoy in the devotional Community of those
who practice the Way. Such was or became the case with the
principal devotees of Jesus, and it must also be or become
the case with those to whom the Truth is revealed in every
age. Therefore, abandon the narrowness of the cults of
vicarious salvation and consoling beliefs. Become the whole
body through hearing and awakening to Love. Become a living
sacrifice, through the intelligence of unconstricted Love,
to the eternal Divine, that transcends and pervades the
mind, the body, and the world. Become a living sacrifice to
others through Love, or unobstructed feeling-attention, and
so be free of the inwardness of fear, self-possession,
knowledge, experience, and belief. Be deeply rested in brain
and body, regenerated in your feeling and transformed in
your action. Then you will become lighter than angels and
dissolve in the Bliss of God, which is neither above nor
below, nor within, nor without, but all-pervading, prior to
time and space.