Just a few more comments about the "beast of the earth" consciousness of the 'thinker' that is also referred to in the Revelation of John
the "false prophet" and how that is related to "the Fall" and the "second death".
Now, to begin with, the "first death", something which is not
mentioned in the Revelation of John
, is the loss of the non-dualistic
consciousness Created 'by and in the image of God'; which is also sometimes referred to as "original sin" or 'the Fall'.
If you ask the Christians whether they believe in 'the Fall' or in "original sin", most of them will say "yes".
But, if you ask them what they mean
by such a statement--in other words, what did man 'fall' from
and what did he 'fall' to
will become blindingly clear within a very short while that their belief is nothing more than a superstition. They have no knowledge whatsoever of
what they are talking about. They are merely repeating what they have been told by others; which are nothing more than the thoughts of the 'fallen'
And, when they say that "God Created man", they automatically assume that God Created the "self" and the 'thinker'; which, of course, God did not
Create at all. Both of these dimensions of consciousness were, instead, created through 'the Fall': the "self" being self-created by the 'movement' of
self-reflection and the 'thinker' being self-created by the postulation of the thought of the 'thinker'.
So, the "first death" is the loss of the non-dualistic consciousness Created by God, resulting in the 'fallen' consciousness--that is, the
consciousness of the "self" and the 'thinker'--whereas the "second death" is the annihilation
of the consciousness of the "self" and the
'thinker' and the regaining, through the "spiritual resurrection", of the consciousness Created 'by and in the image of God'.
The opening passages of the Second Meditation
of Descartes provide a very minor
indication of what the experience of the "second death"
is like--specifically, the traumatic collapse of the consciousness of the 'thinker' brought about by radical doubt.
On the other hand, the Thanksgiving Hymns
(1QH) of the Dead Sea Scrolls describe the annihilation of the consciousness of the "self" prior to
the experience of the Vision of the "Son of man" in the following words: "...the fortress shall open onto Endless Space."
That is, "the fortress" is the 'spatialized' consciousness of the "self"; and the "Endless Space" is the consciousness Created by God; which is
conveyed through the Revelation of the Memory of Creation, the revelation of the memories of previous lives, and the Vision of the "Son of man" or
"Night Journey" of Mohammed.
But why is the consciousness of the 'thinker' referred to as the "false prophet
Because its fundamental 'Prophecy' is that it will exist forever
--whereas, according to the Revelations
of the monotheistic religions,
only the Creator Himself
is an Eternally Existent.
It simply cannot imagine or conceive of a reality in which it does not
It has created the thought of the 'thinker', or the 'mind', or a 'metaphysical soul', or an 'Eternal Self' which has an eternal existence in either
"heaven" or "hell" or through the mechanism of 're-incarnation'. And it assumes that this thought will exist forever and forever and forever.
What the consciousness of the 'thinker' has no
awareness of is that it is fully capable of instantaneously and traumatically collapsing
altogether. That is, the 'thinker' simply cannot believe that the consciousness which allows it to interpret the Revelation of John
, engage in
human relationships, etc. etc. etc. will ever not
And, what is worse, it is absolutely certain of this.
He or she who has the ears to hear, let him or her listen.
edit on 13-9-2010 by Michael Cecil because: correct erroneous formatting