Chapter One – Introduction

1     Introduction

“Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.” (Thomas 1.)

This book presents the findings of my search for the highest truth of existence. A quest that led me far and wide—from the southern tip of Africa on to Europe, North America, and the desolate outskirts of India, where sages live in caves to this very day.

My journey began as result of a deeply disturbing experience, one that challenged my understanding of reality and cracked the fortress walls of my belief. Belief, I discovered, was another’s truth, holding me suspended in a state of mental limbo that would be overcome only by the enigmatic promptings of my soul. Its whispers steered me to uncover a hidden primordial knowledge that precedes all known religions, partially embedded in their theologies, doctrines, dogmas, and forms of worship.

The twelve main religions in the world today (Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism) profess to offer the infallible truth of God, life, and the hereafter. Seemingly unique in their interpretation, each possesses but part of a far more comprehensive system of knowledge that transcends the changing nature of cosmic seasons and its teachings.

To grasp The Perennial Truth (TPT) requires terms that do not exist in English vocabulary, expressions that attempt to convey the essence of the various realms of existence as well as the individual spiritual experience. To write this book, I had to learn these ancient terms so I could correlate them to my own understanding and translate them into English phrases.

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Before my journey began, I could never have dreamed that our sun orbits a higher star called Paramesthi. Its duration is called a Great Year Cycle that lasts 25,800 Earth years. While our sun emits solar energy, Paramesthi emits mental (prana) energy—a subtle life force that our minds can directly absorb. Prana fuels our mental activity and its presence has a significant impact on our cognitive awareness and mental capacity.

This elliptical orbit of our solar system subjects us to mental seasons, just as we are subject to annual solar seasons. Mental Dark Ages occur when our solar system is furthest from this prana-sun and the available prana on our planet at its lowest. We are currently exiting such a Dark Age, known as the Age of Pisces. During the height of the previous Golden Ages (14,000 BC), and more specifically, the Age of Virgo, human beings could communicate telepathically by projecting moving images directly into the minds of others. But this ability was lost near the end of the Descending Silver Ages (4500 BC) during the Age of Gemini. The biblical story of the Tower of Babel and the “confusion of tongues” described in Genesis marks the time in history when we lost this telepathic ability. At first, we resorted to drawn pictures and hieroglyphics to replace it. Later, objects were given names, and spoken language was developed. Written language came only much later. Needless to say, language is a far less effective method of communication and, due to the possibility of mistaken subjective interpretation, limits our ability to accurately convey experiences and thoughts.

Examining religions’ relevance to humanity from the context of a mental cosmic cycle reveals that religious doctrines relate to specific cosmic seasons, each with a particular level of prana and a corresponding degree of mental awakening. What is true for the Age of the Warrior (Aries), who seeks an eye for an eye, is not so for the Age of the Martyr (Pisces), who turns the other cheek. According to this measure, many of our current religions are at the end of their designated cosmic season, clinging to relevance in mutated form, to the detriment of the very people they once intended to serve.

Figure 1 depicts a Great Year and its seasons.

I have little doubt that Abraham and Moses understood something of this Great Year Cycle and their own age, the Age of Aries, the Ram, as can be deduced from the many similes and parables involving sheep and shepherds in the Old Testament. Abel is described as a “keeper of sheep”. Jacob, Moses, and David were shepherds. In Psalm 23, the Lord is a shepherd. Moses ordained that the yearly calendar commence with Nisan, the month of the Ram, at the beginning of spring.

The Age of Aries, also known as the Age of the Warrior, is when the fearless shepherd wards off the beasts and leads his flock to safety, as enacted by Moses when he liberated the Jews from Egyptian slavery. It is an age of retribution, rooted in confrontation of a physical nature. Unfortunately, a lot of what was known to our spiritual forefathers four millennia ago has since been lost.

When the Age of Aries ended two thousand years ago, during the Common Era, the Jews were once again awaiting a messiah, one who they hoped would overthrow the rulership of Rome this time as Moses had done with the Egyptians. But when he came, they did not recognize him, for he came not as a warrior but as a martyr, a fisher of men who would sacrifice himself for the salvation of others. He was the messiah of the dawning Age of Pisces, the Age of the Martyr, an age when trust outweighed the need to confront. The Jews were awaiting a warrior, but a martyr achieved so much more than a warrior ever could, capturing the hearts of their oppressors and turning them all into Jews, albeit it under the banner of Christianity, the largest religion in the world today.

I think it fair to say that Jesus was the most prominent martyr of the Piscean age, irrespective of continent, including Gautama Buddha who almost starved himself to death for the greater cause of spiritual awakening. Walking by the sea of Galilee, Jesus approached two brothers, Simon and Andrew, and said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” James and John were next to follow. All fishermen. The secret ancient Christian symbol, the ichthys, was named for the Greek word ikhthýs (fish). When Christ communicated with the Jews, he still used a language they could understand and hence the continued references to sheep and shepherds in the gospel of the New Testament. But the theme of Pisces (Latin plural for fish) and the element of water come through strongly in the depicted historical scenes.

Many fanatical supporters, wishing to follow in their master’s footsteps, were martyred during the century that followed Crucifixion. I doubt they understood martyrdom’s deeper meaning, namely the surrender of the ego to the soul rather than the body to the grave.

The Messiah is a Son of God, a soul on a Heavenly mission that transcends the mundane demands of Earthly incarnation. But when this messiah takes human form, He too becomes a son of man and is given an Earthly name by the biological parents of the body. In this manner, Christ, a Son of God, an immortal soul, appeared to the world as Jesus, a son of man of mortal origin, destined to perish as all others do. For all that is born, dies. Only the begotten, without birth, surpass death.

To understand the scriptures, it is crucial that these two sons not be confused. Jesus was a son of man (ego), the son of Mary and Joseph, a carpenter, while Christ is a Son of God, an awakened soul that lives on eternally and visits us in the visage of the different archetypes at the beginning of each new mental season.

It was because of this very confusion that Christ was rejected by his own countrymen (Matthew 13:54):

And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him.

No doubt Christ understood the cosmic seasons, and that each has a particular archetype with its own truth. In John 8, when the Jews said to Him: “‘You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham?’ ‘Truly, truly, I tell you,’ He declared, ‘before Abraham was born, I am! At this, they picked up stones to throw at Him.” The people couldn’t grasp that this was Christ speaking through the man called Jesus, or what He meant.

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Today, we are in a time of transition once more. While the wisdom of yoga and meditation floods the west, fanatical Jihadi Muslims attempt to carry the martyr theme into the future. But the time of the martyr is at an end, steadily making way for the Age of Aquarius. The Age of Knowledge and its understanding. The Age of the Sage (Teacher).

When the Messiah of the New Age arrives, he again will not be recognized. Certainly not by those who fervently predict the imminent return of Jesus, the Martyr. For this time, the messiah will not come as a Martyr, but as a Sage, a Teacher of Wisdom who speaks the truth directly without the need for parables. A bearer of water (eternal truth), who will free our minds, and allow us to step beyond our conditioning and experience the transcendental truth of our soul for ourselves.

When his disciples questioned Jesus, “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?” he answered, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given… Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand “(Matthew 13:10–11, 13).

During the time of Jesus people were not intellectual. They could trust but not understand. The Perennial Truth would have held very little value for them then. But now, in this new age, we, the masses, are finally ready to experience the unchanging truth for ourselves and develop our own understanding of it. What wasn’t possible then is possible now.

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Religious content can be grouped into three levels. The basic level describes the physical journey of its protagonists, their autobiography if you like, or history as we find it in abundance in the Bible’s Old Testament. The intermediate level contains the knowledge, the doctrine, the truth Christ shared with his disciples in secret. This is at the level of understanding. And the third level deals with emotion, transforming understanding into meaning for the follower. This includes practices that should be followed to gain personal meaning from the truth.

Rather than teach knowledge, Christ conveyed basic meaning to the masses by using parables. All the follower had to do was trust and follow the prescribed rules. But trust is not as easy today. We are no longer simple farmers or fishermen. We are far more intellectual now, and it is far easier for us just to believe rather than to trust. Belief is at the level of the intellect, not the heart, and does not require much sacrifice. It is cheap, while trust requires real investment—the surrender of the mind to the heart. No questions arise in the mind of those who truly trust. If you are filled with thoughts and judgments, you do not trust. At best, what you have is belief.

The good news is that as we enter the mental Age of Aquarius, our minds are ready for the real truth that will allow us to form understanding and meaning of our own.

The new messiah will provide us with a way to access the unblemished truth of the immortal realm, the Perennial Truth of the kingdom of Heaven, the causal root of what exists all around us, not by proxy but through direct communion with our own soul. In John 14, Christ said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Father represents wisdom. He meant that the truth can only be accessed directly, through your own soul. The transcendental truth that cannot be told has to be experienced directly.

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From where will this teacher, this Aquarian rabbi come, you may ask? If history prevails, it will surely be from among the Christians, in Rome. Only the Abrahamic religions have endeavored to incorporate the symbols of the cosmic mental seasons, of sheep and fish, into their recent dogma.

But one could argue that, globally, Rome is part of the West, the land of the setting sun, of the Martyr. Aquarius is the first ascending sign of the new Great Year Cycle. And as the sun rises in the east, perhaps this new messiah will be incarnated in the land of the three magi (astrologers) who visited Bethlehem two millennia ago bearing gifts. No doubt their search for a new messiah had been inspired by the progression of the spring equinox into the stars of the constellation of Pisces indicating that a new age had arrived. It is an interesting notion. One that deserves further consideration.

While the West has been obsessed with material prosperity and conquering life, the yogis and tantrics have been promoting the wisdom of the ancient spiritual sciences of the previous golden age and how to conquer death. Sri Yukteswar’s book, The Holy Science, was one of the first to reveal the secret knowledge of the Mental Wheel of Time—knowledge yet to be discovered by the West.

Many iconic Western philosophers, like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant have explored the nature of truth, knowledge, and existence and how to bridge the chasm between science and religion. But none compare favorably with what ancient Tantra and Yoga have to offer.

The problem facing Western logic is that, just as you can’t deduce the stated formula of a complex mathematical equation from its solution, you can’t grasp the underlying truth of existence by studying phenomena. To successfully interpret phenomena, you need to have first glimpsed the underlying truth —the picture on the box of reality’s puzzle—to give the correct context. A vision of the wisdom of the causal has been the subject of my search.

There is a very good chance that The Perennial Truth will first find adoption in America, the current stronghold of Christianity. The U.S. has been the leader of the free world since the Second World War, putting liberty and individual freedom first. Perhaps New York, arguably the leading media hub of the world, will become the new place from which The Perennial Truth will spread to the rest of humanity.

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When I first received the inspiration to write this book, I thought it was to better explain the esoteric meaning of the Bible. Since then I have come to realize that its purpose is rather to offer a truth that transcends cosmic seasons and their corresponding religions.

In Part 1, I share my spiritual journey and experiences—more specifically, how I gained access to The Perennial Truth. Part 2 presents this truth, which has remained hidden for thousands of years—the truth that will defeat ignorance during this age, enable your personal understanding of existence, and lead you back to trust in yourself, God, and others. There is far more to it than can be contained by a single book, or even the mind, and more will be revealed in years to come. Part 3 includes the techniques that demonstrate the mechanisms of this timeless truth so that you can observe its workings for yourself.

Consider this book a foretelling, to be refined when the Messiah of Aquarius arrives to reveal all. Much has been sifted from esoteric resources, leached from the sediment of ancient scriptures, and you may recognize ideas or doctrine that you have encountered before.

In order to commence your personal journey toward the truth, sincerity is required—not to others but to yourself. Unless you step beyond your ego’s conditioning and admit that you do not know the truth firsthand, through personal experience, your journey has not yet begun. Instead, you live the life of a spectator, resting in the shade of a tree rather than courageously traversing the path that leads through the valley of the shadow of death toward the peak of human consciousness.

I would like to assure you that the journey to the higher realm of existence does not end where it began, as do the mortal journeys of life that are subservient to the wheels of time. Its destination is the present moment, the abode of your soul, the only place that’s real. Being in the present moment connects us to all of creation through the oneness of the soul. The past is dead, and the future never comes. Along the way, you will discover that the journey to the truth is a spontaneous dance, one of give and take; an intimate communion with life and the beyond.

Once you admit that all you have is another’s truth and not the truth of your soul, the journey has begun. There can be no greater quest. It is the quest for the Holy Grail, the philosopher’s stone that turns lead into gold, you into your immortal self.