“Christ led me to Marx”
- Fr. Ernesto Cardenal
I have spent a great deal of time attempting to explain how the Neo-Marxist ideology supported by members of the modern New Age movement, is antithetical to the spiritual growth and development of the individual and humanity as a whole. But while I am a priest ordained under what is essentially a “Christian” order (albeit an esoteric one), I must ultimately concede that much of this problem of Marxist ideology infecting the New Age community in fact stems from Christianity itself.
When Christianity (or rather a “sanitized” version of it) was adopted by Constantine as the official religion of the decaying Roman Empire, it was very much done as a way to placate and control the vast Roman slave population. The virtues espoused by Christianity (specifically its exoteric form) appealed to the downtrodden masses and gave hope of “salvation”. However, while the Christian virtues of compassion and charity appeal to the highest elements of human nature, they also unfortunately appeal to the lowest as well- and in here lies the problem.
From its institution as the Roman state religion, Christianity could very much be described as a “slave religion”, not just in terms of being a religion for the slaves, but also in terms of much of the cultural mindset that has been derived from it in one form or another. One man who was very vocal on making this point was German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.
In the philosophy outlined by Nietzsche, we come across the term “slave morality”. A “slave” in Nietzsche’s terms, is one whose morality and very identity exists in the context of, and in comparison to, another stronger, more dominant individual or group- the “master”. The slave, forever the victim, envies the master and views the master’s successes as “oppressive”. Thus the slave inevitably develops a resentment towards the master, whom he watches with envy craft and shape his own path in comparison to no one but himself.
An example of this mindset could be seen in the Church’s demonization of wealth (at least for the common folk) and the vaulting of poverty as a virtue- which was undeniably done for reasons of socio-political control. However, even as Christianity’s influence waned (at least in Europe), this cultural consciousness still remained, and was taken advantage of by Marxists in the 19th and 20th centuries, who offered a sort of “salvation” for the proletariat and the “oppressed” peoples of the world.
One of the best examples of the unity between Christianity and Marxism can be seen in the Latin American Liberation Theology movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which was promoted by the Vatican in tandem with the Communist uprisings in that area, the fruits of which can be seen in modern-day Venezuela and elsewhere. It is worth noting that the current Pope Francis is an adherent of this sect of Catholic philosophy.
With a body count of in the 20th century nearing 100 million people, Communism has has caused more death and suffering in a shorter period of time than any other ideology in history, and by any measure was an abject failure. But despite the failure of economic Marxism, Neo-Marxism or what is commonly dubbed “Cultural Marxism” has managed become the prevailing ideology throughout pretty much every Western institution- including the religious ones.
But what does all this have to do with the Christ; the Solar Impulse; the Light that is within us and surrounds us? As alluded to earlier, Christianity, like most religions has two sets of teachings. First, there are the exoteric or “outer” teachings, which could be understood as the teachings and doctrines meant to be consumed by the masses. This is the Christianity that most people are familiar with, and the one that takes up the majority of what comprises the New Testament. And while the exoteric teachings are traditionally meant to set the moral compass of the individual before entering the esoteric, much of the Bible is of such politicized origin that even these are at times questionable.
Unfortunately, when religion is based exclusively on exoteric understanding of its teaching, fundamentalism tends to occur. Now, when most people think of Christian fundamentalism, they think of this sort of “Right-Wing” Christianity that relies heavily on the Old Testament to help shape its moral doctrine. However, what most people don’t realize is that the more “Liberal” doctrines of Liberation Theology and the other more Left-leaning forms of Christian thought that use Christianity to promote socialism, mass migration, etc. are also exoteric, as they are using their interpretation of words and teachings to apply to the outside world (or at least their perception of it).
In contrast, we have the esoteric or “inner” forms of Christianity. Although there was the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts in the late 1940s, much of this teaching has been either lost or intentionally destroyed. Fragments of this exist scattered throughout the New Testament, particularly in the Gospel of John, but the real essence of esoteric Christianity is beyond scripture, and by and large renders it obsolete- which is perhaps just as well.
The story is that Jesus had a certain set of teachings that were reserved only for his disciples- those who he deemed as ready to receive the gnosis, which literally means “knowledge”. This knowledge is essentially that of the internal God-Self and the ability to perform the internal alchemy, merging the various disparate parts of our being and ascending our consciousness to a vibrational level far above that of the day-to-day world.
The core essence of this has to do with the internal world of the spirit that came about due to man’s body becoming fully engrossed in dense physical matter. The old rules of outward spiritual perception didn’t apply anymore (except for a select few) and the concentrated incarnation of the Solar Christ Impulse during the Kali Yuga was to secure the ability of man to begin his upward ascension through the “Kingdom of Heaven Within“.
This has nothing to do with the elimination of temporal suffering- that is just another exoteric interpretation. Rather it is an embrace of the suffering and “death” required to reach attainment. It is about a full integration and alignment of our internal being with that of the Solar Light and the Light Beyond. This takes someone who has a mindset of mastery, not the mindset of a slave.
Do we follow the hordes or do we rise above it all?
Jesus raised “the dead” (a term for one who was uninitiated into the Mysteries); he did not seek to become one of them.
Namaste and God Bless.
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