God in Three Persons: A Spiritual Odyssey
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The Mystery of the Ineffable maketh three mysteries, although it is only one mystery; but the type of each of them is different.
-- Pistis Sophia, Book 2, 236
Apollos headed south on Highway 101 along the San Francisco Bay towards Palo Alto. He had traveled down this road before, so he put his conscious mind on automatic pilot while he reminisced within his soul-mind about his last visit with Maestro Salvatore DAura several years ago.
Apollos had been introduced to the life of Apollonius of Tyana, and he found the events in the life of the great philosopher of the first century coinciding remarkably with the travels of the biblical Apostle Paul. Furthermore, he discovered to his amazement that certain scholars had unearthed documents and archival material that linked Apollonius to the Christian savior.
Could Apollonius be the World Teacher who had appeared on the stage of life in the Roman world two thousand years ago? That was the burning question that was driving Apollos to produce a manuscript that would answer that question. And now that manuscript was missing.
He tried to recall in his mind what he had written in his notebook about his previous visit with Salvatore DAura:
Apollonius is Paul, Paulus, Pol, whatever you want to call him, said Maestro Salvatore DAura. You can even call him Apollo. He went by many names in the Mediterranean world. It all depended on which location he was at and what name corresponded to the name Apollonius in the local vernacular.
How do you know these things? I asked. [Apollos had written about his interview in the first person.]
Apollonius was the ascended master who was present at my initiation into the adept life, said Maestro. He was one of the three masters who were required to form a triangle of spiritual power. You see, it takes three ascended masters to perform the ceremony, to coordinate the three higher bodies of man.
Who were the other two masters? I asked.
Im not going to reveal that to you at this time, maybe next time, said Maestro. But I will reveal to you that Apollonius is right now, at present, living in the Himalayas in his etheric or spiritual body.
Ive heard that there are seven bodies that are part of mans consciousness, I remarked, recalling something I had read.
Yes, there are many levels of awareness in this world, said Maestro. See, its not just the physical world, and then theres heaven. I mean, forget it, its not that way.
Like there are many vibratory states of existence, I added my two-cents worth.
Well, many, said Maestro, picking up on his train-of-thought. We have the physical body, like we all know. Then next to that is the astral body. Thats the body we use when we dream, and everybody dreams and goes out of the body. Theres no question about that. Then we have the causal body. You see, the causal body is what caused the ingredients that mixed the body, the material, the cohesion of the materials: bones, the flesh, the blood, and then the glands, and then the part of the body that makes this instrument a total piece.
Sounds like the DNA code and the genes that are part of our ancestral heredity, I added.
Yes, that is the cause on the physical level, said Maestro. On the higher level we call it the causal body, which includes all the things you brought in from previous lives. And we use the causal body only with instruction, with training, in a higher level. No more crazy dreams as are sometimes caused by the stomach or by aberrations or by bad news or situations, vibrations of this world. So then we repeat that stuff, that bad stomach, or bad digestion. The causal is a different kind of dream, a different kind of travel.
Maestro DAura paused. He stopped pacing on the living room carpet and sat on the couch. He closed his eyes and tuned in to a higher level of awareness.
Then, of course, we have the mental body, Maestro continued with eyes closed and in a lowered voice. And in the mental body there is another degree of more awareness. More refined. And then there are many higher powers, especially in India or South American, and Mexico, like the Mayas. Even many saints of the Catholic Church. Those who have ascended. They live when they go away, when the body is done, they dwell in the mental realm. And they believe that is heaven. So they are very happy about that. And whenever they try to communicate to a human being from that plane, so you see, it is distorted, because its not what we call heaven.
Maestro DAura shifted his weight on the couch, crossed his legs, and leaned back. His eyes were still closed as his inner vision focused on another level of awareness.
Then, after the mental, then we have the soul realm, Maestro said.
Isnt there a Buddhic level, and a higher Atmic? I asked, remembering those metaphysical words from an esoteric scripture.
Wait, said Maestro, noticing my impatience with the lower levels. He raised his voice to an elevated tone. The soul realm is the first higher level. All the others are, ah, grammar school. The soul realm, those who are gifted can dwell there. You know when you have reached that level. But you never go there by accident or by chance. You go with a master. Then you go to school over there. Youre chosen to become a chela, a neophyte. And then you learn two, three times a week you learn and when you come back, youre a different person altogether.
Maestro DAura paused again. He toned down his voice as he seemed to go into a deeper level, a level which seemed to echo from the depths of antiquity.