Like Sugar In Milk Of The World’s Religions

Parsis before Jadi Rana. Like sugar in milk of the world's religions.In his 1893 address to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Swami Vivekenanda made a passing reference to a historical event. This event is infrequently considered in my world.

“I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.”

Like sugar in milk of the world’s religions

The religion he refers to is Hinduism. The “grand Zoroastrian nation” is the Sasanian Empire. The Sasanian Empire ruled modern-day Iran and many neighboring regions from 224 AD to 651 AD. When the empire was overthrown by the Arab Caliphate, a small remnant fled by sea to India. They stayed in Diu in Saurashtra State for 19 years, then moved further south along the coast to Gujarat. There, they approached the local king, Jadi Rana, and requested asylum.

A Zoroastrian legend relates the course of the initial meeting between Jadi Rana and the newly landed emigrants. When the Zoroastrians requested asylum, Jadi Rana motioned to a vessel of milk filled to the very brim. This was to signify that his kingdom was already full and could not accept refugees. In response, one of the Zoroastrian priests added a pinch of sugar to the milk. This was to show that they would not bring the vessel to overflowing and indeed make the lives of the citizens sweeter. Jadi Rana gave shelter to the emigrants and permitted them to practice their religion and traditions freely.

This legend is recorded in the Qissa-i-Sanjan, (The Story of Sanjan), an epic poem written in 1600 CE. It was written by a Zoroastrian (Parsi) priest named Bahman Kaikobad (or ‘Bahman Kaikobad Hamjiar Sanjana’). This poem was translated into English in 1844. Many members of the Parsi community perceive the epic poem to be an accurate account of their ancestors. The Indian government reported that there were 57,000 Parsis in India in 2011. I believe the Parsi community has indeed been like sugar in milk. It has contributed successful individuals to the life of India, including Feroze Ghandi, Ratan Tata and Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara).

Like sugar in milk of the world’s religions. I share this story to illustrate my hope for the New Message from God in my lifetime and in the times to come. On the one hand, the New Message proclaims itself to be a revelation on the same order as the teachings of Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed. If such a thing is true, then I would desire it to become well-known throughout the world. On the other hand, the New Message itself teaches how it has not come to compete with the religions of the world, but to uplift them. This is in the revelation “God Has Spoken Again.” (Volume 1, Book 1, Chapter 4 of the New Message from God)

“The world has changed. God’s great Revelations must now be given the next stage of their expression—not to replace them but to uplift them and to cleanse them and to bring them into harmony with one another. They are all pathways to Knowledge, you see. That is what they really are.

They have been turned into other things by governments, by individuals and institutions, by nations seeking power and dominance. They have been alloyed with culture and customs and local perceptions to a point where their essential emphasis and purpose can be difficult to discern.

This is to bring people back to the essence of spirituality, which is the power and the presence of Knowledge in the individual, the power and the presence of Knowledge—this greater intelligence that God has given to each person, working through groups and nations of people, supporting freedom and forgiveness, recognition, communication, work, effort, responsibility.”

The Parsis were like sugar in milk, sweetening the life of India. It is my sincere hope that the New Message from God is like sugar in milk of the world’s religions.

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We Have Some Things We Wish To Share With You

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A number of important things have happened in the New Message from God community since the 2016 Messenger’s Vigil in January. First, the New Message released the book “The One God” at the end of July 2016.

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We have some things we wish to share with you

The One God contains 12 revelations, received in four different places over a span of nine years. These 12 revelations present a concise summary of the character of the God of the New Message. They describe the work that the God of the New Message is working in the world. There is quite a bit more that could be said about this remarkable book. The sentence in the image below is the opening sentence of The One God.

1-2-1-1-en-nautilus We have some things we wish to share with youWe have some things we wish to share with you. Another important development is the release of the book “The New Messenger” in September. About four years ago, I wrote that Marshall Vian Summers received a number of revelations regarding his mission as the Messenger of the New Message from God. Some of these revelations now appear in The New Messenger. The sentences in the image below are the first sentences in The New Messenger.

We have some things we wish to share with you. At the 2016 Encampment, Marshall Vian Summers spoke on a webcast. He said it was time for him to speak to the world in a more public manner. There are three recently published New Message books (God Has Spoken Again, The One God and The New Messenger). These books are the platform from which he plans to speak to the world.

We have some things we wish to share with you. Suppose someone in your world (like me) shares the New Message from God with you. Let’s suppose that you had some kind of response. Your next step might be to read God Has Spoken Again. I wrote a little bit about it here.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

You Are Meant To Live A Sacred Life

A sacred life is one of purpose, meaning and direction.
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I wish to live a sacred life, a life of purpose, meaning and direction. The New Message from God has fallen on my ears and eyes, has entered my heart, and has touched a deep chord of recognition in my soul, so I am one of those responsible for caring for it and sharing it. I pass it on with no strings attached. I am not to teach it, explain it, add to it or take away from it, I am not to falsely represent it, I am only to pass it on in the pure form in which it was given.

The New Message from God has found me, so now what am I to do? I cannot run away, I cannot pretend I do not know anything about it, I cannot stick my head in the sand like an ostrich. The Revelation is in the world and I have found it, or rather it has found me. And not only has it found me, it has awoken some long forgotten memory in me, kindled some recognition and a deep sense of knowing that this is true. It has opened up an awareness and is beckoning me to explore further.

There is New Message Revelation called “The Sacred Life.” It says:

“You are meant to live a sacred life—a life of purpose, meaning and direction. You have been sent into the world for a purpose. This purpose requires you to enter a new kind of life experience—a different state of mind, a different awareness of yourself and others and a different relationship with the world itself.”

You are meant to life a sacred life.

But what does “sacred” mean in this context? There is a dictionary definition that fits my notion of “sacred.” It says: “reverentially devoted to some person, purpose, or object,” and gives the following example: “a morning hour sacred to study.” I am reverentially devoted to reclaiming Knowledge and studying the Steps to Knowledge. These practices fill my life with purpose, meaning and direction. So by devoting my life to this, I can say that I am living a sacred life.

One of the Revelations in the book, which is not just another book, God Has Spoken Again is “The Calling.”

It begins with:

“To live in a time of Revelation and to be presented with this Revelation is a monumental event. So great it will be that it will change your life and your thinking, your perception and your understanding of yourself, the world and your destiny. Even if you refuse the New Message and dispute it, it will still change your life.”

I am free to reject and dispute what is being offered, but if the Message has touched my ears, eyes, and heart, would it not be very foolish to do this? I can doubt, speculate, misinterpret and question, but this does not change the underlying truth. I cannot deny this monumental event and cannot deny the change it has made in my thinking and my perception, in my understanding of myself and the world around me, in the way I see my destiny. This is something that abides with me despite the disgruntled rumbling that may go on in my mind.

You are meant to live a sacred life.

Further on, the Revelation says:

“Should you study it and read it and follow its direction, you will begin to hear things and see things that you did not hear and see before. You will have a greater vision and a more encompassing understanding, an understanding that is not merely self-serving and self-gratifying, but something that can face reality and that can appreciate your being in the world at this time.”

So when all is said and done, I am drawn to study, drawn to follow the Message’s direction. And I am beginning to see things and hear things I have not seen or heard before. My vision is expanding and embracing a greater understanding. I am beginning to live a sacred life of purpose, meaning and direction.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

Blazing a New Trail

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I feel that the New Message from God is blazing a new trail.

I may be losing my touch (if I ever had it to begin with), but I keep feeling a prompt to write this post. It began as I was reading The River Why by David James Duncan.

I just happened to come across this book in my Moscow apartment as I was packing to move out into the country and decided to take it with me. I have no idea how it came to be in my Moscow apartment, mind you.

Several months down the road in my village home, I began reading it. And I am glad I did. I am enjoying the writer’s style of expression, I am enjoying the fishing and country living aspects it portrays, and I am enjoying the philosophical and metaphysical undertones and interplay. And when I read the following passage, I thought, well now, isn’t that just what the New Message from God’s Book One: God Has Spoken Again is all about?

“…the metaphysicians … say that Time is not linear but cyclical, and the unprecedented amount of chaos in our day and age is due to the fact that we are approaching the end not just of a Cycle of Time, but a Cycle of Cycles. Now the fag-ends of Cycles have always meant Bad Times, but compared to the end of a Cycle of Cycles they’re almost mellow: some day soon, say the metaphysicians, so much cosmic havoc and hockey will hit the fan that the whole damned fan will short-circuit, Creation will go bideep, and Heaven will be forced to play the greatest Ace ever held in the hole to keep us all from biting the dust …”

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And isn’t this what is happening? We are reaching the end of a Cycle of Cycles and the fan is about to short-circuit, so Heaven is playing the greatest Ace ever held in the hole by sending us The New Message from God.

To be honest, I am wondering how to share this message. The fact that God has spoken again is not something you hear every day and certainly not something that many, if not most, people are going to even be receptive to hearing.

On that note, I received my second prompt. I came across an interesting article shared by another New Message student that seems to answer my dilemma.

It is called “Why Evangelism Should Focus On Receptive People” by Rick Warren and it says there in part:

“The fact is, receptiveness to the Gospel varies widely at different times of people’s lives. Sometimes people are very open to the Gospel and sometimes they’re very closed. And receptivity doesn’t last forever.

Jesus knew this very well, and so He said, “Go to the people who will listen”. In sending the disciples out to evangelize, He said,

If a home or town refuses to welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet.

– Matthew 10:14 (NCV)

And now we have the Parliament of the World’s Religions, being held in Salt Lake City from October 15-19, 2015, in which people of the New Message from God are participating and presenting the new book God Has Spoken Again (and giving it away for free, I will add).

I have no doubt that they will aptly and judiciously bring the New Message to the world’s attention, for in keeping with one of the Steps in the Steps to Knowledge Continuation Training, they will be “bringing the freshness of Spirit into the religions of the world and into the reality of the world.” It is my hope that they will find people there who will listen. It is my hope that they will be welcomed, that their words will fall on receptive ears, that they will forge ahead, blazing a new trail for people to follow.

So when I ask myself: has God spoken again? And when I realize this may be very difficult to believe, I say: Do some probing, do some reading, look deep under the surface of your mind, look beyond stereotypical thinking, reach for what you have always known but forgotten, reawaken ancient memories, and you will know the Truth. For those who believe it, we are blazing a new trail, and isn’t that ripe with goodness and promise?

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

Volumes and Books and Chapters and Verses

Greek-New-Testament Volumes and books and chapters and versesIt is common for the source documents of many religions to be organized into smaller units to facilitate study and reference. The Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form. It has 26 chapters, with each chapter having both a number and a name. Early Christians created chapter divisions for the books of the Bible.  The ones used today were formulated in the 13th Century. The verse divisions used today were created in the 1500’s. Each of the surahs or chapters of the Quran have both names and numbers. The surahs are divided into ayahs or verses.

Volumes and books and chapters and verses

The New Message from God is following in this tradition. A major reorganization of the written works of the New Message from God is currently underway. This is part of the even larger project of compiling a final written version of the New Message from God in the lifetime of Marshall Vian Summers.

God Has Spoken Again is Volume 1, Book 1 (There are a number of other books to be released in the future which will be in Volume 1)
Greater Community Spirituality is Volume 2, Book 1.
Relationships and Higher Purpose is Volume 2, Book 2.
Steps to Knowledge is Volume 3, Book 1
Steps to Knowledge, Continuation Training is Volume 3, Book 2
Living the Way of Knowledge is Volume 3, Book 3
The Great Waves of Change is Volume 4, Book 1
Life in the Universe is Volume 4, Book 2
Wisdom from the Greater Community, Volume 1 is Volume 5, Book 1
Wisdom from the Greater Community, Volume 2 is Volume 5, Book 2
Secrets of Heaven is Volume 6, Book 1

Volumes and books and chapters and verses. One could consider the Bible as existing in two volumes (Old and New Testaments), with Volume 1 having 39 books (Genesis to Malachi) and Volume 2 having 27 books (Matthew to Revelation)

Volumes and books and chapters and verses. The book God Has Spoken Again is the first book to be released in verse form. The verses aren’t currently numbered, but they could be in the future. The existing books will be re-released in verse form in the future. Therefore, the larger vision is that each part of the New Message from God will be identifiable by volume, book, chapter and verse. For example, the portions of the revelation “The Proclamation” on which I have commented are Volume 1, Book 1, Chapter 1, Verses 1-12.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.

Another Book, Not Just Another Book

GHS-front-cover Another book, not just another book.This time of the year is when the New Message from God releases a book. For example, the book Life in the Universe was released in the fall of 2012. The book Secrets of Heaven was released in the fall of 2013. In the fall of 2015, a new book is being released, God Has Spoken Again.

Another book, not just another book

This book is like the other books in that they are all comprised of material received by Marshall Vian Summers in a state of revelation.

Another book, not just another book. This book is different from the other books in that the chapters of this book were received in different times and different places. For example, Chapter 1, “The Proclamation,” was received in July of 2006 in Boulder, Colorado, while Chapter 7, “The Blessing,” was received in April of 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Another book, not just another book. In October of 2014, I wrote that efforts are being made to compile a complete written version of the New Message from God during the lifetime of its messenger, Marshall Vian Summers. This book is the first book released by the New Message from God to be released as part of the 6-volume set of teachings. This book is not Volume 1. This book is the first of seven books so far comprising Volume 1. This book is Volume 1, Book 1.

Another book, not just another book. Some people are wondering “How much do they want for this book?” The answer is “It depends.” The paper version is currently available for $14.95. An online version was made available this month at no charge at the newly-remodeled New Message from God website. Therefore, this is clearly not a money-making venture, although it wouldn’t hurt to break even.

Another book, not just another book. It is my sincere hope that this book will be read and contemplated by individuals who seek to be strong contributors to humanity.

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Welcome to Mystery of Ascension! Добро пожаловать в Тайну просветления! We document the study of the New Message from God in general, and the book Steps to Knowledge in particular. Мы тут делимся своим опытом изучения Нового Послания от Бога, в общем, и книги Шаги к Знанию в частности. Find out more about us here. Узнайте больше о нас здесь. Find out how to contact us here. Узнайте, как связаться с нами здесь.