Live Now Die Later: A Book for the Sensitive Mind and Rugged Individualist
The sensitive mind and the rugged individualist are portrayed in the literature of antiquity by two brothers, the first-born and the second-born. The mind is the father of two sons. One side of us is conservative, cautious; the other side is radical and adventurous. A part of us is content with the status quo; another part of us seeks change and improvement.
The mind perceives first with the outer five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. Those perceptions are recorded and processed for future use, and thus the mind has five inner senses, the second-born son.
In the Old and New Testaments this concept is expressed through several pairs of brothers. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin, Aaron and Moses, John and Jesus are all characters created to illustrate the mind's journey.
The eastern Mediterranean became a marketplace for the exchange of ideas that had their provenance not just in Athens or Alexandria, but made their way westward from India and China well over 2,000 years ago. The lunar calendar and the appearance of the full moon was not just vital to agriculture in Mesopotamia; it spawned metaphors that illustrated the mind at its brightest. Abraham, for example, Hebrew for "father is high," was a moon god who symbolized the full moon, i. e., the moon straight up or high. "Father" is high because the mind is the father of two sons.
Obviously, many concepts evolved independently, but migration and commerce exported and imported more than just figs and wine. Adam and Eve, the male and female of Genesis, are reflected in the yang and the yin of Taoism in ancient China. Elizabeth, Mary and Jesus are a variation of Demeter, Persephone and Dionysus.
Thinkers over the ages have struggled to come to terms with the rough and tumble of daily life. Some have even suggested that life begins in some faraway place after death. Others have tried to find the way to live now and die later.
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Joseph , Moses and Joshua provide further illustrations of the route the mind must follow toward integrity and purpose . Their scripts were written under the influence of mythology and astrology and a vast collection of insights and ...
... conservative and radical side of us , the first and second born represented by Cain and Abel , Ishmael and Isaac , Esau and Jacob , Joseph and Benjamin , Manasseh and Ephraim , Aaron and Moses , Elijah and Elisa , John and Jesus .
you will pass this continual exercise of its inherent nature to expand and strengthen itself with Moses and the Exodus . This exercise is dynamic . Keep your wits about you . Stay focused . Concentrate on your goal .
And she called his name Moses ; and she said , Because I drew him out of the water.133 " Moses " derives from the Hebrew word " mashah , " to " draw out . " 134 Moses ' mother " took for him an ark of bulrushes , " and " put the child ...
Moses is aware that an unpleasant existence is being inflicted upon his people . And God heard their groaning , and God remembered his covenant with Abraham , with Isaac , and with Jacob . And God looked upon the children of Israel ...