The Sermon On The Mount is an attempt by Jesus to lead Us to the mystic condition of Terminal Lucidity at any time in Our lives. Terminal Lucidity is being honest with your Self because you realize that you are sick and are going to die soon. Terminal Lucidity takes Us to the state of purity that is beyond illusion. It is death bed truth. We become truly conscious. You break through the illusions of the material world. The truth comes from Our common Spirit within; this is Our shared True Self or the One Mind Of All. What I call the false self/ego, or small self, dies and the unconditional love and presence of Our True Self shines. Love replaces fear. We then realize Our interconnected Universal reality. You achieve the peace that passes all understanding. You realize that Heaven is within you. The beatitudes from The Sermon On The Mount are the master keys to take Us to Our ultimate condition. We can achieve the state of Terminal Lucidity long before We die if We contemplate the beatitudes with intense Will Power. All religions and philosophies attempt to direct Us to Our ultimate condition.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit; for Heaven is theirs.” (Matt. V: 3.)
Those who renounced the vain glory of the world are on the way to realizing the True Self or Our Universal Spirit. The desires of the small part of the individual Self are contemplated as folly. Periods of patient retreat and non-attachment (the longer the better) aid in the realization of worldly folly. Some people because of their circumstances realize this truism sooner than others.
“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. V: 4.)
Those who know the pain that comes through losing the false part of the Self shall know the “peace that passes all understanding” and enter the realization of Heaven within Us. You bravely and truly accept your Self with your individual circumstances and realize that everyone is going through the same process of Self Realization. In realizing the presence of your Self you concomitantly realize the presence of all other Selves. Here We awaken to the awareness of Our Universal presence.
“Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matt. V: 5.)
Those who are in touch with the power of Our Spirit within will become Masters of the earthly realm. Jesus intended that We should be keepers of the earth by reason of entering the state of Heaven within Us. Jesus is speaking in terms of a sense of “calmness of Spirit” and submission to its guidance. The use of the word meek is a poor translation. He in no way intended that We should be sniveling cowards. He intended for Us to stick up for Ourselves if necessary. Here We achieve the hardest virtue of them all to achieve – HUMILITY. In the state of humility We do not have the fear of vulnerability.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.” (Matt. v. 6.)
The promise that those who diligently seek the state of Heaven within shall find it. The Right Way. It is the only way possible that Our spiritual hunger and thirst can be satisfied. This means a coming to the balance of the peace within after We have arrested the false self/ego or the small part of Our Selves. Our Universal Spirit then shines through our individual personalities.
“Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt. v. 7.)
The reward that comes as a natural consequence from forbearance, kindness, tolerance and the absence of bigotry.
“Blessed are the pure of heart; for they shall see God.” (Matt. v. 8.)
The purity of one’s own heart through Self Honesty knows the God within, that is, knows Our Universal Spirit. The honesty process leads to a perception of God within everyone and/or everything. Our Universal Spirit becomes clearer and clearer as We purge the illusions of Our psychological/worldly conditioning. We become conscious of Our individual Self among others. We realize that we could not help everything that We may have done wrong in the past because We were not fully conscious of what We were doing. Because We realize that We could not help wrongs that We committed in the past We are able to forgive Our Self. We are then able to forgive others because We realize that they are also going through the consciousness raising process. We understand that We are not separate. We realize our energetic connection with everyone and everything.
“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be sons/daughters of God.” (Matt. v. 9.)
Peacemakers are those who by understanding remedy the strife that arises from differing conceptions of Deity and Truth among people. Peacemakers point out the truth underlying all religions and philosophies. They are peacemakers who show that under all creeds, dogmas, titles and ceremonies there is but one “God” to which We surrender.
“Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the state of heaven.” (Matt. v. 10-12.)
Blessed are the good people who have been persecuted for proclaiming the truth of Our Universal Spirit. Great is the eternal reward for those who have carried the lamp for the clarity of the truth within Us.
The beatitudes are the master keys behind all religions and philosophies to lead us to peace. We can say that when the false self/ego or small self dies that We have reached the state of Terminal Lucidity. We become honest with Our Self and with all other Selves. We realize that the same Universal Spirit is in each of Us. This Universal Spirit is in Our different bodies. The same Spirit that is in you is in me. We are One. This is called Self Realization. For Us to realize Ourselves was the intention of Jesus.