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of  Alexey  Smirnov

The Interpretation of the Bible

Esoteric review

In spite of the fact that prophet Moses was an enlightened man, and the Lord gave him the contents of all five books, not in the images and divinations, as to other prophets, but in words, we should understand that there are certain difficulties in the transmission of information, which is conditioned by the relative underdevelopment of human words and concepts. This thesis has been right so far, but it sounds especially correct in respect of the time when Moses lived.

Undoubtedly, today, after almost 33 centuries after the death of one of the greatest prophets, the human knowledge have been replenished with many new concepts and words, it has become easier to transmit the events that concern the process of the Creation of the World. At the same time, there appeared other difficulties: the archaic Hebrew language, on which the books of prophet Moses were written, vanished long ago, but the later form of this language, called Hebrew, preserved only partly due to the fact that it was used in Judaism. That is, at some stage the link between current native speakers and the ancient Hebrews had nearly been interrupted. That is why up to now; the message contained in the Bible still has not been completely understood.

This article provides an esoteric interpretation of the description of the most important events – the Creation of the Earth, that have given in the first Chapter of the first book of the Bible, the old Testament as well as the Torah and the Pentateuch of Moses. This book in Russian is called "Бытие" (eng. Existence). Interestingly, despite the deep Greek tradition that is present in Russian Orthodoxy, the book's title has not Greek, but Jewish roots. In Greek language it sounds as "Genesis".
This section containes
following matelials:
The interpretation of the Bible    Esoteric review
The cleansing of the Earth      The elementals
The song to Shambhala
of N. K. Roerich

Alexey B. Smirnov
Analyst &
Seeker of Truth
Our comment concerns the esoteric nature of the events, which were depicted in the Chapter that describes the process of the Creation of the World by God. To express this nature, we sometimes need to unravel the meaning of some words.

In this article we present the events of the Creation in six parts according to the number of stages-days during which these events occurred. It must be understood that God dwells in Eternity where there is no concept of time. Therefore any of His act are committed not in periods of time, but in stages or phases. The concept of time periods – days, which are used in the Bible, has introduced solely for the convenience of human perception.

Perhaps today, instead of days, it would be correct to use words epoch or era, which express a chain of events to be linked in one process. In this article, we will combine days with the phases (or stages). It is again for the convenience of the reader.

Originally, this article is written in Russian, where it is used Russian text of the Bible as a base. But here we use as a foundation the text of English Standard Version (ESV).
Then, the Bible, Old Testament, the book of Genesis, Chapter 1: “1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day”.

To clarify the correctness of this translation here and in the following we will use Greek, Russian and three other English translations: New International Version (NIV), New American Standard Bible (NASB) and New King James Version NKJV). Sometimes we will need a Jewish comment.
Apparently, the expression
without form, or formless (NIV, NASB) is quite correct. Instead of hovering or moving over (NASB) the Russian text describes the action of the Spirit of God as rush about but the Greek one as, did something uncertain.
In times of Moses it was most difficult to transmit in human words the first stage of God's Creation. The Concepts and vocabulary of the twenty-first century provide an opportunity to express the creation of the World deeper, than what was done in the Bible. Indeed, as the first step, the Lord provided some space without certain form for the coming creation.

There was the
primordial matter, which means void, the absolute vacuum or nothing for an average person. In this regard, it should be noted the important discovery of the Russian physicist Vladimir Leonov, which is discribed in his fundamental theory “Quantum Energetics” (Volume 1: Theory of Superunification). That physicist named this element with zero mass as Quarkonium. He studied the properties of this element, and assigned a number zero to the element in the Periodic Table. It is useful to be reminded here, that there was assigned the element number zero in the original Table, where inert gases were placed in the left column, which had also number zero. The author of the Table – Dmitry Mendeleev – included there the element, which he named Newtonium. Chemist D. Mendeleev suggested the presence of a primordial matter in Nature, from which to build all atoms. Physicist V. Leonov proved that this zero element exists in the form of quantum space-time, which fills the entire Universe.

Thus there were a bundle of powerful energies in that   "construction site of the Earth" with only the Spirit of God in there. The Spirit helps to everybody just with Own presence. The presence of the Spirit of God is the essential aspect of any deeds we do for the glory of the Lord. In the ordained time the events of the first day will receive a deeper explanation than is now given.

Then the Lord separated the light from the darkness, saying, that
light means good, and gave to the light and the dark the meanings of Day and Night. Calling the light good, God calls the darkness evil by no means. In such way the important concept of the absence of evil was introduced. The idea of the absence of evil, as such, will be recognized by mankind during the present epoch, which the people have already named the Era of Aquarius. Today it is enough to admit that evil is just the absence of Good.

Here is how Chapter 1 of “Genesis” describes the second stage of the Creation: “6And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7And God made the expanse and separated the waters, that were under the expanse from the waters, that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven.  And there was evening and there was morning, the second day”.

This English translation uses word expanse, the same as NASB; NIV uses the word vault but the NKJV - firmament. Both the Greek and Russian languages use the word sky. However in Hebrew this word means something of being spread to cover; for example, a marquee.

Today’s human understanding allows a description of what was committed by the Lord in the following words. At the second stage He created two sorts of matter from those energies, then God divided the world in two - dense (under the firmament) and the ethereal (the world above the firmament) – with the Heavens.

On the one hand, such a division carries spatial character, as the ethereal body of the Earth is much larger than its physical body to be and therefore, extends far beyond the earth's atmosphere; that is, what we call the
sky. On the other hand, this division onto two worlds, one of which is called by people as our one, and the other as the beyond. Where "the souls of the dead go after death", and "where from they come here for new reincarnations". Thus, the heaven is the boundary that "separates life from death", or "divides the world into two – the reality and the unreality". Most of humanity, considering our world to be real, is wrong. Actually, the beyond is the reality. We come here, in the physical world, with a dense body again and again, only in order to gain some experience. That is why God created the physical world, which deserves to be called, the world of suffering. But it is not completely true, because we find here, not only suffering, but also love, joy, gratitude, and paths to perfection. Each of us has his own one.

Let us turn to the third stage of the creation of the Earth. In the English translation it is described as follows: "9And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day".

Greek, Russian versions and English translations are very close to each other. Here, as in the description of the second day, we meet again
the waters under the heavens. This means that initially the Lord created the physical world, which had a liquid state of aggregation.  More precisely, it was a kind of emulsion, containing the molecules of liquids, gases, and solid particles. During the third day (the third stage) He formed from the emulsion large formations of different aggregate states of matter: there appeared areas of land of different sizes, as well as water. Actually, God created not only the surface of the planet, but also its inner part.

Making the earth, including soil, and water, the Lord provided conditions for the development of plants, which were created on the same day. As a result of vital functions of plants, as well as evaporation of water, volcanic eruptions and gas emissions from the soil, atmosphere developed in the world. It occurred during fourth stage of the Creation; it did not happen by accident, but it was planned by God.

It should be noted that
the waters under the heavens, indeed, was the emulsion, and therefore it can be called bouillon, as scientists do. Some of them have been supporters of the odd hypothesis, according to which, protein – the basic element of life – appeared in the bouillon, as a result of an accidental combination of requisite ingredients. There are at least two mistakes in the hypothesis of the random creation of life.
1) Such people claim that that
bouillon was born also accidentally, but not created by the Lord.
2) They lost sight of one important thing: to create living forms from the proto-protein there had to exist on the Earth a certain program for developing these forms. The assumption that any program can be created by accident, without Intelligence, is unscientific.

Similarly an unscientific attitude to programming can be seen between present-day geneticists, who recently found that DNA implements a program of development and functioning of living organisms. In this, as in the previous case, we see a classic example of veiling inconvenient facts by some scientists, if the facts do not fit into their picture of the world. Such cases are frequent in modern science; we mentioned them in the article
The cleansing of the Earth. These scientists did not want to abandon the erroneous scientific picture of the world since the presence of the program, indicates the presence of the Programmer, which is God in both cases. They have preferred sham silence.

Now we proceed to the next phase of the Creation – fourth day: "14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day".

Three English translations, Russian and Greek texts are almost coinciding with each other. There is one exception (NIV), where it is written
let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years instead of the traditional let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.

Here we have to remind to the reader that at the end of the previous stage (third day) the Lord created the Plant World, which had played its significant role in creating earth's atmosphere. The events of the fourth stage took place on this background. This reflected on that first of all the Lord created the lights and divided the day from the night, as according to His plan, the alteration of day and night was very important in the life of plants. 

Man's time had not come yet, but the Lord had already planned his creation; hence the Lord embodied the signs of cosmic cycles in disposition of the
stars, assigning certain rules to each of them. Actually, the concept stars includes planets too.

Whoever has eyes, let the people see the signs, which come from the luminaries. As we have already said, in eternity there is no concept of time. Since the cycles of cosmic energies coincide with the cycles of certain stars, these luminaries give to people information about former cycles. Astrology exists just in order to read the information from the star sky. In spite of the loss of some part of astrological knowledge, as well as a number of quack astrologists, astrology, as a science did not disappear. As an example we have to mention “court astrologists”, who serve rulers. There will come times when astrology will become an exact science that helps people in understanding themselves, as well as in everyday life and plans for the future.

The phrase
and times in this text refers to the concept that is close in meaning to the word signs. The difference only that and times applies to groups of people (including families), countries, peoples, races of mankind, and also to the whole planet.

As for the words about the
days and years, it's pretty obvious, because it relates to our common durations of time - we are constantly faced with them in everyday life. Days and years – they are only in our small physical world, and nowhere else.

For the same reason that the physical world is close to all of us, people understand the purpose of the Sun and Moon as lamps; accordingly, day and night lights. Words that the Sun and Moon
rule the day and night, will be clear if we remember that many physiological processes in humans and animals, as well as many processes in plants are associated with the time of day (morning, afternoon, or night). Yet, there are other processes, which are directly affected by solar or lunar light. In turn, whole Nations and continents are controlled through individuals and small groups of people.

The phrase that the Sun, Moon and stars were created to separate light from darkness is much deeper than it seems at first glance. It is now clear that the vibrations of energies, which come from luminaries, affect all life on Earth; in the future people will learn that in the same way luminaries affect stones, water and any small particles, encouraging them to perfection, i. e. evolution. Vibrations of light resonate with our centres and help unconsciously
feeling, what is good; that is, what is the light. The Lord does not prevent a person in his choice and actions. However, the feeling of dissatisfaction, when the choice was incorrect or after the action that was wrong, tells us that there is no light in there. That is why it has not been good. These people, who have internal link with God, are able to feel good through the joy that arises in their souls.

The book of Genesis, the fifth stage of the Creation tells: "20And God said, “Let the waters swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day".

Texts of the Bible that we apply, like most other translations, talk about reptiles and birds too simplistically. Equivalent the Hebrew word means
giving birth to the many, thus the original text implies not only water snakes and reptiles, but also fish, shellfish and all other creatures living in water. The same of the birds, it implies not only birds, but everything having wings, including insects. This is already stated in the other interpretations of the Bible.

Similarly, instead of
the great sea creatures/fishes the Hebrew text uses the word that includes cetaceans and other marine mammals, and gigantic serpents, reptiles and pangolins, who previously inhabited the Earth.

For the first time since the Creation, an important event took place: the Lord has blessed his created animals. Thus, the Lord distinguished the creatures of the fifth day from what He created before.

It should be noted that the Russian text uses a phrase
alive souls unlike other translations, which apply to living beings or living creatures. We will understand the difference between these expressions on the sixth day. 

It is written in the Bible much more about the last stage of the Creation, than about the previous phases. Therefore, we divide the content of the six day into four parts.

1) "
24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds — livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good".

Here, the same as on the fifth day, there are obvious simplifications in all translations.
Livestock include horses, bulls, camels, elephants, sheep and other domestic animals. Creeping things are animals with short legs or with no legs that move close to the ground. Beasts are those that live in the wild, the same as creeping things, but they differ from them by the structure of their legs.

In the commentary for the fifth day we noted the expression
alive souls in the Russian text, instead of living creatures in others. An alive soul is not just poetizing, but it contains some important information about the animals – they have a soul. The only difference is that they have collective souls – one soul for each group of animals, unlike humans, who have individual souls. Close groups of people, who are closely united by common task - especially families, - may have collective souls too. That is common to each of the groups of animals. This explains the fact, that the person, who has established a close and really good relation with a dog, or horse, elephant or cat, finds it easy to make contact with other animals of that species.

It is important to note that during this epoch most advanced people will take part in developing of group souls, but most advanced animals will obtain their own individual souls, which are beginning to reincarnate. If at present most advanced animals can stimulate human centres, impelling people to their evolution, in a future the role of such animals will be more versatile.

It is the best to note here, the separation of
birds from all other living creatures, as it was done at the fifth stage of the Creation. Let me remind you that it was separately written about birds, the expression living creature was not used (or alive soul in the Russian text) with regard to them. It happened in the Bible because birds represent another, parallel evolution; it is so-called the evolution of angels. Birds are on the lowest step of that evolution, and here, on the Earth, they also have the difficult experience of living in the physical body. The same for human beings, the Earth’s environment is not always nice to them either. At the same time, namely here, the foundation of our relationships are laid with birds – future angels.  

2) "
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them".

The fact, that the Human was created according to the image of God, signifies
the Divine essence of the Human. This applies solely to one being, who was created by God – the human; whether in male or female guise. The likeness of man to God is manifested in the fact that, besides the physical body, the human has an ethereal body and a Divine Soul, that is the particle of God; that is why religious thinkers, regardless of their religion, have been talking for thousands years about single-essence of God and the human. Another essential attribute of the Human is the presence of the Holy Spirit. The acceptance or rejection of the Holy Spirit depends on the human, and makes the difference between the Human and the human.

If someone does not have the Holy Spirit, he is not like the Lord, Who created him. According to his choice, he loses the ability to perform Divine actions, and his evolution is stopped. Such people create for themselves a heavy karma, and after that requital is to come.

It must be emphasized that we are talking about the similarity of the Human with God, but not about our identity. The Lord also has a physical body, which is the Earth. He created the planet not for Himself, as He does not need a physical form of existence, but for everything that was made by Him; especially, the Human. As we said above, according to God’s plan, the Dense World provides for human souls opportunities to gain necessary experience, which cannot be obtained in the lovely Subtle World.

Concerning the ethereal body of God, Whose establishment was mentioned in the description of the second day, as
separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse; it was simplified in the Bible. The etheric plane exists not only outside the earth's atmosphere, but around us, beyond the verge of our world; people often associate the plane with heaven. All four aggregate states of the Ethereal World are much rarefied, than gases of the physical plane. In the article "The cleansing of the Earth" we touched partly upon the Ethereal World and some of its inhabitants. In addition to what was said there, it can be added that among its inhabitants there are also people, who permanently live in the etheric bodies. They are vestiges of former human races, who had advanced in their evolution so, that they no longer need physical bodies. The rest of the people of these races disappeared forever, together with the races; the rejection of evolution was their own choice.

3) "
28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth".

There was the same as that on the fifth day: the Lord blessed His own creations: people and animals. Hence, God emphasized their role. Meanwhile, as we noted above, since that time several human races have replaced each other on the Earth. That is why today’s people should reflect on the fact; especially those persons, from whom the fate of our human race depends. Those, who lead the race to deadlock, inevitably will share the end.

None of the interpreters of the book of Genesis have perceived expression
subdue it, in relation to land, as a direct Directive. Everyone talks about domination only. That is, all interpreters agree, that the Bible does not tell about human ownership of the land in the legal meaning: the Earth is the physical body of God, who created it for all of us, and people’s claim for individual ownership of land parcels sounds like blasphemy.

The Lord gave the land to humankind, and He gave it to all people - no person or group of people obtains the right to possess the land. It is understandable that at present humanity is still divided into nations and states, and it will last for some time; however the land of each nation belongs to all people there. Of course, as we discussed in the article
After the crash and before it (this is in Russian only), the society of each country can give rental rights on parcels of the land to individuals as well as groups of people - families, tribes, ethnic groups, - as subjects of certain conditions.
It should be said also that the Lord did not give to people domination over the wild animals. It is a choice of an animal: to go to a person with whom it might establish good relations, or stay in the wilderness to survive itself.

It is important to underline that all living creatures, including those that were created on the fifth day, as well as people were urged by God to multiply and replenish the Earth. This suggests that God gave to all of them the opportunity for reproduction. In spite of the fact, that the Bible mentions the male and the female in respect of people only, others have the similar separation of the sexes too. All attempts of the natural sciences to produce any hypothesis about the origin of the sexes were not successful. As a result, the sciences do not hypothesize about the origin of life on the Earth. Because of their powerlessness, some scientists are engaged in slander of the Lord, the Bible, and religions for accepting the existence of God only. A truthful scientist should admit that today science does not have an alternative to the Divine creation of the Earth.

4) “
29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day ".

At the end of the sixth day and the entire process of the Creation of the Earth, the Lord pointed out to the people, and the land animals, and birds to eat plant foods. According to the God’s edification people should eat vegetables, fruits and crops but mentioned animals – green plants. His word does not refer to those animals that occurred from the water – they were not given any instructions to that effect.

Certainly, people can eat only plant foods, which we were recommended by the Lord himself. It is much better absorbed by the human body than meat of animals. To excuse their meat eating and doing business on the killing of animals, people even created the false science of caloric value of food. Everybody should know that it is impossible to define the quality of food with the way these pseudo-scientists do. To determine value of food they simply burn it to ashes measuring heat energy, which is produced by burning food. Nutritional effectiveness of the specific food is individual. In addition it can vary within wide diapason, because it depends on the origin of the food as well as its quality. However, we emphasise it again: the human has got the right of choice, and everybody can act on his own.

It is also essential for the human that the plant food retains open his channels of communication with God and the Subtle World. In addition, the channels facilitate receiving information from the Repository of thought-forms, which are waiting for their embodiment on the Earth. All discoveries and main inventions have come from the Repository. The level of evolution of the person, who has obtained an idea from the Repository, may not be suitable; as a result the notion comes to people again and again until someone realises it. Thus, ideas can come in series or at the same time in different heads. Sometimes the idea can change the life of many people and countries, but it usually requires a scientific feat and the devotion of the person’s life to the discovery or invention.

A short summary
We give here the first detailed esoteric interpretation of the biblical story of the Creation of the World. Due to the fact that esoteric knowledge is increasingly spreading among people, it has become necessary today for some people to learn more about the Creation of the World. This knowledge helps to comprehend the role of the Human as well as Humanity in the Lord’s plan. Eventually, it will help to some people.

In the future, with the development of human society, more people will acquire deeper knowledge about the greatness of the Creative work of God; including the Creation. It will help them find the right place in serving the Lord and our society.

Finally, our esoteric comment was given in English and Russian. English language provides the wide way into the world for it, but Russian is important since according to many prophecies the New World religion will be born in Russia.

Edited by Roberta Waits

11 March, 2016
Marks: the Bible, the Interpretation of the Binle, Esoteric review, the Creation of the World, the Creation of the Earth, Alexey Smirnov, the Repository, prophet Moses, English Standard Version (ESV), evil is just the absence of Good, the Divine essense of the Human, evolution of angels
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