This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
to EC: Dear Edgar Cayce: I received the Reading on the Salem witchcraft period and and am enclosing cashier's check in payment for same. You must be very, very busy these days, and I appreciate your allowing me even part of a period for the Reading, 25 minutes. You had scheduled it from 3:30 to 4:30, but perhaps power gives out these days that are so crowded with work. There were only a few of the much needed questions answered, and very little told - perhaps that is all that could be given at the present time. I am wondering if the rest of the questions could be slipped in sometime at the end of some other life Reading, to finish mine up, so I can have material suitable for a book. I wish a point or two could be cleared up that are contraindications. In the long, first Life Reading, the Reading said that I was Dorothy Manley who lost her experience early because of frequent dippings which she suffered for a just cause - and passed in a high fever. This present Reading says I am the daughter of people by the name of Maury, that I was dipped but twice, and was married at 36 years of age, and apparently lived some time after this. Would they call 36 young in those days? However perhaps some day more will be given to be of help. Are the Readings these past days as good on the average as they used to be, do you think? Does an extra amount of work affect them much? I hope you are keeping up your strength and not overdoing. I will be down South in Georgia this year. I think I gave you my address, ... College, ..., Georgia. As soon as possible I will try to get the Essene copies to you. If you could have let me know in the summer earlier that you had lost the copy, I would have had it ready for you. It struck me at an impossible time with the material in the mail to a new destination. If you will get the editor's or publisher's name who is interested, do you wish me to send it directly to him, and a copy to you for your files? It is really enough for a small book this material. Well, I am finishing up my work of closing the place and getting off. I hear  is spending a vacation at the Beach, helping. That's nice and you are fortunate to have such fine help. I pray for you daily and the work. When you get a breathing spell, let's have a word from you if possible. Very sincerely, 
2067-12 Page 2 [Handwritten note]: Your last letter was missent to N.J. - New Jersey instead of N.H. which delayed it. R2. 9/11/43 EC's ltr. to Dr. : Thank you for yours of the 6th with enclosure. Am very sorry that you are so badly disappointed with the reading. Am making another appointment for you, when can get it in which at present will not be until 5 the afternoon of Aug. 5-1944; that is possibly out of the question, but is the the very best we can possibly do at the present time. Whether the reading takes 10 minutes or 50 cannot help it - certainly haven't any thing to do with the length of time is taken are having some of the longest periods we have ever had in the history of readings and better results in 90 percent of the cases than ever before. Hope you have a most pleasant place at the school in the South and a very lovely place for you, have met some of the people from that school - pretty strict sect for old South customs. We were most fortunate to have Miss  here for a while she and Miss  sure were a great help to us can tell you that. Thanks a lot - sorry to have been such a disappointment for you but what comes is all we can do about it. With every good wish from all [signed] Edgar Cayce R3. 10/1/43 Dr. 's ltr. to EC: About the book SON OF MARY - as good as it must be, using the results of your work, it will doubtless find a hard time getting a publisher. The Harper people said that it was not along the line of the material they were publishing or had planned to publish this fall, so the book came back, immediately to go to Dutton and Company, where it is now. If you have any ideas about favorable publishers I wish you would let me know. I am sure that as soon as it were published it would go like wild fire, like the NAZARENE, since it is that type of book - but until a publisher becomes interested, it just will sit around. I am glad you are keeping well, at least reasonably so. I pray for you and your work several times a day, and I hope you also will remember me in prayer and the book. Yes, you must have many calls that you cannot answer, since the work of the Association is growing so rapidly. That was a marvelous write-up in the Bulletin, the last one
2067-12 Page 3 - the one by Evelyn Horton. I must write her to tell her how much I appreciated it. It is just what a fellow-teacher here is interested in - she has been asking me about the work, having seen your biography advertised - THERE IS A RIVER. Yes, it is very lovely here. My classes are very large this year - the college has about doubled its number and is growing rapidly. It is one of the best colleges there is, and I am so much pleased with the opportunities that are mine. Let me hear from you when you have time to write. You did put me down for the rest of my Reading, for the Association work, next August 25, did you? You wrote last time you could do that, but it would be nearly a year ahead. I will appreciate it if you will do that, since I do want a good Reading on that Salem witchcraft time, as Dorothy Manley. Kindest regards to all. Can I do anything special to help with the work? R4. 10/13/43 EC's ltr. to Dr. : Today, we are in receipt of "SON OF MARY". I haven't seen this yet. Very soon, we will have 2 or 3 people here who are supposed to be writers. Would you consider either of these people taking your data and using this for a background for a book or what do you wish us to do with your manuscript? If handled that way, I think you can sell it, for there are publishers coming along with these people. They are interested in this. I would like to make you some money for what you have done, but I do not want to do anything you do not want done. I would have to have your permission for either one of them to do anything with it. Yes, you have an appointment in August, but it is the fifth, in the afternoon. Let me hear about the book as these people may be here next week. I hope that you will find everything satisfactory there and trust that it will be most pleasant. Thanking you, I am, Sincerely, Edgar Cayce R5. 10/16/43 Dr. 's ltr. to EC: As to the SON OF MARY - I want you to use your best judgement and the judgement of the Readings in regard to that book also. It is a good story with wonderful material all the way through - your material - the work and the arrangement in putting the book together only are mine - two to three years of hard work - but I have been thrilled with the material - I know others also will be thrilled and I
.purple and gold. We want it to sell. See what you think about it. I will be leaving here next month for New Hampshire. in any way that is necessary. The publishers.I have done my best. : Dr. But in faith I have written it. and perhaps have included too much for an ordinary story for most people. Ash has out another book called PAUL you may know . however.  R7. The information.  . I have tried to follow the Readings whenever I could. I leave the matter in God's hands. of receiving membership in a National Journalistic Order.  . I want your frank opinion after you have read the book. Ever sincerely. Please let me hear how you get along with the publishers and the publication. most of them. you know. and two different people with second sight have seen the book in print and seen the color of the cover of the book .for example the chapter on the birth of the Master. my friend. I know it will be published. 's ltr. 7/15/44 EC's ltr. Honorary. If you have some professional writers who can put the material I have in better form. to get out to do good. so that it will reach the world.just published. I have been told by writers that there are sections of my Son of Mary as good as anything that has ever been written .2067-12 Page 4 want them to have the benefit of it.. and trust to your good judgement. even won't look at such a book. It can be changed. I pray for you constantly. My water color paintings have been exhibited publicly several times and are much appreciated. Mrs. And so life goes. then I say. Kindly remember me to Hugh Lynn. is invaluable. that I might know how you and the work are going. The world ought to eat it up. even if God Himself should write it. You know that it is difficult to find a publisher for this kind of material. even more than they did THE NAZARENE. Very sincerely.H. Best regards to all. Cayce and all the friends. Do as you see fit with it .. 4/28/44 Dr.  R6. even before it is written. since I never receive any bulletins. to EC: My life is full of speaking to many thousands of people this year. Dear Dr. to Dr. go ahead. and the rest also. I would like to hear from you when you get time to write. Whenever a book of mine is seen in print. and of many other details. N.
The appointment we have for you is for the afternoon of the 5th of August. Everyone pronounced it one of the best that we have ever had. So before the next one. I trust that you are really enjoying the summer. will you work me in at the first possible moment free. "no". at least. So be very careful in preparing your questions. Now. quite a number have shown interest in the Essene booklet and I am in hopes that it will do some good along the way. Edgar Cayce.. That is one of the reasons why we are convinced there must be other sources than what may be a personal thing. If I don't get back in time. I am sure you have read enough of the readings to know the type of questions. I do hope you will be able to give it at the regular scheduled time. Doctor.2067-12 Page 5 Thank you for yours of the 9th. we hope some arrangements can be made in this direction. Have all of one type together. Yes. It has rejected even some members of the board that personally was most anxious to have and yet the information has said. I am not quite equal to all the problems that such brings about in such small quarters. . I hope things are well with you and with every good wish. Thank you for writing. [EC/wi] R8. 's ltr. as this Reading is a very important one to many people as well as to myself because it concerns the work that reaches many. whether I am going to be able to keep this.. to EC: . You would not disappoint a needy soul after all this long wait. Our Congress was quite a success.. so please send the questions as I believe it is to be a question reading. please know it is not because we are skipping it but because physically I can't help myself. I am Sincerely. if you can help it. I don't know. We are most [more?] than just busy. Don't ask direct questions unless you want to be bawled out. 7/20/44 Dr. and I haven't found out why. I am finding that I am going to have to rest. I hope that we will be able to do it. I am anxiously looking forward all the year to the August 5 Reading you promised me. You are getting a great deal of mental relaxation and spiritual help from your work this summer. will you? If you just can't help it. or not. for the information as you well know is no respecter of persons. if it is at all possible. New Hampshire Dear Edgar Cayce: Thank you so much for your good letter just arrived last night.
. Some camp counsellors also here are interested through the Essene pamphlet. the summer is a busy one. and then if they will permit.. What do you think about a pamphlet some time later on Christ's education abroad? Most people are very much interested in this and SON OF MARY has some material that could be put in a pamphlet and gotten out before perhaps the books gives a larger view of the Life of Christ.perhaps after the war you will be able to get more help and there will be a greater interest in helping the Association. I have a big house unused and a nice garden .a man from the Library of Truth wrote me among others for further information. if Mrs. near . long hours . I will be here the afternoon of August 5 hoping and praying that you can keep the appointment for Reading . working hard all the time. Yes..the clarification of the Dorothy Manley or Maury Reading. I understand . also the work of the Association. I don't know but maybe my condition was not good then and that influenced the Reading. I hope Gladys can take the notes for the Reading and transcribe them .they want to know more about your work. among others.. peace. Cottage. I have a family coming from Melrose to ask me further questions about spiritual things in August . She will know if this can be done. Have you ever thought of coming to New Hampshire for a free vacation with perfect restful conditions.I am in . general questions and writings. I have arranged them as you suggested.and maybe things got a bit mixed. I am glad you had a good Conference .she did not before.. which I am sending you herewith. but accessible if you desire. etc. I have time to discuss your book THERE IS A RIVER with interested neighbors. and among the mountains.but it is good. New Hampshire. all on one topic together. my seal and its interpretation. she will omit the rest of the type and go on to something else. I have had great interest shown in pamphlet on the Essenes and your material . quiet? I would be delighted to have you folks spend your vacation with me.please say that you got my enclosed questions O. The Quaker people here are interested. away from everybody.2067-12 Page 6 Enclosed is a card .K. . Also if they get to not wanting to answer a certain type of question.all on a beautiful lake with boats. Cayce could tell the Forces at the beginning what the Reading is about . and I have asked as a mere suggestion. I would meet you by car from bus or train.
Can you make suggestions for Rainbow Garden and tell of a possible publisher? 5. If not completely answered. please give spiritual meaning of five primary colors . and would you comment on my article? 7. Association has book. interpreting the rainbow in reference to the qualities of a complete personality . will it be possible at the beginning of Reading to ask that the Reading be a clarification of the Dorothy Manley or Maury incarnation. using the type of material used in the SON OF MARY book? Advice. passion.2067-12 Page 7 Kindly remember me to all the friends.purple. 2. be published? . Cayce. Do you know of his reliability. especially Mrs. blue divinity that right? 4. Persia. Son of Mary. Cayce and Gladys. For the Rainbow Garden book I am now doing. India. and if permitted the seal and its interpretation? WRITINGS 1. strength. Sincerely. To what extent did Jesus and the disciples teach rebirth or reincarnation? 8. Could you definitely [tell?] me what parts or incidents in SON OF MARY were good and what poor? It would help me with my writing.? 3. green healing. remarks. etc. please give me anything on the significance or meaning of color. meditation. royalty. Recently I sent to Rosicrucian Magazine an article on REBIRTH IN JESUS' TIME basing material on James Pryse's Greek translations of Scriptures. Could a pamphlet be written and published successfully for the Association on the early education of Jesus in Egypt. When and under what conditions will this book.red. Much love to yourself. 9.  [Handwritten note] Questions enclosed: QUESTIONS Mrs. Can I write a successful book of chapel talks to young folks? 6. with general questions on writings and other problems.
Scientific Parenthood. Could I make my book TWIXT LOVE AND A GHOST into a publishable detective story? 13..should I keep the place inspite of high taxes or get a little place later in California or Florida for old age where I could raise food and not freeze? 17. and was my present oldest son. Could I rewrite my book. treating of fourth-dimensional experiences? Advice.. Can you tell me what my seal is and its meaning? 15. writing. what ceremony. My father's passing seems near . and how I get too much of self into my teaching. Please advise me about the New Hampshire place as to its service to humanity. so as to be a helpful book for mothers. [.2067-12 Page 8 10.] upon me at present. leaving out the Kosmon Bible references. Please describe my husband . or about their work now? DOROTHY MANLEY OR MAURY INCARNATION 18.]. my father then? 19. 12. Did I lose my life early as the "misunderstood maiden" or did I marry at 36 and finally later die in high fever as result of dipping? 22. Do you think my book. MYSTERIOUS EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN. nationality. How can I become a more successful writer and a better teacher? GENERAL QUESTIONS 14. work. Can you tell me anything about the influence of my deceased mother and my daughter [.appearance.. Would you please describe a dipping scene. sympathy with me? 23. Please describe my psychic gifts. Did I live in 1692 in Salem as Dorothy Maury. as the last Reading said. what they did to me. how long? 21. lecturing and how to remedy it? 16. the messages on the papers brought to me? . who was present. Please explain definitely how I fool myself. my appearance. etc. so as to be published successfully? Advice? 11. What were the "cussed" characteristics my father then manifested and my resulting hardships? 20. could be rewritten..
and have to recuperate in some way. Hoping. that we can be the means of real service. we will be mighty glad to return your membership fee. but it will probably not be before next year. but at the present time.  I have yours of the 20th.. don't like to question anyone's approach to information of this kind. in a more uniform manner? This is not fortune-telling. 7/29/44 Dr. Sincerely. it is a universal consciousness. but it seems to me.. Dr. Dr.if not what was I before this? R9. As soon as I return.. Did I see children and others who were bewitched who had pinpricks and marks left on their bodies by discarnate forces? Is this true? Were animals killed? 26. of course. I can't help it.  . and that will be through the period set for your reading. if it is anything at all. : Dr.. I am leaving tomorrow. than all people for all time. I am just about run down. to be gone from the office for.. I am sorry for this. New Hampshire Dear Dr. two weeks. possibly. to Dr. . See if you can't change these a little bit. 's ltr. I think you could get much more out of it.. If you prefer. But we will try to work yours in as soon as possible.2067-12 Page 9 24. but I would rather disappoint a few people. 7/26/44 EC's ltr. What great truths did I learn and share as Dorothy Maury? 25. and I know what I am going to say will be awfully disappointing. rather than undertaking to get it through a source of this kind. and was Dorothy Maury my last to the present . And the questions are so scattered! Can't you have them all on one subject. Edgar Cayce [EC:gp] R10. . though. we will try to work in your appointment. but we can't do anything else. I. New Hampshire Dear Edgar Cayce.  there are many questions in your list here that could be answered through other sources. to EC: . On an average are there about 300 years between my reincarnations.
and for the Association those to be written are on the material the Readings told me I should write. I am learning all the time and am glad of your suggestions. and the incarnation of Dorothy Manley. realizing its importance.2067-12 Page 10 Your letter of July 26 just arrived. I rejoice that you are able to take a vacation and shall feel that I am helping you have a good time and get rested. I need to have the questions answered that I have suggested. I teach the Colonial Period of American Literature and have carefully studied the witchcraft period in America. Can you suggest any better arrangement? If you would rather call it a Vocation Reading and work the other few questions in at the end. As to my seal . and I have purposely avoided asking any such questions. Would you try again and when any question is ignored. I want only the Reading when you can fit me in. the time when I lived. then pass it up? I put a day in just wording the questions after a year's thought on them. one or two of which are with you . However. They are not fortune-telling. If I were able to see you I could explain to your satisfaction that every question is necessary and carefully thought-out. I need help on these things and have done the best I can. Of course you have to have a rest and all should know that . but myself.it is only our deep appreciation of what comes through you that makes us sorry at our great loss .writings. and I have them out again . though my disappoint is great. Another point. am not at all selfish in desiring the all-important information contained in the questions. so I need to have those questions clarified. I hope I may always be helpful. Perhaps you don't understand how far-reaching the questions are and how important not only to me but hundreds of others who contact me and learn of your great work. If it were just myself I would forget it. general questions. That would be the questions as I have them arranged on the writings first. since I can't find the information in any books. I try to be very considerate and thoughtful and saving of everybody. These questions. Dear Friend. in the postponement of the Reading. Can you help? This is to be a clarification Reading with the questions. that would be done. I am helpless and await your good graces. No. but I can't see how I can revise the questions to make them all on one subject when the needs are on several subjects equally. I want to know about my writings.are like what the UNIVERSAL FORCE OR CONSCIOUSNESS has answered before .the same type were answered in all my Readings.but I see your point of view.that has been given to many and why not to me? I made three divisions to my last page of questions . I use all that . I don't want any membership fee back.
But I appreciate you. : Dr. Sincerely. I was glad to get your letter of December 30th. and came home feeling mighty bad..2067-12 Page 11 comes through you for the service of humanity. Have been home nearly a week. First. 8/16/44 EC's ltr. and I do hope very much that we can carry through and get your questions in just about as orderly a form as possible in answering all those that you have indicated. I have to get myself in shape. but will do it just as soon as possible. I did not answer at once to thank you for letting me know that my book. Thanking you very much for your help and your interest. 1/21/47 Dr.  R11.. I appreciate very much your sincerity and interest. Edgar Cayce [EC:gp] R12.. before I can help anybody. It will be some little time before we can get to give you another appointment. as you possibly gathered from my letter. . Very sincerely. I wish you could come up North where it is so cool and beautiful in the mountains by the lake . I was gone nearly two weeks. to HLC: Dear Hugh Lynn. You wrote as though you thought I was selfish and did not understand. because it will be a long time before we will be able to get to you again. New Hampshire Dear Dr. for I realize how overworked you are. been away from the office for some little time. to Dr. I have. but haven't been able to get back to work. and with every good wish from all here. The latch string is always out.you could have two whole houses to yourself. I was with Mr. 's ltr. Sugrue for some of the time. If I could get the answers anywhere else I certainly would do so. and I think we got some matters straightened that have been needing attention.  I beg your pardon for such a long time in replying to yours of the 29th.  . I am very sorry that you had to be put off. and hope the vacation may be a gorious one.
. All my three children are marriaged and have children . Oregon Dear  We were glad to have your letter of January 21st containing the review of Wing Anderson's "Prophetic Years". 1947-1953. I am as busy as ever with many irons in the fire. .  . 2/3/47 HLC's ltr. author of PROPHETIC YEARS. having sold upwards of 300.. : Dr. because I was reviewing a very interesting book for Wing Anderson. to Dr.which thing I do not want. poetry. Did you know that Anderson bought the plates for one of Wickland's books after his death. Wing has had two or three other books that have been the most popular books on prophecies. Do you yet know of any psychic who will take your father's place? do you have anybody in mind? Very sincerely.all returned from the war. Due to our disagreements over whether or not reincarnation is a fact.  [Handwritten note]: Have you ever contacted your father since his passing? At present I am reading one of Dr.000 copies. He could have sold many others if he had them printed . Carl Wickland's book GATEWAY OF UNDERSTANDING published in 1934 in which he tells of Houdini's return and explanation and that the code that was given to his wife has been worked out perfectly. in case you might be interested in part of it at least. I think this one will also go like the wind. So you have a son four years old . I am familiar with Wickland's book which you mentioned.how nice! I had not realized that time had gone so fast. painting. I enclose a copy of the review I sent him.. A very sorrow man is Houdini for the way he treated mediums! R13.but paper has been short during the war.it snows and is zero weather here much of the time . All best wishes for the New Year. Kindest regards to Sally. etc. school-teaching. I do think however he is doing a tremendous amount of good in many directions. trying to find a warm climate in which to settle for my next permanent position. As you know.2067-12 Page 12 SON OF MARY was not lost. Anderson has been a severe critic of ours for sometime. and that he is also .
Since this group of mystics. and thus be the means of bringing the promised Messiah into the world. prophets. Brethren in White Clothing. Dr. however.D. and that He and John the Baptist. and extracting of material from the readings which he left. 8/15/63 GD's note: The original of her manuscript. Our work is based on the tabulating. indexing. many of them are extremely conflicting which is to be expected under the circumstances. The Essenes were a unique and fascinating group of men and women whose chief purpose in life was to become temples of the Holy Spirit that they might receive a special revelation from the Almighty. Hugh Lynn Cayce [HLC/tm] R14. A great many mediums have reported communications from Edgar Cayce. Sincerely. 12/48 Routine mailing was returned marked ADDRESS UNKNOWN. History declares that their desire was fulfilled. R17. R16. with many other Biblical characters. The Freemasons. is still in A.2067-12 Page 13 indirectly connected with the distribution of "Oahspe"? No. I always look forward to hearing from you so do keep in touch with us. Hasidees. healers. were members of the Essene communities both in Palestine and in other lands. SON OF MARY. R15. we are concerned and interested in the development of psychic powers in any individual and our [are] constantly on the lookout. that Jesus was born in the fold of their organization. You will hear more about this in our publications later. . we do not have anyone as yet who can fill my father's place in giving readings. 12/16/47 GD's note: She wrote of her work in helping to start a new college in Calif. 's manuscript: THE MYSTIC SOCIETY OF ESSENES by . it seems somewhat surprising that intelligent people know so little about this branch of the Great White Brotherhood.E. Regards from all. and miracle workers contributed so much to the origin and spread of Christianity in their making of history and the fostering of its course. Dating back at least to the time of Moses and designated at various times and places as Nazarites. Unfortunately.R. Therapeutae. vault. find pure Christianity in Essenism and consider it to be the most important fraternity the world has ever seen. Naturally. Essenes. School of the Prophets. Ph. Nazarenes.
Philo calls the mystic brotherhood "champions of virtue. Although historians differs as to details they are generally agreed upon the more important facts concerning the Essenes. the the communication with angels. this mystic group not only prepared for the birth of the Messiah. famous church historian of the fourth century. they agree that this pioneer mystic order was of "dateless antiquity" as Pliny declares. or the Essenes. declares that "Jesus joined the Essenes". Through the Life Readings several formerly declared to have been Essenes have been located. and later with his education in Essene schools abroad. Ministers of Peace. according to Josephus. Although the purpose of this paper is to give briefly from ancient and modern sources the principal historical facts concerning this society of mystics. Prophry. The Talmud speaks of the brotherhood as "the holy community in Jerusalem". with His training in the Essene community to which He and His parents belonged. Solinus. they were also the first communists to encourage the ownership of all things in common. and Pharisees. while Strabo mentions the "Essenes in Heliopolis with whom Plato and Eudoxus consulted". For example. the Bible. and many other witnesses both ancient and modern. it is of interest to note in passing that much additional and confirmatory material on the Essenes may be found in the Life Readings given during the past forty years by Edgar Cayce of the Association for Research and Enlightenment. it seems. Midrashism. the Sadducees. Philo. Epiphanius. He notes that while Jesus spoke scathingly of the scribes.2067-12 Page 14 Contemplative Ones." and and tells us that they believed in reincarnation. with His protection during His flight into Egypt." Epiphanius. Sadducees." For a time Josephus was a member of the Order of Essenes. Pharisees. and the Pure and Silent Brethren." Every Jew. although as a member of the Brotherhood with His cousin John His teaching differed in some details from that of the Essenes. in the resurrection. The Essenes were the first to proclaim the equality of all mankind and to denounce slavery. Solinus affirms that "the Essenes who differ from all other nations in their marvelous . Pliny. had to belong to one of the three sects. These records bear out in detail the historical references brought down through the centuries by such authorities as Josephus. but distinguished itself in many other ways. they were the first socialists to organize a community high above the standards of their times. and says that it was from "Egypt that their doctrines spread abroad. And again. Eusebius. and that "for their healings they sometimes used a Book of Remedies attributed to King Solomon. and among them are some who were vitally concerned with the preparations for the birth of Jesus. as well as the first mystic sect in all Jewish history. the Talmud. Friends. he never uttered a word against the Essenes. Inc. Josephus considers them "the oldest of ascetics. a race by themselves more remarkable than any other in the wide world.
" To turn for a moment to representative modern historians. His object in life was to bring about a reformation in Judaism by the means of Essenism. we find Dean Prideaux in writing on the descendents of the Essenes in a work entitled THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS CONNECTED. and historical researches. Ginsburg who declares." It is C.2067-12 Page 15 constitutions. that by A. When the Jewish nation would confess its sins and bathe in the Jordan the Messiah would not tarry long in His coming." The historian Ginsburg. belonged to the Essenes. yet they are the richest of all men. Schutz on THE ESSENES. but branches of these schools assumed different names in different parts of the world. Greek." And again. Money they know not. Dr. Graetz in his book on the HISTORY OF THE JEWS. and He Himself was a pliant tool in their hands. in his book THE ESSENES. says "The Essenes first proclaimed the kingdom of heaven". although He taught a somewhat modified Essenism. Pharaoh of Egypt and the great founder of the first monotheistic religion. There He was educated until He was sent out by His Order to effect a great moral revolution. the Essene. scholarly. one of the most painstaking. The several mystic schools of Egypt which were united under one head constituted the Great White Brotherhood. together with many others that will be mentioned. and absolutely condemned slavery which both the Old and New Testaments allowed. and connubial pleasures they have renounced. From the age of twelve to thirty He was in the Essene colonies and conceived the plan which He intended to carry out. finds the above statements. He believes that this proclaiming of freedom and equality will be recognized unanimously by the civilized world as one of the glorious features of Essenism anticipating the spirit of Christianity and the philosophy of the twentieth century. THEIR HISTORY AND DOCTRINE says "The purpose of Jesus. was to effect a great moral revolution. "It cannot be doubted that our Savior Himself belonged to this holy brotherhood. notes that the Essenes absolutely antedated the Holy Scriptures. have according to my opinion been appointed by divine Providence for this mode of life. who encouraged and supported the existence of a secret brotherhood to teach the mystic truths of life. confirmed in the ancient documents written in Hebrew. awaiting penitents. in accordance with the language of each country . A. and Aramaic. that "John the Baptist lived the life of a Nazarite. compiled from the numerous records of the Literary and Philosophic Society of Liverpool in 1896. D. Several of the references declare that the Essenes were a branch of the illuminated brotherhood or Great White Lodge which had its birth in the country of Egypt during the years preceding Amenhotep the Fourth. took up his abode with the other Essenes near the waters of the Jordan. Those penitents who were baptized joined at the same time the Essenic Order.
It is from these that we derive most of our knowledge regarding the Essenes and the Great White Brotherhood. and teachings. one in Egypt on the banks of Lake Maoris." Through their highly evolved knowledge and intimate psychic contact with Cosmic Consciousness the Essenes were well informed of coming events. in Engeddi and Alexandria the members of the Brotherhood assumed the name of Essenes or Brethren of the White Clothing. as active bands of workers. Before they moved from their small buildings and sacred enclosure at Engeddi. and as He did with the words upon His lips. The branch in Palestine had to contend with the depotism of the rulers of the country and the jealousy of the priesthood. The Bible declares time and again the truth of reincarnation. and the other in Palestine at Engeddi near the Dead Sea. maintained two principal centers." the characteristics of this secret brotherhood. Fortunately they succeeded in preserving the rarest of the manuscripts that came out of Egypt. They naturally looked for the great Master to come out of the past.2067-12 Page 16 and the peculiarities of the general religious and spiritual thought of the people. "For among thy brethren I shall raise one who shall guide my people. "Before Abraham I am. for example." The meaning of the mysterious word "Essene. as a possible mother of the Messiah. When they came to change their location their greatest problem was the secret movement of their manuscripts. They kept continually before them the Scriptural prophecy. their principal activity seemed to be the tanslation of ancient manuscripts and the preservation of such traditions and records as constituted the foundation of their teachings. the Essenes were known as the Nazarites or seers of the School of the Prophets. while in Greece they were known as Therapeutae or healers or physicians. previous existence. They expected Him to be a reincarnation of the greatest of their past leaders. but also among the most orthodox of the Jewish people and of all peoples during the Old and New Testament times. stories. what they believed and thought. the Essenes. a picture of how they lived. These conditions forced the Palestine group to hold themselves in greater silence and solitude than they had been accustomed to in Egypt. The doctrine of reincarnation was not only an established belief among these mystics. The Essenes believed that the greatest among them were the greatest because of previous preparation. together with their absorption into Christianity is a story of intense interest to all modern students of mysticism and sacred . It is from these documents that we learn that from one of the holy women set aside. In Old Testament times. together with their ancient traditions. For many centuries before the dawn of the Christian Era. and previous attainments. to the ancient buildings on Mount Carmel. the Savior would be born and within an Essene community.
the stout or strong and pure race. They often performed the greatest of cures by the simple laying on of hands or by instructing the patient to retire to the silence of his home while the cure was concluded in a psychic manner. having the same meaning. so-called because of their strength of mind to endure . They were soft-spoken in conversation and were often known as "the soft-speaking men. the father of David. Before we can properly understand and appreciate the history and real story of the birth and life work of the Master Jesus. A branch of the organization established by the Greeks translated the word "Essene" as being derived from the Syrian word "assaya". it is easy to account for the lack of references to the Essenes in most of the popular histories or writings of the time. While most of the members of the Essenes were healers or physicians. Some historians claim that the word "Essene" comes from the Egyptian word "kashai" which means "secret". There are twenty or more explanations of the mysterious term. denoting "secret" or "mystic. deriving the word Essene from holiness. There is a Jewish word of similar sound. The Essene attire was so distinctive and unique that among the populace they were often known as "the brethren in white clothing". silent. and were called Jesseans.2067-12 Page 17 literature. meaning physician. such as the "seamless garment" worn by the Master Jesus." Still others thought the word was derived from the Chaldee root "to be strong". and some thought the name was derived from "essa. a town situated beyond Jordan." Even Josephus found that the Egyptian symbols of light and truth are represented by the word "choshen" which transliterates into the Greek as "Essene". piety. "puritans". Since the term "Essene" was not popularly known. into the Greek word therapeutes. When they did speak they were well trained in the value of vowel sounds and the use of their voices in incantations. the mysterious. or performers of the law. "bound together or associated". "the retired". only the learned knowing it. we must have an understanding of the ancient organizations and schools which contributed to the preparation for His coming. Epiphanius declares that the Essenes borrowed their name from Jesse. for after initiation each member adopted a robe of white composed of one piece of material. reticent ones to those endowed with the gift of prophecy. and not all of its members were physicians in any sense." Those who were called "the healers" or "physicians" spoke softly to their patients using certain vowel sounds without any evidence of a formula. the organization was devoted to many other humanitarian practices besides the art of healing. "chsahi" meaning "secret" or "silent" and this word would naturally be translated into assaios or "Essene". By others they were known as "seers". Silence seemed to be the motto of the Brotherhood.
"friends". especially during epidemics of famine or disease. the Name represents the attributes which He bears and which are revealed through His acts to His people. Again. For this reason they were well thought of by other sects even though their religious practices were severely criticized. We find in this feature of their work the origin of the hospices and hospitals which became well-known some centuries later. and stood for peace in every way. Some called them "the pure-minded" who fitted themselves in every way to speak God's name. the name of God is more than a mere distinguishing title. were literally carried out by them. they were known as "observers of the law of purity and holiness". the correct pronunciation and the magic spell of the Holy Name by which they could achieve miracles as did the men of old. "mystics whose secret lore was given in a whisper". The Essenes claimed to possess." Philo's dictionary of Hebrew names gives the meaning of "Essene" as "those in silence". The Essenes likewise had their rescue homes in various communities. "the reticent ones to whom the scrolls were entrusted. A special staff of workers was connected with these places and were called hospitalers. whence the respectable poor drew their "support in secrecy". "My Name is in him". Like other Hebrew proper names.2067-12 Page 18 suffering and to subdue their passions. The Lord said. Each city had its administrative body consisting of its best men who took charge of the collection and distribution of charity and who established hospices in various communities for the care of the sick. The Biblical words of Jesus. God's Name excites certain emotions. The Essenes had a chamber in the Temple where they deposited their gifts of charity in secret. Even to make mention of Yahweh's Name is to assert confidence in His strength.a thing that could only be done upon the presumption that the money belonged to all alike. and at the entrance of most cities they had a place called "a Gate" where strangers or those in need of something to eat or of guidance would be cared for temporarily. It represents the Hebrew conception of the divine nature or character and of the relation of God to His people. The Cabbalists added the forty-five letter Name which is equivalent in . still other possible meanings include "blameless ones". They also had in every city for their charity a special chamber for their charity box. "sin-fearing". In any disagreement with strangers they would gladly pay any price rather than enter into an argument or have any strained relationships. They call themselves "ministers of peace". The forty-two letter Name of God is Azilut or "Animation". from the founders of the Synagogue. "Agree with thine adversary on the way". From these Essenes the "Gate of the Essenes" in Jerusalem derived its name. "men entrusted with the administration of alms". Any new manifestation of His interest or care gives rise to a new name. These places were called "Bethsaida". so that money could be deposited and taken in secret .
Undoubtedly the BOOK OF REMEDIES ascribed to Solomon which the Essenes used contained much of this earlier revelation. "What is His Name". Their mysteries made them cognizant of the names of the angels. But whence came these Essenes? It has been suggested that these teachers and preachers of the secrets of the new and deeper phases of religion were found at different times under various names. in the Book of Enoch and in the Book of Jubilees there is much about communication with angels and of the "seers" who received angelic instruction and revelations. and of employing its ministry. became the popular passion of whole groups of people. The constant purification and the study of their prophetic writings gave these "pure-minded ones" the powers of prediction.2067-12 Page 19 value to the sentence referring to Yahweh. chaste. They felt the need of being absolutely pure. The same mystic writings revealed the remedies in plants and stones for the healing of the body. The Essenes used the word "god" in their mystic prayers and rites and had a voluminous esoteric literature on these matters. During this period Jewish theosophy. the angelic world. a freedom from the distracting. Scholars have declared that these Mystics of the White Clothing were the first systematizers and practitioners of an occult science which later went by the name of Cabbalah. When the Urim and Thummim were consulted in regard to any matter. In the Book of Jubilees the angels are distinctly represented as teaching Noah all "herbal remedies for diseases. They have interpreted their name to . that in the Old Testament times. upright. truthful. Creation is said to have occurred by the manipulation of the sacred letters forming the divine Names. The Jewish group rose to full tide in the midst of this strange and curious brotherhood later known as the Essenes. consisting of the names of the twelve Patriarchs and the twelve Tribes of Israel. Magic power was known only to the initiated. For example. until then the spiritual diversion of a chosen and select few. virtuous. found in Proverbs 30:4. the Essenes mentioned in the Book of Judges are called the Nazarites. the divine Name lit up the letters which were brought into relief or into such a combination as to make the answer to the question asked intelligible. and charitable in their continual purification of the soul." This knowledge is also claimed to have been given to Moses. The seamless white robe worn by these "pure-minded ones" was also a symbol of inward purity. degrading influence of matter. The numerical value of the letters is counted. It should be emphasized that communication with the angels and the secret traditional literature with its teachings concerning mysterious remedies are frequently referred to in apocalyptic literature. and a result of higher fellowship with the Divine. A combination of God's seventy-two-letter Name appears in the Urim and Thummim. honest. in the Maccabean times they were called the Hasidees. in Kings they are called the School of the Prophets.
B. the mystic Shepherd Kings gathered in a place named Avaris and remained there for a time." It was in the time of Christ that this unbroken line of interpreters of the veiled truths of spiritual realities became known as the Essenes. Later they passed through the wilderness into Syria and into a country now known as Judea where they entered a city afterwards called Salem and where much later Melchizedek bestowed upon Abraham the mystic rites of the Order later known as the Essenes. thus the brotherhood may antedate Moses.C. Some historians claim that the ancient Order went by its new name "Essenes" during the second century before Christ. Again. or the people who left the great community to live a holy life with the permission and under the direction of the law. the latter including a vegetarian diet and abstinence from intoxicants.2067-12 Page 20 mean "those who are engaged in secret things. their unbounded love of virtue and their contempt for earthly fame. Even Abraham.C. their unqualified belief in prophecy and the ability to see coming events. although free will is not denied.nor has any prophecy of their failed since. together with the statement that up until that time no prophecy of the Essenes had ever failed . their industry and temperance. founder of the eighteenth dynasty. so far as is known. History mentions them in the days of Johathan. 166. The Israelites under Moses were driven out by Amasis I. their abstinence from visiting the Temple or in taking part in bloody sacrifices. "the humble one"."thousands of years they existed before" his time. After this expulsion from Egypt. their love for the brethren . among other histories. of dateless antiquity" as Pliny tells us . their contentment of mind and cheerfulness of temper. Ewald's Jewish History. Many centuries afterwards this same city was known as Jerusalem. states that "the Essenes. 106. B. Later in the reign of Aristobulus I. Thus we note that the Essenes are "ageless. were to be found in Israel from the remotest times and were formerly known as Nazarites. the Egyptians not being able to dislodge them. They claim Mosaic origin for their brotherhood. riches. the Maccabean. their love of order and abhorrence of even the semblance of falsehood. and all doers of works of benevolence learned it from God." Although historians differ among themselves in details. and with this event materialism superseded the things of the spirit. so tradition has it. their modesty and simplicity of life. pleasure. their uniformly holy and unselfish life. they are mentioned in connection with the prophecy concerning the death of Antigonus uttered by Judas the Essene. their belief in preexistence or reincarnation. they are generally agreed that the essential characteristics of the Essenes included their conviction that fate governs all things. their absolute confidence in Jehovah's will being manifested in whatever comes to pass. their benevolence and philanthropy. their Father in heaven.
for God has found thee worthy of it. whom they are said to have sent out from their Order into the world. their attendance on the sick. their tender regard for children. paid very little attention to the Essene's prophecy at the time. and readiness to relieve the distressed. for I can perceive it all. or that he jested. these "Contemplative Men" exemplify the lessons which Christ. Thou wilt obtain an everlasting reputation. their heroic endurance under the most agonizing suffering for righteousness sake. the Greeks. All these qualities have no parallel in the history of mankind. and their cheerful looking forward to death as releasing their mortal souls from the bonds of the body to a state of bliss with their Creator. Very remarkably do these "Mystic Ones". However. their miraculous cures. When he once met Herod as a boy going to school. and reverence and anxious care for the aged. their humility and magnanimity. nevertheless. For this assurance will be salutary for thee when thou wilt love justice and piety toward God and equity toward thy citizens. "Thou wilt. saying.2067-12 Page 21 from whom they never concealed anything. Even Herod the Great could find no fault with the "Brethren of the White Clothing" and showered many favors upon them. their hatred of slavery and war. I know that thou wilt not be such a one. Thou wilt not be concealed from God. and the perishing of many of their secret doctrines when they were absorbed into Christianity. Remember the blows Menahem hath given thee as being the symbol of the change of thy fortune. Herod thought that Menahem did not know him. he addressed him by the name of "King of the Jews". and so reminded him that he was of common origin with no chance of becoming king. They gained favor with the King of Judea because of their exactness in prophecy. and even excused them from the taking of oaths. for He will visit thee in His wrath for it. but thou wilt forget piety and justice. He regarded the Essene as being endowed with higher powers than ordinary mortals. he ordered Menahem to come before him. No wonder that the Jews of different sects. gave him his hand. But soon afterwards when advanced to the dignity of king. their investigation of plants and minerals for healing. and from that time on continued to honor the Essenes. History states that there was a certain Essene named Menahem who was celebrated not only for his uprightness but also for the foreknowledge of the future. But Menahem smiled on him most friendly and clapped him on the back with his hand. . as he had no hope of its fulfillment." Herod. Christian historians and pagan writers all alike lavish the most unqualified praise on this holy brotherhood. their aversion to taking oaths or to swearing or to anointing with oil. the Romans. even the oath of allegiance. and their following peace with all men. their firmness of character and ability to subdue their passions. propounds in the Sermon on the Mount beginning with the Beatitudes. towards the end of thy life. be king and will begin thy reign happily. it seems.
and in this way carried on a form of humanitarian work for the organization. often adopted orphan children as their own. and in a few cases were allowed to enter the early grades of study of the work. In the Essene community each member had his own little house and garden. "made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. but the Essene branch of the Great White Brotherhood was an organization of men to carry on man's work throughout each community. of course. by clean bodies. but to the fact that the people in the upper classes do not experiment or work with their hands. So holy were the members of the Essene communities that they developed not only exactness in prophecy. Judas. accompanied. as was commonly supposed by many historians. in a very special place all of which occurred as predicted. The Essenes did not consider women to be inferior mentally or spiritually. they waited patiently. Judas prophesied a sudden death for him at a definite hour on a certain day. "Some". They usually located their secret societies in small towns or on the border of the desert apart from the crowded hives of humanity. There in communities of small villages outside the walls or limits of practically every city where they existed. as Jesus explained. and daughters of the men in each Essene community were permitted to be a part of the community. clean raiment. for servitude was unlawful . mothers. clean habits. the Essene. those who took the highest degrees. and thus fail to advance. the Essene.2067-12 Page 22 History abounds in the fulfilled prophecy of the Mystic Order. Moreover. the Essenes were the most exclusive. however. were very high and only those who were well-mated and whose mating was approved by the higher officials were permitted to marry. among many others. and that the fall of a civilization is due not only to inequalities in the civilization. yearning for "the kingdom of God eternal in the heavens"." Women were permitted to become associate members of the Brotherhood. Their ideals concerning marriage.each household was cared for by its own members. was another example. but delegate all physical work to servants. as they fed the fires of their devotion in the fellowship or worship of their mystic Deity. refrained from marriage. One day in the Temple surrounded by his pupils whom he initiated into the apocalyptic art of foretelling the future. . however. probably the one mentioned in the second chapter of Luke. Simon. Likewise. Marriage was not forbidden among them. History informs us that of all the sects of the ancient days. The most advanced groups. he saw Antigonus pass. But sisters. The Essenes apparently agreed that civilization decayed in proportion to the number of servants or slaves. was a very holy man whose prophecies also came true. they developed such beautiful auras that on some occasions these auras became visible to the profane. of course. but also magnetic personalities. Those of the women who were not married. There were no servants. and who did not care to marry.
free from anxiety and fear. "healers" during the week lived and worked apart and meditated in silence. The Essene physicians treated their charges by keeping them quiet.2067-12 Page 23 The Alexandrian community of Essenes lived in scattered houses near enough to afford mutual protection when necessary. "seers". but not too close to disturb the solitude which was so greatly prized by these "contemplative ones. but on Saturday they prayed and ate in common. and Josephus who often spoke of the facts of their decadent times. From a single grape. fight and overcome Rome. marvels would be accomplished. Greek wisdom.such men as Cicero. The popular idea. At the touch of God's winds white flour would drop from the ripened heads of wheat like manna of old. while the cry of the pagan was voiced by Seneca." The Essenes knew that the fullness of time was near. was that this deliverer would sweep the legions of Augustus from their land. Though interested in the welfare of the state. the Nazarite or Essene. Hebrew religion. For them. The beliefs and customs of the Essenes were so closely linked together that in their communities their conduct was a reflection of their convictions. Jerusalem would become greatly enlarged and miraculous buildings would be erected. Roman politics had failed. Tactitus. There would be no more sickness or pain or anything to mar the happiness of the new kingdom." Each house contained a chamber devoted to prayer and meditation. Their so-called feasts where no flesh was served and only cold water was drunk (especially those held on the eve of Pentecost). were famous and formed a contrast to Greek revels. not the Essene. He would send to them His Chosen One. the Kingdom was not to be established through political or ecclesiastical institutions. and a despairing struggle in Jewish life for something better. This was followed by hymns and by antiphonal and joint singing with choral dancing in imitation of Moses and Miriam at the Red Sea. These "silent ones". and He would be the center of a great quiet peaceful kingdom of spirits. and by giving them rest and good cheer and the benefits of medicinal help found in plants and stones. Decaying Judaism attracted attention and awakened the apprehension of the thoughtful men of the day . wine would be drawn as from a cask. Both Judaism and paganism were in the last stages of decay. Expectation was rife among the Semetic races. and armies would descend from heaven. At these feasts the philosophical discourse was the chief feature. They considered that they . "Ah. the Essenes despaired of the reality of the Kingdom of God under the existing political situation. It must be revealed from God out of heaven. whom He had selected from the foundation of the world. and in failing had prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. There was at the time an inward distress in men's hearts at the wide-spread materialism. Rabbis were talking of the coming of a deliverer. if one might only have a guide to truth.
an apron used at the lustrations. mortifying the flesh and lusts thereof. and a white robe to don at meals . These looked with pity upon their weaker brethren who could not be "like the angels of heaven. they could never advance to the highest orders of the brotherhood. however. to live apart from the world and apart from any one who did not follow their strict manner of life and thus would contaminate them. yet who had to observe during this period the ascetic rules of the society. The great fear of coming in contact with anything impure that would hinder their spiritual communion with their Creator caused certain branches of the Essene Order to abstain from marriage. and by children who were educated most carefully and were taught the practices of the order . as was the historian Josephus himself who did not go beyond this first stage. but. but not in the lustral rites. He then received a copy of the regulations of the brotherhood. the ranks of the brotherhood were necessarily filled with recruits from the Jewish community at large. love of virtue. was not admitted to the common meals as a probationer. during which time he shared in the common meals. Every adult candidate had to pass through a novitiate of two stages extending over a period of three years before he could finally be admitted to the order. Upon entering the first stage. for they were not among those who were willing to become "eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven". he had to bind himself by a solemn oath to observe love to Jehovah. Strictness in enforcing the rigid Mosaic laws and Levitical purity ultimately compelled the Essenes to withdraw altogether from the society of their Jewish brethren. Since historians declare that celibacy was the rule of the Essenes. love to all mankind. When this period was satisfactory. then the candidate was admitted to the second stage of two years.2067-12 Page 24 could reach perfection only through a gradual growth in holiness brought about by strict observance of the Levitical laws contained in the Pentateuch. being allowed to partake of the common or sacrificial meal. Before he was admitted into close fellowship. neither marrying nor given in marriage. or twelve-month period. the novitiate was required to cast all his possessions into the general treasury." These weaker ones were allowed to take wives under certain restrictions. as has been noted. When the probation period was satisfactory. Thus they believed they would be brought into closer communion with the Holy One of Israel.it was believed that of such the kingdom of heaven was being built. as Christ expressed it. then the novitiate became an associate or a full member of the brotherhood. purity of character which .these were the symbols of purity set forth in Deuteronomy 23:12-14. as well as a spade with which to bury his excrement. During the whole of this period the novitiate was considered an outsider.
having learned that wisdom and self control are crystalized pain. The people of these secret societies wore a common type of dress. healing to the body. They not only forgave their enemies But sought to benefit them. and perfect frankness with the members of the order. travel. and finally in the eighth stage he attained to the position of Elijah. Probably no religious system has ever produced such a community of saints so eager for purity and spiritual attainments. In every city there was a special official from the brotherhood to extend hospitality to strangers. strict secrecy towards outsiders (so as not to divulge the secret doctrines to any one). as well as the other names of Jehovah and of the angels found in the theosophy and cosmognony which play so important a part among the Jewish mystics and Cabbalists. exorcised devils. the Essene became the temple of the Great Spirit and could prophesy. especially to the poor. in the third. and guidance through the predictions which never failed. partook of common meals. the forerunner of the Messiah. bringing peace to the soul. he had to be careful to preserve the books belonging to the order. and for other needs . Finally. They regarded the body as the soul's prison house. all anger and malice had or be banished and a meek. he was able to perform miraculous cures and raise the dead. the aged. the names of the angels. the importance of which was stressed in the very beginning of the training of neophytes. lowly spirit cultivated. but almost a new religion. to supply funds for food. love of truth and hatred of falsehood. inward of spiritual purity. deposited their earnings in a common treasury. and to strangers. devoted themselves to works of charity. Their heroism during the reigns of various kings and rulers is described by Josephus who declared that . in the sixth. Their holy and beautiful lives were exemplified in the words of the Master when He said.thus they served their fellow men as minister. but he that saveth his life shall lose it. in the second." In renouncing the temporal side they won the glory of that which is eternal. And as has been noted they showed rare benevolence to all people. for which each had the liberty to draw from the common funds at his own discretion. united in common prayers. except in the case of relatives. The Essenes founded not only a new sect. the sick. prophet. There were eight different stages of development possible of attainment. and performed miracles. The teaching held paramount was the complete control of all passion and emotion. in the fourth. and the mysteries connected with the Tetragrammaton. "He that loseth his life for My sake shall find it. They interpreted dreams. and physician. in the fifth was the culminating point of holiness. celibacy or imposed abstinence from connubial intercourse. engaged in common labor. in the seventh. They bore their hardships and trials rejoicing.2067-12 Page 25 implied humility. In the first stage bodily purity was attained.
Every adult member of the brotherhood was assigned at the time of his initiation a definite mission in life. They would not eat anything offered to idols or pass through gates where images were placed. When they were set free from the bonds of long servitude in the flesh they rejoiced and mounted upward. proceeded from a more subtle ether. and they the Essenes called no man master on earth. Among all men they were without money or possession. and had been drawn into their bodies as into prisons by some natural longing. carpenters. yet they were the richest of all because they had few wants and lived frugally and righteously. scribes. translators. that there were no masters or servants. but all ministered to the needs of all alike. but could not be compelled to blaspheme their legislator. The Essenes were vegetarians. to eat what was forbidden. preparing of . they went through all kinds of instruments of torture. ate nothing that breathed the breath of life. and resigned up their souls with great alacrity as expecting to receive them again. In these peaceful communities these souls weary with lusts of the flesh found that rich and poor were treated alike. other chose the tending of flocks and rearing of bees. "All is in God's hands and everything is foreseen" was one of their mottos. Although tortured and distorted. and did not even wear woolens. They did not lay up treasure of silver or gold or use money. They smiled on their persecutors in their pains. or to shed a tear. laughed to scorn those who tortured them. evil souls went to dark and gloomy abodes below. Some chose to be healers. Their ranks were constantly swelled by the thousands of new comers who resorted to them because of their own disappointment with the world. and often preferred death to mortality. to break any of their principles.that their souls were immortal. To them all things were determined by destiny and nothing could befall them that was not foreordained. On account of their purity of life they were very healthy and many of them lived to be over a hundred years old. to flatter even once any of their tormenters. steeped themselves in mystic lore and practiced a theosophic system which they believed would hasten the coming of the Messianic kingdom. all free serving one another equally. and this mission had to be adhered to regardless of all obstacles and temptations even to the sacrifice of his life. torn to pieces at times. physicians. teachers.2067-12 Page 26 they were not afraid to die. burned. artisans. neither did they use oil or expectorate. These disciples of Moses of which Philo and others tell us. They believed that their bodies were corruptible and that the matter that composed them was not lasting . farmers. missionaries.
or weaving. making articles of dress. Excommunications. slaughterers of cattle or sheep." Trials were conducted by juries. and officials. non-commercial occupations were in keeping with their purpose in life. Whatever the occupation chosen it had to be something constructive and not destructive. lest the person become defiled. Again. This peaceful. lest ye be judged. Since it was contrary to the practices of the Essenes to procure or eat anything from those outside the order." But all peaceful. among other historians. all complaints. and considered themselves free to act only in regard to helping those in trouble and showing charity to the poor. History emphasizes that no maker of arrows. The brother who was found guilty of walking disorderly was excommunicated. helmets. of engines of war. it was necessary for a person to repent soon or starve to death. only barter. composed. one hundred in number who met once a week to regulate the activities of the organization and to hear the reports of the workers in the field. but by a majority of the community. Pliny. or navigation. . swords. All disagreements. They believed in passive obedience to the powers ordained by God. breastplates or shields. since each member of the community took his share of the work in the department in which he excelled. however. They were not critical of the lives of those who were trying to reform. elected their own president.2067-12 Page 27 food. innkeeping. Their ordinary. spears. Abundant time was possible for this. no trading was allowed or anything by which money was made. and they adhered strictly to one of their rules. but was admonished as a brother and received back after due repentance. One of the regulations indicates that the Essenes were necessarily cautious in expressing their opinions of one another or of those outside of the group. judges. While the members of the order were very industrious and worked from sunrise until sunset. industrious group of people living in well-kept buildings. "Judge not. or even such things that might lead to wickedness in times of peace could ever be found among the Essenes. There were never in the organization any gunsmiths. they devoted the evening hours to the study of the mysteries of nature and of revelation and of the celestial hierarchy. not as our juries are of twelve persons. darts. Before any decision could be reached it had to be unanimous. or any engaged in any practice or business that destroyed the least of any living thing. yet he was not regarded as an enemy. or of at least a hundred members who had to be unanimous in their verdict. all tests and trials went to this council. no manufacturer of arms. nor any man whatever who made things belonging to war. usually within a sacred or well-protected enclosure. everyday affairs were regulated by a committee or council of judges. declares that the Essenes would "not even dream of carrying on traffic. for they repudiate every inducement of covetousness. were almost unknown. and since they toiled only for their necessities and not for laying up sums of money.
They received earnings. donned their white garments. they put off their sacred white garments. each Essene betook himself to work. Sometimes there were also palm berries. Those of the brethren who were bakers and cooks placed before each person a little loaf of bread and a dish of the most simple food. and in His goodness unfailingly renews every day. This was their signal for dismissal. according to the directions of the overseers.only water was drunk. since the Essenes took special care not to be guilty of "neglecting the assembling of themselves together as the manner of some is" - . consisting of vegetables. when they assembled again to partake of the common meal. or rewards for labor through stewards. the glorified. O Lord! Thou hast made them all in Thy wisdom. the symbol of purity. had a baptism in cold water. and may have been designed to take the place of the sacrifice which they refused to offer in the Temple . Every phase of their existence meant a continual purification of the soul. resumed their several employments under their self-chosen overseers. To them the sun was an emblem of Divine Light to which they offered traditional forms of prayer as if beseeching it to rise. hysop . How innumerable are Thy works. dressed themselves in their working clothes. The earth is full of Thy possessions. Thou art the only exalted One from everlasting. The Sabbath day was observed with the utmost rigor. presents. if they so desired. from which they could all draw as much as they thought proper for the relief of the distressed and for compassion upon those who were not even of the brotherhood. and then made their way for their ceremonial meal to the dining room which they entered with as much solemnity as they would a temple. All again assembled. and remained at work until the fifth hour or about eleven o'clock when the labor of the forenoon regularly terminated. The repast commenced with the minister or Sacedos who invoked Jehovah's blessing upon it.2067-12 Page 28 The Essenes rose before daylight and did not speak a word to anyone until after sunrise. the praised. O King. With the following words they began their hymn of national praise for the renewal of the light of day: "He in mercy causes His light to shine upon the earth and upon the inhabitants thereof." After prayer and meditation. until evening. These remunerations were placed in the common treasury. After their withdrawal. Such was their manner of life during week days. Lord of the universe in Thy great mercy have mercy upon us.sending only their tithes. A mysterious silence was observed during the meal which had every characteristic of a sacrament. each took his seat according to the order of age. the extolled since the days of yore. The minister concluded the meal by offering thanks to the Bountiful Supplier of all their wants. The meal was a common one.
while another who had much experience in spiritual matters expounded what was read.2067-12 Page 29 words that are attributed later to Saint Paul. but any one who desired to do so took up the Scriptures and read them. In the synagogue. Again. the hard-working. Both the Essenes and the early Christians had the same aversion to ordinary marriage for conjugal pleasures . fatalism.this aversion was also enhanced by a firm belief in the Messianic event. There were no ordained ministers with exclusive rights to conduct the services. There are. or eating anything that had been contaminated. in baptism or bathing. in pre-existence or reincarnation. with their right hand over the heart and the left hand over the right breast. such as food offered to idols. in destiny. healing of the sick. also the same system of organization. "It cannot be doubted that our Savior Himself belonged to this holy brotherhood". each took his seat according to age and properly attired. swearing. however. for Jesus taught a somewhat revised form of Essenism in that he did not hold to extreme asceticism or rigid Sabbath observance. and virtuous. the power of prayer and of God's name. Both organizations had the same belief in communism. or that all things can occur only in the fullness of time and can be foreseen. Among the numerous examples of the similarities between Essenism and early Christianity it may be of interest briefly to recall a few of the words of the Master Himself. let your conversation . the same rules for travelling brethren delegated to charity work. Incidentally. The distinctive ordinances of the brotherhood as well as the mysteries connected with the Tetragrammaton and the angelic worlds were the prominent topics of Sabbath discussion. some dissimilarities between the two organizations. Among other similarities were the aversion to taking oaths. The salutation of the Essenes was "Peace be with you. in the power of prophecy. the words of Him whom many of the historians declare. "Swear not at all. and particularly at the time of His materialization to His disciples in the upper room after His resurrection from the so-called dead." The New Testament records that these were the words of Christ used on several occasions. in the casting out of devils. Jesus said. and above all the same love feasts or brotherly meals. They had the same denunciation for the rich and the exaltation of the poor. the working of miracles. Ten persons constituted a complete and legal number for divine worship in the synagogue. and in the presence of such an assembly utmost reverence and respect were maintained and no Essene would even expectorate in such presence. The similarities between Essenism and Primitive Christianity are very striking. and in the equality of all mankind. in the resurrection and immortality. as in the dining hall. the Essenes when uttering this salutation often folded their arms.
which enabled men to abstain from marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. and are prearranged as matters of destiny . and nay. and furthermore. nay. and denounced the rich. "He that hath a garment. virtue. "Why call ye me good? There is none good but God". foretelling coming events. as humility was an outstanding characteristic among the Essenes so with Christ who said. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. yea." He commended the "poor in spirit. and forbade the laying up of treasures on earth. purity. so shall he reap. was the reincarnation of Elijah. so with the glory He had with the Father before the foundation of the world. as recorded of Him in Matthew 11:14 and in other passages." With the Essenes the Master declared that events take place at predicted times only. As likewise with the Essenes who exalted the poor." The Essenes also objected seriously to taking oath. "In the fullness of time". among other instances. The Essenes were separatists." Afterward He said to the disciples. so with Christ when He said to the rich young man. He declared. and an opportunity to be of service to mankind. Jesus held to these same principles and said. John the Baptist. and Christ enjoined his disciples to do likewise when He said. and which cannot be obtained "by all men.healing the sick. no one was allowed to call another "master" on earth. while Jesus urged His disciples to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness". raising the dead. "Greater things than these ye shall do. The Master used the same methods as the Essenes when sending his disciples on a journey with no extra coat. that His cousin. let him sell it and buy a sword. soul development. and that he had attained to that spirit and power which the Essenes strove to attain. Among the Essenes who recognized the perfect equality of all classes of people. and who permitted no slavery or servitude. and were even excused from the oath of allegiance by Herod the Great whom without oaths could trust the integrity of this brotherhood. "Go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor and come and follow me." The Essenes demanded that those who joined them should sell all their possessions. Christ commended that elevated spiritual life. and "My time is not yet come". yet they took weapons with them on perilous journeys. by word of mouth and by example. feeling themselves defiled if they . and seek God. "As a man sows. except those to whom it is given. and without script or purse." The Brothers of the White Clothing also believed in pre-existence or reincarnation." The Essenes also frowned on the ordinary types of marriage and declared that the highest degrees could not be attained by married brethren." The same type of miracles performed by the Essenes were performed by Christ .this knowledge is reflected in His words. "He that is greatest among you shall be servant of all." He speaks of those "who for the kingdom of heaven's sake have made themselves eunuchs. casting out demons." Again.2067-12 Page 30 be Yea. Both repudiated war.
is practically the same as that expressed by Jesus Himself. "Beware of the leaven of the scribes. as indicated in the later part of the Book of Enoch written about 64 B. continued throughout the rest of His life. Finally. But like the Essenes who did not sacrifice in the Temple He declared that the Lord would have mercy and not sacrifice. the Essene. The citizens of this kingdom are the righteous. a following of virtue and righteousness. quiet. who is surrounded by a thousand times a thousand and ten thousand times ten thousand angels. That courage in suffering with which the Christ himself went into death and which He requested of His followers was the same as that of the Essenes. in appealing to sinners. denouncing them continually. "He that loseth his life shall save it" point to the Essenes as their natural source. The Essenes did not think of the coming Messiah as a mighty worldly king at the head of Israel's hosts to subdue or destroy the enemies of the theocractic people in order to re-establish the throne of David in great splendor and power. drinking. and from it was taken what was needed for the support of the group or for charity. whose highest commander is God. and fasting which Christ before His baptism continued in the desert. similarly. the elect ones. "See that thou tellest no man. but rather they thought of the Messiah as a great spiritual leader. was not. not in Mount Gerazim or yet in Jerusalem. in that the Essenes counted righteousness of far greater importance than physical existence. were not afraid of death. blessed kingdom of spirits. "He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. likewise Jesus said. however. The words of the Master. The same may be said of the form of baptism John. Community of goods obtained among the Essenes. and that God was not to be worshipped in any special place. Pharisees. the saints. The Lord's Supper of the early church was a regular meal similar to the sacred daily meals of the Essenes. Sadducees". Christ said on various occasions." Both the Essenes and early Christianity urged love to God and neighbor." The Essene continence in eating." Baptism was necessary to enter the Essene Order. along with all the other points mentioned.2067-12 Page 31 had to live with the Sadducees and Pharisees. Of the early Christian community in Jerusalem it is written. the Lord of the spirits." The "silent ones" enjoined reticence even to the point of death. the Essene idea of the Messiah and the Messianic kingdom. "And all that believed were together and had all things common. and often did die in agony under the hand of their tormentors and persecutors rather than relinquish their principles. for "the true worshippers of the Father shall worship Him in spirit and in truth. Judas had the bag. to be regenerated by baptism inaugurated a new movement which led to the rise of Christianity and to the words of the early church.C. neither did He demand this asceticism of His disciples. the center of a large. separated by the . as was also the case among the Master and His disciples.
there dwells a female spirit known as the Spirit of Wisdom. according to historians. Jesus' initiation is said to have taken place at Jutha near the great castle of Masseda . the Son of Man. They will come forth from all quarters of the earth and be an imperishable blessing and light to dwell with the Son of Man throughout all eternity. They were guided and guarded and watched over during their flight into Egypt as well as when they returned to Galilee. whose portion the Lord of the Spirits preserves because they have hated and despised this world of injustice. the Spirit of Him who imparts understanding and the Spirit of Power and Justice. before the foundation of the world. the Anointed One. proceeded from the Essenes. or the hidden years of Christ's life which the evangelists of the Bible try to bridge by the words.the chosen are saved even though wars of destruction come upon the land. but considered themselves a breath that passes away. according to the ancient traditions and writings.2067-12 Page 32 Lord's foreordination from sinners. the truly righteous One in the highest sense . the Book concludes .the Chosen One. From thence the Divine Wisdom reveals to the Son of Man those righteous and holy ones who dwell on earth. who after she has looked in vain for a dwelling place among men has returned and taken her place among the angels. These are the humble who have chastened their bodies. and was brought up in the Essene Brotherhood. During His life in the Essene colonies or communities He conceived the plan which He intended to carry out. God. The time of their reward will come. whose portion has been to overcome all things before the Lord of the spirits in rectitude to eternity. but rather gave their bodies over to torture. until finally He was sent out by His Order to . who like the others is a son of man and a son of woman. has chosen one. He was versed in the things of nature and of wisdom." The literature of the Essenes together with other ancient records now partially known to some historians bridges that period of Christ's life from twelve until thirty years of age. and who since they have existed did not long for terrestrial food. But of them all. and known as the Chosen of God. Thus they lived. as light and darkness have been separated by Him everlastingly. who loved God and did not love gold and silver or any of the riches of the world. were often tried of God. but their spirits were found in cleanliness to praise His name. Life in the Essene communities and in the Essene schools in various sections of the world. In the spirit world. He is the Just One in whom righteousness dwells.He was recognized as an Essene by his white seamless robe and by His baptism. Christ and the Christian congregation or organization. fill the gap. "And he increased in wisdom and statue and in favor with God and man. Mary and Joseph were high initiates in the Essene community in Palestine. In the Chosen One dwells the Spirit of Wisdom. and begotten of the Eternal Spirit. according to the Book of Enoch.
but rather imposed their mark on their contemporaries so impressively that they conquered. They did not succumb to it. voicing the findings of many other historians. . after the preaching of the Messiah. which means he belonged to the Essenes who were formerly called "Nazarites". The term "Baptist" means nothing else than that he was an Essene. The Essenes drew from all classes and assimilated their environment. and started on the long trail of gradual loss of identity into the harmonious background of universal Christianity. The ascetic practices of the communistic group were a means to an end . one who cleanses his body daily in spring water . Says the historian Graetz in his HISTORY OF THE JEWS. NEWS ARTICLE about Mary LaCroix and her book about the Essenes. The Essenes were not heard of after A. His object in life was to bring about a reformation of Judaism by means of Essenism. R18. so that Christianity is nothing but an offshoot of Essenism.R. 40. How could it be otherwise with its Founder an Essene and its forerunner. See Source File Key #2067 for November. "Jesus thus appropriated to Himself the essential features of Essenism. The Essenes found in Judea and Egypt were absorbed into the Christian sect after the ascension. entitled THE REMNANT re 2067-12.2067-12 Page 33 effect a great moral revolution. He lived near the Jordan in the desert country of the Essenes. 1981 A.D. baptizing penitents who joined the Essene Order at the same time. became the good Christians or the good Jews. also a member of the Order? John was the first to proclaim the kingdom of heaven. although as time advanced He taught a modified Essenism. He lived the life of a "Nazarite".E. The Essene converts.the water also being declared to have the power of spiritual cleansing as well. John the Baptist." Historians proceed to show that the relationship between Essenism and Christianity are similar to those of parent and child.the practice of virtue and the cult of saintliness being part of the teaching of Judaism was absorbed later into the new group under the name "Christians".
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