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