The Mysteries of Christianity Part IV ~ Humanity Healing

The Hymn of Jesus and the Esoteric Tradition

Christ, as a hierophant of ancient mysteries, constituted some secret rituals, the strict focus of which was in the training and expansion of consciousness of his disciples. These went beyond the ritual of Baptism and Eucharist:

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
~ Matthew 26:26-28

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “Truly I tell you; I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
~ Mark 14:22-25

“When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God. After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
~ Luke 22:14-20

The registering of these rituals is very much veiled in the Bible. An example of which is the rite of the hymn sang by Jesus Christ and his disciples after the Last Supper. It was recorded in a brief and enigmatic manner and itemized in the same fashion in Mark (14:26) and Matthew

“When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
~ Matthew 26:30

Nevertheless, this ritual was preserved through an apocryphal document known as the Acts of John and it was later published as the Hymn of Jesus Christ. In the ceremonial of the hymn, the disciples are said to be in a circle, holding hands. Jesus gave the tone and frequency of the hymn in the center of the circle. The disciples would respond Amen and move themselves in circles. Does the description of this ritual seem familiar to what the whirling dervishes do in their Rituals of Ecstasy?

The power of the hymn could be expressed by some of its sayings:

“Glory to you, Father!

Glory to you, The Word!

Glory to you, Grace!

Glory to you, Spirit!

Glory to you, Sacred!”

The rite continued with an encompassing rhythm, which progressively induced the participants to a higher level of consciousness. In the same canticle, we find declarations of an esoteric nature, such as:

“Now respond to my dancing!

See yourself in me when I speak!

And seeing what I do, keep silence about the Mysteries!”

It ends with an interesting phrase that announces something that was also espoused by the modern psychology Carl Jung: “If you have known how to suffer, you would have the power to avoid suffering. Know the suffering, and you will conquer the power to do not suffer”

The Knowing Heart A Sufi Path of Transformation ~ Kabir Helminski


As human beings we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The “knowing heart” is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated.

In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of intuition and perception. It is able to perceive all that is beautiful, lovely, and meaningful in life—and to reflect these spiritual qualities in the world, for the benefit of others. Every human heart has the capacity and the destiny to bring that world of divine reality into this world of appearances.

The Sufis, mystics of Islam, have been educators of the heart for some fourteen centuries. Their teachings and methods are designed to help us awaken and purify the heart, to learn to listen to our deepest knowing. In The Knowing Heart, Kabir Helminski presents the Sufi way as a practical spirituality suitable for all cultures and times—and offers insights that are especially valuable for our life in today’s world. In cultivating a knowing heart, we learn to experience a new sense of self, transform our relationships, and enhance our creative capacities. Most important, we learn how to meet the spiritual challenge of our time: to realize our sacred humanness.

Kabir Helminski is the author of Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self, as well as the translator of numerous books of Sufi literature and especially Rumi. He is the codirector, with his wife, Camille Helminski, of the Threshold Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the knowledge and practice of Sufism. As the publisher of Threshold Books for some twenty years, he was largely responsible for making Rumi the most widely read poet of our time. As a producer and writer of Sufi music, he has gained recognition for numerous recordings, including his own Garden within the Flames. He is a representative of the Mevlevi tradition founded by Jelaluddin Rumi.

Excerpt from the Interview with Kabir Helminski, Science and Nonduality Anthology

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