Yes, I am. Above the law, I mean. Or at least besides it. Of course, it depends which or whose law you are referring to. Some years ago I’ve written an essay entitled “Cycles”. It is #21 in my Collection called Beyond Religion I. It discusses the fall of man, which began not in Eden, but with the Codex of Hammurabi. It was, to my knowledge, the first official recognition that “many are called though but few are chosen”. It is also the first official attempt to curb man’s freedom. The Code of Hammurabi, who died ca. 1750 BCE, was for the many.
There were others.
A little later, similar codes of law had sprouted in several early civilizations. In Mesopotamia alone there were the Sumerian code of Ur-Nammu, the Law of Eshnunna, the cod of Lipit-Ishtar, and, somewhat later, circa 1550-1100 BCE, the Hittite code of Laws.
So much for “the many”.
“The few” live not only above such man-made laws, but adhere to laws much, much higher—much more demanding—law necessary for their survival: not physical but spiritual. Recognition of such higher law was, and is necessary for the survival of their, and our, consciousness.
All who adhere to those higher laws are among the few. Not by being chosen or appointed, but by their, individual choice.
The subject is not new. Sooner or later we all make a choice. You might call it our battle of Armageddon. The word appears only once in Revelation of John. It probably originates in Hebrew har megiddo, which means the Mountain of Megiddo. It bears remembering that in biblical symbolism, a ‘mountain’, a ‘hill’, or any raised ground, always refers to the raised state of consciousness, such as we may achieve in prayer or contemplation.
Hence, the battle of Armageddon takes place in a state of raised consciousness. In fact, in a more literal sense, har migiddo is a ‘hill’ created by people attempting to reach this altered state of consciousness for generations. Battles took place there throughout history. It takes an effort, often many generations (or reincarnations) to reach this exalted state. And it is a real battle. That which we have been before must die, before the “new I” can be born.
No one said it would be easy, but the compensations include immortality. And, whether we like it or not, sooner of later, we must all fight it. And, also sooner or later, we shall win. And only then we can join the chosen few. After all, it is we who make that choice—who do the choosing—to fight or not to fight.
Sooner or later.
And wondrous thing is that if we win, that marks only the beginning of life…
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