June 24th is the date of birth of John the Baptist. The date stays as the opposite of the date of birthday of Christ. United, they form the great arm of the cross, which is found, within the annual circle. Easter and the St. Michal feast define the other great arm of the cross. Thus, the structure of the year is formed.
St. John, John the Baptist, is the singular and also the opposite example when compared to Christ. He was given birth by mature and wise parents, the priest Zacharias, and Elizabeth, his wife, who was at advanced age, in which women are not likely to have vital reproductive power to get pregnant.
Mary, Jesus’s mom, instead, was young – as it’s said by Lucas – only 17 years of age, and had never incarnated. She has a pure soul. Elizabeth, John’s mother, is wise. Both are followers of the Essenes Order, the most spiritual of the Jewish people. They met during their pregnancy. Gospels tell the baby in Mary’s womb leaps of joy.
The first Adam, John, and the second, Christ, met on the way down, still in its embryo stage. Still as a child, John is dedicated to a priestly life. He achieves the highest degrees of his initiation and later is called the Master of Righteousness. Jesus, before the baptism in the Jordan banks, was called the Master of Love.
After years of study, John goes off to the desert and begins to preach the spiritual change that is to come and to perform the rite of baptism, defining the inner transformation of the baptized ritual.
He is often mistaken with the Messiah.
At the St. John feast is celebrated the great individuality of John the Baptist, as an example to lead us through this individual path that began at Pentecost’s feast. The place where we start is the desert, where on the surface there is barely any track of life, and the extreme heat of the day contrasts with the severe cold of the night. Those who know the desert do not despair, instead, know how to look for hidden water, find the oasis of miracles and surprises, look for food to keep the body healthy, and to appreciate the great spectacle that comes every evening: an immeasurable sky filled with stars – great traveller friends.
We walk in the desert. Not on the physical desert, but on the astral one. At the time of Christ, the people of Israel were in decline, sceptical and weakened by successive disappointments with the many false Messiahs who had appeared. The religion had lost all the power of the mysteries; it was a bureaucratic and empty, dominated by the existing power. At the end of this century we are experiencing a similar situation, only the symbology of the Messiah’s, which is offered us, has changed.
Somehow, this was the legacy of an incredible scientific development that the world has known since the second half of the seventeenth century. One of the major levers of this development was the mechanistic view of Descartes upon the world. Physics developed a lot from this important vision, which was the world as a great machine of assembled objects. People began to see themselves as isolated existing egos within their own bodies. As a result they started to see the world as a bunch of objects and isolated facts, in relation to each other. For Buddhists it is ignorance:
“When the mind is disturbed, it produces a multitude of things.
When the mind is stilled, the multiplicity disappears. “
In the path through the astral desert we have the opportunity to find out what really touches us, what in fact has to do with us. Perhaps, we realize that we have no idea about which way we should choose, perhaps we regret, like helpless children, who do not have the help of a leader, perhaps we get stuck like donkeys as they face obstacles.
But if we manage to quiet all worries and sit in inner silence, we can see that the heat and the wind can be our allies, we only have to go along with them and not against them. So we have powerful brothers who can assist us.
If we sit, glazing at the dark cover of night, we realize that our soul is a mirror and the millions of stars in the sky are mirrored images of us. Each one of us has all the wisdom of the universe within ourselves, latently, we just need to discover it and courageously follow the path. The one who is capable to walk alone is secure and serves as an example for the others.
John the Baptist is our great master of walking in the astral desert. He showed us that in difficult times, it takes only one human being to change the direction of the path of humanity. And this one can be any one of us.
The example of John goes further. He publicly denounces Herod’s wife, the Heredia queen, as a decadent person who abuses of power and knowledge. Soon after the baptism of Jesus, he is arrested and beheaded. His head is brought as a gift to Heredia. He shows us that being strong and secure, we can defeat the opposing forces even though there are many. If, at first, we seem to fade away, defeated, facing a hurricane that destroys everything wherever it goes, if we look after ourselves and keep safe and strong, as soon as the storm disappear we can stand up filled with all of our potential. The forces that we generally call evil are featured by a strong initial expansion and, when it seems to be in the height of its strength, its own weaknesses as an inner rottenness, take it down. It is always a matter of time. Evil consumes evil. Love expands infinitely.
Another aspect is the awareness of self-judgment that John represented exemplarily as a Master of Justice. He did not bring justice from the old stone of the Ten Commandments, but the ability of inner trial. He did not need external rules to kneel before Christ. He, as the strongest of mankind, the first Adam reincarnated, states: ” He must grow and I must decrease”
The strength and the power we have acquired are to be used to guide and help others. After the birth of Christ, three virtues are inherent regarding the great transformation:
1 – Protect the weakest
2 – Respect the same
3 – Referencing the superior
We protect all beings that are inferior, nature beings, the weakest, children and the diseased, etc. We respect the will of the fellow human being. And we admire our superior, as the sky and the spiritual hierarchies.
With the development of the spirituality we are fully able to recognize, with a glance, who is greater in wisdom and love and that deserves to be followed. When John says that he is not dignified to baptize Jesus, he recognizes the power of the sacramental act and asks to be baptized. One recognizes the other, no matter who is higher or lower, stimulating the world to develop.
This is the new justice. We know whom to serve, kneeling, and whom to guide, standing. The new justice is one of free recognition, without vanity, greed or envy.
After the feast of June, it’s time to go ahead to show who we really are.
The bonfires lit at night are the symbols of inner fire that we need to light up to illuminate and warm our winter nights. Who does not lit that light will be in darkness and die of cold.
Also the habit of flying kites makes much sense. Who does not freed his soul to fly towards the clouds and revel within the strong wind-blow of wisdom, will not be able to walk alone. Everything that we do externally has an inner strengthening force.
We can still remember that when in depression, no one walks. The ancient warriors danced before combat for gaining more strength. We need to dance and sing a lot to strengthen our soul and continue our path with more confidence. We must also exercise the act of laughing at ourselves. Anyone who can laugh at his own mistakes can uncritically laugh at others.
Text extracted from the book “The Way of Christ” Karin Evelyn Almeida