This weekend we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus. The holy transformation marks an important point in the life of Christ. During this moment, he has taken another step toward the fullness of his nature as the Divine Logos. He walked with Peter, James and John up into a high mountain and was transfigured before them. He is seen as radiating light like the sun and the Disciples found him conversing with Moses and Elijah, two Prophets in the Sacred Torah that never died. Elijah was taken up in the fiery chariot and Moses was last seen walking toward an unknown destiny in the desert.
In Gnostic thought this moment is seen as the great crossing into the Pneumatic realm. For Jesus this moment stands as a form of initiation. We do not truly know what was spoken about between Christ, Moses and Elijah but it needed to happen, the moment needed to occur in order for the sacred mystery to continue. It was in many ways a moment of connection within the unique thread of the Divine Current that is found within our tradition.
The Divine Current, another word for God, is so expansive and infinite that no one can grasp the fullness of its infinite magnitude. Only a few have, such as Jesus Christ and his understanding and his inherent sense of Gnosis was so complete and so profoundly infused with the Divine energy that he became divinity itself. As a result of this and of his eternal and infinite nature, he is completely God. Christ exists as the world tree, the great pathway of all reality.
When the Disciples saw him conversing with the two great prophets, they wanted to act and preserve the moment, creating tabernacles in order for them to dwell and be held in a sacred form of stasis. At that moment it is recalled in our sacred scriptures that a bright cloud overshadowed them and they heard a voice that cried out of the cloud. “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it they fell to their faces and were so afraid. But jesus Came and touched them and said: Arise and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.”
That last part is very interesting to me, They saw no man, save Jesus only. They did not say, “they did not see Moses or Elijah” or “They did not see the two others.” They said they saw no Man, in that passage they were speaking of Jesus and the transformation that occurred. Once the moment was over, they could never view him the same again, he became more than a man in their eyes. I believe they always knew through their divine intuition that Jesus was the Logos, but at this moment, seeing became believing. You cannot witness something so profound and not be changed yourself. The darkness of doubt that shrouded any hidden portion of their minds was wiped clean away through this moment.
*Side note* This is one of the instances in the life of Jesus that reminds me of when Krishna revealed his divine form to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra (Which you can read about in the Bhagavad Gita)
There is a similar flavor to this, The followers of Jesus have the true nature of Jesus, just a glimpse of that true nature, revealed to them.
How did that happen? What was the method, the method of that revelation is that they stepped into another realm, in some way, through the mysteries that I cannot explain, Christ was able to walk through the veil and bring a portion of that side into union with the realm in which we exist. He was able to be in two universal places at once, he was corporeal and non-corporeal simultaneously. He achieved the ability to be in both the Psychic and Pneumatic realms in a single instance.
He was taking his steps on the road to achieving the fullness of his divine potential. The Disciples for their part were gifted the ability to witness this sacred occurrence. The revelation to them of the abilities achieved by their Master also initiated them into a circle of Gnosis unique to all others.
Many times when we peer through the veil and we have our paradigm changed, we can’t help but view the world and reality differently. While we exist in an age when the powerful overt miracles that we read about don’t occur. We still have the grace of the subtle miracle; we still have sacred access to the spirit of grace and the truth of the Divine. We still are gifted by god with the ability to break our spiritual paradigm and are revealed through the light of Gnosis, the deep truth.
We are as servants of the Logos called to the Holy Mountain and are revealed the sacred thread which binds us to the living essence. The Life of Jesus Christ is a life of the purest of holy example. We as Esoteric Sacramentalists live within the sacred thread and thrive in the truth of it. We are bound to its reality and as a result bound to the Holy Mountain and to the Master who calls us to come forward and to know, not to believe, rather to experience.
In service to the Logos,
Msgr. Meinrad, n/OSC – Archpriest and Vicar, Priory of the Rose Cross