The Real Meaning of Jesus’s Teachings Lost in Translation?

This is a bit of a different kind of post than I usually write, but I hope you enjoy it, none-the-less. Through this less busy time with the “stay-at-home” order due to covid-19, I have been able to dig more deeply into some of my interests and also found some new ones, too.  For about the past 6 months, I have been reading the books “Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East” by Baird T. Spalding.  There are 6 volumes.  I am only on Volume 4 because I read the volume, and then re-read it and take notes, really studying it and working to implement the teachings in my life.  Whether or not the author (Mr. Spaulding) really took a physical trip to the Far East or if he took an internal journey, I am not here to argue that, but the messages he offers are core teachings of Jesus (Yeshua ben Yosef) and the Masters, who were able to defy “physical laws”.  

By reading the following sentence in Vol 4 of the book (page 98), it lead me to investigate the Aramaic translation of the “Lord’s Prayer”: “There is inner meaning in the Lord’s Prayer which cannot be given out expect privately and orally.  If man understood the meaning, he would be in the Kingdom of Heaven.”  This quote from “The Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East – Vol 4” was written in 1948 and I believe that the times and energy have shifted so that the true meaning is available to all people now, not just for people who receive the message privately and orally from a Master.

In my search to understand what that means, (hello Google!), I looked up the Aramaic translation of “The Lord’s Prayer”.   The English version, which was translated from the Greek version and the Greek which was translated from Aramaic, had lost some of its real meaning in translation. Not even the Greek version was totally correct and then taking an English translation from an incorrect translation made it even more distorted.  “The Lord’s Prayer” came from the answer Jesus gave when his disciples ask him “Lord, teach us how to pray.”  “The Lord’s Prayer” is in the bible only twice in Luke 11:1-4 and Matthew 6:5-15.  (different verses in different versions of the bible).  

Here is the version of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic and then translated by Dr. Rocco Errico, a scholar in Aramaic:  https://noohra.com/the-lords-prayer/  I encourage you to listen to the words in the original Aramaic on the left-hand side.  Below in BOLD is Dr. Errico’s Aramaic to English translation and the comments in (parentheses and italics) are mine based on my understanding from my study of the “Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East” and other comments Dr. Rocco Errico has made. 


THE LORD’S PRAYER TRANSLATED FROM ARAMAIC
Krisanne’s comments in ( ).

Our Father who is everywhere  (or Beloved/God/Creator/Divine energy which is everywhere. Everywhere means all encompassing….earth, plants, people, planets, dirt, houses, food, YOU!…there is no place God is not, which means you, too.)

Your name is sacred  (Everything is sacred, everything is Father/Beloved/God/Creator/Divine energy.)

Your kingdom is come (Notice present tense:  IS come, is here now!  Kingdom is the state of privilege that is yours as one of the “created” right now.  The Kingdom is realization of oneness with the Whole and you are one with the Whole.  The Kingdom is available now if your mental beliefs will allow it to be…easier said than done, by the way.

Your will is throughout the earth (All created on Earth is available to allow the will of God/Creator/Divine to flow through it. We also have a choice not to, which causes our suffering, BUT the Divine Blueprint [God’s will] IS here on Earth if we surrender, open and allow it to direct and guide us. This is not saying we don’t have free will. We do.)

Even as it is throughout the universe (The Divine blueprint [God’s will] flows all through the Universe..or this could be another meaning for “As above. So below”.)

You give us our needful bread from day to day, (The Universe [God] provides what we need every day in full and loving abundance as we need it….no hoarding necessary. Share the toilet paper.)

And you forgive us our offenses (The Divine doesn’t even see our errors/mistakes.)

Even as we forgive our offenders (We don’t give attention or judgement to others’ mistakes or errors, and without attention, the mistake or error has no power over us and through our forgiveness, we are set free. We are one with the Creator and take on its attributes.)

And you let us not enter into materialism (One with God, we do not enter into separation thoughts or being “of the world” and do not value what the false ego thinks is important.)

But you separate us from error  (God only sees us as perfection, because it created us in its image, which is perfection and it can ONLY create perfection. The “error” is false thinking and beliefs, which God does not recognize.)

Because yours are the kingdom, the power and the song and praise. (As we are one with the kingdom (and with God), we have the power of the kingdom, the song and praise of the kingdom, which is gratitude and appreciation.)

From all ages, throughout all ages. (Always has been and will be, eternally.)

(Sealed) in faith, trust and truth. (Knowing and trusting the Truth is real and Truth cannot change.)


ANOTHER VERSION: Here is another version of the Lord’s Prayer translated from Aramaic directly to English which I also found interesting:  (From the Catholic Forum) https://forums.catholic.com/t/aramaic-to-english-translation-of-the-our-father/435534

ARAMAIC “LORDS PRAYER” IN SONG: I found this beautiful song in Aramaic of the “Lord’s Prayer” which was what Jesus said to his disciples when asked “How to Pray”.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtUkxLHD0-k .  If you stop and listen with  your heart, it is very touching.


EXPLANATION OF HOW AND WHY ERRORS WERE MADE IN TRANSLATION: As I was researching and digging more into the Aramaic translations, I also wanted to share this 28 minute video which explains how “errors” in translation were made from going from Aramaic to Greek to English and by the misunderstanding of idioms, etc.  It is a video by Aramaic scholar, Dr. Rocco Errico:   https://youtu.be/eJEhjeMoGSc  This will put some context to what I shared above.


HOW ABOUT THE BEATITUDES?

All of this excited me so much because it felt so true to me. What else was out there on this topic? I found this teaching about just two of the “Beatitudes”. The “Beatitudes” were given by Jesus to the crowd gathered to hear him speak. That speech became know as the “Sermon on the Mount”, where Jesus instructed the crowd in ways of BEING. These ways of BEING, were later named “The Beatitudes”. In this video, Dr. Rocco Errico shares the Aramaic translations for two of the “Beatitudes” and how he views the true meaning of what Jesus meant. (48 minutes):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGWBftZ134Q  I also included my own interpretation and the meaning I understood in the commentary below, if you don’t want to watch the video.

  • MISTRANSLATED BEATITUDE #1: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”. (20:00 min in video).  Perhaps a more accurate meaning of what Jesus really meant is explained below (if translated accurately from Aramaic).  
  • BEATITUDE #1 MEANING TRANSLATED FROM ARAMAIC: “Blissful are you who are not judgmental, for the consciousness of harmony, joy and understanding belongs to you.” This is actually my translation, but the translation Dr. Errico gives is described below and I extrapolated what that meant to me, as the words “the counselship of the Heavens” was not that meaningful to me.

    From Dr. Errico’s video: “Blissful are they who are non-judgmental (non-critical), non-arrogant and not overly proud (not full of themselves), for theirs is the counselship of the Heavens.” 

    In other words they are “poor in judgmental-ness, poor in pride, poor in arrogance”, (26:15 mins). Heaven is a euphemistic term which means God, but we made it into a place outside of us, a destination that if we are “good” we go to after we die, but Heaven is not a place, it is a condition of consciousness of harmony, of joy, of understanding, which IS God.  This (Heaven=harmony, joy, blissfulness) belongs to you.   However, you can block your perception of the harmony, joy and understanding if you are judgmental, critical, arrogant, proud or “full of yourself”.   The choice is really yours.  That translation transmits a totally different understanding than “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”, which I translate as “think of it as a privilege if you are poor in vital energy, then you will get to heaven when you die (somewhere “out there”).” 

The next Beatitude Dr. Errico discusses (with much more brevity) in which the English translation may not accurately convey the real meaning is:  

  • MISTRANSLATED BEATITUDE #2: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” 

    The second part “for they will see God” is interpreted as the future tense….they WILL see God (in the future).  It is actually present tense.  They see God (now).  Here is a more accurate translation:
  • BEATITUDE #2 MEANING TRANSLATED FROM ARAMAIC: “Blissful are they who are pure/clear in heart and mind (emotions and thoughts, in your whole being) for they perceive pure existence (God – now and continually)”. 

    Ĕlāhā, or Alaha in Aramaic = God, which is not a person.  God in Aramic means “the Great Self Existence” and is why you cannot die.  You are one with the Great Existence, eternal.   You are Being-ness, inseparable from God or the Great Existence.  How I understood the initial English translation is this, “If you have a pure heart, you will be rewarded someday when you can then see God.  If you heart is not pure, well, then you know….off to hell you go.” 

My feeling is that the teaching of hell has probably just caused people to feel guilty.  I do not believe hell is a place you go after you die if you are “bad”.  People are going to do what they do because of what is in their heart (sometimes that is making mistakes or errors or perceiving limitation) and if their heart and mind is not pure (or is clouded with false beliefs/thoughts about themselves or others and of limitations), then they won’t be able to perceive their pure existence (God), their whole being-ness, and that is a self-made, self-inflicted “hell”, right here, right now.

Personally, I have not resonated with the classical teachings of a wrathful, judgmental God and often things taught in church did not make any sense to me.  How could a loving God be that?  I did not understand why a person should be “poor in spirit” when Spirit was God? Or why God would condemn a person to hell for mistakes? Or why a loving God gave you one short life to get it right?  None of it made sense, but it makes more sense if we take the TRUE meaning of Jesus’s words, not the incorrect translation. 

Hell is just a mental state of mind that we put ourselves in.  Sin means to separate or divide and occurs when we see ourselves as separate from God.  Sin is every thought and feeling that is out of harmony with the purpose of Life. This simply makes sin an error or mistake, which makes us see ourselves as separate, which we are not.  We only perceive ourselves as separate and that perception is “sin” or limitation.

Maybe some of you don’t agree with what I shared above.  Take what resonates with you and leave what doesn’t.  Each has to find his/her own way and it is the responsibility of each one of us to shift our own consciousness and no one can “save” you.  We have great Masters who have walked before us easing our way because once something has been done, it is available to all beings in the “Field” and is easier, BUT we are all ultimately responsible for “saving” ourselves.   Yes, we have God’s grace, but we need to allow that in by opening up our heart.  We each individually need to  do the work.  Death won’t liberate us.  We carry our level of consciousness with us when we transition to spirit form (with no body).  There is no “escape.” WE. HAVE. TO. DO. THE. WORK.   

Dr. Rocco Ericco’s quote feels true, “We buried Jesus under dogma, doctrine, belief systems, ritualism… buried him deep, deep and now we are digging him out and bringing out the true Jesus and his teachings.”

I have not read any of Rocco Ericco’s translated books of the bible, but after this exploration, I would like to.  I would guess that his books would actually meld nicely with the teachings in “Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East”.  If anyone would like to join me in this study, let me know what book would interest you and I will gladly start with that one and discuss it with you (or a group).  He translated various books of the bible from Aramaic to English directly and here is the list:  https://noohra.com/aramaic-commentaries-by-dr-rocco-a-errico-and-dr-george-m-lamsa/

I hope you are all enjoying the slower pace of the “stay-at-home” life. I know I am finding out all kinds of things about myself and have been able to appreciate all that I have, my family, my life and even my “defects” more. Sending a huge hug to you.

Balance, Opportunity, Surrender and Power

Today is the Spring Equinox.  It is a powerful day to focus on balance, as the light of day and dark of night are balanced.  Balance is much needed in our world right now.  Take a deep breath.  Release.  Take another deep breath and repeat out loud or in your heart, “My body, mind and heart are balanced.”  Do this until you feel some calm throughout your body.  The balance of light and dark brings a calm.  It is the center point.  It is the middle path.  If you sway too far to one side or the other, the opposite will swing you back like a pendulum to the other side until you can, with your awareness, bring your body, mind and heart back into balance.

I have not written on this blog for over a year, not because things have not been happening, but because I did not feel inspired to write.  I need inspiration to share.  This worldwide connection, or as some call “pandemic” has inspired me once again.  I personally feel a bubbling excitement and optimism, despite the fear and panic that is in the air (and yes, as an empath, I feel that too).

I see what is going on in the world right now as a huge opportunity and I feel very optimistic about what the outcomes will be, but it will take all of us to utilize the opportunity to change.

First let’s look at just some of the opportunities we can take from this:

  1. We are all connected. We are not separate from each other.  We are interconnected in such a way on the earth that if one country has an epidemic, it can quickly become a global pandemic.  Trade/supply chains are affected.  Travel is affected.  With our advances in technology, information sharing, education, etc. there is no way we can go back to each country “standing on its own”.  Closing borders is not going to change the fact that we are one body and one community, belonging to Mother Earth.  We are all the same and we all have the same untapped abilities, despite different races, cultures, ethnicities and beliefs.   This pandemic is showing us our interconnectedness and is giving everyone the opportunity to reach out and care for others via the internet, phone calls, etc.  I have seen more people “coming together” to help each other than I have seen since September 11th, 2001 (911).
  2. As a society we have been so busy “doing” and distracting ourselves from what is really important.  Now we have time to go internal and to look inside ourselves and see what is there.  Some are not going to like what they find, but it needs to be looked at and brought up to the surface to be acknowledged and healed.
  3. As we go internal, we will also find incredible creativity and new solutions. That surge in creativity and solutions will take us to the next step in creating a new world as this whole situation calms down.
  4. We get more time with our families. Maybe all that time running around being “busy” has taken a toll on family time.
  5. You now have time to read a book, take better care of your body or do things that you never had time to do before (or never made time to do…our priorities determine our how our time is spent).
  6. If you are out of work and you did not enjoy your work, you can re-evaluate what you love to do and focus on finding work that brings you joy.

In my opinion, this is a very gentle crisis.  We still have water, food, gas, housing, utilities, internet, phones, vehicles, etc.  When I look at other options (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, bombs, etc.), this crisis is gentle.  Yes, we will have some economic pain going forward, but it is inevitable because the systems (monetary, economic, etc.) no longer work for the times we are moving into and must be reinvented.  They must become more balanced and equitable to all beings.  The control and manipulation by people/organizations that want to keep people in fear and enslaved for their own profit is over.  They are putting forth some last ditch efforts to try to keep that control, but it won’t work.  Humanity has woken up enough and hopefully this crisis will continue to wake people up.  We will not go back to sleep.

Please, my friends, please don’t play into the fear and panic.  That feeds the energies that want to keep humanity under their control.  Now is the time to STAND IN YOUR POWER.  We have the opportunity to make a huge change on this earth as long as we stand up and claim our power and state what we want the world to become…more loving, more compassionate, helping one another, cooperation vs. competition, joyful, fun, creative.  YOU ARE NOT A VICTIM.  If you can bring yourself to balance and calm (quiet your mind) and then look at your situation from a higher vantage point, you will see that all of Life conspires in your favor.  What you are experiencing, whether painful or joyful, is there to show you your next steps.  Resistance and attachment bring pain.  Flow and surrender bring relief and allow for an opening so great, you will be amazed at the results.

This past year I have looked at many of my beliefs, some of them I have carried with me for lifetimes.  I am still working to open my heart more, to show the world who I am at the core.  I know who that is, but there has been a belief that I have carried that if I open fully and completely, someone or something will either take my power or force me to misuse my power in ways that would hurt people.  I built a rigidness and structure around that belief for protection, which at one point probably served me well, however the times are different and it is time to let go of that belief.  Once I learn to stand FULLY in my power, I know that no one and no thing can touch me.  The vibrations won’t match.

We all have the Christ Consciousness within us.  It is a matter of declaring it, believing it and living it.  In order to do that fully, we must cleanse our body, mind, and heart of false beliefs and untruths.  All of our external world is a mirror for us to see what we need to clear and shift.   I recently watched an episode of Missing Links on Gaia.com  – Season 3 (Episode 4) with host Gregg Braden and he talked about the mirrors our world give us.  Our experiences in life are mirror to show us either:

1) what we have that within ourselves (i.e. anger, pain)
2) what we are judging in others or
3) what our soul is seeking to return to us (with things we admire or desire).

So all my dear friends and world family, please don’t panic.  Don’t fear.  Stand in your power.  Speak your truth.  Don’t let the external world dictate your peace or mood.  As you surrender and release the control that we so vehemently want to maintain (which does not serve us), watch how your life unfolds.  We may not see the bigger picture now, but it is a really great outcome.  It can be quick if we surrender or it could be a bit longer and more painful if we have a lot of resistance.  You get to choose.  Sending blessings, peace and love.

“Getting in balance is not so much about adopting new strategies to change your behaviors, as it is about realigning yourself in all of your thoughts so as to create a balance between what you desire and how you conduct your life on a daily basis.”

— Wayne Dyer

What Do You Stand “For”?

What do you stand for?

“Blacks are not the enemy.
Cops are not the enemy.
Muslims are not the enemy.
Hate is the enemy.
Let’s join hands against hate.”

This sign is in my neighborhood and I drive by it often and each time I see it, it does not feel good to me. I wonder how we could change the world if we just changed our perception and the wording on this sign? What is this message really saying? I interpret it as resistance (“against”), separation (“calling out the groups”), anger (“hate”). How about the sign, “Black lives matter”. Yes, they do. And so do Native lives, White lives, Hispanic lives, Asian lives, and ever single living being on earth. It is time to start seeing all Human Beings as one big human family and not as separate. When we can do this in our heart, the violence, wars and hate will vanish from our lives and from our planet.

Wouldn’t it be more inclusive and have a better feeling vibration if we could re-word the sign to say:

“Humans are our friends.
Animals are our friends.
Plants are our friends.
Love is our Ally.
Let’s join hands for Love and Peace.”

Read the first sign from the picture and then read the alternative and just sit for a minute and see how that feels in your body. Your heart knows. Can you feel the difference?

That is the change we must make in our daily lives. Our words matter. Our perceptions matter. Our thoughts matter. Our actions matter. We matter. The feelings and emotions we put out there matter because they add to the collective consciousness of our earth. The chaos in our world is reflecting our collective consciousness (which you and me and your neighbor are all creating).  We, as a group, called forth the current president with our collective consciousness, even if you did not specifically vote for him.  You can make a difference and improve your experience of the world by changing your own consciousness. Every single thought and feeling matters. YOU matter.

Have you ever heard the saying, “What you resist, persists.” It is Universal Law. Whatever we are “against” will persist. In the sign above, the wording and feeling is actually invoking the “hate” to persist.

Part of invoking change is also allowing what is and surrendering to it, which means don’t resist what is. This does not mean that we don’t stand up for what we believe in. We can invoke change by talking about what we are “for” instead of what we are “against”.

My goal is to keep this blog experiential, meaning that I need to experience it in order to write about it.

I have many small examples of allowing “what is” to “just be” and then seeing changes. One of my biggest allowances was to just accept that I had colitis and stop fighting it. When I surrendered to it, it healed. I was “for” my health instead of “against” the colitis.

Another surrender was with my son. It seemed like he was always pushing my buttons on purpose. When I surrendered and stopped trying to control, he changed. Actually, it was me that changed, but my internal change lead to an external change. In my perception, my life was so much more peaceful. I was “for” a peaceful home instead of “against” a type of behavior.

With my partner, when I surrendered all responsibility for his journey and trying to control what he did based on how I wanted things to be, I felt such a relief. I was “for” freedom and sovereignty instead of “against” his beliefs or actions.

I, by no means have this all figured out and there are other changes that I am making in my life to experience something different, which is what this journey is all about. Every day, I remind myself what I stand “for”, what I desire to create in my life and the world by feeling it and stating it in the affirmative. Let’s shift the energy from negativity (against) to positivity and hope (for). Will you also join me in affirming what you stand “for”?

The world is a projection of our collective consciousness. If our collective consciousness reaches that place of peace, harmony, laughter and love, it will be a different world.– Deepak Chopra