by Wayne Purdin
February 15, 2014
this article appeared in,
New Dawn No. 113 (March-April 2009)
from NewDawnMagazine Website
From 1209-1249 one of the worst genocides in history was conducted against the Cathars, a heretical sect in southern France.
Pope Innocent III, promising gold and
indulgences (the remission of punishment due for sins) in exchange
for the blood of the Cathars, sent 30,000 crusaders into France to
massacre the Cathars and their supporters.
The Cathars did not express fear, anger or pain, but only bliss, despite the most horrendous atrocities committed against them.
What were they on?
It was called Christos (anointing
oil) by the Essenes, who passed on their secrets to Jesus from
Moses, who had obtained them in Egypt from descendants of the
banished Atonite priests of Akhenaton.
They were part of the Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek mysteries, and
the Gnostic teachings of the early Christians and secret societies.
They have been given to every culture by great adepts as means of
enlightening the minds of the people and freeing them from the
darkness of ignorance and superstition.
There were other mystery schools in India, China, Peru and
elsewhere, but the ones I have chosen represent a continuity that
spanned millennia and formed the spiritual roots of the
In 1882, Ignatius Donnelly published Atlantis: The Antediluvian World.
In this book,
he argued convincingly that Atlantis had established colonies in
Peru, Egypt and elsewhere and that the mythologies and mysteries of
these peoples represented the original religion of the Atlanteans,
which was a form of sun worship.
Between pre-dynastic Egypt and the eighteenth dynasty, the "pure and simple" solar religion of Egypt became very corrupt and complicated.
There were several sun Gods and a whole host of minor Gods. The
priesthood was rich and powerful and the people depended on them for
magic amulets, praying to the Gods on their behalf and giving them a
proper elaborate send-off into the afterlife. Fruits and flowers
were no longer fitting sacrifices; animals took their place.
Thutmose realized that the priesthood was becoming too powerful and sought to
curb their power by outwardly paying obeisance to Amen-Ra, but
secretly worshipping Aton and supporting a separate priesthood of
Aton at Heliopolis who were loyal to the throne.
He believed that a gradual change in the existing religious
beliefs could be more easily and permanently accomplished by
establishing a secret mystery school, the students of which would
put into practice higher standards. He wanted to gradually infuse
into Egyptian religion from the top down those mysteries, myths and
rites that would raise the people to a higher understanding and
The sungazing Essene
sect of Alexandria later adopted this name and the rosy-cross
I recently talked to a woman who studied Egyptology for 25 years and knew about Thutmose III and the Rosicrucians.
She told me that she once knew a Rosicrucian lady, who every time she felt ill would face the sun and do a special breathing exercise in which she would breath in the fire of the sun to burn impurities in her body. She lived to be very old.
technique was part of the secret teachings of the Rosicrucians,
which they were very careful not to reveal to the uninitiated.
They amplify the current
that passes through the body between the sun and earth while sungazing, enhancing meditation and quickening healing and the
development of psychic powers.
During his upbringing, he was educated at the Temple of the Sun at On (Heliopolis) where the priests instilled in him a devotion to Aton. When he became pharaoh, he was given the secret mysteries of the sun handed down from his great grandfather.
He learned that Aton was the one true, self-created, unmanifest
God and that most of the other Gods, including Amen-Ra,
were man-made. Early in his reign, he changed his name to Akhenaton,
meaning "the servant of Aton." Unlike his great grandfather, he had
no tolerance for spiritual ignorance.
Aton's temples had no idols or
graven images other than the one Akhenaton devised - a sun disk from
which proceeded rays, the ends of which terminated in graceful
hands. Some of these hands held the ankh, the symbol of life, to the
nostrils of his
He knew that sunlight is the source of all life upon earth. This was not worship of the physical sun but worship of one God, a supreme deity, whose spirit was in heaven and whose physical manifestation was the sun - the symbol of life. It changed the worship of the sun as a God to the worship of God symbolized by the sun.
Paintings and carvings of Aton were
always accompanied with a sort of hieroglyphic footnote, stating that it was just a representation
of the All-encompassing Creator.
However, after she
died, he took the offensive and ordered his army to disband the
priesthood and deface their false Gods.
The following quote from a decree made by Akhenaton upon the founding of his capital city, Akhetaton, shows that morning sungazing was a daily ritual of Atonism:
During these ceremonies, Akhenaton and his congregation would sing his Hymn to Aton.
Although the vast majority of Egyptians did not give much credence to Atonism, and Akhenaton's court followed the rituals of the outer religion out of a sense of duty, there existed an inner circle of about 300 initiates who learned from Akhenaton the mysteries of the sun.
Among these were Joseph the son of Jacob,
who Robert Feather, in The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran,
claims was Akhenaton's vizier Nakhte.
Robert Feather thinks that after Akhenaton's death, some of these initiates went to the sun temple of Heliopolis and others, including Joseph and his family, went to Elephantine Island in the land of Cush (Ethiopia), where they built another sun temple and established a branch of Judaism that exists to this day.
This has been the fate of every mystery
teaching involving the sun in the past. Most historians and
religious writers think that Akhenaton's monotheism was a brief
aberration in a long tradition of Egyptian polytheism and that it
died with him.
survived in the secret teachings of the Essene and Therapeut
Brotherhoods, which were associated with early Christianity.
After returning from Heliopolis, Moses became an annoyance to the priests of Amen-Ra and the court of Ramses II because of his Atonistic ideas.
The historian Josephus records that Moses was sent on a military expedition to Cush in an effort by Pharaoh's courtiers to get rid of the "dissident." There he not only found a wife but another outpost of Atonism on Elephantine Island.
thinks that it was in the wilderness of Cush that Moses saw the
burning bush and received his mission.
Anderson thinks that Moses encountered this golden tree during an initiation in the sun temple of Heliopolis. But it's more likely that he saw it in the sun temple of Elephantine Island right before he returned to Egypt. It's also likely that some of the Atonite priests who were descendants of Joseph and his family joined Moses in his mission.
The Bible records that there were two rival factions of priests
during the Exodus. One faction had Egyptian names such as Korah,
Dathan, Abiram and On.
When they entered Canaan, they settled around Shiloh and so became known as Shilonite priests. They became prominent around the time of Ezekial (589 BCE), Onias IV (160 BCE) and Jesus (4 BCE). These were also times when the Essenes were active.
The Qumran Essenes, based on the Shilonite priests, came to have a much purer Judaism that rejected animal sacrifice, idols, amulets and burial with worldly goods which crept into the Judaism of the rest of the Israelites. During the Exodus, these priests were pro-Moses and against the priests of Aaron.
It is likely that the priests of Aaron, who backslid into idolatry of the golden calf (the Egyptian Goddess Hathor) while Moses was on the mountain, may have been responsible for reintroducing another Egyptian practice of holocaust sacrifice, prohibited by Atonism. On Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the first set of tablets to present to the Hebrews.
It shows Moses receiving the tablets from the sun, which
is depicted as an opening in the sky.
The Bible records that just
before Jesus raised Lazarus, he "lifted up his eyes" to the sun and
prayed. The rod is a symbol of the life force, which every Egyptian
sun God and sun Gods from Babylonia, India and Peru are shown
wielding in paintings and wall carvings.
The Essenes and
Therapeuts considered themselves to be the children of light and so
did the early Christians.
The Therapeuts believed that pure souls returned to the sun and that
sunlight indeed is the heavenly, incorruptible food of the soul.
The sun is one part of this energy grid; the earth is the other. Savoy wrote elsewhere:
Savoy also mentioned in Project X that sun worshippers in Peru would stand on the summits of mountains or sun temples.
This made me think of the vortices and ley lines of the
earth grid, which are focal points and lines of electromagnetic
energy usually found on high points on the earth's surface and in
And the energy that powers this grid is the light of God.
Perhaps that's how God channeled the mysteries of the sun and then the Ten Commandments to Moses on the terrestrial temple of Mt. Sinai.
It's significant that key events in
Jesus' ministry occurred on the peaks of mountains and in streams
(his baptism, his last temptation, the sermon on the mount, his
transfiguration, his death, and his ascension).
Christians, who were not privy to these teachings, at first
worshipped the spirit of Christ in the sun, but around the third
century they lapsed into a personality cult of Jesus worship, which
has continued to this day.
In the Pistis Sophia, an ancient gospel suppressed for over a thousand years and ignored by the orthodox churches even after its publication in the last century, Jesus, after his resurrection, elaborates on the solar mysteries and how necessary they are for entering the kingdom of heaven:
How this purification occurs is hinted at in this further passage:
In the 'Essene Gospel of Peace', Jesus gives a teaching on the purifying role of sunlight in this baptism of fire.
He tells the sick after instructing them on fasting,
The receiving of this fire through sungazing with arms upraised in a Y formation or bent at the elbow and hands spread out and facing the sun was called by the Greeks "fire blooming" because the radiance or essence of the sun thus channeled burned away impurities in the solar plexus, which, by the way, is associated with the sun and with fire.
One can find wall carvings, paintings, statues, woodcuts and photographs of sun worshippers from all over the world - Hindus, Muslims, American Indians, ancient Egyptians, Medieval monks, Russians, Incas, and even aborigines in prehistoric petroglyphs - all with upraised arms.
William Henry wrote in Mary Magdalene: The Illuminator that when Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer, he also taught them this prayer position, which he learned from the Egyptians, who called it the Ka position.
also learned it from the Egyptians and used it to invoke the light
of God during the Israelites' battle with the Amalekites.
Significantly, the battle was won at sunset.
The soul, in order to be cut free from the counterfeit spirit, must utter,
This is the science of the spoken word, the uttering of
sacred mantras, prayers and songs that remove or restrain the evil
self, the "karmic records" of the individual.
They were also kept secret because of the threat of persecution.
During the Dark Ages, the mysteries of the sun survived and were passed down through the,
Many of these saints were brutally
murdered by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches in an
attempt to suppress their teachings, which threatened the Churches'
In 1840, Dr. Gustav Fechner, the father of psychophysics, experimented with gazing at the sun through colored filters and liquids. He did it at noon and, as a result, became blind and insane. However, after much prayer and meditation in a dark room, he recovered his sight and sanity and more.
seeing auras and angels, whom he called "beings from the sun."
Such a state can be attained through deep meditation, chanting and sungazing. Unfortunately, Paul was arrested in Rome and a few years later executed.
His true teachings on the mysteries of
the sun were lost for several centuries until they were resurrected
in Armenia and Syria during the late seventh century by the Paulicians. This group was so named because their teachings were the
Gnostic mysteries handed down from St. Paul when he brought them to
the Balkans and Syria during his ministry.
In the tenth century, a new Gnostic movement, the Bogomils, arose in Bulgaria, which carried many of the same beliefs and practices of the Paulicians, including sun worship.
However, their teachings were
based on the Gospel of John.
By the middle of the 12th century, Gnostic
schools like the
Knights Templars and
Cathars had sprung up and
spread throughout Western Europe. These were the Western European
counterparts of the Eastern European Bogomils.
The Cathars claimed to possess the Book of Love (AMOK) the original initiatory version of the Book of John (the only gospel the Cathars, Knights Templars and Bogomils read) which likely contained the solar mysteries. It taught that a spark or tiny sun of the Christ light dwelt in man's heart and it revealed how to nurture it like a seed of divinity so that it blossomed into the rose of the original rosy-cross mystery school.
This teaching, which reputedly could transform a human into a divine being, once belonged to,
reputed to be able to dissolve all hatred, anger and jealousy from
the hearts of men.
The light of the sun is the bread; its warmth is the wine. The Holy Grail is the brain's third ventricle or cavity containing the pineal and pituitary glands. This secret, known to the Cathars as the consolamentum ("with the sun in the mind"), was kept hidden from the uninitiated.
The Cathars believed man entered the kingdom of God through his soul, the seat of which was considered by Descartes to be the pineal gland. The Cathars believed that the solar elements of the Eucharist transubstantiated into the body and blood of Christ within themselves.
The world transubstantiation comes from the Latin trans, across, and substantia, substance.
This substance or glandular secretion, caught by the Holy Grail (the third ventricle), is what,
William Henry, in Mary Magdalene: The Illuminator, wrote,
It was also called Christos (anointing
oil) by the Essenes.
The use of mantras and chanting can awaken the pineal because it sits above the mouth suspended in the third ventricle, a chamber filled with cerebrospinal fluid.
Its location above the mouth in a fluid chamber makes the pineal gland quite uniquely positioned to respond to sonic vibrations.
Manly P. Hall, in The Opening of the Third Eye, stated that the pineal gland,
The bliss that is experienced during sungazing and chanting is not just a natural high.
According to William Henry, bliss is created by Christos and is a state of extreme happiness and freedom from attachment, conditioned responses and fear. It is the key required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov said that
only those who are happy and carefree like children can enter the
Kingdom of Heaven.
the Church had to exterminate them.
Although the light of the Cathars was snuffed out in the 13th century, at the beginning of the 20th century, the teachings of the Bogomils were revived by the master Peter Deunov and his chief disciple, Omraam Mikhail Aivanhov.
Throughout his childhood and
adolescence, he was inspired by reading the Gospel of John, lives of
the saints and books on yoga, which led him, at the age of fifteen,
to an experience of illumination or samadhi.
Later, he commented:
On the basis of his own spiritual experiences and of his reading of what he called the "Book of Nature," he discovered the mysteries of the sun before being taught them by Peter Deunov.
Mikhael and his
master would go together to meditate in the pre-dawn stillness and
watch the sun rise. Deunov also gave him the basic methods and
exercises in mantra, prayer and sacred song: the mysteries of the
One of the masters he met was the immortal
bodhisattva, Babaji, who in 1992 and 1998 gave his blessings to
another teacher of sungazing, sun yogi Hira Ratan Manek.
As he insisted:
He explains how we can use light to transform ourselves and become radiant as the sun.
In The Splendour of Tiphareth, he wrote,
Omraam loved to talk about the Spirit of the sun.
In this respect
his philosophy coincided with the age-old mysteries of the sun,
which taught that the true sun is not the star that is visible in
the sky, but the invisible spiritual sun, the source of all life,
light and love.
Omraam died in 1986, but his teachings on the mysteries of the sun live on in numerous books. Over 90 books have been published in English, and there are enough notes from his hundreds of lectures to fill another 400 books.
Of these books, the ones that are primarily concerned with the mysteries of the sun are,
Louise-Marie Frenette's newly-released biography of Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, The Life of a Master in the West, has just been published in New Zealand by First Edition Press.
Today, his teachings and sungazing rituals are practiced by the I.D.E.A.L. Society, The Hearts Center and other spiritual communities around the world.