May 14 2012

Edmond Bordeaux Szekely – I will praise thy works

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I will praise thy works (from The Communions)
by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

I will praise thy works
With songs of thanksgiving,
In all the generations of time.
With the coming of day
I embrace my Mother,
With the coming of night,
I join my Father,
And with the outgoing
Of evening and morning
I will breathe Their Law,
And I will not interrupt these Communions
Until the end of time.

— from The Essene Gospel of Peace: Book Two: The Unknown Books of the Essenes, by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely

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This psalm reminds me of mornings living on Maui. I’d wake up early, go for a barefoot walk among the eucalyptus forest breathing the cool mountain air, sit and meditate in a small cave while the sun rose. I fasted a lot, and ate mostly uncooked foods, wild greens, papayas, guavas, bananas… It was a time when I intensely nurtured a joyful, intimate connection with both the worlds of nature and spirit — with both the Mother and the Father, as Szekely might say.

With the coming of day
I embrace my Mother,
With the coming of night,
I join my Father…

Szekely’s Essene material is fascinating within the Christian tradition in that it overtly recognizes God as both Father and Mother. At dawn practitioners of the neo-Essene tradition commune with God as the “Earthly Mother” through the forces of nature as one prepares for the activities of the day in the physical world. Later, in preparation for the internal world of the evening, the communion is with God as the “Heavenly Father” by connecting to the highest qualities of the human spirit, like love, wisdom, and peace.

And with the outgoing
Of evening and morning
I will breathe Their Law…

Have a beautiful day!

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Hungary/France/Mexico (1905 – 1979) Timeline

Edmond Bordeaux Szekely is a fascinating, controversial figure who had a strong influence on modern New Age notions of Christian spirituality and on natural health.

He was born in Hungary in the early 1900s, the grandson of Sandor Szekely, a respected poet and Unitarian Bishop of Cluj. Edmond Bordeaux Szekely became a linguist and philologist, with degrees from the University of Paris, and also from Vienna and Leipzig.

As a young adult, he was friends with such well-known European thinkers as Aldous Huxley and Romain Rolland.

Szekely became an immediately controversial figure when he published The Essene Gospel of Peace in the 1920s, and a revised version in the 1930s. It purports to be a previously unknown gospel of Jesus, in which Jesus teaches vegetarianism, natural health practices, an understanding of the natural world as an expression of the feminine aspect of God, and a unique view of angels as the embodiment of divine and natural forces. Szekely claimed that he discovered this scripture while doing research in the Vatican’s “secret archives” — which the Vatican denies existed.

Szekely later established a natural health retreat in Mexico following the outlines from The Essene Gospel of Peace. He also published in later years further short scriptures and psalms which he asserts were part of his original discovery, publishing them as Books 2 – 4 of The Essene Gospel of Peace.

Critics and scholars generally agree that Szekely’s Essene Gospel of Peace is not a genuine historical document, and instead reflect the natural health and back-to-nature spiritualities that became prominent in Europe following World War I, the period when the first of Szekely’s books was released. But there remain to this day various Neo-Essene groups deeply inspired by the lifestyle and spirituality of the The Essene Gospel of Peace.

This controversy parallels several other debates over the true origins of other esoteric writings. A similar question arises, for example, with the origin of the Zohar, one of the central texts of Jewish Kabbalah, which was presented in the late 1200s by the Spanish Jewish mystic Moses de Leon as a work originating in the third century CE, but which most scholars believe to have been written by Moses de Leon himself. Attribution to a more ancient authority is a fairly common practice in sacred writings throughout history. One can find this process in the Bible itself. Though in modern times it is much less acceptable for academic reasons. That does not necessarily diminish the spiritual insight and inspiration that can be found in such works.

In the Poetry Chaikhana, I have chosen to list the poetry and psalm excerpts from The Essene Gospels as being “by” Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, rather than “translated by” him.

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  1. Gillon 15 May 2012 at 3:36 am

    Thank you for the explaination as to why I found the calf image in the bottom right hand side of the pen sketch and just above it to the right the face of a trumpeting angel……

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