We will travel in thought and heart to the threshold of consciousness of the new Golden Age of Truth. Let’s try to look at what the Era of Light and Love is in the teachings of the Semitic (Kashmiri) lineage of the Sages of the Golden Robe. Satyayuga is undoubtedly the fulfilment of biblical messianic prophecies, in particular Isaiah’s prophecies about the New Covenant. The Golden Age Movement looks forward to the fulfilment of the prophecy of Revelation: “Behold, God’s tabernacle is with men: And He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and He will be ‘God in them’ (Emmanuel). And he will wipe away the tears from their eyes, and death will be no more. There will be no more mourning, no crying, no pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:3,4)
Emmanuel literally means ‘God Within’. According to prophecy, we can expect God to appear in us or through our own interior. This is in line with the teachings of the Rishis that in the Golden Age everyone will hear the Voice of God in their own hearts and act in accordance with this Voice of Conscience. So we are looking for God in ourselves, inside ourselves, in our hearts. Yoga calls God understood in this way with the word Ishvara. The translation of the Bible into Sanskrit takes this knowledge into account and translates the word God used in the gospels clearly as Ishwara. It is worth adding that this is especially true of Protestant editions of the Bible. EL always means God or Divinity. El Shaday is God Almighty. Elohim is God Father and Mother, a dual being who creates man in his/her own image and likeness, as male and female. The Father is Yahveh and the Mother is Shekinah (Light).
So we are looking for the Inner God, the Divinity and Perfection in the human heart. All in accordance with the prophecy of Isaiah, who says: “Sinners, convert in heart!” (Isa. 48:22), and further: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and let the wicked man forsake his plotting. Let him turn to the Lord (Yahveh, the Father) and to our God (El), and He will have mercy on them, for He is generous in forgiveness” (Isa. 55:7). Truly, the Forgiving God is the One to Whom all persons who consciously enter the Golden Age of Truth turn with all their hearts.
And when we are converted and turned in our hearts to Emmanuel, to ‘God in Us’, then the Holy Scripture says about us: “They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord (Yahvh)” (Isa. 63:12). The prophet Isaiah also predicts: “You will be called priests of the Lord; you will be called servants of our God.” (Isa. 61:6) The New Golden Age is created by all people who know God within themselves, turning to Him with all their hearts from their sinful and worldly ways. Thanks to this, they become a Holy People, Redeemed by the Lord (Ishwara). Each participant of the Golden Age Movement is a priest of God and His servant.
We send Light through active contemplation in accordance with the Messianic prophecy. “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you” (Isa. 60:1). “Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” (Isaiah 2:5). According to God’s command, we walk in the light as bearers of the light also called the Glory of the Lord. Hence, there are so many movements teaching techniques of awakening light, enlightenment and illumination. We learn to reach Emmanuel, God within us, and raise up the light of our Lord to shine as His glory (shine) before us.
In the Golden Age Movement we are vegetarians, because the Lord, the God of Angelic Hosts (Yahveh Shebaot), calls eating meat and drinking wine iniquity through the mouth of the Prophet Isaiah. The Holy People cannot do iniquity. The Golden Age Movement does not participate in the crime of slaughtering oxen, slaughtering rams and devouring meat (Isa. 22:13,14). The Holy People – members of the New Age Movement around the world – do not consume sycera (vodka) or wine, because woe to those who drink vodka and wine (Isa. 5:11, 12 and 22). “Those who eat the flesh of swine and the creeping things and the mice will perish together, says the Lord” (Isaiah 66:17). We are called to life, not to perish, if we reveal the Presence of I Am, the God in us.
Considering the messianic vegetarianism, a fundamentally plant-based diet, we can add that even the Apostle Paul, striving for a new life and a new earth, after various controversial considerations that can easily be misleading, vows vegetarianism and argues that it is better not to eat meat. “Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to stumble (make him worse)” (1 Cor. 8:13). “It is good [it is better] not to eat meat or drink wine or anything that will cause your brother to fall” (Rom. 14:21). Elsewhere in Ap. Paul, emphasizing the sinfulness of the Greeks and Jews, mentions the following: “Their throat is an open grave” (Acts 3:13). A grave is a place where a body or corpse is placed. Cannibalism was neither mass nor widespread at that time, so the important point is that it is sinful and a departure from God to make one’s throat a grave for animals. So much for Paul in the supplement to Isaiah. People of the New Age of Truth are easily recognized because they follow these principles of purity and righteousness.
“It will be confirmed that every month at the new moon and every week on the Sabbath (Saturday) every man will come to worship me, says the Lord (Yahveh)” (Isa. 66:23). This is how to get to know the participants of the New Covenant in their ongoing spiritual practice. Every person can join in the celebration of the New Moon and Shabbat (Saturday) celebrated by the people of the New Era. Spiritual exercises with prostrations in the lunar rhythm indicated by Isaiah constitute the foundation of the spiritual culture of the Golden Age. These holidays will set the rhythm of life and work for ten thousand years of the Golden Age.
Participants of the Golden Age can also be recognized by their rejection of all obligations related to military service and their claims to eliminate all armies and weapons production. Great pacifists and peace activists constitute a certain vanguard of this Movement on the scale of all humanity. This is the implementation of Isaiah’s prophecy in practice. “They will no longer train themselves for war” (Isa. 2:4). We turn swords into plowshares. We reject military service and any preparation for war. Terrorism and religious wars certainly have no basis in God and do not come from Him.
In conversion and peace lies our salvation, in silence and trust lies our strength, according to Isaiah 30:15. We practice conversion to God in us, to Emmanuel and we practice in silence full of peace. Our hope is in our Lord forever, our way is righteousness and faithfulness (Isa. 26:2-4). We trust in ‘God Within Us’!
In the New Era we learn about eternal life, about immortality. We trust God, and He has promised: “and death will be no more” (Rev. 21:4), “He will tear off the veil on this mountain, … he will destroy death once and for all” (Isa. 25:7).
We contemplate the symbol of the tree of life because it is an announcement of longevity. “The longevity of my people will be like the longevity of a tree” (Isa. 65:22). Revelation 22:14 says this about the people who constitute the Kingdom of God, the Golden Age of Truth: “Blessed are they who wash their robes, that the power of the tree of life may be theirs, and that they may enter into the City by the gates.” By washing our clothes, we cleanse them as God commanded through the mouth of Isaiah (Isa. 1:16, 17). We care about justice and practice goodness. We support the oppressed, we stop doing evil, including the evil of killing oxen, sheep and other shameful deeds.
Hosts of angels (mal`achim) called devas in Sanskrit are the subject of study and teaching in the Golden Age of Truth and Justice. “The Lord of hosts – Him you hold holy”, and in Hebrew, the original name is Yahveh Sebaoth. This is the Name that awes (Isaiah 8:13). This is our wonderful, biblical Holy Name, whose Glory (Light, Radiance) we proclaim. We call upon the Lord of hosts and sing high praises to Him, according to the commandment (Isa. 12:5). “Behold, the Lord comes in FIRE, and His Chariots rush like a storm,” (Isa. 66:15). We are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth, a new Jerusalem descending from HEAVEN (shamayim) from the Lord of Hosts, from the One who is the Ruler of angels, the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Heaven. The City of Peace created anew is to be the City of Peace, a new Ariel – the Lion of God, as Isaiah says (Isa. 29:1).
Perhaps a small digression about the meaning of the initials of the Name YHVH, which is read Adonai (Lord), would be appropriate here. According to the teachings of ancient rabbis, the four letters symbolize the Cross and the four directions of the world. YHVH is the Lord of the World, the Lord of the four corners of the world. It is also a symbol of the four elements. YHVH is God and Lord over the four elements, respectively fire, air, water and earth. In Him we live, move and have our being. The actual word for God in Hebrew is Elohim.
Disciples of the Biblical Golden Age offer obeisance to God. This is why we worship the Lord of hosts: “Yes, every knee shall bow to me, every tongue shall swear by me, saying, ‘Only with the Lord is justice and power.’“ The Prophet also says about this God the following: “They will worship You with their faces to the ground and lick the dust of Your feet” (Isa. 49.23). These prophecies are made about the New Covenant religion for the Golden Age, Paradise on Earth. This may be a test of how to recognize the true devotees of God. They bow down with their faces to the ground, according to the prophecy.
The Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord, we are waiting for a messenger raised from the East, called by justice, who will bring law and a new covenant to the nations (Isa. 41:2 and 25). In the light of this prophecy, the Messiah is a person coming from the eastern side of the state of Israel. So it will be India or Persia. It is right to expect spiritual salvation from those lands.
The New Age community consists of people walking along the Holy Way, which cannot be walked by the impure or the foolish. The Holy Way is the Way of liberated and saved people. With joyful singing, with eternal happiness on our faces, we return to Mount Zion to the Lord of hosts. Redeemed and liberated, we achieve joy and eternal happiness. Sorrow and lamentation depart from the liberated people, thus fulfilling another prophecy about us (Isa. 35:8-10). This is true ananda.
The Lord of hosts sits among the cherubim. The teachings about the Lord’s Angelic Hosts and His Chariots (hierarchies and choirs) are the subject of our research and study. The Lord of hosts is the God of all the kingdoms of the world, the God who made heaven and earth (Isaiah 37:16). If Yahveh Shebaoth sits among the cherubim, then of course His very essence is also a cherub – a sage. This Cherubim is the Ruler of the World, the Lord of all kingdoms. Angel King over earthly kingdoms.
No temple is specifically assigned to us, for the Lord has said: “The heavens are My THRONE, and the earth is My footstool. What house can you build for me and what place can you give me to live in?” (Isaiah 66:1). In Him we live, move and have our being – as said in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 17:28). We grow in the consciousness of God, in the consciousness of living and moving in the Being of the Cherubim who is the Lord of Hosts. In particular, we constantly remember that we have BREATH from God (Acts 17:25).
Here the new Jerusalem (City of Peace) appears as a new earth and a new heaven. Uriel, called the “Fire of God”, appears in a special way. The City of Peace is called Uriel in the sense of the fire altar itself in the temple. The God in Fire is the God in Uriel. The New Jerusalem is the whole earth together with the Heavens – this is Ariel, the Lion of God (Isa. 29:1). The worship of the archangel Uriel is the worship of God in Fire (Agni) on the sacrificial altar. Honour for Ariel is honour for the entire temple of peace, which appears as a new earth.
We touch the ground with our foreheads – the footstool of His feet. In the fire we remember the God of Peace and the new Jerusalem (Isa. 29:1, and 66:15). Here are the sure signs of how to recognize the people of the New Age, how to recognize the signs of the arrival of a new, true Christianity.
The Lord of hosts sits on cherubim, the seraphim stand before Him, slightly above Him, as described by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 6:2). Seraphim from among the hosts and chariots of the Lord take burning coal from the altar (Uriel) and, at God’s command, touch their lips, blotting out guilt and taking away all sin. Seraphim are the angels who bring us forgiveness of sins (guilt), who give us salvation, liberation. Seraphim are spirits of FORGIVENESS. Liberation, however, comes at the command of God himself, the Lord of Angels. You can then hear directly the Voice of God Speaking (Isa. 6:6-8). “Incline your ear and come to Me, listen to Me, and your soul will live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you: these are sure favours for David” (Isa. 55:3).
“I am the Lord your God, teaching you what is good and directing you in the way you go. Oh, if you would pay attention to my commandments, your peace would be like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isa. 48:17,18). The Golden Age Movement accepts the mercy of the Forgiving God. Seraphim touch the mouth of the adept with fire from the altar, and his guilt and all sinfulness are erased. We trust in the Forgiving Love of the Seraphim.
The Golden Age (New Age) Movement is the beginning of a universal Kingdom of Peace and Justice that is not of this world. God in Us, Emmanuel, instructs and directs His Holy People directly. “All your (Temple of Peace) sons will be disciples of the Lord (Yahveh), great will be the happiness of your children. You will be firmly established in righteousness” (Isaiah 54:13, 14). The message from the East, it is worth noting, mainly conveys the teachings of happiness (ananda).
I trust that these few considerations, based mainly on the Book of Isaiah, have introduced you to the Golden Age Movement from the perspective of biblical teachings, both Jewish and Christian. You can learn much more if you want. This only requires an open examination of the Holy Books. The Golden Age of Truth is ahead of us. The time of fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecies, made over 2,700 years ago, is being fulfilled today. It turns out that the existence and activities of the New Age Movement have a stronger basis in the Bible than in the books of India. The Golden Age Movement is nothing other than the End Times Messianic Church of Universal Devotion and Rosicrucianism. The dawn of the New Era of Truth (emet, satya) and Justice (tzedek, dharma), Peace (shalom, śantih) and Love (ahava, prema) appears throughout the entire Movement as the fulfilment of all messianic prophecies.
For Christians of today’s era, we can quote the words of Isaiah so that they know where they are heading in their praise of carnivorousness: “And in the meantime there is nothing but joy and fun, slaughtering oxen and slaughtering rams, eating meat and drinking wine: ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’ – But the LORD of hosts made himself heard in my ears: Surely this iniquity will not be forgiven you until you die” (Isa. 22:13,14). In order to enter the heavenly New Jerusalem, one must abandon the sin of eating meat and drinking wine, even during mass. Otherwise there will be no forgiveness of sins.
We prepare ourselves by purification and trust in our God, the Lord of hosts, as God within us. We believe that the Kingdom of Truth, Justice, Love and Peace of ‘God within us’ – Emmanuel – lies ahead of us as the Golden Age. This is the pure path of joy and happiness. Hum!
Many Blessings on your Path to Awakening and Realization!
Om Namaśśivaya! Hum! Acharyacharya Swami Lalita-Mohan G.K.