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An Edgar Casē Study / Essenes
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  1. Edgar Cayce Reading
09/03/1940

35. (Q) What books are best to read on the period?
(A) Josephus [see: Flavius Josephus], of course, is among the best; but those that have been a part of the experience of individuals are very good - as Asch. (2067-2)



  1. Prophecies





  1. Similarities
    1. Spiritual Regeneration
2. For there are three philosophical sects among the Jews. The followers of the first of which are the Pharisees; of the second, the Sadducees; and the third sect, which pretends to a severer discipline, are called Essens. These last are Jews by birth, and seem to have a greater affection for one another than the other sects have. These Essens reject pleasures as an evil, but esteem continence, and the conquest over our passions, to be virtue. They neglect wedlock, but choose out other persons children, while they are pliable, and fit for learning, and esteem them to be of their kindred, and form them according to their own manners. They do not absolutely deny the fitness of marriage, and the succession of mankind thereby continued; but they guard against the lascivious behavior of women, and are persuaded that none of them preserve their fidelity to one man.1


On the west side of the Dead Sea, but out of range of the noxious exhalations of the coast, is the solitary tribe of the Essenes, which is remarkable beyond all the other tribes in the whole world, as it has no women and has renounced all sexual desire, has no money, and has only palm-trees for company. Day by day the throng of refugees is recruited to an equal number by numerous accessions of persons tired of life and driven thither by the waves of fortune to adopt their manners. Thus through thousands of ages (incredible to relate) a race in which no one is born lives on for ever: so prolific for their advantage is other men's weariness of life!2


    1. Miscellaneous
      1. Authority
11/11/1939

37. Hence the entity was acquainted with the hardships, the edicts of the Romans, as well as of the Jewish leader of the experience; knowing of the hardships as brought on by those who were the priests of the experience.

38. And in the present experience of the entity, those who set themselves as being an authority are as dirt to the entity.

39. These the entity disliked.

40. Know rather within self that no entity, no individual is in any place or position, or power, save by the purposes of the Divine. (1709-3)

06/24/1938

8. We find these conditions have been in other lands centralized, localized into individual activities - as in Russia, Italy, Germany; the conditions that exist in Spain, in China, in Japan are what? The oppression of the producers by those for whom and to whom such power has come to be used as their opportunity for becoming their brother's keeper; and not as represented in some lands, the disregarding of the other's rights.

9. Then those who are in power must know that they ARE their brother's keeper, and give expression to that which has been indicated in "Thou shalt love the Lord with all they heart and mind and body, and thy neighbor as thyself." (3976-19)

7. But now if any one hath a mind to come over to their sect, he is not immediately admitted, but he is prescribed the same method of living which they use for a year, while he continues excluded'; and they give him also a small hatchet, and the fore-mentioned girdle, and the white garment. And when he hath given evidence, during that time, that he can observe their continence, he approaches nearer to their way of living, and is made a partaker of the waters of purification; yet is he not even now admitted to live with them; for after this demonstration of his fortitude, his temper is tried two more years; and if he appear to be worthy, they then admit him into their society. And before he is allowed to touch their common food, he is obliged to take tremendous oaths, that, in the first place, he will exercise piety towards God, and then that he will observe justice towards men, and that he will do no harm to any one, either of his own accord, or by the command of others; that he will always hate the wicked, and be assistant to the righteous; that he will ever show fidelity to all men, and especially to those in authority, because no one obtains the government without God's assistance; and that if he be in authority, he will at no time whatever abuse his authority, nor endeavor to outshine his subjects either in his garments, or any other finery; that he will be perpetually a lover of truth, and propose to himself to reprove those that tell lies; that he will keep his hands clear from theft, and his soul from unlawful gains; and that he will neither conceal any thing from those of his own sect, nor discover any of their doctrines to others, no, not though anyone should compel him so to do at the hazard of his life. Moreover, he swears to communicate their doctrines to no one any otherwise than as he received them himself; that he will abstain from robbery, and will equally preserve the books belonging to their sect, and the names of the angels [or messengers]. These are the oaths by which they secure their proselytes to themselves.3






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