Sabian Symbols: Man bringing down law from Sinai
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
22nd degree of Pisces (21°- 22°)
CODE OF CONDUCT
Our spiritual understandings need to be expressed finally
in terms of behaviour and responses to others
Some of life’s mysteries are self-revealing – as we stumble along we learn by trial and error. Yet some laws of life are to be revealed because they are counter-intuitive and need us to put aside the demands of the fearful ego. One obvious example is the Golden Rule – do as you’d be done by. The problem with Moses and the Ten Commandments is that such an imposed mandate is quickly warped by power-possessors from spiritual guidelines into enforced regulations. Life certainly has its laws – the law of gravity for example – but these are at another level of truth than the supposed laws of society, which are in fact politically motivated regulations such as the property laws.
A PROPHET CARRYING TABLETS OF THE NEW LAW IS WALKING DOWN THE SLOPES OF MOUNT SINAI
A prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slope of mount Sinai
Some people take on the responsibility to make known to the world a spiritual code
To climb a mountain and receive a God-given directive that guides and instructs is – at least symbolically –something we are all capable of.
We probably all have such inner aspirations – mostly hidden of course. With such a divine mandate, a person takes on a higher burden of responsibility as their duty to make known to the world what they believe is a legitimate code by which to live. Certainly this appears to be the case when it is a generally accepted aspect of society that everyone has a right to their point of view about the meaning of life, which right is fiercely and emotionally defended. This is true whether or not they have the background or intellect to comprehend subtle questions of philosophy or morality.
For the improvement of mankind, ultimately we are given to self-sacrifice – to put aside the fulfilment of personal wants and needs in order to align our purposes with those that we perceive to serve God’s will and the greatest common good.
What we enjoy or endure as our experience of life can be considered mundane or spiritual according to our perceptions. The point is to overcome any inclinations of the fearful ego to see itself as more important or less important, and simply see that life itself – in every detail – is potentially a mystical encounter.
The very existence of the concept of spirituality needs to be carefully considered. If nothing is spiritual, or if everything is spiritual, then we have no legitimate purpose for the concept of spirituality. Surely, ‘is it spiritual or not?’ is a matter of free will? And we are free to choose whether to go through life seeing it all as a spiritual experience.
Why does society create institutions for the welfare of people in need? Is this really the inevitable arising out of the survival instinct, to protect our tribe’s genetic bloodline? Some would say it is more properly understood as an expression of the inherent kindness of humanity, a mandate which speaks of our innate spirituality.
Kindness is just one of the many ideals to which a person aspires, which we have collectively adopted as indications of goodness. The very fact of these ideals registers throughout eternity as the signature of humanity’s spiritual condition. From time to time these ideals are described and defined by inspired individuals, whom we call prophets and whom we so often raise up as role models and custodians of morality.