Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Esoteric Interpretation of Matthew 7:6

"It is unkind to point out the Obvious to those who don't want to see it.
But it's worse to point out the Invisible to those convinced it doesn't exist."
This is why Jesus said: ""Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces."...................Matthew 7:6
My friend on Facebook Malcolm asked this question “Lets assume we saw this for the first time without interpretation - what does it mean?”
Many sayings of Christ are veiled in hidden and deeper meaning. It depends on who is seeing. If one is a literal Scripture interpreter that person comes under the categories of people who believe that there is no other meaning except the literal. They either do not want to see it or simply negate any other interpretation.
But to one who is inclined to deeper study of the esoteric content of the Bible, this saying in Matthew means that esoteric teachings are not meant for all. Christ had two levels of disciples. He had those who operated through pure faith and devotion like Peter, Andrew and most of the other followers and He taught through deeper dialogue with John, Thomas, Mary of Magdala, Nichodemus (who was a theologian) and Lazarus.

The Christian Gnostics (it should be noted that according to St. Clement of Alexandria, Christian Gnostic is a Christian who had attained the deeper teaching of the Logos) emphasized spiritual knowledge rather than blind faith as the road to salvation. They indicated that they possessed secret knowledge (i.e., “gnosis” in Greek) concerning the hidden meaning of the “resurrection.” This was a part of the secret teachings of Jesus handed down to them by the apostles. This special knowledge was restricted to people who were given the public teachings of Christianity before qualifying to be initiated and receive the secret teachings.

The dogs and pigs are in the animal kingdom whose consciousness are not evolved to the same level as those of humans especially in the process of accessing spiritual insights in the evolutionary journey. The common man rooted to worldly existence and those who are in the Karmic journey of ascendance from a lower level of existence cannot be given the esoteric content of Christ’s message.

This is very clearly explained in Vedic philosophy. The two paths are classified as Bhakti Yoga and Jñana Yoga.

“The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”…………Matthew 13: 10-16

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify.


  1. The same is referred in Bhagavad Gita as:
    That we should not unnecessarily teach & preach the people of vicious nature:

    "idam te natapaskaya
    nabhaktaya kadachana
    na chasusrusave vacyam
    na cha mam yo ’bhyasuyati"(Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 67)

    "Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, This confidential divine knowledge should never be explained to those who are not pure, austere, or are not devoted to God, or are not engaged in devotional service, nor to one who is envious of God."

    "ya idam paramam guhyam
    mad-bhaktesv abhidhasyati
    bhaktim mayi param kritva
    mam evaishyaty asamsayah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 68)

    "Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, one who explains this supreme divine knowledge secret to the devotees of God, pure devotional service is guaranteed to that person, and at the end he will surely achieve the God."

    So we should not unnecessarily teach & preach the people of bad nature who hate God.

    What a similarity in these Teachings.

  2. Thank you Ram for the comparison from Bhagawat Gita.