Marten_van_Valckenborch_Tower_of_babel-largeEvery myth, parable or a story (fairy tale) has series of hidden symbols that are more often than not interpreted in an external way; describing certain events, laws, rules etc. Yet, while there is this external interpretation of symbols; through parables, myths, stories, there is also an inner interpretation, one more true than the external one. Still, the inner one is not aimed at a wide population but at a specific category of people, at people whose evolution is no more focused on the external, not focused on minds which serve solely the external world and physical (“ordinary”) life. In this way, the symbols of stories and parables are of a different quality, and are related to the internal world of individual man, a man as an individual. Within such interpretation, the external interpretation of symbols can be related to the internal, and yet, doesn’t have to be related to it at all.

The purpose of a parable or a story is to serve as a guide for a mind which is at the crossing between being externally and internally orientated. It directs the mind toward a specific way of understanding, the kind connected with a personal learning, with personal examples, with the evolution of conscience and the emotional mind, but also with moral principles arising from conscience, not from social belief and social environment. A parable is easily understandable to all the levels of human consciousness, yet on each level it will be understood in a different way. Obviously, here I am talking about Understanding, not about comprehension of the intellectual mind, which comes about through friction of “yes” and “no” i.e. of “discernment between good and evil”. Understanding is wholesome, it involves all of the minds together with crystallized consciousness. Comprehension, on the other hand, involves evolution of the mind and its ability to discern between “yes and no”, its ability to develop a discriminating awareness, to discern, discriminate better. As the structure of a man changes, as his soul begins to develop; to crystallize but also as it loses samskaras which limit it, so the interpretation of parables, stories, symbols changes. He puts his emotional mind into them, a mind which gradually develops the so called Conscience, i.e. emotional feeling, emotional consciousness, and consciousness is always intelligence. This intelligence enables a deeper comprehension and the appearance of understanding which is focused on his personal growth and development.

The so called Sacred Scriptures are filled with such examples which can be interpreted in different ways, according to one’s inner evolution. Men are divided into seven distinct categories and each category of men will interpret parables, stories and symbols differently. Every category will understand the teaching and its ideas in a different way, as well understand differently what the teaching is pointing towards, whether it’s a religious, spiritual or esoteric teaching. (which is currently in a complete mess, and since these categories of teaching are mixed up nowadays, I am using the standard, everyday classification.) The obvious problem is in mixing these different categories of men into other different categories of teachings which are fused on today’s scene of, generally speaking, any kind of teaching. Thus we have teachings which cannot be understood by the lower categories of human consciousness and evolution, yet those men use them according to their level of understanding and subsequently destroy the strength of those teachings; or, we have lower level interpretations which are used by higher categories of people and thus they block their own further development of consciousness. If we insist upon this, the so-called matrix of this world has protected itself with ready- made accusations of superiority, status and specialness, so that the few people who understand this, can’t go public with the interpretation, afraid of being judged in such a way. Those who comprehend this completely are usually not available to the public or they present themselves in a specific way so that the public can’t notice them.

The interpretation of symbols differ from one man to another, or, to be more precise, from one type of man to another, or from one quality of consciousness to a different, higher one. Lower qualities of consciousness always effort to enter into higher qualities of consciousness, yet not for their own development but to disrupt the evolutionary flow of higher quality of consciousness, and also because of the laws that are carried out through them aiming to prevent the evolution of the higher, to limit it or to set it down to a lower level, the level which suits them. Developed man understands this very quickly, but his ability to detach himself, with full clarity, from these lower levels of existence and evolution, depends on whether he managed to work through his lower mind and on how much he allows the lower forces to interfere with his growth.  And yet, this in itself enables his growth and development until he realizes a way to restrain himself, a way to hide. In biblical interpretation, this type of people and their “persecution” is connected with the idea of “persecution of Christians”, provided that “a Christian” can be only one who has become aware of the Living Christ within himself, i.e. of his True Self, The Awake state of consciousness, walking the path which has the same name. All others, identified with this term due to their birth in the so-called “tradition” or within a nation that has been enslaved and force- fed the new religion in the advent of Christianity, yet is now convinced, thanks to brainwashing, that it is his traditional religion- have nothing to do with this term, except they like it, it suits their mindset, it suits their dream.

Nearly all who follow some of the Living Teachings know about the parable of “The Tower of Babel”:

“The whole world spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. Now, as people moved from the east they found a valley in the land of Shinar where they settled. They said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them in the fire. ’For stone they used bricks, and for mortar they used bitumen. ’Come,’ they said, ‘let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, so that we do not get scattered all over the world. ’Now Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the Sons of Men had built. ’So they are all a single people with a single language!’ said Yahweh. ‘This is only the start of their undertakings! Now nothing they plan to do will be beyond them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language there, so that they cannot understand one another. ’Yahweh scattered them thence all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, since there Yahweh confused the language of the whole world, and from there Yahweh scattered them all over the world.” (The Bible, Old Testament, The Book of Genesis, 11)

If deeper understanding is your goal, forget all the interpretations you’ve heard of this story, parable, and the meaning given to symbols.

The symbols of the fall of a man and of his consciousness, in this story:

“World” signifies a man’s life, personality, material life and body as well as the mind using it in life. In a sense, “World” indicates both the external mind as well the internal mind in another sense (to interpret parables and its symbols). “World” is all that you think of yourself, all that you know, assume, all that you are as a human being, without the higher centers or minds, without a developed consciousness.

In this parable, “people” are the ones who aspired to inner development, to a higher consciousness, but haven’t succeeded in their inner evolution.

“Moving from the east”– the east always signifies the highest man, i.e. his highest Nature in a cosmological sense. On the level of people it signifies those who have reached unity with God and passed through all of the levels of that evolution. Failing in their attempt to unite with the Highest Nature, to “be like Gods”, they were “cast out” from the higher level of consciousness. They have left that level which they couldn’t reach, they were cast out from the circle of the humanity of that level (thrown out of Paradise) and “moving from the east, they found a valley in a land”.

“Valley” signifies the lower level of consciousness, everyday level of human consciousness, one restricted to itself, confined to its own pleasures, sensuality, to the external mind, that is, an inner mind which is partially developed. To put it out of symbolism, these kind of men, who had once belonged to a conscious circle of humanity, are the founders of religions, spirituality, of various teachings. (here I am not thinking of those you think are the founders of religions and teachings, like Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, etc. because they DID NOT FOUND A SINGLE religion). Provided that a religion is an organized concept and that it’s ideas are based upon the literal truth (stone, rock solid truth) which nowadays, as we can see, is not the case. On the other hand, “valley” also signifies that lowest place inside you, your most mechanical part and its mechanisms, i.e. parts of the personality, parts that are associated with life, success, with aspiring after the material, with the meanings that you give to yourself, with your self-image and so forth.

In this symbolism, “to settle” means taking the position. In other symbols which are related to this one, the meaning is exactly stated. To take position in the lowest part of yourself means to declare that part important, the highest; giving it a specific meaning connected with human strive for success, with arrogance, pleasure and so on.

“Bricks”, in this sense, signify something which is used instead of “stone”. “Stone” is the literal truth and “brick” is the truth fused with personal movements of human mind.

In all that we do we are bound to use concepts and ideas. In this sense, concepts and ideas belong to the “brick” which was constructed for personal interpretation of the truth (stone) and for manipulation. Needless to say, today’s religion and spirituality were created on this exact spot of “Babylon”, both in the internal and the external sense, because religion ALMOST ALWAYS corresponds to personal likes and to selfish personal goals.

‘Come,’ they said, ‘let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, so that we do not get scattered all over the world.’ –this is one of the most important segments of the story because it talks about the whole purpose of the Tower of Babel, talks of its motive, its aim.

Within us, “East” stands for the highest part of ourselves, for our True Consciousness. “Valley” is about the lowest part of us. “People” who haven’t succeeded are our personal ambitions, habits, needs, personality flaws, arrogance, manipulation, etc. that can not enter “the Kingdom of Heaven”. These are the parts that descend into the “valleys of Babylon” and “build towers so they can make a name for themselves”. Their sole purpose is matter and success in earthly life. If we picture this in a form of different desires, needs, habits, intentions connected with the corporeal, vices, etc. then this part of the story becomes clear within the rest of the symbolism.

‘Come,’ they said, ‘let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top reaching heaven”

“Yahweh” is the highest part of our consciousness. The Divine spark within us. His consciousness is manifested within the human, within man. At the same time “Yahweh” stands for the two of the highest minds within man, minds that are his potential if he awakens, wakes up.

‘Now Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower that the Sons of Men had built. ’So they are all a single people with a single language!’ said Yahweh. ‘This is only the start of their undertakings! Now nothing they plan to do will be beyond them.”

If a man’s lower structure can be “one” in its aspirations nothing can prevent it from attaining what it wishes or aims for. The whole of our lower structure is unified in its aspiration for the material-bodily life and for satisfaction. And this is what destroys our progress within Spiritual aim. Sometimes it is called “the evil one”, sometimes “the devil”, sometimes “ego”, sometimes “general law” or its manifestation within the human cosmology (inner cosmology). “God”, “Yahweh” etc. is used for denoting a higher human structure, one that is developed in some individuals who, taken together, make „the Kingdom of Heaven” that is, conscious humanity. A Man in its fullest meaning, not a „man” as we understand it  today. Today’s conception of a man is not what the Scriptures are talking about, nor is it a man of the present or one of the past, but a specific type of “man”; “a dead man”, ”a machine”, ” a zombie”, a corpse”.

The “Son of Man” signifies precisely that which is human in us; a concoction of animalistic vital (emotional) mind, vegetative physical mind and intellect as a symbol of a man. In it there is no Divine quality which is consciousness, observer, Real I, Christ.

‘Yahweh scattered them thence all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel, since there Yahweh confused the language of the whole world, and from there Yahweh scattered them all over the world.”

In what way could this consciousness called “Yahweh” destroy the ambitions of the whole personality or “the Sons of Men”? By making sure they don’t understand each other, by making them unable to cooperate, in a way that each wants something else, or even wants the same but with a different understanding of what it is.

So called “confused languages “aren’t what many think they are– all of the languages of this world, e.g. English, Croatian, Serbian, etc. Even on this last example, where we know that Croatian and Serbian are one and the same as Bosnian language, we see what it means to “confuse languages” and how the feeling of arrogance, conceit of people, their so called egoism, confuses languages. On this example we can understand how “the Lord confused their language“. They didn’t speak in foreign languages, but in a language that had a different meaning for each symbol in the language. When unconscious human personality traits participate in the interpretation of language, each of them has its own meaning for a particular word and symbol.  As a symbol, “A, b, c” are the same, but the meaning of the words is not. In accordance with that, the meanings they give to themselves, that to which they strive for, thoughts, emotions, aren’t the same even though they speak the same language. Those different “I’s”, different “wills”, wishes, expectations, projections, needs are scattered all over the “world” which is human mind and his body.

If, with this explanation in mind, you read this myth, story, parable and its symbols, you will notice how different it is from the outer interpretation of the story. And to you it will show that the story refers to inner growth, to a part within us which desires success, strength, domination, manipulation, pleasure, part that wants to praise itself- it does not want a higher state, a state which it is unable to reach because it can’t make the necessary transformation- required in order to attain the Higher Mind, Higher Consciousness, True state of Consciousness, that is, to become one with God’s Will, Will of the two Higher Minds i.e. centers of Consciousness.