Mosaic, Church of Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Lower Galilee, Israel
The New Jerusalem—what it is and how it will come to the world—this is what I have to reveal to you today. The picture of the New Jerusalem as St John describes it—its dimensions, its gates, its foundations of precious stones—is quite clear, and it can be understood in different ways: as a city, as a way of life, and as a human being.
The New Jerusalem cannot come until there are enough human beings built on the same pattern, symbolically speaking, for the twelve gates of pearl and the foundations of precious stones symbolize virtues and qualities. You will perhaps ask why the city has twelve gates. Because it is an image of the universe and also of a human being, for a human being possesses twelve gates or doors.
Our 12 Gates must be kept open
Let us have a look at these gates and see where they are. There are the two eyes, two ears, two nostrils and the mouth; that makes seven (and it is no coincidence that they are all in the head). Then there are five more: the two breasts, the navel, and two more which I will leave you to find for yourselves… So, twelve gates—not eleven, not thirteen; exactly twelve.
Human being were built in the workshops of the Lord in such a way as to be capable of communication and exchange with heaven and earth and the whole universe. This is why their gates must be kept open so that the currents may circulate.
The New Jerusalem is the New Human Being
It is no good expecting to see the New Jerusalem coming down as a ready-made city from heaven. No such city will fall on us from heaven. The New Jerusalem will ‘come down’ only when human beings are new. Yes, the New Jerusalem is the new human being; it is all the ‘new’ men and women who have undertaken a gigantic work of transformation in themselves.
And this work of transformation is nothing less than the transformation of the old Adam into Christ; of the old man into the new, or, to put it in alchemical terms, the transformation of the red into blue. The parallel is very clear in Hebrew: Adam is the red man (adom, red), who was taken from the earth (adamah, earth), and the red man of earth must transform himself into Christ, the blue of heaven, the symbol of peace.
Moses gave Jesus strength and Elijah gave him knowledge
Jesus made showed us in his transfiguration on Mount Thabor that it was possible for the physical body to be transformed into light. The Gospels tell us that his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light, and Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with him.
Why were Moses and Elijah there? Their presence at this moment in Jesus’ life was highly significant. It means that their spirit entered into him. Moses came to give him strength, for he was the master of strength; and Elijah came to give him his foremost quality, knowledge.
Jesus was a collective being
The teaching and prophecies of Elijah are so highly renowned and esteemed that, even today, it is said that he never died and that he will come again. At the moment of his transfiguration, therefore, Moses and Elijah took up their abode in Jesus. Jesus was not a single spirit; he was a collective being. All the great initiates before him had given him something of themselves, something that he needed in order to accomplish his mission.
At this point, you might begin to wonder whether it is possible for all human beings to be transfigured in this way, and the answer is yes. Such a transfiguration is possible for all those who succeed in purifying and sublimating their physical body.
Transfiguration is possible for all human beings
For it is not only in our souls and spirits that Christ must be born, but in our physical bodies as well. When someone works consciously for a long time with faith, hope, and love, their body becomes so pure and so sublimated, and all their particles vibrate with such intensity, that transfiguration becomes possible for them, just as it was possible for Jesus.
And this is the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is the perfection of an initiate, a master, in whom Christ is born; in whom Christ lives and breathes and manifests himself through those twelve gates, those twelve openings.
To be continued…
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Sèvres, January 4, 1959
Complete Works Volume 26, A New Dawn, Society and Politics in the Light of Initiatic Science
Chapter 6, The New Jerusalem