In his three propositions, the devil, in a way, provoked Jesus. He asked Him:
- To change stones into loaves of bread.
- To throw himself from the top of the temple with the conviction that the Lord would send his angels to protect him. But here the temple is symbolic. The devil did not physically transport Jesus to the top of the temple.
- To bow before him and worship him to acquire in return all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, that he showed him from the top of the mountain. And here too, the mountain is symbolic.
Such temptations were not only faced by Jesus. All Masters and disciples face them on their path. Amongst spiritual people, many have been tempted to sell their knowledge or use the powers they have developed, sometimes even to avoid starvation!…
Others feel so sure of themselves that they want to tempt God. They imagine that the invisible world will protect them whatever they do, and leap from any height, convinced that they will be protected. But this is a mistake, the invisible world does not protect idiots.
The third temptation relates to another step. At some point the disciple, the occultist, will have acquired a great deal of knowledge – symbolically, they will have reached the summit of the mountain. From on high, they see the world that they feel able to dominate and seize the glory and the riches.
These three trials are connected respectively to the stomach, the heart and the head. That is to say, the physical plane, the astral plane and the mental plane.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Paris, January 28, 1939
To be continued…
Compete Works Volume 4, The Mustard Seed
Chapter 6. The Three Great Temptations