Now we have proudly separated ourselves from Nature, and the spirit of Pan is dead. Men’s souls are scattered beyond the hope of unity, and the sword of formal creeds sharply separates them everywhere. To live in harmony with the Universe made life the performance of a majestic ceremony; to live against it was to creep aside into a cul de sac. Yet, even now, whispers of change are stealing over the face of the world once more. Like another vast dream beginning, man’s consciousness is slowly spreading outwards once again. Some voice from the long ago is divinely trumpeting across our little globe. To that voice, I dedicate this book.
Edmond Bordeaux Szekely in his dedication to The Essene Gospel of Peace – Book Three
As I embark on the journey of completing the sequel to In Search of Simplicity, I am re-reading some of the books that inspired me at that time between 1989 and 1993. I will be bringing summaries of parts of what I read to you. The first of these is a little on Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. I trust you enjoy and derive inspiration as I have from him and his writings over the years.
In Northern Baja, Mexico, with little more than the shirt on his back, his assets frozen half a world away in war-torn Europe, Edmond Bordeaux Szekely embarked on what was to become known as The Great Experiment.
Earlier in his colourful life, this brilliant linguist (a well-known philologist in Sanskrit, Aramaic, Greek and Latin, he also spoke ten modern languages) had privileged access to the archives of the Vatican. Here, in 1923, buried amongst the mountains of dusty, ancient manuscripts, he found and translated an Essene document written in Aramaic, ascribed to the life and words of Jesus. This work, Book One of The Essene Gospel of Peace, has inspired millions of readers around the world since its original release in 1928 (the first English translation was made available in 1937).
The story of Szekely’s epic journey that eventually brought him to Tecate in this sun drenched valley of grapes and goats just south of the California border can be found in his Search for the Ageless Volume One: My Unusual Adventures on the Five Continents. I still dip into my well worn copy to derive inspiration from his adventures which included the successful application of ancient Essene principles of healing to a leper colony in Tahiti, survival of a shipwreck off the Caribbean coast of Mexico and near death by dehydration while crossing the southern Sonora Desert on his way to the Baja.
The Great Experiment eventually spanned 33 years and included 123,000 participants on an area of over 1,200 acres.
Inspired greatly by the life, teachings and exploits of Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, I began to correspond with Norma Bordeaux Szekely, known as Swallow to all modern Essenes, the second wife and successor to Szekely. She was living near Nelson, British Columbia at the time, which happened to be the worldwide center for the Modern Essene Movement. I ordered and read quite a number of the morn than 80 books written by her late husband. The inspiration received from that reading formed the foundation for our Little Experiment in living off the land in the high desert of New Mexico.
Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com
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