Sermon 12: The esotericism of God
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Sách : The Esoteric Doctrine of Caodaism - Sermons by His Holiness HỘ PHÁP PHẠM CÔNG TẮC
Tác Giả : Translated by CHRISTOPHER HARTNEY and TỪ CHƠN

Sermon 12: The esotericism of God

Lunar Calendar: 29th Day of the 7th Month, Year of the Buffalo.
Gregorian Calendar: August 8th 1949

Tonight, I will resume my talk about Caodaist esotericism, to understand the mystery of esotericism, we must first figure out what we are and how we are affected by esotericism.

What are we as humans? How important are we in the universe? Where are we from? God has come and taught us that the secret mechanism of the universe is represented by the composition of a human. A human is the combination of three elements called Tam Bửu (three treasures): the body, the perispirit, and the soul.

I affirm that nothing in the universe is not created by the limitless power of God and everything has to be active for our eternal evolution. All the planets, as well as ours, have to spin and rotate forever - or life comes to an end.

Their movement is from the explosion of Thái Cực (The Absolute) at the beginning of the universe, this explosion created innumerable planets, including our 68th planet, which gradually cooled off and then life began, all of us humans came from and are affected by the energy of that explosion.

When we grow old and die, we return to that boundless primeval energy, the power of Thái Cực causes both visible and invisible beings and things in the universe to transform endlessly, so I will tell you what our three treasures are.

Firstly, our body is actually an animal, biologically, it is true that our body is the same as a monkey, a dog, a cow or a water buffalo.

Secondly, in addition to our physical body, God the Mother grants us a perispirit when we are a fetus; when our father's sperm combines with our mother's egg in her uterus, it starts developing our physical body, at that time, our perispirit is still outside, following our Mother everywhere, that is why a morally upright pregnant mother is always protected wherever she goes.

As soon as we are born, our perispirit combines with our physical body to form a complete human, this perispirit is still at the first stage of development called Tiểu HồiOr Tiểu Chơn Hồn, which have the same characteristics as those of material objects, vegetation, and animals. [17], all perispirits in the universe tend to develop from the lowest level (material) to the highest one (Buddha).

When our perispirit combines with our physical body, it is forced to forget all of our experiences from former incarnations by God the Mother, then it, together with our body, grows as a normal human.

It is interesting that the more moral we were in former incarnations, the nicer our perispirit looks in the present incarnation, therefore, our Confucian forefathers said, "It's hard to live a moral life, if you were moral enough in all of your incarnations, you will have a beautiful appearance" and according to Buddhism, sinners can never escape the appropriate punishments in hell even though their perispirits are also created by God the Mother as with everyone.

Thirdly, the last treasure is our soul which is granted by God, it is the soul that decides whether a human is good or evil, if our soul is powerless, we become evil beings; the soul is also the force that motivates a person to attain Buddhahood.

Generally, mankind will stay on this planet until they attain enlightenment, humans have been on earth for 1,500,000,000 years or so, for the first 100,000,000 years they were dã nhơn (anthropoids), who could not live with the soul granted by God, having evolved into humans, now they can.

The perispirits created by God the Mother have been with humans since the creation, but the souls granted by God have only been with them for 50,000 years, God came with us after God the Mother, similarly, only when we are ten years old we become close to our father.

God the Mother gives us a perispirit, which is the lowest level of evolution called Tiểu Hồi, as soon as God grants us a soul, we attain a higher level called Đại HồiTiểu Hồi and Đại Hồi or Tiểu Chơn Hồn (junior souls) and Đại Chơn Hồn (senior souls), the former includes the souls of material objects, the souls of vegetation, and the souls of animals, the latter includes the souls of gods, the souls of Saints, the souls of Immortals, and the souls of Buddhas.[19].

A typical adult has a physical body, a soul and a perispirit, the perispirit acts like a translator for the body and the soul, take an airplane for example, its wings and fuselage are the body, the propellers are the perispirit and the pilot is the soul.

To understand God's esotericism, study how our soul influences our body and perispirit; next time I will begin discussing esotericism.


[17] Or Tiểu Chơn Hồn, which have the same characteristics as those of material objects, vegetation, and animals.
[19] Tiểu Hồi and Đại Hồi or Tiểu Chơn Hồn (junior souls) and Đại Chơn Hồn (senior souls). The former includes the souls of material objects, the souls of vegetation, and the souls of animals. The latter includes the souls of gods, the souls of Saints, the souls of Immortals, and the souls of Buddhas.
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