Sermon 14: Why does God only teach Hộ Pháp about esotericism ?
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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 14: Why does God only teach Hộ Pháp about esotericism ?

Lunar Calendar: 1st Day of the 9th Month, Year of the Buffalo.
Gregorian Calendar: October 22nd 1949

I have promised to preach esotericism on the days of Sóc VọngSóc: the first day of a lunar month; Vọng: the 15th day of the lunar month. [35], so today I begin to talk about it. I have to elaborate on some points so that all of God's children can understand the significance of esotericism.

First, I will talk about the fact that God establishes Caodaism for the salvation of all living beings, to achieve that goal, God assigned the Hộ PhápDharma Guardian (lit.) the leader of the Caodaist Judicial Body. [36] to incarnate in the world and then used the Cơ Bút (psychic pen) to teach him about esotericism. (some friends of mine in Hiệp Thiên Đài The Caodaist Judicial Body. [37] wonder why God taught only the Hộ Pháp and not all of His children!).

This salvation is actually an examination for all souls in the universe to regain their divine status in heaven after each chuyển (a religious era), God calls it the examination of meritmaking, during which God assigned Hộ Pháp and Thập Nhị Thời QuânThe Twelve Zodiacal Lords, the twelve senior dignitaries under the Caodaist Judicial Body who are said to have been ordained by God. [39] to the world in order to open the door to esotericism – this will permit people to attain enlightenment.

Remember that before the Creation, God wanted Vạn-Linh (all souls) to unite with Nhứt-Linh (God), as soon as God (Buddha) thought this He has held the Pháp (Dharma), then using the Pháp, God created beings and things (the Sangha).

Thus, Pháp is the master of Vạn-Linh or the material world, that is why traditional religions say that the Hộ Pháp has authority over Tam Châu Bát Bộ (the full title is Tam Châu Bát Bộ Hộ Pháp Thiên Tôn).

Tam ChâuThe three divine continents. [42], including Đông Thắng Thần Châu, Tây Ngưu Hóa Châu and Nam Thiệm Bộ Châu are controlled by the Hộ Pháp, the last of the set Tứ Đại Bộ ChâuThe Four Great Continents (lit.), which is said to be a realm in heaven, according to Caodaism. [43], which is Bắc Cù Lưu Châu - this is for evil spirits only; they are there to make atonement and morally perfect themselves for a divine status, the Hộ Pháp is responsible for instructions within the Tam Châu but he lets evil spirits do whatever they want in Bắc Cù Lưu Châu.

Bát Bộ is the eight categories of soul: these are the souls of material things, vegetation, animals, humans, gods, saints, immortals and buddhas, the Hộ Pháp also takes charge of the promotion of the divine positions for these eight categories of souls.

How happy mankind is! How happy all beings are! God has granted humanity on this 68th planet a great privilege, but why did God assign the Hộ Pháp to this task? Truthfully, without esotericism, Caodaism has nothing but a completely fake power, if we practice Caodaism without achieving the ultimate goal, we cannot escape the cycle of reincarnation.

Consequently, we only waste our present incarnation, the Hộ Pháp comes to the world for the promotion of all kinds of souls, a soul can be promoted by one level, for example from a material thing to a piece of vegetation, even to a buddha, that is what the Hộ Pháp is assigned to do, however, God says, "The greater the authority, the more serious the punishment", the Hộ Pháp and Thập Nhị Thời Quân have such authority not only on this planet but also in eternal life.

Now I think we should figure out the relationship between God and humans, seeing what God told us to do and what we have done so far, God wants us to be His visible body or the Caodaist Sacerdotal Council, to put it another way, we work for God to save all living beings, how does God pay us? He shows the way of liberating our souls and grants us divine status.

God requires us to offer up our three treasures: Tinh, Khí, Thần (body, mind and soul), only with those treasures can God establish the Caodaist Sacerdotal Council, God uses flower, wine and tea to represent our body, mind and soul respectively, to tell you the truth, these are the only things we possess that can be considered of worth.

It is interesting to note that God tells us to offer our Tinh, Khí, Thần every day, but we offer only Khí and Thần, Tinh is only offered in Tiểu Đàn (a lesser ceremony) or Đại Đàn (a major ceremony), God knows for sure that we cannot control our body, so He does not insist on it, He allows the body to decide what to do, what mercy our God has for us!

Next time I will talk about our mind and soul.


[35] Sóc - the first day of a lunar month. Vọng - the 15th day of the lunar month.
[36] Dharma Guardian (lit.) the leader of the Caodaist Judicial Body.
[37] The Caodaist Judicial Body.
[39] The Twelve Zodiacal Lords, the twelve senior dignitaries under the Caodaist Judicial Body who are said to have been ordained by God.
[42] The three divine continents.
[43] The Four Great Continents (lit.), which is said to be a realm in heaven, according to Caodaism.
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