The Parabolic Bottom Line: Upon hearing the enigmatic parables that Jesus reportedly taught in, each of the people who heard the parabolic accounts would derive a different understanding as to the meaning of what was being taught. Thus, the Wycliffe Commentary states that “…the purpose of parables was to instruct the initiates without revealing the items of instruction to the ones who were without”. But what does this mean? Those listeners who dwelt in what Jesus portrayed as The Prison or the Outer Darkness, heard nothing more than the parabolic accounts that they each derived a different meaning of. And in contradistinction, those who are portrayed as being “In The House”, were each able to discern esoteric spiritual truths in accord with their spiritual condition as defined in the parable of the Sower and the Seed — spiritual truths that the multitude of hearers remained totally deaf to. And when this higher spiritual reality is understood, it is the basis of Jesus’ warning that if a person does not understand what was taught and revealed in the parable of the Sower and the Seed, then it will remain impossible for them to understand anything — i.e., “And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables?” (Mark 4:13 ASV). And what this means is exactly what the Wycliffe Bible Commentary states with respect to the reality that “…in keeping with the Biblical principle that spiritual understanding is restricted to those who have become spiritual…” — and in the parable of the Sower and the Seed this spiritual condition that enabled the hearer or reader of the parable to understand is expressed in the words: “…But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
If the vast majority of those who heard the parables only understood in accord with their organic human reasoning, then it is of the utmost importance to begin to understand the True Source of the Spiritual Truths that were only perceived by the few who were representative of what Jesus portrayed as the “good ground” — i.e., the sincere seekers of Truth and disciples of TheWay. The Primary Objective of the teachings of TheWay was to connect the disciple within his own mind and being, with what Jesus portrayed as the One Teacher — which the disciples called The True Prophet — who is the ONLY SOURCE of Truth in this world. And in understanding these important truths, is in fact the very purpose of the Gospel teachings. In the writings of his disciple Clement the Apostle Peter is quoted as explaining with respect to the One Teacher and True Prophet that “…therefore I advise not only wise men, but indeed all men who have a desire of knowing what is advantageous to them, that they seek after the true Prophet; for it is He alone who knoweth all things, and who knoweth what and how every man is seeking. For He is within the mind of every one of us, but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. Wherefore seek Him first of all; and if you do not find Him, expect not that you shall learn anything from any other. (see The True Prophet). Thus, those hearers of the parables who are portrayed as NOT being the “good ground” (see the Sower and the Seed), only heard and understood the meaning in accord with their organic human reasoning. Why? They are thus portrayed in the words: “…but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables: that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand”. And those who are portrayed as the “good ground”, are those who hear and understand in accord with their spiritual condition — i.e., “…But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And what was the Source of this more enlightened instruction that bestowed a higher spiritual understanding upon the few? The True Prophet “…is within the mind of every one of us, but in those who have no desire of the knowledge of God and His righteousness, He is inoperative; but He works in those who seek after that which is profitable to their souls, and kindles in them the light of knowledge. And this is why it is stated in the Epistle of James that “faith without actions is dead”!!! And what is the actions being referenced? The work on self that transforms the seeker through the sequences portrayed in the words: “…some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
The Tower Of Babel And The Tree Of Life: If it is true that the Logos/Son of God dwells within us at the very Core of our mind and being, then the question should be posed as to why organic man cannot connect with the Essence of God within us?