“I have perused many Master-Pieces [sic] of writing, hoping to find the Pearl of the Ground of man; but I could find nothing of that which my soul lusted after. I have also found very many contrary opinions. And partly I have found some who forbid me to seek, but I cannot know with what ground or understanding, except to be that the blind grudge at the eyes of them that see. …
“But when I found the Pearl, then I looked Moses in the face, and found that Moses had written very right, and that I had not rightly understood it.” ~Jacob Boehme
Reading and Writing
Those who seek truth and wisdom in ancient writings are almost always disappointed or misled. Those who have any intuition at all will realize the scriptural writings are misleading or incomplete. Usually both. This is not to put down any of the great spiritual writings of the world. The authors of them did a great service to humanity with their attempts to put as much wisdom as possible into them.
The first thing that must be learned and excepted is that almost all of these great writings are allegorical. Even in the cases where certain stories and passages are literally true, they are almost always included because of their allegorical significance.
The farmer may literally find that the seeds that land on rock do not grow. Likewise, those that fall in bad soil will not grow, or will not grow well. Others will be eaten by insects, or shriveled by the hot summer sun. Yet none of that matters in scripture. It is the allegory of it that is important.
The farmer represents a spiritual teacher. Prophet, or other source of truth including the Light of the Spiritual Sun. The seeds are the bits of truth and wisdom sent out to many. Rocks are those too hardened in their ways to be willing to change and learn anything new. Bad soil is allegory for those who are too caught up in matter to be concerned with spiritual growth. Those eaten by insects are the ones who are attacked by demons because they fail to protect themselves. Others may come up with a slightly different interpretation for each symbol, but the general idea remains. Such tails are allegory.
Finding the Pearl
Even when one does understand the allegory, Boehme tells us she will still not find the “Pearl” hidden in books. The simple reason for that is the Pearl is not in there. It is not in allegorical scripture. Nor is it in songs and legends. The books are like maps that can guide you toward the Pearl, but they can’t get it for you. You have to make the effort to find the Pearl of Wisdom yourself.
Allegorical Scripture and Moses
Boehme tells us that he didn’t understand Moses and took him to be a false prophet. Then he had his spiritual awakening and learned how to recognize and understand the allegorical scripture. He laughed at Moses talking to a burning bush until he learned that it was allegory for the spiritual sun. He failed to understand the plagues brought upon Egypt until he could recognize that story as allegory about how materialistic man brings plagues upon himself (God doesn’t do it). And while Moses may literally have led thousands out of Egypt, it’s real significance in allegorical scripture is to represent the need for the spiritual people to flee from the materialism, greed, and violence of the physical world, and seek solace in the spiritual worlds where the true wisdom can be found.