Issue 3 – 5 April 2017 – rattuos
THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR
Are these the clairvoyant and enlightened times or the dark days prophesied for the end of time? Perhaps we might look at some of the indications and decide for ourselves.
First there is the problem of ‘false witness’. It has been a problem for a very long time which is why it is mentioned in the Ten Commandments. We can see it for example where a court case is brought against someone and injustice results from someone lying to the court and being believed.
Politicians are famous for their short term thinking – being prepared to accept short term political gains at the expense of long term common sense. But most of us do this too. We may lie to our parents or friends to get ourselves out of trouble. We may opt for a brief affair with the best friend of our spouse and spend the rest of our life praying the truth will not come out. It does of course, sometimes after we die when we pay the heaviest price.
So it is with false witness. There may be temptations or even threats that cause this to happen but the price for it is terrible, far worse than you might imagine. We have perjury laws of course but I do not mean them. We have a natural justice system – Dharma and Karma and these are grossly offended by this particular infidelity. Empires can fall as a result and individuals caught up in the deception face afterlives worse than can be described. I cannot bear what I have seen over there but the agony that false witness causes is the reason.
Without wishing to be political there have been some notable cases of this in this century. The WMD of Iraq is often brought up. The devastation caused by this simple lie cannot or will not be counted on this side of the grave. One result was that it has become an accepted trick. So for example when the press was full of the lurid report from the ICC prosecutor that Libyan troops were being given Viagra to rape civilians, and that genocide in Benghazi was imminent, invasion of Libya was justified. It was never really reported later in that case that neither tale was true but the consequences were awful. Then we were told that Syria had used sarin gas on over a thousand civilians three days after UN inspectors with monitoring equipment had arrived in the country. The attack was only a few miles away from their hotel. That it was most implausible for Syria to use sarin gas just a day or so after the inspectors arrived did not hit any headline. But the anticipated invasion did not follow for one reason or another. Yesterday we were told the same thing and in spite of denials the press have already decided who is to blame along with most of the major nations. We cannot tell of course what is true and what is not but that is not the point. We cannot tell in a court case either but hope that evidence is presented on which to base a judgement. Taking one party’s word is where the problem arises – this is the ‘witness’.
The point is of course that bearing false witness has a natural result. It is an offence against Dharma (Truth in its spiritual form). Eventually all who suffer as a result of false witness will testify and demand retribution and Karma will provide that. This means that short term thinking and political gain merely postpone the ultimate penalty. We of course should know that but our world has turned a blind eye to all things spiritual unless they can be used to enable some political gain.
As far as intelligence is concerned it has a job to do which is to reveal what is not known to our leadership. Our leaders must make the decisions based on factors we cannot know in many cases. But there countless examples in history where they have used one lie or another to make decisions that they were minded to make anyway but needed some excuse to action. These days they are called ‘false flags’. Whereas we cannot know whether a flag is genuine or not, intelligence certainly does and in most cases so do the editors of our media. If they decide to be complicit in presenting false witness then dread are the consequences not only for them but for all of us. To think Dharma and Karma can be politicised is folly. Understanding that they cannot and to appreciate that false witness must never be used – that would place us in clairvoyant and enlightened times rather than our last days.
This is really where intelligence agencies are sometimes at odds with their employers. In the case of Iraq there was a visible clash but the steamroller crushed any dissenting views in the intelligence community and went exactly where it was headed with or without genuine evidence that Iraq was a major threat to the world. After the event an accusation was levelled at the intelligence community that they had provided false intelligence. There may well have been a major threat to the world from Iraq but not because of the evidence provided to the public for invasion. The same may be true of all those invasions this century. However the real danger is in the case made and in bringing false witness to make that case. It is tempting. Corrupt police have put known criminals away in the past using false witness because they could not get the real thing. But the problem is the same in the long run. Various states have done this of course, some sending thousands to labour camps and worse as ‘enemies of the state‘ based on some humbug testimony. It ends badly whenever false witness is used. The media should certainly be careful as the result of their use (called fake news these days and applied to any news we do not like) is terrible for them. They are the ones who provide the witness statements.
Our governments should be warned of the consequences but who would do that? Certainly not our religions even though the ancient scriptures suggest the problem. Whether our intelligence agencies are aware that there is impending justice by something as ephemeral as Karma is a moot point. History eventually sorts out what facts emerge, in some cases only when sealed files are at last made publicly available. But Karma wastes no time at all.
In the last century certain empires were founded on lies. What eventually tipped them over was in spiritual terms that very fact. When millions of dead souls are testifying the Karmic response is invoked. We use the expression ‘getting their just desserts’. However to the human eyes that is not always the case and one has to visit the afterlife to see this actually happen in real time. But in the battle between good and evil, which is constant, it certainly tips the balance if ‘good’ resorts to evil methods to win. In reality ’good’ becomes corrupted and dies. What emerges in its place is its antithesis. There are so many examples where people in public office have been corrupted or ’turned’. In the battle between empires or nations we see it used as a tactic to turn certain important figures against their own forces, either to provide information or to lead a coup against them. That is not evil at all. If they work for evil forces and turn against them that is an example of the opposite happening. So we have to understand how subtle is the difference between supporting good against evil and using evil to achieve our aims.
For example if a dictator is using evil against his own population and bringing false witness against them those evil karmic actions will eventually destroy him and his empire. Alexander the Great is an example. We learn from history that he was a wonderful and idealistic chap but he was genocidal when he wanted to be and died in Babylon of all places in his early thirties. Certainly he was not above using false witness to remove competitors. Worried that his father would overlook his claim to succession in favour of a child by his new wife it is quite possible he had his father murdered but he did not stop there if so:
“Alexander began his reign by eliminating potential rivals to the throne. He had his cousin, the former Amyntas IV, executed. He also had two Macedonian princes from the region of Lyncestis killed, but spared a third, Alexander Lyncestes. Olympias had Cleopatra Eurydice and Europa, her daughter by Philip, burned alive. When Alexander learned about this, he was furious. Alexander also ordered the murder of Attalus, who was in command of the advance guard of the army in Asia Minor and Cleopatra’s uncle.
Attalus was at that time corresponding with Demosthenes, regarding the possibility of defecting to Athens. Attalus also had severely insulted Alexander, and following Cleopatra’s murder, Alexander may have considered him too dangerous to leave alive. Alexander spared Arrhidaeus, who was by all accounts mentally disabled, possibly as a result of poisoning by Olympias” Wikipedia
It is not uncommon in history to behave in this way when a new regime takes over. But his actions later also marked him on then wrong side of the good v evil war:
“Alexander proceeded to take possession of Syria, and most of the coast of the Levant. In the following year, 332 BC, he was forced to attack Tyre, which he captured after a long and difficult siege. The men of military age were massacred and the women and children sold into slavery.
When Alexander destroyed Tyre, most of the towns on the route to Egypt quickly capitulated. However, Alexander met with resistance at Gaza. The stronghold was heavily fortified and built on a hill, requiring a siege. When “his engineers pointed out to him that because of the height of the mound it would be impossible… this encouraged Alexander all the more to make the attempt”. After three unsuccessful assaults, the stronghold fell, but not before Alexander had received a serious shoulder wound. As in Tyre, men of military age were put to the sword and the women and children were sold into slavery….
A plot against his life was revealed, and one of his officers, Philotas, was executed for failing to alert Alexander. The death of the son necessitated the death of the father, and thus Parmenion, who had been charged with guarding the treasury at Ecbatana, was assassinated at Alexander’s command, to prevent attempts at vengeance. Most infamously, Alexander personally killed the man who had saved his life at Granicus, Cleitus the Black, during a violent drunken altercation at Maracanda (modern day Samarkand in Uzbekistan), in which Cleitus accused Alexander of several judgemental mistakes and most especially, of having forgotten the Macedonian ways in favour of a corrupt oriental lifestyle.
Later, in the Central Asian campaign, a second plot against his life was revealed, this one instigated by his own royal pages. His official historian, Callisthenes of Olynthus, was implicated in the plot, and in the Anabasis of Alexander, Arrian states that Callisthenes and the pages were then tortured on the rack as punishment, and likely died soon after. It remains unclear if Callisthenes was actually involved in the plot, for prior to his accusation he had fallen out of favour by leading the opposition to the attempt to introduce pokiness……
The fort of Massaga was reduced only after days of bloody fighting, in which Alexander was wounded seriously in the ankle. According to Curtius, “Not only did Alexander slaughter the entire population of Massaga, but also did he reduce its buildings to rubble.” A similar slaughter followed at Ora. In the aftermath of Massaga and Ora, numerous Assakenians fled to the fortress of Aornos. Alexander followed close behind and captured the strategic hill-fort after four bloody days….
The vast empire he created disintegrated. Egypt suffered the same fate several times in its long history as did all the empires around it. Even Rome was ransacked. All these empires fell after they had become hopelessly corrupt but it is not a lesson future emperors were keen to learn. With the British empire it is hard to gauge what exactly happened. It grew exponentially and in many ways did great things for the countries it colonised but certainly it exploited these nations too and was a hard taskmaster. Colonists took the native lands and in some cases enslaved the locals to work them. But Britain also relaxed its hold on its empire and from it grew what we call the Commonwealth of independent nations. The jury will be out for a long time. Many of the nations that Britain colonised were ruled by the most brutal oppression and in some cases colonisation equated with a certain emancipation. Britain’s legal system was an improvement on what some nations had before too. But there is no doubt that under the veneer of British respectability there was much abuse and that very many of the British colonialists regarded their conquered populations as racially inferior. Not really surprising as the class system in Britain also ensured inequality and discrimination in its own back yard. However it must also be pointed out that as each nation became independent it retained the massive investment put into it, its infrastructure and institutions. Some have lapsed into corruption. Some colonies were empowered to such an extent that they are now amongst the wealthiest nations – Australia, Canada, India for example not to mention the US.
On the scale of good against evil even now there is no doubt that Britain and its Commonwealth had no need to lie in order to explain their opposition to the axis of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Japan in the last world war. There may be criticism levelled at some methods employed – the carpet bombing for example – but over the whole war there is no doubt that they were fighting a monster that needed to be fought and contained. Britain was rightly criticised for its intervention over Suez but some of the harshest criticism was a bit hypocritical. What most do not appreciate is how the British Empire has influenced the entire world and in what form it has survived.
Sadly there is no comparison between leaving a nation with elected governments, clean water, sewers, hospitals, schools, farmland and universities and how we have left Libya, the state in which Syria is now in after our support for the revolution, and Iraq even Afghanistan where it must be pointed out that our best intentions, exhibited by educating its women, has placed them in the greatest danger should the Taliban ever return to power as seems possible and the heroin trade we were wiping out is reaching record levels. So we face a completely different karmic bill over our interventions in these countries particularly if they were based on false witness. Some will know the truth even if I personally do not but I doubt they will appreciate the real dangers.
But whatever was set in motion in 1582 when Edward Talbot set off for Europe is with us now and either we will reap reward for it or pay a price. That time in England’s history is called the Enlightenment. Edward Talbot was a great natural clairvoyant. We will look at his timelines and those of Shakespeare and Edward Kelly next to show they are the same person.