God takes aim right between the eyes

The other day, while reading Emanuel Swedenborg’s spiritual translation of Exodus in Holy Scripture (Arcana Coelestia, volume 10), I came upon a passage which produced a new synapse in my brain. (I say spiritual translation because Swedenborg revealed layers of deeper meaning within the literal text of God’s Holy Word.) The passage that caught my attention was:

And for a memorial between the eyes (Exodus 13:9).

I was immediately struck by the fact that in Hindu culture one often paints a dot on the forehead symbolizing a “third eye.” This third eye is the mind’s eye, which sees through the understanding.

Swedenborg’s deeper or spiritual translation of the above biblical passage assigns a similar meaning of the Hindu third eye to Jehovah’s command of keeping a reminding factor between the eyes. The spiritual meaning of this divine command is that those who are sincerely faithful should always remember that Jehovah God was (and still is) solely responsible for all liberation from the human predicament of spiritual (inner) captivity.

Therefore, in the biblical passage quoted above, we are each called to constantly remind ourselves of this cosmic truth, that is, to keep this acknowledgment of God’s activity to liberate us, always in our understanding and consciousness (third eye).

Painting a dot on the forehead between the eyes, in Hindu custom, indeed represents a symbolic memorial or constant reminder to the human psyche that is profoundly similar to Jehovah’s sacred request in the Bible.


This is evidence that all religion had similar origins and guiding principles. Humankind needs to develop its third eye again in order to rediscover this universal truth.



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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to God takes aim right between the eyes

  1. Shalini Dutt from Nagpur, India says:

    One no longer paints the bindi or tilak as one’s great-grandmother used to. Rather, one buys sticker-bindis in the supermarket. These are easy to take off — and reusable. We are catching up with the modern world.

    Wikipedia Article on the Bindi

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Shalini Dutt,

      Sorry to hear that. The bigger tragedy is if people forget the profound meaning behind such a noble custom. The modern world cheapens everything!

      Spiritually yours,

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