Was General George Armstrong Custer a Hebrew manservant?

Symbolically speaking, perhaps the answer is “yes”!

I know General Custer wasn’t Jewish but his faith-system did not seem to be based on mutual love and goodness.

There is a rumor that after Custer was killed at the battle of the Little Big Horn, an Indian squaw stuck a needle into the ear of the dead general. There was an important symbolic message expressed within this seemingly physical act of revenge. It is reported that this Indian woman stuck the needle in Custer’s ear because he had forgotten to listen to the agreement he had made with the Indian tribes in a treaty years earlier.

I believe that the squaw had an understanding of the ancient symbolic language of correspondences, which states that everything physical represents something higher or psycho-spiritual. For instance, the “ear” represents spiritual listening—that is, proper obedience of the heart. Custer’s action at the Little Big Horn was a display of disobedience to a previous agreement, which was forged from the principle of mutual respect and fairness.

According to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, Holy Scripture was written in this same symbolic language of correspondences. The Exodus chapter (21:6) even has a similar story describing “Hebrew menservants” needing to be brought to a doorway and have their ears bored through with an awl by their master.

This action was a divine dictate from Jehovah speaking on Mount Sinai! Such a harsh dictate would not be consistent with a God of Love—unless it contained a deeper, symbolic message.

Symbolically interpreted, “master” represents a source of spiritual instruction, the “ear” represents obedience to this instruction, and “Hebrew menservants” represent a mere mental acknowledgement and outer servitude towards this instruction—but not from the freedom of the human will and heart. The “door” represents a threshold into a new room, which leads to one’s acquiring a good heart. Therefore, such servants could not lawfully enter such a room (mental state) unless their ears were “opened up” to the true essence of the teachings of their spiritual master.

Custer was a “Hebrew manservant” because he was only able to intellectually participate in forming a fair treaty for the Native Americans. But these mutually agreed ideas of fairness were not in his heart, so he broke the treaty.

The Indian squaw who pierced Custer’s ear did so to serve as a reminder that he should have listened to what he had promised them. If Custer had done so, he would have entered into the doorway leading to a good heart.



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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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