In this article I will describe the Essene Fruitarian Diet practiced and advocated by Jesus Christ. While it is true that Jesus only required basic vegetarianism -- no meat -- to become a baptized disciple, it is also true that he strongly encouraged those who were able and willing to go on to become Essene Fruitarians. In this article I will explain what is meant by the term "Essene Fruitarian" (it does not mean what you most likely think it means!), as well as provide a step-by-step program divided into three phases which makes possible a gradual transition into the more esoteric dimensions of this diet. I will describe the physical and spiritual benefits of this diet. I will explain how you can follow this dietary regime in our modern world And. to make all of this as simple for you as possible. I end with a section devoted to daily meal plans.
Let us begin by establishing the fact that Jesus made vegetarianism a requirement of discipleship and that he was himself a vegetarian In the Essene New Testament, Jesus declares:
Verily I say unto you, they who partake of benefits which are gotten by wronging one of God's creatures, cannot be righteous: nor can they understand holy things, or teach the mysteries of the kingdom. whose hands are stained with blood or whose mouths are defiled with flesh....Wherefore I say unto all who desire to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths.
We see above that Jesus required vegetarianism from anyone who desired to become his disciple. Likewise, we read in another verse from the same manuscript:
A disciple of Jesus asked him a question, saying, "Master, if there come to us any that eat flesh... shall we receive them?"
And Jesus said unto him, let such abide in the outer court till they cleanse themselves from these grosser evils; for till they perceive, and repent of these, they are not fit to receive the higher mysteries.
Of course, Jesus practiced what he preached; he was himself a vegetarian. In fact, in the following verse he describes himself not only as a vegetarian, but as an Essene Fruitarian. Before sharing that verse with you, I will briefly define the term Essene Fruitarian (a bit later we will more fully define it). An Essene Fruitarian eats only the parts of a plant that can be eaten without killing the plant. This includes obvious fruits such as apples and oranges, but also includes anything else you can eat without killing the plant: squash, corn, cucumbers, etc. We will expand on this definition soon, but let us now consider the following verse in which Jesus describes himself not only as a vegetarian, but as an Essene Fruitarian:
For of the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the earth alone do I partake, and these are changed by the Spirit into my flesh and my blood. Of these alone and their like shall ye eat who believe in me, and are my disciples, for of these, in the Spirit, come life and health and healing unto man.
In the above excerpt, the term "and their like" refers to "other similar vegetarian foods" ; but it is quite clear that though Jesus only required basic vegetarianism from new disciples, he certainly strongly encouraged his veteran disciples to go on to become Essene fruitarians. That is made clear in the following excerpt from The Essene New Testament; Jesus said:
God giveth the grains and the fruits of the earth for food; and for righteous man truly there is no other lawful sustenance for the body.... For God is just and bountiful who ordaineth that man shall live by the fruits and seeds of the earth alone.
Now a more detailed definition of the term Essene Fruitarian. We have already stated that an Essene Fruitarian eats only the part of a plant that can be eaten without killing the plant. Thus, not only the typical "fruits" can be eaten -- grapefruit, grapes, figs, dates, etc. -- but also corn, squash, broccoli, almonds, sunflower seeds, AND ANY OTHER VEGETARIAN FOOD YOU CAN EAT WITHOUT KILLING THE PLANT . Lettuce can be eaten if harvested correctly : simply pick the outer leaves of the lettuce, rather than uproot the plant. The lettuce will continue to grow more leaves and you can continue to harvest the outer leaves every few days. Eventually it will go to seed; you can harvest the seed for your next planting. Even grains such as wheat can be eaten, since it is not necessary to uproot the grass to harvest the grain. Although many Essene Fruitarians will choose to be vegan (a vegan is a vegetarian who eats no animal products at all, including dairy products), it is possible to eat dairy products on this diet since the animal is not killed and the milk comes from grass that need not be uprooted. However, it is important that the dairy product be from animals that are loved and well cared for, and that the animals are not killed when they grow old and non-productive. Jesus permitted his Essene Fruitarian disciples to have milk products; but in those days that meant RAW milk from animals you or your neighbors loved and cared for, as they had no cruel factory dairy farms back then. And the milk would have been from sheep or goats, not cows. The milk of sheep and goats is far easier to digest than the milk of a cow. The milk you buy at a typical grocery store in modern America IS NOT THE MILK ENDORSED BY JESUS! Grocery store milk is not raw, is not from animals well cared for, and is not from sheep or goats. Again, one can choose to be a vegan Essene Fruitarian. But in order to support my assertion that Jesus permitted his disciples to use RAW dairy products, I quote from The Essene Gospel of Peace:
Wherefore, prepare and eat all fruits of trees, and all grasses of the fields, and all milk of beasts good for eating For all these are fed and ripened by the fire of life; all are the gift of the angels of our Earthly Mother. But eat nothing to which only the fire of death gives savor, for such is of Satan.
Jesus' reference above to foods that are "ripened by the fire of life" is a reference to raw foods. His reference to "the fire of death" is a reference to cooked foods. Above, we see that he specified that not only milk, but all our other Essene Fruitarian foods as well, should be raw --uncooked-- if at all possible. Jesus' emphasis on raw food vegetarianism is made clear in the following excerpt from The Essene Gospel of Peace:
But I do say unto you: Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also.... Therefore, eat not anything which fire, or frost, ... has destroyed I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare not your foods with the fire of death.
The fact that the term "fire of life" means foods heated only by the rays of the Sun, with no other cooking, is made clear in the following passage. The following passage is also significant in that Jesus gives his own bread recipe! It is this recipe that gave birth to the Essene Bread (sprouted grain breads) sold in modern health food stores, though the health food stores cook with an oven rather than the Sun that Jesus insisted on:
"How should we cook our daily bread without fire, Master?" asked some with great astonishment.
Jesus replied, "Let the angels of God prepare your bread Moisten your wheat, that the angel of water may enter it. Then set it in the air, that the angel of air also may embrace it. And leave it from morning to evening beneath the sun, that the angel of sunshine may descend upon it. And the blessing of the three angels will soon make the germ of life to sprout in your wheat, Then crush your grain, and make thin wafers.... Put them back again beneath the sun.... And the same sun which with the fire of life, mode the wheat to grow and ripen, must cook your bread with the same fire. For the fire of the sun gives life to the wheat, to the bread and to the body. But the fire of death kills the wheat, the bread and the body."
When it comes to cooking with the sun, Jesus had a big advantage over many of us: He lived in a desert! Personally, I live in Oregon where it rains much of the year, and cooking with the sun is not always possible. However, a food dehydrator will accomplish the task. You see, the reason Jesus wants us to cook the bread in the sun rather than in an oven is that he knows the living enzymes in the wheat will be killed if the bread is cooked at a temperature of 118 degrees or more. This is true not only of wheat, but of all food: anything you cook at a temperature of 118 degrees or more will have its enzymes destroyed! And as Jesus knew 2,000 years ago and as modern science has now confirmed: ENZYMES ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO YOUR HEALTH! And besides the destruction of enzymes, cooking food destroys many other nutritional elements and creates cancer causing toxins. BUT YOU CAN PREPARE YOUR BREAD IN A FOOD DEHYDRATOR AND THE LIVING ENZYMES AND NUTRIENTS WILL BE PRESERVED.
Jesus has made it clear that he wants us to eat raw vegetarian foods. Now let us ask: WHY? We began to see in the above paragraph that health is one reason; let us explore that reason in more detail and then search for other reasons. In his excellent book Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, Gabriel Cousens, M.D., writes:
We need to examine the effects of cooking on ourselves and on the food During normal cooking, enzymes are destroyed the active forms of vitamins and minerals are partially destroyed pesticides and fungicides break down to form toxic compounds, and there is an increase in free radicals....
On the physical level, all our life processes depend on the functioning of enzymes They are the physical agents of life, important for digestion, for detoxification from internal pollution and external ecological pollution, and for maintaining our immune systems and all our metabolic and regenerative processes... Dr. Howell, the pioneer of food enzyme work in this country, says the quantity of enzymes we have in our systems is the equivalent to what we call life energy or vitality, and thinks of our enzyme level as indicative of our health status... Raw natural food seems to come loaded with the enzymes.... when we process foods by heating them above 118 degrees... there is 100 percent enzyme destruction.... Therefore a raw food diet can actually add enzyme energy and material to the system.
... most researchers indicate at least a 50 percent loss of vitamin B in cooked foods. Some losses, such as thiamine, can be as high as 96 percent... Biotin losses can be up to 72 percent, folic acid up to 97 percent, inositol up to 95 percent, vitamin C up to 70 to 80 percent Viktoras Kulvinskas estimates that the overall nutrient destruction or loss of bio-availability after cooking is approximately 85 percent Along with this, the Max Plank Institute for Nutritional Research in Germany has found cooked proteins have only 50 percent bio-availability as compared to uncooked proteins. In general, it can be said that cooking foods coagulates the bioactive protein chelated mineral forms, disrupts RNA and DNA structure, and produces free radicals (the agents that cause cancer) in fats and protein....
Cooking food in these modern times has an added danger. Dr. William Newsome of Canada's Department of Health and Welfare Food Research Division, Bureau of Chemical Safety, found that cooked fungicided tomatoes had 10 to 90 times more ETU a mutagen and cancer-causing compound than raw fungicided tomatoes from the same garden. He found that EBDC fungicides break down under heat to form ETU He felt that the amount of ETU in chemically treated vegetables (all types of vegetables, not just tomatoes) is 50 times greater than the same vegetables served raw.
The above excerpt from Dr. Cousens' book demonstrates that modern science has proven Jesus Christ correct in his claim that the raw vegetarian diet is more healthy than cooked foods. Not only do healthy people become even more healthy on this diet, but sick and diseased people often become well. Indeed, thousands of people have been cured of "incurable" diseases -- including cancer -- by switching to a raw food vegetarian diet. In his splendid book Conscious Eating, Dr. Cousens reports:
The use of live foods for creating health has had a strong foundation of medical support in the last 100 years. One of the first clinics to adapt a row food for health approach was the Bircher-Benner clinic started in 1897 in Zurich, Switzerland. Its founder, the world famous Max Bircher-Benner, MD., discovered the power of raw foods when he experimented upon himself his own healing. He found that live foods healed his jaundice and inability to eat. Later, he had a patient who was unable to digest anything, including cooked foods, and who was slowly degenerating in his health. In his studies; Dr. Bircher-Benner discovered that the wise teacher, Pythagoras, who lived in 500 B.C., had used raw foods to heal people with poor digestion. He applied Pythagoras' cure to the patient and he recovered.... Bircher-Benner began to investigate the properties of live foods and found that regardless of the seriousness of the disease, the living food treatment was a powerful healing approach. Based on these principles, his clinic became one of the most respected healing centers in the world.
In the early part of this century another great physician, Max Gerson, MD., also discovered the healing power of live foods. First for the healing of his own migraines, and then later for the supposedly incurable disease called lupos. He then applied this approach to every sort of medical disease, from clogged arteries to mental disorders. He believed that a live food and live juice diet was more than just a specific cure for certain diseases. He said that eating row foods was a way of eating which restored the diseased body and mind's ability to heal itself... In 1928, he was even able to cure Albert Schweitzer's wife of tuberculosis with this diet. Later, he put Albert Schweitzer on a raw food diet for his diabetes. As a result of this, Schweitzer was cured of diabetes and was able to stop using insulin. Dr. Gerson also found that a live food diet high in potassium would restore the potassium-sodium balance and improve cellular respiration as well as enhance the immune system. He began to apply this principle to the treatment of cancer with great success. This work was highlighted by his extensively documented book A Cancer Therapy, Results of Fifty Cases , which he published in 1958. His successful cancer clinic, using these live food principles, is (today) successfully under the direction of his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, in Mexico....
The Danish physician, Kristine Nofi, switched to row foods to heal herself of breast cancer. Based on her positive experiences with herself and her patients, she started the successful Humlegaarden Sanatorium in Denmark
Dr. Cousens goes on to describe other healers and physicians who have had thousands of clients become well on the raw food vegetarian diet, including Dr. Ann Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas of the famous Hippocrates Health Institute, Dr. Paul Bragg and Dr. Norman Walker. Dr. Bragg was as fit as a teenager when he was killed in a swimming accident at age 96. Dr. Walker lived to be 108. The ancient Essenes, following this raw food vegetarian diet, lived to be an average age of over 100, many reaching the age of 120, even though they lived in an era when most people lived to be only about 45 years of age.
Perhaps the greatest modern example of a healer using the raw food vegetarian diet to treat people with various ailments was Dr. Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. In 1929, as a graduate student, he discovered and translated The Essene Gospel of Peace, an ancient text (we have already quoted from it) which includes Jesus' teachings on raw foods. Using the principles outlined by Jesus, Dr. Szekely cured many lepers at a leper colony in Tahiti, then opened a health clinic in Mexico. At his clinic, he conducted what he called The Great Experiment, treating 123,600 people over a 33 year period with the health program given by Jesus. Approximately 17% of the clients came with the medical diagnosis of "incurables", 90% of the 123, 600 people regained full health, including many of the supposedly incurable.
All of the above is quite impressive. Clearly, there are amazing health benefits to eating a raw, vegetarian diet. You can become a raw foodist and feel better and younger than you have in many years, as well as prevent and heal various diseases -- even those considered incurable. But enhanced health is only one reason that Jesus advocated the raw diet. His primary reason was spiritual. In fact, his advocacy of vegetarianism in general was primarily based on the spiritual ethic of compassion, as illustrated in the following passage from The Essene New Testament:
Jesus, speaking of animals, said, "And whatsoever ye do unto the least of these my children (the animals), ye do it unto me. For I am in them, and they are in me. In all their joys I rejoice, in all their afflictions I am afflicted. Wherefore I say unto all who desire to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths."
While the above passage illustrates Jesus' primary reason for not only raw food vegetarianism but vegetarianism in general -- COMPASSION -- there are certain spiritual advantages to raw food vegetarianism over cooked vegetarianism. And when raw food vegetarianism is practiced in the context of Essene Fruitarianism, the spiritual advantages are even greater. I will explain.
The universe is a cosmic school system for the training and evolution of spiritual beings. Like all school systems, there are various levels in the cosmic school system: first grade, second grade, third grade, and so on.... We are all enrolled in the cosmic school system. When we learn the lessons at one level of the universe, we graduate to a higher level of the universe where we will learn more advanced lessons. One of the subjects we study in the cosmic school system is nutrition. We learn that the process of spiritual nutrition is an ongoing, PROGRESSIVE ASCENSION into ever-less-dense, ever-more-light, ever-less violent forms of diet. There are three primary spiritual reasons to give up eating the bodies of butchered animals:
1) Compassion , as illustrated in the above quotation from Jesus;
2) Enhanced Communion with God;
3) To better serve God.
While cooked food vegetarianism is a big step in the right direction, ALL THREE OF THE ABOVE LISTED SPIRITUAL REASONS FOR VEGETARIANISM ARE MUCH MORE FULLY ACCOMPLISHED ON A RAW FOOD ESSENE FRUITARAN DIET. Let us consider the second and third reasons listed above, and then, in the light of that consideration, we will return to number one.
My dear Essene friend and co-worker Dr. Gabriel Cousens, whom I have already liberally quoted in this article, has written by far the best book on this topic, Spiritual Nutrition and The Rainbow Diet . In that book he describes how the majority of people live to eat , white the health conscious minority eats to live . But he then describes an even higher motivation -- a spiritual motivation -- for eating: ENHANCED COMMUNION WITH GOD. He writes:
When we eat in a healthy, harmonious way, our ability to attune and commune with the Divine is enhanced With this perspective, I suggest that rather than 'living to eat', or 'eating to live', WE EAT TO INTENSIFY OUR COMMUNION WITH THE DIVINE Our hunger for the Divine then becomes the overwhelming appetite.
A key to understanding the wholistic paradigm of nutrition lies in the concept of what I call Subtle Organizing Energy Fields (SOEFs) .... Historically and culturally the idea that the human system is organized around an energy pattern that determines its functioning has been with us for thousands of years. The Chinese science of acupuncture is based on the subtle energy fields called meridians and the subtle energy called Chi. In India, bath the sciences of yoga and Ayurvedic medicine use the word prana to describe the subtle energy of bodies and the life force in other living fields....
By accepting the concept of the preeminance of SOEFs in both plant and human systems, we can take an expanded view of food which has body, life force, and Subtle Organizing Energy Fields (SOEFs) similar to the human system. It is the dynamic interaction of these human and plant SOEFs that is important in understanding the new paradigm of wholistic nutrition .... These SOEFs resonate with the unlimited virtual state energy, transferring it through various step-down systems that eventually transduce it into the energy fields of the human body. The SOEFs thus resonate with and energize the body-mind complex. Virtual energy is omnipresent, thus we are always resonating to some extent with this cosmic energy. Most of the time we have only indirect or brief experiences of this, but at certain stages of spiritual evolution it is possible to experience this resonance in direct attunement, consistently and consciously... As we become more aware of and resonant with this virtual energy state, our minds merge and identify with this awareness as the unchanging truth and the reality of our existence. The awareness becomes part of our conscious awareness in our everyday activities. Eventually, it becomes a continual awareness and attunement with the cosmic energy. This is known as cosmic consciousness.... If we damage the functioning of our system as an accumulator and a superconductor of cosmic energy by destructive diet and lifestyle, the free flow of cosmic energy cannot occur.... One implication of this is that without the stimulating forces of the raw foods, the organs of assimilation are not energized or exercised and therefore begin to atrophy... when cosmic energy is sufficiently condensed it arrives on our plates as food. As whole, raw food it maintains its S0EF
In other words, Dr. Cousens is saying that we will have an intensified, enhanced communion with the Divine if our Subtle Organizing Energy Field (also known as Aura ) is healthy and vibrant. He is also saying that the primary food for our SOEF (Subtle Organizing Energy Field) is the SOEF of plants, AND THAT COOKING DESTROYS -- KILLS -- THE PLANT SOEF BEFORE OUR SOEF HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIMILATE IT. Thus, raw foods feed our aura, cooked foods do not, and a healthy aura intensifies and enhances our communion with the Divine. On a diet of cooked foods, vegetarian or not, our subtle anatomy is dramatically weakened. Even before we manifest obvious symptoms of physical disease, we will be cut off from the more subtle levels of reality within and around us. Telepathy, clairvoyance, and other subtle abilities which are our birthright, will not be fully experienced as a living reality. But worse yet, our experience of God will become a thing of dogma and head knowledge RATHER THAN A LIVING COMMUNION . Dr. Cousens goes on to devote entire chapters of his book to supporting each of these assertions with scientific evidence, as well as providing detailed descriptions of the various aspects of our subtle anatomy, including the sheaths of the soul and the chakra system. He is very convincing; I suggest you read the entire book. For the purpose of this article, though, we will consider Dr. Cousens' point to have been made: A DIET OF RAW VEGETARIAN FOODS, DUE TO ITS VITAL SUBTLE ENERGIES WHICH FEED OUR AURA, WILL ENHANCE AND INTENSIFY OUR DIRECT COMMUNION WITH GOD AND COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS.
I know the above to be true because I have personally experienced it. After several years on a raw food diet, I had a profound sense of walking with God ALL THE TIME , rather than just while meditating or having a peek experience. There is a big difference between merely talking or thinking about God, AND ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING GOD . After seven years on a raw diet, I began to see auras, experience telepathy and clairvoyance, have past-life recall, and do out of body travel. All of those things are our birthright as human beings. And the most important birthright of all is to WALK WITH GOD IN PERPETUAL COMMUNION . So, I know via personal experience that Dr. Cousens is correct in his assertion that a raw vegetarian diet will intensify our communion with God for the various reasons he outlined. But I also know that there is another reason -- a very profound reason -- that eating a raw vegetarian diet enhances our communion with God: DIVINE OBEDIENCE. It is the will of God for humanity that we eat a raw vegetarian diet (Genesis 1:29). And whenever we are in harmony with the will of God --the laws of the universe -- we experience the presence of God within and around us. And when we disobey the will of God, we create a self-imposed barrier between us and the presence of God. This is well illustrated in the following excerpt from The Gospel of Thomas:
His disciples asked, "When will you appear again to us? When will the Kingdom of God come so that we will again see you?"
Jesus answered: "When you shed your shame, and take your clothes, place them on the ground and trample them underfoot like little children. Then you will see the Son of the Living One, and will not be afraid"
As with most of the sayings of Jesus that appear in The Gospel of Thomas, the meaning of the above saying is not on the surface. Rather, one must work with the saying. One must dig deep looking for the mystical meaning. We will now do so, together. First, Jesus is asked a question: The Disciples want to know when he will come again (the second coming of Christ), and when will come the Kingdom of God in which, according to prophecy, Christ will rule on Earth. They expect an answer having to do with space and time: a geographic location (space) and a certain date (time). But, as is typical in The Gospel of Thomas, Jesus does not give them the type of answer they expect; rather, he gives them what, at first glance, appears to be a bizarre answer: "When you shed your shame, and take your clothes, place them on the ground and trample them underfoot like little children Then you will see the Son of the Living One, and will not be afraid" Upon deep reflection, Jesus' answer is not bizarre; it is core truth. Consider the following:
QUESTION: What religion were all or most of Jesus' disciples?
ANSWER: Being Jews, their religion was Judaism (even his Essene disciples were connected to Judaism, as the Essenes were a mystical branch of Judaism which evolved into Christianity).
QUESTION: In the scriptures used by Jews, when did human beings (represented by the allegorical Adam and Eve) first begin to wear clothes?
ANSWER: In the Garden of Eden Just before being exiled from the Garden).
QUESTION: Why did Adam and Eve begin wearing clothes?
ANSWER: Guilt. After disobeying God, Adam and Eve clothed themselves and attempted to hide from the presence of God. The Bible says, "Adam and Eve heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden, and they hid from Yahweh God." They hid from God because their consciences felt guilty, due to their disobedience of the law of God (they ate from the Tree of Duality -- Good and Evil -- rather than only from the Tree of Life). And one of the ways they attempted to hide themselves from God was putting on clothes. They then attempted to hide behind trees and put other barriers between themselves and God. (The clothes and other barriers represent spiritual and psychological barriers.)
In the light of all the above, let us again examine the response of Jesus. He said that to see Christ and not be afraid, and to experience the Kingdom of God wherein Christ rules, is not a function of space and time; rather, it depends on an inner condition. And he said we will experience that inner condition only when we shed our shame, take our clothes off and place them on the ground and trample them under our feet like little children. Only then can we see Christ and "not be afraid". He spoke these words to Jews who were very familiar with the Bible story about Adam and Eve first wearing clothes due to guilt from their disobedience of the law of God. Thus, the deep meaning of this mystical saying from The Gospel of Thomas is as follows. Human beings are capable of seeing Christ here and now and living in the Kingdom of God here and now . To do so, is to return to the allegorical Garden of Eden wherein human beings LIVED IN COMMUNION WITH THE PRESENCE OF GOD . But to do so, we must reverse the process: We must take the spiritual and psychological barriers we have placed between us and the presence of God -- symbolized by clothes -- and trample them under our feet. And we must return to obedience to the law of God.
What, you may ask, does this have to do with the raw food vegetarian diet? Everything! Whenever we disobey the laws of God we will suffer the natural consequences. The laws of God are the very laws of the universe. You cannot escape the laws of the universe; they are encoded into the very fabric of being. The laws of the universe are within you and all around you. Even if you are not aware of a particular law of the universe, you are still subject to it: you may not be aware of the law of gravity, but if you jump off a cliff you will experience the result of that law! But the situation is even worse if you are aware of a law of God and knowingly choose to violate it. That is worse because it leads to the type of guilt experienced by Adam and Eve. When we disobey the will of God, we create a self-imposed barrier between ourselves and the presence of God. But the beautiful thing is that the reverse is true: When we obey the laws of God (are in harmony with the laws of the universe) our communion with the divine is intensified and enhanced. THE LAW OF GOD FOR THE HUMAN DIET IS EXPRESSED IN THE FOLLOWING WORDS FOUND IN BOTH THE MAINLINE BIBLE AND THE ESSENE BIBLE:
GOD said, "I give YOU all the seed-bearing plants that are upon the earth, and all the trees with seed bearing fruit; this shall be your food" (Genesis 1:29)
Certainly, Christian and Jewish Bible readers are familiar with this law of God for the human diet. But not only Christians and Jews are responsible for implementing this dietary injunction; for the Bible -- both Essene and mainline versions -- declares that God has engraved his law upon our hearts. In other words, encoded into our hearts, minds, consciences, and digestive anatomy, is the dietary injunction of God. (In regard to digestive anatomy, there is clear proof that the human being is meant by God and Mother Nature to be vegetarian. Consider the evidence: meat-eating animals have an intestinal tract only three times the length of their body, but vegetarian animals -- and humans -- have an intestinal tract twelve times the length of the body. Also, meat-eating animals have acid saliva; vegetarian animals -- and humans -- have alkaline saliva. Meat-eating animals have no pores on their skin; they perspire through their tongue. But vegetarian animals -- and humans -- perspire through millions of pores on the skin. Meat-eating animals have small salivary glands; vegetarian animals -- and humans -- have well developed salivary glands. Meat-eating animals have very strong hydrochloric acid in their stomach to digest meat; vegetarian animals -- and humans -- have 20 times less hydrochloric acid in their stomachs.) Deep inside, at the core of our being, we know it is wrong to murder animals for food. Deep inside, we hear the voice of God saying: "I give you all the seed-bearing plants upon the earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this shall be your food." If we do not hear God speaking these words at the core of our being, we must GET NAKED WITH GOD . We must strip off all of our clothes-- all self-imposed spiritual and psychological barriers between us and the presence of God -- and trample them under our feet. Then we will hear the voice of God, and will not be afraid. Jesus said so.
It was this dietary injunction of God (Genesis 1:29) that Jesus was referring to and upholding when he declared:
Verily I say unto you, for this end have I come into the world that I may put away all blood offerings and the eating of the flesh of the beasts and the birds that are slain by men.
In the beginning, God gave to all, the fruits of the trees, and the seeds, and the herbs, for food; but those who loved themselves more than God or their fellows, corrupted their ways, and brought diseases into their bodies, and filled the earth with lust and violence. (Essene New Testament)
When we GET NAKED WITH GOD per Jesus' previous instructions in The Gospel of Thomas , we hear and lovingly obey the dietary injunction of God. This DIVINE OBEDIENCE leads directly to an ENHANCED COMMUNION WITH GOD .
It is important to note that the dietary injunction of God is not only a call to vegetarianism, but a call to RAW ESSENE FRUITARIANISM . After all, when God spoke the words of Genesis 1:29, there was no such thing as ovens and even fires for cooking were not known. A vegetarian is in partial compliance with the dietary injunction of God and will experience partial blessing and partial communion with God. A raw food vegetarian is in much fuller compliance and will receive much more blessing and much more communion with God. A raw food vegetarian who is also an Essene Fruitarian (vegan version) is in full compliance with the dietary injunction of God and will experience a full blessing and full communion with God, unless he or she is out of harmony with God in some other area of life.
Communion with God is better than anything you can imagine. It is better than good music. It is better than delicious food. It is better than sex.... Communion with God is the ecstasy of the soul. It is a sort of PERPETUAL SPIRITUAL ORGASM . But our becoming Essene Fruitarians is not only so that we can more frilly commune with God; rather, we obey the dietary injunction of God so that WE MAY BETTER SERVE GOD . There is much pain and suffering in the world around us. God wants love to replace hate, light to replace darkness, truth to replace falsehood, forgiveness to replace resentment. We are the hands and feet of God on earth. Because we love God, we wish to serve God. And we can best serve God when we are at our best. We are at our best --physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, -- on an Essene Fruitarian raw diet.
While the primary spiritual reason for vegetarianism -- cooked or raw -- is COMPASSION , a raw food vegetarian is better equipped to ACT IN RESPONSE TO THAT COMPASSION . As explained over the course of this article, there are very real physical and spiritual advantages to the raw diet. Those advantages translate into being better equipped to respond effectively -- out of compassion -- to the world around us. But when it comes to compassion, THE ESSENE FRUITARIAN PATH IS FAR TRANSCENDENT TO BASIC RAW FOOD VEGETARIANISM. So that you may understand how that is so, it is time for us to take a very deep look at Essene Fruitarianism.
First, we will look at the nuts-and-bolts of Essene Fruitarianism. We will learn that there are three phases of the Essene Fruitarian diet. We will examine each of those three phases. We will discuss the types of foods eaten by an Essene Fruitarian, as well as describe the other dietary disciplines of this path such as fasting and proper food combining. Then we will make clear just how, when it comes to compassion, the Essene Fruitarian diet is far transcendent to basic raw food vegetarianism. In the context of doing all the above, we will move from the nuts-and-bolts of this diet on up to the heavenly realms: we will discuss such related esoteric topics as the Fall of Mankind, Angelic Ascension, Resurrection, Transmutation, and Breatharianism.
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