Commentaries to verses of St. Matthew. – Initial Chapters
Verse 10 : When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
The star in the text symbolises the spiritual eye, inner Silence. When awareness raises in the individual then one is overjoyed, has hope – The “awareness” will lead to Truth – It is worth noting that the spiritual eye is visible inside when one is completely still.
Verse 10 : The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
The soul’s desire to reunite with the Infinite, with the Self is an intrinsic part of the consciousness – it is a fundamental need. What obstructs this conscious realisation “will be cut down and thrown into the fire” – duality inside works against the good fruit”.
Verse 4 : Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
The meaning of this verse is primarily practical and spiritual: “on every word that comes from the mouth of God” means to live Unity with life, to realize the Self.
Verse 10 : Jesus said to him, “Away from me Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”
How to interpret the concept of Satan? Who created heaven and hell? Everything is existing in us – light, darkness, good and bad. “Satan” prevents us to remain silent inside in the midst of life – it is born and sustained only in a state of duality (absence of Silence). In Unity consciousness, Satan embraces God and “gives up” independent existence – one lives daily life with its movements in a different attitude, less effected by circumstances.
Verse 6 : But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
What is the reward? No one is sitting in “heaven” giving out rewards or punishments. The room is inside us, in the consciousness, where one quietly and gradually build inner Silence by constant efforts and practice. The true reward flows in Silence – in peace and certainty.
Verse 14 : For if you forgive men their sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
The consciousness is the meeting point between God and man. Here contrasts unite: we give and receive simultaneously. As the capacity of Silence increases, forgiveness and receiving forgiveness is happening in a natural way, established in an inner state and understanding.
Verse 19 : Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Verse 20 : But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
Material fulfilment leads to temporary happiness. Yet one should try to fulfil them in a good way – suppressing brings them back more intensely. With Kriya practice gradually the yearning for Truth grows from inside. At the same time, the personal interest for material fulfilment’s decrease naturally, as the experience of Silence is more satisfying. We recognize that the true treasure is stability inside which no thief can break in and steal.
Verse 22: The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
Here the eyes means to be “aware of oneself”, then one sees own thoughts, intention and inner Self – true discovery of the Self by the Self.
Verse 34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
With Silence inside one lives naturally in the present. Worries steal energy and separate us from our life. By being present, each moment takes care of itself. Then everything is better spontaneously: this moment, the past and the future – which are all stored in the moment. The capacity to “be” is with us all the time.