Essaioli, the Essenes

Reposted from The Awakening Website

Iamblichus of Chalcis was a third-century philosopher who established a school of religious and mystical philosophy called Neoplatonism. His ten volume curriculum contains extracts from a variety of the ancient Greek philosophers, such as the works of Plato and Aristotle.

Sometime during his life, Iamblichus compiled a biography of the philospher, Pythagoras, who had lived eight-hundred years earlier, between 570-495 BC. In this biography, he writes about the twenty-two year study Pythagoras undertook in the temples of Egypt, and about his initiation into the Egyptian and Babylonian mysteries.

He also writes about one particular trip Pythagoras made to Egypt during which he landed on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. There, he separated himself from society, and lived and studied with a secret fraternity, in a temple beneath Mount Carmel.[i]

Mount Carmel, Northern Israel

In Israel at that time, there were two known sects within Judaism – a set of religious beliefs and practices that originated from the Hebrew Bible. The sect known as the Pharisees were concerned with strict external observance of theology, ritual worship and the law that was given to the Israelite people through Moses. In contrast, the Sadducees tended to convey an appearance of refined agnosticism.

The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all. Acts 23:8

But there was also a third sect that existed in Israel. This sect was formed around 500 BC, when several of the masters of the priesthood incarnated there and formed a secret fraternity called Essaioli – the Essenes.

The Essenes lived peaceful, disciplined and pious lives who arose every morning before dawn for silent meditation and prayer. They were strict vegetarians who blessed everything they consumed before taking it into their bodies. They revered all life in all forms.

These masters held a universal, eclectic view of religion and interpreted the Hebrew scriptures in a spiritual, symbolic and metaphysical manner. To preserve their sacred records from the Roman soldiers, they hid them in caves, crypts and clay jars that were made specifically for this purpose.

Their fundamental tendency was quite other than that of Pharisaism, and strongly tinged with Eastern elements.
Alfred Edersheim

The Essenes numbered about four-thousand and were divided into two branches – the Ossaeans and the Nazoreans. The Ossaeans lived at a settlement, called Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. Known as the B’nai-Zadok, they were a strict, celibate monastery that only allowed men into the ranks. It was the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 that provided science with proof of their existence.

QumranThe larger Nazorean branch lived as families of both men and women, on and around Mount Carmel.

They maintained a tent tabernacle, which was con-structed according to the original directions that had been given to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5

The sole purpose of the Nazorean Essenes was to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah into the world. They were the B’nai-Amen – the Children of God.  And so it was within this sect that Jesus began his studies.

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Revelations 3:14



[i] Iamblichus’ Life of Pythagoras, Thomas Taylor, Inner Traditions, 1986

5 Responses to “Essaioli, the Essenes”

  1. 1 Deborah J. Boyd December 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I often wonder how things would be if we had the Internet, communications, media, and everyone carried a cell phone camera when Jesus walked the Earth.
    I have also wondered if Jesus felt frustrated when he tried to tell people how to change and the status quo rose up against him. I do not think it was that different then than it is now. Those who live comfortable lives do not want change and those who barely survive need change.
    I think that all humanity pays a price when even one life is taken by another. How can there be any justifiable reason except for self defense or the defense of others.
    Wealth can and must be more evenly distributed in the world but not through governments and taxes but by educating all so that they might understand how wealth is created. It is possible to become wealthy without exploitation.
    Love & Peace, Deborah

  2. 3 Darryl D'Souza December 4, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I am an Essene of long ago, re-born, and perhaps for the last time in this plane on earth. I had a spiritual awakening when I was 20 yrs, but then, the usual pull of life drew me in and I became one among the crowd.

    I am 40 yrs now and I was recently called upon again, to do the work, I once asked for… it seems. About 6 months back, when I received Energy Work attunement, I also received the Essene Cross of Salvation in my brow chakra. Then after a few days I was even handed my portfolio… phew! … Lightworker!

    I now know what I have to do and the amusing part is that I have been doing it in small ways since I was 20yrs – I just didnt know it.

    We are here again in the multitudes! And this time we bring with us conciousness itself!

    Light & Love to All

    Darryl D’Souza, Goa, India.

  3. 5 Deanne December 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I always say, we become another rung on the big cosmic ladder to help another climb…we drop seeds that will help the world to grow and flourish when we are living our truth.

    It is what is going to create a better world when we all follow the path of our own truths and not compare that of another path, but, respect each path as one walks and lives their own truth. It is “the way” which is with in us that will save us from our self…to know that we are being watched and guided and to not blindly follow as we are blazing our own trails and creating our owns paths, we are guided to our highest good, not just for us but the whole of the universe.

    We are connected whether we see it or not. It is our one truth we share. The rest is perception and no two perceptions will ever be the same, It is us discovering a way to remember this one truth on our own path, blazing our own trails which we should respect and honor in each other and not believe there is only one way.

    On my trip to Israel in February I was fortunate enough to go to to the place where the Essene lived and the cave the scrolls we found. I also saw the scrolls in the museum which were amazing to see. The trip just resonated my knowing more deeply than before.
    Love and Light,

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