How interest in the Essenes started.
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran around 1946-7, led to a great interest and study of the lifestyle of the group known as Essenes. There are some good books written about this find, and after many decades of hard work by scholars the scrolls are available now in Jerusalem should you wish to see them for yourself.
The Essenes were historically the largest of three major Jewish sects, and had a significant political influence at the time. Disliked by the Romans many of the more spiritual of the sect settled in Qumran near the Dead Sea, where they created family communities we associate with a quieter spiritual life.
Two Roman Historians of the time Josephus and Philo wrote of the Essenes dedication to peace, shared ownership and aiming to lead a pure lifestyle. Their simple, healthy spiritual lives serves as an inspiration in our increasingly busy modern world.
Some of the men became scribes and copied the Scriptures, living very holy and dedicated lives. Among the scrolls found were their own esoteric writings. The Essenes wrote hymns on The Tree of Knowledge, cosmic mysteries and inner direct experience of divine revelation.
There is a belief that their mystical teachings go back in time to ancient wisdom from around 4000 BCE. The Essenes we know of in relation to the archeological findings around Qumran probably relate to those groups who settled there about 168 B.C.E. and were precursors to Christianity. Indeed, many think that as the Essenes were the largest group of that time, and the Rabbi Jesus (known as Yeshua Ben Joseph), may have followed the hidden teachings associated with the ‘Inner Circle’ of Essene mystics.
Jesus himself was probably raised in an Essene family and trained by Essenes. Although there is no direct evidence of this many of the scrolls refer to a ‘Teacher of Righteousness’ whom is believed to have been one and the same.
However many of us feel a deep connection with the historical Essenes on several levels including past lives.
About Dr Edmond Bordeaux Szekely 1905 - 1979
Dr Szekely has written several inspiring volumes about the Essenes. However, we feel that there is still much to be discovered about the biblical and historical Jesus and the Essenes, and some question the research behind some of Dr Szekeley’s writings, and recognise that it may not be 100% factual.
Nevertheless, we are grateful for the picture Dr Szekely paints of the Essenes (whether true or romanticised), and for his beautifully worded communions, which have a great similarity to the Psalms of the Jewish biblical scripts.. These we enjoy experiencing on our own and in a group. We feel that it is a lovely way to connect with our Heavenly Father, our Earthly Mother, the cosmic and earthly forces or angels, and with each other.
The Essenes, we are told, by Dr Szekely, meditated at sunrise and sunset invoking the Angels. The whole sequence was laid out in the pattern of the Tree of Life, with seven branches stretching upwards to connect with the loving Heavenly father and seven roots spreading downwards to connect with the bounteous Earthly Mother. We try to follow this, and it has added a magic to the lives of many of us.
In "The Essene Communions with the Infinite", he drew on ancient spiritual sources to link us with the stream of Life, Sound and Light. See two quotes below from The Thanksgiving Psalms and The Book of Hymns, both from the Dead Sea Scrolls
“I thank Thee, Heavenly Father, because Thou hast put me at a source of running streams, at a living spring in a land of drought, watering an eternal garden of wonders, the Tree of Life, mystery of mysteries, growing everlasting branches for eternal planting to sink their roots into the stream of life from an eternal source.
And Thou, Heavenly Father, protect their fruits with the angels of the day and of the night and with flames of eternal Light burning every way.”
"I have reached the inner vision and through Thy spirit in me I have heard Thy wondrous secret. Through Thy mystic insight Thou hast caused a spring of knowledge to well up within me, a fountain of power, pouring forth living waters, a flood of love and of all-embracing wisdom like the splendour of eternal Light."