Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, Espousing the Essenes
Among my many spiritual readings and studies, The Essene Gospel of Peace, originally translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (TSAY-kay), holds a special place in my heart. The work is literary and offers an inner teaching of Jesus the Christ about communing with angels.
We have a special connection with the earth, the trees, rivers and streams, the air, and are recharged by the sun as well through our energy centers.
The Essenes were precursors to Jesus and were considered "a race unto themselves." Their system of ritual and sacred living maintained a vibration high enough to allow our Lord to enter our world through physical birth and fulfill his dharma, or God's plan, for our enlightenment.
In the brief biography about Professor Szekely on the book's back cover, i was moved by the wisdom and talent of this man.
In sharing aspects of his life with you and introducing you to his philosophy, I hope you will be deeply moved within your soul to the extent that will enable you to shed some of the old, encrusted beliefs and errors that may be hidden within your psyche.
Welcome to Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, Espousing the Essenes. May your life take on a new meaning with its reading!
The Austrian-Hungarian Empire
When trying to understand the makings of a man, especially a great figure, one must look at his roots, his family, upbringing, and the social and political climates of his life.
The Dual Monarchy, ruled peaceably by Franz Joseph I of Austria, began in 1867 and lasted until the end of WW I in 1918. Hungary was the second land under the emperor-monarch's reign and experienced much independence, as afforded by the ruler.
In Europe, the Empire's acreage was second only to Russia and third in population density (Russia was first, Germany second). The Empire also became proficient in machine manufacture, with a standing of fourth in world productivity (surpassed by the United States, Germany, and Britain).
Edmond, born on March 5, 1905, in Máramarossziget, Hungary (now Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania), grew up in this fortuitous environment.
The Ethnic Makeup of Hungary Prior to WWI
Edmond's paternal grandfather was a poet and Unitarian bishop, with lineage going back to Hungarian philologist Sándor Kőrösi Csoma, author of the first Tibetan-English dictionary. Edmond's father was Hungarian Unitarian and his mother was French Catholic. The family was affluent, with Szekely estates in both Transylvania and Dordogne, France.
An important part of Edmond's childhood was his Pyrenean Mountain dog Nuage (NEW-ahj, French for puffy cloud). How can one explain a relationship of a boy to his dog, especially when there are no siblings?
According to Edmond's memoirs, his grandparents had several dogs guarding the estate in France. While the boy was very young and the dog a puppy, the two connected with each other. Even though the dog stayed at the estate and only saw Edmond during summer visits, there was something special about their relationship. Edmond describes this relationship further in his memoirs, "Nuage was always in his favorite spot under my chair, and I would feel the furry comfort of of his head under my stockinged feet from time to time, answered by a contented grunt. It was the summer of my twenty-second year, when one afternoon I entered my room and sat at my desk, now occupied with important work. Nuage of my childhood, now very old old but still dignified and erect, followed me in and took his place, as usual, under my chair. I kicked off my shoes and tousled his ear with my toe, and he made a contented sound and went to sleep. I worked for several hours. Finally I got up, being careful not to disturb Nuage with the chair. But Nuage had died in his sleep - there in his favorite place, at my feet..."
Edmond Szekely's Monastic Education
Under his parents' cooperative guidance, Edmond went to a Piarist Order Catholic monastery, a stark contrast to his luxurious childhood, and studied Greek, Latin, and Ecclesiastical Literature. He became proficient in these classical languages and wrote Let St. Francis Sing in your Heart for his required graduation thesis. He graduated as class valedictorian, magna cum laude.
The Prior of the Monastery provided him a letter of recommendation to the Vatican's Prefect of the Archives (who also happened to be one of Edmond's former schoolmates) so the young graduate could continue his research.
At the Vatican and Convent of Monte Cassino
In 1928 during his studies in the archives of the Vatican and the Convent of Monte Cassino, Edmond found The Essene Gospel of Peace in Hebrew by Plinius. The writing contained many things not found in the Bible, specifically the details of Jesus' healings and his instructions to the people.
So impressed was Edmond with this discovery, he translated the teachings into French and started to privately distribute them, eventually giving lectures on Essene life. After 1934, his works were becoming translated from French into English by L. Purcell Weaver, who met Professor Szekely in Tahiti and began recovering health under the Professor's guidance.
A Video Review of the Essene Gospel of Peace
In watching the following video, it is recommended that you use the pause feature from time to time to actually read the passages presented for a spiritually high experience. The words, indeed, speak to the soul from Master Jesus the Christ, our elder brother and teacher of the Piscean Age, himself. The teachings given are profound.
The Essene Gospel of Peace is the epitome of Edmond Szekely's work. To be familiar with this translated, literary piece is to know the essence of the man.
The International Biogenic Society
In 1928, he co-founded the International Biogenic Society (IBS) with 1915 Nobel-Prize-winning, French author Romain Rolland.
The logo's theme of the IBS is "Man amidst all the forces of Nature and Cosmos." In looking at this logo, it appears rather tumultuous with swirling clouds, light flashing from above, and plant forms nearly engulfing the human figure. At first, one might interpret this as somewhat negative and unsettling, quite opposite to the mission of the IBS.
Here are some paraphrased tenets of the IBS:
- the most precious possession is life
- there is an ability to overcome deadly forces through proper living
- peace is paramount to man's survival and is based on understanding and cooperation
- there's a duty to preserve natural resources for the next generation
- fresh, natural, pure, whole foods, without chemicals and artificial processing, must be the diet of mankind
- life should be simple, natural, and creative to attune with all God's energies and create harmony
- the brother- and sisterhood of mankind is cradled in Mother Nature and Father God.
Given these tenets, the symbols of the logos take on a new meaning. Nature is clearly represented here by the shafts of light (sun), a cloud-like object emitting almost magnetic streams (rain, water), the swirls (wind, air), climbing leaves (plants and trees), and the human figure holding in his right hand what appears to be a key (the path of life). There is certainly a heightened energy about the depiction, suggesting a dynamic life of purpose.
Summary of Education, Social Life, and Travels
Edmond attended the Sorbonne University of Paris for a PhD in Philosophy and obtained other degrees from the Universities of Vienna and Leipzig. He served as a professor in Philosophy and Experimental Psychology at Bolyai University Kolozsvár (now Cluj, Romania). Some time after graduating, he founded an Essene church.
In 1939, Professor Szekely married American Deborah Shainman, whose mother was a past vice-president of the New York Vegetarian Society in Brooklyn. In 1940 the couple opened a camp in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, which they named Rancho la Puerta, where they could explore and test natural living. The couple had two children, Alexander and Sarah Livia. Edmond Szekely did research, wrote books (over 80 in his lifetime), and conducted seminars all over the world. Expeditions took him to Africa, the Carpathians, France, Eastern Europe, and Tahiti.
The couple divorced in 1970, and Professor Szekely left Rancho la Puerta. He later married Norma Nilsson, a long-time assistant, and continued to focus on writing and teaching. He died in 1979 at the age of 74.
Professor's Park (Parque del Profesor) in Tecate, Mexico, near Rancho la Puerta, was named after Professor Szekely.
Location of Tecate, Mexico
Tecate lies just over the border between Mexico and California.
In trying to summarize the life of Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, I found the following commemoration appropriate:
In giving the spiritual treasures of his rich life to millions,
He can never die,
Even when his days have reached their end.
Shedding his earthly remains,
He becomes a life-giving spirit.
And even as he fades away in time and space
Pure Light, Eternal and Endless . . .
--Anon via Community of Peace
Resources and Credits
- http://communiu.home.xs4all.nl/Studymat/Brimasters/B03profes.htm (Biography of Szekely)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Bordeaux_Szekely#International_Biogenic_Society (Details of Professor Szekely's Life)
- https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_in_the_Austro-Hungarian_Empire (Social and Political Elements of Austrian-Hungarian Empire)
- Community of Peace Nederland, Email 19.05.2014 (edits on Jesus' title, Rancho la Puerta history, and new link for Szekely's bio)
© 2014 Marie Flint