Here are some excerpts from replies to comments on the blog entry 177 by Michel Potay.
“…Politics and its mother religion want to be done with problems of conscience, but we on the contrary force ourselves to awaken this conscience. I even heard a person I encountered while seeking penitents say that intelligence was going extinct and should be replaced with instinct. ‘What instinct’, I asked. ‘The animal instinct of course’, they replied. ‘No’, I said, ‘we are not animals, but men with a conscience. No animal has a conscience. They live in a universe of signals. We live as Children of God, that is to say intelligent, and we can reawaken this conscience as one stirs up a fire.’”
23aou16 177C11 Réponse
“I believe that nothing is possible on the level of society as long as we have not succeeded in spreading the idea that first man must personally change his life (RA 30/10-11).”
25aou16 177C18 Réponse
“…Our penitence is anarkhia, since it rejects the power of evil in all of its forms. We shall soon engage in the hardest striving for Good within us, around us, on Earth. Politics seeks a cohesion of the masses under the law, police, courts of justice, but we work towards renewing the value of individuality and liberty—two of the five gifts God gave Adam, creating his spiritual nature: love, speech, creativity, liberty and individuality—and thus we must literally re-create the world and re-create ourselves…”
25aou16 177C21 Réponse
…Yes, « the world will change in the assembly or will not change ». In our assembly, the loop will be joined, that is to say that the process of penitence will have caused Evil to disappear and will have installed Good. We have created and begun our assembly with The Revelation of Arès as a starting point which encourages us to refuse the hypocrisy, conscious or very often unconscious, of the religious Jews, Christians, Muslims or others, who while believing they are combating Evil, often without realising it, exercise a form of Evil which is paralysis, a mummification of faith. Faith is Life. To immobilize it by wrapping it in the bandages of dogma is Evil, that is to say, something which inhibits the march towards Life.
In the assembly we localized the first cause of Evil which is fear of one another which must be replaced by love of one another. Was not barbarism born from the fear of one another? One destroys the other, be it physically or intellectually, one destroys all that he does out of fear of him and what he does, one wants to remain as one is, without evolving, because one is fine, just like those with a toothache fear the dentist and prefer to stay home, feeling better with their pain than they would feel under the dentist’s drill. We have installed the dentist’s drill, penitence. In that way we are really combating Evil, beginning with the Evil within; we are not satisfied with believing, we act, we do. Thus we strive, as does The Revelation of Arès, “to lead men to discover that love, reason, conscience and action in liberty, tools given to men from God’s very own Hand, will re-create the planet.” Since most men do not understand because their minds are lacking the door through which action upon themselves might pass, the action of change, we strive for the moment to find those whose minds are not hermetically closed, those where that door exists, even if it is only a small louver window, those we call the ripe ears of grain.
30aou16 177C32 Réponse
“…our political era seeks to eliminate the private individual in order to install what I call a standard man, who has no personality, who lives according to social standards decided by those in power, no longer plays any role, is nothing more than a human machine with interchangeable functions. Those in power can dominate that man. Those in power cannot exercise their domination on men like us, men who rediscover their liberty, each one his own, each one the creator of himself, each one the image and likeness of the Creator…”
01sep16 177C37 Réponse
Translated by djd
Link to the original blog entry 177 in English:
“ …I do not believe that those who listen to us are as many as that who perceive our discourse as ‘abstract and impracticable’, but rather that they feel—because millenniums of power and laws above them have rendered them passive, therefore instinctively lazy—that following politics and the law is a lot less tiring than the penitence of which we speak. In other words, people see comfort in politics and the law!…”
excerpt from 14aou16 176C111 Réponse
Translated by djd
This is my most recent watercolour.
I have been enjoying fresh figs lately, something I never had before I was in my twenties when we had the joy of picking them off a tree at the bottom of my parents-in-law’s garden, if we happened to be there at the right time. Since then, that tree has been cut down, the garden sold.
« (Et) Mikal (est) la figue (qui se) fend sous le soleil, le suc coule (de lui), le frère de l’oreille (le) boit. Elle est bénie. »
“(But) Mikal (is) the fig (that) cracks in the sun(shine), the juice flows (from him), the brother with the ear drinks (it). It is blessed.”
The Revelation of Arès viii/4-5a
This tree will not be cut down.
“(Out of) his jaw the tree (with) the evergreen top grows.”
The Revelation of Arès xvi/13
There is a sourat entitled The Fig. I don’t know if it refers to Mikal but I think it could. The note in my Qur’an says that the Olive, Mount and Soil Secure correspond to the Mount of Olives, Mount Sinai and the Valley of Makkah, which is to say, Jesus, Moses and Muhammad.
“I call to witness the Fig and the Olive,
The Mount Sinai,
And this Soil Secure,
That We created man of finest possibilities,
Then brought him down to the lowest of the low,
Except those who believe and do the right,
For whom there is reward undiminished.
Who should then make you deny the Judgment after this?
Is not God the most equitable of all judges?”
Al Qur’an 95
A fig is full of physical nourishment just as a prophet brings spiritual nourishment to this famished world. We are blessed to have a living prophet (in the person of Michel Potay) to whom God spoke directly, guiding us towards the garden of Eden.
This is an excerpt from Michel Potay’s blog which I have translated. I find the joy it contains to be contagious and hope you will also.
The Arès Pilgrim does not have a doctrine, no strict, repetitive rules as in religion. He has a beautiful life.
This beauty (Rev of Arès 12/3) comes from the penitence and the superb hope of salvation which beautify it every day a little bit more. Thus, I have no fortune, no pension, investing almost all of what the brothers and sisters give me—may God bless the donators!—in the Pilgrimage, which is becoming a very beautiful place, and in the harvest of course.
It is not easy, it is almost impossible, to share with those encountered the lovely life of a true Arès Pilgrim.
Spiritual life, the effort of goodness, prayer, add such dimensions to daily life, enrich it with such resonance, widen it and translate it into so many interior sensations as well as exterior…as far as Heaven, that each instant I rejoice.
These days I am often asked how I remain valiant at 82 years of age (83 in less than a month) and, among other replies, I sometimes answer, “Because I am happy.” One replies with “Yes, but still you have health problems like that leg that made you suffer and limp this year.” I answer, “If you speak to my wife, sister Christiane, she will tell you my husband never complains.” I think Christiane is too good and that she exaggerates, because if I hurt somewhere I say so, but she means, he doesn’t whine. It’s true. I never whine because I am happy. My life is hard but I have more happiness than could be hidden by the hardness.
The Arès Pilgrim does not expect grace from God or from pious habits but from him/herself, from his/her penitence. How can one explain that to a person met in the street or elsewhere? Impossible or very difficult.
This totally differentiates us from any religion.
My life is like a song, the chant of a torrent, it is constantly forming shimmering whirlpools of Lively Water (Rev. of Arès 30/3), water which boils and strikes like the scourge, pearls of Water from Heaven (Rev. of Arès xLv/15-17). Nothing to do with what happens in a church, synagogue, mosque, Buddhist temple. Everything happens deep within me, but I never cease to feel carried by this Water, leaping and crystalline.
It’s not as though I were on vacation in the mountains along a stream. The Water is in me. It’s an immediate and constant Revelation in me. I don’t know if I do all that I should in order to be an exemplary penitent, but I do all that I can. In particular, I no longer have any enemies. There are some who don’t like me, who seek to harm me, and they trouble me, I reflect on how to quiet them, because what they say is not true and they hamper the mission, but I cannot hate them, it has become impossible for me to have any resentment or malice towards them. No acrimony towards anyone, not wishing harm to anyone, who can imagine the happiness this gives? The Sermon on the Mount after being accomplished as a duty is now accomplished by nature.
How to make a man in the street understand this happiness? How to explain that I have the impression of having dug and dug and rediscovered the brilliant gold at the bottom of Adam’s tomb, gold which has travelled though time and was the image and likeness of God deep inside man (Genesis 1/26-27). I have rediscovered this treasure fixed within life itself, no longer seen by the man in the street. I have rediscovered in their pure state the gifts given by the Creator to each man: speech, love, creativity, individuality and freedom in the spiritual sense, after having known them tarnished and flattened by the intellect.
All is beaten and broken in this world, but under the debris of life—for my life in this generation falls into debris, even though the Father grants me sturdiness—I have found through penitence, the trace, the beautiful shadow or the sure silhouette of the Life that will be mine when I will be resurrected. I have found the tools that will enable the future generations, if we manage to assemble the small remnant (Rev. of Arès 24/1), to change the world and cause the dawn of the Day.
How to bring the man in the street to see that and weigh it?
To express what I have discovered through penitence there must be the transposition within me by the Creator whom my penitence has called and who, moved, adds his Powerful Hand (Rev. of Arès 32/2, ii/2, etc.) to my small feeble penitent hands.
It is impossible to make this understood right off the bat. Therefore each one does what he can to give the understanding of the inner wonder felt by he or she who has made his or hers The Revelation of Arès.
I cannot go into all the ways our missionary brothers and sisters express the joy and festivity they feel through their penitence and the enormous importance this has for humanity, but I urge them to seek the best way possible to share this treasure with humanity in the middle of which they circulate, their tracts in hand, their faith in their soul. I believe there are more and more people encountered who feel this freshness, this feeling of Lively Water, within the missionary.
I believe there is no level to which the witnesses of The Revelation of Arès will not be able to hoist themselves, little by little, with experience and penitence, speaking about the privileged joy of their state of believers. I believe they will all manage to re-assemble the visible reality, which is not yet very perceptible, with the inner reality which seems unreal to the individual encountered, and I believe a certain number already bring this small complement called for by the lives of the world, too limited.
Excerpt from http://www.freesoulblog.net/jM9/jM9tv.html
Response to comment n°69 June 14, 2012
You can read the original entry in English at http://www.freesoulblog.net/jM9/jM9uv.html
Used by permission
This is a reply by Michel Potay to a comment on his blog. I found it so beautiful and inspiring that I have translated it so as to share it here. He was replying to “a commentator who vehemently denied the power of Good and spiritual Beauty to conquer men’s acute spitefulness and untruthfulness.”
“…Yes, man can change, not only do I claim, but I speak from experience.
If you really believe in The Revelation of Arès, you can only believe in salvation through change, believe in the possibility of personal change and the changing of the world due to the sum of personal changes.
Penitence is self re-education and one that is possible!
With all that is included in self re-education, effort, tumbling and getting back up, tumbling and getting back up, tumbling and getting back up, until the moment when the distance covered after getting back up surpasses the distance tumbled and you then gain little by little in virtue, in penitence. You can go quite far in this way. However, from the very first efforts, in spite of tumbling and getting back up, your soul takes form, develops, the Father’s image and likeness reappears in you, because they are the fruits of continued effort, not of a level attained. It is despondency which is impiety (The Revelation of Arès 13/8).
Of course, in the beginning, you must accept an axiom, that is to say a truth for you as yet improvable, a principle that you admit without discussion: From my penitence will come not only my salvation but also a part of the world’s salvation.
In other words, you must have faith, not only faith in The Revelation of Arès, which is only faith in words and ideas, but also faith in their achievement, therefore faith in your penitence.
But very quickly you will discover something very important, a facet of life with which you are not familiar.
Very quickly you will find that penitence concentrates all the beautiful fruits of life, already the present life here below, and you will also get an idea of the Life to come. Here let us consider the fruits of the present life that you will discover.
First of all, freedom, because when you do not reply to a nasty remark with a nasty remark, to a lie with a lie, to a traitor with treachery, to a lost temper by losing your temper, to a partisan with a partisan reply, etc., you free yourself from the nasty person, the liar, the traitor, the angry person, the partisan, who you were following like a puppy by reacting tit for tat. You will become conscious of your superiority over this world in servitude to its bad habits, its prejudice, which veil its intelligence.
Penitence is life minus nerves on edge due to the hardness of society, life minus nastiness, minus treachery, minus mockery, etc., which are reflexes imprinted on our nerves by surrounding culture.
The peace which will gradually take place within is a fold in Beauty (The Revelation of Arès 12/3) that you do not suspect is in your core being, your answer to the ugliness of reality at the same time as your return to the Creator’s image, Beauty and Goodness.
As your soul develops, you will see old fears receding from you, the fear of displeasing first, shyness which is the most frequent agent of your accord with evil. You will see people differently, as beings to whom you no longer seek to resemble or please, a crowd in which you no longer seek to blend, you will discover that peace and happiness are not in the fusion with evil, but rather in your fearlessness full of goodness in face of evil of which you will finally become conscious… and conscious without fear.”
28aou11 120C65 Réponse
used by permission
“…I understood that evil would not been conquered by sacraments or the law, but in man’s heart and first of all in my heart. My penitence then became stronger and stronger, deeper and deeper, because I had at last taken it that there was only one human heart and my own heart would be just a molecule of it….”
Here are a few words about my faith in reply to a comment I received:
… I really wonder how you mix the coran and the bible in your daily life. What kind of worship does it create??? For example, do you pray and who? …
I believe in one God (the Creator, the Source-of-all-that-is) and that He speaks through His prophets. The most recent Message that I know of is The Revelation of Arès. I was very skeptical about it before reading it, but about halfway through it, I realized it is true. It shook up a lot of things I had believed previously. It revitalized my faith. In this Message, God refers to Muhammad as His messenger, therefore I began to read the Qur’an. It is from the same source, it is the same God who spoke through Adam, Azor, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Muhammad, Elijah, Isaiah, Jesus, and today Mikal (to name some of the prophets). Many other prophets were called but did not fulfill their mission.
Yes, I pray, in the way redefined by The Revelation of Arès, which is to pronounce His Word in order to accomplish It. I read softly out loud from the Bible, the Qur’an and The Revelation of Arès, drinking in the Word, seeking to change within, so as to put my steps in line with God’s Steps.
The worship this creates is very personal, individual, even solitary. It is the worship recommended by Jesus when he said to go into the upper room and pray. At the same time, I am concerned about others; I try to remind them of what God has always said—be and do Good. We can change the world if we change ourselves.
…”The Revelation of Arès speaks to each human, to the individual and to his or her individuality; it urges him or her to set himself or herself free of the mediocrity of general beliefs and opinions, of prejudices, and get back to the free magnitudes.
There is no mass solution to evil. Evil will never be conquered but in each man’s heart.” …
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This week I once more found myself relegated to the isolation cell of « nobody ». It’s not the first time and I really find it difficult to believe I am alone there.
Several years ago when we were shopping for a kitchen sink, I knew I wanted a double sink with double drain boards. “Nobody wants those,” the saleslady informed me. At another store, we were able to order one, but we were told we would have to wait 3 weeks for delivery. The salesman seemed to be saying nobody wants to wait that long, but that is short when one thinks about how often the sink is used daily and for so many years, it’s worth waiting 3 weeks to get what one wants.
A frozen foods company used to stop by regularly and from time to time I would get some of their “American” ice cream. Then one day, they no longer carried it—nobody wants it, the salesman said. Nowadays, I don’t seem to need so much ice cream and there are a few pizza places that carry Ben and Jerry’s, so if I really want some, I can get it without shelling out for a trans-Atlantic flight.
This week I found my jaw dropping when I read that nobody believes Abraham existed as a real person. It never even occurred to me to ask such a question. I found myself thinking everybody I know “believes” in Abraham. I may have to do a poll just to be sure. Abraham is one of my great-great-…great grandfathers. Genetically a piece of me would be missing without him. Spiritually he plays an even greater role. He was a prophet, one to whom God spoke and who then gave the Message to those around him. There is an incident recounted in the Qur’an where Abraham breaks all the idols except one, then the people are wondering who did that. Abraham says maybe that big one there. That cracks me up.
Today we have a living prophet and many may be missing out on something of historical importance since almost nobody believes such a thing could happen. Before I read The Revelation of Arès, it never occurred to me that it could, so I guess on some level I do consider the prophets to be somewhat mythological, but all that is changing for me.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that when that somebody said nobody, he really was only speaking for himself.
Here is the work I finished yesterday in my watercolour class:
This is pen and ink and watercolour on a half sheet. François Hippolyte Lalaisse was commissioned by a publisher in Nantes, mid 1800’s, to depict the traditional costumes. We each chose a few and arranged them as we wished on the page.