What is the Temple of Understanding? Have you even heard of it? I hadn’t until a friend sent me a video in which the Temple of Understanding were celebrating their 50th Anniversary Gala, I was shocked as I watched the video, which I have included for your viewing pleasure. http://youtu.be/LEDPF8RQ5Wc
So who are these people, and what do they do. To find the answers to my questions, I of course referred to the internet and Google specifically. This is what I found; on their Home page, you are greeted with a scrolling banner of happy smiling faces, underneath which reads the following:
Developing: an appreciation of religious and cultural diversity
Educating: For global citizenship and sustainability
Expanding: public discourse on faith and ecology
Creating: just and peaceful communities
Now doesn’t that sound wonderful, who wouldn’t want to be involved in this endeavor? A couple of words jumped out at me, that made me take a step back and think, hummm, there is more to this than meets the eye. So I dug a bit deeper. Oh, the words, sorry, ‘global citizenship’ and ‘sustainability’. These words have become a red flag to me. For now, on with the digging and exploring this Temple of Understanding, because I really want to understand what this is!
According to their website, the Temple of Understanding has “lead the way in interfaith education and advocacy for 50 years.” They have been educating both children and adults cross culturally and inter-religiously for global citizenship and peaceful coexistence, oh deep joy! They advocate for acceptance and respect for religious pluralism via the worlds governing bodies and they actively continue to promote justice and tolerance…oh two more red flag words…. ‘justice’ and ‘tolerance’. There was a day when those words held a very different meaning, Justice meant: the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments or the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity. Tolerance meant tolerating someone or something that was different from yourself or your held belief. Today, you are not viewed as tolerant unless you accept completely the difference in the individual and accept their core beliefs, whether you agree or disagree is irrelevant. Today, justice has several meanings, like economic justice and social justice, which are the corner-stone to the One World Government which many of the world leaders are currently working toward implementing. But I digress… back to digging.
As I explored the web site I came across their “History,” page. According to the web site, Juliet Hollister founded the Temple of Understanding in 1960 apparently after she had a realization that the world was in critical danger unless the gifts, of wisdom and the insights of religious traditions could be recognized and cultivated to promote positive social change! Sound familiar? Apparently her vision resonated with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and she endorsed the idea with the following letter of recommendation:
“May this greatly needed Temple of Understanding come into realization soon, for our world surely needs the inspiration and leadership of such a ‘Spiritual United Nations’.”
A Spiritual United Nations! I know, I had to read that a couple of times myself! It goes on to say that, that same year, Ms. Hollister met with luminaries such as the Egyptian President Nasser, the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Pope John XXIII and Albert Schweitzer, all of whom responded to her request for a meeting! Wonderful, lovely how comforting it is to know that the Catholic Pope would agree to such a meeting! According to the history, Dr. Schweitzer signed Ms. Hollister’s travel log saying:
“My hopes and prayers are with you in the realization of the great Temple of Understanding, which has a profound significance… The Spirit burns in many flames.”
It was not until 1962 that the Temple of Understanding gained notoriety, when Life Magazine did a cover story describing “Juliet Hollister’s wonderful Obsession’ as a mission ‘to draw together to build a movement embracing all faiths.’” It was this article and a subsequent CBS special that brought international recognition, fame and support to Ms. Hollister’s vision of a “Spiritual United Nations!”
It was at that time, that Juliet realized she needed a symbol or an icon which would represent her newly formed and now internationally famous ‘Spiritual United Nations’ Church! So she enlisted the services of an artist, Thetis Blacker, who painted ‘The Tree of Life’ as the interfaith symbol for the newly created interfaith church.
According to the description, the Tree of Life bears twelve multi-colored fruit hanging from the branches. The leaves are olive leaves, which represent hope and peace. The branches spring from a single trunk, and living sap moves through and up the branches indicated by an “undulating serpentine central vein.” Undulating serpentine, I don’t know about you but that does not conger up images of the Divine for me, quite the contrary; wasn’t it a serpent who enticed Eve in the Garden of Eden. It continues describing the “four roots grow from the four directions of the world, while four rivers of vital water flow outward to all people of the earth.” Each fruit on the tree represents a different faith that is linked in harmony and contains seeds of propagation which are surrounded by a white radiant sphere of light! This circle of radiance apparently represents the sacred nature of faith “hollowed by the ineffable.” Notice that above the tree a dove hovers, the “holy symbol of peace and love,” rooting in the midst of the tree bringing with it “divine blessings and unity on all!” Let’s all hold hands and sing Kumbaya! I know I’m not being very tolerant or charitable right now am I!? http://templeofunderstanding.org/
As I write this, I cannot help but think of the bible passage 1 John 4:1-6 that says; “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
With that in mind, could this be a false prophet? could this Temple of Understanding be luring many into a false sense of security?
In his book The Cult Of The All-Seeing Eye (pp 43-46), Robert Keith Spencer writes of the Temple of Understanding, the following:
A temple will be erected in Washington, D. C., for “the citizen of the world” to develop “universal understanding” in place of his “national limitations.” He tells his reader that the cost for this ‘edifice’ was $5 million (mind that was in 1962), by today’s standards that would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,621,043.05 according to the US Bureau of labor statistics calculator circa 2010. He describes the futuristic building characterized as a “Spiritual UN” a symbol of the brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind, according to the brochure issued by the Temple headquarters in Greenwich Conn., which Mr. Spencer refers to as “a wing of this modern-day ‘Tower of Babel
The Temple of Understanding will be accorded to six international faiths: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and Islam. Among those who endorsed the Temple of Understanding are the following: Swami Prabhavananda of the Vedanda Society, Hollywood; Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Socialist leader Norman Thomas, Chester Bowles, special advisor to the President; Swami Bhaskaranand Paramhamsa of “UNISM,” New Delhi, India; Thomas B. Watson, president of International Business Machines; Eleanor Roosevelt, the United Lodge of Theosophists, New York City. http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NewAge/Washington_Cult.htm
According to Mr. Spencer the shape and symbolism of the building “dates back to the black magic practised by the high priests of ancient Egypt. The building will contain a giant eye — a circular pool of water which reflects light beamed onto it by a dome faceted to resemble a many-colored diamond. The Temple brochure states: “The dome will be illuminated all night in order to indicate, symbolically, that even while the world sleeps, the light of understanding continues to shine.” Right; so let me get this straight in my mind, this temple is to represent all religions, including Christianity, if memory serves me, nowhere in the Christian faith/religion do we practice black magic, nor is there a giant all-seeing eye in any Christian churches that I am aware of! Mr. Spencer goes on to say that a similar building was erected in London by the ‘occultist’ (his word not mine), the late Mrs. Annie Besant the founder of “the Fabian Parliamentary League, a British socialist group in which Sidney Webb, Hubert Land, H. H. Champion and Bernard Shaw were active.”Oh deep joy! Now that does make me feel a bit better, NOT!
In Mrs. Besant’s temple, there are “six symbolic presentations of six great international faiths in the lecture hall. There is a mural of six-pointed Theosophical star made of two interlocking triangles connected by a serpent.” Well it appears that a theme is emerging as this very theme is recurrent in the “Temple of Understanding.” Again according to the brochure the “temple’s six wings will contain the cultural facets of the ‘diamond of truth.’”
Mr. Spence states in his book that in New York, the “Friends of the Meditation Room” met on a regular basis in the United Nations Meditation Room and that in the center of this shrine a beam of light plays off a polished ore. According to Mr. Spencer, when the Meditation Room reopened on April 24, 1957 “the late Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary General, described this pagan stone as an altar to universal religion. ‘The altar is the symbol of the God of all,’ he said.”
Interesting to note is that the Temple of Understanding also has a meditation room, known as the “Hall of Illumination.” There, the Illuminati, Masters of Wisdom, our Leaders of the Temple of Understanding will come and train the public in the new humanistic cult. Meetings, film showings and courses of study in all the world’s greatest religions will be held in the “Hall of Illumination.” http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NewAge/Washington_Cult.htm
So, not only do we have world leaders working together to form a One World Order, but it appears that they are also working together to form a One World Religion, or A “Spiritual United Nations!”
Part one in a series.
By: Andrea K. Robson
Research contrabutions made by: Carol Ray.