Book of Esther
In general, I like this story because it reminds me that all is well and that God is ever present.
3:3 Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” 4 Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply. Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.
5 When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. 6 Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a wayto destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
In my point of view, Haman’s behaviour represents ‘sheer fear’ in the world and a lack of Faith. When fear and a sense of lack of control rule one’s life, one may act immorally in his desperation. I can also see Haman’s behaviour as a fearful thought that tries to diminish the rebelliously free part of our consciousness that goes with its own truth and bows in front of no other but God’s will. In God we are free, we are not to honour others’ authority but our own, and we are to follow our inner guidance stemming from God’s Essence.
4:15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
17 So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.
Looking at it from a behavioural point of view, I find Esther’s proposal admirable and inspiring. In my understanding, she takes on the role of a courageous messenger. It seems a rather dangerous endeavour that she may not survive.
2:5 This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.
2:15 And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her.
Esther seems to have the character and the discipline to become a messenger of God. In my understanding the Israelites represent those who are devoted to following God’s guidance in their lives. In Esther’s story, one of the protagonists takes a stand in the face of challenges and even death to protect the highest order of existence, that of God’s. In a different reading, Esther represents God Consciousness that wins over the fearful lower levels of the ego and other unconscious parts that is often run on fear.
5:9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.
5:14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits,[a] and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up
Haman represents the ego consciousness and the above greatly proves how the ego (ego consciousness) constantly feels insecure and must persecute anything or anyone who threatens his/her power.
6:6Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” 7 So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, 8 have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. 9 Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’”
First of all, it shows how the ego (ego consciousness) flatters him/herself to be special and ignores to notice what is present at any given moment. I also like the symbology in the above. The Robe may signifie some unique spiritual quality – often wisdom – of the bearer and the Horse is said to represent freedom and power which Haman/Ego possess neither because he is besotted with himself so much that there is no place for self-reflection and/or a deepening relationship with God.
6 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.
This paragraph reminds me the mysterious ways God works. God talk to us and guides us in miraculous ways. He whispers into our ears thoughts that we hear with our Soul and It responds to the calling. It is always so inspiring for me to read about such events when a person who is not conscious of his/her Divine Mind/Consciousness responds to God’s calling to action, nevertheless. It ensures me again and again that God is ever present in every single one of us whether we are aware of it or not and that He moves us in mysterious ways so the Truth is revealed and Love is reaffirmed.
8: 2 The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai.
The ring Mordecai received from the King represents authority for me. It is a symbol of affirmation that Mordecai is True. It is a sign that he has authority in a realm where not even a King can reach. From an alternative perspective, Mordecai represents God Consciousness that rules over all other realms of mind. IT may seem that the King is the rule and powerful but we learn here that what is of God that is always more prominent.
Through this story, I am reassured the Our Higher Consciousness always finds the way and means to overcome hurdles and challenges. God sends His messengers – in mysterious shapes and forms – to proclaim the Truth. However, for that to happen, we must stand firm in our Faith in God and our Divine Nature. Additionally, we must be willing to step forward and sacrifice whatever may limit us on the Altar of Freedom. The reward is inevitable but it may arrive via unexpected twists and turns.