Here is Richmond Lattimore's literal translation from the Greek, meaning he attempts to translate the word without implying any meaning.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven
- Blessed are the gentle, because they shall inherit the earth
- Blessed are they who sorrow, because they shall be comforted
- Blessed are they who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they shall be fed
- Blessed are they who have pity, because they shall be pitied
- Blessed are the pure in heart, because they shall see God
- Blessed are the peacemakers, because they shall be called the sons of God
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for their righteousness, because theirs is the the Kingdom of Heaven
First, there is no time table. There is no "blessed are the poor because in 30 years they get to go to heaven." Christ knew that only the present exists. That is to say he understood the universal key to happiness and we don't have to suffer now to be happy later, if we are meek, poor, clean, etc, right now, we are in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Second, there is the "Poor in Spirit," bit, which always confused me. I think Billy Graham actually got it right in his answer. That is to say we must be humble. One may also take this to mean we shouldn't have a big ego.
Lastly, ego, the answer and cause of all problems.
I'm reading a book called Emissaries of Light by James Twyman. Light has many meanings, probably because light is everything, but I'm not going to get into that now. Here's a brief idea of the concept: quantum mechanics teaches us that E=MC2 (yea that's supposed to be a squared). Meaning matter is proportional to energy, meaning they are really the same thing in 2 states, meaning we are beings of energy, meaning we are beings of light.
Twyman shows us that the "light bringers" are actually bringers of peace. Since my sister specifically asked about peace I figured here is the perfect answer.
When you understand you are light, you are at peace and you bring peace to all you meet. All fear is based in the fact that we know we have separated from God. We created a "me" separate from everything else. An ego.
Fear begets war. War is simply when one does not agree with another and it is always based out of fear. You know you have separated from God and you desperately want to reunite but you don't know how, the only thing you know is to defend that which you are, ego…even if it is very wrong….hence war. War requires two ego's to both stake their claim. I believe this is why Gandhi could not be defeated by the entire British empire. (David Hawkins calls it Power in his book Power vs Force).
There is no me, so there is no me to defend against you. Therefore there is no war, only peace.
When you understand you are light and everything is light, you understand you are God and God is you, they are not separate. 2 important points here, you are (1) everything, therefore you are (2) God. I understand this to mean Everything is God. Some people call it Source, others Universe, other say God. It's all the same to me now. In Lattimore's translation of the New Testament he correctly translates Christ's words many times when Christ says "Son of Man." There are actually two complete wiki pages on this as people can't agree on what "Son of Man" means. Christ uses it almost interchangeably with the "Son of God" aka, Christ. No one has any problem with Christ calling himself the son of God yet this "Son of Man" is still disputed.
Christ used them interchangeably because they are the same thing, he is the same thing, Son of Man and God because he is one with God, he is God, he is Everything...and you are everything.
When you understand you are one with God there is no fear, there is no war, there is only peace.
To be with God, truly, means one must shed the ego, for it is always the ego that puts the good and bad connotation on everything. The sun burnt me, sun is bad. The sun saved my life when I was getting frost bite. The sun is energy, energy is neither good nor evil until the ego defines it as such.
All 8 Beatitudes can be taken to mean that when you are without ego, you have found the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Poor in Spirit, humble, without ego
- Sorrow, for you are not connected to God, seek to reunite and you'll be happy, aka, shed your ego
- Hunger and thirst to be with all that Is and therefore is right, aka God, shed your ego
- Extend Pity to everything, you are everything extend pity to you, shed your ego
- Clean of heart, can't get much cleaner than shedding your ego
- Peacemakers....shed your ego
- If you are persecuted for being with God, you are in the Kingdom of Heaven, shed your ego (notice Christ never actually said you had to suffer, you are simply being persecuted)
Now, shed your ego. How do we do this? Haha, you have the rest of your life to figure it out, I can tell you that for me it started with abstaining from judgement. The day you can stop judging others for what they have done is the day you will begin to be a happier person.