Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Historic Lecture Golden Dawn

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Book: Historic Lecture Golden Dawn by William Wynn Westcott

The Order of the G.D. in the Outer is a Hermetic Society whose members are taught the principles of
Occult Science and the Magic of Hermes. During the early part of the second half of the 19th
Century, several adepti and chiefs of this order in France and England died, and their deaths caused a
temporarily dormant condition of Temple work. Prominent among these were Eliphas Levi, Ragon,
Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie, author of the Masonic Encyclopedia and Frederick Hockley, possessed of
crystal vision whose M.S.S. we highly esteemed. These and other adepti received their knowledge
and power from predecessors of greater imminence and have handed down to us this doctrine and
system of Theosophy and Hermetic Science of the Higher Alchemy from a series of practical
investigations whose origin is traced to the Fratres Rosae Crucis of Germany, which association was
founded by Christian Rosenkreuz about 1398.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Why Did Asatru Die Out If It Was The Right Religion For Europeans

Why Did Asatru Die Out If It Was The Right Religion For Europeans Cover Asatru was subjected to a violent campaign of repression over a period of hundreds of years. Countless thousands of people were murdered, maimed, and exiled in the process. The common people (your ancestors!) did not give up their cherished beliefs easily. Eventually, the monolithic organization of the Christian church, bolstered by threats of economic isolation and assisted by an energetic propaganda campaign, triumphed over the valiant but unsophisticated tribes.

Or so it seemed! Despite this persecution, elements of Asatru continued down to our own times - often in the guise of folklore - proving that our own native religion appeals to our innermost beings in a fundamental way. Now, a thousand years after its supposed demise, it is alive and growing. Indeed, so long as there are men and women of European descent, it cannot really die because it springs from the soul of our people. Asatru isn't just what we believe, it's what we are.

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Why Atheists Reject God What They Fear

Why Atheists Reject God What They Fear Cover Many conservative Christians state that Atheists reject God because of an ulterior motive. They argue that if Atheists were to accept God's existence, then they would have to yield to God's criticism of their profoundly immoral behavior, and adopt a higher moral standard to govern their lives. We have seen numerous references to this conviction published on the Internet and broadcast over conservative Christian radio programs. Some are quite abusive and do not reflect well on the authors' religion. Examples are:
bullet John Blanchard wrote that:

"What is certain is that those who want to live godless, self-centered lives have a vested interest in keeping God out of their thoughts."

bullet Dr. John Bechtle of ChristianAnswers.net attacks everyone who does not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. This presumably includes Atheists, liberal Christians and many others. He wrote:

"Each generation rejects more and more Scripture, as it gets in the way of their own opinions."

bullet Citizens for the Ten Commandments gives the following definition of Atheism:

"the instance or act of deploring and fighting against morality, Christianity and God while buffering oneself behind the fanciful notion of the non-existence of God, and often Satan, in order to avoid the appearance of the inevitable linkage with Satan." 3 [Spelling errors corrected]

bullet An anonymous spokesperson at the Citizens for the Ten Commandments believes that Satan lures people into Atheism so that the latter will feel free to engage in immoral activities:

"Since Satan wants to make mankind more comfortable in performing deeds God will punish them for, Satan, likewise feeds them the deception that God doesn't exist. This is his tactic to make them feel more free to practice the evil deeds they will be punished for." [Spelling errors corrected]

bullet Tim Gorski, of The North Texas Church of Freethought, himself an Atheist, repeats a statement that he hears often from Theists:

"But without God there can be no absolute morality. That's the real reason for Atheism. It's nothing more than wanting to be your own god so you can do whatever you want."

bullet "Jalandoak" writes that Atheists:

"...don't believe in the Bible, because they have a problem with authority. God being the ultimate authority, oppresses them, and they can't be 'free thinkers'. This depresses them, and finally they reject God's reality to make themselves feel better. By living their own way, and not following God's laws, they no longer feel guilt."

bullet An author from the Believers' Church wrote:

"... 'being an atheist' is not really about what a person believes, but about what they want to do, or not do. They just don't want to answer to God -- as they perceive Him. They don't want to follow the rules God would give. They want to be free to do whatever they choose, which is tragic."

bullet Chuck Baldwin, writing for The Covenant News, and referring to religious liberals stated:

"The bottom line is, men [sic] are looking for a reason to not be held accountable for their conduct. If there is no absolute truth, there can be no absolute standard of righteousness by which men are judged. In short, everyone may do what he or she feels is right."

bullet "Tracy" of Jesus-is-Lord.com writes that Atheists:

"... want to control their own lives and not submit to the Lord. They are actually rather tragic figures just like any other unsaved individual. It is hard to live out their atheism--if they did, they'd actually be considered crazy ..."

bullet Hugh and Kathy Ross have a different interpretation. They attribute Atheism to a fear of ridicule and loss. They wrote in their essay on The Creation Date Controversy:

"In the anti-Christian academics we see the fear of having to take the Gospel into careful consideration. That's just too risky for those terrified by the prospect of peer ridicule and rejection, terrified to face the losses that might accompany a change to Christian values and morals through a relationship with Christ."

bullet According to Steve Hays:

"Unbelievers deny the existence of God because that gives them sexual license. Unbelievers deny the existence of God because they're afraid of divine judgment."

It might be worth mentioning again that many -- perhaps most -- Atheists do not believe that Gods, Goddesses, Satan, demons and angels do not exist. They merely have no belief in them. They find no evidence that either proves or disproves their existence. To some, the concept of God makes no sense.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Buddha Turns 2600 In 2011

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2600TH BUDDHA FESTIVAL ANNIVERSARY INT'L CELEBRATION (BuddhistDoor.com) The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp. issued the following news: The 2600th "Buddha Jayanthi" (festival) anniversary is to be held in grand scale with the support of the international community.

This decision was made by the "Sambuddha Jayanthi" Operational Committee headed by the Sri Lankan Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne when they met at the PM's office [on June 17, 2010]. The 2600th anniversary falls on the full moon day in May [Vesak Day, May 17, 2011].

At the meeting the Prime Minister said this event will help to create a renaissance in Buddhism and its philosophy throughout the world.

In line with the anniversary, the World Buddhist Congress will be held in Sri Lanka with the participation of representatives from all countries where Buddhism prevails. The community has made several proposals for the revitalization of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, proposals which were handed over to the Prime Minister for necessary measures.

* ANCL MAKES DONATION TO SAMBUDDHA JAYANTHI MANDIR
* SRI LANKA'S ROLE IN THE SPREAD OF BUDDHISM IN SE ASIA
* RECLAIM BUDDHIST RELICS, SAYS SAMBUDDHA JAYANTHI

* 2011 CELEBRATION IN INDIAN CAPITAL


THE BUDDHA'S 2,600TH BIRTHDAY?

WISDOM QUARTERLY (COMMENTARY)

Wisdom Quarterly Calculation Committee with Ven. Karunananda, Ph.D., Abbot, Bodhi Vihara, Long Beach, CA (Bangladeshi-Indian Theravada tradition)

This is the year 2554 BE (Buddhist Era) according to the Buddhist Calendar. The Buddha was "born" at the age of 35 on the day of his great enlightenment ("maha bodhi, "great because he became a supremely enlightened teaching "buddha" rather than simply an enlightened individual). Prior to that, he was not yet the Buddha but simply the Shakyan Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

The Buddhist Era in Sri Lanka begins from the full moon day of the great enlightenment. Vesak Day (the full moon day of the Indian month of "Vesakha") celebrates not only the great enlightenment but the birth of Siddhartha (and usually in Asia children are born at the age of 1 because those previous nine months in the womb, or ten months according to the lunar calendar, are counted into one's age) and the great final nirvana, at the age of 80.

All three events, according to the Buddha in explicit sutra references, occurred on the full moon day of the same month, at least according to the oldest existing Buddhist school (Theravada). Newer schools of various national traditions often calculate their own dates and celebrate these events separately.

The tradition in Thailand, which is Theravada, begins its Buddhist Era from the year of the final passing ("maha-pari-nirvana"). And that exact date differs from the older Theravada country Sri Lanka, as well as Burma, although the three agree on most other details.

It is according to Sri Lankan calculations -- as reported by the Buddhist scholar, dean, author, and former Sri Lankan ambassador to the US Ananda Guruge at the Southern California Sangha Council -- that the Buddha (or at least Siddhartha who became the Buddha) is turning 2,600 in 2011.

Why? It is because this is 2554 BE (and will be 2555 BE on Vesak Day in May 2011), plus 80 years (how long Siddhartha lived), minus 35 (Siddhartha's age when he became the Buddha) = 2,600.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Committees should never be allowed to explain anything because they only succeed in obscuring the issue they are tasked with clarifying. But as Wisdom Quarterly often likes to say, "Democracy is the worst form of government... except for all the other ones." This is particularly fitting because of the democractic procedures the Buddha established in the "Vinaya" (monastic discipline) for the "Sangha" (monastic Order) to govern itself.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Clash Of World Religions

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Most major religions attempt to infuse in their adherents a unified system of ethics, dogmas, and metaphysics. A religion exists primarily to foster an organized outlook that places believers in proper relation to their environment. We call this outlook a worldview, a developed system of thought through which an individual is to assess existence. Looking broadly at the major spiritual systems of the world, one can discern three fundamentally different patterns. The foci of these worldviews concern the aspects of divinity, humanity, and nature. The Middle Eastern religions, the Far Eastern religions, and Neopaganism postulate different conceptualizations regarding these three areas of interest.

The Middle Eastern religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a common history and outlook. Their sin qua non is Monotheism, a belief in a single, personalized deity. Divinity for the Monotheist is expressed as an external, transcendent force that creates and controls the universe. Monotheists have placed divinity outside time and space, above and apart from mundane experience. Divinity resides in some ethereal heavenly realm, with a creator God surrounded by angles and comfortably ensconced from the daily events of the universe.

The effect of perceiving God as an external and personal being is to separate divinity from humanity and nature. Indeed, in the three Monotheistic religions one reads of the same story of humanitys fall from nature. Humanity once dwelt in Gods presence, and through some vile act of disobedience to God was cast out of divine grace. It was humanitys punishment to experience a mortal and painful life under the influence of natures vices. Separated from divinity, humanity dwelt among the animals and the elements, eking out a harsh existence. Subject to the terrors of the natural world, humanity found it difficult to lead a morally pure lifestyle. Existence was therefore conceived as a struggle to overcome the urges of nature and instead reconcile oneself to divinity.

Monotheism came to view life as a trinitarian distinction between divinity, humanity, and nature. Rigid barriers exist between the three levels and their relationship is viewed as one of reciprocal adversity. Divinity arrogates to itself dominion over humanity, establishing itself as supreme overseer and magistrate of human affairs. To humanity is given dominion over nature. In the absence of divine protection humanity is to exploit nature for survival. Nature, however, brings with it a host of other mortal ailments that distracts humanity from its reconciliation with divinity. To the Jew and Muslim, reconciliation means following a set of rigid laws. To the Christian, this divine imperative manifests itself as the corporate worship of Jesus Christ and his teachings.

The Far Eastern religions are vast and varied, a cornucopia of spiritual views. Generally speaking, though, all share a common mission in providing an adherent with a means of achieving an ethical or spiritual perfection. The Hindu seeks to find release from an endless cycle of death and rebirth. The Buddhist yearns for an enlightenment that transcends the illusions of mundane life. The Taoist strives to live in balance with the way of the universe, while the Confucian is concerned with proper social obligations. In all these systems there is an assumption that there is a necessary way to conduct oneself, and practicing this code of belief places adherents in proper relation to their environment.

In the Far Eastern religions one generally does not find the trinitarian distinction that is so crucial to Monotheism. The Hindu considers everything existing in confluence with an universal soul. Most Buddhists see all life as interconnected; to them the sense of a unique self separate from other living beings is an illusion. The Taoist views everything as a manifestation of the universal way. The Confucian cares for social ethics, not metaphysics. Thus for the Far Eastern religions the distinction between divinity, humanity, and nature is either non-existent or irrelevant. What matters most is leading a virtuous life, however virtue may be conceived.

Neopaganism is a loose confederation of myriad spiritual systems, where beliefs and practices differ greatly among different sects and among individual adherents as well. As such, the religion does not lend itself well to generalizations. Nevertheless, in most traditions within Neopaganism one may find a modicum of agreement on doctrine. While recognizing many exceptions exist, one can say Neopaganism as a whole roughly sees a trinitarian distinction among divinity, humanity, and nature. However, Neopaganism would take strong exception with Monotheism in viewing the barriers among the three as hostile or rigid.

In most Neopagan traditions divinity is conceived as polytheistic, duotheistic, or pantheistic. However divinity is conceived, a common belief concerns its immanence. Rather than existing as an external, personal force, divinity is an impersonal force that dwells within humanity and nature. There can be no final separation from divinity as divinity resides in everything. The One is in The All, and The All is in The One. For this reason, divinity, humanity, and nature are not seen as separate constructs but interrelated aspects of the same unity.

Because the Neopagan does not feel divorced from divinity, the Neopagan feels no need to reconcile herself with a lost paradise. The Neopagan merely reveres and experiences the divinity that manifests itself continually in everything. Nature and natural urges are not viewed as destructive paradigms that distract one from experiencing divinity. Rather, nature is viewed as another level of divinity, to be worshipped and admired. While most Neopagans adopt some ethical code, few Neopagans have the harsh and rigid laws of the Monotheists or the detailed mystical codes of the Far East. A Neopagans primary duty is to cherish and experience the gifts of divinity wherever one may find them.

Given these different world views, is it possible on a fundamental level to simultaneously practice religions from different paradigms? Can a Neopagan also be a Christian or a Buddhist? The answer depends on to what extent and in what manner an individual adherent is willing to mix and match various beliefs. Neopagan spirituality and reverence for nature meshes well with the Far Eastern religions and more liberal versions of Monotheism. One could hypothetically practice Christian ethics, Buddhist meditation, and Neopagan magick. Nevertheless, to mix and match from among the different traditions requires a delicate balancing act. Those that would tread a multi-faith path must caution themselves to choose their religious ingredients wisely lest they develop a case of spiritual schizophrenia.

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The Secret Rose And Rosa Alchemica

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Book: The Secret Rose And Rosa Alchemica by William Butler Yeats

For those who are familiar with Yeats' poetry, particulary his beloved early poems like "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," reading "Rosa Alchemica" is an experience of joy. Called by critics his best work of fiction, "Rosa Alchemica" incorporates not only the lush language and imagery of early Yeats, but also his personal interests: Irish culture, myth and legend, and his lifelong membership in the society of the Golden Dawn, a secret society that believed it could practice magic. Yeats believed that "poetry and romance cannot be made by the most conscientious study of famous moments and of the thoughts and feelings of others, but only by looking into that little, infinite, faltering, eternal flame that we call ourselves." And if this is so, then "Rosa Alchemica" is purely of Yeats' self, for he was a member of the Society of the Golden Dawn for over thirty years. Although he was unwilling to publically acknowledge all of the society's beliefs, which included three orders of magi, including the highest order that reflected Robartes himself, Yeats sincerely believed that the realm of the magical and spiritual was real.

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Occult Philosophy And Magick

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Book: Occult Philosophy And Magick by Henry Cornelius Agrippa

How Magicians Collect vertues from the three-fold World, is declared in these three Books. Seeing there is a three-fold World, Elementary, Celestiall, and Intellectual, and every inferior is governed by its superior, and receiveth the influence of the vertues thereof, so that the very original, and chief Worker of all doth by Angels, the Heavens, Stars, Elements, Animals, Plants, Metals, and Stones convey from himself the vertues of his Omnipotency upon us, for whose service he made, and created all these things: Wise men conceive it no way irrationall that it should be possible for us to ascend by the same degrees through each World, to the same very originall World it self, the Maker of all things, and first Cause, from whence all things are, and proceed; and also to enjoy not only these vertues, which are already in the more excellent kind of things, but also besides these, to draw new vertues from above.

Hence it is that they seek after the vertues of the Elementary world, through the help of Physick [=medicine], and Naturall Philosophy in the various mixtions of Naturall things, then of the Celestiall world in the Rayes, and influences thereof, according to the rules of Astrologers, and the doctrines of Mathematicians, joyning the Celestiall vertues to the former: Moreover, they ratifie and confirm all these with the powers of divers Intelligencies, through the sacred Ceremonies of Religions. The order and process of all these I shall endeavor to deliver in these three Books: Whereof the forst contains naturall Magick, the second Celestiall, and the third Ceremoniall. But I know not whether it be an unpardonable presumption in me, that I, a man of so little judgement and learning, should in my very youth so confidently set upon a business so difficult, so hard, and intricate as this is. Wherefore, whatsoever things have here already, and shall afterward be said by me, I would not have any one assent to them, nor shall I my self, any further then they shall be approved of by the Universall Church, and the Congregation of the Faithfull.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monotheism And Polytheism In The Balance

Monotheism And Polytheism In The Balance Cover The variety of natural phenomena and the multiplicity of human races and cultures all argue for polytheism and against monotheism. The truth of polytheism is attested by thousands of years of Observations by holy men and wise women, mystics, and shamans.

Monotheism has been the main cause of religious warfare, which began in ancient times and has continued to this morning's news. Our political freedoms are rooted in native, polytheistic belief - and those freedoms have typically diminished when monotheism has gained control.

Luckily for us, the Way of our ancestors remains open to us. And to find ourselves, to serve our kin and to attain our destiny, we must stride boldly through that door. It is, after all, the front door to our own home - the spiritual home that served us well for countless millennia and still offers us comfort, dignity and freedom today.

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Buddhism Plain And Simple

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Book: Buddhism Plain And Simple by Steve Hagen

The best little book on Buddhism that is available. Masterfully written. This book needs to be studied, not just read. It is worthwhile to read again and again. If you only read one book on Buddhism, then this is the one to read. The author is an American Zen teacher whose clarity of explanation will appeal to the American Zen student.

Hagen's concise work, a brief introduction to Zen Buddhism, is arranged in a straightforward manner with lucid explanations. He describes techniques for meditation, making this a rather practical recording. Reading this abridgment of his own work, the Zen priest's soft, serene voice is pleasing to the ear; the pace is unhurried, allowing the listener to grasp the material.

Steve Hagen prefers to call Buddhism "the buddha-dharma." He states that "It's a process, an awareness, an openness, a spirit of inquiry -- not a belief system, or even (as we normally understand it) a religion. It is more accurate to call it 'the teaching of the awakened,' or the buddha-dharma."

You might want to digest this book slowly, a few pages at a time. Although Zen teacher Steve Hagen has a knack for putting the philosophy of Buddhism in a "plain and simple" package, it may take a while to sink in. There is so much there. Seeing reality, realizing the wisdom of the self, breaking free of dualistic thinking--this is pretty heady stuff. Thankfully, Hagen passes it along in the form of examples from life, psychological tidbits, and stories from Buddhist teachers past and present. And when it clicks in, it can be life-transforming. Hagen explains this shift in outlook and how the fundamental way we look at the world affects everything we do. As an outline, Hagen follows the basic teachings of the Buddha, and we see that, rather than dogmatic truths, they are reminders for us as we reconsider the life we have taken for granted for so long. As it turns out, Buddhism is life, plain and simple.

We start by learning the four truths: (1) life involves suffering; (2) this suffering arises within us; (3) we can end the most profound and existential forms of suffering; and (4) the way we end this suffering is by following the eightfold path. The existential angst we experience from the unanswered question of what life is about is at the heart of our suffering. The buddha-dharma is like a journey. By following the middle way we can reach enlightenment and nirvana.

There are three kinds of suffering, or duhkha: (1) pain, both physical and mental; (2) change; and (3) being. Our goal is to just see. We must awaken from our confusion. We need to see reality for what it is.

The eightfold path is a concrete way for us to practice bringing about the cessation of duhkha. The eight aspects of this path are right view, right intention, right speech, right action , right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation.

Nothing in this book is offered as something you are to believe. Somehow through his life of contemplation the Buddha was able to formulate these notions. They are simply a guide. The Buddha can only point the way. It is left for each one of us to find the way for ourselves.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Religious Satanism Today

Religious Satanism Today Cover Local groups of Satanists may be called grottos, pylons, temples, or by a similar name. They correspond to Christian congregations and Wiccan covens. Many Satanists feel that Wiccans are hypocrites, because the latter restrict their work to positive, healing activities. Many Satanists use Magic and other rituals to benefit themselves and their friends, but also use these same rituals to harm their enemies. Some have incorporated some anti-Wiccan elements in their rituals. However, other Satanists practice their religion free of rituals; they simply live their lives in accordance with Satanic beliefs, statements and rules.

Satanists have been accused of conducting rituals that are specifically aimed at attacking Christian beliefs and practices. Many authors, almost all conservative Christians, have described alleged Satanic rituals in which religious Satanists recite the Lord's Prayer backwards, or desecrate and use the host and wine that they have stolen from a cathedral. This fiction can be traced back to books written during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance periods.

Satanists tend to be highly critical of all other faiths. They are particularly opposed to Christianity, because of its paramount position in Western society and the historical persecution of Satanists and other religious minorities by Christians.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Goals Of Judaism

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The goal of Judaism lies in the strict obedience to the Torah, Jewish scripture, which can alleviate the plight of the individual and of society. Obeying God's law brings rewards in the future life when the Messiah will come to overthrow evil and reward the righteous in God's kingdom on the Earth, the Day of the Lord. The soul thereafter will enjoy God's presence and love.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Kaaband Connection With Hindu Civilization

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Disclaimer: the information in this post is controversial. i just published another view point, which may or may not be historically perfect.

Hinduism.co.za has a very interesting article that trace back Kaaba, the holiest place of Islamic faith with Hindu Civilization. Even some of the rituals performed during the Hajj has close connection with those of Hindu sacred practices.

I quote from the website: "As the pilgrim proceeds towards Mecca he is asked to shave his head and beard and to wear special sacred attire that consists of two seamless sheets of white cloth. One is to be worn round the waist and the other over the shoulders. Both these rites are remnants of the OLD VEDIC PRACTICE of entering Hindu temples clean- and with holy seamless white sheets.

The main shrine in Mecca, which houses the Siva emblem, is known as the Kaaba. It is clothed in a black shroud. That custom also originates from the days when it was thought necessary to discourage its recapture by camouflaging it.

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Kaaba has 360 images. Traditional accounts mention that one of the deities among the 360 destroyed when the place was stormed, was that of Saturn; another was of the Moon and yet another was one called Allah. That shows that in the Kaaba the (pre-islamic) Arabs worshipped the nine planets in pre-Islamic days. In India the practice of 'Navagraha' puja, that is worship of the nine planets, is still in vogue. Two of these nine are Saturn and Moon.

In India the crescent moon is always painted across the forehead of the Siva symbol. Since that symbol was associated with the Siva emblem in Kaaba it came to be grafted on the flag of Islam.

Another Hindu tradition associated with the Kaaba is that of the sacred stream Ganga (sacred waters of the Ganges river). According to the Hindu tradition Ganga is also inseparable from the Shiva emblem as the crescent moon. Wherever there is a Siva emblem, Ganga must co-exist. True to that association a sacred fount exists near the Kaaba. Its water is held sacred because it has been traditionally regarded as Ganga since pre-Islamic times (Zam-Zam water).

[Note: Even today, Muslim pilgrims who go to the Kaaba for Haj regard this Zam-Zam water with reverence and take some bottled water with them as sacred water.]

Muslim pilgrims visiting the Kaaba temple go around it seven times. Hindus invariably circumambulate around their deities. This is yet another proof that the Kaaba shrine is a pre-Islamic Indian Shiva temple where the Hindu practice of circumambulation is still meticulously observed.

The practice of taking seven steps- known as Saptapadi in Sanskrit- is associated with Hindu marriage ceremony and fire worship. The culminating rite in a Hindu marriage enjoins upon the bride and groom to go round the sacred fire four times (but misunderstood by many as seven times). Since "Makha" means fire, the seven circumambulations also prove that Mecca was the seat of Indian fire-worship in the West Asia.

It might come as a stunning revelation to many that the word 'ALLAH' itself is Sanskrit. In Sanskrit language Allah, Akka and Amba are synonyms. They signify a goddess or mother. The term 'ALLAH' forms part of Sanskrit chants invoking goddess Durga, also known as Bhavani, Chandi and Mahishasurmardini. The Islamic word for God is., therefore, not an innovation but the ancient Sanskrit appellation retained and continued by Islam. Allah means mother or goddess and mother goddess."

Read the reference for more details. I'm sure Muslims as well as non-Muslims will find it quite stunning, isn't it.

Reference: http://www.hinduism.co.za/kaabaa.htm

Some ultra-orthodox Muslim may feel bit offended with such connections. But my point here is not to offend but to show the underlying unity among religions. There is no harm in it since its the humanity as a whole for which religion was given, NOT as if for religion humanity was formed. We better not forget that truth and if we remember it, it will always help to create harmony among faiths. God bless us all.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Egyptian Ideas Of The Future Life

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Book: Egyptian Ideas Of The Future Life by Ea Wallis Budge

THE following pages are intended to place before the reader in a handy form an account of the principal ideas and beliefs held by the ancient Egyptians concerning the resurrection and the future life, which is derived wholly from native religious works. The literature of Egypt which deals with these subjects is large and, as was to be expected, the product of different periods which, taken together, cover several thousands of years; and it is exceedingly difficult at times to reconcile the statements and beliefs of a writer of one period with those of a writer of another. Up to the present no systematic account of the doctrine of the resurrection and of the future life has been discovered, and there is no reason for hoping that such a thing will ever be found, for the Egyptians do not appear to have thought that it was necessary to write a work of the kind. The inherent difficulty of the subject, and the natural impossibility that different men living indifferent places and at different times should think alike on matters which must, after all, belong always to the region of faith, render it more than probable that no college of priests, however powerful, was able to formulate a system of beliefs which would be received throughout Egypt by the clergy and the laity alike, and would be copied by the scribes as a final and authoritative work on Egyptian eschatology.

Besides this, the genius and structure of the Egyptian language are such as to preclude the possibility of composing in it works of a philosophical or metaphysical character in the true sense of the words. In spite of these difficulties, however, it is possible to collect a great deal of important information on the subject from the funereal and religious works which have come down to us, especially concerning the great central idea of immortality, which existed unchanged for thousands of years, and formed the pivot upon which the religious and social life of the ancient Egyptians actually turned. From the beginning to the end of his life the Egyptian's chief thought was of the life beyond
the grave, and the hewing of his tomb in the rock, and the providing of its furniture, every detail of which was prescribed by the custom of the country, absorbed the best thoughts of his mind and a large share of his
worldly goods, and kept him ever mindful of the time when his mummifiedbody, would be borne to his "everlasting house" in the limestone plateau or bill.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Basics Of Magick

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Book: The Basics Of Magick by Amber K

This book can be an absolutely excellent reminder to those of us who have been Witches for a long while. We sometimes forget to remember how gifted we are, how wonderful it can be to work magick, and the fundamentals involved in working effective magick. This book is an excellent reader for both Elder and Studen alike. A lovely, easy-to-understand guide. Being new at Wicca, I find this guide (mostly for anyone who practices magick in general) a practical guide that helps me ease into my magickal endeavors and rituals. It explains the basic dos and dont's, how to do a spell, how to chew and process other spell books

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Monday, June 14, 2010

History Of The Daoist Canon

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Throughout history the "Daoist Canon," or Daozang "Vault of the Way," has suffered from:

1. lack of official status
2. lack of agreement about the contents across different Daoist sects
3. the tendency to include ever more works
4. much overlap among the works making it up, which copied constantly from each other
5. little coherence in content from one work to another
6. the inclusion of liturgical and meditational texts that make little sense without orally transmitted exegesis, rarely stable and often lost
7. lack of adequate indexing
8. a tradition that regarded the details of Daoist practice as secret, so that different families transmitted different collections of Daoist books, and none wanted to have their versions published

In the XXth century the last two issues were addressed, and Chinese and western scholars have rescued a fairly extensive canon, published it in multiple copies, and indexed it. Although there are several distinct themes, and some tend to be concentrated in certain sections, most themes are found in most sections, and the traditional organization of this vast library is both a blessing (because it represents a kind of standard) and a (somewhat greater) curse (because it inhibits understanding).

We can trace at least seven different attempts to make order from the chaos, of which the first is perhaps the most influential, even though it is lost:

Canon 1: Organization of the Canon by Lu Xiujing (Vth Century).
This general classification of materials is still used, although the original version (and many of the constituent texts) is lost, and additional texts have been added later.
Canon 2: Kaiyuan Daozang "Precious Canon of the Kaiyuan Reign (AD 713-741) [of the Tang dynasty]"
A complete edition of the Daoist Canon made and then lost in the Tang ? dynasty. The first imperially endorsed edition of the Daoist Canon.
Canon 3: Yunji Qiqian "Seven Bamboo Strips of the Cloudy Satchel"
An famous compendium of Daoist non-ritual texts assembled by ZHANG Junfang ?? (?? in the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), who also sought to compile what he could of the remaining Tang canon, an effort lost during the Song. Modern reprints of this are about four volumes long. (Some bear the variant name Zhang Junfang.)
Canon 4: Zhengtong Daozang "Daoist Canon of the Zhengtong Reign [1436-1449 of the Ming dynasty]"
An imperially mandated compilation seeking to incorporate all extant Daoist books. This work survived in two copies into the XXth century, when one was found in Paris and one in China. Copies were made in Taiwan and are now found in libraries around the world (including UCSD). Organization generally follows Canon 1.
Canon 5: Wanli Daozang "Daoist Canon of the Wanli Reign [(1573-1619), of the Ming dynasty]"
A supplement to Canon 4.
Canon 6. Daozang Jinghua "The Essential Texts of Daoism"
A work edited in Taiwan and seeking to enlarge Canon 4 by adding post-Ming Daoist texts.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Primary Directions Made Easy

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Book: Primary Directions Made Easy by Sepharial

I have often been asked by students to evolve a method which, while simple enough to appeal to the average student unused to spherical trigonometry, is yet sound in principle and capable of immediate demonstration. For a long time the study of Primary Directions by the Semiarc method, Together With expenditure of money on men of leisure capable of working out a horoscope to a conclusion, I have come to the conclusion not only that Directions by Primary Arcs as commonly practised are unreliable, but also that they are unduly complex and therefore finally unsatisfactory.

Here and there one finds luminous examples of the efficacy of these Directions, but mature Experience shows that it is only at those points where they come into line with the true method of Direction. The notable failure of the Semiarc method to find adequate Directions for the most astounding War that was ever waged by men on this planet ought to show that at the crucial point of test this system was a failure. Where, for instance, are the Primary Arcs in the horoscope of the Kaiser Wilhelm II, which ushered in this Great War? Where are the astounding and epoch-making Directions in the horoscope of King George V during the years 1914 and subsequently? Such as transpired in the course of calculation were of a nature to which we are rendered familiar in the everyday life of the man who has lost a job and found another waiting for him! They are inadequate, insignificant, and astrologically puerile.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Study Of Solomonic Magic In English

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Book: The Study Of Solomonic Magic In English by Don Karr

It is impossible to neatly circumscribe a canon of magic texts as being safely of the “Solomonic cycle.” By arbitrary and rather unscientific means, one might do so by simply including those Works which, by Tradition or artifice, bear Solomon’s name or derive from Works which do.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Theoricus Initiation Of The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn

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Book: Theoricus Initiation Of The Hermetic Order Of The Golden Dawn by Order Of The Golden Dawn

Theoricus is the 3rd Grade of the Golden Dawn, in which the initiate focuses on lunar and arial currents, the Sephirot Yesod, and the 32nd path of the Sephir Yetzirah, The Universe, The Four Elements, and the Astral Plane. The beginning is a reference to how one might experience their personal Temple in Yesod and traveling through the 32nd path, both practices which are specific to the grade of Theoricus. At the end, you see him successfully astral project. On a personal note, many years ago I sat at a membership orientation for the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn, with only one question on my mind: "When do we learn to astral project?" The answer was simple: "Theoricus" and I made up my mind to join the Order and work my way to Theoricus - and then leave. Well, in the end I found that there was much more to do, and much more to become and to create. There was Healing to be done and seeds to plant for future generations, not to mention a diverse group of often brilliant Fraters and Sorors all over the globe. I hope you enjoy this, my tribute to the grade of Theoricus, and the Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn. Your Brother in Light, Frater Francesco

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Supreme Banishing Ritual Of The Pentagram

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Book: The Supreme Banishing Ritual Of The Pentagram by Anonymous

For this ritual the adept will need the Sword of the Hiereus and his ceremonial regalia. The ritual can be performed in a room that is to become a permanent temple space. It can also he performed to clear a room that must be used out of necessity for both temple and secular purposes. Whenever the need for clearing an area of unwanted energies arises, the Sword of Vengeance can be employed with much success. If you are banishing a room which is to be re-dedicated as a temple space, clear the area of all objects and furniture.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Satan Is The Self God

Satan Is The Self God Cover “To the Satanist, he is his own God. Satan is a symbol of Man living as his prideful, carnal nature dictates. [...] Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshipped, rather it is a name for the reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will.”

"The Satanic Scriptures" by Peter Gilmore11

In my words:

“People create gods in their own image according to their own desires. Gods are our creations. Within organized religion, people's opinion on their "god" is always individual and subjective but merely uses the terminology of their religion to describe their own god.

Outside of religion, people come up with their own terminology to describe "Gaia", Pantheism, Paganism, monotheism... depending on a person's will and need they search out gods that closely match what they themselves want. Gods are created according to our needs.

If a real God does exist, then we cannot perceive it. We can only perceive ourselves and our own expectations projected into the heavens. It is our own sense of ego that we feel from god. It is our own pride that makes us think we know the truth. God is the individual, and each individual may as well be his own god.”

"Masters Of Existence: Subjectivism and Self Worship in Satanism"
Vexen Crabtree (1999)

“The first and second Book of Lucifer in The Satanic Bible expands on this idea greatly. Between religions and within religions, people have their own personal idea of what god is. Each individual has created their own god, in accordance with their own imagination and experience, and such a god is purely a Projection of the ego. "Man has always created his gods, rather than his gods creating him" (The Satanic Bible: part of Book of Lucifer 1:1). The logical philosophy of god is that it is only ever a reflection of the self: That there is no Universal god, that each of us is both his own god and redeemer. For Satanists, this state of affairs is represented by Satan, as a symbol of the prideful ego, rather than God, a symbol of homocentricity and all of its errors.”

"The Homocentricity of Religions" by Vexen Crabtree (2003)

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