The Search For The Divine Mother (by Gwenaël Verez) May 26, 2011
Many traditions attach great importance to the feminine dimension of the Divine. It is She who is said to give liberation, spiritual rebirth, that is to say Union with the Self. The most significant example is the knowledge of the Kundalini in India.
Secret Tetrada-Tetragrammaton JHVH March 25, 2010
Secret Tetrada-Tetragrammaton JHVH
These four letters are coming from Phoenicians – 1100 BC and from Aramaic language 1000BC. Translated from Hebrew means Divine Family- God-Father, Goddess-Mother, God-Son, God-Daughter.
This sign is for Goddess-Mother.
The Mists Of Avalon – Worship of Mother Goddess March 14, 2010
Mists of Avalon is a generations-spanning retelling of the Arthurian legend, but bringing it back to its Brythonic roots (see Matter of Britain). Its protagonist is Morgaine, who witnesses the rise of Uther Pendragon to the throne of Camelot. As a child, she is taken to Avalon by High Priestess Viviane, her maternal aunt, to become a priestess of the Mother Goddess and witnesses the rising tension between the old pagan and the new Christian religions.
A HYMN TO THE DIVINE MOTHER by Swami Vivekananda March 13, 2010
का त्वं शुभे शिवकरे सुखदुःखहस्ते
आधूर्णितं भवजलं प्रबलोर्मिभङ्गैः।
शान्ति विधातुमिह किं बहुधा विभग्नाम्
मातः प्रयत्नपरमासि सदैव विस्वे॥
O Thou most beautiful! Whose holy hands
Hold pleasure and hold pain! Doer of good!
Who art Thou? The water of existence
By Thee is whirled and tossed in mighty waves.
Is it, O Mother, to restore again
This universe’s broken harmony
That Thou, without cessation, art at work?
या वै स्थिता कृतफलं त्वकृतस्य नेत्री।
सा मे भवत्वनुदिनं वरदा भवानी
जानाम्यहं ध्रुवमिदं धृतकर्मपाशा॥
Oh! May the Mother of the universe—
In whose activity no respite rests,
Incessantly distributing the fruits
Of action done, guiding unceasingly
All action yet to come—bestow Her boon
Of blessing on me, Her child, for evermore.
I realize, I know, that it is Thou
Who holdest in Thy hands dread Karma’s rope.
को वा धर्मः किमकृतं कः कपाललेखः
किंवादृष्ट फलमिहास्ति हि यां विना भोः
इच्छापाशैर्नियमिता नियमाः स्वतन्त्रैः
यस्या नेत्री भवतु सा शरणं ममाद्या॥
Is it inherent nature? Something uncreate?
Or Destiny? Some unforeseen result?—
Who lacking nothing, is accountable,
Whose chain of will, untrammelled, grasps the laws,
May She, the Primal Guide, my shelter be!
सन्तानयन्ति जलधिं जनिमृत्युजालं
सम्भावयन्त्यविकृतं विकृतं विभग्नम्।
यस्या विभूतय इहामितशक्तिपालाः
नाश्रित्य तां वद कुतः शरणं व्रजामः॥
Manifestations of Her glory show
In power of immeasurable might,
Throughout the universe, powers that swell
The sea of birth and death, forces that change
And break up the Unchanged and changed again.
Lo! Where shall we seek refuge, save in Her?
मित्रे शत्रौ त्वविषमं तव पद्मनेत्रम्
स्वस्थे दुःस्थे त्ववितथं तव हस्तपातः।
मृत्युच्छाया तव दया त्वमृतञ्च मातः
मा मां मुञ्चन्तु परमे शुभदृष्टयस्ते॥
To friend and foe Thy lotus-eyes are even;
Ever Thine animating touch brings fruit
To fortunate and unfortunate alike;
The shade of death and immortality—
Both these, O mother, are Thy grace Supreme!
Mother Supreme! Oh, may Thy gracious face
Never be turned away from me, Thy child!
क्काम्बा सर्वा क्क गृणनं मम हीनबुध्देः
धर्त्तुं दोर्भ्यामिव मतिर्जगदेकधात्रीम्॥
श्रीसञ्चिन्त्यं सुचरणं अभयप्रतिष्ठं
सेवासारैरभिनुतं शरणं प्रपद्ये॥
What Thou art, the Mother! the All. How praise?
My understanding is so little worth.
‘Twere like desire to seize with hands of mine
The sole Supporter of the universe!
So, at Thy blessed feet—contemplated
By the Goddess of Fortune Herself—the abode
Of fearlessness, worshiped by service true—
There, at those blessed feet, I take refuge!
या मामाजन्म विनयत्यतिदुःखमार्गैः
या मे बुध्दिं सुविदधे सततं धरण्यांम्
साम्बा सर्वा मम गतिः सफलेऽफले वा॥
She who, since birth, has ever led me on
Through paths of trouble to perfection’s goal,
Mother-wise, in Her own sweet playful ways,
She, who has always through my life inspired
My understanding, She, my Mother, She,
The All, is my resort, whether my work
O’erdow with full fruition or with none.
10 Things Religious Pundits Need To Know About Gnosticism November 7, 2008
by Jordan Stratford
1) Gnosticism is not a heretical sect of Christianity
Gnosticism is a distinct, pre-Christian religion. Its roots are in
These communities and their ideas greatly influenced Christianity as
Let us not forget that the most common topic in the New Testament –
2) Gnosticism is a lot like Buddhism
Because of Gnosticism’s insistence on personal responsibility and
3) The Gnostic Scriptures are, for the most part, contemporary with
None of the four canonical Gospels were written in the first century.
The Gospel of Thomas, for example, is contemporary with the later
4) Gnostics do not hate the physical world
Gnostic scripture frequently invokes favorably the beauty and power
What Gnostics reject is not the earth, but they system: the
5) Gnostics do not repudiate salvation through Grace
The role of Grace, and of the Holy Spirit, is of paramount importance
6) Gnosticism is not elitist
Do Christians distinguish between the saved and the unsaved? Is this
7) Gnosticism is not Utopian.
There is nothing in Gnostic scripture to support the idea that
8 ) Most basic tenets of Gnosticism are supported by Christian
In fact there is a litany of Christian saints who are blatantly
Paul says “The Kingdom of God is within you” which is probably the
9) Gnosticism serves as a bridge between world religions
Gnosticism stands at the crossroads of Judaism, Christianity, and
10) Gnostic churches are thriving
Gnostics across North America and Europe gather weekly for prayer and
Despite book-burnings, despite the Albigensian Crusade and the