YOGA

When unconscious became conscious this is Samadhi

A Secret of the Bible – Divine Mother May 11, 2012


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Bhavani Ashtakam with English translation July 10, 2011


 

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.

This sign can be found at ancient Artifacts in Bulgaria. In yoga this sign can symbolize Ida, Pingala and Sushumna nadis.

 

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?

संपादयत्यविरतं त्वविरामवृत्ता
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
आसंसिध्देः स्वकलितैललितैर्विलासैः।
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.

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10 Things Religious Pundits Need To Know About Gnosticism November 7, 2008


by Jordan Stratford
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

1) Gnosticism is not a heretical sect of Christianity

Gnosticism is a distinct, pre-Christian religion. Its roots are in
Alexandria in Egypt, about 2200 years ago, where a “café-society” of
Greek-speaking and -educated Jews were syncretizing the myths of the
ancient world with Judaism and classical Greek philosophy.

These communities and their ideas greatly influenced Christianity as
it later emerged. As Christianity struggled in its first four
centuries to distinguish itself from the pagan world, it slowly began
to reject some of these Gnostic influences. But most of the people
who still favored these ideas considered themselves devout
Christians, not heretics.

Let us not forget that the most common topic in the New Testament –
more common than the power of love or redemption or the sacrifice of
the cross or even the divinity of Jesus – is that “other Christians
are getting it wrong”. Paul condemns James as a heretic. Jesus refers
to Peter as “Satan”.

2) Gnosticism is a lot like Buddhism

Because of Gnosticism’s insistence on personal responsibility and
ethics, its emphasis on singular prayer, the practice of compassion,
detachment from materialism and the striving for enlightenment, it
has been called “the Buddhism of the West”. The similarities between
Gnosticism and Mahayana Buddhism are so strong it has been speculated
that there may have been ongoing contact between the two religions.

3) The Gnostic Scriptures are, for the most part, contemporary with
Christian canon

None of the four canonical Gospels were written in the first century.
Mark was not written by Mark, nor Luke written by Luke. John was
written in two distinct phases, the first of which showed significant
Gnostic elements, and the latter a retraction and condemnation of
those elements. These were based on first century oral traditions
which varied greatly from region to region, but did not exist in
written form until at least 100 years after the events they describe.
Paul is the only first century Christian writer we have, and much of
his writings were edited centuries later into the form we have today.

The Gospel of Thomas, for example, is contemporary with the later
half of John, and there is some evidence to support that John’s later
editors were familiar with Thomas. The scriptural authors of the
second century were reaching for meaning, using their interpretation
what they had heard, their intuition, their creativity, and their
yearning for God.

4) Gnostics do not hate the physical world

Gnostic scripture frequently invokes favorably the beauty and power
of the natural world; the symbolism of pregnancy, midwifery,
childbirth, newborns, storms and ripe crops are frequently employed
by Gnostic authors. Gnostics do not view the flesh as evil, but
rather as temporary when contrasted with the immortality of the soul –
a view shared by most if not all Christians.

What Gnostics reject is not the earth, but they system: the
artificial world of injustice, prejudice, institutionalization and
materialism.

5) Gnostics do not repudiate salvation through Grace

The role of Grace, and of the Holy Spirit, is of paramount importance
to the Gnostics. Where Gnosticism differs from Christianity is that
Gnosticism says that “blind faith” does not grant salvation. To be
saved from the forces of deception and ignorance (maya in Buddhist
parlance) one must attain enlightenment: the direct experiential
intimacy with G@d that is gnosis. This experience is the birthright
of every aware human person.

6) Gnosticism is not elitist

Do Christians distinguish between the saved and the unsaved? Is this
elitism? Gnostic teachings frequently reinforce the idea that
liberation via gnosis is available to everyone; that such distinction
is a matter of reclaiming birthright, of intent, choice, and effort.
In fact, Gnostic theology tends to support the idea of apokatastasis,
of universal salvation.

7) Gnosticism is not Utopian.

There is nothing in Gnostic scripture to support the idea that
Gnostics wish to make “heaven on earth” from human efforts, and no
connection whatsoever between Gnosticism and the reshaping of
society; neither from fascism nor socialism. There is
no “immanentizing the eschaton” in Gnosticism: Rather, this idea is
the hallmark of millennialist Christianity.

8 ) Most basic tenets of Gnosticism are supported by Christian
scripture

In fact there is a litany of Christian saints who are blatantly
Gnostic; St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the
Cross, St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Joan of Arc all described in
detail the integrity of their experience of gnosis.

Paul says “The Kingdom of God is within you” which is probably the
best single summation of Gnostic theology. Jesus says “My kingdom is
not of this world” (Jn 18:36).

9) Gnosticism serves as a bridge between world religions

Gnosticism stands at the crossroads of Judaism, Christianity, and
Islam, representing a common ground. Historically Gnosticism
influenced Judaism in the development of Kabala, and Islam in the
development of Sufism; it both encouraged and challenged Christianity
through its early centuries and contributed profoundly to Christian
theology and identity.

10) Gnostic churches are thriving

Gnostics across North America and Europe gather weekly for prayer and
Eucharist in forms very similar to orthodox liturgy. We derive
inspiration from the Old and New Testaments, and also from Nag
Hammadi scripture such as The Gospel of Thomas and The Thunder:
Perfect Mind. A vital and growing Gnostic ekklesia is serving in
charities, missions and hospitals; writing, crafting, debating and
working in coffeehouses and dozens of parishes around the world. Most
Gnostics consider themselves Christian, their churches constituting
the Body of Christ. Other Gnostics gravitate to the symbolism and
traditions of the Divine Feminine in her aspect as Sophia (“wisdom”),
the Shekhina (“presence”) , and the Holy Spirit.

Despite book-burnings, despite the Albigensian Crusade and the
Inquisition, despite schlock-populism, and despite inane castigations
from self-appointed pundits, we are still here; still praying,
celebrating, exploring, and asking. Still Knowing.

 

 
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