Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dragon Queen Symbolism

"The magnificent soul, Tiamat the Dragon Queen, 'She who bore them all', is profoundly associated with Mary Magdalene. Mary is in fact, utterly of her essence and her appearance on Earth is a direct manifestation of the Dragon Queen in human form, a tiny distilled drop of the Great One ~ She who loved Goddess and gave her heart to Goddess more than any other. She is a symbol of the sexual forces, of course, but in the sense that these powers of life become transformed by the baptism of the Spirit, shining through the perfect, undimmed soul, into the nature of light of the spirit itself, into the rising light which is the Dragon Queen..."
...........The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene by Claire Nahmad & Margaret Bailey

In the preface to "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by Jean-Yves-Leloup, it is pointed out that the Greek word used in Luke 7 for 'sinner' is 'harmartolos' which has a number of interpretations but Luke uses the 'porin' for harlot in his Gospel in other context. It was Pope Gregory I in homily in 591 A.D condemned Mary Magdalene to be a prostitute using the reference in Luke 7. It was only in 1969did the Catholic Church repeal Gregory's labelling of Mary Magdalene as a whore.

Christ close relation and primacy of communication can be seen in the post resurrection scenario where Jesus resurrection and the nature of his body is intimated to Mary Magdalene first.
Mary Magdalene takes a leading role in the post resurrection scenario and the apocryphal Gospel of Gospel of Mary and Pistis Sophia are post resurrection documents..

The role of the Christ in purifying the consciousness of Mary Magdalene as a prerequisite to her intimate connection with Christ has been misunderstood to be at the physical level. This is again evident in the following passage:

" When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons." ...............Mark 16:9

The transformation to a Dragon Queen from the one who was possessed by the seven headed demon can be seen referred to in the description of the opposing nature of God described as the Seven headed dragon in the Revelation 12:3.

The esoteric and spiritual nature of the relationship between Christ and Mary Magdalene is clearly visible in the Dragon Queen symbolism taken from the Sumerian mythological context and adapted to the spiritual relation between Christ and Mary Magdalene in the apocryphal document of "The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene".

(Akkadian=sea) In old Mesopotamian myth, the name of the universal mother, the personification of salt water and spouse of the god of fresh water Apus.
Tiamat is the primeval dragon like monster of original chaos, which is defeated by the god Marduk, and from whose two halves he forms heaven and earth.

It is the intersection of the cosmic and Divine organizing principle, Marduk, with the reigning Chaos of Tiamat which transforms the seven headed serpentine nature into a singular Dragon Queen fit to be the spiritual spouse of the Divine Christ. The entire arena of these actions are played out in the consciousness plenum and not at the physical level.

Another event in the post ascension period, points to the special spiritual nature of Mary Magdalene. The three central figures who were at the foot of the cross at the time when Christ left His physical body were Mary the Virgin, Mary Magdalene and John the apostle but in the post ascension event of the Pentecost Mary Magdalene is absent at the Pentecost, as in the matter of Spirit she is already the spouse of the ascended Christ. Her nature transcends all others.

The most perfect androgynous alignment of the Animus and Anima takes place in Mary Magdalene in her merger with Christ, so that she can be worthy symbol and continue the facilitation of the return of nature of creation to Godhead in the process of salvation.

As we can read in the following apocryphal text:

"Again, his disciples said: Tell us clearly how they came down from the invisibilities, from the immortal to the world that dies?
The perfect Saviour said: Son of Man consented with Sophia, his consort, and revealed a great androgynous light. Its male name is designated 'Saviour, begetter of all things'. Its female name is designated 'All-begettress Sophia'. Some call her 'Pistis'......." ........ "The Sophia of Jesus Christ"  .............Nag Hammadi Library

May this deeper understanding of the symbolism and mythology combined with adaptation in Mary Magdalene's life empower us to greater wisdom.

Love to you all

Friday, January 9, 2015

Transformative Gifts of the Magians

“MAGE, or Magian; from Mag or Maha. The word is the root of the word magician. The Mahaâtma (the great Soul or Spirit) in India had its priests in the preVedic times. The Magians were priests of the firegod; we find them among the Assyrians and Babylonians, as well as among the Persian fireworshippers. The three magi, also denominated kings, that are said to have made gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus, were fireworshippers like the rest, and astrologers; for they saw his star. The high priest of the Parsis, at Surat, is called Mobed, others derived the word from Megh; Mehab signifying something grand and noble. Zoroasterʹs disciples were called Meghestom, according to Kleuker.”  ………..ISIS UNVEILED by Madame Blavatsky

Continuing from the symbolism of the Magi on which I posted recently and as we are in the season of celebrating the visit of the Magi or the three wise men at Jesus birth, we continue to probe the inner meaning and the traditions from which this event takes significance.

As Madame Blavatsky points out the link the ancient tradition of fire worship had with the visit of the Magi to infant Jesus. Fire that is talked off in this context is as we can easily comprehend, relates to the purifying agency and not to the physical entity. Fire is therefore a primal unifying force between God and humanity. This is the very reason why the Rig Veda assigns such great importance to Agni or fire.
In all Eastern spiritual traditions fire was the primal agency which provided the ritual link to the Divine Godhead. From the ancient human traditions of animal or grain sacrifice, fire played the vital role of transformation of the sacrificial object into the holy smoke which ascended to heaven to please the Gods.

The three gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus, requires fire symbolized by the purifying consciousness of the Christ child in the process of transformation from their basic nature through the agency of fire. The purification of gold to its higher purity results from melting to a liquid state and burning off of all pollutants, the fire transforms the incense and myrrh into a vapour state which helps in permeating the ambiance to cleanse the place of worship and elevate the inner awareness of all participating agency to a higher state of consciousness. This is the meaning behind the ritual of Yajna. Fire is a central element in the Yajna ceremony, with Agni, "fire", playing the role as mediator between the worshipper and the other gods. Related concepts are the 'Agnihotra' ritual, the invocation of the healing properties of fire.

In the Zoroastrian spiritual tradition, the temporal fire symbolizes the spiritual flame (mainyu athra) within us and the ethical values of Asha: order, beneficence, honesty, fairness and justice.
In as much as the spiritual fire - the mainyu athra - is to be fed the fuel of good intentions and a life led according to the principles of Asha.
In Yasna, Zoroastrianism's principal act of worship, in Gatha 31.3, Zarathushtra makes reference to the mainyu athra - the spiritual fire - as one that illuminates the path of asha. The universal laws of asha is the organizing principle through which we bring order to the spiritual and material existences. Asha is available, through individual choice, to bring order to human thoughts, words and deeds. As an ethical choice, asha principled, honest, beneficent, ordered, lawful living.

In the Hebrew tradition, "Fire is an element of theophany in the Hebrew Bible's burning bush, pillar of fire, and the flame of the Menorah. The highest form of sacrifice was the Korban Olah, performed twice-daily, which is an animal sacrifice completely consumed by fire." ...........Wikipedia

The gift of the Magi is a beautiful narrative of the symbolic unity of diverse spiritual traditions of the East, in recognizing the Divine consciousness of Christ child, the spiritual fire, through a transformative gift offering. The nature of the gifts find their true meaning in the living presence of the transforming agency of the incarnated Agni or Mainyu Athra.

The three 'Fire Worshippers' or the three Magians recognized the birth of the transformative Divine fire through astrological alignments. 

Let us also recognize the birth of Divine fire in each soul of creation.

Love to you all

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Life Without Love is Disaster

“Life without love is a disaster. The person who has made the most spectacular success but reaches life’s end without learning love has totally failed. Do not envy those in the limelight of publicity, those with scintillating intellects or those who have accumulated great wealth and all that it affords. If one hasn’t learnt to love in the process, his life is a disaster.”........... Paul E Billheimer, German theologian.

As a opening article in my blog for the current year, I thought it would be apt to touch upon the subject which is the crying need of the hour. We are in a world that is torn by violence, hatred and both expressed and suppressed anger. While expressed anger leads to violence, suppressed anger leads to personal health damage and psychological imbalance.
The opening quote from Paul E Billheimer sums up the priority of individuals in society who seek intellectual fulfilment and the resulting materialistic well being and the process which has its origin in the mind. The benchmark of success in life is pegged in the dimensions of intellect, wealth and power. This leaves no room for the heart intelligence to operate.

A human being is the balanced manifestation of both the Divine and the physical realm. The chakra
system of energy centres clearly divides the lower three chakras to the material world and the upper three chakras to the Cosmic arena and the heart chakra or the Anahata chakra as the meeting point of these energies. It is also the balanced node at which the toroidal coordinate of our relational field, with the external world, originates. The heart puts out 5000 times stronger Electromagnetic field as compared to the brain.

In this universe attraction is the binding quality through which atoms, elements, DNA and organisms of increasing complexity and we human beings are born. Birth originates in love and attraction of two mutually compatible entities. If this is so there has to be a meaning to the very process of life at the very source. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says:

" The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?"
Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is." ..........Saying 18

The deep nature of all manifestations is explained by Jesus. A circle has no beginning or end. The brief manifestation of human life is but an element of a grand cycle where the soul is attracted to manifestation through self love. This self love is not purely subjective but a love that sees and understands that all objective realities are expression of the subjective consciousness.
When we are told that man and woman are created in the image of God, it is this meaning as the very process of creation is the self expression of the Divine. In the evolving process of life both in this world and in the future life of this consciousness, the process of attraction through love is fundamental. Love or attraction leads to generation of higher order of consciousness while repulsion leads to chaos and increase in entropy or disorder.
This is why all spiritual masters stressed on the importance of love and compassion for all creation.

One of the darkest period of human history is the events at the Auschwitz death camps during the Second world war. Ramgiri Braun (Andreas Braun) was born in post war Germany but sought spiritual path in India and he writes:

 “My heart opens to the point of breaking, further than what the mind can understand. These children are my children (all those who suffered and died in the death camps). I can do nothing but surrender as the mysterious spirit of Auschwitz operates on my heart. In the deep stillness I open, and it is painful and blissful at the same time. In the innermost chamber of the heart something new is born, a new ability to be present and to love. What remains is the sense of a larger heart, a compassion that appears to arise from beyond the centre of time and space, much larger than what I could feel as a separate being.” .............Ramgiri Braun from his essay “Resurrection: Finding hope in the heart of darkness” about his experience at Bernie Glassman’s annual “Bearing Witness Retreat” at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

“Heart Sourcing is the direct way to all the unconditional love within you. It is the discovery of the soul’s potential to nurture itself and all others around it. each one of us is a pure vehicle in the transmission of this essential yoga of the Heart. Pure Love is a gift that can change the world!”  ....................Ram Dass

Each one us can practice this great spiritual exercise of an outpouring of unconditional love which has more power than all prayers or rituals of all religions.
An all encompassing love for all is the greatest need of the hour both for us as individuals as well as for humanity at large.
Let me conclude this short article with a quote from Mother Theresa, who was an embodiment of unconditional love.

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."

Love to you all.