Friday, November 19, 2004

Ancient cults and planets

Ancient beliefs in a pantheon of gods
The most ancient sacred literature of Hinduism is called the Vedas and dates beyond 500 B.C. This collection of hymns, poems, and ceremonial formulas represent the beliefs of several Aryan tribes. Initially the Vedas were considered so sacred that they were only transmitted orally from one generation of priests to the next. The passages of the Vedas were eventually written in Sanskrit, perhaps near the end of the third century BC. Collectively, these are referred to as the Samhitas.
The Samhitas were used in the Vedic period by the priestly class as ritual handbooks. Containing 1,028 poetic hymns, the Rig-Veda was used to call on the gods by reciting the hymns aloud. The hymns vary in style and length, and praise a pantheon of gods including the god of war, the god weather and the god of fire. The priests recited specific formulas for sacrificial ceremonies. They were also mathematicians and astronomers. The planets played a large role in their mythology and were used to forecast troubling events. This gave birth to the idea of punishment for deeds by the subjects that angered gods. As always in closely guarded cults, only the priesthood could deliver atonement.
Zoroaster (A shortened name for the early prophet) reformed the religion of the ancient Iranians, which had been handed down from the Indo-Iranian period before 1500 B.C. He lived in the high mountains of Afghanistan and later taught among the seminomadic tribes of what is now northeast Iran, far from all contact with the city civilizations of Babylonia and western Iran.
There seems to be a connection between the high altitudes of mountains and spiritual thought. Zoroasterism and the Vedas from high in the Himalayas are examples. The nineteenth century scientist, Tesla, showed the earth to act like a huge battery exchanging energies with the atmosphere. Mountains and ridges concentrate this energy. The energy, the violent weather, the earth quakes and the volcanic eruptions played a large role in the formation of religious thought and spiritual awareness.
Zoroaster appears to be the father of modern religions, especially Christianity, Judaism and Islam. At the time he came on the central Asian scene, most of the people were nomads who worshiped ancestral deities, the gods of sky and earth, the gods of sun and moon, the god of war and hosts of divas and demons. Zoroaster sought to change the mentality of the superstitious nomads and their many gods to a personal deity of inner communication. Although he taught the idea of one god and inner peace, he failed to sway them on the idea of mythology and superstition. Those ideas still prevail in most modern religions.
Zoroasterism led to Rosicrucians who taught the idea of the inherent thought system. Rosicrucians seek to know themselves by concentrating on the master within, as opposed to looking outside for answers and solutions to problems. Staying in touch with one’s own inner wisdom, strength and balance is the function of the inherent thought system. “The ignorant is he who knows all but not himself. One must be aware of the strength and wisdom within them if their understanding is to expand.”
The birth of Islam may have been the result of the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa in 536 A.D. Krakatau is an island volcano along the Indonesian arc, between the much larger islands of Sumatra and Java (each of which has many volcanoes also along the arc). For many years after that eruption, humans forgot their glorious past and huddled in a state of ignorance and fear.
Scientists have uncovered evidence from around the world that the early Dark Ages may have been triggered by an actual event that occurred around 535 A.D. setting in motion a chain of events which included plagues, barbarian migrations and revolution.
There were days of darkness.
The plague swept around the world three times in about ten years.
There were seven years of crop failures.
Nations changed their religions.
Empires Fell.
In places great drought destroyed the land.
In other places floods brought chaos.
Tree rings didn't show normal growth for fifteen years
Krakatau erupted again in 1883, in one of the largest eruptions in recent time. Peoples around the world experienced dark skies, failed crops, snow in unusual areas of the south and no summer.
Other eruptions also had its effect on cultures. A photo taken by Space Shuttle astronauts in 1983 shows that Santorini near Greece, is an elongated group of islands, about 9 by 10 miles. The islands make a rough ring surrounding part of the Mediterranean Sea. The northern half of this bay is the area of an ancient volcano that collapsed about 1390 BC, destroying legendary "Atlantis". This was a huge eruption, with ash falling over parts of Turkey. With the evidence of The eruption of Krakatoa in 536, one can speculate that the eruption causing the collapse around Santorini of 1390 BC could have destroyed the known world.
Fiery avalanches sometimes interrupted the lives of Native Americans near Mount Mazama - (pre-Crater Lake volcano in southern Oregon) -- more than 6,000 years ago. These people interpreted Mazama's violent eruptions before its collapse as a war between two gods. Archeological evidence suggests that human beings witnessed this cataclysmic event.
The word "volcano" comes from the little island of Vulcano in the Mediterranean Sea off Sicily. Centuries ago, the people living in this area believed that Vulcano was the chimney of the forge of Vulcan -- the blacksmith of the Roman gods. They thought that the hot lava fragments and clouds of dust erupting form Vulcano came from Vulcan's forge as he beat out thunderbolts for Jupiter, king of the gods, and weapons for Mars, the god of war. In Polynesia the people attributed eruptive activity to the beautiful but wrathful Pele, Goddess of Volcanoes, whenever she was angry or spiteful. Today we know that volcanic eruptions are not super-natural but can be studied and interpreted by scientists. We also know the planets play a large role in these events.

As we review later doctrines of the Catholic Church, Judaism, Christianity, and Islamism you will note the continuing idea of a fearful god and the revenge of punishment and the birth of prisons.