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Spiritual Gifts of the Believers

So I’ve been avoiding commercials and been watching alot of Catholic TV, and it’s interesting because it’s something that’s not after you fiscally (not as much, anyway). A commercial came on (OK, it’s somewhat commercial, but it was an infomercial approved by the Catholic Church.) I would not want people to buy this man’s books, so I will give for free the mo’ajza and karama he discusses in the following book:

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  • What are the spiritual gifts?
  • How do I know what gifts I have?
  • How can I use them?

What Mr. Herbeck offers to sell you is simply mystic doctrine, the simplest ideology which predates Christ or the Church! What are the spiritual gifts? The spiritual gifts are divided into two categories, mo’ajza and karama in Arabic. Mo’ajza are true miracles and are only performed by prophets (with God’s permission). Karama are the charms, the minor miracles that occur to the saints every day. Coincidences, food from heaven, water at the moment of dehydration, resources from seemingly nowhere, even little ironies experienced in life are a sign the Creator is talking to you.

Protestant Christianity is where I learned this from, but apparently, Catholicism believes this as well, as does mystic Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, early Christianity, Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, etc.; All the believers are saints.

The first spiritual gift is immortality. The belief actually goes back to the ancient Greek rites at Eleusis, celebrating the descent of Persephone into the underworld and her mother Demeter plunging the Earth into winter until her daughter returns, upon which she restores the Earth to spring. The secret meaning of these rituals was the eternal life of the human soul, and initiation into the Mysteries, which granted one entry into Paradise. (Simply believing in Platonic ideals and yourself as having a soul [a Platonic ideal of oneself], granted one entry into Paradise).

Socrates refers to Heaven as the “real world”, and I like that description more. In the real world/heaven, ideal forms exist unto eternity. Mathematics and music are approximations of these idealized forms in the Platonic realm. Religion’s sole message is that we are beings of spirit before we were made flesh, and to the spirit realm is our ultimate return.

Notice Christianity copies this: Jesus Christ offers you eternal life and you enter heaven just by believing in him. Qur’an proclaims a theory which all mystics (i.e. Platonic idealists) are descended from lineages in every nation (prophets and saints). None of us have the good deeds to get into heaven on our own, so we attach ourselves to a higher person to gain entry into heaven. Even the most monotheistic of texts concedes this.

  1. No one (regular believer) has the good deeds to go to heaven on his or her own.
  2. Prophets and saints are alive in the grave, can answer prayers, and will intercede for you on the Day of Judgement.

Your guru or master, it is very important for you to pick a legit one because you will go where he goes, regarding heaven or … that other place. But suffice it to say 99% of people will go to heaven because of that confirmation at age 9, or random Ash Wednesday at age 15, or bat mitzvah at age 13, or a prayer by Lao Tzu or Confucius, or whomever the Platonic ideologue is — just make sure it’s a righteous man and not a Jim Jones or Charles Manson-type.

So, if minor miracles can regularly be done by saints, and secretly somewhere, WE’RE ALL SAINTS, then almost all of us are saved and bathed in God’s love, so long as we do good to our fellow human beings. The most important act in religion is feeding the poor, God can even forgive having an unrighteous Master if you feed the hungry, widows, orphans, etc. But He cannot forgive your economic cruelty even if you follow the highest and most righteous of saints.

Would you like to see a miracle by one of the righteous servants of God? This video shows a debate between a rabbi and an atheist. Start watching 58 minutes in, and note where the rabbi states his belief that his opponent has a soul, “When I look at you right now, you may assume what I see is material, but that’s not what I see, and that’s not what I believe. There’s something in you that’s more than what you believe.” He’s clearly discussing Platonic ideas, but the atheist is perplexed by what the rabbi means.

The atheist has a PhD in philosophy, but the rabbi is running circles around him with Plato and Socrates.

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How do I know what gifts I have? How can I use them? Your gifts are innumerable, but to get started, I would determine your Jungian archetype (MBTI quiz) and examine your functional analysis. But most people will not understand such dense mystic doctrine regarding spiritual temples and saintly intercession, but this Platonic mysticism is at the core of every religion — all of theology begins and ends with Plato and his Master, Socrates (peace be upon him!). To use your spiritual gifts would be to sublimate your character flaws in the service of God & humanity.

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History

Fantastic 15,000 word article on the partition of India

I ran into the London Review of Books, which goes into an excellent history of the how’s and why’s of the Indian partition. My Indian background gives me a basic narrative with familiar characters and events, (Jinnah was a British tool, Gandhi and Nehru are unquestionable legends, Pakistan was and is a bad idea) — but I was really quite unfamiliar with the details. It turns out, like in Palestine, the British took turns supporting the opposing sides, and were always cautious to never support one side too much.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n14/perry-anderson/why-partition

“The British Empire bequeathed a series of partitions: Ireland, Palestine, India, Cyprus. Though colonial principles of divide and rule played a role in each, the cases were not the same.  If partition in India was to have any chance of being carried through peacefully or equitably, at least a year of  preparation was needed. Its conveyance within six weeks was a sentence of death and devastation to millions. ‘Never before in South Asian history,’ one trenchant local observer has written, ‘did so few divide so many, so needlessly.’ The number of those uprooted, fleeing to lands they had never known, was anywhere from 12 to 18 million: the largest avalanche of refugees in history.

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The Eleusinian Mysteries as the Common Source of Afterlife Religions

A friend told me his conclusion that all the religions have different ideas of God, and different priorities; hence they are all religions are talking past each other, and have nothing in common.

The theme of this blog is to discover what every religion has in common. I am a gnostic, and I argue the saints of every religion, are the common link between the religions.

I have been recently directed to the Greek origin of the myth of the immortality of the soul. I would point my friend to this, even as the common doctrine and origin of all religion. (Post-Jewish religion, to be precise, Judaism does not discuss the afterlife much at all).


the Eleusinian Mysteries — the doctrine of immortality — the cult of isis, orisis, and horus — christian theology — and islamic monotheism

— I learned from Wikipedia that the site of Eleusis, on one of the many thousands of islands of Greece, was the site of the most important rite of the Greek world.

The central myth of these mysteries was centered around the myth of Demeter, Persephone, and Hades.

This was how the Greeks explained the seasons: Hades kidnaps Persephone, and her mother Demeter, goddess of fertility, laments and causes the world to be barren during the winter months. When her daughter returns,  Demeter restores the earth to spring.

The story explains not only the cycle of seasons, but return from the depths of the underworld (hence, immortality) for the individual. Initiation rites at the Mysteries, involving nine days of partying, baptism, ingesting seeds of ergot wheat, and other agricultural symbols caused life-changing visions for many initiates, and the Greeks believed initiation into the Mysteries granted entry into heaven. Socrates (عليه السلام) credited his initiation with sparking his worldview (c.f. Joseph Campbell lecture, Mythos video series, episode 4, The Mystical Life)– which later encouraged the oracle at Delphi to pronounce him “the wisest, happiest, and most intelligent of men”. (See Entheogenic theories on the Eluesinian Mysteries at Wikipedia.)

Indeed, the entire record of Socrates’ (عليه السلام) trial and execution shows him to be a devotee of the Mysteries. Among his last words are, “‘Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius,” the caretaker of souls in the afterlife who is meditated upon in the fourth day of the rite. Socrates (عليه السلام) even elevated one of the demigods of the Mysteries to judge of the Underworld, (from the Stanford Archaeography Photoblog).

 “If on arrival in the other world, beyond the reach of these so-called judges [in Athens], one will find there the true judges who are said to sit in judgment in those courts, Minos and Rhadamanthys and Aeacus and Triptolemos, and all those other demigods who were upright in their earthly life, would that be an unrewarding place to settle?”

Socrates (عليه السلام) thus adds a fourth judge, Triptolemos, who is not normally cited as one of the judges who determine the fate of the deceased, the other three being most commonly cited as those who judge between which souls will go to the fields of Elysium and who will not be so blessed.

Socrates (عليه السلام) peppered his argument with references to the Mysteries. It was essential to his philosophy. My point is this. if modern religion claims to exists without grave worship & initiation ceremonies, — it is completely detached from everything that was considered holy and true by the ancients.

What was taught at these initiation ceremonies?

Along with the interplay of light and dark, upon entering a cavernous chamber, initiates were shown seeds of wheat.

I’m going to jump my thesis here, but Christianity and Jesus’ doctrines are simply a plagiarism of the Eleusinian mysteries, or their public unveiling.

Modern scholarship knows only of the Acts of the Eluesinian Rite, the meaning has supposedly been through through the ages. I propose it’s all in the New Testament. Jesus spoke constantly in metaphors about farming, seeds, and other agricultural religious symbols. The Eleusinian mysteries are supposed to be descended from proto-Greek agricultural rites, no doubt at the beginning of the time man began the agricultural revolution. His religion naturally shifted towards his new agricultural socio-economic condition.

(Mark 4:3-9 for example discusses the seed that falls on stony ground and does not grow; and compares it with seeds that fall among the weeds and do not grow; and finally the seeds that fall on fertile soil and bear much fruit. This is a metaphor for those who accept God and become righteous afterwards. Seeds were displayed to initiates in the Eleusinian rites, being the germ of life , they must awaken the consciousness too.)

Good seeds fall on good soil; bad seeds do not bear fruit. Such were the secrets offered by the Eleusinian initiation ceremony. Again, Christianity is the public revelation of the Eleusinian doctrines.

There is one more secret doctrine previously hinted at: Anyone initiated into the mysteries would have their souls judged among the righteous and be admitted to Paradise. Socrates (peace be upon him) said:

“Only those who have lived an evil life hope that death is the end of everything for them. This is perfectly reasonable, for it is in their interests that it should be so. However, I am convinced that the souls of the wicked wander desolately through the lower world of Tartarus. Only those who have lived good lives will be admitted to the Real World.”

I love his reference to Heaven. Instead of calling it “the garden” or something a child can understand, he says only the righteous may enter the Real World. Whew.

Another secret doctrine: The coming of God in human form. This is a running subject of study on this blog, and commonly associated with the Christian Trinity. However, this doctrine is much older and should be called Avatar Theory. Although this is blasphemy in strict monotheism, it is found nonetheless in the strictest of monotheistic traditions.

— Let us find a more primitive understanding of this idea. We can understand a proto-religious concept of avatar theory through the Mongol religion. Genghis Khan was such a nomad, living under walls of felt and animal skins his entire life, when he conquered the majestic city of Bukhara, he marched to the largest building in the city, and asks, “Is this the house of your sultan?”.

He is informed, “No, it is the house of God.” The building was a mosque, in probably the grandest city of the Muslim world at the time. This event is described as the only time Genghis Khan entered a building in his entire life. Recognizing it as a house of worship, Genghis Khan goes to the priests, orders them to feed his horses — an act of submission, as the mongols symbolized all relationships through food — and orders protection for all houses of worship in the city. (The Mongols had no interest in converting others.)

But then the Great Khan says he could not understand how God could be in a building — the Mongols believed God was the Eternal Blue Sky. He said he also disagreed with the city people, that God could be in a book or a priestly tradition.

The main Mongol deity was the Eternal Blue Sky. The other deity was the Eternal Rays of the Sun. The Mongols also believed every rock and tree and mountain possessed a spirit. This is very primitive stuff, proto-religion. There is no heaven or hell cosmology here, or prophecy of resurrection and judgement; only the Sky and the Sun, the two biggest things in your daily life if you lived outdoors on the Central Asian steppes.

The sky clearly becomes God the Father figure later (the immanent and transcendent God), but notice, the Mongols did not worship the sun — they worshiped the Golden Rays of the Sun. The golden rays are the offshoot, the manifestation and deliverance of solar energy — Apollo descending to earth — god in human form.

These three are central to the Christian religion today — the immortality of man, the divinity of Jesus, and a pleasurable afterlife for the initiated. Jesus merely publicized the Eleusinian mysteries.

Islam is connected to the corresponding agricultural myth of ancient Egypt. The cult of Isis, Osiris, and Horus was represented by the star Sirius, and the Qur’an claims for the Allah the role of Sirius.

And that it is He who is the Lord of Sirius

 Further, in ancient Egyptian religion, the soul of a person was always called Osiris — so that someone named “John” in this life, his soul would be called “Osiris John” as he journeyed through the afterlife to re-unite with the Father.  The star Sirius (and Isis, Osiris, Horus belief in judgement, ressurection, and eternal life) is co-opted by Allah when He claims to be the Lord Sirius. He is the Lord we will reunite our souls with.

In closing, I’ve demonstrated that Christianity is the co-opting of proto-Greek agricultural rites, and Islam adopts a parallel doctrine from ancient Egypt.

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The Hundred-word Eulogy – Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hundred-word_Eulogy

The Hundred-word Eulogy is a 100-character praise of IslamAllah, and the prophet Muhammad written by the Hongwu Emperor of China. Copies of it are on display in several mosques in Nanjing, China.[1]

Since Creation of Universe

Heaven has already appointed,
Faith Preaching Giant Saint,
From West He’s Born,
To receive Holy Scripture,
With thirty part Book,
To guide all creations,
King of all Kings,
Leader of Holy Ones,
With Support from Divine,
To Protect His Nation,
With five daily prayers,
Silently hope for peace,
With heart toward Allah,
Empower the poor ones,
Save them from calamity,
See through the Unseen,
Pulling souls and spirits,
Away from all wrongdoings,
Mercy to the World,
Walking ancient Crowned Path,
Evil vanquished to One,
Religion Pure and True,
Muhammad,
The Noble High One.

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Wikipedia’s Photo of the Day

This gave me the chills. — These ruins in Lebanon were the most magnificent court in the Roman Empire. The now-barren Baalbek valley used to be called Heliopolis — the city of the Sun. Do you realize the importance of a name like that for sun-worshipers?

Great Court of Baalbek

Baalbek in Lebanon is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when, then known as Heliopolis, it was one of the largest sanctuaries in the Empire. It can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins. Seen here is the Great Court of the temple complex.

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Defintion of Tyranny

“The rule of men with their consent and according to the laws of state was monarchy, but rule over unwilling subjects, not according to law but at the whim of the ruler, was tyranny.” — p. 92, Socrates by WKC Guthrie

— The root of the word tyranny is “terrible”, ive realized running my life according to my own whims is terrible.