* Soul *

Self-Discovery, ITs Understanding, and the Wisdom earned from its application constitutes my "Religion." Sitting in on a brief Network for Spiritual Progressives introduction by a university professor to what "Spiritual" means in progressive political fashion, these definitions flowed through my screen of attention. The ideas need to be worked.

Spirit - the liquid spark of life which motivates consciousness in every state from the mineral and on beyond the flesh of energy, time, & space. Fine-tuning Self into Spirit sets up an effect that harmonizes every element within any given experience. Spirit is not a universal melting pot humans are dipped in, but an absolute essence which defines each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, by the law of Soul's God given identity.

What this identity does with Its life in earth's woof & warp of time, energy, space & matter makes It a responsible & accountable moral agent as primal cause in every thought It has, every feeling It possesses, and every deed It performs. Thus being a causal agent free to make any assumption, I establish myself as an evolved Citizen with each experience. I may exercise my authority as teacher, craftsman, traveler, scientist, businessman, friend, and juror in the daily, weekly, & lifetime play imagination writes and acts out on life's stage. Being sovereigns of our destinies is a personal, lifelong process which does not end with death.

Adam & Eve
Secret of Eternal Life or
The Fountain of Eternal Youth...
The Tree of Knowledge bears the fruit of
glamour and immortality or is it a big lie?
You decide for yourself by your own moral agency.
Peer group pressure is a false moral agent in my book.

There is more to Assia Akhat's video than suits the Western eye for stereotypes and dogma. For starters, religion serves its unifying purpose in the social gathering of women's roles and the promise of immortality in their children. For another concept, I see the perpetuation of scapegoats used by religion to make up for its lack of recognition by and from disinterested Gods. Deism's freedom provides answers idol worshiping theists have no access to. An actinic wave of light and sound has no opposite. Comments are welcome.

G-O-D: Used by so many; understood by so few. For starters, its origin from four sources:

Hensleigh Wedgwood, Dictionary of English Etymology, Vol. 2 (E-P), Trubner & Co. 1859.
  1. German Gott, Persian Khoda
Walter W. Skeat, Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, Clarendon Press 1882.
  1. Teutonic base Gutha
Walter W. Skeat, Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, Clarendon Press 1910.
  1. Past participle form from Indo-Germanic ghu from Sanskrit hu “to sacrifice,” huta “one to whom sacrifice is offered.” quod vide-gospell, gossip
Dr. Ernest Klein, Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, Elsevier Publishing Co. 1966.
  1. Middle English < Old English god [related to Old Saxon, Old Dutch god, Old High German, Middle High German, got, Old Norse gud, Danish & Swedish gud, Gothic guD] for Teutonic guda - “the invoked being” <> I.E. ghu-to-m < ghu “to invoke” > OI hu-ta “invoked.” Compare bigot, giddy, good-by, gossip.
  2. [side note] Allah < al-Ilahu “the God.” Elohim plural of Elo-h God. Compare Aramaic Elah used emphatically as Elaha with the influence of Syriac Allaha and Arabic Ilah. Investigate hallelujah.

Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition, Vol. VI, Clarendon Press 1989.
  1. God first used in 825 AD edition of Vespasian Psalter xlvi. Derived from the Sanskrit base g,heu meaning both, depending on context “to invoke” or “to pour, offer sacrifice”. When spoken with a puff of air (aspirated) as the 'h' in hill, but not the 'h' in hour (not aspirated), then g,heu is said and heard as “Hu” [as it vibrates across the top center of the palate below the pituitary gland].

In the meantime, God is not a personality one must obey in either the Roman atheist worship of Caesar (Kaiser, Czar, President) or in today's traditional theist sense. In a Judeo-Christian context, God is an experience like that of Moses falling on his face, Saul en route to Damascus where Jesus was said to be and later caught up in the third of seven heavens, or John's experience as he described heaven without the need for gates or time in Revelations. God's voice existed before words were written in quill or graven in Linotype.

Belief opens expectation's door to intuitively knowing Consciousness survives the human flesh. Confirmed by unconditional love, faith leads the way to greater experiences. Group recognition (salvation) of these stages honor Soul as baptism by water and later when under intense pressure individually, baptism by fire (sanctification).

RELIGION - If we humans had no vices, there would be no need for religion. On the other hand, if we forbade the sale of alcohol for drinking to Catholics, Baptists, Jehovah's Witnesses, & Episcopalians, religion would no longer be a crutch and God would really be of value to everyone. In my opinion based on personal experience, Christian and Catholic alike demonstrate they have more love in their hearts for the gossip-snake than they do Jesus and they worship multi-billionaire "Barbie," the doll, more than they do God. The taboos which rule their self-control operate from the same vein which feeds Islam's Bedouin superstitions that deny Muslims seeing their own faces as they really behave.

The religion the United States has on its hands today is what I call, Universal Humanism. It is the assimilated compromise of religious canons made into public law in contradiction of the Declaration of Independence. Washington DC is now "the church" with Philadelphia's Episcopalian National Cathedral's elbow in its side. Education's three Prussian (John Gatto) tiers: Aristocrat, Professional, & "Sheeple" exist only to indoctrinate with the cake and sugar of propaganda.

E Pluribus Unum may be read as "out of many-one" and "out of one-many" to imply the difference between the true coin and the coin of the realm if the phrase is also understood as "all for one-one for all." Falling far short, Universal Humanism which pundits confuse for socialism, spreads the ir-responsibilities of aristocrats (the few) onto professionals and "Hoi Polloi" (the many). Jesus of Nazareth did not fall for the temptation to become ruler of the world, but served as a guide for those Hebrews who sought a way home into the shadow-free, non-dual world of heaven and away from the social constructs of his time and then, later, through words such as those of John Bunyan.

Mile Markers for the Moral Agent

Proverbs 16

II Corinthians 8 (Applies to the True Coin)

Galatians 5 (Moral Agent's Modern Rite of Passage on rebirth. Compare with Epictetus' ideas about evil.)

Richard Maybury's two laws: 1) Do everything you agree to do. 2) Do not encroach on other persons or their property.

Reading Charles Hartshorne's works should be enough to keep one occupied for a lifetime. The following quote is from his work, Creative Experiencing: A Philosophy of Freedom.

Chapter 12: The Higher Levels of Creativity: Wieman's Theory"

In this age sober metaphysical reasoning is not widely appreciated. But its place is not taken by sober scientific reasoning. When good metaphysics goes, bad metaphysics tends to take over. "When the gods depart the half gods arrive." The alternative to proper worship is idolatry. Perhaps never have so many forms of idolatry flourished as now."

I thought it also interesting that the letters, E C K, in Charles Hartshorne's Philosophers Speak of God edited by William L. Reese, stood for the "Eternal Consciousness (of) Knowing" which corresponds with the Punjabi semiotic for the rose petal added to the full bowl of milk below or what I choose to label as "the primal origin of expectation in the open moment" or Spirit. [wiki: Trickster]

This means the mind cannot know itself, because it is limited by the contradictions of paradox. This is Soul's threshold where humor opens the door to reveal IT to Its Self in poetic moments of Self-Discovery.

A Few Study References:

Multi-Lingual Bible http://scripturetext.com/

Pilgrim's Progress, 3rd Edition, John Bunyan

Foxe's Book of Martyrs, [read Bishop Hooper], John Foxe

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity, Walter Bauer, ISBN 0962364274

Jesus, Interrupted, Bart D Ehrman

From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity and Lost ChristianitiesChristian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication [set of lectures] Bart D. Ehrman

Zondervan Pictoral Encyclopedia of the Bible [5 vols]

The Anchor Bible [commentary 43 vols.]

The Oxford Dictionary of the The Christian Church [review Melchizedek, Messiah, Nag Hammadi]

Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, Walter Bauer

The Mennonite Encyclopedia, [2 Vols, review Anabaptist]

A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages

The Golden Bough, James Frazer [13 Vols]

Encyclopedia Judaica [17 Vols, review Melchizedek]]

Encyclopedia of Islam, [10 Vols, review Isa]

New Catholic Encyclopedia [15 Vols, review Melchizedek]

The Encyclopedia of Religion [16 Vols]

Jesus died in Kashmir: Jesus, Moses and the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, Andreas Faber-Kaiser

Photos by A. Faber-Kaiser, Replica of Solomon's Throne and The Tomb of Jesus in Srinagar, Kashmir.

The Story of the Initiate 'Jesus'
The Healer of Lepers

Tomb of Jesus

A closer view

A Short History of Free Thought: Ancient and Modern, J. M. Robertson, Chapter 8, 'Freethought Under Islam.' [Within 100 years of Islam's origin, skepticism in Moslem schools began to surface and rationalism such as Wasil ibn Atta's set the stage for Mu' tazilites (freethinkers) to take Islam with Saracen help into its golden age. But for Islam's dogmatic, superstitious appeal to fanatics, its golden age would have avoided re-inventing itself in the Renaissance. “Islamic civilisation continues to shoot itself in the foot with depotism, conquest's (by oil today) inherent fatal defect, which would have been prevented by constitutional rule.”]

Other Religions:

Compare Zorastorianism's (Magi > Parsees) Home of Song or Garo Demana and Home of Lies or Drujo Demana with Taoism's 26th heaven, Da Luo Tian and then wiki “hierarcy” to see how this concept evolved from its Greek use as “rule by priests” to what we have now in one of the world's oldest institutions, the Vatican [The Parsees moved to India-though there are still Zorastorians in Iran].

Next, compare the influences of Judism's Kabbalah, Rabbi Isaac Ben Solomon Luria, its heavens leading to Atziluth with European pantheistic traditions followed by the Apostle Paul's mission to unite eastern and western traditions into what we have today as political theology influenced by Islam's Golden Age with the Saracens and Moors and their love for classical Greece and Rome [see Djinguereber Mosque and its value for ancient tomes and classics].

Last, explore Hinduism's Vaikuntha and Buddhism's Nirvanic Kailasa's effect on each other beginning about the time of Pythagoras's school in Crotona, Italy, before Asoka and the bridges India established over the Silk Route into China and Japan. Then compare the native haplogroup populations of North, Central, and South America with those of Turkey and the Amdo Tibetan and Mongolian ranges. For mystery, compare unreconciled haplogroups such as the Saami, the Ainu, the Basque and Etrurian with the Bushmen's haplogroup in Southern Africa and Aborgines' of Australia.

Religion and politics have always met in the grange, so a study of grains like millet and their historical first use and evolution that followed will explain how “God” evolved as a human mindset. In my opinion, being snowed in most of your life makes a person chronically hungry and wont to do something with your imagination like conquer and take booty.

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