and official narratives in short, terse pithy aphorisms!
and official narratives in short, terse pithy aphorisms!
Yes, overwhelmingly, the earliest Vedic yogi’s were Gnostic in their spirituality.
You probably think that today’s bling and travel obsessed yogis were doing their contortion act 4000-years ago? WRONG! Modernities asana materialist yogis are just that: a product and well thought out device of those who use religion as a type of control mechanism for society. I can assure you that the earliest known yogis didn’t do much more than the lotus position and were thoroughly convinced that this place was evil through and through: the body putrid prone to weakness and decomposition; the universe hostile to life, and their practice aimed and geared towards anything that they intuited might help them overcome this ‘hostile towards humans human condition’. This is GNOSTICISM!
It is true that over time certain schools mainly via the Tantric tradition came to view our condition as somewhat less problematic; this eventually led to non-dual spiritual philosophies and they developed their own particular brand of Gnosticism similarly described in Kabbalah and a few other eastern schools such as Advaita. Although prevalent, especially since the heavily propagandized neoliberal control of religion, we must always consider dualistic Gnostic traditions such as Dvaita. which correctly speculate that God and humans are entirely distinct and of separate natures. This is also the Christian Gnostic view–this is the view I hold.
Here is a link which goes over the timelines of the yogic tradition and that it was only within the past millennia that yoga as we know it today existed.
Here is a link which goes into the details of modern yogic materialism wrapped in the guise of nationalism and corporatism.
This also is interesting from Wiki as it relates to the ‘cult of 33’ whom I believe controls civilization.
Though a large number of names for devas occur in the Rigveda, only 33 devas are counted, eleven each of earth, space, and heaven. The Vedic pantheon knows two classes, Devas, and Asuras. The Devas (Mitra, Varuna, Aryaman, Bhaga, Amsa, etc.) are deities of cosmic and social order, from the universe and kingdoms down to the individual. The Rigveda is a collection of hymns to various deities, most notably heroic Indra, Agni the sacrificial fire and messenger of the gods, and Soma, the deified sacred drink of the Indo-Iranians. Also prominent is Varuna (often paired with Mitra) and the group of “All-gods”, the Vishvadevas.
And here is one version of the Vedic creation myth taken from the Gaia site:
“The universal eons consist of two branches, without beginning or end, which spring from one root — the invisible power and the unknowable silence.”
~ Gnostic Mystic Simon the Magus
Shiva was the original “one,” according to Tantric myth. He existed in a dream state of formless, infinite consciousness. But as the great singularity, he was lonely, and without living form, he was simply the eternal dreamer, unable to turn vision into substance. Shiva was incomplete.
He brought forth Shakti, the wild, divine feminine energy with the power and potency to give form and life to Shiva and his dreams. If he joined with Shakti, her creative power would manifest his visions — even his vision of himself. But she had to agree. He pitched the idea to the radically uncontained Shakti.
She listened and understood that by giving him her immeasurable, life-giving power, she could bring life to Shiva’s dream of a multidimensional cosmos. But she also knew that her energy would be captured in conscious form — utterly contrary to her untamed nature. “Tell it to the judge,” she said.
Shiva decided to up his game. He showed her visions of what they could create if they joined in cosmic marriage; beings and worlds and things in numbers beyond imagining, unless of course, you’re Shiva the dreamer. “No dice. Don’t fence me in,” she said, still unwilling to be domesticated.
But Shiva didn’t give up. Because there was no time, he had all the time in the world to find a way to convince her. He pondered her resistance, then dreamed a new chip to lay on the table. Interrupting her unrestrained performance again, he said, “Imagine this. Every single thing we create will be distinct from all other things. Every single thing will be utterly unique. And anything our creation produces will be different from all other things. No two things will ever be the same.”
Shakti was captivated, inspired by the creative possibilities. And though he was formless, Shiva was starting to look good. She decided it was worth the price of admission to see the show. And she comforted herself with the knowledge that he couldn’t do it without her. It was a hard choice — she almost bolted at the last minute like a runaway bride — but at last she surrendered. And when the two joined, their embrace was so powerful they became one.
Shiva/Shakti commenced the cosmic dance without end, calling forth universes and everything in them; sound and vibration, light and dark, all the elements, oceans and rivers; mountains, gods and goddesses, humans and devas, demons and nagas, animals, fish, birds, celestial events, moons, suns, stars, and worlds.
Within all, from the most to the least, was Shakti’s divine spark and Shiva’s singular consciousness. Because time was a byproduct of creation, there was impermanence, and all that was born would die.
Because the dance was eternal, new worlds and things appeared while others ripened and dispersed. Within and without, betwixt and between, flowed the mysterious materia prima; the mighty gravitational force of love, ever-present and inexhaustible, the deepest essence of their joining. No two things, from galaxies to motes of dust, were the same.
The story is scalable; as above, so below. Just as we are born with a unique DNA blueprint determining our physicality, so do we carry a singular blueprint of our spiritual potential. The dormant seed of an independent subtle body carries the possibility of qualities and expression unlike any other because of Shiva’s promise to Shakti.
And how about a little speculation on this Steemites:D???
Let’s say for the sake of this illustration that the myth isn’t human anthropocentrism and that it accurately illustrates in myth what actually happened at the ‘beginning’…
Now let’s say that event far predated this universe and the Shakti spirit therein is the Gnostic Sophia who did what she should not have done. Well, then, our present universe and condition would be a rather new phenomenon and the demiurge that Sophia created would really think this was it. Hence, YHWH and Yeshua and their coming gambit over humanity.
More fun than anyone should be allowed to have!