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Posted by Daniele Bolelli on December 17, 2011 [ Site editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the new Disinformation title 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion , authored by Daniele Bolelli. ] What if Christian theology dismissed the virgin birth and other miracles as fairy tales? What if your pastor/priest told you to flush the Ten Commandments down the toilet and instead live life to the fullest? What if Sunday service at your local church consisted in a juicy orgy?
It is unfortunate that Buddhism's most enduring (and universal) contribution to the world has been insufficiently translated as compassion. The original Sanskrit word is 'karuna,' which holds within itself traces of the fragment 'ru,' meaning to weep. While the Oxford dictionary describes compassion as pity bordering on the merciful, karuna is actually our ability to relate to another in so intense a measure that the plight of the other affects us as much as if it had been our own.
A mind perfected in the four virtues, A gold body filled with wisdom, Fringes of dangling pearls and jade, Scented bracelets set with lustrous treasures, Dark hair piled smoothly in a coiled-dragon bun, And elegant sashes lightly fluttering as phoenix quills, Her green jade buttons And white silk robe Bathed in holy light; Her velvet skirt And golden cords Wrapped by hallowed air, With brows of new moon shape And eyes like two bright stars, Her jadelike face beams natural joy, And her ruddy lips seem a flash of red. Her immaculate vase overflows with nectar from year to year, Holding sprigs of weeping willow green from age to age. She disperses the eight woes; She redeems the multitude; She has great compassion; Thus she rules over the T'ai Mountain, And lives at the South Sea. She saves the poor, searching for their voices, Ever heedful and solicitous, Ever wise and efficacious.
Tell us about Kwan Yin. Known as The Goddess of Mercy, Gentle Protectoress, Bodhisattva of Compassion, even the savior of seamen and fishermen, she holds many titles. The spelling of her name varies, but it is not so much the arrangement of letters as it is the effect that her spoken name produces on those with a Buddhist background, similar to a reaction in the West when one is speaking of the Virgin Mary. In both cases, it invokes the feeling of compassion and unconditional love. Indeed, her force is compared to Mother Mary in the West, Green Tara in the Tibetan culture, the Virgin of Guadeloupe in Mexico, and many other ancient goddesses, the matriarchy of old. You might call her the Buddhist Madonna, or, as She calls Herself, "The Mother of all Buddhas".
copyright (c) 1995 by Stephen A. McNallen What is Asatru?
The son of Zeus and Leto , and the twin brother of Artemis . Apollo was the god of music (principally the lyre, and he directed the choir of the Muses ) and also of prophecy, colonization, medicine, archery (but not for war or hunting), poetry, dance, intellectual inquiry and the carer of herds and flocks. He was also a god of light, known as "Phoebus" (radiant or beaming, and he was sometimes identified with Helios the sun god).
The African Ladies - The Female Orishas Unlike European gods and goddesses, the Africa Orishas are not completely anthropomorphized. They represent elemental energies and as such are, today, vital and dynamic images for personal work and creative drama. They are worshipped in the modern religions of Yoruba, Santeria, Voudoun, and Macumba. They are often depicted as flowing pieces of cloth swirling images of color.
To request something be brought into your life. On a full-moon Body of Salt Water preferably, but any running stream to the ocean will work. Watermelon 3 Candles-silver, blue, white Wooden Matches Slice the watermelon in half the long way.
They call her the goddess Yemaya, Ymoga (Mother of the Fishes), Iamanga, and Balianne. She traveled with them from Yoruba to distant lands, comforting them in the holds of the slave ships that took them far away from their homeland in Africa. Today she is also celebrated under many other names, including the virgin Mary (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), and Our Lady of Regla...to name but a few.
Pagan Christ Isis Osiris Egyptian dying and rising resurrected savior myth jesus christ christianityIsis and Osiris are so old they fade back into pre-history. Egypt the written (chiseled!) record of the God dates from the third millennium BC .
This is a two line entry on Glaucos from E. Cobham Brewer (1810–1897). It comes from his Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898). Given its brevity, I may as well quote it here and save you the trouble of linking: Glaucus (of Bœotia): A fisherman who instructed Apollo in soothsaying.
The name Sekhmet comes from Sekhem ,which means strong, mighty, powerful, and violent. She is a solar goddess, directly related to the creative and destructive powers of the sun. The Mythology of Sekhmet Sekhmet has something of a bad reputation, stemming largely from a single myth, and as a result, is almost always described in a negative, violent, and overly simplistic way.
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