Beyond Ishtar: The Tradition of Eggs at Easter | Anthropology in Practice Photo by Willow Gardeners. CC, click on image for license and information. Eggs occupy a special status during Easter observances. They’re symbols of rebirth and renewal—life bursts forth from this otherwise plain, inanimate object that gives no hint as to what it contains. In this regard it is a handy symbol for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it is is a symbol that has held this meaning long before Christianity adopted it. Ishtar depicted on a vase in the Louvre. There is a meme floating around Facebook that some people have rallied around and are sharing as a “truth” of Easter. Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Clearly, we all know that Facebook memes are the ultimate source of information—particularly when they makes a biting point about something or some group that is not particularly favorably viewed. Ancient Egyptians believed in a primeval egg from which the sun god hatched. Notes: 1.
AARE Website - Home 5 Minute Introduction • What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. • Is Buddhism a Religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. (1) to lead a moral life, (2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and (3) to develop wisdom and understanding. • How Can Buddhism Help Me? Buddhism explains a purpose to life, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world, and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness. • Why is Buddhism Becoming Popular? Buddhism is becoming popular in western countries for a number of reasons, The first good reason is Buddhism has answers to many of the problems in modern materialistic societies. • Who Was the Buddha? • Was the Buddha a God? • Do Buddhists Worship Idols?
Awake to Wisdom Home Buddhist Blog of Everyday Dharma When a persecution complex goes awry For the social conservatives and the religious right movement, a sense of victimization and a profound persecution complex aren’t just hallmarks of their ideology, it’s been elevated to a near art form. Nobody – nobody – feels sorry for themselves as dramatically and effectively as far-right evangelical activists. And with the culture-war winds blowing even stronger in a progressive direction of late, the urge among social conservatives to feel sorry for themselves is apparently uncontrollable. David Brody of radical TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network offered this self-pitying gem yesterday (via Ed Kilgore): In the media’s narrative, you would think that homosexuals are the poor souls who have been banished by society like ugly stepchildren and are now rising to overcome incredible odds.But what about today? If only liberals could find it in their hearts to be more tolerant of intolerance, the poor social conservatives wouldn’t feel so put upon. Please.
Catholic Education Resource Center The Seven Shamanic Levels of Consciousness Preface Although formerly only known by shamans, I present this knowledge now to spiritual seekers and for the benefit of mankind.In 1989 I met a Hungarian Shaman, Joska Soos, in Antwerp, Belgium, who helped people with his private "shamanizations" and classes. Over the years I learned a lot, with new information about shamanism I had never read about in any literature. Among it was the system of seven levels of consciousness. Although he did not talk that much about it, it seemed such a useful system to me that I went further into it myself. Table of Contents Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Wheels of Consciousness Introduction What makes man different from animals is that he is aware of himself. 1. Awake, dear one, awake! You just made the first big step in your spiritual growth. 2. Mankind is one,and all men are alikein that which concerns their creation. Most people live on an egocentric basis. 3. You became aware of yourself and your personality. 4. 5. 6. 7. Preface Introduction 1.
Edo Shonin & William Van Gordon The Buddhist Blog 20 Spiritual Quotes From Eckhart Tolle I find great peace by reading spiritual quotes. It’s very soothing to glimpse into your inner self for perspective. Today I wanted to share my favorite quotes from spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle . Enjoy 1- To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for you inner state at any given moment. 2- For what you do to others, you do to yourself. 3- Instead of asking “what do I want from life? 4- If there were nothing but thought in you, you wouldn’t even know you are thinking. 5- Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now; and if the past cannot prevent you from being present now, what power does it have? 6- Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. 7- You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now. 10- If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me 14- Space has no “existence.” ‘s writings.