God is Blue! Elsewhere, beginning in the late 1960s, I have written a lot about the subject of God being Blue. Recently we have posted an excellent paper on the Jewish God being blue, by a Jewish Scholar! Art Historians recognise that there is what they call a class of supreme father ‘sky’ gods who are consistently depicted as Blue for the Daytime or ‘Black’ for Night. The Night Form of the Father-Heaven Supreme God is easy to recognise often studded with stars and associated with the Lord as the Virata Rupa, or Jagannatha Purusha as Kalah Purusha /Time. As Time and Eternity, God is not just the mundane demi-god of the material sun, moon and stars, used to measure our Earthly days and nights, seasons and longer CYCLES / CHAKRAS of material Time. He is the Supreme Beyond-the-world Transcendent Deity that fathers and ultimately ‘devours’ all beings and things! This Wrathful Lion-Headed all-Devouring Form as Nara-Hari Kalah Purusha is Sri Krishna’s frightening Lion-Headed Universal Theophany or Apparition that appeared to ARJUNA in the Bhagavad-Gita!
But to devotees, the Lord is always their dearmost Friend and Liberator! The devotee, who is like the little child Prahlada, does not see the horrific or ‘Bairab’ Wrathful Dharma Protector Forms of the Lord, that are revealed to Kshatriyas like Arjun, the child-like devotee sees only the beautiful Form of the Lord appropriate to his or her own affective age and rasa flavor of relational LOVE. Thus when some devotees behold the Universal Form of Lord Jagannatha of Puri, with His huge round Sun and Moon Eyes and black star-studded Body, they actually SEE the beautiful Kouros Form of Sri Krishna! When Prahlad beholds the horrific (Bairava) Form of Nara-Hari, he SEES the beautiful all-benevolent Blue Form of Krishna! This is why in Murtis or Sacred Art depictions of little child Prahlada with the Bairava horrific Form of Nara-Hari, Prahlad never shows any fear, and is smiling like he is seeing Beautiful Young Krishna!
In the same way, in the Heliopolitan Asyla Federations of the ancient Mediterranean Region, the MYSTERIES of a particular devotional cultus of the Lord often were revealed to the initiates in such a way that they understood the Form behind the Form, or the True Identity of the Deity being approached through the diksha or disciplined study and holy service of the Lord or Our Lady in the Sri Murti or ‘cult image’ of the group. Thus, for example, an initiate of the Asclepius Cultus of Rhodes would have learned that Asclepius was the Great Physician Form of Yahu-Bal or Dionysos the Hierophant of the Hierogamos Bridal Mysticism Mysteries of Rhoda and Kouros on Their Sacred Isle of Rhodes! The devotees of HERU as the man-headed-lion-bodied Sphinx would have learned that this was a public Form of the Deity Whose private or Esoteric True Form was man-bodied and Lion-Headed! Of course nothing remains hidden forever and so there are many variations of the Lion-headed human-bodied Form of HERU God ARI-YAHU throughout the region! On Jewish Artifacts the Jewish Deity is depicted both ways, with a lion head and human body, and as a Sphinx, with a human head and lion body!
Now one must realize that when they see a BLUE Hopi ‘Solar’ Corn-Boy, Helios-related Jupiter, Zeus, Heru-Amun-Ra, or read of the Blue Form of the Jewish Deity, etc. these are all Forms of the Same Beyond-this-World ‘Heavenly Father’ or Earth-Transcending Sky God. Since historically and theologically these ‘Gods’ all originate from Sri Krishna / Helios Megistos Kouros, and He is Blue, it follows that His important expansions like Vishnu or Narayana, the Buddhist Avalokitehvara / Lokeshvara and Shiva are also depicted as Blue.