This rare representation of Shiva, formerly in the Shri K.C. Aryan collection is known as the Sadashiva in the iconographic texts. Sadashiva images with five heads are few. Sadashiva, Karnataka, India 17th-18th century
The Apostolic cCatholic Jesus Christ has history and theology that is connected to every major Branch of the ancient World’s Radha-Krishna-centric Vaishnavism. This is because the Divine Revelatory Tradition of Jesus is connected to the Brahma Lineage of Global Vaishnavism, just like the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition is! Thus if we go back far enough in both the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition and the JUDEO-cCatholic Apostolic (Heliopolitan or Afro-Heleno-Semitic Mediterranean) Tradition, we find the very SAME revelatory Tradition!
Actually PURE LAND BUDDHISM and Sattvic Theistic Shaivism and many other ancient global Eastern AND Western Hemisphere Sacred Traditions are also historically and theologically related to our same Revelatory Lineage ‘coming from’ Brahma, Surya and Manu, the Father of Humanity. In these related lineages there are always the parallel Traditions of transmitting the understanding of Divine Revelation, one being Theological or logical and analytical, dealing with everything from philosophy and physics to metaphysics, and the other mode of transmission being the narration of Lila or ‘Pastime’ Stories, in which the Transcendental, Mediating and Immanent Godhead and His Shakti is revealed.
So, there are two ways to understand the Holy Scriptures and Oral traditions of the Vaishnavas. One is as deeply meditated-upon and analysed THEOLOGICAL REVELATION. The other is as emotionally and psychologically experienced LILA. The LILA is the Story, the PLAY. In the Theological Approach we focus on Who the Actor IS. The ACTOR has been revealed as GOD HIMSELF. We understand the profound SELF-REVELATION of GOD, through HIS STORY-TELLING LILAS. HE REVEALS something of HIMSELF in His PASTIMES. What is that SOMETHING? To understand His Self-Revelation we must read, listen-to and reflect-on, meditate-on His Theology as explained to us through the PARAMPARA of His Self-Realized Devotees. We cannot understand the Theology of the Persons of the Godhead without the REALIZED spiritual direction and intellectual formation of the Mahatmas who have actually EXPERIENCED Knowing Him. The Great Souls KNOW THE ACTOR! He has an OMNI-PRESENT OMNISCIENT and OMNIPOTENT existence outside-of the PLAY. Read the rest of this entry
A SHIRE is an ASYLA and a Dharma- ASHALA. Here is a short, and very deficient introduction to the subject of Redemption, MOKSHA / MISSA MANU-MISSION and Religious Salvation as ASYLA. I have studied MOKSHA / MANUMISSION, ASYLA and the ancient religio-political Alliances, Leagues and Federations of Asyla for over 40 years. The history of the ancient World could be summed-up as a perpetual struggle between the lovers of freedom and the One True benevolent Sattva Guna God, HERU-VASU-ATUM / ELI-YAHU-ADON / HARI-VASU-ATMAN that they worshiped, and the cruel enslaving forces of the self-appointed False Gods of The World. The below references completely miss the connections of the anti-slavery forces to Helios Worship, and do not understand the relationship between the Eastern and Western Bhakti Yoga ‘Free Will’ and Divine Love Traditions. LOVE requires self-possession and the physical freedom to serve the person or persons of one’s own desiring. Thus FREEDOM of relationship is necessary in the religious, the divine, and in the merely human realm. LOVE necessitates FREEDOM. Spiritual, intellectual and physical Freedom is fundamentally necessary to active LOVING. LOVE as DEVOTIONAL SERVICE cannot be incarnated without the physical opportunity and ability or facility to do so. Thus both freedom as opportunity and freedom as disciplined “skillful means” is necessary for the fullest and most perfect expression of Love. Read the rest of this entry
THE WORLD’S OLDEST ‘NEOLITHIC’ SCULPTURE
Head of Vedic priest with sikha, 11,500 years old. Discovered at Nevali Cori, Turkey. With appreciation to Yaduvendu Das for sharing this discovery
THE SIKHA OR HAIR-FLAG THAT MARKS THE TOP OF THE BODY AS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF HERU-AUSU / HELIOS / HARI-VASU-DEVA… A series of volumes in my never-published multi-volume history of monotheism “The Name …of the Living God” was devoted to the practise of tonsuring and face-shaving related to religious devotion, varna and ashram in ancient societies. In ancient Greek Traditions, the practise of men shaving the front of their head hair and leaving the back, or part of the back, to grow was related to HELIOS WORSHIP and is now generally called a Theseus Tonsure from the famous Greek Hero, Theseus, who killed the Creten Monster, the Minotur of the Labyrinth. Any version of the Theseus Tonsure was generally associated with the devotees, warrior or noble class of the HELIOS worshiping Greeks.
In Egypt such a tonsure was also associated with the Priesthood of Helios / HERU-AUSU. Compare the practise of such a tonsure among the Pure Land Buddhist warrior-monks of China and Japan. In Israel and Judah, the Jews interpreted the minor commandment of their God, Helios / ELI-YAHU, not to ‘miter the corners’ of their hair as refering to the forelocks in front of the ears. Thus even today Orthodox Jews, who cut or shave the hair on the rest of their heads, let these forelocks grow. The Nazarites like Samson, John the Baptist and Jesus let all of their hair and beard grow, according to their Nazarite Vow of Aseticism / Tzaddik-ism / Sadhaka-ism!
Volumes could be written on the subject of tonsure and hair style in the ancient World as a means of group identification, voluntary and forced social control. In ancient societies hair as a symbol of one’s family, tribe, social role or status was used to identify people of all ages, both female and male, or intersex. Used with decoration, habit or clothing and other forms of body-marking, like painting / anointing, tattooing, branding and scarification, the ancients created uniform ways to easily identify each other ‘on sight’. In my over 40 years of interdisciplinary research I have used these same ways to identify the ancients according to what their ethnic, religious and other social status was. Thus I have traced tonsures, dress and the body-marking Urdhva (Upwards or vertical) Tilaka and the Chakra (‘Solar’ Cycle Circle) Symbol of the Vaishnavas through many cultures and times.