Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Orphic Creration myth (Part 2)

Thus the titans for their sin of killing and devouring Zagreus were transformed from titans into humans.The humans, the fallen titans who were also part god because the titans had eaten Zagreus were forced to live on earth for a great year During that great year they did their penance, living as humans as they purified themselves and purged themselves of the titanic evil within them. That great evil occurred when the titans after they died ans approached the river Styx in Hades; they falsely swore an oath on the river Styx to regard Zagreus-Phanes as king when Dionysus, the reincarnation of Zagreus-Phanes was crowned king of the gods by Zeus in the future. Zeus knew that the titans lied for he, the all knowing one knew that they had no intention of keeping their oath. But the humans shall purify themselves by learning the mysteries. When humans are born they do not remember their origin because they drank the water of Lethe in Hades before being born but it is through the mysteries that they shall remember their true origins. The humans shall learn that they are children of the earth and starry heaven but their real nature is that of heaven alone. For generations humanity shall reincarnate, walk the four quarters of the earth and purify themselves generation after generation. Some will learn the mysteries sooner and reach their true heavenly abode in three lives or less but all will eventually come to know the mysteries and reach their true heavenly abode at the end of the great year. At the end of the great year all humanity shall have purged themselves of the titan within themselves; then they shall be divine and recognize Dionysus as king when Zeus crown Dionysus-Zagreus-Phanes , the one the titans had so cruelly killed and eaten.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Orphic creation myth

First there was the god Time, whom the wise call Aeon and the goddess Necessity; the lord and lady came to know each other. Necessity gave birth to triplets. Two of the triplets were counted as gods; their names were Chaos and Darkness. One of the triplets was counted as a goddess; her name was Aether. But look: Time came to desire Aether and fulfilled his desire. From their union a child was conceived. Aether stretched out her wings and as she stood above the darkness of Chaos she spread her legs and gave birth to the silver egg of the world.
Behold the egg of the world hatched and divided into two. The upper half became the firmament above the stars and the sky while the lower half became the crater that would become the foundation of the earth. Out of the egg came Protogonos, whom the wise call Phanes; Phanes was both male and female, had two wings and two heads. One head was that of a lion and the other head was that of a bull.
Phanes came to know himself; he bore a daughter called Night. Look: Phanes came to know Night and Night bore twins, one god called Uranus and one goddess called Gaea. Uranus, the sky beneath the firmament and Gaea, the earth above the crater came to lie together; they were inseparable and there was no space between them. A first time Uranus and Gaea knew each other; their children were the three hundred handed ones. A second time Uranus and Gaea knew each other; their children were the three cyclopes. A third time Uranus and Gaea came to know each other; their children were the seven sets of twins, one god, one goddess in each pair called the titans. The names of these children were Cronos and Rhea, Oceanus and Tethys, Hyperion and Theia, Iapetus and Themis, Crius and Phoebe, Caus and Mnemosyne and Phorcys and Dione.
Gaea called out to Night: Uranus has given me a terrible burden. My children remain within me and cannot come out for Uranus is above me. There is no space above me where they can live. Free me from Uranus' grasp. Night came to conspire with Cronos to take the throne from Uranus.
Cronos, it was thee who accomplished the great deed. It was thee who lifted Uranus off Gaea and castrated Uranus. The castrated member fell into the sea. Aphrodite came out of the member and walked upon the shore as Phanes greeted her. Thus Cronos gained the throne of the gods.
Rhea was CFronos' wife and bore him six children. But Cronos was afraid that one of his six children would take the throne he sat upon just as he had taken the throne from Uranus. Cronos had swallowed his first five children, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon as Rhea gave birth to them. Yet when Rhea gave birth to Zeus she wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes. Cronos swallowed the stone, thinking it to be Zeus.
But behold: Rhea gives birth to Zeus in the cave in Mount Ida on Crete. There, in Crete she hides Zeus in the cave he was born in. In secret, Rhea nurses Zeus on goat's milk. Zeus grows to be a man; he gives his father mead and Cronos disgorges his siblings. Laid low by the mead, Cronos fights Zeus not. As Cronos had done before him, Zeus now castrates Cronos. Cronos is exiled into Elysium, the western isle in the ocean beyond the horizon and remains there today just as Uranus remains above us, living as the sky.
Night in her wisdom advised Zeus: Zeus, swallow me, Protogonos, the other gods and the whole world. Night said to Zeus: Zeus recreate the world according to your will when you are finished. Behold: Zeus swallows Protogonos. Zeus swallows all of the other gods. Zeus swallows the world and becomes the all; he becomes the one; he becomes the order of all things.
Zeus beheld the nothingness about him and conceived in his mind a better world. Zeus spoke the name of the world and the world came to be. Zeus spoke the name of every god, save Aphrodite, Demeter and Protogonos; the gods once more came to exist. The knowledge of the world was the knowledge of Phanes that Phanes had given to Uranus and Uranus had given to Cronos. When Zeus had swallowed the world Zeus had gained the knowledge of the world. That was the knowledge hbe would one day impart to Athena.
Know that now Zeus assigned the sky to himself, the sea to Poseidon and the subterranean realm to Hades. Yet Phanes was yet to be reborn; in latter days it would be Phanes who would become Zeus' heir and peacefully be given the throne by Zeus. In those latter days, that are yet to come, Phanes will once again ascend the throne. Zeus shall place the crown upon the head of Phanes, who now lives as Dionysus and Dionysus shall become king of the world. Know also that Zeus came to know Dione and Dione gave birth to Aphrodite.
It was Zeus and Rhea who became serpents and knew each other in the cave of mount Ida on Crete. Rhea gave birth unto Demeter and Demeter became a serpent. As serpents, Zeus and Demeter came to know each other in the cave of mount Ida on Crete. Demeter gave birth unto Persephone and Persephone became a serpent. As serpents Zeus and Persephone came to know each other in the cave of mount Ida on Crete. Persephone gave birth to Zagreus, who was none other than Phanes reborn in the cave of Mount Ida on Crete.
Zeus set Zagreus on the throne, put a scepter in his hand and a crown on his head. But Hera, Zeus' wife was jealous of Zagreus. Hera secretly spoke to the titans and bade them to kill Zagreus. They tempted the child Zageus with toys. They tempted Zagreus with a mirror, a doll, dice and a spinning top. They lured Zagreus out of the cave in mount Ida. Zagreus came to realize that the titans wished to kill him. Zagreus tried to flee, turning himself into the shape of one animal after another. But the titans caught Zagreus. They divided Zagreus into seven parts, boiled and roasted those parts on a spit. They ate six parts of Zagreus. But they had not yet touched the heart that existed as the seventh portion.
Athena had seen what the titans had done and screamed. Zeus threw his thunderbolt and the thunderbolt burnt the titans to ashes. Athena breathed life into Zagreus' heart and Zeus swallowed the heart of Zagreus. Out of the ashes Zeus created man and woman. It was from man and woman that all humanity descended. Half titan, half God it is humanity who shall overcome the titan in themselves, learn the sacred mysteries of Orpheus and Eleusis and come to know the enlightenment of the gods as taught in the teaching of the Lokayata.
Ages past and Zeus came to know the love of a mortal woman named Semele. But Hera grew jealous and tricked Semele into asking Zeus to promise to reveal himself in all his glory. Semele did not know that seeing Zeus in all his glory would be her death. Semele asked a boon of Zeus and Zeus agreed to give her whatever she wanted. Semele asked Zeus to reveal himself in all his glory and Zeus could not refuse. Zeus revealed himself and Semele was incinerated. Athena, the wisdom of Zeus is Metis reborn. Athena rushed to Zeus' aid and after rescuing the unborn child sewed the child into Zeus' thigh.
Zeus gave birth and Dionysus was born. Dionysus, the mind of Zeus is Protogonos and Zagreus reborn. One day in the distant future Dionysus shall be crowned ruler of the world by Zeus and peacefully succeed Zeus upon the throne of the gods without castrating him or casting him out of Olympus.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Nemesis Sutra

Thus I have heard. Once, Athena visited Nemesis in her temple on Mount Olympus. Nemesis asked a question.
Nemesis: What is the intention of rational-emotive practice?
Athena: The whole intention of rational-emotive practice is to transform the intentional stance of the person from an unconscious intentional stance to that of a conscious intentional stance. The unconscious form of the intentional stance manifests as unconscious actions towards objects while the conscious form of the intentional stance is called self-rule. The attainment of conscious activity, manifest as a conscious intentional stance is the subjective manifestation of the intentional stance while this conscious activity is objectively manifest as the end of suffering. To achieve a conscious intentional stance one must both subjectively and objectively stop clinging. When one clings to the subject one is engaging in conceit and when one clings to the object one engages in greed. Conceit and greed are two forms of grasping. But grasping is only one form of relation between the subject and object that occurs that occurs when people are ruled by their habitual dispositions. Grasping is the relation between the unconscious person and the object they find to be positive. Rejecting is the relation between the person and the object they find to be negative The object found to be positive is found to be pleasant or neutral while the object found to be negative is found to conferring suffering. When one attains self-rule and becomes conscious through rational-emotive practice one ceases to cling to either pleasure or suffering. Instead of clinging one uses rational-emotive means to determine which act causes suffering and which act causes an absence of suffering. The result of the conscious action by those who rule themselves is that their actions neither cling to pleasure nor cling to suffering. Their actions simply have the conscious aim of producing no suffering. Whether these actions produce pleasure or not the goal of conscious action is to produce the absence of suffering., not the presence of pleasure.
When Athena had finished preaching this Sutra Nemesis was jubilant. Nemesis accepted Athena's teaching and began to follow it with great veneration.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Aerope Sutra

Thus I have heard. Once, Athena met Aerope in the royal palace of Mycenae. Aerope asked Athena a question.
Aerope: What is the greatest error of esoteric idealism?
Athena: The greatest error of esoteric idealism occurs when the idealists assume that because emptiness and form are categories that reality is ideal in nature. The idealists wrongly assume that the category of emptiness is an existent universal called consciousness, that is, they confuse non-conceptual awareness with a universal and they wrongly assume that the category of form is an existent universal that they confuse with matter. But a universal is nothing; a universal is a breath of air. Non-conceptual awareness is not a universal or a universal mind but is a particular being, namely an activity of the human brain. Matter must exist as a particular material being, not a universal. Every material being be it a human brain, a rock, etc. is a particular being. Non-conceptual awareness is an activity, a function of that human brain. The categories of emptiness and form describe properties of material beings. Emptiness is nothingness and is the ground of material being. Form is being. Thus emptiness is a category which in psychology is non-conceptual awareness, in ontology is the vacuum and in linguistics exists as the spoken phonemes or written letters of the word apart from any relations with other words that give words relative meaning. Form is a category which in psychology is the human brain, in ontology is the points of energy and atoms that exist as manifestations of the vacuum and in linguistics is the word as it exists as a sign which has meaning because it exists in relation to other words. Hence the esoteric idealists' error is a category error in which the universal or category is mistakenly taken as the identity of the entity which in reality is a particular.
When Athena had finished preaching this Sutra Aerope was jubilant. Aerope accepted Athena's teaching and began to follow it with great veneration.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Patroclus Sutra

Thus I have heard. Once, Athena met Patroclus on the battlefield of Troy. Patroclus asked Athena a question.
Patroclus: If God is good then must not the existence and abundance of the world he created be as great as the possibility of existence? If God had the reason to make any possibility actual would God not make every possibility that is good and is consistent with his good nature real? Since the created world is real would God not have the reason to make every good possibility an actuality in this world? The nonexistence of the actualization of any good possibility would show God to be selfish. But being selfish contradicts God's good nature so God would have to actualize all of the good possibilities. Would the actualization of the good potential in man not lead man to rise through degrees of perfection, become enlightened and achieve mystical union with God?
Athena: Your whole argument is based on false premises. There is no God and the metaphysical quality of goodness does not exist. Nor does the metaphysical quality of evil exist. Nonexistent goodness cannot be an attribute of anything. The absence of anti-utility is not an inherent quality of any object. The nonexistence of anti-utility is a quality that an object may or may not have as it exists relatively to the person who is evaluating the degree of anti-utility an object has for them. The quality of utility or anti-utility an object has is the result of the relationship between the perceiving subject and perceived object. Utility and anti-utility is not a quality of the object but but is a quality of the relationship between the subject and object. The quality exists as the quality of the relationship in the given moment. Whenever a new relationship is established between the observer and the observed object or the observed object is observed by a new observer a new relationship is established. That new relationship will have its own unique ethical qualities which must be evaluated separately from any other relationship. The new relationship has new qualities. For every new relationship the quality of utility or anti-utility the object has for the given observer changes.
Goodness does not exist. Evil does not exist. There are no qualities called good or evil that are inherent qualities of any being. Beings have the qualities of utility and the absence of anti-utility as these beings exist relatively to the person evaluating the object. Hence no being can have an inherent moral quality; moral qualities are established through the relation of the object being evaluated and the person who is evaluating the object. Even if God existed God would have the absence of anti-utility or anti-utility as qualities depending on the person who was relating to that god. God may be "good" for some and God may be "evil" for others. "Goodness" or utility and "evil" or anti-utility is a quality that is attributed by a person to a being on the basis of the person's relation to that being. Since God does not exist nobody can attribute any quality to such a nonexistent being. Another false assumption you make is that the world was created. But the world is uncreated.
Worst of all you do not even define what a "possibility" is. Is the "good" ;possibility any of the infinite number of possible events which one may hypothesize can occur or is a possibility, be it "good" or "evil" simply the actualization of potential, that is, nothingness in the form of being? In the first case one is simply dealing with wishful thinking. If the latter case then the only possibility that can occur is the one possibility that does occur when potential, by manifesting in the form of actual being in the moment is actualized to be a particular determinate being based on its temporal relation to the non being of the future and the being of the previous past moment of the series of which it is part and based on its spatial-temporal relation to other beings in the previous moment, each of which are part of their own series. Those other beings in the previous moment act as conditions for the given being that is existent in the present moment. Thus only one possibility is actualized and this possibility cannot have the inherent quality of "good" or "evil". We must go beyond such "good" and "evil" to understand whether pour relation to an object has the quality of the absence of anti-utility. Enlightenment is real but the emmanationist theory of enlightenment is a false theory of enlightenment which does not adequately describe what enlightenment is. Since the emmanationist theory of enlightenment is false and the given individuals non-conceptual awareness that the given individual perceives in pure sensory cognition, that is, cessation is not God the ideas of degrees of perfection and union with God must be false. Enlightenment is the understanding that the non-conceptual awareness we perceive in cessation is the identity of our human psyche. Enlightenment is not the escape from the wheel of rebirth since reincarnation and the law of karma does not exist. Enlightenment is the true liberation from ignorance about what thee true identity of our psyche is, not a spurious "liberation" from reincarnations that do not exist. Non-conceptual awareness is a brain state not an immaterial being called a "true self". It is true that the person who has attained self-rule and is able to control their actions through rational-emotive practice does enable themselves to do actions that lead to the results which, relative to them have the quality of the absence of anti-utility. But this has nothing to do with the idea that God guides a person to actualize a possibility that is inherently "good" in nature.
When Athena had finished preaching this Sutra Athena saw that Patroclus was carrying Achilles' armor. Patroclus thanked Athena, put on Achilles armor and went into battle. Latter Patroclus would be killed by Hector.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Pleione Sutra

Thus I have heard. Pleione once met Athena in Athena's temple on Mount Olympus. Pleione asked a question.
Pleione: What is nothingness in relation to man?
Athena: I shall answer your question in these short Sutras.
1: The word nothing is used in three senses.
2: Nothing can be conceived of as a non-affirming negative that exists as a quantifier.
3: Nothing can be conceived of as the nonexistence of beings whose existence is impossible.
4: These first two senses of the word nothing are used when we talk about man.
5: Nothing can be conceived of as a relating object. Since such an object does not exist it has no relation to man.
6: Man's body is a manifestation of thew vacuum. The vacuum is a non-affirming negative phenomenon. Here nothing is used as a quantifier.
7: Thus man as a material object is ultimately nothing.
8: Man's mind, which exists as the activity of the brain manifests firstly as non-conceptual awareness. The non-conceptual awareness is a non-affirming negative phenomenon. Here nothing is used as a quantifier.
9: Thus man's consciousness is ultimately nothing.
10: Man's non-conceptual awareness manifests in the form of mental representations.
11: These mental representations can take a conscious form or an unconscious form.
12: Archetypes are forms the non-conceptual awareness can take when man experiences the unconscious mind.
13: Gods are archetypes not personal beings.
14: As all mental representations are forms the non-conceptual awareness takes gods must be ultimately nothing. Here nothing is used as a quantifier.
15: In terms of man while he is living man while he is alive is ultimately nothing. Here nothing is used as a quantifier.
16: This is true both of man's body and consciousness.
17: After death nothing, as it relates to man is conceived as the nonexistence of man. Here nothing is used in the sense of a being whose existence is impossible.
18: In some cases when man is experiencing the transition to death he may experience the absence of sensations and mental representations. Some call this absence nothing.
19: Those lucky enough to survive the transition and live see that consciousness is ultimately non-conceptual see the nothingness of consciousness as a quantifier.
20: Those lucky enough to be healthy and experience the non-conceptual nature of consciousness during no-meditation meditation practice also come to see that consciousness is nothingness conceived of as a quantifier.
21: Those unlucky enough to die become nothing. Here nothing is conceived as the nonexistence of the being of their body and mind.
22: The nonexistence of the being of man after death must be affirmed because the existence of man's body or mind after death is impossible.
When Athena had finished preaching this Sutra Pleione was jubilant. Pleione accepted Athena's teaching and began to follow it with great veneration.