That is a picture of Lon Milo Duquette speaking at Clarement University on the topic, “Good and evil, get over it”. Lon’s favorite Indian Deity is Ganesha. He loves and collects Ganesha memorabilia. Lon probably already knows everything I am about to tell you about Ganesha, but it is good writing practice for me. This also ties in with the last topic I wrote about so it seems pretty auspicious;)
I didn’t like the stories that I found online so I am retelling the story as I remember it and think of it.
Shiva, who was known to go on long walkabouts being that he was a tzaddick, a wandering, holy man, teacher, came home one day and found a strange boy blocking the door to his bedroom. The boy barred his entrance, and that incensed Shiva, this was after all his home, he was tired and he wanted to see his wife and relax. Shiva fights the boy and cuts his head off. Parvati comes out and is inconsolable, she informs Lord Shiva that it is his own child and she was pregnant with him when he left. Shiva goes out and cuts the head off the first animal he sees which is an elephant, and he resurrects the child with the head of an elephant. Thus resurrecting Ganesha. Ganesha has the body of a Siddha.
Siddhas were early age wandering adepts that dominated ancient Tamil teaching and philosophy, they were extensively knowledgeable in Science, Technology, Astronomy, Literature, Fine Arts, Music, Drama, Dance, and provided solutions to common people in their illness and advice for their future. Some of their ideologies are believed to have originated more than 10,000 years ago during the First Cankam. Shiva is believed to be the earliest Siddha. According to one South-Indian book, the South Indian Siddha were expelled by the Indo-Aryan invaders leaving many of their traditions lost or distorted.
In the Hindu philosophy (of Kashmir Shaivism), siddha refers to a Siddha Guru who can by way of Shaktipat initiate disciples into Yoga. A Siddha, in Tamil Sittar, means “one who is accomplished” and refers to perfected masters who, according to Hindu belief, have transcended the ahamkara (ego or I-maker), have subdued their minds to be subservient to their Awareness, and have transformed their bodies (composed mainly of dense Rajotama gunas) into a different kind of body dominated by sattva. This is usually accomplished only by persistent meditation.
Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, which I suspect is why Lon has an affinity for him, like myself we are constantly rejected and reviled, until recently. The Siddha’s are the perfected beings. They are humans with uncanny, supernatural, preternatural insight and abilities. They have attained enlightenment, they have crossed the abyss.
Siddhis[note 1] are spiritual, magical, supranormal, paranormal, or supernatural powers acquired through a sadhana (spiritual practices), such as meditation and yoga. People who have attained this state are formally known as siddhas.
Siddhi is a Sanskrit noun which can be translated as “perfection”, “accomplishment”, “attainment”, or “success”. In Tamil the word Siddhar/Chitthar refers to someone who has attained the Siddhic powers & knowledge. Chith is pure consciousness/knowledge in Sanskrit also.~wikipedia
Gurumayi once said that Hebrew and Greek still have the same spiritual vibration that is present in sanskrit, but not modern English. I respectfully disagree with her, being a linguistic philosopher and a philologist, and a phonologist, I have found that there are words all over the world that have similar sounds and similar meanings. What makes something sound right to us? Some kind of pattern in our brain looking for a key to unlock the meaning. All the words of power are still here just in different forms.
GANESHA, GNOSIS, GENIUS, GENESIS, GO IN, GYNE.
The initiate is the one that gets to go in. Specifically, into the bedroom to have sex with Parvati. That one is Shiva. Only Shiva gets to go in. Iccha shaktir uma kumari, shiva sutra 1:13. The yogi that yokes himself to Shiva becomes shiva and has the powers of shiva. I have always thought that the word knight must be related somehow to the word cunt. The In itiate. Genesis means going in. The inbreaths and the outbreaths of Brahma, the first two books of the bible are Genesis and Exodus, the going in and the going out. Some writing is in spired.
- (physiology, uncountable) The drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm, as part of the act ofrespiration. [quotations ▼]
- (countable) A breath, a single inhalation. [quotations ▼]
- A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; asupernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated. [quotations ▼]
- The act of an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity. [quotations ▼]
- A person, object, or situation which quickens or stimulates an influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity. [quotations ▼]
- A new idea, especially one which arises suddenly and is clever or creative.
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Ganesha, is Da’ath on the tree of life. Shiva has 2 sons, skanda the god of war and Ganesha, the scribe. For this reason Ganesha also takes the place of har poor kraat, the true Horus, the true Hiram, the Hermit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heru-ra-ha
In late Greek mythology as developed in Ptolemaic Alexandria, Harpocrates (Ancient Greek: Ἁρποκράτης) is the god of silence. Harpocrates was adapted by the Greeks from the Egyptian child god Horus. To the ancient Egyptians, Horus represented the newborn Sun, rising each day at dawn. When the Greeks conquered Egypt under Alexander the Great, they transformed the Egyptian Horus into their Hellenistic god known asHarpocrates, a rendering from Egyptian Har-pa-khered or Heru-pa-khered (meaning “Horus the Child”). ~wikipedia
As I sat in meditation with Gurumayi, and we listened to that melodious Indian instrument, half accordion, half organ, fed by squeezing the breath into the honey like sound of the harmonium, and we chanted her version of the Om namah Shivayah mantra, I recalled my day at the only sanctioned Shinto temple in the United States in Washington. I realized that what I was witnessing and participating in was an ancient religious right that went all the way back to Atlantis. The Waking of the Sun ritual.
I recently gave Lon a banner that I have had for years. That I have always had proudly displayed. Here is the other one, the sister to the one that Lon now possesses. He hung his above the door, I hang mine next to the fireplace. Brahmans are always supposed to have a fire burning in the hearth. This comes from their ancient hunter gatherer days. Shiva is the evolution of Rudra, who is the god of fire. Rudraksha beads are what his mala’s are made out of, which means, eyes of fire, or eyes of Shiva. Who are modern day Rabbis if they aren’t the meat eaters that were exiled from India with their stinky offerings of burnt flesh to their god? In China they refer to spirits as “food sniffers” because they don’t have physical bodies, they don’t need to eat the food, they sustain themselves by smelling the food. The actual food is eaten by the high priests. Think of the Buddhist priests that beg for food and then offer prayers and healings, and teachings.
The tribe of Aaron was successful because eating more protein they evolved bigger brains and thought bigger thoughts and dreamed bigger dreams. The same reason we were constantly exiled, exhaled, is the same reason why we are so successful, our creative intelligence, not something to be ashamed of, something to be proud of.
Baba muktananda used to tell a story about an ecstatic, Muslim mystic that went to prayer, while praying he became overwhelmed with the spirit and started shouting, I AM GOD, I AM GOD, I AM GOD over and over again. The other Muslims dragged him out into the street and counseled him never to let it happen again for it was blasphemous and heretical to say that oneself is god. He apologized and said that he would make a concerted effort to make sure it never happened again. But it did in spite of him. He was drug out in the street and attacked. The man that hit his legs with a stick had his own legs broken, the man that struck his arms had his own arms broken, and the man that struck him in the head developed a concussion. Because when you are in a state of being one with god, all of your enemies blows land on themselves…
The four principal Mahavakyas
Though there are many Mahavakyas, four of them, one from each of the four Vedas, are often mentioned as “the Mahavakyas”. According to the Vedanta-tradition, the subject matter and the essence of all Upanishads is the same, and all the Upanishadic Mahavakyas express this one universal message in the form of terse and concise statements. In later Sanskrit usage, the term mahāvākya came to mean “discourse”, and specifically, discourse on a philosophically lofty topic.[web 1]
According to the Advaita Vedanta tradition the four Upanishadic statements indicate the ultimate unity of the individual (Atman) with Supreme (Brahman).
The Mahavakyas are:
prajñānam brahma – “Prajña[note 1] is Brahman”[note 2], or “Brahman is Prajña”[web 3] (Aitareya Upanishad 3.3 of the Rig Veda)
ayam ātmā brahma – “I am this Self (Atman) that is is Brahman” (Mandukya Upanishad 1.2 of the Atharva Veda)
tat tvam asi – “Thou art That” (Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7 of the Sama Veda)
aham brahmāsmi – “I am Brahman”, or “I am Divine” (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10 of the Yajur Veda)
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK LON MILO DUQUETTE FOR POSING FOR THIS PICTURE AND THE PERMISSION TO USE IT FOR THIS PIECE AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK LYNN MARIE LE FOR TAKING THE PICTURE AND OBTAININING THE CONSENT.
Since the dawn of mankind there have been 3 different types of major totems for witch doctors, holy men, shamans, and seers. The lion, the bull and the eagle. We are here today to talk about the lion especially as a symbol for predatory cats. People who study the human brain know that there are different types of intelligences. One of the more common analogies for describing different but highly functional mentalities is the comparison of the fox and the hedge hog. Richard Feynman was referred to as the fox because his way of understanding things that nobody else could, and wrapping his mind around them. Einstein was referred to as the hedgehog because of the way he could humbly edit his consideration set and burrow his way towards the answer and ferret it out. Richard Feynman was the guy that figured out how the space shuttle Columbia blew up and he had to explain it very slowly and deliberately to other people who didn’t believe him and couldn’t understand his brilliance and the fact that he was correct.
The reason that I bring this up is that for shamans being philosophers the way they hold a question in their mind and follow its sent was symbolized by the ancient super-genii as a stalking cat. A predatory cat stalking it’s prey. This symbolism was universal and one particular cult is marked by their use of the predatory cat skin.
Even though priests, it did not mean serving their god would mean just approaching and proclaiming themselves as priests. They washed themselves several times per day to eliminate off all the body hair to be untainted enough to approach the god. Because of being cleansed to approach the god, they did not wear leather sandals or wool clothing, as it was considered unclean. When serving the god Amun, they would wear leopard skin robes.
In many cults, also known as churches, they did not wear a wig as all men and women wore.
In his book The Chicken Kabbalah, Lon mentions having a rabbinical experience in his cat skin skirt demonstrating the continued theme from Egypt into Occult Judaism, but this metaphor goes back even further all the way to India and Shaivism. If you are familiar with my theory on the Origins of the True Religion, you will see how consistent this theme is and how many questions it answers.
The first task of Hercules whose name itself is a deviation of Horus the sun god, was to kill the Nemean Lion. Having done so he wore the skin, in a way becoming the sun. Remember that in astrology, the lion represents the sun. This is also were the soul enters the zodiac, from the ancient perspective the soul split itself into male and female before incarnating in the zodiac. The sun and moon are the only two planets that don’t repeat as rulers of two houses (in the original 7 planet horoscope). The 12 labors of Hercules are the sun moving through each house and understanding the trials in that house as the soul (sol,sun) perfects itself and learns its lessons through struggle, trial and tribulation. The Rosicrucian initiation process uses Hercules as a model to this day.
Samson, in the Bible is actually Hercules as well who is also shown above killing a lion. Samson is also named after the sun with a word that derives from Persian.
Shamash (Akkadian Šamaš “Sun”), was a native Mesopotamian deity and the sun god in the Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian pantheons. Shamash was the god of justice in Babylonia and Assyria, corresponding to Sumerian Utu. Akkadian šamaš is cognate to Syriac ܫܡܫܐ šemšaor šimšu Hebrew שֶׁמֶשׁ šemeš and Arabic شمس šams. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamash
In Egyptian mythology, Seshat (also spelled Safkhet, Sesat, Seshet, Sesheta, and Seshata) was the Ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom, knowledge, andwriting. She was seen as a scribe and record keeper, and her name means she who scrivens (i.e. she who is the scribe), and is credited with inventing writing. She also became identified as the goddess of architecture, astronomy, astrology, building, mathematics, and surveying. These are all professions that relied upon expertise in her skills. She is identified as Safekh-Aubi in some late texts. ~wikiepdia
In Taoism the Yin and Yang symbols are associated with the tigress and the dragon. The tigress represents earthly power or success, while the Dragon represents the masculine and heavenly element. Remember that the symbol for the Ankh is a metaphor for heaven and earth, the male and female symbols juxtaposed, and Thelema, the religion started by Aleister Crowley is the western version of Taoism from an original authentic living guru lineage. It is the philosophical connection that rationalizes the philosophical systems from all over the world. In the Osho Zen tarot Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh demonstrates his understanding of the same principle, remember he was also known as the Rock and Roll Guru.
Well I think that is all the dots I am going to connect for you today. I hope you have enjoyed that little romp through time and across continents and have arrived at a deeper understanding. Oh yeah, if you want a little more I have included a story that explains how the leopard got its spots from the ancient perspective, not factual but allegorical.
But Anubis was able, by means of his keen canine senses, to sniff out Seth in whatever form he takes.
Once, Seth assumed the form of a leopard and blended into the desert sand so well that Horus was unable to spot him from the air as he circled high in the sky upon his falcon wings, using his sharp falcon eyes to scan the Earth.
But Anubis sniffed out Seth and decided to brand him so that everyone would be able to see him. Anubis trotted over to the banks of the Nile and dunked his paws in rich black Nile mud. Then he lept onto the leopard and left indelible muddy paw prints all over Seth’s hide.
That is how the leopard got its spots, according to the Ancient Egyptians.
The highest caste of Egyptian magician/priests wore leopard skins to symbolize the never-ending struggle between the Truth and the Lie. The Lie persists. Seth the Deceiver was not killed by Anubis. But Anubis revealed Seth for the Lie that he is.
And that is why the Priests at the Great Temple of Antinoopolis may have worn leopard skins — to demonstrate that it is possible to see through the Lie to uncover the Truth that lies underneath.
I get frustrated with all of these fruity spiritualists that like to conflate pleasantness with spirituality and feminine judgments with wisdom. They always argue in favor of mercy and charity and they reward failure. If they had ever been on a spiritual path or taken a guru they would not be so full of themselves and their arrogant judgments.
Everywhere I go now somebody is asking for a donation or charity, when I buy pet food they ask if I want to donate, when I buy groceries and I use my card I have the option to donate, when I leave the store someone is there asking for my loose change. Not that this is relevant but America isn’t a first world country anymore. I think we should be worrying about taking care of ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, and keeping our money in our economies.
You might be interested to know that Bhagwan Nityananda told people not to give homeless people handouts. They should be able to offer some service in exchange. This creates a pattern in the world that is undesirable. First of all it communicates to the beggar that they have nothing to offer. It rewards failure. You are not going to have less homelessness and less beggars you will have more. In a way they do have a product that you are buying, guilt. They portray themselves as pathetic and make a visual appeal to your sympathy and you feel pity, or guilt. But who the fuck are you to feel pity? You are in relationship with your own superiority, reveling in it, relishing it. And then you get the homeless charities that try to humiliate you in public if you don’t donate something every time.
Let me explain a little about myself, I was homeless, and I never begged, I never made a spectacle of myself or a nuisance of myself. It took me five years to get entirely off the street and I fought and clawed my way to just above the poverty line, living paycheck to paycheck. Even when I was living in Everett Washington in an abandoned sewer pipe that was never installed in the middle of winter, and freezing wind would blow through that thing and the fire didn’t keep me warm, every morning I walked the 5 miles into town to the cavalry church and for 5 dollars an hour I did landscape maintenance.
I once saw this guy begging and someone gave him a dollar and he said, “is that all you got?” with righteous indignation in his voice. That is where the term “choosy beggar” comes from.
A little more about myself, I am a guru, a Shaktipat guru, a Jnani guru. I was initiated by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. Nityananda is part of my spiritual lineage, Baba Muktananda was the guru of my guru and Nityananada was his guru. This American culture wants to think of itself as spiritual but it is doing so pretentiously, falsely, unconsciously, arrogantly.
I bet you think that Ghandi would give money to a beggar if he saw a homeless person don’t you? Well you are dead wrong. He wouldn’t, and if anybody tried to coerce him he would have protested loudly. Ghandi’s grandson Arun once tossed out a pencil on the way home from school because it was too small in his estimation. Ghandi made him go back and look for it for hours until he found it, and refused to buy him a new one. It was a lesson to be appreciative and efficient and humble. Not wasteful and flamboyant, and it was one single, tiny, little pencil.