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Origins of Western Philosophy, Rabbi Ba’al Shivah

A huge help in putting together my theories was the work of Okko Behrends.  What I do is I look for the movement of ideas, words, philosophies, processes, practices (praxis) from one culture to another over time.  These create rhetorical tautologies or identical patterns.  Some cultures adopt and keep those patterns because of an affinity and others do not.

Frankly I think that the Augur’s of Pre-Greek Minoan cult were originally from India and in India I believe they were called the Aghori.

The Aghori (Sanskrit: अघोरaghōra)[2] are asceticShaivasadhus.

The Aghori in Shaivism.

The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals. They often dwell in charnel grounds, have been witnessed smearing cremationashes on their bodies, and have been known to use bones from human corpses for crafting skull bowls (which Shiva and other Hindu deities are often iconically depicted holding or using) and jewelry. Due to their practices that are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism, they are generally opposed.[3][4]

Many Aghori gurus command great reverence from rural populations as they are supposed to possess healing powers gained through their intensely eremitic rites and practices of renunciation and tápasya. They are also known to meditate and perform worship in haunted houses.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aghori

8 minutes in Behrend’s defines Auctoritatus as a form of authority not based on force but based on reason, what I refer to as Sapiential Authority.

In ancient Rome, Auctoritas referred to the general level of prestige a person had in Roman society, and, as a consequence, his clout, influence, and ability to rally support around his will. Auctoritas was not merely political, however; it had a numinous content and symbolized the mysterious “power of command” of heroic Roman figures.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auctoritas#Auctoritas_principis

28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.  Matthew 7

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44 minutes okko quotes cicero

Auctoritas is determined by it’s good results and it’s success and by the merit of reason.  The High priest of the Augure’s didn’t create the law, he didn’t manufacture it, he expounded the law that already existed in the universe the Law that governed success.  They were readers of omens, signs, and portents.

The augur was a priest and official in the classical world, especially ancient Rome and Etruria. His main role was the practice of augury, interpreting the will of the gods by studying the flight of birds: whether they are flying in groups or alone, what noises they make as they fly, direction of flight and what kind of birds they are. This was known as “taking the auspices.” The ceremony and function of the augur was central to any major undertaking in Roman society—public or private—including matters of war, commerce, and religion.

The Roman historian Livy stresses the importance of the augurs: “Who does not know that this city was founded only after taking the auspices, that everything in war and in peace, at home and abroad, was done only after taking the auspices?”[1]  

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It was also antithetical to tyranny. At 14 minutes tyranny = kingship.  The Augur, much like the president is supposed to be, (I am glaring at you Obama) is not above the law, they are also under the law.  This isn’t from Okko Behrends, but notice how to Remus was not chosen as the first king of Rome because he lived on Aventine hill which was full of “inauspicious birds”.  The reason the birds were present was because Aventine hill was used for the disposal of garbage and dead bodies, remember if you will that the Aghori also live in grave yards.

Roman augurs were part of a collegium of priests who shared the duties and responsibilities of the position. At the foundation of the Republic in 510 BC, the patricians held sole claim to this office.

Augury sought the divine will regarding any proposed course of action which might affect Rome’s pax, fortuna and salus (peace, good fortune and wellbeing).[2] Political, military and civil actions were sanctioned by augury, historically performed by priests of the college of augurs and by haruspices on behalf of senior magistrates.

According to Cicero, the auctoritas of ius augurum included the right to adjourn and overturn the process of law: consular election could be – and was – rendered invalid by inaugural error. For Cicero, this made the augur the most powerful authority in the Republic.

In ancient Rome the auguria were considered to be in equilibrium with the sacra (“sacred things” or “rites”) and were not the only way by which the gods made their will known. The augures publici (public augurs) concerned themselves only with matters related to the state.

The jus augurale (augural law) was rigorously secret, therefore very little about the technical aspects of ceremonies and rituals has been recorded.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augur

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If you examine the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra you will find that the deep intimate conversation between Shiva and Shakti about the nature of reality becomes the basis of philosophical and scientific reasoning.  It became the Sohbet of Rumi and Shams and before that it was the intimate conversations that Jesus had with his disciples and before that it was the discussion of the Rabbi’s discussing Torah, or the law of the universe among themselves.

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This became the Parrhesia of the ancient Greeks:

Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, andbeliefs based on new or existing information.[1] It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art, and is normally considered[by whom?] to be a definitive characteristic of human nature.[2] The concept of reason is sometimes referred to as rationality and sometimes as discursive reason, in opposition to intuitive reason.[3]

The field of logic studies ways in which human beings reason through argument.[6]

  • The original Greek term was “λόγος”logos, the root of the modern English word “logic” but also a word which could mean for example “speech” or “explanation” or an “account” (of money handled).[7]
  • As a philosophical term logos was translated in its non-linguistic senses in Latin as ratio. This was originally not just a translation used for philosophy, but was also commonly a translation for logos in the sense of an account of money.[8]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason

In rhetoric, parrhesia is a figure of speech described as: to speak candidly or to ask forgiveness for so speaking.[1] There are three different forms of parrhesia. Parrhesia is its nominal form, is translated from Latin to English meaning “free speech”. Parrhesiazomai in its verbal form is to use parrhesia, and parrhesiastes is the one who uses parrhesia for example “one who speaks the truth”. [2] The term parrhesia first appears in Greek literature in Euripides and can be found and used in ancient Greek texts all throughout the end of the fourth century and during fifth century A.D. [3] The term is borrowed from the Greek παρρησία (πᾶν “all” and ῥῆσις “utterance, speech”) meaning literally “to speak everything” and by extension “to speak freely,” “to speak boldly,” or “boldness.” It implies not only freedom of speech, but the obligation to speak the truth for the common good, even at personal risk.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parrhesia

and that became the sciences, the logy’s, or the logic of, teleology, biology, psychology, ecology, geology, etc.  Each logy would have a guru or teacher that specialized in that subject.  The entire western civilization evolved out of this process as well as the Western brain and the way western people think in general.  Our separation of powers, our checks and balances in the government, our sense of propriety, all of them came from the same place.

27 minutes: The name Augustus was chosen by Octavian chose the name Augustus the name of the High Priest of the Augure’s instead of the name Romulus the first king of Rome, he chose between the two names.

‘In my sixth and seventh consulships [28-27 BC], after I had extinguished civil wars, and at a time when with universal consent I was in complete control of affairs, I transferred the republic from my power to the dominion of the senate and people of Rome…After this time I excelled all in influence [auctoritas], although I possessed no more official power [potestas] than others who were my colleagues in the several magistracies.’ (Res Gestae Divi Augusti 34.1-3)[[1]]

46 minutes, the separation of powers, the leader can assume command of the military upon leaving the polis, but upon entering the polis must relinquish control of the millitary, (a legitimate leader must never use the military against his people).

Compare that with what President Obama recently did, is he giving power back to the people of the united states?  Is he more like Augustus or Julius Caesar?

In the exact sense, a tyrant is an individual who arrogates to himself the royal authority without having a right to it. This is how the Greeks understood the word ‘tyrant’: they applied it indifferently to good and bad princes whose authority was not legitimate. [Rousseau, “The Social Contract”]  http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=tyrant

In a commentary of Oedipus I once read the author argued that Oedipus Rex should rightly have been called Oedipus Tyrannous because the original term didn’t have a negative meaning, it just meant popular ruler, Julius Caesar was very popular, he also was a usurper of the law.

PREEMPTIVE ARGUMENTS FOR THE HATERS

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You are about to use the moving the goal fallacy with yourself as the goal and we are going to have an argument of infinite regress where you refuse to believe what I have just told you no matter how often I support it with facts.  You are not a linguisitic philosopher, an analytical philosopher or a philologist, I am.  Moreover, I am correct.

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The Symbols above is known as the hamsa, it originated in India and was associated with the Jains, who were the Janis mentioned in the story of Moses.  The name comes from the Hindu concept of Harmlessness known as Ahimsa, notice the similar phonology?

Ahimsa (Sanskrit: अहिंसा; IAST: ahiṃsā, Pāli:[1]avihiṃsā) is a term meaning ‘not to injure’. The word is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs – to strike; hiṃsā is injury or harm, a-hiṃsā is the opposite of this, i.e. cause no injury, do no harm.[2][3] Ahimsa is also referred to as nonviolence, and it applies to all living beings – including all animals – according to many Indian religions.[4]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahimsa

The word itself derives from So Ham the inbreaths and outbreaths of Brahma if you are familiar with my work you know that I believe that Abraham and Brahma are one and the same, I am not the first or the only person who believes this.

Soham (सो ऽहम्so ‘ham[1]) is the Sanskrit for “I am He/That”. (See also: Tat Tvam Asi.)

When it applies to a person’s name, according to Vedic philosophy it means identifying oneself with the universe or ultimate reality. Some say that when a child is born it cries Koham-Koham which means Who am I? That is when the universe replies back Soham. You are the same as I am. It also stems from the Sanskrit word which means, “self pride.”

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“May [God] bless the lads, and let them carry my name, along with the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac. May they increase like fish in the land.” (Gen. 48:16)

The Talmud (Berachot 55b) explains that Joseph shared a special quality with fish:

“The fish in the waters are concealed by the water, and thus not susceptible to the Evil Eye. So too, the descendants of Joseph are not susceptible to the Evil Eye.” http://ravkooktorah.org/VAYEHI59.htm

Kabbalists such as myself know that “water” is a metaphor for Torah which is synonymous with the law of the Universe that is studied by rabbis, and augurs, and expounded.  Fish live in the water, so this zen like koan, which is so paradoxical is saying that the philosophers, the rational people need to be increased.  It is these philosophers who are protected from the evil eye.

The nounkohen is used in the Torah to refer to priests, both Jewish and non-Jewish, such as the Jewish nation as a whole,[1] as well as the priests (Hebrewkohanim) of Baal (2 Kings 10:19).

The Hebrew noun kohen is most often translated as “priest”, whether Jewish or pagan, such as the priests of Baal or Dagon, though Christian priests are referred to in Hebrew by the term komer (Hebrew כומר). The word derives from a Semitic root common, at minimum, to the Central Semitic languages; the cognateArabic wordكاهنkāhin means “soothsayer, augur, or priest“.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohen

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RESPONSE TO KRS-1

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First of all let me say that I am a fan and I like edutainment and I still bump that shit as I drive down the road in my little white Toyota yaris with my Shiva decal and my om namah shivayah tattoo.  Having said that I am not going to destroy your argument, annihilation, evisceration, decimation, with my philosophy, philology, ontology, 

We’re robbin’ and killin’, your own medicine you taste 
You built up a race on the concept of violence 
Now in ’90 you want silence 
Well, I want science, not silence but science 
Scientific fact about black 
The board of education acts as if it’s only reality 
Is talking ’bout a Tom, Dick and Harry 
So now you learn your black history is questions and answers 
Every question but the Black Panthers 
Timbuctoo existed when the caveman existed 
Why then isn’t this listed 
Is this because the blackman is the original man 
Or does it mean humanity is African 
I don’t know, but these sciences are hidden 
For some strange reason it’s forbidden 
To talk about, or converse on a political outburst 
I don’t believe that I’m the first 
Or should I say the first one, or the first one that’s done 
Music like I’m still number one 
Music like that or this is the incredible uplift 
Those that oppose get dissed 
But who will oppose the teacher when society’s a wreck 
So check the blackman’s in effect 
Near the Tigris and Euphrates Valleys in Asia 
Lies the Garden of Eden 
Where Adam became a father to humanity 
Now don’t get mad at me 
But according to facts, this seems just fantasy 
Because man, the most ancient man 
Was found thousands of years before Adam began 
And where he was found, again they can’t laugh at ya 
It’s right, dead, smack in Africa 
But due to religious and political power 
We must be denied the facts every hour 
We run to school, tryin’ to get straight A’s 
Let’s take a trip way back in the days 
To the first civilization on Earth, the Egyptians 
Giving birth to science, mathematics and music 
Religion, the list goes on, you choose it 
Egypt was the land of spiritual blessing 
Egypt was the land of facts, not guessing 
People from all over the world had come 
To learn from Egypt, Egypt number one 
So people that believe in Greek philosophy 
Know your facts, Egypt was the monopoly 
Greeks had learned from Egyptian masters 
You might say “Prove it”, well here’s the answers 
640 to 322 b.C. originates Greek philosophy 
But in that era Greece was at war 
With themselves and Persia, what’s more 
Any philosopher at that time was a criminal 
He’d be killed very simple 
This indicates that Greece had no respect 
For science or intellect 
So how the hell you created philosophy 
When you kill philosophers constantly 
The point is that we descend from kings 
Science, art and beautiful things 
African history is the worlds history 
This is the missing link and mystery 
Once we realise they all are African 
White will sit down with black and laugh again 
So judge not least ye might be judged 
By the judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged 
Matthew seven, first verse doesn’t budge 
No man should walk the Earth and sludge 
If you don’t believe, you can go and check 
To see how and where the blackman’s in effect

 

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Now, this point about Greece hating philosophers….. Above is a link to okko Behrands THE SPIRIT OF ROMAN LAW, the foremost expert in the world on the subject.  The augures were a pre Greek Minoan cult.  Their philosophy shaped and still shapes and informs the entire structure of the civilized western world.  They developed the concept of authority, auctoritas, this concept of being under the law and beholding to it.  That is why their is Praxis which became due process and practice.  It is when your philosophy informs your behavior and not the opposite.  In order to speak with authority you have to walk your talk, the high priest is not above the law and does not create the law, like plato suggests he is the philosopher king and he can see into the archetypal causal world of ideas and idols and describe the correct relationship and the correct path.  I refer to it as “equality under reason” and it is the very definition of meritocracy which is the only valid form of government.  To explain the impact this cult had on the western world would be impossible, the words that we use to think, our very thought process was created for us and given to us by this cult.  The words that we are using, the mental categories that we have, our concept of justice and truth.  Your brain is not your brain and your thoughts are not your thoughts, your brain was created by this Greek cult.  

Egypt, like all major civilizations, had a large middle class, tradesmen, craftsmen, secret societies, it is the large middle class that moved freely from country to country spreading ideas.  This is how religions spread and philosophies spread.  This is how freemasonry moves about.  You appear to be suggesting that civilization was somehow stolen from black people by white people.  Why is it that people attribute civilization to people that currently don’t have it?  and the people that do have it somehow stole it from the people that don’t have it?  Is being civilized a finite resource and white people are using too much of it?  Are you arguing for the tragedy of the commons in regards to civilized thought? 

“A man will not relay without corruption that which he has not comprehended.”  Manly Palmer Hall

This argument is part of a recurring rhetoric to marginalize the creativity and achievement of white man.  Since the white man had the intellectual apparatus to grasp the concepts and philosophies and carry that fire with him does he not own it by being able to comprehend it?  and reproduce it?  Now, if this fire can’t be handed to another without it burning them should it not be held by the person capable of holding it until such a time as the other is ready to receive it?  and should not the one that desires the fire make himself like the one holding the fire so that he also might not get burned by the fire?  Or should I put out my fire so that we are equal and neither of us has fire? 

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On another point, this concept of all of the music on the street being stolen from black people.  The reason people say that is because of jazz, now lets be clear, jazz is a realm of experimentation one goes into to find their unique sound.  When a person experiments to find their sound, does jazz then own that sound?  See Cornel West and i agree on this point and we have come to the same conclusion about jazz.  If a race can own a realm of experimentation that makes no sense.  Is Neil degrasse tyson stealing science because he is using scientific method which was created by white people?  

And to suggest that music and even rap didn’t exist in the white world before the intermarriage of African culture and western culture is ridiculous.  

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and on a final note this concept of a rap battle being a black thing, one of my favorite scenes in literature and my favorite play it Cyrano De Bergerac.  In the first act of the play he composes a sonnet while he is having a duel.  the reason we don’t do this anymore in the west is because of white women.  They like to put our dick in a box and keep it in their closet and only let us take it out and play with it every once in a while.  Steve Martin, my idol, remade this movie and called it Roxanne.  Apparently we share a love of Cyrano de Bergerac.