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  • (Chรถgyam Trungpa Rinpoche) Spirituality

  • is a particular term which actually means

  • a dealing with intuition.

  • In the theistic tradition

  • there is a notion of clinging into a word.

  • A certain act is regarded as

  • displeasing to our divine principles.

  • A certain act is regarded as pleasing for the divine whatever.

  • In the tradition of non-theism, however

  • it is very direct

  • that the case history is not particularly important.

  • What is actually important is here and now.

  • Now is definitely now.

  • We try to experience what is available there, on the spot.

  • There's no point in thinking that a past did exist

  • that we could have now.

  • This is now.

  • This very moment.

  • Nothing mystical, just now, very simple, straight forward.

  • And from that nowness, however

  • arises a sense of intelligence, always

  • that you are constantly interacting with reality

  • one by one, spot by spot, constantly.

  • We actually experience fantastic precision, always.

  • But we are threatened by the now

  • so we jump to the past or the future.

  • Paying attention to the materials that exist in our life

  • all these choices take place all the time

  • but none of them are regarded as bad or good per se.

  • Everything we experience are unconditional experience.

  • They don't come along with a label by saying

  • "This is regarded as bad" or "This is good".

  • We experience them but we don't actually pay heed to them properly.

  • We don't actually regard that as we are going somewhere.

  • We regard that as a hassle

  • waiting to be dead.

  • [Echoed: waiting to be dead]

  • That's a problem. And that is not trusting the nowness properly

  • that what is actually experienced now

  • possesses a lot of powerful things.

  • It is so powerful

  • that we can't face it.

  • Therefore, we have to borrow from the past, invite the future, all the time

  • and maybe that's why we seek religion.

  • Maybe that's why we march in the street.

  • Maybe that's why we complain to society.

  • Maybe that's why we vote for the presidents.

  • It is quite ironical and very funny, indeed.

  • ZEITGEIST

  • (J. Maxwell) The more you begin to investigate

  • what we think we understand, where we came from

  • what we think we're doing

  • the more you begin to see we've been lied to.

  • We've been lied to by every institution. What makes you think

  • for one minute, that the religious institution

  • is the only one that's never been touched?

  • The religious institutions of this world are at the bottom of the dirt.

  • The religious institutions in this world are put there

  • by the same people who gave you your government, your corrupt education

  • who set up your international banking cartels.

  • We have been misled away from the true and divine presence

  • in the universe that men have called God.

  • I don't know what God is but I know what He isn't.

  • And unless and until you are prepared to look at the whole truth

  • wherever it may go, whoever it may lead to

  • the more you educate yourself, the more you understand

  • where things come from, the more obvious things become

  • and you begin to see lies everywhere. You have to know the truth

  • and seek the truth and the truth will set you free.

  • They must find it difficult...

  • Those who have taken authority as the truth

  • rather than truth as the authority.

  • G. Massey, Egyptologist

  • (G. Carlin) Because I have to tell you the truth, folks.

  • When it comes to bullshit

  • big time, major league bullshit

  • you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises

  • and exaggerated claims: religion!

  • Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people

  • that there's an invisible man living in the sky

  • who watches everything you do, every minute of every day.

  • And the invisible man has a special list of ten things

  • he does not want you to do.

  • And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place

  • full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish

  • where He will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke

  • and scream and cry forever and ever until the end of time!

  • But He loves you.

  • [Laughter and applause]

  • He loves you.

  • He loves you and He needs money!

  • He always needs money!

  • He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise;

  • somehow, just can't handle money!

  • Religion takes in billions of dollars

  • they pay no taxes and they always need a little more.

  • Now, you talk about a good bullshit story.

  • Holy shit!

  • PART I:

  • The Greatest Story Ever Told

  • (P. Joseph) This is the sun.

  • As far back as 10,000 BC

  • history is abundant with carvings and writings reflecting people's respect

  • and adoration for this object.

  • And it is simple to understand why, as every morning

  • the sun would rise, bringing vision, warmth and security

  • saving man from the cold, blind, predator-filled darkness of night.

  • Without it, the cultures understood, the crops would not grow

  • and life on the planet would not survive.

  • These realities made the sun the most adored object of all time.

  • Likewise, they were also very aware of the stars.

  • The tracking of the stars allowed them to recognize and anticipate events

  • which occurred over long periods of time

  • such as eclipses and full moons.

  • They in turn cataloged celestial groups

  • into what we know today as constellations.

  • This is the cross of the Zodiac

  • one of the oldest conceptual images in human history.

  • It reflects the sun as it figuratively passes

  • through the 12 major constellations over the course of a year.

  • It also reflects the 12 months of the year, the four seasons

  • and the solstices and equinoxes.

  • The term Zodiac relates to the fact that constellations

  • were anthropomorphized or personified as figures or animals.

  • In other words, the early civilizations did not just follow the sun and stars

  • they personified them with elaborate myths

  • involving their movements and relationships.

  • The sun, with its life-giving and saving qualities

  • was personified as a representative of the unseen creator or God.

  • God's Sun: the Light of the world, the Savior of human kind.

  • Likewise, the 12 constellations represented places of travel for God's Sun

  • and were identified by names, usually representing elements of nature

  • that happened during that period of time.

  • For example, Aquarius the water bearer, who brings the spring rains.

  • This is Horus. He is the Sun God of Egypt of around 3000 BC.

  • He is the sun, anthropomorphized and his life

  • is a series of allegorical myths involving the sun's movement in the sky.

  • From the ancient hieroglyphics in Egypt

  • we know much about this solar messiah.

  • For instance, Horus, being the sun or the light

  • had an enemy known as Set who was the personification

  • of the darkness or night

  • and metaphorically speaking, every morning

  • Horus would win the battle against Set, while in the evening

  • Set would conquer Horus and send him into the underworld.

  • It is important to note that 'dark vs. light' or 'good vs. evil'

  • is one of the most ubiquitous mythological dualities ever known

  • and is still expressed on many levels to this day.

  • Broadly speaking, the story of Horus is as follows:

  • Horus was born on December 25th of the Virgin Isis - Mary

  • His birth was accompanied by a star in the east

  • and upon his birth he was adored by three kings.

  • At the age of 12, he was a prodigal child teacher.

  • At the age of 30 he was baptized by a figure known as Anup

  • and thus began his ministry. Horus had 12 disciples he traveled about with

  • performing miracles such as healing the sick and walking on water.

  • Horus was known by many gestural names such as The Truth

  • The Light, God's Anointed Son, The Good Shepherd

  • The Lamb of God and many others.

  • After being betrayed by Typhon, Horus was crucified

  • buried for 3 days and thus, resurrected.

  • These attributes of Horus, whether original or not

  • seem to permeate in many cultures of the world for many other gods

  • are found to have the same general mythological structure.

  • Attis of Phrygia, born of the Virgin Nana on December 25th

  • crucified, placed in a tomb and after three days, was resurrected.

  • Krishna of India, born of the Virgin Devaki

  • with a star in the east signaling his coming.

  • He performed miracles with his disciples and upon his death

  • was resurrected.

  • Dionysus of Greece, born of a virgin on December 25th

  • was a traveling teacher who performed miracles such as turning water into wine.

  • He was referred to as The King of Kings, God's only begotten son

  • the Alpha and Omega and many others. Upon his death

  • he was resurrected.

  • Mithra of Persia, born of a virgin on December 25th

  • had 12 disciples and performed miracles

  • upon his death was buried for 3 days and thus resurrected.

  • He was also referred to as the truth, the light and many others.

  • Interestingly, the sacred day of worship of Mithra was Sunday.

  • The fact of the matter is there are numerous saviors

  • from different periods from all over the world

  • which subscribe to these general characteristics.

  • The question remains: why these attributes?

  • Why the virgin birth on December 25th?

  • Why dead for 3 days and the inevitable resurrection?

  • Why 12 disciples or followers?

  • To find out, let's examine the most recent of the solar messiahs.

  • Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary on December 25th in Bethlehem.

  • His birth was announced by a star in the east which Three Kings or Magi

  • followed to locate and adore the new savior.

  • He was a child teacher at 12. At the age of 30 he was baptized

  • by John the Baptist and thus began his ministry.

  • Jesus had 12 disciples which he traveled about with performing miracles

  • such as healing the sick, walking on water, raising the dead.

  • He was also known as the King of Kings, the Son of God, the Light of the World

  • the Alpha and Omega, the Lamb of God and many others.

  • After being betrayed by his disciple Judas and sold

  • for 30 pieces of silver, he was crucified, placed in a tomb

  • and after 3 days was resurrected and ascended into heaven.

  • First of all, the birth sequence is completely astrological.

  • The star in the east is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky

  • which on December 24th aligns with the 3 brightest stars in Orion's belt.

  • These 3 bright stars in the Orion's belt are called today

  • what they were called in ancient times 'The Three Kings'.

  • And the Three Kings and the brightest star, Sirius

  • all point to the place of the sunrise on December 25th.

  • This is why the Three Kings follow the star in the east

  • in order to locate the sunrise, the birth of the Sun.

  • The Virgin Mary is the constellation Virgo also known as Virgo the Virgin.

  • Virgo in Latin means Virgin.

  • Virgo was also referred to as the House of Bread

  • and the representation of Virgo is a virgin holding a sheaf of wheat.

  • This house of bread and its symbol of wheat

  • represents August and September, the time of harvest.

  • In turn, Bethlehem literally translates to "house of bread".

  • Bethlehem is thus a reference to the constellation Virgo

  • a place in the sky, not on earth.

  • There's another very interesting phenomenon

  • that occurs around December 25th or the winter solstice.

  • From the summer solstice to the winter solstice

  • the days become shorter and colder.

  • And from the perspective of the northern hemisphere

  • the Sun appears to move south and gets smaller and more scarce.

  • The shortening of the days and expiration of the crops

  • when approaching the winter solstice symbolized the process of death

  • to the ancients. It was the death of the Sun.

  • And by December 22nd the Sun's demise was fully realized.

  • For the Sun having moved south continually for six months

  • makes it to its lowest point in the sky.

  • Here a curious thing occurs:

  • The Sun stops moving south, at least perceivably, for three days.

  • And during this three day pause, the Sun resides in the vicinity

  • of the Southern Cross, or Crux constellation.

  • And after this time on December 25th

  • the Sun moves one degree, this time north

  • foreshadowing longer days, warmth and spring.

  • And thus it was said: The Son died on a cross

  • was dead for three days, only to be resurrected or born again.

  • This is why Jesus and numerous other Sun gods

  • share the crucifixion, three-day death and resurrection concept.

  • It is the Sun's transition period before it shifts its direction back

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