Hey peeps. So watching the responses to @sam-keeper ‘s thread on how we treat fan creators (which, hearteningly, most people seem to agree with), I noticed Hussie and Homestuck being set apart from the others due to Hussie’s reputation.
I’m not super interested in discussing that. But among the details people cited, between the confused, misinformed history revisions and the outright made up stuff, there were people making pretty understandable and correct critique points.
One that stood out was the focus on Trickster Mode, and how Hussie seemingly mocked his progressive audience with the “Caucasian” joke, way back in the day.
And while I don’t think Hussie’s handling of race was perfect, I do think that joke was legitimately well-earned in the narrative, and that it wasn’t really understood. In my view. This isn’t a defense of Homestuck on racial terms in it’s entirety–I think mistakes were made at some points, for sure. But it is an alternate reading of the Caucasian joke that I think is actually pretty good and funny.
In the context of Homestuck, Trickster mode as a joke sides quite definitely with progressives, in fascinating ways that tie into Homestuck’s own consistent Gnostic logic.
I wanted to advance that reading and present a case for it here. Hopefully it’ll move you and you’ll find yourself enjoying the comic even more. Even if it doesn’t and you find you disagree, well…to spur on any conversation about the comic on this front at all would be just, dare I say it?
Curious to hear from you all. Gonna post stuff on Jane pretty soon too, and I am still working on that next video. For now,
God As Mother — The Feminine Divine in the World Scriptures and Spiritual Classics
As one whom his mother comforts,
so will I comfort you;
You shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
(Hebrew Bible, Isaiah 66.13)
Wisdom (Sophia) cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice…
(Book of Proverbs, 1:20, Hebrew Bible)
Just now my mother, the Holy Spirit, took me by one of my hairs and brought me to Tabor, the great mountain.
(Jesus in, The Gospel of the Hebrews. Note: “ruach” is a Hebrew word for spirit and is feminine)
I rested on the Spirit of the Lord, and She lifted me up to heaven. (Odes of Solomon, 36: 1, James Charlesworth translation, Jewish Christian psalms)
A cup of milk was offered to me, and I drank it in the sweetness of
the Lord’s kindness.
The Son is the cup, and the Father is He who was milked; and the Holy
Spirit is She who milked Him;
Because His breasts were full, and it was undesirable that His milk
should be ineffectually released.
The Holy Spirit opened Her bosom, and mixed the milk of the two
breasts of the Father.
Then She gave the mixture to the generation without their knowing,
and those who have received it are in the perfection of the right
The womb of the Virgin took it, and she received conception and gave
So the Virgin became a mother with great mercies.
And she labored and bore the Son but without pain, because it did not
occur without purpose.
And she did not require a midwife, because He caused her to give life.
(Odes of Solomon, 19: 1–9, James Charlesworth translation, Jewish Christian psalms)
Three powers came forth from him; they are the Father, the Mother, (and) the Son, from the living silence, what came forth from the incorruptible Father. These came forth from the silence of the unknown Father.
(Gospel of the Egyptians, Gnostic Gospel, Nag Hammadi Library)
Behold, I have revealed to you the name of the Perfect One, the whole will of the Mother of the Holy Angels, that the masculine multitude may be completed here, that there might appear in the aeons, the infinities and those that came to be in the untraceable wealth of the Great Invisible Spirit….
(The Book of the Sophia of Jesus Christ, Gnostic Gospel, Nag Hammadi Library)
For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one
and many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband.
I am the midwife and she who does not bear.
I am the solace of my labor pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
and it is my husband who begot me.
I am the mother of my father
and the sister of my husband
and he is my offspring.
I am the slave of him who prepared me.
I am the ruler of my offspring.
But he is the one who begot me before the time on a birthday.
And he is my offspring in (due) time,
and my power is from him.
I am the staff of his power in his youth,
and he is the rod of my old age.
And whatever he wills happens to me.
I am the silence that is incomprehensible
and the idea whose remembrance is frequent.
I am the voice whose sound is manifold
and the word whose appearance is multiple.
I am the utterance of my name……..
I am the hearing that is attainable to everything;
I am the speech that cannot be grasped.
I am the name of the sound
and the sound of the name.
(Thunder, Perfect Mind, Gnostic Gospel, Nag Hammadi Library)
The Radhasoami Faith recognizes three Grand Personages and a sincere and affectionate disciple the fourth, namely,
1. The Supreme Father,
2. The Supreme Mother or Original Spirit or Word Current emanating from the Supreme Father,
3. The Supreme Son or Sant Sat Guru, the representative of the Supreme Father in human form.
4. The disciple or the son or human spirit.
(“Radhasoami Mat Prakash” by Huzur Maharaj Rai Salig Ram, Sant Mat and Radhasoami, India)
I am Father and Mother of the world.
Bhagavad Gita 9.17, Hindu)
I’m Thy child O Thou, my Father and Mother!
(Adi Granth, Sikh and Sant Mat)
Thou art Father, Mother, Friend, Brother.
With Thee as succorer in all places, what fear have I?
(Adi Granth, Sikh and Sant Mat)
That breast of Thine which is inexhaustible, health-giving, by which Thou nursest all that is noble, containing treasure, bearing wealth, bestowed freely; lay that bare, Sarasvati [divine Mother], for our nurture.
(Rig Veda 1.164.49, Hinduism)
Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science)
Mother Earth have pity on us and give us food to eat! Father, the Sun, bless all our children and may our paths be straight!
(Native American Religions. Blackfoot Prayer)
O Mother of Imupa, advocate for the whole [feminine] world!
What a remarkable Mother I have!
O Mother, a pillar, a refuge!
O Mother, to whom all prostrate in greeting
Before one enters her habitation!
I am justly proud of my Mother.
O Mother who arrives,
Who arrives majestic and offers water to all!
(African Traditional Religions. Yoruba Prayer, Nigeria)
The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the Doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which sprang Heaven and Earth.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.
(Tao Te Ching 6, Taoism)
Divine Mother, with the language of my soul I demand realization of Thy presence. Thou art the essence of everything. Make me see Thee in every fiber of my being, in every wisp of thought. Awaken my heart!
Divine Mother, open wide the bud of my devotion and release its fragrance, that it may spread from my soul to the souls of all others, ever whispering of Thee.
Divine Mother, I have heard Thy voice whispering in the fragrance of the rose. I touched Thy tenderness in the softness of the lily. In the whispers of my devotion, it was Thy love that answered.
In the temple of my earthly mother’s love I will worship the incarnated love of the Divine Mother.
Cosmic Mother, take this darkness away! When I sit with eyes closed, enveloped in self-created shadows, cause Thou to blaze upon me in splendor the aurora of intuition.
In the hall of creation, 0 Divine Mother, everywhere I hear the rhythm of Thy foot-steps, dancing wildly in the booming thunder and softly in the song of atoms.
I laugh at all fears, for my Father-Mother, beloved God, is attentively awake and present everywhere with the deliberate purpose of protecting me from the temptations of evil.
(verses from, Metaphysical Meditations, by Paramhansa Yogananda, SRF Books)
The thundering resonance of the Word
has liberated me while living -
Now I am entitled to serve the Lord!
How can I ever repay you, 0 my benefactor?
You are my Mother, you are my Father,
you are my generous Lord.
TO YOU the Lord we pray.
Soul and body are your gifts to us.
You are the Mother, and the Father,
We are your children,
With your grace,
There are countless blessings.
(Guru Arjan, Adi Granth, Sukhmani Sahib)
With hands joined in prayer
I beseech you, Radhasoami,
to listen to my supplication.
You are the true Lord, my benevolent Master!
You are Father, you are Mother,
you are the Creator of all beings.
Be merciful to me, accept me
and set me free from the snare of Kal.
(Swami Ji Maharaj, Sar Bachan Poetry)
Thou art my beloved Mother,
Thou art my only shelter;
I long for Thee,
I await Thy arrival, 0 Lord.
Thou alone art my Father,
Thou alone my loving Son,
Thou art my closest Friend and Relative.
My heart and my soul I lay
At Thy lotus feet, 0 Lord.
The whole creation without Thee,
Says Tuka is a barren desert.
(Sant Tukarama, Gatha. 2607)
Thou art our kind and affectionate Mother, O God, and bearest all our burdens. We know no fear, nor any anxiety……I cannot know the night from day, and the unceasing illumination exists at all times.
Thou art our merciful Mother, O Vitthala, a shadow to thy suppliant; the milk of love ever flows in thy breast, thy sight is pure and sweet as nectar. O Mother Vitthala is like a cool shadow; her breast is ever filled with love; seated in her lap I shall seek her bosom and drink as much as I desire. 0 yield the milk of thy mercy and nourish my frame; a stream of nectar flows from thee. My spirit cannot contain this joy; what is the whole sea compared to it?
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‘As I mentioned before, the word “occult” simply means “hidden,” and the word “esoteric” means “inner” (its opposite is “exoteric,” the outer appearance of things). These definitions must always be kept in mind by those approaching literature of this kind. The really great occultists, and I think Chumbley belongs in this category, write passages like Russian matryoshka dolls. If you look at the surface of what is written, you are missing what is hidden inside. You need to dig, dig again, and then dig some more. The reasoning behind this sort of thing is not merely to encode it–something that was desperately necessary in the centuries when the Church had the power to execute those who questioned its doctrines–nor to keep it from the eyes of the ‘profane.‘ The fact is occultists are often trying to communicate something incommunicable, or more to the point, something that the reader must seek for himself. Once more, the world of magic is a mirror, and in digging through layers of a passage like this, the reader is looking deeper and deeper into himself. You cannot simply be “told” any meaningful secret…it has to be discovered and earned. My purpose is unpacking this 300-word passage of Chumbley’s is not only to illuminate his philosophy, but to demonstrate to the reader the intricacy of this kind of work.
And so Chumbley has given us a recycled version of the myth of Lucifer, simultaneously drawing us deeper and earlier to the Hebrew “fallen angel” myth that precedes the Christian retelling. In doing so, he has tipped his Gnostic hand. There are at least two deeper levels ahead, but we need to stop a minute and consider the meaning of what we have already discovered. We need to dwell on “Gnostic” for a bit.
“Gnosticism” is an umbrella term for hundreds of sects, but what they all share is an approach to truth if not the same conclusions on what the “truth” is. The Indian subcontinent, which gave rise to some of the richest philosophical and religious traditions in the world, often employs the word yoga when discussing spiritual practices. This is not merely stretching and breathing exercises; in India it is synonymous with “religion.“ In fact, the word yoga is connected to the English “yoke,” both Sanskrit and English being descendants of a common Indo-European tongue. They both mean the same thing; something that “joins” two things together. This is exactly the meaning of “religion,” from the Latin re ligio (to bind two things together; “ligature” comes from the same source).
India recognizes many types of yoga, or religious approaches, three of the most common being bhakti yoga (joining yourself to the divine through love and faith), karma yoga (joining yourself to the divine through good works and proper conduct), and jnaya yoga (joining yourself to the divine through knowledge and direct experience). Historically, the Christian Church in the west decided early on that bhakti was the official method of coming to God, with karma running second. But Christianity has always been uncomfortable with “knowledge,” a word again linguistically related to both the Sanskrit jnaya and the Greek gnosis through those same Indo-European roots. It is a matter of historical record that the Church tried relentlessly to eradicate any knowledge that contradicted its teachings–the Renaissance only could occur after prolonged contact with Islamic civilization, which had preserved classical writings instead of destroying them. The church discouraged seeking direct knowledge of the divine in favor of serving as the sanctioned intermediary between man and God. The Gnostics, as their name implies, rebelled against this. What joins all the various Gnostic sects is the doctrine of initiation, of discovery, of knowledge and personal experience as the road to truth.
We cannot blame the Church entirely for its discomfort with knowledge…it inherited this from the Hebrew priesthood it is modeled upon. In retrospect it was probably Islam’s lack of an institutionalized religious authority that left it more open to knowledge; there was no Islamic church or temple that needed a monopoly on knowledge to justify is existence. Twice in the Hebrew myths connected to this passage we have seen God frown upon “leaks” in heaven’s knowledge monopoly. First in the passage’s reference to Eden and the serpent (the fall of Man caused by eating the fruit of knowledge) and second in its reference to the fall of the Watchers in 1 Enoch (damned for teaching the arts and sciences to men). Ironically, the Church seems to have inherited its “we have all the answers” mentality from the very priesthood that Christ accused of not having all the answers. But the Gnostics were having none of it, and Chumbley is throwing his lot in with theirs.
Which brings us to the part where we must lift the next veil.
Who the heck are these “Elder Gods” Chumbley is talking about?
While many readers are familiar with the story of Lucifer and that of the serpent in Eden, and careful readers of the Bible are aware of the Watchers and their dalliance with the daughters of men, this notion of gods existing before (G)od probably comes out of nowhere to them. Well buckle those seat-belts gentle reader, this is where the real fun begins.
Let’s start with the most obvious. I cannot say with absolute certainty, but I would be more than willing to wager, that Chumbley is sneaking in a reference to H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional brood here. Lovecraft–who was himself a materialist and atheist–wrote weird fiction and horror tales that often included the “Old Ones” or “Elder Gods.“ These were vast and incomprehensible alien beings who reigned over the cosmos long before man evolved, and fell into decline before the first human civilizations appeared. Now they are somehow locked “outside” of our universe, and much of his fiction deals with them trying to get back in. These Elder Gods were purely fictitious, but–as we shall see–reflective of genuine mythological beings. More importantly, they found their way into occultism around the mid-20th century. Anton LaVey–who like modern Chaos Magicians viewed belief as a tool and all gods as symbols–published two rituals dedicated to these Elder Gods. Several other occultists, most notably the anonymous “Simon” and more recently Donald Tyson, have published their own versions of the Necronomicon, a book Lovecraft invented detailing these Old Ones. But the reason I am quite comfortable in linking Chumbley with them is that Chumbley was a member of Kenneth Grant’s British offshoot of Aleister Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis from 1993-1999. While Grant is a fascinating figure in his own right, what matters here is that he wrote extensively about Lovecraft’s prehistoric gods and included them in his magical teachings. I have no doubt this is how Chumbley comes to incorporate them.
Am I telling you that Chumbley is now talking about fictional entities in his occult teachings? Yes, and no. We need to remember the mask and the mirror, the lies that point to truth. I spoke at length in my article on Qutub on the Qabalistic concept of zero, of nothingness, and the true nature of God (ultimate reality). Basically, the “real” God is by definition ineffable and incomprehensible. Anything less and it could not be God. Yahweh, like all gods, is a human invention, an attempt for the sake of convenience to put a face and a name to that which is nameless and faceless. Yahweh is thus no more real than Lovecraft’s gods; but God being omniversal, these gods can tell us something true about God’s nature just as surely as Yawheh can. In fact, from the Gnostic point of view, the Elder Gods are closer to an accurate conception of God than Yawheh is because Lovecraft’s deities are themselves incomprehensible. By being outside our ability to understand, the Elder Gods are more reflective of real ultimate reality. Further, the Gnostics believed that the “true” God existed outside of the universe, something we touched on in talking about the Azoetia. For them, the universe was far too imperfect to be the handiwork of a perfect being, and thus ascribed Creation to the “Demiurge,” a manifestation of the true God with delusions of grandeur. In their conception, this tyrannical God manufactures the universe and traps humanity within it. Having fashioned the cosmos and shut himself away from the True God, the Demiurge becomes the “jealous” god of the Old Testament, convincing himself he is the one and only god and setting himself up as a despot. The Gnostic path was to escape our prison and return to the True God outside of it. Chumbley is clearly merging Lovecraft’s extra-dimensional deities with the Gnostic one.
Again, he has a sound reason for doing this, but before we get there a moment must be taken to scratch our heads over his cryptic “Those who are without number and yet are numbered as Eight.” The first half should be easy to understand by now; without number is 0, the Qabalistic conception of nothingness. The Eight is a bit more problematic. I will submit three points for your consideration.
It is possible that Chumbley is taking a page from Crowley’s play book, and that this “Eight” is a sly reference to the “infinity” symbol (an 8 on its side). Those who are without number and yet are infinite.
It is possible that Chumbley is nodding his head towards Chaos Magicians, another group he had close contact with (having written for the journal Chaos International). Without getting distracted now–I plan on talking about Chaos Magic in a future entry–it is enough to say now that this school uses Chaos as a way to describe the same idea as the Qabalistic Zero, and that the unofficial but widely used Chaos symbol is an eight-pointed star. We will come back to Chaos at the close of this entry, so keep it in mind.
Or it could be that he means the Qabalistic “Eight.“ Qabalah is another topic that demands an essay (or a hundred essays) unto itself, but to summarize here Qabalah ascribes symbolic meaning to numbers, especially the first ten, which form spheres of experience on a diagram called The Tree of Life. We have already discussed the meaning of zero, but to fully grasp what Chumbley is telling us we need to breeze through the next ten. I will use a model created by Aleister Crowley, the elegant and succinct “Naples Arrangement,” to summarize for you.
After the infinite, indescribable perfection of Qabalistic nothingness, we arrive at One. This is the mathematical point, or Qutub, again. It is the “I” and the “eye,” a mystery we will save for later. The point is the first manifestation of nothingness, positive yet undefinable. It has position but nothing else. It is the number of the Demiurge, the god who thinks it is the first to exist and the source for the rest of the universe (ie numbers). “With the conception of the Universe was the Beginning and the Fall of the One, the One that men have named falsely,“ Chumbley tells us. One thinks it is the first, but Nothing was before it.
"At the side of the One there was the Secret One, the Angel Most High, Emissary of the Elder Gods." Here is the number Two, who Chumbley identifies with the Elder Gods (Zero). Why? The answer again is Crowley, who attempted to reconcile the old mystical question of whether the universe was dualistic, monistic, or nihilistic with an elegant equation. The "dualistic” universe is that wherein God creates the universe but stands outside of it. The monistic universe, most famously seen in the Indian Advaita Vedanta school, postulates that “all is One” and separateness is illusion. The nihilistic school is typified by early Buddhism, and says the nature of the universe is nothingness. This is also the Qablastic position. Crowley stood forward and said “2=0,” that the universe appears dualistic and is simultaneously nihilistic. In short, if all the pairs of opposites in the cosmos are viewed from a distance, everything vanishes into zero. Observer and observed, hot and cold, light and dark…all of the positive “n” plus the negative “n” balance out to 0 (n + -n = 0). It was a cornerstone of his system of Thelema. “One” is leap-frogged over because it is not as perfect as Zero and cannot be defined without Two; “…position does not mean anything at all unless there is something else, some other position with which it can be compared. One has to describe it. The only way to do this is to have another Point, and that means one must invent the number Two…" Here then is Chumbley’s Angel Most High, the number Two that is secretly the true manifestation of Zero and the "Secret One” that the One needs to even exist.
Then comes Three, a number that is necessary for the universe to begin. Two points makes a line, but we cannot even say how long that line is without a third coordinate to measure it. Three gives us the first geometric shape, the Triangle (the circle belongs to Zero), it gives us the synthesis that reconciles thesis and antithesis. It is the child of the Mother and Father.
Four is the manifestation of Matter, a point defined by three coordinates, the birth of the Third Dimension. The first Pythagorean solid, the three sided pyramid, now is possible. Five introduces Motion, and therefore “time." Six is said to be where the Point becomes conscious, able to define itself by position, direction, and form. Now the next three are forms of experience drawn from Indian philosophy, Ananda, Chit, and Sat. These are the things the conscious and manifested point experiences on its journey. Ananda is "bliss” or “sensation,” and is associated with Seven. Sat is “being,” the awareness of existence. That is number 9. But the number 8, which I skipped over briefly, is “Knowledge." And this brings us back to Chumbley’s "Those who are without number and yet are numbered as Eight” and the third possibility.
Knowledge is the union of two points. One point-event experiences another when they collide. If it helps, think of “knowledge” in the Biblical sense. But this is 2=0 again. In knowing each other, two points become one and difference is erased. The third possibility is a very Gnostic one, and ties up our entire discussion neatly. The Eight could be Chaos, it could be Infinity or it could be Knowledge, all of which are expressions of the Qabalistic Zero or how to attain the ultimate reality of the Qabalistic Zero. My suspicion is that it is simultaneously all three.’
(Left) The Dragon-Book of Essex, by Andrew D. Chumbley - Pub 2014.
(Right) Twin-Lions Azoëtia, Sethos edition, by Andrew D. Chumbley - Pub 2003.
I focus little on the Divine Masculine in comparison to the Divine Feminine, as my soul feels called to restore reverence of God in feminine form, after that side of Her has been shunned and repressed for so long. Also as, being a cis lesbian female, I feel I resonate more with seeing God in her female majesty.
But still, now and then, I take a moment to sit and remember God in male images without the toxic masculinity the world has sadly become familiar with.
I remember my Lord Yeshua, whose divine Christ spirit was androgynous, still became incarnate in a male body. A man who stood up for justice and peace, who defended women and the poor and mentally ill, who was full of courage and wisdom. Which of these qualities were masculine and which were feminine? For me the answer is neither. They are qualities of divine humanity; the best of what we are capable of becoming - be we male or female or neither.
The same goes for Lord Buddha and Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The same for female Light Bearers from the Magdalene to White Tara.
I remember God as Father, not the cruel arbiter of blind faith, but the source of all love and goodness. Almost every book on the ‘Sacred Feminine in Christianity’ speaks of the idea that the Mother is all gentleness, warmth and nurture while the Father is strength, intelligence and distance. But the Father is as soft and nurturing to me as the Mother is intelligent and powerful. Putting these ‘traditional gender’ qualities to God feels incredibly limiting to Them, let alone what it does to us humans who are told from before we can walk that 'boys wear blue and play with trucks and girls wear pink and play with dolls’.
Well I’m here to say that Mother God wears a blue crown and wields Her flaming sword, while Father God wears a pink sweater as He sings His baby to sleep. Get over it.
THOUGH UNMANIFEST GOD IS MOST MANIFEST
OF HERMES TO HIS SON TAT
I will recount for thee this sermon (logos) too, O Tat, that thou may’st cease to be without the mysteries of the God beyond all name. And mark thou well how That which to the many seems unmanifest, will grow most manifest for thee.
Now were It manifest, It would not be. For all that is made manifest is subject to becoming, for it hath been made manifest. But the Unmanifest for ever is, for It doth not desire to be made manifest. It ever is, and maketh manifest all other things.
I believe in the Heavenly Mother; Barbelo Sophia, All-Manifest, All-seen, Ageless and Eternal. The Virginal and Ineffable Womb of the Universe, Our Queen of Heaven and Mother of the Aeons, Who proceeded Herself from the reflection of the Unknown God, And brought forth with Her Grace; the Child of the Light.
I believe in the Holy Daughter; Zoe Sophia, The Mother’s gift of Life to all Creation, The Saviour of Wisdom who was made incarnate; the Magdalene, Who in the world of the great invisible God, Arose to break the chains of ignorance and corruption, And restore us to the fullness of the Perfect One.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; Pistis Sophia, The essence of the Mother and the soul of the Daughter, Our ever-present Comforter and Consoler, She who unites all souls of matter and guides them to the truth, Who whispers the law of love and peace into our hearts, And has promised to remain as our companion until the end.
I seek to honour My Lady through works of faith and devotion, By sharing the teachings of the blessed and holy teacher, And above all, through love and compassion to all Her children.
”The most basic thing about Tantra is this – and very radical, revolutionary, rebellious – the basic vision is that the world is not divided into the lower and the higher, but that the world is one piece. The higher and the lower are holding hands. The higher includes the lower, and the lower includes the higher. The higher is hidden in the lower – so the lower has not to be denied, has not to be condemned, has not to be destroyed or killed. The lower has to be transformed. The lower has to be allowed to move upwards… and the lower becomes the higher. There is no unbridgeable gap between the Devil and God – the Devil is carrying God deep down in his heart. Once that heart starts functioning, the Devil becomes God. That is the reason why the very root of the word’devil’ means the same as’divine’. The word’devil’ comes from’divine’; it is the Divine not yet evolved, that’s all. Not that the Devil is against the Divine, not that the Devil is trying to destroy the Divine – in fact, the Devil is trying to find the Divine. The Devil is on the way towards the Divine; it is not the enemy, it is the seed. The Divine is the tree fully in bloom and the Devil is the seed – but the tree is hidden in the seed. And the seed is not against the tree; in fact, the tree cannot exist if the seed is not there. And the tree is not against the seed – they are in deep friendship, they are together. Poison and nectar are two phases of the same energy, so are life and death – and so is everything: day and night, love and hate, sex and superconsciousness.”
There is an ocean of nectar within you,
which you can drink
just by withdrawing your consciousness inside.
Burn away the world, push your way into the inner sky
and recognize the palace by inner signs.
Enshrine the image of the Master in your heart –
why degrade yourself wandering around
in the company of the mind?
Keep listening to the never-ending melody of Shabd
and the Master will accomplish everything for you.
People of the world go crazy
with rituals and superstition –
why should you go along with them?
Take charge of your soul
and keep the company of Saints –
why mix poison with nectar?
Your home, dear soul, is in the inner regions,
so why tie yourself down to the physical?
Quick, rise to the higher planes of consciousness,
so says Radhasoami.
– Soami Ji Maharaj (Shiv Dayal Singh), Sar Bachan Radhasoami Poetry, Agra
In the opening scene of Alien Covenant we see a white room of Peter Weyland’s house or office. A nearly empty
ascetic space with a chair or armchair resembling a throne. It is actually a
very famous piece of furniture by Carlo Bugatti.
interesting thing about it is the fact that a central part of the throne is in
a shape of a circumpunct.
is a symbol of gold in alchemy, a symbol of the sun in astrology and a symbol
of god in Gnosticism. A circumference represents an outer world full of chaos
and uncertainty . A point inside represents the beginning of creation or the
self (C.G. Jung). Our goal as humans is to gather knowledge about ourselves
which means approaching the central point – the perfection.