Monthly Archives: November 2014
The Orphic Egg
You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
“More or less,” I said.
“Are you god?” You asked.
“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”
“My kids… my wife,” you said.
“What about them?”
“Will they be all right?”
“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”
You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”
“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”
“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”
“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”
“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”
You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”
“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”
“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”
“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”
I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.
“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”
“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”
“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”
“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”
“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”
“Where you come from?” You said.
“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”
“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”
“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”
“So what’s the point of it all?”
“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”
“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.
I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”
“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”
“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”
“Just me? What about everyone else?”
“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”
You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”
“All you. Different incarnations of you.”
“Wait. I’m everyone!?”
“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
“I’m every human being who ever lived?”
“Or who will ever live, yes.”
“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”
“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.
“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.
“And you’re the millions he killed.”
“And you’re everyone who followed him.”
You fell silent.
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
You thought for a long time.
“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”
“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”
“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”
“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”
“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”
“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”
And I sent you on your way
SOURCE: Atum KingPin Evans – https://www.facebook.com/adam.is.king
Ancient Mysticism: Votive plaque depicting elements of the Eleusinian Mysteries, discovered in the sanctuary at Eleusis (mid-4th century BC).
Always wanting to make sure I give credit due:
I am truly honored you have linked to my “Persephone”. This piece was a labor of love, and took quiet contemplation to write after studying the mythological aspects of our seasons. Thank you, most kindly. O’Prunty
Rome| An Italian expert studying a first century document written by the Roman historian Marcus Velleius Paterculus that was recently discovered in the archives of the Vatican, found what is presumed to be the first eyewitness account ever recorded of a miracle of Jesus Christ. The author describes a scene that he allegedly witnessed, in which a prophet and teacher that he names Iēsous de Nazarenus, resuscitated a stillborn boy and handed him back to his mother.
Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was hired by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort, analyze and classify some 6,000 ancient documents that had been uncovered in the gigantic archive vaults. He was already very excited when he noticed that the author of the text was the famous Roman historian Velleius, but he was completely stunned when he realized the nature of the content.
The text as a whole is a narrative of the author’s return journey from Parthia to Rome that occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical style of four sheets of parchment. He describes many different episodes taking place during his trip, like a a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit to a temple in Melitta (modern day Mdina, in Malta).
The part of the text that really caught M. Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in the city of Sebaste (near modern day Nablus, in the West Bank). The author first describes the arrival of a great leader in the town with a group of disciples and followers, causing many of the lower class people from neighbouring villages to gather around them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua haNotzri.
Upon entering town, Jesus would have visited the house of a woman named Elisheba, who had just given birth to a stillborn child. Jesus picked up the dead child and uttered a prayer in Aramaic to the heavens, which unfortunately the author describes as “immensus”, meaning incomprehensible. To the crowd’s surprise and amazement, the baby came back to life almost immediately, crying and squirming like a healthy newborn.
Marcus Velleius Paterculus, being a Roman officer of Campanian origins, seems to perceive Jesus Christ as a great doctor and miracle man, without associating him in any way to the Jewish concept of Messiah.
Many tests and analysis have been realized over the last weeks to determine the authenticity of the manuscript. The composition of the parchment and ink, the literary style and handwriting have all been carefully scrutinized and were considered to be entirely legitimate. The dating analysis also revealed that the sheepskin parchment on which the text is written, does indeed date from the 1st century of this era, more precisely from between 20-45 AD.
This new text from an author known for his reliability, brings a brand new perspective on the life of the historical character that is Jesus of Nazareth. It comes to confirm the Gospels on the facts that he was known for accomplishing miracles and that his sheer presence in a town was enough to attract crowds of people.
A complete and official translation of the document should be made available online in many different languages over the next few weeks, but the impact of the discovery is already felt in the scientific community. Many scholars have already saluted the finding as one of the greatest breakthrough ever realized in the study of the historical life of Jesus, while others have expressed doubts about the conclusions of Professor Perrucci and demand for more tests to be performed by other scientific institutions before drawing any conclusions.
NEWLY-FOUND DOCUMENT HOLDS EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF JESUS PERFORMING MIRACLE
It’s interesting to note that the ordering of society can sometimes be dictated by the prevalent religion and/or denomination that exists in that society. That religious view will often influence the politics of the day and how humankind interrelates with each other. This Morris explains is the politics of Thanksgiving.
On my last birthday my wife gave me a book titled “The New Revelations” by Neal Donald Walsch,This is a continuation of his series of books that are a conversation with God. I had read Walsch’s first four or five books but had lost touch with him lately. I started reading the book when soon BANG! It hit me like a bolt of lightening, we are going about this journey we call life the wrong way. Listen to this:
“Life is a decision conveyer. It conveys to the world the decisions that you’ve made about yourself. It tells people what you’ve decided about who you are, and who they are, and why you are here, and why you think they are here, and what life itself is about.”
“These decisions have greater impact than you could ever guess. They touch people in ways that go far beyond what you might have imagined.”
“Yet it does not begin by trying to change the world. It begins by seeking to change the self. Change the self and your inner world changes. And when your inner world changes, the outer world that you touch changes, little by little. And when the outer world that you touch changes, the world that it touches changes, and the world that it touches. Outward and outward and outward this spreads, like a ripple in a pond.”
“You may think that people do not look to you, but they do. More people than you know. Everyone, in fact, whose life you touch is touched by your example. You are giving them data about life. You are telling them how it is, how things operate, how things are, and they will emulate you, they will copy you, they will take your data into their world and make it a part of their own lives.”
So who will be touched by you? Your family will! Your friends will? Your church members will!! Your co-workers will!! Your neighbors will!!
And this is precisely where we have gotten off track. Let me ask does the external change the internal or does the internal change the external? Does a person change and grow from the inside out or from the outside in? Does the outer world make a better man or does a Man make himself better inside and then change the outside world for the better?
Religions today are out trying to change the world, trying to get noticed by the works they do for others, trying to make a good person by what he does not what he is. If we want to capture the hearts and minds of society then we must first capture our own hearts and minds. We need to turn this whole thing inwards not outwards.
Let me ask you another question. What do we call ourselves as people? I mean the furry animals running around our houses are called dogs or cats. What are we called? That’s right human beings! We are human beings not human doings! A human being is about being human not doing human. Current spirituality is all about doing. It seeks to change the world first with community action and big PR and then hopes some of those good works rub off on the character of others.
But we have the cart before the horse. Spirituality is introspection. It is building the spiritual Temple within.
Theologian Dr. Kenneth Boa said this:
“Being and doing are clearly interrelated, but the biblical order is critical: what we do should flow out of who we are not the other way around. Otherwise our worth and identity are determined by achievements and accomplishments, and when we stop performing, we cease to be valuable. When people answer the question ‘Who are you?’ by what they do, the world has a way of responding, ‘so what have you done lately?’” *(4)
Once again the words of Neale Donald Walsch:
“When what you are doing is a reflection of what you are being, rather than an attempt to create what you wish you were being, you will know that you have produced lasting change in yourself. This is what produces lasting change in the world.”
“Remember what was said earlier. You cannot do peaceful, you can only be peaceful. You cannot do loving, you can only be loving. You cannot do unified, you can only be unified.”
“Seek, then, to shift your state of being. Do not seek first to change the world, seek first to change the self.”
“When you achieve that, your actions will automatically change.”
———-INAGAPE, your message for today
VeggieTales is an American series of children’s computer animated films featuring anthropomorphic vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christianity. The episodes frequently retell Bible stories anachronistically reframed and include humorous references to pop culture. The series was developed by Big Idea Entertainment and is owned by DreamWorks Animation through its subsidiary, Classic Media.
VeggieTales was created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, who also provide many of the voices. Originally released in direct-to-video format, the series debuted on December 21, 1993. From September 9, 2006 to September 7, 2009, VeggieTales appeared on NBC as part of the qubo Saturday morning children’s programmingblock. On November 3, 2012 the show began running on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) as well as its children’s network Smile of a Child, where it currently continues to air episodes (in a repackaged and edited format).
In 2009, Netflix made many VeggieTales videos (in their uncut, original formats) and feature films available via their video streaming service. On March 14, 2014, Netflixannounced a new VeggieTales television show from DreamWorks Animation Television entitled VeggieTales In The House. Big Idea has also published VeggieTalesbooks and music CDs and branded items such as toys, clothing, and garden seeds for vegetables and flowers.
Source: Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VeggieTales
Kickstarter is a great place for people to get their movies, inventions and other cool ideas off of the ground. One of my favorite success stories is the camping stove that can charge your gadgets. But, for every good idea on Kickstarter, there are a bunch that sound pretty crazy. The latest kooky idea I’ve come across is an emoticon Bible. That’s right, someone wants to translate the entire Bible into those tiny smiley face icons that people, especially teenagers, use to text and instant message.
According to the project’s creator, Kamran Kastle, putting together the Bible won’t be cheap. He’s looking to raise $25,000 to fund the project.
In a video posted on the Kickstarter page for the project, Kastle states that he’s trying to make a Bible that’s more accessible to young people by translating it into words – or pictures – they can understand.
In fact, the project’s tagline is “One of the oldest books translated into one of the newest languages – Emoticons.” That’s a noble goal, but I don’t think it’s going to catch on.
Sadly for Kastle, this project looks like it’s dead in the water. With just under two weeks left to raise funds, he’s only picked up $28 in donations. That’s a far cry from the $25,000 he’s seeking.
It’ll be difficult for the project to raise the money needed to succeed in the time it has left, but crazier things have happened on Kickstarter. Remember the guy who raised over $50,000 just to make potato salad?
Still, I just don’t think too many people are going to invest their hard-earned money in this. It just looks too goofy.
Making the Bible more accessible for young people isn’t a terrible idea, but I think Kastle is going about it all wrong. His project is just a little too out there for most people. But, that doesn’t mean all Bible projects on Kickstarter are doomed to fail. Click here to see a great project that ended up raising over $1 million dollars to create a Bible that’s easier to read.
Source: Kickstarter (1)
WILL YOU TRANSLATE THE ENTIRE BIBLE INTO EMOTICONS?
WILL YOU INCLUDE THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN YOUR BOOK?
Yes. Half of my Book will be the Bible translated into Emoticons and the other half will simply be standard Biblical Text. Every Biblical Verse will be followed by its’ Emoticon equivalent. Readers will be able to go back and forth between standard written text (the Bible) and Images (Emoticons).
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE TORAH?
Torah refers to the 1st 5 books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—also known as the Pentateuch. The Old Testament refers to all 46 Books of the Bible written before Christ, including the first 5 that Jewish people call the Torah.
WHAT WILL KICKSTARTER FUNDS BE USED FOR?
Printing and Shipping the Book.
WHEN WILL YOU SHIP THE BOOKS TO PROJECT BACKERS?
December 1, 2015 – In time for Christmas.
HOW WAS THIS IDEA CONCEIVED?
Kamran Kastle is a Photographer that sees the world in pictures. After attending University of Southern California’s prestigious Film School, he founded ‘A Hollywood Ending Studios’ (ahollywoodending.com) – A Marketing Agency.
Kamran also volunteers his time at a charity that teaches filmmaking to underprivileged schoolchildren – Los Angeles Film Society (losangelesfilmsociety.org). After administering a Movie Screening of “Ben-Hur” (1959) a good number of the inner city students sitting before him expressed never having read the Bible. Naturally, he asked “How come”? One 16-year-old girl responded, “If I can’t read it on my IPhone, I don’t read it.” Kamran asked, “If I translated the Bible into Emoticons, would you read it?” With a curious smile upon her face, the teenager said, “Yes!” Thus, the inspiration to translate the oldest book into the newest language – Emoticons – was immaculately conceived.
Since I have already started translating the Bible into Emoticons, I do not foresee any challenges. With your help, I hope to translate one of the most influential books of all time into images commonly used for text messaging so that the Smartphone Generation will be encouraged to read it…in addition to everyone else. Kamran Kastle(2)
If you have not visited the website Monastery Greetings, I urge you to do so. I don’t own any interest in this enterprise, but I would like to alert you to the possibility of some nice Christian gifts here. I especially enjoy the Trappist Preserves . But there are books, CDs & DVDs, jewelry, bakery items – like fruitcake, prayer and worship items – even Trappist Ale! How about a Gregorian chant CD? Or maybe a rosary or the Book of Kells? Or an Irish cross? There is even a meditation robe.
Archaeologists discovered three unique mosaics at the Ancient Greek city of Zeugma, in south Turkey, near the borders of Syria.
The ancient city of Zeugma was originally founded as a Greek settlement by Seleucus I Nicator, one of the generals of Alexander the Great, in 300 BC. The population of the city at its peak was approximately 80,000 inhabitants.
Zeugma is 80 percent underwater, after it was flooded with the waters of a nearby artificial lake.
The mosaics, which were recovered in excellent condition, belong to the 2nd century B.C.
The first mosaic depicts the nine Muses in portraits. This mosaic was originally in a large room of a house that archaeologists have named “House of Muses.” In the center of the mosaic is Muse Calliope and she is surrounded by her sisters. According to ancient Greek poet Isiodos, Calliope was the greatest and finest of the nine Muses, the protector of Epic poetry and arts.
The second mosaic depicts Ocean and Tithys. What is really striking about this mosaic is the wonderful and vivid colors used as well as the beauty of the heroes’ faces. Experts say that special glass mosaic pieces have been created for this mosaic alone.
Another, smaller in size mosaic, depicting a young man was also revealed and in very good condition.
Mosaics Revealed at Ancient Greek City of Zeugma in Turkey
The ancient town of Zeugma sits on the banks of the Euphrates River in southeast Turkey. In Greek, Zeugma means bridge. In ancient times, the town was the only point to cross the river between Anatolia and Mesopotamia for hundreds of kilometers. The city was founded by a commander under Alexander the Great around 300 B.C., Seleucus I Nicator, and was invaded and pillaged by Shapur I of the Sassanid Empire in A.D. 256. – http://www.todayszaman.com/national_mayor-of-gaziantep-walks-on-ancient-zeugma-mosaics-in-high-heels_363420.html