The Sibylline Oracles ~ pdf

THE SIBYLLINE ORACLES
TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK INTO ENGLISH BLANK VERSE BY
MILTON S. TERRY

Available to read:  http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/sib/sib.pdf

As the translator notes, this collection should more properly titled ‘the Pseudo-Sibylline Oracles’. The original Sibylline Books were closely-guarded oracular scrolls written by prophetic priestesses (the Sibylls) in the Etruscan and early Roman Era as far back as the 6th Century B.C.E. These books were destroyed, partially in a fire in 83 B.C.E., and finally burned by order of the Roman General Flavius Stilicho (365-408 C.E.)

A Universal Secret Doctrine (The Wisdom Religion) in 12 Parts [parts 1-6]

[Because a woeful ignorance of the historical background of Christianity still prevails in the world at large and because the knowledge of the existence of an immemorial Wisdom Religion has for a long time been lost, two series of collations from H. P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled, bearing on these subjects, have been prepared. The first series, titled “The Wisdom Religion,” will run throughout Vol. 56 of this magazine; and the second, “The Christian Scheme,” will begin with the first issue of vol. 57.
In order to preserve as much as possible H.P.B.’s scholarly treatment of the subjects dealt with, the material collated is necessarily quite lengthy. For the same reason, her footnotes (with the exception of a very few) have been retained. Sources will be given in a footnote at the beginning of each article for the benefit of those who wish to read passages in their original context.–Editors THEOSOPHY]

 

 

 

Part 1 A Universal Secret Doctrine
http://www.wisdomworld.org/additional/christianity/UniversalSecretDoctrin.html

Part 2  The Mysteries I

Part 3  The Mysteries II

Part 4  The Mysteries III

Part 5  The Mysteries IV

Part 6   The Mysteries V

 

 

Pros and Cons for the theory that “Jesus was king of Edessa”

 

Ralph Ellis’ article outlining his theory here:

http://www.edfu-books.com/edessa.html

Tom Verenna’s articles and observations including more comments from Ellis here:

https://tomverenna.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/a-new-theory-that-jesus-was-king-of-edessa-not-so-fast-mr-ellis/

https://tomverenna.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/ralph-ellis-jesus-and-his-myth-of-the-king-jesus-of-edessa/

Updated 6/11/2015 to add this from Gilgamesh42.wordpress.com “Jesus was King Arthur, and a Pharaoh, and King of Edessa–The “Scholarship” of Ralph Ellis”

Audio Interview: John M Allegro ~ “The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Cover-Up?”

Interview with John Allegro from 1984

 

http://www.johnallegro.org/john-m-allegro-the-dead-sea-scrolls-a-cover-up-april-18-1984/1984/04/

 

Related:

 

http://www.johnallegro.org/the-defamation-of-allegro-by-jan-irvin-excerpted-from-astrotheology-shamanism/

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/scrolls_deadsea/deadsea_scrollsdeception/scrollsdeception03.htm

Busting the “Solfeggio Frequencies” Myth – YouTube

Thanks to Transcendental Tones

Uploaded on Oct 24, 2010
There is a lot of misinformation about the healing properties of the so called “Solfeggio Frequencies”: a set of frequencies that are supposed to form a scale. In this post I attempt to explain why I don’t consider these scale to be neither ancient nor magic. I do believe in the existence of sacred, pure tones; but these ones to me are a fake. Read more about truly pure tones on our website: http://transcendentaltones.com/index….

Related:

http://www.roelhollander.eu/en/tuning-frequency/Ancient-Solfeggio-Frequencies/

Darwin, Huxley, the Esalen Institute, 2012 and the Psychedelic Revolutions

http://www.gnosticmedia.com/how-darwin-huxley-and-the-esalen-institute-launched-the-2012-and-psychedelic-revolutions-and-began-one-of-the-largest-mind-control-operations-in-history/

How Darwin, Huxley, and the Esalen Institute launched the 2012 and psychedelic revolutions – and began one of the largest mind control operations in history.

The Demiurge in Valentinianism ~ from the Gnosis.org Library

http://www.gnosis.org/library/valentinus/Demiurge.htm

Introduction

Valentinus founded a school of speculative Christian theology in the second century AD. Because he and his followers drew a distinction between the true God and the creator of the world, they are classified by modern scholars as “Gnostics”. In common with other Gnostics, they believed that the material world was created by a lesser deity which they call the Demiurge (literally “public craftsman”).

However, the Demiurge in Valentinianism is quite different in character from the hostile creator figure familiar from other schools of Gnosticism. In the Sethian school, for example, the Demiurge is a hostile demonic force who creates the material world in order to trap the spiritual elements. In contrast, Valentinians “show a relatively positive attitude towards the craftsman of the world or god of Israel” (Layton 1987). Valentinians insisted that while the Demiurge may be a bit foolish, he certainly could not be considered evil. Instead, he has a role to play in the process of redemption.

The Valentinian teacher Ptolemy strongly criticizes non-Valentinian Gnostics who taught that the Demiurge was evil. In his view, those who view the creator as evil “do not comprehend what was said by the Savior…Only thoughtless people have this idea, people who do not recognize the providence of the creator and so are blind not only the eye of the soul but even in the eye of the body” (Letter to Flora 3:2-6). They are as “completely in error” as orthodox Christians who taught that the Demiurge was the highest God (Letter to Flora 3:2).

In contrast, he and other Valentinians steadfastly maintained that “the creation is not due to a god who corrupts but to one who is just and hates evil” (Letter to Flora 3:6). He carefully distinguished the Demiurge from both God and the Devil. According to Ptolemy, “he is essentially different from these two (God and the Devil) and is between them, he is rightly given the name, Middle” (Letter to Flora 7:4). He is “neither good nor evil and unjust, can properly be called just , since he is the arbitrator of the justice which depends on him” (Letter to Flora 7:5).

In his excellent book on Gnosticism, Giovanni Filoramo (1990) compares the negative portrayal of the Demiurge in the Sethian school with the more positive Valentinian view:

The image of Demiurge usually portrayed in the Sethian texts is negative. Apart from anti-Jewish and anti-Christian polemic there are some internal reasons for this, specifically the function of the psychic (soul) element represented by the Demiurge. This element is not, as for Valentinians and other Christian Gnostics, the seat of free will, but a moment (that of animation) in the hylic dimension and, like it, destined to perdition. This is the radical difference from the Valentinian Demiurge, the latter being a representative of the psychic element that is also called upon to participate in the work of salvation. Devoid of scarifying characteristics, Ptolemy’s Demiurge is simply the Creator of the Seven Heavens, who lives above them (Filoramo 1990)

Filoramo links the more positive view of the Demiurge in the Valentinianism to the relatively positive of the soul substance (psyche) of which he is formed. It would seem that in order to understand the teaching on the Demiurge, it is necessary to have at least a basic understanding of the Valentinian teaching on the soul (psyche) and its position within the overall structure of the cosmos.

 

(continue reading at the above link)

Content authored by David Brons

Shamans & Shame-ons

Re-blogged from:

http://web.archive.org/web/20050304080416/http://users.pandora.be/gohiyuhi/articles/art00069.htm

Shamans & Shame-ons

by Al Carroll
Intro: Shamanism as a term used by anthropologists means any tribal or earth-based religion, or any that are not part of the world’s “major” religions. But shamanism as used by the New Age is a troubling mix of marketing angles, cultural biases, and outright fraud. That’s why anyone calling themseles “shamans” are commonly referred to as Shame-ons by American Indians.

The modern movement of would-be “shamans” got their start in 1980 when Michael Harner published The Way of a Shaman. Harner was seeking to avoid many of the pitfalls the New Age movement had fallen into such as exploitative leaders, unclear and unrealistic goals, incoherent, contradictory, or nonsensical beliefs that were widely mocked by most of the public, blatant abuse and exploitation of tribal peoples and beliefs, and a complete lack of credibility with either academia or the public. In all of these goals, Harner and the rest of the “shamanism” movement have utterly failed. Many of the most disreputable New Age leaders such as Lynn Andrews and Ed McGaa sensed the marketing potential and simply adopted the “shaman” pose. Harner’s methods were little different from the New Age in his assumptions that one could easily learn methods that take decades to master among tribal traditionalists in a short time. Even his “advanced” seminars only last three days and he is clearly engaged in a highly profitable enterprise as much as an attempt to form a new spirituality, exactly the same as the New Age. Harner and the other would-be “shamans” also make the same mistakes of the New Age in trying to homogenize tribal traditions worldwide and deny their diversity and important differences by lumping several thousand belief systems together. Harner pretends one can master elements that are supposedly common or universal (“core” shamanism in his lingo) to all. The supposed commonalities of “shamanism” are largely superficial or even self-delusion. For example, many would-be “shamans” falsely claim the sweat lodges used by some American Indian groups are allegedly a “core universal shamanic” practice. They allege the Romans and Celts also used sweat lodges. In fact, both those groups used saunas with no spiritual aim or practice involved. Not even all American Indian groups use the sweat lodge. Finally, Harner and the rest of the would-be “shamans” are no different in exploiting both tribal peoples and western seekers of spiritual truths. To the former, shame-ons deceptively misrepresent their traditional beliefs and try to subjugate those beliefs to their western individual needs. The latter, shame-on leaders use for cash, to boost their own egos, and in some cases sex, either by trickery or by force, from their hapless followers. Many New Age people have in fact simply taken on the shamanism label without missing a beat. Anyone seeking to understand native spiritual beliefs is far better off looking to the writing of such noted native authors as Vine Deloria Jr. or Wilma Mankiller, or anthropolgy, than to self-designated “shamans.”

related and worth a read (in our opinion)

http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=236.0