Sunday, 14 December 2008

Mumbai Lunacy [Part II]

Before doing that, however, and wrapping up this series of posts in considerable style, it is worth taking a few minutes to look more closely at the Shaivite symbolism discussed last time- here. Personally, whilst I appreciate any analysis which seeks to interpret events in light of broader spiritual currents, the symbols which I feel apply most potently to the Mumbai attacks pertain not to Shiva, but to the Goddess, as I have frequently stated. On that note, it is apparent that many of the Shaivite forms may represent traces of a goddess religion lost to history; or at the very least, that they have been reclaimed as feminine totems by modern sects.

The trident, for example, is a maritime ensign; associated principally with Poseidon, but indelibly linked to the element of water, the domain of the feminine. In its secondary form as the fleur-de-lis, a symbol of monarchism and the goddess-worshipping bloodlines collectively referred to as the Grail, the trident is used in a Christian context to denote the 'triple-headed' Virgin Mary; and was adopted by the Merovingian dynasty, possibly in honour of Mary's classical predecessor, Artemis. And Artemis, by dint of its obvious relationship to menstrual cycles, is just one of many goddesses who have been identified with the moon; another of the great Shaivite symbols.

It is conceivable that Shiva, in his present form, is a masculinzed version of a older goddess; or has assumed many of the symbols and functions of a pre-Vedic goddess cult. For example, he is often shown garlanded with a serpent: an ancient symbol of the divine wisdom, the (feminine) Chokmah or Sophia. (The latter, derived from the Greek word for serpent, is also the basis for words such as 'philosopher' and 'sophisticate'; a synergy enthusiastically promoted by the Gnostics and alchemists, who reinterpreted the Hebrew creation story to cast the snake as Ophis, or divine instructor, seeking to liberate humanity from 'the Empire' of Ildaboath, the Demiurge.) Shiva is also described as Gangadhara, the 'Bearer of the [River] Ganges'- who Hindus personify as the goddess Ganja- which is conceived as flowing from his matted hair.

The original feminity of Shiva- a concept not based on anything more substantial than my gut feeling- may even be hinted at in his original scriptural name, Tryambakam. According to Wikipedia: 'In classical Sanskrit the word ambaka denotes 'an eye', and in the Mahabharata Shiva is depicted as three-eyed, so this name is sometimes translated as 'Having Three Eyes'. However, in Vedic Sanskrit the word ambā or ambikā means 'mother', and this early meaning of the word is the basis for the translation 'Having Three Mothers' that was used by [philogists and students of religion] Max Muller and Arthur Macdonnell.' (See here.) The notion of the triple-mothered Shiva seems, to my mind, so similar to the 'Triple-Headed Goddess' symbol of questionable authenticity as to possibly contain the germ of a far-older tradition, long since lost to 'the patriarchy.' (Either that or I am finally disappearing up the chasm of my butt.)

Having disposed, for now, with Shiva, there remain two more points left to be made before we round off this series with a closer theoretical consideration of the anatomy of an occult operation. These are relatively minor observations which really belong in an earlier post; but having progressed as far as we have, it seems right we should attempt to cover all possible bases; in which spirit I offer these two last fragments of reportage before donning my conceptual cap and heading much further down the warren. For the first, we return to the great work of author Loren Coleman. (See here.)

Throughout this series, and in many articles on BTB, I have sought to identify and share what I feel are the criterion of an authentic 'occult event.' You will know, if you've read this far, what constitutes one of those, so I won't belabour the point by repeating it; it will suffice for now to observe that synchronicity- and the weird, or 'miraculous'- are but two of the more recognisable functions in any Fortean equation. Examples of synchronous events merging with the fabric of the Mumbai attacks have already been presented: its curious weave with Slumdog Millionaire (directed by the man who brought us the infamous 'Masonic Mysteries' episode in Inspector Morse) being a case in point. If not a perfect example of that principle, the hand of the Cosmic Joker was nonetheless apparent in the fact that two of the four Americans sadly killed in Mumbai were members of the Synchronicity Foundation, a meditation group based in the goddess state of Virginia.

Led by Charles Cannon, whose techniques for inducing deep trance include the application of binaural-beat technology (after the fashion of the Monroe Institute), the Synchronicity Foundation claims that a very special guest has been making daily appearances at their 450-acre ranch near Charlottesville. The following is an extract from an article written by local journalist David A Maurer, eighteen months before the tragedy in Mumbai.

Maurer writes:

'According to Charles Cannon, spiritual director of the Synchronicity Foundation in Nelson County, an apparition has been making itself known to visitors on a daily basis since last August. He refers to the apparition as the Blessed Mother and says she is more than the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.

"She refers to herself as the Divine Feminine, the Divine Mother, the Blessed Mother, not just Mother Mary," Cannon said recently before going to the nearby site where the visitations are said to be occurring. "She is the divine consciousness- the essence of all those forms. What is amazing here is that so many people are seeing her, hearing her, smelling the fragrance [roses and gardenias]."' (Click here for full article.)

Incredibly, in light of our reseach into the presence of Feminine Principle in the midst of the Mumbai shootings, the Synchronicity Foundation has developed a system of spiritual practice which combines Vedic Hinduism and a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary. Cannon, who was born and raised a Catholic in Syracuse, New York, claims to have been visited regularly by the Blessed Mother since he was 3 years old, the first of a long series of encounters with VALIS-like beings.

'"I came out of sleep in the middle of the night, and there was this sort of luminous presence at the end of my bed," the 62-year-old monk said. "There was a very golden light and a very ethereal vibration or presence. I came out of sleep in the middle of the night, and there was this sort of luminous presence at the end of my bed," the 62-year-old monk said. "There was a very golden light and a very ethereal vibration or presence. As I lay there looking at it, it increased its luminosity and within that golden light came what appeared like a neon kind of outline of the feminine form. That was accompanied by a blue and rose-colored light.

"She stood there looking at me with one hand raised with the palm facing me. I could smell the most incredible fragrance of roses and gardenias. She stayed for quite a while just standing there gazing at me.

"That's how she slowly began to introduce herself to me. Then regularly thereafter, up to the present time, she has continued to appear to me in that apparitional manifestation and guides me."'

Alan Scherr, the (Jewish) man killed in the Mumbai shootings, along with his thirteen-year old daughter Naomi, had witnessed this feminine entity on several different occasions.



The Empire never Ended... Much more to follow...

2 comments:

Therese said...

There are some extraordinary details there, Ben. What an intersection of omens and sinister apparitions are part of the Mumbai story. I had no idea of this background - fascinating research.

Anonymous said...

"It is conceivable that Shiva, in his present form, is a masculinzed version of a older goddess; or has assumed many of the symbols and functions of a pre-Vedic goddess cult."


no, i don't think you're falling up your butt -- i also see the "masculine" shiva not as androgynous, and certainly not as male, but simply as a feminine oceo-telluric power wearing pantsuits . . . so to speak . . . gussied up as male for various convenient, and intentionally confusing, reasons


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"Shiva is also described as Gangadhara, the 'Bearer of the [River] Ganges'- who Hindus personify as the goddess Ganja- which is conceived as flowing from his matted hair."


obviously conjuring mari-ju-wanna, the distilled floral form of the goddess, that the injuns and rastas call ganja

"his" matted hair suggests the tiny hairs often accompanying certain strains of marywanna -- often reddish and tendril-like (snakes in the brane-pan)


ray