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Friday, February 22, 2013

"Gods Divine Birth in Religion and Myth"

Sacred Allegory by Giovanni Bellini
    


There is a conscious force behind humankind's evolution as our development is not an accidental combination of random molecules. The human brain is designed to reach a higher state of awareness because our own immortal consciousness forms the physical structure of the body over endless reincarnations. As our consciousness expands the body and mind/brain follows. According to the ancient Rishis, this evolutionary process stems from Kundalini Shakti-the primal feminine power that guards and leads human evolution.

However, the use of enigmatic symbols and literary analogies has been the preferred method to express spiritual enlightenment. This allegorical way of writing has obscured the reality of the actual physical transformation of the nervous system and enlightenment. Motifs such as the divine child, virgin birth, death, and resurrection, tree and serpent have been used throughout world religion to express the biological factors caused by a Kundalini awakening. 

In this blog, we will explore one particular mythological motif: the evil backlash of Kings and Gods to the birth of a “Divine Child.”

The Divine Child

A vast majority of the world’s myths and religions start with the birth of a Divine Child, who later becomes a hero or savior god. This child comes very almost murdered, an evil being, either a king or even his own father.

In general, there is a standard sequence of events that follow the birth– first, the child is not born by ordinary physical means, as the mother becomes pregnant from an encounter with an ethereal deity or Holy Spirit and in most instances are ‘virgin born’- (from a royal lineage). A prophetic dream or Sage warns the ruling King of his demise in the future, by the hands of the grown Child. The King, using his power and authority attempts to destroy the newly born but is never successful because the child is protected and brought up in a safe location, usually in the countryside or a remote village. 

After reaching a mature age (now a God or prophet) he travels widely, spreading spiritual knowledge and innovations in art, music, and politics, law, and religion. The god will revolutionize thinking and become the foundation of a new civilization. In general, this is how mythic narratives are structured. This sequence of events occurs in a majority of religious texts and myths. 

A Kundalini awakening is symbolized in myth as the birth of a ‘Divine Child,’ a metaphor that refers to connecting to one's soul or higher self. The ‘Virgin Birth’ refers to the sublimation of sexual energy. The virgin mother is not an ordinary person but a force of Kundalini that the religious texts deified into the Virgin Goddess. Once the transformation begins, Prana from all parts of the body is channeled by the Nadis upward into the brain. Sexual energy being the most potent form of the life force is alchemically transmuted into ‘Soma’ called the food of the Gods in the Vedas.  

Kundalini is the mechanism which upgrades humanities consciousness, the source of genius, morality, our slow advance upward from the past. The experience of higher consciousness works through the ascension of Pranic life energy into the brain and brings about a complete transformation of the personality. There is an increase in emotional intensity and intelligence, which requires an extended period of adjustment. 

Imagine the havoc it would cause if your emotions and desires developed an incredible depth overnight-anger turned to a rapid hatred, or sadness extended into years of depression, or love into permanent ecstasy. To adjust to this new consciousness, it was advised in Christian scriptures to become humble and childlike. The transformation involves eating more often and sleeping also similar to baby’s schedule. (Study "The Serpent Power" by Arthur Avalon). 

The Evil King

The best way to interpret mythology is to work with on source materials such as the original texts, hieroglyphs, ceremonies, and hymns. Here is a limited list of eleven myths out of a total of at least eighteen which share the common denominator of an Evil-King or adverse force which tries to prevent the birth of a divine child
                                                       "The Mutilation of Saturn by Uranus"   Giorgio Vasari (1511- 1574)


(1) Cronus

 In classical Greek Mythology, Cronus was the leader of the Titans, who were godlike descendants of Uranus (Sky) and Gaia (Earth). In Roman mythology, Cronus is associated with the God Saturn. Hesiod’s Theogony states that Cronus envied the power of his father Uranus (ruler of the Universe and sky). Gaia, who was angry at Uranus for hiding her children in Tartarus (hell), so she gave Cronus a stone sickle to castrate Uranus, and thereby usurp his father’s Authority.

This myth has the basic ideas of a (God-Uranus) who is dethroned (by castration) as his son Cronus takes over power. In essence, Uranus represented the first emanation of God, while Cronus and was a symbol of time. Therefore, Uranus and the Titans lost their powers to Cronus because he was the most recent manifestation, God.

(2) Zeus


Zeus Gold coin the same motif repeats in the birth of God, Zeus. Greek myth states Cronus heard a prophecy from Uranus and Gaia that his own children would overthrow him. Cronus swallowed each of his children, (Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Hades, and Poseidon), soon after birth, to prevent his own demise. However, his last son, Zeus survived through trickery. Rhea (Zeus’ mother) sought Gaia’s advice, and they devised a plan to save him so that Cronus would receive retribution for his acts against Uranus and the swallowing of his own children. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Cronus a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he quickly swallowed, thinking it was Zeus. In any event, we have a narrative of a divine child, who is almost murdered by his father. Zeus survives and is brought up (on Mount Ida) or small island in a cave. Once Zeus reached adulthood he forced his father Cronus to disgorge his other his siblings from the first to last.

(3) Athena


The Virgin Goddess Athena was known for her wisdom and intelligence; her birth was a result of Zeus's tryst with Metis. A prophecy had been recorded that Metis would bear children more powerful than her husband, Zeus. But it was too late because Metis was already pregnant; to prevent his future demise, Zeus swallowed the baby, Athena. Later, Zeus developed a terrible headache, which the smith Hephaestus relieves by splitting his head open with a double-headed Minoan Axe. Then Athena jumps out of his forehead fully grown and ready for battle. Her birth follows the same pattern of a prophetic warning, then an attempt to prevent her birth.


(4) Perseus 

  The King of Argos in ancient Greece was named Acrisius. He heard a prophecy from the Oracle of Delphi predicting his death by the child his daughter, Danae. Acrisius constructed an underground cave in which he guarded Danae. But, Zeus appeared as a shower of golden light impregnated her, a son Perseus was born. After learning of her pregnancy, Acrisius put her in a chest and cast it into the sea where it landed on the island of Seriphus. There Perseus was adopted and raised by the Fisherman, Dictys. Later in life, Perseus slays the serpent-headed Gorgon and married Andromeda. Here we have a Virgin birth, by a golden light. The king tries to kill him by placing him in a box and setting it in the river.

(5) Dionysus 

   Dionysus faced death soon after his birth. By the Cretan account of Diodorus Siculus, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Persephone. Hera, Zeus’s jealous wife, sent the Titans to kill the child. Dionysus was torn into fourteen pieces; only his heart was untouched. Zeus found the heart of his son and stitched it into his thigh; where Dionysus matured and was born. Dionysus was called “twice-born. That is, born from the tryst between Zeus and Persephone and again from the thigh of Zeus. Dionysus birth follows the same pattern, he is twice-born, and Hera attempts to murder him.

(6) Krishna

  The Princess Devaki was the sister to King Kamsa and married to Vasudeva. During their marriage ceremony, an unseen voice prophesied the death of Kamsa at the hands of one of his nephews. Terrified, the King raised his sword to immediately slay his sister, but Vasudeva implored him to spare his new bride, and the Kamsa agreed, but only for ransom. Vasudeva reluctantly promised to hand over each newborn to Kamsa. Even with this promise, the couple was put into the stone prison.

 When Krishna was born, he was switched with his friends, Yashoda’s baby daughter.  When Kamsa came to murder the young baby, she ascended into the spiritual world in a blaze of light and foiled Kamsa plan. The child Krishna escaped to the countryside to live in a small village.

(7) Horus 

   Horus was one of the most significant Deities of ancient Egyptian religion. The myth involves Isis, Set, and Horus who are regarded as the central foundation upon which Egyptian religious worship was built. Horus was a Divine Child born of the Virgin Goddess Isis. Her brother Set, the evil ruler of Egypt had already killed her husband Osiris, so when she was pregnant with Horus, Isis fled to Nile Delta Marshlands where Horus was born safely. Horus was called ‘virgin born,’ the evil Set attempted to murder him, but he was saved by fleeing down to a safe place.

(8) Moses 

  Moses was the patriarch of the Jewish faith. The Hebrew book of Exodus describes him as their most significant religious prophet, leader, and lawgiver. He was believed to be the author of the Torah and a major prophetic figure in Christianity and Islam. In a similar vein to the divine child motifs, Moses was in severe danger at the time of his birth. The Egyptian Pharaoh had ordered all the Hebrew new-born male children killed, by drowning them in the Nile River. Moses parents, Levite Amram and his wife Jockeyed concealed him for three months from the local authorities until it became too dangerous.

Moses was laid in a small basket of Bulrushes coated with pitch and set adrift on the Nile River. Miriam, (Moses' sister) followed the small basket float down the Nile until it reached a place where the pharaohs’ daughter Bithiah was bathing, who ordered her handmaidens to bring it ashore. Miriam then approached the pharaoh’s daughter asking if she would like a Hebrew woman to nurse the child, So Jockeyed was chosen to nurse her own child. Moses was raised by the Pharaoh's daughter as her own son and a younger brother to the future Pharaoh.

Moses isn’t virgin born, but the Pharaoh is out to kill all the Jewish young boys. Then similar to Horus he is put in a basket and sent down the Nile.

(9) Jesus Christ 

"The Massacre of the Innocents"
The significant motifs that underpin the foundation of Christian faith are Jesus Christ’s virgin birth, baptism, miracles, and his death and resurrection as a sacrifice for the atonement for humanities sins. The biblical story of his Divine birth follows a similar pattern to other religious myths. Herod the Great was the appointed Roman king of Judea heard of Christ’s birth from the three Magi, after hearing a dire prophecy that a “Divine Child“ would be born and become “King of the Jews “leading to his own downfall, Herod ordered all the young males in the area of Jerusalem murdered. Joseph was warned in a dream of the danger and moved the family to Egypt until Herod passed away, then finally moved to Nazareth in Galilee. This episode of infanticide is called by Christianity, “The Massacre of Innocents.” Jesus Christ is ‘virgin born,’ Herod tries to murder him; he is then brought up in a small village.



(10 ) Romulus and Remus 

Romulus and Remus were twin brothers who were central to founding Rome, before their birth Amulius usurped his brother Numitor, the King of Alba Longa to capture the throne consequently killing Numitor’s male heirs and compels his daughter Rhea Silvia to become a Vestal Virgin sworn to chastity, in order to prevent her from bearing any sons who could become King. But Rhea Silvia becomes pregnant with twins from either the God Mars or Hercules. (There weren't DNA tests in ancient Rome). 


The evil king Amulius finds the twins then have them abandoned in the river, the Tiber in order to murder them by neglect, but they are incredibly lucky when the river carries them without harm to a distant shore. A she-wolf finds nurses the twins while a woodpecker brings food. They are found by a humble Shepherd family and brought up as their own sons until they reach adulthood. Then set out into the world, where they attract many disciples because of their natural leadership. Upon discovering their real birth parents, they kill Amulius and reward Numitor his lost kingship, then proceeded to found Rome.

(11) Cyrus

Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, writes that Asyages, a Median King in the Persian Empire, had dreamed his daughter Mandane would give birth to a son who was destined to overthrow his kingdom. After Mandanes’ son Cyrus was born, Asyages ordered his general Harpagus to kill the child. But Harpagus was too morally upright to carry out the murder, so he asked the group of royal bandits to abandon the baby in the mountains. A Greek herdsman Cyno found the child Cyrus and raised him as his own while passing off a stillborn to Asyages. Cyrus acts as the divine child- he is almost murdered but grows up to become king of the Persians.


Academic Interpretations

Before a complete spiritual interpretation is given, we should present the views of the scholar, Otto Rank (April 22, 1884 – October 31, 1939) a psychoanalyst, writer, and teacher. Born Otto Rosenfield in Vienna, he became a protégée and close friend of Sigmund Freud for twenty years. His outlook was therefore profoundly influenced by the psychological views espoused by Sigmund Freud; even though he broke away later in life. In his book “The Myth of the birth of a Hero” he recounts a number of ancient narratives with the purpose of finding the common elements within each myth and develops an all-encompassing theory. He sums up his conclusion by stating:

“The standard saga itself may be formulated according to the following outline: The hero is the child of most distinguished parents, usually the son of a king. His origin is preceded by difficulties, such as continence, or prolonged barrenness, or secret intercourse of the parents due to external prohibition or obstacles. During or before the pregnancy, there is a prophecy, in the form of a dream or Oracle, cautioning against his birth, and usually threatening danger to the father (or his representative). As a rule, he is surrendered to the water, in a box. He is then saved by animals, or by lowly people (shepherds), and is suckled by a female animal or by a humble woman. After he has grown up, he finds his distinguished parents, in a highly versatile fashion. He takes his revenge on his father, on the one hand, and is acknowledged, on the other. Finally, he achieves rank and honors. (1)”

The scholar Otto Rank gives a detailed explanation of this motif through a Freudian paradigm, coming to a number of conclusions all based on family sexual dynamics without any acknowledgment of a 'divine child' as the symbolic metaphor of mystical consciousness. 

Adding my list to Otto Ranks creates (18) different accounts which are similar in the aspect of the divine Child being threatened by the previous King or God. 



  1. Cronus 
  2. Zeus 
  3. Dionysus 
  4. Athena 
  5. Perseus 
  6. Krishna 
  7. Horus 
  8. Moses 
  9. Jesus Christ 
  10. Romulus and Remus 
  11. Cyrus 
  12. Sargon 
  13. Gilgamesh 
  14. Tristan 
  15. Hercules 
  16. Oedipus 
  17. Siegfried 
  18. Lohengrin 

Astrotheology

Kersey Graves in his book, “The Worlds Sixteen Crucified Saviors” gives his opinion of this opinion of the theme in saying; “It is certainly a remarkable circumstance that so many infant Saviors should have been threatened with the imminent danger of destruction, and yet in every case miraculously preserved, and thus were the saviors saved.”

“A jealousy seems to have existed in several instances in the mind of the tyrant king or ruler of the country that the young Saviors and prospective spiritual rulers (who were mostly of royal descent) would ultimately acquire such favor with the people, by such a display of superior power and greatness of mind, as to endanger his retaining peaceable possession of the secular throne; to express it in brief, he feared the young God would prove a rival king, and hence took measures to destroy him.” (2)

Kersey Graves' explanation for this motif is based on the movement of the stars, through the Zodiac, which is supposed to be symbolically present in the Holy Scriptures. He writes, "The whole story of Herod's slaughter edict, with the familiar history of its execution, like nearly every other miraculous incident related in 'The Holy Scriptures,' which detail their histories, are traceable in the skies." (3)

In fact, this conceptual theory is now called Astrotheology, by such researchers as Mythicist D.M. Murdoch and Jordan Maxwell. The major problem with their theory is that it doesn't account a number of facts, but stretches the meaning of the myth to fit the theory. 

Evolution of Consciousness

One’s perspective can be lost in analyzing these various ancient myths, but if one interprets the symbolic language from a verified theory of evolution and the yogic concepts of kundalini, then a clear understanding begins to take shape.
The five most explicit examples of the Evil King motif are in the narratives of Krishna, Cyrus, Christ, Moses, and Zeus. Each evil-king in the myths acts in a comparable manner by trying to keep their power and authority. The evil-kings have the capacity to order the death of thousands if it suits their ambitions, which the Pharaoh-King attempted according to the bible. The Jewish scriptures take this theme to its limits by portraying the Pharaohs’ slaughter of thousands of young Jewish males and then again in Christianity with Herod's "massacre of innocents." Krishna's parents are thrown into the Kings dungeon then their first seven children are murdered. Similarly, Cronus swallows his six children. Cronus’s Son Zeus follows in his father’s footsteps and swallows Athena to prevent her birth.

This motif occurs so often it must be a universal belief that originated from within the collective consciousness of humanity, possibly first in the ancient Vedic culture. But the question is not so much when it appeared to why it is so universal.

From a psychological viewpoint, the Kings’ reluctance to surrender authority to a legitimate successor betrays symptoms of narcissism. In the Krishna account; his uncle King Kamsa had already imprisoned his father, King Ugrasena in order to ascend the throne, Kamsa’ desire for power and prestige could not be derailed by any family ties. Kamsa’ next act was to order his sister Devaki into a dungeon, intent on murdering her eighth child Krishna. Kamsa' murderous intentions are against his own genetic heritage and beg the question. Why would Kamsa murder his sister’s son? And why would King Asyages attempt to kill Cyrus- the son of his daughter Mendes? Before one blames this on the patriarchal culture, don’t forget that Hera, Zeus’s jealous wife was the Goddess who sought to destroy Dionysus, having him ripped to pieces by the Titans.

On the surface, it reads as a simple morality tale, portraying authority’s mental deterioration as they try to destroy their own royal progeny. It fits into a category of psychotic actions against life and propagation of one’s own genetic line. If this was a typical activity, the human race couldn't perpetuate itself. From a spiritual point of view, the king's murderous actions is a metaphor about evil effects of the pursuit of money and power, which lead to the destruction of the Kings' sense of morality and humanity. The Kings' attempted murder of his own progeny is a metaphor on how the unseen laws of evolution are imprinted upon every mind regardless of their position. In a spiritual sense, the evil-King is judging himself and his children as unworthy of further evolution.

The pursuit of authority for the sole purpose of power has been condemned by all the major religions. Christianity considers greed or avarice as one of the seven deadly sins. Islam according to the Qur’an teaches a doctrine which reflects on man’s innate nature to contemplate God has been subverted a desire for worldly success: which results in a state of “heedlessness.” Hinduism teaches a need for non-violence, with an emphasis on the control of harmful emotions of lust, ego, pride, and jealousy, thus with the ultimate goal of depleting one's karma and experiencing enlightenment. 

Much of the philosophical background of religious literature is based on moral grounds. Though each religion varies in cultural mores and commandments, one cannot deny that religions have set standards of behavior since the beginning of recorded history. From the Babylonian code of 1772 B.C. to the Ten Commandments rules were established which presented diverse groups with a universal ideal to strive towards. Accordingly, religious revelation acts as a guide for human behavior by setting ethical boundaries on human behavior to establish a natural environment in which humanity prospers.

Seen in totality, mythology expresses our inner truths in a symbolic form; this is because the human mind has not developed far enough to understand the evolution of consciousness in a direct way. 

The motif of the "Evil King" has two spiritual interpretations. One; it is a moral parable showing the pursuit of money and power is the wrong path to happiness. Secondly, it shows there are evil forces that are willing to destroy the spiritual seekers.

On all accounts, the resistance to evolutionary advancement is the most comprehensive explanation for the destructive actions of the evil god-kings, which are symbolic of an immovable burden of the past and its unconscious obscurity. A resistance found not only inwardly but also in the world. What does it take to change for the better, a tremendous amount of discipline, awareness, knowledge of one’s inner psychic being through constant self-examination? Those in power do not possess such qualities; in fact, they are more often mental puppets for the establishment and its spider web of deceit. We are not made in Gods’ image, the Gods are made in our image, as humanity slowly grows in awareness, and the old gods die only to be resurrected in a new form which meets the new cultural mores. I’m not denying God exists, or a higher order exists, just that our concept of the spiritual is an unfinished masterpiece.

Author Joseph Alexander                                             Rewritten 11/16/2015
Edited 12/9/2017



References 

1. Rank, Otto. The Myth of the Birth of the Hero. 1914 ( Public Domain)
    pg .65

 2. Graves, Kersey. The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors. 1875 ( Public Domain)
     pg.83

 3. Ibid, pg. 88

 4. Johnson , Robert Bowie, Jr. Athena and Eden .2002

     Solving Light Books 159 pgs.

 5. Krishna, Gopi;  Secrets of Kundalini in Panchastavi. 2010

     Bethel Publishers, Inc 279 pages 

 6. Burket, Walter; Greek Religion, translated by John Raffan 1985

     Harvard University Press .337 pages.

 All images are in the Public Domain       from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

 The histories of the Greek Gods can be found at http://www.theoi.com/
























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































1 comment:

  1. Understanding mythology under the kundalini paradigm is the best answer to the unsolved questions of why our ancestors from all over the world have created similar myths throughout time. They have remained so appealing to humanity yet much misunderstanding has been created because the connection between kundalini and the myths were not made, or lost. There has been a lot of value placed in the literal interpretation of the myths that their true meaning remain hidden and hence unfitting for progress. Most of the subtle implications in these kinds of myths such as going through the process of a kundalini awakening and reaching enlightenment go overlooked and the more obvious ones such as morals are easily understood. It is interesting that even though society currently values morals and religion emphasizes them, they have failed to understand the role morals play on the individual's consciousness. The consciousness of the “Evil God/King” was “evil” because of the lack of morals and the fear/resistance to evolutionary change, a challenge we must all take. I think you did a beautiful job putting this together. I enjoyed the narratives of the "Divine Child" and also the different viewpoints in theories. What I enjoyed the most about reading these specific myths(because of where we are at in this time in history) is where every "Divine Child" has to face an "Evil God/King" who is using all in his power to "kill" the child, yet the child survives; it shows to me that kundalini cannot and will not be stopped. The fight against her is in vain and unnecessary for she will always find her way through humble vessels.

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