Yoga and Vedanta: The Legacy of the Indo-Aryans

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You didn’t have to go very far, or have too far out a view on the world, in order to be exposed to Yoga in the hustle and bustle of modern day.  In modern times, what we like to call the "Digital Era", Yoga is viewed primarily as a means…

Judeo-Christian Cosmology: A Comparative Perspective

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The primary source for Judeo-Christian cosmology is can be found in the early part of the Bible[1], primarily in Genesis of course[2].  The challenge when looking at the Bible from a purely academic and historical perspective however, is that…

Religion and Politics: Separating Oil from Water

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Searching for a a simple progression or development of monotheistic religions in the ancient world is no easy exercise by any standards.  Monotheism clearly had tentacles that stretched far back into the dawn on civilized man, at least as far…
Parmenides, greek philosopher. From ''School of Athens'' by Raffaello Sanzio.

Parmenides of Elea: What Is Versus What is Not

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(1) The car that bears me carried me as far as ever my heart desired, when it had brought me and set me on the renowned way of the goddess, which leads the man who knows through all the towns.  On that way was I borne along; for on it did the…

The Theogony of Hesiod: Order (Cronos) from Chaos

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One of the nice things that you found as you studied more advanced civilizations, as you got further into the first millennium BCE, you had better material and source texts to work with.  You no longer had to rely on texts and tablets that…

The Fisherman and the Net: Geometric Symbolism in the Gospel of John (II of II)

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  What we're left with if we are to believe this geometric formulation of the miraculous tale of Jesus and the fishes with his seven disciples in the Sea of Galilee in the Gospel of John is a geometric figure – if transposed from top…

The Fisherman and the Net: Geometric Symbolism in the Gospel of John (I of II)

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At this juncture a word must be said about some astronomical events and progressions that were at work around the time of Christ which played some role in the formulation of the interpretation of the life and teachings of Jesus and in particular…

Vedic Cosmological Narratives (Part II)

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The Hymn of Purusha: God Takes Shape[1] While the preceding passage from the Rig Veda contains some of the root kernel philosophical elements of Vedic philosophy, there is another passage from the same collection of hymns dating back to the…

Vedic Creation Narratives and Philosophy: Brothers in Arms (Part I)

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When looking at the Indo-Aryan tradition, given its age and maturity and its fundamental belief and faith in the unity of man and the universe from which he emerged (unique to the Eastern religious traditions in general), a line can be drawn…

Creation Stories of the Ancient Egyptians: Order (Maat) from Chaos

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Cultural Context As Charlie began to delve into the mythology of the Ancient Egyptians, and in particular their cosmology, or mythological description of the origins of the known universe, he found that a narrative of mythology or a book of…