Neo-paganism and Russian Orthodoxy – an explosive mix of religion and ideology

32 Neo paganism and Russian Orthodoxy – an explosive mix of religion and ideologyXXIst century witnesses a strange phenomenon – Orthodox Christianity cooperating with its two thousand year old enemy – paganism. Though co-existence, symbiosis, and cooperation of Christianity with paganism seems theologically impossible, or, at least, contradicting to common sense and logic, it does develop in Russia, though the leaders of Moscow Patriarchy condemn and deny it ex cathedra.

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Kumbh Mela — expedition in search of Nectar of Immortality

13471 385992851509308 1631055136 n Kumbh Mela    expedition in search of Nectar of ImmortalityKumbhamela (Kumbh Mela)  is the greatest religious festival in the world. It takes place every 12 years at the banks of the sacred Triveni Sangam, near Allahabad for at least fifteen hundred years (perhaps much longer). Year 2013 celebration was attended by more than one hundred million people. That is, every seventieth inhabitant of the planet. The festival has become the largest documented gathering of homo religiosa in one place in the history of humanity.

The myth of Kumbh Mela

Once the gods have decided to churn the Primordial ocean to extract  the elixir of immortality from it. But the gods had become weak and unable to complete this feat themselves and they asked help from Asuras (demons). For a thousand years they churned the Ocean, using the serpent king Vasuki as a rope wrapped around the axis of the world, a gigantic mountain Mandara. The first to appear from the foam was a terrible poison that threatened to destroy all the worlds. Then Lord Shiva drank the poison to save the universe.

After that there appeared various miraculous creatures and treasures, and finally the bowl (Kumbh) with the nectar of immortality, Amrita. For possession of Amrita a terrible war crashed out (more…)

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Meeting with the Christian thanka painter

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Jesus Loves you and Psalms in traditional Tibetan script. By Binod

Walking along the Pokhara Lakeside in a small shop we’ve noticed an unusual picture: a strong-looking Nepali man was painting thankas. What’s unusual about it – there’s plenty people creating thankas in Pokhara. These thankas were different: they depicted the Biblical story of Jesus Christ.

First of all I asked Binod what bothered me the most: why Christianity? In this beautiful country with rich Hinduism and Buddhism traditions why did you choose this religion? What brought you to Christ?

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Karma-Sutra III: Karma, God, Destiny, And The Laws Of The Universe

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Lets consider now the common concept, according to which “karma” is “destiny.” In fact, the relations of fate and karma is a question to large extent, not for the scholars of religion, but for the psychologists. Someone of them has formulated it as follows: “sow an act — reap a habit, sow a habit — reap character, saw character – get your destiny” — a good illustration of the law of karma in application to human life.

All the creature’s actions, even the smallest and the simplest, automatic and unconscious (on the levels “of each chakra”, or, simpler, at the level of the body, emotions, and mind) affect its fate, but do not determine (more…)

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Karma Sutra II: Interconnectedness and contingency

Dharmachakra malindawords.blogspot.com  300x300 Karma Sutra II: Interconnectedness and contingencyIn light of previous definition of karma we conclude that randomness does not exist; when we allow ourselves to mark some thing in the perception of the universe as “random”, we just sign the testimony of our minds’ cognitive impotence to grasp the wholeness of cause-effect connections that have led to the result, or the testimony of laziness or lack of resources to continue research.
Practical scientists, recognizing the limitations of our ability to calculate and thus foresee all the interactions, (more…)

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Karma Sutra I: WHAT IS KARMA AND HOW TO LIVE WITH IT

bltc.com  Karma Sutra I: WHAT IS KARMA AND HOW TO LIVE WITH ITAt school, explaining the Indian concept of karma, tutorials used to focus on karma’s work in “next incarnations”, on its role as determinant of “next life” and avoided analysis of the concept of karma in application to this, “present” life. I’m sure, this image was incorporated into the Soviet school program to show how silly hindus with their religion and philosophy are in the light of communist-atheist perception of reality.

Effects of karma, especially of that aspect, which deals with return/bringing back into our lives “unpleasant” things and actions, that some people call “karmic retribution” is of much more interest for us than some hypothetical consequences in hypothetical “next life”.

Many Hindus, whom I boldly questioned about it, told that they do not believe in the “next life” (more…)

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