The Coalescence of The Faiths
 

The concept that the worlds’ religions actually teach the same thing is by no means a new one but the belief that they actually stem from the same source is not so readily subscribed to. This common origin is known to be true for the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and similarly for the Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh religions. In addition are the remnants of older religions from which the more dominant have evolved and various sects and denominations that have subsequently evolved from them.  As our cultures have progresses and become more assimilated so religious beliefs have spread and interpretations have diversified in response.

Yet despite the often sound and indisputable commonality of the faiths we live in a world where the most similar are often the most hostile to each other. Each claims to posses the absolute truth and whilst they will often tolerate faiths that are quite distinct; where another is only a slight variation then the hostility festers and ultimately leads to the terrible sectarianism that we see today. In most cases this hostility is based not on the foundations of the faith but on subsequent interpretations of ritual and dogma; what one could call minor details; thus adding substance to the old adage ‘the Devil is in the detail’. Such sectarianism is the manifestation of the lower attributes of the seven realms.

In the previous chapter I have drawn on the similarities of the Ten Sefriot and the Chakra philosophy in order to demonstrate a common origin but equally to show that when these philosophical diagrams are bought together, they reveal hidden knowledge. In this chapter I hope to continue this theme, bringing together the essential historical stories and figures and drawing out of them clear evidence that they are not only teaching the same thing but are in fact descendent from the same single source.  That source I would aver is the Super-Mind, a Super-Mind that has specifically given each faith only a part. In this way the last lesson, the lesson that was given to none of the prophets, the sages or deities would be the lesson we have to figure out for ourselves. However figuring it out is only the beginning, the essence of the lesson is to believe it.

When in December 2004 I left Cardiff I was running; running from and too what I had little idea; all I knew was that I had to go and go now. At the time I was unaware of where my journey was going nor why I was undertaking it, but over the next 14 months I was to visit Holy sites, some well known others burdening on obscurity and whilst there I would experience events; events that would pose puzzles and such is my nature I would be compelled to solve these puzzles. Ultimately I would sit down and start to piece all the puzzles and pieces together, not by any stretch an easy task but one I similarly felt compelled to do.

In the previous chapter I use the Ten Sefriot, the Sri Chakra at Sharda and the Chakra philosophy to demonstrate the existence of the trinities; the first being the original trinity of Thought, Space and Time also known as God the Father (time), God the Mother (space) and God the Spirit (Thought). This trinity, which encompasses everything that exists in the universe, originates from one single point be it a singularity, a word or a deity, for all faiths subscribe to the concept of a single origin. Similarly all faiths progress from this single origin to the concept of the trinity, even Islam, which is the most dogmatic of the monotheistic faiths when it comes to the concept of one God begins the creation story with a trinity, for Islam accepts that in the beginning God made them Male and Female. So not only do all the faiths begin with an original source, but all the faiths progress from one to three; a primary trinity.

Below this first trinity all faiths similarly develop a second, in the Ten Sefriot it is the trinity of the Sefriah of Gevurah, Gedullah and Yesod; Sefriah that correspond with the Chakras of Muladhara (root), Ajña (third eye) and Manipura (solar plexus) and as briefly covered in the section on interpretations of the eight realms of the Super-Mind this second trinity correlates with the Abrahamic figures of Abraham, Moses and Noah whilst in the Hindu faith the figures of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. These figures occupy this high place due to their respective importance in the early development of these faiths as contained in stories and scriptures. Stories that irrespective of the degree of truth in them share many similarities with each other. Some of those similarities have already been allured to but below I have drawn on the fundamental aspects of these ancient stories that despite their age still form a pivotal aspect in all these faiths.

 

Manu and Noah’s flood 

Flood stories are perhaps the most common of all the religious and indigenous mythological stories of the world’s cultures. The general consensus is that floods have occurred and continue to occur on this Earth with such frequency that they have become a common aspect of experience and hence of global mythology. We in the West have adopted the Middle Eastern story of Noah; a story of a pious man who was told by God to build a boat and to put on that boat two creatures of every kind and seeds of every plant as the world had become so wicked that God was going to destroy it with a great flood and start again. It’s a story that most of us are familiar with but few of us are aware of the Hindu version; a story that if it and Noah’s story were both written today then the copyright lawyers would have a field day for if ever there was evidence of historical plagiarism then the similarities in the story of Noah with that of Manu are definite candidates. So here is the Hindu flood story.

 

One day a pious king named Manu, who had performed penance for thousands of years, was bathing in a river when a small fish came into his hands and pleaded for the king to save it from being eaten by bigger fish. This Manu did putting the fish into a jar of water, but the fish then began growing and so Manu had to put it into a larger vessel. However it out grew the vessel and so Manu put it into a minor river. When it out grew this, he put it into the mighty Ganges. The fish soon though out grew the Ganges and so Manu put it in the Ocean.

At this point the fish told Manu that it was Vishnu (God) and that the world had become so wicked that it was to be destroyed by a huge flood. Vishnu then told Manu to build a huge boat and into that boat to put the seven sages (holy books), seeds of all plants and two animal of each type. Then to fasten a strong rope (some stories say the rope was actually a sea serpent) to the ship and when the flood came he, the fish, would return to pull the ship to safety. Manu built the boat, filled it with animals and plants and then the flood came. Vishnu as the fish reappeared as promised and pulled the boat to the mythical Mt Himavan where it was kept in safety till the flood subsided.  So begun a new era with Manu the father of Mankind.

Compare this story with the biblical story of Noah (Nu in the Qu’ran) who like Manu was commanded by God to build a boat and to put seeds and pairs of animals of all kinds on board, as God had become so disappointed with the wickedness of people that he was to destroy the world with a great flood. Noah built the boat, filled it with animals and plants but did not have the benefit of a fish as a pilot but instead had a dove to guide him until the boat landed on a mythical mountain. From there Noah, Just as Manu did, started a new era and so become the father of Mankind.

The factuality of these two accounts, which has been the subject of many books over the years, is of course not the issue, but the similarity. Given that both these two stories have been maintained by oral tradition for at least 5000 years it is quite surprising that the two are pretty much identical.

Manu and Noah (Nu), two pious men with similar names, both build a boat, both fill it with two of each kind of animal and seeds from the plants and both sail that boat to a mythical mountain where they and the contents of the boat repopulate the Earth. Whether the event is true or not is irrelevant; what is important is that they are identical and are not two but one story; at least that is what the copyright lawyers would argue in a plagiarism case.

Whilst both Vishnu, as a Deity and Noah as a prophet are figures who are traditionally associated with the protection of animals and the creative qualities of God what is interesting about these stories is the respective roles of Manu and Noah and the subsequent way in which each is honoured by their adoptive faiths. For neither Manu nor Noah were teachers or prophets in the traditional sense. Apart from being captains of a boat they were both wealthy as without such how did they procure the timber to build a boat, but contributed little else as neither wrote a book, gave sermons, had mystical powers or performed some great feat or miracle. Yet in one faith, the Abrahamic, Noah is elevated to prophet status whilst on the other hand Manu receives no such accolade, he begins and ends as a pious king.

Similarly God speaks directly to Noah and whilst there is evidence of him communicating to men through other objects and beings, such as the burning bush of Moses, the Abrahamic interpretation of God nearly always speaks directly to the prophets. In the Hindu story God though speaks to Manu whilst disguised as a fish. Again the manifestation of God into material form is as common a theme in the Hindu faith as the manifestation of the word of God through prophets is in the Abrahamic; and herein lies the principal difference between these two religious roots. Whereas one has prophets of God the other has incarnations or Avatars of God. One could aver that the Abrahamic concept of prophets, men who are close to God, is matched by the Hindu concept of the Avatars, the material manifestation of God.

 

The Avatars of Destruction

This concept is particularly well demonstrated by the story of Moses and the Avatars of Shiva. For whilst the stories of Shiva and Moses hardly equate with each other and one could not, as one can with Manu and Noah, conclude that they are one and the same there are important similarities and pointers in the Exodus story as to how these two religious roots have relatively different ways of interpreting the same thing; for the story of Moses is one of a powerful sorcerer; a man who possessed the power to wreak great destruction. Whilst the Abrahamic faiths maintain that God delivered the plagues and famines upon the Egyptians and only spoke of this through Moses; the messenger, in the Hindu faith such destruction is invariable wreaked by God in the form of an Avatar. God actually incarnates into a being and delivers the message personally.  Had Moses been a Rajasthani rather than an Israelite it is likely that in the Hindu traditions he would now be remembered as an Avatar rather than a prophet, for which there is no equivalent concept in the Hindu faith.  For Hindu Avatars and Abrahamic prophets are as transient as the rest of us; they eat, drink, sleep, suffer and ultimately die.  The Hindu Avatars, just as Abrahamic Prophets have a mortal existence; they have lives, marriages, children and make mistakes just like the rest of us but they are made distinct from us by possessing, great wisdom, mystical powers and the ability to speak the word of God. None more so fits this description than Moses who foretold the plagues, possessed a staff that not only guided the Israelites on the Exodus, albeit a little poorly, but was capable of revealing water in stones and turning into a Serpent. Similarly Moses performed the great feat of the parting of the Red Sea and whilst the Abrahamic traditions maintain that the ultimate source of this power was God it is easy to see how others could interpret such acts as being the direct work of a manifestation of God, an Avatar.

The story of the Exodus is one that has strong parallels with the concept of Shiva, the God of destruction, for as mentioned earlier both Shiva and Moses are strongly associated with the concept of the realm of the Super-Mind I term the Red Serpent; a realm of emotion and in particular of fear.  For Shiva is the Angry, destructive incarnation of God whereas Moses is the prophet who bought the most horrendous fate upon his former masters the Egyptians; both through the plagues and in the drowning as the parted Red Seas crashed back upon them. His destructive influence did not stop there for after ascending the mountain to receive the covenant of the Ark he returned to find the Israelites worshipping the Golden Calf and in a night of fury ordered the slaughter of thousands of his countrymen. He may have been a messenger but clearly he was one through which great destruction was wreaked, a quality of the Avatars of Shiva.

Similarly both Moses and Shiva are men of the Serpent. As Shiva tamed the snake; taking it’s deadly poison and using it for good so God gave Moses a staff that when cast before would transform into a snake to destroy his enemies. Both men turned the Serpent of Adam from doing Evil to doing Good. Whilst the similarities are in no way indicative of a similar root for the stories, they are however indicative of the same aspect of the Devine, having a similar origin from the Super-Mind and it is this that is important.  For it is the way this aspect of the Super-Mind has manifested that draws Moses and Shiva together; two figures of destruction, of the Serpent, of the realm of the Super-Mind that relates to Muladhara/Gevurah and the second component of the second trinity.

 

Abram’s God and Sara’s River

The last component of this second trinity relates to the figures of Abraham and Brahma for whilst Noah and Manu are regarded as the respective fathers of Mankind, Brahma and Abraham are regarded as the founding figures of the two faiths. For as Abraham was the one God spoke to and the prophet who began the three faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam so Brahma is the Hindu Deity who created the current epoch. These two figures have much in common, not least their names, which are virtually anagrams for each other; both were married to beautiful women whose names, Sarah (Sara) and Saraswati are equally similar. A similarity that becomes more evident when compared to the earlier names of Abraham and Sarah, for before El Shaddai (God Almighty) made it possible for Sarai to conceive in old age she first changed her name from Sarai to Sarah (Sara) and Abram to Abraham. Whilst the phonetic similarities between Abraham and Brahma are fairly obvious the same is not so true for their respective spouses. However clues to the common root of these names can be found in the Hindu representation of Saraswati who as well as wife of Brahma is seen as taking the form of a hidden sacred river, one that is now dry but joins the Ganges and the Yamuna at the confluence at Allahabad. Together these three rivers are seen as being the most sacred of all the holy rivers in India but only the Saraswati is a hidden or mystical one. The Saraswati is further believed to have once been a flowing river of the Indus Valley upon which, some 2-3000 BC (5000 years ago) lived the Harrapan culture. However the river dried up and the culture shifted to India taking the name of the river with them. Thus the Saraswati was likely the name of a river, one in current day Pakistan that dried up long before becoming a Hindu Deity.

In the Arabic language the ephemeral rivers of North Africa are known as wadi’s: it is an Ancient word that is common in all the languages of the Arabic countries and a suffix currently applied to all the ephemeral rivers of the Sahara. It is not therefore inconceivable that a river once called the Sara that subsequently dried up or became ephemeral would have become the Saras-wadi in Arabic. Thus we see a possible route for a sacred river now called the Saraswati in the Hindu faith as having once been a flowing river further west that dried up and in doing so gained the suffix wadi, now wati in Hindi.

There is further evidence of a common origin with respect to the relationships of Abraham to Sarah and Brahma to Saraswati for in addition to being married Sarah is sometimes referred to as Abraham’s sister. For whilst the biblical accounts of Abraham’s origins are vague and the land undergone many changes that it has long proved impossible to identify with any confidence the place from which he came. What is agreed upon is that Abraham or Abram as he was known grew up with two brothers in a polytheist society but questioned the beliefs of his family and society; eventually abandoning them and along with his wife Sarah or Sarai as she was known then, to become a nomad. During that journey he travelled to the land of the Pharaoh’s where the Pharaoh desired Sarai and fearful for his life Abram claimed that Sara was sister. By becoming brother and sister both the Pharaoh’s desires could be satisfied and Abraham could keep his life.

In the Hindu mythology Brahma is similarly one of three, for together with Shiva and Vishnu they make up the holy Trimitari. So as Abram had two siblings so Brahma had two also. The perciebed blood relationship between Abram and Sarai, be it one that was only claimed is similarly reflected in the relationship between Brahma and Saraswati, for Saraswati is believed to be Brahma’s daughter. So not only are these two figures one of three but both are potentially related to their respective spouses by marriage but it would seem also by blood.

 

 

Abraham’s Trinity

Abraham, whilst a monotheist knew God by three names; El Oham (The Everlasting God), Yahweh (the Lord) and El Shaddai (the Almighty God). These three names are still important in Judaism and Christianity and equate to the primary trinity of the Soul or Singularity (the Everlasting) and the Male/Time (the Lord) and Female/Space (the Almighty) emanations. The prefix El in El Oham (sometimes written Ohim) and El Shaddai is a generic Hebrew word for God so the names are actually Oham and Shaddai. All three of these names are important in the Abrahamic Faiths although it is mainly Judaism and Christianity that still adhere to them. However in the coalescence of the Abraham and Brahma stories it is the last, Shaddai (The Almighty) that is significant.

The meaning of Shaddai has been the subject of much research with Albright, the original biblical historian, proposing that 'Shaddai' was possibly a derivation of a Semitic stem that appears in the Akkadian word shadu, meaning ‘mountain’. Shaddau or shaddua translates from this ancient Semitic stem as the ‘mountain dweller’. In this theory God is seen as inhabiting a mythical holy mountain. Alternatively Albright proposed that the name is connected to shadayim, the Hebrew for breasts. Therefore Shaddai could have its roots in the concept of God the mountain dweller or God the Female. In the traditions of the Brahmins of Southern India the Goddess Saraswati is believed to reside in the Mountains of Kashmir however they do not call her Saraswati but Sharda.  Abrahams Shaddai, a mountain dwelling female aspect of God is therefore mirrored by the Brahmin belief in a mountain dwelling female Deity called Sharda. Furthermore Albright claimed that the doubling of the medial ‘d’ is secondary and that Shaddai may once have been Shadai.

Shaddai just like the Hindu counterpart Sharda has distinctly creative and female qualities both with respect to the translations of Albright and the bible references which include “May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers ” (Gen 28:3).  “I am God Almighty be fruitful and increase in number”(Gen. 35:11). “By the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb” (Gen. 49:25). It was similarly with Shaddai that Abraham adopted the covenant of circumcision and from whom the promise of a second son was made, a promise that similarly resulted in Abram becoming Abraham and Sarai becoming Sara or Sarah. This name change has been extensively researched and the general consensus is that the insertion of the ‘ah’ or ‘ha’ into Abram and addition of it to Sarai has its roots in the extension of the vowel ‘a’. Its use therefore is to emphasis the vowel sound to the long versions, in the same way that accents are placed over ‘a’ in many languages. This same vowel extension exists in the three names that Abram knew God by for ‘Ah’ can be seen clearly in the pronunciation of El Oham (El O-Ham), Yahweh (YaH-Wey) and El Shaddai (El SHa-ddai).  

So in the story of Abraham we find that he was married to Sarah who may have been his sister and may have had a dry river, the Sara’s wadi named after her. In the Hindu traditions we have a Deity named Brahma who was married to his daughter,  a mythical ‘dry’ river called the Saraswati. That in all three names that Abram knew God the long version of ‘a’ as ‘Ah’ is prominent and that nne of those names was Shaddai, a mountain dwelling female aspect by the name of Shadai. Whereas to the Brahmins of Southern India Saraswati is also known as Sharda, a mountain dwelling female aspect of God. Hence Abrams God and Sara’s river are conjoined in the Hindu faith to produce Brahma and Saraswati.

 

Abraham’s well and Brahma’s lake

It is worth noting that along with the possible derivative of the Saraswati river, from an ancient river that dried up, that both Brahma and Abraham have strong connections with wells and lakes. For Pushkar, a city second only to Varanasi in importance is a lake city dedicated to Brahma. It is the only holy site dedicated to Brahma and the lake itself is small being circular, no more than 100 foot in diameter and completely encircled by Gats. Whilst sacred it is little more than an enlarged well and is believed to have sprung after Brahma dropped a lotus leaf. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage site for the offering of prayers. In Abrahams story the well is similarly important for it was at Beersheba (the well of Oath) where Abraham made the treaty with the Philistines and later where Isaac re-dug the seven wells sunk by his father. Beersheba remained an important holy site for pilgrimage where, as Pushkar is today, it was used for making oaths until the time of Josiah.  

 

 

Abrahams Sons and the two Nations

In the covenant with Abraham God, the Super-Mind, promised Abraham that his heirs would inherit the Earth and be more numerous than the stars; though not as one great nation but as two. After Isaac was born to Sarah, Sarah became jealous and so had Hagar and her and Abraham’s son, Ishmael, banished, much to Abrahams distress but God said to Abraham, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring." (Genesis 21) In this covenant God promised Abraham two nations; one from each son, for both Isaac and Ishmael would each establish a nation. Two sons who shared a single father but were the progeny of two different women would in this covenant both father great nations. 

I can only assume that so ingrained is the general belief that the Abrahamic and Hindu faiths are distinct, for one is reputedly monotheistic and the other reputedly polytheistic, that this assumption has ensured that every scholar to date, despite the respective evidence in the scriptures to the contrary, has omitted to consider the possibility that these two dominant religions have the same root; that they are the consequence of Isaac and Ishmael fulfilling the prophesy and founding two great nations as in faiths; thus completing the original Covenant.  For in both branches we have ample evidence of such; evidence that has been raised and covered throughout this book. To recap: both religions subscribe to the concept of the supreme God-Head; the one God or Super-Mind, both have maintained an identical flood story in which the principal survivor Noah (Manu) is the founding figure, both have maintained the name of Sharda or Shaddai, the mountain dwelling God with whom the Covenant was made and most importantly both have maintained the original diagrams and philosophies that explains the creation and destination of the Universe; diagrams and philosophies that are both 5000 years old.

However that said the most fundamental of believers are unlikely to accept a common origin, preferring instead to continue to wage wars whilst the Agnostics and Atheists will continue to see these as just similar stories, metaphors for the origin of Mankind. However even the evolutionary theories of science support a the concept of one Mankind. In the mapping of the Human Genome it was identified that all of us share so many common genes that at best there are only 12 degrees of separation between any two individuals and whilst this difference points to a common ancestry of nearer 50,000 rather than 5000 years it still points to the contention that we are in essence one family of 6.5 billion members.

 

The second Trinity

Thus the second and upper most trinity of the ‘upper worlds’ of the ten Sefriot (Gevurah, Gedullah and Yesod) and the Chakras of Muladhara (root), Ajña (third eye) and Manipura (solar plexus) not only correspond with each other in terms of colour and attribute but also correspond with the founding figures of Noah, Moses and Abraham in the Abrahamic faiths and Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma in the Hindu. Whilst none of the evidence so far presented can in isolation prove a common origin the collective weight of this evidence is over whelming. It could not be by chance that these two ‘distinct’ religious roots could share so much at a fundamental level without there being some common root to both of them. I would aver that it is only the mask of elaboration, the influence of subsequent scribes and recorders that has concealed this.

Similarly this is the first trinity that has direct influence and manifestation into both our universe and the consciousness of Man for this trinity relates to the psychological aspects of Instinct, Emotion and Intellect in the mind of Man and is expressed as the manifestation of Microbes, Reptiles and Animals in the creation of the Super-Mind.

Whilst the above is compelling of a common origin of these two important faiths what adds considerable weight to the evidence is the route and the means by which much of this information was gleened. For when I embarked on my journey of ‘Connectivity’ I had not been seeking God. I had as a consequence of a spiritual experience a head fullof knowledge and a book to write and had set out to give myself six months to write that book; a book on the mechanisms of planet Earth, or so I believed, but instead found myself on a mystical trail of discovery.  A trail that took me to the holy city of Pushkar, where at a lake dedicated to Brahma I had lessons from lights. Then, in the moutains of Kashmir, at the abode of Goddess Sharda I saw the very diagram that initiated the original experience carved onto cliffs. Such was the weight of experience that one can conlude little else but the influence of some higher intelligence, a Super-Mind.

 

The Importance of Sharda

At the convulence of the Kisanganga and the Sorgum rivers lies a temple; the Abode of Goddess Sharda and it lies in the small village of the same name in the Neelam Valley of Kashmir. Built in AD24 this temple, this forgotten Holy site, Sanctum Sanctorium is the Key to the unity of the faiths. For the significnce Sharda or Shaddai is I believe supported both by the above and through my own journey, a jouney that was both unexpected and unintended.

When I arrived in Goa I had crossed India twice. Having arrived in Kerala, the West coast on the 11th of December I had headed straight across to Pndicherry on the East only to realize that this was not the right place. Lost and unsure I decided to return to the West coast, to Goa for it was the only place in India I had heard of. I had been in India barely a week and was running about like a headless chicken, not knowing why I was there nor where I was going; but in Goa I finally sat down and determined that I was here to write and would similarly take the oportunity to see India. As a land of temples I felt a good way to see India was to visit these temples and to visit ones dedicated to specific Deities. Saraswati had seemed an interesting and unusual choice; a quick Internet search and I had six possible places. It was then, whilst sitting on a hotel balcany and reviewing this list that the first and most traumatic of the visions was experienced.

That first vision was triggered by the last temple on that list; the Abode of Goddess Sharda in Kashmir. A temple not in Indian Kashmir but Pakistan. A country I had not only no knowledge of but not even a guide book to refer to. That vision showed me a stone temple in an open grass area boarded on one side by white buildings and on the other by wooden. The vision ended with an image of myself walking with two others when a noise, like a shot rang out, followed by me falling to the ground. An event that I interpreted as my death and it bothered me. The second vision was more of a message for it told me to go “Where the two rivers meet. Take the books, and there start a library”. Six months later I finally arrived.

Once in Sharda I was to discover the temple and that the principle mountain, the Narda Peak, is also known as Sharda and contains the image of a woman, with the top peak of that image forming the breasts of the woman. To the Kashmiri’s Sharda, is a female concept, one strongly associated with creation and childbirth just as El Shaddai, the one that gave Abraham his second son, is the female in concept in the Abrahamic faiths. So not only do we have the phonetically similarities with Abraham and Brahma, Sarah and Saraswati, the relationship similarities through marriage and blood but we also have strong similarities with Abrahams God, Shaddai and the mountain God of Kashmir, Sharda. This was perhaps the most important lesson of the lights; That in a small village of the Neelam valley of Pakistan occupied Kashmir lies the ruins of an ancient temple: the Abode of Goddess Sharda, the mountain dwelling God of Abraham, The supreme God-Head of the Hindus and the source of the sacred Saraswati river, the source of Mankind. .

Another compelling geographical and historical aspect for Sharda is that it lies mid point between Srinagar and Taxcilla, one the city of the tomb of Jesus and the other the site of an ancient Buddhist complex, the world’s earliest University and the place where the earliest Christian artifact outside the Middle East was unearthed; the Taxcilla Cross. For Christianity made it here long before it arrived in Europe and when it did arrive the land was Buddhist.

The Sharda temple was built only 24 years after the crucifixion event,  after the arrival of the cross and the man who carried it, for Sharda was built in a Buddhist area to commemorate the arrival of Jesus in Kashmir, his Ascension to the mountain abode of El Shaddai.

This is the importance of Sharda, Sanctum Sanctorum

Where the Prophets Meet

 

The Pillars of Paradise and The Last Trinity

When in November 2004 the gate of Brahma opened and I visited what I now believe to be the Akashic records, the universal memory, on my return I became aware of a presence inside me, something was moving inside my body at great speed and as it was it was changing me – it seemed like a small speck of light whizzing around inside – what ever it was it felt beneficial, it seemed to be repairing my body, making me alive! The headache gone and the light subsided I leaned forward, opened a new word document and began to write:

 

The three pillars of Paradise

 

Devotion (Devine Pillar)

Devotion is the highest pillar for devotion is on a higher spiritual plane. Only you know how devoted you are. You cannot prove devotion for it is a state of mind and level of enlightenment. Devotion is knowing.

 

In this sense devotion is to the Devine and the creation, it may be expressed by faith but not to the doctrine or ritual but to the spirit as devotion sees beyond ritual. In this sense devotion is accomplished by creating a paradise, spiritual and physical, fit for the Devine. It is not achieved through worship of the divine in prayer alone but by doing and thinking good deeds and thoughts, remembering the prophets by emulating them, worshipping through action not just prayer. This does not negate prayer but recognises that pray alone is not enough. Prayer serves to support action, to pray is to ask favour, this may or may not be for self but it is still to ask favour and any favour requested requires some action, some act of gratitude in the form or good action. Prayer can be visualized as a contract: “God grant me thy wish” implies “and I will do good.” As with any contract both parties expect a return. The Devine is no exception and so to pray and not act, not to do good works, is to sign a contract and then not comply.  One is better not to have signed/prayed in the first place.

Devotion therefore is to remember your obligations, that to pray and not do acts in return is to constantly breech the contract; each prayer requires good deeds in return. When one expresses devotion one does good deeds and fulfils the obligations of prayer.

 

Compassion (Family pillar)

To understand is to help; to help is to emulate the prophets. But you must understand, accept and value all that is not you for all that is not you is the Devine. To have compassion for the creation, all that is not you, is to have compassion for the Devine and reinforces ones devotion.  Compassion is first expressed through tolerance, to tolerate difference, to accept a fish is a fish and a bird is a bird as each person is each person. My shoes are not yours, they will not fit and they will cripple you! Realize that this is true for each of us and lean to first tolerate this difference; for it is not just the difference between you and I it is also the difference between you and the Devine. To tolerate is only the first step to compassion. Realizing that difference enriches, that it reveals the Devine, for in paradise all things live in harmony and it is the path to paradise. To truly know compassion is to love and celebrate difference.  

 

Pacifism (personal pillar)

Although pacifism is the lowest pillar it is the hardest to attain completely for total pacifism, the Pacifism of the Devine, is without all violence towards all things. As we must eat then it cannot be achieved whilst alive, as living requires eating, which requires the taking of life, the most violent act of all. Therefore the highest step of the lowest pillar is beyond reach. However to reach one step from the top takes little effort, one needs only to refrain from violence and to take only the life that is needed to live. 

To strike another is to strike the Devine, it violates both devotion and compassion since it breaches the contract of prayer and negates all compassion.  All the true prophets have been pacifists for all the prophets have known to strike another is to strike the Devine and that the Devine is everything that you are not.

 

The Steps

Within each pillar there are steps, levels. One can exist on the higher or lower levels of each pillar at different times but each must strive to climb the pillars. No one can reach the highest level of one pillar without reaching the highest level of the others as well.  You cannot neglect one pillar in favour of another either, If compassion and pacifism are neglected in favour of devotion then one becomes pious. Too busy signing prayer contracts to have time to fulfill them! Equally compassion to excess leads to domination, where one no longer cares but controls, and pacifism alone leads to laziness and neglect.  

                                            

Devotion:                   to know ones obligations

         Compassion:              to love

         Pacifism:                    exist without harm

 

These are the three pillars on which paradise can be built and the steps are the path by which we may enter it. 

 

But right Now we stand far from Paradise. We stand at the edge, the edge of the Abyss. If we do not begin to Ascend soon then we may well fall and paradise will forever be beyond our reach. Our Ascension will not begin easy: we must change; we must evolve to fulfil our “Devine” function. We are thought, we are the expression of Devine intelligence whilst our Environment is the expression of Devine beauty. To express the former is to enhance the latter; but if we fail, descend into ignorance then this will impoverish the world, beauty will decay and we will be visited by eternal misery. Hence we must evolve, we must evolve as one, a single united body of intelligence, and we must do it now.  This must not yet be revealed… there is much to plan.   

 

These are the pillars of paradise, the last three prophets of Buddha (Pacifism), Jesus (Devotion) and Mohammad (Compassion). Only by learning the lessons of these three can Paradise manifest. It cannot stand on just one or two but only on the three. This is the lesson of the lights.

 

The Names of God

In the Abrahamic faiths God has many names. Even to Abraham God was known by three and as the faith has grown and diversified so have the number of names that are attributed to the God that all three branches claim to be only one. In Judaism God has 72 names of which one is forgotten. In Christianity the names of God have been adapted and translated but all come from the original Hebrew text whilst in Islam the Qu’ran contains 100 names for God however only 99 are known for one is hidden. In the Hindu faith God has 3300 names. However there is an interesting story as to the importance of these names.

 

A pupil goes to his teacher and asks, “Master how many gods are there?”

“Ah” says the Master, “there are 3300 gods”

“Really?” Replies the pupil, “There are 3300 important gods?”

“Ah” says the Master, “Important gods, now there are 330 important gods”

“Ah” says the pupil, “So there are 330 really important gods”

“Ah” says the Master, “Really important gods; there are only 33 of them”

“Ah” says the pupil, “So of all the 3300 gods 33 are truly Devine”

“Ah” says the Master, “Of the 33 really important only 3 are Devine.”

“Ah” says the pupil, “So there are only 3 truly Devine and important gods who stand supreme over the others?”

“Ah” says the Master, “Supreme Gods, there is only one of them”

“Ah” says the pupil, “So there is only one Supreme, Devine God then. By what name do I call this God?”

“Ah” says the Master, “This God is the one found in every other name for God, this God’s name is so great that one name cannot encompass the breadth or Majesty of this God, yet with every breath one honours this God.

“AH” replied the pupil to which the master nodded and smiled”

        

In the Gita it states "I am in everyone's heart as the Supersoul. As soon as one desires to worship some demigod, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to that particular deity. Endowed with such a faith, he endeavors to worship a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by Me alone." (Gita: 7:21-22). "Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me”  (Gita: 9:23).

 

Judaism

Whilst within Judaism God has 72 names only 7 are generally used and regarded as particularly significant; these being:

 

YHWH             The forgotten name of God

Elohim           A common name of God in the Torah, Elohim which literally means “God” also describes gods of other religions.

El’Elyon        The name Elyon means "supreme" (as in "Supreme Court") or "Most High" and is traditionally translated into English as 'God Most High'. It is cognate to the Arabic `Aliyy.

  El Shaddai      The name Shaddai occurs both independently and in combination with El It is a name of God chiefly found in the Book of Job. According to Exodus 6:2, 3, this is the name by which God was known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In early translation it was translated with words meaning 'Almighty'.

  Shalom           "The name of God is 'Peace'  Sh’lomo literally means His peace (from shalom, Solomon) refers to the God of Peace. Shalom in Hebrew also can mean "hello" and "goodbye."

  Shekhinah       The presence or manifestation of God which has descended to "dwell" among humanity.. The root of the word means "dwelling". Of the principal names of God, it is the only one that is of the feminine gender in Hebrew grammar.

  Yah                The name Yah is composed of the first letters of YHWH. One theory is that the Rastafarian Jah is derived from this but it is equally likely to be derived from the Christian Jahovah which itself is derived from YHWH.

 

In Christainity the names of God are all derived from Hebrew translations with the most significant the names attributed by Abraham and being The Lord God, translated as Jahovah from the Hebrew  YHWH, The Almighty God, translated from the Hebrew El Shaddai and the Everlasting God, translated from the Hebrew El Oham. Whilst in Islam God is attributed with 100 names of which 99 are identified in the Qu’ran and one is hidden. The most important of the 99 names is Allah.

So in the Abrahamic faiths God has almost 200 names, clearly an interesting aspect if not a contradiction for montheistic faiths and whilst the Hindu faith has 3300 names it identifies an un-named Supreme God-Head below which sit the most important of the Demi-Gods. What is clear here is that one faith has forgotten a name, one faith has a hidden name and one an unamed supreme God-Head. If  However one makes a chart of these names then one thing begins to bring all these names together.

 

Islam (99 NAMES plus one hidden, 33 of which are)

Allah The God

Al Rahman

The All Beneficent

Al Rahim

The Most Merciful

Al Hakam

The Judge, Arbitrator

Al Khaliq

The Creator

Al Muhaymin

The Preserver

Al Hasib

The Reckoner

Al Ghaffar

The Ever Forgiving

Al Hafiz

The Preserver

Al Wahhab

The Bestower

Al Khafid

The Abaser

Al Shahid

 The Witness

Al Ghafur

The All Forgiving

Al Qahhar

The All Compelling Subduer

Al Ghani

The All Rich, the Independent

Al Zahir

The Manifest; the All Victorious

Al Halim

The Forbearing, the Indulgent

Al Fattah

The Opener, the Victory Giver

Al Haqq

The Truth, the Real

Al Hakim

The Wise

Al Khabir

The All Aware

Al Hadi

The Guide

Al Shakur

The Grateful

Al Hayy

 The Ever Living

Al Hamid

The All Praiseworthy

Al Wahid

The One, the Indivisible

Al 'Azim

The Magnificent, the Infinite

Al Alim

The All Knowing, the Omniscient

Al Awwal

The First

Al Salam

Peace and Blessing

Al Akhir

The Last

Hinduism (3300 names of which 3 are of particular importance)

“SUPREME GOD-HEAD”

Brahma

Vishnu (Krishna)

Shiva

Creator

Preserver

Destroyer

 

Judaism

YHWH

Elohim

Elyon

Shaddai

Shalom

Shekhinah

Yah

God

Supreme

Almighty

Peace

Dwelling

?

 

Christianity

God

Jehovah

El Shaddai

El Oham

Lord

Almighty God

Everlasting God

 

 

From the above it can be seen that the important names of God nearly always contain the sounds ‘AH’ or HA. Below are the three names of the supreme ‘realities’ of God for each faith followed by three of the most important subordinate names. Because of it’s extreme significance in uniting these three faiths the original name for the Hindu Deity Saraswati, Sharda has been included.

 

ISLAM

HINDUISM

JUDAISM

ALLAH

(The God)

BRAHMA

(the creator)

YAHWAH

(The Lord)

AL WAHHAB

 The Bestower

VISHNU (KRISHNA)

(The preserver)

EL HAI

(The Living God)

AL QAHHAR

The All Compelling Subduer

SHIVA

(The destroyer)

El OHIM

(The Everlasting)

Al SHAHID

(The witness)

SHARDA (Saraswati)

(Knowledge)

EL SHADDAI

(The Almighty)

 

The Hidden name of God

The hidden name of God is AH and can be found in the principle name of God in all the major religions. It is the correct pronunciation for ‘the God’ of Islam (Allah) = Al’ AH. It appears twice in the pronunciation of Christian name for God  (j-AH-ov-AH). It appears twice in the forgotten Jewish name for God (Y-AH-V-AH). It appears twice in the pronunciation of the Hindu God  (br-AH-m-AH). It appears reversed in the pronunciation of the Hindu God  (s-HA-rd-AH).

Just as the insertion of the ‘ah into Abram is regarded as a mechanism to emphasize the ‘A’ sound so I would aver is the regular use of AH in the names of God. It is similarly the first sound of AUM, the word God spoke in Hindu Creation and the last word in all three Abrahamic faiths; Amen.