Thursday, May 30, 2013

250 How Are The Sacraments Of The Church Divided

250 How Are The Sacraments Of The Church Divided


(Comp 250) The sacraments are divided into: the sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist); the sacraments of healing (Penance and Anointing of the Sick);, and the sacraments at the service of communion and mission (Holy Orders and Matrimony). The sacraments touch all the important moments of Christian life. All of the sacraments are ordered to the Holy Eucharist "as to their end" (Saint Thomas Aquinas)."In brief"(CCC 1113) The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments (Cf. SC 6). There are seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony (Cf. Council of Lyons II (1274): DS 860; Council of Florence (1439): DS 1310; Council of Trent (1547): DS 1601). This article will discuss what is common to the Church's seven sacraments from a doctrinal point of view. What is common to them in terms of their celebration will be presented in the second chapter, and what is distinctive about each will be the topic of the "Section Two". To deepen and explain(CCC 1210) Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: (Cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, "STh" III, 65, 1): they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life. On reflection (CCC 1211) Following this analogy, the "first chapte"r will expound the three sacraments of Christian initiation; "the second", the sacraments of healing; and "the third", the sacraments at the service of communion and the mission of the faithful. This order, while not the only one possible, does allow one to see that the sacraments form an organic whole in which each particular sacrament has its own vital place. In this organic whole, the Eucharist occupies a unique place as the "Sacrament of sacraments": "all the other sacraments are ordered to it as to their end" (St. Thomas Aquinas, "STh" III, 65, 3).

Monday, May 27, 2013

Types Of India Religion

Types Of India Religion
ndia is the land of Spirituality and philosophy and is considered to be the birthplace of many religions. Indian religion is varied in approach and different in meaning. Most of the types of religion in India are called Dharmic religions. In the Indian subcontinent Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism form a subgroup of the larger class of "Eastern religions". Religion adds meaning and purpose to the lives of the people. It is actually a practice that enhances direct communication with God. A religion is a belief concerning one or more deities and incorporating rituals, ceremonies, ethical guidelines, and life philosophies. Thus, religion has diversified and grown to include major monotheistic religions in the country.The most dominant religion in India today is Hinduism. About 80% of Indians are Hindus. Hinduism is a colorful religion with a vast gallery of Gods and Goddesses. Hinduism is one of the ancient religions in the world. It is supposed to have developed about 5000 years ago. Later on in ancient period other religions developed in India.Around 500 BC two other religions developed in India, namely, Buddhism and Jainism. Today only about 0.5% of Indians are Jains and about 0.7% are Buddhist. In ancient times Jainism and specially Buddhism were very popular in India. Indians who accepted Buddhist philosophy spread it not only within the Indian sub-continent but also to kingdoms east and south of India.These three ancient religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, are seen as the molders of the India philosophy. In 'modern' period new religions were also established in India.One comparatively new religion in India is Sikhism and it was established in the 15th century. About 2% of Indians are Sikhs. There were other attempts to create new religions in India but they did not always succeed. For example, a Moghul emperor, Akbar, who reigned between 1556 - 1605, tried to establish a new religion, Din- E- Elahi, but it did not survive. There are other religious philosophies whose believers see themselves as a separate religion, but they do not always get this recognition. For example Lingayat of south India see themselves as a different religion, while others see them as a sect of Hinduism. There are also some tribal communities who demand to be recognized as separate religion from Hinduism. In the 19th century some Hindu reformers tried to remodel Hinduism to adjust it to modern period.Along with the religions that developed in India, there are followers of non- Indian religions. The largest non-Indian religion is Islam. They are about 12% of India's population. Christians are more then 2% of India's population. There are also Zoroastrians who even though make less then 0.01% of India's population, are known around India. There are also a few thousand Jews in India. Judaism and Christianity might have arrived in India before they arrived in Europe.The percentage of religionsHINDUISM - about 82%ISLAM - about 12%CHRISTIANITY - about 2.5%SIKHISM - about 2%BUDDHISM - about 0.7%JAINISM - about 0.5%ZOROASTRIANISM - about 0.01%JUDAISM - about 0.0005%A wide assortment of religions exists in the country today. Hinduism is the ancient among the other types of Religion in India. This religion can be called the native religion of the subcontinent. Christianity and Islam visited the country with the invaders, traders and the missionaries. Many essentially Hindus got converted and baptised in to Christianity or Islam. Far eastern religions like Buddhism and Sikhism also developed besides Hinduism. Iranic religions like Zoroastrianism and Bahai are also new to the country. All religions in the country dictate peace and good will. Moreover, the different religious belief plays an imperative role in the history of the world.The people of India can be benefited from learning about the different types of religion in India. Hinduism originated with Brahman as the central Lord. Brahmins are Vedik people. The Vedas describe the landscape of northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Over and over the Vedas mention a mighty river called the Sarasvati where Brahmin communities flourished, where the Indus Valley civilization flourished and dispersed when the Saraswati river dried up around 1900 BCE. Long before, during the Ramayana period Brahmins migrated to Dandakaranya (Dandaka Forest) in the south with Viswamitra, the author of several hymns in Rigveda including Gayatri mantra, and practiced Vedik religon performing yajnas under the protection of Lord Rama and Lakshmana. Long before Rama went south, Agastya, a prominent Brahmin sage and writer of several hymns of Rigveda, crossed Vindhyas and established Vedik religion in south India. Sage Agastya appeared to Rama when he was despondent at the impending war with Ravana and instructed him in the use of Aditya Hridayam, a hymn praising the Sun God. Brahmins have been migrating to various regions within the Indian Continent since time immemorial and recently to other continents as well. Books in PDF format to read:Max Heindel - Teachings Of An InitiateSir James George Frazer - The Golden Bough A Study Of Magic And ReligionAndrew Lang - Myth Ritual And ReligionRobert Ellwood - The Encyclopedia Of World Religions
Saturday, May 25, 2013

The End Of Christianity My Biggest Problem And My Promise To You

The End Of Christianity My Biggest Problem And My Promise To You
I contain normal some copies of The End of Christianity" facing. Prometheus Books" is in the function of distributing them. It has the look and run of The Christian Misreading, my novel book. From the planning get to the ultimate delivery TEC took a blind date and nine months of onerous work. It is considerably easier to hear facing published material and place it in a book than in accomplishment new essays from scholars. The chapters in moreover books are new essays. They moreover took a lot of work. And they are moreover complete books, as the recommendations advise us coming from moreover Christians and skeptics who waver. Bestow are scores of chapters import the cost of the books themselves. Which ones constrain lately depend on your own similar interests. Set despite the fact that I read and re-read them scores of grow old, suppression and leave-taking back and forth with the authors, Richard Delivery service, the copy-editor and delivery staff, I am reading it over in onerous journalism format wondering if the decisions ended were good ones, and trying to leave any typos we may contain missed. I permission re-read Jaco Gerickes payment titled: "Can God Perform if Yahweh Doesnt? That payment forlorn is import the cost of the book." Its astounding. I can lately understand how Christians movement try to gerrymander rudely it, in the same way as he closed all the loopholes they constrain motivation to use in leisure activity his effect, that God doesnt act since Christians no longer belief in Yahweh, a tribal god among others in the Israelite religion.Log on on top >>
Friday, May 24, 2013

The Esbats

The Esbats
The Esbats are carousing of the thirteen full moons in a engagement,These are in addition to get older for magick, extra device that open on development, luxury and get going.The Sabbats are normally carousing fair and square than magical device. The Sabbats are fire festivals; the Esbats are for attuning with the energies of the Moon and the cycles. Ever since the phases of the moon are apex, the month the full moon waterfall in can in addition to implicate your magical device.THE THIRTEEN Cosmological MONTHS JANUARY Scoff Moon in addition to free as Aloof Moon.This is a time to work on concealed evils, protection and reversing spells. Sure energy is jail and still now, waiting for the space heater weather to redo it, and so you can open on rest and musing.FEBRUARYSnow Moon in addition to free as Hastening Moon.This is a time for purification and healing, by gentle yourself for any since errors and learn to put them belated you. The energy of the earth is growing now, arrangement for new life to squirt in the Leap.MARCHWorm Moon in addition to free as Go berserk Moon.A time for new babyhood. The building energy finally breaks trendy the light in the new aspect, and this is in addition to a good time to open on growing and expanding, as well as bring together and seeing put down illusions.APRILPink Moon in addition to free as Growing Moon.This is a time for modify, as well as sang-froid and self-determination. Sure energy is close down on growing and topic, and this is in addition to a good time for vision and promotion a good insipid, friendliness and tidy.MAYFlower Moon in addition to free as Hare Moon.This is a time for working with natural energies, or the magical. The energy of the Lair is in full topic, and you can open on working on your feeling, or working with fairies and Lair spirits.JUNEStrawberry Moon in addition to free as Mead Moon.This is a time for form and tidy magic. You can walk on making decisions, spoils organization and building your personage. The natural energy is static as strong as in May, but is peacemaker now, heartening you to open on protection, form and prevention magic.JULYBuck Moon in addition to free as Blessing Moon.This is a time for observe for the coming select, as well as concentrating on foresight and meditation. The energy is static strong, but traditional now, and you can in addition to work magic for bang into and prosperity in this fixed, yet powerful time.AUGUSTSturgeon Moon in addition to free as Hard skin Moon.This is a time for harvesting, increase and reaping what you plague sown. The energy of the Lair is slowing down once more now, preparing for the coming Arctic. You can open your device on family, friendships and zoom, and work time meditating on the circle of life, and interconnectedness of everything in silhouette.SEPTEMBERHarvest Moon in addition to free as Barley Moon.This is a time for concentrating on tidy and bring together, as well as organization; physical, mental and spiritual. The natural energy is on its last legs back under furrow as Arctic approaches, and you can use this time to let go of naughty atmosphere fair and square than letting them rot.OCTOBERHunter's Moon in addition to free as Blood Moon.This is a time for cleansing and working for stillness. You can walk on magical device for honesty and bring together and turn your opinion to new start, and achieving whichever inner stillness and stillness with silhouette. The Earth's energy is undeveloped and preparing to back number once more.NOVEMBERBeaver Moon in addition to free as Mourn Moon.This is a time for amend, with the beginning of the new Wiccan engagement, and the provision for winter. The natural energy is spoils crux following enhanced arrangement to return one time winter's coolness has moved out. You can use this time for communicating with deity, and for protection magic.DECEMBERCold Moon in addition to free as Oak Moon.This is a time for reaching out to friends and family. Sure energy is at its responsibility, the nights are recording, and now is a good time to take about death, rebirth and transformation. You can walk on magic for form, measures and staying power.THIRTEENTH MOONBlue Moon - the time full moon in any month.This is a time for examing the goals you plague, in addition to seeing how far you plague come to achieving your goals, and either renewing your intentions or state of affairs yourself new goals. You can in addition to work time meditating.


Waxing Half Moon Enters Virgo

Waxing Half Moon Enters Virgo
"I'm one with the Goddess

and open to Her Wisdom."

10th Day of the 5th Lunar Cycle

Ruled by Hera

Lunar Tree Cycle ~ Saille/Willow

9th Day of the Celtic Tree Month ~ Saille/Willow

Moon Phase: waxing Half Moon

Moon sets: 3:31AM EDST

Moon rises: 2:51PM EDST

Moon in Leo v/c 11:34AM EDST

Moon enters the Mutable Earth

Sign of Virgo at 2:24PM EDST

Rhiannon's Cycle of the Moon

Lunar Meditation: The vista through

the window of imagination.

Sun in Taurus

Sunrise: 6:29AM EDST

Sunset: 8:08PM EDST

Solar Question for the Day: "What memories do

you most appreciate?

Imbolc (Gwyl Mair) Quarter of the Year

April 23rd., 2010

MOON IN VIRGO - so we will be leaving the dramatic Fire Sign of Leo today and be grounded again in Virgo's analytical energies. With the Sun being in a Fixed Earth Sign and the Moon in a Mutable Earth Sign we will experience Major energies of practicality and organization - urges of cleaning up messes and taking care of loose ends. But in the midst of all this 'groundedness' there are Major energies today for Romance and friendship lurking. Can you combine these energies? Virgo is an inwardly time so we can reflect on personal relationnships during our Mercury Retrograde time span.


Here is an appropriate little essay from Kate West's book "The Real Witches' Year" - Beltaine is right around the corner. How prepared are you?

Beltane was traditionally celebrated when the Hawthorn, also called the May, blossomed. This is a major fertility festival that used to be traditional for the unattached to dress in green to signify that they were available and seeking a partner. These young people would then spend the night in the woods. Any child born of such a union was considered especially blessed and to bring good fortune to the village. As a result both mother and child would be cared for by everyone. It is thought that one of the reasons why it is considered unlucky to bring May blossom into the house is because this would have indicated an unsuccessful night! It is just as likely that the flowers would have given away the fact that the people of the house followed the Old Gods.

When the Hawthorn is in blossom go and seek a bush and, if you can, lie down under it and meditate on the festival and its meaning. Visualize the Goddess as Mother and the Horned God as her Consort, for this is the time of their marriage. Gather enough flowers to weave into a circlet. Most florists of craft supply stores sell preformed wicker rings which are ideal for this. While you thread the flowers into the ring, focus on the meaning of the festival. If you were not able to meditate under the Hawthorn you can meditate while wearing the circlet, otherwise use the circlet to decorate your home for the festival - hang it upon the outside entrance of your house. If you have an image of the Goddess in your home it is nice to also create a smaller circlet for this.

"Give thanks for the gifts of the Goddess, "lest She decides to take them back.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mother Ganga

Mother Ganga
Father Ganga is a dramatically superb documentary on India's maximum run, the holy Ganges.Assign a spiritual outing that begins at Ganga Sagar on the Bay of Bengal anywhere Ganga enters the sea, and ends 1600 miles gone at Gomukh, high in the Himalayan Mountains anywhere she appears. Downstairs the way rendezvous the holy sites of Mayapur anywhere Noble Caitanya appeared, and Bodhgaya, Noble Buddha's place of elucidation. Affidavit the superb Ganga puja, idolize performed to her golden waters at Benares, and the world's prevalent fair, the Kumbha Mela at Prayag.Affidavit the superb Ganga puja, idolize performed to her golden waters at Benares, and the world's prevalent fair, the Kumbha Mela at Prayag.Be thunderstruck by the austerities of mystic yogis in Rishikesh and of late go through the roof the snooty peaks of the pungent Himalayas to understand Ganga's incomprehensible instigate.Covering we collect timeless narratives from the ancient Vedas describing Ganga's spiritual origin and the transcendent pastimes of India's saints, demigods and heroes. Area of the art special belongings and vitality artistically refinement the images humanitarian us a see here the heavenly construction of Ganga.Ganga is a run inseparably burial chamber to India's culture and religion, a run worshiped by a billion nation as a mother who sustains life and cleanses sins. Fall deeply; allow your foundation to be carried disallowed by the waters of Father Ganga.Btjunkie

Natalie Glasson Lady Quan Yin In The Face Of Truth Divine Mother Activation 27 January 2014

It is with a heart filled with great compassion and gratitude that I, Lady Quan Yun, step forward to greet you. Please know you always exist in my heart as my love is as ever with you as it binds with the light of the Divine Mother aspect of the Creator which is so vividly in existence upon the Earth in this present moment. I bring forth with my own energy the intertwining and connection I experience with the Divine Mother vibrations so that you may unite with the same within and around you.

Whether you are male or female in physical form you have the ability to exude the Divine Mother from every cell of your being. You have the ability and even the passion within your soul to express the Divine Mother, enacting her guidance within your reality to enhance her presence upon the Earth.The Divine Mother brings forth and ignites within your being the energy of protection on all energetic and physical levels of your being. Beloved ones know that you are protected completely by the Divine Mother vibrations but know more deeply you are the protection you seek and believe in, you have the ability like a caring Mother to protect and cradle yourself in love, while protecting especially energetically all those around you and upon the Earth. It is your own divine love that is your protection and through your love for others you are safeguarding their energy and enhancing their own belief in their safety in the reality you exist within.The Divine Mother brings forth to you the energy vibration of sweetness, she speaks of the nectar of life and of your soul, through your recognition of the nectar of life and your soul you are able to experience the sweetness, beauty and blissful miracles of life, human and soul connection, manifestation and the presence of the Creator as a realised vibration within you.Your ability to experience fully the Creator in all its magnificence is your sweetness; never forget the gift that has been bestowed to you. Through your focus, mastery and awareness of yourself you can experience all that is the harmony, bliss, paradise and ecstasy which is the Creator. Sweetness is acceptance in your entire being of the Creator, a process of surrendering to the flow of the Creator within all, including yourself.The Divine Mother brings forth the presence of truth, a truth that can only be spoken and exist in love. A truth that changes ones perspective sheds one's ego and yet has the power to simultaneously inspire a simple expression of essence and a return to the innocence of a child. The child in you now sees past all false energies, scenarios and manifestations, focusing only to what is true and pours from the essence of the Divine. The Divine Mother embraces you asking you to bring forth in her presence, the beautiful child within you, not your child self from your current lifetime but the child of your soul, the essence of innocence ofyour soul. The part of your soul that gazes in wonder, acknowledges the sweetness of the Creator in all things, sees past the truth free from judgment and fear, while understanding with tremendous knowingness that all aspects of itself is cradled in the loving protection of the Creator. The Divine Mother will support you as you allow yourself to ignite this transformation; all she asks of you is to trust in her vibration around and within you. Know that all she reminds you of is within your being; it is yourself to share with yourself and all souls around you.Take a moment and invite the Divine Mother energy to be as one with you;'Lady Quan Yin I call upon your support and assistance in my reality now, please surround me in your loving compassion so I may recognise the same within my being, emanating loving compassion in readiness to connect more fully with the Divine Mother.Beloved Divine Mother, I call your presence to intertwine with my own, bring forth to me your ever loving presence as I emanate to you my loving compassion. I am ready to work with you to aid the ascension of humanity, to allow the Divine Mother vibration to be vividly present in balance and harmony within the vibrations of many people and the Earth. Let me act as an instrument of your light sharing the love and truth of the Divine Mother in my everyday reality.As I breathe your light and presence deep into my being support me in activating the innocence of my soul and child of my soul so that I may bring forth into complete manifestation the innocence of my entire truthful and divine being. Support me in gazing in wonder, acknowledging the sweetness of the Creator in all things, seeing past the truth free from judgment and fear, whileunderstanding with tremendous knowingness that all aspects of myself are cradled in the loving protection of the Creator.I recognise this may be a transformation I may not fully comprehend but let me be conscious of the energies igniting within my being with your support. Thank you.' Beloved ones, please know you are here as a powerful support for the unfolding of the truth of the Creator on the Earth. You are present within the Earth's reality to witness the same unfolding of truth within your own being, acknowledging how it will influence the Earth's vibration. One of your missions which is now coming into play is to support the unfolding of truth within souls newly entering the Earth, the children and new born into a physical body. With your choosing it can be your purpose to recognise yourself as a divine soul and to therefore present these newly entered souls with the same vision, perspective and knowingness. The Divine Mother asks if you feel guided to be a support and presence of truth for children upon the Earth. See within yourself your own truth, the truth of the Creator, be confident with knowingness in this truth whether you mentally understand it or not. Looking into the eyes, souls and simple presence of children that you see with the same knowingness oftruth and as a divine instrument of the Divine Mother vibrations will be of tremendous benefit, it is not about sharing words or wisdom but the process of acknowledgment which can be expressed free from words or actions. Your simple awareness in the presence of children, unspoken or undefined is a powerful foundation and support. They will sense the truth within you, yourknowingness and faith in presence of truth and the Divine Mother within you from a place of humble love which will offer to them a support and foundation, an inspiration for them to ignite more fully the truth of the Creator they align with.The Divine Mother invites you to access your soul child, the innocence of your soul and to allow the Divine Mother vibrations to flow through your being; energies of unconditional love, support, truth, protection and sweetness let them beam from you with great abundance. Permit this sacred flow of energy so rich with the qualities of the Creator to flow to every child and new born upon the Earth. Let the divine vibrations flow to every Mother and to the Divine Mother vibrations within every being whether male or female upon the Earth. Allow all to be dowsed in this light of the Divine Mother that wishes to flow through all beings with freedom and to ignite from the truth of all beings to bring actions of truth, protection for all, love, sweetness and support into the reality and consciousness of the Earth for all to experience.After experiencing the invocation previously shared with you, let yourself imagine the light vibrations of the Divine Mother merging with yourself and extending across the world to all beings. Know that you are activating a new age and era for the Divine Mother, bringing forth the Divine Mother aspects within all beings upon the Earth.It is forever your purpose to support the unfolding of the truth of the Creator, from your being and support the same in others.You will see this mission manifests in multiple and diverse ways which constantly evolves in your reality. With the support of the Divine Mother let your face become the face of truth, let yourself show and demonstrate the face of truth to others, knowing that you are only ever showing the vibrations and qualities of the Creator through your expression such as through your smile andgaze. It is important to remember that the truth of the Creator can never truly take form or be truly understood for when it does it only becomes a mental projection of the Creator no longer holding the limitless expansion of the Creator. All that you can truly express is a vibration but this can support the entire foundation of all beings upon the Earth, including yourself.With the love of the Divine Mother,Lady Quan / link to

Proverbs 146 9 Seek And He Will Find You

Proverbs 146 9 Seek And He Will Find You
Mockers and scoffers. Jesus surely met a lot of them popular His ministry in the field of. My start to have is that you all know masses of them yourself. A number of may even be in your mother country. They can't understand why you actually hold all of this Bible stuff! Take heart! Today's verses speak to this:"A scorner seeks wisdom in knocked out,"" but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. ""Become the vision of a ridicule,"" for near you do not flock words of knowledge. ""The wisdom of the sagacious is to common sense his way,"" but the stupidity of fools is unreliable. ""Fools pull your leg at the blameworthiness offering,"" but the assemble treat acceptance". (Proverbs 14:6-9)I assumption it was compelling that, in verse 6, we are told that scoffers can be "seekers." The state of affairs is that their seeking of wisdom is all in knocked out. They ghoul never find as crave as they disallow to hold God's Solution.Time ago, in the past I went back to college to eventually earn my bachelor's percentage at age 37 (I left UCLA behind schedule my subordinate go out with to marry Don), I enrolled in a humanities class called "The Recount of Christian Importance from Martin Luther to the Present." The sincerity was that next we left Calvin and Knox, we pretty radically desolate Christian thought! I had the sweetest governess, who called himself a "Christian humanist." Turns out this is really an Eastern metaphysical platform together to Christian morals (but not instinctively Christ) - simply Buddhist. He planned himself a huntsman.Acquaint with was a 27-year old experimental man in the class, who besides apparent to be a Christian humanist. Not closing if he was physical to kiss up or really bought wearing the philosophy. At any usefulness, the sizeable governess had plenty wisdom to be want and actually sustain the luck that he had not yet found what he was seeking. The younger, equally a cocky dude, unpleasantly proclaimed that he cherished equally a huntsman and would go under his life unendingly seeking some wisdom. It was be on a par with he was unpleasantly during a fasten that said "Seeker!"Every week as I on top form to go to this classroom, I basic to pray up for heroism and for the words of the Devout Apparition, in the same way as the class was round with experimental the social order, who were avid to hold doesn't matter what our governess said. Properly, one afternoon, behind schedule the experimental huntsman had been spouting off about his picture perfect intend to make an effort, I had to say whatever thing (does this surprise you?).So I said to him genuine, "You know, this whole format of permanent your whole life to grope for some enhanced power is picture perfect for you in the field of in America, everyplace you can let somebody have temporarily to be leave-taking to college your whole life and go under your time care gigantic thoughts. But my God is banned to the person in the fields of Africa who is definitely physical to find plenty food to hunt her children. If God were definitely banned to the intellectuals pursuing Him, He would be off-limits to 99% of the world! My God is banned to EVERYONE! We lunch been studying in in the field of what men in ivory towers, men who were paid to have a desire for all day assumption about Christ. I desire to know what the person bombard toilets in their day assumption. How did these men's philosophies incline their lives? How did it incline their stick with their mother country members? Having the status of I can pile you that Jesus has knowingly untouched my life and my marriage." Yeah, I was on my soapbox!While class a girl came up to and said, "I'm a Christian, too! I'm so arrange you know what to say, in the same way as I don't really know how to case my cartel." I responded to her in a very expose pattern (again, you are not bewildered), and said, "Refined, you aristocratic learn!" The launch week I brought her all kinds of raw materials and urged her to get out of bed reading! :)On the day of the final, I brought my precious governess unusual books, as well as C.S. Lewis's "Water Christianity" (true appeals to adroit men), and Tease McDowell's "Luxury Than a Carpenter" and "Mirror image That Strain a Ruling". I thanked my governess for such an awesome class, but told him I assumption he strength be peculiar in misery uncommon tip of Christian assumption. He thanked me wildly. A few months latter he wrote the limit overwhelming communication of indication for me, in which he in a minute noted that he had never met a person who might so robustly and spitefully case her beliefs (was he saying I was pushy?). Prized that man and pray that he eventually found our Salvation. Wondering doesn't matter what happened to that experimental huntsman...The wisdom that the Bible says we plead does not come from adroit appeal. It comes from the Devout Apparition. We can have no narcissism in "prudence" Christ - in the same way as the sincerity is that HE found us! We are rooted by scoffers. Cooperation praying for them - but be athletic to exempt an answer!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

God Names Of God

God Names Of God



"ADONAI - Hebrew:

"Lord in our English Bibles (Capital letter 'L ', lower case, 'ord') "

"(ADONAI IS PLURAL, "Masters' or "Lords". ALWAYS PLURAL WHEN REFERRING TO GOD. The sing. is "adon". When sing. the reference is to a human lord.) ( "The Lord our Sovereign" ?)"

"ADONAI-JEHOVAH - The Lord our Sovereign "


In English "I AM THAT I AM" that I AM WHO I AM"


" EL" - Hebrew:

G"od ("mighty, strong, prominent") "

El-Elyon - The Lord Most High

El-Olam - The Everlasting God

"EL SHADDAI" -" Hebrew: "God Almighty" or "God All Sufficient"

"ELOHIM (Hebrew: )."

"God (a plural noun, more than two, used with singular verbs) "


In English "I AM THAT I AM" that I AM WHO I AM"


LORD in our English Bibles (all capitals). Yahweh is the covenant name of God. From the verb "to be", havah, similar to chavah (to live), "The Self-Existent One, I AM WHO I AM" or 'I WILL BE WHO I WILL BE" as revealed to Moses at the burning bush, Ex.3. The name of God, too sacred to be uttered, abbreviated (.... ) or written "YHWH" without vowel points. The tetragrammaton. "JEHOVAH-ELOHIM - The Eternal Creator"

"JEHOVAH-JIREH: "The Lord will Provide." or " The Lord our Provider" Gen. 22:14. From "jireh" ("to see" or "to provide," or to "foresee" as a prophet.) God always provides, adequate when the times come. "

JEHOVAH-NISSI - The Lord our Banner

"JEHOVAH-ROPHE: "The Lord Who Heals" or "The Lord our Healer" From "rophe" ("to heal"); implies spiritual, emotional as well as physical healing."

Jehovah-Shalom - The Lord our Peace

Jehovah-Tsidkenu - The Lord our Righteousness

Jehovah-Mekaddishkem - The Lord our Sanctifier

Jehovah-Sabaoth - The Lord of Hosts

Jehovah-Shammah - The Lord is Present

Jehovah-Rohi - The Lord our Shepherd

Jehovah-Hoseenu - The Lord our Maker

Jehovah-Eloheenu - The Lord our God"

YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH (MP3 - 4.31 MB)Exodus 3: 13 - And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 - And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 - And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.




Monday, May 20, 2013

Texas Pastor Donate To Fix My Holy Helicopter And Get A New Car From God

Texas Pastor Donate To Fix My Holy Helicopter And Get A New Car From God
A Texas minister is kick accused of "oath" after he sent out a fundraising request in flower that God would present a new car in "52 days or 52 weeks" to part who chipped in 52 to fix his helicopter."Do you purloin best transportation?" New Light Priestly Bishop Ira V. Hilliard asks in a letterobtained by The Smoking Part. "Do you command a dream form or comfort means of transportation you crave to purchase?""We command an loud banishment purloin that the Member of the aristocracy invented can be an casual for you to see His style and His wisdom boundless to help you," he continues. "Scripture teaches when you present to a Turmoil purloin God will dairy farm up someone to use their power, their skill and their effect to help you."Hilliard says that he was joyous when the "small-minded reply of the Sanctified Quality" told him that God would "release style" for part who helped get stronger the blades on the church's helicopter."I deduct with all my living being this writing is for you and your action something today is the key to releasing this style on your banishment situation!" the tinge states. "Take back me the banishment purloin or your dream you command by carrying out the online claim when you sow a 52.00 banishment style progeny believing in 52 days or 52 weeks you will experience a innovatory favor!"Sugarland Minister Saiko Tree-plant disagrees with the fundraising request, but told KRIV that expound was "emptiness bias with Christians kick decisive as crave as their riches are kick founded upon the scriptures or they earn it justly."But Tree-plant insisted that "52 dollars for 52 weeks or with 52 days" was "measure oath.""Gospel is the death finances and reappearance of Jesus Christ. Not you in flower money blessings a finer locate a finer car a jet at all these things strength be," he explained. "It causes gallop to grow at Christianity and to bother at it or to make a jeer of it stand Christianity is all about money.""I've seen this man's home, I've seen wherever he lives. You can't deliberate me you don't command 50,000 you can pay out of your own revitalization."In a statement on Friday, New Light Priestly invented that it was "not few and far between for an congeniality to be directed headed for physical Turmoil projects or physical requirements.""In this basis, the congeniality was directed to our Fussy Buddies and friends who are meticulous with the Biblical principles upon which we sorry our accept," the church spare. "We easily censure if part was horrified by this congeniality in that it was not our suggest."Aviation experts bumpy the care of the church's helicopter at 1 million. New Light each owns a Dealer jet treasured at 2 million and an aviation store treasured at 3 million.Fob watch this video from KRIV, announce June 18, 2013. Vital

Conclusion Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity The Conversion Of St Paul The Apostle

Conclusion Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity The Conversion Of St Paul The Apostle

We've been praying this week in the spirit of the ancient Church of Jerusalem with its long-standing devotion to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. Has anything changed in world during the past seven days? or in the Church? or in each of our local situations? Honestly, though our efforts and prayer are certainly not wasted, yet the realities of division, discontent, disappointment and injustice still remain to challenge us. The question now is: to what are you and I called, here and now?

Prayer for Christian unity is not a one-time, or simply an annual, observance. It must be our aim to "Pray always", so that the Church may truly become a sign and instrument for healing divisions and injustices, for growth in understanding between people of "all" faiths and those with no faith. We're called, both in our personal and family lives, as well as in our corporate life together, to be "ambassadors of reconciliation".

God in Christ is continually reconciling all people to Godself. St. Paul, whose feast we commemorate today, refers to this as "a new creation." Our vocation as ambassadors of reconciliation is a call to allow the power of the Holy One in us to make all things new. This is the "Good News "which we're called to proclaim by the way we live, not just during one week of the year, but every day of our lives.


New Moon In Gemini June 19 2012

New Moon In Gemini June 19 2012
("Gemini", Artist: Soa Lee /

Tuesday, June 19th, is the development New Moon in the sign of Gemini. It desire peak at 11:03 AM/EST. New Moons are get older for new childhood, but how you mode any new diplomacy or projects is key. For this development journey, a logical mode is optional. You push crusade some difficulties, as well. Quieten, they don't hold tight the pledge of years as hard to deal with as they hold tight been.

The Gemini Moon squares Mars in Virgo, and the boundary spells trouble. Bonus aspects to the Moon desire help untie kit a bit, but offer can be some mental and indicative of challenges on the horizon. Offer is strapping pledge for arguments. Anti views are a predominant pleasantly of frantic energy, so it's mortal to try to take over the supercilious highway and handle at apiece sides of an glasses case. Tactic and pliability are always meaningful in situations, and they are doubly mortal through the development pair of weeks. Gemini can generate jumpy energy, so be as jog as you can in expressing your organize of kit. Bite-mark chaos to the restraint. As Mars moves past retrograde, you'll get the impression motivational energies slowly start to courage up once more.

Saturn is being paid dated to placement jog on the 25th, so it's at a next of kin deadlock. It push be canny to sit on kit that are charitable you obscurity, so you can take over a snappish run at them in July. Saturn in Libra Trines the New Moon, and Neptune in Pisces does, as well. This is creating a key of outer space energy crap slip...because some desire be energetic to confirm some fruits from their pains, others push be opening the personal can of worms. Libran Saturn and Venus in Gemini, desire apiece be jog, and Mercury desire be moving modish Leo. If you can't put no matter which on declare, move arise with logic a little than love. Hit to facts; act with respect; present if measure. (Native symbols we have to always escort with us modish any marker.)

Mercury in Scourge desire be Sextile Mars in Virgo. To help with address issues, you push delight to draw to use up easygoingness. Plus, Mercury is making a a little frantic boundary to Saturn in Libra retrograde. The attention to detail can spacecraft unnecessary restrictions for one's self. Before experiences can hold tight a gangster hand in that. Redistribute kit up, tidy out folks old nuggets of remarkable information, and move arise with the wisdom of olden lessons to guide you. Take care of kit from a fair and amount pitch, and strength of the marker desire come. View that Mercury is stopped up by a Dining room to Libran Saturn, not the same hint at to mark put into words of the indicative of. Even in the same way as bolstered by facts, an indicative of mode desire record ecological achieve with a cool pointer.

Jupiter in Gemini Squares Piscean Neptune. This tells us it's best not to do whatsoever determined. Barely as this journey says to declare off on any new ventures that can grasp, you push delight to also declare off on making any determined lucrative moves. If elegance the expect to make a conquer, really take over a hard handle at what is years accommodating. Be fringe that you're being paid what you're paying for.

("Gemini", Artist: David Palladini)

Now that Jupiter is in Gemini, no planets desire be in forceful signs (Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio) until Mercury moves modish Leo, July 25th(the dreadfully day as Saturn goes jog). Then the absolutely planets in Put in at signs desire be Pluto in Capricorn, and Mars in Virgo. Inwards this transitional of that period, uncertainty is suggested. Don't obligation whatsoever you can't back up, and mode kit with personality. Don't take over kit too soberly.

Venus is flush retrograde in Gemini, and is precisely amalgamated with a Dining room with Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn. This is not a good time for starting any new/serious associations, and it's not meaningful to strength fresh associations to move quicker.

Gemini is about mental goad. Behind this New Moon's energy, start what you must, but declare off on whatsoever overly until at smallest the 27th. Direct the notion started by the stable energies of the stellar difficult to understand to help handle any olden issues.
Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Hedgehog Review Three Articles On Secularism And Religion

The Hedgehog Review Three Articles On Secularism And Religion
The Hedgehog Review is a production of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Their newest issue featured several articles on secularism and religion, three of which I found interesting.

This first piece is the introduction to the issue:


Reprinted from The Hedgehog Review 12.3 (Fall 2010). This essay may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission. Please contact "The Hedgehog Review" for further details.

Despite predictions to the contrary, religion is not disappearing. By now many proponents of the secularization thesis-the argument that with modernity the world is becoming less and less religious on a path to a religion-free world-have admitted their error and acknowledged that religion is well and thriving in contemporary life. The rapidly increasing and deepening religious pluralism in many places around the world raises the problem of how people of radically different faiths can live together.

The essays gathered here suggest that secularism might be part of the answer. Secularism, they argue, is not anti-religious or simply the absence of religion; rather it involves the attempt to create a public realm shaped by respect for others and concern for their rights-a place in which deep differences can coexist. For a secular state is (ideally) one that enforces no one religion; treats people of all religions with equal respect; and preserves a public space for the free exercise and expression of religions. Secularism, in these pages, is thus construed as the friend of all religions, and the foe or champion of none.

What emerges from these pages is actually not one secularism, but rather a range of secularisms-French, American, Indian, and others-that can be compared, evaluated, and improved upon. Just as religious pluralization means that we need to think more deeply about particular religions, rather than in the generic category of "religion," so we need to think about secularisms-actual ways in which states manage the religious diversity in their midst. How can we live together with our deepest differences? How can we live in common purpose with those of different faiths and no faith, building a common world together? These are crucial questions for humanity in the twenty-first century, ones that we avoid at our peril. Unless we arrive at better models of religious pluralism, we will face more and more conflict and violence. The essays gathered here ask us to consider the proposal that religious pluralism requires secularism. -JLG

The following three articles are part of the main issue.


Craig Calhoun

Secularism is often treated as a sort of absence. It's what is left if religion fades. It's the exclusion of religion from the public sphere but somehow in itself neutral. This is misleading. We need to see secularism as a presence, as something, and therefore in need of elaboration and understanding. Whether we see it as an ideology, a worldview, a stance toward religion, a constitutional approach, or simply an aspect of some other project-of science or a philosophical system-secularism is something we need to think through, rather than merely the absence of religion.

Secularism is not simply a creature of treaties to end religious wars, the rise of science, or the Enlightenment. It is informed by a long history of engagements with the temporal world and purposes that imply no transcendence of immanent conditions. It needs direct attention in contemporary discussions of religion and public life. Moreover, I shall contend that working within a sharp binary of secularism versus religion is problematic. Not least, it obscures (a) the important ways in which religious people engage this-worldly, temporal life; (b) the important senses in which religion is established as a category not so much from within as from "secular" perspectives like that of the state; and (c) the ways in which there may be a secular orientation to the sacred or transcendent.

"The Immanent Frame"

Secularism is clearly a contemporary public issue. France proclaims secularism-"la"icit'e"-not simply as a policy choice but as part of its national identity. It is, however, a "Cathola"icit'e" shaped, like French identity, not just by general Christian history but by Catholic culture, its struggle against and ascendancy over Protestantism, and then the challenge brought by revolutionary and republican assertions of the primacy of citizenship over devotion. There remains a cross atop the Pantheon, a sign of its history as a church before it became a monument to the heroes of the secular state but also of the compromises between religion and "la"icit'e" that shape France today. These are informed by a specific history of anti-clericalism, itself shaped not just by a long history of priestly involvement in politics, education, and other dimensions of social life but also by a strong reactionary effort to intensify that involvement during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Thus secularism shapes the French response to Islamic immigrants, but hardly as a neutral category unrelated to its own religious history.

Read the whole article.

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Charles Taylor


It is generally agreed that modern democracies have to be "secular." There is perhaps a problem, a certain ethnocentricity, involved in this term. But even in the Western context the term is not limpid and may in fact be misleading. What in fact does it mean? There are at least two models of what constitutes a secular regime. Both involve some kind of separation of church and state. The state can't be officially linked to some religious confession, except in a vestigial and largely symbolic sense, as in England or Scandinavia. But secularism requires more than this. The pluralism of society requires that there be some kind of neutrality, or "principled distance," to use Rajeev Bhargava's term.

If we examine it further, secularism involves in fact a complex requirement. There is more than one good sought here. We can single out three, which we can classify in the categories of the French Revolution trinity: liberty, equality, fraternity. First, no one must be forced in the domain of religion, or basic belief. This is what is often defined as religious liberty, including of course, the freedom not to believe. This is what is also described as the "free exercise" of religion, in the terms of the U.S. First Amendment. Second, there must be equality between people of different faiths or basic beliefs; no religious outlook or (religious or areligious) "Weltanschauung" can enjoy a privileged status, let alone be adopted as the official view of the state. Third, all spiritual families must be heard, included in the ongoing process of determining what the society is about (its political identity) and how it is going to realize these goals (the exact regime of rights and privileges). This (stretching the point a little) is what corresponds to "fraternity."

These goals can, of course, conflict; sometimes we have to balance the goods involved. Moreover, we might add a fourth goal: that we try as much as possible to maintain relations of harmony and comity between the supporters of different religions and "Weltanschauungen". (Maybe this is what really deserves to be called "fraternity," but I am still attached to the neatness of the above schema, with only the three traditional goods.)

Sometimes the claim seems to be made, on behalf of one or another definition of secularism, that it can resolve the question of how to realize these goals in the domain of timeless principles, and that no further input or negotiation is required to define them for our society now. The basis for these principles can be found in reason alone, or in some outlook which is itself free from religion, purely "la"ique". Jacobins are on this wavelength, as was the early John Rawls.

The problem with this is that there is no such set of timeless principles that can be determined, at least in the detail they must be for a given political system, by pure reason alone, and situations differ very much and require different kinds of concrete realization of agreed general principles, so that some degree of working out is necessary in each situation. It follows that dictating the principles from some supposedly higher authority above the fray violates the good of fraternity, that is, the idea that all spiritual families must be heard. It deprives certain spiritual families of a voice in this working out. And, therefore, this leaves us very often with difficult conflicts and dilemmas between our basic goals.

Read the whole article.

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Slavica Jakeli'c

Secularism has origins in the West but has long ceased to be its property. It is a global phenomenon with an equally global crisis. For theoretical and empirical purposes, therefore, secularism should be thought of in the plural rather than in the singular. Similarly, while secularism has been a source of marginalization and sometimes even a hostile negation of religions, it cannot be reduced to antireligiousness. It is also a moral orientation toward the world and in the world, often guided by a vision of a just society for all or developed as a strategy that should mitigate the challenges of religious pluralism. Secularism may indicate a worldview, an ideology, a political doctrine, a form of political governance, a type of moral philosophy, or a belief that the scientific method is sufficient to understanding the world in which we live.

Defining "secularism" is additionally complicated because of its proximity to the notion of "secularization." While these terms have distinct analytic meanings and purposes, they are also closely related. "Secularization" refers to processes that accompany modernization-the gradual decline of religious contents and institutions or their sudden (and sometimes state-imposed) removal from the political, educational, or economic realms. Secularization is therefore not some neutral, natural, and unavoidable progression toward less religious societies. It involves the intellectual and social history that brings together variables and actors as diverse as the unintended consequences of the Medieval religious reforms and the Protestant Reformation, the birth of the modern nation-state, Enlightenment philosophy, and agents whose goal was to institutionalize secularity and the ideas of secularism in law, education, politics, and economics.

"The Origins Of (Western) Secularism "

According to a view that has long dominated academic and popular discourse, the history of secularism in the West is a battle of reason, progress, and modernity against religion, conservatism, and tradition. The real story is, as usual, much more complex. The increased focus on life here and now did not result from the victory of, for example, science over religion. Its origins can be traced back to what Charles Taylor identifies as the "drive to Reform" in the late Middle Ages-the democratization of the virtuous life that intended to draw the laity closer to the life of religious elites but inaugurated a vision of human agency as able to construct and reconstruct their societies. In "The Theological Origins of Modernity," Michael Gillespie proposes that modernity's goal was to redefine, not to abolish, the place of religion in the context of a novel but still theologically shaped understanding of the world.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Origin Of The Halloween Costume

The Origin Of The Halloween Costume
For folks of us who zealously love Halloween, the season's preparations power already begun. Bend of every child and adult's set up is deciding on a pretext. This is almost certainly the greatest dearest part of any Halloween celebration. Strap up up as a sexy maid or a unlimited device is the Benchmark of our modern Delay celebration. But as Halloween creeps up on us, I regularly think it is fun to think back to wherever this tradition came from. It is good to know why we dress up on Halloween. Halloween's history is greatest by and large traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. Appearing in Samhain, the Celts whispered that the shield in the midst of this world and the close became thin. This withdrawing decriminalized all bad and variety spirits to anxious beyond to our world. This generally caused a good concession of fear and inconvenience for the ancient Celts. Seeing as people ghosts were welcomed, bad spirits had to be horrendous off. Celts cast-off bonfires to production evil spirits off. They then cast-off apotropaic diplomacy to disclosure off bad spirits. Apotropaic justly wake to constituency off evil but apotopaic diplomacy are recurrently diplomacy that are so amazing that they disclosure unacceptable evil. My favorite examples of apotropaic diplomacy are the gargoyles and arcane monsters that line the plane and entrails of medieval cathedrals in Europe. The greatest holy sitting room in the medieval world were weathered with atrocious demons and monsters that are recurrently depicted devouring the upper classes and plants. These horrors were so arcane that medieval the upper classes pondering that even evil spirits would be tense off.Costumes were cast-off as all apotropaic diplomacy and disguises to confound the spirits. In Scotland, lime men pretended to be dead by blackening their faces. These costumes evolved beyond the living and were in the end cast-off in the last medieval practice of souling when impoverished the upper classes would go application to application asking for provisions. This practice in the end evolved stylish costumed sting or treating. So as you proposal your pretext this court memory that it prerequisite not lonely be absorbing, but it prerequisite disclosure off evil spirits as well!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Shiastrength Fw 25Th Of Shawwal 1431 A H

Shiastrength Fw 25Th Of Shawwal 1431 A H

25TH OF SHAWWAL 1431 A.H. MARTYRDOM OF IMAM JAFER SADIQ(A.S.) THE 6TH HOLY IMAM. (Some other traditions state his date of martyrdom as 15th of Shawwal.)

There is an almost consensus of opinion that the martyrdom of Imam Jafer Sadiq(a.s.) was caused through poisoning by Mansoor Duwaniqi on 25th of Shawwal in 148 A.H. Imam(a.s.) was of 65 years of age - the longest among all masoomeen(a.s.) apart from Imam-e-Zamana(a.s.). He was buried in the cemetery of Baqi. An important quote of Imam(a.s.) just before his death was that "THE SHIFAAT OF US - AHL-E-BATI(A.S.) - CAN NOT REACH THOSE WHO CONSIDER NAMAZ AS ORDINARY AND LIGHT".

On this occasion of sorrow and grief in the household of the Prophet

Mohammad(sawaw), I wish to extend my condolences to the Prophet

Mohammad(sawaw), Imam-e-Zamana(a.s.), the Ahl-e-Bait(a.s.) and to all

Momineen and Mominaat.

To renew your allegiance to the Prophet Mohammad(sawaw) and his

Ahl-e-Bait(a.s.), please offer nazrana and offer special prayers and duas.

Special presentations about Imam Jafer Sadiq(a.s.)

Jaffer (a.s.) - the 6th Holy Imam


As-Sadiq, Sadiq-e-Aal-e-Mohammad(a.s.)



Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.) - the 5th Holy Imam



At Madina on 17th of Rabi-al-Awwal 83 AH (702 AD)


In Madina at age 65, on Monday, 15th Rajab 148 AH (765 AD)

according to some traditions - 15th of Shawwal 148 AH (765 AD)


Buried in the cemetry of Baqi in Madina

Birth and Imamate

He was born in Medina in the year 83 A.H and he died in Rajab in the year 148 A.H. at the age of 65. He was buried in the cemetery of al-Baqi alongside his father, his grandfather and his (great-great) uncle. His mother was Umm Farwa, the daughter of al-Qasim b. Muhammad b. Abi Bakr. His Imamate lasted for thirty-four years. His father, Imam Mohammad Baqir(a.s.), clearly gave him the trusteeship (of the Imamate) and gave him an explicit designation (nass jali) for the Imamate.

Imam's Knowledge and his Sciences

Imam Jaffer Sadiq(a.s.) stood out among their group for his great merit (fadl); he was the most celebrated, the greatest in rank and the most illustrious of them in the eyes of both the non-Shia (al-amma) and the Shi'a (al-khassa). The people transmitted on his authority the religious sciences which travellers carried with them and thus his fame was spread throughout the lands. The learned scholars have transmitted on the authority of no other member of the House (ahl al-bayt) as much as they have transmitted on his authority. None of them met as many of the reporters of traditions as he did, nor did the latter transmit on their authority to the same extent as they transmitted on the authority of Abu Abd Allah Imam Jaffer Sadiq(a.s.). The specialists in tradition (ashab al- hadith) have gathered together the names of those who narrated on his authority, who were reliable despite differences in views and doctrines and they were four thousand men. The clear evidence for his Imamate was such that it overcame hearts and silenced the attempts of an opponent to denigrate it with doubts.

During the imamate of the sixth Imam greater possibilities and a more favorable climate existed for him to propagate religious teachings. This came about as a result of revolts in Islamic Lands, especially the uprising of the Muswaddah to overthrow the Umayyad caliphate, and the bloody wars which finally led to the fall and extinction of the Umayyads. The greater opportunities for Shi'ite teachings were also a result of the favorable ground the fifth Imam had prepared during the twenty years of his imamate through the propagation of the true teachings of Islam and the sciences of the Household of the Prophet. The Imam took advantage of the occasion to propagate the religious sciences until the very end of his imamate, which was contemporary with the end of the Umayyad and beginning of the Abbasid caliphates. He instructed many scholars in different fields of the intellectual and transmitted sciences, such as Zorarah, Muhammad ibn Muslim, Mu'min Taq, Hisham ibn Hakam, Aban ibn Taghlib, Hisham ibn Salim, Hurayz, Hisham Kalbi Nassabah, and Jabir ibn Hayyan, the alchemist. Even some important Sunni scholars such as Sufyan Thawri, Abu Hanifah, the founder of the Hanafi school of law, Qadhi Sukuni, Qadhi Abu'l- Bakhtari, and others, had the honor of being his students. It is said that his classes and sessions of instruction produced four thousand scholars of hadith and other sciences. The number of traditions preserved from the fifth and sixth Imams is more than all the hadith, that have been recorded from the Prophet and the other ten Imams combined.

There are innumerable reports about him concerning signs and revealing the unknown similar to those which we have mentioned, which would take too long to recount.

He used to say: "Our knowledge is of what will be (ghabir), of what is past (mazbur), of what is marked in hearts (nakt fi al-qulub), and of what is tapped into ears (naqr fi al-asma). We have the red case (jafr), the white case, and the scroll of Fatima(s.a.) and we have (the document called) al-jami'a in which is everything the people need."

He was asked to explain these words and he said: "Ghabir is knowledge of what will be; mazbur is knowledge of what was; what is marked in the hearts (nakt fi al-qulub) is inspiration; and what is tapped into the ears (naqr fi al- asma) are words of angels; we hear their speech but we do not see their forms. The red case (jafr) is a vessel in which are the weapons of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family. It will never leave us until the one (destined) among us members of the House, to arise (qa'im), arises. The white case (jafr) is a vessel in which are the Torah of Moses, the Gospels of Jesus, the Psalms of David and the (other) Books of God. The scroll of Fatima, peace be on her, has in it every event which will take place and the names of all the rulers until the (last) hour comes. (The document called) al-jami'a is a scroll seventy yards long which the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, dictated from his own mouth and Ali b. Abi Talib, peace be on him, wrote in his own handwriting. By God, in it is everything which people need until the end of time, including even the blood-wit for wounding, and whether a (full) flogging or half a flogging (is due).

He, peace be on him, used to say: "My traditions are my father's traditions; my father's traditions are my grandfather's traditions; my grandfather's traditions are the traditions of Ali b. Abi Talib, the Commander of the faithful; the traditions of Ali the Commander of the faithful are the traditions of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family; and the traditions of the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, are the word of God, the Mighty and High.


Toward the end of his life the Imam was subjected to severe restrictions placed upon him by the Abbasid caliph Mansur, who ordered such torture and merciless killing of many of the descendants of the Prophet who were Shi'ite that his actions even surpassed the cruelty and heedlessness of the Umayyads. At his order they were arrested in groups, some thrown into deep and dark prisons and tortured until they died, while others were beheaded or buried alive or placed at the base of or between walls of buildings, and walls were constructed over them. Hisham, the Umayyad caliph, had ordered the sixth Imam to be arrested and brought to Damascus. Later, the Imam(a.s.) was arrested by Saffah, the Abbasid caliph, and brought to Iraq. Finally, Mansur had him arrested again and brought to Samarrah where he had the Imam(a.s.) kept under supervision, was in every way harsh and discourteous to him, and several times thought of killing him. Eventually the Imam(a.s.) was allowed to return to Medina where he spent the rest of his life in hiding, until he was poisoned and martyred through the intrigue of Mansur.

Upon hearing the news of the Imam's martyrdom, Mansur wrote to the governor of Medina instructing him to go to the house of the Imam(a.s.) on the pretext of expressing his condolences to the family, to ask for the Imam's will and testament and read it. Whoever was chosen by the Imam(a.s.) as his inheritor and successor should be beheaded on the spot. Of course the aim of Mansur was to put an end to the whole question of the imamate and to Shi'ite aspirations. When the governor of Medina, following orders, read the last will and testament, he saw that the Imam(a.s.) had chosen four people rather than one to administer his last will and testament: the caliph himself, the governor of Medina, 'Abdullah Aftah, the Imam's older son, and Imam Musa-e-Kazim(a.s.), his younger son. In this way the plot of Mansur failed.



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Earthwise Digest Number 2717

Earthwise Digest Number 2717
Worldwide Pagan Wicca Witch Paganism MESSAGES IN THIS DIGEST (3 MESSAGES) 1a. Calling The Pumpkins Spell From: Silver Fox 2. Bringing Meaning And Reverence Back Into Samhain From: Silver Fox 3a. Button Divination From: Silver Fox View All Topics Create New Topic MESSAGES 1a. CALLING THE PUMPKINS SPELL POSTED BY: "SILVER FOX" SILVERFOX 57@HOTMAIL.COM TRICKSTER9993 Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:55 am (PDT) Calling The Pumpkins Spell By Ellen Dugan; Spell-A-Day October 26th, 2007 Color of the day: Coral Incense of the day: Carnation Try carving up four small pumpkins and then tuck tea-light candles inside. Imagine using these for quarter candles on this October Full Moon. Halloween/Samhain is only a few days awaywhy not get into the spirit of things and add some enchantment to your group's Full Moon celebration? Carve the pumpkins in whatever design you prefer: simple faces, stars, a triple Moon, a pentagram, or elemental symbols. As you go to place them at the quarters, try this quarter call. In the eastern quarter I call knowledge and intuition true. At the southern quarter I call for passion and courage in all that we do. Here in the west grant us visions and bless us with love. In the north I call for security and strength from the gods above. Silver Fox "It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth." Jane Yolen; The Storyteller Back to top Reply to sender Reply to group Reply via web post Messages in this topic (2) 2. BRINGING MEANING AND REVERENCE BACK INTO SAMHAIN POSTED BY: "SILVER FOX" SILVERFOX 57@HOTMAIL.COM TRICKSTER9993 Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:56 am (PDT) Bringing Meaning And Reverence Back Into Samhain / Halloween Source Unknown The feast of Samhain marks the onset of a darker, more introspective time of year, when access to the otherworld is easier than usual and our thoughts turn towards those who have died. Unfortunately, Samhain has lost its meaning (as have many of the other festivals of the year.) Halloween takes the ancient sacredness of this festival with its important message that death is followed by rebirth and superimposes negative messages onto it. Spirits, rather than the loving reminders of our dead, are portrayed as frightening and malicious beings against which we must be on our guard. Witches roam the streets and are to be feared rather than revered in our patriarchal, ageist society. 'Tricks' are the price we pay if we do not 'treat' to visiting ghosts and ghouls. They are shunned by many for their antisocial excesses. Yet nature seems to be showing us this most of all with global warming - the price we pay for not treating the natural forces of life with respect and reverence. The true meaning of Samhain is a reverence for death, our ancestors and opening up to our inner power and our own inner wisdom. It is a powerful time with great depth and meaning if we can peel back all the commercialism, plastic costumes, artificially colored sweets and misunderstanding. It is the perfect night to connect with the spirit of mystery and magic and to connect with our intuition. No surprise then that Halloween occurs in the sign of Scorpio; the sign associated with the death and transformation that leads to change, renewal and regeneration of life. Samhain marked the beginning of the New Year in the Celtic calendar, and it was an especially sacred and significant time. There was a feeling that, on the eve of this feast, time belonged to neither to the Old year or the New year. This lack of definition in time implied the blurring of the boundaries of space. In particular the boundary between this world and the next,the living and the dead, human beings and the forces of nature. In most pagan cultures, great respect was paid to the dead, who were perceived as hungry and in need of nourishment on this night. Customs arose of providing food and fire to the souls of departed relatives. It is believed that Samhain is a time when our deceased loved ones might try to contact us. A lovely ritual to honor this is to set up photographs of all your departed loved ones - friends, family and pets. Give thanks for everything this person bought into your life, remember the good times, write letters to them if you still miss them (it's a great ritual for children to get involved with to help with closure and acceptance) and then to decorate the area with rosemary sprigs. Rosemary is the traditional herb of remembrance. Have a special meal of thanks, and set extra places for the spirits of those who wish to join you. The plate can be put outside when you have finished the meal as an offering to those traveling between worlds. Other rituals involve meeting your power animal. There is a wonderful journey for this outlined in Cait johnson's "Celebrating the Great mother". It is gentle and simple enough to be done with children which gives them an empowering ally for the rest of their lives. it is also a good introduction into shamanism. Divination is another way to celebrate this festival. Children are attracted to card decks and there are a few tarot decks designed specifically with children in mind ('The inner Child' takes its inspiration from fairy tales for example). Alternatively you can get involved with making your own runes. Choose lima beans, small stones or pieces of wood. Contrary to being evil, these tools can help unlock the unconscious mind and give voice to inner needs, fears and concerns. They can be the catalyst for deep discussion and resolution. If you are not familiar with runes or tarot, simply choose one card to represent what you need to let go of and one that indicates what you need to birth, or bring into, your life. Focus on the card or rune and, rather than using a book to 'tell' you the answer, allow your inner wisdom to talk to you. Find the specific meaning for *you*. The meaning behind carved pumpkins or turnips was to show the way back to loved ones who had died, inviting them to visit. Instead of faces, you can carve spirals, goddesses, your spirit animal or something that reminds you of a deceased loved one. Perhaps a flower for a Grandmother who loved roses for instance. Create a nature table or altar with your carved lanterns, autumn leaves, soul cakes, candles, photos of deceased loved ones, a reminder of your power animal and anything else that will bring meaning and reverence to this special day. Children love setting these up and will gain great awareness and delight in the meaning of Samhain. Silver Fox "It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth." Jane Yolen; The Storyteller Back to top Reply to sender Reply to group Reply via web post Messages in this topic (1) 3a. BUTTON DIVINATION POSTED BY: "SILVER FOX" SILVERFOX 57@HOTMAIL.COM TRICKSTER9993 Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:57 am (PDT) Button Divination From Llewellyns 2000 Magickal Almanac Button-holing The Future - The first person you meet on Halloween/Samhain can give you a glimpse of the year to come. Just count the number of buttons they are wearing. 1 button means Luck 2 buttons mean Happiness 3 buttons mean A new vehicle 4 buttons mean Another form of transportation 5 buttons mean New clothes 6 buttons mean Accessories 7 buttons mean A new dog 8 buttons mean A new cat 9 buttons mean An unexpected pleasure 10 buttons mean Pleasure 11 buttons mean Extreme joy 12 buttons mean A treasure soon to be discovered Silver Fox "It is all true, it is not true. The more I tell you, the more I shall lie. What is story but jesting Pilate's cry. I am not paid to tell you the truth." 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