Meher Baba came to Hollywood to spread his message via famous actors and the movies. Pynchon’s movie ‘Inherent Vice’ is going to be given the award and star treatment before it comes out in time for the X-Mas crowd. The new Hobbit film ‘Battle of Five Armies’ will also come out in December. The Red State Christnik crowd did well at the polls because the Liberal Left stayed at home and nurtured their alternative realities. Christ and Jesus were dong the Persian Mithras and may have come out of Iraq where the real battle for five armies do battle with real evil that has its roots in the hatred of the Zionist Jews that propagandists claimed President Obama would not support. Note the scarves members of the Women Fighters of Kobane are wearing.
It was in Venice California that I rescued I an my sister’s Muse, Rena Christensen. We spent fifty days on a mountain top where I told her of my relationships with Meher Baba ‘The Highest of the High’. When I died I lost everything I owned. I said goodbye to my siblings and parents before I beheld the Lord of Truth. For fifty days Rena and I were homeless but for the canvas tent we dwelt within. In spirit, she joins me atop a mount where brave women dispatch brutal men to Hades!
This beautiful woman hides in a tower refusing to believe how she has altered the world by coming in contact with a Perfect Master via the Hero who rescued her from ‘The Sea Creature’. Here is a true Hollywood story!
Come to Rose Mountain!
Jon Gregory the Diaspora Rabbi and Bab
In 1932 Meher Baba traveled to Hollywood California for a week. A reception was given to him by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford at their mansion Pickfair. Meher Baba took this opportunity to deliver a message concerning the power and spiritual potential of films. He also talked about the Great Depression
Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and his Company of Dwarves have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his wrath down upon the men, women, and children of Lake-town. Meanwhile, unseen by almost everyone but the wizard Gandalf, the enemy Sauron has returned to Middle-earth and has sent forth legions of Orcs in an attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
Warner. Bros will distribute the film on 12 December 2014 in the United Kingdom, 17 December 2014 in the United States and 26 December 2014 Australia. The film’s première will be held in London at Leicester Square on 1 December 2014.
Kurdish and Syrian fighters in Kobane have recaptured a strategic landmark and cut off a key supply route on Wednesday after more than 50 days of fighting against Islamic State fighters, a Kobane official told MEE.
After fierce fighting that started on Monday, the fighters – which include soldiers from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga and the Free Syrian Army – have taken back a strategic part of Mashta al-Nur, a hill which overlooks Kobane.
From this hill, the fighters will be able to bomb IS fighters around the city and also on the other side of the hill, said Idris Nassan, deputy foreign affairs minister for the Kobane, who said he was holed up in a safe location about 1km from Mashta al-Nur.
Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party called the capture a ‘game changer’ on its official Twitter account.
Mithraic art also was utilized within Christianity: One example is Mithra “shooting at the rock,” from which flowed water, a scene that became “Moses smiting the rock” in Christian iconography. Mithra as Helios rising with the sun became Elijah in his chariot of fire, and Mithra slaying the bull was figured as Samson killing the lion. The images of “heaven, earth, ocean, sun, moon, planets, the zodiacal signs, the winds, the seasons, and the like, found on Christian sarcophagi and in mosaics and miniatures are…adaptations of Mithraic models. The Moses-Mithra parallel has been commented upon by a number of scholars who suggests a common origin of the motif. As another example of this mythical motif, the Greek sea god Poseidon, in a contest with Athena to win over the inhabitants of Athens, is depicted as striking a rock, from which a spring appears.
Further correspondences between Mithraism and Christianity can be found in the Christian catacombs — another similarity to Mithra worship, which was practiced in caves — where there are numerous images of Christ as the Good Shepherd:
…although it is generally agreed that the figure of Jesus carrying a lamb is taken from the statues of Hermes Kriophorus, the kid-carrying god, Mithra is sometimes shown carrying a bull across his shoulders, and Apollo, who in his solar aspect and as the patron of the rocks is to be identified with Mithra, is often called “the Good Shepherd.” At the birth of Mithra the child was adored by shepherds, who brought gifts to him.
Indeed, like Christ, Mithra was considered the remover of sin and disease, the creator of the world, God of gods, the mediator, mighty ruler, king of gods, lord of heaven and earth, Good Shepherd, Sun of Righteousness, etc.
Mithra as the Mediator is unquestionably a concept that predated Christianity by centuries, and the deliberate reference to Christ as the Mediator at Hebrews 9:15 is an evident move to usurp Mithra’s position. Concerning the Mediator, CMU relates:
The next dogma we shall notice is that of the Savior, or Mediator. This is evidently derived from the Christna of the Hindu trinity, who, as the Redeemer of the human race, was the most important of the three. This personification of the sun seems to have been adopted by the Persian lawgiver, Zoroaster, under the name of Mithra (which still meant Mediator), when he founded the religion of the Mithraics, or worshippers of the sun. According to Plutarch, Zoroaster taught that there existed two principles, one good, and the other evil; the first was called Oromazes, “the ancient of days,” being the principle of good or light; the other, Ahrimanes, was the principle of evil, or cold and darkness. Between these two personified principles, he placed his Mithra, who, as the source of genial heat and life, annually redeems the human race from the power of evil, or cold and darkness. From this beautiful allegory of the sun is derived the Christian dogma of the Saviour, of which proof may be found even amongst the fathers. (See Tertullian, Adv. gentes.)…
The similarities between Mithraism and Christianity included their chapels, the term “father” for priest, celibacy and, most notoriously, the December 25th birth date which not of the birth of Jesus, but of the sun-god Mithra. Horus, son of Isis, however, was in very early times identified with Ra, the Egyptian sun-god, and hence with Mithra…
Another correspondence is that the Mithraic “Lord’s Day,” like that of other solar cults, was celebrated on Sunday, adopted by Christianity from Paganism. Robertson elucidates various other Mithraic-Christian correspondences:
From Mithraism, Christ takes the symbolic keys of heaven and hell and assumes the function of the virgin-born Saoshyant, the destroyer of the Evil One. Like Mithra, Merodach and the Egyptian Khousu, he is the Mediator; like Horus he is grouped with a divine Mother; like Khousu he is joined with the Logos; and like Merodach he is associated with a Holy Spirit, one of whose symbols is fire.
Robertson thus compares Mithra with the virgin-born “Saoshyant,” the Savior of the Persian religion. Roberston further asserts that the Mithraic mysteries included the “burial and resurrection of the Lord, the Mediator, and Savior (buried in a rock tomb and resurrected from that tomb),” as well as the bread-and-water communion and the “mystic mark” upon the forehead. Like the death and resurrection of Osiris, these mystical Mithraic rites were practiced and represented anterior to Christianity.
Lundy describes Mithra’s death and resurrection:
Dupuis tells us that Mithra was put to death by crucifixion, and rose again on the 25th of March. By his sufferings he was believed to have worked salvation, and on this account he was called their Savior. His priests watched the tomb to the midnight of the vigil of the 25th of March, with loud cries, and in darkness; when all at once the light burst forth from all parts, the priest cried, “O sacred initiated, your God has risen. His death, his pains, and sufferings have worked your salvation”
Lundy cites the original French writings of Dupuis, which were multi-volume and condensed in the English translation, in which this Mithra information was expurgated. Dupuis wrote a century before Cumont, so he obviously did not use the latter’s work; nor did Lundy rely on Cumont, who wrote in the decades following Lundy. In fact, Lundy takes much of his information from an unpublished book on Mithra by Layard, the English archaeologist and excavator of Assyrian antiquities.
Other elements found within Mithraism that are paralleled in Christianity include the miter or mitre, the bishops’ headdress; the mizd, or “hot cross bun,” which was shaped like the sun with a cross in the middle; and the mass. Another remnant of Mithraism within Christianity can be found in the phrases “soldiers of Christ” and “putting on the armor of Christ.”
Moreover, the initiate into the Mithraic mysteries was considered the “son of Mithra,” who became one with Mithra; he was also the “son of the Pater Patrum” (“Father of Fathers”). During the Mithraic mysteries, the initiate was often blindfolded, to be suddenly blinded by a great light, which represented the “moment of revelation,” when the initiate became one with God. Obviously, Paul’s conversion experience with the blinding light is a wink and a nod towards other initiates in the mysteries, who would certainly recognize it. It also served to validate that Paul was qualified to preach on the “good news” and the “kingdom of heaven.”
Mithra’s birth was analogous to the birth in caves of a number of gods, including Jesus. It was followed by his adoration by shepherds, another motif that found its way into the later Christianity. Evans says:
…early writers, including several of the [Church] Fathers, decided upon a cave as the true place [of Christ’s birth], a decision exactly in accordance with the legend of a virgin, in a cave, on the 25th of December, symbolizing the renewed birth of the sun after the winter solstice.
Regarding the birth in caves likewise common to pre-Christian gods, and present in the early legends of Jesus, Weigall relates:
…the cave shown at Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus was actually a rock shrine in which the god Tammuz or Adonis was worshipped, as the early Christian father Jerome tells us; and its adoption as the scene of the birth of our Lord was one of those frequent instances of the taking over by Christians of a pagan sacred site. The propriety of this appropriation was increased by the fact that the worship of a god in a cave was commonplace in paganism: Apollo, Cybele, Demeter, Herakles, Hermes, Mithra and Poseidon were all adored in caves; Hermes, the Greek Logos, being actually born of Maia in a cave, and Mithra being “rock-born.”
Weigall further states that the “swaddling clothes” motif in the gospel story is taken from the story of Hermes, who was likewise wrapped and placed in a “manger,” which in the original Greek referred to a basket. Furthermore, Dionysus and Ion, the father of the Ionians, were each born in a cave and placed in a basket/manger. In addition, Mithra was accompanied by twelve companions. An image found in the Roman catacombs depicts the babe Mithra “seat in the lap of his virgin mother,” with the gift-bearing Magi genuflecting in front of them. Such iconography was common in Rome as representative of Isis and Horus, so it would not be unexpected to find it within Mithraism.
According to Persian mythology, Mithras was born of a virgin given the title “Mother of God” The Parthian princes of Armenia were all priests of Mithras, and an entire district of this land was dedicated to the Virgin Mother Anahita. Many Mithraeums, or Mithraic temples, were built in Armenia, which remained one of the last strongholds of Mithraism. The largest near-eastern Mithraeum was built in western Persia at Kangavar, dedicated to “Anahita, the Immaculate Virgin Mother of the Lord Mithras.”
Anahita is an Indo-Iranian goddess of some antiquity, dating back at least four or five centuries prior to the common era.
The cave-born Mithras was called “Theos ek Petras,” or the “God from the Rock.” Indeed, it may be that the reason of the Vatican hill at Rome being regarded as sacred to Peter, the Christian “Rock,” was that it was already sacred to Mithra, for Mithraic remains have been found there.
Mithra was “the rock,” or Peter, and was also “double-faced,” like Janus the keyholder, likewise a prototype for the “apostle” Peter. Hence, when Jesus is made to say that the keys of the kingdom of heaven are given to “Peter” and that the Church is to be built upon “Peter,” as a representative of Rome, he is usurping the authority of Mithraism, which was the official Roman cult at the time, precisely headquartered on what became Vatican Hill.
Mithra and the Twelve
Mithra had 12 “companions” or “disciples.” The number 12 dates back millennia to the original sun-worshipping religions and the 12 signs of the zodiac. Furthermore, the motif of the 12 disciples or followers in a “last supper” is recurrent in the Pagan world, including within Mithraism:
[Mark] gave Jesus a last supper with twelve followers, identical in every way with the last supper of the Persian god Mithra, down to the bread and wine (14:22-26).
The Spartan King Kleomenes had held a similar last supper with twelve followers four hundreds years before Jesus.
Obviously, the Last Supper with the Twelve predates Christianity by centuries.
The sprinkling or splashing of the bull’s blood is considered a baptism, especially since it is designed to convey immortality. Like this bloody rite, baptism with water, whether by immersion or sprinkling, is found in numerous pre-Christian religions/cults, dating back to ancient times. Baptism or lustration for the removal of evil or sins is also found in the Sumerian culture, 2000 or more years before the Christian era. It was taught in every religion and cult that used baptism that the water neutralized, expelled or absorbed the malevolent