"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Monday, November 18, 2013

I've Got Sunshine...

I've Got

Our ancestors worshiped the sun and they were far from foolish.
It makes good sense to revere the sun and the stars.
We are their children.
Carl Sagan 

Hindu Sun God 
We are made of sun...
Nous sommes du soleil

Science can teach you a lot about your relationship with the universe. Understanding this can also be a spiritual revelation. Every atom of your body and our world came into being from a star far far away. Our entire solar system, is made from the left over gases from when large stars die, ejecting their contents millions of miles into space in giant explosions known as nova or supernova. Locally, our star, our sun called Sol, has given a pattern for the economic and spiritual focus of countless cultures throughout the ages. 

A regular visitor to the eastern sky in the morning and the western at sunset, it's place in the sky north or south changing with the seasons. All along while providing heat and light for life on earth, the sun has helped us keep time and in doing so helping us keep track and to predict. The sun has provided vital information to humans in knowing the seasons for migrating, herding, planting and other practical activities. 

Religions, myths and legends from many cultures and through out history, all center on that glowing orb in the sky. They all tell stories of stealing fire from the fire, in the European traditions, there is prominently there is the Greek story of Prometheus. But even that story is a later version of an older one from India. And there are others along the way through time and geography. They all come with warnings about respecting man's relationship with the fiery power of the sun. Fire is of practical use for many things.

One more use is as metaphor for our mind, emotions and spirit. A blessing but also a curse if misused. And yet we are hypnotically drawn to it. It sparks thought and reflection. We stand or sit and stare... rapt in awe and quiet contemplation.
Ritual - Nous Sommes Du Soleil
by Yes with Symphonic Orchestra
"Intellect must not exist by itself.
When it rejects the guidance of love and inspiration,
it can justify all bigotries, no matter how brutal;
it can explain away any madness, including murder.
In the wrong hands a beam of light
may become a death ray."

Neil Millar
Stealing the Sun

Prometheus (Greek) is a Titan,
culture hero, and trickster figure
 who in Greek mythology is credited
and the theft of fire for human use,
an act that enabled progress and civilization.
He is known for his intelligence,
and as a champion of mankind.

In the Western classical tradition,
Prometheus became a figure
who represented human striving,
particularly the quest for scientific knowledge,
and the risk of overreaching
 or unintended consequences.

Prometheus paid a heavy price for his benevolence.
Chained to Mount Caucasus, in Scythia...
and then daily having his liver eaten out by an eagle
(the symbol of Zeus). Immortal, Prometheus could not die
and so each day the eagle would torturously devour it and each night the liver would regenerate.
His punishment from Zeus was for both stealing fire from the Gods and for holding the secret of the Oracle's prophecy: Thetis, would bear Zeus a child greater and more powerful than Zeus himself. As further punishment, Zeus also ordered the creation of Pandora, the first woman, who released from the now infamous box, all the evils of the world.

Daughters of the Titan deities Oceanus and Thetis, 
the water nymphs, cling to the rock
where Prometheus is chained.

In The End Hercules Rescues Prometheus
Soon - Yes
There Are Many Similar Older Myths

Sun Worship

From All Over The World

Hawaiian Maui capturing the Sun in a net

Arev or Aramazd is the Armenian Sun God
 Armenians sacrificed horses to the sun
Painting by Hayk Sayadyan.

Almost universal, so many more cultures
have their stories of the sun or fire capture
Modern linguistics suggests that the name is derived from
the Proto-Indo-European root 
that also produces the Vedic pra math, "to steal," hence pramathyu-s, "thief", 
cognate with "Prometheus", the thief of fire. 

The older Vedic myth of fire's theft by Matarisvan
is an analog to the Greek account.
Pramantha was the tool used to create fire.

In the Rigveda,

 Matarisvan is a name of Agni
the Hindu deity of fire

In North America,
the Northwest Coast mythology has
The Raven.

Also known as the trickster,
Raven steals the sun in his beak
 to give fire to humans.

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
Native American Proverb
Ritual - Nous Sommes Du Soleil - Yes
(Full version with images)
© 2013 MU-Peter Shimon

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