The Original Tradition
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THE TRUE SECRET REVEALED
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the Da Vinci Code a "deep" and "shocking" truth has been
Let me talk about Mary Magdalene. She is my sister, my dearest spiritual friend. There is hardly someone in Western tradition, who has been so misunderstood, nay abused like her. She embodied everything the "young Church" detested. And above all: she was dangerous. First of all, she was one of the last representatives of the old MotherGoddess religion; secondly she was a woman e.g. the lover/wife of Jesus, while thirdly being a fully Realized One. While the Church had to promote Jesus, not only as the Son of God, but as God himself, every weakening of that position was intolerable. In the Churches' concept a woman as the heiress of Jesus' teachings was totally unacceptable. Therefore, even during Jesus' lifetime clashes between the patriarchal hard core of the apostles and Mary took place. It is the reason, that while Jesus always had been very outspoken about equal position of women, the apostles, after Jesus' death, immediately started a campaign to curb women's freedom, equality and activities. So why did they hate her?
Being a priestess of the ancient Great Mother (Astarte) religion1), initiate in the seven stages of mystery religion (hence her "seven sins"), and in line with other great women of the Old Testament, she initiated ("anointed") Jesus into the mysteries of the Eternal Feminine. While officially addressing himself to the "Father", which - seen in the context of the Jewish culture - was inevitable, the entire life of Jesus is a testimony of being a messenger of the Mother2). He was very conscious of the role he had to perform - that of the matriarchal hero - including death and resurrection - in order to comply with the myth of the ancient "vegetation god" or priest-king. Not surprisingly thus, that Jesus was an outspoken defender of women, not only on a personal level, but also politically, as the challenger of the patriarchal system. Mary Magdalene, in her turn, was the mentor and wife of Jesus.
1) The Holy of Holiest in the Temple of Solomon was called "Womb of Astarte".
2) See a.o. The Secret Book of John (Gnostic text). There God exclaims "I am father, and God, and above me there is no one. But his Mother, hearing him speak thus, cried out against him, "do not lie, Ialdabaoth..." (E.Pagels "The Gnostic Gospels", 1989 Vintage Books).
In the Gnostic Gospels it is said, that "Jesus loved her more than the other disciples", yes he even kissed her on the mouth, which - in the Jewish context - would certainly not have been possible, without being intimate lovers. The question, whether they also have been husband and wife, cannot be easily answered. In that case kissing each other, even in public would not have roused so much fuss. Being lovers, because of their joint commitment to the Great Mother is more likely and would be a sign of great courage.You may say, both were an example of a "hieros gamos" or holy marriage, in which Mary initiated Jesus in the secrets of sacred sexuality. The fact, that only women attended his dying on the cross, plus, that he stayed in the grave for three days - the holy three days of the New Moon in the Old Tradition - plus, that it was Mary Magdalene who saw him first after his resurrexion, are signs of the same secret: Jesus as the "hero" of the Great Mother religion1).
1) See also "The Great Jesus Interview"
What was exactly the nature of her teaching? As said above, the essence of the MotherGoddess tradition was "death and rebirth". For hundreds of thousands of years, people believed that all life died in the Cosmic Womb, while continuously being born out of it. It is reflected in the unique text "Descent of Inanna into the Underworld". Inanna, the GoddessQueen of Sumer was searching for her deceased husband Dumuzi (symbolizing the vegetation god). She descended into the Underworld, where she had to go through the Seven Gates, progessively being stripped off of various layers of her personality. Ultimately, she stood naked before the Ultimate, experiencing spiritual rebirth. Ever since, "death and resurrexion" had been the spiritual ideal of the cultures of the Middle East. In Hellenism, it was the core of the mystery religions. It was exactly this initiation, that Mary Magdalene had been teaching Jesus. It would become his inner guideline - his mission - something he committed himself to until the bitter end1).
1) Spiritual resurrexion doesn't necessarily include physical death. It is likely, that Jesus pursued the spiritual ideal only. However, after having been arrested for political uprising, he reconciled himself with his fate, strengthened by his inner knowledge.
Now we understand, why the Church turned the Seven Gates (the Seven Initiations of Inanna) into Mary's "seven sins or demons". Through this, they aimed at hitting the Mother tradition in its very heart. They had to conceal at all costs, that Jesus' mission of "death and resurrexion" didn't come from the "Father", but from the Mother. However, this isn't all. Mary Magdalene wasn't "just" an initiate of the Old Tradition, but an Enlightened One as well. This must have been very painful, for none of the apostles "understood him" (Jesus). Among the ignorant followers, Mary was the only one (probably together with Thomas), who had the same level of Realization. The Gnostic Gospels of Nag Hammadi reveal, that Jesus not only was preaching to the crowd, but tried to build an inner circle of spiritual initiates as well. Mary Magdalene as "his first initiate" (and viceversa) created wild jalousy with the rest of the group. They did everything to cross her in her efforts to spreading the message. What would have happened if not them, but she would have become the legitimate successor of Jesus?1)
1) Hence, she is the only legitimate heiress of the teachings of Jesus Christ and had every right to be his successor. That's why I asked her to be foundress of The Mother Church (chapter "The Foundress").
The Church thus had every reason to denounce her. And that is exactly what they did. To depict the closest friend of Jesus as "a prostitute" not only testifies of the churches' ruthless cynicism, but tries to denounciate the entire holy temple practices1) of the old Mother religion, which has been THE aim of the church ever since. Her beatification as "the saint of the prostitutes" doesn't change this at all. It puts her in a corner, in such a way that her actual glory would never ever return. The campaign against Mary Magdalene is part of the larger crusade of the church to eradicate all the memories of the previous Mother era. In reality Mary Magdalene was an extra-ordinary women, "the woman who knew the All". Not surprisingly thus, that she was called "the apostle of apostles" e.g. the "tower of wisdom" and teacher of the Gnosis2). The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is the only gospel, written or inspired by a woman. Together with the other apocryphal scriptures it has been suppressed.
1) In which the priestesses initiated males into sacred sexuality. The later denounciation of this practice can be found everywhere in Church history. An example of this slanging-match is "Whore of Babylon", which should refer to the Great MotherGoddess. The attack on Mary Magdalene is part of the same pattern.
In recent publications Mary Magdalene is depicted as the wife of Jesus. Moreover, as Jesus' wife she conceived and raised their common children. Therefore, some are suggesting, that her womb symbolizes the Holy Grail. After her escape to Southern France her second child Joseph continued the "bloodline", which later became the royal dynasty of the Merovings. This story is presented as a top revelation. Contrary to what popular writers try to let us believe, this bloodline has died out. The true secret goes far beyond this, though. As a priestess of the Old Religion Mary Magdalene worshipped the Great Mother. The top symbol of the Mother is the Cosmic Womb. This secret she passed on to her disciples. The Holy Grail thus not symbolizing her womb, but the Womb of the Cosmic Mother. It explains the top secrecy around it1). The reason, that it has never "been found" is, that the Mother cannot be attained. She is beyond everything. Hence, the saying: "The Grail cannot be attained, only be granted".
1) The Original Great Mother Religion being the predecessor and arch-enemy of the Church!
The unbelievable thing is, that after so many centuries, the Mother has revealed Herself again through the symbol of the Grail. It happened in 1974. Suddenly and totally unexpected a unusual clarity filled the room. I was part of that clarity. Then, on the wall approximately 2 meters in front of me tiny lights started emerging. Some seven of them. They had a certain relationship to each other. Very soon I saw, that they were connected by tiny green branches. Everything was contuously developing at a slow pace. Small golden flowers with red hearts on top of the branches! I could easily watch it. It appeared to be St.John's Wort. The movement didn't halt for a moment. The branches slowly transformed themselves in big golden arms. Arms of a Menorha, a Jewish (Canaanite) Tree of Life. The candlestick had seven red flames on top of the branches, the whole radiating light in all directions.
Subsequently, the arms of the Menorha became thicker and thicker. They all grew toward each other. To the extend, that eventually no space was left between them. It had become one solid object - a Chalice! - radiating a fascinating light. Such a light I hadn't seen before in my life. I felt a combination of increasing excitement together with a corresponding great clarity of mind. There were no thoughts, only an exalted being on the verge of experiencing something very, very wonderful. The Chalice then started to slowly tilt over to the right side. I could see a part of its inside. And then, unbelievably something started to drip over the edge. It was red. More drops came. First one by one, then a small stream. Slowly the stream became stronger, eventually developed itself into a small waterfal. I was struck with awe. This wasn't something of this world. O my God, I recognized it. It was blood!1)
It took about 25 years, before I fully understood its meaning. The Grail Chalice symbolizing the Cosmic Womb. Through a unfathomable "cosmic decision", the Mother had revealed Herself to the world through me. Still, I cannot believe it. Her Message is hidden in the sequence of the St.John's Wort, the Menorha/Tree of Life and the Grail. The first standing for "Awaken!", the second for personal integration e.g. "restructure your life" and the third for selfless love or "serve others". Not surprisingly thus, that this Her Message has become the guideline to my entire life. The intriguing thing, of course is, what this has to do with Mary Magdalene. Slowly, I realized my link to her. Both she and I were granted an equal intimate relationship with the Mother. We both are initiates of the Grail. After so many centuries, the spiritual line of the Grail has thus been restored. Amargi!1)
1) Greeting from Sumer 2300 years ago. It means "Freedom" or "Return to the Mother".
Through the Grace of both my Vision and my Threefold Realization1), I know Mary Magdalene from within. We are spiritual brother and sister. She and I are in the same space, nay ultimately we are the selfsame Space Itself. Her life and suffering are my life and suffering. I therefore feel it as an act of Love, to do whatever I can to spread her glory in all directions. Nowadays, the infamous Church, seeing that the truth has come out and that her popularity cannot be stopped anymore, tries to tactically adjust to the new situation. This is totally unacceptable. The Church should never be able to benefit from her in any way. There is only one possibility: rehabilitating Mary Magdalene would mean, that she is going to be acknowledged as the successor of Jesus and that consequently the entire papal lineage is a fraud.
1) See "Revelation"
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