Agni

Agni is the protector of mankind, He is the lord of the house, dwelling in every abode, guest in every home. He despises no man and lives with every family. He is the fire that burns in the hearth and inside the human body. He is the mediator between the Gods and human beings. He is the light that illumines ignorance and He is the spark of Divine Consciousness in all living beings.

This post links to Rudra, Shiva, Agni and Loki which explores the connection between these Gods.

In the sacred Vedic scriptures, Agni is revered as a major God next to Indra (who is the King of the Gods). Agni (in Sanskrit) means “fire” and the God’s nature reflects the primordial powers of this element – to consume, transform and convey. He exists on three levels – on earth as fire, in the atmosphere as lightening and in the sky (heaven) as the sun. Agni is invoked often as He is considered the medium that conveys offerings to the Gods. In the Vedas Agni is described as a mediator between the Gods and human beings, being able to freely travel between the worlds. Later, in the Upanishads, He evolved to represent all transformative energy and knowledge. He represents the immortal existence inside human beings and also the light that dispels darkness, destroys illusion, transforms ignorance and procreates an enlightened state of being. Agni is the the flame of aspiration burning inside every human heart, the inner fire that illumines and lets us go beyond our limitations and bondage in search for the highest knowledge – the knowledge of the Self.

Agni is said to love those who worship Him equally and in turn He is loved by all. He visits every hearth no matter if the family is rich or poor.

Some refer to Agni as the ultimate source of the Hindu trinity – while Shiva takes this role in the Shivapuran when he appears to Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu as a column of fire and refers to Himself as the creator of all.

Agni is said to be ‘Agrani’ the first principle of thought which manifests as speech and the leader who spreads knowledge. “About the beginning of language or the beginning of human aspiration in the form of language, we know a little. We know that there is a particular pattern that many languages followed. In Sanskrit, the mother of all our Indian languages, A is the first letter of the alphabet as it is in English. Agni is the first and foremost priest and his name starts with A. The beginning of the Rig Veda starts with a hymn to Agni, so the Vedas start with A. Now let us look very briefly at some Western languages. Hebrew begins with aleph and Greek with alpha, the same sound approximately as our A. Latin and the various roman languages derived from it also begin with the letter A. So also do the Germanic languages. In fact, probably all the languages of the Indo-European language groups begin with the sound A and many other language groups also start their alphabet with this sound.
We can be proud of our human oneness. It seems that the first sound that arose from the human consciousness at the very beginning of the awakening of the human race was the sound of ‘a’ symbolised by the letter A.”
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Agni has two forms:

“Jātaveda is the fire that carries the quid-pro-quo offerings to the gods, in which case Agni is light identified with knowledge and with Brahman. “He who knows all creatures”, Agni acts as the divine model for the priest. He is the messenger who carries the oblation from humans to the gods, bringing the Gods to sacrifice, and intercedes between gods and humans (Rig Veda I.26.3). Together with Indra and Soma, Agni is invoked in the Rig Veda more than any other god.
Kravyād is the form of Agni which cremates corpses, the fire of the funeral pyre that triggers the recycling of matter and spirit. In this way, states Shatapatha Brahmana in verse 2.2.4.8, after one’s death and at the time of cremation, Agni heats up and burns only the body, yet by its heat, one is reborn.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agni

The word “Agni” is used in many contexts, ranging from the fire in stomach, the cooking fire in a home, the sacrificial fire in an altar, the fire of cremation, the fire of rebirth, the fire in the energetic saps concealed within plants, the atmospheric fire in lightning and the celestial fire in the sun.

Agni’ means fire. This fire refers to the aspiring flame that rises from our inmost being; again, ‘Agni’ also refers to the fire god himself. We are all aspirants; we are all seekers of the infinite Truth. It is we who have to embody Agni, the flame of aspiration, in the inmost recesses of our hearts. We also have to grow upwards with this flame until we become the embodiment of Agni, the fire god himself.

Agni is an Immortal who has taken up his abode with mortals as their guest. He is the domestic priest who rises before the dawn. He is a sage, the divinest among the sages, immediately acquainted with all the forms of worship; the wise director, the successful accomplisher, and the protector of all ceremonies, who enables men to serve the gods in a correct and acceptable manner in cases where they could not do this with their own unaided skill. He is a swift messenger, moving between heaven and earth, commissioned both by gods and men to maintain their mutual communication, to announce to the immortals the hymns, and to convey to them the oblations of their worshippers; or to bring them (the immortals) down from the sky to the place of sacrifice. He accompanies the gods when they visit the earth, and shares in the reverence and adoration which they receive. He makes the oblations fragrant; without him the gods experience no satisfaction.

Agni is the lord, protector, king of men. He is the lord of the house, dwelling in every abode. He is a guest in every home; he despises no man, he lives in every family. He is therefore considered as a mediator between gods and men, and as a witness of their actions; hence to the present day he is worshipped, and his blessing sought on all solemn occasions, as at marriage, death, etc. In these old hymns Agni is spoken of as dwelling in the two pieces of wood which being rubbed together produce fire; and it is noticed as a remarkable thing that a living being should spring out of dry (dead) wood. Strange to say, says the poet, the child, as soon as born, begins with unnatural voracity to consume his parents. Wonderful is his growth, seeing that he is born of a mother who cannot nourish him; but he is nourished by the oblations of clarified butter which are poured into his mouth, and which he consumes.
The highest divine functions are ascribed to Agni. Although in some places he is spoken of as the son of heaven and earth, in others he is said to have formed them, and all that flies or walks, or stands or moves. He formed the sun, and adorned the heavens with stars. Men tremble at his mighty deeds, and his ordinances cannot be resisted. Earth, heaven, and all things obey his commands. All the gods fear, and do homage to him. He knows the secrets of mortals, and hears the invocations that are addressed to him.

The worshippers of Agni prosper, are wealthy, and live long. He watches with a thousand eyes over the man who brings him food, and nourishes him with oblations. No mortal enemy can by any wondrous power gain the mastery over him who sacrifices to this god. He carries men across calamities, as a ship over the sea. He commands all the riches in earth and heaven; hence he is invoked for riches, food, deliverance, and in fact all temporal good. He is also prayed to as the forgiver of sins that may have been committed through folly. All gods are said to be comprehended in him; he surrounds them as the circumference of a wheel does the spokes.

In a celebrated hymn of the Rig-Veda, attributed to Vasishtha, Indra and the other gods are called upon to destroy the Kravyāds (the flesh-eaters), or Rākshas, enemies of the gods. Agni himself is a Kravyād, and as such takes an entirely different character. He is then represented under a form as hideous as the beings he, in common with the other gods, is called upon to devour. He sharpens his two iron tusks, puts his enemies into his mouth, and devours them. He heats the edges of his shafts, and sends them into the hearts of the Rākshasas. 

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There are four Vedas: the Rig Veda, the Sama Veda, the Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda. You all know that the Rig Veda is our most ancient, most profound, most sacred and most hallowed scripture. In the Rig Veda you will read about Indra, the lord of the gods, who is considered the most important and most powerful of the cosmic gods. Next to him is Agni. In the Rig Veda, Agni is the first of the cosmic gods to be invoked; our Hindu scriptures start with Agni, not Indra.

He is at once three different priests. First he is the priest who prays. He is praying on our behalf, on behalf of the earth-consciousness. Then he is the officiating priest, which resembles what we might call the minister in a church. He officiates at the divine sacrifice on our behalf. In his third aspect, Agni is the priest who bestows the divine wealth upon us. In this role, he carries our aspiration to the Highest and brings down the message of the Highest for us. He is like a spiritual Master who enters into his disciple’s ignorance, carries it up into the Highest and then brings down God’s Peace, Light and Bliss. The Master is a messenger and Agni also plays the part of a messenger. He takes our human aspiration to the Absolute Supreme and brings Divine Grace down into unlit and crying humanity.

Agni is very often associated with Indra. It is mentioned at times in the Rig Veda that Agni and Indra are twin brothers. But the one who performs the spiritual rites and religious duties most successfully is Agni. Some spiritual Masters say that Agni takes human aspiration to the Highest in the form of power, while Indra brings down Light into the earth atmosphere. Simultaneously they move; one goes up and the other comes down.

Full of divine energy and divine vigour is this lord, Agni. You will see boundless willpower within him and around him. The dynamic form of Agni is, at times, associated with Rudra, the Terrible, with the Thunder aspect of the Supreme. Rudra and Agni are friends. They go together. We see Rudra in the cosmic god Agni in his aspect of dynamic law.

On Agni’s appearance: “One will see different forms of the gods, according to one’s own individual realisation. For example, when someone invokes the power aspect of Agni, then in the vital world he sees Agni with his tongue out and his hair a mass of flames. But another aspirant, invoking the benevolent aspect of the god, will see Agni as a benign, glowing deity full of luminous, compassionate power. A third aspirant, after committing some serious moral blunder in the physical plane and thinking that the god will be terribly displeased with him, meets Agni’s destructive and angry form. But the real Agni, in his highest consciousness and in his nitya rupa, or eternal form, will appear in front of a seeker in normal human form with two arms, two legs and so on. He will look tall and very beautiful.

“O Agni, O Fire God,
lead us along the right path
so that we can enjoy the fruits
of our divine actions.
You know, O God, all our deeds.
O God, take away from us all our
unaspiring and binding sins and
destroy them.
To You we offer our teeming,
soulful salutations and prayers,
to you we offer.”

Heart’s aspiration is the right path.
God’s Compassion is the genuine guidance.
The fruits of our divine actions are Peace, Light and Bliss.
Sin is the smile of self limiting bondage.
In our prayers and salutations abides God the illumining Saviour.

Agni is loved by all and sundry, irrespective of age. Sometimes you will notice that an elderly gentleman is admired and adored by his colleagues, whereas new generations find it difficult to appreciate his genius. The old and the new do not go together. But in the case of Agni, it is not like that. The second verse in the Rig Veda tells us that Agni is adored and worshipped by the ancient sages and, at the same time, by the newly-born seekers. He can please a little child and he also can please an octogenarian.

In conclusion, I would like to say that Agni is a household god in the sense that Agni is cherished most in the family either to fulfil desire or to fulfil aspiration. He is called “Griha Pati” or “Griha Swami”, lord of the house. He is lord of the house and also guest of the house. He is the supreme guest. The sages felt the necessity of cherishing and adoring Agni all the time because they felt that there was no end to their aspiration and that Agni was the only answer to their aspiration. At the same time, they came to realise that the flame of aspiration could be kindled by Agni alone. We need Agni to kindle the flames of aspiration and, at the same time, we need Agni to achieve our highest realisation.
Agni is never old. He is ever young and he is being reborn every day. When we kindle the flame of aspiration early in the morning, Agni takes birth. He is a newborn babe. Then again, he is the most ancient god because he is the first priest mentioned in the Rig Veda:

O Flame! Master Strength! O Leader! You gather around you all the peoples of the world and bind them together. You burn bright in the high seat of Revelation. You bring us all the Riches.

Agni is human aspiration and divine realisation all at once. If you would like to repeat the name Agni silently a few times early in the morning, then you are bound to feel the climbing flame of aspiration within you. Please repeat ‘Agni’ most soulfully, most devotedly; then you will feel the bumper crop of divine realisation within you.

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Find more on Agni here:

http://www.indianscriptures.com/gods/devta/vedic-gods/agni-the-god-of-fire

Guardian of Children

I feel that Loki genuinely adores and protects innocence, sweetness and purity – all qualities of a child’s heart.

A thing that I learned having Loki around is that He loves children. Maybe it is His own childlike nature, His love, lightness, sense for mischief and humour – He seems to adore children’s innocence and sweetness. I can feel His love for those pure creatures who are still so connected with their hearts and souls. Loki especially enjoys to see a child’s smile.
I do not have children of my own and have sometimes found it difficult to interact with them, feeling self-conscious and shy. Children can pick up your vulnerabilities and can be brutally honest – like Loki Himself – as they voice their opinions without thinking and often to the embarrassment of the grown-ups. Ever since Loki has made an appearance in my life, I have opened up to children and learned to genuinely appreciate them and the feeling seems to be reciprocal as I earn a lot of smiles these days. I relate mostly to their sweetness.
I believe that Loki brings us closer to our own childlike nature, closer to our heart. Children live and act from their heart. They see the world as a place full of love and magic, until they learn to believe something else. Loki cares especially for those children who suffer. He understands the pain or troubles of a child’s heart and can act as their protector and guardian. To grown-ups He might seem erratic and unpredictable, yet to a child He is a friend who is on the same level. Children can really relate to Loki and I feel that He helps and heals them. He also does not seem to like it when people belittle children and appears to encourage respectful and loving interaction with children. … and actually between human beings in general.

Loki is a God of laughter, joy and mischief. This part of him teaches to see good in everything and to smile or laugh away our problems, look at experiences with the lightness and curiosity of a child. In my opinion, there is probably no other God who would be more fun to have around when you are a child.

On an inner level this particular God works with our inner child and I guess that is what makes him so skilled in healing trauma. Loki protects and nurtures our inner child and allows us feel secure within ourselves.

Children are the bearers of Light, of consciousness in a pure, uncorrupted form. They live inside there hearts, unaware of the separation of the mind, that corrupts us adults. Children live in the moment and in trust that they will be looked after. Something that Loki pushes me to do – trust God, trust in a higher force to look after me. He urges me to take responsibility for my life and learn to flow with what comes along rather than planning things and trying to control outcomes. Seize the moment. Trust that things will fall into place and move forward.

Loki Himself seems to view the world with the innocence of a child even though He has a brilliant mind. To me He is the perfect union of the heart and the mind or maybe it is the illumination of the mind through the heart, as Loki’s actions often are (even though some would disagree on this) actions of selfless love and sacrifice. He uses His cunning for a greater good and always faces the consequences of His actions – taking responsibility for whatever He does.

Loki and the Dark Goddess

The Great Mother Goddess is the dark primordial womb that brought forth all creation.

Loki is intimately connected to the Divine Feminine. He is the keeper and wielder of sexual energy or Kundalini – the creative force of the universe – and embodies compassion and love like only a mother could. Another aspect that connects Him closely to the Hindu God Shiva.

I believe Loki to be a God of Fire and terrifying natural forces like Storms, yet I would often see and feel water when meditating on Him. The Divine Feminine is represented by water, lakes and rivers and her guardians are serpents (in Maori culture the spirits associated with water are giant serpents called Taniwha). Loki is part of the Goddess as  much as She is part of Him and like Rudra is said to bless the land with rain, or the sacred river Ganga springs from Lord Shiva’s head, Loki has a deep connection with water because it represents the feminine, the Goddess.

The Goddess of pure power is called Shakti, the universal life force that flows through all creation. She is terrifying, destructive, creative, life-giving and life-saving. She is the Kundalini, the Mother Power and Shiva/Loki is the wielder of this power. He is a Master of the Kundalini, sexual energy, the one who can direct it so its fire does not destroy us. He can help us to grow a tree within us to ground ourselves into earth as well as heaven, and let the fire illlumine the tree and the snake travel. I believe that Loki can free us from our primitive urges and transform them into something higher.

The love between the Dark Goddess and Loki is deep, because they really are part of each other and I feel that Loki has suffered greatly from the imbalance of energies on earth. For a long time the imbalanced masculine energy has dominated humanity, now at the end of the cycle, the sacred feminine is returning and with it comes creativity, arts, oneness, love and compassion. Thus Loki will be able to reunite fully with His beloved Goddess, the Goddess who is the Mother of all creation.

The Divine Feminine embraces Light and Darkness. And in a time where a wrathful bachelor God rules the Western World, it is not surprising that Loki is finding  many supporters and devotees – as He in a way represents the Divine Feminine more than any other God. Maybe that is why Loki has been slandered by Christianity? Like the treacherous snake that persuades Eve to taste the forbidden fruit? Hm. Loki awakens our power and teaches us compassion (both aspects of the Goddess) towards ourselves and others. In our religious culture the ideal woman is seen as pure, virtuous, sweet and beautiful (and weak) while the Truth is that the Feminine Force in this universe is most powerful and much more complex. True, softness, sweetness, mildness, compassion are all desirable feminine qualities, when they are realised as something powerful and beautiful instead of something weak that fosters our (female) need for protection. We (females) need to remember that we bear abundant power within us and have no need to manipulate men, nor possess anyone or be possessed by them. We need to find ways to claim back our power. Loki definitely comes to aid here.

In ancient times women were thought to be able to access the power of the Goddess more easily than men because they could more identify with Her. Long ago women were regarded as the mediators between the Goddess and her children. Later, when the masculine force became imbalanced by the male desire for power and control, men relegated women to a lower class, caused in part by their fear of women’s “magic” — particularly the ability to give birth, the blood, and her intuitive gifts. Violence against women increased as men who felt powerless resorted to rape. Nowadays many men are stuck playing tough roles and many women learned that submission and passivity are their tickets to survival. Many domesticated females seek power through pleasing/manipulating men and baring children. One of the female dramas is the need to be needed and the need to feel protected, the male is the urge to protect and procreate. Sexual energy is not intended for power play or simply reproduction. On a higher level, sexual energy or Kundalini is a quest for wholeness, unity of the male and female inside.

Not all women were (and are) meant to be mothers. The sacred females (or sacred virgins), daughters of the Great Goddess, were priestesses, sorceresses, prophets, and healers before they were pursued and often killed. Interestingly enough the original meaning of the word “virgin” is essentially “a woman who claims ownership of herself”. Harlots (or whores) were priestesses of the Goddess who offered their bodies in the holy act of a sacred marriage. Tantric traditions today are revering the Kundalini’s sacredness and the union of the the Divine female and male (Shakti and Shiva).

The masculine and feminine aspect of creation need to be in balance and as long as one of them is overpowering, they both suffer. Neither of them is inferior or superior.

Loki came to me as a teacher and a healer, and while I thought He came to heal the feminine side of my nature, I now understand that He also heals the unbalanced masculine. He embodies both aspects. In my experience of Him, He can be extremely compassionate and loving, even indulging in his affections for me, yet He also has a dominant and possessive side. Whatever needs healing inside and through me, Loki represents. He is our duality and our union, sometimes I feel Him not even as a separate entity but as part of me. The more I learn to trust Him and love Him, the deeper the healing goes.

I believe that Loki heals trauma and thus he helps the feminine and masculine energy of this planet to heal. So maybe that is why there is such a large amount of Loki’s wives and spouses out there in the blogger-world? In my experience Loki meets us on the level we are on – and he has a tendency to stir up all those believes we hold, dark and forbidden desires and “sinful” longings (which, I guess, has brought Him a the “bad boy” reputation) as well as our need to be loved and sheltered – and He can actually fulfil all our needs. In my opinion, Loki is really out there, wreaking havoc in the blogger world (yes, I am including my humble self here) – yet I do agree with Lokeans that simply fantasising about Him does not make one a Lokean. (I certainly would not claim to be one either, even though Loki has touched my life in a most profound way)

And then … it is Loki we are talking about. Unbound. Free. And beyond mental or moral concepts.

 

 

Shiva

Shiva is a name Hindus give to the Mystery of Consciousness

which illuminates life on Earth

This post is linked to the page Rudra, Shiva, Agni and Loki which explores the connection between these three Gods.

“Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Transformer. What does Brahma create? He creates inner consciousness at every second. What does Vishnu preserve? He preserves the consciousness that is created by Brahma. And what does Shiva transform? Shiva transforms the consciousness that has been created by Brahma and preserved by Vishnu. Transformation means our conscious and constant awakening to high, higher and highest Truth. Transformation means a radical change of our inner and outer nature. It is comparatively easy to transform our inner nature, but unless and until the outer consciousness is transformed we do not get the full result.

The word ‘destroyer’ has been used by many Hindu philosophers and spiritual Masters in regard to Shiva. But I am of the opinion that we should not speak of God as a destroyer at all. He is our most compassionate Father; He cannot destroy us. What he does is transform our ignorance, imperfection and limitation into light and perfection. If I am in ignorance, He gives me Wisdom. If I am in darkness, He brings me Light so that I can be illumined.”

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Shiva is one of the chief deities of Hinduism. His name means “Auspicious One.” Shiva is known by many other names (1000 to be precise – here is a link to them https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva_Sahasranama), including Sambhu (“Benignant”), Samkara (“Beneficent”), Pasupati (“Lord of Beasts”), Mahesa (“Great Lord”), Mahadeva (“Great God”) and Mahakala (“Great Time”- or Lord of Time).

Shiva – like Loki – is a paradoxical and complex deity: Both destroyer and the restorer, great ascetic and symbol of sensuality, God of passion and ideal husband, the benevolent herdsman of souls and wrathful avenger. He is the Lord of dark creatures as well as the protector of purity and innocence. 

In the Vedas, Shiva is an aspect of the god Rudra, not a separate god. However, a joint form Rudra-Shiva appears in early household rites, making Shiva one of the most ancient Hindu gods still worshipped today.

Shiva is the Lord of Tantra, Destroyer of Desires, Embodiment of Innocence and Unifier of Dualities; He wields the power of maya or illusion by which He controls the world. 

Lord Shiva is the Transformer within the Trinity and in Shaivism (the worship of Lord Shiva) He represents the Supreme being who creates, protects and transforms the universe. Shaivism is essentially a nature religion offering alignment and coordination with subtle beings and supernatural forces.

In His role as Dakshinamurthi or World-Teacher He facilitates the spiritual progress of humanity, by destroying the old order of things to bring about renewal and regeneration of the manifest universe. He destroys impurities of the mind and body to expedite our spiritual evolution and transforms ignorance to bring liberation. Thus He is ultimately responsible for the flow of divine consciousness into earth consciousness to transform us into spiritual beings.

Lord Shiva is protector of those on the fringes of society, of everything chaotic and dangerous, of the unexpected and unexplainable. He is also the protector of animals, trees and all innocent creatures, Lord of Nature, and God of the humble, outcasts and criminals.

The scriptures describe Him as a God of anger, when He is in fact a God of Love who bestows all kinds of wealth and power upon his devotees. Men and women love Him alike for his unsurpassed love and generosity.

In worship, He is simple and easy to please, friend to both poor and rich, thief and saint. He is often depicted as Bholanath, the innoncent, Lord of simplicity and simple people and carries a lot of innocence.

Lord Shiva rules magic and the occult, He is the God of Tantra, also the Left Hand Path – the ritual use of intoxication and ecstasy. He is the destroyer of desires and Master of the Kundalini – to tread the path of Tantra and gain union of Shakti and Shiva, sexual desires have to be transcended and Shiva is the God who comes to aid here. Shiva is the magician, the shaman, the trickster who opens up our vision and allows us to step into a reality beyond good or evil, male or female – beyond duality.

Shiva – like Loki – is a master of (Kundalini) magic, and of androgynous nature. His form of  Ardhanarishvara is half man half woman. Shiva combines both male and female aspects of creation, and thus helps us integrate both within ourselves (in my experience, Loki fulfils the same role). The symbol of His worship is the “Lingam” a phallic symbol representing the Lingam and Yoni (male and female sexual organs) in a state of union. On one level, it symbolises the union of the body and the Mind, spiritually it represents the union between Purusha and Prakriti, the highest dual principles in creation.

All suffering, the product of dualities is overcome by an integration of polarities.

For more detailed information on Lord Shiva visit:

http://www.intuitive-connections.net/2005/book-shiva.htm

http://www.religionfacts.com/shiva

http://www.hinduwebsite.com/siva/aspects.aspRudrashiva

Rudra

“I am Rudra. I am His (God’s) force of Destruction. Boundless also is my Compassion for the doleful earth. It is I who lead the earth and her children towards a new creation. Therefore, unique am I.”

This post links to the page Rudra, Shiva and Loki which explores the connection between these three Gods.

Rudra is a very old God first mentioned in the Vedic scriptures and many believe that Lord Shiva developped out of Rudra and is a somewhat “tamer” form of this wild force of nature. At the end of a cycle God plays the role of Rudra, when He descends into creation to replace the old world with a new one.

In the Vedic scripts there are several hymns about Rudra and one whole hymn is dedicated to Him simply asking Him for protection from His terrifying form. He is described as “The flame-red boar of heaven, youthful with braided hair, powerful lips, merciful hands, tender-hearted and easy to invoke. Prone to anger and quick to dispatch weapons especially arrows against those who enrage him. He is also a deity with healing remedies and a provider of good luck. … Father of the Maruts, dazzling like the bright sun, powerful like a wild beast, swift, with the destructive power of lightning, storm and fire, he is lord of the sacrifice, of song and the physician of physicians. One of the adjectives used for him is indeed śiva (auspicious), but not exclusively. It is used for Agni also.

Rudra is later addressed as Nīlagrīva, Śitikanṭha, Giriśaya (mountain dweller), Viṣāpaharaṇa (one on whom the deadliest poison has no effect), and Paśupati, he is the lord of the forests, trees, fields and plants. In the Śatarudriya is also evident his all-inclusive divinity which is extended to wanderers, thieves, tricksters, robbers and pilferers.”

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“My own reading is that despite being on the fringe of the Vedic society … he has forever been a force to reckon with. Dangerous, incredibly powerful and uncontrollable. Just read­ the hymn dedicated to him to get a sense of how terrified they were of him. Over the millennia and particularly with the Puranic process, the custodians of the brahminical texts have managed to pacify him, make him Sankara (he who pacifies) and Siva (the auspicious). They have bound him with a household, given him two sons and an equally powerful wife, probably as a counter balance.

Some new aspects that were added to Rudra came naturally to him. For instance asceticism. Rudra, the hunter, lived in the forest and rejected the Vedic sacrifice and way of life.”

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“Rudra is one of the most significant Vedic gods. There are a number of hymns in the Rig Veda about Rudra, and three of them are solely dedicated to him. Rudra is the supreme Warrior, the divine Fighter, the God of Power. He is terrible according to the human view: he is dynamic according to the divine view. In the popular understanding of Indian mythology, Rudra is the Storm-God or Thunder-God. It is said that he creates thunder with his arm and uses lightening bolts from the sky. He is also said to use the bow and arrow. Rudra is closely associated with the Maruts, the Divine Sons, who are also connected with the natural forces and the heavens. In Indian mythology, Rudra wears a golden necklace and is adorned with costly celestial garments. His lips are said to be beautiful, and his hair is always braided.”

Rudra is the lord of terror, but, at the same time, he is the Lord of Compassion. We can also say that Rudra is Shivam Shantam the Lord who embodies Peace, and the auspicious qualities.”

According to tradition, this god, Rudra, has no time to spend with the dead. He deals only with the living, the striving, the aspiring. As Christ said of his Father, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living,” so, too, this is Rudra.

With his dynamic, divine energy it is Rudra who frees us from ignorance and inwardly compels us to march towards the Light, the Light of the Beyond. He does this more powerfully, perhaps, than any of the other gods. He can work in and through us most convincingly when we bring our own heart-elevating and soul-illumining emotions to the fore.

… people in India who know Rudra’s tremendous power pray to him not to hurt them or destroy them. Earthbound people feel that when Rudra is invoked, the moment his divine force touches their petty human weaknesses they will be destroyed. Actually, Rudra enters into our aspiring hearts with his dynamic valour not to destroy us but to transform our ignorance. Whenever there is aspiring energy, Rudra is present to offer his indomitable strength to his human devotees.

Spirituality in its purest sense is the acceptance of life. If we want to transform the world, first we have to accept it. When we face the world, what we see initially is imperfection, and our immediate reaction is a feeling of despondency. But the real divine warrior feels that he is indomitable — a perfect match for the darkness of the world — for he knows that Rudra is constantly inspiring him and aspiring in him and for him.

Rudra does not want even an iota of an undivine force to remain within us. Compassion he has in boundless measure, but his compassion he uses only in the form of Light. Where there is Light, Compassion reigns. Again, where there is Compassion, there also is Light. Rudra’s Compassion is the Compassion of oneness. Rudra feels that if he is perfect, then his human children must also become perfect. He feels that we can all be perfect, for in our soul’s nature we are already perfect.

We are all seekers of the infinite Truth. We have to adore Rudra, the indomitable, not out of teeming fear or excruciating pain, but out of love, out of selfless devotion and surrender. Rudra wants to establish the Kingdom of Truth and Perfection here on earth. He strives to establish the Kingdom of Truth in a world of falsehood, the Kingdom of Perfection in a world of imperfection.”

http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/dcg-7

“Rudra (…) is not a sectarian deity, but the Supreme Being who is omnipresent and manifests Himself in a myriad forms for the sake of the diverse spiritual aspirants. (…) The prayer depicts the diverse aspects of the Almighty. The Shri Rudram hymn is unique in that it shows the presence of divinity throughout the entire universe. We cannot confine the qualities of the divine to those that are favorable to us. The Lord is both garden and graveyard, the slayer and the most benevolent one.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Rudram_Chamakam

The Seventh Ray

The Seventh Ray

One colour that keeps popping up connected to Loki is purple. He seems to be fond of both purple and gold – He likes these tiny purple flower that cover the forest floors in spring – and in my meditations, purple is a colour that spontaneously appears when He is around. Loki explained it as a colour of transformation, of Divine Compassion and Light that illumines ignorance. And after a little research I discovered some interesting facts, I thought worth sharing.

Within the concept of the Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation the soul of each human being is connected to one of these rays and thus expressing the rays qualities.

The seven rays relate to the seven colours of the rainbow, or white light broken down into the seven colours – and the colour of the seventh ray is violet.
The violet Ray carries along the Divine qualities of love, mercy, compassion, spiritual transfiguration and transformation, and freedom.
The seventh ray is the one of transmutation and manifestation of the Divine in the physical (on earth), thus it is the ray of magic and shamanism and its transcendence into something Higher and Deeper. It initiates a new order.
The Svadhistana Chakra is the seat of the seventh rays energy and there it manifests (in its lower form) as sexual love and in its higher form it represents selfless love.

It is also the energy that lets our individual consciousness become part of the collective consciousness (like a drop joining the ocean, yet retaining the individuality of the drop). The downside of this is “trying to fit in”, or “wanting to be different” and being “at the edge of society” – which are all Loki traits – yet He is the One who helps us to become part of the Whole, while retaining our own (authentic) individuality.

During the present stage of transformation, earth is passing from the 6th Ray Age (Piscean) into the 7th Ray Age (Aquarian), an age prescribed by many cultures as the age of consciousness, the manifestation of Divine Conscioiusness in physical matter.

“It is the working of the Seventh Ray which aids in the fusion of the Soul and the personality, and the resulting reorientation of an individual’s life purpose and direction. It is this process of Soul infusion that can be symbolically rendered by the Seventh Ray alchemist as the process of changing lead into gold. The hope for the Aquarian Age, the Age of the Seventh Ray, is for such a ‘golden’ collective transformation and reorientation to take place for humanity.” Alan Oken’sSoul-Centered Astrology: A Key To Your Expanding Self

This ray enables us to stay grounded, while retaining a strong connection to the Higher Worlds and manifesting Higher Truths through creative processes, especially spoken or written words. An ancient name for the seventh ray is The Keeper of the Magical Word.

“Ray 7 – The Ray of Ceremonial Order and Magic

The Seventh Ray is best known for bringing order out of chaos. Its purpose is to provide the energy needed to translate spiritual ideas into tangible realities. Through its influence the Manifestation of Divinity is made possible. This ray influences humanity to outwardly create according to divine intention. An individual with a Seventh Ray Soul is the true magician. He or she is naturally able create positive change in the world. This is achieved through the power of the spoken or written word, and the ability to build outer forms that can anchor profound spiritual principles. Such a person understands the magical power of speech as an instrument for creating new forms through which divinity can be express. It is therefore not surprising that the ancient name for this ray is The Keeper of the Magical Word.”
https://meader.org/articles/the-seven-rays-of-divine-manifestation/
Fading now is the often impulsive Sixth Ray of Christianity as the Seventh ray gradually begins to influence mankind – an influence we are told can be traced back to the lost continent of Atlantic. Under this heavy physical ray, the battle to join spirit with matter is waged, hence it is a sensual ray, the one attached to sex and procreation. It is largely responsible for the mass-meditation movement and for man becoming more service minded. Through human will combined with divine grace regeneration is achieved. Simply the Seventh Ray provides and facilitates for the coming Age.
http://www.mermaid-uk.net/Esotericray7detail.htm

The seventh Ray of light is the most tangible and most expressive of all seven light Rays and Flames in the visible world. It reflects the quality and relationship that exist between spirit and matter, and due to these properties the seventh violet Ray is sometimes called ceremonial or magical Ray, a Ray of rhythm, ritual, law and order, organization and group consciousness. The rhythm of the violet Ray builds, integrates, manifests, and circulates in our bodies.
http://www.sunnyray.org/Violet-ray.htm

I found these findings rather interesting as in my opinion Loki is so deeply connected to human beings and His urge is to transform us, illumine us and make us realise our innermost Divinity. Some believe Loki to be Logi (in mythological texts one of the Trinity) who gave life force (complexion, blood) to human beings, Loki as well as the Seventh Ray is connected to the Svadhistana or Sacral Chakra, the seat of our life force.

As Loki’s force sweeps through my life and opens my mind and heart open to new concept, He makes me realise that essentially it is all connected. The Divine Force manifests for us in the way we can accept it – be it through angels, Gods or Light.