EASTER IS A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND SPIRIT
Easter is a bright holiday. The feast of the Spirit. The triumph of Life over death, of the Eternal over earthly and temporal.
All nations associate this holiday with the birth of Life, with renewal and creation. So many works have already been written on this subject, and it seems to be difficult to find some more new information. In this article we propose to take a look at the long-known concepts of the holiday, and the subjects related to it from different perspectives: historical, cultural, and from the perspective of Primordial Knowledge, uniting all peoples and beliefs. Let us together see what seemingly different nations and eras like Ancient Egypt, Sumerian, India, Asian countries and European countries have in common.
The name of the holiday in different languages is similar – it comes from Greek πάσχα, Lat. Pascha, Hebrew. [Pesaḥ] and represents the various derivatives of these words. However, in English and German, the word "Easter" sounds different, has a different meaning and comes from the word Eostre – the name of the Pra-Indo-European "goddess of dawn". She is considered to be the pan-European goddess of spring and fertility.
Her holiday is usually celebrated on the vernal equinox, often using traditional Easter symbols. The name Eostre comes from the word austrōn "dawn", derived from the common Indo-European root *Ausōs "shine, sparkle". From the same base was formed the common German word meaning "East" (English: East, German: Ost, Dutch: Oost, Swedish: Öster).
It is interesting that the name of the Virgin Mary in the Roman Empire was also associated with the traditional, for the peoples who lived there, notion of the goddess of Love - "shining", "Mother of Pearl"! Also, one of the epithets of the Virgin Mary is "The Star of Dawn".
In different cultures we can find similar female images: Latvian Austra, Lithuanian Aušrinė, Vedic Ušas (उषस्; uṣas), Slavic Zarya. According to Slavic legends, Zarya keeps the keys with which she must open the sky every morning in order to let a new day in.
If you return to the Virgin Mary, you can read the following in the Bible in the Book of Wisdom of Solomon, Chapter 7:
"She is a breath of the might of God and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty", " She is the reflection of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God" "Although she is one, she can do all things, and she renews everything while herself perduring; Passing into holy souls from age to age, she produces friends of God and prophets." The spiritual power of the Virgin Mary is compared to the "Gate of Heaven"! She is called “Bearer of a Deity”, "The Soul of the world", "Providence of God", "Incarnation of Logos".
How can we not to recall the goddess Isis, who is described in the “AllatRa” book like this:
“Rigden: In sacred interpretation, her name meant the transition stage, that which connected to a different sphere. By the way, in the Hellenistic period, the interpretation of the sacred symbols of, for instance, the cross-dome temple was mostly borrowed, as I have already said, from the religious concepts of the East. For example, I have already mentioned in the conversation about the Greek word “apse”, which means a cylindrical room under the central large dome or a tower in the cross-dome temple, and about the locking stone (the “key”) that “locks” the arch. The symbolical meaning of the apse was borrowed by the Greeks from the sacral meaning of the name of the goddess of ancient Egypt – Isis and one of her attributes – the Egyptian ankh cross, which meant “eternal life”, the “key to life”, a symbol of immortality. The apse (from the ancient Greek “αψίς” meaning “arc, loop, arch, protrusion”, “that which brings together, connects”) – that is how the Greeks referred to any circular shape: disk, orb, cylinder and the firmament.”
If we study this question, we can see that the names and epithets of female images in different cultures are similar. For example, all goddesses symbolized fertility. Fertility is just an association of how people are being filled with the power of God's Love, how their spiritual growth and liberation occurs. The knowledge about the Divine feminine principle and about those who conduct the power of Allat into this world has been passed with the help of female images.The days of the feasts dedicated to them were connected with cosmic cycles. And behind each "renewed" holiday there is an older one. Could it be a simple coincidence?
All this only shows us once again that the main holidays for people come from ancient times, they are connected with each other and, most importantly, have a spiritual basis. If we look at them not just as primitive traditions and half-remembered rites, we can see a deep spiritual essence, which was carefully passed through the millennia and has been preserved to our days.
“...simply to compare the symbols and names of the Foremother of the ancient peoples of the world, light female deities, and their epithets. And it will become clear that for centuries one and the same spiritual knowledge was passed down to different peoples about the liberation of the human Soul, in which the creating power of the divine feminine principle (Allat) played an important role.”From AllatRa book by A. Novykh
A real holiday is within a person, and it manifests itself in the filling up with inner happiness, when Personality is in contact with the Spiritual World. This feeling is difficult to describe in words, as there is nothing to compare it with in our world.
“Igor Michailovich: We say - “boundless happiness”, and we compare a boundless ocean with a drop in the palm of your hand.”
From “CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERSONALITY. From the inevitably dead to the eternally Alive” video (1:41:30)
We can't see a real rejoicing with an ordinary eye, but we can feel it. Simple but effective instruments - deep prayer states, meditations, spiritual practices - have been used for this purpose since ancient times. Since ancient times there was a good reason why the holiday was not celebrated in the morning, but with the appearance of the first star and until dawn. After all, it is easier for a person to calm down, quiet his thoughts and immerse himself into spiritual practice at night. Over time, the holiday was overgrown with external rituals and paraphernalia which, in an associative way, indicated certain spiritual sacrament. When spiritual knowledge is lost, there is only an external ritual, the meaning of which is either poorly remembered or severely distorted.
For example, in order to appear before the holiday in spiritual purity, there used to be knowledge about inner work on oneself, about purification from evil thoughts, selfish desires, but this knowledge has long been forgotten. Only the tradition to clean up the house, wash and put on new clothes has reached our days. The sacrament of connecting the spirit with Jesus was expressed in the tradition of breaking the special Eucharistic bread during Eucharist, where bread as the "body of Christ" symbolizes spiritual food. The filling up with God's grace has been associatively reflected in the use of milk by different peoples (by the way, the second name of the curd Easter bread is a thickened milk). Today, the main traditional attributes of Easter are Easter cakes (round-shaped baked bread), candle, painted eggs and pyramidal Easter curd.
Egg - as a symbol of the origin of life plays an important role in the mythology, tales and legends of many peoples around the world, and the origin of modern Easter eggs goes far back to pre-Christian times and is lost in the depth of centuries.
“According to the Veda world-view in the beginning there was nothing. ‘The One breathed without breath, and there was nothing except of it’. The One closed in vacuum was born by the power of cosmic heat – Tapas that is a basis for the Universe. The primary source of the created world was a desire. At the beginning there were cosmic waters. The Earth and the Sun appeared from Lotus floating in the waters. According to another interpretation a golden egg originated from the waters from which the god-creator Prajapati arised who supported earth and heaven, measured the space, gave life and force.”
From «Sensei of Shambala. Book IV» book by A. Novykh
Mentions about the creation of the world from the egg can be found in shamanic mythology and in the mythology of the Dogons. In China there are legends which say that the universe was originally a kind of chicken egg.
“...So, the Primordial Sound gave birth to the Universe shaped as a sphere (the universal, cosmic egg, the Golden Fetus, the primary seed). On the surface of the sphere, under the influence of the forces of Allat (the initial energy which begets life movement), matter started to form (a part of the energy started to turn into matter). Thanks to, again, the forces of Allat (in mythology – the mother of all things, the divine feminine principle of creation, the creating, viable Principle, the Mother-bird, the will of God, the power of God’s thought), matter began to interact with each other.”
Rigden: Certainly, all these legends at one time had one and the same basis and Knowledge.
From “AllatRa” book by A. Novykh.
Among the Easter eggs there are krashanky (painted eggs) – boiled eggs, painted in different colors; drapanky (scratched eggs) - eggs painted in some dark color with a scratched pattern on the surface and pysanky (inscribed eggs) – eggs with a complex multi-colored pattern – ornamented by wax and paint. Pysanky are particularly interesting for their deep sacral symbolism.
“Since ancient times, the basic signs and symbols have been placed according to specific purposes, depending on their use: in some cases, this was a transfer of Knowledge, while in others they were placed as an element of direct influence upon the one looking at them. When the goal was to pass on the Knowledge, signs and symbols were drawn by the type of “seal.”
“The word “symbol” came into the Russian language exactly in the meaning of “sign.” And the word “sign” (znak - “translator’s note”) originated in the Russian language from the Old Slavonic word “to know” and “to have information about something” (the Old Russian and Ukrainian word “знати”, the Slovenian “znáti”, the Old Czech “znáti”, the Polish “znaс”, and so on). That is, the word “знать” (“to know” – translator’s note) was clear to any Slav, regardless of the existing differences in languages”
From “AllatRa” book by A. Novykh.
Thanks to the keys of the Primordial Knowledge we can reveal the true sacral meaning of the ornament of pysanky, which contains a whole layer of signs and symbols. All this shows that in pre-Christian and Christian periods people had a spiritual vector of development.
Very often a rhombus is used in painting as an element of ornament. The rhombus, according to the Primordial Knowledge, symbolizes a cube placed on one of its corners. It symbolizes the seventh dimension, the spiritual transformation and liberation of a person.
The eight-pointed star also symbolizes a rhombus inscribed in a square (8 rays of the star correspond to 8 tops of the cube).
An equilateral cross can be seen in painting as often as a rhombus.
“An equilateral diagonal cross with a circle in the centre is a symbol of the Knowledge about the four Essences of man and about the Soul.The diagonal cross is a symbol of progress in cognition and a conditional division of space into fields (zones) of influence of the Essences; the circle is the designation of the Soul. The interpretation of the pattern of the symbol is shown in “seal” type.
But most often, in the sacred texts, the symbol of the diagonal cross (or its variations) pointed at the Knowledge about the energy structure of a human, his Essences, and interconnection with dimensions.”
From “AllatRa” book by A. Novykh
“Just look for data of archeology and you will see that the cross was worshipped in different places of the world since the time of upper paleolith. Ancient people worshipped it as a symbol of fire. The cross was also one of symbols of amulet, sun and eternal life.”
From «Sensei of Shambala. Book IV» book by A. Novykh
It is also interesting to look at the symbol "Tree of Life". It is a symbol of the axis of the universe that permeates all worlds (including those that do not intersect) and unites everything into one whole. It turns out that the ancient peoples also had knowledge about the World Mount.
“According to mythology, the World mountain is located in inaccessible place, in the centre of the world, or to say more precise, in the place of axis mundi, the axis of the universe which runs through all the worlds, including the disjoint ones which are located in the same space. It is deemed that all the elements and parameters of the universal order are reflected in the Worldmountain. The legends say that immortal gods come together on it and it shows everything what happens in the Universe”.
From «Sensei of Shambala. Book IV» book by A. Novykh
Especially we would like to note the symbol "Bereginya" ("The keeper") – a female figure with raised arms, this symbol has been known since Paleolithic times and is found in rock paintings (petroglyphs) all over the world.
This symbol contains a huge layer of knowledge about Allat, the feminine principle of creation. After all, woman is the source of God's Love in our world, Mother of all people on earth.
In pre-Christian times, people believed that Bereginya (Keeper) – Goddess Mokosh keeps safe, helps in life, supports, leads a person on a spiritual path. Later in Christianity, it became a veneration of the Mother of God.
“Rigden: ...to this day, in a special niche – in the arch of the main altar, the same Old Russian Orthodox pearl is shining – a six metre mosaic of the Mother of God, the so-called “Oranta”. In Christianity, it is considered to be one of the iconographic types of the Mother of God, who is portrayed full length with her arms bent at elbows and raised level with her face.
Anastasia: So, the arms of the Mother of God are depicted in the form of the symbolic sign of Allat – the same ancient symbol of spiritual fusion of the Personality with the Soul, enlightenment and cognition of the Truth, and attainment of spiritual liberation. This symbol was known to the ancient peoples in different times in the form of the above-mentioned symbol which resembles a “bug”, and also images of the ancient goddesses with raised hands. It’s the same ancient symbol which was recorded by “prehistoric” people as a petroglyph, indicating that man can reach such a state of spiritual liberation only with the participation of the creating force of Allat.”
From “AllatRa” book by A. Novykh
Let's look at the symbols of birds, deer, unicorn and horse.
In ancient times, knowledge of the processes in the invisible world was explained to people by using examples from everyday life and life activities in the visible world.
Pysanky often show a pigeon or a dove, recently more often they show a pigeon.
Originally it was the dove, as it symbolized the creative forces of divine Love.
In many nations dove is a bearer of the power of good, peace and light, the embodiment of the Holy Spirit. In every person there is the Holy Spirit, the angelic part of a human which breathes and lives with Love.
The ancients showed the movement of a person following a spiritual path as an unicorn, a deer or a horse which meant the front essence of the person.
“ Rigden: It is described as “a wonderful beast” which, when it walks on the ground, does not break even a blade of grass, does not squash even a small bug; it can fly or walk on water as if on the ground; it is an embodiment of love for mankind and humaneness, a symbol of unity. By the way, ancient texts frequently mention the unicorn on par with deer, or rather, as their kind of a leader. These are echoes of the legends about the heavenly deer which were present in the shamanic myths of other peoples.”
From “AllatRa” book by A. Novykh
“The horse means the movement. Though there were some other symbols instead of the horse in different times, for example, a ship or a bird, or swans, falcons, that is something which is moving more rapidly that a usual man walking, and it meant of course the sacred meaning of movement along the spiritual way.”
From «Sensei of Shambala. Book IV» book by A. Novykh
If we remember the Egyptian court of Osiris, the Front Essence played an important role in the court. The further fate of a Personality depended on how active was the Front Essence throughout person's life. If during a person's life the activation of the Front Essence "outweighed" the activation of the side Essences, then "the Soul was liberated". According to ancient Egyptian beliefs, it was sent on the "Solar ship", that also was called the "Ship of eternity", the "Ship of millions years" to Iaru (Ialu; Elysian fields, "Paradise"), that is, to another, spiritual world.
Many symbols and signs on pysanky tell a lot and they are an open book for people of Knowledge.
Symbols: waves (ancient designation of energy, energy field); grains (the seed of life, grain Po - according to the cosmogonic myth of the African Dogon tribe), honeycomb, grid, net ("spatial frame", non-material structure – ezoosmic grid); fish (altered state of consciousness). These and many other signs show that signs have been preserved to our days, but the keys for their understanding have been lost. Thanks to the book "AllatRa" we have an opportunity to know the meaning of this or that sign on pysanky.
So, for example, in the southern part of Central Turkey, on plateau of the Konya Plain, archaeologists found the city of Chatal-Guyuk (Chatal-Huyuk), dated VII millennium BC:
“Rigden: ...almost every house there had a special room. Scientists provisionally called it the “sanctuary” and, putting it in our words, it was a room for spiritual practices. They tried to place it in the centre of the dwelling. The walls of such a room(especially the eastern and the northern ones) were painted with frescoes, the length of which reached from 12 to 18 metres. But what is most interesting is what was portrayed on them: a “Goddess” in the form of a woman positioned in the pose of the said “bug” (or as scientists call it, “in the frog pose”), with animals and birds, that characterise the four Essences, beside her as well as symbols in the form of the Allat sign (a crescent with horns pointing upwards), a rhombus, two vertically connected triangles (in the form of an “hourglass”), two horizontally connected triangles (in the form of “wings of a butterfly”), symbols in the form of “honeycomb”, “seeds”, and “waves.” At that, these symbols could be found in different combinations: on top of one another, somewhere they doubled or tripled, multiplied, were depicted in terms of positivity and negativity. The “Goddess” was drawn as a fish-woman (a meditative immersion into an altered state of consciousness), as a serpent-woman (a symbol of spiritual practices and the attainment of the state of spiritual enlightenment), and as a bird-woman (connection with the spiritual world).
From “AllatRa” book by A. Novykh
Let's consider such an important attribute of a festive Easter table as Easter cake. Authentic Easter cake looks like a four-sided truncated pyramid and is made of cottage cheese, in Church Slavonic language it is also known as "Milk thickened".
Interestingly, the form of Easter cake has remained the same from century to century, although the way its cooking has changed according to the availability of various ingredients. It is made mostly from dairy products (curd, sour cream, cream and butter).
Easter cake was and is made as follows. The cottage cheese mixed with butter, eggs, sugar, dressed with spices, nuts, raisins, is boiled in a saucepan and then placed in a mould consisting of four wooden planks of linden, birch or aspen, which were tightly bound by a string. There was a gauze gasket between the mould and the curd mass, which made it easier to move Easter cake from mould to plate.
In modern society, few people know about the original Easter cake of the pyramidal form, and even the word "Easter" is used in the meaning of Easter bread. Sometimes this cake is baked in churches, but not that many people know how to bake it at home, not to mention the knowledge of its true meaning.
As a rule, the unusual form of Easter cake is explained by the fact that it symbolizes the Holy Sepulchre, in which the greatest miracle of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ took place. Therefore, on the upper side, as on the Easter bread, there should be the letters "CR" (ХВ), meaning "Christ is risen". But anyone who knows the geometry will say that the tomb is of the form of parallelepiped, not a pyramid. And he'll be right. And since the canons of Christianity have nothing to do with pyramids, it begs the question. Why that particular shape?
This shape is connected with the Primordial Knowledge about the construction of a human in the invisible world. It is our energy structure in 5th and 6th dimensions and has the shape of a four-sided truncated pyramid with a conditionally detached top.
And it is interesting that ancient people all over the world, at all times and on all continents had this Knowledge. It is reflected in the sacral structures of pyramidal form, which are found all over the Earth. These are tent-shaped temples, stupas and pyramids. There are also Orthodox temples in the form of a pyramid.
It turns out that these buildings perform several tasks. And one of them is to pass on knowledge to their descendants. Without modern ways of transmitting information (internet, books), how would you pass on the Knowledge to future generations? In ancient times it was possible, including through drawings, signs on a plane, through architecture (entire cities, sacral buildings, monuments, sculptures) or various three-dimensional objects (figurines, ornaments, figures).
No less interesting is the question: why is Easter cake prepared from dairy products? After all, if we look at history globally, it turns out that milk has a very large sacred value in many cultures. And the deeper you go, the more you come to a well-reasoned conclusion that milk in the broad sense was a symbol of spiritual food, divine nutrition. In fact, it is a very voluminous associative comparison to deep feelings, to the forces of Allat, to the divine feminine principle.
PRIMORDIAL ALLATRA PHYSICS
“According to the ancient spiritual knowledge, it is the force of Allat that orders everything in the visible and the invisible world, makes everything move, transformi according to a specific plan (information) of the non-material world.”
It is thanks to the forces of Allat that transfiguration and spiritual transformation take place and man from a mortal being becomes an Angel, part of the Spiritual World, equal among equals.
This Knowledge has been available to people throughout human history. For example, two important concepts have been preserved in the Sumerian language since ancient times: MO - in the concept of Allat and DO - in the concept of antiallat. Many names and designations were associated with these words and had the meaning of spiritual powers or the forces opposed to them.
MO - was one of the important theological concepts in Sumerians as a designation of the secret forces, the divine essence. Subsequently, for some reason, some researchers made changes in translation, and the Mo was replaced by ME. There is a myth that Inanna steals ME from Anki.
It was believed that the powerful forces of the Mo, driving the development of the world, were possessed by people, nations, cities, temples, cult objects.
In fact, in the Primordial Knowledge, one of the names of Allat was MO. Where the words of more ancient civilizations are coming from? Words that reached to Slavic language and are used nowadays? Those Russian words are "MOshch" (power), "Moch" (be able to), "MOe" (my), "MOloko" (milk).
The Slavs say "Dew of God" about milk.
Interesting is the fact that many nations have female goddesses in the image of cows, and the image of the Heavenly Cow goes back to ancient times. Their horns are depicted as a crescent with its horns pointing upwards, which is a symbolic sign of Allat.
In Ancient Egypt, they are the goddesses Nut and Hathhor. The goddess Nut was identified with cosmic space. She was illustrated as the Heavenly Cow (cosmic) at first. Later she was a woman Nut, an ocean and even a dome/roof as a symbol of something incomprehensible and hidden behind the visible. She fenced the invisible and incomprehensible part of the world from the visible, short-time and temporal part, the eternal world from the temporal and earthy world.
Hathor was awarded with epithets of the Great Mother, Goddess of Love, spiritual joy, "The one shining in the rays of Ra", Great Woman, Creator of all living things. The Egyptians believed that if a person tastes the spiritual gifts of the goddess Hathor, it will give him additional spiritual strength, she will help this person to move from the earthly world to another (spiritual) one.
In the Sumer-Acadian pantheon, this was the goddess Inanna, who was called the "lady of heaven". In ancient India, Prithivi, considered to be the mother of all creatures.
Wonderful Land Goloka (cow world) is a paradise of Krishna located on the southern slopes of Mount Meru.
At Slavs it is spoken about the Cow Zemun: “Then the Cow Zemun went to the blue field and started eating the grass and the other give milk. And run down the milk to the abyss of heaven, and the stars lit up on us in the night.”
We are not going to enumerate all the images in this article, because one essence can be traced: from the very beginning, the associative image of a cow was honored as a mother-grantress of spiritual gifts in the form of milk (Allat) that feeds the human spirit.
A man is born twice. The first is a birth in this world. While the second is a real, conscious spiritual birth, and that is the main meaning for which we come to earth. Birth of a spiritual being - an Angel, equal among equals in the Spiritual World. And it happens due to inner work and transformation of a human being. The creative feminine principle plays the key role in the second real birth. The sacral meaning of the vital power and fertility of the Goddesses with functions of Great Mother is manifested in this feminine nature.
Easter is a holiday of unity
It is noteworthy that the celebration of Easter is tied to the day of the vernal equinox. It is celebrated on Sunday after the first full moon, which follows the day of the vernal equinox. For example, in 2019 the first full moon after the vernal equinox was on April 19, 2019, and Easter was on April 28, 2019. In 2019 the day of the vernal equinox was on March 20, 2019.
In cosmology of different nations of the world this day is considered the day of victory of Life over death, the time of awakening of nature. At this time, many people celebrate their most sacred festivals. For example, the holiday of Navruz-Bairam by Iranian and Turkic peoples (these are the countries professing Islam) - the holiday of spring and New Year's Eve by solar chronology coincides with the day of spring equinox. Nowruz, translated from Farsi, means "new day". "Bairam" is a Turkic word and means "holiday". Nowruz-Bairam is one of the oldest holidays on the planet.
The oldest source that mentions Nowruz is the holy book of Zoroastrianism, Avesta. It says that every spring people celebrated the appearance of life on earth.
This holiday is celebrated annually in honour of resurrection from under the earth of the Good spirit bringing light, and of the defeat of the Evil spirit. It is almost like modern Easter. It is interesting that some of the main attributes of the table are candles, mirror, and coloured eggs. All of them have symbolic meaning, and this meaning is connected with the spiritual interpretation of these symbols. So, for example, a candle is the inner light of a person, his or her vital force, while an egg symbolises a birth of the person’s spiritual life.
«CONSCIOUSNESS AND PERSONALITY. FROM THE INEVITABLY DEAD TO THE ETERNALLY ALIVE»
Easter is a great and bright holiday, the essence of which is the victory of Life over death, of human’s spiritual nature over his material component; and the unity of all people and the Spiritual World.
One day, answering a question about which of God's commandments was the first, Jesus said:
"Our God is the only one God; and love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength," this is the first commandment. The second commandment is, "Love your near as yourself. There is no other greater commandment than this one." (Mark 12:29-31)
Happy Easter to you, dear friends! Happy great feast of Unity!
Allatra Vesti Team