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BEING YOU

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu (Father of Nation), was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Bania community in coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London.  Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, and above all for achieving Swaraj—the independence of India from British domination.

In London he committed himself to truthfulness, temperance, chastity, and vegetarianism. His return to India to work as a lawyer was a failure, so he went to South Africa for a quarter century, where he absorbed ideas from many sources, most of them non-Indian. He was exposed to Jain ideas through his mother who, was in contact with Jain monks. Themes from Jainism that Gandhi absorbed included asceticism; compassion for all forms of life; the importance of vows for self-discipline; vegetarianism; fasting for self-purification; mutual tolerance among people of different creeds; and “syadvad”, the idea that all views of truth are partial.

Gandhi strongly favored the emancipation of women, and he went so far as to say that “the women have come to look upon me as one of themselves.” He opposed purdah, child marriage, untouchability, and the extreme oppression of Hindu widows, up to and including sati. He especially recruited women to participate in the salt tax campaigns and the boycott of foreign products. Gandhi’s success in enlisting women in his campaigns, including the salt tax campaign, anti-untouchability campaign and the peasant movement, gave many women a new self-confidence and dignity in the mainstream of Indian public life.

In his last year, unhappy at the partition of India, Gandhi worked to stop the carnage between Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs that raged in the border area between India and Pakistan. He was assassinated on 30 January 1948.

Gandhi’s philosophy was not theoretical but one of pragmatism, that is, practicing his principles in the moment. Asked to give a message to the people, he would respond, “My life is my message.”

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL IS A FEMALE

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St MichaelAll of the ancient religious texts of Earth were written by MEN.  Every religion and society of Earth have been ruled by MEN.  In patriarchal societies, on Earth, men are always the heroic, powerful figures.  Women are depicted as weak and subservient, and minimized.  One excellent example of how we hide or cover-up the POWER of FEMININE BEINGS is the myth and legends of “Saint Michael“.  However, nearly EVERY depiction of “Saint Michael” in art is of a FEMALE!

Saint_Michael_IconIn the New Testament Michael leads God’s armies against Satan‘s forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he / she was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil.

Michael in the Hebrew language means “Who is like unto God” or “Who is equal to God” St. Michael has been depicted from earliest Christian times as a commander, who holds in his right hand a spear with which he attacks Lucifer/Satan, and in his left hand a green palm branch.

An increasing number of experts in anthropology, theology and philosophy, believe that Zoroastrianism contains the earliest distillation of prehistoric belief in angels. The Amesha Spentas of Zoroastrianism are likened unto archangels. Simultaneously, they individually inhabit immortal bodies, that operate in the physical world, to protect, guide and inspire humanity, and the spirit world.

The Avesta explains the origin and nature of archangels or Amesha Spentas.  To maintain equilibrium, Ahura Mazda engaged in the first act of creation, distinguishing his Holy Spirit (Spenta Mainyu), the Archangel of righteousness. Ahura Mazda also distinguished from himself six more Amesha Spentas, who, along with Spenta Mainyu, aided in the creation of the physical universe.

The Book of Revelation (12:7-9) describes a war in heaven in which Michael, being stronger, defeats Satan:st michael is a woman

“…there was war in heaven. Michael and his / her angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he / she was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.

After the conflict, Satan is thrown to earth along with the fallen angels, where he (“that ancient serpent called the devil”) still tries to “lead the whole world astray”.  “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment …”; of angels cast down to the earth in the War in Heaven; of demons (a demon is a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled) or of certain “Watchers”.  (The myth of the Watchers began in Lebanon when Aramaic writers tried to interpret the imagery on Mesopotamian stone monuments without being able to read their Akkadian text.)

The Book of Revelation describes a “war in heaven” between angels led by the archangel Michael versus those led by “the dragon”, identified with “the devil and Satan“, who are defeated and thrown down to the earth.   The fall of superhuman beings punished for opposing gods also appears in Greek mythology.

In the book ALIEN INTERVIEW, the officer / pilot and engineer of the crashed UFO from Roswell in 1947 was interviewed and describes itself as a FEMININE ENTITY.  Yet, the military invasion force, of which she is a member, has recently invaded this galaxy and conquered the “Old Empire” inter-galactic government which established Earth as a prison planet tens of thousands of years ago. The “War in Heaven” she describes in these interviews was a series of space battles fought in the Earth solar system between The Domain, and the Brothers of The Serpent from the “Old Empire” (Satan / Serpent), which ended approximately 1250 AD, with the victory of her forces.

The pilot (Airl) describes the benevolent philosophy of “The Domain”, the powerful space civilization of which she is a member:

“Kindness fosters kindness. Cruelty begets cruelty. One must be able and willing to use force, tempered with intelligence, to prevent harm to the innocent. However, extraordinary understanding, self-discipline and courage are required to effectively prevent brutality, without being overwhelmed by the malice that motivated the brutality.  Only a demonic, self-serving government would employ a “logic” or “science” to conceive that an “ultimate solution” to any problem is to murder and permanently erase the memory of every artist, genius, skilled manager, and inventor, and cast them into a planetary prison together with political opponents, killers, thieves, perverts, and disabled beings of an entire galaxy!”

If the warriors of The Domain can be FEMININE, why is it not possible that St. Michael is a female?

MYSTERY WOMEN

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Women in the paintings of Vermeer

“Exhaustive research conducted by a wide range of investigators during the 300 years since his death proves that Vermeer had no other studio outside of his home in which to paint.  The logical extension of this fact, inasmuch as Vermeer and his wife Catharina produced 15 children during his short life, what that he must have been constantly, and continually surrounded by his family in the house while he painted!  By extrapolation, is it not obvious, even at the most casual investigation, that the most readily available models for his paintings would be his own family members?   This observation is compounded and ratified by the fact that nearly every one of his surviving paintings features young women as the principle model!

Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that Vermeer worked at home, and that he painted pictures of the women in his own family.  It is clearly documented that Vermeer had 5 daughters old enough to be the women shown in the paintings.  Also, his wife and mother-in-law, are very likely candidates to be women shown in his paintings.  A very thorough comparison of the faces of each of the women shown in his paintings reveals the obvious observation that the same women are being painted again and again. ”

— Excerpted from the book, “Vermeer: Portraits of A Lifetime”, by Lawrence R. Spencer

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SACRED WOMEN

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I recently discovered that my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother is Molly Brandt (1735 – 1796), the sister of a Mohawk Indian Chief.  I am honored to consider myself, at least in small part physically, and as a Spiritual Being, a Native of American.  Here is an article about her on Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Brant

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