Friday, January 1, 2010

Celtic Advaita

Celtic Advaita .... you know ..... Druids.

From the root "Dru", meaning immersion, and the root "vid" meaning knowledge, in the original Sanskrit.

And so, a "Druid" is one who is immersed in knowledge; a knower - a jnani; a gnostic.

Yes .... I did say Sanskrit.

The linguistic link between Irish and Sanskrit is undeniable; the cultural similarities ... staggeringly so.

A connection acknowledged not only on the Irish side, but on the Indian/Hindu side, as well; including this overview, from the magazine Hinduism Today, which goes into quite a bit of detail.

Why is this important?

Because, to many of us raised in a European, or European-derived culture, Advaita -- non-duality -- can seem like a bit of an aberration.

Not so.

It is the control-based teachings of mainstream religion which are the aberration; advaita is original.

Does this matter? Which philosophy, view, or outlook is original?

In and of itself, no.

When connected with the fact that Advaita accurately maps and describes actuality, including the actuality of fulfilled consciousness .... yes.

When connected with the fact that Advaita can help you enjoy fulfilled consciousness; freedom beyond imagination ... in your own experiencing .... it can become very important, indeed.

The two oldest spiritual systems in the world: Kabbalah -- which pre-dates Judaism as a formal religion, and Shaiva Advaita, as discussed in other posts in this blog); which pre-dates Hinduism, and has been tracked back as far as the Indus Valley civilization .. are both advaitic, in essence, as are all the oldest spiritual systems found anywhere; Druidism in the Celtic countries, for instance.

There are hundreds of non-dual, gnostic gospels, verified as historically legitimate ... and only twenty-seven dualistic books authorized for inclusion in the Christian Bible.

A little food for thought ...... or for taking you into the infinite freedom here beyond thought, now, perhaps.

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