The Story of The Great Mother
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Our journey then, back into our collective past is not only one of travelling through time, but also of travelling through mind. This journey does not begin in the seventh century with the appearance of the first recognizable Tantra scripture. Nor does it begin in the second century B.C.E. with the earliest date for the composition of the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, or even with the setting down into writing of the Rig Veda around 1200 B.C.E...
Our journey begins much further back in human evolution than these relatively recent developments. If we really want to examine the roots of Tantra Yoga, then we must go far deeper than what we have come to superficially recognize as civilization. We must travel back into the dawn of human development, into the twilight of pre-history, when Homo Sapiens Neanderthals still walked the Earth. This is where our journey begins.
The Story of The Great Mother
- The Neanderthal Connection
- The Great Mother
- The Blood Covenant
- The Universal Culture
- The Woman and the Moon
- The Story of the Snake
- The Male Deity is Born
- The King Comes To Power
- The Sacred Marriage
- The Father
- The Holy Mountain
- The Sacred Science
- Our Mother's Bond
The Great Mother
...It is interesting to find in the Bible in Paul's letter to the Hebrews an explicit reference to the all encompassing power of blood. In this letter we read that Moses "took the blood of the calves and of the goats, with water and scarlet wood and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying 'This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded for you.' The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry he sprinkled likewise with blood; and with blood almost everything is cleansed according to the Law, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."
This ritual then is undoubtedly connected to the ancient associations with the powers of the womb and of the Earth. In the earliest writing that we are currently able to translate, the Sumerian, the word AMA meant both the earth and womb. The Aryan root word Mater was used for both mother and measurement, from which we get such words as matter, metric, material, and matrix which originally meant "womb of matter"...
The Holy Mountain
...In the early development of the Sacred Marriage, people held the sacred ritual on mountaintops. For the mountain was seen as a supernatural symbol, a place where the Earth rose up to meet the Sky. It was the meeting place of the visible with the invisible. The holy mountain of the Goddess was seen as a Cosmic Mountain, the Axis Mundi, the sacred centre of the World around which everything revolved.
On the island of Crete the holy mountain was called Ida. Near the summit of Ida there are caves that have been used for thousands of years as shrines of the Goddess. In Anatolia, as in Crete, there was a holy mountain also called Ida. And at its summit were sanctuaries of the Great Goddess Cybele, who was known as "the Lady of Ida" and "Mother of all the Gods"....
Our Mother's Bond
...The very origins of self-esteem and self-worth are intricately involved with this level of bonding between the mother and child. All pleasurable stimulation sends a message to the child of acceptance and love. While all painful experiences send an equally powerful message of rejection and insecurity. These messages are translated not only in terms of the primary mother-child relationship, but the child's relationship to his or her own body as well.
If the baby has consistently been denied pleasurable stimulation and repeatedly received messages of rejection, not only will the development of the brain suffer, but personal self-esteem and self-worth will be undermined.
Furthermore, there is a great chance that pleasure and pain will become confused. And the experience of intimacy itself will become associated with pain and insecurity. Unfortunately, this can remain as a dark subconscious undercurrent influencing all future relationships.
If on the other hand, the child receives an abundance of pleasurable stimulation and messages of physical acceptance, brain development will be greatly enhanced and the emotional stability of a positive self-image will be established. The experience of intimacy will be associated with pleasure and security. The child will be able to take delight in all forms of pleasure, and perceive these as the inherent qualities of his or her world....