By Payam Nabarz
An outline of Mithraism, the traditional Roman secret faith well known within the Roman Legions
• presents a complete heritage of Mithraism, together with its impact on Christianity and Islam
• comprises rituals, meditations, and instructing stories for readers who desire to stick to the Mithraic path
• experiences the evolution and divergence of the japanese (Persian) and Western (Roman) sorts of Mithraism
The Mysteries of Mithras provides a revival of the paranormal practices and initiatory approach of Mithraism, the traditional Roman secret faith that was once immensely renowned within the Roman Legions from the overdue moment century B.C. till A.D. four hundred and was once taken to each nook of the Roman Empire. because the final pagan kingdom faith in Europe, it used to be crucial competitor to early Christianity and seriously inspired Christian doctrine and symbolism. The parallels among Christianity and old Mithraism are striking--for instance, the god Mithra used to be born of a virgin in a cave on December 25.
Payam Nabarz finds the historical past, origins, and non secular and philosophical tenets of Mithraism and its connections to Christianity, Islam, and Freemasonry. He additionally describes the fashionable neo-pagan perform of Mithraism in proof this day and for readers who desire to undertake the Mithraic direction, he contains seven of its initiatory rituals and meditations, in addition to orations and educating stories, that open the door to the seven Mithraic grades of passage.
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I died from animality and have become guy. Then why worry disappearance via dying? subsequent time I shall die Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels; After that, hovering better than angels— What you can't think, I might be that. . . . [Pause. ] you're boiling and screaming; the “I” is in suffering. because the Leontocephaline eats you (or is it Saturn eating you? ), you slowly turn into a part of it. You brain is blurred, you're being ate up by means of the Leontocephaline hearth, and you'll pay attention the subsequent phrases as you, a sunlight Runner, start to dissolve within the stomach of the Leontocephaline. Farewell O sunlight, ever returning gentle, The hidden god who ever but is still, Who now departs to the land of minor, in the course of the Gates of loss of life, To stay enthroned. The pass judgement on of gods and males, The shining shiny chief of the hosts of Air, but whilst he stands unseen in regards to the fringe of cosmos, So dwelt He, in the mystery seed, The seed of the newly reaped grain, the seed of flesh, Hidden in earth, the excellent seed of the celebrities, In him is existence and light-weight is the lifetime of guy, That which used to be by no means born and not dies, for this reason the clever ones weep now not yet have a good time. You claim with all of the power left in you: Mithras, whereas being born back, i'm passing away; whereas growing to be and having grown, i'm death; whereas being born from a life-generating start, i'm passing on, published to death—as you could have based, as you have got decreed, and feature proven the secret. i'm a seed and a celeb. . . . [Pause. ] Time passes, a second, or hours; the Leontocephaline, the ruler of time, freezes time back. what's left of you is wandering in darkness in the physique of the Leontocephaline, because the final of your physique and your bones start to dissolve, and annihilation units in. you spot lightning down-flashing, and lighting fixtures aquiver, and the earth a-shake; after which Mithras descends, transcending big, of radiant Presence, with golden locks, within the flower of age, clad in a gown of brightness, with a crown of gold upon his head, and clothes on his legs, protecting in his correct hand the golden shoulder of the Calf. you then see lightning jump from his eyes, and from his physique stars additionally that fill the firmament. . . . [Pause. ] As he nears you, you're feeling you know him. a brand new existence flows towards you from that shiny Celestial and ever residing mild. Your soul rises freed from all you have been ahead of; The earlier and all its activities aren't any extra. Your lifestyles got here from that shut, insistent sunlight. And in its brilliant rays you shine as one. There within the Mithra’s radiant face you notice your self, The Mithras of the area, with awe. You gazed, And dared finally to realize. you're Mithras and on the journey’s finish. you notice Mithras as at your self you stare, and notice a moment Mithras status there; You examine either and spot the 2 are one. That this can be that, that this, the aim received. You ask (but inwardly; make no sound), The which means of those mysteries that confound. Your wondered ignorance—how is it real That “we” isn't individual right here from “you”?