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The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers {104} ~ Are Any Preparations Made On The Other Side Before A Seance Takes Place?

“YES. Always we have to make the way clear. We have to harmonise our circles with yours. We have to prepare the way. We have to mix all the elements to get the best results. We work in highly organised bands for that purpose.” ~ The Silver Birch Book Of Questions & Answers, P. 194

~Kripa~

Kripa is a word from the Sanskrit, kripala. Its exact meaning depends on the context, but it encompasses concepts of “grace,” “blessing,” “mercy,” and “divine grace.” It is an important concept in Hinduism and is the central tenet of Bhakti yoga.

Kripa is also the name of an important rishi in the “Mahabharata,” a sacred Indian text. The “Mahabharata” is particularly important to yoga because it contains the Bhagavad Gita, which is a key text on yogic philosophy. In the Gita, kripa is described by Krishna as a process of surrendering to the Divine with faith and an attitude of loving contemplation. Krishna said that this would bring liberation from cyclical rebirth.

Yoga {32} ~ Asanas/Poses {21} ~ Dhanurasana/Bow Pose

Dhanurasana is a backbend that deeply opens the chest and the front of the body. The name comes from the Sanskrit dhanu, meaning “bow,” and asana, meaning “pose.”

In this asana, the practitioner lies flat on the stomach and bends the knees. Then the arms reach back to grab the ankles. The back arches and the thighs lift off of the floor as the chest pushes forward, bending the body to resemble a bow.

Dhanurasana is commonly referred to as bow pose in English.

Mystics {2} ~ Rumi

“The most famous Sufi mystic and poet in the Persian language, Rūmī, in full Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, known in Persia as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (also simply called Mowlana or Mowlavi – an honorific meaning “our master”) was born c. September 30, 1207, Balkh of Afghanistan on the eastern edge of the Persian Empire of that time—died December 17, 1273, Konya [in current Turkey]). Rumi is globally renowned for his lyrics and for his didactic epic Masnavi-e Maʿnavi (“Spiritual Couplets”), which widely influenced mystical thought and literature throughout the Muslim world. After his death, his followers were organized as the Mowlawiyeh order.

Rumi’s Ideology
Belonging to the Hanafi School of Islamic law, Rumi was a Suni Muslim, but not an orthodox type. Since his ideology always urged unlimited tolerance and peace, in his poems there are lots of lyrics showing traces of his full respect to Shi’ite saints such as Imam Ali. Rumi looked with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, and his tolerant teachings have appealed to all sects and creeds.

Rumi’s use of Persian language in his poetry, in addition to some Turkish, has resulted in his being claimed variously for Turkish literature and Persian literature, a reflection of the strength of his influence in Iran and in Turkey. The influence of his writings in the Indian subcontinent is also substantial. By the end of the 20th century, his popularity had become a global phenomenon, and Rumi was hailed by Western scholars as the greatest mystical poet of all time. The popularity of his poetry has spread in the West because of its heart-felt themes of lover-beloved mysticism

In his introduction to an English edition of Spiritual Verses, translator Alan Williams wrote: “Rumi is both a poet and a mystic, but he is a teacher first, trying to communicate what he knows to his audience. Like all good teachers, he trusts that ultimately, when the means to go any further fail him and his voice falls silent, his students will have learnt to understand on their own.” he spent much of his life traveling extensively throughout the Middle East before settling in Konya, in present-day Turkey and then central Anatolia, formerly part of the Eastern Roman Empire. This accounts for the name Rumi, meaning “Roman” in Persian and Arabic.

Rumi’s father, Bahāʾ al-Dīn Walad, was a famous mystical theologian, author, and teacher. Because of his Sufi beliefs led to a dispute with local government or maybe the threat of the approaching Mongols, Bahaʾ al-Din and his family left their home town of Balkh about 1218. It’s said that in Nīshāpūr, Iran, young Rumi met Aṭṭār, a very famous mystical poet, who blessed Jalal al-Din and this meeting opened his eyes to find his way of life. After a pilgrimage to Mecca and long journeys, the family reached Anatolia (present Turkey – called Rūm at that time) a peaceful and prospers region under the rule of the Turkish Seljuq dynasty. After a few years, Rumi’s father was invited to stay at the capital, Konya, in 1228. Here, Bahāʾ al-Dīn Walad started to teach at one of the numerous theological schools; after his death in 1231 he was succeeded in this capacity by his son.

Rumi had many fans and admirers. According to historians, when his assembly was held, the crowd was so large that the surrounding alleys were full of his lovers, but his life changed when such a great and popular leader met with Shams Tabrizi – A wandering Mystic.”

Source ~ https://www.iransafar.co/articles/item/152-rumi-mystical-sufi

Symbols {178} ~ Apex

An apex is a pointed cap. It is a conical hat with a point on the top whose meaning has changed throughout the years. In its original form, it was worn by high priests. The apex has evolved and changed symbolism over time.

In ancient Egypt, the Upper Egyptian pharaohs wore an apex which was called a Hedjet. The goddess Nekhbet, who was the guardian of Nekhebet, was depicted with a white apex. The falcon god Horus also had a white apex. The kings of Egypt and the pharaohs wore the Hedjet until they started wearing the blue Khepresh later.

The Zoroastrian divinity Mithra appears with an apex on his head. He is the god of contract, guardian of the water, cattle, and harvest. Mithra is an all-seeing protector of truth and the justice system. He is usually depicted riding a white bull while wearing an apex.

Mithraism was centered around Mithra but was a Roman mystery religion. This religion worshiped Mithras who was born out of a rock wearing a conical cap with a bent apex. Some depictions have lightning bolts coming out of the conical cap. Mithraism was practiced by the Roman military starting in 1 CE. It was kept secret between the initiates. Mithras was often depicted hunting and killing a bull.

In ancient Rome, beginning in 509 BC, priests called flamen were assigned to major deities. The Pontifex Maximus, who was the high priest of the College of Pontiffs during ancient Roman times, would consecrate the Flamen Dialis. There were major and minor priests corresponding to the gods they served. The Flamen Dialis, who was considered the high priest wore an apex which had a pointed piece of olive branch on the top. The olive branch point was surrounded by a piece of wool. Only the Flamen Dialis of all the priests wore an apex. If a flamen was seen in public without his apex his priesthood was taken away from him. Salii were priests that served the god Mars. They also wore an apex which was a spiked headdress.

In 715 BC King Numa Pompilius introduced the Salii who were the priests of Mars. They were twelve youths dressed as ancient warriors. They had elaborate outfits including an apex and a special shield. Once a year the Salii would process around Rome while singing and dancing. They would relate the story of Numa who sent a shield down to earth. There were eleven copies of the original shield created to hide the identity of the blessed shield. Each Salii carried one of the shields. Whoever preserved the shield would have dominion over all the world.