The Chalipa is a symbol used by some Western Mithraists to represent the religion. It is made up of a cross and 4 small circles enclosed in a larger circle. But what does it mean?
GOOD, EVIL, RELIGION & DISABILITY
I recently got a thoughtful message from someone who works with severely disabled people asking why God allows this to happen. This is my answer (with the original message underneath).
Homage to Lord Mithra (1.1)
A prayer to Mithra. "Thou art all in all to me, Lord Mithra".
The Benedict Option
In a radical new vision for the future of Christianity, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life.
Mithraism is Neoplatonic - R.P.
Since some people are telling what they think mithraism is, I decided to share my opinion about this religion, too.
I strongly connect mithraism with neoplatonic philosophy. The neoplatonic world view, as it was teached by Plotinus and Iamblichus for example, tells about a hierarchy of existence: The eternal transcendent realm of the Monad.
Mithra by Aashrai Arun
He can be everywhere. He can be nowhere. He can know everything, and yet teach you nothing. He can be as kind to you as your own mother. Or He could be as horrifyingly ferocious as your worst nightmare. Rewarding to the good man, unforgiving to the evil.
Mithra has always been a pleasant enigma in the entirety of the Indo-European world. His presence has been that of a less known spirit which oversees the rise, evolution and in many cases - the downfalls as well of various civilizations. And yet, His being has captured the image of thousands of thinkers, poets and sages for centuries. People could feel they knew everything about Him and yet, feel they know nothing about Him. Through the ages, He has been that one image of adoration and awe alike, who has had a presence in the psyche of men of all sorts.
The Origin of Yalda - Ali Jafarey
Climate and seasons have greatly governed animal behavior since the beginning of life on this planet. Survival, search for food, storage, shelter, hibernation, migration, and many activities have depended on the change of seasons. Man is an animal and his life has all along been subject to seasonal changes.
Birth of Mithra - P.J.
Happy ZAYESH - MEHR ( Birth of Mithra )
Let us celebrate the birth of MEHR Izad, The Lord of Light and Justice.
Zayeshmehr* which is known as Yalda and Shab-e Cheleh in Persian is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter (December 21-22) in the Iranian calendar, which falls on the Winter Solstice and forty days before the next major Iranian festival "Jashn-e Sadeh (fire festival)".
Mazdan Musings - Daniel Levie
Consciousness in Zoroastrianism - Sam Kerr
The modern meaning of the word “Consciousness” is construed differently in different disciplines. For the philosophical purpose of this paper let us make the meaning simple. The most fundamental aspect of “Consciousness” is the capacity to sense existence and value.
Mithra - Jorjani
"Mithra, or Mehr in contemporary Persian, means “Light”, “Love”, and “Friend.” He was born of his virgin mother in the middle of the night from December 24th to 25th, which (by the reckoning of ancient calendars) is the Winter Solstice – the rebirth of light from out of the most encompassing darkness. This is celebrated at Yalda (an Indo-European cognate of Yule Day), one of the four most sacred Zoroastrian holidays still commemorated in Iran.
With the God Mithras at Carnuntum
I’ve explored hundreds of spiritual sites from many different faith traditions. But today marks the first time I’ve ever written about spirituality in ancient Rome—in particular, about the worship of the Roman god known as Mithras.
I didn’t expect to encounter the Romans on our recent trip to Austria. But at Carnuntum, an attraction on the border between Austria and Slovakia, I encountered the most amazing archeological site I’ve ever visited.
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Having started out as a Gathic Zoroastrian I am only gradually learning about the Iranian Mithra.
Originally of course Mithra was just one of the gods that the ancient tribal Iranians would have worshipped - though Mithra was very popular he was not at the centre of everything.
The Axial Age: Britannica
the ways that we perceive ourselves and how we relate with our communities and our world overall were shaped just over two millennia ago in the fundamentally transformative, creative, and ingenious stage of human history now called the Axial Age.
Capacity to care
The capacity to care is a crucial resource of energy and emotion. To care obsessively, is to be suicidal, mentally and physically, since it drains you of your precious vitality in your life.
Origin of concepts of Heaven and Hell
As you know, fundamentalist Christians and Evangelicals believe in the doctrine that the saved go to heaven, while the unsaved non-believers go to hell for eternity after they die, to suffer an eternity of torture without end, a fate beyond the scope of anyone’s imagination.
Where Does Religion Come From?
We believe that the roots of our personal faith provide an answer to questions of creation. As Arthur Schopenhauer put it, "Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world."
John the Eunuch
Historic mystery fiction with a Mithraic angle
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MITHRAKANA (or Mehregan)
Mitravists and other Mithraists celebrate Mithrakana on the Autumn Equinox (September 22nd this year). Mithrakana is a festival of Mithra and a Harvest Festival
Autumn Equinox by modern Asatruar (*)
Mehregan - Autumn festival of Mithra and Thanksgiving (*)
Cult of Mithras
10 Myths And Mysteries From The Cult Of Mithras
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Ancient Roman fort in England may have been constructed to pay homage to Mithra or Sol Invictus
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Warrior king found in ancient Russian tomb: Scythian ruler was buried with riches, weapons and even his HORSE
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Ctesiphon : Capital of Empire
The imperial capital of the Sasanian Empire, Ctesiphon and its environs were among the largest urban sites in the late antiquity. Situated 35 km south of the modern city of Baghdad, Ctesiphon was founded in the Arsacid ( Parthian ) times on the eastern side of the Tigris opposite the Seleucid city of Seleucia-on-Tigris. It then became the capital and the winter residence of the Parthian kings.
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From Parsomazdaism to Euromazdaism
by Marcus Zartianus
Parsomazdaism is the traditional religion of the Persians. Growing out of Indo-Iranian paganism it received its distinctive flavour with the teachings of Zarathustra who lived at least a millenium before the Christian era.
Zarathustra introduced a very philosophical kind of religious view in which Mazda or Cosmic Wisdom was given the highest praise. He taught that it is Wisdom which produces the Good Order of existence which is most conducive to happiness and the good life. Thus we must support the Wisdom force especially by developing Humanah – Good Mind.
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A Song to Mithras
Poem by Rudyard Kipling
MITHRAS, God of the Morning, our trumpets waken the Wall!
‘ Rome is above the Nations, but Thou art over all!’
Now as the names are answered, and the guards are marched away,
Mithras, also a soldier, give us strength for the day!
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The Return of Zarathustra
by Jason Reza Jorjani
Before the Arab Muslim conquest of Iran in the 7th century AD, Zoroastrianism was the dominant world religion of Earth. The Middle Persian text Zande Bahman Yasht claims that the followers of Zarathustra will be dealt a devastating defeat and will dwindle over the course of history to the point that theirs will almost vanish as the smallest faith in the world. Despite the late Shah’s best efforts to effect an archeo-futuristic renaissance of Persian culture, when he was overthrown by Islamists in 1979, no more than 300,000 Zoroastrians remained worldwide – with most of them concentrated in the exile community of “Parsis” or Persians in Bombay.Today, after a generation of life under an Islamic theocracy more orthodox than anything Iran has suffered since the Arab Conquest, and with 70% of its population under the age of 30, the spirit of Zarathustra is returning with a vengeance.
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