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Doctor Who: The Jesus Incident..and other such musings..!

Time Travellers are often seen meddling with every other religious or historical events.. The most famous of all – The Doctor (Doctor Who) has been seen going in and out of so many events..  Not just historical ones..but many world religious myths and related ideas or names have been used in Dictor Who..   and over the years, I have enjoyed spotting them..   But suddenly..  one day..  it’s all too much!

Deva Loka is not a planet where the snake beast Mara lives..  but it is the `heavenly’ place for Hindus, where Devas live.  Christmas is not a backwater planet..  but an actual festive event.  Barcelona …well, that’s a place in Europe..

Ashta Varada..  well, that sounds awfully like a name from a Hindu myth..  and the first name `Ashta’ actually means the number 8..   (as in `Ashta Luxmi’ refers to 8 Goddess Luxmi’s    just as Dasa means number 10..!

DrWho Jesus Incident - Resurrection Casket -fan art by Mani Navasothy 2014
DrWho Jesus Incident – Resurrection Casket –fan art by Mani Navasothy 2014

And Incarnations..(Avatars)..   Shall we look to the oldest pagan religion of the East..  Hinduism.. and to the forms Lord Vishnu (protector) has taken ..anything from a giant Fish, Turtle, Wild Boar, Human-Lion hybrid Narasimar, Rama, Krishna and Kalki, Mohin (female) and more..? or the 64 incarnations that Lord Shiva took to appear on Earth to test and greet his devotees?   No one ever went 2000 years back..to the small Crypt where a dead man’s body vanished.. through a stone door seal..   He was seen later ..not the same..but his friends recognised him. Sounds familiar?  Am talking about the Jesus Incident!

So..I got to thinking..  about using some of the Christian mythologies (the don’t have mythologies as such do they? They call it Bible Stories..  written records of what really happened..  not myths!)

I got to thinking ..what of the time travelling Doctor Who was there…2,000 years ago..  when all that crucifixion was taking place..?   It just lends itself so easily..  more so than any other myths …a dead boy..   a closed crypt sealed by a stone door..    dead-man coming back to life..  Won;t it make a classic Doctor Who story?

Why have they not written one..then?

Oh wait.. They don’t want to offend the Christians..  Right…I forgot about that.

That’s okay,,,keep plundering other religious stories, names and concepts..   Those people won;t mind..   Go on..  talk about the trans-dimensional mountain that’s lighter than it looks..and floats down to Mohammed..   show the Bodhi tree ..and the transcendental Light Creatures that merged with Buddha..   Why stop at the savages of Mayas and Aztecs, Marco Polo.. Take a pot shot at Mythras while ya at it too..   Roman Cult meetings with blood of freshly killed Bull pouring down the new initiate in an underground chamber..  That’s got high ratings written all over it..

Have I made my point ?  More importantly..  before you send me fan mail ( or hate mail) have you understood the point I am making? 🙂

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

ps.    This story starts with The Meddling Monk.. a renegade Time Lord..   And on the planet Jehruz-al-om,  2,000 yrs ago.., a fixed point in time was tampereded with!  And the Universe has been suffering the consequences ever since.. !    Thankfully, another Time Lord (or Lady) is about to visit that planet.. and that will lead to one thing.. the thing that you and I and the rest of history had thought happened in the first place!!   Do you want to know more..?  :-p

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Childhood ideals & the Warrior codes in Hindu myths

I was in the middle of another post, when these thoughts started to pour out. It concerns some of the Hindu pics and my childhood ideals – that have do still stay with me  – on matters of loyalty, duty and the warrior code!

Although most people are familiar with my magical and spiritual workings with the western pagan god-form `Hern the Hunter’ – that is a recent development (well, in the last 10-15 years…if you can call it recent).   My mythology and spiritual learning began much much longer – probably around 6 or 7 years of age ( I say that because I can’t quite remember anything much before that age).

Raman defeats the demon Ravannan
(Hindu epic `Ramayanam’) Art (c) Mani Navasothy 2012

I was taken to Hindu temples and became involved in long rituals …at such young age – .  way back in Sri Lanka, by my Uncle Raveenthiran & aunt Ratna (I call them Periyappa and Periyamma- meaning big-father and big-mother in Tamil). And at those ages, and through them, through those temples, and through reading Hindu epics and mythologies such as the Mahabharatham & Ramayanam, I have learnt so many ideals and morals…  that they still flow and glow in my soul.  In school, I only learnt the basics. But at home, I started reading a whole set of Hindu mythology books and epics – in detail. That was my hobby – reading.  I don’t ever recall anyone – parent, teacher or a priest – teaching me codes of behavior  values and ideals. Am sure they did – but  not in the way we see it done in some  heroic  film – where a young person / warrior is taught some deep mysteries and secrets and ideals by a powerful sage-like priest, in some ashram or a woodland retreat or a secret cave.

No, what I learnt came from those books..  those Hindu myths and epics..  and here were a lot of wars in them. And families, friends, Kings & Queens, Empires and Armies were often divided by their ideals and loyalties. Conflicts and challenges ensued. And true Heroes were tested to breaking points – and made sacrifices for sake of genuine duty..and progress (They never made compromises!).

A warrior has a duty and it is okay to do battle with even your own kind- as long as it is for a just cause, and one is doing his or her duty – says Lord Krishna through Bhagavathgeeta, and  yes it is okay to fight demons who have taken your loved ones, or done injustice to those under your protections – says Ramayana.

These have taught me to never be afraid – to face adversity, or engage in battles – if it becomes necessary. And that makes it necessary?  Justice of course – and fairness!   And sometimes, as I have found in recent years, that involves fighting for personal justice or to be treated fairly. And that means having a genuine hearing of facts and evidence, not just circumstantial or contrived. It also means being given the benefit of the doubt. And if none of these are forthcoming- then what remains is a battle for delivery of justice.

 

And sometimes – just sometimes- people need to be reminded what Justice is..  That was a noble cause for ancient Kings and mythical Heroes of religious epics.  I think that still stands – in a world of games and changing loyalties.

-Mani Navasothy