Vedic Symbols in Christianity - Part 1

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The Christian interpretation is that of the two Marys (Mother and Magdalene) surrounding baby Jesus, all crowned. The crucifix has the letters INRl on it which signifies the Latin phrase 'Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum' meaning 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. This was the inscription Pontius Pilate is believed to have written on the cross during the crucifixion.

But when viewed from the astrotheological and entheogenic perspective of much older Vedic traditions, the scene has a deeper meaning. Baby Jesus is the vegetation deity known as Soma, who is identified with both the entheogenic (psychedelic) communion and the moon. Soma is considered the son of the sun god Surya, thus the sun's light passes through the Soma plant in order to be ingested by the Sacrificer.

The Sacrificer, identified as the crucified Christ, is derived from the yajna-Soma ascension ceremony. In this Vedic ceremony, the Sacrificer places a ladder against a yupa pole (symbolic of the vajra lightning and world axis) and ascends it up to the cross / wheaten wheel called the "Sun door". This door to heaven is cognate with the crown as it rests directly above the head of the Sacrificer standing on the top rung of the ladder. Placed on the sun door is the Soma communion, an aid and reward for Ascension. Rubbing the Soma on his belly and then eating it, the entheogenic effect then "opens the sun door" so that the Sacrificer can see into heaven. This enlightened state is what we know as Christ consciousness.

In Vedic tradition, the Sacrificer's wife accompanies him (holds his hand) during the Ascension ceremony. This alludes to the femine Brahmanical role of Venus as the guiding rebirth and resurrection goddess. In astrotheological terms, she is the Morning Star we know as Mother Mary, who gives birth to the sun every day, and the Evening Star we know as Mary Magdalene, who accompanies the sun into the Underworld and afterlife at night. Thus, the Sacrificer has assumed the role of the sun by consuming the Soma (moon/ eucharist/ Christ) to be guided by the goddesses of Venus through the sun door into the heavenly realm (Underworld). In fact, the Sacrificer may actually see a Soma/ Christ-like being during his entheogenic vision who interacts with him.

Why perform this ritual? To find "the Way", "the Light", and "the Path" into heaven, of course. The central purpose of the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo) is to know what to do immediately after you die so you can enter into the Clear Light (Heaven) instead of reincarnating on Earth. In this way, this Christian scene is telling us we can learn how to find the path to heaven by following the visionary vegetation deity Soma/ Christ through the crown of the sun door.

This astrotheological and entheogenic allegory, as embodied in the yajna-Soma Ascension ceremony, thus provides the founding principle for both western and eastern religious thought. Furthermore, it provides the central myth behind the royal families and the ruling institutions that followed.