Tuesday, December 24, 2013

We Walk On

Merry Christmas to everyone. A big thanks to all who have dropped by here this year and for the comments and the thoughtful and positive vibes.

I hope everyone has a safe and healthy holiday.

As the tune below goes....right or wrong...we walk on. Maybe in 2014 we can get a few more things right.


  1. Merry Christmas Kenny!

    - from Aangirfan

  2. Happy Yule!


  3. Merry Christmas, Kenny. And thanks for a great site :)

  4. Thank you Kenny for your great site - loved the Kennedy history ........Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  5. Always nice to have friends, stay safe.

  6. My three-year old granddaughter sang us her Christmas song last night... which I think is a fitting message for the season and the times and the people who come by here: "Go Tell It On The Mountain".

  7. For anyone interested in some Bible study, here is some material which I read today:

    The Star in the East and Three Kings


    Sirius as the Star in the East 'Debunked?' NOT!


    The Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem


    Was Yahweh Worshiped as the Sun?


    Jesus as the Sun throughout History


    Yahweh as sun, storm and pestilence god


    Akhenaten, Surya, and the Rgveda
    By Subhash Kak


    Hymns to the Sun/Yahweh

    I shall now present a partial translation of the Great Hymn to the Aten, attributed to Akhenaten, from the Amarna tomb of Ay. This hymn is one of the most important early markers of the Western monotheistic tradition because of the manner in which it presents the Sun as the master and lord of human destiny. According to most biblical scholars, Psalm 104 of the Old Testament to Yahweh is derived from this hymn. To see the continuity with the Rgveda it may be noted that Yahvah is a Vedic epithet associated with movement, activity, heaven and earth; it means the sacrificer and Agni, the chief terrestrial god. Yahvah as an epithet occurs 21 times in the Rgveda. It may be compared to Sivah an epithet for auspiciousness in the Rgveda that later is applied regularly to Rudra.
    It should be remembered that Yahweh assimilated the characteristics and epithets of previous gods of the region. For example, El was the chief god at Ugarit. Yet El is also the name used in many of the Psalms for Yahweh.

    In 2 Kings 22:19-22 we read of Yahweh meeting with his heavenly council. The Ugaritic texts have a similar account, with the diference that the "sons of god" are the sons of El. Other deities worshipped at Ugarit were El Shaddai, El Elyon, and El Berith. Since all these names are applied to Yahweh by the writers of the Old Testament, it means that the Hebrew theologians assimilated the earlier mythology into their system.

    Besides the chief god at Ugarit there were also lesser gods and goddesses.The most important of these lesser gods were Baal, the goddess Asherah,Yam (the god of the sea) and Mot (the god of death). It is interesting that Yam and Mot are the Hebrew words for sea and death, respectively. It is less well-known that Yam may be connected to the Vedic Yama who in RV10.10.4 is seen as being born from the waters, and Mot to the Vedic Mrtyu, death.


    Secret Identity of Israel's Yahweh Revealed!


    1. Lots of interesting links NMM.

    2. Interesting stuff, NMM. I am wondering how it sets up and jells in the face of cosmic change, black holes, and astrophysics over the centuries, Heraclitus [ “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” ], and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, which proffers that our mere observation of something changes it, or that things change position while we measure them.

      My ancestors were part of a small band of people -- one could perhaps call them a cult -- who banded together with a nonconformist Puritan who refused to read The Book of Sports [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Sports ] and brought the first printing press to America to print hymnals, catechisms and "The Oath of a Freeman". I was baptized a Presbyterian [my mother was one, and she died five days after I was born due to complications of childbirth], raised by a Mennonite nanny, schooled in a Methodist Sunday School, sent to a Congregational church where the minister (who later turned out to be gay) was brought in to counsel me about my adolescent interest in Playboy, married a Catholic, was disowned because of it, divorced her, was disowned again because of that, read in Taoism, then lots of the transcendentalists, then the Gospel according to Thomas, then married a lapsed Catholic, had two epiphanies and a theophany and two children, ingested entheogenics, and have read deeply and frequently in performance psychology and popular neuroscience.

      But this still sums it up for me:

      "I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there."

      The child who was born under some star understood things and had an ability to move people that remains largely unsurpassed.

    3. Here's a good article about the origins of some of the gods:


      By Amanda Laoupi


  8. I hope everyone made it fine through the holiday. Thanks for the comments.