I've never understood Christmas, nor the "festivities" that go into it. For most children, the day doesn't mean anything to them. They just want the gifts, and to maybe even see the pretty lights. It was always strange to me how everyone gets gifts on Jesus birthday... Everyone but Jesus, that is. I never understood the trees, the lights... I never was a fan of Santa, either. The thought of his fat ass shimmying down the chimney, eating cookies and prowling through the house was a bit frightening. Plus, I never got what I wanted. So, St. Nick, if you're there, where is my barbie corvette? Where is my black my size barbie? Huh? Where is my princess game? Where is my power wheel? Huh, Santa?
The Word "Christmas": Christ-mas. Christ-mass. Christ simply means "the anointed one". They're have been many 'christs' throughout history. Jesus was not the first. In fact, 'messiah' means anointed, as well. I do not dispute whether or not Jesus existed. I dispute what people claim he is. I can accept Jesus as a prophet, a wise man, a teacher... A revolutionary. He taught freedom, justice and equality. He did not found christianity nor was he himself a christian. I cannot accept saying he is "God" and that he is the only means of salvation. Now, let's move on. Christmas. Christ refers to Jesus Christ. And the second part Mas refers to Mass. Mass is the large, religious gathering or celebration; festival. So Christmas is a celebration or festival in honor of the nativity of Christ. Nativity means his birth... But... Jesus of Nazareth was not born on December 25th. Some accounts say May or September, but August seems to be the most accepted. There were other gods who were born on that day, though. Mithras, for example. Mithra or Mithras was the "rising sun". His birthday was called "natalis invicti", the rebirth of the winter-sun. It was called such because it/he was unconquered by the rigours of the season (winter solstice). There is another deity that 'Jesus' shares many similarities with. Krishna.
Krishna is traditionally believed to have been born during August. The festival Janmashtami is held in honor of this birth. The birth day of Jesus is unknown, but is believed by many to have also been about August during some year between 4 and 7 BCE, due to the way his birth is described, i.e. the shepherds tending their flocks. That would have been highly unlikely, because of the dreadful cold of winter.
"The object of Krishna's birth was to bring about a victory of good over evil." Krishna "came onto earth to cleanse the sins of the human beings."
"Krishna was born while his foster-father Nanda was in the city to pay his tax to the king." Yeshua was born while his foster-father, Joseph, was in the city to be enumerated in a census so that "all the world could be taxed."
Jesus is recorded as saying: "if you had faith as a mustard seed you would say to the mountain uproot yourself and be cast into the ocean" Krishna is reported as having uprooted a small mountain.
Krishna's "...foster-father Nanda had to journey to Mathura to pay his taxes" just as Jesus foster-father Joseph is recorded in the Gospel of Luke as having to go to Bethlehem to pay taxes.
"The story about the birth of Elizabeth's son John (the Baptist), cousin of Jesus, corresponds with the story in the Krishna myth about the birth of the child of Nanda and his wife Yasoda." Nanda was the foster-father of Krishna. The Greek God Dionysos, Jesus and Krishna were all said to have been placed in a manger basket after birth.
The author Jacolliot, referring to the "Bagaveda-Gita and Brahminical traditions," states that the body of Krishna: "was suspended to the branches of a tree by his murderer, that it might become the prey of the vultures...[Later] the mortal frame of the Redeemer had disappeared--no doubt it had regained the celestial abodes..." M. Guigniaut's Religion de l'Antiquité, which states: "The death of Crishna is very differently related. One remarkable and convincing tradition makes him perish on a tree, to which he was nailed by the stroke of an arrow." There are other references to Krishna being crucified, and being shown with holes in his feet, hands and side. The bible says Jesus was "hung from a tree", that he was "taken down from the tree", and his body was "upon the tree".
Jesus was called "the lion of the tribe of Judah." Krishna was called "the lion of the tribe of Saki."
Both descended into Hell, and were resurrected.
Many people witnessed their ascensions into heaven.
Both were visited at birth by wise men and shepherds, guided by a star.
Both were called Savior, and the second person of the Trinity.
Krishna performs miracles in Mathura. Jesus performs miracles in the town of Materea in Egypt.
At noon on the day of Krishna's crucifixion, the sun darkened. From the sixth hour to the ninth hour on the day of Jesus' crucifixion, the sun darkened. We'll come back to these things later on in the blog...
Oh, Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree
The Christmas tree began as a "pagan" tradition. For the Druids, trees were a religous symbol
representing life and eternity. They (the Druids) would participate in tree worship and would go into the woods and decorate trees. The Romans would decorate trees and hang wreaths during their festival, Saturnalia. (In Europe) Live evergreen trees were often brought into homes during the harsh winters as a reminder to inhabitants that soon their crops would grow again. Trees seem to be a link or symbol that unites most (if not all) of Northern Europe's winter solstices.
The winter solstice marks the beginning of winter. It also marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The sun appears at its lowest point in the sky, and its noontime elevation appears to be the same for several days before and after the solstice. Hence the origin of the word solstice, which comes from Latin solstitium, from sol, 'sun'; and -stitium, 'a stoppage'. Its also said that it comes from sol setit, 'the sun stood still'. Following the winter solstice, the days begin to grow longer and the nights shorter. Many different cultures/religions celebrated this day. The sun died (was at its lowest point). The sun went into darkness (the longest night) and was reborn. The Sun has risen and becomes stronger (the days become longer; goodness overtaking evil). In northern Europe, many other traditions that we now consider part of Christian worship were begun long before the participants had ever heard of Christ. The pagans of northern Europe celebrated the their own winter solstice, known as Yule.
Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God, Mithras, being born, and was observed on the shortest day of the year. As the Sun God grew and matured, the days became longer and warmer. It was customary to light a candle to encourage Mithras, and the sun, to reappear next year. Huge Yule logs were burned in honor of the sun. The word Yule itself means “wheel,” the wheel being a pagan symbol for the sun.
Saturnalia... Sol Invictus. The seven days of Saturnalia was a time to eat, drink, and be merry, beginning December 17, during the darkest days of the Winter Solstice. During the winter solstice, the men would become drunk, celebrating and participating in homosexuality and acts of pedophilia. The toga was not worn, but rather the synthesis, i.e. colorful, informal "dinner clothes"; and the pileus (freedman's hat) was worn by everyone. Slaves were exempt from punishment, and treated their masters with disrespect. A Saturnalicius princeps was elected master of ceremonies for the proceedings.
Saturn was a homosexual/bisexual roman god. He was also a cannibal who would devour his own children. Homosexuality/Bisexuality was a common practice for the Greeks and the Romans.
Women were viewed as inferior and only serving the purpose of child-bearing, so men often preferred the "company" of each other. They thought of "male love" as pure and virtuous. It was said that there is no virtue among women. Many (if not all) of the scholars/elders/teachers were "intimate" with their male pupils. It was quite common (the norm) for the men of Rome and Greece to have young boys as their lovers. These young boys didn't really have much of a choice and upon reaching adulthood, they were often no longer desired by the men who had taken them as lovers. In Greece, young boys were taught homosexuality. It was a part of citizenship. In Rome, only slave boys and boy prostitutes could be taken as lovers. It was against the law to harass or seduce the boys who were "born free". That means that the young, boy lovers were often from foreign lands, and forced into slavery and prostitution. Sex between soldiers (superiors and the lower ranks) was common. It was thought of as a way to bond. Some say that during Saturnalia (Sol Invictus), human sacrifice was known to happen. It makes sense to me, seeing as how he was a cannibal. It is said that heads would be placed upon trees, as decorations or ornaments. This also goes in line with the story of Nimrod (the great hunter) that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad received from the prophet W.D. Fard.
So, obviously, Christmas isn't what people think it is... Christmas is all about Sun worship, consumerism, competition, lies, greed, and flashy lights...Yet people are content and comfortable with being ignorant. People are comfortable with giving credit for their hard work to some fat white guy who breaks into your house, eats up your cookies, and never gives you what you asked for. There are single mothers (and fathers) who bust their asses to give their kids nice things... I see videos of people practically killing each other just to shop for christmas. This is madness... But hey, who am I to resurrect you up from your mental deaths? Keep dreaming dreams and worshipping deities that aren't yours.
P.S. Did I mention that Saint Nicholas was present at the council of Nicaea? Strange coincidence... Don't you think?
**correction** Thanks to one of my wonderful brothers, I can correct a mistake I made in my post regarding Krishna. While he was indeed pinned to a tree by an arrow (pinned could be taken as "hung". If you're pinned up, you're hanging, right?), but he was not nailed to a tree or a cross. There were no feet and hand wounds. Those parallels came AFTER Christianity, in order to more closely link the two gods (who were already VERY similar). Peace.
New Info on Winter Solstice and Stone Henge: