I would like to talk about the search for our ancient roots. In particular looking for the roots of true mysticism or organic Gnosticism. But in the meantime we also have to talk about the roots of what I call rational atheism and the roots of what I call social enforcers or false prophets. I’m using those terms to describe three separate groups of ideologies that existed about the same time in history in the same geographical locations.
I was recently interested in my genetic history and had a DNA sample analysed. I learned about my family tree on my father’s side. I belong to haplogroup G - M21. This is considered the first immigration group out of Africa and it happened about 13,000 years ago. Now this group of people actually settled in an area that goes from Iran and Turkey all the way up through the Caucasus mountains into the Ukraine, maybe into Russia, over into Bavaria, southern Germany and even into the northern mountains of Italy as well as also reaching into India.
People could have settled in this area as long as 21,000 years ago, or 21,000 to 8000 BC. So my ancestors were actually the first inhabitants of this region that has been roughly described as the Balkans. They were Neolithic farmers and they built some of the first civilizations. No, they were not the Aryan invaders or the later invaders into that area. The Aryans began to invade that same area around 5000 BC, but the original inhabitants had been living there for well over 3000 years, maybe even 13,000 years before the hordes of the Aryans came in. I want to make a clear point that it is not the Aryans we are talking about. Not the Aryans with their warlike beliefs.
The Aryan patriarchal dominated society is the group I will call social enforcers or false prophets and we will see later what I mean by that. I am talking about an ideology that will fit the category of false prophets as opposed to the true mystics or organic Gnostics who were the earlier first inhabitants.
Around 1500 to 1000 BC, the Semites came. This obviously included the Semites who were led by Moses out of Egypt and they also ended up in the southern regions of this area. These Jewish people, the Semites, were highly literate. In fact, all of these people were highly literate. I’ll get into that later, but this group of people, the Semites, I am going to call rational atheists because their beliefs were very intellectual, including logic and reason, but they did not really recognize an afterlife or the continuation of awareness after the death of the physical body. They had their own beliefs which even though classified as a religion I’m going to call somewhat atheistic as opposed to that of the true mystics or organic Gnostics.
These original inhabitants also lived in the city of Babylon. In India they were called the Dravidians. I don’t really know what they were called in other areas of the Balkans and other East European areas. But these are the people I’m talking about and it’s interesting to know that they were mostly goddess worshipers and devoted to the sacredness of life.
They worshiped nature. They held the feminine sacred and they had partnerships where the men and the women actually lived on reasonably equal terms so they were not male-dominated. The female was revered because it was the female who brought life into existence and Gaia, mother earth, was considered female because Gaia brought life. The goddess also brought death because life and death went hand-in-hand, and in those days, birth was a dangerous thing because so many women died during childbirth. There were a lot of infants that died at birth as well so the idea of birth and death were tied firmly together.
These were the two sides of the goddess and the male’s role in this was to be in-service to the goddess. It was also known how the energy dynamics of soul development worked through the exchanging of Tantric sexual energies.
It’s interesting that the Dravidian’s in India retained a lot of the Tantric practices and beliefs but they also appeared in ancient Crete. The Minoan culture was very open and free about human sexuality, and equality. They also had a very modernized civilization that had running water.
The arts were highly developed in Crete and again showed the same equality of the male and the female in social roles and they were not warlike. There were no massive fortifications to protect the populace from invasions. They were mainly farmers and agrarian’s.
It was around 5000 BC when these three groups of people all congested and converged into this area that we are talking about. The original inhabitants whom I’m descended from were peaceful agrarian’s or farmers. Then came the Aryans that were warlike and basically decimated the entire area. A little bit later the Jewish and Semite people brought a third influence into the region. These groups of people were literate. They had a written language. They were literate and that literacy is an important concept to be talking about later because it was the invention of literacy that brought about a revolution is the concept of religion and spirituality, one that was dominated by the male perspective through the invention of reading and writing.