May Chaos come alive?

Writing the post on the Luciferian Points of Power actually gave me another idea as well. I’ve have been reading it and so far haven’t found about the passionate, chaotic, and free life force that the information on the back has implied yet, but as I think about the idea of a passionate, chaotic, wild life force, I feel like I just want it more and more, a real investment of interest towards it coming on.

I think about the force of Chaos, or perhaps the Adversary or Adversarial Force is a better term for it, and my desire for it is greater, perhaps because when I think about it I am reminded of that which I have held in the beginning, as though I have returned to it with greater understanding or new ideas. I think of that kind of life force I think of Chaos, the Adversary, Satan, The Black Flame, the Hindu Shakti as a force (and for that matter, the power associated with Shiva), and the power of Set and the power of isolate intelligence. I would also identify it with the power of heavy metal music. I’m even tempted to refer to Babalon of Aleister Crowley’s Thelema despite that Babalon is that thing you surrender yourself to (then again I might say the same of the divine Shakti according to Hindu teachings). But honestly, I’m not yet sure of the best term for it. Though if it’s really the Black Flame, or the Adversary or Adversarial Force, then just think about it for a second: Luciferianism would effectively be presenting what I’ve been trying to define in the early days of my personal path.

This could be one way of visualizing it.

Whatever it is, I think I definitely want to experience it, feel more of it, become empowered by it more than ever. I want to feel it in light and in dark forms, I want to feel it in creation and destruction, I want to feel it in imagination and creativity, I want to feel it in love, in conflict, in the thrill of battle, in emotion, in desire, in ambition, in competition, in my very being. I would like it to be so liberating and empowering, I want it to strengthen my spirit, my will, my soul, I want to know that it is the core of my being. Who knows, working with it might just dissolve not only fear and doubt but also the boundaries between emotion and reason, intellect and passion, and all in a manner that’s conducive to my being and individual to me. This might entail a conquest of my limitations, or simply the limiting of my limitations, if that makes sense. It doesn’t really matter if this force is simply my interpretation of a life force that may be considered to others, because at least that still means its uniquely my life force, or the life force I identify with. It should not be the life force to surrender to in an external form. It should be a life force within that fuels your individual being, gives you strength and life.

The only question lies in how this ties in with the mind in general, rather than overpowering it, and how this affects the arrangement of the deities I set out earlier. From at least an aesthetic point of view, part of me thinks that the deities of Asian religions that I like could go on the light spectrum of this force, as well as the light and heat of the sun, while the demons and devils can go on the dark spectrum of that force, but that’s just one simple idea, and I really hope I don’t have to overhaul my altar space too drastically. As for the conscious mind, who knows. Maybe I want to take a page from the Temple of Set or even Hinduism for this one. There’s probably a few things I can gleam from Hinduism, Taoism, and hopefully Shinto when dealing with this force.

Who is Lucifer?

Do you remember some months ago when I promised to do a post about Lucifer after having basically become a Luciferian or started identifying with it? Well I have been having some trouble piecing to together my particular view of Lucifer in simple terms, but I’ve come to a solid conclusion.

I feel that Lucifer, regardless of his status as a literal or non-literal being, is an example for me as a Luciferian to follow. Lucifer is the figure who looks at the state of the world, isn’t satisfied with it, won’t put up with it, and wants to change it into a better form for himself because he feels he has the will, and his fire burns within him to do what is right. To that end he steps up as a leader unto himself, he works to create his own lot in life, he works to change the previous state of things into something better, he works to make a world grand and above any, he spreads liberty out of his own genuine belief in liberty, and lives by his own fire, the flame of inner power and essential spirit and being which can be identified as the Black Flame. That’s what I mean when I refer to Lucifer as an example for me to follow, or indeed one that any Luciferian would likely follow. I want to live in which passion, honor, and freedom are achieved, and not just once either, I want it to be my life, my being and personality expressed in fullest, purest form, instead of that sense of being finding only death like what can happen to the majority. For this, Lucifer must be the profound example I refer to, one that leads me to a life of passion, honor, and freedom, and symbolically devour life, knowledge, and strength, by which I mean I hope to absorb it, and at of it, just as Lucifer proclaims his rightful throne in the heavens and the stars, I if I become strong will take heaven for myself, and of my design. As long as Lucifer is that profound example for me, who knows what’s possible?

That, is basically how I see Lucifer. You can see him as an angel, a devil, a deity, a heavenly body, a human, or even pure potential itself, and the latter part strangely enough can make sense in a way, but I see the mythical Lucifer, the Luciferian Lucifer, as an example to follow, one through whom I need to find strength, and it doesn’t matter if this goes on in the world of ritual or in day-to-day life because any Lucifer worth his salt would never be that limiting.

Fan art of Lucifer (identified as Helel) based on his Shin Megami Tensei and Persona appearances.

What’s wrong with Satan being likeable?

Lately I’ve been hearing about an upcoming TV show called Lucifer. Yes, Lucifer. It’s based on Neil Gaiman’s comic book interpretation of Lucifer, who was the ruler of Hell until he became bored and unhappy with this station and decided to retire and live in Los Angeles. This would mean Lucifer being identified with Satan, as is commonly the case, based on both the Christian depiction of Satan and the Satan of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Anyways, in this show, Lucifer Morningstar (as he is called) now apparently spends his days as a consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department, while simultaneously he runs a nightclub called Lux (which isn’t a very creative name). Ironically enough, the show is being aired by FOX of all channels.

Pictured: Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar

The thought of a TV show centering around Lucifer, Satan, or any similar entities, was bound to scare and/or outrage the ignorant, no matter how that being is interpreted, and in America (as usual) people are proving that they aren’t ready to live in a society where religious prejudice is being shunted to the side in creative media. A group called One Million Moms has been launching a petition against the show in recent days, feeling that the show disrespects Christianity and mocks the Bible by making Satan seem likeable. Here’s where we get to the crux of the matter: what’s wrong with Satan being likeable?

I must wonder how tired some people in the modern age are of explaining to Christians that the world does not revolve around them, or their Bible, or their church, but that’s exactly what’s going on here. Christian parents are complaining about a TV show and want it pulled because it mocks their religion, because they assume the world revolves around them, and it’s sad that this is still the case in America in particular. This is the same mentality that drives opposition to laws concerning freedom of expression and the right of the individual to freely pursue lifestyles other than the conventional Christian lifestyle. Outside the perceptions of Christianity and Islam, there’s nothing wrong with making Satan a likeable character, or seeing him as such. In fact, from objective viewpoint, he does less harm to human life than Jehovah does, if he causes any harm to humans at all. Even if you follow the belief that Satan tempts you to do evil things, that changes nothing, for in that instance it is you commits evil actions actions, not Satan. It is Jehovah who ultimately sends you to hell for going against his will, not Satan. And depending on your view point, Satan is the same serpent who gave mankind knowledge of good and evil and of their own desires, not Jehovah. If anything, people are likely to see Satan as more likeable than Jehovah as soon as they take a closer look at the same Biblical mythology that Christians clearly want to cram down our throats non-stop.

Giving Lucifer his due

On various occasions I have been thinking about Lucifer and Luciferianism, particularly in reminiscence of how Lucifer was basically how I saw Satan in the past, and I more recently I have been trying to examine the philosophy of Luciferianism in comparison with Satanism. Between January and this month I have been pondering Luciferianism, and a few days after being shown the Greater Church of Lucifer, I think I can finally say what to do about it on my own.

You see, in recent times, I have started to feel that I have always been more positive than negative, or at least strived to be. I certainly seem less negative than my brother in spite of my moments of doubt, cynicism, and fear. I have also seen my path of Satanism as a positive path of spirituality, rather than as a purely material path, and I maintained beliefs in the soul and heaven, just that unlike in many religions my soul is my own and that my heaven is my own, and preferred to maintain an interest in the light side as well. I wanted light, but also darkness. I wanted harmony, but also chaos. I wanted those things because I felt both in me in different ways, and I recognized their history as a part of my being. And I wanted to bring it all within a Chaos-inspired Left Hand Path framework.

There are those who may ask me, what is wrong with Satanism? My answer: nothing! I don’t think anything is necessarily wrong with or bad about Satanism, and I never intended to leave Satanism in the strictest sense. Quite opposite. I intend to improve my framework. The thing is, Satanism on its own is a very earthly and carnal religion, and the focus is on pleasure and personal power. I actually still agree with the Satanic creed of live your life for yourself. A creed which can be expressed by Satanists as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”, a phrase borrowed from Aleister Crowley (but expressed in a totally different manner to the way Crowley intended). I also still follow the Satanic idea that each Man is his own god and the true master of his own life, and I like the idea of seeking out power and pleasure. But on its own, it’s very much a carnal religion, and there’s a lot of emphasis on the darker side and the darker entities. Of course, I didn’t really mind because all that attached to a philosophy I hold dearly: the philosophy of self-freedom, fierce individualism and resistance to self-denial, and personal empowerment. But now I feel there are elements to my own personal framework that are either missing, or not encoded, or just not explored enough. That is where Luciferianism comes in. And, in a way, so does Lucifer himself. 😉

Bringer of Light by fuzzyzombielove on Deviantart.com

Whereas Satanism is a philosophy that primarily espouses the physical nature of man and focuses on the darker side of human nature and the entities that personify it, Luciferianism embraces the carnal, dark, and physical aspects of the self but also believes in the bright and spiritual aspects of the self. In fact, it believes in embracing both light and dark, all aspects of the self, and also advocates balance, often in a manner very similar to Taoism. Luciferianism is a Left Hand Path philosophy that worships the I its fullest form, that teaches that the individual should seek out wisdom and spiritual truth in pursuit of continual enlightenment, improvement, and the godhead of the self, all without negative energy. Like Satanism, Luciferianism is highly individualistic (no popes or sacred texts to dictate your lives, only your self and your inner light), rejects the surrender of the self to any God or universal consciousness, believes in the God within the individual (in other words, there is no true God higher than oneself), and adopts a mythical being as a symbolic archetype for their beliefs while not necessarily worshipping it. In this case, that being is Lucifer. Both Satan and Lucifer are commonly associated with each other in the public consciousness, where both are treated as devils if not referred to interchangeably. But while Satan represents the physical and carnal nature of Man,  Man’s pure animal drives, and the dark force in nature, Lucifer represents spiritual self-exploration, enlightenment, and the individual who is free in spirit and in body. Lucifer is also seen as a kind of Promethean figure, who symbolically stuck his own neck out and dared to share the gift of freedom, fire, and inner light with mankind. Luciferianism is sometimes seen as a form of Satanism that that venerates Satan as Lucifer the light bringer rather than as a figure of darkness, though Luciferians may tend to view their religion as very different from Satanism.

The Greater Church of Lucifer (which isn’t really a church in the traditional sense) has offered me a very interesting perspective of Luciferianism and by extension an incredibly fascinating way for me to improve my spiritual framework and understanding, and it is impossible resist such allure. If you look at their website and their Facebook pages, you might understand what I’m talking about. I am actually called back to when I used to refer to Lucifer rather than Satan (of course that was before I decided I was a Satanist), and my background in Shin Megami Tensei influences, where Lucifer is being associated with the Chaos faction and its philosophy of freedom and unbridled individualism, but the actual philosophy of Luciferianism reminds me of Chaos with influence from Neutrality, or Chaos with a balance, so that’s all the more interesting.

At this point, I must point out that Luciferianism can be atheistic, or theistic, or anywhere in between, much like in Satanism. It all depends on the perspective of the Luciferian in question, and not all Luciferians have exactly the same ideas. And going back to Satan, it’s a similar deal within Satanism. LaVeyan Satanists are atheists, who believe Satan is merely a symbol of the carnal Man and power in this world and vital existence over spiritual, but does not really exist anymore than God does, but theistic Satanists believe in Satan as a spiritual being that embodies those things, alongside a pantheon of Dark Lords. While theistic Satanists don’t worship Satan or any dark lords in a master-servant relationship, they do treat them with nominal respect in a manner that might be similar to modern paganism. Some theistic Satanists may see Satan or the Dark Lords as representatives of a dark spiritual force in nature, much like LaVeyan Satanists only not limited to physical nature, or see Satan as an external being interested in the development of human beings, similar to how Lucifer might be seen. Satan can also be believed to be the sum total of the dark spirits, or dark gods, of human mythology, in contrast to Christianity where he’s just a lord of evil (not to mention, in Christian theology he’s not even a horned god to begin with).

In my opinion, Luciferianism offers an excellent framework for me, and it relates to me in many ways. But I also still wish to continue the Satanic path as I see it, to give myself power to live without fear, to be a spiritually stronger individual, and to live right and with honor. So here is what I plan to do: I propose that I can be both.

Lucifer’s Pentagram by LenartLenartLenart on Deviantart.com

Think about it, I can basically see myself as philosophically and spiritually Luciferian, but maintain a Satanic leaning. I can seek about both light and darkness, spirituality and carnality, walk with my complete soul, my self, and inner flame and inner light until the day I die, but also cling to the Satanic path I mentioned by also remaining on the side of the Satanic values of the strength of the individual and the pursuit of power for the individual. This I feel can be achieved by invoking the Black Flame, described by Luciferians and some Satanists, to invoke personal power and become stronger in life. Also, some Satanists believe you are already your own God, and some Luciferians believe the goal is to become your own God through continual wisdom. Personally, I believe I am the creator of my own spiritual and personal world, I am what I am and nothing else, and I am my own master.  I embrace the Satanic idea that I am my own God, but embrace the Luciferian idea of growth and continual enlightenment. I believe that one’s own personal world, one’s own self, and one’s own identity, can be enriched with not just continual experience but also continual understanding. Not just understanding yourself, but understanding ideas and the world which helps you understand yourself anyway. With that in mind, and considering I believe in my own heaven, my own world, I believe that the Luciferian ideal of continual enlightenment can only serve to make your inner world and your imagination that much richer. Enlightenment doesn’t mean a total understanding that overhauls your identity and who you are. Rather, the Luciferian way is to understand your self, and continue learning things as you go, and you see things become a part of your self, or you see your self grow, certainly not be taken over or be destroyed by some religious totality. And, since the Greater Church of Lucifer has shown me many ways, my support for that organization will naturally increase because I see it as an individualized group with values I can get behind, without worrying about succumbing to group-think.

So that’s basically how I stand on Luciferianism now. I have decided to accept Luciferianism as a part of my paradigm, and identify as a Luciferian, whilst maintaining the Satanic ideas I have always maintained, and also incorporating my pagan ideas and ideas from other belief systems. In the future I will explore the concept of the Black Flame and any relation between Luciferianism and ideas I have explored before. But for now, all I have written here will suffice. In closing, I would like to thank my friend Tadashi for initially recommending Luciferianism to me, Tony Asmodeus and Vincent Piazza, along with the people at The Greater Church of Lucifer, for further inspiring my path, and James Nicholson and Sean Ridley Ravensdale for their additional support.

Fire, light, darkness, chaos, Satan, and God

In Hindu belief, the Aum is the symbol of divine energy and creative force, which is believed to be permeate the entire universe.

Lately I have been thinking a couple of things, about some new ideas about Satan, Chaos, God, light and darkness, and a great fire, and it has been difficult to express these things.

Let’s start with God. I feel like I am seeing that God is something that can be interpreted differently by different people, and how we interpret God in a way shapes our belief system, and this includes both the left and right hand paths. Personally I feel that the concept of God as a single deity that creates, rules, and operates the universe is a mistake. It doesn’t matter if that deity is Jehovah, Allah, Vishnu, or even Shiva, or Satan that matter, and it doesn’t matter if the belief system is theistic or anti-theistic, right-handed or left-handed, it still means falling for a kind of ignorance because the conception of God being employed is erroneous, and it kind of risks a victim mentality depending on how you take it. I think if God is anything it is a divine spark of creation within each of us, Creator in Man rather than Creator above.

Then we have Chaos. I think that the divine spark I mentioned (or God) could be pure, raw, undisciplined energy, perhaps even calling back to my earlier definitions of Chaos (which might not have been so skewed after all). And as long as chaos is pure energy, perhaps light and darkness are forms of that energy, with Chaos being between them as the purest state of energy. Who knows? There could be a lot that is based on the energy of Chaos, like emotion, ecstasy, bliss, what we feel in the senses, righteous feeling and fervor, our very instincts themselves.

Now I finally get to say something about what Satan is. If light and darkness are phases of the same energy, then Satan surely must be the symbol of the dark side of that force, the carnal side. And for the light side of that energy, I would pick either Shiva or Lucifer to represent it (the latter inspired by a conversation with Tadashi), or even Amun Ra. If Shiva isn’t the light side, then he could still represent a certain aspect of that energy, like the male to the female of Shakti. Gods in general can be symbolic of states of energy, in addition to my own being. Despite my identity as a Satanist, I am concerned about having Satan refer to everything in the universe because I feel it doesn’t fully make sense. It’d be hardly different from making Jehovah (or should that be El) the god of everything, and we all know about that story. Personally I think the Baphomet, while it’s not actually a symbol of Satan, could refer to all phases of the energy of Chaos, and it probably still wouldn’t be the symbol of all. God? The Aum. Chaos? Energy is its own symbol, and it’s usually better to feel energy.

This is the closest I’ve gotten to being sure about this whole thing, enough at least to write a blog post, and I still feel I am not so sure. I personally lament not being fully conclusive on this, having all the answers I need. It would be best to just do what works for me, but I ain’t sure yet what works for me. Frankly, what if there’s not just one energy?

Maybe my problem is dealing with what relates to reality too much but what if it’s just my spiritual reality, my truth?

A long spiritual moment with my brother

Yesterday I was attending the wedding of one of my relatives, which, yes means I had to go to church before any indulgences. Fortunately I didn’t burst into flames! Seriously though I did manage to resist the church atmosphere and I didn’t sing or recite any Christian hymns and prayers (though a bit of Venom would help too when I got back). After the service, before, during, and after the indulgence and celebrations, me and my brother got into deep conversation, and we learned some things.

First I talked about love, inspired by a speech made by one of my relatives and read by one of my uncles. I immediately thought it referred to a love that I felt was either a lie or beyond reach (love not being judgmental, jealous, rude, keeping record of wrongdoings, delighting in evil etc.), followed by relaying to him my experiences with my former crush. But to be fair, it is not love that judges, keeps record of wrongdoing, is jealous, or delights in evil (after all love is blind, no, retarded), it is lovers, and I just have bad experiences with love, and love making a stupid dick out of me. Eventually I mentioned how I felt that, while real love from someone is something I’d totally want, at the same time I feel like love as it’s presented to me as something of a joke, or something that has been mythologized.

After we talked about drugs and alcohol, our different opinions regarding capitalism and greed (my brother views capitalism as the faulty system, I view the problem as greed and individuals making a mockery of capitalism) and about the impermanence of civilizations and corporate powers, we started talking about our own roads to self-identity. Before then, we mentioned our ideas regarding the spiritual (my brother’s an atheist who I don’t think he ever believed in the spiritual, while I always had a feeling there was a spiritual side of the world, and that the material and the spiritual realms inspire each other), and our goals. After mentioning to him my doubts about children and being a family man, we both brought to point that I was young and what do you think my priorities are when I’m young? Having fun, finding love, and getting some. Which brings me to my goals: in the spiritual realm this is spiritual immortality and paradise, in another sense it is the survival and continued manifestation of my self and will, in the material sense it’s having unconditional love from a partner of my dreams (and be all I want with her, and I’d pay her back for all of it), and getting some and enjoying all the pleasures I want to enjoy.

As we talked, my brother mentioned his non-romantic relationship with a female friend of hers as a bringer of light and wisdom, and eventually I interpreted this as her being a Lucifer for him, one who I feel is helping him awaken his true will, and bring him knowledge of who he really is and his calling. He also mentions plenty of people he thinks may be seeking to prevent this and keep him the way they expect him to be. I referred to him the Christian concept of demons as being who lead you astray, and the Hindu concept of Maya, or illusion. You could also refer to the Buddhist Mara, as a being who tempts humans from enlightenment. I refer to him as a seeker, though a late in life seeker and not really interested in the spiritual, still I refer him to religious and spiritual ideas and understandings as frameworks of understanding (coming from a mostly Catholic family makes this seem rather natural actually). I feel that once he reaches this self-knowledge, he will attain a kind of gnosis, and thus transform from seeker to gnostic, which makes me rather excited for him!

I mentioned my own path, the path of the dark side of me coming out and finally being embraced as a part of me, and how bickering with him over what toys or trading cards to possess has evolved into a quest and passion for self-identity, initially through the prism of astrology and elements (which you could say was an early interest in and step towards my modern background in mythology, religion, spirituality, and the esoteric), and through all this eventually having clear picture of who I am and what I believe, thus the path of self-identity and bringing clarity to a confused mind.

I mentioned my goals to him again, and a personal lesson that arrived to me on Friday (which I neglected to mention earlier on this site), about opening up to people being the path to friendship, pleasures, and love in this world. I cannot find what I want by being distant, alone, and detached, and I feel I’ve been too withdrawn out of distrust of people and will continue to be lonely because of it and generally suffer inside in the long term. The only way to have more friends, experience more joys in the outside world, and find love, is to open up to people, and really push myself to do it. I know I can do it if I try. I’ll have an opportunity when I begin university, but why wait on something that I can work on much sooner?

Maybe it was to do with us wearing suits in a fancy place, but we felt very intellectual towards each other. During the conversation as a whole, I think I felt as wise and perceptive as a serpent, I felt like I might have had something of a spiritual experience (flavored with some jokes), the kind that only two brothers can have by sharing thoughts and experiences, and ways of seeing them, with each other. Thus, attending the celebrations was truly a blessing and a wonderful opportunity.

EDIT: I forgot to mention with my brother that I effectively serve the role of Satan as the adversary, playing on both Jewish ideas and what Tadashi told me about how adversity is the forge of the soul. I pick on him, fight him often, and often tear into what he values. Part of me wants to see him squirm in the way that brothers will, but I also don’t like it when feels dominated or oppressed. That’s not what I want out of his experience with me as an adversary. As his adversary I aim to teach him to fight for what he believes in without submitting, to completely remove oppression and doubt from his mental sphere. You could see that as my role as an adversary. That’s in his sphere and perspective anyway. In any case, I hope that just as he will go from seeker to gnostic, I will rise from a serpent to a dragon.

The Eternal Youth: Thoughts on Sanat Kumara

Ever since I was following news of Shin Megami Tensei IV and hearing of a demon in the game named Sanat, I developed an interest in a mythological/spiritual figure from Theosophical lore known as Sanat Kumara. Sanat Kumara is a syncretic figure found in Theosophical and New Age lore. He is the eternal youth (in fact his Sanskrit name means “Eternal Youth”), and is seen as a figure who came to Earth from Venus six million years in order influence the spiritual evolution of mankind and life on earth. He is seen in New Age circles as a savior of mankind and a spiritual master, and according to lore he appears as a sixteen year old boy even though he’s been around for millions of years, thus the source of two titles of his; Ancients of Days (signifying his eternity) and Youth of Sixteen Summers (symbolizing his eternal youth and appearance).

The eternal youth characteristic is but one aspect of how interesting the figure is to me. Believers see him in various deities from religions, including Ahura Mazda from Zoroastrian belief, the Buddhist Brahma Sanatkumara (a Buddhist iteration of the god Brahma who is ever-young), the Ancient of Days in Judeo-Christian lore, which is a name for God (obviously owing to his title and status), and especially Murugan (a.k.a. Kartikeya), who also happens to be one of my favorite gods in any lore.

A painting of Kartikeya/Murugan

It would be interesting to note something about the gods associated with Sanat Kumara. In Zoroastrian lore, Ahura Mazda is a god of light associated with fire who defends world order, Brahma Sanatkumara shares his title and appears as an eternal youth, and Murugan is a Hindu god of war and youth who fights evil and monsters. Then there’s Ancient of Days, a name of the Judeo-Christian God, but as I mentioned earlier, Ancient of Days pertains to his title. I find that bringing this together paints an interesting image of Sanat Kumara as an eternally youthful defender of the world who fights evil.

Some people, mostly Christians, equate Sanat Kumara with Lucifer/Satan, perhaps due to the fact that in Theosophical lore, Sanat Kumara arrived to Earth from Venus, just as Lucifer was associated with the morning star (Venus), as well as Sanat Kumara being referred to as King of the World or Lord of the World. His allies, the Lords of the Living Flame, are also equated by Christians with fallen angels. However, from the Theosophical point of view, this makes no sense, as the figure has no actual association with the figure. The only way you could associate him with Satan is by linking him with Lucifer, which you could accomplish with the light-bearer characteristic and his association with Venus, however this can be very shallow and most people only make connections like these as part of some New World Order tripe. Still, the association with Lucifer is a seductive one.

Still, given Lucifer, I’m not that surprised.

There is another iteration of Sanat Kumara that I’m very interested in and is found in Japanese lore. In the temple of Kurama-dera, there is a statue of a unique bodhisattva/deity named Goho Mao-son, known as the “Defender Lord”. He too is said to have come to Earth 6.5 million years ago and has the appearance of a 16-year old boy, though in the temple his statue actually resembles a tengu.

The statue of Goho Maoson at Kurama-dera

He is the king of the conquerors of evil and the spirit of the earth. His powerful spirit is said to govern the evolution of life and mankind and is believed to emanate from Mount Kurama. Goho Mao-son is venerated at Kurama-dera alongside two other deities/bodhisattvas; Bishamonten and Senju Kannon. In this trinity, Bishamonten represents light and the sun, Senju Kannon represents love and the moon, and Goho Mao-son represents power and the earth. This trinity also represents three aspects of a higher entity or force named Sonten, who is revered as the Supreme Force or Atman in the temple.

Goho Maoson (left), Bishamonten (centre), and Senju Kannon (right).

I think this creates an interesting perspective of Sanat Kumara as master of the lower, earthly, and chthonic forces as well as being associated with supreme light (that is if you, like me, interpret Sanat Kumara through the lens of Ahura Mazda and Kartikeya, and mingling Sanat Kumara with the higher Sonten), on top of being a defender of the world who fights evil. I actually like this Japanese (or at least my own Japanesque) Sanat Kumara more than the Theosophical idea of Sanat Kumara as the messianic ruler of a spiritual hierarchy over earth and head of some great white brotherhood designed to spread some religious teachings, let alone New Age crap.

I feel my interpreation is very Japanesque and quite Hindu too, and I also feel Sanat Kumara as I see him relates to my alter ego in a way, as a defender of the world (or his world) who is associated with light (by virtue of Ahura Mazda, Brahma, and Kartikeya) the chthonic forces of earth (by virtue of Goho Maoson), and fire (by virtue of Ahura Mazda again), and a fighter of evil, and very powerful. When I imagine Sanat Kumara in my own way, I see my alter ego in him, my higher imagining of myself, much more than I could ever imagine him as an external entity.

One last thing, in Theosophical lore, his girlfriend is basically the goddess Venus herself, or more or less a New Age Venus, and she is his twin flame, with the appearance of a beautiful young woman (to compliment the 16-year old Sanat Kumara). I can’t help but see Venus in what I like in a girlfriend, or more or less Venus as a metaphor for the lady of perfection I dream of (yes, even I have those moments, often), given she’s a goddess of love and beauty.

A painting of Venus, not necessarily as I may draw her but still.

The goddess Venus and my own imagining of Sanat Kumara makes for a lovely divine pair, don’t you think?