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The Concept of God among the Aborigines of Australia
To be unable to feel the life that animates the physical body, the very life that you are, is the greatest deprivation that can happen to you. If evil has any reality — and it has a relative, not an absolute, reality — this is also its definition: complete identification with form — physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms. This forgetfulness is original sin, suffering, delusion. The same as I. I try to find myself in things but never quite make it and end up losing myself in them.
That is the fate of the ego. It cannot be otherwise. As far as intellectual or physical abilities are concerned — knowledge, skills, talents, and energy levels — human beings differ widely. What really matters is not what function you fulfill in this world, but whether you identify with your function to such an extent that it takes you over and becomes a role that you play. When you play roles, you are unconscious. The balance between enjoyment and structural tension is lost, and the latter has won.
When there is stress, it is usually a sign that the ego has returned, and you are cutting yourself off form the creative power of the universe. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it.
Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. The paradox is that suffering is caused by identification with form and erodes identification with form. A lot of it is caused by the ego, although eventually suffering destroys the ego — but not until you suffer consciously. Something will then come forth from that dimension into this world, something of infinite value that otherwise would have remained unmanifested. Some people who surrendered to severe limitation become healers or spiritual teachers.
Others work selflessly to lessen human suffering or bring some creative gift into this world. Do I want the present moment to be my friend or my enemy? The present moment is inseparable from life, so you are really deciding what kind of a relationship you want to have with life.
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Once you have decided you want the present moment to be your friend, it is up to you to make the first move: become friendly toward it, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes, and soon you will see the results. Life becomes friendly toward you; people become helpful, circumstances cooperative. One decision changes your entire reality.
That illusion thinks it is you. It is not easy at first to be there as the witnessing Presence , especially when the ego is in survival mode or some emotional pattern from the past has become activated, but once you have had a taste of it, you will grow in Presence power, and the ego will lose its grip on you.
And so a power comes into your life that is far greater than the ego, greater than the mind. All that is required to become free of the ego is to be aware of it, since awareness and ego are incompatible. Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. This is why we may also call it Presence. The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose is to bring that power into this world. It is not your physical form but the life that animates the physical form. It is the intelligence that created and sustains the body, simultaneously coordinating hundreds of different functions of such extraordinary complexity that the human mind can only understand a tiny fraction of it.
When you become aware of it, what is really happening is that the intelligence is becoming aware of itself. God is the One Life in and beyond the countless forms of life. Love implies duality: lover and beloved, subject and object. So love is the recognition of oneness in the world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself. You become like an astronaut who sees the planet Earth surrounded by the vastness of space and realizes a paradoxical truth: The earth is precious and at the same time insignificant.
The recognition that This, too will pass brings detachment and with detachment another dimension comes into your life: inner space. Through it, consciousness spirit is freed form its imprisonment in form. By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which he game of life happens. It cannot happen anywhere else. Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you.
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Another prominent deity in Hawaiian mythology was Kamapua'a, the pig god. Known both for his warlike nature and for his romantic exploits, this energetic god appeared in many tales. The Captain james Cook visited the Hawaiian islands in When he came ashore, the people mistook him for one of their gods.
This illustration shows the Hawaiians offering gifts to the English captain. Hawaiians often sought Kamapua'a as an ally during war and used his adventures to explain various natural phenomena. By far the most popular figure in Polynesian mythology was Maui, the trickster god and hero. Though small in stature, he displayed amazing strength and had various magical powers. The many tales about his adventures reveal a cunning and determined hero who performed many great and wondrous deeds, including creating the Pacific islands with a magical hook and providing humans with more hours of daylight by slowing the sun's passage across the sky.
Maui also tried, but failed, to become immortal. Major Themes and Myths. The best-known myths in Polynesia deal with creation and with the origin of gods, humans, and other living things. The adventures of characters such as Pele and Maui also figure prominently. Some Polynesian myths describe creation as a process of growth or evolution from a primal state of chaos, nothingness, or darkness.
The Hawaiian myths of Ao and Po, the male and female forces of the universe, reflect this idea. From a great watery chaos at the beginning of time, the creator god Ku separated Ao and Po, thus producing day and night and making the world possible. Other Polynesian creation myths focus on a preexisting creator who lives alone and forms all things from nothingness. This idea is expressed in stories from Samoa and Tonga about Tangaloa.
According to legend, while Tangaloa ruled over a vast expanse of ocean, his messenger, the bird Tuli, searched endlessly for somewhere to rest. Tangaloa eventually threw some rocks into the water, and these became the islands of Samoa and Tonga. From them sprang Rangi and Papa, the first gods of the universe.
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For many ages, Rangi and Papa were locked in an embrace, and their offspring, including numerous gods, were caught between them. The gods grew weary of their confinement and finally separated Rangi from Papa, thus providing room for themselves and for all things to grow and multiply.
The origin of humans and other living things is explained in various ways. According to myths about Tangaloa, after he created the islands of the Pacific, he used a vine to cover the bare land and provide shade. The vine spread, and parts of it decayed and became full of maggots. Tangaloa took the maggots and shaped them into humans. When he gave them a heart and soul, they came to life. In Maori myth, several of the gods—especially Tane-mahuta, Tangaroa, and Rongo-ma-tane the god of cultivated crops —played an active role in creating lands, plants, and humans.
According to some legends, all living creatures, including humans, emerged from Tangaroa's vast body. He arrived during a period of political turmoil, and some scholars believe that a misunderstanding about the native religion cost him his life. When Cook came ashore, the people thought that he was the god Lono. They escorted him to their temple, where he took part in their rituals, unaware that doing so confirmed their beliefs that he was Lono. Anxious to make sure that Lono died as he was supposed to, the Hawaiians killed Cook. In another myth, the god Tane went searching for a wife.
He united with several different beings and produced mountains, rivers, and other living and nonliving things. Tane longed for a partner with a human shape, however, so he formed a woman out of sand and breathed life into her.
Tane later took the girl—who did not know he was her father—as his wife, and they had many children. When Hine-titama discovered Tane's identity she fled to the underworld, dragging her children after her. The relationship between Tane and his daughter resulted in the arrival of death for humans.
A Hawaiian myth tells how Kane longed for a companion in his own image. His mother, Papatuanuku, told him to make a likeness of himself from clay and to embrace it.
When he did as she suggested, the clay figure came to life and became the first woman. Numerous myths explain the origin of various plant foods and other things of value. According to some stories, humans had to steal food from the gods or trick them into giving up certain foods. In others, however, the gods felt sorry for humans and generously gave food to them. A number of myths also explain that foods were the offspring of a particular god or grew from part of the body of a god.
Some Polynesian myths tell about characters who possessed extraordinary or supernatural powers and acted as miracle workers, mischief makers, or tricksters. The Hawaiians called these figures kapua and loved to hear about their many adventures. The kapua were often raised by grandparents who used magic to help them in their adventures. They generally grew up to be monstrous creatures who could change shape and perform great feats of strength.
Among the more popular tales were those in which the kapua slayed monsters, rescued maidens, defeated rivals, and competed with the gods. With the introduction of Christianity in Polynesia in the s, traditional religious beliefs began to fade. Although the Polynesian gods no longer play a major role in religion in most parts of the region, the rich heritage of myths and legends remains part of the literature, folklore, and imagination of native cultures. The carving on this hei tiki jade pendant is a fertility symbol in the mythology of the Maori people of New Zealand.
The figure represents the first man, Tiki, in the stories of other Polynesians. Toggle navigation. Origin of Yams The yam, or sweet potato, is one of the basic food crops of Polynesia. Captain james Cook visited the Hawaiian islands in Also read article about Polynesian Mythology from Wikipedia. User Contributions: 1. Te Koha Wihongi. When Rongo appeared before the people of Tahiti during the great war between the native people of Tahiti and the migrating Hawaiian Ancestors, Tohunga recorded in carved Whakairo - Shiloh, That on the morning of the great battle, a ship of unusual make entered into a Tahitian Bay, upon it there were many men, the ship had multiple decks and masts.
From this great ship, a smaller vessel was hoisted down from it, and upon the smaller vessel there the crew made their way towards land, and the descent of the crewmen were polynesian and the people of Tahiti could correspond with them. With these unusual events happening before the Tahitian Ancestors, the rage of war ceased and the attention of the people were fixated on a solitary figure that stood upon this great ship, and he was not of polynesian descent, his countenance shone like the sun, his hair glowed red as the sunrays Stuck him, but there was no vessel to receive him.
What happened next was by far the greatest incident to occur before the people of Polynesia, the fair skinned man descended upon the water, and the water held his weight, and he walked upon the ocean surface, to dry land. Rongo-a also means: Of Rongo or What Rongo had done. Tekoha Wihongi. This personage of Godliness, Spoke to us and we listend In the Maori Language, a singular word can have adverse translations, depending on the use of the word In other words, he proslited to the people and gave them new commandments so to speak, he instilled a new law amongst them and he taught them good principles, Te Rongopai - The Good words of Rongo.
Also meaning Gospel Rongo then beseached the people of Tahiti to enter into a covenant with him, to obey his will. Rongo could see much conflict amongst the people of Tahiti, That he taught them how to build Marae, And commanded the people that they must not fight anymore, Instead they should work out there diffrences one with another. Tohunga remmember how magnificent his carpentry skills were, and with him being the first founder of the Marae, Maori have named Rongo, the god of the Marae.
With human sacrifice being the greatest tribute to the gods for the polynesians, they began sacrificing people in honour of Rongo. Rongo put a hault to this.