Thursday, March 22, 2007

Hieros Gamos-Aryan Sacred Marriage

"Wedlock would generally show the characteristics of a "mystery" in a system practicing rituals. In Greece, the goddess of wedlock was called Aphrodite Teleia, the Fulfiller,her attribute coming from the telos, a word used for initiation.In a well-known Indo-European ritual linked to the act of procreation,the conscious identification with the cosmic male and female, the Sky and the Earth, was confirmed openly:

Then the husband should draw near to her and pronounce the formula "I am He and you are She; you are She and I am He. I am the song[Saman] and you are the refrain[re];...I am the Sky and you are the Earth. Come, embrace me, let us mingle our seed for the birth of a male and for the richness of our home." Next, making [the woman] open her legs, he should say, O ye Sky and Earth, mingle yourselves!" Then he should enter her and with his mouth joined to hers stroke her three times from downward and say,"......Just as the Earth welcomes the Fire to its bosom, as the Sky shuts Indra within its womb,and as the cardinal points teem with the wind, so I leave in you the seed of[the name of the child]."[Brihadaranyaka-Upanishad]

Manhood, therefore, was under the sign of the Sky and womanhood under that of the Earth. In Greece as well, according to Pindar, when referring to the foundation of their deepest nature, men in love called on Helios, the Sun, whereas women invoked Selene, the Moon. We should also note that in almost all the Hindu dialects having their origin in Sanskrit, women were called prakriti , a word that, as we saw earlier, was the metaphysical designation of "nature" and also of the female force of the impassive god, the purusha . The background of marriage as a holy ceremony was destined to become slowly obscured, although to this day positive traces of it still persist which can only be explained by supposing its prior existence.
It was only preserved with precise divine and cosmic relationships in the cultural domain, in a specific sense, in connection with varieties of the hieros gamos, the ritual holy marriage or marriage to a god, as we shall recount shortly. In ancient times, it was rightly said that a people who made wedding customs into a rite that conformed to the eternal laws formed a great magical chain binding the material realm to higher realms. Novalis was right when deeming that marriage as it is known nowadays is like a "desecrated mystery"; with the passage of time it has been reduced in effect to nothing more than the only alternative provided by society against fear of loneliness.
And the fact that Claude de Saint-Martin certainly did not understand the importance of his words and had no vision of the situation in which those words are true, does not lessen their accuracy: "If mankind knew what marriage is, it would have at one and the same time an extraordinary desire for it and a tremendous fear of it; for by means of it man could once again be made like God or could end in total ruin."
[Juilus Evola, "Eros And The Mysteries Of Love. The Metaphysics Of Sex."]

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