Friday, January 01, 2016

Widar, the Silent and Meditative God

We have entered a new year today and it is the task of the Arya to reflect on what is to come. It is not the Arya's task to mark the occasion with public drunkenness, disorder and violence as is the habit of the masses each year in this country. As a spiritual elite we stand apart and above such bestial behaviour.

Instead we should follow the example of the God of the Coming Age, the new Golden Age which will be manifested after the end of Ragnarok-Korangar. The God of this Coming Age is the Avenging God Widar/Vidar/Wid-Ar. He is a God of vengeance yes but He is also the God of silence!

"Vidar is the name of one, the silent As." (Gylfaginning, Prose Edda, Faulkes translation)
"How shall Vidar be referred to? He may be called the silent As,..." (Skaldskaparmal, Prose Edda, Faulkes translation)

What is the reason for Widar's silence? Neither of the Eddas reveals the reason for this but this only adds to Widar's enigmatic personality. He is clearly not a God of the masses and very few outside of our circles have even heard of Him. However a clue to His silence is revealed in Handbook of Norse Mythology, 2001, John Lindow:

"Vidar's silence is unexplained in the texts that have come down to us. Some scholars believe it may derive from ritual silences or other abstentions accompanying acts of vengeance;...."

Widar resides apart from the other Aesir but does nevertheless join them in their feasts. He lives alone because he chooses to do so, a further indication of the reflective nature of this God:

"Brushwood grows and high grass
           widely in Vidar's land;

           and there the son proclaims on his horse's back

           that he's keen to avenge his father." (Grimnismal 17, Poetic Edda, Larrington translation)

"O'ergrown with branches and high grass is Vidar's spacious Landvidi: There will the son descend, from the steed's back, bold to avenge his father." (Thorpe translation)

Although He is known as the Silent As that does not mean that He was mute! Indeed the image of Vidar seated on His horse proclaiming to all that He will avenge Woden demonstrates that when He does speak He speaks words of power-of significance. This image reminds me of the Kalki Avatar and the avenging Christ of the Book of Revelation:

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (King James Version/Authorised Version)

 Vishnu will return as Kalki, upon a white horse, as the last Avatar, amid fire and flames.' - Hindu Puranas c 900 c.e.
'Vishnu will return … as [ Kalki ] the last Avatar, amid fire and flames … he will travel across the globe …' - The Srimad Bhagavata ( circa 1500 BCE )
'When the Kali age.. is well-nigh past, the Lord will appear in His Divine form consisting of Sattva[purity] alone for the protection of virtue. Lord Vishnu adorned of the whole animate and inanimate creation, and the Soul of the Universe, appears in this world of matter for protecting the virtue of the righteous and wiping out the entire stock of their Karma and thereby liberating them. the Lord will appear under the name of Kalki.. riding a fleet horse.. and capable of subduing the wicked. the Lord of the Universe wielding.. divine powers and possessed of endless virtues and matchless splendor, he will traverse the globe on that swift horse and exterminate with his sword the robbers[those whose minds are devoted to iniquity] by the tens of millions.' - Srimad Bhagavata
'He will then reestablish righteousness upon Earth; and the minds of those who live at the end of the Kali age shall be awakened, and shall be as translucent as crystal.' - Vishnu Purana IV:24,26-27
"When righteousness is weak and faints and unrighteousness exults in pride, then my Spirit arises on earth.
"For the salvation of those who are good, for the destruction of evil in men, for the fulfillment   of the kingdom of righteousness, I come to this world in the ages that pass." (Bhagavad Gita 4:7-8, Mascaro translation)

"Sajaha: `Der Dritte Sargon wird kommen in spaeterer Zeit. Er wird vertilgen die Knechte der Finsternis mit all ihrem Samen, er wird das Boese ausreissen mit der Wurzel."(Book of Sajaha the Seer, Tablet 12.14)

Wotans Krieger`s translation:

"Sajaha: `The Third Sargon will come at a later time. He will exterminate the slaves of darkness with all their seed, he will pull out the evil by the root."

It is likely also that the silence which is associated with Widar is to do with the ancient meditative practices of the Aryan peoples which are also referred to in The Meditative Paradigms of SeiĆ°r. Widar is a God who waits, meditates and reflects as a necessary prelude to the vengeance that He will bring when the time is right. Then and only then will he act!