Like many symbolic concepts, the idea became literalised and generated the terrible concept of the human sacrifice made literal, but the original concept was entirely figurative.
In order for the Great Work to progress, the Intelligences allow one of their number to become physical. The objective is to provide those on earth with new ideas and guidance to take them through to perhaps the next stage of the plan. Anyone of a god like nature who comes to earth has already made a sacrifice, as such this is the first level at which the concept applies. This person, in an entirely literal sense, is also [generally] not allowed to have children, in order that their energies are not diverted, thus this is the second idea of sacrifice and embodies something of the idea of castration.
New ideas, especially if they are somewhat revolutionary in nature, will always attract a host of opponents who wish to maintain the status quo. In general, those who oppose a new idea because it goes against their own self interests, are going to be both egotistical and ruthless, as such the opposition is always brutal.
And generally speaking the god on earth will die, often brutally, at the hands of his opponents. The violent death he has to endure serves two purposes. In the first place, those who were wavering about the new idea are often sickened by the horror of what has taken place and get off the fence to side with the new idea. Secondly, the idea becomes more important than the man. The man may be given a hero's place in history, but all his human faults and attributes will be forgotten, only the idea will remain.
Sacrifices can be made by the Hermit, the Saint and the Fool. In myths and legends, the concept of ideas springing from the death of a dying god are often represented by flowers that spring from the body
Patterns in Comparative Religion – Mircea Eliade
I will mention only a few examples of this, in battlefields where a number of heroes have been slain, roses or eglantines will grow; violets grew up from the blood of Attis and roses and anemones from that of Adonis when these two young gods were dying; from the body of Osiris there grew wheat and the maat plant and all kinds of herbs, and so on. The death of all these gods is in some way a re-enactment of the cosmogonic act when the worlds were created, which as we know, was the sacrifice of a giant (Ymir is the type) or the self sacrifice of a god
This is sacrifice in its true sense, however, there is occasionally confusion produced when sacrifice is used in the same sense as Castration.
In effect, only at the lower level are copies of the species made and physical beings result. If an Intelligence decides to create lower levels of itself, it gives up the chance to be physical anymore.
In Greek terms this was explained using the symbolism of castration. Cronus, for example, was usually depicted with a sickle or scythe, which was also the instrument he used to castrate and depose Uranus, his father. But in other myths and legends used to explain the concept, a giant may be sacrificed and gives birth to creation
The myth of creation [sometimes] includes the ritual violent death of a primeval giant from whose body the worlds were made and plants grew. The origin of plants and cereals in particular is connected with this sort of sacrifice, we have seen that herbs, wheat, vines and so on grew from the blood and flesh of a mythical creature ritually sacrificed 'at the beginning' – 'in illo tempore'. The object in sacrificing a human victim, for the regeneration of the force expressed in the harvest, is to repeat the act of creation that first made grain live. The ritual makes creation over again.
It is worth noting that the two uses of the term sacrifice are not totally at odds with one another. In the first use, the god is sacrificing himself to ideas, in the second the god is sacrificing himself for new species, it rather implies that in the Great Work, we have moved away from the creation of things and instead have moved to the creation of conceptual things - like poems and music or systems of organisation. Abstract function as opposed to operational function.
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- Atharvaveda - XII 1 Hymn to goddess Earth - Part 01 Prepare us for a sacred future
- Atharvaveda - XII 1 Hymn to goddess Earth - Part 02 Give us this day
- Atharvaveda - XII 1 Hymn to goddess Earth - Part 03 Protecting the Earth from harm
- Atharvaveda - XII 1 Hymn to goddess Earth - Part 04 The time of purgatory of harm by Fire
- Beuys, Joseph - The Queen Bee Sculptures
- Bhagavad Gita - Destiny
- Bhagavata Purana - The Creation
- Böcklin, Arnold - Playing in the Waves 1883
- Book of Job - 01 Prologue
- Book of Job - 02 Further trials
- Book of Job - 03 Poem and Lamentation - Let the day perish wherein I was born
- Book of Job - 04 and 05 Eliphaz the Temanite
- Book of Job - 06 and 07 Job's reply to Eliphaz
- Book of Job - 08 Bildad the Shuhite
- Book of Job - 09 and 10 Job's reply to Bildad
- Book of Job - 11 Zophar the Naamathite
- Book of Job - 12 , 13 and 14 Job's reply to Zophar
- Bose, Sir Jagadis Chandra - Thy will be done
- Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad – The Creation myth – 06 Verse 1.4.12 to 1.4.17
- Cirlot on giants
- Cohen, Leonard - Going home
- Concept - Korean mystic shamanism – Sacrifice
- County Limerick - The phantom boats of Lough Gur
- Dao de Jing - Chapter 5
- Diotima – 02 Eros and his role
- Father Bernabe Cobo - Inca Religion and Customs – 'Sacrifice'
- Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe - The Fallen Priest
- Genesis 22 - Abraham and Isaac
- Gershom Scholem – On the Kabbalah and its symbolism - The Red Heifer
- Hodgson, Roger – In the Eye of the Storm - Only Because of You
- Holderlin, Johann - Patmos
- James - James 2 verses 1 to 26
- Karnataka and South India - 03 Airavatesvara Temple
- Khusrau, Amir - Ghazal 490 [extract]
- Lalla - Fatten the five elements
- Mayan - Popol Vuh - 05 The Creation of the First humans
- Naglowska, Maria de - The Light of Sex - Creation and destruction
- Norse - Gamla Uppsala - Adam of Bremen
- Norse - Gutasaga
- Norse - Hákon the Good's Saga
- Norse - Trollkyrka blot
- Poetic Edda - Baldr's Dreams [extract]
- Poetic Edda - Sayings of the High One [Odin's sacrifice]
- Rig veda - Ploughs, Yokes and Fountains
- Rig Veda - The Creation and Sacrifice
- Rig veda - The Great Mother
- Rig Veda - Weaving the Matrix
- Rolling Thunder - Beyond Biofeedback by Drs Elmer and Alyce Green – Metaphysical beliefs
- Romans 12:1-2
- Samavedas – 01 Book 01 Chapter 01, DECADE II Agni
- Samavedas – 01 Book 02 Chapter 01, DECADE I Agni [extract verses 4-10]
- Samavedas – 01 Book 06 Chapter 01, DECADE III Soma Pavamana
- Samavedas – 01 Book 06 Chapter 02, DECADE III Soma Pavamana
- Samavedas – Book 04 Chapter 01, I Soma Pavamana
- Samavedas – Book 04 Chapter 01, XXIII Soma Pavamana
- Samuel - The Water Drawing Ceremony
- Soustelle - Aztecs and Mexica - Rebirth misunderstood
- Soustelle - Aztecs and Mexica - The Making of a High Priestess
- St Oran
- The Lotus Sutra - 03 Simile and Parable - 2 The Parable of the Burning House
- The Lotus Sutra - 09 The Teachers of the Law - 1 The protection given to those who sacrifice
- War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness – 02 Reorganization of Temple worship & Programme of the forty years’ war
- Wesley, John - Sermon 89 - extract on work and the will of God
- Yasna 11 - Verses 1 to 4
- Ynglinga saga - 04 Chapter Four
- Zohar - I 050b – Sacrifice and the making of a ‘god’
- Zohar - III 202a - Tree of Life