Communication with the Gods

The Christian messiah is often referred to as the messenger of God. As one in a long line of Green Men, he inherited this role from other plant messengers, such as Mercury, Hermes and Agni. His role was to intercede on behalf of the supreme storm god (Indra, Zeus, Jupiter, Yahu, etc.) to deliver the "good news" of redemption and resurrection. This was symbolized in his sacrificial ascension on an old wooden cross.

But, with the harnessing of electricity and the telegraph in the last half of the 19th century, soon followed by the telephone, the re-ligious or re-linking symbolism of the Christian crucifix was replaced by crosses carrying high voltage electricity and telephone messages. This New Messenger of human invention brought light to the darkness and re-linked friends and family across vast distances. But the irony is deeper still.

As I have posted before in this forum, there is a more ancient origin to the Christian cross. It descends from the Vedic ascension ceremony known as the Vayapeya.

Using a ceremonial dagger called a kila or Vajrakila, Vedic priests would mark the location of a lightning strike by driving a kila into the ground. The lightning was considered a bridge between Heaven and Earth and thus designated the center of a sacred space. Temple complexes were built around this navel location according to the ideal proportions of the human body. Some scholars suggest that since mushrooms tend to appear after thunderstorms and, in particular, near the location of lightning strikes, the mushrooms or "manna" were thought to be delivered from the gods through the lightning. Eating the mushroom would then be a way of consuming the light of the lightning and ascending the bridge, ladder or axis to heaven.

The Vajrakila daggar was next replaced by a tall wooden pole called a "yupa" pole having a double "X" cross affixed at the top. This cross was then surrounded by a "wheaten wheel" (made of woven wheat) to create what was called the Sun Door. The supreme Vedic ritual of Vayapeya then developed around this pole combining the sacrifice of the mushroom communion, called Soma, with the psychosymbolic ascension by a Vedic worshipper.

The Vayapeya ritual consisted of placing a ladder against the yupa pole with a male "sacrificer" climbing the ladder while holding his wife's hand. He would proclaim: "Come, wife, ascend we to the sky!" to which she would reply: "Ascend we." This would occur after a fire sacrifice of the ingredients of the entheogenic Soma communion on a "kunda vedi" or fire altar.

You see, the communion must be delivered to the gods by fire (delivered by the fire messenger Agni) before it could be ingested by the worshippers. Some of the milk, ghee and psychoactive mushrooms used in the Soma communion must be sacrificed in Agni's fire to satisfy Indra's thirst before it could be drank by the worshippers to commune with him in heaven.

As the ritual proceeded, visions would begin as the ladder was climbed. Reaching the top (seventh) rung of the ladder the Sun Door would open up the sky and the Sacrificer and his wife could then see into heaven. Such was the effect of the magic mushroom.

The Vayapeya ascension ceremony thus embodies the essential re-linking properties of a fire messenger, a holy cow mushroom sacrifice, a pole representing the navel of the world (and body), a portal to heaven and an entheogenic communion drink said to deliver the 'good news' from God, causing one to be "reborn."

As this ritual came to be replaced by telephone poles to carry the lightning and deliver billions of messages, any notion of the original meaning of the Vedic cross were completely forgotten. With millions of these crosses now littering the landscape, not a one of them can deliver whatever message was once received by the ancient Vedics.