Introduction: Rituals – part 1


Besides myths we also have rituals to give important changes and transition a place in our lives. The rituals often consist of a number of conventional acts.

First you and I will look at several important “rites of passage” – or the rituals that mark major transitions – in your life.

At the beginning of your life – therefore at the beginning of all time – you are still united with everything and everyone around us. Are there already changes and transitions? We do not know. We are not aware of rites in this phase of your life.

Your first birth from the comprehensive oneness took place during the separation of air and earth. Did this first division happen quickly in a sigh, or slowly whispering, or with a big bang followed by a flash? We do not know. This separation of earth and sky is the most painful split to date; the book of Genesis in the Old Testament speaks of a rupture of heaven and earth. The following divisions are memories of the first division. Not that these later divisions were not painful, but the first rupture is the immense primeval separation from which the other divisions have emerged as crackle.

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Your first “rite of passage” took place during the very first birth of air and earth. Then you are baptised in the air and the water of the earth. The following baptisms you have undergone, connect you with all your ancestors and with the “rite of passage” of the very first birth.

After your birth, you are an individual involved in society. Chapter 3 reports of this development: we will also look at the role of myths and rituals.

Rituals provide a good modus for establishing common faith and continuation of mutual trust. Through the rituals, the trust between the world, air, earth, gods, priests, people and everything around us is continually restored. Rituals have to be repeated periodically in order to retain, this kind of “rites of passage” have no lasting effect.

Hereto monks, priests and pastors throughout the world over and again make their meditation, prayers, hymns and rituals in order to maintain the common order and trust. A monk once said that meditation is vital for the whole world, so that the world is maintained[2]. A Reformed organist said during a radio program that the church singing is the most beautiful thing in the world.

In Chapter 5, we report of your marriage to the world. We follow the rituals connected with reason, feeling, with endless possibilities, with the change and with interconnectedness.

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Your marriage to the ”complete oneness” is covered in chapter 7. We follow your connections with:

  • God and gods in the paragraph “Ishvara[3]”;
  • The connection between body and soul/spirit in “Et incarnatus est[4]”;
  • Every particle around us in “Show me a small truth”;
  • Eternity/time in “No time, no change”
  • All our actions and existence in “Thou art that”
  • Death and finitude in “And death shall have no dominion here[5]
  • This moment in all her glory in “Here en now”.

Each of these connections has its “rites of passage”. Below we show two pictures of “rites of passages” in the surpassing of the ego included in “No time, no change”.

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At the last stage you and I have surpassed and incarnated all myths and rituals. The report of this stage follows in chapter zero.

In next post we continue with the role of rituals.


[2] Source not yet retrieved

[3] A philosophical concept of God in Hinduism, see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishvara

[4] « Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto » may be translated by “And she/he becomes flesh of the Holy Spirit”

[5] See also: Dylan Thomas, And Death shall have no Dominion

[6] Source of image: unknown

[7] Source of image: http://thekissklimt.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/the-kiss-brancusi-sculpture/

[8] Source of image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grassvalleylarry/238432804/sizes/o/in/photostream/

[9] Source of image: http://themeditationmind.com/meditation-history/zen-buddhism/

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