|One who sees with the Divine Eye (dibba cakkhu) sees indeed (lilminx16/deviantart.com)|
|This is Peganum harmala, known locally as Syrian rue. Is it the Bible's "Burning Bush"?|
Face to faith
|Flowering acacia tree (Univ. of Las Vegas)|
- EDITOR'S NOTE: It is interesting to note that Dr. Carlos Castaneda when speaking of the entheogenic cactus peyote in The Teachings of Don Juan, whose psychoactive substance is known as mescaline, spoke of seeing Mescalito (Spanish for "little Mescaline," the personification of the alkaloid mescaline) in and through the plant.
- Did Moses see harmaline, the psychoactive alkaloid in the "burning bush" Syrian rue? It sounds reasonable. A deva can easily come through as a plant-spirit-being like any of the many, many "gods" and "messenger angels" (gandharvas) we read about in the Judeo-Christian Bible.
- The book The Teachings of Don Juan is divided into two sections. The first, The Teachings, is a first-person narrative that documents Castaneda's initial interactions with don Juan. He speaks of his encounters with Mescalito (a teaching spirit inhabiting all peyote plants)... More]
|Entheogens? Oh my! (W)|
|The real "Burning Bush" of the Bible?|
No doubt we shall hear cries of outrage from those who see themselves as guardians of the [mystical] revealed scriptures that, for many, underpin our civilization.
|Egypt, Africa: baby Moses rescued from the Nile (European art by Nicolas Poussin, 1638).|
|My character was so stoned (Charlton Heston)|
A bush in the wilderness, burning but not consumed by the fire -- Moses was on his own (apart from a few of his father-in-law's sheep), hot, weary and, well, stoned.
|Dr. Carlos Castaneda knows.|
And what about that traumatic experience of being put in a basket in a river as an infant? With that kind of past, who could blame him for wanting to take mind-altering drugs? Or at least reflecting on his life...
|Moses lit up with tablets of the law|
But we know that memory is a bit dodgy (perhaps an effect of those drugs?) -- Mount Sinai, where the Ten Commandments [similar in many ways to Buddhism's Eight and Ten Precepts] were received ("imaginings of a people in an altered state of awareness," according to Shanon), is given a different name (Horeb) when Moses retells the story in Deuteronomy. More
|Meditation is a better way to see auras, psychedelic colors, and energy in plants.|