Oh, okay. I thought
you were referring
to all earth based
Of course Scientology
claims it isn't earth
based and yet it seems
to be dominated by
males. Eckankar was
supposed to have
originated or based
on Venus and it is
dominated by only
Yes, it seems that
women did have
a somewhat better
role in Nature based
religions. But these
are rather minor
and have almost
died out. Wicca
is another minor
nature based religion.
Your quote of me is taken out of context and I wasn't speaking of the present
time, necessarily. I'm a little confused by your response, to be honest.
I think I was referring to some Earth Based religion or spirituality, such as
Native American, in which there is an emphasis on "Mother Earth" and a
relationship and reverence for Nature as sacred, a desire to live in harmony and
respect for life. Of course some of this may be stereotypes, and not true in all
cases. I recall a documentary about Natives, in which women had the final say in
major decisions. At the same time, there were roles to be played by women and
men. Another documentary, The Burning Times, shows how there was an attempt to
destroy any remnant of a strong role for women in spirituality and culture, as
the patriarchal Churches became extremely entrenched in the further subjugation
of women. But the film does point to a time in which women, in usually Earth
Based spirituality, did seem to have a more equal footing.
I admit that what I have written is kind of sketchy and that I have not provided
specific sources. I will just say that I personally, tend to identify with a
more Nature form of spirituality, that does not necessarily have an
P.S. here is one source on ancient Celtic society and women.
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com
> Hello Non and All,
> I really don't see that
> "women have often
> had an equal or even
> a major role in society."
> Major role yes, equal
> role no. Women are
> unequals in government,
> business, and religion.
> 50% of the population
> are women but they aren't
> represented, proportionately,
> in high office. It's a private
> boy's club. Just look at
> the Master's Golf Tournament
> as well as the Augusta
> Country Club memberships.
> And, let's not forget that
> Black men had the right
> to vote before all women.
> p.s. What does "Earth based
> religions may be different"
> All religions are manmade
> and their God was created in
> man's own physical and/or
> mental image.
> If there were more advanced
> civilizations out there in the
> universes, which there probably
> are, I would doubt very much
> that they believe in religion.
> noneckchains wrote:
> I think she is referring to "Rod"
> in the patriarchal sense of the
> male organ, known by some as
> an erect penis...:)
> I believe it is true that in religion
> generally, males have had the
> power and have attempted to
> keep women in their place, although
> sometimes brainwashed women
> also preach the same thing and
> apparently wish to be subservient
> to males.
> Earth based religions may be
> different, in that women have
> often had an equal or even a
> major role in society.
> "Rod of Power" I suppose
> could have different meanings
> and kundalini energy and
> the spine is interesting. I don't
> recall "Rod of Power" being
> defined this way in eckankar
> Non ;)
> etznab@ wrote:
> > In the Vedas, Kundalini is addressed as a goddess. She is Vak, the
> > deity of speech. And in Egyptian, Messi (messiah) is the name of a
> > serpent designated the "Sacred Word" (Logos).
> > According to well-known teacher and translator Eknath Easwaran,
> > kundalini means "the coiled power," a force which ordinarily rests at
> > the base of the spine, described as being coiled there like a
> > serpent. The concept can be found under different names. For
> > example the 8th century Tantrasadbhava Tantra uses the term kundali
> > ("she who is ring-shaped").
> > I guess it depends on what you mean by "rod". If rod is symbolic for
> > the spine, or conduit, then women have "rods" too. And the spine is a
> > "rod" which channels energy to the head and brain. Women and men both
> > have these.
> > What does the phrase "Rod of Power" really mean? Power suggests Shakti,
> > IMO. I would even go far as say there can be no "rod" without "energy",
> > or "power". For example, can a double helix of DNA form without
> > "energy"? Can an atom maintain it's form without energy? Can a man even
> > be born without a womb and matrix to feed it energy?
> > Just saying :)