At 07:30 AM 9/7/99 , Michael wrote:
>which led to an interesting discovery
>about the meaning of the Greek word 'soma' ('body').
What an interesting language, this Greek. The words"pneuma" and "soma" are
so beautiful, so graphic, so sensual, and so poetic.
And consider the etymology of soma. As best we understand, the word has
roots ( a pun, no less ) in Indo-European pre-history. Ancient Vedic
priests offered an elixir made from the stalks of this vine and water and
milk to the Gods. What the Gods didn't "drink" of this exhilarating and
hallucinogenic mixture was left for the boys. The personified deity Soma
was the master of plants, the healer of disease, and the bestower of riches.
In the post-Vedic classical period, soma is identified with the moon,
which wanes when it is drunk by the Gods, but is periodically born anew.
For the Greeks, who were also Indo-Europeans, soma became identified with
the body, the person, existence and sensual pleasures. Still, I suspect,
the Greek concept of soma still possessed some of its elixiric sense.
Perhaps the ancients were less materialistic than ourselves and understood
some association between their bodies and an elixir which we call life.
Perhaps, too, they understood moon-like subtlety of this association.
Could it be that Yeshu had something like this in mind. Vide 29. Witness
too the 4G passages which associate his body with the bread of life.
Perhaps his words were not meant to refer to only his body, but to the
elixiric capacity of the body (soma) itself. Thus the capacity to heal.
What are these marvels of marvels? I can only speculate, based on a few of
the things I know:
1. By the Indian system, the gross body is not the principal body.
Behind it lies an etheric body, which can take the form, for example in an
astral body and a causal body. As best I understand the matter, the
Transfiguration is associated with the causal body.
2. The Indian system of chakras describe a series of body centers
in this etheric body.
3. Various religious systems utilize the body to achieve the
unachievable. For example, with the practice known as praniyam,
deep breathing and the holding of breath is utilized to bring about God
4. Theravada Buddhists have their own methods of utilizing the
body to achieve their goals. Mindfulness of the body is employed to
achieve a state of awareness akin to that which is described in 22 ( ". . .
when you make eyes in place
of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image
in place of an image, then you
will enter [the kingdom]." )
5. In sports we know about being "in the zone." In track and
swimming, the athletes sometimes go into a trance state. The same thing can
occur for musicians and artists.
6. The practice of anointing the forehead with oil.
So the activity of soma can bring about pneuma.
>What I forgot: Not to give aid and comfort to Joe Baxter, but the above
>mistake reminded me that some few commentators have made much of the
>difference between 'corpse' and 'body' in the canonical gospels -
>suggesting that when a text refers to J's body instead of his corpse, it
>may be implying that at that point he wasn't dead. I don't buy this, but
>it's something to think about.
I agree with you Mike, that too much should not be made of this since the
word soma might have been used out of reverence for the body of Yeshu. In a
sense, no one could really imagine his sacred body as dead.
Whatever one's views here, since soma also has some association with the
moon, which can be born anew, the choice of words is definitely interesting.
With kind regards,