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The Soma-wine is distilled and uplifts us on the stream of its immortalising ecstasy to the highest heavens. 

~ Sri Aurobindo

 

 

''Soma  was a Vedic ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and the subsequent Vedic and greater Persian cultures. It is frequently mentioned in the Rigveda, whose Soma Mandala contains 114 hymns, many praising its energizing qualities... In both Vedic and Zoroastrian tradition, the name of the drink and the plant are the same, and also personified as a divinity, the three forming a religious or mythological unity. The Rigveda calls the plant "God for Gods" seemingly giving him precedence above Indra and the other Gods

Soma derives from the Sanskrit word ''sav'' ~ meaning ''to press''''

~ Wikipedia

 

 

While Soma is related to an intoxicating drink, the actual ingredients of which have been lost over time, and that drink was said to be the ambrosia of the gods, the panacea for all ailments, and the rejuvenating drink of longevity, many also claim it relates to the excretions in the brain - the Amrita, the nectar of immortality - that flows as a result of spiritual practices and devotion. Soma was seen as repository of Light, a plant that gathered light and thus bestowed luminosity when consumed, and this resulted in an inner radiant ecstasy.

''The rays seen in deep meditation according to the Upanishads are seen in the heart and are rainbow-coloured. In the soma ceremony these colours are seen in what is called the ''heart-sun''...the seat of the soul resides in the heart. These coloured rays of the heart-sun are then used as threads during the soma ceremony to weave the inner, pneumatic pillar of light, the immortal soul that extends upwards'

~ from 'Soma'  by David L Spess

 

''Let us drink Soma and become ecstatic.''

~ Rig Veda

 

 David Frawley, the Ayurvedic teacher, describes Soma as the ''everything'', the end point of all. He says ''Yoga or union in any form brings about a flow of happiness or delight, which is Soma...Love releases an inner flow of Soma into the body and mind...the highest Soma is the flow of divine grace within us.''

Meditation and ''cooling'' the mind allow Soma to flow ~ Soma he describes as the ''flower of space'' .

In his book, 'Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda' Frawley says that Soma is the water or moon aspect that compliments Agni, or the fire aspect. He describes these as the Immortal Nectar and the Eternal Fire.

Soma is shown symbolically as a bull or a bird, or the God of the Moon.


''As the moon, Soma became equated with the god Chandra, who originally was the moon deity. The moon was considered the cup which held the drink Soma for the gods, and one reason that the moon waxed and waned was due to this fact. When the moon waned, it was because the gods were drinking down all the Soma; as it waxed, the god was re-creating himself, only to be consumed again once the cup was again full...''

http://www.bellaterreno.com/art/a_religion/hindu/hinduismgod_soma.aspx

 

 

Soma is the alchemical elixir of immortality, the 'white drops' described as falling from  Bindu to Lalana above the throat chakra and then on into the fire at the solar plexus (manipura) where they are normally consumed. And thus is consumed our Ojas or essential essence, and thereby do we decay. But, by various spiritual endeavours, the flow of Soma is reversed and is preserved as blissful intoxication at the throat away from the fire which consumes it. ''The moon (Bindu) ejects nectar (amrit/soma) and the Sun (Manipura) consumes it....'' http://www.yogamag.net/archives/1980/dapr80/tectran.shtml

 

 

"But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

~ John 4:14

 

Everyone is endowed with the Water of Life, 
None but the destined one can drink It.  
                                                                 KABIR

 

 

''Let us remember that whatever poison we do not react to but rather look for the nectar hidden behind it becomes neutralized. The ocean can take in even muddy waters. If we ourselves develop the Soma, the lesser minded may feel us as a poison. As we learn to discover this essence, we may find the ordinary actions to lose their attraction or we may find them to reflect a greater cosmic passion and delight of which they are but a reflection.

It is the Soma that endures. If we find and hold to our Soma, the poisons may challenge us but cannot enter into us. Shiva (Infinite Consciousness) in the heart is Soma. ''

~ David Frawley.

 

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  • The Haoma plant is another Soma plant used for drinks...this one is known in zorastrianism.

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  • Very interesting interview with Wahid Azal (a Sufi), re Haoma(Soma) and Ayahuasca from a Shi'i perspective.

    http://realitysandwich.com/219826/ayahuasca-and-the-godhead-an-inte...

    Note : I have not used ayahuasca, or other vines, but from limited previous use of other milder entheogens i agree with his perspective about the possibility of connecting with divine realms. There seem (to me) to be guardians of the plants...or angels as he calls them. But then with or without intoxication those guardians of all plants are there.

    ''Entheogens are powerful tools precisely because they graphically demonstrate empirically to the perceiver, often dramatically and within the scope of a multidimensional unfolding, the utter vacuity of contemporary, flat-land ontologies of the world. This does not mean that entheogens are capable of unveiling truth or establishing fact in every given setting and circumstance for every perceiver at every given instance on demand (the inner situs and integrity of a given perceiver as visionary receptacle is also crucial to that specific end, in fact pivotally so, as every Tradition has forever maintained). But what they do in fact demonstrate beyond doubt is that there is far, far more to the world than common, material appearances reveal. If one begins from this basic axiom, and perseveres, the rest in time, guaranteed, will follow as one moves up the proverbial ladder.''

    Ayahuasca and the Godhead: An Interview with Wahid Azal of the Fatimiya Sufi Order - Reality Sandwi…
    Wahid Azal, a Sufi mystic of The Fatimiya Sufi Order and an Islamic scholar, talks about entheogens, Sufism, mythology, and metaphysics.
    • Quite interesting article Moon , thanks for posting it :

      quoting the article :

      "Let me make this point here, there are Sufīs in Iran today who partake of entheogens in ritualized settings and who claim such entheogenic substances, and the ceremonies adapted to them, to be knowledge passed down to them in uninterrupted chains of transmission reaching into distant (pre-Islamic) antiquity while simultaneously validated in the Islamic present by sources such as the sayings quoted above. The Prophet Muḥammad’s underscoring of the connection between the ingesting of harmal for forty days with wisdom (ḥikma) and illumination (nūr) — both of which the Tradition elsewhere holds to be divine bestowals ( h-d-y ) — literally speaks to it. "

      • When Prophet Abraham prayed for the fulfillment of the mission of prophets, he prayed for one who would " relate scripture to the people, convey hikmah (wisdom) and provide a means of purification." [Quran 2:129]
      • Hikmah is the lost property of the Believer; the Prophet Muhammad said and he encouraged us to take wisdom from any source.

      *The purges ( means of purification ) are also much cleaner as well as decisive in the psychic contents expelled, and, unlike Ayahuasca, the Haoma will take out what needs to be taken out in one session and won’t keep one hanging for a future session to resolve.

      § Psychemagik - Feelin Love §

      *Oxytocin and Breastfeeding

      MN't / MN D

      *"feminine higher Intelligence who guides and appeared to me in the Ayahuasca experience for eight years appears in the Haoma as well."-Wahid Azal

      "Henry Corbin also knew it when in the 1920s of the last century he had his own visionary opening by the lakeside in the Black Forests of Germany when he beheld the lake, the sky and the forest transfigure and appear before him in the image, the celestial theophany, of the Earth-Angel-Woman"

      Ayahuasca and the Godhead: An Interview with Wahid Azal of the Fatimiya Sufi Order - Reality Sandwi…
      Wahid Azal, a Sufi mystic of The Fatimiya Sufi Order and an Islamic scholar, talks about entheogens, Sufism, mythology, and metaphysics.
      • interesting fact .....

        As of 2016 the cult of Santa Muerte is said to be one of the fastest growing new religious movements in the world, with an estimated 10 to 12 million followers.

        feminine higher Intelligence

        § "SON DE LA NEGRA" §

        ***Love Hormone' Also Boosts Feelings Of Spiritual Enlightenment

        **The science of CUTE: From bobble heads to large eyes and chubby bodies, what makes kittens and puppies so adorable revealed

        •     How It Works magazine has studied the science behind cute animal faces
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        •     Large eyes, rounded bodies and soft skin are all features of 'baby schema'
        •     Looking at these features floods the brain with chemicals including dopamine and oxytocin and creates a similar feeling to when we fall in love

        enjoy cuteness :)

        1 John 4 New International Version (NIV)

        8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

        § EL NUEVO HUAPANGO | MARIACHI NUEVO TECALITLAN §

        § EL SIQUISIRI | MARIACHI NUEVO §

        teehee ....

        "I am the cat (Mau), who fought hard by the Persea tree in Annu on the night when the foes of Neb-er-tcher (a form of Osiris) were destroyed", The male cat is Ra himself and he is called "Mau" because of the words of the god Sa, who said about him, "who is like (mau) unto him?" and thus his name became "Mau" (cat). "

        legend had it that the best blades were quenched in ''Dragon / Serpent blood.''

  • Some extracts from David L Spess's writing re Soma and Alchemy.

    Source ~ http://cista.net/soma/chapter5.htm

    Evidence indicates that the Rg Vedic soma and soma ceremony lie close to the origins of the world's alchemical traditions.

    (Rg Veda) .... cosmology allowed for the existence of a fundamental constituent of the universe, derived from the source of creation, that could nourish and rejuvenate matter. This special substance was called soma. It maintained the rejuvenating abilities of not only plant and human life, but the earth, sun, moon, planets, and the eternity of the universe as a whole. 

    The notion of a substance such as the water of life, later called an alchemical elixir, was systematically formulated among the Indo-Iranians at an early date, possibly as early as 3500 B.C.E. It was the Vedic Aryans, the originators of Sanskrit, the "language of the gods," who called this elixir soma, a Sanskritized form of the Avestan haoma drink, and who advanced this elixir idea to a fully developed internal system of alchemy.

    The notion of a rejuvenating elixir appears to have been transmitted to China from India at a very early date and from the Chinese and Indians to the Arabs, from which it was transmitted through Arabic alchemical and scientific writings to Jewish philosophers and to Roger Bacon, who disseminated this information throughout Europe around 1250 C.E.

    Joseph Needham shows that soma was the original alchemical elixir of life in Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and European alchemical texts. 

    Some of the practices developed by these sages were completely internal, while others used triggers such as entheogens in conjunction with breathing, sound and visualization practices. The groups of ascetics known as the Munis and the Kesins, whose names in Sanskrit mean "silent, long‑haired sages," have a special and powerful hymn written about them in the Rg Veda. They were great miracle workers who internalized the concepts of the soma sacrifice and perfected the uniting of the opposites of fire and water. By internalizing the soma sacrificial concepts, these ascetics were able to develop a subtle body, identified with the sun as the cosmic pillar/tree, through which they attained immortality. As described in the Rg Veda, this solar body was said to exit and return to the physical body, and it was through this solar body that the alchemical elixir soma was drunk. 

    The Rg Vedic soma ceremony includes within itself cosmic processes and cycles of creation, maintenance, and destruction that are models for alchemical processes. The soma of the soma ceremony is a combination of entheogenic plant juices and pneumatic development within the body of the adept. The process of developing an etherealized subtle body within the heart is the foundation of the soma ceremony. This imperishable body, which is able to remain in the physical body or to leave it behind, is used for healing, longevity, paranormal abilities, and immortality. The Atharva Veda is full of hymns that tell of the leaving of the physical body through an internal, golden, subtle form generated within the womb of the heart. This concept, and the meaning of the soma ceremony as an early form of internal alchemy, has not been fully appreciated or understood by scholars of the origins of alchemy.

    In the soma ceremony there is a process in which the mind and the heart are combined during the ritual in order to access the matrix continuum called the skambha. The matrix continuum is the creative, universal womb located within the heart of being. This continuum‑womb is identical to the Islamic philosopher's egg, the internal elixir embryo of Taoist alchemy, and the Hermetic vessel of European alchemy. These ideas originally come from the Rg Vedic soma ceremony.

    There are traditions that claim the origin of alchemy was in Egypt. But like the Gnostic schools and the Hermetic literature, alchemy as formulated in Egypt was a syncretic philosophical system developed from many sources. The foundation of much of the spiritual dimension of Greco‑Egyptian alchemy comes from Indo‑Iranian sources.

     

    An important figure in Greco‑Egyptian alchemy was Demokritos (460‑370 B.C.E.), who is said to have traveled widely and is thought to have spent time in India.  Demokritos is recalled mainly as the founder, with Leukippos, of the atomic theory, according to which all bodies are made of atoms that are themselves complete, indivisible, simple, eternally existent in empty space, but differing in form and magnitude, with proportional weight. All change comes through combinations or dissociations of atoms in a purely mechanical way. The atomic theory is closely associated with alchemy in its creation and transmutation aspects. The atomic theory was already known in India by the Ajivikas, an ascetic sect of miracle workers that existed before and at the time of the Buddha, around 500 B.C.E. From what we know of his life, Demokritos appears to have lived as an ascetic. It is very possible that he obtained his atomic theory from India. He also believed in a void, a purely Rg Vedic concept found in the soma ceremony and later taken over by the Buddhists. In addition, he said that souls were soul‑atoms and that the soul consisted of smooth spherical storms of fire, a concept directly related to the fiery pneumatic body in the heart where the soul resides. These same ideas are found among the theological concepts of the Ajivikas and are derived from the soma ceremony.

    During the formulation of alchemy in Greco‑Roman Egypt in the first and second centuries C.E., there were direct trade links with India. A statuette found at Pompeii of the Hindu goddess Laksmi, who is associated with the lotus plant, has been dated to this time .  According to Greek sources, the Persian mystic and magus Ostanes (500 B.C.E.) was the first to explain both magic and alchemy to the Greco‑Egyptians. According to Pliny, he was the first writer on magic and a direct pupil of Zoroaster. Ostanes was obviously an Indo‑Iranian well acquainted with the magical/alchemical rituals of the entheogenic haoma/soma ceremonies.

    (Anyways, I include these extracts out of interest. I do not know if Spess or Needham for that matter are correct, but it's interesting nonetheless. Those who are interested can read the full piece at the source linked above.)

  • From the Philosophers’ Stone the successful Philosophers and Alchemists made the "Elixir of Life", the greatest medicine, a honey flavored drinkable golden fluid made from and identical to the Philosophers' Stone, just as Soma the “plant”carries the same name as Soma the “drink”. Like the Vedic Soma, the Alchemist’s Elixir of Life has had hundreds of names, many of which it shares with Soma, including Amrit Ras or Amrita, Aab-i-Hayat, Maha Ras, Aab-Haiwan, Dancing Water, Chashma-i-Kausar, Mansarover or the Pool of Nectar, Philosopher's stone, and Soma Ras. Note: Aab-i-Hayat and Aab-i-Haiwan are Persian and both mean "water of life". "Chashma-i-Kausar" is the "Fountain of Bounty", which Muslims believe to be located in Paradise. As for the Indian names, " Ras" means "immortality juice", "Maha Ras" means "great juice", and "Soma Ras" means "juice of Soma". The actual word “elixir” was not used until the 7th century A.D. and derives from the Arabic name for miracle substances, "al iksir". There is also a strong Medieval Christian Alchemical tradition that equates the “Jesus” references to "the Water of Life" or "the Fountain of Life" with the fabulous Elixir of immortality and the “living stone” of St. Peter (1Peter 2:4) to be the true Philosophers Stone. This same Christian Alchemical tradition holds that the true knowledge of the Elixir of Life and the real Philosophers Stone are essential to understanding the Secrets of the true Holy Grail.

    Source ~ http://www.ambrosiasociety.org/the_philosophers_stone.html

  • Additional information given to me on this subject....

    Original Source ~ http://thekundaliniprocess.blogspot.nl/2009/12/responses-to-questio...

    Extract from this source ~

    At some point during the male Kundalini process (I have inquired with women and received some very hopeful, concurring and parallel responses) semen production does not include sperm anymore, which makes semen turn into a glandular secretion.
    I suggest that one way or another** a portion of this glandular secretion goes up into the spine through a tiny orifice and is propelled up by reverse pelvic rocking. The reverse pumping, if I may say so, is directed more backwards-and-up than forward-and-up.
    This additional glandular supply increases the cerebro-spinal-fluid*****inside the cerebro-spinal-canal inside the spine, the meninges and the ventricles that are dispersed throughout the brain, from 125 cc to a possible 250 cc.
    Much of this is actually minutely documented, although very poorly translated, in original Sanskrit yogic literature. Nevertheless, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is quite clear on this. (See the picture above and references in another article on Amrita/Soma.)

    When the amount of CSF (cerebro-spinal fluid) gets over a certain threshold, some of it drips down on top of the soft palate and/or on the back of the tongue. The sensation of the pressure release and the dripping is extremely sweet.
    This is what is referred to as:
    "nectar", "soma", "ambrosia", "amrita", "elixir", "love potion", etc.

    Not that the taste of this liquid is sweet, it is not, it is actually salty, quite alkaline. It's consistency is like  watery Jell-O, or more properly stated it IS the consistency of liquefied jelly fish.
    Could it be - and I suggest that it is - that at the veriest inside of us, at our very core, that the physical structure that is anatomically described as our CSF system, that it is actually still that primordial immortal sea-creature that we (primordial jelly fishes that we were - billions of years ago - and ... still are, started to surround with calcium accretions, etc. and eventually a variety of appendages?
    When the CSF pressure is high and the spinal column is in excellent shape as to curvature and flexibility in the "three degrees of freedom" (this seems almost a prerogative) the fluid seeps from the spinal cord's central canal into the nerve pairs that extend from the spine around and forward to the front of the human body, the various nerve plexi or chakric energy centres.
    I postulate, that the soma substance ("soma", I like that word because of its "somatic" connotation) gets transported in minute amounts of stuff/vibration/energy along the nerval dendrites underneath the myelin sheathing.
    When the energy pulses reach the front of the body the sensation initially felt as sweetness but it can increase in intensity to the highest states of ecstasy. Orgasmic ecstasy as by nearly everyone is one-sevenths of the (at least) 7 ecstasies that can be experienced. Each ecstasy having a slightly different ring (vibration) of sweetness and intensity.
    Also on Jana Dixon's website, which is a very interesting website in general ~ http://biologyofkundalini.com/article.php?story=TheAmrita-HeartConn...
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