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For too long humankind was called to bond with a male God, or a Goddess from antiquity, but I’ve uncovered a concealed truth relevant to all, and it is my pleasure to share that hidden truth with you. I call it

GETTING CONTEMPORARY WITH THE KOSMIC CHRIST SPIRIT.

By Starr* Saffa

New Age awareness is alive with the words and practices of ‘harmony’ and ‘balance’. Developing harmony and balance in the individual, between the sexes, races, and in the world at large is a concern to all; yet many are unaware of the Source of the growth and charter for humankind and the intended goal.

We are in a period of time where the Great Reversal is taking place in a lead up to the Shift of the Ages that many religions and Indigenous peoples have predicted. I use the term “Great Reversal” to talk about shifts in Cycles. Humanity has been through many Cycles and is destined to have at least seven on this planet. The Cycle that preceded this Patriarchal Cycle which is now closing was that of the Goddesses. The up coming Sixth Cycle is the Cycle of Balance expected to begin 21 December 2012.

It may come as a surprise to many that Kuan -yin, a Female Goddess Figure was originally a male Deity, known as Avalokitesvara as pointed out in the book entitled: "Kuan-yin: the Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara." Discovering that Deities have undergone gender transformation is relevant to where we are today, because in this time which heralds the Cycle of Balance the female and male principles are emerging to become incorporated in Diety and in the individual.

Interestingly we have a contemporary Female representative of the Christ Spirit who declared in Iran in 1844 along with Her twin Manifestation the Bab, namely Tahirih (the pure one) in an effort to demonstrate this coming together of the male and female in contemporary times. Her teachings closed the door on the past in order to open the door for preparing humankind for the Cycle of Balance. Tahirih teaches that humankind has now reached the age of maturity and it is time for every individual to own their own Christ Spirit within and become creators of reality. She said ‘inner truth is central coupled with rational proofs and individual gnosis of truth is what counts. The time of worshipping God/ess outside of oneself has come to an end for all practical purposes. Yet we know that the Source of our Being lives in All that Is, thus we acknowledge our connection to the Infinite Consciousness. Consequently we are making the mindshift to thinking in Wholeness rather than spearation.

Diane Cota-Robles said “The empowering realization that "the Kingdom of God is within you" has led great numbers of individuals to spiritual maturity and religious freedom. Importantly, the realization also provides a foundation for individual social maturity and POLITICAL freedom not yet experienced in the world.” Knowing the Source of this empowerment in relation to the past, the future and the Now only further empowers our abilities to manifest and dream the new paradigm into being.

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RELIGION BLOCKS SOCIAL JUSTICE


By Starr* Saffa 26 August 2009
Former President, Jimmy Carter, leaves his religion after sixty years because they are in violation of the Declaration of Human rights by discriminating against women. His letter is at the end of this discussion. In his message he identifies that religion is used to abuse the female population and states: "Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths"

I belonged to such a religion for over thirty years, namely the Baha'i Faith. At the same time that they will not allow women to be part of the top decision making process in the community they are telling the public and members that they believe in the equality of women and men. Clearly, as Carter has pointed out, keeping women from equal roles in the Baha'i Faith is discrimination and a form of unjustified abuse.

This practice of keeping women in secondary positions in the Faith has existed since its inception in 1863, a practice which abrogates the equality established by the Bab and Tahirih in their religious movements of the 1844 period. Interestingly the Baha'i Faith says it is the fulfillment of Babism. So here is a clear case before our eyes that demonstrates what Carter is talking about where a religion starts out with equality and then is appropriated and used to subjugate by men who are seeking power over women and souls for personal agendas. Some people try and start splinter groups of Baha'i but they are still stuck with the patriarchal format that the founder set up. Personally I have peeled away the 'lies' and gone back to the root purity vision which was given to humanity by Tahirih to begin a new Universal Era based on the God/dess within the individual. You can see some of my work which includes a book, music, and a film about Her at: http://starrsaffa.com

Groups like the World Bank are beginning to throw money at third world countries to work on the problems of the women of the world. I suggest that it is more important to get to the root causes which affect attitudes and behaviour in third world countries, which is religion being used as a tool to keep women depressed and from having equal rights and input into the Social Justice Systems of the world. Please enjoy and think about Jimmy Carter's message, because it hits on root causes of the worlds problems with eyes wide open.

Living Love in the Vision of Tahirih's Cycle of Harmony and Balance - Starr*

Losing my religion for equality

* Jimmy Carter
* July 15, 2009

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.

I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

The impact of these religious beliefs touches every aspect of our lives. They help explain why in many countries boys are educated before girls; why girls are told when and whom they must marry; and why many face enormous and unacceptable risks in pregnancy and childbirth because their basic health needs are not met.

In some Islamic nations, women are restricted in their movements, punished for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.

The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

It is simply self-defeating for any community to discriminate against half its population. We need to challenge these self-serving and outdated attitudes and practices - as we are seeing in Iran where women are at the forefront of the battle for democracy and freedom.

I understand, however, why many political leaders can be reluctant about stepping into this minefield. Religion, and tradition, are powerful and sensitive areas to challenge. But my fellow Elders and I, who come from many faiths and backgrounds, no longer need to worry about winning votes or avoiding controversy - and we are deeply committed to challenging injustice wherever we see it.

The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: "The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable."

We are calling on all leaders to challenge and change the harmful teachings and practices, no matter how ingrained, which justify discrimination against women. We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasise the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world's major faiths share.

The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths. Similar biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.

I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.

The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.

OBSERVER

Jimmy Carter was president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.