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Thursday, April 13, 2006

difficult issue

So it is Easter, soon. And actually, I wanted to write a meaningful post featuring this topic. But, as with some other religious feasts I have my troubles. I like the bunny aspects of Easter, you see bunnies everywhere and for a bunny lover like myself this is cool. Bunnies hopping over green grass in the name of big banks, bunnies on my stock trading platform, bunnies innocently spreading marketing messages all around Christian homeland.

Then there is the real story behind it that I tend not to understand; it so complicated, guilt here and there, a somewhat embarrassing story, death and misery and an up and down of bodies and spirits that is hard to get. The women in this story, as in most biblical stories, degraded to a rather passive role of innocent observers. Poor mother Maria loosing her son who came under cross fire of an empire that fought, 2000 years ago, war in places almost as far as Bagdhad is from Washington DC. And as in every war, people suffer, mothers loose their sons, children their friends and many loose their innocence and fill their hearts with darkness that will never disappear.

And then there is what happened with the story in the years that passed since then. Strange things happened indeed, with the bunnies being a charming side aspect, churches were built and burnt in the name of, bonfires were lit not to celebrate in happy circles, but to purify the world from the bad, including bad people. Of course, there were and are human beings who did good in the name of, sometimes I just wonder whether these heroes with open hearts really needed this particular story book. Maybe they would be good people with reading Mickey Mouse, too?

Thus, a difficult issue…. To sooth myself, I listen to Sufi chants, not really very Christian, but … it is in the same name of.

I hope these chants will sooth you too (MP3 File, ca. 5 MB, click here) and send you all my fragrant Easter wishes.

Peace upon you. O Messenger of God. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you. O beloved of God and His Chosen One. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you. O Seal of the prophets and messengers. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you. O Leader of those who are rightly guided and who follow your example. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you. O you whom God has guided in the Straight Path. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you. O you whom God has made compassionate and benevolent with the believers. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you, for a servant said , “ My Lord is God.” May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you, for a servant became devoted in submissiveness to his Lord. May God bless you and your people.

Peace upon you, for things are sustained by their Lord.

Text and music from:

(Musica Sufi Andalusi, Misticismo, Omar Metioui, “ Cantos misticos de la Cofradia al – Harraqiyya)


Blogger Jenny said...

I can't help it to give my comment on eastern. Like almost all the christian feasts the easter is origionally(a long time ago)a heathen feast named:
eostre. Christian religion adsorbed such beliefs and found it easy and convenient to swap eostre for ther own symbol of re-birth of christ and change the name eostre in easter. So they could convinse the heathen to become christian whitout given up their own heathen festivals.
So the real story behind the easter has nothing to do with christ but with heathenism. Makes you think if the christ would aprove a heathen feast in his name.

6:33 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Jenny
yes, isn't this interesting. and there would be so much more to read and think about. I just read an article (in German) in the Weltwoche, about Maria Magdalena.... thrilling to see how this woman's image has changed over the centuries and how texts discovered of 200-400 ac may change our ideas about her and early christianity completely. This is thrilling... Happy Easter to you!

9:25 AM  
Blogger Anya said...

So, you never heard of Passover in your part of the world? It's all very ancient, and linked to the phase of the moon. Easter Sunday always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Passover is always on the night before the full moon.Every culture (broad strokes here ;-) has their own take on it. Spring - rebirth, cleansing, feasting...


10:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Dear Andy

Jenny is right - Eostre is a festival of fertility (hence the female hormone Eostrogen) - hence the bunnies and the eggs. Its actually a wonderfully robust pagan festival.

Ostara is the goddess of dawn, sun and spring and is full of ripe promise - this is a wonderful view of the world around us as it literally starts to burst with life.

Happy Eostre Andy

1:35 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I just wanted to say it has nothing to do with jesus. But it's a wonderful festival indeed; celebrating life. I'm a humanist (with a relligious background) so I can celebrate every heathen festival I want.
Happy easter or Eostre to everyone.

4:41 PM  
Blogger marlen said...

Happy belated Easter to you, Andy.


6:21 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Marlen
It still counts
Thank you...

7:30 AM  

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