By Payam Nabarz
An outline of Mithraism, the traditional Roman secret faith well known within the Roman Legions
• offers a accomplished heritage of Mithraism, together with its impression on Christianity and Islam
• contains rituals, meditations, and educating stories for readers who desire to stick to the Mithraic path
• stories the evolution and divergence of the japanese (Persian) and Western (Roman) types of Mithraism
The Mysteries of Mithras offers a revival of the mystical practices and initiatory method of Mithraism, the traditional Roman secret faith that was once immensely renowned within the Roman Legions from the past due moment century B.C. till A.D. four hundred and was once taken to each nook of the Roman Empire. because the final pagan kingdom faith in Europe, it used to be crucial competitor to early Christianity and seriously stimulated Christian doctrine and symbolism. The parallels among Christianity and historical Mithraism are striking--for instance, the god Mithra was once born of a virgin in a cave on December 25.
Payam Nabarz finds the historical past, origins, and non secular and philosophical tenets of Mithraism and its connections to Christianity, Islam, and Freemasonry. He additionally describes the trendy neo-pagan perform of Mithraism in facts this day and for readers who desire to undertake the Mithraic direction, he comprises seven of its initiatory rituals and meditations, in addition to orations and instructing stories, that open the door to the seven Mithraic grades of passage.
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Then recite the “Namaz-i chahar nemag” as soon as dealing with East, as soon as West, as soon as South, and as soon as North, respectively: Homage to those locations and those lands, and for those pastures, and those abodes with their hay-racks, and for the waters, land, and crops, and for this earth and on your heaven, and for the Asha-owning wind, and for the celebrities, moon, and sunlight, and for the everlasting stars with no starting, and self-disposing, and for all of the Asha-owning creatures of Spenta Mainyu (the bounteous spirit), female and male, the regulators of Asha. . . . [Pause. ] Then face middle and say: by means of the desire of Ahura Mazda, Anahita, and Mithra, this astral temple I construct. may perhaps Ahura Mazda, Anahita, and Mithra guard me from all evil, and that which i've got outfitted may perhaps they no longer shatter nor damage. when you get close to the mountain you notice a very good cave with a river flowing outdoor of it. You fly towards it, and land in entrance of it. you currently rework again from a Raven into your human physique. The cave is darkish and your entire atmosphere are quiet. The river is in entrance of you. Are you ready to step into the cave? Do you could have the braveness? . . . [Pause. ] You stroll for your time within the cave and make allowance your eyes to get used to the darkness. . . . [Pause. ] What do you spot? What shapes pop out of the darkness? Are you afraid? . . . [Pause. ] finally you notice a few gentle forward and also you proceed on. you're now status in a wide cavern, and there's a round establishing within the roof that permits a shaft of sunshine to return via. in the course of the sunshine, there's a loaf of bread and a cup of a few natural drink. You stroll into the shaft of sunshine. taking a look up, you spot that the solar is at once above the opening and it engulfs you in its mild. you choose up the loaf of bread and consume a few. This bread has been soaking up the daylight for plenty of hours and now you, by way of consuming it, are taking this strength of the sunlight without delay into yourself. You drink from the cup full of Homa; it's cooling and candy, and as you drink you start to work out extra sincerely. the total cave is alight now. . . . [Pause. ] in a single nook, you spot a statue of Mithra, that you had no longer spotted sooner than. it's a huge statute made from marble. In entrance of it stands an altar, on best of which there's a sliver tray, and on that, a golden ring. You keep on with your emotion and make your marriage vows as you spot healthy. . . . [Long pause. ] you put the hoop in your moment finger. You pay attention: Hail Nymphus, hail New mild. you're now Nymphus. . . . [Long pause. ] end the ceremony by way of reciting the “Namaz-i chahar nemag” in opposite order back, first dealing with North, then South, West, and East, respectively: Homage to those locations and those lands, and for those pastures, and those abodes with their hay-racks, and for the waters, land, and vegetation, and for this earth and on your heaven, and for the Asha-owning wind, and for the celebrities, moon, and solar, and for the everlasting stars with no starting, and self-disposing, and for the entire Asha-owning creatures of Spenta Mainyu, female and male, the regulators of Asha. . . . [Pause.