A key aspect to the practice of the religion of the sun is the elimination of the egos — a transformative exercise that allows a person to gain greater spiritual consciousness.
“Egos” is a word used to describe the different inner states we have which are negative and low, such as fear, anger, lust, and pride. Each of the egos has many aspects and ways in which they influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions.1 They have been referred to allegorically as “asuras” in the Hindu text Devi Mahatmya, and as “robbers” and “wild beasts” in the early Gnostic/esoteric Christian text The Teachings of Silvanus.
The role of eliminating the egos belongs to the spiritual Mother, as only she has the power to remove them. She needs to be asked internally for it to happen. Each person has their own spiritual Mother goddess, as she is a higher spiritual part of our individual Being and the higher feminine aspect of the universe.
Our spiritual Mother needs to be petitioned for the egos to be destroyed as they are observed within. This is why the Mother goddess was often depicted in many traditions as a warrior in the ancient world, to show how she has the power to defeat the evil and darkness within the psyche, and thus transform it.2
For example, in Hinduism she is called Durga and Kali, with Durga represented as a warrior combating evil forces and Kali depicted with a necklace of severed heads, which is a reference to the eliminated aspects of the egos. In other traditions and cultures the spiritual Mother was known in various forms as Mary, Gaia, Inanna, Isis, Athena, Coatlicue, Senge Dongma, etc.
In The Book of Thomas the Contender, a Gnostic Christian text, Jesus says to “examine yourself” and to “watch and pray.” A more modern mystical text called The Flight of the Feathered Serpent which is said to contain the secret teachings of Judas Iscariot includes a further explanation of what Jesus meant by “watch and pray”:
“Watch and Pray” was the heritage left by Christ for the courageous.
Watch is to do everything awakened; pray is a feeling of ardent yearning to be one with the Being.
Eliminating the egos, which involves gaining a deep self-knowledge and removal of the egos with the help of the spiritual Mother is an essential component for walking the path of the spiritual sun/Son.
Listed below are texts related to the religion of the sun containing references to the elimination of the egos, the spiritual Mother, and inner change (note this is a work in progress and will be expanded as further research is conducted):
- The Bhagavad Gita
- Devi Mahatmya, translated by Devadatta Kali, In Praise of the Goddess: The Devimahatmya and Its Meaning, Nicolas-Hays, Berwick, 2003, pp. 65, 66-67. Also see translation by Swami Jagadiswarananda.
- The Mahabharata, Book 4: Section VI, translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli c. 1883-1896
- Authoritative Teaching, translated by George W. MacRae, from the Nag Hammadi Library
- The Book of Thomas the Contender, translated by John D. Turner, from the Nag Hammadi Library
- Gospel of Mark 13:33-37 (King James Version)
- The Teachings of Silvanus, translated by Malcolm L. Peel and Jan Zandee, from the Nag Hammadi Library
- The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book One, translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely
- The Flight of the Feathered Serpent by Armando Corsani
- Connecting with Our Personal Mother Goddess by Angela Pritchard
- Reestablishing the Feminine in Godhead: The Role of the Mother Goddess in Spirituality by Angela Pritchard
Below are posts about ancient sacred texts related to the religion of the sun that deal with elimination of the egos.
- Belsebuub, Searching Within, Mystical Life Publications.
- Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes, Chapter 3 “The Spiritual Meaning of the Autumn Equinox,” Mystical Life Publications, 2016.
- Painting of Durga: Public domain image found here.
- Painting of Kali image source: Nahsik01 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.