The Celtic-Vedic-Connection

Celtic high culture spread from its centre in Central Europe throughout Europe in the first millennium BC. The combination of technology, weapons and spirituality made it superior to its neighbours. They were also outstanding farmers, road builders, traders and inventors of a fast, two-wheeled car.

After initial superiority (Celtic associations conquered Rome around 380 B.C.E.) the Celts came into the defensive from the 2nd century B.C.E. onwards. Around 50 b.o.c. they lost the decisive battle in Alesia (south France) after a seven-year, merciless war with the empire. Caesar had made it. The imperial egomania took its course….

Celtic Europe came into competition with the developing Roman Empire. This was structured completely contrary to the Celtic approach, was centralistic, monarchical and aimed at warlike expansion with subsequent exploitation of the colonies thus gained. A ruling class of the monetary nobility developed.

What was this culture, what were its roots and what made it so strong?

Das Keltische Europa

It is not really spread, but with the Celtic culture came a worldwide trade, not only with the European neighbourhood, no, also with Egypt, India, China, Carthage and Mycenae. Already in 1200 B.C.E. „protocoletic“ tribes secured the amber trade from the Baltic Sea to Egypt in a battle at the Tollense (Northern Germany).

It is actually quite normal that cultural elements are exchanged with the trade or at least taken note of. In the pre-imperial time spirituality was pretty much worldwide a rather holistic natural spirituality and not yet powerfully dominated by dual thinking.

The original Celticism – before the adaptation to the Empire – was based on a different humanism, on a different way of seeing things, on a different way of living, on a different, holistic-integral method of thinking. After having suppressed this integral world view massively and with all available means for 2000 years, it would be time to pick up there again. It seems to me that it is vital for survival.

The most distinguished and concentrated expression of Celticism was Druidism. Due to the famous reaction of Brennus, the leader of the Gauls on the train through Greece, when he came across the image of two Greek gods in that temple, one can be sure that the druid teachings did not allow the representation of the deity in human form. If one wants to believe Diodor of Sicily (Fragm. XXII), it is basically completely impossible that the Celts could have represented their gods in this form.

For he says: „Brennus burst out laughing at the fact that the gods had been given human forms and made of wood and stone. This passage leaves no doubt. The behaviour of Brennus shows on the one hand the rejection of a human-figure representation of the gods and on the other hand the impossibility to imagine them as human beings at all.

But then who are these divine figures who organize, fight, intoxicate, mate and kill in the mythical tales? If one thinks of the reaction of Brennus, then consequently these cannot be gods.

The Celtic culture began in its origins about 3000 years ago, it could have been much earlier. Then an unknown people, probably coming from the northeast, immigrated into Central Europe. Without any great warlike activities they mixed with the megalithic culture which was located there. A common protocoletic culture developed.

Here I want to emphasize the parallels to the Indo-Vedic culture, based on a work of Peter Tremayne (pseudonym of the English historian and Celtic researcher Peter Berresford Ellis)

The Celtic-Vedic parallels

Celtic-Vedic-Connection

It is a result of recent research that the astonishing similarities between the Celtic and Vedic cultures have been revealed.

The Celtic druids and the Brahmins of the Hindu religion show an astonishing and surprising kinship. It seems that the common Indo-European root began to branch out here about 5000 years ago. It is only in the last decades of Celtic research that the full extent of the kinship between Celtic and Vedic culture has begun to be recognized.

The Celts were the first high culture in the recorded history of the development of civilisation north of the Alps. At the time of the greatest expansion, in the 3rd century B.C.E., Celtic Europe stretched from Ireland in the west to the Turkish central plain in the east. Today’s Belgium in the north to Cadiz in southern Spain. And across the Alps to the Italian Po Valley. They were also found in Polish territories, in the Ukraine and after the amazing recent discoveries, Celtic mummies appeared in the Chinese province of Xinjiang in connection with the Tocharian texts! They even moved as far east as the area north of Tibet.

Remains of the once great Celtic civilisation can now be found in Ireland, Scotland and among the Welsh, Cornish and Breton peoples. Thus the survivors of the centuries of ethnic cleansing of the Roman Empire can be found on the north-western edge of Europe. Only 2.5 million people speak a Celtic language as their mother tongue.

But also in Central Europe Celtic minorities have asserted themselves. There are also some remnants of Celtic culture to be found throughout the entire Alpine region and far into southern Germany. And last but not least, the Celts have also enriched Christianity as a „book religion“ with the Trinity and the „Mother of God“ – otherwise this could not have been „sold“ in Central Europe.

Starting from the connection of megalithic culture, Vedic influences and also Egyptian theology and the native natural religiosity, Druidism developed – but not as „priesthood“ in the modern or imperial style. They were the intellectual class of ancient Celtic society. They were judges, lawyers, doctors, ambassadors, engineers, metallurgists and, like the Brahmins in the Vedic realm, spiritual leaders.

First the Roman imperial and later the Christian propaganda transformed them into shamans, magicians and sorcerers.

The scholars of the after all widely known Alexandrian school described them in a similar function as the Vedic Brahmins.

Seen in this light, the word „druid“ has two Celtic roots, which have their parallel roots in Sanskrit. There is once „vid“ for knowledge, in Sanskrit „veda“ and the first part „Dru“ Celtic and also in Sanskrit for immersion. Together a beautiful picture: The Druid as one who was „immersed in knowledge“?

After Ireland was one of the few areas of the Celtic world, which were not occupied by and thus up to the 5th century o.c. also not influenced by the Latin culture, one finds exactly there the largest relationship to the Vedic culture.

Harvard professor Calvert Watkins, one of the leading language experts, has pointed out that Altirische represents an extraordinarily archaic and conservative tradition within the Indo-European language family. Its nominal and verbal systems are much closer to the Indo-European mother tongue than Greek or Latin. The structure of the ancient Irish language can be compared more closely to Vedic Sanskrit or Hittite of the Old Empire.

This applies not only to linguistics, but also to legal and social customs, mythology and traditional musical form. Many traditional Irish and Welsh myths show remarkable similarities to the themes, stories and even names in the saga of the Indian Vedas. One can make almost endless comparisons.

„Danu“ was considered by the ancient Celts to be a „mother goddess“. The Irish gods and goddesses were the Tuatha De Dannan (children of the Danu). Danu was the divine water that started its journey in the great holy river Danuvius – today called Danube. Many European rivers bear the name Danu-Rhone (ro-Dhanu, Great Danu) and there are several rivers named Don. Rivers and springs were sacred in the Celtic world and places where votive offerings were given or funerals were held. The Thames, which flows through London, still bears its Celtic name, from the Tamesis, the dark river – by the way the same name as Tamesa, a tributary of the Ganges. In Sanskrit, Danu also means „divine water“ and „moisture“.

The Celtic cosmology is also a parallel to the Vedic cosmology. Ancient Celtic astrologers used a system based on twenty-seven moon houses – in Vedic Sanskrit „Nakshatras“. King Ailill of Connacht, Ireland, like the Hindu Soma, had a circular palace with twenty-seven windows through which he could look at his twenty-seven „starwomen“.

The famous Celtic Coligny calendar from the first century B.C.E. discovered in 1897, shows great similarity to Vedic calendar calculations. In a recent study, the astronomer and Celtic researcher Dr. Garret Olmsted proves that the calendar produced in the first century BC is based on calculations from the eleventh century BC!

Another fascinating parallel is that both the ancient Irish and the Hindus called the planet Mercury „Budh“. The tribe budh appears in all Celtic languages as well as in Sanskrit for „victor“, „gift of teaching“, „attained“, „enlightened“, „sublime“ etc. The names of the famous Celtic Queen Boudicca (Britain, 1st century A.D.) and of Jim Bowie (Texas, Alamo, 1796-1836) contain the same root. Buddha is the participle of the same Sanskrit word – „who is enlightened“.

For Celtic researchers, the world of the druids is much more enlightening and exciting than all the inventions of the so-called modern „neodruids“. It is also of no use if they conduct their activities with great sincerity.

If we all want to live in harmony, connected with each other and with nature and the cosmos, we must not forget our Celtic heritage! The Celtic languages and culture are on the verge of extinction today. This is not a natural phenomenon, but the result of centuries of politically motivated genocide.

Today we are desperately searching for a „spiritual consciousness“ – we do not need to reinvent it! It is certainly far better to remember the ancient wisdom of the Celts and keep it intact. In doing so, the „Indian kinship“ can stand by us as a good and natural ally.

Amairgen was the „first druid“ to come to Ireland. Ellis says that in this song Amairgen has subsumed his own being with a philosophical outlook, as he appears in the Hindu Bhagavad Gita. It is also very similar to the older Sri Rudra chant from Yajurveda.

There are many more parallels between the Celtic and Vedic cultures. You can read about them in detail here:

Sanskriti: The Celtic-Vedic Connection

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Imbolc – Lichtmess – Fest der Brigid……

Imbolc markiert den Mittelpunkt des Jahreskreises zwischen Samhain und Beltane und steht am Ende des Winters.  Es findet am 02.02. statt. Ein neues landwirtschaftliches Jahr beginnt.

Die Vorräte waren am Ende des Winters weitgehend aufgebraucht, die Felder noch leer. Die Schafe waren/sind die ersten größeren Säugetiere, die im Jahreskreis neu geboren werden, weil sie eine relativ kurze Tragzeit haben.

Folglich war Schafsmilch das erste Lebensmittel, was zum Ende des Winters hin wieder verfügbar wurde und so wird es vielleicht verständlich, warum sich dieses Fest zunächst um – ja – Schafsmilch dreht.

Es ist wieder eine Zeit an der Schwelle, am Ende des einen und am Beginn eines neuen Abschnittes des Jahreskreises. Eine Feier des zaghaften Frühlings und der schneller werdenden Rückkehr des Sonnenlichts in dem Wissen, dass der Winter eigentlich schon verloren hat.

Das „Original“ wurde von den Kelten um den 2. Februar herum gefeiert und war eine Art „Vorfrühlingsfest“. Imbolc gehört zu den Mondfesten und wurde traditionell am Tag des zweiten Vollmondes im Jahr gefeiert.

Dieses Jahr am Sonntag, den 9.2. um 8:33.

Schwellenzeiten eignen sich immer besonders, die eigene Position zu bestimmen, Lebensauffassungen zu überprüfen, Untaugliches über Bord zu werfen und dafür neue Konzepte hereinzunehmen.

Dazu tritt ein Aspekt der Reinigung.

Die heilige Brigid
Die heilige Brigid

In der Zeit solcher Übergänge werden gesellschaftliche Regeln beiseite geschoben. In den Nebeln der Anderswelt und der Trance wird der Übergang transparent und durchlässig. Die feiernden Menschen können mit Hilfe von Rausch, Trance oder Ekstase leichter mit der „Anderswelt“ in Kontakt kommen.

Jedes Fest hat seinen eigenen Geist, läßt in uns ganz bestimmte Seelseiten anklingen. Und das wichtigste ist, diese Seelenseiten mitschwingen und mitklingen zu lassen, uns erreichen und berühren zu lassen. Sich zu erinnern, tief zu erinnern. Dann kann Heilung stattfinden, Lösung und Erlösung! Um das geht es eigentlich bei allen diesen Festen, in allen großen Mythen, die ERLÖSUNG. Jedes dieser Jahreskreisfeste ist verbunden mit diesen Mythen, mit Helden, Göttern und Göttinnen. Und durch die Identifikation und Verschmelzung mit diesen Wesen entsteht Heilung und Erlösung. Sie leben es uns vor. Wichtig dabei ist, dass wir diese Feste in unser Leben holen und mit unserem Leben verbinden. Keine aufgesetzten Rituale! Ganz einfach auf das achten, was wir erleben und wahrnehmen. Und wenn es ein Sonnenstrahl ist.

Die Natur erwacht
Die Natur erwacht

Imbolc ist ein Fest, an dem wir uns an das noch ganz Ungebrochene erinnern sollen , das durch und durch Lebendige, die wilde Energie des Frühlings, die es schafft, alles wieder zum Leben zu erwecken. Sich erinnern, wie es sich anfühlt, Kind oder Jugendlicher zu sein. Alleine Kinder anzuschauen, wie sie vor Lebenigkeit sprühen, lebendig bis zum Anschlag, ist Heilung. Oder Jugendliche, deren Erotik aufkeimt, wo das ganze Lebensgefühl noch durchdrungen ist von erotischen Gefühlen, Verliebtheiten. Das alles gehört zu diesem Fest und soll unsere Verkrustungen aufsprengen wie ein wilder Föhnsturm. Man muß sich ja nur vorstellen, wieviel Energie es braucht, dass unserer Bäume wieder zum sprießen anfangen, oder die Blumen durch die Schneedecke durchbrechen. Wieviel Lebenswillen, wieviel Lust!

Imbolc ist ein Fest des Neuanfangs: Wiedergeburt. Wiedererwachen. Verjüngung. Die Arbeit in der Landwirtschaft beginnt und mit dem wiederkehrenden Sonnenlicht kehrt auch das Feuer der Lebenskraft und der Leidenschaft wieder in die Menschen zurück.

Ein ganz besonderes Gewicht in dieser Festzeit des Neubeginns hat das Thema Sexualität. Das ist etwas, was in der gesamten Geschichte nur wenig Beachtung findet. Interessanterweise kam bei fast allen Feierlichkeiten der Kelten – aber ausdrücklich nicht nur da – auch immer wieder das rauschhaft Erotische und Sexuelle stark zum Vorschein.

Mit dem Imbolcfest erscheint die Göttin Brigid, „die schöne Lichtjungfrau, die vom Strahlenkranz umgebene, oder auch helle, leuchtende, schöne Frau“ – und bringt uns mit ihrer Kraft das Licht und die Naturgeister wieder. Sie rüttelt die Bäume wach und weckt die Samen in der Erde auf, alles wird fruchtbar und erwacht zu neuem Leben. Sie gilt als Hüterin des Feuers und als Göttin der Inspiration, das heißt, dass sie auch unsere Lebensgeister wieder erweckt, wir unsere winterliche Starre loslassen können und die ersten Frühlingsgefühle in uns aufsteigen….

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