* Javanese mysticism
(Kebatinan) & Traditional Javanese religious tolerance: a model to the world?
*The Yogya Kraton Myth
*What we can do for Java....
*Java: Land of Kala, its Candi's (Temples):
Java: Land of Kala, its Candi's
A surprise right from he
religion - the "Cosmic Mother/The Great Black One" giving birth to Her Son/Lover
Gods - originated in Sumeria and spread both to the East and the West. Despite millennia
of (patriarchal) religions, who all "forgot" about their Origin, traces of the
former can still be found. On Java these are the Kala's. Although present in their
hundreds on many Candi's no ANY study (I know of) has ever paid attention to them.
However, once you start to see and investigate, a whole new universe is emerging which
throws a unique light on Java and its roots. Additional surprise are the links with
pre-christian Europe with its Black Madonna's and Green Men. First there were many
questions and a few answers; now there is a big answer and fewer questions. Very joyful,
Borobudur sits in its enigmatic depth, engulfed
in vaporous illusions, waiting for someone to find the base simplicity of its Truth....Lokesh
LINK: Green Men Pilgrim Network
protected by Kala
The key problem: Kala as "God of Time" - as
many people understand "him" - is an isolated phenomenon. There are no links
with other aspects of Javanese Religion. Hence, no any deeper understanding arises. The
picture changes dramatically, after restoring Kala's position in the Divine Patheon,
though. All kinds of images until now leading a fragmented life, are linked together. The
result: while existing research has to leave many questions e.g. options open, key issues
can now be easily understood. The whole edifice of Javanese belief is firmly rooted,
consistent and incredibly powerful...
Meditating Hindu God with Kala and Stupa on top
|Some things are (very) obvious. Javanese Candi's display a
multitude of Kala's. More than any other image. The reason why this is
"overlooked" is, that these images are Heads of Demons. And Demons aren't very
high ranked. How come that the whole religious landscape was so dominated by these
"Monsters". Somehow they must have been VERY important. They even function as
Guardian of Shiva's and Buddha's (LINK
Prambanan, LINK Borobudur).
Even if one accepts that Kala's are "Gods of Time", even then it is rather
strange that these Gods were considered that important.
PS. It is
easy to understand that the concept of "Time" is derived from
"Destruction", another strong indication that the God is the successor of the
Mother (which both spiritually and mythologically is indeed the case)
The Holy Gunung (Mount) Merapi
|Demon/Guardians are by definition defeated Deities from a
previous era. Despite that they still are considered very powerful. Therefore, in the new
religion (Hinduism, Buddhism) they have to function as Guardians/Protectors of the new
faith. With regard to Kala, "he" wasn't a "God of Time" , but the
Origin of Time(lessness): the Cosmic Mother. The latter is All-Embracing e.g. Powerful,
being the birthgiver of creation, destruction and "permanence". Surprisingly,
these aspects are still visible in the images of the "Demon": the Big Face as
Her Essence, the upper jaw as the devouring Mouth, and the Tree of Life on top. Realizing
that She is indeed everywhere, it means that without doubt Java is the land of the
Original Mother (in disguise)!
This hypothesis is strongly supported by a most archaic
myth: that of the "Queen of the South Seas" (LINK). Summarized it says that there is a
mystical link between Mt. Merapi, the Kraton of Yogyakarta and the Sea Goddess. Mt. Merapi
stands for the Great Mother, both including Creation and Destruction; the Sultan being Her
Son/Lover with Nyai Lara Kidul as Her manifestation as the Goddess/Queen. The dynamics
between the three are very revealing, indeed. The Sultan appears the executive of the
Mother, hence he should always be very much attuned to Her. This is only possible when he
is ego-less. Indeed, his most important duty is to sacrifice his ego (invited by
Mothers/Mt Merapi's destructive Force!) through daily meditation (LINK
TAMAN SARI). Being renewed this way he regularly celebrates a "sacred
marriage" with the Queen, the latter granting him a strong reign, prosperity and
fertility (of the land). The miracle is, that this myth, which is put into practice until
this very day! is an exact successor to the myth of Inanna, Mother/Goddess/Queen of
Sumeria, 5000 years ago. Many elements can also be found in the Legend of the Grail....
Queen of the South Sees: Roto Kidul. LINK The Yogya
|Not surprisingly thus that this powerful myth, a one that
survived all patriarchal distortions during many millennia! has its reverberation on
Javanese belief e.g. culture as a whole.
|Generally, it is astonishing how little is known about the
background of the Candi's. Most of it is guessing. There is still no knowledge about the
world view people had at that time, no understanding of their roots. Hence,
interpretations are fragmented at best.
HOW COULD JAVA HAVE OVERLOOKED KALA?
|Now, to reassure you, I don't have the pretension of
knowing everything. Also for me there are countless places where I have to admit I don't
know. As an European I don't have access to all tales of Javanese mythology. Long before
Westerners "discovered" the Candi's the local people had preserved old tales.
Nowadays, more and more of them have been published. What I hope is that one day we sit
together and exchange*. Because isn't what I contributed a new paradigm? I hope Javanese
people one day acknowledge that through it hitherto secretive phenomena suddenly make
sense. Even if I would be totally wrong - which no researcher can exclude - I am happy to
have stirred a new and fundamental round of discussion, putting the Javanese culture once
again in the center of interest, which, obviously it very much deserves
I would be very honored if local scientists, writers read my hypothesis and
comment on it!
|Food for thought is the "God of Time" linking
"him" to Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction. Shiva in his turn is a pre-Vedic
God!, who can be traced back to the Indian Harappa-culture. This culture is the link
between Hinduism and the archaic Mother cultures of the Middle East (Sumeria and Persia).
Thus the "Proto-Shiva" (before he became a Hindu God) originated
from the Mother Religion, where he "played the role" of Son/Lover or Vegetation
God. In later times certain festivals still link ("the wild") Shiva with the
autumn (where he "died") and spring (where he was reborn). Like so many
"Son of the Mother" Gods, he stole attributes, which originally belonged to Her,
like "death and rebirth" or like the "Great Black One". Hence the
"God of Time" (Kala) as "he" is perceived in current days, was
originally the Cosmic Mother, the latter in the course of time being replaced by Shiva.
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