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What is the book Óðsmál all about?
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Man is a free individual - not a sheep in a herd obeying a shepherd.
Ásatrú (asatru) is for the man responsible for his own personal evolution. Life, each life-time (ævi) is precious. Don't waste it/them.
SHALT LEAD THYSELF
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is all about the profound and beautiful theosophy*) of heathenry / ásatrú (asatru). It has not been explained like this before.
Theos means god, sophia is wisdom. Theosophy is on the wisdom of
divinity that can be reached by transcending this our lovely
relative world. That is NOT - nota bene - on the level of human
evolved individuals see both spheres of life: relative and
transcendent. So does Óðinn (Odinn) in Hávamál
(Havamal) rúnatal (the "runatal" part).
Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains and helps us realize the all-pervasive Truth, the Profound Wisdom, Ginnungagap, the Great Void that sustains the universe.
(Odsmal) answers unanswered questions so relevant to us here and
religions are misused by power-greedy tyrants. Some religions are
used as a grip on credulous masses. Heathenry can not be used as
such. Why? Because no two heathens necessarily agree on anything!
As simple as that!
Imported gods that thrive on fear and threat, want to be worshipped and obeyed, have coloured heathen concepts. And that is a pity.
The heathen gods are our allies. They can not be used as a threat. They are a part of nature and so are we. They are powers in nature, our nature. They are powers within every human being.
Nature is all-yielding and all-provident if we do not abuse her with greed. Hávamál (Havamal) gives this advice. We are NOT lords of the earth, but we are responsible for man's destiny, and for her destiny.
We should find our personal uniqueness and make our world benefit from it. That is finding the gods and goddesses within oneself.
Óðinn (Odinn) teaches us in Hávamál (Havamal), in the part called rúnatal (runatal), how to reach the true realm of no human thought, to pick up the greatest wisdom underlying the relative world. Here we speak of sacred unmanifest runes, not the worldly carved runes.
In Hávamál (Havamal; the sacred text (kvæði (kvaedi) poem) of the Edda) advice is given to the one ready to accept it. Never is anything thrust upon anyone.
Read Óðsmál (Odsmal) and you will be wiser.
Æsir (aesir, the asa) and Vanir together in peace is the most characteristic feature of Norse mythology and Norse theosophy.
The book Óðsmál (Odsmal) shows the depth of the sacred texts of the North in a theosophical- and ethnological contexts, unfolding heathen ideology and its profound beauty.
ethics are sound and whole. Ethics are not religions, but ethics
come with religions. In the west we know religions that use most
burdens/...etc. It all depends on who is treating whom. A must is
to convert others to the dangerous idea that divinity is reached
through another man or an institution only.
Enormous knowledge on ásatrú (asatru) and its fate is exposed in an amusing way in this great book.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) this book is a treasure !
It reveals the profound beauty of our northern cultural inheritance: heathenry.
the traveler in Iceland: a sheer Icelandic paragon to bring back
An advice is given in this book: We should stay away from shallow gods that are used as tools of oppression and as a device for the urge of dominance.
(Odsmal) means "speech of Óður (Odur)", but
Óður (Odur) has a dialogue with a little völva
(Odsmal) is an amusing and puzzling dialogue.
(Odur) and little völva (voelva) reveal the real meaning of
Völuspá (Voeluspa) the most sacred kvæði
(kvaedi) of the poem-Edda. Völuspá (Voeluspa) has been
badly misinterpreted during the past 10 to 20 centuries or
Völuspá (Voluspa) is only about what is happening here and now, all around us, every minute, micro and macro. Where-ever you look you see the fight of the creative powers (the gods) and the deterioration and negativity (eotens), the conflict and collision between good and evil; positive-negative. But know change to be a necessity for evolution. And that is why we take part in the play, man!
They, Óður (Odur) and little völva (voelva) also rediscover and clarify the meaning of rúnatal (rune-part) of Hávamál (Havamal), another sacred kvæði (kvaedi) of the poem-Edda, which has been misinterpreted. Óður (Odur) and little völva (voelva) evince the original message that Óðinn (Odinn) gives in rúnatal (runatal) of Hávamál (Havamal). Present (mis)understanding is far from being flawless as we live on the worldly level only now-a-days. Óðsmál (Odsmal) is remedying all that.
The book Óðsmál (Odsmal) is written for the common man to understand the profound beauty of the northern inheritance, the most profound spirituality of our ancestors. The book is written in an amusing way with a lot of delightful and typically Icelandic (story-telling) explanations and drawings all along. Do not get confused. It all has a message for you, dear reader.
(asatru) is polytheism. Poly means many, theos means god, i.e.,
"many-gods-ism". That implies there ALSO is that mystic
power that holds all creation together and is its true
Ásatrú or heathenry is nature belief, but we can not use the word "belief" as it has gotten a most rigid and wrong meaning now. Nature connection is the most natural "belief". Natural to man. His innermost core is in nature too. (See: man and nature for details.) It is to be found all over mother Earth, often called paganism. Heathenry of the North is part of it. The core of nature cults is very deep and profound in man's psyche.
The notion: "man and nature as one and the same" reflects love to the environment and all things. Man is part of nature. It implies that there is more to it than our worldly eyes can see. This also implies that we can not "worship" nature. That would be worshipping oneself. Worship and flattery comes with fear of, and obedience to, another something, like for example a monotheistic god up-there or out-there.
followers should love each other (of the same sect i.e.), but
non-followers should be gathered in or killed.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is unmasking the obscure or concealed or lost reality of the pure and profound theosophy of heathenry or ásatrú (asatru).
Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains the pure and profound knowledge of the beautiful gods of our ancestors. It explains the meaning and purpose of gods in polytheism - and above all: their origin that was, is, and will be.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains to the sincere seeker of Truth the pure and profound treasure that our precious inheritance actually is.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) tells us about the ancient heathen yule (yule-tide, Christmas, winter holiday season). Read Chatter 5 (Chapter 5 i.e.) in Óðsmál (Odsmal). Click on man and nature here, and Skírnismál (Skirnismal) too for yule.
The book Óðsmál (Odsmal) is all about how to gain manvit mikið (mikid, manvit much, profound wisdom) from Mímisbrunnur (Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir (Mimir)). That is actually transcending. This kind of Wisdom is sacred runes, not to be found in books or in worldly information. Do not confuse intellectual information and worldly discussion with The Field, The Unified Field, ginnungagap, the abyss of Mímisbrunnur (Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir (Mimir))
is Mímisbrunnur (Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir
(Mimir),) to be found?
revelation hope and liberation applaud. It is slowly and gradually
and innocently (using Gungnir*) that we gain heightened states of
consciousness. Revelation and liberation are traps, mouse traps,
Even if gunga means a coward, one who trembles, the meaning of Gungnir is vibrations, and creation is all about vibrations. They become matter.
The symbolic language is more precise than we assume and spot at first sight.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is an amusing dialogue, radiating with profound wisdom and pickled with tickingly funny comments on religions, research, dogmas and ourselves as brainwashed dummies.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is actually meant to encourage each man to reconsider and revise his prevailing ideas, as they most likely are borrowed from someone else, recycled, without discriminating - without discrimination.
Those who already are starting to be responsible for their views, will carry on with that free attitude of theirs towards everything they come across. It is so much more fun to be responsible.
LEAD THOU THYSELF (you should lead yourself)
-- that luckily hibernated during the dark Middle Ages - like
Sleeping Beauty --- receives a gentle kiss of love in Óðsmál
(Odsmal). What happens? We wake up!!
Heathenry (paganism) was lurking in the background all the time in Europe during the dark middle ages. We do not know which influenced or changed which, the old culture, heathenry, or the invading device of dominance*, Christianity. But we do know that yule (yule-tide, X-mas) and Easter are age-old heathen nature feasts that have been "borrowed" and mis-interpreted to suit the papal empire.
*) A king wanted dominance over heathen, independent Iceland. He held as hostages the sons of prominent heathen Icelandic men, threatened war and massacre if Christianity was not accepted. This was the year 999 AD. The king dropped out of the affair and the Church got all the power and dominance. All promises to heathens were broken.
can almost be stated that the essence of heathenry is lost. We do
Some think being an ásatrúarman (asatruar man) implies atheism. This is not correct. "Theos" is "god, a god"; "a" is "deny", or "not". "Not-god-ist", "no-gods-ist". An atheist is sure of no gods to exist, and sure of no mystic power that holds the world together. Still he might say science is right about the Unified Field (the great mystic power). This attitude is most likely because some people have only heard about the mono-god, and find him very shallow. For them monotheism or atheism are the only options. But Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains.
Some men have heard about an only true god and do not understand that he (a patriarchic, Semitic god) is one of many worldly gods, where these many "other gods" were banned. He (that picked-out one) alone is and was allowed in monotheistic belief systems - and he is and was compulsory for that special group of men submitting to the prophet that picked Him.
does not mean atheism. The all-pervading ginnungagap is not one of
the gods, but from there (the gap) all things have come, and by it
(the gap) all things are sustained. Only it does not take part in
the relative world.
Ginnungagap is in scientific terms The Unified Field, in theosophical terms Brahman. In heathenry and theosophy "It" has many names. One of them is Truth. This is what Óðsmál (Odsmal) is all about.
two heathen men seem to agree on anything (!), and I think that is
the beauty of ásatrú (asatru).
the freedom-and-individuality the weak point?
moral behavior and social rules are not a part of religions, but
they do come with them, written or not written. Sincere people
have sound rules and healthy moral.
ethics of paganism:
Heathen men do not belong to an institution or an "apparatus". They love to be together, or they don't. No big deal. They have fun together or they don't. They are in Hávamál (Havamal) encouraged to have good friends, taught to
be happy and merry
fight all misery as if it were their own enemy.
That we do by performing a valkyrja link: valkyrja
is a good thing to be proud of and to love one's country and one's
nation, but when a nation gets a superiority-megalomania it is on
a wrong path.
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