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by Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir
(Gudrun Kristin Magnusdottir)

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This book is an enchanting rediscovery of the real essence of the sacred texts of the North and their ancient wisdom that we must not forget  -  and that we must understand.
Here below are some fresh ideas listed for your interest, so that you know what you will be getting when you read this great book Óðsmál (Odsmal).

Rúnatal (runatal) in Hávamál (Havamal), 
-  the many, many thousand years old sacred texts of the North  - is here and now (in Óðsmál (Odsmal)) reinterpreted to give all curious men profound understanding of the wisdom to be found in the Eddas.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) invokes in people interest for the unseen field of life and turns them into sincere seekers for Truth.

The most beautiful act possible of a human being to perform is to transcend. This is described in rúnatal (runatal) in Hávamál (Havamal). It has been (for the last 10-20 centuries) abused and misinterpreted as to mean suffering. It is the contrary to suffering: it is transcendence. The real core of the 138th verse of Hávamál (Havamal) survives among European as a "resurrection" after the divine transcendence and the "only way to get rid of sins". I suppose some of you have heard it in another context than Hávamál (Havamal). Have you???  Anyway, now you know where it comes from!!!

Odinn on vingameidur

In Óðsmál (Odsmal) we rediscover the true and original meaning of the beautiful act of hanging on the friendly tree of life (vingameiður (vingameidur), askur Yggdrasils, the sacred tree of life). Óðinn (Odinn) is transcending and picking up sacred runes. It is the true yoga*.

*) Yoga is here in the meaning: union of the individual self with the universal Self, ginnungagap. The word Yoga is used in many contexts. Here it means emerging into the sphere of no human thoughts: transcending.

Do not take carved runes for being the same as the sacred runes in the context of rúnatal (runatal) in Hávamál (Havamal). Óðsmál (Odsmal) gives a clear explanation of the mix-up of that what is worldly and that sphere of life which is not worldly. This wisdom is lost for many people now, as missionaries of shallow, worldly, so-called religions try all they can to spoil our ancient knowledge about each individual's innermost divinity.

Hanging on vingameiður (vinga meidur) is revealed to us by Óðinn (Odin) in rúnatal (runa tal) of Hávamál (Hava mal), and now, for the first time explained to all seekers of Truth in Óðsmál (Ods mal).
Chatter (Chapter) 29 of Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains this. It can be understood by reading Óðsmál (Odsmal), as to begin with the seeker of Truth must understand the concept: ginnungagap.

I repeat:
The verses of rúnatal (runatal) in Hávamál (Havamal) revealing the hanging on the friendly tree of life have nothing to do with suffering. It has been misunderstood, and confused with a putrid suffering story from the south. Perhaps deliberately, perhaps by ignorance, has the beauty of transcending been misinterpreted and used in a newer religion, Christianity. The purpose was and is to destroy our ancient, profound wisdom.
It is well known that everything in the monotheistic revelation-religions is borrowed from old myths and other ancient sources (-since many, many thousands of years BC-) and re-used (exploited) in a different context to serve the purpose of dominance-urge.

Ginnungagap, the huge gap within all things, me and you and all living and all inanimate things
and within our intelligence too (!!!), is explained all along, to start with in Chatter (Chapter) 2, then also in Chatter (Chapter) 12 of Óðsmál (Odsmal) on the Great Void, the most sacred Gap.

This book is the best one ever written for us to understand ginnungagap. Ginnungagap is Brahman of the Vedas, the Unified Field in science. it is the Great Void that is all intelligence and pure knowledge.

It is not to be found in monotheistic religions, but mysticism has been adopted by some of them. Therefore some men in the western world might never have come across this concept unless in science as The Unified Field. Some have heard yoga-teachers explain. Some westerners know Buddhism, some Hinduism, some study Zen, some read the Vedas, some belong to The Theosophical Society (founded 1875). Those men understand Óðsmál (Odsmal) at once. They proclaim when reading Óðsmál (Odsmal):

-Wow! Is this profound beauty to be found in heathenry, asatru?!!! - -Are the Eddas right from the Vedas?

You should read Óðsmál (Odsmal) to learn to understand the all-sustaining Divinity from the very base. It is ancient wisdom.

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All thoughts are worldly. By reading Óðsmál (Odsmal) you get to realize that all thoughts, however pious, are worldly. In the transcendent there are no thoughts.
Óðinn (Odinn) gets his wisdom from that sphere of life: ginnungagap, Mímisbrunnur (Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir (Mimir)), Urðarbrunnur (Urdar-brunnur, the well of Urður (Urdur)) and all the profound places in norse mythology.
These places are not on the level of thinking, say Óður (Odur) and little völva (voelva) in Óðsmál (Odsmal).
Even if all these contacts to the mighty flow in Nature know common sense to be the real key to this sought-after harmony in life, there are no thoughts in the true yoga (union of individual self with the universal Self, our innermost core.) Human thoughts are left in the relative field of life when we (like Óðinn (Odinn)) hang on vingameiður (-meidur) to pick up the sacred runes - the great knowledge.

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Óðinn (Odinn) Vili and Véi (Vei) are explained in Óðsmál (Odsmal), as being the same terms as in Modern Science: Hilbert, Observables, States, and as The Veda's rishi, devata, cchandas. (Perhaps the model for later invented trinity?)

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Other terms from Norse Mythology as matching to Vedic Science and Modern Science are explained in Óðsmál (Odsmal).

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The Unified Field in Science and Planck Scale are explained in terms of Norse Mythology and age-old science of the Vedas and Northern Eddas.

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Scientific terms are referred to to explain the most profound concepts of Norse Mythology - for the glory of our ancestors, --- who even knew about the Ozone layer and warned against its "falling off".

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The Norse gods are explained as the Laws of Nature, Natural Laws, and as devas. The gods are also explained as powers within every man:

Þór (Thor) is the limitless and unbounded power within every man, called might and main;
Óðinn (Odin) is the free human spirit and the unbounded search for Truth;
Týr (Tyr) is the righteousness and bravery of the valiant fighter for human rights, life on earth and thus preservation of our precious nature; (Chatter 24 in Óðsmál (Odsmal) for Týr (Tyr).)
Freyja, the goddess of love, is universal unbounded unselfish all-pervading love;
The aspect of Natural Law that is related to goddesses is the eternal continum of infinite dynamism.
Eir, the goddess of healing, is the tranquillity and peace to be found within. That really is the soundest soundness and "best of doctors" as Eir is called.

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For the first time you understand the exact location of ginnungagap as being within yourself, and as you yourself being It. That implies that we can never use another man as a redeemer to reach divinity. Divinity is inside us. Only we, ourselves, can reach it. (Richly and amusingly illustrated in Óðsmál (Odsmal).)

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Read for yourself in Óðsmál (Odsmal) about all being ginnungagap. Here is the only book to learn about this.

Chapters are called Chatters in the book Óðsmál (Odsmal) to give the feeling of listening to chatting about new ideas, chatting about ways in which we can look at myths as theosophy.
Also chatting suggests that we should reveal "listening" and "hearing" and not let the visual part become too dominating (as we tend to have it now-a-days).

Óður (Odur) the Norse god is the human spirit. He is husband of Freyja (universal love). Óður (Odur) is chatting with little talkative völva (voelva, a wise woman). Óðsmál (Odsmal) is an amusing dialogue.
That very set-up, often used in the Eddas, makes the book Óðsmál (Odsmal) interesting and the wisdom there fun and joy to receive.
The only trouble is that Icelanders hate logic but - instead - tell a story of their great-grandparents!!! But you will soon get used to and enjoy the Icelandic way of "reasoning".

Sleipnir, the eight-legged pony of Óðinn (Odinn), is explained in an entirely new sense in Óðsmál (Odsmal).

Odinn and SleipnirHis name, Sleipnir, is explained too.
Chatters (Chapters) 4, 11, 25, 29 (among others) in Óðsmál (Odsmal) are good for understanding that original theory, - here revealed for the first time -, of the meaning of Sleipnir (Óðin's (Odin's) pony (horse)) as transport for any man from Miðgarður (Midgardur, the world of men) to Ásgarður (Asgardur, the abode of the gods) and to the underlying origin of all things.

Sleipnir as our nervous system!
Sleipnir as a tool to gain the profound wisdom, the great "manvit"!
Sleipnir's eight legs are explained as layers of the relative world, layers of Prakriti, Nature!
The ninth layer is The Truth. (The number 9 in norse mythology is no absolute figure.) That very concept, Truth, makes the figure nine a sacred, unmanifest, undefined number: it is The Fullness. (Illustrations and Sanskrit names of the eight layers from Bhagavad Gita on page 182, Ch.29 in Óðsmál (Odsmal).)

Gungnir is the name of Óðin's (Odin's) spear.
Gungnir means cowardice! How come?!!!  The greatest of Norse Gods has cowardice for a weapon!!!   Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains as scholars have not been able to explain this shocking(!!) fact:
Gungnir is the only weapon necessary to gain manvit mikið (manvit mikid, the great man-wisdom). This is because sincere innocence is needed to transcend this relative world. No strain should be used in yoga (union of individual self to our universal Self). No expectation should be there either, as expectations are a worldly thing and only spoil for us the purpose: to leave the world for a moment.

Some men want Óðinn (Odinn) to be a fierce warrior. They are used to cruel gods or a cruel God. That image of Óðinn (Odin) was imposed upon him under the influence and domination of harsh religions. They have nothing to do with the real essence of heathenry.
Óðinn (Odinn) is not a cruel, merciless god. He is a symbol of the free human spirit to be found within every man on Earth.

Manvit is gained from Mímisbrunnur (Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir (Mimir)). Do you want to know the exact location of Mímisbrunnur (Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir (Mimir)), from which Óðinn (Odinn) gains wisdom and in which one of his eyes is as a pledge for that profound knowledge? Read Óðsmál (Odsmal).

One of Óðin's (Odin's) names is Yggur. It has been said to mean the terrible one, one who terrifies, as interpreters of the Eddas are used to a fierce, terrible God in the imported, southern religions. In Óðsmál (Odsmal) there is to be found another meaning of Óðin's (Odin's) name Yggur, suggesting that the prior interpretations are incorrect. The new one is: The thinking one, the concerned one, he who takes heed as he is worried about mankind.

Þursameyjar þrjár (thursameyjar thriar;  the three thurs-maidens) that occur early in Völuspá (Voeluspa) in poem-Edda, have not been explained until now  -  in Óðsmál (Odsmal).
They have been quite a headache to scholars.  They probably are the three qualities, guna, into which almighty Nature splits.
8. vísa (8th verse) in Völuspá (Voluspa):

Tefldu í túni,


teitir vóru


var þeim vettergis


vant úr gulli,


unz þríar kómu

(thriar komu)

þursa meyjar

(thursa maidens)

úr Jötunheimum.

(ur Joetunheimum, world of eotens)

The three norns of fate (skapanornirnar) are: Urður (Urdur, that which is now), Verðandi (Verdandi, a process, or a lapse of time, until that what shall be), and Skuld (Debt, that which comes back to you).
In Chatter (Chapter) 20 in Óðsmál (Odsmal) fate is explained. Urður (Urdur), Verðandi (Verdandi) and Skuld symbol the law of karma from the Vedas, found in Hinduism.

Gapþrosnir (Gap-throsnir) is one of Óðin's (Odin's) names. Here in this book Óðsmál (Odsmal)  -  for the first time  -  the meaning of this name is revealed (see Chatter (Chapter) 29 in Óðsmál (Odsmal) page 182 for Gapþrosnir (Gap-throsnir).

Óðinn (Odinn) as a deity has many names. Many of them are explained all along in Óðsmál (Odsmal) in context with the discussion each time.

Lots of other original interpretations are to be found throughout Óðsmál (Odsmal), and by reading this book we realise that our contemporary concepts are by the largest part borrowed from other people, thrust upon us before we are old enough to be alert and choosy, and we recycle them without ever trying to understand or see things in a different light. We are preprogrammed, brainwashed, blind, suffer from indoctrination, and we are not sincerely seeking Truth. We should also find out where our ideas derive from, and what has been abolished and misinterpreted.

Heathenry is the most profound and beautiful religion. Its foundation is the all-pervading, omnipresent ginnungagap. Do you want to know where ginnungagap is? Óðsmál (Odsmal) tells you that.

Luckily ásatrú (asatru) has never been abused as a device of dominance to subdue men, thanks to its diversity and emphasize on each man as an all-responsible individual.
When you read Óðsmál (Odsmal) you feel like as if you are playing a game: The way in which this book is written is as if you are living your life: You do not know the point in some things, but afterwards you see what it was aiming at. You, the reader, and you alone, make out of it what you want. This is the game of life in a nutshell. Enjoy it, take it as it comes, surf on Óðsmál (Odsmal) as you should surf on life. Life is expansion of happiness and understanding. Everything you come across is for your best  - an essential part of your individual evolution -  so make the best of it.

And now you see, for the first time, a *NEW* interpretation by the authoress of Óðsmál (Odsmal) on Vanir. Her insight and fresh look at the misleading translations and stagnated views wake us up:
Vanir are rays, not hostages; -- but the Icelandic word gísl (gisl) means a hostage (plural: gíslar (gislar)), but the Icelandic word geisli means a ray (plural: geislar; just as the proper name Gísli (Gisli) can mean either a ray or a hostage).
Vanir are said to have been sent as hostages to Æsir (Aesir), but as Vanir are a more refined state of being in our human awareness, this is, by the author of Óðsmál (Odsmal) thought to be one of these usual misinterpretations and misleading translations, and should go: Vanir are sent to Æsir (aesir) as rays.
Sanskrit "go" means both a ray and a cow, and the cows in the cave and the battle to find them and free them, i.e. rediscover them, means actually our inner striving of finding the spiritual Sun, the rays, the dawn of enlightenment, within us, within ourselves, locked up in our inner cave.
The holy cows are rays to be found and are the dawn of spiritual understanding.
So Vanir come as rays to our present state of the efficient gods and goddesses (æsir, aesir) to enlighten us, thus making us see our goddess Sun within us.
And the cave is a symbol in Norse mythology, as well as in the Veda, of a locked up and hidden "place containing a treasure" within us.

My beloved teacher maharishi is a physicist. He says: Consciousness reverberates in terms of the impulses of consciousness. They reverberate as sound. Sound of Ved. Vedic sounds, Ved Vani. This is the reality of the self-referral state of consciousness of everyone.

Ymir (OM -- Yama)
We heathens see the world as body, as a living universe, and the human body and the cosmos have a perfect correlation to each other in every detail (read the book byTony Nader on human and cosmic counterparts;
Ymir is a thurs from which the world is made by the gods. Ymir can mean the sounding one if he is the verb ymja, but as some etymologists reject this as being popular intrepretation only, they have the correlation Yama -- the bisexual.

Read on for elaborate explanation if you are interested in more understanding of our Ymir-concept:
Ymir is a thurs from which the world is made. His name means the sounding one, and he is OM, and the sound of creation, perpetual worldly creation. Ymir is said to be related to yama, therefore a twin, or a bisexual being. And some etymologists deny the interpretation "the sounding one" (from the verb ymja) as being a popular understanding only. Ymir begets with one leg by the other, which supports this twin and Yama interpretation and similarity.
Whe have in Norse mythology many Sanskrit words, ajusted to Norse: Óðinn (Odinn), Frigg, Huginn, Muninn, edda, Ymir, Vani etc. etc.
Ymir is the first worldly division into female and male powers, has the first trace of female and male concept, and he is the sounding world, matter, energy, material world. Ymir is the created world. And perpetual creation is Ymir. Ginnungagap creates perpetually, punah punah (again and again), by curving within Its own intelligence, curving back upon Its own nature (not worldly Nature, just Its potential), by of Óðinn (Odinn), Vili and Véi (Vei) within Itself.
Modern science explains this too, as you can read in Óðsmál (Odsmal):
The underlying Oneness, Unity, the Unified Field of modern Science (Physics/quantum), is all silence, unbounded potentials only for the creative forces. It can not be measured by our instruments, as no worldly substance is there.
This is norse ginnungagap. Corresponding to Brahman of the Veda. Ginn is something very sacred, and has a second meaning: that which "lures", or even "tricks", our human understanding. It is beyond our human capacity, as human understanding is worldly and depends on our worldly conceptions. Only when we "see" we understand the difference between ginnungagap and ymir.
Gap ginnunga is the Unbounded Space. We find It in inter-solar systems and inter planetary fields, we find It inside every atom, and quark, and It is the very substance of our human intelligence and sentiments as well. Everywhere and is Reality, whereas Ymir is the mirage of beautiful music only. Real to our worldly conception, but comes and goes, intangible like the wind.

Ásatrú (asatru) is not a belief in the blind meaning we tend to give that word now-a-days. Ásatrú (asatru) is asa-trust, or to be true, to be worthy, to find that on which one can rely within oneself.
It is to be avoided to cling to belief systems. Our gods are of this world as much as we are. They are our allies. They are not worshipped, not "believed in", only cultured and reinforced by each one of us. We love them by having self-esteem and self-responsibility. We find our unique purpose in life to the best for evolution. Can I call it to worship myself? Can I call it to love myself? Can I call it to believe in my self?

The word dýrka (dyrka) in Icelandic now means to worship. In other Scandinavian (Norse) languages it means to till, to culture. To till the soil, dyrke jorden. This (to culture, to till) is the meaning, the way in which we meditate on our personally chosen god, gods, goddess and goddesses. Not worship, as that humiliates man's free and divine essence. Humiliation (and self-humiliation) and submissiveness are foreign to heathens and considered the lowest of human behavior.

Do you know what gods have to do with the Laws of Nature (Natural Laws)?

To live in accordance with the gods is explained in Óðsmál (Odsmal) according to Hávamál (Havamal). It is to find the flow of nature and to aid the creative powers in ourselves. When we find the flow of all-supporting nature, we feel it as all-provident. We live in accordance with the Laws of Nature, i.e. the gods.
Fear is not exploited in heathenry. Fear is negative. Peaceful security and trust in oneself is encouraged.

The origin of æsir (aesir; Æsir; the asa) is in Ásgarður (Asgardur). But where is Ásgarður (Asgardur)?
Who were Æsir (aesir, asa) as men? Where did they come from? What does it imply to be an ásatrúarmaður* (asatruarmadur)? Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains this.

*)Ásatruar (asatruar); man of asatru; ásatrúar (asatruar; of asatru). Asatruar is genitivus of the noun ásatrú (asatru).

Óðsmál (Odsmal) can be read as a book of jokes, as a delightful amusement or as a sharp and satiric correction of deliberate misinterpretations of history for the last 10-20 centuries. You can lick the chocolate off the top or you can devour the whole cake. Either way, each man becomes a lot wiser after reading that magnificent book.

"Do not carry each others' burdens", we read in Óðsmál (Odsmal).
What!!? Egoistic lot, these heathens, man!
But this is how Óðsmál (Odsmal) takes us by surprise. In Hávamál (Havamal) it is pointed out to us not to carry any burdens. To throw all trash away. Worries weaken us. Good life is without imaginary (i.e. "real" to some) misery.

The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.

Where is happiness? What is happiness?
Read Óðsmál (Odsmal)  -  you become better off in finding out for yourself.

The most delicate aspect of heathenry is lost. The most delicate part is also the most important one. The delicate and important part is prone to damage if mother and father do not know about it and can not and tell you how to reach you divinity within yourself.

Nature religion, nature belief, nature worship, (man and nature) is a good part of heathenry. It is explained in Óðsmál (Odsmal).
We should understand nature worship as feeling for nature. Above all we should stay away from artificial beliefs and revealed belief systems.

Actually,  believing is a dangerous thing, because it is of this world. It could even retard personal development. It is not a secure path to the All-pervading Divinity that is to be found within every being and even within inanimate things in the world. Believing can even retard and disable the sincere seeker of Truth, and can distract from, and block us from, the Real Divinity within, that should be naturally easy for us to find and reach.

Óðsmál (Odsmal), is a pioneer work in this field.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is perhaps the greatest thesis ever written to explain the profound wisdom of heathenry. It actually is a revolutionary book on the profoundness of:

Hávamál, Völuspá, ásatrú
(Hauvamaul, Voeluspau, asatru)

A charming rediscovery!

This book promotes research in (just to name some):
norse theology,
Sanskrit words in Icelandic,
and in mythology ........


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