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Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller

Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment

Rudolf Steiner

The Bhagavad Gita


The Characters of Theophrastus


American genealogy

by Michael Piggott


The Aryans moved into India by whole communities and past from one river valley to another with their wives, little ones and cattle; each household father being a warrior, a husbandman and a priest. Marriage was still held sacred. There was then no poligamy. The husband and the wife, both ruled the house and together drew near to the their Creator in prayer. The father was priest to his own household and the chief was father and priest to the tribe, but in great festivals, a man learned in holy offerings was chosen by the chief to conduct the offering in the name of the people. When the chief officiated his title was "Lord of the Settlers." Their women were held in high esteem and some of the most beautiful Vedic hymns were composed by them.

While still at the base of the Himalayas and before crossing the Hindus, the Aryan tribes quarreled among themselves, but united in wars against the dark-skinned aborigines, whom they reduced to bondage or drove before them into mountain recesses; while they were constantly pusht forward by later arrivals of their own stock, until finally settling, as undisputed victors, in what the Veda styled the Middle Land of the Sacred Singers, on the Ganges, where, in subsequent centuries they developed a civilization filled with mystery and strange wisdom, out of which have grown the creeds of more than one half of the human race, the influence of which spread into Africa and over Asia to the outer limits of China and Japan.

After conquering the dark-skinned aborigines, the new white-skinned masters of India planted the seeds of their own destruction by inauguarting a despotic system of castes, including not only those they had subjugated but their own people as well. The establishment of the "caste" system 01 government was the first step in parting from the simple patriarchal methods of their Iranic fathers and the worship of the supreme God of Creation. It opened wide the door for the demons of discord to enter and foment jealousy, hatred and turmoil, among all classes.

It is well for their Aryan descendants in America to ponder over this lesson and give serious thot to the progress made by despotism always by easy steps which are overlooked by the masses of the people, until it is too late to remedy them.

As we have stated, in early times, the father of an Aryan family was not only its head, but also its priest, to conduct religious sacrifices and ceremonies, and that the chief was considered the father and the priest of the tribe and conducted the tribal sacrificial ceremonies. As the art of writing was unknown the Vedic hymns and sacrificial words were committed to memory and handed down by word of mlouth, from father to son. In tribal sacrifices, when the chief did not officiate, he selected some man especially learned in holy offerings to conduct the tribal ceremonies. Such a man was highly honored for his piety and was selected time and again to conduct tribal sacrifices, to chant the battle hymns, to implore divine aid or pray away the divine wrath.

In the course of time, the families who learned the sacrificial hymns by heart, became the hereditary owners of the liturgies required at the most solemn offerings to God. The most potent prayer was termed Brahma, and the priest offering it, Brahman.

Whosoever scoffs at the prayer we have made, may hot plagues come upon him. May the sky burn up that hater of Brahmans."

By degrees, a vast army of ministrants grew up around each of the tribal sacrificial places.

First—The officiating priests and their assistants who prepared the sacrificial ground; drest the altar, slew the victims and poured out the libations.

Second—The chanters of the Vedic hymns.

Third—The reciters of other parts of the service.

Fourth—The supreme priests who watched over the whole and corrected mistakes.

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