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Buddhism Indo-European Vedic

Brahma of Creation

Brahma is the creation aspect of the Vedic Godhead (Trimurti), along with Shiva / Rudra and Vishnu. It has been said that his name is associated with the caste of priest Brahmin and or the ultimate Oness with God, Brahman. Though these interpretations are up for debate.In Buddhism, especially in Japan, Brahma is worshipped as he, in a political move, is said to have become in Enlightened. Some say this allows for the flow of creation and ultimate reality to give way to the multiplicity of the extension of inner connected universes as well as ceaseless and ultimate ceasing reality of the Womb realm. Brahma’s conversion to the ultimate wisdom shows all of creation bowing to the understanding of Bodhi. This isn’t an Insult to the Vedic path as some in India perceive it to be. I personally see it as an embracing and evolution of that understanding.In Japan, Brahma is known as Bonten 梵天, and is one of the Twelve primary Deva. These Deva rearrange the Vedic Gods into a 12 Olympian style ranking which is great for comparative Indo-European studies. Brahma is depicted with 4 heads that can see all directions, an animal spirit or which represents God’s ability to be omnipresent. This is represented by a wild Goose. Each of his heads is said to represent virtues of giving, removing suffering, helping one see truth freeing them from desire, and helping one let go of overt attachment to love or hate. Worshippers are expected to meditate on embodying these virtues in order to karmically be in Brahma’s hall in the next life.Brahma has his own region of heaven above Mt. Sumeru which is above the first level of the mountain where Indra’s realm is (Similar to Olympus or Asgard). Brahma is said to help one defend from greed, anger, and foolishness. In India, modernly, it seems that Brahma worship has been absorbed by Shaivism and Vaishnavism with temples to or worship of Brahma directly becoming very rare. Oddly enough Buddhism restored the concept of Brahma to the role he originally would have had. In Slavic Paganism (Rodnovery, etc) the Svetoid is a 4 headed deity who watches over each cardinal direction and may be associated with Perun (Indra / Thor comparatively) and may be associated with either Indra’s 4 cardinal direction generals / kings or Brahma.

Personal note: With the Russian Orthodox Church on again / off again persecuting Slavic Pagans while the government there is said to recognize “Hinduism” as a religion, it might benefit Pagans to work with Hindu groups to help preserve their faiths. Though this might have its own issues as well.

In the Maitri Upanishad Brahma is mentioned.

“Now then, that part of him which belongs to Tamas, that, O students of sacred knowledge (Brahmacharins), is this Rudra.That part of him which belongs to Rajas, that O students of sacred knowledge, is this Brahma.That part of him which belongs to Sattva, that O students of sacred knowledge, is this Vishnu.Verily, that One became threefold, became eightfold, elevenfold, twelvefold, into infinite fold.This Being (neuter) entered all beings, he became the overlord of all beings.That is the Atman (Soul, Self) within and without – yea, within and without!—”

Maitri Upanishad 5.2

The Idea or understanding of Brahma isn’t one of a supreme ultimate deity but one of an aspect of the Godhead that informs one’s worship and provides one virtues to mediate upon.Hammer and VajraResources: Onmark Productions: 12 Devashttps://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/12-devas.shtmlThe Upanishads: translated by Juan Mascaro 1965. Image: Brahma by Christian Huerta https://www.artstation.com/artwork/L3RQ6K

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Indo-European Vedic

“Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe.”

Here is an interesting interview from a Youtuber called The Modern Platonist. In this video he speaks with Aki Cederberg who is a European Pagan author, and creative artist, who wrote a book called “Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe.” I have order the book myself but have yet to fully take a deep dive so I am not able to make a full review.

There are a few points in this interview that really resonated with me regarding my purpose, what I feel is a calling, and my goal with the Hammer and Vajra project.

In this interview he speaks of European Paganism being a broken line. This is something that I feel like isn’t 100% true but objectively can be summarized as true. While we have had folklorist, theologians, mystics, and certain “orders” what have appeared over the years our direct connections for the most part are broken. Cederberg speaks of his journey to India to become an initiate in the Nagababa Sādhanā. He talked regarding taking the Vedic path and bringing the linage of unbroken Indo-European faith back to the European Paganism but keeping it the flavor of European Paganism. In sort of a syncretic method. Also like reenacting the Indo-European migratory path again. This would be for the goal of creating an unbroken line and almost stitching European Paganism back together with its past. I myself have have performed many travels and working through imitation in a similar path, though nothing as extreme as Sadhu from India (Though the term Shugen for Vajrayana buddhism is derived from Sadhu there fore Shugendo is like the Buddhist Sādhanā). He also mentioned how European paganism needs figured like the Sadhu who are adherence to Odin, Veles, Dionysus, etc, in order to bring back the divine connection to the everyday people. This is something that the Hammer and Vajra project supports for all traditions. Part of our goal is not only to achieve something syncretic like this but to highlight others who are making such strives in the west. This too is what I think Odinism needs as well.

In this new year, with danger and political unrest coming to a boil across the world, it is time for a revival of true spirituality of the people. I hope this marks the year where many of you start this journey as well.
May the Gods bless you all and lead you to wisdom and strength.
Hammer and Vajra
Written by Zachary Gill 03 January 2021

After the introduction skip head 7mins to avoid technical difficulties.
The Interview
https://youtu.be/hbioECN5S1Q

If you have read this book please let me know your thoughts.
Cederberg’s book.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620556790/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Vedic

The Shiva Pill

This new year consider taking the Shiva pill.
As you may know I practice a syncretic faith of Vedic Heathenism. So I see the aspect of the Sky Father and Godhead primarily found in Odin and Shiva-Ruda.

I feel Shiva-Rudra / Odin adoration represents the best for those who are seeking wisdom, strength, and self improvement. Especially for males and their Devi / Goddess counterparts show a deep understanding for females to which both sexes can learn and grow in their individual strength and in proper Dharma and morale compass.

Here is a list of posts I have made regarding my own journey and understanding of my path focusing on Shiva.

Odinic Shiva connection

(I plan to update this with posts that link to this current website later. This is a copy from the Facebook Page)
Part 1
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2659695784276238
Part 2
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2659852117593938

Post workout meditation and prayer to Shiva.
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2669824853263331

On The World-Spear of the Sky Father – Trishula, Gungnir, Pinaka (by Arya Akasha)
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2771354993110316

Devadevam (the lord) (Song lyrics by Rotting Christ ft Rudra)
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2764953733750442

Sky Father connection
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2841211886124626

Tantric / Sadhu – Shugendo Left Hand Path
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2724528337792982

Odinic Enlightenment
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2690338604545289

Odinic Wisdom
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2762870523958763

Acala
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2627736280805522

Please feel free to visit my page for Vajrayana Buddhism where my primary focus is on Acala (One of the many Buddhist deities and aspects of Shiva)
https://www.facebook.com/templeoftheimmovable

Thank you all for your support and I hope everyone has a better year.
Remember you have to improve yourself before you can improve the world around you.

Hammer and Vajra!

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Indo-European Vedic

New Year 2021

Happy New Years to everyone!
I am working on a few more book projects and well as posts regarding Odinic and Vedic wisdom (and all other Indo-European or ancient traditions).
2020 was a doozy, but there are good things that came from it. I released my first book, and met many great people online whom I have learned a lot from. Hopefully more freedom will emerge from 2021. As always embrace the divine and self improvement in all things.
Let this year be the time to embark on your own spiritual journey, defend your culture, make connections with tribe and family, and self growth.
Wish you all the best.
Hammer and Vajra!
Written by Zachary Gill 31 December 2020.

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Christianity Indo-European Vedic

Jesus & Krishna

I have two questions for everyone.

1. What are your honest thoughts about Christ (the idea) and Jesus (the potential person) if he existed. This question is two fold as Christ the idea or title could represent the archetype of the Indo-European savior / Sun God ( Mithras, Saoshyant, Maitreya, Kalki, Sol Invictus, Krishna, Shakyamuni Buddha etc) or the divine Child of the Sky father (Heracles, Dionysus, Thor, Indra, Tammuz, Marduk, Gilgamesh). Both lists overlap strongly. The second fold being the man of the historical record that is Jesus as known by contemporary Christianity.

2. The second question is what are your honest thoughts Krishna? (No matter your Indo-European group of faith path) Also on being respectful to Krishna and Krishna worship as an avatar or extension of Indo-European archetype like the above regardless of the Hare Krishna / ISKON movement’s tendency toward monotheistic interpretations of God.

In your responses please be as polite as possible regardless if you disagree or agree with ideas regarding the figures above. However, do speak your mind so that we can all learn.

The reason why I bring this up is that these two spiritual figures are probably the most prominent ones you will encounter today. Christianity is responsible for the creation of the Judeo-Christian faith that is ingrained in the Americas today, but is also responsible in turn for the preservations of various European and Indo-European morals, virtues, and concepts that it absorbed in the west. In the Eastern Orthodoxy it may reflect the last branches of Roman style imperial understanding and even mystical interpretations that were considered heretical in the west.

Regarding Krishna worship, the various Vaishnavism branches are probably the most internationally reaching of any Indian based religions. Most so-called Vedic content in the west is linked to a form of Vaishnavism or Krishna worship. More people know of the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahābhārat than the actual Rig Vedas or Upanishads it seems. Therefore, the popularity of this religion is quickly becoming the face of “Hinduism” as one knows it in the west (and even in the East to some degree).

The last question would be are these two faiths and representation coming to close together? Where they are at risk of one being absorbed by another and running the understanding between them? In particular regards to missionary work being done in India where “tricking”, for lack of a better term, people into conversation by correlating the Gods into being the same as Christian God/s or lesser is a common practice.

While I have my personal opinions and biases, which I have voiced here a few times, I think it would be best to gather a few opinions of that which is out there.

Hammer and Vajra!

Written by Zachary Gill 26 December 2020

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Christianity Indo-European Vedic

“Great Junction”

Tonight is what people are calling the “Great Junction”.
It is a time when the Planets Jupiter and Saturn will align crossing paths within the view of the Earth.
As one studying religion will know, Astronomy / Astrology have been intertwined with spiritual understanding, rituals, and sciences. Whether it is a new age movement obsessed with “aliens” or ancient Solar worship of the Indo-Europeans and Sumerians, the Gods being associated with planets, stars and energy from them has been around since Proto-Religions.

Many temples from around the world were designed to align with the stars and planets, and or rising and setting of the sun.

There is one thing that the majority of spirituality has in common besides Solar and star worship and that is the belief in different Eras. Be these Eras represented by a Zodiac, a set phase or Yuga, a coming of savior, the change of climate, or various other parameters the planets and their movements have always been a meter for measuring when these Ages or Eras will change.

Given the context of the year 2020 and how it has treated many people, some feel that this phenomenon could be a bad Omen signaling the end of society, the world as we know it, and the climax of the start of an apocalyptic end times. Be this a return of an Indo-European Solar hero or an Abrahamic “messiah”.

Others see this as a sign of good change. The end of an era of turmoil, the rise of an age of enlightenment, or a small pocket of Golden age within the Yuga.

Even in the strife and flames often new life and rebirth is sprung from the ashes.

The auspiciousness of this event is that it is also taking place on Yule / Winter Solstice.

Does this signal the return of a golden age?
The return to spirituality?
Extreme advancements of technology and space travel?
The climax before a large change be it good or bad?
Or does this signal the end?
What is your thoughts or personal beliefs?

Article from NASA regarding this time.
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-great-conjunction-of-jupiter-and-saturn

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Christianity Indo-European Vedic

Official Book Recommendation List

Hammer and Vajra Official Book Recommendation List

I think a lot of people looking into Germanic Heathenry or other forms of Paganism are rather confused on good study material. Often, they get recommended a bunch of Wiccan or Super-Neo Pagan books that are good for what they are, maybe, but not for an understanding of European paganism in the context of folk religion and greater Indo-European interconnective understanding. So below I am going to provide a list of books I recommend in various aspects of Indo-European, Pagan, Vedic, and Germanic studies. This will include the basic primers of spiritual scripts as well for beginners.

These books are all recommendations for their content not for the sociopolitical context of the author or the time the author wrote, be that opinion conservative or liberal.

I am also providing Amazon Links for those who would like to purchase and support these Authors.

The post is long so please look throughout if you want to see something in particular you are personally following or interested in.

General Indo-European understanding

Comparative Mythology by Prof Jaan Puhvel

This book is the best I can recommend in understanding Indo-European connectivity between ancient religions. It might be rather scholarly and hard for some to understand but I feel it is a bit more approachable than some of Georges Dumézil’s works. Though I would say much of his works should be sought out for comparison if you can find one in English. I personally think that “Comparative Mythology” is the best jumping point for anyone wanting to understand the inner connectivity for these traditions.

Bulfinch’s Mythology

This may seem like an odd choice as it is the most mainstream, however, it is also the best collections of “myth” and historical attested legends / lore you will find in almost any book joined together.

Syncretic Indo-European Faith (Hammer & Vajra)

It has come time to recommend my own book.

“A compendium of Indo-European religion and a guide for the spiritual concepts of Vedic Heathenism. A Syncretic Indo-European Faith by Zachary Gill is an introduction to a syncretic modern faith, to include the practices, history, culture, and values that makes up this IE based Heathen path. Using both academic research and personal gnosis, Mr. Gill illustrates how the roots of Indo-European peoples and their many-branched faiths can guide the modern heathen. This book is especially for those who wish to reinvigorate their practice. He examines the IE deities in-depth, contrasting, and comparing them across branches and offering a study of how deities have changed in both appearance and function over time and culture. It is meant as a guide and companion book for those interested in discovering the standard practices found within all IE faiths, a background that all peoples of Indo-European descent share.”

Summoning the Gods by Collin Cleary.
This is probably my favorite book to understanding the divine / the Gods and Monism. It does a decent comparison of Indo-European philosophy and thought while showing the inner connectivity of divinity. It is a bit harder to find a physical copy nowadays.

Germanic / Heathenism

There is a bit of controversy regarding whose translations you should trust. While I love that the older 1800s translations from Thorpe and Bellows. Though modernly a lot of people recommend the translations of Prof. Jackson Crawford. I personally have only read a bit of his books. I will say cross comparing various translations might be the best approach.

Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda/Elder Edda is mostly written down within the Codex Regius, a 12th -century manuscript, but is considered to be poems that had been passed via oral tradition since much earlier. The author of this is unknown, as it is thought to be various authors throughout. This Edda is the primary source and sacred text of most modern Germanic Pagan movements and religions. It is broken into various poems of which the Hávamál and the Rígsþula are contained. However, it is the Völuspá, which is considered to be pivotal in understanding the beliefs of the Early Germanic peoples as it not only tells of the creation of the cosmos but foretells the future end and rebirth of the world.

Hávamál

The Hávamál (Old Norse: sayings of the High One) is included as
part of the Codex Regius (Approx. 1270 A.D), the Icelandic Book of
Kings. While the Codex Regius is filled with various poems pertaining
to the Norse gods, it also contains a lot of euhemerist concepts. That
being said, the Hávamál is a group of poems that are spiritually
attributed to sayings from Odin himself. These poems are broken up
into different groupings of subjects that provide advice and wisdom
for daily life. To many modern heathens, these poems are considered
divine spiritual wisdom. The portion of the Hávamál that deals with
Odin’s sacrifice to his higher self on the World Tree, as well as the
usage of the Runes, stand out from the rest of the poems and are
often the focus of esoteric and metaphysical philosophies and ritual.

Sagas

There are many Viking, Germanic, Scandinavian, and other Sagas which would take a long time to list completely. One of my main recommendations for this would be those published by Penguin Publishing. I will say the Völsunga Saga and Nibelungenlied stand out as they have influenced western culture and understanding much more than people realize.

Beowulf

Beowulf is a ‘novel’ or Saga said to have originated from around
700 AD. It is written in Old English (Anglo-Saxon) and tells the Saga
of Beowulf a Germanic Hero. While the tale is written from a rather
Christian perspective, it is easy to surmise Pagan traditions and
language from it as the attempts to point out what is pagan and what
is not within the Saga works as its own reverse engineering. In many
ways, this is a sacred book to Germanic Pagans.
You might find it interesting to know that J.R.R. Tolkien did his own translation of Beowulf.
https://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-Translation-Commentary-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/0544570308/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=beowulf&qid=1608371722&sr=8-7

The most recommended and commonly used Beowulf translation is this bilingual one.
https://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-New-Verse-Translation-Bilingual/dp/0393320979/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=beowulf&qid=1608371722&sr=8-5

Prose Edda

The Prose Edda, also called the Younger Edda, was written by
Snorri Sturluson, who was an Icelandic Historian, lawman, and
scholar who lived in the 13th century. He wrote Skaldic poems,
which gave a brief history of the world and covered the “mythologic
history” of the Norse. Most of his writings were based on the Codex
Regius and were filled to the brim with Euhemerism. While this is very
important to historians and those who want to glean what they can
from his writings, it is indeed set in the Christian context, unlike that
of the Elder or Poetic Edda for the most part.

The Northern Dawn: A History of the Reawakening of the Germanic Spirit: From the Twilight of the Gods to the Sun at Midnight

This book is great for understanding Germanic Paganism and how it was Christianized. This is a Great book in understanding the Laws and Indo-European spirit that was behind much of Germanic faith and culture before, during, and after the rise of Christianity.

The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: How to Interpret Runes, Rune Lore, and the Art of Runecasting by Edred Thorsson

Dream of the Rood

https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2685904098322073

Deutsche Mythologie by Jacob (Ludwig Karl) Grimm
https://www.amazon.it/Deutsche-Mythologie-Jacob-Grimm/dp/3932412249

If you want to know more about the Honorable Mr. Grimm please check out my post here.
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2880522322193582

Saxon Heathenism

Path to the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism for Beginners by Swain Wodening https://www.amazon.com/Path-Gods-Anglo…/dp/147517666X

If you want a further breakdown on Saxon Heathenism please check out my post here.

https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2735699603342522

Gothic Paganism / Gothic Christianity

Books by Aelfric Avery and Edred Thorsson / Stephen Flowers

Gutiska Hunslastaths Razda by Aelfric Avery
A Gothic heathen liturgy in the Wulfilan Gothic language with a modern English interlinear translation which honours the gods and goddesses of the ancient Goths. The liturgy consists of the ritual practices of modern-day Gothic heathens which are based on what is known of the ancient Germanic heathen rites.”
https://www.lulu.com/…/paperback/product-22653103.html

The Mysteries of the Goths by Edred Thorsson.
“After providing a concise view of the history of the ancient Goths and their legacy, this text embarks on an ambitious esoteric adventure into the realm of authentic Gothic lore. These adventures encompass the particulars of the ancient Gothic religion, both its pagan roots and Arian-Christian expressions. The mysteries of the unique Gothic alphabet, a synthesis of Runic, Greek and Roman lore, are deeply explored in ways never before revealed. The great Gothic treasures and artifacts, such as the so-called Temple Treasure and the magical Gothic spears of destiny, are also systematically brought to light. This book if for all who treasure the deep Gothic heritage and legacy.”

Gaut’s Descendants: Gothic Religion and Culture in Germania by Aelfric Avery
“Gaut’s Descendants: Gothic Religion and Culture in Germania explores the religion and culture of the Goths and the Gothic influence on other Germanic tribes. Some of the topics examined include: the gods and goddesses of the Goths; the rituals and magic of the Goths; Gaut, the founding father god of the Goths, his surviving myths and his cult of sacral kingship; the various influences that contributed to the synthesis of Gothic religion and culture; the nature of Gothic Christianity and survivals of Gothic heathenry in Christian times; how the Migration Age layer of Germanic mythology differed from the more well-known Viking Age layer of Germanic mythology; how the Goths contributed to Germanic mystical and religious concepts preserved in the Eddas such as the differences between the Aesir and Vanir gods; the substantial influence of the Goths on the legend and poetry of the rest of the Germanic world, especially in Viking Age Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England.”

Slavic Paganism

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of good Primary sources regarding writing on Slavic Paganism.
I would recommend a few authors but it would result in a battle among people whether the sources were legitimate or not.

I made a post on the basics of Slavic Paganism if anyone is interested. Anything further than this I would have to ask others to step in for more clarity.
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2821917288054086

Celtic Faith

Celtic Gods and Heroes by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt

If one wants to cross examine Celtic Faith as well, which is inner connected with Germanic faith (most Germanics being Celtic as much as they are Germanics and both tribes coming from the East originally). This one doesn’t focus on the Gauls as much as I would like it to.

For a fuller breakdown on Celtic understanding I would suggest my post below where provide various links.

https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2866785770233904

Greco-Roman

Hesiod’s Theogony

Much like how the aforementioned Poetic Edda, the Rig Veda, and the biblical Genesis the Theogony gives the birth of the universe, the world, and the creation of the Gods etc. It may have been heavily influenced by Sumerian, Luwian, Hittite, and other creation stories but it correlates easily with many Indo-European faiths.

Theogony at Sacred Texts
https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hesiod/theogony.htm

Orphic Hymns

The Orphic religious context, which some referrer to as a mystery cult, is in my opinion an important approach to esoteric thought, embracing life and death, personal ritual, and connection with the divine.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hoo/index.htm

Writings of Herodotus

Herodotus is often considered the first historian. He is considered
to have lived between 484 and 425 BC. He was a Greek philosopher
who traveled and wrote various things about the peoples he claimed
to visit. He wrote on the Scythians, which is often is considered the
earliest mentioning of them. But much of what he wrote should be
understood as having been written through the lens of Greek
dominance and showed political favor to certain groups and making
others look like barbarians, though one shouldn’t dismiss the fact that
what he wrote is valuable information regarding peoples and cultures
of the past.

Homer’s Works (Iliad and Odyssey)

It is Homer, an ancient Greek, philosopher, and author, that epics
such as the Iliad and the Odyssey are attributed to. These tales are
considered by some to be historical and to others to be fantastical
surround the history of the Greeks and the Trojan war. The quality
and interpretations of these writings vary depending on the translator
or language. The one thing that they represent, for the context of
Indo-European Paganism, is the rituals, culture, and allegories beings
depicted. For this alone, these writings are priceless.

Plato’s The Republic

While this is considered a political book as well as a book on philosophy and ethics, Plato speaks often of praising the Gods, ritual, and how one should conduct one’s life piously.

Persian / Zoroastrian

The Avesta is a collection of Zoroastrian holy texts written in the Avestan language and attributed primarily to Zarathustra himself and is thought to be between 1500 and 600 BC with Zarathustra beingapproximately from 6480 BC. The Avesta consists of the Yasna (primarily focused on ritual) with the five faiths being considered highly important and possibly the oldest and most connected to the Proto-Indo-European/Vedic faith. While the ancient texts are the basis of the Zoroastrian religion and, in a rather similar case to the Bible and Quran, said to be transmitted from God (Ahura Mazda) to Zarathustra, much of the texts have greater connections to IndoEuropean Paganism as a whole. The texts and their contexts must be viewed through the eyes of the culture at the time, and are often mistaken for Monotheism,
despite the fact that they have hymns to different Gods and Spirits (such as Mithra). These beings are called Yazata and align closely with counterparts in the Vedas as well as other Gods within IndoEuropean faiths such as the Slavic, Greek, and Germanic traditions. Reading the Avesta might give the devotee or seeker of knowledge a rather familiar feeling which they may trace to that of Christianity and Islam. However, this is due to the fact that the Persian empire (who was for the most part Zoroastrians) had a strong influence on the region, which continued from ancient times into even both the Greece and Roman Empires. Some Judeo-Christian and Islamic concepts were, for the lack of a better description, lifted completely from Zoroastrian writings and beliefs. For those who read the Avesta for a Vedic Heathen practice
or to seek deeper wisdom and understanding of Indo-European Paganism, they should pay keen attention to the rituals and magics, origin stories, Fire worship, and the reverence to Mithra. This could arguably be one of the first examples of Monism.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/zor/

For modern reading I would recommend the following.
The Good religion, Original Magic, and Mazda way by Stephen flowers.

India / Vedic

There are thousands of Indian texts. Not all of them are Vedic. The more time passes the newer texts are less and less Vedic, at least in my opinion.

With this I would recommend, at least for westerners, primarily the Rig Veda which I feel is the most important as it sets the stage for Indo-European ritual and understanding. After this I would recommend the Upanishads as they delve into a deeper understanding of interconnectivity, the nature of divinity, and what could be described as original monist thought.

Though it may be considered controversial, if case you want to know the difference between Vedic scripture and the broader Hindu scripture. Personally, I only follow Vedic scripture, which I see as more reflective of greater Indo-European faiths. Within this is included the four Vedas. The Rigveda (Praise Hymns Knowledge), the (Sacrificial knowledge), the Samaveda (Song/Hymn Knowledge), and the Atharvaveda (Magical/Ritual Knowledge). It is not that I would ignore the wisdom of the Hindu texts or think lesser of their worship. However, this is where the Vedas are adopted for more culturally relevant to what became the Hindus and less to overarching Indo-European or Proto-Indo European Paganism.

That being said the tales in the The Bhagavad Gita and the Mahābhārata are very good examples of morality, devote spirituality and how to conduct oneself honorably.

Rig Veda translated by Wendy Doniger

At Sacred Texts by Ralph T.H. Griffith, Translator

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/index.htm

Upanishads translated by Juan Mascaro

https://www.amazon.com/Upanishads-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140441638/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Juan+Mascaro&qid=1610041190&sr=8-2

At Sacred Texts translated by Max Müller

https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/sbe01/index.htm

In this part I will give a small list of recommended Authors that I’ll leave up to you to investigate or seek out yourself. I might elaborate on them on future posts.

Philosophy

Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, etc.

Much of this could be summarized by looking into the Western Canon. Of course this has become a political issue in the current era, however, most of these works transcended what I would call “modern” politics.

Esotericism
Julius Evola, René-Jean-Marie-Joseph Guénon, Guido Von List, Meister Eckhart, Hermes Trismegistus, various alchemist and Pagan leaning philosophy writers.

Spiritually inspired fiction
J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis, H.P Love Craft, Robert Howard, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Frank Herbert.

Other works
Other works would be studies on Scythian and Tengriism as well as various Buddhist Sutra, Mantra, and Tantra. Many of those deserve their own post and book recommendations which I might do at a later date.

I hope this small foray into what I would consider proper Indo-European philosophy and religious texts helps guide you. I’m not saying that these are the only books that should be read or that there aren’t a controversy or mistakes in any of these books or works by the authors. Instead, what I am implying is that if one is seeking an understanding of “Paganism” “Heathenry” or Indo-European spirituality and they haven’t read any of the primary texts or some of these supporting authors, be the of a Christian time period or not, then they are doing their own journey a disservice.
That being said it is important to cross reference and question your understanding as well as that of others.
Strive for truth and wisdom always.
Hammer and Vajra
Written by Zachary Gill, 19 December 2020.

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Norse Vedic Will of Gaut

Children of Manu

मानव Children of Manu ᛗ Mannaz 3 Indo-European functions per Georges Dumézil: 1st Function (Priestly/Juridical): Right 2nd Function (War/Protection): Might (Power), & Duty (Control/Discipline) 3rd Function (Trade/Sustenance): Happiness (Pleasure) ᚷᛟᛏ Such is Gôt Such is cause and effect. Such is Karma. Such is Dharma. Hammers and Vajra!

मानव Children of Manu
ᛗ Mannaz

3 Indo-European functions per
Georges Dumézil:
1st Function (Priestly/Juridical): Right
2nd Function (War/Protection): Might (Power), & Duty (Control/Discipline)
3rd Function (Trade/Sustenance): Happiness (Pleasure)

ᚷᛟᛏ
Such is Gôt
Such is cause and effect.
Such is Karma.
Such is Dharma.

Hammers and Vajra!

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Buddhism Indo-European Norse Vedic

Comparative Speculation on the 9 Worlds

It is possible to see / interpret the different 9 realms in the Norse / Germanic tradition as the same as realms of existence in Vedic / Hindu / Buddhist beliefs. There has been a lot of studies that show this connection. Alfheim, for example, would considerably be the realm of existence of the honorable or illuminated ancestors. Alf / Elf being an ancestor not some sort of other race of being has depicted in the modern fantasy tales. In this interpretation the 9 realms would work more like a trans-migratory map for spiritual destinations or realms of incarnation. This is rather common motif in many faiths. Especially in the Indo-European traditions. The same concept can be applied to varying afterlives within other European traditions. Possible cultural reflections of the same idea.
This puts things such as Valhalla, reincarnation, and burial rituals in a different and possibly more profound light.
Food for thought
Hammer and Vajra!

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Indo-European Norse Self-improvement Vedic

Syncretic Path forward

So I have this deep gut feeling, I might be wrong, that with the Vedas, the Eddas, and whatever the Rodnovery / Romuva, the key to the real original religion for the Indo-European and upper Indian can be found. This is what I have a distinct calling for. I feel that many people during the early 20th century up till now are seeking something like this. They erroneously go to India and seek money grabbing Gurus and Hindus when they themselves only has watered down versions of the original. Hammer and Vajra seeks to discover this truth and present it as clearly and unadulterated as possible. There are many takes on faith, especially in this age of over population, media filled distractions, cultural decay, and digital sages all calling for violence or payments. I will say plainly there are forms of faith, cosmogical, and pseudo scientific mindsets that have been presented as the “truth” for a long time without any benefit. Adherence to these ideas might have United people in the past, as even lies must be build on the truth. But these philosophies have hurt us as much as they have advanced us. The truth there before us, within our ancestral blood, within our forefathers, within our children, and ever present in the Cosmos. It has just been buried to keep the Cog (us) turning in the system oiled with digital, political, and sexual distractions and chemicals. It is time for the awakening before the decay results in the end of and Era. If we are to survive we will need to have an enlightenment. Hammer and Vajra will be there to help bring this enlightenment about. —Zachary Gill