I was recently watching a television program that discussed the importance of caves and its relationship to spiritualism. Afterwards, I decided to conduct some research on the historical importance of caves and how it might relate to gnosis. I quickly stumbled upon this short video based on the Plato story of the Allegory of the Cave.
This video is a great segue into the topic of caves and spiritual knowledge. With just a few clicks on a keyboard one will quickly discover that many of the ancient mystical societies and religions held the belief that caves hold spiritual secrets/mysteries.
We know from history that Jesus was born in a cave at Bethlehem, that there was a cave he lived in and taught from near the summit of the Mount of Olives and a cave site from his death and resurrection. Well, interestingly enough, soon after Emperor Constantine’s conversion to the Christian faith, he commissioned three basilicas, or churches, to be built at each of these locations, Calvary, the Mount of Olives and Bethlehem, to commemorate the importance of these caves and their relationship to the Christian religion. Why would he build three churches at the sites of the three caves of Jesus? Simply stated, these three caves hold spiritual power, and Constantine knew it.
Furthermore, as most Enlightened Masons already know, Mithraism was a popular secret society, or religion, amongst the Romans, and Persians before them. Well, this group held many similarities to early Gnostic Christians. As well, by the time of Constantine’s rule in Rome, Mithraism had already been widely accepted by society, including the Pope and his bishops.
The god Mithra actually dates some 3,500 years, and has been traced to the Indian Vedic religion. Mithra (Mitra) was a benevolent god and the bestower of heath, wealth and food. A true devotee could be purified of all sin and disease, despite the fact he was a warrior god. Which makes sense, only because it became the principle religion of the Roman military. In fact, the Roman legionaries refereed to Mithra as the “divine sun, the unconquered sun.” He was “the mediator” between heaven and earth – sound familiar? It should, for you see, there are many similarities between Mithra and Jesus.
In fact, Mithra’s was born out of a rock, similar to Jesus’ birth in a cave. In truth, the cave of Jesus birth was in fact a site of Mithra worship well before his birth. And similar to Jesus, Mithra was born from a virgin (Mother of God). Moreover, Mithra had twelve disciples (12 zodiac signs) just like Jesus had twelve disciples. The 25th of December also holds significance, for this is the celebratory birth date of both Mithra and Jesus (although most Biblical historians do not beleive Jesus was born on the 25th). And most interestingly, both Mithra and Jesus were considered to be the son of God.
There is far too much to go into in this simple blog posting, but let me just complete this short post with the idea that cave spirituality is nothing new and, in fact, goes back well before Jesus roamed this earth. Please conduct your own research and come to your own conclusions about cave spirituality, and don’t let anyway lead you astray, like so many spiritual leaders have done since the beginning of time. In short, go into the closet alone!!!
So Mote It Be!