Category Archives: Obscure Religious Cults

A Unique Cosmogonic Narrative

I love to read the cosmologies of different cultures, certainly the Buddhist ones come to mind but in researching the Dharma Thakur cult their own offering is marvelously represented in the liturgical text, Śūnya Purāṇa. It is presented here in its entirety for our archives. Notice perhaps the best portrayal of the Primordial Void wherein dwells the Unborn Lord, Ullūka the owl, (Dharma’s mount—he is a sort of all-seeing Wisdom-Eye), the cosmic-tortoise (seen in many diverse and indigenous cultures), as well as the birth of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Later we shall also investigate the significance of Mantric Speech. read more

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The Ubiquitous Dharma-Cult

The so called Dharma-cult of Western Bengal is ubiquitous in that it incorporates heterogeneous religious strains from many diverse traditions, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and assorted indigenous deities. Its main Deity is recognized as the Lord Dharma, or its more popular title, Dharma-hākura. This Lord Supreme resembles more general Indian beliefs than representations of the Buddha. If it is in any way crypto-Buddhist, it would be so only directly related to later Buddhism, such as the Vajrayāna. Also, there is never to be found any yogic-influences. Certain Muslim alliances would be favored over any Hindu traits: read more

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The Nātha Lords

One of the most popular cults of Bengal lore are the Nāthas. It originally developed in Bengal out of a curious mixture of a once mighty Vajrayāna Buddhism and the subsequent Sāivism. Its main impetus is that of a yogic-dimension that utilized sundry Siddhis powers. They were briefly relayed in a former series but is worth repeating at this junction: read more

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The Rat of the Vital Wind

The end of 2020 was just as momentous of the end of 2019 with the death of my parents. My much beloved male Tonkinese Cat died from cancer. I was devastated. He is dearly missed by me and his surviving 11 year-old sister. They both were raised by me as kittens. She cries-out for him on a daily basis, searching around the house in vain for his departed presence. You have to realize that for me as a celibate these beloved creatures are more than just pets—pets are what you call goldfish perhaps but these are my daily companions. It’s been hard for me to begin anew with my monthly regimen of writing here on the Unborn Mind Zen blog. Recently, though, I was curled up with a good book in my gas-heated outside hermitage which bars the door to the frigid winter climate. The book’s title is Obscure Religious Cults, by S.D. Gupta. My volume is a heavy leather-bound edition. I began taking up the text earlier last year with the intention of one day offering a blog series on this marvelous work. The first passage I turned to while sitting in my hermitage read, read more

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