There is all sorts of interesting stuff here, but it is buried in the Patristic Fathers. One of my favorite features of Theosis - for the deified person, there are no scriptures, no creeds, no specific beliefs, nothing can be forced in from the outside. The deified person is a prophet. So… the Church used to look to such individuals as to which teachings, rituals, practices, etc., were helpful in effecting the “cure of the heart,” not because of some objective truth concerning the rituals, but to bring the individual, pragmatically, to a state of purification where they too could be cured of mental delusions and fantasies “about God,” and simply “know God.” Sounds like yoga, Zen, “ah, grasshopper…” to me.
Of course, the masses own the Western Church today, and their handlers. As a crime organization, the Roman Catholic Church makes the mafia look like pick pockets. The patients run the hospital in the Greek Church today. Theosis is more attuned to the secret teachings of the Church, but it seems to have been part of the mainstream Church at one time, before the Schism, so could be very interesting to researchers like you.
In the West, Theosis was left by the way side in favor of Greek rationalism and metaphysics. Theosis was viewed as wrong. I was surprised that the new Pope actually mentioned Theosis as a treasure of the Orthodox tradition several months ago in one of his addresses concerning the reuniting of the Church - so people in the higher levels know quite a bit.
I am a free thinker. My interest in Theosis is because it is really a radical idea that has much in common with Eastern thought, and esoteric thought. I would dare say a consequence of a truly extreme view of Theosis is that Jesus is Mythical, as are most things in the Church, but they are pragmatically useful in leading a person to “know God.” Perhaps not today in the Modern Exoteric Church, but maybe once, as the successor to Serapis and his mysteries, as a unifier of preceding myths and fantasies about the divine.
Here is a crazy web site that has Theosis resources, some interesting stuff mixed in with partisan propaganda:
Thanks for listening to my rantings about my philosophical interests. Congratulations on your appointment!
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 03:08:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Sharjah
To: Acharya S
Dear Ms Acharya S: I am Muhammad Yusuf, a journalist in The Gulf Today. It is an English language daily newspaper published from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Middle East.
I am Indian. I came here eight years ago from Mumbai, India. I was a journalist there also.
I saw your site and would like to follow up. I see you have written Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled. In India, we have followers of all three in sizeable numbers! I would really like to read what you have written about them. Is it possible for you to send a copy of your book? Reviewing it is out of the question here due to demographic sensitivity and consequent media restrictions. But I can use its arguments in private conversation here!
But some day, Insha-Allah, I can review it once I leave here to India for good (the ultimate plan of all Gulf expats).
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 14:05:15 +0200
To: Acharya S
Archarya S -
I wanted you to know that I read what you wrote on http://www.truthbeknown.com/bible.htm. I'm a Christian and wanted you to know that I'm praying for you and that I hope and pray you can come to know the peace and joy that comes from faith and trust in God, who knows everything and is concerned with our well-being (meaning that His plan for our lives is infinitely better than our own).
I suspect that you base much of your worldview and philosophy on logic and rationality. I do, also. In fact, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:14-16 that if Christ was not raised from the dead, our faith is useless, wrong, and that we are in fact false preachers. This rests the validity of Christianity on one historical fact, which can be researched, proved or disproved. No other major religion in the world can claim to have their religion rest on logic, rationality, or facts. Instead, all others rest on feelings, which are fleeting and less reliable.
It might be the case that your philosophy and work, while interesting and engaging, does not satisfy some of the deepest quesitons about life. Are you 100% certain where you'll go after life on earth? God can bring that certainty. Are you ever in pain and don't know who to turn to? God is the ultimate comforter.
Thanks for taking the time to read my email. If you're curious about some of the other things that make Christianity unique from all other religions (and therefore why a rational, logical person would begin an evaluation of the world's religions with Christianity), feel free to write me back.
Thank you, but I'm a firm believer in Lord Shiva, and I will pray to him that you come to understand the fallacy of the Bible. Just believe in Lord Shiva and you will come to know such peace and love. Your whole life will become absolutely perfect, and nothing bad will ever again happen to you or anyone else you know. Until you come to know Lord Shiva through the Hindu Holy Scriptures, you will never understand the True Nature of God.
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 07:18:59 EDT
Subject: Hi, looked at your book. Sorry about your mom, she was beautiful! So are you!
To: Acharya S
Are you married or have any children? I am still single. You look very beautiful in your pictures. Your right, as far as I know, the only talk of the historicity of Jesus come from the New Testament writers.
My roomate and I were musicians and into math and science in college, along with myself being an athlete. But we enjoyed the ancient history classes etc. enough to take trips to Europe and the Middle East to see some digs and sites, always skeptical of any so-called finds or studies, knowing that maybe they made money coming up with stuff to publish about.
We were always skeptical of the validity of ancient writings also, religious or not. But most of all, we were well aware of the problem of overwhelming evil and pleasure(the seemingly uncontrollable desire for sex, especially by ourselves-guys). We still have not figured these problems out per se.
I have read most of the primary religious source material of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Taoism, Egyptian, etc.. Like you, I was always skeptical of Josephus, the Plinys, etc.. But I got a funny feeling that I can't describe when I once read a Gospel of John. As a tough athlete, that was a hard shell to break through. Sure, I know that it may have been copied and added to over time, but that stuff was not what affected me. It was the words of Jesus really. His words just affected me more than any other writings. I can't explain it. The other religious material had some nice wisdom and words, but not like the words of Jesus for some reason. Of course I had a sheltered life before that, in a modern family, never going church much except to an Episcopal or Lutheran church once in awhile at Christmas with my parents. I always knew that there was something wrong with the Catholic Church, not letting priests marry etc.. Even as a little kid I stayed clear of that. And all that gold and pomp just made me think, why don't they give all that money to help poor people or build hospitals, etc.. I am not married and try to treat people fairly and with kindness while at the same time watching my back and not really trusting most people. I don't attend any churches, but I might drop into an old Episcopal cathedral in Boston or even an old mission near LA once in awhile when no services are happening and turn to the old Gospel of John from a bible in the pew. Anyway, your right, only the New Testament writer's give any testimony of the historicity of Jesus. I can't explain it but I believe Christ's words amongst any literary flaws they may be entangled with. But I totally understand where you are coming from, life is a mess on this planet and I am trying to get an amendment or statute to limit births to 2 per family or less to start decreasing the world population. I have other plans I am working on also. Disease is rampant and the sooner we get this mess cleaned up the better. As a scientist, I have developed some theories about getting rid of disease and evil on the most part. But you have to get the politicians and supreme court to agree with it. It starts with decreasing the world population. Later, Randy
To: Acharya S
Subject: just curious
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 12:02:29 -0500
I was reading some articles from your website.
I am a Christian, and as a follower of Christ, I really do care about people. One thing I certainly don't want to do is to turn you away from faith in Christ. I want to let you know that up front. So, this question is not meant to be hostile or unfriendly at all.
Having said that, I am curious...what hope have you found in your life? I wonder what sort of freedom or liberation you feel or others you communicate to feel when they read your work? I am always in search of truth, eternal hope and freedom, which I can say with 100% certainty, I have found in Jesus Christ.
You claim to reveal or uncover the truth by denying the claims of Christ and other religions. Assuming your assertions are correct,what hope is in this truth you proclaim?
Just an honest question meant to engage a discussion...
That's nice, but billions of people have found hope in other religions over the past several thousand of years. You are "100% certain" only because of the era and place you are in. If you were in India, you'd be "100% certain" that it was KRISHNA or some other god who was giving you hope. If you were born 3,000 years ago, it would be Osiris or one of the other gods. So, your certainty depends merely upon the place and era, not upon truth.
Besides that, if the god depicted in the Bible were real, there would be no need for hope or any other solace as life would already be perfect.
Sorry, but's a fraud, pure and simple.
To: Acharya S
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 14:18:41 -0700
Hi Acharya S
I enjoyed reading some of your work and recently saw your interview with Regina. You have a wonderful mind and intriguing point of view.
I too tend to interpret history and religion a bit differently than the status quo. Consequently, I recently wrote Lost Star of Myth and Time to offer an alternative interpretation of the Great Year and precession myths based on my understanding of astronomy. It touches on many views of the Great Year from Mithraism to the Jewish texts. May I send you a free copy? I think you might enjoy it as it reinforces some of your premise.
Like Jarred Diamond I believe that environment and geography has an affect on the outcome of man on Earth. But studying the ancients and their fascination with the heavens, juxtaposed against modern astronomical and astrophysical theory, I have come to believe that it is not just the micro geography and environment of man on Earth that is important, it is the
macro environment and the geographical location of the Earth in space that also has influence on great epochs of civilization. Indeed, I think the ancients may have been aware of this to some degree. Please know that I am a rationalist and not a religionist or astrologer or anything like that - but my rationalism has led me to an appreciation for the underlying tenants of ancient and spiritual thought.
P.S. Are you aware of the work of the Assyrianologist Stefan Maul as it
relates to ancient views of time? Summary at
To: Acharya S
Subject: Your book! And now your website! WOW!!
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 23:20:09 -0400
I don't know how to address you. "Dear Acharya" will have to do, I guess.
I read too much and have done so since I figured out, at the ripe old age of nine, that those pesky letters offered worlds of mind-candy. After moving to Montreal in 1970, I stopped using the public library system (I love this city, but it's public library system is only now catching up to the late 20th century!), and began to haunt the used-book stores. A year or so ago, I came across your book, The Christ Conspiracy. WOW! I'm not alone in my disbelief, and the author is an honest-to-goodness scholar, too, not a just-a-high-school-diploma working mother. Having successfully raised two religionless humans, I gave the book away after having read it.
Now, I wish I had it back! I have since retired from my too-well-paid-to-quit job, and live on my pension. Finding life with husband and cats 24/7 a mite hard to bear, I opted to return to school. Quebec's strange educational system offers free post-secondary to full-time students only.
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 11:39:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: Pastor JB
Subject: Re: your web page
To: Acharya S
My friend, have you ever read the Bible? I'm not trying to be a Bible-thumper. I'm just curious. You make some statements about the Bible on your website that are simply not true. For example, the gospels are not contradictory to each other. In fact, quite the opposite is true, they build upon and explain each other. The fact that we have three and sometimes four independent accounts of the same event occurring in originally separate historical documents does more to support the accuracy of Scripture than it does to harm it.
Even atheists do not dispute the historical accuracy of the Bible. Why? Because the text of the Bible has a historical provenance like no other historical text. There are over 5,000 ancient manuscripts that record all or part of the Bible. And in all of those manuscripts, there exist textual variations in only 1-3% of the writings. I doubt you will find any other major historical document with that type of provenance. With writings such as Thucydides historical writings, we accept them as accurate even though there are only 8 extant manuscripts and a few fragments on papyrus. Further, there is typically a gap of hundreds or even thousands of years between the alleged writing of many ancient texts and the first extant manuscript of said writings. In the case of the Bible, though, that gap is as low as decades between when the texts were written and the first known manuscript.
Finally, I notice you call Jesus a "mythical rabble rouser." Why is that? Do you deny the existence of Jesus as a real person?
I'm hoping we can enter a dialogue here, because I find many of the things you say to be rather intriguing and curious.
*** Church of the Nazarene
Date: 21 Oct 2005 20:59:47 -0000
From: "marynirupama therese isabelle"
To: Acharya S
Subject: Pathological Liar
Well, while I was came across your foolish writings on the internet, not only was I mad at you but could not help admire how the devil has made you form something a the truth which in my opinion is nothing but a total lie. If you are wondering what I am talking about, it is your writing about the one and only God of the Universe which is Jesus and how the other so called gods for example krishna etc were copied from Christ. And how dare you lie that it is the other wasy around. Going by your name, I guess you must belong to the staunch Hindu family. You guys do not stop with one god. Do you? U will have one thousand gods and godesses and even devils as gods. So stop writing about all these unwanted comparisons and try to do something good like spreading the Good news of Jesus.