My vision was of a blue rose, but in Buddhism the flower most mentioned is a blue lotus, where in Buddhism the lotus is said to be the flower of compassion. In any ancient or modern Indian language or Romany, does the word for rose sound like that for lotus? This would bridge many paths.
Also in the book I grabbed the Buddha's victory over the demon Mara by meditating against a bodhi tree was described. The release/enlightenment is supposed to have occurred at full moon and hence the demonic attack was during waxing gibbous moon. This I relate so far to the North American native Salmon youth's descent to the underworld, Jesus' psychic death and/or trial by Satan, Taliesin's time in Arianrhod's prison, and Krishna's victory over the poison-nippled demon.
Some time after (I suspect 5.5 lunar months) the release at full moon, a Naga water serpent sheltered the Buddha from a thunderstorm, perhaps on a mountain (will edit). From this I infer that there was bluish (water-colour) clear-sky (also maybe no thunderstorm) lightning after which the Buddha had an inspired creative high. This serpent is the same as the bronze seprent in the Old Testament, the lightning of inspiration, which according to Issac Asimov's Guide to the Bible Vol. 2 was personified as the seraphim (i.e., the root of the word seraphim is related to the lightning).
My early exposure to Buddhism was somewhat limited though I did get a good mark in final year high school World Religions (and promptly forgot everything). But one of my favourite SF novels, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light was a late teen influence, and drew on Buddhism some.
In the movie Little Buddha, Buddha experiences ascetic years which I think are like my own low years. His ascetic years end with him reaching enlightenment (perhaps in a waning crescent high) and being given a rice bowl by a village woman. I think the village woman is a devi type, like Radha is (Radha is associated with Krishna and was a strong influence on Krishna and was creative in her own right). I also think that the rice bowl could represent employment and could represent the last quarter moon, when the waning crescent high often begins, or the first quarter moon, which is close to the druid new moon (sixth morning after new moon).
And in a February 2003 thread on talk.religion.buddhism someone said that the Buddha's ascetic years lasted from age 28 to age 35, so seven years. I think someone later said eight years and I will try to dig that out later. I expected my own low years to end a while ago but they are now (March 2005) at nine years and 1.5 months and I expect them to end soon. Why would I have to go longer? Well, I have a bigger region, and lifespans are longer today, and I have it easy in that I have the advantages of modern medicines and computers and libraries and eyeglasses and contact lenses so could be expected to go longer. However the same person (who said seven years) said that that in some traditions Enlightenment was reached at full moon and in other traditions at first quarter moon, and not at last quarter or waning crescent. But as I say above, the floating rice bowl in the movie Little Buddha could represent first quarter moon. Also it could be that as in that movie, with the Buddha getting release from his wilderness/low/ascetic years when he gets together with the village woman, that my low years will end when I get together with a woman.
In the movie, during the ascetic years I think, Buddha faces the demon Mara in the image of a double of Buddha. This I think could have one meaning that Buddha experienced homosexual thoughts when he was normally heterosexual. I too have experienced these homosexual tests which I think were manifested as a distortion in front of my third eye and which I could brush aside. I have not experienced these tests recently and it is now May 2001 and I am definitely heterosexual. (It is now March 2005 and these distortions have not occurred in the last few years, and are not the same as my being attracted to the I estimate 1 in 5000 people who are a transgendered spiritual bif in male form such that they look like a bif at a distance but not up close and I thus would not get involved with one, and such rare attraction is not enough to qualify me as bisexual.)
Also, from Wikipedia page on Maya_(mother_of_Buddha) :
"In Buddhist tradition Maya died soon after the birth of Buddha, generally said to be seven days afterwards, and came to life again in a Buddhist heaven, a pattern that is said to be followed in the births of all Buddhas."
In my case my mother died of a heart attack, thought to be related to her systemic lupus erythematosus, when I was about 1.5 years old. She died in front of me when she was washing me, but of course I don't remember it.
Also note that in my first mental health ward hospitalization, in September 1991 after my sun stare/naked thorn hill climb/blue rose vision during late waning crescent moon, there were two psychiatric nurses named Maya. One was dark-haired and about my then age (27) and I didn't see a lot of her. The other was radiant and silver-haired and I saw more of her, and she sometimes would take me for a walk to a nearby artificial waterfall.
The Turquoise Bee, one of the Dalai Lamas, may also have been a parallel to me. In fall 1995 I went to the Book Warehouse on 4th Avenue in Vancouver and bought a copy of The Turquoise Bee: The Lovesongs of the Sixth Dalai Lama, HarperSanFrancisco (a division of HarperCollins Publishers, New York), ISBN 0-06-250310-3. But later on I noted that even though I had bought it in late 1995, there was an error in the book saying it was Copyright 1998. So briefly I thought maybe the book was a spoof but there seems to be other information around on the man so I am sure it is not a spoof but just an error in the book.
The first parallel of The Turquoise Bee with me is his name. The name indicates to me that he had a turquoise rose vision, and my blue rose vision was not too far off from turquoise in colour.
The second parallel comes in one of his poems, which is
The dragon-demon's thorns
Should be neither feared nor ignored
I'll pick the sweet sugar apple in front.
Now the thorns in that I interpret as being like the thorns in my naked thorn hill climb, and the sweet sugar apple in front I interpret as the throbbing sun of my sun stare just before the naked thorn hill climb. With the linkage of his name to the blue rose vision, that means there is some indication of all three of the sun stare, thorn hill climb, and blue rose vision for him.
Also like me he was into live music in pubs late at night and linked eroticism and mysticism. (But I don't think, unlike what the book says, that he was successful in love unil later in life.)
However this short book says he was successful young and died at the age of 23, though in one paragraph it says there are legends he did not die at Kunganor Lake but in various versions vanished in a great fog, went to live as a mountain yogi and sheepherder, was a beggar in Lhasa, was spotted in a crowd in the court of the Seventh Dalai Lama, or went on a pilgrimage to India and spent forty years in missionary work among the Mongols. I think maybe he became a travelling musician with his lover, and that he was not successful (except academically, like me) until he was a good bit older than 23, though I have to research that.
Now this is a short book and I think there are longer compilations of his writing and also longer books about him and I will check the university library soon for such, and if there are none perhaps order one, plus do some more web research
This will be edited more soon after some more web and library research on my part, and I welcome contributions from you and if I receive any would reference you and your sources. Also I do plan to read not just biographical info on the Buddha but also eventually some of his writings/theories.
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