What is the Road to Karbala?

What is the Road to Karbala?

I wrote this for Stand With Dignity.

Stand With Dignity also produced a few videos in which I spoke about different topics. This is about my trip to Karbala and what Imam Hussain (as) means to me.

The World’s Largest Annual Pilgrimage: For Love of Hussain.

What Is the Road to Karbala?

It is a path of mourning for the wounds are deep and the arrows are plentiful that pierce the flesh of Hussain Ibn Ali and his companions on Ashura. On that day Yazid’s army controlled the battlefield. Hard to call it a battlefield, a massacre, really. What do you call 30,000 soldiers against the bravest 72 people who ever lived or ever will live?

It was Yazid’s day. The day of might. The day of brute force. The day of overwhelming numbers. The day of treachery. The day of deceit. The day of control.

“You will do this because we say!”

That is the cry of every authoritarian despot everywhere. Authority rules. Not truth. Not democracy. Not reason. Not love. Not compassion. The authoritarians use those words and make a mockery of them.  And they fool the masses. They fool the 30,000. But those who are aware know, the minority, the 72. They know.

They know because their heart knows. Their heart knows because they know the grandson of the Prophet (peace be upon him). They know because they have seen the love and beauty that is Imam Hussain (AS). So few. So few really know.  As Hussain told his sister Zainab:

“Falsehood can buy many supporters, but truth has only a few friends.”

But when I walked the road to Karbala in October 2018 I was surrounded by millions. Poor and wealthy alike from around the world, walking to make their visit to the man who opened our eyes to the meaning of justice, of truth, and of sacrifice. They walked mourning, weeping, for Hussain and his family, for their suffering, for their courage, for their commitment to Allah at all costs.

Hussain calls out today to everyone, to Muslims, to me a Christian:

“Hal Min Nasirin Yansurna. Is there anyone to help me?”

Don’t answer lightly, dear mourner of Hussain.

How can I say, “Labbayk Ya Hussain! Here I am Hussain!?”

Do I mean it? Do I mean it, really? Am I really here for Hussain when it means going against the grain, resisting the lies, challenging the powerful, seeking the truth, the real truth?

Honestly, more often than not I don’t really mean it. The cost is too great. I hedge my bet.

Labbayk Ya Hussain! Here I am Hussain! (As long as I don’t have to sacrifice too much).

Here I am Hussain! (As long as it doesn’t take away my comforts).

Here I am Hussain! (As long my life isn’t disrupted by the cry of the suffering).

Here I am Hussain! (As long as I can safely blend in with the crowd).

I mourn for Hussain because I was too late for the battle. I mourn for Hussain because I know I am not like Hussain. I mourn for Hussain because the world is mired in injustice, deceit and cowardice, and I am a part of it. I mourn for Hussain because it is just easier to be on the side of Yazid. I mourn for Hussain because mourning is about all I can do.

What is the road to Karbala?

It is the road, if we let it, to be a road of honesty.

I felt summoned by Hussain when I touched his shrine and I was assisted because I couldn’t quite reach it. A hand took my hand and put it against the grate amidst the surging crowd. It was a moment of unity. A Christian from America welcomed. Hussain is for everyone. I felt summoned by Hussain to seek what is true and just. I felt confident that I could. But following Hussain is not an easy road.

Two years have passed since I made the ziyarat to Imam Hussain (AS). The world has changed dramatically in these two years. It feels as if we are under a spell. Something is very, very wrong and we don’t seem to know what it is. We are being deceived by the powers of this world as Yazid’s army was deceived.

What is the road to Karbala?

It is the road of awakening. It is the road of the free man and the free woman. It is the road of hope for humanity when the odds are so against it all seems lost. Hussain showed the world what it means to be a true, free human being when the world was at its darkest.

“Labbayk Ya Hussain!” is not really about us and what we think we can do. We are too late. But we are bearing witness to a promise. We are bearing witness to the revealing of Imam Mahdi and the return of the Prophet Jesus. It is a matter of faith. We are summoned to trust that Allah has not given up on us.

That may be the hardest task of all—to hope for humanity when humanity is under attack. Perhaps that is what Hussain may be asking of us now. To keep hope alive.  Hussain wasn’t defeated at Karbala. He was victorious. Yazid won this world with its deceptions and corruption. Hussain won the world to come with freedom and truth for humanity under the compassionate, watchful eye of Allah.

This world to come is coming soon, inshallah.

John Shuck, a Christian pastor, attended Arbaeen in 2018 thanks to the sponsorship of the Husayniah Society of Seattle and Sister Zahra Abidi. John and his partner, Josh Townsley, made a film about the visit called “For Love of Hussain (AS)” available on YouTube.

Not Even A Whimper

Not Even A Whimper

T.S. Eliot’s last stanza of his 98 stanza poem, “Hollow Men” may be the most quoted of all of Eliot’s poetry, says Wikipedia.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

That is how I feel about our end, the end of humanity, which will happen before this decade ends unless there is a literal, supernatural intervention. That is how I see it. They have destroyed us with fakery and deception.

Humanity put on its mask, isolated, distanced, and decided that its basic rights and freedoms were selfish and gave them up. Humanity denied everything that had at one time defined it, because they believed a lie, a lie so well-crafted that they believed they were doing the right thing by doing what was against their very nature, what humans have done as long as they have been around. Humanity gave up its own power of healing that it had known since humanity began, allowing the clever powers to take it and tell humanity what was best for it.

We allowed ourselves to be tricked. In Genesis, it was a trick by the serpent that started it all.

The serpents who run this game are watching, waiting, for their impeccable plan to run its course. No need to fire a shot. No need for tanks or martial law. No need for a bang. We submit with a whimper, perhaps not even that. The whimper won’t come until it is far too late. Perhaps we will never whimper because we may never know that we were ever deceived. Maybe that will be a mercy.

Resist the Initiation

Resist the Initiation

Image of Lion-Headed Serpent Deity. Yaldaboath? 

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Secret Revelation of John 25:1-6; 26:21-33

Therefore I, the perfect Providence-Pronoia of the All, changed into my seed. For I existed from the first, traveling on every road. For I am the wealth of the light. I am the remembrance of the fullness. I traveled into the vastness of the dark, and I persevered until I entered the midst of the prison….And I entered the midst of their prison, which is the prison of the body.

And I said, ‘Whoever hears, arise from lethargic sleep!’

And he wept, shedding tears; heavy tears he wiped from himself. And he said, ‘Who is it who calls my name and from where does this hope come to me who am dwelling in the fetters of the prison?’

And I said, ‘I am the Providence-Pronoia of the pure light; I am the thought of the virginal Spirit, the one who raises you to the place of honor. Arise and remember that you are the one who has heard, and follow your root, which is I, the compassionate. Fortify yourself against the angels of poverty and the demons of chaos and all those who ensnare you, and be watchful of the lethargic sleep and the garment of the inside of Hades.’

And I raised him up and sealed him with the light of the water with five seals so that death would not have power over him from this day on.

Today is Sunday, May 10, 2020, Mother’s Day

The lockdown continues.

Some states are easing restrictions. It is difficult to maintain this illusion of a pandemic as people see that despite the news reports, we don’t seem to be dropping dead of a disease. The lockdown has proven effective to the agenda of control. The lockdown may ease but it will return. It will return under the disguise of a virus returning. There is no virus to speak of in the first place. Now that they have done it, gradually and nicely, they will do it again, not so gradual, and maybe not so nice.

The question is not, “Was the lockdown the best way to respond to this virus?” The virus, like the hijackers on 9/11, is the patsy. It is the central part of the illusion. COVID is a false flag against nature. The lockdown was the plan all along. No matter how “nice” the bureaucrats are in imposing it, no matter the justification for it, the lockdown and the subsequent controlled demolition of the global economy is the point. This is the collapse that Peak Oil researchers have been predicting for years. The difference from what has happened and from what was expected to happen is the psychological manipulation. If we were in one of James Howard Kunstler’s novels we would know it. We are not. The elites have been preparing for this for a long time. They have a plan for you. Death or complete submission. They are so good at it that those who submit will praise their saviors. I would rather live in Kunstler’s world (“A World Made By Hand”) than this prison the elites have prepared for us. At least Kunstler’s world will be chaotic but free. What is coming will be very organized, just like the signs and the friendly voice guiding you up one row and down another in your supermarket. Safe. Safe. Safe. They are keeping us safe. They are keeping us safe. They are keeping us safe. Inject me with a vaccine. Monitor my every move. Give me a lifetime income. Thank you, Master, for keeping me safe.

In my neighborhood, the supermarket is more and more regimented with signage and audio instructions to keep social distance. I would say 75% of the people (including all the employees) wear masks. Of course, wearing a mask is silly. Even if there was a virus, and I do not think there is such a thing, except as a mythological construct, why would healthy people be forced by social pressure and actual pressure to wear masks, quarantine, and social distance? It is obvious that humankind would not deal with a pandemic in this way if it were real. The only reason we think it is normal is because we are told to do so. Much like 9/11. We were told that hijackers destroyed the buildings. That was a fiction. A lie. But we were told and are still told that happened. People believe what they are told especially when the telling is done by those we have been conditioned to trust.

The despair for me is due to the gullibility of the human race. We are masked, isolated and trembling in fear, praising the abolition of all our rights for well-crafted talking points that the oppressors provide for us. It is selfish to demand your rights, for example. If you don’t wear a mask, isolate, and obey, you are not being kind. None of that is true. How many deaths have resulted and will result with nearly 400,000 Oregonians out of work due to the solution to this supposed problem? The solution is killing us. The solution is what was designed in the first place. The problem is a false flag. A false flag against nature.

A central aspect of this PSYOP is the Stockholm Syndrome. People learn to relax and love their oppression. We have more time to make dance videos. We get to keep our phone. They let us walk the dog. People telling us to stand in lines are so nice. We should just be happy. Church on Zoom is fun! They care so much and are keeping us safe.

What is the bottom line of this so far? I first learned of Peak Oil in 2006 by watching the film, “The End of Suburbia.” There is a point in which the rate of oil production peaks and then falls. This is crucial because we live and move and have our being in oil. The human population of Earth is directly proportional to the rate of the production of oil. But basically Peak Oil boils down to this logical truth: an infinite growth economy cannot exist on a finite planet. At some point we hit our limits.

I worried over Peak Oil and wrote post after post about it and read about it for quite some time. What would the aftermath of the peak of global oil production do? James Howard Kunstler has been a spokesperson for what will happen and he wrote several books including a series of novels about a post peak oil future, a dystopia in which the population is forced to go back to a pre-oil existence. It was a challenge to get anyone interested in the topic because one, it was too depressing and two, it was not discussed in the mainstream media except to dismiss it.

I assumed that sometime around now, the 2020s, we would feel the effects of this peak and its subsequent economic contraction and social collapse. However, I did not expect what happened. I didn’t think the collapse would be so controlled. That is why I see COVID as a controlled demolition of the economy. That is not my phrase. I picked it up from James Corbett of the Corbett Report.

Those who really run the world, from managing the money supply to the media have known this was coming. They just didn’t tell us. COVID is in reality, the beginning of the final chapter of managing Peak Oil and collapse. This involves thinning the population and monitoring and controlling the remaining population.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the work of James Corbett of the Corbett Report in terms of getting a handle on the control that is being implemented from massive, extensive surveillance and control of movement, employment, and survival. Watch him and you will find people he has interviewed who have insights and information you need to see.

Along with James Corbett, I recommend David Icke. Yes, the reptilian guy. If you believe in God, you are as screwy as him. If you don’t believe in God, you are still as screwy as him. Everyone has some understanding of the big picture of how it all works. The question is in the words of Jesus, “How can you know about spiritual things, when you don’t understand earthly things?” David Icke gets the earthly things, and probably the spiritual things, too. Check out his book on 9/11, Trigger. He has been banned from Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, I don’t know wherever else. You don’t get banned for providing false information. You get banned because the information is too close to truth for the powerful elites you are exposing.

Those of us who are saying what is contrary to the mainstream media narrative are being removed from the platforms. The vast majority will be happy with that as people like me are too depressing and dangerous anyway. Evil wins in this world. Evil is disguised as the friendly media personality who wants you to be happy staying home, wearing a mask, six feet apart from another human, and thus “saving lives.” Let others go do that. Meanwhile, the few of us who cannot bear that delusion, who cannot live as slaves in this world, no matter how “nice” the slavery, will go to our deaths. We won’t go silently.

I am offering my last thoughts before I go down. I don’t know how much longer I will have. But while I have time and while you can find me, I will offer my thoughts.

My contribution to this has to do with the spirituality of it all. What is happening to us in terms of the spiritual forces at work? In my last sermon I invited you to pick up your journal and to answer some questions with as much depth as possible. Those questions are:

Who are you?
What happens to you when you die?
What is this existence?
Who made it?
Who controls it?
What is the Good?
What is the origin and role of evil?
What is the long plan of both evil and Good?
How do see yourself in this plan?

The Gnostic text, The Secret Revelation to John, may be helpful to you. I preached a sermon on it a few years ago. The world we see is the creation of the psychopathic demiurge called Yaldabaoth. Human beings however, are superior to him. We have light that comes from the eternal realm. We forget who we are while here because of the evil Yaldabaoth. But we can awaken. Nonetheless this world is controlled by evil. This is not a metaphor, a symbol. This is real. There are evil entities who rule our world and they are enacting a plan upon us now.

COVID is the implementation of that plan. I think of these things in spiritual terms, not just geo-politics, as I don’t think geo-politics is broad enough a subject area to make sense of what is happening. That is why people who talk about these spiritual aspects, like David Icke, are regarded as crazy, etc. But speaking for myself, I cannot survive emotionally if I don’t have a larger spiritual picture. It is too overwhelming. The danger of not having a spiritual grounding that is big enough to understand the reality and presence of evil, is that we simply allow the evil (in its deceptive disguise) to rule us. Even as evil is doing things to us, making us wear masks, social distance, lose our jobs, for example, we think of it as good. Evil is nothing if not deceptive. But we need to have an understanding of reality that defeats evil, or at least the possibility of defeating evil.

Let us look at masks. There is an important film I recommend called “The Characteristics of an Initiation Ritual” by Truthstream Media. It is only 12 ½ minutes. It suggests that we are unwitting subjects in an initiation ritual. We are being transformed into something else. The video does not spell out to what it is we are being transformed or who is doing it. That is for you and me to decide. But it does point out how rituals work and the video invites us to look at what is happening to us through this lens of initiation ritual. 

The use of isolation through quarantines of healthy people, social distancing, and mask-wearing are part of an initiation process to permanently separate us from one another, thus preparing us for a different kind of existence led by those who are conducting this ritual.

The imposition of masks upon the human population has nothing to do with health. Even as this is what we are told this is all about. These masks, as I see it, are tools of a satanic ritual transformation. We are being initiated to die to all of our previous relationships.

Six feet apart. Why six feet? It has nothing to do with germs or how far you can spit. Six feet has symbolic weight. Symbols and messaging are received deep within us. What is the significance of six feet? We bury people six feet under the ground. Six feet under.

We are dying to one another. You are six feet from me. You are dangerous. You are unhealthy. You are diseased. Or maybe I am diseased. You are a corpse. Or I am. I need to be six feet from you, the same distance the dead must be from the living. You may have noticed how this has effected you already. Honestly, how do you feel about others now? Are you especially conscious about keeping distance?

When was the last time you shook hands with someone or hugged someone, or even put a hand on the shoulder of someone who you don’t live with? Touch has been banished. Forbidden. Unclean. Diseased. Touch is a basic human need. We do not survive without touch. That is what it means to be human. Who survives without touch? Robots.

On my walk with my dogs, I hardly ever stop and have our dogs talk with each other now. I overheard a woman telling her child as she was approaching us that dogs need to observe social distance, too!

Thankfully, I had another experience that day, that is becoming more and more rare. A woman and her two daughters, not wearing masks stopped to pet my dogs, as children would do in the time before COVID. We were not social distancing. The children petted the dogs with me there, holding the dogs. They thanked me. I thanked them. This was some of the first human contact I have had since this COVID exercise, petting the same dog together!

We cannot worship together. I have not prayed at the Islamic Center. I am sure you feel this same thing. It is as if I am dying in my relationships with others. Church was never about hearing a sermon from the minister. It was about human contact. If there is a silver lining in all of this, perhaps if this lockdown is ever lifted, or if we just disobey and have human contact anyway, maybe we will regard touch and human contact more consciously than we have previously.

We are ritually enacting (without our awareness of course) the death of our humanity. This isolation and distancing is about that. It is designed to separate us from each other on the deepest levels of human interaction.

In the supermarket, we go up one row, down another, following the arrows, listening to the sound system tell you to stay apart for your health. We are being reborn as something quite different from who we are. We are being reborn as robots. We are being reborn to connect “virtually” through screens and through technology to each other and to our masters.

The masks, social distancing, smearing everything we touch with disinfectant, banning human touch and gatherings, forced walking up one row, down another, defining us in categories of “essential” vs. “non-essential”, dividing us in so many ways, requiring us to communicate through social media technology, and more, is the first step of this satanic ritual to transform us into non-human or trans-human entities.

The masks themselves are part of this initiation ritual. You cannot see people’s faces. You cannot read expressions. We are off-limits to each other because of our masks. More than that, we are subject to those who have masked us. We call them our saviors, or our heroes, the medical establishment who keeps us safe. Slaves wore masks as signs of their submission. The Taliban masks the women as they are property of the men.

I am saying that this whole experience is not about health, that is for sure. It is not about containing a virus. If it weren’t for 24/7 media brainwashing, and I mean that literally, our brains are being sterilized so they can be reformatted, if it weren’t for that, we would all see this as ridiculous.

The isolation, distancing, mask-wearing, robotic standing in lines, communicating by artificial technology, is the point. It will last as long as it needs to (even if it goes away for a while and comes back) in order to transform us into obedient robots for our masters. When that is complete, we will have no reason to object to complete surveillance and control of all of our movements. We will have become for all intents and purposes, robots.

I am not interested in that existence. Thus I will not wear a mask and I try to disobey and resist the isolation and distancing as much as I can. If I continue to resist I will not survive this new world. That is fine with me as I would rather be dead than be enslaved. This evil will win in the short term, and the short term could be centuries. Your choice will have to come at some point, whether the mask, or the mandatory vaccine, as to whether you will submit or not. The vaccine will have nothing to do with any fake virus. It is a fake vaccine. It will be a concoction of poison, surveillance, who knows. It won’t be good. I advise not taking it. It will be a hard choice, because you will not be able to travel, work, buy, or sell without it. Hopefully there will be off the grid communities, but I don’t know.

So where is the hope, John? Honestly, my hope, and I have not put it in this way before, is supernatural. Supernatural intervention, the revealing of Imam Mahdi (as) and the return of Jesus (pbuh) is the only hope I have now. That timing is not ours. Only they can awaken us as obviously, we seem to be unable to awaken each other.

I wrote on my Facebook page this week:

Two years ago (maybe even two months ago) I don’t think I would say what I am saying now. We will need literal, supernatural intervention for humanity to be saved from this evil darkness that is making its final attack upon us. Maybe that is why I went to Karbala. To learn about Imam Mahdi (as). I pray that he reveals himself soon and with Prophet Isa (pbuh) awaken and heal us.

I put my trust and my prayer there now. I pray for the strength to be faithful.

I am going to close with something I think is positive. I began the sermon with the Gnostic text, The Secret Revelation to John. I will close with it. I offer it to you, to embrace it as yours.

This is from the Secret Revelation to John 25:1-6; 26:21-33

Therefore I, the perfect Providence-Pronoia of the All, changed into my seed. For I existed from the first, traveling on every road. For I am the wealth of the light. I am the remembrance of the fullness. I traveled into the vastness of the dark, and I persevered until I entered the midst of the prison….And I entered the midst of their prison, which is the prison of the body.

And I said, ‘Whoever hears, arise from lethargic sleep!’

And he wept, shedding tears; heavy tears he wiped from himself. And he said, ‘Who is it who calls my name and from where does this hope come to me who am dwelling in the fetters of the prison?’

And I said, ‘I am the Providence-Pronoia of the pure light; I am the thought of the virginal Spirit, the one who raises you to the place of honor. Arise and remember that you are the one who has heard, and follow your root, which is I, the compassionate. Fortify yourself against the angels of poverty and the demons of chaos and all those who ensnare you, and be watchful of the lethargic sleep and the garment of the inside of Hades.’

And I raised him up and sealed him with the light of the water with five seals so that death would not have power over him from this day on.

The Secret Revelation to John.

These are the most dangerous times to be alive. Perhaps that is why you are alive.

Arise and remember who you are.

Amen.