The Baphomet – Allegedly a goat-headed devil figure

Posted May 5, 2006 by farheenakauser
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Central to the accusations brought against the Knights Templar, was the accusation that, they worshipped an idol named Baphomet, which is said to have taken the form of a head or sometimes a Black Cat. The truth behind this mythos varies with various scholars.

The Baphomet is one aspect of the Templars mythos, could generate so many theories as to its true origins is amazing. The interest in the Baphomet has survived over 600 years and taken many forms. The opinions on the Baphomet vary greatly from scholar to scholar and mystic path to mystic path. The purpose of this section is to shed some light on some of the theories and the connection, if any, to the Knights Templar.

Mistakingly some describe the Templars as Devil worshipping Occultists, while historians of the twentieth century were of the belief that the Templars were party to the machinations of a corrupt government and church. It remains to be seen what the common consensus of this century will be regarding the order.

Twentieth century historians may have believed in innocence, the Baphomet mythos did survive as is indicated by the following dictionary definition: “Baphomet was the deity worshipped by the Knights Templar, and in Black Magic as the source and creator of evil; the Satanic goat of the witches’ Sabbath and one of the names adopted by Aleister Crowley.”

The image of the Baphomet is as varied as the explanations as to its etymology. A listing of some of the more common descriptions of it.

An idol with a human skull
Ahead with two faces
With a beard – Without a beard
With the heads of a cockerel
With the head of a man
With the head of a goat and the body of a man
Wings and cloven feet
The upper body of a woman (maternity)
A candle on its head – a symbol of revelation combining male sexual potency with the four elements and intelligence

Theories on the etymology of the Baphomet are many. To some it is believed to be a corruption of the Moslem prophet “Mahomet” or in English Mohammed. The Templars fought along side Moslem Assassins during their time and it is held that they may have adopted Islamic beliefs. This doesn’t really hold water to anyone familiar with Islam as the religion forbids all forms of idolatry.

Another train of thought is that Baphomet is really a joining of two Greek words meaning absorption into wisdom. In either case the fact remains that the Templars were accused of practicing their initiations and rituals in front of a large idol of the demon Baphomet.

How did this belief come to be? Since King Philip of France sought to own the vast Templar wealth, he along with his puppet Pope Clement V had the Templars captured and tortured. During these tortures they made many confessions, among these, the disclosure that they had worshipped an idol said to be the Baphomet.

Were these claims true? Perhaps we’ll never know. Jacques de Molay, who had earlier confessed his and the Templars guilt slowly burned at the stake insisting the order was innocent of all but one offence, that of allowing torture to cause them to lie and confess untruths.

Schonfield showed that by applying the Hebrew Atbash code to the name Baphomet, the name Sophia [Shvpia], female wisdom, is revealed. Sophia is equated with Isis by Plutarch.
The number 58 is less puzzling if one remembers that five (5) is the number of the pentagram and eight (8) is indicative of Isis. We may now complete the simple equation which exposes her secret number: 5 X 8 = 40 = 58 – 18 ISIS

The numbers 5 and 8 are also exhibited in the beliefs of the ‘Brothers of the Rose Cross’, where the rose is constructed with a centre of five petals, surrounded by eight petals.

For the bulk of Christians, the name Baphomet means nothing whatever. Reliable historians will tell you that the word is a corruption of “Mahomet” (Mohammed) and that it relates to an ascribed debauch of Muslim worship perpetrated by 12th-14th century Christian monks called the Knights Templar. The wealth and power of these Templars, it is said, had grown so tempting that the King of France and his Pope that in order to pillage their wealth, their political enemies disbanded them in the early 14th century under the mandate of trumped up charges of heinous heresy and scandalous treason, of which “the worship of Baphomet” was but one accusation.

The name Baphomet is derived from an enigmatic figure first described at the trials of the Templars, a medieval order of Crusader Monks accused of Heresy, witchcraft, and other crimes against the Catholic Church.

The name is highly unusual, and many suggestions about the origin of the word have been put forward. Idries Shah has proposed that the name is a corruption of a name of Mohammed. Abufihamat, pronounced “Bufihimat,” a word very similar to Baphomet, is Moorish-Spanish for “father of wisdom,” an epithet used to describe the Prophet. This seems unlikely, although there seems to be a concerted effort to link the Templars with Islam. The Templars certainly had contact with Muslim ideas, and even incorporated symbols of Islam into their emblems, but Islam forbade Idol worship just as strenuously then as now- creating an image of the prophet in order to worship it would have been a tremendous blasphemy.
Others have suggested more intriguing possibilities-a respected Dead Sea Scrolls scholar, Dr. Hugh Schonfield, believes that baphomet is a kabalistic cipher for the Gnostic Goddess Sophia. The code, known as the “atbash Cipher,” is a common kabbalistic substitution cipher, where the Hebrew alphabet is laid out twice in opposite directions, each letter from the top row substituting for one on the lower. Using this system, the name Baphomet spelled in Hebrew characters yields the name Sophia. Curiously, a number of Templar artifacts bear an image of an unusual bearded androgyne which resembles alchemical drawings of the Anima Mundi, or soul of the world, who is identical to the Gnostic Sophia (Sophia was often referred to by the Gnostics as a hermaphroditic deity). Even more curiously, Gnostic texts often equate Sophia with Mary Magdalen, who is sometimes implied as the lover or companion of Christ.

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Commercial Radio Industry

Posted May 3, 2006 by farheenakauser
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US. radio programmers are investing heavily in Europe radio. Relaxed government
regulation has created a plethora of new commercial radio opportunities. UK. had only 80
independant commercial radio stations untill 1990 , only one per market, will soon have
another 220 on the air.
In france commercial radio became legal only in 1982 and there are already 1400 radio
stations operating. Even Russia has announced plans for the private ownership of stations.
All these new ventures are depending upon the US.and other countries with commercial systems
to provide expertise and programming. As a result, alot of US. dollars are going to Europe.
This foreign venture has its own down side. Most countries limit US. investments to 20
percent,so American broadcasters will never call the shots.
Moreover, advertisers in Europe have become accustomed to a strong public radio service and
are not fimiliar with radio as an advertising medium.
Lastly, the economic recession in US. has made investment funds harder to come by. The over
all picture looks optimistic, never the less commercial broadcasting has no where to go but
up.

The most controvercial issue facing the radio industry during the early 1990’s had to do
with how far radio stations should go to attract an audience. Many of early radio stations
that went on air during the 1920’s were formed by educational institutions. As the
commercial broadcasting established, many of these stations were brought by commercial
broadcasters, the fortunes of non commercial radio dwindled.
In 1945, the FCC was persuaded to set aside several frequencies for educational broad-
casting. Therefore, by 1991, there were about 1400 non commercial radio stations on air.
Besides educational institutes, some stations are owned by private foundations. Non
commercial radio gets it’s support from the institutions that own the station,mainly through
tax revenues.

Impact of talk shows during earthquake

Posted April 30, 2006 by farheenakauser
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Talk shows have changed their nature since the earth quake of Oct.8th, the kind of problems faced by our nation were brought on discussion panels like never before. Every body’s got a voice and they want it to be heard, live. Benefits as well as drawbacks of the situation are worth noticing.

Not only did our nation steped forward to provide aid to the sufferers, it acted as an emotional healer for many who were left with nothing but them selves. Through many settelite channels, Pakistan cried for help, all over the world. Constant vocal requests on television and radio stations of Pakistan caught attention of those who could assist their nation in the time of crisis.

Significant media personnels came forward to ask for our help and support over and over again. Only through live talkshows, could they interact directly to viewers/listeners, and correspondents in the remote areas. And update with information, right there right then. These shows being live, were reliable for audiences to interact with each other and their hosts.

Different interviews, panel discussions, opinion oriented programs with context to the earthquake were aired. Which actually helped audiences to realize as to what exactly had been done and what needed to be done.

Tv channels such as GEO, ARY Digital, AAJ TV, Indus and PTV were the most prominant channels to come up with these talk shows to create awarness among people who had no idea what to do and where to start.