The Term Human Being
Look at a painting of the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. In the famous painting from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted around 1512, Michelangelo illustrates the creation of Adam. Adam (Adamah) is the Hebrew word for “man”. This word is ultimately derived from the word “ground, or red clay earth” and according to Genesis in the Old Testament, Adam was created from the earth. Father in Heaven (spirit/invisible) and Mother Earth (physical/visible).
This leads us to the etymology of the word “human”, and is a very interesting study. Here is a different look at what may have been overlooked. Much of the ancient wisdom handed down to us was meant to be symbolic, and allegorical, rather than taken only at face or literal value.
First, let’s look at mankind. In the ancient Sanskrit, the name Manu appropriately came to mean “man” or “mankind”, and “mind”. The English word “man” is thus also related to the Sanskrit manu. The name Anu appears in Sumerian as the god of the firmament, and the rainbow was called “the great bow of Anu”.
Now let’s break it down. Starting with Hu. The Egyptian God named Hu is the power of the spoken word. He personifies the authority of utterance … the personification of Divine Utterance, the voice of authority. In biblical terms, this equates to “The Logos”, or “The Word”.
Now, let’s do a little blending. When we take the “Hu (God)” and the “Manu (man/mind)” we conclude that a HU-MAN BE-ING would be non other than base man, through rising above lower animal and ego thought, must actually work to BECOME a human being. It really isn’t a given.
So, knowing this … we can understand a bit more clearly how all the killing and evil committed worldwide by mankind, can be stopped when man comes to the understanding that progress towards achieivng a worldwide kingdom of peace, and love; can be accomplished … but only when man realizes the power within to actually become Human, or GODman.
Looking back at Old Testament scripture, Psalm 82:6 states: “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most high.” The most high is the God in YOU, in me, and in everything in this universe. We are really all one. One Source, one origin, one living connected organism … both physically, and consciously. You cannot cut the universe into bits of information. It is a whole (holy) living organism forever connected through the fiber of our universal matrix. An inseparable, but individualized essence of all that is.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.