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Al-Khadir a.k.a. St. George's Day

My first celebration of an ancient Djurdjevic "Saint Day"

FROM SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

My First Al-Khadir a.k.a. St. George's Day

Prologue

SCOTTSDALE, Apr 23, 2008 - As some of you know, I have been on an accelerated spiritual path lately.  The acceleration started on Jan 6, when I first met Heather, an Inka Shaman in Sedona, and heard about Al-Khadir.  Heather said that when I entered her office, I was surrounded by white light out of which a vision appeared who told her, "I am Al-Khadir.  Tell Bob to find out about me and he will understand his life."  My life has not been the same ever since.

Well, my research into and search for Al-Khadir landed me at a wholly unexpected place - inside my heart and soul.  Al-Khadir, which stands for Green Man in Arabic, is also known as Peacock Angel, Sanat Kumara (from Lemurian times), and St. George in Middle Ages is the reincarnation on this planet of Khali, the Dark Goddess' (or Madonna's) spirit, and thus her son and son of God, the Great Spirit.  And he has been in me all along even when I did not know it.  That's why he uttered to Heather on Jan 6 those fateful words.

There is one person, however, who has shed more light on Al-Khadir a.k.a. St. George for me than anyone else.  And that is Mark Amaru Pinkham, a renowned scholar of ancient mysteries and mythology who has published a number of books on the subject.  If you're interested in this kind of stuff, and would like to learn more about what had preceded Christianity etc., check out the following links to Mark's book "Guardians of the Holy Grail."  It was Mark from whom I learned that Al-Khadir is the same thing as St. George whose Patron Saint day is today - April 23.

A few days ago, Mark sent me a link to a Wikipedia page about it, that revealed additional mysteries for me especially, because it connects to my family name.  Take a look:

WIKIPEDIA: St. George's Day is celebrated by several nations of which Saint George is the patron saint, including Catalonia (Spain), England, Portugal, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia. For England, St. George's Day also marks its National Day. Most countries who observe St. George's Day celebrate it on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death in 303. St. George's Day is a provincial government holiday in Newfoundland, Canada.

For those Eastern Orthodox Churches that follow the Julian Calendar (the Old calendarists), the 23 April (Julian Calendar) date of St George's Day falls on 6 May of the Gregorian Calendar in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Now, what's especially interesting about that is that May 6 is celebrated as Djurdjev-dan (i.e., my family Saint Day) in Serbia by the Old Julian Calendar.  I am well familiar with that holiday, and will, in fact, be in Belgrade on that day.  Furthermore, I would normally meet with Patriarch Paul, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church on that day, as I have done many times in the past, since it is a big holiday in Serbia.  But I've just learned from his chief of cabinet that he has fallen ill and is in a hospital (he is 91). 

By the way, the "ic" suffix in Djurdjev-ic in Serbian corresponds to the Mac or Mc prefix in Scottish and Irish names.  So My surname (Djurdjevic) is equivalent of MacGeorge of McGeorge in English. 

So what I am saying is that Apr 23 a.k.a. Al-Khadir Day has been my family Saint Day (May 6) since 'forever.'  It's just that it was celebrated on May 6.  I just didn't know that it was connected to Al-Khadir until I met Heather and you.  That's another reason while Al-Khadir may have appeared to me through Heather.  Thought you'd be interested.  I am copying Heather on this message, too, so she can read it when she gets back from Europe next week.

Celebration

So today was the first time I celebrated St. George's Day a.k.a. Al-Khadir Day as my Saint Day.  I also intend to do it in Belgrade on May 6 (if you CLICK HERE, you can see how I explained it today to my daughters).

And I did it " by the book," at least by the book of Serbian traditions that you can peruse within my letter to my daughters.  I made thee "zhito" this morning, I bought the "kolach," I used the "official" special Serbian Slava candle for the ceremony, and I picked the most gorgeous hibiscus and roses flowers from my back yard (right) to add natural beauty to the beauty of traditions.

I also incorporated into my new Slava (Patron Saint Day) ceremony my new shamanic "mesa" that I created from the stones ("kuya") that I picked up during my "Gnostic Day" on Camelback Mtn on Apr 2 (CLICK HERE to see them at my "prayer rocks" on Camelback).

Finally, I appealed to Al-Khadir this morning to help me shed all of my past karma so I can walk on my new steeply ascending Spiritual Pathways without such old emotional burdens.  So I wrote to Ida today to thank her for leading me to Heather, who led me to all sorts of other wonderful people, who led me to even more great souls.  Here's an excerpt from that e-mail:

It has been a fascinating journey of discovery and spiritual growth for me.  It would not have happened if we had stayed together.  Or at least not at the "lightening speed" (Heather's term) it has been progressing.  So I want to thank you for helping me get on this path of illumination.  Al-Khadir, and the Great Spirit that he represents on this planet, have evidently intended you, and later Heather and other wonderful people I have met in the last few months, be my channel to them. 

Ida  graciously replied this afternoon and also wished me well.  It was our first communication in months since our break-up.  For me, it was also an act of closure.  I now feel completely free to move on my new path without looking back.  So in my tonight's ceremony, I thanked Al-Khadir a.k.a. St. George for allowing me to take my spiritual journey from now on light afoot and with a  light heart, too.

I also prayed this evening for Al-Khadir to ease the suffering of a Serbian man by the name of George (Djordje), an artist who is married to a childhood friend of mine, who is now undergoing a painful chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Love & Light - from my heart to yours.

Bob Dj./Dad

P.S. If you think that maybe "Bob has flipped," consider the following thoughts by famous minds:

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." (Albert Einstein)

"Minds are like parachutes, they work best when open." (Lord Thomas Dewar)

Epilogue: A Letter to My Daughters

Today, Apr 23, is the Al-Khadir Day, also celebrated as St. George's Day in the West, a saint-protector of both England and (ancient) Serbia, as I have found out during the last three months of fairly intensive research into the matter.  Al-Khadir, a.k.a. the Green Man, and St. George, and the Great Spirit that he represents on this planet, to whom I was let by Heather, an Inka Shaman in Sedona, helped me discover that my true "Slava" (Patron Saint Day) is today, Apr 23 (or May 6 on the Serbian Orthodox calendar - see below).  St. Nicholas (Dec 19) was an adopted Saint Day at a time of mass conversions of Serbs to Christianity some 1000 years ago.
 
Anyway, I made a "zhito" this morning, and will get a "kolach" later today.  And on May 6, the Djurdjev-dan (St. George's Slava in by the old calendar), I will be actually in Belgrade, and hope to part-take in the celebrations at the Patriarchate (i.e., the big Saborna Church next to it).
 
And I now have a meeting set up on May 9 in Cetinje with Metropolitan Amfilohije (the Archbishop of Montenegro), who is now also the Acting Patriarch, as Patriarch Pavle is in a hospital (old age, he is 91, as I recall).  So I am looking forward to it and his send off on my journey to the Djurdjevic Tara mountain in the north of Montenegro.
 
I am enclosing below some photos and explanations of rites and traditions regarding the Patron Saint Day in Serbia, so you and Anne would know and be able to pass on to your heirs.
 
Love
 
Dad
 
Serbian Saint Day ("Krsna Slava")
 

Introduction  

Krsna Slava - the celebration of the home Patron Saint-is the greatest characteristic of the national and religious life of the Serbian people. It is a beautiful and unique expression of the Orthodox faith that is deeply implanted in the Serbian Christian soul.

  Krsna Slava is an exclusively Serbian custom. It is the most solemn day of the year for all Serbs of the Orthodox faith and has played a role of vital importance in the history of the Serbian people. Krsna Slava is actually the celebration of the spiritual birthday of the Serbian people. Our forefathers accepted Christianity collectively by families and by tribes. In commemoration of their baptisms, each family or tribe began to celebrate in a special way to honor the saint on whose day they received the sacrament of Holy Baptism. The mother church blessed this practice and proclaimed Krsna Slava a Christian institution.

  According to the words of St. Paul (Phil. 1:2), every Christian family is a small church, and, just as churches are dedicated to one saint, who is celebrated as the protector of the church, so Serbian families place themselves under the protection of the saint on whose holiday they became Christians and to whom they refer to as their intercessor to God Almighty. To that protector of their homes, they pay special homage from generation to generation, from father to son, each and every year.

  Slava is a day not only of feasting, but also a day of spiritual revival through which the Serbian national soul is formed and crystallized. To these celebrations, customs, and traditions, our nation owes its existence, and, therefore, deserves to be appreciated and perpetuated by all grateful Serbian sons and daughters all over the world. The living example of the Patron Saint gives to the celebrant assurance, persistence, and the feeling of protection, support, and the encouragement to do good. For that reason, we hear among our people the ancient saying: "Ko Slavu slavi, tome i Bog pomaze" ("Those who celebrate a Saint Day receive help from God, too").

  Because Krsna Slava is regarded as the anniversary of the baptism of the family into Christianity, it is an annual reaffirmation of the family to its baptismal vows and the renewal of its ties to the Orthodox faith and church.

  The commemoration of Krsna Slava was to our ancestors one of the most important expressions of their Orthodox faith. So they always celebrated their Krsna Slava, regardless of how dangerous the situation. In our long suffering history, the state and freedom ceased to exist, but in our homes, the candle of our Patron Saint never was extinguished.

The Rites

  The celebration of Krsna Slava requires the Icon of the family Patron Saint and several items that symbolize Christ and the believer's faith in his death and resurrection: a lighted candle, Slavsko zhito, Slava's bread (Slavski kolach), and red wine.

  The lighted candle reminds us that Christ is the Light of world. Without Him we would live in darkness. Christ's light should fill our hearts and minds always, and we should not hide the Light of Christ in our lives.

  Slavsko zhito symbolizes the death and resurrection of Christ. The zhito is prepared as an offering to God for all of the blessings we have received from Him; it also is to honor the Patron Saint and to commemorate the souls of those departed members of the family who celebrated the Saint. We do not pray for the soul of the Patron Saint, but we pray that he or she intercede to the Lord our God for the forgiveness of our sins. Therefore, you should never place a candle in the Slavsko zhito.

  Slava's bread (kolach) represents Jesus Christ as the Bread of Life. It is also symbolic of our thanks to God for being saved through Its Son. During Slava, the priest (or the head of the family) cuts a cross in the bread, breaking it into four pieces, which reminds us of Christ's death on the cross for the remission of our sins.

  The red wine, of course, represents Christ's precious blood, which was required to wash our sins away. Note that understanding the symbols of Slava helps us understand the meaning of the celebration.

    For the faithful, Krsna Slava creates confidence, strength, freshness, stability, spiritual and physical peace, and the ability and incentive to do good and to lend help to others. If we want to be the meritorious heirs of our ancestors, keeping our origin, history, and symbols of Krsna Slava, we can't permit the flame of our Krsna Slava candle ever to be extinguished.

  The importance of Krsna Slava is not to have a huge, elaborate, and expensive party. All you need is the Icon of your saint, a candle, wheat, bread (kolach), and wine, the service of the priest, and an awareness that Krsna Slava is a great treasure passed on to you by your ancestors.  As St. Paul says in his epistle to the Thessalonians (2:15), "Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught".

Photos of My "Mesa" Stones on Camelback Mtn.

THE END.

Love  Light

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