I just did a live interview on the Voice of Islam Radio station, which broadcasts out of London. I chatted with Sammar Sheik on the Drive Time show, which was a two hour long discussion about the topic of heavenly bodies with different guests. Sammar was very polite and friendly, and I really appreciate the time he took to talk with me. I appear between 1:05:46 and 1:18:21 discussing ancient sun worship and the religion of the sun.
*Correction: Pyramid Texts are 4,500 years old (not 5,500)
Thank you very much to Nabeela Shah for reaching out and organizing the interview.
It would have been hard to explain such an in depth topic in such a short timeframe, but you did it well in my view.
It seems there were various speakers providing their perspective on the topic of heavenly and celestial bodies but not all related it back to a creator or a religion.
It was wonderful to hear you “connect the dots” in terms of timelines, megaliths, cultural practices to a universal time when the Religion of the Sun was a global occurrence with cultural differences appearing in the later phases of human history. I think that was a bit of a surprise for the presenters.
I found it most useful and very relevant to hear you explain how humanity has used sun worshiping as a way to represent the Divine and that there is much more to it than the superficial explanation of pagan practices (a common association made by our modern society). These older civilizations went to such an extent to build large structures to align with the Sun – which perhaps has been misunderstood and trivialised as being pagan practices – when there is in fact a deeper connection and purpose for their construction. In reality, they were driven by a spirituality we seem to have lost today.
I agree with Bogdan here, the clarity and comprehensiveness of your answers really stood out for me. It is also nice to see the open approach of the moderator of this station, which is not something to see very often in today’s world. And I too, hope more interviews will follow!
What a beautiful interview Lara. You answer the questions in such a tranquil, focused and clear way that you manage to convey something quite powerful and condensed, in a short amount of time. The answers are really beautiful, effective and profound and the fact that you managed to raise a genuine interest in the interviewer (judging by the sound of his voice) has a sense of beyond ordinary. I hope more of these interviews will be made in the future to raise the interest people who are looking for spiritual depth.
Thanks for sharing this, Lara! I really enjoyed the interview and it’s great to see knowledge of the Religion of the Sun being shared on different platforms. It really feels like the Religion of the Sun is picking up momentum and I can’t wait to see where this goes!
Interesting, I am sure they enjoyed hearing your insights! Sometimes I reflect how Islam brought a fresh perspective at those times, distancing itself from mainstream Judaism and Christianity, while also connecting sometimes with ancient traditions (Zoroastrian, Yogi Siddhas, etc) on the level of Sufism…
A simple example is the Sufi whirling, that contains: 1) the symbol of the circle – the sun, the divinity and 2) the principle of rotation.