288th blog … sant, saint, guru, guro, plepleho yan!

when the saints go marchin’ in!

All people have saints, and mostly and more crediblly authentic to a true tagalog is its own veneration of their own ancestors dictated by their own faith, not imposed nor conditioned by beliefs from other lands.

But sincere respect to others, like the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints that is similar but not quite the same as the protestant traditions should always be maintained.

Calling or branding the others as pagans who do not adhere to the practices of a mighty group of races under a derogatory context shall not ensure cohesiveness of humanity in the long future at all.

In their new testament, the saints are all those who have entered into the christian covenant of baptism.

The qualification “latter-day” refers to the doctrine that members are living in the “latter days”, before the second coming of christ, and is used to distinguish itself the restoration of the ancient christian church.

Therefore members are often referred to as “latter-day saints”, and among themselves as “saints”, and the use of the term “saint” is not exclusive to christianity nor to the buddhists, even to the muslims and the rest.

The faithful conviction of the tagalog of luzon was to their own customs and traditions from which they chose their own select of ancestors who were truly noble in speech and action.

Saint to them was “banal” that was being paraded by the natives during the time of “pasasalamat” in the season of “hulug-dapug” or “magkasing”.

Banal to them was the anito that was the core of their celebration for the glory of the supreme creator or “dios” to the castillans who witnessed their events.

In many religions, there are people who have been recognized within their tradition sas having fulfilled the highest aspirations of religious teaching.

Cuban santería, haitian vodou, brazilian umbanda and candomblé, and other similar syncretist religions are similar to the catholic saints, or at least the images of the saints, to whom they applied their own spirits/deities.

For ancient tagalog, they had their diwata and anito being venerated by inhabitants long before the natives of neighboring islands came to see.

The anito or deity was the image of their own tagalog ancestors akin to the images of the christian saints.  They were worshipped in churches or simbahan/sambahan which became the center of adoration for the inhabitants.

For the cubans, the name santería was originally a pejorative term for those whose worship for saints deviated from catholic norms.

Buddhists hold the arhats and arahants in special esteem, as well as bodhisattvas and buddhas. There are many men and women in hinduism who are revered as saints.

Like many religions, Hinduism has no formal canonization process, with numerous individuals reaching the status of saint among their followers and among hindus in general.

Hindu saints are also variously called gurus, sadhus, rishis, swamis, and other names.

“Sant” is unrelated to the false cognate english “saint”.

Traditionally, “sant” referred to two specific groups: a group of vaishnava poet-saints in maratha between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, and a loose group of “nirguna bhakti” believers in punjab and rajasthan from the fifteenth century on.

The arabic term mu’min is a muslim that not only believes in the tenets of islam but is in complete submission to allah and adherence to those tenants. The mu’min is a muslim but not all muslims are mu’min.

In sufism, the major wali are considered masters in the art of spiritual purification. Many sufi’s hold the hadrat (Presence, a title of saints) in esteem.

Scholars have also noted the parallels between the regard for some sufi figures in popular muslim observance and christian ideas of sainthood.

In some muslim countries there are shrines at the tombs of sufi saints, with the observation of festival days on the anniversary of death, and a tradition of miracle-working.

The term tzadik “righteous”, and its associated meanings, developed in rabbinic thought from its talmudic contrast with hasid (pious and honorific), to its exploration in ethical literature, and its esoteric spiritualisation in kabbalah.

In hasidic judaism, the institution of the tzadik assumed central importance, combining former elite mysticism with social movement for the first time.

The concept of sant or bhagat is found in north indian religious thought including sikhism.

Figures such as kabir, ravidas, nanak, and others are widely regarded as belonging to the sant tradition with its mystical compositions incorporated in the guru granth sahib.

The term “sant” is still sometimes loosely applied to living individuals in the sikh and related communities.

The same with the “guru” of the hindus, the tagalog “guro” was an authentic knowledgeable man who preached the most intellectual seeds to the minds of the natives of luzon.
 
While in the catholic and protestant churches in europe,  various saints emerged, a few are bizarre while the rest of course more saintly, such as:

Barbara was tortured and beheaded by his own father when she converted to christianity.  His father, in turn, was struck by lightning and died right after his execution of his own daughter, Barbara, who later on became the patron saint of fireworks.

Isidore who was born circa 560 in spain,  was proposed to become the patron saint of the internet in 2003.

Drogo, patron saint of unattractive people, was claimed to appear in two places at once.  He is, also, the patron saint of coffee houses, presumably because that is where ugly people hang out.  Also known as the patron saint of actors and performers in general.

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