Velinas, Devil, the god of death and rebirth

01 05 2013

[‘veːlɪnʌs] or Velnias [‘vælniʌs] is the Lithuanian god who takes care for the souls of the dead. In Lithuanian, Vėlinas means approximately the lord of souls.

Every soul is supposed to go there after death in order to be reborn later. Vėlinas decides how it will happen in every particular case. Close to Vėlinas are Odin, Wodan, Mercury, and Christian Devil.

The symbol of Vėlinas is the Vėlinas Star, the pentagram, the tree of life. It symbolises the unity between this world and the other.

The other side

The universe as well as every living being is in constant change. We are all born as babies, grow up, go old, die and are born again. Every death means a new birth in the future.

The cycle of death and birth ensures the constant perfection of life. When our physical bodies wear out and become burdens rather than instruments for our souls, we change them.

Vėlinas is in fact the lord of souls; sometimes he is addressed by living people in bad need to hear from the souls of the dead they once knew, some priests, and certain mediums between the living and the dead.

The process of changing bodies takes time. Every soul passes first to the other side, there, the hell (anapus, dausos, pragaras in Lithuanian).

It is not clear where the other side is, most probably in some physical dimension we cannot perceive with our imperfect bodies. It can be directly under our noses or on the other side of the universe – we simply do not know yet.

The way you are reborn depends on you

The process of rebirth is not automatic however. The gods seek to make the world better; therefore, they encourage people to follow their ethics.

The symbols of Vėlinas
pentagonal linear starpentagonal black stara tree in the shape of a pentagonal star

The Vėlinas Star symbolises the unity between man and nature, what we know and what we do not know, the unity between life and death.

We come here from there, and, when our time comes, we return there in order to be born again.

If a person lives dishonest life, engages in destructive violence, cruelty, aggressive murder, he will have to pay after his (or her) death. His soul will not be immediately permitted into the other side for a new rebirth and will have to wander senselessly around the world for a certain period of time.

On the other hand, who you will become in your next life also depends on how you live now.

Vėlinas decides the fates of the reincarnating souls

Vėlinas takes care for the course of justice related to rebirth. He always takes the final decision.

Vėlinas controls how the souls pass to the other side and how they are reborn with new bodies.

Thus Vėlinas is in fact the lord of souls; sometimes he is addressed by living people in bad need to hear from the souls of the dead they once knew, some priests, and certain mediums between the living and the dead.

Vėlinas is feared by all the villains

Differently from God (Yahweh, Allah), there is no sense to pray to Vėlinas begging him for forgiveness. The Lithuanian gods do not enjoy people humiliating themselves in front of them.

The only way to alleviate the punishment for your crimes is making Vėlinas sympathise with you, which can be achieved only by noble deeds. Therefore, all the people with dirty conscience are scared of the time their souls will face Vėlinas’ sentence.

Christianity and Islam offer a creepy alternative to rebirth

The Christian God or Yahweh (probably, the other name for the Muslim Allah) offers an escape even for the scum who are doomed to a serious punishment by Vėlinas for their villanies. He offers to take the souls of his most devoted followers to his den called Paradise or Eden.

Some people succumb to the temptation to escape facing the sentence of Vėlinas and settle in Paradise with their old bodies instead of being reborn when having paid for their crimes.

Christian and Muslim priests try hard to vilify Vėlinas in the eyes of people

Those poor guys who have reasons to be afraid of Vėlinas’ sentence and devote their lives to serving God or Allah usually try to convince other people to join them.

They depict Vėlinas as the worst enemy of humankind even though he punishes only those who have committed the crimes that clearly must be punished. This way Christian and Muslim priests try to intimidate as much people as they can into joining them in the creepy den of God (Allah).

Only true villains should be afraid of Vėlinas

Whatever Judaist, Christian and Muslim priests would say, Vėlinas punishes only for real crimes. Most ‘sins’, as they are understood in Christianity and Islam, do not matter for Vėlinas at all.

Therefore, most people have no reason to be afraid of Vėlinas and the hell. For them, there is no need to please Yahweh, God or Allah.

The Euronian gods have no intention to turn people into humble animals that would give up their human dignity, kneel or prostrate themselves in front of sculptures and pictures, beat with their heads at the wall or floor, or perform other rituals that are naturally appropriate for dogs or hyenas.

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