Peacemaker: I come with good tidings from the Chief of the Sky

[The legends of the Iroquois Confederacy and Native Peoples from Central, North and South America all contain the same common theme of the appearance of a revered sacred Messenger, come with a message of peace for all humankind.

Most intriguing are the many similarities present in the Hotinonshonni (Iroquois tribes) legends about Deganawida, the Messenger of Peace, to that of Shri Jesus Christ, such as: Virgin Birth, Divine mission, twelve disciples, death and resurrection, forseeing the advent of a World Uniter, and a final promise to return. Indeed, His mission to unite the many warring Indian Nations in peace and harmony resulted in the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy and the Great Law of Peace.]

Jake Thomas, a confederate lord of the Cayuga nation, who is able to recite the Great Law in all five of the Iroquois languages, offers the oldest founding date [of the League of Five Nations and the Great Law of Peace]: The elders feel that the Peacemaker made the Laws and united the nations before he went across the great salt water to the land of the white race. We feel that it was the same prophet that the white race call Jesus as he was reborn again from a virgin mother and gave the white race the good tidings of peace on earth. So this is according to the elders and what they talked about the founding of the League more than three thousand years ago.

Deganawida, The Peacemaker, says:
I come with good tidings from the Chief of the Sky Spirits. Fighting must cease in the land. The Good Spirit never intended that blood should flow between human beings.

The Birth of the Peacemaker

A long time ago, in a Huron village in Ontario, a baby was born to a young woman. She dreamed that she would bear a son named Deganawida who would be a messenger from the Creator and bring peace and harmony to the people. The young woman was not married and her mother was quite ashamed, and she pestered the girl to identify the baby's father. The girl did not know the name of the father because the baby had been given to her in a dream. The Grandmother felt it must be the work of an evil sorcerer. Once the baby was born, the Grandmother tried to get rid of him, but every time he came back to his mother safe and sound. One night, the Grandmother had a dream which told her that the baby was sent to this world to do work on behalf of the Creator, and not to interfere. After that, the Grandmother helped her daughter raise the child.

When the boy was seven years old, he announced that he knew he had a great mission on earth and that he needed to be alone to receive his instructions. He fasted and prayed for guidance. While he was growing up, he showed many unique powers. When he was a man, he said to his mother and Grandmother, "The time has come for me to start my mission, and I will build a canoe from this white stone. It is time for me to stop the wars and killing between all the Indian nations." When he finished making his canoe from stone, he said goodbye to his mother and Grandmother and told them that his mission would prevent him from ever coming back again to see them. Because of his mission, Deganawida was also known as the Peacemaker.

(Adapted from Our Traditional Teachings, 1984, North American Indian Traveling College: Cornwall Island, Ontario.)

The Messenger of Peace

The Peacemaker crossed Lake Ontario and headed for the land of the Iroquois tribes, or Hotinonshonni as they call themselves. He looked for signs of village fires as he approached the shore, but did not see any. All of the villages were built away from the lake for protection because the Iroquois were all at war with each other.

As he neared the shore, some men came running out, having seen the sparkle of the white stone canoe. He called out to them and they told him that there was fighting in their village, and that they were running away. He told them to go back to their village because he had been sent by the Creator to bring them a message of peace.

Because of the canoe made of white stone, they knew Deganawida had special powers, and they agreed to take this message back to their village. As soon as the hunters left, he continued on his journey to the east. He came to the longhouse of a woman who lived by a path which went east and west and which was used by the warriors on their raids. She had a reputation for evil, because she would offer the warriors a home-cooked meal as they passed by and instead would poison them.

Deganawida accepted her offer of a meal, and she welcomed him into her home and set food before him. She thought she had another victim, but Deganawida said, "I know what you have been doing to men who pass by here. You must stop this wickedness and accept the good message that I bring from my father the Creator who sent me here to offer it to all human beings." She asked about the message and he told her, "The message I bring is that all people should love one another and live together in peace. This message has three parts: peace, righteousness and power, and each part has two branches. Health means soundness of mind and body. It also means Peace, because that is what comes when minds are sane and bodies are cared for. Righteousness means justice practiced between men and between Nations. It means a desire to see justice prevail. It also means religion, for justice enforced is the will of the Creator and has his sanction."

The wicked woman said, "What you say is true, and I accept your message of peace, righteousness and power and enforce it. I will not return to my evil ways and hurt people who come to my lodge." Deganawida said, "Since you - a woman - are the first to accept the Law of Peace, I declare that from this point forward, women will name the Chiefs."

The woman was thankful, but told Deganawida that unless all men and all Nations accepted the Law of Peace, there would be no end to the revenge and killing. She asked him where he would go next and he answered that he would continue east toward the sunrise. The woman cautioned him, "Beware of a man in that direction who eats humans." And the Peacemaker answered, "Then that is where I must go first in order to bring such evils to an end, so that all people may be without fear."

(Adapted from Our Traditional Teachings, 1984, North American Indian Traveling College: Cornwall Island, Ontario.)

The Flint Nation

The hunters whom Deganawida had seen earlier by the lake returned to their village, which was of the Flint Nation, who were also called the Mohawk. They told their people about the Messenger who was coming and passed on his message of Peace, Power and Righteousness. The next morning, some of the people saw smoke coming from the clearing away from the village. This let them know that a visitor wished to approach them to visit because warriors would have simply attacked without letting anyone know that they were in the area.

Some of the warriors chosen by the Mohawk Nation approached the fire cautiously. They were surprised to find Deganawida quietly sitting by his fire and smoking his pipe and thinking. The warriors escorted him to the village to tell about his message of Peace. After hearing the Peacemaker's message of peace and unity, the Chief Warrior said, "It would be very good to see all men and all Nations live together in peace and harmony, but how can we know that your words are true? Before we can accept your message, we need proof that you are who you say you are. If you have been sent by the Creator, you should be able to die and come back to life. Give us a sign that you are able to do this." They devised a test for this and told the Peacemaker to climb to the top of the tree which stood by the side of a waterfall. The warriors cut the tree down, and the Peacemaker fell into the chasm created by the falls. If he should survive the test, they would accept the terms of his message of peace. The people watched to see if the Peacemaker came up, but there was no sign of him. They waited a long while, and concluded that the man who had called himself the Peacemaker had not survived. Sadly, they went back to the village.

With the next sunrise, the children of the village saw some smoke coming from somewhere near the village. They went toward the smoke and saw a man sitting by his fire. It was the Peacemaker. When the children returned to the village and told what they had seen, the people went and brought the Peacemaker back to Council place. The Chief Warrior spoke, "I no longer doubt your message. You are a Messenger from the Creator who has come to offer us a better way of life." Without hesitation, the People of the Mohawk Nation accepted the Message and the Law of Peace.

The Peacemaker said, "I am glad that you have accepted my message of Peace,' and explained that on his journey toward the Mohawk Nation, he had encountered some evil people who had accepted the Message and who would now encourage the acceptance of the Law of Peace.

And so that was how it came to be that among the Iroquois, the women would select the leaders of the Nation, and how the Mohawk became the first Nation to accept the terms of the Great Law of Peace.

(Adapted from Our Traditional Teachings, 1984, North American Indian Traveling College: Cornwall Island, Ontario.)

The Peacemaker
by Marcine Quenzer

The people of Turtle Island grew and multiplied until they numbered a great many nations. These nations began to feud and fight among each other. The wars became so bad that the people's hearts were constantly on the ground. They were always burying a child, a father, a brother, an uncle, or some loved one. The people were fearful of leaving their homes at night.

The Creator did not intend for man to kill one another, so the Creator sent a special emissary to the people. The Peacemaker came into this world to teach the path of peace to all who would hear it.

This unique messenger was to be born of a Huron Virgin in a Wendot settlement of Takahaanaye on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Having no father placed great hardships on his mother. The grandmother was most harsh with her daughter, demanding to know of the baby's father. Many times, his mother shed tears because of the harshness of the grandmother.

Then one night, The Creator gave the old woman a dream. The Creator told her the baby should be named "Deganawida," which was to mean Master of All Things. The child had an important work to do for humankind. He was sent by the Creator on an extraordinary assignment: to stop the war and killing, to bring peace to the people, but that he would be the destroyer of his own people. Because of this prophecy, the grandmother decided that the baby must be drowned. She took the baby to the water and cut a hole in the ice. She then threw the baby in the water, thinking she was done with this. But in the morning, the child was wrapped warmly sleeping in the mother's bed.

The Grandmother thought this showed the child had some magical orenda, but she decided to throw him in the icy waters again. And the next morning there the child was warmly snuggled against the mother. Now the grandmother thought that this child was indeed exceptional. After that, the grandmother was good to the daughter, and loved her grandson very much.

The child grew quickly, growing large for his age, and he exhibited unusual abilities. While other Wendat boys played at war to sharpen the skills they would need later in life, he talked to the spiritual forces about him. And he talked of peace, friendship and unity. This handsome young man was always completely honest, and always spoke with a straight tongue. However, he departed from the ways a young man should go, as he simply did not understand the quarreling and contention displayed over misunderstandings and disagreements. He tried to show the people a better way to settle their differences. He left behind 12 young men that he had taught his way of Peace and the Good Mind.

So, when he had become a man, he said one day to his mother and grandmother, "I shall now build my canoe, for the time has come for me to set out on my mission in the world. Know that far away, on lakes and many rivers, I go seeking the council smoke of nations beyond this lake, holding my course to the sunrise. It is my business to stop the shedding of blood among human beings."

When he had carved his canoe and, with the help of his mother and grandmother, had brought it to the water, he bade them farewell. It was hard for them to see him leave his homeland and travel to an unknown country and people who were fierce.

"Do not look for my return," he said, "for I shall not come again this way. Should you wish to know if all is well with me, go to the hilltop yonder where stands a single tree. Cut at the tree with your hatchets, and, if blood flows from the wound, you will know that I have perished and my work has failed. But if no blood flows, all is well, my mission is successful."

"But the canoe is made of stone," said his grandmother. "It will not float."

"It will float," he replied. "This shall be a sign that my words are true." He entered the canoe, and it swiftly moved out into Lake Ontario, and left his homeland. In time, his name became sacred among the people, and he would be referred to only as "The Peacemaker."

Quetzalcoatl's Promise

Through the legends of the native peoples of North and South America, there runs a recurring thread ' the tale of a Great White Teacher who came in ancient times to free the people from slavery, war, and human sacrifice. He showed them instead, a way of peace, dignity and brotherhood. He brought prosperity to the poor tribes by introducing agricultural methods and ways of self sufficiency. He renovated their patterns of worship, and taught them a special reverence for Venus, the Morning Star, the object of His daily meditations.

From Alaska to the tip of South America His story can be found. His names were many: Tah-co-pah, the Healer; Ee-me-shee, the Wind God; Chee-zoos, [possible similarity to 'Jesus'] God of the dawn light. Today He is best remembered as Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, or Kukulcan. His image graces the resurrected pyramids and temples throughout these lands. The Prophet was bearded, with long hair, and wore white flowing robes. Wherever He went, He trained 12 disciples to carry on His work after His departure.

Before He departed He gave a prophecy ' that the cultures He had inspired would eventually fall to the tragedy of greed and war. The temples would be burned, the populations decimated. He warned His people to protect their sacred writings, and promised that He would Himself return to restore order and balance and to open again the pages of the ancient wisdom books. When He left, He traveled East, and it is from the East He promised to return.

Black Elk and Crazy Horse

Black Elk and Crazy Horse were leaders of the Lakota Sioux in the late 1800s when the US was decimating its native populations. Each had a vision of the future.

Black Elk saw that his people, after long years of destitution and death, would lose heart and the sacred hoop of his nation would be broken. But after seven generations he saw a vision of the nation being reunited and becoming part of the greater hoop of all the nations of the earth. At that time a great Prophet from the east would bring a message of hope to all people.

Crazy Horse's vision also foretold the darkness that would descend on his people. He saw the coming of automobiles and airplanes and the tragic world wars of the modern era. But after the last war, he saw his people gradually awaken and begin to dance again, this time along with people of all colors, under the Sacred Tree of Life.

The Hopis ' Waiting for Pahana

In 1948, Thomas Banyacya accepted the task of warning the world of the events foretold in the Hopi prophecies. The Hopis, he says, had been instructed to seek a "house of mica" (glass) that would stand on the eastern shore of Turtle Island (the US). The Hopis saw the UN building in New York as the house of mica. Beginning in 1949, they sought entry to its assembly to: 1) look for their True White Brother, 2) seek justice for Indian brothers and sisters and good people everywhere, and 3) warn leaders of the coming purification. In 1992 and again in 1993 they were able to deliver their prophecies.

Hopi legend speaks of the Pahana, or the True White Brother, who once lived with the people and would return in the time of Koyaanisquatsi, when the world was beset by fearful troubles and chaos. Then He would unite the broken tribes and reestablish balance and harmony.

Mayan Prophecy

Don Alejandro Oxlaj, a priest and seventh generation medicine man from Guatemala, calls the times we live in as "crucial for our future survival," and hopes to alert the world to the momentous changes that he says are now occurring. As head of the Quiche Maya Elder Council, representing 21 Mayan regions, he is a wisdom keeper of the Mayan calendar and prophecies. He has received permission from the Council to publish, for the first time in 500 years, the Mayan prophecies.

Hunbatz Men is a Mayan daykeeper, an expert on theological and calendrical systems of the ancient Mayan civilization. He has published sacred teachings that were hidden at the time of the Spanish conquest. He speaks of Kukulcan and Quetzacoatl, not so much in light of an expected return, but rather in terms of the possibility in the coming times for each of us to attain His same exalted stage by treading the path of attaining knowledge.

David Gehue, Canadian Mi'kmaq, says we are in the final stages of transition when "The Great Spirit takes the earth in both hands and shakes it violently." He speaks of a mysterious person in olden times who "came from the rising sun and went to the setting sun." He warned them of the coming of seven evil cycles when the great white monster "would disperse the people to lives of misery and destitution." The mysterious brother said he would come back from the rising sun with a new spirit and power that would destroy the white monster. At that time the wisdom of the Elders would again be heeded and life restored to balance.

Jake Swamp of the Mohawk nation tells of the Peacemaker, Deganawida, who unified the tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy (an eastern group whose system of laws inspired the Constitution of the US.) The Peacemaker foresaw the events that would destroy the lives and culture of the Confederacy tribes, but predicted that in time there would be born many children who would heal the ancient wounds, and also a great Prophet, a World Uniter, who would renew the spirit of man in a way more worldwide and all-embracing than ever before in history.

Peruvian Prophecy

High in the Peruvian Andes, at 17,000 feet, live a people known as the Q'ero, who fled to higher ground 500 years ago, at the coming of the conquest. Their prophecies have predicted that it is now time for the great mastay, the gathering of the peoples, and for the return of Pachacuti, the builder of Machu Picchu and the founder of the Inca Confederacy, whom they regard as their Messiah. His return to the world in the present era will be on a collective level.

[The numerous existing legends of the Americas point very strongly not only to the likely presence of Christ Jesus in many lands prior to His birth in Bethlehem, but also to His promise of the Advent of a World Uniter - the Comforter, Counselor, Incarnation of the Holy Ghost, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Who Herself has stated: "I was the White Buffalo Calf Woman."]

White Buffalo Calf Woman of the Lakota

Among the Lakota, the Crow, the Chippewa and other Native American tribes, the White Buffalo is one of the most sacred symbols. It represents purity, sacrifice and a sign that prophecy is being fulfilled. The Messiah honored by the Lakota Sioux is the White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the Sacred Pipe and established the foundation of their ritual and social life. When she left, she turned into a white buffalo, and promised some day to return. In 1994 a white buffalo calf was born in Wisconsin; in 1996 another was born in South Dakota. For the native peoples these births have been a sign to "mend the hoop" of the nations, to establish brotherhood within the family of man, and return to a spiritual way of life. (SI) Sept. 96, p.14)

[Jesus' message of forgiveness, peace and harmony of all peoples was also accompanied by the commandment: "Ye must be born again." This ancient directive is coming to fruition today with the Advent of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, in this special Resurrection Time, the Biblical Last Judgment. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in the Native tradition is the White Buffalo Calf Woman come to give all Her children their Second Birth.]

Jesus answered: "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which is born of Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee: Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, But cannot tell whence it comes and where it goeth: So is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:3-8 (Bible)

Jesus' promise:
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, (S)he shall teach you in all things and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said to you." St. John 14:26 (Bible)

(United Kingdom ' December 2, 1979 (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi)
I was the One who was born again and again. But now I have come in My complete Form and with complete Powers. I have come on this Earth not only for salvation of human beings, not only for their emancipation, but for granting them the Kingdom of Heaven, the Joy, the Bliss that your Father wants to bestow upon you."

Shri Puratana Shri Nirmala Devi
(Puratana 801st: Primordial or Ancient)

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