Why we’ve removed our articles on the meaning of the solstices and equinoxes

On the 17 of March 2018 Mark and I have removed what were the most popular articles on this website—which are the articles we’d written about the spiritual meaning of the autumn equinox, winter solstice, spring equinox, and summer solstice, as well as the greater spiritual significance of these times of year.

They had been shared on social media over 23,000 times, and had become a world reference on the spiritual meaning of each of the solstices and equinoxes, ranking in the first 1 to 4 places in Google searches for terms like “winter solstice spiritual meaning” – above sites like Wikipedia, Encyclopaedia Britannica, and Timeanddate.com.

The reason why we removed them is because of the extent they were being plagiarized.

They were first published between 2011 and 2012. From then on, they were copied and pasted by hundreds of people who plagiarized them verbatim, which is why in 2016 the copy&paste function on this website was blocked. This helped stop the verbatim copyists, and we hoped this would stop their plagiarism altogether. However, unfortunately it has continued.

Although there have been a small number of people who have decently credited and referenced our articles when writing their own, many people instead chose to take the phrasing, research, explanations, and concepts from our articles and work them into their own without referencing where they had got their information at all. I’ve seen people do this to create videos on the meaning of the winter solstice in order to promote their own YouTube channels, another to promote their own paid tours and new age retreats at sacred sites, another slightly reworded the title of our spiritual meaning of the winter solstice article and used information from it to write a version of it for their own website as a way to promote themselves as a paid life coach and healer.

If we had found that there were enough people who positively benefited from the articles, and who took the time to write a comment, or to share and reference them, then perhaps we would have decided to keep them, despite the continual plagiarism—with the good offsetting the bad. However, being non-profit, and without support coming back from providing them, we simply don’t have the means to protect them while they are freely out in public view.

Those articles cost us a lot in terms of the many months of solid research that went into writing them, but mostly the enormous personal discipline and self-sacrifice it took Mark to acquire the spiritual experience and knowledge behind them, which allowed him to decipher the meaning of those events in the first place, as well as the symbols used in their historical celebration and in the design of ancient sites aligned to them.

All the sources I’ve seen, who’ve plagiarized our articles, I would say could roughly be described as being part of the “new age” – a broad term used to denote those who don’t identify with any of the major or even pagan religions, but who subscribe to a belief system that incorporates various elements of them whilst usually profiting from selling “spiritually” themed goods and services. Of course, not everyone in the new age is a plagiarist, but to see it so often coming from this field is a sad indictment upon it. It is a field that, in a general sense, is now plagued by greed and dishonesty, and it’s shocking to see that for all the talk in the new age about spiritual subjects, many of those in it are lacking in very basic standards and principles.

Moving forward, we’ll be working more through books and videos, which we feel are more secure formats.

Even though it’s a great shame our articles have been overrun by plagiarists, the work done on them has served a greater purpose by acting as steps on the journey that has led Mark to rediscover the ancient religion of the sun.

By |2018-06-30T12:46:07+00:00March 20th, 2018|news|73 Comments

About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the native, indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website sakrosawel.com ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in Proto-Indo European). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.

73 Comments

  1. Maria V September 25, 2018 at 8:01 am - Reply

    It feels sad that these articles had to be removed because of plagiarism, it’s immoral to use other peoples’s work showing it as yours.

    Personally these articles had a big impact on me from the first time I read them and have helped me esoterically.very much, giving me a further perception about how everything is related in this world and serves one purpose, our spiritual development. This big and beautiful reality touched my heart very deeply, uplifting me and giving me, each time, the boost and hope I needed.
    I feel responsible for not having written a comment about this until now, in order to support this valuable work.

    Thank you sincerely, Mark and Lara, for all your work and research upon this and making this information available for us these years.Thank you for still sharing your work through your books and. videos, and for explaining.

    Wishing you the best and that this may some day be resolved.

  2. Justin April 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Reading this post, it really hit me how both absurd and deeply disturbing it is for someone to steal spiritual information and use it to pass themselves off as spiritual and to profit by it.

    Of course all plagiarism is simply wrong, but when the plagiarism is of spiritual content by those claiming to be spiritual, the act seems particularly egregious and profoundly hypocritical. It seems to me it would take an amazing level of self-deceit to steal someone else’s hard work and to believe you are on the moral high ground and that the values of such people must be basically just a hollow mockery of spirituality, without any true substance at all.

    The lack of recourse against this sort of thing is also so troubling. People who are honest content creators end up being ripped off and then have to waste valuable time in chasing down the less scrupulous, while those who feel no compunction stealing without attribution have an easy time of it and get profit and in some cases a large following.

    I can completely understand the need to take down this content to protect it. I hope it enables you both to focus resources on sharing your work in more secure formats.

  3. sangeetha bhatta April 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Am unable to find the audio recordings by Belsebuub of various mantras like EGIPTO, TAIRERE etc on soundcloud. Please direct me where they are.

  4. Maia April 1, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

    It is sad that the state of this humanity emerges as a stumbling block for the spreading of the truth and spirituality in its pure form for the sake of humanity. Do we have to admit that this is truly our level? And in these times of new media era, one big problem isn’t the trivialization of information, as we see that some contemptuous of what is considered right or honorable disregard the authors’ copyrights?

    On the name of views and likes and the quick transmission of some info, combined with the concept of profit or fame and not quality, truth and honesty, it is so disappointing to see that the moral principles have been wiped out and the nature of these principles seems to me like having distorted by time and society. How can people pretend that Mark’s work is their fruit of inner searching and personal growth without full acknowledgment? Is that by ignorance that they don’t credit his name?
    In an academic context, students and teachers are already conformed to some rules, for example, in order to avoid plagiarism, and the consequences to their studies or career can be of big scale if they don’t respect them. But talking about the Internet which is like an ”open gate”, why things can be still taken with impunity?

    I also agree with Asuni wondering if we understand all about plagiarism because this concerns all of us. Consciously or unconsciously it can be there, and I feel that it is a matter of education and conscious work if we want to ensure integrity in every aspect of our spiritual growth.

  5. Asuni March 30, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    This decision and its message affect me.

    What is happening shows that we have to repeat the same questions to ourselves.

    Do I understand all about plagiarism?

    Does not this concern us all, again? In the actual world? at the level of free trade of products and services?

    We would like everyone to show that we have clean hands, in all our business, and of course, at the level of plagiarism.

    But growing in wisdom is a long process …

    Our ability to adequately share the right information, in the right way and at the right time is an ever more important business for those who want to move forward. This is the recipe that allows a person to climb into the world as a great leader.

    Those who believe in the importance and legitimacy of their message must defend it. It’s their responsibility. For those who claim to have the right information, and do not have it, to be defeated.

    I’m with you, Lara and Belsebuub, but I fear the outcome of this battle (and it’s very selfish of me, because I know you have little or no need of us, while we, can we tell us the same thing?). Personally, I do not feel at a sufficient level (in spiritual mastery of myself), to do without good advice, nor good research that you are able to do to get all these information.

    • Kelly April 3, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you Asuni and Maia for sharing these points to reflect on. Your comments inspired me to take a closer look at myself and the many ways that this could apply. I can see why it would prevent people from moving forward spiritually and is so worthy of further contemplation and taking steps to change.

      • DavidH April 20, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

        Hi Kelly

        I agree, I think those are great questions to be asking ourselves and points to reflect on to see if there are things we are doing which we might think are ok but actually are a form of plagiarism.

        Thinking about it myself I can see one area which might not immediately seem like there is anything wrong with it but actually it would not be the right way.

        For example if I had my own website and I wanted to use it to help promote other websites I follow, it would be easy to think it is ok to just take some images of those websites and put them on my website to help direct people to those other websites I like.

        It would seem ok because it is directing people back to the source however thinking about it now in light of this plagiarism issue, the right thing to do would be to ask those other websites first if I can use those images on my website.

        Otherwise it is just taking something which is not mine.

        It is so easy to go along with assumptions about so many things without ever questioning them but if we can start to begin to question then it opens up opportunities for great learning and as you suggested Kelly, being able to move forward spiritually by being able to overcome something which has kept us stuck.

        Thanks to Asuni, Maia and Kelly for the prompt to think about this whole issue a bit more.

      • DavidH April 22, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

        Hi Kelly

        I agree, I think those are great questions to be asking ourselves and points to reflect on.

        I have found it is so easy to go along with assumptions and beliefs about so many things in general without ever questioning them but if we can start to question them then it opens up opportunities for learning, for example to see if there are things we are doing which might seem like there is nothing wrong with them but actually it is not the right way.

        As you suggested Kelly, it is about being able to move forward spiritually by being able to overcome something which has kept us stuck, especially if we did not previously realise it. So even if we make mistakes, if we can realise them, learn from them and correct them, then something good has come out of it in the end.

  6. Jiri March 29, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I must say I thought that plagiarizm is not anymore a big issue, frankly I never check other websites that claim to be spiritual, so I have no idea what the “New age” group really is. I have heard about this group before in some articles, but I did not want to support this group by opening their website(s) and see what they are really up to. It is pity that through the Internet so many people can be misled from the right path because I believe that there must be hundreds of groups claiming they are spiritual and offering people easy way how to reach enlightment or just telling them they have to realize something and it will be it, and people do not have the chance to see and find the reality or even lose their interest for spirituality because there is much information everywher, and people may easily start believing that all is just a fraudulent.

    In my life I have experienced twice from different sources talking about “realization” of something to get enlighted, but I never heard “what should I realize”. I can see around me that people stopped in many cases asking questions,for example: “What this group, book, person, exercise, religion, atheism, etc. can give me?”, even basic questions like this are not asked. People do not need the proof, they need famous person to tell them how to thing, what to believe in and that is enough for them, it was sort of same for me and I had to learn to ask questions. So I can sort of understand that because the education system is (and was) based on repeating things and memorizing them well but not encouraging children and young people to bring up to many questions, even I noticed that to ask questions makes you look like outsider (underdog) and stupid and people do not want to look in the eyes of others stupid, so they do not ask. And also it is easy not to ask questions and follow the main stream that leads to a big entertainment.

    For those who plagiarize is very easy job to use someones work and to add some nice paragraphs to create “spiritual” article and people just buy it and do not even question it. More spiritual these things “are”, more expensive they are because if we pay lots of money for spirituality then we value it more, I have heard this phrase so many times in my life and believe me I paid the money I was asked to pay, it was not a spiritual group but a martial art group that was claimed to be “spiritual” until one day I found out that it was just empty and led nowhere, so I stopped paying and realized for myself (did not realize that I am enlightened :)) that the real thing is not about money.

    I can also see around me that telling lies is like a sport and many say that it is OK because everybody does that and same goes with stealing thing or ideas or works or other things because everybody does that….. Many of these things come out of the desire for an easy life, not to work hard, others wants to be rich, others famous and stealing others work helps to reach their goals in very short time.

    I hope that things still get better because it is pity that so many helpful articles are gone…

    • Craig April 1, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

      I suspect that plagiarism will always be an issue.

      The New Age movement will always declare ‘openness’ and ‘acceptance’ as fundamental doctrines. So when people come across Mark and Lara’s work, and they ‘resonate’ with it, their brain will absorb it readily — like a sponge. Then, because of our tendency to do everything from the perspective of the ‘myself’ (the egos), we think that this information we’ve gleaned from external sources is ‘ours’ to do with as we desire. Ironically, we’re not immune from this problem ourselves, and I’ve seen myself parroting Belsebuub’s words, when they’re not actually mine!

      This was further reinforced when I was looking for plagiarised phrases of articles, and noticed some people’s comments here that used Belsebuub’s words in the middle of their sentences. It was very strange to see it!
      It was then that I began to be careful to try and always give credit to Mark and Lara’s work — because this website and the words on it are purely due to their outstanding efforts.

      • Patricia April 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm - Reply

        Craig I can see your point on how even using a sentence or two without crediting the author here on comments made on this website and other affliated sites could pose a problem and it’s something we each should be mindful of and something I’m certainly going to pay closer attention to as well.

        Michael, your comment here was well said, especially the section on the value of spiritual teachings – thanks for sharing that SoundCloud Belsebuub talk link.

  7. Andrew March 28, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the update Lara. I probably would’ve wondered where they went when I tried to share them with a friend or someone who expressed interest in the subject. While sad, I completely understand. I found hundreds of instances of plagiarism which used the articles content to sell everything from tickets to EDM festivals, auto tires and guided trips to sacred sites. Many people just don’t ‘think’ about it, copying little bits here and there which seem ‘juicy’ and will help them market something unrelated, or get more social likes, while it’s more sad when you can clearly see intent to copy concepts and principles, hiding them with modified phrasing and then altering the work to help draw in more business.

    While it is tragic and a damning depiction of basic principles in our modern tech era, it also highlights how valuable the information Mark and yourself have created. And it shows that there was a big void of information like this, which you filled. A massive compliment, given backhanded unfortunately. Thank you for providing this crucial and need information & perspective and for all the hard work you both put into it!

    I also think that besides some of the heavier weight instances of plagiarism you’ve found so far, that it could get worse (as Karim mentioned) if someone with a big name picked up this information and started marketing it in a watered down/feel good version to the masses. So I think it’s a good decision to take it off the net. I’m also very glad to be reading through my copy of The Path of the Spiritual Sun as we go through the important solar days of the year, and to see all the new content and research that’s been added to that book that didn’t exist in the articles. It makes this book very special, to me and others I know.

    I’m looking forward to whatever you release next, in the format you deem most suitable and secure, especially for the important books Mark is working on now. All the best with it!

  8. Zorana March 28, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    From what I understand, Belsebuub’s work has almost always been plagiarised, even back when he was creating courses in PDF format and then they had to be reprinted as books to protect the information due to all the stealing. Now the information that he’s given along with Lara’s research seems to be an even bigger commodity to exploit.

    I bet some feel as long as they are using it to spread inspiration for “self-love” and positive encouragement that it’s justified, used to help others in some way, and have even convinced themselves it’s good.

    I’m so disappointed in these individuals that continue to be blind to the consequences of their deeds. There appears to be a serious disconnect from consciousness for them to have been able to take all the steps that lead to their dishonesty and deceit in such a way, to have continued to drown out the voice of their conscience.

    I recently searched out “spring equinox meaning” and “autumn equinox meaning” on Google, and sometimes the top search was this website and other times it was two that had completely plagiarised Mark’s work – specifically that the sun’s yearly cycle represents an inner spiritual journey any individual can endeavor to take. None of them credited that this was his rediscovery, that through his massive efforts they were now aware of an incredibly profound truth.

    Personally, it feels to me like it’s taking some time for the significance of Mark’s journey to bring the Religion of the Sun back to Earth to sink in properly. I notice it sort of in layers, small bits of understanding or realization – like how astounding it is that he’s the only person with this knowledge in our time. It becomes very obvious when others try to repackage what Mark has revealed to everyone freely and selflessly into a version of their own – the threads of truth are so loudly visible because of their total uniqueness, showing that no one could’ve possibly puzzled together the truth of the path of the Sun without having undergone it themselves.

    • Lucia March 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Zorana,

      That’s exactly what I have been thinking – How Mark is doing this groundbreaking and spiritually revealing work, influencing the “common knowledge” of general public, without anybody realising or comprehending the full scope of what is going on. People quote his insights, or even kind of absorb them, and after a while start thinking that this knowledge has just somehow spontaneously became clear to them… It really hasn’t SINK IN as you said, to most people what is actually going on. That is why I was wondering how is it possible that Mark and Lara aren’t invited for interviews massively. Indeed, if people realised what is going on that would be the case, but since most don’t realise it, don’t care, or don’t comprehend the far-reaching effects of these revelations for humanity, its not happening.

      Your mentioning Mark’s old pdfs was also spot on, since all this started back then, in the times of Mysticweb – a one of a kind website for spiritual learning in this world. Tens of thousands of people came there, did the courses, and then left to incorporate what they have learned into their own “spiritual” counselling, best-selling books, etc.
      It is a shame, because unlike in regular science, where we know who discovered a light bulb, who has revealed the mysteries of alternating current, whom we can thank for penicillin, etc…, in the field of spirituality this is not the case. Spirituality today became a world of fiction, where everyone just makes their own “truth” and presents it with bits and pieces of real truth, while the discoverers of real truth remain unknown. To an extent, I think it is all just a natural result of the state of humanity, our lack of consciousness and spiritual level, but on the other hand people are not completely numb and after pointing out something really true and right, I think most can recognise it. So I guess its a question of how to spread the truth of these matters to as many as possible, so people start understanding what is going on, and hopefully Mark/Belsebuub will finally get credit for all his hard work and knowledge he has brought to humanity.

      Day-dreaming about this a bit further, I can imagine a talk show with Mark on TV, with people calling in, asking about other dimensions, how to change in order to get there, alchemy, the revival of the spirituality of the Sun, and many other topics… How amazing it would be to have a discussion panel like that! At least there is Youtube where one can upload their own videos, but still, an official station recognising this unique chance and doing something about it would be awesome (a great dharma for them too… 🙂 ).

      • Michael March 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

        I agree Lucia – it would be great if the fruits of Mark and Lara’s research and spiritual practice were offered a more prominent place in society, as was the case with the TV and radio appearances that Mark made some time ago. TV programs about ancient sites are still quite popular, such as those speculating on the origins of Stonehenge, or following a team trying to recreate it.

        Unfortunately though, it seems that the type of spirituality that is predominant and accepted within society usually falls within the religious or new age categories. So it would probably take a lot in order to find someone in the mainstream media who is willing to give people what they want from spirituality, without giving them what they don’t want too.

        It’s great that the message is still getting out there with the Sakro Sawel videos though. Using YouTube as a platform also has its advantages, as it’s a way of reaching the world, rather than being restricted to broadcasting within a particular country. I’m grateful to Mark and Lara for making the video series and to those who supported the project for their help.

    • Michael March 30, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

      It’s a pity that in some cases the plagiarising sites have ranked higher than the original source Zorana. I think that says a lot about the current state of affairs and the need to preserve the integrity of this unique information.

  9. Vida March 27, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Gosh, what a difficult decision that must have been to make, especially after all of the research and time you both put in, as well as Mark’s esoteric experience and knowledge at the heart of it. It’s really awful that your work was being sold off like that, and split up into fragments so even when people do find it, it’s hardly recognizable or usable.

    It’s definitely a huge loss as many here have mentioned, and hopefully using more secure avenues via books and video will help keep the information intact and still reach those who are interested in it.

    Thanks so much Mark and Lara for all you do.

  10. Seraphim March 27, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    It’s really sad that these precious articles about solstices and equinoxes were removed because of the extensive plagiarism and stealing of Mark’s work, without mentioning the source and the link.

    Unfortunately, it seems, on the internet, it is so extensive to steal someone’s work for their own personal agenda. So, definitely, Mark and Lara, you did the right thing in order to protect this work.

  11. Karim March 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this update Lara.

    Some thoughts. I find it interesting to notice that nowadays people seem to be increasingly unable to, or no longer even know how to, take in things into their consciousness. For example I see how when people come across something of beauty, like a beautiful view from a mountaintop, the first reaction is to take out one’s phone to take a photo or selfie. This seems like a pretty small thing in itself, but in my opinion there’s also something more fundamental going on there.
    Instead of someone taking in that impression, that beauty, and enjoying it with their consciousness. Rather that light, that something living, is recognized by a program within the person’s subconscious and seen as an opportunity to boast itself and one’s image onto others. The chance to take it in to serve consciousness and experience that moment in wakefulness is lost, and instead the inner energy is handed over to that pleasure and the person goes through that moment still submerged within their sleep.
    It reminds me a bit (though it’s a more extreme and different level) of what is mentioned of creatures of darkness trawling around looking for light to pervert and feed themselves on.

    But to get back more to the point. I wonder to what extent people even still know? or are still in any way accustomed to feeding the consciousness. In a society where people are raised without being given the means how to, where children grow up unfamiliar with such a way of being. It reminds me of an article on this website referencing the shrinking of the human brain and atrophying of parts of it.
    I do also see that someone would need to have the chance to the right information to unlock this way of being. For me personally before coming across Belsebuub’s work on self knowledge and awareness I was also stuck in that psychological sleep and trying to reach goals through that.
    But I do also see that when someone is given the opportunity, is given amazing information, such as that explaining about the workings of the cosmos, solstices and equinoxes, consciousness etc. but uses it for some for some material gain or simply leaves it be— then there’s a choice there as well.

    When looking at what the internet or people did with the information in those articles presented online for 6-7 years, the results do seem disappointing.

    On a different note: they did hold amazing information though. I see how it could be a dangerous reality not just for ‘smaller’ instances of plagiarism to occur as has happened. But for a really major personality or corporation to come in and steal the whole of it and have it take flight for their own gain. A scary thought, and really not impossible. Without the means to protect the value of the content it would appear keeping it more guarded would be better, but that also means it’s not able to reach people, which is the whole point. etc. etc. etc.
    It’s really revealing itself (in my limited view) to be such a predicament, like a catch22, that Belsebuub and this information finds itself in. A ground to very careful tread. I hope to be able to help out for things to happen in the right way.

    On the positive note I find the Sakro Sawel videos to be wonderful! There seems to be a life present in them and also they seem well received by interested people, which again might seem like a small thing but something I find great to see. I hope they can flourish and that more things can arise as well. I look forward to whatever (more secure) format is used to broadcast this information in the future 🙂

    The last line mentions something quite monumental. It’s amazing really to contemplate how one smaller thing has lead onto other things. Hopefully it will lead to unimaginably greater things yet!

    • Michael March 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      I think you made some good points there Karim. There’s definitely a good and bad side to technology. On the one hand, it allows communication on a much larger scale and the sharing of information that falls outside of the mainstream, including this website. But on the other hand, despite the popularity of social media, the online way of life can detract from simple social contact and community participation, or the appreciation of what is around us.

      I can recall a number of instances where I observed mothers and their children, while travelling on city buses. Sometimes the children would be commenting on things that caught their attention, eager to learn and experience the world, while the mother would be ignoring them, while texting or browsing social media. On other occasions, the children would be handed mobiles to play games on, in order to keep them quiet.

      Aside from the missed opportunity to interact with one’s own children, the health consequences of the overuse of technology and the separation from a more natural way of life are becoming increasingly apparent, with an increase in autism and ADHD in children, chronic illnesses in adulthood, then neurodegenerative illnesses in older age.

      There’s definitely something valuable about the simple appreciation of nature, without the need to pull out the mobile to take selfies to share on social media. It can be a very effective exercise to become grounded in the present moment and gain a welcome respite from the 24-7 lifestyle of modern society.

      I think the key is to be selective, as the human mind has a tendency towards distraction, which can easily lead a person to pursue an endless stream of entertainment, or information that is of limited use. However, the Sakro Sawel videos you mentioned are a great example of using technology effectively, in order to create something unique and informative that can reach the world and lead people to a much better way of living.

  12. Bogdan-Constantin March 27, 2018 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Dear Mark and Lara,

    Thank you for sharing your clear and understandable explanation on this issue. I fully support your decision, because it is a very clear message to people who still keep plagiarizing your work. It is also a realization for people who genuinely are looking for pure spiritual information, that this information is precious, timeless and in metaphorical terms ‘pearls’. It should be treated like that and defended as there is no guarantee it will always be available, especially in the times we live now.

    By just keeping it on the website and knowing that this information is altered by people who just take it for personal gain, while its purity is lost, there is no justification to keep it on in this way. Due to the ‘copy-paste’ culture, people have become numb and mostly unaware to respecting genuine original work and even worse, they have got miles away from actually experiencing what they copy pasted. Without the experience, it’s just an intellectual exercise and it means very little.

    I would ask the plagiarists: ‘Why not take up the effort to actually experience what you have plagiarized, self-reflect on your actions and discover a wealth of true knowledge through the experience?’ Maybe they could soon come to realization that their acts of taking what is not theirs, is such a foolish action and does not serve them at all.

    I am glad the pearls can still be found in other works in a safer way and that they are not trampled underfoot anymore through the articles.

  13. Pavlin March 25, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this update, Lara. Like others, I’m sorry to hear you and Mark had to take down content from the website due to plagiarism. I know you’ve been trying to limit it for a number of years now, so I can understand why you’ve taken this step given the circumstances.

    Seeing how massively popular your articles have been, I wish more of the people who’ve benefited from your work would have expressed their support back.

    I honestly admire and feel humbled by your ability and decisiveness to stand behind your principles. It seems to me, this quality makes the conduct of all those plagiarising your work even more strikingly exposed.

    Thank you both for your tireless work!

  14. Laura March 25, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    How sad to hear that you’ve had to take more content offline because of continued plagiarism. What a shame you aren’t able to make full use of the internet to reach as many people as would be possible because of this problem. I didn’t know by the way your articles on the solstices and equinoxes were ranking so high on Google though it isn’t a surprise as the information is so deep, original and real. It’s tragic what opportunities were there that can’t be made use of for now. I suppose the internet can make it easy to feel like you are an anonymous, untraceable, invisible passerby and that your actions would not count or be known, but everything is known in the higher dimensions, and that’s a way to prove one’s quality I suppose, by what you do when you think it doesn’t count…

    It seems very contradictory and double standards that New Age spirituality should be the main culprit of committing the plagiarism of your works, when you would imagine people wishing to be spiritual would aspire to the highest morals and conduct. The lack of understanding, integrity, honesty, depth and honour of cosmic principles seems glaringly missing, but then so it is missing from our world at large, so most people wouldn’t even have a correct example to follow at least if they can’t find the principles within, certainly not in the popular commercial spiritual teachers of today. So like someone said I feel incredibly fortunate to have found the information and knowledge you present as it is so precious, true, and divine.

    And so it’s amazing you are nevertheless able to continue to give this knowledge anew and in ever richer ways. I really hope it may continue to be so, that the light you bring will never be quenched in the world but will flourish and spread, intact and pure.

  15. Sue March 25, 2018 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Thanks for letting us know Lara. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for you to have to take this information down and how terrible it is to have someone steal information gained through Mark’s incredible hard work, dedication and self-sacrifice and the many months of hard work that it took to bring this information together for us all.

    Like others, I think it’s truly tragic that people who call themselves spiritual can so simply just steal someone else’s hard work for their own personal gain. Unfortunately these people ruin it for others who are genuinely interested in finding this information for their own personal journey.

    Thank you sincerely from all of us who have valued and will continue to highly value and use this information wisely.

  16. Olga March 24, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I was quite taken aback after coming across a recent high ranking article about the meaning of the solstices. Out of curiosity, I began reading it and saw similarities, one after the other. An entire article about its meaning and a mixture of ideas of how to celebrate the solstice. I think even to the author, as a self-proclaimed spiritual individual and provider of related internet material, they must have understood they couldn’t have a word for word copy of another person’s content. As such, things appeared reworded, with new elements incorporated, but as I personally have been familiar for some years now with the language and feeling of Mark’s work, I was generally very much reminded of him and the knowledge he imparted while reading the said article. It was obvious how there was a heightened value in some aspects of the text, such as the wording of how the solstice has always been part of humanity, how clearly and simply the solar events were described, how they draw in a connection to the divine and so on. A description of meditating on a candle/fire was also eerily similar to what I have seen taught from Belsebuub many years ago. There was a kind of truthful and wise aspect interwoven in the article that I could pick up on that I recognised from the way Belsebuub has introduced the teaching of the religion of the sun and its equivalent ceremonial celebration. However, I also noticed this strange clash of writing that belonged to a different and more new age thinking, this consequently made it completely clear to me how popular pseudo spiritual ideas were being mixed in with Mark’s own insight and original writing. This to me really felt out of place and in some way lowered the frequency of the article as though even interrupting the flow of it. These occasional parts were very emotional and excitable in my opinion, as though there were exclamations coming out of them, leaning towards a more ‘boosting of oneself’ way of exploring spirituality compared to the rest of the text that had a different tone altogether.

    It would be quite easy for someone familiar with Belsebuub’s work, to pick it apart and understand the original source that was really the substance of the article, uncredited, and tragically wiped away.

    It is devastating that the authors of this website, who have worked for many years to decode the enigma of the solstices and equinoxes, are now sharing a platform with others whose source flows from Belsebuub himself. This metaphor I remember being mentioned previously on this site. Now, where once the water was flowing pristine, nourishing a place that could not even begin to understand the scope of personal transformation possible through the representation of the solstices and equinoxes, is now suffering critical contamination. Can this flowing stream be ever made clean again? Can the current find a place to create a paradise that will remain protected and self-efficient?

    • Michael March 25, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Yes, I’ve seen the same thing Olga. It’s usually obvious when someone either copies verbatim or paraphrases content from the original articles, as Mark’s style of writing is distinctive and the information he conveys is unique. As you mentioned, there can then be a “clash” when reading a plagiarised article, as the tone changes so noticeably.

    • Karim March 26, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      You describe that experience of reading Mark’s content in a plagiarised stolen format very well. I had the exact reaction to some major cases of plagiarism I’ve seen, both of the self knowledge work Mark has created, and again the same with the astral travel information.

      As you say being familiar with Belsebuub’s works, reading his books or listening to his talks, there is such a coherency and truth there. To see that same content being stolen, masked, unwillingly dressed up. Reading or seeing the plagiarised content in those instances just felt so incredibly wrong and made me feel sick to be honest.

      I can’t imagine what it must be like for Mark. To have worked so hard towards things (and that for others)… Perhaps like lifting an impossibly heavy box, as high as can be reached— even extending fingertips— in order to put it on top of something. Only for it to then be snatched away. It must be so devastating, demoralising, weakening. And then to be unable to rectify it without having the resources and support to do so. What do you do??

      I feel I’ve got some understanding of some of the aspects, but I also feel there’s plenty to reflect on for me still to better grasp the view of this situation.

  17. Kelly March 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    It sounds like you took decisive action in response to the fact that many people have been stealing your work and misrepresenting it for years.

    Some justify stealing your work by saying that these are universal teachings as if that then makes them free for the taking. I think it is damaging to make allowances for stealing, especially when it comes to taking and profiting from someone’s hard-earned spiritual knowledge. The information in these articles is original, making that cover-up even more irrelevant.

    As Lara explained in this announcement it is through Mark’s “enormous personal discipline and self-sacrifice” that “allowed him to decipher the meaning of those events in the first place.” I cannot imagine that the information in the articles would be of much use to anyone when taken out of context, blindly revised, misrepresented or attached to paid services, all with no link back to the original source.

    • Michael March 26, 2018 at 9:24 am - Reply

      Yes, I’ve seen the same thing Kelly, where people have plagiarised this work, then justified it by saying these are universal teachings, which don’t belong to anyone.

      Although there is a level of truth to that, as the knowledge that Mark is passing on is based on universal principles, which run throughout creation, most copyists haven’t even summarised the content, but have simply copied and pasted it word for word and presented it as their own.

      As you mentioned, to use this as a justification doesn’t make sense, as even if someone copied and pasted a large chunk of content from an article on an everyday topic, such as taking a holiday, it would still be classed as plagiarism, as although no-one owns the concept itself, a person’s own unique description of the journey they took to get there and what they discovered upon arrival would definitely be protected under copyright laws.

      The excuse given by some people that they are simply copying universal knowledge doesn’t add up on another level, as this information was not available prior to 2011, when Mark and Lara began to piece together the diverse fragments left behind by practitioners of the religion of the sun. I’ve seen hundreds of articles that have copied the same content since then, usually in a very recognisable way. But those creating original content from this universal knowledge are very limited in comparison.

  18. Tony March 24, 2018 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Very sad indeed. Really sorry to hear that Lara. And thanks for the heads up.

    It would be really good if there was a way to protect this information from being stolen and abused, and to ensure that people searching are directed to the real thing; and be given the complete picture.

    Aside from the fact that people are stealing it and using it for the most ridiculous things; which is obviously wrong; I’m always reminded that people who are searching are at risk of missing the real source and therefore being misled by information with missing pieces; which then don’t paint the full picture; or distract and take people off track.

    As some have said below, it’s a sad reflection on the state of the world. That so many really have no interest in the truth; it reminds me of Jesus talking about not casting pearls before swine lest they be trampled underfoot.

  19. john perez March 24, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for your explanation Lara. Unfortunately, you have no other choice.

  20. Tina March 23, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    It is really sad that all of those articles had to be taken down. I have also seen in recent years how this knowledge of the meaning of solstices and equinoxes has spread around the internet in so many forms. I guess people like the sound of the articles without the actual awareness of their real value. Nevertheless, this is stealing and it should be put an end to it.

    I wish you all the best and hope this can be resolved ones for all.

  21. Geraldine March 23, 2018 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Dear Lara & Mark,

    I was really saddened to see and realize that these articles had to be removed due to plagiarism.. It is so obvious that people have been using this knowledge far and wide.. Before 2011-2012, no one knew about the spiritual meaning of the solstice and equinox, how it relates to the awakening of consciousness, really it was pretty much all reduced to being linked simply to agriculture, with a simple basic understanding that we could use the analogies of nature in life.. But as to understand the true spiritual sense of these times of the year, it was completely unknown.. Yet now in 2018, there seems to be many blogs, and videos that have sprouted around which contain this knowledge, or part of this knowledge..

    Why couldn’t people credit the source? Why couldn’t people credit and refer to Mark’s work which had opened and uncovered this knowledge and the research you had carried.. If even in high school, people are taught that plagiarism is wrong and not on, and can get you evicted out of school, why on earth as adults they would think it is ok to do so?

    And as it seems to mainly stem from the ‘New Age’ movement, it really poorly reflects on it.. This really shows the hypocrisy of so many people, talking about spirituality, consciousness yet going against its principle and values.. What type of person would do this? It’s not like they are ignorant, or mistaken.. There is no 2-sides to plagiarism.. Plagiarism is stealing, it’s dishonest, it’s disrespectful and it’s hypocritical…

    I wished there was still a way to acknowledge that this website, that Mark’s work and your research are the basis for all that is found plagiarised around since 2011 even more clearly, than this news blog, as it may get burried. Could the website keep the original URL pages with some short screen shots and explanation? I was thinking in terms of showing at least that this is where it all started.. I don’t know if it would help some people have a change of heart (as I am sure they come back here often for fresh content….) but at least it would show the original beginning, time stamps and so forth, that this is where it all began.. As well as for people that have found the original link, and come up here may wonder why it is no longer present and find a clear explanation to its removal.

    I am trying to think of things that could be done to rectify those terrible misdeeds..

    I send you and Mark my best wishes for the Equinox and may each one of us do all we can to protect the light that is in the world and within our hearts.

    • Martin March 23, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your input Geraldine,

      It’s a basic question isn’t it: Why couldn’t they credit the source?

      • Slawek March 25, 2018 at 2:15 am - Reply

        I feel that the main reason plagiarisers do not credit Belsebuub for his work is a fear of potentially losing their market share. The underlying principle of the New Age is that teachings must be nice and easy in order to be popular and profitable, and some could be put off by knowing that this incredible information comes from Belsebuub (and Lara). Also, there could be others who would skip the ‘middle man’, who really only unrightfully sells watered down information, and go directly to the source.

        • Jenny March 27, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

          I’m sorry the state of things is such that these articles had to go down, but I completely support your decision to protect your work. It’s a big loss for many at the expense of a few who decided to take credit for and profit from your efforts.

          I just wanted to add to in addition to the many disappointments already expressed in comments below about such plagiarism, something I’ve recently been reflecting on for personal reasons and that stood out to me in your note above is the fact that had there been enough positive support the outcome may have been different.

          It seems that the majority of people treat information online like it’s unattached to a source, as though there is no person behind it — it’s like it appeared on the internet out of a vacuum for anyone to use as they wish (which is obviously untrue, but seems like that’s how people approach it). Also there’s this feeling like the internet is so large that nobody would notice if you borrow from others for your own benefit, especially if you repackage it slightly, or publish it in another language, etc. People also sometimes learn the rules of plagiarism and dance around them because they know they can get away with it since the law doesn’t protect honest work properly.

          I think that mentality both on the one hand is what breeds feeds right into a self-interested person’s agenda (getting free information to boost themselves up), and on the other hand it makes it such that ordinary people (not plagiarists) who benefit from information don’t realize the positive impact that they can make even with a simple “thank you” comment. Instead people come, benefit, and leave without saying a word, and as you say often negative comments become more prevalent in this way.

          How different things would be if people showed a little appreciation and support for the things they benefit from, like those articles. A little support from many can go a long way, but it seems that the current mentality on the internet is contrary to that. People get their “fix” and forget to even say thanks, let alone consider the depth of the source of knowledge.

          • Lucia March 27, 2018 at 12:24 pm

            This stood out to me as well Jenny, and I also wondered what may be behind it… Like is it a general lack of personal contact that is so prevalent in todays anonymous way of living? I could see this when living in the citites, how people (including myself) would often not even know their neighbors. Then when moving to a smaller town, things were a bit better, and now in the village where I live one has to greet literally everyone otherwise it may come out as impolite. 🙂 So I thought maybe on the internet it is kind of like in a big city? That people listen, read, etc…, but don’t necessarily feel like getting involved in communication? I am not talking about the plagiarists now, just about the general visitors to the sites. I also noticed that for example on Youtube the situation is slightly different, for some reason people are more likely to comment on a video than on an article on a website. Maybe they consider an article more formal? Or maybe it is because watching a video does not take so much time as reading an article and therefore there are more people who feel confident to comment since they managed to watch it all. Anyway, just some things I have been thinking about…

        • Michael March 28, 2018 at 1:59 pm - Reply

          Yes, I agree Slawek. It seems that a lot of the new age plagiarists have deliberately avoided citing the source, in order to maximise the potential for popularity and profit, by removing anything that could potentially be off-putting to their audience. Otherwise, from a SEO perspective, I would have expected people to leave comments under the original articles, just for the sake of creating a link to their own website from a well-visited site and therefore boosting their own search ranking.

          I listened to one of Mark’s talks recently, which summarised the situation very well. He mentioned about spirituality that:
          “The egos can create all sorts of spiritual utopias and avoid the hard work that it takes to get to esoteric reality. And then facing esoteric reality, the same egos want to run away from its requirements – and that’s a distorted vision of the spiritual which is produced. And that distorted vision becomes far more popular than the real thing, because it has the parts taken out of it that the ego doesn’t like to hear, or doesn’t like to go through. And it can dress things up in the guise of true spirituality, and people in general, lacking esoteric knowledge, will go for that because it sounds wonderful; it sounds great. But it has no substance and no basis in reality. It’s a construct of the mind and of the egos. And it’s clever people’s egos which then manipulate other people, so that they can’t get to esoteric wisdom, because they’re blinded by the nice words, the lovely sounding phrases, the attractive packages, the big media of all those who wish to commercialise and do their own thing with spiritual knowledge.

          True spiritual knowledge is raw and it’s tough and the majority of people are just not up for that. So they prefer this construct of the egos, a fantasy spirituality, and that’s really unfortunate. Humanity’s got to raise its level of being to be able to meet the spiritual. The spiritual won’t come down to it. It has to reach up for the spiritual to reach down to it.”

          The quote is from the Self-Knowledge talk on Belsebuub’s Soundcloud page and appears just after 9 minutes: https://soundcloud.com/belsebuub/self-knowledge

    • Craig March 25, 2018 at 3:04 am - Reply

      I agree Geraldine and Martin. Why couldn’t they credit the source? It’s not hard, and it’s certainly not detrimental to whatever message they’re trying to convey when selling their goods. IMHO it makes a site more credible when it cites the external sources it uses!

      It’s a shame that such people believe that theft of unique information is acceptable.

      Thank you Lara for this clear explanation on the problem of plagiarism. One can only hope that the people who’ve copied these texts realize their mistake and change — and also embrace the other teachings that can be found on this site!

  22. Aleksandr March 22, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for explaining the situation Lara. I had not realized that the problems with plagiarism continued even after the ebooks were taken down.

    Similar to others, I am also saddened by the removal of your most popular articles. I wish you all the best with your work on books and videos and hope that the state of the internet will change in the future so that it can become a safe publishing platform. I have also wondered about the lack of comments on your articles from new people – I still do not quite understand the reasons, although I guess it seems that many of the visitors were not genuine. Is there anything that can be done now to help with the situation?

  23. Fotis March 22, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    As I see it people from now on who are searching online about the meaning of the solstices and equinoxes, because of the high ranking they will still find your articles this time though with your message which is clarifying very well why are missing. I definitely support your decision to do so. I hope in this way people who really interested will buy your book and get also the wider picture.

    Reaching this ranking is a big success and I’m really glad you reach that point. More videos would be also very useful and the material better protected this way. Maybe having these articles in a form of a video would be an alternative choice. Another idea is to have a flash message on the article’s page. Usually, websites ask people to subscribe like this, which is annoying for me, but a short message about copywriting and terms for sharing maybe would sensitize some of the readers.

    The problem of plagiarism though looks never ending to me and I’m sorry about that. “Spirituality” as a product for consumption it’s very popular and these are some of the side effects.

    All the strength for the time ahead
    Thank you a lot!

  24. Lucia March 22, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for your explanation Lara. It must have been quite discouraging for both of you to see the way this groundbreaking knowledge has been treated by people so far. Seeing your articles or parts of them being re-published many times on different websites, I have also contacted some people, reminding them of the need to reference the source and the authors. Coming across the positive reactions sometimes (like a woman thanking me to point out the lack of reference, saying that it has made her deeply reflect on the lack of integrity that she herself requires of others copying her work), I had hoped that all this plagiarism was mostly caused by the unconscious and ignorant state the people were in, and after pointing it out and educating people things would gradually change for the better and referencing the source would become a standard, especially since those are all people who supposedly try to become more spiritual.

    So it is quite sad that this was not the case, and it also struck me what you mentioned in your article that if people at least left a note or a comment sometimes, appreciating what you have been giving freely for years, that could have also changed things. When one sees how many people freely used your work on the internet, it must have been very discouraging for you to see the lack of simple gratitude. I am trying to see what could have caused that, like for example the fact that people usually don’t contact all the people whose work they use (and hopefully reference), or some people may not be the most communicative naturally, but still, with those big numbers and the amount of material taken from here, one would expect at least somebody getting in touch or writing a few words. Except of the people who regularly visit and interact on this site, I think I have seen just one official review by somebody who has read your book, and thought that was quite special and rare.

    When I think about this further, it is quite strange actually, because given the immense popularity of the articles and the book, I would expect people actually contacting you and Mark, wanting to have interviews with you, boosting their channel’s popularity in this way. To have a person on the show who is right at these times unburying the ancient religion of the sun with all its deeper spiritual meanings and symbols, and even writing a book on how to actually walk this path practically, I would imagine would be like a gold catch for a spiritually-oriented radio station or a channel. Maybe that’s already happening and I am just not informed enough, but I have been wondering about this. I certainly hope that the New-age plagiarisers won’t just work the religion of the sun into their own agendas, but that Belsebuub will be given his proper credit for this, and that people interested in this religion will come right to the source to study it and learn about it, instead of reading its watered-down snippets here and there on different websites.

    Wishing you and Mark a lot of strength and thank you very much for all your hard work and the hope that you provide for many in these difficult times.

    • Michael March 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Yes Lucia, I had also hoped that as more people became more aware of the issue of plagiarism that the situation would improve. But it seems to be very much an ongoing issue.

      I was listening to one of Mark’s talks today and a point he made struck me, where he mentioned that in this type of real spiritual work, it’s not possible to give people what they want, without giving them what they don’t want. So the plagiarisers really fill the demand for the feel-good spirituality that is so popular today.

      Usually people are more than happy to go on a nice yoga retreat in a beautiful location, eat good food, have a massage and a chat. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying those things and some of them could even be beneficial. But it seems that the tendency is to take the nice parts that can supplement a spiritual life, but throw away the parts that can lead to a radical transformation within.

      It’s a pity, as by truly changing the mess of the subconscious, it would be possible to gain a lasting peace that isn’t limited to the perfect setting, but which has come through building the consciousness within. It’s a shame that most people are not interested in achieving this, but I hope that those who are will be able to use the wealth of resources that have been provided here as a real catalyst for change.

    • Ella March 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      It is incredible to imagine how different it might be if there was total integrity among the people who come across these articles and want to promote them, and how that could and should have lead to Mark and Lara’s work having much more recognition. The amount of people who could have been lead to discover the greater depth of these teachings, should each time the articles were used they were accredited, is phenomenal when you see just how popular they were. Instead, it seems the truth and beauty of the spiritual teachings contained within these article were chopped up and used to ‘hook’ people like bait, for them then to be lead a different way, or simply encouraged to spend more money.

      Thank you Lara for explaining so clearly why you have taken this decision, and with it helping me to understand a bit more about the spiritual laws that need to be upheld and the seriousness of doing so. It really does feel like an honour to see these teachings exist in such an uncompromising, incorruptible form in a world that otherwise seems largely devoid of spiritual principles.

    • Aleksandr March 25, 2018 at 6:25 am - Reply

      What you mention Lucia is also something I wondered about – i.e. why are there not large numbers of people reviewing, talking about and referencing Belsebuub’s work?

      On a personal level I can see that this is something that I have considered to do many times – to use concepts explained by Belsebuub (with proper referencing) in order to write about subjects that interest me. One of the reasons I have not gone forward with such writing is that I do not understand whether it is ok (from an esoteric point of view) to use Mark’s work for any purposes other than to directly support it (in the ways asked on this website and your publisher). In this way it becomes unclear whether a personal blog (even not-for-profit) or publication is in line with higher principles.

      Can someone who understands this please chime in.

      • Lara Atwood March 26, 2018 at 2:48 am - Reply

        Hi Aleksandr, We ask that people please don’t use Mark’s work like that, as there are already websites where it’s published. As you can see, it is important that we’re able to keep information secure and updated. Thanks very much for checking though.

        • Aleksandr March 26, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

          Thank you Lara for clarifying. I see what you mean and agree that it is better to support the websites where the work is published. All the best.

      • Lucia March 26, 2018 at 9:31 am - Reply

        Hi Aleks,

        Even though I meant something different in my comment (why people are not inviting Mark on talk shows en masse, since he is revealing such profound knowledge), I think it is important what you asked as well, as this material seems to be different from other authors work in this sense. I mean normally, you can take other people’s work, reference it, and use for your own research, article, etc. So I can see how this can be a bit confusing for people because they are not used to dealing with such sensitive materisl as this, and they don’t necessarily recognise its spiritual depth either. So it is good to clarify these things I think, maybe even more prominently on this site? Maybe I am naive, but something like ” Due to the nature of the knowledge provided here, we ask that no excerpts, quotations or large portions of this work be shared ahnywhere else than on this website or other websites officially associated with this one.” could maybe make it more clear for general public and aspiring authors? Like a nice prominent banner on each page. 🙂 Anyway, just a suggestion.

        • Aleksandr April 1, 2018 at 8:14 am - Reply

          Yes, I am also starting to see that ways things work today do not have the same standards.

          I knew this before, and I can see that the lack of understanding of the needed standards and accepted ways of doing things is a big contributor to passivity (because I do not want to take the chance of harming). The only way forward that I can see is to support in the ways asked for and work to gain a better understanding of the laws related to this work. I also hope that in the future more clarity will be provided on these things.

          Regarding laws, it has been helpful to read and reflect on the Terms of Use here, as well as on records of spiritual laws from the past (eg. 42 Laws of Maat), and the Central Tenets of the Religion of the Sun (published on spiritualsun.com).

          RE: Notice – this notice is provided in the Terms of Use under ‘Copyright and Use of Site’.

  25. Vadim March 22, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    It feels sad that you are still struggling with the threat of plagiarizing your work.

    The nature of your teachings is mystical and as you know, they used to be passed in initiatory/semi-secret schools, at least from the times of Ancient Egypt and India, where students gradually received the access to greater knowledge according to the merits of their inner work. This principle got eventually corrupted and challenged in the modern age of internet and globalization, where so much of knowledge of all kind became available…however as you know, is still very much respected in the astral.

    As you understand, there must be some “balance” found between giving freely, wholeheartedly, selflessly and within the measure of people’s Inner Work, and also to be “hermetically sealed” well enough, as not to let your work fall into the hands of people who will abuse it and distort the purity of the teachings, that got polished through generations of spiritual schools and researchers, and through your own hard work, and ultimately belong to the Divine.

    How much of your esoteric knowledge and academic research that is “outside of the mundane life”, should be put out freely online for everybody to access? Do you have enough resources to create the proper vehicle of passing profound teachings to those who are ready? Is there a way to use your current weak point of being plagiarized, to work for you, that even if plagiarized, your teachings can still reach the right people in the right way?

    Yes, having books and videos looks like a better option for now, and maybe adding few short inspiring articles that would help interested spiritual seekers to get your message about the “discovery of the religion of the sun” strongly enough to wish to explore it further.

    Thank you very much dear Mark and Lara, for all your generous spiritual help! It is so much needed and greatly appreciated.

  26. James Neate March 22, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear this Lara. Sad state of affairs that people are using Marks work to personally profit.

    Glad to know the information is still available in the published books.

    Thanks for the explanation

  27. Nathan March 22, 2018 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Thanks for explaining why you’ve had to remove the articles, which I think is necessary to keep the integrity of the message in them intact. It’s sad how commercialised the world has become, which does seem to be one symptom of the material being placed above the spiritual, which is sad as the principles that buttress a good society get lost in the process.

    As you said though, the video and book formats are likely to be more secure and give an avenue for your work to reach the world securely. It’s sad that you have to go to the extra effort though. Thanks for the hard work you both do.

  28. Jon Alswinn March 22, 2018 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I’ve seen many many cases of these acts of plagiarism since you first published your articles on the solstices and equinoxes. They’ve ranged from outright copying, to more subtly taking the concepts and phrases and mashing it with something else.

    I find it no wonder that Google has been ranking your pages in the top results – often at number one and sometimes as a “rich snippet” – as the content is completely unique and I believe sheds more light on the path of the spiritual sun than at any point in history. Sadly, being such a rich source of information, it’s also ripe for plagiarists to take what they want for their own benefit.

    It’s easy to imagine someone with little or no esoteric experience doing a lazy internet search for “solstice meaning” or similar and copying the first thing or two they come across.

    This change of approach will hopefully end most of this ripping off and allow your work to grow safely with those who sincerely wish to take it up.

  29. David Arkyn March 22, 2018 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the update Lara, it makes complete sense why you and Mark decided to remove the articles. It must be very difficult seeing the work you have put so much time, effort and personal sacrifice into plagiarised by so many people just to promote products or services or their website or youtube channel in general.

    Having seen some examples of your work being plagiarized it’s pretty obvious that people don’t really care about the content or meaning of the solstices and equinoxes and are just writing about those topics because they know people are interested in them, using your information without credit and then watering it down with other things which aren’t very spiritual at all. I remember looking at an article about the equinox that had copied information from your work and mixed it in with activities like binging on TV as a way to celebrate the solstice (in it they called a netflix subscription a “spiritual relationship”).

    It’s like stealing twice, as the people plagiarising not only take your work, but they also take up time (lots of it no doubt) in chasing up the instances of plagiarism which could instead be used to work on things that help people who are genuinely interested.

    The books and videos you put out are great, and really in depth. Hopefully they will attract the people who are serious and will do something with the information rather than having it just as something interesting to read out of curiousity, maybe share on social media and forget about, or worse plagiarise.

    • Ella March 22, 2018 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Wow David, that’s a really poignant example of how twisted this plagiarism can become – to use these incredibly spiritual works to sell a Netflix subscription!

      It’s a really sad display of the state of the world at large, seeing these incredible gifts being rubbished, stolen, devalued and used to promote causes that are the very antithesis of the values they seek to inspire in humanity.

    • Michael March 23, 2018 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Your example of someone promoting a Netflix binge as a way of celebrating the solstice also stood out to me as being particularly absurd David. I’ve also seen examples of these articles being used to promote products and events that are completely unrelated, such as techno music events, erotic fiction, or car accessories. It’s an absurd distortion of the original message conveyed in these ground-breaking articles.

      Because the information here is so unique, it attracts a lot of interest, so when it is copied and pasted into another article, it gives the appearance that the plagiariser also has a high level of spiritual knowledge, which adds a unique selling point to whatever product or service they’re trying to sell and boosts its appeal.

      I think you made some good points about the double theft that occurs with plagiarism, firstly by appropriating someone else’s work, then the subsequent investment of time it takes to resolve cases of plagiarism, which restricts the avenues through which further content can be made available by the original authors and reduces the opportunities for those seeking this type of spiritual work.

      I would say there are additional layers of cheating and theft, however, as those who have distorted the message conveyed in the original articles have quite successfully misled many others who are looking for the light. For those interested in karma, this may be a matter for reflection. Since the original articles have so often been watered down, then shared multiple times without the original source, those responsible have actually mislead people many times over, sometimes thousands of times.

      On top of that, those who plagiarise ultimately cheat themselves, as they choose to reject spiritual principles in favour of financial gain, or increased status among their circles.

      It’s a real pity that these unique resources will be less available, due to this ongoing issue, but I’m very thankful that despite the various obstacles, Mark and Lara continue to persist in bringing the message of the spiritual sun to the world, and that there is at least a small number of people who truly value it.

    • Martin March 23, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      That’s an excellent point about stealing twice when you factor in the time spent chasing it David.

      I can’t believe that binge watching television is even considered in the first place let alone promoted; to do it using spiritual principles is a good indicator of the times we are currently living in.

  30. DavidH March 22, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    It’s terrible you have had to unpublish those amazing and ground breaking articles but I support your decision for all the same reasons you have stated.

    Hopefully those truly interested in this knowledge will find their way to the book and to this website and the other recommended websites and show their support.

  31. Martin March 22, 2018 at 4:57 am - Reply

    Thank you for outlining this Lara.

  32. Christos March 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    It’s unfortunate that you cannot make full use of the internet to spread this message of the spiritual meaning of these cosmic events. I am glad at least The Path of the Spiritual Sun book is still available.

    I wonder if making the articles available only to verified subscribers would help?

  33. Paty March 21, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I totally support and concur with what others here have said. What a terribly sad state of affairs for humanity when this kind of behaviour is deemed acceptable by those purporting to be spiritual, and it appears mostly for profit’s sake.

    I hope that those people out there who have come across your and Belsebuub’s work can eventually find their way back to the true source of the information.

    I hope that those perpetrating the plagarism can come to realise and understand the extent of the damage being done.

    Thank you for this sad, but very necessary update, Lara.

  34. Slawek March 21, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Thank you Lara for explaining the situation and reasons behind removing the articles. It is very unfortunate that the voice of truth is being swamped by the noise coming from the army of plagiarisers.

    I really look forward to future books and videos.

  35. Jordan March 21, 2018 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Another sad reminder of the state of humanity today on the whole. When freely presented with something original and of great value, the tendency is to either dismiss it or come up with a way to profit off of it, instead of simply appreciating and using it personally—not to mention crediting and helping the source of it in the first place.

    I can relate here on another level as my wife’s workplace has this happen beyond belief. In fact, until it actually happens to you, and all your hard work just stolen and repackaged by those who apparently don’t have the ability to produce themselves, you don’t really realize how rampant it is, and how much of a crime it really is. And this is just speaking about mundane work; I can’t imagine how much more serious and terrible it is to happen with spiritual teachings. For all the good that the Internet has the potential to facilitate, it also has the potential for this to happen—and unfortunately no shortage of people exploiting that potential.

    You’d think at least when it comes to spiritual topics one would have principles in mind so as not to do it, but obviously this has not been the case. So although it’s a sad result, I fully support your and Mark’s decision here as it’s clearly for the best in the long run. Given that books offer the ability to go into subjects more in depth, I think anyone truly interested in the information would make that extra effort to go deeper anyhow. So while I hope one day there will be a way around this such that people will still be able to find the information online as that’s usually what leads people to find it in the first place, perhaps the videos can help fill that void, and I think having the books available is what really matters most.

    • Olga March 22, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

      I think you are right Jordan, and the lack of appreciation really says it all. (And sorry to hear about your wife’s work!) The times we live in really are driven to satisfy the palette of everything that is very much so under-appreciated with fast mass consumerism owning the market and mindset of millions.True appreciation is rare these days, and as a consequence how do people know how to respond to such a quality of gratitude? With what relatable actions? As though people are brought up to deserve everything they have, disconnected from every-day hard labour that goes into the ‘gifts’ we daily encounter whether in packaged goods, water and energy to even spiritual and miraculous help.

      I guess this really comes down to the person, and how people could potentially shift from being the receiver and the taker, to the giver and helper.

      Personally speaking, elements of selfishness and passivity can sometimes be so rampant, clouding the reality of the flow of things that are given to us as well as the expectations we have of what we ‘think’ we deserve before we get it, and I know I can improve greatly on this front.

      Thank you Lara and Mark, hoping for a better future that does not jeopardise the standard of your work. It really seems you alone are fulfilling the free flow of spiritual giving, while the rest of the world just cannot step up to receive and even be grateful, and at worst, bringing destruction and deceit to the good you do bring out. It is a true and unfortunate shame. It would be to everyone’s advantage if we knew how to bring a significant change to this.

  36. Michael March 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this update Lara. I concur that the majority of plagiarism I’ve come across has been from those within the new age, who are using the information that you and Mark have not only painstakingly pieced together despite great adversities, but which has also taken Mark many years of committed and persistent personal sacrifice to acquire.

    It is sad that the world has now become so commercialised that spirituality has been reduced to a commodity to be bought and sold. And yet, reading through The Path of the Spiritual Sun again today, it struck me that the promise of an easy road to enlightenment has hooked people throughout history, with the burial places of Egyptian pharaohs teeming with riches, as an attempt to buy a ticket to eternal life by a people that had lost touch with the sacred origins of their culture. As was also the case in Jesus’ lifetime, it seems there will always be an influx of merchants, who lacking spiritual principles themselves, seek easy picking from those who stand for true spirituality.

    As you mentioned, the uniqueness of the information that you and Mark have presented has led it to become a world reference. So it is tragic that despite its availability, most who encounter it will never attempt to apply its principles to their lives. However, for those who yearn to truly follow the path of the spiritual sun in their own lives, the resource that you and Mark have provided is a priceless guide, which is very much appreciated.

  37. Andrew March 20, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you for keeping the knowledge pure

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