|"Understanding" copyright Matthew James 2016|
I did NOT intend to use the name Mara Gamiel. It is a permutation of Marah Gimel that somehow 'appeared' in 2007.
It was only after I'd registered the Blog and come to use the web address that I realised the 'error'. I elected to leave it as it was sensing it was not a mistake but by design that the A Light In The Darkness acquired this web address!
Somehow the 'H' was omitted out of the Marah and the 'A' appeared plus the 'I' and the 'M' switched position. Very odd in truth. 'Divine intervention' perhaps. I researched both Mara and Gamiel at the time and decided the 'result' of this divine intervention was 'interesting':
In Buddhism there is a reference to Devaputra-mara, or Mara the son of a deva (god), that is, Mara as an objectively existent being rather than as a metaphor. Mara is described both as an entity having a literal existence, just as the various deities of the Vedic pantheon are shown existing around the Buddha, and also is described as a primarily psychological force - a metaphor for various processes of doubt and temptation that obstruct religious practice.
The Celestials are fictional characters in the Marvel Universe. Gamiel (the Manipulator) is a young Celestial who was assigned to watch over Earth. He was disgusted that Devron's Little Folk had beaten back his creations: the Killer Folk so he brought the Hulk from the future and sent him down upon the Little Folk and their champion: Devil Dinosaur. This is a humour story depicting Celestial youth (Wikipedia) ...
Thus I let the intervention ride ... basically because taking the literal meanings of the two names:
The first part of the name, MARA, appertains to 'an objective existence which represents the various processes of doubt and temptation which obstruct religious practice';
The second part, GAMIEL, is a totally fictional character which had the role of a 'watcher' who decided to become personally involved in the events which he was meant only to observe. He intervened with a 'creation' of his own.
Fine by me... an apt name I feel in truth for A Light In The Darkness which has the objective of 'providing alternative viewpoints to those which have been established with regard to matters of the Occult' plus the intention behind A Light In The Darkness was to provide an insight into personal involvement in the world of the Occult .... including insights into personal viewpoints and methodology ...
Incidentally, by way of a footnote, the intended name of Marah Gimel appertains to the title 'Camel of the Great Sea' .... it relates to a position (and insight) on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. Marah relates to the Sphere of Binah which can often be called Marah or the Great Sea. The Camel is Gimel in Hebrew. The Path of Gimel wanders through The Abyss connecting to the lower portions of the Tree of Life to the Supernals at the top of the tree. The concept of A Light In The Darkness was to make the occult and the hidden ... known ... to create a compendium of all things Occult. But there you go ... a higher force quoshed that planned idea and came up with something entirely different but strangely similar ....