Over the winter, I watched 176 episodes of Deep Space 9.
Though originally it aired from January 3, 1993, to June 2, 1999, this was my first viewing — ending with the final episode last night....
'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) is an American science fiction television series created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller......' - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
To me DS9 is rich with myth and meaning, and a balance of serious and silly. The closing episode was an artistic wrap-up of an epic war and a re-cap of poignant moments between the main characters, the captain and crew of a space station strategically located in view of a wormhole between quadrants of the universe.
This wormhole, and home of the Prophets, is referred to as the Celestial Temple by the Bajoran people.
The Bajorans worship the Temple Prophets as gods. Some on the space station refer to them as 'wormhole aliens.'
The slides above will have more meaning to those who know the series, but in a nutshell their deepest message in my view is about love, forgiveness, compassion and healing. Love has many forms, and the series addressed most of them. When I love with God's love, it is with the agape love of the Greeks. ( 8 Different Types of Love According to the Ancient Greeks. )
Shortly after their arrival, the Starfleet crew discovers a stable wormhole in Bajoran space leading from the Alpha Quadrant to the Gamma Quadrant, and the station is moved to a strategic position near the wormhole's entrance to safeguard it from the Cardassians. Deep Space Nine and Bajor quickly become a center for exploration, interstellar trade, political maneuvering, and open conflict.
More could be read into the stories, and I choose not to go far into that maze, rather to savor the overall feeling and highlights.
However, the obvious comparisons are intriguing. The prophets of the Celestial Temple could relate to Archangel Michael and his angels, and the Pah-wraith, cast out from the same wormhole, to Lucifer with his fallen angel host. Such comparisons only go so far, of course. DS9 left me ruminating on 'what is the God of the Bible?'
The Elohim and Law God of the Old Testament seem to me local gods, dealing in dualism and conflicts. The Heavenly Father of Y'shua (Jesus) may also be a local god, a unity consciousness. To me, in the undifferentiated Absolute of infinite love and compassion there can be no Trinity as it is undifferentiated and non-specific. Unity consciousness, however, would be a more complete perspective than the God of Moses.
Captain Benjamin Cisko is called 'The Cisko' by the Temple Prophets, the gods of the Bajoran people. He is called the Emissary by the Bajorans. Benjamin learns that his mother is one of the Prophets, reminding me of the divine humanity of Y'shua and 'The Cisko' sounding similar to 'the Christ.' What I have felt, that religions contain elements and characters from the astral planes rather than the 'higher' regions of undifferentiated consciousness, is nicely played out in this science fiction series.
When I live by my own edict, 'Embrace all as it is,' it includes equally the local gods of dualism and unity. There are no exceptions in the All. We are all in the process of unfolding to the Absolute, the most complete perspective.
The final episode of Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Season 7, is titled, 'What You Leave Behind', which also corresponds with my present course of leaving behind much of my old familiar life and embarking on a new adventure into the deep space of the unknown. Stay tuned.
Photos from our oasis, which is some of what we leave behind
as we embark on our next adventure into the great unknown.