Are these echoes of events that once shaped our minds ?
Few other tales of narrative prehistory have captured the imagination of so many in different religious Stories. Few have ventured to go beyond the graphic miracles of Yaweh and his pillars of fire not to mention the present avid interest in the parting of the waves. Altogether, fine tales and about which most people are not aware of the amount of research that has been spent on them through the millennia. But why so much confusion about the potentially historical essence of these tales ? Why is it now that film and television teams spend their valuable footage on presenting them from so many different angles. ? Fact, it would seem, is stranger than fiction and the missing, crucial, jigsaw puzzles, promise to unveil a reality that pushes all these biblical affairs into stark contrast with their real meanings. The winds of change blow hard on the shores of the Mediterranean and their tales of mystery and imagination. Volcanoes, seismic catastrophes and even plagues hound the ardent seekers of truth looking for those telltale clues on their effects on humanity and even lost civilisations . What are the experts saying about the legendary associations measured against archeological fact ?
Diehard professionals on narrow tracks and even clumsy amateurs full of wonder and often nonsense, seek their audiences and their monies – concerned on cashing in with whatever padding they can write into it, to keep interest alive. Like food, a vast percentage of modern books and films on these subjects should carry a warning label of potential rubbish content.
The “ discoveries”, unfortunately named – and so called final answers to ancient mysteries fill the screens and make interesting viewing or reading for those who lack the ability to tell the real from the sham or fact from probable fiction. The producers do not care if it is what they know they would like viewers to believe, but these people behind the claims are not that concerned about things like truth or genuine research which they borrow mainly from others like themselves in the money game. During the Da Vinci Code scam, in Latin countries with very low reading indices, thousands of new authors, hitherto unpublished, even appeared before literary tv programmes with their borrowed celebrity status, admitting casually that the market was in copying from here and there to get the right cocktail mix ! Some, under the mantle of academic status even went to the extent of publishing a blockbuster every month which were no more than translated bad copies of original studies by others which had taken years to compile. Some were eventually found out and publicly denounced but the monies stayed put in the Swiss Bank accounts. In these countries, intellectual property laws had gathered dust through lack of proper application and every quick take, was considered fair game.
Genetic studies confound the scholars.
The present trend of events following the enormous thrust into genetic studies which now include the human Genoma opens doors previously unsuspected. Man´s prehistoric footprint might well have been swept aside by climactic conditions, but his presence has remained trapped in the very genes which have been carried through to today. Genetic discoveries lead the way to much more precise results about historic identities and location than any other instrument ever available and it threatens to change every aspect of the favourite tales of our past, as the modern anthropologist and paleobiologist, Robert Sepehr, exposes with journalistic fluidity. The underlying, genetic patterns of human movements throughout the world are now shaking the hallowed teachings of our origins to the point where we can see who was where and how and when it began. Genetics – particularly what is called Mitochondrial DNA inherited via the female and singular blood groups can not only show the origins of the tribal movements, but whole civilizations whether or not its constituent members died without any other trace along the way. Suffice it to find an endless string of genes of past derivation no longer present in modern humans beyond a scarce few, to know that there were once there and how and when they disappeared in such enormous multi-million exterminations of suspected cataclysmic conjecture. When the graphic origins of these individual reductions of such massive consequence are eventually pinned down, our few picture book tales of death and destruction will seem childish by comparison. Pioneer researchers pave the path.
Professor Godfrey Higgins – (Anacalypsis 19th.c ) whose studies on the origins of words, were hailed as the most dramatic evidence of our hidden past, unveils in thousands of pages,word associations which require little historical studies to determine where our ancestors left their prints. Places names, in particular, betrayed not only the origins of people but their wandering habits and their encounters. Keen Arabic writers using the principle were able to produce tribal movements in ancient history left behind in the villages and valleys of their passage with much more relevant precision than the hitherto interpreted. Doctor Osman, in particular,who touched the best selling lists of the seventies with his biblical analogies to historical figures, was probably credited with bringing the whole contemporary establishment on his head. He died pretty much alone and bitterly disillusioned with contemporary religious thought. Whilst researching for the dramatic book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail – (a book that was plagiarized lamentably by the pot boiler Dan Brown to turn it into a mix and match novel) , I caught a whiff of the hidden trails of the secret societies which still form an influential part of our societies. The emotional impact of discovery upon discovery of coincidences, symbolism and interrelated facts, caught the Holy Blood team by surprise and although Michael Baigent was effectively the leader, efficient and to the point, his calls and meetings were geared to determine what could fill in from whoever, keeping back as he did so what any collaborator did not need to know. Richard Leigh however would ring in mid slumber early hours filled with the intensity of inspiration we so gladly shared. I wondered how much they knew and only at publication day did I know just how much they had to say. The essence of the major pronouncement of the Jesus hidden marriage, came as no surprise to me or to other executive members of an old established Order of Templars . I knew of the undercurrents of beliefs of the French family members directly descended from the knights and to their curious reference to the Virgin as Son Altesse which made little sense unless it referred to another member of the family. It was therefore a bone of contention which pointed the finger at Mary Magdalene, the uncrowned princess. I knew that it was not considered loyal to discuss delicate issues like these with outsiders and which could affect the so called return to the fold with the Church´s blessing, but as I found out later, It was certainly not going to come from their prejudiced Masonic origins which the trio basically wrote in favor of and believed in. Despite the grim disappointment at the expense of documented proof of legitimacy of our Order, on being challenged, they admitted that had they not given way to some of their anti Order claims, like the denial of the Larmenius Charter, they would have been incapable of filling up the pages of half the books. Such is life, but had they played fair, our archivist would have pointed to a much more fascinating wake shared with the Jesuits and the every loyal Cistercians. They could have even got closer to a list of those giant religious leaders of history who knew and left demonstrably solid evidence of their knowledge. However, as my own research progressed beyond return, my very faith was in jeopardy and I grew with it to a point where I seemed to stand in a new dimension and before the Cathars in their misunderstood forms of veneration and the real meaning of the Rennes le Chateau legacy which was so much the essence of the trio´s first book. The plea to commercial interests drove them right past more than one issue which would have left very few question marks and made sense of some of the paintings they glossed over. Much of the findings in any symbolic heritage require whole books to explain properly but much of the historical realities they betray or insinuate, do not affect either the Order or the Church itself if treated with honest attempts to elucidate and attributed to beliefs. When asked, I often have to admit that it was what the knights were taught and thought, but not necessarily what I would think and keep to myself.
The question of Jewish claims.
The question of Jewry and bewildering claims made on both land and history by this ethnic peoples, put the Templars into a direct line of attack against them and in particular for their tactical support of Islamic leaders in the middle ages and in much the same way that they once did for the Romans. Jewry it would seem, skillfully manipulated political circumstances as the one and only money lenders unwilling to accept the religious condemnations of its abusive aspects. They therefore saw in the Templars the threat to its powerful mechanisms and fiscal understanding which they readily proposed to the Emirs and Caliphs in exchange for social acceptance as happened in Granada. The Templars later to become engaged in controlled money lending and issue of instruments of exchange, discovered too late what it would lead them into. The Ashkenazis, considered to be the brain of modern Jewry, with their apparent high level of intelligence, no doubt found a secure platform within religious political claims, but who were these strange people really ? Were they really Jewish, other tribal members or outsiders seeking refuge ? It seems that 350 of them entered Europe to become many hundreds of thousands but who consequently appear to have inherited the serious mental deficiencies of strict inbreeding ? Who are and why do the redoubtable Gypsies with their archaic music and dance resemble that of so many ancient people´s ?
The Templars saw Jews as enemies of the Christian faith and killers of Jesus so vividly portrayed in the stark presentation of the Passion stories. Jesus himself would have never approved such contrived hatred and he admitted, it would seem that they did not realize what the consequences of their actions would be, but on retrospect he could have easily become the Judean Messiah also – and not just that of Israel which the Romans understood from their own racial origins. The Etruscans from which the Romans came from, were of a culture that could very possibly have descended from the Israeli tribe of Benjamin which incidentally shares very interesting folkloric resemblance in part to the story of the founding of Rome and the rape of the Sabines. Exactly what the destitute tribe was faced with and adviced to do at the end of the tribal wars. If the Roman priests were that well versed in the origins of the tribes, it could explain why the ceremonial references of the crucifixion by Pilate and Herod of the crimson robe, reed/sceptre and crown/ myrtle were designed to represent a Royal initiation which would shake the very roots of the Judaic Temple. There is doubt as to whether INRI was inscribed as such and which could mean rex Iudea or Israel. The fact that Jesus was a Jew is almost certainly not shared by most and his cultural references and choice of family territory was very far removed from that of the clustered quarters of Judean occupation. His language, Syrian Aramaic was common to all, but his teachings were in accepted Grecian format of a precise school. His own family tree, on his mother´s side was not distinctly Jewish but Mazdean. As was that of his mother´s cousin Elizabeth married to another and a non Jew if the name is anything to go by. What was haunting to authorities at the time, was the blind strength of the early Christian faithful which so impressed the Romans and eventually Constantine. The suicidal onslaughts of both Islamic and Templar fraternities on the battle field appear to have a common source. This reckless bravery however questionable in terms of life values, wore echoes of the ancient and much acclaimed, Spartans which both emulated and which the Basque people record being descendants of. In fact, it seems the term soldier comes from a very ancient Basque word, meaning “soldering” or “ soldurii” which is the fusion of two men as a fighting one.
The relevance of the Holy Sites.
The sense of identity since the days of the crucifixion, by both Christians and Judeans, on those religiously imbued shores, put the holy sites in the nature of pawns and which problem grew with Islamic claim to them despite them not having formed part of it in those early days. The claim being based, on post Mohammedan occupation and the shared Issa link with Christians. Instead of uniting them both against Judaic claims, surprisingly, it drove them apart. The main fear however came from what was to become strict Orthodox Islamic beliefs based on Sunni heritage rather than the priestly cast of the Shiites dedicated to mystical subjection.
Despite the historical inaccuracies of many so called legitimate claims to the land of the Bible, the alliance of the Saracens and the destructive Turks was a prime cause for the formation of the Crusades not to mention the emergence of the Indian Kali cult of mass assassination of Christian pilgrims adopted by Islamic followers. It is therefore not surprising that the early “Templars of Solomon” not just lined up with the Shiite Muslims, to attack these common enemies, but shirked the Judean allusion as fast as they had acquired it to become “the poor soliders of Christ. The Judean facet it represented had been instantly dismissed when seen in the light of the lack of association of the tribe of David with that of Saul´s Israel. What was surprising however when tallying up the concurrent historical changes of the time, was that Islam was at its highest point in Cordoba and there was no need to introduce new challenges into Christian existing vulnerability in that respect. But how can one become friends on the one hand and enemies in another part of the globe ? Simply, that the realization that Cordoba had effectively stolen the thunder from the Bagdad Sunnies and claimed the global leadership that the story of this peculiar and much criticized incipient relations by the Templars with the leader of the Hashishim, begins to make sense. Cordoba without doubt would have been only too happy to keep the hand of friendship extended to this formidable growing Crusader force away from them and acknowledge the valuable work of Hassan in his castle of Alamut against their own “Sunni” enemy. It was for this reason that the Templars rode alongside the Ishmaelis against Baghdad. In a paper delivered by a French, military intelligence collaborator in Malaga Spain about the Othordox Islamic claims of their shores, a member of the audience pointed out that Cordoba was soft Islam in its days and that its heritage was exemplary and an enlightened, exemplary, tolerant one. It was shouted down on purely academic terms despite the fact that it had little to do with rabid Sunni attitudes towards outsiders of any faith and against which blind leadership, Cordoba had turned its back. A clearer example of prejudice and lack of reality by academic conception, is difficult to find. The Cordoba Caliphate, born of Sunni worship, was and could no longer be anything other than a more appealing and enlightened presentation of Islam geared to the genuine aspirations of the Prophet. The fact that the al Qurashi family had established not just their own feudal state, but a claim to the Caliphate leadership was lost in the rails of our French speaker who preferred to describe a copy, rather than a schismatic break with Baghdad which was the case. It is also not surprising that the Fatimid Shiites were soon to follow in their footsteps, the one being consistent with the other. The facts and balances of power behind the political and religious scenery of the beginning of the second millennium has to be taken into account to understand why Christianity had learnt to respect the developments and high standards of living in the “Shiite” (pre Fatimid) Caliphate of Cordoba against the perverse nature of a rampantly ignorant Christian Church full of fat, incoherent priests eternally debating mystical nonsense devoid of human content. A foul smelling, sack garbed Vatican delegate sent to the Caliph´s court was unfortunately jailed for disdain under the circumstances, although he eventually managed to seek acceptance after the incarceration and scrub downs. It would not be till the acerbic Al Mansur, devoured by hatred and power lust, attacked and woke up the sleeping lion of their neighbouring disorganized neighbours. In fact, had it not been for this warlord, the Temple would have more than likely managed to create a synergic link between both cultures and today would not be as unlikely as it now happens to be with fllowers of issa at each other´s throats. In fact, both Islam and Christianity as acknowledged parts of both sides of the same coin sharing Jesus and the Day of Atonement among other things, believed in the submission of humility taught so clearly, by both Messianic leaders. Points of assumed unlikely difference are Sharia, Judaic claims like Isaac being the first born (which now appears not to be the case) and the crucifixion events which are now being seriously questioned. The Sunnis, despite the loving nature shared by all Prophets, lamentably appeared to inherit the doctrine of vengeance from the Jewish “tooth for a tooth” in the formulation of Sharia law. Even David in the bible narrations admitted to being the subject of God´s vengeance and the victim of the Ark apart from his son and heir Solomon being condemned for Unholy practices and desecration of the Temple. Who they really were and what the family meant in historical terms is as much a guess as his flying balloons in Indian scripts. Its connection with Israel however is practically non existent.
The instinctive nature of the Prophets – compassion and heart.
Jesus, would have never tolerated such violation of human principles as described in the Torah and Sharia law (inserted long after the Prophet Mohamed´s death) and indeed the very existence of both Prophets who believed in the power of love, depended fervently on “the other cheek” principle rather than hate and vindictiveness – not to mention brutal massacres of helpless, betrayed women. It is this factor in effect that divides both these great religious teachings and that apart from animal sacrifice (which was the base of the legendary substitute for human sacrifice by Divine Intervention), it was Abraham himself who consulted and was admonished by the priests of Salem to move towards bread and wine in spiritual aspiration and pursuit of enlightenment. The Koran itself makes it clear in its sections on food, its preparation and its spiritual meaning, although the scribes make it clear that preventing the eating of meat, which was considered bad for spiritual development, could only be allowed under strict circumstances and total avoidance of pain and suffering to the unfortunate, God beloved animals. Christianity itself which should have formed a part of Shiite Islam in its mystical interpretations and practical contents, diverged against its own interests and pursued the Celtic, Egyptian roots which had already suffered changes under the all embracing power of the Phoenician monotheistic religion of “The Lord” which took it over. The historical amalgamation of both was none other than the Constantine so called “admission” into the popular state culture which suited both Romans and Orientals. The history of the Church beyond that point, whilst saving millions of lives and removing the daily threat of extinction, was the funnel which ended up in the Crusades and the most Satanic movement of all times – The Holy Inquisition. Hundreds of millions perished unnecessarily and human life was reduced to no more than who you knew and what you identified with – in the name of Jesus ! The Church, it would appear had harboured revenge against the Templar liberation and freedom of knowledge, pursued so distinctly by the Jesuits. It would not be long (1773) before the very Jesuits themselves would be led to the doctrinal scaffold and accused of undercover Templar behavior and support.
St. Bernard, greatly attached to Arab culture, knew only one enemy – the Jews and their rejection of the Messianic leader of Israel. The protection of holy artefacts and sites, was therefore targeted against those who challenged them at the time. The Templars had a serious disadvantage in this respect which was theological overcome. As Christians, they could not kill except in self defense and even then, with a spiritual appeal to God to forgive them for saving life by taking another in mortal combat. It is the very essence of exoneration w3hich dwells in the legendary appeal “Non nobis, non nobis, sed in tuo Nomine da Gloriam” – Only in your name O Lord give Glory. In effect, their battle cry “A Beauceant” shares equal meaning in ancient Provencal French to that of the radicalized suicidal warriors we have lamentably seen in recent history. Misunderstood for centuries as meaning, the flag, it clearly depicts To the good Paradise – “au Beau Ceugeant in celtic Provencal” . It raises doubts as to whether or not they also took hallucinogenic drugs for the war effort but the implication is there. Whichever, the Islamic influence in their training and theological interpretations is evident. At no point in religious history, were both faiths so closely intertwined in pursuit of the Monotheistic faith which so suited humanity from the days of the Byzantine Empire.
Interfered texts and confusion.
Jewry, Christianity, Islam and their religious folklore seemed suitable bases for the principle of etymological studies of origins of contemporary doctrines, but on closer examination, telling the original from the manipulated texts is extremely difficult as prejudiced scribes altered the sense in any document that did not suit their purpose. The much quoted and important Josephus writings on Jewish wars, have been so interpolated for reasons to do with their mention, indirectly and among other issues, of Jesus, that even layers of interpolation reduce the possible original to pure speculation. More recent approaches utilized to filter different currents of thoughts have proved more successful and it became possible for people like John Romer to actually detect conclusively who wrote what in the old testament. However, despite these differences between Judean and Israeli thought, what has become obvious is that all the main Western religions derive from the same sources – a body of knowledge that preceded all of them – Phoenican cultural beliefs. Moses could have very easily found himself in a glass box in the Cairo Museum as interpreted by Dr. Osman, the religious writer who looked for historical evidenc of biblical events. It was only the start of what could have very easily, once recognized, offended that very special sense of respect ardent followers of a movement develop. Variations of approach to historical similarities were rendered undesirable and produced unnecessary conflict instead of bringing parties together. After all, Moses was said to have been buried on a mountain top outside the forbidden Canaan and this was a Pharoah who shared his birthright and killed long before his conquest of the promised land, but then twisted narratives can only be made to make sense when the creases are taken out first and this has still to be done. Collusion between religious leaders to avoid this, is more than obvious and ultimately, the nightmare of the earnest researchers. The conflictive evidence including, discarded ancient texts became the province of the secret societies and State authorities and still remains there to this day. In Akhenaton´s case, despite published papyri of Amarna (which list most of the principles of good virtues and deadly sins so lost on Christians), it was the devil which had contrived the coincidence of teachings as far as the Catholic Church was concerned – and perhaps just as well that the Jews threw it out by instinct.
The biblical heritage and perennial questions.
The identity of Noah, Moses, Jesus, John the Baptist, Krishna, Buddha , Azahura Mazda, Zoroaster their families and heritage – all had to come into the frontline of historical analysis to teach ourselves to benefit from the knowledge and thoughts they left behind. The emerging global research (which unfortunately always seemed to come in blockbuster best sellers – to everyone´s chagrin), created more confusion than they dissipated. However, imbedded in all the points of popular interest were kernels of disturbing truth which properly deciphered, represented a threat to mainstay superstitious religions demands concerned with safety in established views. Breakaway groups militated against this. The Nag Hammadi finds, the Qumran Community texts discoveries (including its own existence) and the discarded biblical texts considered unnecessary by the Constantine filters – all kept future minds on a narrow version designed to avoid embarrassing questions which now find answers difficult to face. Whereas hidden texts, mainly in the open now, are showing facets of the reinterpretation of religious beliefs which many claim can cause disillusion among their members, the overall effect is a reduction of enmity between all of them as they learn to discuss implications and the reliance on common origins to produce a much more acceptable world free of the sordid carnage that has nothing to do with religious practice or states of communion with a God.
In the context of plain curiosity and necessity to fully understand our heritage, hundreds of precise questions continue to haunt humanity. Who was Noah ? Did it happen ? What were his religious beliefs ? Was Moses, the man of Amarna and was he not the singularly similar Akhenaten ? Why does the Queen of Sheba not fit in with the archeological evidence ? Was she really Hatshepsut the Great Queen in flight and was Hiram the biblical Architect she had buried close to her ? Who was David anyway – and Solomon the builder of the Temple ? Were all these names hiding their real ones ? Were the people of the bible all plain scribal inventions ? Were there real “Angels” who looked like humans who intervened in biblical events, like the birth of Jesus and John the Baptist , Benjamin and even Ishmael to Haggai the servant ? Were these confused with each other for religious reasons ? Did Jesus survive for decades after the event and or did he die at Golgotha ? Has history destroyed evidence of issues and or crowned heads descended from his issue and where is his terrestrial body if there was no ascension ? Who could he have been in archeological terms ? Was Joan of Arc not who we imagine her to be and did she really die on the pyre ? Why is the body of Alexander and its last resting place still missing from our records ? Why did he already have an Egyptian religion if his father was Macedonian Greek ? Who was Columbus and why was he fixed as an innovator when hundreds of other Asian and Europeans had been there before him ? Who could have drawn a contour, accurate, iceless Antartic map in very ancient times ?
These are but a very selected few questions begging for answers and whilst the Academic world rests on those narrow rails or consider the terms unprofitable pursuits, only the brave amateur researchers, very good and very bad, can border close to their answers.
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