Monday, June 18, 2012

Mantras: Sacred Words of Power, by John Blofeld

Blog posts will be rare for the next week and a half, as I am off learning matters related to a subject of great interest and importance to me.  Thank you to my readers for bearing with the lack of newer material while I'm away (and feel free of course to check out older material if you haven't seen it already -- the "search" function in the upper-left area of the blog is a handy way to find posts on subject matter topics that interest you).

While on my voyage of discovery I have been discovering the delightful contents of a little text written by John Blofeld and recommended to me by my friend String entitled Mantras: Sacred Words of Power.  If you're not familiar with John Blofeld, be sure to check out the blog post from earlier this year entitled "A heartfelt portrait of John Blofeld by Daniel P. Reid."

Not only is Professor Blofeld's writing wonderfully relaxed and engaging, but his subject matter is of great importance and interest.  The subject of this book is closely related to topics touched on in numerous previous posts, and expands on them and opens up new perspectives on them.  For a previous post on this very important subject matter, check out "How much time do you spend chanting praises?"

Interestingly enough, we do not have to go very far in the book before we find this remarkable passage:
On entering the shrine-room we would first stand facing a window and perform some purificatory mudras, each with its appropriate mantra which was as resonant to my ear as it was mystifying to my mind.  Then, facing the shrine, we would bow our heads to the floor thrice before seating ourselves cross-legged on the cushions.  Close to the low altar sat the chief celebrant (often it was Fifth Uncle), so that the censer and other ritual implements were comfortably within his reach.  To one side sat the musicians who would accompany the rite with clarinet, dulcimer (played by Elder Brother), tinkling instruments and a drum.  Starting with a melodious incense-chant and ending with a final mantra, the principal rite lasted rather more than an hour.  Some passages of the liturgy were sung; others, including the mantras, were chanted or intoned, but in a manner that bore little resemblance to the chanting that forms parts of Catholic or Orthodox rituals.  The mantras, which were generally recited 3, 7, 21 or 108 times depending partly on their length, were all couched in the strange language neither Chinese nor truly Indian of which I have given an example; they were accompanied by complicated gestures which others performed with charming grace, whereas my fingers, lacking Chinese suppleness, betrayed the awkwardness that I felt.  The liturgy was so beautiful that, although as yet I understood nothing of its meaning, I gladly put up with the torment of leg-cramp.  Miserably distracting as the pain would otherwise have been, I sat lost in fascination up to the moment when I had somehow to struggle to my feet and perform the final triple prostration.  6.
While there is certainly much to comment upon in the above passage, one of the most interesting aspects is the tidbit of information, given almost as an "aside," that the mantras were "generally recited 3, 7, 21 or 108 times."  This is fascinating, in that 108 is one of the principal precessional numbers relating to the celestial machinery of the rotating heavens.  Thus this passage indicates a linkage between the external harmonies of the "macroverse" and the internal harmonies sought by the devotees of the liturgy that Professor Blofeld describes.

The passage also brings to mind the subject matter discussed in the previous post entitled "A connection between ancient Egypt and Buddhist monasticism?"  

Later on in the same discussion, Professor Blofeld describes the personal impact of one particular part of the ceremony.  He writes:
[. . .] some vague inkling of the power of mantras was conveyed to me by the recitation 108 times of a single syllable -- BRONG.  At a certain point in the liturgy, the drum would be struck repeatedly and, at each stroke, we would utter a deep-voiced BRONG!  What the word means and how it would be pronounced in pure Sanskrit, I do not know, but the effect of participating in its rhythmic recitation was extraordinary.  BRONG!  BRONG!  BRONG!  While those 108 cries reverberated, a preternatural stillness fell.  My mind, now totally oblivious of the leg pains, soared upwards and entered a state of blissful serenity.  This transition, which my consciousness was destined to undergo in greater or in lesser measure in response to other mantras, is something to be understood only from experience; it can never be captured in words. 7.
His book appears to be out-of-print now, but you can still find a copy through various booksellers, and if you are interested in these matters I would highly recommend that you do.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The ideology of materialism

Materialism is an extremely pervasive philosophy which asserts that nothing exists beyond the material universe, which is composed of matter and energy (with matter and energy, of course, related as described by the work of Albert Einstein, who was not necessarily a materialist). 

The tenets of materialism flatly deny the existence of the supernatural, as well as the possibility that consciousness can exist separately from its material source (materialists assert that consciousness in humans and in anything else possessing consciousness is the product of electrochemical or other physical products of a material organ such as the brain).  Non-physical beings (such as angels, perhaps) are impossible in such a philosophy, as is life after death.

In two essays available on the internet, philosophy professor Dr. Neal Grossman argues (citing an assertion by philosopher Robert Almeder) that not only does the overwhelming scientific evidence support the possibility that a rational person could reject materialism, but that the overwhelming scientific evidence supports the assertion that it is irrational to continue to accept materialism.

In the essays (entitled "Who's afraid of life after death?" part one and part two), Professor Grossman presents compelling evidence that consciousness can exist separately from the material organs that materialists would argue are the engines of consciousness.  He cites, for example, the case of a patient described in cardiologist Dr. Michael Sabom's Light and Death:
In this case, the patient had her NDE while her body temperature was lowered to 60 degrees, and all the blood was drained from her body. “Her electroencephalogram was silent, her brain-stem response was absent, and no blood flowed through her brain.” A brain in this state cannot create any kind of experience. Yet the patient reported a profound NDE.

Those materialists who believe that consciousness is secreted by the brain, or that the brain is necessary for conscious experience to exist, cannot possibly explain, in their own terms, cases such as this one. An impartial observer would have to conclude that not all experience is produced by the brain, and that therefore the falsity of materialism has been empirically demonstrated. Thus, what needs to be explained is the abysmal failure of the academic establishment to examine this evidence and to embrace the conclusion: Materialism is false, and consciousness can and does exist independently of the body.
Professor Grossman has also written the foreword to Chris Carter's Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death, which delves into this issue in great detail and examines many other pieces of evidence suggesting that the core materialist denial of consciousness apart from physical causes cannot be correct.  This book is the sequel to Mr. Carter's excellent Science and Psychic Phenomena, which was discussed in this previous post

Several other previous posts also present evidence and discussion that is relevant to the question of whether one can honestly continue to maintain a strict materialism in the face of the evidence, such as "Moving report of elephants mourning the passing of 'Elephant Whisperer' Lawrence Anthony," "Titanic, premonitions, and the nature of consciousness," "A heartfelt portrait of John Blofeld, from Daniel P. Reid," "Don't miss the intriguing interview with Sheldon Norberg on New Dimensions Radio," "Scary ghost story (West Point)" and  "Rupert Sheldrake and Morphic Resonance."

Aside from its tremendous importance to our day-to-day lives, and its inherent interest, what does this subject have to do with the topic of ancient civilizations and theories that contradict the conventional academic historical narrative?  Quite a lot. 

First, of course, much of what the ancient civilizations were about seems to involve consciousness and the survival of the soul after death. 

Beyond that connection, however, is the fact that the "conventional academic historical narrative" is firmly founded upon a strict materialist paradigm, one that is currently dependent upon the Darwinian theory of origins to explain the existence of humans at all, and therefore one which paints a picture of human history that involves slow and gradual progress from primitive towards greater and greater levels of sophistication and technological advancement.  Theories which demonstrate that the further back we go the greater sophistication and technological advancement we seem to find present a profound challenge to this materialist paradigm and are generally rejected out-of-hand.

Professor Grossman's article (and his introduction to Chris Carter's book) demonstrate that proponents of materialism vehemently reject any evidence that suggests consciousness can exist independently of physicality.  He notes that there is a category of belief in materialism in which "materialism as an ideology, or paradigm, about how things 'must' be, which is impervious to evidence (this is the hallmark of an unscientific hypothesis—that evidence is not relevant for its truth)." 

I would argue that this same "ideology of materialism" he is describing prevents many adherents of that ideology from an honest examination of the evidence regarding ancient civilizations, and the evidence regarding a catastrophic global flood.

The implications of materialism are thus quite profound.  We swim in an ocean that is so heavily informed by materialist assumptions that we do not often even think about them, let alone recognize their impact on our lives.  Articles such as those linked above by Professor Grossman, and books such as those by Chris Carter, are an extremely important reminder that we should be extremely suspicious of this pervasive ideology.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Hexagon on Saturn

This movie shows new details of a jet stream that follows a hexagon-shaped path and has long puzzled scientists.

Above is an amazing series of images assembled by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory from imagery taken by the Cassini spacecraft's wide-angle camera in January 2009.  It shows Saturn's north pole region and the incredible hexagonal cloud/jetstream feature encircling Saturn's north pole at a latitude of about 77 degrees.  

This footage uses the visible-light spectrum and became possible as Saturn's northern regions emerged from permanent winter darkness: NASA's discussion of this feature explains that the black region of the footage over Saturn's north pole is due to the fact that the north pole had not yet emerged from the Saturn winter when this footage was taken.  While Saturn's north pole was still shrouded in polar night (which it entered in 1991 and emerged from in 2009), imagery of this hexagonal jet stream was taken using infrared sensors on Cassini, but this visible-light imagery shows the feature in more detail and better spatial resolution.

NASA's page explains that this hexagonal pattern was first seen in footage taken of Saturn in the 1980s by the Voyager spacecraft, and that scientists are amazed that it still persists thirty years later.  They do not know what causes it.  NASA's site simply says, "The six-sided shape remains a mystery."  

The excellent Red Ice interview with Richard Merrick discussed in an earlier blog post makes mention of this hexagonal feature of the planet Saturn, in contrast with the pentagonal shape created by Venus in its synodic pattern with earth and the sun.

Also, the outstanding book by Ross Hamilton, The Mystery of the Serpent Mound, mentioned in this previous post has some very important extended discussion of the hexagon, relating it to the insights of the Pythagoreans and to cultures even more ancient than Pythagoras.

On page 26 of that deep and far-ranging work, Mr. Hamilton tells us:
each and every individual spirit owns a "mass" which, united with its native homeland, essentially becomes the spherical shape.  In the body, however, the spiritual currents of the little soul become plastic in order to fit the mold of the human being by way of the nerve fibers.  At the time of death or initiation at the hands of a competent Mastersoul, the microsoul undergoes the return, however temporarily, to its original shape, experiencing great relief and high joy.

It is for this reason that the sphere and the circle, and subsequently the hexagon, are particularly interesting to the mind of the incarnate soul.  There is a substantial resonance in sympathy between the geometry and the underlying Reality.
Later, on page 67, he goes on:
The interrelationship of the hexagon and the ank-kabbalistic tree provides a basis for decoding much of the ancient mysteries, including enough of the Revelation to John to take its interpretation out of the immature ideologies of politically inclined Churchmen.  The hexagon alone provides much of this information.
Mr. Hamilton relates all of this to the amazing Serpent Mound in Ohio.  Whether the ancients were aware of the hexagon on Saturn (and whether that hexagon even existed thousands of years ago) remains a mystery we may never be able to answer.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The ancients and the "plant-based diet" debate

Forks over Knives is a thought-provoking independent movie released last year which chronicles the analysis and life's work of two American doctors, Colin Campbell and Caldwell Esselstyn, and their conclusion that a whole-food plant-based diet is best for health.  The movie also argues that such a diet can reverse the deleterious effects caused by the "standard American diet" (which is sometimes called the "Western diet," and is probably better referred to as the "modern [as opposed to traditional] post-industrial diet" since it long ago began spreading around the world).

The film's subject matter is highly pertinent to the topics and issues discussed in this blog, although the connection may not seem so obvious at first.  Most importantly, the film illustrates the dangers of simply relying on the "status quo" conventional wisdom, and the importance of conducting good analysis or "due diligence," especially in areas on which a lot is riding (human health and diet being one of them, clearly). 

The doctors at the center of the film were not afraid to follow the evidence to conclusions that went against their initial "gaps and biases" (as one of them explains towards the end of the film).  The film also touches on the fact that following the evidence -- particularly when it points to conclusions that are different from the dominant paradigm -- can have professional consequences and lead to marginalization, vehement opposition, and even ridicule.  

The history of science is replete with examples of this opposition, including the modern era right up to today (the doctors in the movie have certainly experienced it, and examples of opposition and ridicule in other scientific disciplines have been discussed in this blog previously, such as in this post about continental-drift theory originator Alfred Wegener and this post about the work of Nobel Laureate Professor Dan Schectman).

Secondly, the subject of diet and human health is certainly one that concerned the ancients, including those who were renowned for their concern with matters esoteric -- matters that are quite central to the subject matter of this blog and of the Mathisen Corollary book as well.  

We have already seen that Plutarch (who is really the author of the earliest extant full discourse on the Osiris-Isis-Set-Horus narrative) discussed the fact that the Egyptian priesthood abstained from wearing garments made from wool or other products of animal skin or hair, and in the same passage he explains that the same priests abstain from eating the flesh of animals as well (he even mentions the opinion of some that they abstain from eating salt because it could contain the remains of many minute creatures, but dismisses this idea as ridiculous, although it is always worth noting what these ancient initiates to the mystery schools -- as Plutarch was -- mention and dismiss as ridiculous, because sometimes they deliberately drop hints while denying they are doing so, in order to conceal their full message -- sort of like saying something with a "wink" of the eye to deny it while slyly leaving it open as a possibility).

Long before the time of Plutarch (AD 46 - AD 120), the sage Pythagoras was said to have abstained from the eating of animal flesh (and, interestingly enough, to abstain from wearing garments made of wool or other animal products), and his followers were said to do the same.  One passage which reveals this Pythagorean tradition of a vegetable diet (and linen or flax-based garments) is preserved in the biographical writings of L. Flavius Philostratus (AD 172 - AD 250), who begins his Life of Apollonius by saying:
The votaries of Pythagoras of Samos have this story to tell of him, that he was not an Ionian at all, but that, once on a time in Troy, he had been Euphorbus, and that he had come to life after death, but had died as the songs of Homer relate. And they say that he declined to wear apparel made from dead animal products and, to guard his purity, abstained from all flesh diet, and from the offering of animals in sacrifice. For that he would not stain the altars with blood; nay, rather the honey-cake and frankincense and the hymn of praise, these they say were the offerings made to the Gods by this man, who realized that they welcome such tribute more than they do the hecatombs and the knife laid upon the sacrificial basket. 
The historian Herodotus (484 BC - 425 BC), who lived after Pythagoras, mentions briefly the practice of abstaining from meat among some peoples of the world, particularly the Atlantians mentioned in Histories 4.186, who take their name not from Atlantis but from their location near the "Mountain called Atlas" according to Herodotus, and of whom "it is said that they neither eat anything that has life nor have any dreams."  

After describing them, Herodotus also goes on to describe some nomads who also live in North Africa and who "do not taste at all of the flesh of cows, for the same reason as the Egyptians also abstain from it, nor do they keep swine. Moreover the women of the Kyrenians too think it not right to eat cows' flesh, because of the Egyptian Isis, and they even keep fasts and celebrate festivals for her; and the women of Barca, in addition from cows' flesh, do not taste of swine either" (4.186).  The mention of the Egyptians and Isis is undoubtedly important, as it connects to the priests of Isis in the later passage of Plutarch, as well as to the tradition of the earlier Pythagoras, who is traditionally held to have spent significant time among the priesthood in Egypt.  

The abstention from eating the meat of cows by the ancient Egyptians alleged by Herodotus is also significant to the possibility of a connection between ancient Egypt and India, just as such a connection appears to be possible between the ancient Egyptians and ancient China (or perhaps a third and now-unknown source informed all these ancient civilizations).

The debate over whether or not to eat meat is also interesting in that the ancient Hebrew Scriptures appear to indicate some kind of connection between eating meat and the global flood.  It has been remarked that Genesis 1:30 appears to prescribe "the green herb for meat" to every living creature (mankind, presumably, included), but that Genesis 9:2-4 appears to alter that diet immediately following the flood to include the possibility of consuming animal products of some sort, although specifically prohibiting the eating of "flesh with the blood thereof, [which is] the life thereof" in verse 4.

It is interesting that the allowing of the eating of flesh for the first time (if that is indeed what is meant to be conveyed by this passage) is associated with the end of the flood.  We have already noted that the lifespans described in the Genesis account begin to drop dramatically in the generations after the flood.  

If human lifetimes really dropped that dramatically, it may have been due to the possibility that most of the radioactive isotopes on earth were the product of a flood catastrophe. It is certainly hard to argue that eating meat caused such a drop in lifespans (if such a drop actually took place).  After all, even the advocates of a plant-based diet do not argue today that those who stop eating meat could live to be "nine hundred sixty and nine years" as Methuselah is said to have done prior to the flood (in Genesis 5:27).

There are those who make the argument that the Genesis 9 passage was never intended to sanction a meat-based diet.  After all, they point out, the eating of flesh with its blood is strictly forbidden, and it is actually impossible to remove all of the blood from flesh, or to say that one can eat flesh without also consuming blood.  They argue that Genesis 9:2-4 gives permission to eat reptile eggs -- the "meat" of reptiles (one could perhaps think of it as "the fruit" of reptiles) arguing that the word translated "moving thing" in 9:3 means "reptile," but not the flesh of reptiles or of any other class of animal.

In light of the above discussion, it is interesting to note that some modern advocates of a plant-based diet argue that some of the problems associated with aging are actually produced by diet.  The Forks over Knives movie certainly contains interviews with patients who, using a completely dietary approach (no drugs) not only reversed serious cardiovascular symptoms but also problems such as arthritis.  

Separately, professional Ironman triathlete and vegan Brendan Brazier says on pages 46-47 of his book Thrive that cooking foods (which is generally mandatory for eating meat, particularly if you are trying to eat "flesh" but not "flesh with the blood thereof, the life thereof") can directly lead to problems associated with aging:
Food cooked at a high temperature can also cause inflammation in the body.  As well as destroying enzymes and converting essential fatty acids into trans fats (a dangerous compound that I discuss in detail in Chapter 5, page 143), high-temperature cooking creates advanced glycation end products, or AGEs.  The body perceives AGEs as invaters and so its immune cells try to break down AGEs by secreting large amounts of inflammatory agents.  If this natural process is called on too often, the result will likely be diseases commonly associated with old age but which actually have more to do with toxins created by high-temperature cooking.  Less elastic skin, arthritis, poorer memory, joint pain, and even heart conditions are often attributable to inflamed tissue.
This debate is interesting on many levels (and it is clearly not just an academic matter, but one with serious consequences for human health).  What is quite amazing, and often not discussed when this topic is examined, is the evidence that the ancients -- and especially the priests of ancient Egypt and those non-Egyptians who appear to have learned some of the secrets of the Egyptian priesthood -- appear to have come down on the side of a plant-based diet many thousands of years before the researchers highlighted in Forks over Knives.

Were the ancient Egyptians right?  Is a plant-based diet best for human health and longevity?  And, if so, how did they know it?  The scientific knowledge of the ancients continues to anticipate the "discoveries" of later millennia -- and it seems to continue to do so right up to the present day.

note: John Anthony West devotes considerable time in his excellent book Serpent in the Sky discussing the apparently advanced medical and health sciences of ancient Egypt -- other important aspects of Serpent in the Sky are discussed in previous posts such as this one and others linked inside that post.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A look back on the Venus transit of 2012

Now that some of the excitement and the flurry of news coverage from the 2012 transit of Venus is fading from the headlines, I will venture to share one of my favorite images of this historic event.

Above is perhaps the "least spectacular" image on the web of the Venus transit, but meaningful to me since I took it myself, and took it just a few seconds after getting my first glimpse of the progress of the planet across our sun's disc.  

I happened to be on the road, listening to some of the best engineers in the world discussing strategies they are implementing to process or transmit data over the electromagnetic spectrum, using many different engineering approaches to meet the demands and exigencies of the existing network, employing this or that Gigahertz (frequency), at this or that clock cycle, with this or that measurement of watts, throughput, and latency.

Then I stepped out into the brilliant Silicon Valley sunshine and observed a very different cycle, but one which (like the electromagnetic waves that carry data around the world, including the data that makes up this blog post) follows a very predictable pattern and can be said to have a frequency, and thus to resonate with the "harmony of the spheres" -- the motion of the planet Venus in relation to our earth as both heavenly bodies make their way around our sun.

While the image above is not very spectacular in comparison to some of the truly stunning images that were captured by other observers during this event, it was spectacular to me, as the light streaming from the sun to my location revealed the outline of the hurtling body of Venus traveling across the solar disc.

Meanwhile, the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory was observing the same event and sending the incredible imagery that it captured through the ether of space (also using the electromagnetic spectrum and communications technology related to that being discussed by the engineers described above) for humanity on earth.  

Below is a video of the truly stunning images that it saw, using the imaging equipment capable of producing images at eight times better resolution than current-generation HD televisions, and capable of capturing light at frequencies above the visible portion of the spectrum.

In the video below, some of the footage shows imaging taken within the visible spectrum (orange-colored sun), while other footage shows imaging using various frequencies of the ultraviolet spectrum, including wavelengths of 1700 angstrom (magenta-colored sun), 304 angstrom (red-colored sun), and 171 angstrom (golden-colored sun).  An angstrom is a tenth of a nanometer, so those wavelengths translate to 170 nanometers, 30.4 nanometers, and 17.1 nanometers (wavelengths between 400nm and 10nm are designated as the ultraviolet spectrum).  Shorter wavelengths indicate higher frequencies, and those with wavelengths approaching 10nm at the upper end of the ultraviolet spectrum correspond to frequencies of approaching 30 Petahertz, with one Petahertz equal to a thousand Terahertz and one Terahertz equal to a thousand Gigahertz (and one Gigahertz equal to 1,000 Megahertz), meaning that 30 Petahertz is equivalent to 30 million GHz:

 For some previous blog posts discussing various aspects of the significance of our synodic cycle with Venus, see here, here, and here.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Did mankind know the precise size and shape of our earth many thousands of years ago?

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Did mankind understand the size of the spherical earth to an astonishing degree of precision many thousands of years ago?  Here is a link to a fascinating discussion of the analysis presented by Jim Alison at his website, entitled "The Prehistoric Alignment of World Wonders: A New Look at an Old Design."  

Mr. Alison presents evidence that ancient sites including the Giza pyramids, Ollantaytambo, Nazca, Easter Island, and many others are all located along a single great circle centered on a point in Alaska.  This is a startling assertion, as these sites are clearly very widely distributed geographically, and the massive monuments located at each site, while sharing some remarkable similarities, are also thought to have been the products of cultures separated in time by many centuries or even millennia.

Even more remarkable are the relationships that he demonstrates between many of these sites, such as his finding that Ollantaytambo (in Peru) is 108° along the great circle from Giza (in Egypt).  As he points out, 108 is an extremely significant number, and the location of these historic sites 108° apart is unlikely to be a coincidence (the idea that all the location of all these sites along a great circle of the globe could be a coincidence is likewise extremely unlikely -- when we find that two of the sites are separated by 108° along a global great circle, the possibility of coincidence becomes even more remote).  

The number 108 is an important precessional number, as is the number 72, which Mr. Alison demonstrates to be operating between Giza and other sites.  He notes in a different article on the same subject, this one published on Graham Hancock's website, that Giza and the site of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are very nearly 72° apart along the same great circle, and that Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is located at a point on the circle that is very nearly equal angles of arc to Angkor going in one direction and Giza going in the other.  Mr. Hancock also discusses the significant separation angles of various sites around the globe (including Rapa Nui, Angkor, and Giza) in his gorgeous book Heaven's Mirror (and movie of the same name).

Also extremely significant is the fact that Easter Island / Rapa Nui is located directly across this great circle from the Indus Valley.  This relationship (as well as the one discussed above for Angkor, Rapa Nui, and Giza) can be easily seen in the diagram of the great circle on this page of Mr. Alison's essay (bottom diagram on that page).  The mysterious (and as-yet undeciphered) writing systems of both of these sites (Rapa Nui and the Indus Valley) are almost certainly related.  The undeciphered script of the Indus Valley is generally known as the "Indus Valley Script" and the undeciphered writing of the tablets found on Easter Island (preserved, in fact, by the people living there when the first European ships arrived) is known as "Rongo Rongo" (and the tablets known as "Rongo Rongo Tablets").  The similarities between these mysterious writing systems -- separated by half the globe along this great circle discovered by Mr. Alison -- can be clearly seen on this web page comparing the two writing systems.

The idea that these sites could be completely unrelated and just somehow happen to lie upon the same great circle of the globe -- at significant intervals on that circle, including angles of arc corresponding to clear precessional numbers -- is ridiculous.  When evidence such as the similarity of the Rongo Rongo Tablets to the Indus Valley Script is added to the discussion, the case for a connection becomes even stronger.  Also note the very strong evidence at Ollantaytambo for a connection with other ancient sites across the oceans which was discussed in this previous post.

Not only does this analysis by Mr. Alison argue for an ancient connection of some sort between all these sites, but also that mankind knew the size and shape of the earth in great antiquity -- long before the  conventional timeline of human history says that humans could have had such precise scientific knowledge.  As he says on page 10 of the article on Graham Hancock's website:
Many similarities between these sites have been well documented, including the use of perfectly cut and precisely placed monolithic stones, exact orientations to the cardinal points and astronomical orientations. The prevailing view of world history dismisses these similarities as coincidental developments of separate stone age cultures. Unless it is also a coincidence that these sites are located at mathematically and geometrically significant points on a single line around the center of the Earth, it may be time to reconsider the idea that Europeans of the present era were the first to know the size and shape of the Earth.
Here is a different website (which refers to the work of Mr. Alison) presenting other evidence that an ancient culture or cultures knew the size and shape of the earth quite well, and deliberately positioned significant sites around the globe as a sort of world-wide web of coordinates or reference points.

Mr. Alison presents even more additional evidence to support the conclusion that the ancients knew the size and shape of the earth with great precision.  He points to other great circles which can be drawn through other significant ancient sites, such as another great circle that connects the Great Pyramid and the Serpent Mound of Ohio and other ancient significant sites (Ross Hamilton presents extensive analysis using completely different evidence which appears to support a connection between the Great Pyramid and the Serpent Mound in his amazing book The Mystery of the Serpent Mound: in Search of the Alphabet of the Gods).  

All of this analysis appears to be very strong supporting evidence for the conclusion that mankind in the very ancient past had a very sophisticated level of knowledge and scientific achievement (and that they could and did travel over the entire globe), an assertion put forward in the Mathisen Corollary book as well (supported by different evidence and analysis) as well as in many other previous posts on this blog (for instance, here and here).  While the monuments currently located in some of those sites may have been erected much later, it is fairly clear that many of those points along the great circles found by Mr. Alison (including Giza, Malta, and the Indus Valley) are of extreme antiquity, and thus it is quite likely that this system of worldwide coordinates is very ancient indeed.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fascinating interview with Richard Merrick on Red Ice Radio

The previous post discussed some of the mechanics of the Venus transit and provided some links to sites to help you observe this historic astronomical event if possible.

Above is a remarkable interview with Richard Merrick, author of the newly-released book the Venus Blueprint: Uncovering the Ancient Science of Sacred Spaces, in which he discusses the ancient importance of the Venus transit as well as the harmonic pattern of the planet Venus itself.

Especially important in his view is the pentagonal pattern created by the five synods of earth and Venus over a cycle that is extremely close to eight years (but very slightly shorter than eight exact earth years). Details of that pentagonal pattern traced out by the celestial mechanics between earth and Venus can be seen in the excellent diagrams and discussion in this webpage by Nick Anthony Fiorenza (scroll down for the pentagram discussion). The upcoming Venus transit takes place at one of the points of this pentagram pattern, because those are the points at which Venus and earth align with the sun.

Both hours of Richard Merrick's interview on Red Ice Radio are fascinating (the first hour is embedded above, and the second hour is available to subscribers to Red Ice Creations). In the interview, Mr. Merrick discusses evidence that ancient civilizations were very aware of the importance of Venus and the pentagonal structure, and that they captured many subtle and sophisticated aspects of the harmonics of Venus in their mythology relating to the goddess associated with that heavenly body (under many different names). He also relates some of the significant aspects of this pattern to his work on harmonics and his harmonic interference theory.

Noting that the 8:5 ratio inherent in the earth-Venus synodic pentagram approximates phi (the Golden Ratio), he observes that ancient structures around the world also incorporate this ratio, and that those which incorporate the Golden Ratio also usually incorporate sophisticated harmonics that yield unusual acoustical and vibrational effects inside their sacred spaces.

This is a very important subject, and Mr. Merrick's work promises to expand on the observations of these acoustical and proportional aspects of ancient structures which others have also analyzed. For example, the indispensable Serpent in the Sky, by John Anthony West discusses cymatics (the study of wave forms) in conjunction with the advanced knowledge of ancient Egypt, and on page 78 says:
It is harmony that is responsible for the specific physical phenomena that scientists call 'reality,' but that wiser men realise is but the physical aspect of reality to which our senses have access. We speak of musical 'form'. We know it is the result of harmonies that may be reduced to vibrations -- that is to say, to number. But we tend to think of musical 'form' metaphorically, whereas we should regard it literally.
Mr. Merrick's work also appears to add some new perspectives on the exciting discoveries of acoustics at sites such as the Hypogeum Hal-Saflieni on the island of Gozo in Malta and other extremely ancient sites, discussed in previous blog posts here and here. He takes his discussion of the different wave and vibrational geometries down to the cellular level in the human body, and reaches some very innovative and noteworthy conclusions. This subject matter appears to intersect with a related important topic explored in several previous posts, which is the importance of chanting (see here, here and here, for instance).

Richard Merrick is also the author of a previous book, Interference: A Grand Scientific Musical Theory (2010). His new book The Venus Blueprint was just released last week, just in time for the upcoming Venus transit for 2012. While I have yet to read either of these books, I hope to do so in the near future. I strongly recommend listening to his entire interview above as an introduction to his analysis and as a window into some of the more esoteric ramifications of the upcoming Venus event on June 5/6.