People who have a near-death experience and return to tell the tale, usually describe seeing 'a light at the end of a tunnel' (vortice) which they travel through. They arrive in a landscaped garden of unsurpassed beauty. Madame Blavatsky says, “Tis like a sunny glade in the dark forest depths, a spot on earth mirrored from Amitabha's paradise. There, nightingales of hope and birds of radiant plumage sing perched in green bowers, chanting success to fearless Pilgrims.”
The ‘pilgrim’ is beckoned by discarnate relatives whose ‘double’ is living a blissful afterlife in this other realm (cloud nine) or they are met by loving and angelic guides in white robes with whom they wish to stay, but reluctantly go back into their body, because it is not their time for transmigration (samsara.)
They awaken with a positive new outlook on life, (psychic powers) a feeling that they have a purpose to fulfill and no fear of death. 'For the man who dies before he dies, does not die when he dies,' in the words of an Augustinian monk. But, Alduous Huxley who studied the Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead) said, 'there is an art to dying, that allows the deific rather than the demonic recesses of the mind to appear first in the after-death vision.'
Montezuma's sister, Princess Papan was roused from the dead to tell her brother of his forthcoming doom and the end of the Aztec Empire. Papan said that after death she found herself in a great valley with mountains all around, and followed a path which led to a raging river. There she saw a youth in a long robe, fastened by a shining diamond. He had long fair hair, golden wings and a mark, like a cross on his forehead.
The young man would not let Papan pass over the river of eternity, until he had shown her the future of her people. He led the Princess through the skeletons of dead men, decayed and full of worms, they were the bones of those of her tribe who would die, suffering torture and agony. She had been chosen by the gods to return to the upper world and warn Montezuma, who was deeply troubled by his sister's vision. The arrival in Mexico of the Spanish conquistadores in 1519, brought about the fulfilment of Princess Papan's prophecy.
For Egyptian mortals, the Pharaoh was the channel to the Afterlife from which he was 'resurrected', rejuvenated and god-like during rituals at the Heb Sed Festival. The incantations of this ceremony are contained in the oldest known records on Earth, the pyramid texts at Saqqara. The main purpose of the spells in the hieroglyphics (the god's words) was to enable the King to gain admittance to the other world beyond the 'Lily Lake' in the east. There lies 'the fields where the gods were begotten,' Sekhet Hetepet(the original Elysian Fields) also known as Punt...the celestial paradise.
The utterances quoted by the author William Fix in Star Maps, (Astounding new evidence from ancient civilizations and modern scientific research of man's origins and return to the stars) describe the King Unas, lord of seed, creator of life, as a star. During this astral flight through the “Tunnel Opening Gate”, 'Unas goes around the sky like Re' the sun. 'He is the star of the Lower Sky,' (The smoky god?) The Holy Quran also talks of the lower sky.
This Unas is not dead: this Unas has not been judged. He judges! The text reads; 'thou art gone alive to sit on the throne of Osiris. Re-Atum does not give thee to Osiris'. The text is adamant that Unas is not dead... but alive in the underworld. Unas takes his seat on the horizon: 'The doors of the horizon open themselves, it's bolts slide… He comest to thee, O his father… Mayest thou grant that this Unas seize the Cool Region… standest over the places of the primeval ocean… thou risest with the father Atum. Thou goest up and openest thy way through the bones of Shu, [the air] the embrace of thy mother Nut [the sky] enfolds thee.'
Nut the sky goddess was spangled with stars, she had two suns, one near her mouth and one at her womb. The Valley of Duat was in the body of Nut. In a union with her brother Geb, the earth god, she produced Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Together with Nut and Geb's parents, Shu and Tefnut, and their father, Ra, they made up the nine original deities of the Ennead; and the gods wrapped in their white garments were always waiting to welcome the King at the lakeside,''Our heart was not glad till thy coming,'' they say.
The father Atum, assigned Unas to the circumpolar stars which hold him aloft. The main shafts of the rejuvenation chambers or 'judgement rooms' in the pyramids (which spiral stellar energy) were aligned to Eltanin the eye in the constellation of the dragon, the pole star in 10,500 BC. Draco is associated with a time of spiritual darkness, coinciding with the fall of Atlantis.
Egyptians said the sun, moon and stars sailed in barques over the heavenly ocean. There was a second heaven, under the Earth; through this heaven a subterranean river ran, just like the Nile which the sun traversed every night. In the morning it ascended at Elephantine, 'where the Nile comes forth from the underworld for Egypt.' Of Unas it is said, ' Thou goest up, thou goest down,' and Unas goes up and down with Re, rising and setting like the sun on the morning and evening barge. The solar boat pit of Unas is orientated due east.
The underworld is identified as the course of the sun through the twelve hours of the night. In the Book of Pylons souls hoped to journey in the merjet boat ('the barque of millions of years') of Ra, or Khephri, whose sacred emblem is the scarab beetle, placed over the heart of a mummy and inscribed with a phoenix and verse from the Book of the Dead to guide the deceased in the Afterlife... as they sailed on the river Duat. Spells from the Book of Pylons (gates) allowed the soul to go through the portals of Osiris and there, with his protection they could pass the guardian monsters on the path.
Belief in an Afterlife, which is an extension of previous lives and goes on and on ad infinitum... was the crux of Egyptian ideology and permeated the traditions of the living. Even animals were deemed sacred and honoured with embalming and mummification after death. The Apis-bull, inhabited by the soul of Osiris, was deified and entombed eternally in subterranean catacombs at Saqqara, where millions of preserved animals were found in niches along passages which extended for several kilometres below ground. Cats, birds and baboons (sacred to Osiris) were thought to convey messages to the gods and provide company in the Hereafter.
Arab folklore tells of a similar network of passageways beneath the Great Pyramid, infested with multitudes of bats as big as black eagles, where people were known to have been lost for days! An Arab chronicler called Al Masoudi, told the story of twenty men of Fayum who went to examine the Great Pyramid and found within it a well: 'One of them was accordingly lowered down the well by means of a rope, which broke at a depth of one hundred fathoms, and the man fell to the bottom; he was three hours falling. His companions heard his horrible cries.'
Al Masoudi professed to relate the Coptic tradition when he claimed that two of the pyramids were built by an Egyptian King, after having a vision of the flood. His chief priests, interpreting his dream, spoke of a great catastrophe overtaking the Earth, after which it would again become fruitful. The King ordered the pyramids to be erected and deposited within, all the written accounts of the knowledge and wisdom of the priests.
Subterraneous channels to convey the waters of the Nile were constructed and labyrinths containing wonderful things, precious gemstones, talismans, idols and all manner of records for the benefit of those who came after, who could comprehend them. The arts and sciences, arithmetic and geometry and also the names and properties of medicinal plants were included. The polished limestone casing-blocks of the pyramids, were inscribed with inscriptions so numerous, they would occupy over ten thousand pages.
There are over two hundred pyramids in Egypt, including Nubia, of various dimensions, representing in their sacred geometry the ‘Mount’ of the gods; as do Mayan ziggurats and Buddhist Temples like Angkor Wat, the largest and most mysterious temple in the World. The Taj Mahal is another splendid example of this.
In the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, it tells how he was the builder of the Great Pyramid, to create a portal to Amenti from whence he had come, bringing wisdom to the people of Khem (Ancient Egypt.) “Raised I high over the entrance, a doorway, a gateway leading down
to Amenti.” Thoth raised the mighty pyramid using power that overcomes gravity and there was a ‘force-house’ or chamber (‘relieving chambers’) from which a circular passage reached almost to the summit. A golden capstone, with a crystal at the apex drew power from the ether which opened the vortice…
The Book of the Dead reads: “Behold, I have come unto thee. I see thee. I have forced a way through the Duat. I see my father Osiris. I drive away the darkness. I love him. I have come. I see my father Osiris.”
This sacred science was used by ‘black-magic’ Atlanteans to blast a portal to the underworld, like the Babylonians who built a tower 'whose top may reach unto heaven'(Genesis,11,4) set with a 'fire-stone' and so the gods had to sink the island to restore the Earth’s balance. Thoth says, “ I have opened up a way through Ra-stau, (Giza) and I have relieved the pain which was in Osiris. I have balanced the place whereon he standeth, and I have made a path for him; he shineth brilliantly in Ra-stau.”
After the flood, Thoth and other Atlanteans travelled the globe restoring truth and peace. The mode of transport was a spaceship which Thoth buried beneath a marker erected in the “form of a lion yet like unto man” (sphinx) before he returned to the Halls of Amenti. Few are brave enough to enter the darkness of the underworld, but if you dare, after a period of fasting, lie in the sarcophagus…and the gods will meet you half-way!
Thoth urges us to seek seven keys in the pyramid, of the way to Life, along a passage which leads to a door; when opened the pathway will fall before you. (Such a door has been discovered but not yet penetrated.) He also gave exact instructions on where to dig to find the underground entrance to the secrets hidden ‘before ye were men.’ “Aye, draw ye a line from the great image I builded, (the sphinx) to the apex of the pyramid, built as a gateway. Draw ye another opposite in the same angle and direction. Dig ye and find that which I have hidden.”
This indicates a spot on the eastern side of ‘Chephren’s’ pyramid, beneath which may lie the Hall of Records, containing the ‘magic-science’ of Thoth, and if you complete the line, back to the sphinx ( a subterranean causeway?) it forms an equilateral triangle, (a pyramid) sacred geometry. The gateway to Amenti, was guarded by sphinx.
Part 2: Labyrinth
No facet of Egyptian religion was more important than the underworld and it is unlikely that their entire ethos was pertaining to a purely imaginary concept. Eminent scientists and antiquarians, the most notable being the 17th.Century astronomer, Sir Edmund Halley, the first person to link auroras to magnetic polar disturbances, postulated that the Earth's core is composed of concentric circles. In the Papyrus of Nu, the underworld is divided into seven circles or mansions, and Jesus said, 'In my Father's house are many mansions:' (St.John,14,2.) The Quran states that God created seven ‘skies’ in layers.
The Book of Enoch tells how the patriarch was carried by angels over mountains and seas to the seven heavens. There he saw divine beings observing the stars, while others tended gardens and orchards. This heaven was Eden, from which Adam and Eve were expelled. Enoch was the first mortal to enter paradise after the fall in mankind's vibration.
Enoch said, “And I went from thence to the ‘middle of the earth,’ and I saw a blessed place in which there were trees with branches abiding and blooming [of a dismembered tree]. And there I saw a holy mountain, and underneath the mountain to the east there was a stream and it flowed towards the south.” (Enoch spoke of four streams, and the four pillars which support the heavens.) And all the ravines were deep rand narrow, (being formed) of hard rock, and trees were not planted upon them. And I marvelled at the rocks, and I marvelled at the ravine, yea, I marvelled very much.”
The prophet Muhammad, during his ascension at the Rock of Foundation, passed through seven heavens, a recurring manifestation in mythology. "The seven heavens the earth, and all who dwell in them praise Him" (Al-Israa :44). He was taken to the seventh heaven by Gabriel, on a flying white steed called Al Burak. The mythical white winged-horse of the Muses was Pegasus, tamed by Bellerophon who slew the half-goat, half-snake, fire-breathing Chimera with a lions head, as a test of his strength. Hellenistic philosophy states that upon death the soul ascends various spheres of existence, (the higher spheres are merited) and the Florentine poet, Dante was of the opinion that there are nine realms in heaven and hell, divided by rivers.
The Navajo creation myth, which is chanted at a nine day ceremony called the Blessing Way, also defines several layers within the Earth. The first is the under world from which life emerged. They evolved through four more worlds until the Navajo surfaced from the labyrinth in this world, the fifth, as humans. A sixth and perfect world was thought to be above this one. This belief was shared by the Hopi, Zuni, Toltecs and Aztecs, whose precursor was the lost Anasazi tribe, (meaning ancient ones) and their paradise possessed a palm grove, watered by four converging rivers.
The Mother Earth symbol of the Hopi Indians is a series of squares inside one another, and is identical to the Minoan (Atlantean) labyrinth design found on coins at Knossos in Crete, when it was excavated in 1900, by Sir Arthur Evans. The throne room of King Minos, a judge of the dead, was decorated with reclining griffins and he fed seven Athenian maidens and youths every year to the Minotaur, which was the half-human, half-bull, offspring of his wife, Pasiphae and was trapped in the inescapable maze designed by Daedalus. Theseus killed the brute by throttling it with his bare hands!
Expanding on Halley's theory in 1818, John Cleves Symmes proposed that there are five shells within the Earth, like a series of 'Chinese boxes,' which are open at the poles and separated by a stratum of atmosphere. Captain Adam Seabourn proved Symmes hypothesis in the 1830's, by sailing into the aperture at Antarctica, which the sea flows freely through. He named the land he found, Symzonia, in honour of the brilliant theorist.
Each shell is thought to be inhabited on the surface, and some of the people are undoubtedly giants (common in mythology) and have a very long lifespan, while others are purportedly dwarves (the little people.) These could be genetic traits, but the hybrid, half-human, half-beasts of the inner-world would appear to have been genetically engineered!
Other budding geophysicists of the 19th.Century, like the Scottish mathematician John Leslie, drew the Earth as a skin with two internal suns, Pluto and Proserpina, while an American, Cyrus Reed Teed, claimed it is we who are inside the Hollow Earth, a concave World whose sun is half light and half dark, of which we can only see a reflection. Teed was born in 1839 and studied alchemy, he received these revelations from a beautiful 'ultraterrestrial' who materialized in his laboratory. She gave him instructions on Cellular Cosmogony, and told him that the rotation of the real sun creates the effect of night and day, inside the Hollow Earth.
While spinning and cooling, planets should have thrown their dense particles to the periphery due to centrifugal force. The Cosmic Egg, whose crust Jen Jansen estimated to be about three hundred miles thick, (with the centre of gravity in the middle) in creation myths had a bottomless deep on the outside, Nun, where the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and a land of mist in the inside. 'And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so' (Genesis,1,7.) He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it'. (Job)
An opposing centripetal force may have concentrated matter at the core, creating the star of the Lower Sky, ‘never-setting, never-dying’ suspended in the vacuum of the body of Nut by the gravitational pull of the circumpolar stars. But the ‘smoky god’ may simply be a mock sun, with night and day created by Re-Atum, as he traverses Duat on the evening barge. Cyrus R. Teed said, to know of the Earth's concavity... is to know God, those who oppose it, are Antichrist and deny Him and all his works.
It has also been said that our moon is hollow and when space junk is ejected onto the surface, it 'rings' like a bell and the sound wave reverberates for hours. An attempt to detonate a nuclear device on the lunar surface by Apollo 13, was allegedly thwarted by extraterrestrials who disabled the module and sent it limping home!
All planets must be formed in the same way, in which case, the late George Adamski's claim to have met Venusians and travelled on their 'beam-ships' may not be so absurd after all. If planets are habitable in the interior (if not the exterior) then our entire Solar System could be populated with beings more ancient and advanced than us... our intergalactic relatives.
Sumerians and Babylonians from Mesopotamia, who received their knowledge from the Anunnaki (seven gods of the underworld) believed the Earth to be a sphere filled with celestial air, embedded in a crystal fortress which swims in the celestial water. Below, the city of the dead was surrounded by seven walls, with seven gates and contained the dwellings of the inhabitants of the nether region, Aralu, the 'Land of no Return,' ruled by Ereshkigal and Nergal (whose symbol was a griffin.)
In ancient Sumeria, serpent deities lived in the underworld and in Hindu legends they are called Nagas, who came from one of the seven worlds and were said to resemble Earth people, whom they were benign towards. Kingu was a god of the underworld and the partner of Tiamat, the serpent-dragon, (representing the chaotic oceans) in her battle against Marduk, Lord of creation. Marduk stole the Tablets of Destiny (Qabalah) from Kingu, who was executed, and with the blood drained from Kingu's body, Ea created humankind for the rejoicing of the gods. The god's rewarded Marduk by building for him the magnificent City of Babylon.
It is uncertain from whence the Sumerians came, around 4,000BC. with advanced sciences and writing skills intact, or from where they derived their name, but the name of their city, Babylon, with a towering ziggurat at it's centre, means 'gate.' It seems they too arrived through a portal, as gods from the 'Land of Summer' in the Navel of the Earth, and they named the rivers in Mesopotamia after the rivers of Eden.
Utnapishtim was warned by Ea, god of the water-depths where the Tree of Life sprouted, (watered by the Tigris and Euphrates and protected by griffins) that Enlil, the earth god of the Golden Age had grown to hate man and resolved to send a flood. Utnapishtim took an ark to the watery kingdom when the deluge was so frightening that even the gods withdrew ‘like migrating birds’ to the remote heavens of Anu, the Father of the Anunnaki. Utnapishtim grounded his ark on the summit of Mount Nisir and released a dove. He and his wife were transformed into gods and allowed to dwell forever in the distant paradise at the estuary of the streams.
Gilgamesh went on an epic voyage into the bowels of the Earth to find him and ask about the mysteries of death and life. When he reached the mountain at the Earth's end and passed over the waters of death, he met the far one, Utnapishtim, who gave him the gift of a briary plant, which Gilgamesh left unattended and a serpent smelling it's sweetness, carried it off. It was the plant of rejuvenation and metamorphosis which Gilgamesh had hoped would resurrect his friend Enkidu.
In Tibetan mythology, Mount Meru is where the gods reside, with it’s roots in hell, and its summit in heaven, like the Tree of Life. It is surrounded by seven rings of golden mountains, each separated from the other by one of seven circular oceans and in the underworld, where the happy dead found infinite joys and sipped Soma, the intoxicating elixir of vitality and immortality, Yama ruled with Varuna, the All-seeing eye of the universe. Yami, the twin sister of Yama, was Queen of the lower world, where souls must return to be reborn. There is a major vortice to the 'otherworld' north of the Himalayas.
In the Bardo Thodol it is written that upon meeting Yama, the King of the Dead, your soul judges itself by looking in the Mirror of Karma. The reflection is your own memory of thoughts, dreams, words and deeds and their consequences (this is the weighing of the heart.) By this you shall choose your next incarnation. 'Some to the womb return,-embodied souls, to receive another body; others pass into a lifeless stone. In accordance with their works. In accordance with (the tradition) they had heard.'