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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Nuclear Weapons in the Mahabharata? (pt. 1)

The description of the second battle is as frightening as that of the first: "Gurkha, flying in his swift and powerful Vimana, hurled against the three cities of the Vrishnis and Andhakas a single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe. An incandescent column of smoke and fire, as brilliant as ten thousand suns, rose in all its splendor. It was the unknown weapon, the iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and Andhakas.
"The corpses were so burnt that they were no longer recognizable. Hair and nails fell out. Pottery broke without cause. Birds, disturbed, circled in the air and were turned white. Foodstuffs were poisoned. To escape, the warriors threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment. With the destruction ended, the Kuru king,Yudistthira, was informed of the power of the iron thunderbolt and the slaughter of the Vrishnis."
Noorbergen, Rene, Secrets of the Lost Races, New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1977, p. 138.

Vaishampayana said,--"When the thirty-sixth year (after the battle) was reached, the delighter of the Kurus, viz., Yudhishthira, beheld many unusual portents. Winds, dry and strong, and showering gravels, blew from every side. Birds began to wheel, making circles from right to left. The great rivers ran in opposite directions. The horizon on every side seemed to be always covered with fog. Meteors, showering (blazing) coals, fell on the Earth from the sky. The Sun’s disc, O king, seemed to be always covered with dust. At its rise, the great luminary of day was shorn of splendour and seemed to be crossed by headless trunks (of human beings). Fierce circles of light were seen every day around both the Sun and the Moon. These circles showed three hues. Their edges seemed to be black and rough and ashy-red in colour. [...] A little while after, the Kuru king Yudhishthira heard of the wholesale carnage of the Vrishnis in consequence of the iron bolt. [...]"
The Mahabharata, Mausala Parva, sec. 1.
(Ganguli, Kisari Mohan, The Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, 12 vols., Calcutta, India: Oriental Publishing Co., 19??, vol. 12, Aswamedha, Asramavasika, Mahaprasthanika and Swargarohanika Parvas, p. 255.)

When the next day came, Samva actually brought forth an iron bolt through which all the individuals in the race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas became consumed into ashes. Indeed, for the destruction of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas, Samva brought forth, through that curse, a fierce iron bolt that looked like a gigantic messenger of death. The fact was duly reported to the king. In great distress of mind, the king (Ugrasena) caused that iron bolt to be reduced into fine powder. Men were employed, O king, to cast that powder into the sea.
The Mahabharata, Mausala Parva, sec. 1.
(Ganguli, Kisari Mohan, The Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, 12 vols., Calcutta, India: Oriental Publishing Co., 19??, vol. 12, Aswamedha, Asramavasika, Mahaprasthanika and Swargarohanika Parvas, p. 256.)

Day by day strong winds blew, and many were the evil omens that arose, awful and foreboding the destruction of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. The streets swarmed with rats and mice. Earthen pots showed cracks or broke from no apparent cause. At night, the rats and mice ate away the hair and nails of slumbering men. [...] Many birds appeared, impelled by Death, that were pale of complexion but that had legs red of hue. [...] The Sun, whether when rising or setting over the city, seemed to be surrounded by headless trunks of human form. In cook rooms, upon food that was clean and well-boiled, were seen, when it was served out for eating, innumerable worms of diverse kinds."
The Mahabharata, Mausala Parva, sec. 1.
(Ganguli, Kisari Mohan, The Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, 12 vols., Calcutta, India: Oriental Publishing Co., 19??, vol. 12, Aswamedha, Asramavasika, Mahaprasthanika and Swargarohanika Parvas, p. 255.)

Friday, 30 August 2013

The Battery in India

In the Prince's Library of Ujjain in India, there is a well-preserved document called the Agastya Samshita which dates back to the first millennium B.C. It contains a detailed description not only of how to construct an electric battery, but also how to utilize this battery to "split" water into two gases--the electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Noorbergen, Rene, Secrets of the Lost Races, New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1977, p. 67.

Seven Day Human Biorhythm

The 7-day biorhythm in the human body is one of the recent discoveries of modern chronobiology. It manifests itself in the form of small variations in blood pressure and heartbeat as well as response to infection and even organ transplant: for example, the probability of rejection of certain organs is now known to peak at weekly intervals following an implant.
Aveni, Anthony, Empires of Time, Rev. Ed., Boulder, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, 2002, pp. 88-89.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Dimension of the Ark, Why Those Specifications?

But what about the specifications [of the ark]? you wonder. Why that specific ratio [300:50:30, length:width:height (in cubits)]? Why not, for example, 300 by 200 by 20, or some other ratio?
Its length-to-breadth ratio of six to one (300 cubits to 50) has great advantage over the cubic contraption of the Babylonian epic [Gilgamesh epic]. From the standpoint of stability and rolling, the ratio of 6:1 is about as nearly perfect as can be desired. Some of the mammoth tankers of today have a ration of 7:1. The shipbuilder I. K. Brunel designed the ocean liner known as the Great Britain in 1844. The vessel's dimensions were 322 by 51 by 32 1/2 feet--proportions nearly identical to the dimensions of Noah's ark. Whereas Noah's ship ranks as the first of its kind, Brunel had several thousand years of shipbuilding expertise to rely on, but all the accumulated knowledge he could draw from did not give him a better ratio than that of the ark.
Noorbergen, Rene, Secrets of the Lost Races, New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1977, pp. 65-66.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Pope Sylvester I Transfered the Sabbath to Sunday

Pope Sylvester first among the Romans ordered that the names of the days [of the week], which they previously called after the name of their gods, that is, [the day] of the Sun, [the day] of the Moon, [the day] of Mars, [the day] of Mercury, [the day] of Jupiter, [the day] of Venus, [the day] of Saturn, they should call feriae thereafter, that is the first feria, the second feria, the third feria, the fourth feria, the fifth feria, the sixth feria, because that in the beginning of Genesis it is written that God said concerning each day: on the first, "Let there be light:; on the second, "Let there be a firmament"; on the third, "Let the earth bring forth verdure"; etc. But he [Sylvester] ordered [them] to call the Sabbath by the ancient term of the law, [to call] the first feria the "Lord's day," because on it the Lord rose [from the dead], Moreover, the same pope decreed that the rest of the Sabbath should be transferred rather to the Lord's day [Sunday], in order that on that day we should rest from worldly works for the praise of God.
Odom, Robert L., Sabbath and Sunday in Early Christianity, Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1977, pp. 247-248.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Creation of Man according to the Inhabitants of Noo-hoo-roa

The inhabitants of Noo-hoo-roa, in the Kei Islands, say that their ancestors were fashioned out of clay by the supreme god, Dooadlera, who breathed life into the clay figures.
Frazer, James George, Folk-lore in the Old Testament, Macmillan, 1918, vol. 1, pp. 12-13.

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Roman Opinion Concerning the Jews and the Sabbath: Seneca (4 BC-65 AD)

Seneca included among the other reprehensible superstitions of political theology the sacred institutions of the Hebrews, especially their Sabbaths. The Jews, he said, served no good purpose by resting every seventh day, since they lost nearly a seventh part of their whole lives and must neglect many matters calling for immediate attention.
Augustine, Saint, The City of God, bk. 6, ch. 11.
(Augustine, Saint, The City of God, Books I-VII, Writings of Saint Augustine, vol. 6, The Fathers of the Church, A New Translation, vol. 8, trans. Demetrius B. Zema and Gerald G. Walsh, Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 1962, p. 335.)

Seneca, among the other superstitions of civil theology, also found fault with the sacred things of the Jews, and especially the sabbaths, affirming that they act uselessly in keeping those seventh days, whereby they lose through idleness about the seventh part of their life, and also many things which demand immediate attention are damaged.
Augustine, Saint, The City of God, bk. 6, ch. 11.
(Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo, The Works of Aurelius Augustine: a new translation, ed. Marcus Dods, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1871, vol. 1, The City of God - Volume 1, pp. 255-256.)

Hic inter alias civilis theologiae superstitiones reprehendit etiam sacramenta Iudaeorum et maxime sabbata, inutiliter eos facere adsirmans, quod per illos singulos septem interpositos dies septimam fere partem aetatis suae perdant vacando et multa in tempore urgentia non agendo laedantur.
Augustine, Saint, The City of God, bk. 6, ch. 11.
(Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo, De Civitate Dei, Libri XXII, ed. Bernhard Dombart, Lipsiae: In aedibus B.G. Teubneri, 1877, vol. 1 - Lib. I-XIII, p. 270.)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Abu Bekr Command to the Saracens

[Prior to the conquest of Syria, Mohammed's uncle, Abu Bekr gave the following order] "...When you fight the battles of the Lord, acquit yourselves like men, without turning your backs; but let not your victory be stained with the blood of women or children. Destroy no palm-trees, nor burn any fields of corn. Cut down no fruit-trees, nor do any mischief to cattle, only such as you kill to eat. When you make any covenant or article, stand to it, and be as good as your word. As you go on, you will find some religious persons who live retired in monasteries, and propose to themselves to serve God that way: let them alone, and neither kill them nor destroy their monasteries: And you will find another sort of people, that belong to the synagogue of Satan, who have shaven crowns; be sure you cleave their skulls, and give them no quarter till they either turn Mahometans or pay tribute."
Gibbon, Edward, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6 vols., London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1788, v. 5, p. 297.

Copernicus and Hermeticism

Accordingly [considering the sun's central position], it is not foolish that it has been called the lamp of the universe, or its mind, or its ruler. [It is] Trismegistus' visible God...
Copernicus, Nicolaus, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, 2nd ed, Basel: Ex Officina Henricpetrina, 1566, p. 9 (facing).
(translation due to Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, The Forbidden Universe, New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, p. 12.)

Monday, 19 August 2013

The Hindu Fall

Thus, it is said that Siva, as the Supreme Being, desired to tempt Brahmá (who had taken human form), and for this object he dropped from heaven a blossom of the sacred g-tree. Brahmá, instigated by his wife, Satarupa, endeavors to obtain this blossom, thinking its possession will render him immortal and divine; but when he has succeeded in doing so, he is cursed by Siva, and doomed to misery and degradation. Mr. Hardwicke, when commenting on this tradition, adds that the sacred Indian g is endowed by the Brahmans and Buddhists with mysterious significance, as the tree of knowledge or intelligence.
Westropp, Hodder M. and C. Staniland Wake, Ancient symbol worship: Influence of the phallic idea in the religions of antiquity, New York: J. W. Bouton, 1874, pp. 46-47.

The Persian Fall

The Persian legend preserved in the Boun-dehesch is, however, still more conclusive. According to this legend Meschia and Meschiané, the first man and woman, were seduced by Ahriman, under the form of a serpent, and they then first committed "in thought, word, and action, the carnal sin, and thus tainted with original sin all their descendants. "
Westropp, Hodder M. and C. Staniland Wake, Ancient symbol worship: Influence of the phallic idea in the religions of antiquity, New York: J. W. Bouton, 1874, p. 47.

The Flood Tradition

There is, however, one special tradition which seems to be more deeply impressed and more widely spread than any of the others. The destruction of well nigh the whole human race, in an early age of the world's history, by a great deluge, appears to have so impressed the minds of the few survivors, and seems to have been handed down to their children, in consequence, with such terror-struck impressiveness, that their remote descendants of the present day have not yet forgotten it. It appears in almost every mythology, and lives in the most distant countries, and among them the most barbarous tribes.
Miller, Hugh, The Testimony of the Rocks Or Geology in its Bearings on the Two Theologies Natural and Revealed, 1857, p. 284.

Friday, 16 August 2013

The Need to Chew

Chewing tough food (whole-grain bread, raw fruit and vegetables, nuts, etc.) is an ideal massage for our gums and enhances the resistance and elasticity of gingival tissues, thus preventing pyorrhea (inflammation of the sockets of the teeth) and paradontosis (inflammation of the gums).
If we do not use our teeth for what they were intended, they may well fall out prematurely and decay.
Both soft food that does not require chewing and sweets weaken the gums and the teeth.
Chewing cleans the teeth and corrects their position, activates the blood flow inside the tooth from the root and preserves it.
Schneider, Ernst, Healthy by Nature, 2 vols., Madrid, Spain: Editorial Safeliz, 2008, vol. 1, p. 200.

Raw Food: When Should we Eat it?

When we have a regular meal consisting  of a soup or broth course, meat, boiled potatoes with vegetables, or even a breakfast that includes a cup of coffee or cocoa with milk, bread and butter or marmalade; the amount of leukocytes (white blood cells) increases, from the normal value of 6,000-8,000 per millileter to 10,000 in ten minutes, and to 30,000 in 30 minutes. Normal values are recovered after 90 minutes.
This phenomenon is known as degestive leukocytosis (an increase in the number of white blood cells), and, as Roessle remarked, it is similar to the defensive reaction of the body when fighting off an infection.
Nevertheless, Kuschaoff [Paul Kouchakoff, Nouvelles lois de l'alimentation humaine basées sur la leucocytose digestive] has shown that the ingestion of raw vegetables does not provoke leukocytosis, even if we eat cooked foods afterwards.
Likewise, Kuschaoff demonstrated that a minimum of 10% of the food should be eaten raw and eaten before the cooked food, if we want to avoid this inflammatory reaction.
Schneider, Ernst, Healthy by Nature, 2 vols., Madrid, Spain: Editorial Safeliz, 2008, vol. 1, pp. 202-203.

A Diet Based Only on Cooked Products

McCarrison fed monkeys with their usual food but first prepared it in a pressure cooker. The consequences were reduced activity of the internal secretion glands, the onset of stomach or intestinal ulcers, inflammation of the large intestine and eventually, cachexia and ... death.

Stiner fed guinea pigs in the same manner. As a result, the animals, suffered from tooth decay, inflammation of the saliva glands, goiter, anemia, scurvy, and in some cases lung cancer. If they added 10 mL (1,000 mL = 1 liter) of pasteurized milk per animal, they also suffered from deforming arthritis.
Schneider, Ernst, Healthy by Nature, 2 vols., Madrid, Spain: Editorial Safeliz, 2008, vol. 1, p. 199.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Christ, the Gospel, and the Koran

[The Jews] have said, Verily we have slain Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, the apostle of God; yet they slew him not, neither crucified him, but he was represented by one in his likeness; and verily they who disagreed concerning him, were in a doubt as to this matter, and had no sure knowledge thereof, but followed only an uncertain opinion. They did not really kill him; but God took him up unto himself: ...
Qur'an, sura 4 (An-Nisa) ayat 157-158
The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed, 2 vols., trans. George Sale, London: printed for L. Hawes, W. Clarks, and R. Collins, 1764, vol. 1, p. 124.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Catholic Priest (2): St. Alphonsus de Liguori

And God himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of his priests, and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse or give absolution ... . ... The sentence of the priest precedes, and God subscribes to it ...
Liguori, Alphonsus de, ed. Eugene Grimm, Dignity and Duties of the Priest; or Selva, New York: Benziger Brothers, 1888, p. 27.

The Catholic Priest: St. Alphonsus de Liguori

... in obediance to the words of his priests--Hoc est Corpus Meum--God himself descends on the altar, that he comes wherever they call him, and as often as they call him, and places himself in their hands, even though they should be his enemies. And after having come, he remains, entirely at their disposal; they move him as they please, from one place to another; they may, if they wish, shut him up in the tabernacle, or expose him on the altar, or carry him outside the church; they may, if they choose, eat his flesh, and give him for the food of others.
Liguori, Alphonsus de, ed. Eugene Grimm, Dignity and Duties of the Priest; or Selva, New York: Benziger Brothers, 1888, pp. 26, 27.

Allah's House in the Seventh Heaven

Then we travelled on till we reached the seventh heaven ... . ... Then the Bait-ul-Ma'mur was raised up to me [Mohammed]. I said: O Gabriel! what is this? He replied: It is the Bait-ul-Ma'mur. Seventy thousand angels enter into it daily and, after they come out, they never return again.
Sahih Muslim 164 a
(In-book reference: Book 1 (The Book of Faith), Hadith 323)
(USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 1, Hadith 314 (deprecated))

Then we ascended to the seventh heaven ... . ... Then I was shown Al-Bait-al-Ma'mur (i.e. Allah's House). I asked Gabriel about it and he said, This is Al Bait-ul-Ma'mur where 70,000 angels perform prayers daily and when they leave they never return to it (but always a fresh batch comes into it daily).'
Sahih al-Bukhari 3207
(In-book reference: Book 59 (Beginning of Creation), Hadith 18)
(USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 429 (deprecated))

Then we came to the seventh heaven ... . ... Then I was taken up to the Oft-Frequented House (Al-Bait al-Ma'mur) and I asked Jibra'il about it, and he said: 'This is Al-Bait al-Ma'mur in which seventy thousand angels pray everyday, and when they leave it they never come back.'
Sunan an-Nasa'i 448
(In-book reference: Book 5 (The Book of Salah), Hadith 1)
(USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 449 (deprecated))

Then I was taken up to the seventh heaven. ... (The gate) was opened for us and there I found Ibrahim (Abraham peace be upon him) reclining against the Bait-ul-Ma'mur and there enter into it seventy thousand angels every day, never to visit (this place) again.
Sahih Muslim 162 a
(In-book reference: Book 1 (The Book of Faith), Hadith 318)
(USC-MSA web (English) reference: Book 1, Hadith 309 (deprecated))

Then Gabriel ascended with me to the seventh heaven ... . ... Then Al-Bait-ul-Ma'mur (i.e. the Sacred House) was shown to me ...
Sahih al-Bukhari 3887
(In-book reference: Book 63 (Merits of the Helpers in Madinah), Hadith 113)
(USC-MSA web (English) reference: Vol. 5, Book 58, Hadith 227 (deprecated))

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Upon this Earth the Place of God Almighty??

... We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty...
Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae, encyclical, The Reunion of Christendom, June 20, 1894.
(The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII, New York: Benziger Brothers, 1903, p. 304.)

The Babylonian Chaldeans and Pergamos

The Chaldean Magi enjoyed a long period of prosperity at Babylon. A pontiff appointed by the sovereign ruled over a college of seventy-two hierophants. ... [After the Medo-Persian occupation], the defeated Chaldeans fled to Asia Minor, and fixed their central college at Pergamos, and took the Palladium of Babylon, the cubic stone, with them. Here, independent of state control, they carried on the rites of their religion, and plotted against the peace of the Persian Empire, caballing with the Greeks for that purpose.
Barker, William B., Lares and Penates, London: Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853, pp. 232, 233.

The Could Have Been 1888 United States Sunday Law

... of a hearing before the Committee on Education and Labor, United States Senate, Thursday, December 13, 1888, on the bill (S. 2983) entitled "A bill to secure to the people the enjoyment of the first day of the week, commonly known as the Lord's day, as a day of rest, and to promote its observance as a day of religious worship."
... Senate Bill No. 2983 ... is as follows:
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That no person, or corporation, or agent, servant, or employe of any person or corporation shall perform or authorize to be performed any secular work, labor, or business to the disturbance of others, works of necessity, and mercy, and humanity excepted; nor shall any person engage in any play, game, or amusement, or recreation to the disturbance of others on the first day of the week, commonly known as the Lord's Day, or during any part thereof, in any Territory, district, vessel, or place subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States; nor shall it be lawful for any person or corporation to receive pay for labor or service performed or rendered in violation of this section.
The Miscellaneous Documents of the Senate of the United States for the Second Session of the Fiftieth Congress, and Special Session Commencing March 4, 4 vols., Washington: 1889, vol. 2, no. 43, p. 1.