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How the Universe was Created and Our Purpose In It
by Stephen Knapp

In How The Universe Was Created And Our Purpose In It: The Eastern Answers To The Mysteries Of Life, Stephen Knapp reveals conditions in the spiritual world before the material manifestation; how the Supreme Being exists before and after the material creation; the ultimate foundation and cause of the universe being the compassion of the Supreme Being; how the agitation of the modes of nature cause the appearance of time; detailed descriptions of the dawn of creation and how the material energy developed and caused the formation of the cosmos; the Vedic description of the evolutionary development of the various forms of life; manifestation and purpose of the Vedic literature; profound insights into the primal questions of life; the primary source of material and spiritual elements; the many incarnations and expansions of the Supreme Being in the material creation; and how everything reflects an expansion of the Absolute. How The Universe Was Created And Our Purpose In It is profoundly rewarding reading for students of metaphysics and the Eastern philosophies.


CD-ROM

Twenty Four Books of Esoteric Philosophy
by Alice Bailey

This CD contains all the Alice Bailey books for easy referral/study (especially when not at home).

Alice Bailey wrote these books under the mental dictation from the Master Djwhal Khul (the "Tibetan") about the Ancient Wisdom (the one true Religion). He is a true Master (spiritually conferred and achieved), achieving the fifth initiation, and a member of the fifth spiritual Kingdom/Hierarchy which is headed by the Christ (and therefore no longer part of the human/fourth Kingdom). Master Djwhal Khul also gave Madame Blavatsky (almost 50 years earlier) the information on the Ancient Wisdom to write her books on the "Secret Doctrine" also.

The Alice Bailey books comprise advanced teachings about discipleship, the "Seven Rays", spiritual initiation, and the higher worlds. With these teachings and training all those willing and spiritually evolved enough will be able to advance, learn and grow on the spiritual path.

Most of what we know and have been taught about spirituality, the "after-life", God, angels, souls, and spiritual evolution and its reality is basically erroneous information. This has been further distorted by misguided zealots of all faiths who accept as dogma the distorted, biased, and half-truths of the selfish, separative institutionalised man-made theologies (there is only one true Religion).

The spiritual truth and reality has been kept alive (besides the Ancient Wisdom), by the mystics and secret esoteric schools (such as the Rosicrucians/AMORC) throughout the ages. However, even they only have portions of the spiritual truth, but are a necesssary and recommended first step for advanced/aspiring humanity, as the Ancient Wisdom (as contained in the Bailey books) is very difficult to comprehend, and everything is achieved in stages (just as the mystic/devotee stage precedes the esoteric one).

Those willing and evolved enough to seek the the real truth about spirituality and esoteric reality (and disciplined enough to adhere to the training/teachings), will be amply rewarded with the knowledge attained and spiritual advancement achieved (you will experience and know for yourself that it is "real" and not just theoretical).

When you read (and are able to fully comprehend) the Alice Bailey books as conveyed by the Master Djwhal Khul, you will understand the worlds as they really are, and that only a spiritual Master of the Divine Kingdom could have possibly conveyed all this wealth of spiritual knowledge in all its comprehensive detail and splendor.

Related Links

FREE ONLINE BOOK: From Bethlehem to Calvary by Alice Bailey


Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

by Moshe Idel, Harold Bloom


Second Messiah: Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry
by Christopher Knight, Robert Lomas

A well written and well researched book that hints at the intriguing possibility that the teachings, traditions and ceremonies of the Apostle James' Church of Jerusalem may still exist in Freemasonry and explains more of the reasons for the Vaticans historic antipathy towards Masonry and the tenuous nature of the Catholic claim of direct succession to Peter and Paul.

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Visionary Medicine: Real Hope for Total Healing
by Simone Gabbay, John O. A. Pagano

This book is extremely interesting, comprehensive, well written, and well documented. It is a MUST read for anyone considering alternative approaches to healing, particularly those espoused by Edgar Cayce, a man many rightly regard as the father of modern holistic medicine.


The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
by Terence Dickinson, Alan Dyer

Featuring gorgeous full-color photography, The Backyard Astronomer's Guide: Revised Edition is a thorough instructional to the exciting and educational world of stargazing, especially for the amateur astronomer. Individual chapters accessibly address facts and features about heavenly bodies, as well as the practical realities of using telescopes and cameras to stargaze, and even applying CCD cameras to capture digital records of the sky. Collaboratively written by Terence Dickinson (Astronomy Commentator for Discovery Channel Canada) and Alan Dyer (Program Producer at the Calgary Science Centre Planetarium and a Contributing Editor to "Sky & Telescope" magazine) is an excellent, practical, beautiful, adventurous, and highly recommended addition to personal, school, and community library Astronomy reference collections.


Mysteries of the Sacred Universe
by Richard L. Thompson

Book Description
Although classical texts often have outmoded unscientific cosmologies, India’s Bhagavata Purana, upon closer examination, reveals a sophisticated cosmological system containing multiple levels of meaning that encode at least four different astronomical, geographical, and spiritual world models.

About the Author
Richard L. Thompson was born in Binghamton, New York, in 1947. In 1974 he received his Ph. D. in mathematics from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics. Dr. Thompson has done scientific research in quantum physics, mathematical biology, and remote sensing. He has extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and he has developed multimedia expositions on these topics. He is the author of six books on topics ranging from consciousness to archeology and ancient astronomy.


Mayan Genesis: South Asian Myths, Migrations and Iconography in Mesoamerica (UK) |  US *

Graeme R Kearsley

* This author's books are also available from
Adventures Unlimited

Note from the Author
I have long been interested in ancient cultures and particularly those dispersing from the Biblical lands of the Middle East and India. I have written three books on this subject. My most recent book, "Inca Origins" deals with the distribution of ancient culture from India and Mesopotamia to South America and the effect and origins upon the native peoples of the Andes. Cross-Pacific voyages are very controversial and are not acknowledged by the more conventional schools of history and archaeology although by no means exclusively.

In this research there are many aspects of Pacific cultures and those of the Americas that have long been considered reflected of the Ancient Middle East. These have not been given due attention in recent research and I have attempted, among others, to give certain aspects that appear to suggest that the Syrian Christians in South India reached the Americas and that traces remain into the myths and archaeology recorded at the Spanish Conquest and into modern times. Such contacts were facilitated by centuries of cross-Pacific voyaging by Hindus, Buddhists and ancient Middle Eastern peoples.


The Third Millennium: Living in the Posthistoric World

by Ken Carey (Author)

Ken Carey's has transcribed a book from the celestial realm that contains pearls of wisdom that I found unparalled in 30 yrs of metaphysical reading and searching. I am reading it for the third time; right around Christmas each year. As the New Millenium dawns, this wondrous message contained within becomes more clear and explicit as time unfolds... 

We are at a crossroads of mankinds future in the next 12 yrs. Our consciousness will spell the story of what happens to this earth and to all of us upon it. If you want to know what road to place your feet upon, this is the best book I have read to show you that the true answers lie within... Ken Carey is a virtual unknown prophet in our time... I dont understand why this book isnt on the best seller list with "Conversations With God".... Read this book. It will change your life.

Reviewer: [email protected] from Dayton, Ohio


PYRAMID OF SECRETS
The Architecture of the Great Pyramid 
Reconsidered
(US)  |  UK

Publication Date: 5th May 2003

Other books by A.Alford >>

The foremost of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid is unique among Egyptian pyramids in its precision and complex interior design. What does this astonishing structure signify? Why was it built? Numerous fantastic theories have sought to answer these questions, but all have ultimately collapsed like waves upon the firm shore of common sense. And yet doubts still persist about the official view that the Pyramid is Œa tomb and nothing but a tomb¹.In this ground-breaking book, Alan F. Alford generates from first principles an elegant new theory that has fundamental implications for future exploration of this enigmatic monument. Tomb; repository/time capsule; memorial to the creation of the Universe; broadcaster of low frequency sound. Here, at last, is a plausible antidote to the questionable theories of mainstream and alternative writers.


Solomon Falcon of Sheba: The Tomb and Image of the Queen of Sheba Discovered  
by Ralph Ellis

Published in 2003
US ISBN: 1931882126
  |  UK ISBN: 0953191346

More books by R. Ellis >>

Synopsis:
The Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and King David are still household names in much of the world, so how is it possible that these influential monarchs cannot be found in the archaeological record? The reality of this omission has perplexed theologians and historians alike for centuries, but Ralph Ellis has at last rediscovered the lost tombs and sarcophagi of these legendary monarchs in Egypt. Photographed in all their regal splendor, here are three of the most famous characters from Biblical history, entombed complete with their relations, courtiers and magnificent, priceless burial artefacts.

Although the conclusions in this book may initially seem bizarre and perhaps even fanciful, this is an extremely well-researched thesis that stands up to professional scrutiny. Surprising as it may seem, this tomb is already well documented, but it has been misidentified by the excavators as being a purely Egyptian burial site. Had these eminent scholars been more conversant with the Biblical texts, however, this
amazing discovery could have been announced back in 1939.

Authors comment:
This book represents the culmination of years of research. The previous two books in this trilogy, 'Jesus' and 'Tempest', attempted to show the many links and similarities between the Lower Egyptian Hyksos monarchy and the early patriarchs of Israel. While these book succeeded in this endeavor to wide acclaim, even I was surprised at the direction that this research would eventually take me. Incredibly, it would seem that the Israelite links with Egypt continued through into the United Monarchy of Israel, and that King David and King Solomon were nothing less than pharaohs of the Lower Egyptian twenty first dynasty. Needless to say, if these biblical heroes do turn out to have been Egyptian pharaohs, this will be the biggest and most revolutionary change to our perceptions of history and theology that there has ever been since the
dawn of civilization. Surprisingly, given the stakes at issue here, there is a great deal of compelling evidence within this book that suggests that this thesis is true.


Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure
by Daniel Quinn

As always with Quinn, his argument is crystalline and reads like a thriller. He shows us that getting 'beyond' the mess of civilization doesn't mean changing human nature or setting off a revolution. We need only breathe new life into an ancient human strategy for survival. Quinn's plan is inspiring and devilishly clever.

-- John Briggs, author of Seven Life Lessons of Chaos

Many other peoples have built civilizations--and then walked away from them. Quinn examines the Maya, the Olmec, the people of Teotihuacn, and others, who did just that. But they all walked away moving backward--to an earlier lifestyle. Quinn's goal in this book is to show how we can walk away moving forward, to a new lifestyle, one which encourages diversity instead of suppressing it. Not a "New World Order," but rather a New Personal Order. Not legislative change at the governmental level, but rather incremental change at the human level.

This is a guidebook for people who want to assert control over their destiny and recover the freedom to live at a scale and in a style of their own choosing--and starting now, today, not in some distant utopian future.


The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz

 

Sit at the foot of a native elder and listen as great wisdom of days long past is passed down. In The Four Agreements shamanic teacher and healer Don Miguel Ruiz exposes self-limiting beliefs and presents a simple yet effective code of personal conduct learned from his Toltec ancestors.

Book Description
Rooted in traditional Toltec beliefs, these four agreements are essential steps on the path to personal freedom: Be impeccable with your word; Say only what you mean; The word is the most powerful tool humans have; Don't take anything personally; Self-importance leads people to think they are the center of the universe, causing pain and injustice; Don't make assumptions. To avoid frustration and blame, ask what is meant; Always do your best. This is the surest way to avoid self- condemnation, though it is important to realize one's best is always changing.


The Quest for the TRUE CROSS
by Carsten Peter Thiede, Matthew D'Ancona

Book Description
The Cross is arguably the most recognizable symbol of Western civilization. But what are its historical origins and what happened to it after Christ's crucifixion? In a church outside Rome, a fragment of wood may hold the answer to these questions and could be fundamental to our understanding of Christianity. Focusing on a long-ignored fragment of the Titulus Crucis-the inscribed headboard from Christ's cross-the authors provide evidence that it may date from the time of Christ and was brought to Rome by Queen Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, in AD 328. Their claim is a radical challenge to the modern view that all supposedly holy relics are fakes. Following in Helena's footsteps and drawing together the threads of history, archaeology, myth, religion, and science, this journey through the ancient world may transform your beliefs about early Christian faith.

About the Authors
Carsten Peter Thiede is Professor of Early Christian History at STH Basel, Switzerland.
Matthew d'Ancona is Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph. They co-authored the best-selling The Jesus Papyrus.


Cosmic Heretics: A Personal History of Attempts to Establish and Resist Theories of Quantavolution and Catastrophe in the Natural and Human Sciences  
by Alfred De Grazia

The most elementary books of science betrayed the inadequacy of old implements of thought. Chapter after chapter closed with phrases such as one never met in older literature: "The cause of this phenomenon is not understood;" "science no longer ventures to explain causes;" "the first step towards a causal explanation still remains to be taken;" "opinions are very much divided;" "in spite of the contradictions involved;" "science gets on only by adopting different theories, sometimes contradictory." Evidently the new American would need to think in contradictions, and instead of Kant's famous four antinomies, the new universe would know no law that could not be proved by its anti-law.
To educate -- one's self to begin with -- had been the effort of one's life for sixty years; and the difficulties of education had gone on doubling with the coal-output, until the prospect of waiting another ten years, in order to face a seventh doubling of complexities, allured one's imagination but slightly.

From : The Education of Henry Adams : An Autobiography.
Privately published in 1906, in 100 copies.


Building the Great Pyramid (2003)
DVD

Related Video: Egypt - Beyond The Pyramids

Not quite documentary, not quite drama, this reenactment of a fictional conscript's life building the Great Pyramid of Giza is best described as docudrama. Omar Sharif voices the thoughts of the aged Nakht remembering the moment Egyptian soldiers drafted him into the king's service. The 57-minute film re-creates the boat trip up the Nile and his ascent through the ranks, from delivering water to helping haul 2.5-ton blocks up ramps for the king's tomb. Interspersed are narrator Michael Pennington's historical assertions, along with contrasting footage of what the pyramid looks like today. Pennington's comments are not substantiated during the film, although a list of academic and museum consultants is part of the credits. Almost as interesting as the actual film is the DVD's 14-minute making-of featurette, which explains what shots were real, what were visual effects, and how they used a real Egyptian village to stand in for Giza, now a well-developed suburb. --Kimberly Heinrichs


Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science of Dual-Brain Psychology

by Fredric Schiffer

 

Book Description

Most people experience themselves as two-sided: one side seems mature and stable, the other emotional and impulsive. But have you ever wondered if there really are two minds in each of us? If so, do traumatic as well as ordinary experiences affect the way our minds grow and interact? According to Fredric Schiffer, a leading Harvard psychiatrist and researcher, advances in science prove what many of us have always intuited is true: We are of two minds, each one with a different degree of maturity, and each one associated with the left or the right brain. This brilliant, provocative book illustrates how the interaction of these two minds -- whether they sabotage each other or work in harmony -- actually determines our psychological nature and ultimately the emotional problems or progress we may experience in life.

Drawing on his own twenty-five years of research on the brain and behavior, Schiffer gives us overwhelming evidence that each side of our brain possesses an autonomous, distinct personality -- with its own set of memories, motivations, and behaviors. In working with his patients, Schiffer discovered that strategically altering someone's visual field can positively or negatively affect that person's sense of well-being. He shows how using this technique of visual stimulation can activate the specific regions of the brain that harbor both traumatic and joyful memories. This dramatic breakthrough demonstrates how it is possible to access, isolate, and work with the memories encoded on one side of the brain.

Dr. Schiffer's dual-brain approach has yielded remarkable results with a wide range of emotional disorders, from anxiety and depression to addiction and stress-induced heart disease -- offering an exciting new perspective on therapy. Just as earlier investigations of the brain and its cognitive functions revolutionized our understanding of how we think, Of Two Minds transforms our understanding of how and why we experience emotional distress and conflicts, and suggests a path to a more harmonious, balanced relationship between our two selves.


Uriel's Machine - NEW in paperback: Uncovering the Secrets of Stonehenge, Noah's Flood and the Dawn of Civilization

by Christopher Knight, Robert Lomas

A fascinating study of humankind's past, present, and future, Urie/'s Machine proves the world was indeed flooded, but survived wholly due to these ancient Europeans, their heavenly knowledge, and one remarkable machine.


The Quest for the Celtic Key
     US|UK

The Quest for the Celtic Key
by Dr Karen Ralls
Department of Celtic,
Univ. of Edinburgh, UK
and Mr Ian Robertson
Local Scottish Historian

Contents:
Chapter 1 In the Beginning… the story of Scotland and its origins
Chapter 2 The Druids: their history and legacy
Chapter 3 Stone Circles, Megaliths, and early sacred sites
Chapter 4 Celtic Saints of Scotland
Chapter 5 The Culdees: Servants and Companions of God
Chapter 6 King Arthur, Merlin, and Guinevere: Scottish traditions
Chapter 7 The Holy Grail
Chapter 8 Masonic and medieval Guild Traditions
Chapter 9 Rosslyn Chapel: An archetypal 'King Solomon's Temple' 
                near Edinburgh?
Appendix Map of territories of the Celtic saints
Photographs
Bibliography
Index


The Harmonic Conquest of Space
by Bruce Cathie

Reviewer: A reader from California, United States
The military and keen scientists here in America have been watching Bruce's work over the years and found some of his initial early physics theory startling. Even to scaring some of the top level officials in suppressing his first book from going public.
Even I have been looking at his work and found many connecting issues with religion and science can be joined together in harmony. With Albert Einstein quote of a supreme being must be in charge of this universe has been proven or could be proven by Bruce's harmonics math quotations.
I can give Bruce Cathey cudos for his continue effort in supplying his wealth of background in Physics, researching Telsa/Moray works, and especially not joining these high-level individuals in supplying the world the opportunity for truth in many aspects of high-level secret projects (considered UFOs), no need for fossil fuels (free energy), and that nuclear war is not practical but a bluff to the weaker nations of the Earth.

For those who demand the truth, here is a book that is well worth the money.


Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History

by Walter Pitman, Anastasia Sotiropoulos (Illustrator), William B. F. Ryan

 

The Deluge of Noah has long been one of the points of tension between geology and Christianity. Scientific diluvianism--the theory that the earth's history was shaped by a universal flood--collapsed in the early 19th century, well before Charles Darwin wrote The Origin of Species. Since that time, scientists and historians have assumed that the flood story derived from local events in Mesopotamia.
In 1997, geologists Walter Pitman and William Ryan proposed the first truly novel interpretation of the flood in over 150 years. Their studies of sediments in the Black Sea convinced them that the body had been a freshwater lake until about 5600 B.C. When the rising waters of the Mediterranean broke through the Bosporus, "ten cubic miles of water poured through each day, two hundred times what flows over Niagara Falls."

With great intellectual daring, Pitman and Ryan have moved outside of their academic niche to suggest that this event had enormous consequences for human history. They marshal evidence from archeology, mythology, linguistics, and agriculture to describe a flood-driven diaspora of early farmers. Subsets of these people became (variously) proto-Indo-Europeans, Sumerians, Beaker People, Vincas, Tocharians--the founders of the early cultures of Europe and western Asia.


Starry Night Pro

Mac OS, Windows 95 / 98 / Me
Media: CD-ROM

Curious about the way the universe looked in the past or how it will look in the future? This software allows you to travel through 200,000 years of time in a matter of minutes.

If looking up at the sky on a clear night has always held more than a bit of curious fascination for you, Starry Night Pro is the perfect tool for you to explore your intergalactic interests. The application is packed full of information to delight the backyard stargazer, while being powerful enough for the serious student.
View the stars from your exact location on Earth (or any other location on the planet), or travel throughout the solar system to see views not possible until now. If that's still too close to home, Starry Night can produce views from anywhere within 20,000 light-years of the solar system. With a database of over 19 million celestial objects, there is almost no limit to where you can travel. View satellites, asteroids, and comets, or continuously track their paths in orbit.

Basic information about each star, planet, or galaxy is available within the program. If you desire more in-depth reading, Starry Night Pro will link you directly to the Internet for more detailed information.

The software can also be customized to the individual tastes of each user, with the ability to add labels, guides, and constellations, as well as create your own personal settings. Keep it current by adding your own database of newly discovered celestial objects. You can even throw in customized images and Internet links. 

Starry Night Pro.X

Windows 98 / Me
Media: CD-ROM

Starry Night Pro X offers stunningly realistic star-field views from 350 million light-years away or from your own backyard. Access to more than 500 million celestial objects--including the complete NGC/IC, PGC, and Hubble Star Guide catalogs--is perfect for amateur astronomers, while the software's OpenGL graphics support the 3-D positions of some 28,000 galaxies in the Tully collection. Add images, build custom data sets, or use the graph tool to predict eclipses and conjunctions. Create custom field-view indicators that match your own telescope eyepieces, binoculars, or CCD, and then track the latest satellites, comets, and asteroids.
Starry Night Pro X controls most computerized telescopes, including the Meade LX-200 and AutoStar brands, as well as Celestron's Nexstar series. This comprehensive software suite also offers more than 90 minutes of multimedia video filled with compelling visualizations of our solar system and beyond. You can print out star charts, learn about planetary movements, watch the phases of the moon, and even see what the stars looked like when you were born. A 200-page guidebook and the Atlas of the Sky CD-ROM are also included. Plus, Starry Night Pro X adds access to LiveSky on the Internet for additional online astronomy resources.


Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice
by Robert Lawlor

The author goes step by step from the simple concepts to the complex. Many illustrations and even exercises so that you can experience the "magic" of geometry yourself. More of a workbook than a text book,  packed with information and history. Essential book for anyone who is interested in understanding religious symbols, architecture, mathematics, and the beauty of the creation.

Other books on this subject


Who Are You?: 101 Ways of Seeing Yourself
by Malcolm Godwin
About the Author
Malcolm Godwin is a bestselling author and artist whose works have appeared in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Glasgow Art Gallery in Scotland, under the name Malcolm Carder. Also a designer, Godwin created the artwork for Stephen Hawking's The Illustrated A Brief History of Time and Rita Carter's Mapping the Mind. He lives in Dorset, England.

Book Description
A fascinating, beautifully illustrated, and endlessly entertaining guide to learning more about your true nature.

Created by a renowned artist/illustrator, this beautiful and practical book contains one hundred and one intriguing, easy to follow, and often amusing devices that will help readers determine their abilities, personality type, psychological strategies, and deeper potential. 
As fun to use as it is profound in its revelations, Who Are You? is drawn from ancient teachings and contemporary findings. The "tests" it contains are divided into four sections--the body, the emotions, the intellect, and the spirit. The result is one hundred and one separate identity mirrors that work together to give readers a comprehensive self-portrait that is both revealing and informative.
What does the shape of your head and your hands tell about your personality?
Are you left-brain or right-brain dominant? Yin or yang?
What is your spiritual tendency?
Are you sanguine, melancholic, choleric, or phlegmatic?
Which is your most essential element--wood, fire, earth, metal, or water?
Are you a sensualist, romantic, or courtesan?

Other books by Malcolm Godwin


The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
by Ian Shaw (Editor)

The Oxford Illustrated History of Ancient Egypt is the only book available providing detailed historical coverage of Egypt from the early Stone Age to its incorporation into the Roman Empire. The lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of the distinctive civilization of the ancient Egyptians covering the period from 700,000 BC to AD 311.


Back in Time 3104 B.C. to the Great Pyramid: Egyptians Broke Their Backs to Build It: How the Great Pyramid Was Really Built
by Socrates G. Taseos

About the Author
(BS chemical Engineering, University of NH; M. Ed.
University of MASS.; Teacher of Mathematics and Computer Sciences)
 

An excellent book dealing with all aspects of the various theories of pyramid construction, preparation of the site, quarrying and shipping of stones, etc. The author performs many calculations to determine the number of stones used*, weights, number of men needed to lift, number of hauling ropes, stresses and friction coefficients, etc. Also as a bonus there is the complete list of Kings of Egypt in hieroglyphics as well as a beginner's guide to hieroglyphics!

Source: Pyramid Books Reviews (external Link)

* Most books and encyclopaedias state that the are 2.3 million blocks of stone in the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), with no mention of method used to figure this.
Socrates determined the size and weight of the blocks (a standard block), and ran a Pascal Computer Program. The number reached by the Pascal computer program was 603,728 blocks used.
The solid core takes up the space of 13,016 stones.
So, the actual number of stones used to build the Great Pyramid is 603,728 -13,016 = 590,712.
This figure is (2,300,000 - 590,712) = 1,709,288 blocks less than the often published 2.3 million value.



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|UK        

Breaking the Maya Code
by Michael D. Coe

One of the great stories of twentieth-century scientific discovery.... Rich in personal, even intimate, details, the book reads at times like a novel. It is well calculated to keep aficionados of Maya culture on the edges of their seats.

The decipherment of the Maya script was, Coe states, "one of the most exciting intellectual adventures of our age, on a par with the exploration of space and the discovery of the genetic code." He presents the story eloquently and in detail, with many illustrations of the mysterious Maya inscriptions and the people who tried to decipher them. Most of the credit, he says, goes to the late Yuri V. Knorosov of the Russian Institute of Ethnography, but many others participated. They did not always agree, and some of them went up blind alleys. Coe--emeritus professor of anthropology at Yale University--vividly describes the battles, missteps and successes. What is now established, he writes, is that "the Maya writing system is a mix of logograms and syllabic signs; with the latter, they could and often did write words purely phonetically."
Coe concludes with a swipe at "dirt archaeologists" who believe the decipherment of Maya writing "is not worthy of notice." According to them, he asserts, "the Maya inscriptions are 'epiphenomenal,' a ten-penny word meaning that Maya writing is only of marginal application since it is secondary to those more primary institutions--economy and society--so well studied by the dirt archaeologists." Coe sees that attitude as "sour grapes" and ascribes it to "the inability or unwillingness of anthropologically trained archaeologists to admit that they are dealing with the remains of real people, who once lived and spoke."

Related Books:


The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World: Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations

by Brian M. Fagan (Editor)

Book Description
King Arthur and the Holy Grail, the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, ancient scripts, and the story of Atlantis: the human past is full of unsolved mysteries. The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World draws on modern science and the latest research to explore some of archaeology's most baffling controversies and enigmas, from our origins and evolution to the mysterious collapse of once-powerful civilizations. Leading authorities discuss the key questions, beginning with the truth behind myths and legends. Was there ever a Garden of Eden? Did the flood in Genesis actually occur? What became of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel? And what is the significance of the Aboriginal Dreamtime? The book then examines mysteries of the Stone Age: the beginnings of language, the fate of the Neanderthals, and the meaning of cave paintings. The enigma of the European megaliths is addressed, and the question of whether there was ever a mother goddess cult. The ancient civilizations present equally fascinating puzzles: were the Egyptians black Africans, and how did Tutankhamun die? And mysteries are found in all parts of the globe: did the Olmecs originate in Africa, were the Bog People of northern Europe murder victims, why did the Incas sacrifice children, and what was the purpose of the world-famous Nazca lines? The book pays close attention to puzzling sepulchers like Tomb 55 in Egypt's Valley of the Kings—possibly the pharaoh Akhenaten's burial place—and to undeciphered scripts, from Cretan Linear A to Etruscan, runes, and rongorongo. Finally, it examines the controversies surrounding the collapse of such civilizations as the Minoan, the Maya, and the Moche of lowland Peru. Packed with diagrams, photographs, plans, and maps, The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World is a unique guide to some of the most contentious issues of the human past, offering a completely up-to-date account of mysteries that fascinate us all. 431 illustrations, 177 in color.


The Galaxy on Earth- A Travelers Guide to the Planets Visionary Geography
by Richard Leviton

This book looks at 57 holy sites around the Earth and shows how historical, archaeological, mystical, and mythic facts and attributions are clues to a site's geomantic nature and mode of use. All such sites are holy and numinous, but not for the same reasons. Very well researched book.

Read several Articles Published by Richard Leviton on our web site.


Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History

by Walter Pitman, Anastasia Sotiropoulos (Illustrator), William B. F. Ryan

 

The Deluge of Noah has long been one of the points of tension between geology and Christianity. Scientific diluvianism--the theory that the earth's history was shaped by a universal flood--collapsed in the early 19th century, well before Charles Darwin wrote The Origin of Species. Since that time, scientists and historians have assumed that the flood story derived from local events in Mesopotamia.
In 1997, geologists Walter Pitman and William Ryan proposed the first truly novel interpretation of the flood in over 150 years. Their studies of sediments in the Black Sea convinced them that the body had been a freshwater lake until about 5600 B.C. When the rising waters of the Mediterranean broke through the Bosporus, "ten cubic miles of water poured through each day, two hundred times what flows over Niagara Falls."

With great intellectual daring, Pitman and Ryan have moved outside of their academic niche to suggest that this event had enormous consequences for human history. They marshal evidence from archeology, mythology, linguistics, and agriculture to describe a flood-driven diaspora of early farmers. Subsets of these people became (variously) proto-Indo-Europeans, Sumerians, Beaker People, Vincas, Tocharians--the founders of the early cultures of Europe and western Asia.


Principles of Esoteric Healing
by Dion Fortune

Book Description
Recently discovered in the archives of the Society of the Inner Light, this never before published work by Dion Fortune presents the general principles of esoteric healing.
In a broad sense, healing applies to any forms of disharmony in the world at large, and therefore can be applied far and wide outside of a narrow clinical context in work upon oneself as well as upon others.
The text combines a logical metaphysical structure with specific intuitive exercises that help to make spiritual healing a less random and unconscious process. In these pages you will discover how to employ intuitive and clairvoyant techniques as an aid to diagnosis and healing.
This book will appeal to alternative therapists and to anyone interested in the healing arts.

Books by Dion Fortune 


Edgar Cayce's Atlantis and Lemuria: The Lost Civilizations in the Light of Modern Discoveries
by Frank Joseph

Twenty-four centuries after Plato left us his intriguing remarks about Atlantis, Edgar Cayce began to talk, in an altered psychic state, about a lost civilization on Lemuria, Atlantis' Pacific precurser. Frank Joseph now takes a look, via archeology and other fields, at how modern discoveries are bolstering the idea that Atlantis and Lemuria really existed, the disturbing parallels between those civilizations and our own, and what those parallels may be telling us.


The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology
by Paul G. Bahn (Editor)

 

Related Link: The Cambridge llustrated History 

Virtual Archaeology: Re-Creating Ancient Worlds
by Maurizio Forte (Editor), Alberto Siliotti (Editor), Colin Renfrew

US | UK

Galileo's Daughter
by Dava Sobel

Presents a biography of the scientist through the surviving letters of his illegitimate daughter Maria Celeste, who wrote him from the Florence convent where she lived from the age of thirteen.
This book brings the reader to Galileo's time in Italy. Superbly written, as a novel, as a thriller as an historic roman.

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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems 
(Modern Library Science Series (New York, N.Y.).)
by Galileo Galilei, Stillman Drake (Translator)

Book Description
Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, published in Florence in 1632, was the most proximate cause of his being brought to trial before the Inquisition. Using the dialogue form, a genre common in classical philosophical works, Galileo masterfully demonstrates the truth of the Copernican system over the Ptolemaic one, proving, for the first time, that the earth revolves around the sun. 

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Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds
by Harold Bloom

Bloom, a distinguished and often controversial literary critic and best-selling author of numerous books about literature (e.g., How To Read and Why), explores the concept of literary genius through the ages by examining 100 writers. Aside from such "must includes" as Shakespeare, Dante, Cervantes, Homer, Virgil, and Plato, Bloom offers some perhaps less well known to American readers, such as Lady Murasaki and Octavio Paz.
In the introduction, Bloom posits a definition of genius that is fleshed out in his discussion of each writer.

US | UK

World Almanac and Book of Facts 2003
by Ken Park (Editor)

Book Description
A perennial #1 New York Times Bestseller, with comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date information on every subject imaginable, right at your fingertips
For 135 years, The World Almanac has remained the source of choice for people who want quick access to information they know they can trust. More comprehensive than a web site, quicker and easier to use than the Internet and other on-line sources, and cheaper that 15 days of Internet access, The World Almanac is found in more homes, schools, libraries, businesses, and media outlets than any other reference source.

The World Almanac 2003 provides over 1,000 pages of facts and figures, including:

* A complete recap of the 2002 Winter Olympics, including the results of every event
* The Year in Pictures: Two color photo sections highlighting the year's most dramatic news, sports, and entertainment events
* The Facts Behind the News: Up-to-date and comprehensive information on the arts and entertainment, awards and prizes, U.S. cities and states, nations of the world, sports, the environment, vital statistics, lifestyles, education, travel and tourism, science and technology, astronomy, sex, health and nutrition, the economy and business, and much more. 

US | UK

From the Omens of Babylon: Astrology and Ancient Mesopotamia
by Michael Baigent

Synopsis
This study is an account of what is known of Babylonian astrology, retelling a lot of Mesopotamian material that has been buried in abstruse academic tones. Although it is most specifically about Mesopotamian astrology, it also tells the story of the discovery in the 19th century of this ancient city, and describes what is known of their culture. The second part of the book focuses on each of the seven major deities of their religion - their myths, cults and omenology, and how much of these ancient Babylonian interpretations of the gods natures has survived in modern astrology. 

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
by Ignatius Donnelly, Everett F. Bleiler (Editor)

This is the ultimate book on Atlantis. Well written (though hard to understand at times due to the 19th century grammar), well researched, and very informative. Required reading for anyone interesting in Atlantis.    

Forbidden History: Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization

Forbidden History

Review
 
". . . a case in support of a much greater antiquity for civilization, a convincing argument for the existence of advanced technologies in prehistory, and the outline of a lost fountainhead of world culture."
(SirReadaLot.org, June 2005 )
“. . .essays by such well-known investigators as Robert Schoch, Christopher Dunn or Rand Flem-Ath examine surprisingly sophisticated technology in Pharaonic Egypt, and reconsider possibilities for a global catastrophe that may have altered the course of civilization. . . . this superb new book. . . has much to offer anyone questioning the official party-line concerning mankind’s ancient past.”
(Frank Joseph, Ancient American, Issue # 63 )

"This is a great compilation. . . . the type of book that makes you question what you have been told and makes you want to discover more for yourself." (Ladyfogg, Oct 2005 )
"Read what researchers have to say about prehistoric technologies, evolution versus creation, earth changes, and even the case for extraterrestrial intervention. Look through the eyes of mystics, scientists, and researchers at the top of their fields and see what they have to say about some of the latest finds and discoveries. . . ."
(Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide, Feb 2005 )

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1.   Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients
2.   Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age
3.   Edgar Cayce on Atlantis
4.   Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India and Atlantis (Lost Science Series)
5.   The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial god
6.   The Giza Power Plant : Technologies of Ancient Egypt
7.   A Wish Can Change Your Life : How to Use the Ancient Wisdom of Kabbalah to Make Your Dreams Come True
8.   The 12th Planet
9.   Atlantis in America: Navigators of the Ancient World
10.   Lost Science

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