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William J. Meegan "Never let another do for you what you can do for yourself." (Syracuse, New York United States)

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Keeper Of Genesis: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
Keeper Of Genesis: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
by Robert Bauval
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Two authors both highly skilled researchers at the beginning of there careers but for them to team up is even better. I have found the data they have given about the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid to be outstanding and their work is a wonderful read. Most interesting was their mathematical data on the three chambers of the Great Pyramid. I have checked other sources and have not found them wanting.

The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids
The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids
by Robert Bauval
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Coup de Grace against antiquated archeology, 28 Nov 2011
Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert have written a wonderful discription of Bauval insight into the sky-earth interface at the Giza Plateau. What Bauval has demonstrated is that man is a great immitator of what he envisages with the senses. His work will point to other such mirroring of spiritual concepts into earthly artforms.

Fingerprints of the Gods: A Quest for the Beginning and the End
Fingerprints of the Gods: A Quest for the Beginning and the End
by Graham Hancock
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HANCOCK AT HIS BEST, 28 Nov 2011
Very well researched and I consider it a gem in my library. Graham was a very good researcher, in my opinion, in many of his first works but has slack off 'for sake of pumping out many volumes?'. I really do not know the answer to his degression; however, I give him high praise for his volume.

The Golden Age of Chartres: The Teaching of a Mystery School and the Eternal Feminine
The Golden Age of Chartres: The Teaching of a Mystery School and the Eternal Feminine
by Rene Querido
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A BANQUET NOT TO BE REFUSED, 28 Nov 2011
Here is a very excellant work on Chartres Cathedral by an author that is very familiar with esotericism. There are many secrets laid out as a banquet to feasted upon and those that do not partake of its refreshing insights are the ultimate losers.

On Order (De Ordine)
On Order (De Ordine)
by Saint Augustine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.42

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING, 28 Nov 2011
This review is from: On Order (De Ordine) (Hardcover)
There is more to Saint Augustine then a first impression suggest. He will make comments that seem totally out of context but having met his sublime thought in previous works I tend to ask, "what is he trying to get 'me' to question? Here lies his genius. To instruct without appearing to do so.

For example in his CONFESSIONS he make a remark, "I will not say what one author said, that God created hell before he created the Heavens and the Earth, rather I would say he was doing nothing?" This remark angered me initially because looking at the first verse of Genesis I could not see how Augustine could make such a remark. It seemed flippant and sacreligious; however, it took me twelve years to understand what he was saying and my analysis of the first verse of Genesis over the years has shown me that God did indeed create hell before he created the heavens and the earth.

I think he makes such out of the way remarks to spur the reader into active participation mystique in becoming a co-creator with God.

Talisman : Sacred Cities, Secret Faith
Talisman : Sacred Cities, Secret Faith
by Robert Bauval
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TALISMAN: A poor excuse for a thesis., 20 Jun 2004
One star too many for this review.
TALISMAN does not live up to its hype. It has very disappointing beginnings. For the first third of the book, then it tries to catch up from there, a very protracted theory of Masonic beginnings is laid out. The most minimal and cursory examination, by anyone with knowledge of the subject matter, can see that Bauval & Hancock have wove themselves a humdinger of a castle built on the sands of the receding tides of thought. With this one disastrous work they may well have jeopardized a lifetime of excellent work. It is not that they, in previous works, have not gone off half-cocked with brainless schemes but at least the bulk of their works separately and jointly amounted to something other than pure fiction.
TALISMAN begins with an extraordinary attack on Catholicism, which apparently is based upon a secular read concerning the abyss of history. It amazes me that both Bauval & Hancock would collaborate on 'Catholic bashing' with the vile and venom that is usually equated with coming out of the mouths of pious Protestant Ministers. They have used this particular work to once again Crucify Christ. The same old arguments and rhetoric heard from the days of the Protestant Reformation are spewed across the landscape of this thesis as if the reader knows nothing of these so-called histories, which, by the way, are presently being release by the Vatican for public consumption. The authors are in for a rude awakening. These histories only exist because Catholicism wrote them for posterity.
The authors in their tirade of Catholic bashing tell us that the Eucharist would form a mountain infinitely greater than the actually body of Christ, may have gotten a few laughs; demonstrate their vast ignorance of the subject matter they speak of. For one thing the tomb of Christ is the sacred scripture as John Scotus Eriugena (not a heretic) tells us in his 10th century homily on the prologue of the Gospel of John: "Voice of the Eagle: the Heart of Celtic Christianity". That should tell the authors of TALISMAN a great deal about the true nature of Christ. The true interpretation of the sacred scripture allows the priest (any Catholic) to raise Christ from the dead. The Eucharistic Mass has three readings from the sacred scriptures from the laity: then comes the priest's homily on those readings and then the congregation is invited forward to partake of the Eucharistic wafer, which symbolizes the homily, which in turned symbolized the three readings from the sacred scriptures. So when three lay people read from the sacred scriptures the congregation is already partaking of the Eucharist. The homily only reinforces that and the Eucharistic wafer reinforces the fact that in hearing the homily the Eucharist is again being received.
The authors equate Catharism, Bogomilism, Gnosticism, or whatever with ancient esoteric teaching, which is far the truth. Heresy has little to do with the teachings of these groups - rather heresy is having and preaching the answers without ever knowing the questions and this is what Bauval and Hancock failed miserably to understand. Heresy would be likening to the modern calculator where the user does not know how to do the math but can get answer by pushing a few buttons. Spouting religious and philosophical rhetoric is highly dangerous when it perverts the true cause of religion and this is precisely what Catharism, Bogomilism, Gnosticism, or whatever does. They do not explain themselves. But neither does Catholicism explain itself outright outside of an overt manner. But at least Catholicism explains the esoteric science overtly so those that really want to know God have a venue opened to them. Catharism, Bogomilism, Gnosticism, or whatever do not have an overt esotericism that explain themselves: hence the charge of heresy.
It is incredible that Bauval and Hancock failed to mention the mystery schools of the Middle Ages (in their tirade of Catholic bashing) that wrought the cathedral schools of Europe, that incorporated the religious teachings of all ages and climes into their edifices. Anyone that has seen the recent studies of Chartres Cathedral sees the Hindu Charkra System and the implications of the Kundalini in the façade of the structure. Were not these cathedrals, all over Europe, being built during the height of the so-called crusades when Catharism belief system was being questioned? Yet, there is no mention of the Cathedral Builders whatsoever in TALISMAN.
In their desperation for some kind of history linking ancient Egypt with modern esoteric city building the authors apparently wove this thesis from the abyss of their own minds. If anything the Masonic Order is a covert Catholic Institution because Freemasonry's teachings are extraordinarily similar to the esoteric teachings of Catholicism.
To end the first part of their work with some obscure monk riding into Florence to bring Cosimo de' Medici the works of Hermes Trismegistus is a prime example of the author's ignorance concerning knowledge of the esoteric science. Cosimo de' Medici already had the works of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) who's works were legend in Florence seeing he was born and raised there. The esoteric science is coded esoterically into the compositional structure of Dante's masterpiece: La Divina Commedia. Seeing that the cathedrals of Europe were already inlaid with the mystical teaching of all religions including the Kabbalah and the Seven Liberal Arts one is left wondering why Hermes Trismegistus is mentioned at all in Catholic lore other than to demonstrate that the teachings of Hermes (mystical teachings) and Moses (secular history) were combined to write the Torah: Five books of Moses. Dante Alighieri uses a 10 x 10 mathematical matrix that the author of the first chapter of Genesis used. Inlaid in this matrix are both the graphical diagrams of the Mogen David and the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. These very same diagrams are found graphically in the swarm of 32-Elohyms that permeate the text of the first chapter of Genesis. Both Bauval & Hancock should have linked ancient Egypt to modern city building by first linking the writings of Genesis to the teachings of Moses and Hermes Trismegistus: two princes of Egypt. Then the entire protracted history of Catharism, Bogomilism, Gnosticism, or whatever would never have entered into their equation of linking ancient Egypt to modern Freemasonry.
The authors fail to see that the trials and tribulations of life are what force an individual to introversion: seeking true knowledge of God. As desperately as a person wants his next breathe of air is how desperate he needs to be when he seeks knowledge of God. Until that moment ceases him he is better off with a millstone around his neck cast into the sea of humanity. Can you imagine a person ceased with such a desire to know God and there is nobody out there in the world to teach him? How else does he learn then by allowing God to be his only confidant?
It would appear that Bauval & Hancock's arrogance is born of previous successes, which sent them headlong into writing this disastrous work: TALISMAN. It is not that they were not warned, indirectly. After November 2003 I personally sent Graham Hancock an email concerning my recently published work decoding the esoteric science in the first chapters of Genesis (I may have sent one to Bauval also). I had no idea other then that Bauval's & Hancock's next collaborative work would be about modern cities built based upon mystical teachings. If Hancock had just perused the following URL he may have gleamed he was heading into a disastrous undertaking.
I am not saying that Bauval & Hancock's work is not without some merit but linking heresy into the mix of ideas associated with the esoteric science is the height of folly.
Bauval & Hancock failed to demonstrate how the answers that Catharism, Bogomilism, Gnosticism, or whatever have are of any value when the work of understanding the mathematical and grammatical nature of the sacred scriptures: the esoteric science, is what exudes the answers. Without the initiate doing the work the answers are meaningless. They tell the individual nothing of any value. It is the quest: journey towards achievement, which enables the transmogrification of the soul to take place. If as an individual you have the answers without having taken the journey, what have you achieve? NOTHING.
The sacred scriptures were written via the understanding of the SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS: Arithmetic, Music/Harmony, Geometry, Astronomy/Astrology, Grammar, Rhetoric, & Logic/Dialectics, into one unified esoteric science. The fact that Bauval & Hancock does not know this demonstrates their vast ignorance of the subject matter at hand. By pointing out the Earth-Sky interface as if pointing out here is a temple and there is a temple in no way points to where the Christ is. The Kingdom of God is forever within the individual and it is a crying shame: AN AWLFUL PITY, that Bauval & Hancock do not quite understand why that is.
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