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 All ancient books which have once been called sacred by man, will have their lasting place in the history of mankind, and those who possess the courage, the perseverance, and the self-denial of the true miner, and of the true scholar, will find even in the darkest and dustiest shafts what they are seeking for, -- real nuggets of thought, and precious jewels of faith and hope.                        

-- Max Müller, Introduction to the Upanishads Vol. II

"It is important to learn what other people have learned, but too many people have lived and died for me to learn more than a small fraction of what they have learned. There is a prodigious supply of information, facts, opinions, theories, suppositions, and doctrines, but the wisdom needed to sort through the mountain of trash in the hope of finding a gold nugget is not supplied."

-- Colin Low

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The wisdom of our ancestors frequently puzzles modern people. In fact, an average person is totally unaware of that wisdom and many of today's thinkers who study ancient writings do not understand their true meaning. 


Fig 1. Sample of extinct Akkadian (Cuneiform) writing

When heaven above was not yet named, nor earth below pronounced by name, 
Apsu, the first one, their begetter and maker Tiamat, who bore them all, 
had mixed their waters together, but had not formed pastures, nor discovered
reed-beds. When yet no gods were manifest, nor names pronounced,
nor destinies decreed, then gods were born within them.  
Language Museum http://www.language-museum.com/a/akkadian-cuneiform.php

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The ancient texts are usually interpreted in two ways:

1. Spiritual

This approach views the ancient writings as a source of religious methodology of spiritual self-perfection and knowledge about God, Life and Death, Evolution, and the meaning of life.
Where does God live, where can one find Him? The overwhelming majority of people involved in primitive forms of religion would answer this question by pointing up to the sky. 

Just like they raise eyes and hands when praying. Where does the belief that God is above originate from? Maybe the reason is that on the Earth’s surface one sees suffering and temptations and in the sky — tranquil clouds, endless expanse, caress of the Sun, mystery of the Moon and distant stars?

But Jesus laughed at such speculations:

“If your leaders say to you: ‘Look, the (Father’s) Kingdom is in the sky!’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. … Rather, the Kingdom is within you and it is outside you.”
(The Gospel of Thomas, 3)

“(And) those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed, … they will marvel, and (having established in the Kingdom) will reign over all”
(The Gospel of Thomas, 2).

Source: Divine Way of Spiritual Heart
a website of Vladimir Antonov

Vision of the Throne of the Lord (The Paris Apocalypse)
Image Source:  http://www.wga.hu/html/zgothic/miniatur/1401-450/index.html
from the "
Illuminated Manuscripts" section of the 
"Web Gallery of Art": http://www.wga.hu/html/zgothic/miniatur/index.html

        Mesopotamian "Tree of Life"


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2. Literal

This approach treats ancient texts as a source of information about historical events - the Bible becomes a history book... Is there any truth about history of the mankind and our planet in ancient writings,  or is it all religious fantasy and fairy- tales? Can we penetrate the ancient wisdom hidden in the writings of our ancestors? 

High Technology in the Bible?

There are readers out there who would be surprised or offended with the notion that high-technology was described in the Bible. There are other readers who have realized that the only explanations to Biblical mysteries are ancient Close Encounters. A good question is: Why are certain, Old Testament events written about in the Bible? The answer could be that these were special events between basically two groups of people: One group was the primitives or the general state of humanity in Biblical times. The other group was the relatively few HUMANS that still retained and utilized technology originating from the days of Atlantis.

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Spaceflight in the Mahabharata?

"[...] After the Lokopalas had gone away, Arjuna -- that slayer of all foes -- began to think,
O monarch, of the car of Indra! And as Gudakeca gifted with great intelligence was thinking of it, the car endued with great effulgence and guided by Matali, came dividing the clouds and illuminating the firmament and filling the entire welkin with its rattle deep as the roar of mighty masses of clouds. Swords, and miscrias of terrible forms, and maces of frightful description, and winged darts of celestial splendor, and lightnings of the brightest effulgence, and thunderbolts, and Tutagudas furnished with wheels and worked with atmospheric expansion and producing sounds, loud as the roar of great masses of clouds, were on that car. And there were also on that car fierce and huge-bodies Nagas with fiery mouths, and heaps of stones white as the fleecy clouds. And the car was drawn by tenthousand horses of golden hue, endued with the speed of the wind. And furnished with prowess of illusion, the car was drawn with such speed that the eye could hardly mark its progress. And Arjuna saw on that car the flag-staff called Vaijayanta, of blazing effulgence, resembling in hue the emerald or the dark blue lotus, and decked with golden ornaments, and straight as the bamboo. And beholding a charioteer decked in gold seated on that car, the mighty-armed son of Pritha regarded it as belonging to the celestials. [...] Matali the charioteer of Cakra, hearing these words of Arjuna, soon mounted the car and controlled the horses. [...] Arjuna, blazing like the sun itself, ascended the celestial car. And the Kuru prince, gifted with great intelligence, with a glad heart, coursed through the firmament on that celestial car effulgent as the sun and of extraordinary achievements. And after he had become invisible to the mortals of the earth, he behold thousends of cars of extraordinary beauty. And in that region there was no sun or moon or fire to give light, but it blazed in light of its own, generated by virtue and ascetic merit. And those brilliant regions that are seen from the earth in form of stars, like lamps (in the sky) -- so small in consequence of their distance, though very large -- were beheld by the son of Pandu, stationed in their respective places, full of beauty and effulgence and blazing with splendor all their own. [...] 'These, O son of Pritha, are virtous persons, stationed in their respective places. It is these whom thou hast seen, O exalted one, as stars from the earth!'"

The Mahabharata
translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
published by Pratap Chandra Roy
Calcutta 1886-1890

The quotation above comes from The Mahabharata and may lead to many possible interpretations ...

The Mahabharata and Ramayana are the national epics of India. They are probably the longest poems in any language. The Mahabharata, attributed to the sage Vyasa, was written down from 540 to 300 B.C. It tells the legends of the Bharatas, one of the Aryan tribal groups. The Mahabharata was written down a long time ago, before the technology which is described in some parts of it, was (re)invented in our time. Even at the time of the complete literal and close English translation, in the years 1886-1890 (by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, published by Pratap Chandra Roy), no aircraft ever flew and the first combustion engine was just invented a few month earlier. 

Get your own copy of this fascinating book: Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa (4 Volume Set)
by KISARI MOHAN GANGULY (This is still the only complete translation of the Mahabharata.)

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Ancient Wisdom
Truly it has been said that there is nothing new under the sun, for knowledge is revealed and is submerged again, even as a nation rises and falls. Here is a system, tested throughout the ages, but lost again and again by ignorance or prejudice, in the same way that great nations have risen and fallen and been lost to history beneath the desert sands and in the ocean depths.          
-- Paracelsus 

The Ancient Astronauts (AA) Theory Revisited
In this space age, with it's remarkable technological advances, it is becoming apparent that the "miracles", and other seemingly supernatural events reported in ancient texts, the megalithic constructions, and the enigmatic lines and artwork over the Earth, resulted from an advanced technology which was incomprehensible and indescribable by the ancient human observers.
These ideas are supported by the assumption that ancient myths are not myths but historical and scientific texts.

Internet Sacred Text Archive CD-ROM
by John B. Hare -  Click on the link to purchase online from amazon

"Sacred-Texts" site which is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language. This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship. 

Hebrew Genesis contains mathematically encoded pictures

Ancient Kabbalah revealed by Andreas G. Szabó. Here is his new book about a totally new and original method to mathematically decode pictures from the Hebrew Biblical book of Genesis: Planetary positions, star constellations, astronomical and mathematical connections, magical artifacts and mystical symbols. This book leads the reader on a spectacular tightrope walk between religion, esoterism and science, and opens to him a fascinating new view on the Bible.

Divine Way of Spiritual Heart - a website of Vladimir Antonov

Contemporary knowledge about God, Evolution, and the meaning of life. Methodology of spiritual self-perfection.

Controversial interpretations of the Bible

The shocking truth about Jesus of Nazareth!
"It is doubtful if any man was ever more misunderstood by the people of his own time than Jesus of Nazareth. Certainly no man was ever more grossly misrepresented by succeeding generations, and especially by those who professed to be his friends and followers."  -- Wallace D. Wattles In ""Jesus: The Man and His Work""


The Olin Revelation

Revelations concerning the English language, the Bible and you.

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Worth a Look - Books and Video

The Internet Sacred Text Archive is available on CD-ROM packed with over 500 complete books and articles. The disk includes all of the scriptures of the major world religions, as well as other books on religion, mythology, folklore, traditional wisdom, the esoteric, and the mysterious.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive has the full text of over 500 ebooks on Religion, Mythology, Folklore, Traditions and the Esoteric. It includes all major religions' scriptures in English and the original languages, and hundreds of other books. Includes many texts scanned from rare books no longer in print. Ideal for schools, libraries and students. Books include: the Bible in English, Hebrew, Greek and Latin, the Qur'an in English and Arabic, the Vedas and Upanishads, Homer, Virgil, Dante, the Eddas, the Kalavala and even the complete works of Shakespeare. Topics include the Bible, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Shinto, I Ching, Taoism, Confucianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shamanism, Traditions of Australia, Polynesia, Africa and Native America; Ancient Near East, Egypt, Classics of Rome and Greece, Sagas and Legends, Wicca, Grimoires, Alchemy, Atlantis, Tarot, Atheism, Philosophy and much more.

The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran (Translator)
Formerly a professor of Victorian literature, Eknath Easwaran discovered the treasures of wisdom in his own native India and began to pursue them with a passion. He has since studied them, practiced them, and moved to America to share them with the Western world. In his translation of The Upanishads, the font of Indian spirituality, Easwaran delights us with a readable rendition of one of the most difficult texts of all religious traditions. Each Upanishad is a lyrical statement about the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to cultivations of love for God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator realizes that God and the world are not separate from oneself. Then the ultimate goal becomes to reunite with the universal Self, achieving the infinite joy that accompanies such union. Easwaran recruited Michael Nagler to contribute notes to the translation and a lengthy afterword, which together with introductions to each Upanishad, guide us expertly through this strange and fruitful landscape.   --Brian Bruya

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East (6 Vol. Set) by Baird T. Spalding  (Paperback) US orders  ( UK orders )

"LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF THE MASTERS OF THE FAR EAST" caused me to search into the deeper realities and meaning of Life. After reading these books, I realized that I was living in the mundane world of religious doctrine and dogma. I was given what I wanted to hear, not what I should be hearing. In 1966 I left the world of organized religion and I will never return to that again. I was a dedicated person to the church and the bible studies.
I have read the Life and Teachings six times, not just reading, but studying. What made me think that this is a truth? There is no scientific evidence to back this up? There is no mention of these things in the Wall Street Journal or in the New York Times? No matter where I looked none of these things were mentioned. Could it be a something within us that intuitively draws a searching person? The skeptics, critics, "unbeliever," that I knew did not stop my spiritual resolve and I persevered. For the first time was I thinking for myself. In 1991 a book called "The Kybalion" and "Divine Pymander" came into my life and was a major puzzle in resolving the mystery of Life that revealed the laws and principles that enabled the Masters of the Himalayas to do the things they were able to do. My path in Life was forever changed because of the greater awareness that gave me mental poise and a firm direction in Life. For the first time was I able to live in the now and not be swayed by misinformation, skepticism, or even the malicious conduct of other people. I am not affected by political opinion. I can read and understand between the lines. Yet, I am able to maintain a flexible mind and not have to defend my opinions. My past was left to history and I was looking forward to the new teachings of Spirit. I am experiencing true freedom for the first time.
Why am I writing all this? It is not in the reading of books that a person will benefit, but what a person will do with it. Some people will read and life goes on in the usual manner, while others will take it to their heart and increase their Spiritual Knowledge and acquire true freedom and they experience true Spiritual development. They become changed persons. To the skeptic and "defender of opinions," Life will always be a mystery and they will always be stuck in their mundane world of materialism as a self made person and continue the struggle in their unawareness.
Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
will give a person a reason to look into the greater realms of reality and if they will but "look," the answers will be surprising and refreshing. Scientific evidence and verification of these things is not possible at the moment because it has not completely unfolded in their field of awareness. However, science has made tremendous progress in revealing the structure of the Universe, which to the Spiritual aware person indicates that our "material" world as we are able to perceive it, is not as "material" as we think it is. In this view, we can understand why the Masters of the Himalayas travel effortlessly through the "invisible." They used a higher LAW that that for the most part escapes the collective race consciousness....  by J. R. Seydel

Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger (Translator), Sudhir Kakar (Translator), Mallanaga Vatsyayana

The Kamasutra is the oldest extant textbook of erotic love. But it is more than a book about sex. It is about the art of living--about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs--and also, of course, about the many and varied positions available to lovers in sexual intercourse and the pleasures to be derived from each. The Kamasutra was composed in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, sometime in the third century, probably in North India. It combines an encyclopedic coverage of all imaginable aspects of sex with a closely observed sexual psychology and a dramatic, novelistic narrative of seduction, consummation, and disentanglement. Best known in English through the highly mannered, padded, and inaccurate nineteenth-century translation by Sir Richard Burton, the text is newly translated here into clear, vivid, sexually frank English. This edition also includes a section of vivid Indian color illustrations along with three uniquely important commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and most famous Sanskrit commentary (thirteenth century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators. The lively and entertaining introduction by translator Wendy Doniger, one of the world's foremost Sanskrit scholars, discusses the history of The Kamasutra and its reception in India and Europe, analyses its attitudes toward gender and sexual violence, and sets it in the context of ancient Indian social theory, scientific method, and sexual ethics.

Bhagavad Gita by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Another translation: Bhagavad-Gita As It Is: With the Original Sanskrit Text 
Roman Transliteration English Equivalence Translation and Elaborate Purports

by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

There are many very good Bhagavad Gita's available in the english lanugage. It has undoubtably been the most populary translated Hindu scripture. What sets this translation of the Gita apart has much to do with the translator himself. Swami Satyandna is not a dry academic who has not experienced the truth of the Bhagavad Gita directly. Nor is he an Indian pundit trying to bridge the communication gap between the east and the west. Before Swami Satyanada became a swami, he lived in California for the first twenty years of his life. After completing his studies to became a lawyer, he set off for a trip around the world. When he reached India he was so attracted to the depth of India's wisdom that he couldn't leave. He ended up living in India, as a sadhu and swami, for the next twenty years. In India, he studied with many enlightened masters who taught him the esoteric meaning of all the Hindu scriptures. Then he spent many years studying and relating each scripture to his own life experience. In 1985, Swami Satyananda returned to India with his guru, Shree Maa. Since then he has been teaching westerners how to apply these scriptures to their hectic, daily lives. It is this experience that makes his translation of the Bhagavad Gita particularly important and relevant for westerners. As the Swami says in his introduction, "every sadhu in every generation should rewrite the Gita, retranslate it into contemporary language and symbols, which are meaningful to the present time, place and circumstances." I found Swami Satyananda's Gita lucid, impactful and filled with spiritual emotion. He did an excellent job of making this ancient text relevant and meaningful to my daily life. This remarkable translation of the Bhagavad Gita is a treasure.

Hidden History CoverHidden History: Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge and Ancient Mysteries
by Brian Haughton

Hidden History: Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge and Ancient Mysteries   
The mysterious architecture and artifacts, and the enigmatic characters from ancient history are the special focus of renowned European archaeologist, Brian Haughton. His new book, Hidden History: Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge and Ancient Mysteries, quenches our thirst for insight into ancient times.  
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Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating  the Origins of Human Knowledge And Its Transmission Through Myth   

Hamlet's Mill
Ever since the Greeks coined the language we commonly use for scientific description, mythology and science have developed separately. But what came before the Greeks? 
What if we could prove that all myths have one common origin in a celestial cosmology? 
What if the gods, the places they lived, and what they did are but ciphers for celestial activity, a language for the perpetuation of complex astronomical data? Drawing on scientific data, historical and literary sources, the authors argue that our myths are the remains of a preliterate astronomy, an exacting science whose power and accuracy were suppressed and then forgotten by an emergent Greco-Roman world view. This fascinating book throws into doubt the self-congratulatory assumptions of Western science about the unfolding development and transmission of knowledge. This is a truly seminal and original thesis, a book that should be read by anyone interested in science, myth, and the interactions between the two. 

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The Urantia Book
This priceless and inexhaustible resource is the ultimate synthesis of "science, philosophy and truth", of "reason, wisdom and faith", of "past, present and future".The Urantia Book contains a synthesis of the concepts and ideas of more than 2,000 individuals who have contributed to the fields of science, philosophy, religion, history, sociology and theology during the last 2,000 years. Compiled by an editorial staff of superhuman beings, the text provides a startling perspective of human origins, history and destiny, constituting a major revelation to humanity.

The Kybalion
by Three Initiates (Paperback) US Orders  (UK orders)


Subtitled "A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece". This book is one of the greatest treasures of mystical philosophy, based on ancient Hermetic knowledge passed down over many centuries from teacher to student. This book has had a profound effect on many, something few books can claim. Many of its principles can be successfully applied to any religious, spiritual or magical tradition. Highly recommended.

The true meaning of Alchemy
For this reader, this book was the end of a journey...a thread I've been following for the last five years. I was overwhelmed by its truth. The more I meditated on this tiny volume, the more truth came. Everything I had read up to this point from the Gnostic Gospels, the True Teachings of Chirst, The Masons, Emerson, The Vedas and so many more...all of these teachings flew like blinding arrows to this target (The Master Key). In the end I had to aknowledge that this was a profound truth, one so simple, yet so revolutionary to our future. One that also requires a staggering amount of responsibility. Maybe that's why this simple thread is so hard to follow...once you've found it, you're so exhausted (and have probably grown a great deal from your journey) that you hopefully apply this "Key" only to good. I for one, think things are going to get rather interesting in this little universe of ours.....very interesting indeed.  Review by Nina Buckley

Read it online: Kybalion  Don't miss: Divine Pymander

Spiritual Practices: Training Aid by Vladimir Antonov (Author)

In this book the author expounds a system of practical methods of the spiritual self-perfection: starting from the entry level up to the highest ones, which lead to the complete spiritual Self-Realization through cognizing God in His Abode and Merging with Him. 
The book is addressed to those who want to know and to realize the meaning of their lives, to attain the ultimate happiness, to find God, and to immerse in the Embraces of His Love.
Visit Vladimir Antonov's web site:  Divine Way of Spiritual Heart

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Bhagavad Gita by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

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Mahabharata (The Condensed Version of the World's Greatest Epic)
by Krishna Dharma (Editor), Krishna Dharma (Editor)
Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom
by Krishna Dharma
Confucius: The Analects
by Confucius, D. C. Lau (Translator)
The Rig Veda: An Anthology: One Hundred and Eight Hymns, Selected, Translated and Annotated (Classic)
by Wendy Doniger (Editor), Thomas Wyatt, Wendy D. O'Flaherty (Editor)
Commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita: The Three Branches of India's Life-Tree  by Sri Chinmoy

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East (6 Vol. Set)
by Baird T. Spalding  (Paperback) US orders  ( UK orders )

International explorer, archaeologist and author Jonathan Gray has traveled the world to gather data on ancient mysteries. He has penetrated some largely unexplored areas, including parts of the Amazon headwaters. The author has also led expeditions to the bottom of the sea and to remote mountain and desert regions of the world. He lectures internationally.

"Dead Men's Secrets" by Jonathan Gray is 373 pages of discovering ancient technology and lost secrets. Do not miss his new books that followed "Dead Men's Secrets":

Book 1 – "The Killing Of... PARADISE PLANET"  lays out stunning evidence of a once-global paradise, with a temperature-controlled climate, idyllic landscape and long-lived human giants… but a super culture ready to wipe itself out. The world BEFORE the Great Flood of 2345 BC

Book 2 – "SURPRISE WITNESS"  shows what happened DURING that great Deluge - the cosmic calamity that ripped the Earth to shreds and wiped out the original Mother Civilization. Not only were the antedeluvian people buried, but their technological achievements were destroyed, including all form of machinery and construction. The skeptic may shout himself hoarse. But this event surely happened. 
We have evidence that is more substantial than for any other event of history.

Book 3 – "The Corpse CAME BACK!" Now comes the fast moving, fascinating story of the settling down of Planet Earth AFTER the Flood, and its effect upon human history.

To order visit this page: Jonathan Gray


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