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In the Bible, as in India, myths are never told in detail, but only in tiny flashes that recall the twinkle of a star, the fall of a meteor or the avatar of a god in a transient theophany. Only when highly allegorized and, hence, incomprehensible to the ordinary person, are myths ever told in any detail. They are then peddled as the actual history of pseudo-historical personages such as Jesus, Zoroaster, Moses, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Lao-Tze, Mani, etc..

However, the several different flashes are the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and fit together serendipitously when demythologized and integrated with each other. All religions — ours included — center on the story of Atlantis (Eden) and of its Fall (Adam's) and destruction by the Flood, as well as on the hope of its rebirth at the Millennium.

We have shown elsewhere in detail how "Christ" is indeed a personification of Atlantis, like so many other heroes. And so are his many biblical aliases such as Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, St. John, etc.. We have also demonstrated in detail that all our Christian rituals and beliefs — whose objective and meaning we forgot long ago — ultimately derive from India and reenact the history of Atlantis. Here we return briefly to the problem in order to moot out the importance of Atlantis as the source of all our myths and eschatological beliefs. In other words, this is the origin of the belief that all Religion originated in Paradise, as an archetype, and was handed to us as Revelation.

Let us consider first the Holy Sacraments, keeping in mind that, mythically, all Saviours are one and the same, in different avatars. Thus, Adam, Christ, Krishna, Moses, Noah, Atlas, Hercules, Shiva, etc., are just one and the same deity. Likewise, all religious traditions come from a single Tradition, which is originally the tradition of Atlantis and Lemuria. They are all part of the Urreligion that some anthropologists of genius such as Mircea Eliade and Joseph Campbell have discerned as the original source of all religions, both primitive and evolved. And all "historical" facts are mere pseudo-history, as well as all claims to "uniqueness" are no more than impostures, as all true experts well realize, even though they ordinarily refrain from saying it in public, for reasons that are easy to understand.

Before we proceed, however, some observations are in order, as they substantiate the case for the origin of our Christian Sacraments in India. India — and better yet, its colony and original location, Indonesia, whose name means "insular India" — is the true site of Atlantis, and the link that re-links us back to our primordials in Paradise. First of all we note that the Sacraments are Seven. Seven is a Magic Number of great importance, whose Hindu origin can hardly be contested. Seven is the number of the Rishis (Hindu Patriarchs) from whom we descend, as well as the number of elapsed eras in Hinduism. But, above all, seven is the number of dvipas, the counterpart of Paradise in the traditions of India. The Seven Cardinal Directions — the usual four, plus the Center, the Zenith and the Nadir — which are usually held to have been the source of the sacredness of the number seven, are purely conventional and stem from the ideas just given.

The Sacraments are seven because seven is the sacred number of Elohim and of the Holy Ghost, his alias. Contrariwise, ten is the number of Jahveh, the god to whom we owe the Ten Commandments. Now, seven and ten are also the numbers of Atlantis and Lemuria. Ten is the number of Atlantis' Ten Princes, and seven is the number of the Islands that composed Lemurian Atlantis, as well as that of its Seven Prajapatis (or Patriarchs-Rulers). The Seven Dvipas of the Hindus are also the same as the seven Isles of the Blest of western traditions such as the ones of the Greeks and the Romans.

Likewise, they also correspond to the Seven Hells and Seven Heavens of many traditions, for instance, Sumero-Babylonian (the Seven Anunnaki), a concept that obscurely survives in Judeo-Christianity. [Footnote 1: Atlantis was originally composed of ten realms, as disclosed by Plato. But they eventually parted into seven plus three, which fought each other, in the Great War. The seven lost, and were destroyed, becoming the Land of the Dead, alias Seven Isles of the Blest, the site of Paradise Destroyed. Hence the connection with the Holy Ghost and the Anunnaki, the Seven Princes of Hell.]

In yet a different connection, we have the fact that the Sacraments of Christianity utilize four material supports: bread, wine, oil and water. Four is the number of the Hindu castes. It is far more than a coincidence that these four substances also represent the four varnas (castes) of Hindu traditions. Bread is white like the heraldic color of the Brahmans it represents. Wine is red like blood, and characterizes the warlike Kshatriyas. Oil is yellow like the fat Vaishyas it symbolizes.

Finally, water is blue like the symbolic color of the Sudras or serfs. Indeed, the heraldic color of the Sudras is black. Black is confused in India with blue or purple, for traditional reasons. In reality, water symbolizes Death, as by drowning at the Flood, a form that results in a purple color for the dead. As we see, the four substances represent the contributions of the Four Races (or castes), as well as their respective elements, with oil representing Fire; water, Water; wine (spirit) representing Air, and bread standing for the Earth, from which wheat grows.

The Four Elements are not indeed the ones that compose the material world, but those which destroy it when the eras come to their end. Fire, Water, Air and Earth allegorize the universal Conflagrations, Floods, Hurricanes and Earthquakes that either unite or work separately in order to destroy the world, when the time comes for it to happen. The same allegory is also symbolized by the Four Magian Kings: the three usual ones plus the fourth, Christ, to whom they came in order to pay their respect. Jesus is the Logos, the Word, the "Divine Breath" that corresponds to Wind.

In other words, Jesus represents the Brahman priests, issued from the mouth of Purusha, the Primordial Man, the intoners of the sacred mantras ("prayers"). The other three Kings are characterized by their gifts. Gold, the ruddy metal, represents the Kshatryas ("Reds" or "Warrior Caste") in their pristine, undecayed condition. Myrrh is indeed musk (civet), the noblest form of "butter", the element that represents the Vaishyas (the Merchants or Burgeoisie). And, finally, incense, the burnt offering of excellency, represents the dark Sudras ("Serfs"), the "charred" element whose fate has been the cruel one of serving the other three castes. The Sudras stand for the Chams (Chamites) or Ethiopians, whose name means "burnt", and who were fated to serve the other three races or castes, just as told in the Bible.

So, those who can indeed read beyond the obvious, will have no difficulty in discerning in these Christian symbols — which make no sense whatsoever in Israel or even in the Ancient World — the antecedent ones of Hinduism: the Four Guardians ("Kings" or Lokapalas), the Four Castes, the Four Elements (or Principles or Races) of which the world was originally composed, in paradisial times. Where else but in primeval India — in Indonesia, the true site of Atlantis — do you have the Four Races of Mankind, the Reds, Whites, Blacks and Yellows contending for supremacy in a war that eventually led to the world's destruction in the dawn of times?

1) baptism

That Baptism is a recollection or ritual reenactment of the Flood is a fact already been recognized by St. Jerome and other Church Patriarchs. Prof. Mircea Eliade (Treatise on the History of Religions, Paris 1970) shows this fact in detail. Essentially, all religions have some sort of Baptism or Ablution, intended to cleanse away some sort of Original Sin. This sin is no other than that of the Atlanteans: sinfully mingling with "mortal" women of the inferior castes, but deeming their own offspring "inferior" and enslaving it. Yes, Racism is, unfortunately, a stupid notion that is as old as humanity itself. It is the Original Sin that led Mankind into Doom, and probably will again, if we do not wake up in time. How can one fall so low as to enslave one's own offspring, colored or not, as if they were mere cattle?

Baptism is what the Hindus call Pralaya ("dissolution"); the demise of all things in order to allow their return to the Primordial Chaos and insure their re-creation afresh. There are two kinds of Baptism: the one of John and that of Christ. John as the "precursor of Christ" may well symbolize what Occultists call Lemuria, whose "fall" preceded that of Atlantis. John's watery baptism represents the demise of Atlantis by the Universal Flood, just as Christ's baptism by fire represents the destruction of Lemuria in the volcanic explosion known as the Universal Conflagration.

The Sacrament of Chrism corresponds to the Fiery Baptism, as we shall see further below. [Footnote 2: The issue of Atlantis and Lemuria is a complex one, which we explain elsewhere in detail. In fact, the tradition is connected to the one of the Virgin Mother and the Wondrous Son which we encounter in essentially all mythologies, Judeo-Christianity included. The two realms are essentially one and the same in two consecutive avatars.

For purposes of clarity, we call one Lemurian Atlantis and the other Atlantis proper. Civilization started to develop in Atlantis-Eden, during the last Ice Age, shortly after the Eemian Interglacial ended, some 120 kya (kiloyears ago). But then we had the explosive eruption of the Toba volcano, in Sumatra, and it was cut short, in one of the worst catastrophes ever. But progress soon resumed, a few millennia afterwards, when local conditions improved. And then it lasted until the end of the last Ice Age, some 11,600 years years ago, the exact date declared by Plato.

Interestingly enough, the Toba volcano previously consisted of a lofty volcanic peak, which was deemed the Phallus of the World (the Linga). After its explosion and collapse, the Toba volcano in Indonesia became curiously similar, as seen from space, to a giant vagina, [LINK: to photo of Toba Lake seen taken by NASA from space]. And this is indeed what the Hindus call the Yoni or Cosmic Vagina. Hence the myth of the Primordial Castration which so intrigued Freud and Jung, among many. The symbolism of Baptism has been expounded by St. John Chrysostom:

"Baptism represents death and interment, life and resurrection. When we plunge our heads under the water, as in a sepulcher, the old man becomes completely drowned and buried. When he leaves the water, the new man suddenly rises."

The Old Man is Adam, the prototype of Christ. The New Man is Christ, the second Adam. The two Saviours correspond to the twin Jerusalems, one Celestial and the other Messianic. Even more exactly, they correspond to the two Atlantises just commented. We note how most Saviours actually emerge from the waters either directly or symbolically. So did Moses, Osiris, Perseus, Noah, Sargon, Joseph, Skanda, Murugan, Trita, the Oannés, Quetzalcoatl, etc., all "born from the waters", like Moses. Even Christ did so, as symbolized by his manger of reeds and his baptism by John.

The Druids too had a kind of Baptism. So did the Mystery Religions of Greece and Rome. In India, Baptism is ritually performed in the Ganges and many other tirthas (bathing spots in rivers) by all pious Hindus. The Buddhists too have a kind of Baptism which is more an ablution or sprinkling than ritual immersion. Even the Amerinds had several forms of Baptism connected with the same idea: a commemoration of the Flood.

One example in the Americas was the ritual drowning of the gold-laden Eldorado, which reenacted the submersion of Atlantis. In India, Krishna's statue is thus baptized in the thirtapuja. The same type of ritual also existed in Greece, Rome, Arabia and elsewhere. The Sea of Bronze of Solomon's Temple was some sort of a Baptismal font, not unlike the enigmatic ones found in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, and which probably served the same purpose. These pools of the Indus Valley Civilization had ghatts or ladders leading to the waters, identical to those of the Ganges river used for the rituals of ablution. The Egyptian temples also had sacred pools where the worshippers were baptized. [LINK: to Symbolism of Egyptian Temple]

2) chrism

Chrism or Confirmation is a sort of second Baptism, with oil, instead of water. Oil is the symbolic equivalent of fire, as its fuel, a sort of "spirit" which catches fire. Chrism actually corresponds to the Baptism of Fire of the Holy Ghost ("Holy Spirit"). The Baptism of Fire is the Fiery Ordeal or Suttee (Sati) of the Hindus, and insures purification by fire, as in the ordeal of gold by fire. The Buddhists of Tibet too use a Baptism of Fire (a sprinkling with fiery dust). The word "Chrism" means "oil" or "anointing" in Greek. The ritual of anointing is used not only in Confirmation, but also in Extreme Unction and Consecration of priests, kings, temples, statues, etc..

The word "Chrism" directly relates to the name of Christ ("The Chrismed One" = "The Anointed One"). It evokes the custom of certain primitive tribes of India (the Gonds, Khonds, etc.) who used to "Chrism" the victims of their human sacrifices before burning them at stake, so that they would burn better. The custom is a sad recollection of the fate of Paradise. There, in the Land of Plenty, the gods fattened the humans before dispatching them in the Universal Conflagration that preceded the Flood. Such is the reason why the Hindus called Paradise (Atlantis) by names such as Gomeda, meaning "the Land of the Fat Cattle". And such is also the origin of the strange rite of burnt offerings of all kinds. Yes, it is as Shakespeare said: "As flies to wanton boys, so are we to the gods".

[Footnote: The Mayas and the Aztecs had a terrible human sacrifice which closely evokes the (fabled) death of St. Sebastian, tied to a pillar and shot by arrows. The name of Sebastian means "Holy Pillar" (sebas stoas) in Greek. This coincidence is too close to be accepted, and the saint is probably a myth, as we comment elsewhere in detail. The prisoner's body was later anointed and roasted, and eaten communially by all. The ritual is indeed a commemoration of Atlantis and its Holy Pillar (Mt. Atlas). The arrows correspond to the volcanic bombs shed by the volcano which literally roasted the Atlanteans, as if in a burnt-offering to the gods.]

Chrism corresponds to the fiery avatar of the Holy Ghost as a sort of vajra or meteorite falling from the skies over the Apostles during Pentecost. It imparts Charisma ("grace"), the gift of abundance and healing powers. This "fall" is usually associated with the one of the palladium in Paganism, and with the one of the vajra (the Celestial Linga) in India. The "tongues of fire" (linguas, in Latin) of Pentecost were visibly lingas (or cerauni), falling down from Heaven. This "avatar" of the Spirit (Logos) is Christ himself, "falling from Heaven as lightning", that is, as the vajra thunderbolt, in order to herald the end of the former era and the start of the next one, that of Christianity.

The Sacraments center on stuffs such as water, oil, wine, bread, blood, which somewhat evoke the strange composition of the Seven Seas of the Hindu dvipas (Paradises). The meaning of the Holy Ghost's Charisma is given by St. Paul in I Cor. 12-14. This theme will not be discussed here, except for the above, and to say that the obscurity of its images and allegories bespeak of a hermetic disclosure reserved to initiates, one that is also related to the burning of Atlantis.

Fire and Water (Baptism and Chrism) were administered together in the primitive Church, and only later became separated. As in the ordeal of Atlantis, which was attended by both cataclysms, the association of Chrism and Baptism implies the same thing. So, granted that Baptism symbolizes the Flood, it is clear that Chrism allegorizes the fiery cataclysm that the Stoics called Ekpyrosis (or Universal Conflagration). The Ekpyrosis is the Greek counterpart of what some Christian sects call "Dispensations", generally seven, as in the Hindu traditions just mentioned.

In conclusion, one might say that Chrism or Anointing corresponds to the Baptism of Fire of the Holy Ghost, whereas the Baptism of Water corresponds to the one of the Father, his dual. The Holy Ghost also corresponds to Agni or Kama, the fiery gods of the Hindus, whereas the Father (or Jahveh) corresponds to the watery gods, Indra or Soma. Even more exactly, the two Baptisms correspond to the Flood and the Conflagration of Paradise, and to the two gods that brought them about, Indra and Agni in India, and Christ and John in Christianity or Elohim and Jahveh in Judaism.

3) matrimony

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony represents on a human scale what the so-called Cosmogonic Nuptials of Fire and Water symbolize at the Terrestrial level. At the Celestial level it signifies the joining or, rather, the equilibration of the influences of the two Polar Constellations — the Linga (Ursa Minor) and the Yoni (Lyra) — that takes place at the Equinoxes.

These two points are the "doors" (the Pitri-yana and the Deva-yana) where the two Celestial influences balance each other, resulting in an era transition. In the Zodiacal plane, the Equinoxes coincide with Aquarius and Leo (Fire and Water), and herald the era transitions determined by the Tetramorph.

The symbolism of the Cosmogonic Nuptials of Fire and Water — which is central to most religions — is allegorized in Christianity by the highly esoteric union of Christ (Christos = "ointment" = "fire") and Mary (Maria = "seas" = "water"). In Paganism, we have its equivalent in the union of Venus or Aphrodite ("seafroth" = "water") and Cupid or Eros ("love" = "fire"); of Cadmus ("musk" = oil = "fire") and Harmonia ("ermine" = aquatic = "water"); of Zeus (a tempest god) and Hera (an infernal Erinys); of Demeter (the Palladium of Pessinunte, a meteorite = "fire") and Poseidon (a sea-god); etc., etc..

The union of the two principles is symbolized, in India, by the pramantha and the Sri Yantra, and elsewhere by the Cross, the Star of David and so on. It represents both the destruction of Paradise and the union of the two races that existed in the Golden Age and which will be repeated in the Millennium all over again.

In India the Cosmogonic Nuptials of Fire and Water is symbolized in the birth of Skanda which resulted from the union of the fiery seed of Agni with Ganga, the water-nymph of the river Ganges. This sacred Hierogamy seems to be the allegory of the explosive union of the magma of a submarine volcano with the waters of the sea above it. From it was born Skanda-Karttikeya, the Hindu counterpart and archetype of Christ in essentially all details.

This mystic union of fire and water is a characteristic feature of Indonesia, which is precisely the site of Eden. The Hindus allegorize this fearful event by the fall of the vajra inside the waters of the Cosmic Ocean or the Holy Lake (Anavatapta or Saryana). The vajra is the tip of Mt. Meru, decapitated in the cataclysmic explosion. It falls from above, from the tip of the Holy Mountain that formerly stretched all the way to Heaven, scraping it.

This union also allegorizes the event as the castration of Brahma or of Shiva; as the decapitation of Dadhyanch or of Mahavidya, and a million other similarly sophisticate symbolisms of Hindu mythology. And the vajra is also the same as the linga of Shiva, falling from heaven as the palladium, the divine phallus, as in the myth of the Primordial Castration. In the Ancient Testament the matrimonial union is recognized as a symbol of the Covenant and of the love of Jahveh for Israel (cf. Ose. 2; Isa. 54:4 ; 62: 4; Jer. 2:2; 3: 20; Ezek. ch. 16 and 23, etc.).

In the New Testament, marriages are usually celebrated at night, and are often attended by agapes which somewhat evoke the strange marriage rituals described in the Song of Songs. The practice also evokes the puzzling orgies of the Gnostic Cathars of Medieval Europe or the ones of the Essenians or the Knights Templars, their true descendants. These love feasts are reenactments of the Cosmogonic Nuptials, the orgiastic mingling of Fire and Water that takes place at Doom. So are the similar agapes of the ancient Greek philosophers or, in Rome, the ones of the Etruscans, their ancestors. These strange rituals all ultimately derive from the Tantric ones of Dravidian India.

The archetypal Doom commemorated here is, of course, the destruction of Atlantis and Lemuria by this sort of cataclysm of Fire and Water which we encounter in essentially all traditions of both the Old and the New Worlds. The association with the Covenant — a word that implies the idea of a mystic union like the ones under study — directly recalls the Flood (cf. Gen. 9:3-17). Its symbol, the rainbow that marked the site of the brutal cataclysm, later became symbolized by the engagement ring. This covenant is bloodless, and accords to the fact that death by drowning sheds no blood.

In Exodus 24, two Covenants ("marriages") are mentioned. One is bloody, with the participants being sprinkled with blood, and the other is bloodless. The first one is orgiastic (an agape) and is celebrated by a nocturnal supper akin to the Last Supper and the Black Masses and Sabbaths of the Middle Ages. These two ceremonies closely evoke the rituals of the Holy Mass, itself a mystic replica of the union of Fire and Water. The two Covenants represent the two types of Mass, one white and diurnal, the other black and nocturnal. The emblem of the Second Alliance is the Ark of the Covenant. And, as shown in some early representations, this Ark was indeed an omphalos or palladium.

Blood is symbolic of "fire", of Leo, and of the destructive Kshatryas. Water (libations) represents Aquarius and his watery dispensations, as well as the Brahmans (pourers of libations). The other symbols of the Alliance (or Matrimony) are likewise Cosmogonic: the Tablets of the Law; the aspersion with blood; the agape; the orgies (chaotic mingling of fire and water); the Baptism of the New Covenant; the restoration of the Temple; the insistence on love, etc.. So, Marriage represents the mystic union of Fire and Water that allegorizes the destruction of Atlantis-Paradise by these two agents: a volcanic conflagration followed by a watery dispensation in the form of a giant tsunami.

4) confession

Originally, the Confession of the Sins was done aloud, as it still is in some Christian sects. But, even when whispered, it relates to the magic power of words and sound as embodied in the idea of the Hindu mantras and the Christian Logos (or Word). Christ imparted the power of forgiving the Sins to the Apostles by blowing (or whispering) upon them the Holy Ghost (the Logos), as described in John 20:21-23.

The idea of the sacredness of speech or sound is of Indian origin. The Hindus and Buddhists believe that mantras (prayers or ritual formulas) such as the OM MANI PADME HUM convey a power which evokes Cosmic resonances and precipitate the advent of Doom and the new era. They embody this power in deities such as Brihaspati ("Lord of Speech"), Sarasvati, Vach ("Voice"), Rudra ("Howler"), and many others.

The Hindu theory of sound (nada) is too complex to expound here, and the reader is directed to more specialized sources. Suffice it to say that sound (or wind or air) is one of the Four Elements, on a level with Five and Water. More exactly, sound (sabda, nada) is the quintessence (or "fifth element") usually represented as Ether (akasha) when sacred, and as vach ("voice") when human. Here it represents the shakti, the divine essence of the female power.

The Celts personified Speech in Ogmios, whom they equated to the Logos. The Greeks also associated sacred sound with the rhombus ("bullroarer"), the sacred instrument of the Dionysian Mysteries. Indeed, the bullroarer and the drum (or the flute or the lyre) were ritually used the world over for evoking Cosmic resonances capable of activating the bindu, the "seed" of Creation. The sound of the bullroarer is often associated with the roar of thunder and the death of the Primordial Bull which represents Dionysos, the Golden Calf. Christ too has been likened to a bull (cf. Psalm 22 and Christ's agony bellow on the Cross, both exactly the same well-known one: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani). So have the howling Rudra (Shiva) and of many other gods, including the Americas, for instance Chipe Toltec of one of the Aztec ugliest traditions.

Sound is also associated with the universal Thunderbird, variously called Rudá (in Brazil), Garuda (in India), Simorgh (in Persia), Pegasus (in Greece), Zu (in Babylon), Bennu or Phoenix (in Egypt), Cherub or Angel (in Israel), Thunderbird or Eagle in the Americas, etc.. The clapping of their wings simulates the roar of thunder. And this thunder is really the fearful rumble of the volcanic explosion which destroyed Paradise, as well as the roar of the onrushing waters of the sea, stirred by the cataclysmic explosion of Mt. Atlas, the terrible volcano which is no other than the Krakatoa and, earlier still, the Toba volcano, as we explained further above.

Jahveh is often associated with thunder (his voice), particularly when he rides the winged Cherubs (cf. Ezek. 1:24; 10:5; 43: 2; Psa. 18:10; 29:3; 68:4; 80:1; 99:1; II Sam. 22:11; Job 37:2; Dan. 10:6; Rev. 1:15, etc.). These theophanies are often connected with the destruction of the city of Jerusalem (cf. Eze. 43: 3), with the Flood, with the fall of "fiery coals", etc.. A close study reveals that the hidden message is the destruction of paradisial Atlantis by the fall of the vajra. And Jahveh, riding the wave, closely evokes the Epic of Gilgamesh, where Enlil is called "the rider of the Tempest", much as is Aleyan Baal in the equivalent Phoenician myths of the Flood.

As is clear, not only the Bible, but all mythologies, endlessly borrow from each other, in an endless series which can be traced back to the times of Atlantis and its destruction in the terrible cataclysm known to the ancients as the Flood and to Science as the catastrophic end of the last Pleistocene Ice Age some 11,600 years ago, precisely the date given by Plato in both the Timaeus and the Critias.

Jahveh is often called "rock", "fortress", "high tower", etc.. These words closely evoke the atala or watchtower which we discussed elsewhere, and which is an alias of Mt. Atlas in Hindu traditions. In the Psalms, Jahveh comes down from above as a thundering vajra and destroys the Tower or Temple in order to rebuild it as his own. This is an allegory of the era transitions that the gods periodically bring about in order to renovel Creation and start a new world. The Tower is of course Atlantis as the archetypal Temple of Solomon, which never existed at all, but in myths. And its destruction is also depicted in the Tarot (Arcane 16, The Tower Destroyed by Lightning), and in many other similar allegories.

5) ordination

Ordination is the rite of the Christian Church for the commissioning of priests. The essential ceremony consists in the imposition of hands on the heads of the ones to be ordained by the officiant. The officiant priest also recites prayer to the Holy Ghost to grant the recipient his Seven Graces (Charismas). The Christian ritual derives from the Jewish one called Semikhah, first used by Moses to ordain Joshua as his successor. In the New Testament, the Apostles use the imposition of hands to ordain the seven disciples who would be their followers.

Besides the imposition of the hands, other rituals are often included, such as anointing and the investiture with the vestments of the office. But it is the imposition of hands and the prayer to the Spirit that ultimately characterizes the Sacrament of Ordination and imparts the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost that qualify the candidate for priesthood.

Symbolically, the laying of hands transmits a spark of the spirit of the imposer to the imposed, just as a burning candle can impart its flame to another, unlit candle. This way, an uninterrupted chain is established by ordination that stretches all the way back to the origin, passing from one to the other all the way back to the first instituter of the ministry. And this was Christ himself as an alias and archetype of Melchisedek, the initiator of Abraham.

More exactly, this tradition stretches in an uninterrupted chain all the way back to Atlantis or Paradise, and recollects its burning in the Primordial Conflagration. The "lighting" of the initiant commemorates the inflaming of Purusha in the Primordial Conflagration, or its alias, the burning of Kama, the Hindu love god, by Shiva's fiery glance.

All these symbols are mere allegories of the burning of Paradise by the fierce explosion of its volcano, Mt. Atlas and the even earlier one, by the Toba volcano, as told further above, perhaps also in an endless chain, as Hindu traditions such as the ones of the yugas (or eras) detailed tell. The idea also evokes the etym of the word "religion" as the restablishment of a link (religo) with our Paradisial origins. Again this is an idea that ultimately derives from India. It relates to the myth of Brihaspati, the Lord of Prayer, whose endless chain of mantras goes back all the way to primordial cataclysm.

This idea is also expressed in India by the link afforded by the smoke of sacrificial fires linking Heaven and Earth. Again, this is an allegory of the inflaming of Paradise and the smoke of the Primordial Sacrifice, as we discuss elsewhere. And this smoke plume is indeed the one of the exploding volcano, the true Pillar of Heaven establishing the link between heaven and earth in the ancient traditions. A further related allegory is the idea of the sutratma (or "soul thread"), a sort of umbilical chord that stretches without interruption to our origins. Yet another is expressed by the traditions of the Upanishads, which we discuss further below.

There can be hardly any questioning that the origin of the rite of imposition of hands and the transmission of the Holy Ghost derives from the Hindu rituals and traditions discussed above, as we just argued. But these are indeed ritual recollections or reenactments of the primordial events concerning Paradise and its destruction in the Primordial Conflagration.

In other words, what we have is a ritual enactment of the destruction of Atlantis by the fiery explosion of its lofty volcano, Mt. Atlas (the Krakatoa) or the earlier one, the Toba volcano. These terrible, chained events are also commemorated by the perpetual fire that burns in Christian temples. This usage was copied from the identical one of the Jews who, in turn, borrowed it from the Hindus, or the Greeks and Romans (in the temple of Vesta and Hestia), and so on. Even the Mayas in the Americas had similar rites and traditions (the Virgins of the Sun), which obviously derive from the same source. And this source can only date from Pleistocenic times, given that, according to Science, the New World had been isolated from the Old World ever since the end of the Ice Age and the closure of the Bering Passage.

The idea that this fire cannot cease to burn and must not suffer interruption is also symbolically represented by the equivalent uninterrupted chain of transmission of the Holy Ghost form one officiant to the next. This Perpetual Fire is likewise connected to the identical fire that was kept perpetually burning in the altars of Vesta and Hestia in Rome and in Greece by the Vestal Virgins. An identical tradition also existed in the Americas, with the Mayas and Aztecs, as we just said. And this fire was also the same as the Central Fire of the Pythagoreans, burning at the exact center of the earth. This mysterious Central Fire was indeed the same as the Vadava-mukha of the Hindus, the Abvan or Vardhamanakaya of the Vedic Aryans and the Khasma Mega of Hesiod and Homer, as we explain elsewhere in detail.

As we have shown above and elsewhere, the temples of Vesta and Hestia, her Greek counterpart, are close replicas of the topography of Paradisial Atlantis and Lemuria. Their temples were round and conical, with the Holy Fire perpetually burning in the altar at its center. This design simulates a volcano or, rather, the volcanic peak of Mt. Atlas, ready to explode and destroy Paradise at any moment. So do the the kivas of the Pueblo Indians, the hogans of the Navajos, and the teepees of the Plains Indians, which are all built so as to resemble a volcano, with the smoke issuing from the top, as in a volcano, and the Indians living inside. [Link to article: Whirling Mountain of the Navajos]These volcanoes represent the mundus, the connection with the underworld from which the Indians theoretically emerged into this world, coming from the site of Paradise Destroyed where they formerly lived, before it was destroyed.

[FOOTNOTE: Essentially all Indians and, indeed many other peoples have traditions on having come from the netherworld or from heaven by means of a cave or some such feature. What this indeed means is that they came from the antipodals of the Americas, which is of course Indonesia, as is easy to see in a globe of the earth. In other traditions, they came, instead, by means of a giant canoe or raft, often identified to a giant snake or to the ark, a far likelier alternative. What my research shows, in a most unequivocal way, is that the Amerinds came via the Pacific Ocean, riding the Equatorial countercurrent, which leads directly from Indonesia to Ecuador, along the equinoxial line (the Equator). In all probability, earlier Indians (Paleo-Indians) entered via Bering Strait or whatever. These later Indians were the great civilizers, the ancestors of the Incas, the Mayas and the Aztecs and other such great civilizations of the Americas.]

Ananda Coomaraswami has also shown that this design and ritual closely duplicates that of the Vedic altar, itself a replica of Mt. Meru and the Hindu Paradise and hence of the Holy Mountain (Mt. Meru). Mt. Meru was itself a volcano, and is held to have destroyed Paradise in a terrible conflagration. There can be no question about the precedence of the Hindus in this symbolism. But the diffusion of the tradition to the Americas can only have taken place at a far earlier epoch than that normally envisaged by both historians and archaeologists, given that it necessarily precedes the end of the last Ice Age according to the present views of archaeologists and prehistorians.

The Hindus have another tradition of Perpetual Fires that again links with the fiery destruction of Paradise in the Primordial Conflagration. This is, as we commented above, the Fiery Mare (or Vadavamukha), the All-Consuming Fire that perpetually burns deep down inside the Ocean's bottom, in the middle of the world. This fire is kept in check by the waters of the Ocean, which it consumes continually. At Doom, this equilibrium is disrupted, and the Mare goes haywire, incending the whole world.

The Fiery Mare is really the Hindu Love-God Kama inflamed by the fiery glance of Shiva's third eye. The burning Kama was later confined inside the Submarine Mare's skull, which is really the vajra formed from the decapitated head of Dadhyanch, as we tell in detail elsewhere. Again we have a connection between the Perpetual Fire and the destruction of Paradise in the Primordial Conflagration.

Kama, the Hindu Love-God, is also the archetype of the Holy Ghost, some sort of fiery spirit. Indeed, Kama is also called Ananga ("Bodiless") in Sanskrit, an etym that really means "spirit", "ghost". Kama is also the archetype of Eros and Cupid, and is considered the Primordial Creator, destroyed or incended in the conflagration of Paradise.

The Upanishads — a name that suggests the idea of being initiated or "incended" in the long chain that stretches all the way back to Paradisial times — is an esoteric collection of teachings and initiatic doctrines that expands the Vedas and expounds its doctrines in coded language, reserved for the Initiates. Its name also suggests something like the imposition of hands or, really, the initiation or enlightening of the neophytes that the ritual symbolizes.

Apparently, this real meaning of the "laying of hands" was forgotten somewhere during the long stretch that links us back to Paradise and the primordial events that culminated in its fiery destruction. The rituals of the Christian Sacrament of ordination were, as we said above, copied from the Jewish ones for the commissioning of rabbis, the Semikhah.

And the Jews, like the Aryans, really came from India and, before that, from Indonesia, the true site of Eden and of primordial "Egypt". From destroyed Atlantis, the Jews and the Aryans passed into China and Mongolia, where they were known as the Yüeh-Chi ("Jewish"?), the Avars, the Tocharians, etc., as we argue elsewhere in detail. And from there, they later spread to the Near East and thence to the rest of north Asia and Europe a s the mysterious Sea Peoples. Interestingly enough, the Semikhah can be traced back to Moses and Joshua, and the flight of the Hebrews from their destroyed Paradise in Mt. Sinai. Mt. Sinai is verily the same as Mt. Meru or Atlas, the Holy Mountain of Paradise that was burnt down by the fiery avatar of the Lord who is no other than the Holy Ghost. This volcanic mountain has obviously very little to do with its counterpart of the same name in the Sinai Peninsula, a mere replica of the paradisial archetype.

We do not believe that the true meaning of the imposition of hands during Ordination — the one just told, of the endless chain or sutratma — is generally known even inside the Christian Church. But the above exegesis of its significance and origin can hardly contested (and has not), as is clear to anyone who studies the matter in detail, as we did.

The iniciatic secrets in question were apparently forgotten by all or most, and only the mechanical actions of the ritual were preserved. They are enacted in an empty way, like the mechanical movements of an automaton, destitute of soul. We have long forgotten the god whom we honor with such rituals which we emptily ape, despite the fact that the god that is here commemorated is the very Soul of the World. And that Soul is indeed Atlantis, as the initiates well know. This god is represented as Kama, the Love God of the Gnostics of all times. As such he is also the same as Eros, the lover of Psyche whom she mistook for the Beast, as so many do.

6) extreme unction

Extreme Unction or, as it now called, The Anointing of the Sick, hardly differs in meaning from the Sacrament of Chrism, and is here only discussed briefly. Extreme Unction is, as the name suggests, the anointing of the sick in extremis and of any others who are on the imminence of dying. The alleged purpose is the remission of sins or the attempt at a cure. But this contradicts the fact that it is applied after all hope of cure is abandoned, and that Confession is the proper ritual for remission.

The ritual of anointing in Extreme Unction is usually accompanied by Confession of the sins if that is at all possible, and by the administration of the Eucharist as a viaticum, the food for the journey the moribund is about to undertake. The anointing of the sick is a practice of most, if not all religions. It is an extremely ancient ritual and is just about universal. It enacts the wanderings of the soul in its difficult to the site of Paradise, just as do pilgrimages to holy sites in all religions. In other words, Extreme Unction is a preparation of the soul of the deceased for the long pilgrimage it is about to undertake. And this notion seems taken directly from the Egyptian Book of the Dead or its many counterparts, for instance the Tibetan book of the same name.

The administration of the Eucharist as a viaticum is interesting. It embodies the idea that the deceased go to a very distant region, in a sort of pilgrimage to Paradise. This is also the conception behind the actual pilgrimages to the Holy Land that is an ancient custom of the Christians of all times. This practice also exists or existed in essentially all religions: Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan), Moslemism, Judeo-Christianity, etc.. We discuss in some detail the symbolism of this return trip to Paradise in our section on the meaning of the Holy Barque and the Ark of the Covenant, in The Atlantean Symbolism of the Egyptian Temple (Part I). [LINK]

The Greeks did also flock to sacred sites such as Eleusis and Delphi, often in quest of initiation into the secrets of the Mysteries. Their traditions, like those of the Romans, tell of the long pilgrimage of the soul to remote regions such as the Islands of the Blest, which lay in the most extreme regions of the world (Taprobane), precisely in the site where we have located Atlantis, perhaps for the first time ever, as we argue elsewhere in detail [LINK to my article on the Islands of the Blessed and Taprobane]

Ancient Egyptian texts such as The Book of the Dead describe in detail the long pilgrimage and the perils the soul has to face in the beyond, in its quest for the site of Paradise. The Egyptians too, like all peoples, placed Paradise in the Far Orient, beyond the seas and the place where the Sun rises everyday. The Bardo Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, also tells at great length the long pilgrimage and the perils of the soul in its pilgrimage to Paradise, its temporary abode, where it awaits reincarnation.

The Popol Vuh of the Maya Indians tells of the vicissitudes and difficulties of the Twins in their voyage to Xibalba, the site of their Paradise Lost. And so do the Navajo traditions on a similar voyage of their twins to the site of the Sun's residence, in Paradise, obviously in the Far Orient. As is clear, all these different traditions tell one and the same story, the one of the soul's progress on its return to the site of Paradise turned into the gloomy Abode of the Dead. As the Heroes do in flesh and blood, so do we, spiritually, according to traditions that are as old as Mankind itself.

The Muslims have, as one of their most sacred duties, the obligation to undertake a pilgrimage to Mecca, their Holy Land, at least once in their lifetimes. But it is in India, as usual, that we find the reason and the origin for such ancient practices. The pious Hindus are observant of such ritual pilgrimages, and have dozens of holy sites to chose from. These are distributed all over India, often in remote, difficult regions such as the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.

Mt. Kailasa, in the Trans-Himalayas of Tibet, is one of the most sacred spots of the Shivaites. The Holy Mountain is identified with Mt. Meru, the mountain of Paradise, as well as with the immense phallus of Shiva, shedding the abundance of his gifts. Every devout Hindu aims to bathe in the Ganges, the holiest of their rivers. If at all possible he also undertakes pilgrimages to all of India's Seven Holy Rivers. He also endeavors to visit the Seven Holy Cities: Ayodhya, Mathura, Hardwar, Benares, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwaraka.

All these are considered holy sites, connected with the sacred history of Paradise and its destruction in primordial times. But their most holy spots are Lake Manasarowar, near Mt. Kailasa, and Lanka in Ceylon, the sites of their two Paradises, located at the two extremes of the world. However, all seven sacred spots correspond to the Seven Dvipas (or Paradises),which are the archetypes of the Seven Islands of the Blest of the Greeks and Romans, as well as the Paradises of other nations. It is from these Seven Islands that all other sacred septenaries ultimately issue.

As we see, all nations have rituals similar to the above, which entail a return to Paradise in a pilgrimage that simulates the wanderings of the soul after death. Even the Occultists have similar traditions. They quest initiation in the ancient arcanes, except that in a context of actuality and magic, rather than in that of the beyond. Christ, Buddha, Pythagoras, Plato, Solon, Zoroaster, Mani, Apollonius of Tyana, and most other great initiates are said to have gone to India, in their quest for Initiation in the arcanes of the Mysteries. So has Christ, to believe the Hindu traditions which hold that he survived the crucifixion and headed for Kashmir, where his tomb is often shown to the visitors of the place.

In a way, the adventurous rovings of the ancient Heroes such as Ulysses, Hercules, Aeneas, Alexander, Dionysos, Gilgamesh and many others belongs to the same context as the one above. They explored the distant regions connected with Hades and with Paradise, in a way that many experts have linked with the wanderings of the soul in its way to the dreaded netherworld. And such is also the meaning of the Egyptian traditions on the nightly travel of the sun (Ra) in his wa back to the site of Paradise, the Land of Dawn where he is reborn daily, to restart the cycle of the day. In fact, this is a vivid illustration of the samsara, the eternal cycle of reincarnations of the soul.

Modern Occultists are also wont to undertake such long, painful pilgrimages. They often go to India and the Far Orient questing Initiation. But many prefer the famous Route of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. This is connected with Celtic traditions having to do with the Holy Grail and the Elixir, apparently the objective of all such quests. Dante, the well-known Initiate and Occultist, wrote in his Vita Nuova, published in 1293, that Santiago de Compostela, Rome and the Holy Land were the chief centers of attraction for the pilgrims of his time.

We see then that the ritual of Extreme Unction is connected with a return to Paradise and the obtaining of the Elixir of Life either in reality or in the netherworld. And reality always links Paradise with India, the aim of true heroes from remotest times. But Extreme Unction proper has a deeper symbolism that will probably be considered too fescenine and too outrageous to be believed by most. However, the obscene context is often merely a device to disguise profound iniciatic secrets and to divert the inquisitive profane from digging deeper into the meaning of myths.

In Greek and Roman religion it was believed that the dead entering Hades were led and watched by Cerberus, the terrifying dog that was the guardian of Hell. Cerberus would "greet" every incomer with its phallic tail, a disguise or metaphor for his enormous member. The dying were then anointed in order to render the process less hurtful.

The Greek-Roman belief derives from a similar one of the Egyptians. According to this people, the dead, on their way to Amenti, had to cross an immense lake or river which ringed the region. The only way to do it was the barge of Kharun, the sinister ferryman of Hell. Kharun is the same as the Greek Charon, the barger of the Styx, the river that encircled Hades. He is also the same as Hermes and Anubis in their sinister avatars, where they often assumed the canine form that corresponds to that of Cerberus, the Guardian of Hell.

All such doggish gods ultimately derive from Shiva in his quality of Kapila, a name related to Skt. kapi and meaning "dog, ape". In this shape, the lusty, ithyphallic god is related to red, devilish aspects of the deity. As such, the myth also alludes to the ruddy, sodomitic giants said to have inhabited Atlantis after its decay. This is again a universal tradition one encounters even in the Americas (the Atumurunas of the Incas, etc.). In the Bible, these ruddy giants are the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorra.

Their vice led, according to this reliable source, to their destruction in a terrible conflagration which is indeed the firing of Atlantis by its enraged volcano. The figure of the ruddy, lusty god is also represented there by the one of Cham, the senior son of Noah. His name means "fiery, ruddy" (like Kapila's). And his "seeing the nudity of Noah" implies a sexual connotation already noted by many specialists. Cham was cursed by his father, and his vice and damnation resulted in the destruction of Atlantis and the subsequent enslavement of the ruddy races everywhere.

The Styx is the same as the River Oceanus of Homer, the circular river of Atlantis turned into Tartarus after its sinking. This is copied from the Vaitarani or Asayana of Hindu legends, which far predate the times of Homer. And Cerberus and Orthrus, the twin guardian dogs of Hell, are also copied from the Sarameyas of Vedic India.

[Footnote: In fact, the Greek word Okeanos, of unclear meaning and derivation in Greek, derives from this Sanskrit word, asayana, meaning "round-going", as we argue in detail elsewhere. The word Vaitarani also means the same thing. The Vaitarani is the Hindu archetype of the Styx, the river that surrounds Hell (Hades), in Greek traditions. In Homer and other poets and mythographers, the river is called Oceanus. This river (or canal) should not be confused with the world-encircling Ocean, of which it is the replica, as we explain elsewhere in detail. In fat, Atlantis was itself a replica of the world. Hence the peculiar shape disclosed by Plato, the one of a circular canal crossed by two others forming a cross, the usual symbol of the earth. This shape is indeed called the "Cross of Atlantis" by specialists.]

In ancient belief, the lascivious Kharun — or Charon, an ill-disguisd alias of Cham and of Cerberus — would charge a dear price for his services, the same one exacted by Cerberus, his canine alias or, in India, by the Sarameyas, their alias and counterpart. In some traditions, this price was merely a coin, which would be placed in the mouths of the dead. But the coin is merely an euphemism for the true price exacted, as the word "coin" is synonymous with the anal sphincter in fescenine usage. In this role, Kharun impersonates the Egyptian Pharaoh as the Barger of (Sunken) Paradise, that is, of Atlantis.

The barger of Hell first appears in The Epic of Gilgamesh, as Urchanabi, the Barger of Paradise. In the traditions of the Sumero-Babylonians, Paradise is called Dilmun. And, as we explain elsewhere, the name of Dilmun — which has no etymology in any known language — ultimately derives from the Dravida div-mun, meaning "first island-abode". In other words, the first abode of the Sumerians is no other than Atlantis itself, Dravida being the former tongue of the region of Indonesia, and hence of Paradise, as we argue in detail elsewhere. It is Urchanabi who takes Gilgamesh to Dilmun in his barge, at what price we know not, but may well guess. Gilgamesh is questing the Elixir of Life there, but fails in his attempt, like so many other Heroes, for the task is extremely difficult.

In a variant, Gilgamesh reaches the Gates of Paradise, where he is stopped by the Scorpion-Men who guard its access. Gilgamesh is admitted, again in an obscure way. The Scorpion-Men are the archetypes of the Karibu or Cherubs who performed a similar task in later variants of the myth. These Cherubs apparently charged the same price from incomers, as the word for scorpion means "stinger", "pricker", and has a phallic connotation, akin to Cerberus'. In reality, the myth of the twin Sarameyas allegorizes the crossing of the Pillars of Hercules and Atlas.

This dangerous crossing was a prerequisite for reaching Paradise, as we show elsewhere. But it was forbidden, and all trespassers caught in the attempt were summarily impaled by the Phoenicians who guarded these Straits. In another context, the practice of anointing has also to do with the rituals of Initiation in several traditions. In many initiatic rituals the hierophant will exact from the neophytes the same high price we have been discussing. This practice is standard in many primitive religions, and was also very widespread in the ancient world.

The Greek philosophers would ordinarily demand it from their disciples, and their banquets — named symposia, or "lying together" — were truly communal orgies were the pupils had to yield to their masters in public. For that purpose, the disciples were properly anointed, as in other rituals of Initiation.

As we see, ritual anointing has always to do with the disclosure to the initiatic secrets concerning Paradise and its whereabouts, as well as admission to immortality, often at a high price. In an entirely different context, there is another traditional reason for the anointing in the Extreme Unction. Again it is connected with Paradise and related traditions. In India, the Gonds and the Khonds, among other primitive tribes, used to sacrifice human victims until rather recently. These victims were called meriahs, a word denoting something like "scapegoat".

The meriahs were sacrificed by burning, and their roasted bodies were later eaten in a ritual akin to that of Communion. Before the meriahs were roasted alive, their bodies were carefully anointed as a preparation for the ritual. The reasons for anointing were twofold. First, it rendered their meat more proper for consumption. But the anointing was also a gesture of mercy, as the victim caught fire, and died a quick death, instead of being slowly roasted alive by the bonfire. This ritual is also connected with the one of the immolation of St. Sebastian and its Mayan counterpart discussed further above.

But there is also a third, secret reason for the ritual. Paradise — particularly the Indian one — is usually associated with the idea of abundance of food, and fatness as a result of overeating. The queen of Punt, the Egyptian Paradise, is usually represented as an enormously fat woman. Likewise, the prehistoric Venuses of Neolithic times are equally abundant of flesh. So the Pious Ethiopians of Homer, who spend their time in endless banqets attended by all the gods.

But this fatness is no sign of disease, as many think. The idea is again the same as above, being related to Paradise and the abundance of food which was its main characteristic. And this again suggests the East Indies which so fascinated the Greeks with its two or even three crops (of rice) a year, as attested in many ancient sources. In an age of perpetual scarcity, it is easy to realize the importance of food and abundance, and the association of fatness with beauty.

In actual fact, the characteristic abundance of Paradise is brought about by its volcano, whose cinders perpetually fertilize the soil. They also cause abundant rains due to the altered atmospheric conditions and, particularly, by the creation of condensation nuclei which turn water vapor into droplets which later condense in them to create rain. But the price paid for that abundance is very dear, as it also brings death when it explodes, destroying everything in the region. Hence the many ancient ancient traditions on the misfortunes associated with selling one's soul to the Devil (the volcano) or the doomed places such as Troy, Dhumadi, or even Sodom and Gomorra, likewise cursed.

So, we see that the ritual of Extreme Unction is connected with Paradisial events which came down from at least Neolithic times, as they figure in the sacred traditions of both the Old and the New Worlds. The idea is that the dying are anointed for the same reason that were the meriahs of the Gonds and Konds, in preparation for a return trip to Paradise, where they would enjoy abundance and peace, but run the risk of being burnt when it turns into a fiery hell. In other words, the volcano fattens people with the fertility it brings about, but later "fries" them in terrible conflagration when they explode. And, as all traditions suggest, these abundance-bringing volcanoes are the ones of Indonesia, the "Belt-of-Fire" where active volcanoes indeed abound, and indeed often bring doom to all who live there.

7) communion

We reserved the Sacrament of Communion for the end because it is both the most important of all such, as well as the most telltale of all of them. Communion commemorates the Lord Christ's Last Supper. Better yet, it refers to the one after his death, of the 153 fishes which he ate in communion with his disciples after his resurrection (John 21:11). These fishes were netted by the disciples, under the guidance of Jesus himself. Fishing with nets symbolizes the advent of the Celestial Kingdom (cf. Mat. 13: 47: ff.).

The meaning of the number 153 is obscure, and must probably be interpreted in the light of the Caballah. If so, it means 1+5+3 = 9. And the number 9 means the fullness or abundance characteristic of Paradise and of completeness. In fact, the number denotes the number of realms of Atlantis, originally 10, of which the central one was destroyed by the conflagration of its volcano, and does not really count anymore, as it vanished for good. It is for this reason that the number nine is often equated with the number of Hells and/or of Heavens in the traditions of most peoples and religions, including the Aztecs, the Buddhists, the Chinese, the Centro-American Indians, the Siberians, the Mongols, etc.. Of course, other, alternative explanations also exist, though some of them seem farfetched.

After all, Atlantis and its nine partly surviving realms became the site of Hell, just as it formerly was the one of Paradise. For those who like more farfetched connections, nine is the number of planets in the Solar System. The ancient Hindus also spoke of it as the one of the nine planets (navagraha), and many traditions — Cabbalistic ones included — speak of the nine heavens or the nine planets in their celestial spheres. So, it is not impossible that the ancient Hindus somehow knew of the nine planets of the Solar System, unless this is just a tremendous coincidence. Or is it?

Peter ("stone") plunging into the seas, is literally a representation of the fall of the vajra that causes the Flood and fills the seas with dead people (Cf. Matt. 14:28). It is these corpses which become the Eucharist (eu charis = "good meat" = manna) that the others have to eat in order to survive in the devastated conditions of after the Flood. This Eucharist is also the manna that the Israelites had to eat in order to survive in the Sinai desert, during their exodus from their destroyed Paradise, as we explain elsewhere in detail.

The comparison of the corpses which fill the seas like dead fishes is not ours, but is traditional. It is specifically mentioned in Sumerian The Epic of Gilgamesh, the first known account of the Flood. In India, there is a clever inversion of the motif, and it is the Fish (Matsya) who saves Manu, the archetype of the Biblical Noah. Even in the Americas we find the myth of the Flood that drowns all persons and turns them into fishes (i.e.; corpses eaten like fish or eaten by fishes, and literally turned into fish flesh).

Communion is, in most ancient traditions, practiced as ritual cannibalism. It was so practiced in deed and in symbol essentially everywhere. It is still practiced in India (by the local aborigines), in Africa, in the Americas, in Oceania and even in Europe, in certain rituals associated with Black Magic. Practices such as head-hunting, scalping, lycanthropy, vampirism, nagualism, omophagia and cruent sacrifices, human or not, are all connected directly or indirectly with cannibalism and ritual communion.

The Jews — like so many peoples in distress — were on occasion forced into committing cannibalism, as hinted at in the Lamentations of Jeremiah and, more literally, in the ritual consumption of "manna" during the wanderings of the Israelites in the Sinai desert. The Hebrew word manna in fact derives from the Skt. manas, meaning "mind" and, by extension, "human". The usual etymology "what is this?" is popular and should be discarded as such. The destroyed Jerusalem of the Lamentations of Jeremiah and other prophecies is indeed Eden or Lemuria, the destroyed Paradise which they were forced to abandon in the primordial diaspora. In fact, the prophets prophesy in hindsight, and indeed recall these pristine events holding that they will again be repeated, as all things must, according to the Hindu doctrine of Cyclical Time and the Return of Paradise and of the Golden Age.

Christ too is often likened to the fish or dolphin, the Ichtos by which he is symbolized. So are Dionysos (the dolphin) and Skanda (the makara or shishumara) and Vishnu (Matsya). The human victims consumed in communion were often ground into flour and baked as a sort of cake, the true source of manna. Here we see the origin of the identification of bread (the Host) with the body of the Lord. Fishes too were often ground into a flour for reasons of preservation, and were thus consumed in the ancient World, for instance by the Ichthiophagi ("fish-eaters") of Herodotus and others.

It is for this hidden reason that Alexander is said to have forbidden the Ichthiophagi of eating "fish". The "Corn-Gods" of several nations were also identified with fishes for the same reason. Atagartis, the Syrian goddess, was a corn-goddess and a nagini ("fish-woman"). The Nagas ("fishes") of Assam (India) practice head-hunting and cannibalism even today. Dagon, the Semitic corn-god, was a fish (dag = "fish"). Many other examples could further be mentioned, but the ones just given will have to do for now.

Kama, the Hindu love god is often identified to the makara or dolphin with which he is usually associated. Kama is also an alias of Purusha, sacrificed and cooked and consumed "himself to himself". This expression can only imply cannibalism or the eating of humans by humans. The practice has to do with the meriahs (or human escape-goats) sacrificed and used as "corn" by the Gonds and the Khonds. And the ritual has also to do with the myth of the unending banquets of the Pious Ethiopians, or those of the Germanic heroes in the halls of Valhalla.

Kukulkan, the fiery winged-serpent of the Toltecs and Mayas, was both a corn-god and a fish. He is also the god of resurrection and reincarnation, like Christ and Dionysos. The eating of Dionysos Zagreus by the Titans and the stories concerning Zeus Lykaios ("Werewolf") in Greece also embody the idea of consuming the deity's flesh in holy communion. Likewise, the Bersekers of Odin and the werewolves who ate Zoroaster's corpse also belong to this same motif, and derive from the ancient traditions related to ritual cannibalism.

The "gods" embody the paideuma of the manes (or ancestors), killed by the Flood, whose corpses were eaten by the few survivors, who had no alternative for preserving their lives. This practice is far more frequent than is usually suspected, and there are innumerous reported cases of such happenings even among civilized people. For instance, the Spanish Conquistadores often ate the Indians they took along for that specific purpose — usually women and children — during their long expeditions in the wilderness of the Americas.

The fish (Matsya) who saved Manu, the ancestor for all humans, during the Flood, is in all probability an allegory of the Primordial Eucharist. So is Leviathan, the giant fish or seamonster of the Bible. At Doom, Leviathan is killed and his dead body serves as food for the survivors in the great banquet of Armaggedon. Yu-kiang is the Chinese counterpart of Kukulkan, being a sea-god represented as either a flying dragon, a fish, or a human. He too became a sort of Eucharist. So did, at least ritually, the Amerindian "corn-gods" such as Kukulkan and Quetzalcoatl.

It is a feature of Revelation, and indeed, most such eschatological disclosures that the vultures and wolves feast on the flesh of the kings and warriors killed in combat, as we discuss elsewhere. This motif first appears in the Kumarasambhava of Kalidasha, from which The Book of Revelation was probably copied by John or whoever wrote under that name. Anyone who takes the trouble of comparing these two books will not fail to observe their essential identity.

In similar myths the dead who serve as food (or Eucharist) are represented by the huge boar consumed in Valhalla by the warriors of Odin; by the serpent Leviathan or Lothan (a sort of dolphin representing the makara) eaten in a banquet by the guests, etc., etc.. A similar allegory shows Purusha, the Primordial Man, generating all men from his sacrificed remains, that is, from his own flesh. In a reversal of the motif, the Hero is eaten by the fish or dragon or some other monster. Such is the case of Jonah, eaten by the whale, and of the similar relations of the Kalevala and other sources.

Even in Australia and other places of Oceania we find identical traditions of being eaten by the Primordial Serpent. This fact attests, as said above, the extreme antiquity of the ritual custom, which obviously dates from Neolithic times or earlier. In Psalm 22 — a remarkably detailed prophecy of Christ's crucifixion that discloses its true symbolic meaning — the Faithful Servant is apparently devoured by the wicked men that behave as ravening dogs and lions ready to devour him.

The Faithful Servant of Psalm 22 is indeed an archetypal Christ consumed in communion at the Great Assembly (of Armaggedon), as can be seen by an attentive reading. This intriguing psalm tells how both the fat and the meek of the earth "shall eat and worship until they are satisfied". Theirs is the Messianic Banquet that takes place at Doom. And it may well be that the Resurrection of the Dead associated with it ultimately refers to ritual cannibalism.

This originated from the universal practice of thus insuring the survival of the deceased relatives, a practice adopted by many primitives, even today. This is also implied by the garbled final lines of the remarkable Psalm 22 in question here, which should, perhaps, be thus understood, as the following passage attests:

I will honor Thy name in the Great Assembly,
And fulfill my vow before those who fear Thee.
The humble shall eat and be satisfied...
And I will live forever within their hearts...

All the fat upon the earth shall eat and worship.
And the buried in the grave shall bow before him.
And my spirit shall live forever within them...

In other words, the events described in the psalm exactly prefigure, by fully one thousand years, those enacted (or reenacted, rather) by Christ. They have been disfigured by metaphors in order to preserve the secret that the life of Christ is sheer allegory. And these allegories in fact refer to Atlantis and the sad events which attended its demise in the Great Sacrifice. In the above passage of Psalm 22, the dispirited Faithful Servant suddenly takes heart, and consents in his sacrifice, after he is assured by Jahveh that he will survive in spirit inside the hearts of the worshippers who are about to devour him, as is clear from the context and the symbolism implied.

True or not, that is precisely what the worshipping Christians affirm when they take communion: that Christ somehow enters, in flesh and in blood, inside their hearts. Interestingly enough this was precisely the creed of the worshippers of Dionysos Zagreus in ancient Greece (the Orphics) and, even more literally, of those of Purusha, in India. Purusha was there believed to survive in the hearts of his worshipers. Indeed, the heart is called Purusha-pura (or "Purusha's fortress") in Sanskrit, because Purusha is believed to reside there.

It is next to impossible not to see that the Christian doctrines concerning Communion ultimately derive from these Hindu archetypes, which in fact date back to Vedic times. As such, the Vedic sacrifice is also symbolized by the Horse Sacrifice (or Ashvamedha) which we comment elsewhere in this site [LINK: to Horse Sacrifice]. Ultimately, these Vedic rituals passed into Tantrism, where actual banquets are held with the meat of the sacrificed victims. In primitive times, these victims — often the horse and the goat — were replaced by humans.

In fact, the horse and the goat are the totemic animals of the Aryans (horse) and the Dravidas (goat),whom they symbolize. Dadhyanch — an alias of Purusha as the Primordial Sacrifice — has a name that can most literally be interpreted as "giver of fat". Dadhyanch gave his own bones and flesh for the fashioning of the vajra and the imprisonment of the Fiery Mare that survives deep down inside the waters of the Ocean. Again we have here another archetypal Communion in allegorized form.

The sacrifice of Purusha and the roasting and eating of Zagreus by the Titans both closely replicate that of the Faithful Servant of Psalm 22 and his eating by the circumstants. Such human sacrifices closely evoke that of the meriahs in India, and also, the ashvameda (or horse sacrifice of the Hindus), where the victim was first anointed with grease or butter (christos) and then roasted and eaten communially, as we commented above.

The Aztecs also a similar tradition, obscurely remembered in the myth of the fiery sacrifice of Nanahuatizin and Tecuciztecatl, the gods who became the Sun and the Moon after this primordial sacrifice. This story is hard to decode, as the myth is very obscure. But the meaning is precisely the same as the ones of the Vedic and the Tantric myths just told. This can be guessed by a close comparison of the rituals and the myths concerned. As usual, the two gods represent the two moieties of Atlantis and their disappearance as the result of the great conflagration that destroyed their pristine homeland in Atlantis-Eden, one which they barely survived.

The institution of the Eucharist told in Luke (22:15-20) is indeed strange, as the prophet speaks of two chalices. The problem is serious, and has been much debated, without success. Apparently, Christ was celebrating two different covenants (or "communions"). One was that of the traditional Paschal Lamb, and the other that of himself as the new Paschal Lamb. The two cups closely evoke the Hindu traditions on the two types of amrita (the Elixir), one golden, the other one clear or white. As usual, the two colors represent the twin races of Atlantis-Eden.

The North American Indians have a form of Holy Communion known as Peyotism. This uses a hallucinogen drug called peyote or mezcal, brewed from the buttoms of a cactus. Similar drug cults based on this type of communion exist all over the Americas, the Amazon region included, where it is known as Santo Dayme. The Indians claim that there are two forms of communion, one made of white bread for the Whites, and one made of ruddy drugs such as peyote for the Reds. [Link to: site article on Whirling Mountain of Navajos]

This duality is also implied by the twin Rivers of Life which flow from the thrones of the Lamb and of Jahveh in Revelation 22. These two sacred "thrones" are the "pillars" (or Polar Mountains) which are also the twin Holy Grails represented as the twin Mt. Merus of Hindu traditions. The Holy Mountain is there dual (the Sumeru and the Kumeru) and is hollowed at the summit, where it holds a lake (Manasa), as if it were indeed some type of grail.

In fact, these two mountains are twin volcanoes, and the liquid they hold is that of crater lakes. They represent the symbolism of the twin Pillars of Hercules and Atlas, a tradition which in fact derives from the twin Merus of Hindu traditions, as we explain elsewhere in connection with the symbolism of Egyptian temples and the one of the Holy Mountain of the Navajos [LINK: to the two articles on Symbolism of Egyptian Temple (I) and on the Whirling Mountain of the Navajos]. And, as we explain there and elsewhere, these two volcanoes are indeed the Toba and the Krakatoa, the twin volcanoes flanking the Malacca Strait, precisely the ones associated with the Pillars of Hercules and the Gates (or Pylons) of Paradise, the markers of Atlantis, according to Plato.

These twin volcanoes also symbolize the twin Trees of Life and Knowledge which derive from the Jambu Trees of Indian traditions, which is also dual. This double tree is composed of two inverted fig-trees, the ashvatta or pipal, and the bodhi tree or holy fig (Ficus indica and Ficus religiosa). These two trees grow together, one downwards from the top of the other, more or less as the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Judeo-Christian traditions. The Sacred Oak of the Druids was also dual, with the mistletoe growing downwards from its top. So was also the Babylonian Tree of Life, which is often represented as a composite tree resembling perhaps a grapevine coiled around a palm tree.

The twin Holy Grails of Luke's Eucharist also correspond to the twin Cherubs who are the Guardians of the Tree of Life, to the two Pillars of Hercules, to Jachin and Boaz, to the twins Ashvins, etc.. And, of course, they also closely relate to the two sunken continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, which is in fact what they indeed represent. More exactly they represent the craters of the local volcanoes, full either of water (when quiescent) or of fiery magma (when erupting). And these two volcanoes are the Toba and the Krakatoa, which destroyed the region at the two consecutive occasions mentioned further above, respectively in 75,000 and 11,600 years ago, the dates of two of the greatest human tragedies ever.

The Paschal supper consisted not really of bread, but of lamb. We have here the identity "bread" = "flesh" encountered in the name of Bethlehem (beith lehem = "house of flesh (or bread)"). The manner by which the bread and the wine constitute the flesh and blood of Christ is an inscrutable mystery, as declared by the Church. Nevertheless, the dualism implied is obvious, and refers to the two covenants mentioned above.

Theologians have never been able to understand the manner in which Christ is present in the Eucharist. And they never will, unless they open their eyes to speculations such as ours, based on the impecable scientific logic of Comparative Religion. Purely spiritual interpretations will never do, if we are to believe that Christ was indeed an actual human being, as the Christian Church holds. And allegations that the subject is a "mystery" is merely a way of eluding the importune questions of the less gullible worshippers.

The Eucharist is the Messianic Banquet allegorized by the Last Supper, either in deed or in fancy. And this Banquet took place at the dawn of humanity, just after the Flood that wiped out Atlantis, decimating its inhabitants. The few, bewildered survivors could only save themselves by scavenging the carcasses of their beloved dead, precisely as described in the Lamentations of Jeremiah.

We all participated in this gloomy Banquet, not really the last — for Time became inverted thenceforth — but really, the First Supper of the present humanity. Yes, we were all present there, not in spirit only, but in the flesh and blood of our ancestors. These ancestors, the Atlanteans, are indeed the "matrix" or soul which animates this mass of inert matter we call "body". This is the animal portion only, and the animating spark is purely Atlantean, as many are starting to realize, perhaps fed up with the grossness of the present era, the Kali Yuga.

It was only the supreme effort for survival described above — the sacrifice of some of us in favor of the others — that possibilitated the perpetuation of Mankind. Otherwise, we would all have become utterly extinct. And extinction is forever, as all know. This was indeed the Great Sacrifice performed by Noah, by Utnapishtin and by Manu Vaishvasvata, as soon as they landed their Arks. The smoke that attracted the gods, and which so pleased them, was that of the roasted human carrion alongside the one of live humans that these Noahs and their people were forced to eat, in order to survive and continue the human saga down to the present time.

And this terrible tragedy happened not once, but twice in human history, as we just argued, hopefully in a compelling way. True miracles are hard to come by in real life. Perhaps, by this supreme sacrifice, humanity was allowed to survive when so many highly qualified creatures such as the mammoths, the mastodons, the cave bears, the giant sloths, and the saber-toothed tigers became utterly extinct. It is precisely this fact that Jesus emphasizes in the passage of John where he institutes Communion:

It is the spirit that vivifies,
The flesh is of no worth.
The words which I spoke to you,
They are the Spirit and they are Life.

If we really think about these remarkable words, we realize that Jesus is absolutely right. Flesh is matter, and matter is dead and inanimate. What matters is this tiny spark of the primordial Purusha that survives in each of us, inside each of our cells. This spark is the Eternal Fire which has been burning incessantly since the dawn of Mankind. Man — that is, humanity proper — is only the Word or Logos, this bright divine spark which renders us a little more than the brute beasts on whose flesh we prey. It is the word, speech, that establishes the Golden Link, the Sutratma (or Soul Thread) of Tradition that has been passed from mouth to ear from one generation to the next, ever since the dawn of time, the epic times when we all still lived in Paradise, in Atlantis-Eden, in the Far Orient, our common home.

And what is that ineffable secret of the mysteries that has never been betrayed and that only belongs to the superior humans who guide us all in the crossing of the wilderness? The fact that we eat human flesh when conditions are forcing enough? Truly, this is indeed a sad reality but not one crucial enough for the importance of the matter. The reality is possibly even more frightening. Perhaps it is the one that gods do not truly exist at all, and that we are merely apes, utterly alone and fated to forever steer this beautiful spaceship Earth towards nowhere.

Evolution is merely a fiction, an unscientific theory, based on sheer wishfull thinking. In fact, we all do not progress at all, but are forever bound in an endless samsara that can only be ended by collective extinction. Rationality too, is only a mythical belief, and we reason solely based on the archetypes brainwashed into our minds by our parents and ancestors. We imitate our parents like apes, mimicking their rites and their deeds and motives and petty ideals, forever bound in a vicious circle that leads nowhere. Gods and religion are, perhaps, no more than fiction: ghosts invented perhaps for recreational purposes by our forefathers, in order to provide a motivation for the masses, and to act both as an opiate and as an internal, ever-watching policemen: our internal Big Brother.

But this gloomy picture of the human condition is merely the nightmare of those who deny that Man is far more than body, our mortal shackles. Man has both a soul and a spirit imparted us from our dawn in Paradise. Soul, feminine and wiser, is Mahavidya (or Great Wisdom), the divine spark, the atom of Lemurian Atlantis which survived the cataclysm that devastated this paradisial region. And Spirit is Purusha, the spark — perhaps divine, perhaps demonic — that we got from our ancestors in the second Paradise, that of Atlantis proper, our second chance, as told above.

And these two principles, one masculine and fiery, the other one feminine and moist are indeed the one represented in the yin-yang, in the Cosmic Egg, in the Ardhanarishvara (the Androgyne) and in the Twins of all mythologies. Far from purely spiritual, they exist within all things, humans included. In fact, they are the archetypes (eideas) which Plato reveals in his imposing Myth of the Cave. In other words, Atlantis and Lemuria survive, as memories and archetypes in the deepest recesses of the Collective Unconscious, bound up within our hearts and our minds like Purusha within the Purusha-pura.

It is these two sparks, these two opposite principles that our ancestors ingested in Paradise: the flesh and blood of their own sisters and brothers, their parents and their children killed or maimed in the terrible cataclysm. "Do this in memory of me", they say, the two Great Gods who indeed represent Atlantis and Lemuria. And we, poor bastards, altogether forgot the real purpose of the ritual and even the reality of Atlantis-Eden, which most of us deny, even though they both are an inescapable reality, the Reality we all commemorate in our religious rites and in our sacred traditions, the same everywhere, as we just argued.

These memories — these recollections of Paradise Lost which cause so much nostalgia in all of us — have been supressed and tabooed by all sorts of indoctrinations. But they are immortal and are fast coming back to life again, now that the time for it has finally arrived. In this they closely recall volcanoes such as the Krakatoa and the Toba. When their craters become plugged, the volcanoes go dormant and appear to be dead, sometimes for thousands and even millions of years. But this suppression only leads to a buildup of pressure in their interior until they suddenly come back to life with an indomitable fury, in a terrible explosive eruption that destroys all things in its way with fire and water, the two essences of Doom.


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