SAINT AUGUSTINE AND HIS CONFESSIONS

SAINT AUGUSTINE AND HIS CONFESSIONS

The book that I have just finished that I will review for you today, was written on or about the year 397 AD. Originally titled and meant to be read out loud such as Homer’s Iliad, ‘Confessions in 13 books’, later to be known as ‘Confessions by Saint Augustine’, gives the reader or listener, a wonderful insight into the teachings and what went into the teachings of Saint Augustine.

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Saint Augustine wrote his confessions around 397 A.D. Back then, most people would sit and listen while it was read to them.

It may be important to remind everyone, that this historic work, was not written at the end of St Augustine’s life. Rather, It Was written while he was in his forties.

This work deep in words and in meaning, covers the time of St Augustine’s early childhood youth and a time where he was a fervent believer in astrology, and covers his slow migration to the Christian faith.

For me some of the philosophical insights, covered in this masterful work, were how sins of youth, or of ambition, or of the need for societal inclusion, do not define us. Rather, the pursuit of God’s love and understanding is much more important in everlasting life, than focusing on times where we have come up short from God’s best.

We can be manipulated by the masses. When people look at our faults and hold that against us; well God loves us, forgives us, and wants the best for us.

SUMMARY

I found St Augustine’s writings on time, to be very interesting, as he goes a long way in solving the paradoxical dilemma; what about the time before there was God? What what was before God created the heavens and the Earth?

Briefly put, by definition; before there was time there still had to be time. It is much as we look at things as human beings today. As time is quickly passing by, but thinking that time was moving slowly when you were in the moment.

Time is both fluid and stagnant and can’t be both, but different at the same moment.

This is a slow read that causes the reader to sit, meditate and contemplate.

St. Augustine also gives a very clear message. It is where one can hold onto their beliefs, but respect with all earnest reference to somebody else’s different beliefs.

This book is free to read in the public record.

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HANDBAGS OF THE ANUNNAKI

What were these handbags or purses depicted in glyph carved in stone and other materials in ancient history?

Handbags or purses were depicted numerous times in ancient history.

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What were these handbags or purses depicted in glyph carved in stone and other materials in ancient history?

This isn’t about a UFOs in ancient history but it is related by connection of the Anunnaki.

I’m sure a lot of you have seen numerous images of the ancient divine deities and other beings carrying peculiar ‘handbags’ also known as ‘purses’ in their hands and have wondered what they were. Why were there so many identical or very similar bags or purses in various historical epochs on different continents?

Unfortunately, neither legends nor myths contain specific information about them.

I’ve pondered on and off for years over these mysterious bags. I’ve read other people’s theories of what they could have been; a basket for carrying water, fruit, gold, etc., but those ideas are impossible. It’s impossible because these so called bags are made of solid stone. They cannot carry anything.

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Statue of a ‘god’ carrying a handbag.

I finally came upon an article that makes the most sense to me and thought I’d share the information. For sure, it’s a clear impression that the ancients were far from being only savage hunters and gatherers as mainstream historians impose on us. The ancients obviously had totally different priorities in their life, which enabled them to see a completely different picture of the world.

Anyways, author and historian, Sviatoslav Sergeyev drew a parallel between the symbolism of such ‘handbags’ and the times when Primordial Knowledge was brought into the world. A graphic example is the Vulture Stone in Göbekli Tepe. In the world of archaeology there are such artifacts as ‘handbags’ not attached to any figure/being/deity or other item.

So, what did Gods carry in their ‘handbags’? They carried spiritual knowledge. I ‘think’ the handbags, aka purses are the individuals temple which they believed carried knowledge. Kind of like how some Christians wear a cross, believing it carries faith.

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Sample glyph of an Anunnaki carrying a handbag.

Here’s some references to important quotes regarding the bags:

We might interpret the Göbekli Tepe site as having also served as an instructional sanctuary, where (if we believe the statements of later cultures) civilizing skills might have been intentionally introduced to humanity. We find this same outlook expressed in myths that survive in some cultures. For example, among the Maori of New Zealand, one mythic storyline tells of how a deified ancestor named Tane ascended to a place where the gods lived and returned with three baskets filled with knowledge. Within the context of this type of myth, the notion of a basket comes to be associated symbolically with instructed knowledge.

An Egyptian term for ‘basket’ hetep is a homonym for other features we also find at Göbekli Tepe. It can refer to ‘a place of peace or propitiation’, ‘the shrine of a god’, to a ‘slab of stone’ (written with a glyph shaped like the Göbekli Tepe pillars), and to a ‘graving tool, stylus, chisel’. The term is formed from the same phonetic root het/get/chet that can imply the concept of a temple or sanctuary in various ancient languages.

Both the shape and temple/shrine symbolism of the handbag images is also reflected in later cultures such as ancient Egypt. In his book Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization, Barry Kemp of the University of Cambridge in England discusses the attributes of a type of pre-dynastic portable shrine called a ‘seh’ that, in his view, became the prototype for temple architecture and symbolism in dynastic Egypt. He characterizes the seh as an early ‘tent’ shrine, built from poles and cloth or animal skins. The lower part of the shrine was squared, much like a modern dining room cabinet, while the poles of the upper part were bent into the shape of a domed arch, creating a covered shelf. The overall shape is a match for the Göbekli Tepe figures, and presents a good physical and conceptual correlate to the handbag symbols. In his Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Sir E.A. Wallace Budge defines a phonetically-similar word sa as ‘a shrine or sanctuary in which a god or goddess was housed’.

When French anthropologist Marcel Griaule met with a Dogon priest named Ogotemmeli to discuss attributes of a Dogon shrine (a counterpart to a Buddhist stupa) that serves as the defining symbol of their cosmology, the blind teacher reached around the inside of his hut, searching with his hands until he found a woven basket to use as a physical prop to illustrate the symbolic attributes of the shrine…

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ADRIAN GILBERT SPEAKS

Adrian Gilbert

Adrian Geoffrey Gilbert is an accomplished author who resides in Kent, United Kingdom. He has written twelve books and they can be found on Amazon. Adrian is organizing a five-day conference in July, 2018, to be held at Bath, England. The links to the event are found below. Also, at article’s end please find an auto-biographical statement from Adrian Gilbert.

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Adrian Gilbert at Chelsea Flower Show

When I received his friendship request on Facebook, today, I was humbled and honored. We have since chatted. I was taken with his most recent post regarding the truer scientific findings of the ages and times of dinosaurs. I have read, previously, scientific findings determining that dinosaurs had existed millions of years ago. They state the evidence in carbon dating of remains. Carbon-14 measurements only work for a few thousand years and it decays over time until it is undetectable. How could it be an accurate measure taken on something claimed to be millions of year old?

Adrian Gilbert’s post bears the truth of the matter. Please note that all his words are in italic text. Here is his post:

Recently, my attention has been drawn to a long article on the subject of dinosaur re-dating. Game-changing research has been carried out by a paleontologist in the USA who, on dissolving away the calcified material in T-Rex bone, was able to find soft tissue inside. This fibrous, springy material turned out to have blood vessels and even red blood cells contained in it. Further research on other dinosaur bones has revealed that this kind of preservation is quite common. It begins to make the concept of ‘Jurassic Park’ a real possibility.

However, what are even more amazing are two other undeniable facts. The first is that this organic material should not have survived for the tens of millions or even billion years that paleontology says is the age of such bones. Such matter decays rapidly. How could DNA, or even DNA fragments, possibly survive intact inside fossils that are millions of years old? After all we have difficulty in sequencing human DNA that is more than a few of thousand years old.

A second, even more challenging problem for paleontologists is that when these dinosaur remains are tested for Carbon 14, dates are obtained indicating that they are not more than about 20,000 years old. Now the half-life of C14 is about 5750 years. After roughly 25,000 years there should be only 1/32 of the original C14. In other words only about one thirty-second. Make that a million years and there will be no traceable C14 at all. So how can T-Rex possibly be 65 milion years old, with proteins still intact, blood cells visible, DNA traceable and registering C14 results in the range of just a few thousand years old? It simply doesn’t make sense.

Now as some of you will know, on a number of occassions I have lectured at the Edgar Cayce Foundation (ARE) in Virginia Beach VA, USA. This foundation is based on the recorded work of a remarkable man (Edgar Cayce) who was able to go into a sleeping, trance like state where he could ‘read’ the life-stories of people and the ‘History’ of the world from the akashic or psychic records. Now this must seem like hocus-pocus to many people but there are numerous instances where he was able to diagnose and prescribe for physical ailments of people not even present and thereby cure whatever was ailing them. In his sleeping state he was far more knowledgeable of these matters than while awake when he was quite a simple man who read his bible and practised photography. Indeed it sometimes said of him that he was the only man in history who was more interesting to talk to while asleep than when awake.

I will say no more about Cayce here as there is abundant material on the web. However one thing he did report was that around 50,000 BC the earth was over run with huge animals that jeopadised the future of mankind. A council was held and means found to wipe out these beasts.

Now this sounds much nearer to the C14 date for the extinction of T-Rex and his friends. Not only that, there seems to be a human memory of conflict with what we call dragons, some of which could swim, some could fly while others lived in caves. Could not Cayce’s great beass, the dinosaurs and our mythological dragons be all one and the same thiing? It is certainly a thought isn’t it. Something to ponder next time you visit the Natural History Museum (i.e. London’s Cathedral to atheistic Darwinism) and look at the plaster cast skeleton of Diplodocus, now displaced from his home by the front door to give way to the more ecologically significant Blue Whale. . Perhaps Raquel Welch fighting off flying pteradactyls in a skimpy, animal-skin bikini (movie 1,000,000 years BC) is not so far off the mark after all. The only difference might be that it all took place ,uch more recently: iin 50,000-25,000 BC to be precise.

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Adrian Gilbert Picture from the movie One Million Years B. C.

As mentioned above, Adrian Gilbert is organizing a conference in July, 2018 at Bath, England. This will be a five-day event. For those who can, please plan to attend. Adrian provided this web site to view. Click here. Adrian also has a Facebook page for the upcoming conference that can be viewed by clicking here.

The following is Adrian Gilbert’s auto-biographical statement detailing his writings and areas of interest. Please bear in mind, Adrian has written twelve books. When viewing them on Amazon, they are mixed to depict over twenty books available. Adrian Geoffrey Gilbert details this below. All his words are in italics:

Hello. Well I guess if you have got this far, you already know who I am. However, just in case you have forgotten, my name is Adrian Geoffrey Gilbert: not to be confused with Adrian David Gilbert who is an entirely different author. He writes books on military subjects. which is about as far away from my work as you can get. So please don’t get us confused when looking at books listed by Amazon under the name ‘Adrian Gilbert’ . It’s not that I am schizophrenic: there really are two of us!

My own field of interest is ancient mysteries, mysticism, alternative history and self-development. I have been researching these subjects for over forty years now and not without result. And when I say research, I do mean just that. Like you I expect, I deplore the plethora of superficial trash that get churned out every year in this genre, most of which only serves to inflate the egos of the authors and further confuse the reader. You see, at heart I am a scientist. I studied Chemistry and Physics at University and though I am a Leo, I have Virgo as my rising sign. The astrologers among you won’t be surprised to hear that I like to be my own boss (Leo), or that I am fanatically picky when it comes to research (Virgo). I used to be a computer Analyst/Programmer (also Virgoan) at one time and though I do my best to hide the scaffolding, my books tend to be highly structured. I am not one of those authors who writes a sentence once and that is what gets published. I write, re-write, write again, shift paragraphs, change orders of chapters, delete large chunks and generally worry my books to near-death before I feel comfortable releasing them to the people who really matter: my readers.

I am also someone who cares very much about the truth. You see we all have opinions and theories about ancient mysteries and that is fine. However the scientist in me (Saturn rising) demands that before I present a, possibly controversial, theory I must first get my facts straight. I like to visit the places I write about, read as much as possible about the subject and then present what I hope will be useful new insights. Of course I am not the pope so I am not infallible; but I do try to get my facts straight even though this can make writing more difficult and tedious than if I told lies, pretending that these had been ‘channeled’ to me by some mysterious entity.

That is not to say I do not believe in the divine. I certainly do. I have had many mysterious and even miraculous experiences on my journey. Some of these I recount in my books though there is much more that I have yet to tell. I am absolutely convinced that this world is far more mysterious and interesting than contemporary culture credits. I also ‘know’ that humans are not just biological machines that live, die and leave progeny. We are spirits who temporarily inhabit bodies for the purpose of experience and also to carry out necessary tasks in the material world. Individually and collectively we are evolving but this is not a matter of blind chance. We are where we are because of the interaction between mind and matter within the zone of time and space. Yet in our innermost self we are sparks of divinity that are neither born nor die. I learnt this when I was 21 and practicing yoga. If you don’t believe me, then I am sorry. You will have to follow the path yourself if you want proof.

Talking of the path or ‘Way’, this is a mystical concept of great antiquity. As I said at the beginning of this piece, I have been consciously following my path for over 40 years. I dare say you have been following yours for a long time as well. This journey, from slothful ignorance to a proper understanding of one’s place in the world and universe, is what is described so eloquently by John Bunyan in his classic work ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’.

Now I can’t claim to be Bunyan’s equal in quality of prose but for most of my books I have made use of the idea of the Pilgrim following the Way. They generally follow a schematic of beginning in a state of relative ignorance, going on a journey and through this finding the answers to questions that are posed at the beginning. This is particularly true of my book ‘Magi’, which is the first that I am now placing in kindle format. This is actually my all time favourite book to date in that it traces some very important steps on my own journey: questing for the truth concerning the Gospel story of the three wise men. However, before you dismiss this subject as boring, I should like to add that it is not really the wise men themselves that interest me. It is the cultural background from which they sprang and what this tells us both about the real origins and purpose of Christianity that interests me.

To this end I literally leave no stone unturned. My journey takes me to Eastern Turkey where even today there are remnants of old temples and other monuments that speak of a tradition all but forgotten in the west. My journey involves a wide pageant of history and a fitting together of clues that, bit by bit like a jig-saw puzzle, gradually reveal the picture of an esoteric, mystical version of Christianity that is quite different from whatg is taught in our ‘high street’churches. What I would regard as the real mystic tradition is quite literally linked to the stars.

Some people will, of course, condemn my work as heresy. To them I would reply: where, other than hearsay is your evidence? Are you aware, for example, that the 6th of January was not originally the feast of the Epiphany or even ‘Old Christmas’? It was the date celebrated as the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and this event had a cosmic meaning that was echoed in the stars. On that day (6th January 26 AD) the sun was placed in the constellation of Capricorn (the goat) underneath the ‘baptising’ hand of Aquarius (signifying John the Baptist). The esoteric message is clear to those with the eyes to see it: Jesus begins his mission by acting as a ‘scape goat’ who takes on the sins of the world. This is in accordance with the Mosaic tradition [Lev.16:20]. The scapegoat has the task of taking the sins of the nation back to ‘Azaziel’, the leader of the Nephilim or ‘Fallen Angels’. If you read the story of the Baptism in the light of this passage, it becomes understandable how Jesus goes immediately into the desert to be tempted by the Devil, who we can understand as being the same entity as Azaziel.

This is just one event in the life of Jesus that is written in the stars. There is much more. Magi is not a book that is intended to be read once and then discarded. It contains a great deal of material that explains much that has been forgotten about the connections between Christianity, the star-religions of the East and our own destinies. If you read it without prejudice and are willing to make the effort to see what it is really driving at, it will reward you a hundredfold.

Magi is only one of my books though. To date I have written 10 (not all of which are yet published) and I have plans to add to this number. I personally am very excited by the new ebook technology. I intend to put more of my existing books into kindle format and even, in due course, to write other books that will only be available in this medium.

I see the breaking down of the walls between writer and reader as a great benefit and I welcome the chance here to share with you my thoughts. I hope you enjoy my work and that you find it a help when following your own paths, wherever these may take you. For as a great man once told me, we each have our own destiny in this world and you will only ever feel truly satisfied if you fulfill yours.

In just the very short time Adrian and I have been in contact, it has been a very positive experience. Adrian Gilbert has spent over forty years in is writing and research. Some may agree and some may not; however, I have found Adrian to be open and and direct in his approach. In Adrian Gilbert’s research one will find he identifies more of what has not been found rather than what has. His determination is fundamentally correct in noting that science is now more about steadfast dogma instead of objective research that is always open when new ideas are discovered. Then, change can be effected to improve the theory or findings. This author finds the approach refreshing.

Universal Digest is appreciative that Adrian Gilbert has taken the time to give permission for this exclusive article to be written. Thank you.


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GIZA PYRAMID COORDINATES AND LIGHT SPEED

Giza Pyramid Earth Coordinates and Numeric Relationship to Light Speed in Meters are the Same! Coincidence?

Many have claimed the Giza pyramids, largely known as the Great pyramids of Egypt, were of extraterrestrial origin. Some very interesting research has resulted to make this determination.

In this article, we will detail some of the research, announcements and determinations on this subject. Why do light speed numbers coincide exactly with the coordinates of the Giza pyramid? We hope to shed light on this determination. We are not attempting a pun, here.

One of the most convincing announcements came from John Charles Webb, Jr. He claimed the calculation of light speed of 299,792,458 meters per second is identical to earth map coordinates of the great pyramid of Latitude N-29.9792458! Is this a stretch of math? Is this an amazing coincidence? What follows is information for the reader to decide what is accurate or a stretch of facts.

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Dennis LeRoux of UFO Spotting, Netherlands is a trusted web source of Universal Digest. He has provided two graphics (Dutch and English) seen below. They point out the reference to light speed and the coordinates of the Great Pyramids of Giza including Google Earth:

The images above are quite convincing and do accurately point out the sameness of numbers. What follows are pros and cons on the subject.

We will start first with a YouTube video created by J. Dobbs on June 26, 2011. This is one of the pro versions:

Webb is portrayed in a negative light in skeptico.blogs.com from June 11, 2005. Again, there is no pun intended, here. The website, Skeptico, claims Webb is a wack who made outrageous claims about the pyramids and other determinations. Let the reader digest and determine what is real and/or what is outrageous.

John Charles Webb, Jr. has his own website to view, as well. It is quite simple and contains highlight links of his articles. Webb’s website, templeofsolomon.org may be for sale.

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