Standing on the observation deck of the Pleiadean science vessel, looking down on Earth; it was unsettling to hardly recognize the place from the images in the historical record. The verdant greens once so striking from space are now muted & diluted by the Fukushima Radiation Belt covering the entire planet in a perpetual blanket of death. It hardly looked like the same planet at all. As I waited for the scheduled historical tour to begin, I couldn’t help but wonder to myself why no real efforts were ever made to prevent the self-inflicted genocide of these people, on what was once considered a rare gem of a planet. What could possibly have been more important to them than the survival of their species? Why didn’t they act?
From the safety of high earth orbit hundreds of cold & silent satellites appear as a swarm of angry space insects surrounding the planet like a metal mist. Like their creators, the satellites are all dead now, serving only as tombstones marking the sad absurdity of human arrogance on this toxic & quarantined planet. Just another fledgling civilization that failed to survive the Drake equation, and who too late learned that just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean you should do it.
The historical record shows that the humans had the technology to save themselves, but chose not to…the why of it being forever just another galactic mystery that may never be understood. Was it the Archon infestation which drove the humans all insane, or were they able to defeat the parasites only in the death of their entire planet? The archive shows that in the final years of life left to them, the humans took to spraying their beautiful blue skies with a toxic cocktail of aerosol dispersants which were deadly poisonous to them. Was this act the height of insanity, or a noble final effort to prevent the spread of the Archon infestation to the rest of the galaxy? Because there are no survivors, perhaps we will never know. Their own records might have answered some of these questions, had they all not been intentionally destroyed by the gatekeepers of truth.
The auto-vid-tour will begin shortly but I find myself mesmerized by the view of the dead planet from the observation deck. How very sad that with so many naturally occurring dead worlds throughout the galaxy, that these humans turned their home world into another one ~ it’s simply beyond reason, they had such great potential. The humans learned the hard way not to take life for granted, and that the universe can be a cold and dispassionate place sometimes. All that remains of them now is serving as a monument to self-serving stupidity, and perhaps a cautionary tale to other civilizations as well.
The auto-vid-tour begins with a beauty shot of the Earth that was, a blue-green jewel of a planet reflecting Sol’s sunlight in the star filled black of space. It’s no wonder so many other races were drawn to this world, populated by those who neither respected or valued it. In the before times, earth was a resource laden oasis in the cosmos; known as the water world, because few planets could boast having as much of the precious universal solvent. The humans were rich beyond the dreams of avarice; and what did they do with their valuable water? They polluted it, along with everything else on the planet; seeing their only home as something to be exploited for monetary gain. Mass insanity!
The audio track of the auto-vid-tour talks about the earth as it was. As I gaze at the image, comparing it to the view outside the ship, I wonder once again what it must have been like to live there, in those days long before everything went bad.
The narrator, (a computer generated facsimile of Morgan Freeman’s voice.) begins the timeline of earth’s demise on March 11, 2016 ~ 5 years on:
“It only took five years to turn earth’s oceans into a toxic radioactive soup; the result of the Japanese illegally dumping more than 300 tons of radioactive coolant water Daily, directly into the pacific ocean. The Thermohaline circulation of the worlds ocean currents took care of the rest. Sometimes called ‘the great ocean conveyor belt’; these currents evenly distributed fukushima radiation around the world. The initial discovery of ghastly genetic mutations showing up in various marine mammals, including polar bears…and the accelerating die-off of whales & dolphins eventually forced world governments to ban the harvesting or sale of all seafood. The western half of north america is where the animal mutations first appeared. Folks tended to ignore stories of mutant polar bears because it was so far off; but when bears and mountain lions killed scores of people in 2014, it was somewhat harder to ignore.”
The narration explained that natural predators affected by radiation in the environment, water & food; became ultra-aggressive, savagely attacking humans when normally they’d avoid humans at all cost, except perhaps to defend their young. Because nuclear radiation and fallout are so corrosive on the genetic level, it was speculated these wild animals eventually suffered damage to their neural pathways; and went insane; not to mention what other damage done by the radiation.
“Elsewhere, like the seafood industry, the dairy industry died due to extremely high levels of radiation in cows milk across the continent. Each year more food crops were added to the banned list as the radiation made its way deeper into the food chain. The ever expanding radiation cloud circling the planet has resulted in massive ‘no-fly zones’ because the Rad-count is so high that airplanes become flying microwave ovens. Then, in the winter of 2015 a massive earthquake destroyed the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in southern California, resulting in two hydrogen explosions, and a second nuclear volcano, releasing massive amounts of radiation, exactly like Fukushima.”
The narration paused as several images appeared on the screen: children playing in a playground, a family sharing the evening meal, a herd of wild deer peacefully grazing in a wilderness meadow, children skipping flat stones across a river, Rams dueling in a mating ritual high atop a snowy peak, and a wide angle shot of an historic gathering called Woodstock. I didn’t need or want the dulcet tones of the narrator just now because it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing these images, and the others that followed, gave just the slightest taste of what being a human on the earth must have been like.
“The 2016 presidential election in the USA was without doubt the strangest in the nation’s history as the entire corrupt system was collapsing on all fronts, and the citizens were up in arms…literally. The all-but-dead Republican party nominated cable pundit Ann Coulter as their candidate while the Democratic nominee was TV actor Peter Dinklage, (Tyrion Lannister – “Game of Thrones”) For the first time ever, Americans mostly ignored the entire year long circus that was the presidential campaign, and perhaps to send a message of their own, elected Independent party write-in candidate Stephen Hawking, who unfortunately declined, so the election was given to the candidate with most votes, Peter Dinklage!
I remember the story from the archived records of this solar system, because the common consensus among historians was that the 2016 American election marked the time of that country’s final descent into chaos and anarchy. There was much speculation at the time whether this was actually the last official election America would see. People refused to believe that the system which lied about every single thing before Fukushima & Diablo Canyon, would suddenly start telling the truth now that it really matters; and they turned their backs on that system…allowing it to die from starvation.
“What you allow … is what will continue.”
The computerized voice of Morgan Freeman resumes the narrative ~ “We jump ahead in time to March 11, 2021~ Ten Years on….
to discover that the radioactive cloud around earth has doubled is size, and now extends well south of the equator, with droves of human refugees flowing south like water, trying to stay ahead of it; as if the radiation would respectfully stop before they hit the southern ice fields…which themselves have been in constant retreat these last ten years. Meanwhile, the concentrations of radiation in the cloud grow ever stronger where it has existed the longest. Life in these regions gets harder every year for those who cannot or will not migrate. The number of “No-Go” zones keeps increasing, some due to instantly lethal radiation accumulation, but mostly because of lawlessness, & anarchy. It turns out that every apocalyptic movie ever made had it pretty much right regarding the behavior of uncivilized humans, and the barbaric harshness of such times. One by one, the FEMA camps are all being taken over by the prisoners as fewer and fewer people want to be stuck guarding them now that the government stopped sending food and medical supplies to the camps over a year ago. The packs of starving feral dogs are all gone now, mostly killed off and eaten by the packs of starving feral humans, who continue to be a far worse problem than the dogs. The Hunger Games, not just a movie anymore!”
“The radiation takes it’s toll politically as well, as the beleaguered Japanese government finally topples and disintegrates…leaving those left alive on the radioactive islands to fend for themselves; pretty much as from the onset.”
“Each year, more and more newborns exhibit horrifying genetic mutations, and despite the growing trend, officials continue to blame it on global warming, swamp gas or just about anything except the two spewing nuclear volcanoes at Fukushima & Diablo Canyon.” The images now shift to those of the results of radiation on human genetics, and just as the photographs which adorned the walls of the War Memorial Museum in Nagasaki, Japan, to look upon them is to make the very soul weep. “Seeing the true extent of mutated newborns truly alarmed the authorities, but alas, it was too little – too late…and with no way to put the genie back in the bottle. Knowing the percentage of deformed & mutated newborns would only increase exponentially with the passage of time only added a sense of desperation to their urgency.”
3-11-2026 ~ 15 years on…
“and the first of the ‘Nuclear Children’ appear on the scene. These are the children who for unknown reasons are immune to radiation but whose DNA has still been mutated, leaving them with what we would call, ‘abilities’ or powers that normal humans have never had. Just as the indigo, and crystal children before them, these nuclear children are smarter, kinder, and more sophisticated than their peers – from any time in history! In typical human fashion these very special children were all sent to special facilities for study, and confinement upon their discovery; which motivated a great many parents to protect their children by keeping their gifts a secret.”
“Most problems refuse to vanish by being ignored, they just get worse – and the escalating homeless situation was a prime example. Living without the benefit of even the most rudimentary shelter; homeless people took the full brunt of radioactive fallout, and were among the most advanced cases of radiation poisoning in America. With debilitating conditions made worse by the invisible death, and rotting flesh falling from their faces, they lumbered about looking every bit like real-life zombies. Shunned, and even hunted…this growing army of diseased homeless kept to the shadows as much as possible; truly the walking dead.”
With no ‘jobs’ to go to, life for the average american now consists of hunting for food and staying alive, with each getting harder by the day in most places. No help from anywhere, no national guard…they were all killed in the futile mid-east petroleum wars prior to the Fukushima incident. Just when you think your area is stable, another band of nomadic scavengers comes thru, pressuring for food and survival. They are rarely polite, you never know when the shooting will start.”
“Planet wide crop failures increase every season, resulting in all out food riots, and increasing animosity towards the rich elite who continue to grab everything not nailed down or glowing blue in the dark. Between the radiation & chemtrails, ordinary rainfall was dangerous enough to damage the skin upon contact, and made some nostalgic for the good old days of acid rain. Then there was the 3 year long winter, ending in 2024 which killed off millions of people, livestock and wild animals. In that same year there were so many suicides that ‘they’ stopped officially listing them as such; proving that not even radiation can kill off denial.”
“In America, President Dinklage managed to win a second term, mostly on the merits of his repeal of something called ‘ObamaCare’ and his support of free national health care. Of course another kind of health care was becoming such a problem it threatened to bankrupt every remaining nation on the planet…mutant babies. By this time there were so many deformed & mutated newborns that caring for their medical needs alone required secretly stealing money from the defense budget. Faced with this dilemma as humanity faced extinction, was simply too much for many in government, and so there was an epidemic of slamming doors as people finally discovered their consciousness, and quit. Unknown and horrific diseases spread around the planet with the radiation. In a futile final effort to halt the spread of these diseases the president decreed that all migration within the country was now illegal – all wandering groups of humans were considered infected and shot on sight. As the 3 year winter ended in 2024 along with the second term of president Dinklage; the congress of the United States disbanded, declaring that from then on, all power would rest with the individual states. The federal government, was no more!
3-11-2046 -25 years on:
“It has been five years since the final commercial airline flight on planet earth. Repeatedly flying up where the concentrations of radiation are so high finally contaminated the aircraft so badly that just sitting in one for an hour gave deadly doses. The Black Swan has arrived at long last; initiating a cascading system wide failure, like falling dominoes. This nightmare in free-fall eventually struck down the mighty airliner industry like so many before it. Governments were by no means exempt from the falling dominoes, as it just got too hard to maintain the facade any longer for many of them. Countries over dependent on outside sources crumbled first of course, leaving total anarchy in their wake, which in too many instances led to civil wars. Of course there were still plenty of ‘un-civil’ wars too; with non-renewable resources dwindling everywhere, some countries resorted to attacking their neighbors, which was why France nuked Germany into the stone age … ahead of the rest of the planet.”
“Between the radiation, disease, starvation and marauding humans; the population of earth was dropping with truly impressive speed. Those who had taken to living at sea soon found what a great error that had been, as the storms created on earth these days made the old days look tame by comparison. Most ports of call refused them entry, except of course for those who wished to loot the ship and kill the passengers. With no resupply of fresh food or water that wasn’t deadly radioactive, passengers of these “Oasis ships” as they were called eventually turned to cannibalism. Survival of the fittest, for a while longer.”
“Everyone thought that China had lost their minds when they began building massive empty cities back at the turn of the century. Nobody could figure out why the Chinese would build replicas of some of the most famous cities on earth…until they opened them all up to refugees fleeing the radiation. Now everyone had another mystery to ponder, why would the Chinese want to provide shelter for nuclear refugees – and what makes anyone think the radiation would by-pass China?? Mass Insanity!”
“All the while the human die-off accelerates as the sick, weak & frail fall to radiation poisoning with truly frightening frequency, as everyone else gradually gets sicker, and sicker. As one former blogger said on his deathbed…”Hey, at least we finally got them to stop spraying us with chemtrails!” About the only corporation still thriving when the states became un-united was Monsanto, and because they had already been doing it for some time, they just continued to operate as though they were the standing government. Suddenly nobody had any objections to eating GMO food-like-products, when Monsanto began sending free truckloads of the stuff everywhere. It’s all a mater of perspective!”
3-11-2061 ~ 50 years on:
“Except for the ‘extremeophile’ life forms which inhabit black smoker hydrothermal vents on the sea floor…the oceans of earth are devoid of life fifty years after Fukushima. Forests, spanning thousands of miles, which once functioned as Gaia’s lungs are now countless barren wooden spires jutting skyward, devoid of foliage; like accusing fingers pointing up. These dead forests and jungles once noisy with the vocalizations of many diverse species now lie silent as death itself -nothing stirs, nothing lives, all dead now.”
“Never get locked into a single view of the world.”
More photos glide by now as the narrator observes a moment of silence for the dead earth. A single wet tear escapes my left eye, and slowly slides down my face. I, who never knew this place or it’s people, mourn for them in their abject and arrogant stupidity.
“The major cities of earth have long been abandoned and lay just as empty as those Chinese mystery cities back at the turn of the century. Humanity retreated to the hinterlands in small groups, with the idea of starting over, because when everything stops working the city is no place to be at all, no reason to even stay there. Everywhere life reverted to a simpler, less complicated way of being. The only thing anyone was busy doing, was dying. Seven billion strong before that fateful earthquake in 2011…earth’s population had dropped to less than half that in the first 30 years…after that nobody bothered keeping records anymore, no point to it.”
“When the system failed completely; somehow, ‘the nuclear children’ escaped, or were released from confinement. After all, it was fairly clear to everyone by then, that if earth was going to have any kind of a future, it would be on account of them. To everyone’s surprise, the nuclear children showed zero interest in saving or restoring society. Instead they disappeared from view, in small groups here & there, scattered across the planet where none could find them. In the spirit of universal compassion, eventually all of the nuclear children were invited by various galactic neighbors, to leave earth, and they all did. With the help of several races, the nuclear children of earth established a colony in the Pleiades star cluster, where the spiritual evolution of mankind could continue.
3-11-3011 ~ 100 years on:
The historical record shows that even with the extremely well publicized data surrounding the Mayan calendar, and the prophecy that time would cease on earth precisely when the spiritual evolution happened in 2012; people ignored the information, and even worse, ridiculed it because they didn’t understand it. It makes me wonder how the species managed to make it as far as they did without exterminating themselves. When children play with powers beyond their ability to understand; tragedy is inevitable given free will being as it is. That the humans would destroy themselves once they split the atom, was pretty much a given; considering the temperament of the species. Whether the end came from warfare or industrial accident matters not, it’s a crapshoot…snake eyes, you lose!
“Historians from various worlds always point to the abundant number of warning signs that humans ignored on their way to oblivion, especially so with the infamous Mayan calendar prophecy pointing to 2012 as the end of an age! Did the Maya foresee Fukushima, and subsequent nuclear disasters? Did they have an understanding of how the Archons genetically tampered with human DNA in order to enslave them…was this the great danger to humanity the Maya tried to warn future generations about; carved in stone to survive a millennia? If so, just imagine their amazement if they were to learn how humanity treated their time capsule warning. Mass Insanity!”
“One hundred years after the Fukushima incident, there isn’t a single human alive to solemnly observe the moment. The planet is now a seething, fuming wasteland inhabited by bus sized cockroaches, and a variety of mutated flying rodents who survive as parasites to the roaches, living off their scraps. The roaches in turn feed on dog sized insect like creatures which developed along with black mold which spread around the globe from Fukushima.”
“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”
“Perhaps in another few hundred thousand years or so the earth may again be suitable to sustain some form of complex life such as the humans were. Perhaps some homeless spindrift space faring race will come along and claim this barren rock for their own; if so they will soon discover why nobody else wanted it. The story of the humans and the world they lived on is over. Just another failed species in an evolutionary cul-de-sac. The real tragedy in all this is that the humans failed to live up to their potential, and as a result lost everything they ever were, and were ever going to be, which might have been something to behold. Instead, they gave away their power to charlatans & thieves who left them as little more than a bad example…which is why the Pleiadeans sponsor this annual historic cruise. Thank you for attending, and be mindful of the inertial dampeners as we leave orbit for the next highlight on the tour. Next stop; the Tarantula nebula!
Until Next Time ~ Be Good to Each Other
Source: Augureye Express
Statue of Virgin Mary ‘weeping blood’ in Italy
Italians are flocking to pray to a Virgin Mary statue after a child spotted it “crying tears of blood”. The incident was reported from Paolino Arnesano Square in the small town of Carmiano, Lecce.
The “Weeping Blood” statue of the Virgin Mary in Piazza Paolino Arnesano in Carmiano, Italy, attracted crowds of religious people who came to see the miracle:
Carmiano is a small town in the province of Lecce, but after people learned about the miracle, the whole city first came to see it, and now many pilgrims from other cities arrived.
Riccardo Calabrese, a priest of the Church of Sant Antoni Abate, said it was unclear if the incident was “a miracle, the result of warm weather at the moment, or worst of all, someone’s joke.”
“All the time I was next to the statue, I saw a procession of people who, out of curiosity or faith, left their homes to gather there. I saw children, teenagers, adults, and elderly people meeting at our beloved Virgin Mary statue, and they all looked up at her face,” Calabrese was quoted as saying by The Sun.
The local newspaper Repubblica reported that the Bishop of Lecce announced that the church would conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
Organizing all sorts of “miracles” is a traditional family business for priests: they constantly announce crying icons and statues, or some other miracles. Therefore, there is no trust in them – especially if, to calm the public, they declare the incident a joke or write off everything as a result of a heat wave. Now times have changed and if earlier the priests organized “miracles” to control the sheep, now they explain the miracles “scientifically” so that the flock would not worry.
Carmiano is not just a town, but a town that has developed around a Christian commune. We do not know the details of the doctrine of this commune, but, as Wikipedia writes, the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos is considered a special holiday for the local community, which falls on August 15 among Catholics. And it must have coincided that just on the eve of the holiday, among the many statues, it was the statue of the Virgin Mary that wept.
There are no such coincidences in nature and it is absolutely unambiguous about a miracle, or more precisely, we are talking about a sign, a horrible sign.
We do not know what awaits Italy. Maybe there will be some kind of geological catastrophe, maybe Italy will again become the focus of some kind of pandemic, maybe Italy will face a war related to the current conflicts in the Mediterranean. However, the catastrophe may be of a cosmic scale.
Taj Mahal – An Amazing Love Story
The construction of the Taj Mahal (literally translated from the Persian language as “Crown of the Mughals”) was associated with the name of the beautiful woman – Arjumand Bano Begum, or Mumtaz – “Queen of the Soul”.
At 200 kilometers from the capital of India, Delhi, on the high bank of the Ganges tributary – the Jamna – is the five-domed Taj Mahal mausoleum. The white-stone structure surprises and delights with its perfect proportions, an elegant mosaic of colored precious and semiprecious stones, and skillful carving.
The Taj Mahal is a whole complex of buildings. Taj – white, and around the fortress and minarets of red sandstone. The mausoleum has absolute proportions: on the base and height – an exact square, each side of which is 75 meters. Several paths stretch to the Taj Mahal, between them there is water in the pools, first the entire mausoleum is reflected in it, and as it approaches, its individual details.
Local architects worked together with artists from Damascus, gardeners from Constantinople and Samarkand to create the Indian pearl. When creating the interior, interior decoration of the mausoleum, the craftsmen used the best varieties of white, occasionally yellow and black marble, mother of pearl, jasper, agate, emeralds, aquamarines, pearls and hundreds of other stones.
QUEEN OF THE SOUL
Arjumand Bano Begum was only 19 years old when she became the second wife of Prince Guram (future Shah-Jahan). And although the prince had several more wives and many concubines, Mumtaz won the heart of her husband and undividedly owned him until the end of his days. It was an unusually romantic and poetic love. Mumtaz was not only his most beloved wife, but his most faithful companion since the turbulent times when Prince Guram wandered around the world, pursued by his father Jahangir, when he obtained his throne in a fierce struggle with his brothers. In 1627, Guram, having gained a final victory over them and seized his father’s throne, assumed the title of emperor, Shah-Jahan – “ruler of the world”. Mumtaz finally became the queen of India.
Shah Jahan adored his wife and each time he honored her, held lavish receptions and grandiose celebrations in her honor, without her any important ceremony would begin, and not a single state act would be adopted. Mumtaz was present at the meetings of the State Council; her opinion was almost never disputed by anyone.
The portrait of the queen, painted by her contemporary, has been preserved. Violating one of the strictest prohibitions of Islam – to draw portraits of animals and people, an unknown artist skillfully conveyed the beauty of Mumtaz, a white-faced Persian, a pearl of the East.
A happy life together ended abruptly. In the spring of 1636, Mumtaz suddenly fell ill: before dying, she turned to her husband with a request to take care of their eldest daughter, Jahanara Begum, and took an oath from him – to build a tomb worthy of their love, their joint nineteen-year-old married life. Mumtaz’s death shocked Jahan.
WHITE AND BLACK PALACES
Widowed, he commanded the construction of an unprecedentedly beautiful mausoleum. Shah was presented with many different projects, the authors of which were the best of the best architects of the East. Of these, he chose a project created by Indian architect Ystad Khan Effendi. Following this, a twenty-thousand army of builders was driven into Agra: masons, marble cutters, jewelers and handymen. Marble was brought from Makran near Jaipur, sandstone from Sikri, gems from India, Afghanistan, Persia and Central Asia.
The entire complex of the mausoleum was created over twenty two years. Having fulfilled the mandate of “the queen of her soul”, Jahan proceeded to a new, no less grandiose construction – exactly the same mausoleum, but only of black marble, for himself – on the other (left) bank of the Jamna River. According to the Shah’s plan, both mausoleums, like marital chambers, were to be connected by a high lace bridge of black and white marble. Preparatory work has already begun, but this plan, unfortunately, was not destined to come true.
While Shah Jahan was building a new tomb, his sons fought among themselves. Having defeated the brothers, one of them – Aurangzeb – seized power in 1658, killed the brothers, arrested his father and imprisoned him in the Red Fort under reliable guard along with his beloved daughter Jahanara Begum. Shah Jahan spent the last years of his life in the marble palace that he had once built for Mumtaz, from where he could constantly see the Taj Mahal. Here he died on January 23, 1666. Fulfilling the last will of his father, Aurangzeb the next day ordered his body to be transported to the Taj Mahal and to be buried next to Mumtaz without any ceremony or honor.
The Taj Mahal mausoleum stands alone in its inexpressible beauty on the banks of the blue Jamna, reflecting its clean, proud appearance. He appears as a vision from another, better, cleaner world. “The Taj Mahal has a secret that everyone feels, but no one can interpret.”
“The Taj Mahal attracts you like a magnet. You can stand for hours and all look and look at this marvel, at this fabulous ghost, ascending into a bottomless azure sky. The illumination of the Taj Mahal changes like a mirage. It glows from the inside, changing hues depending on the position of the sun: it suddenly turns light pink, then bluish, then pale orange. At night, under the moon, against a black sky, it looks dazzling white. Just coming very close, you notice that he is covered in the finest patterns woven over white marble, the marble blocks are encrusted with gems and seem to shine through, emitting a flickering light.”
The dazzling white walls of the mausoleum are covered with mosaics – garlands of flowers made of precious stones. Branches of white jasmine from mother-of-pearl shimmer with red pomegranate flower from carnelian and delicate tendrils of grapevine and honeysuckle, and delicate oleanders peek out from the lush green foliage. Each leaf, each petal is a separate emerald, yacht, pearl or topaz; sometimes there are up to one hundred of such stones for one branch of flowers, and there are hundreds of similar ones on the panels and grids of the Taj Mahal!
DEATH NOT SHARED
In the central hall of the mausoleum are two sarcophagi sculpted from white-pink rocks of marble, decorated with floral ornaments. These are the cenotaphs of the dead, symbolic projections of those who are in the lowest part of the mausoleum. There, in the underground vaulted room, dusk reigns. Both tombs with the remains of the royal spouses, Mumtaz and Jahan, like a screen, are surrounded by a white marble carved fence about two meters high, decorated with fabulous flowers – red, yellow, blue, along with green garlands, interlacing of marble leaves and flowers.
What is the power of the impression made by the Taj Mahal? Where does the insurmountable impact on everyone who sees it come from?
“Neither marble lace, nor the thin carving covering its walls, nor mosaic flowers, nor the fate of the beautiful queen — none of this alone could make such an impression. There must be a reason for something else. However, something in the Taj Mahal fascinated me and thrilled me. … It seemed to me that the mystery of the Taj Mahal is connected with the secret of death, i.e. with that secret, regarding which, in the words of one of the Upanishads, “even the gods were at first in doubt.” Above the tomb, where the queen’s body lies, a light burns. I felt that this is where the beginning of the clue lies. For the light shimmering over the tomb, where its dust lies, this light … is a small transient earthly life. And the Taj Mahal is a future eternal life.”
PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE
The creation of the Taj Mahal dates back to the time of the conquest of India by Muslims. The grandson of padishah Akbar Jahan was one of those conquerors who changed the face of a vast country. A warrior and statesman, Jahan was at the same time a fine connoisseur of art and philosophy; his courtyard in Agra attracted the most prominent scientists and artists of Persia, which at that time was the center of culture throughout West Asia.
The son of Jahan Aurangzeb (“the beauty of the throne,” 1665-1706) was nothing like his father. He was a stern, withdrawn and ascetic-religious monarch. While still a prince, he disapproved of the useless and devastating, as he believed, activities of his father. Aurangzeb spent his entire long and hectic life in military campaigns aimed at maintaining power over the empire.
Aurangzeb raised a rebellion against his father, accusing him of spending all the state revenue on the mausoleum. He imprisoned the former lord in an underground mosque in one of the inner palaces of the Agra fortress. Shah Jahan lived in this underground mosque for seven years; sensing the approach of death, he asked him to be transferred to the so-called Jasmine pavilion in the fortress wall, to the tower of lace marble, where was the favorite room of Queen Arjumand Bano. There, on the balcony of the Jasmine Pavilion overlooking the Jamna, from where the Taj Mahal was visible at a distance, Shah Jahan died.
This is the brief history of the Taj Mahal. Since then, the mausoleum of Queen Mumtaz has gone through many vicissitudes. During the wars that continued in India in the 17th and 18th centuries, Agra repeatedly passed from hand to hand and was often plundered. The conquerors removed the large silver doors from the Taj Mahal, carried out precious lamps and candlesticks, and tore ornaments from precious stones from the walls. However, the building itself and most of the decoration remained intact. The Taj Mahal is now restored and carefully guarded.
But today, the Taj Mahal is partially dressed in scaffolding due to the fact that cracks appeared on the walls. The marble Taj Mahal weighs many hundreds of thousands of tons. A huge mass presses on the soil, and it gradually settles. Over the past centuries, as a result of soil displacement, the mausoleum leaned toward the river, although it is invisible with a simple eye. Once the high-water Jamna came close to the building, but then the river became shallow and receded. This last circumstance changed the structure of the soil and also affected the stability of the mausoleum. Now it is decided to plant trees on the banks of the Jamna in order to stop soil erosion.
Image of the Antichrist on a 14th-century fresco – who painted it and why?
The Antichrist, unlike Christ, the Son of God, is not the son of Satan, but a simple man. In Christian ideology, the Antichrist will appear shortly before the end of the world. Antichrist will be descended from Dan. This is one of the so-called 12 Tribes of Israel – the descendants of the sons of Jacob, who formed the Israeli people.
Antichrist will become an authoritative ruler of people, will arrange persecution of the righteous. This period in the Revelation of John the Theologian is called the Great Tribulation.
There was no specifics in the Bible about the Antichrist, so all further assumptions are futurism based on treatises of symbols and various interpretations. In particular, Calvinist Anthony Hoekema in his book “The Bible and the Future” believes that up to 75% of people will die during the Great Tribulation and this period will last for seven years.
And then, all Christians are united in this, there will be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Last Judgment. When all sinners – both living and dead – will get what they deserve, the righteous will receive eternal paradise.
Christians were afraid of the Antichrist, so he was like Voldemort in Harry Potter – the one whose name cannot be called. Well, to portray him was generally forbidden.
The first image of the Antichrist appeared already in the XIV century. And its bold author – Vitale da Bologna – lived a transitional period from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It was during this period that it became possible to show freedom of creativity.
In northern Italy there is the Pomposa Monastery, which in the 9th century was founded by Benedictine monks. Over time, the monastery turned into a party place for people of art. The walls in the cathedral of this monastery were painted by Vitale da Bologna.
Even closer to the wall … Look at the bottom right … Take a closer look.
Here is the image of the Antichrist on the wall from an old Italian mural of the 14th century.
Frescoes in the Cathedral of Pomposa, the image of the Antichrist is highlighted in red
Here lived the famous medieval musician Guido d’Arezzo. He reformed musical notation, prescribed a new scheme for the designation of keys and intervals. It’s d’Arezzo that we owe modern letter designations in music, for example C sharp major.
The famous Petr Damiani, a poet, philosopher and theologian, worked a lot in the monastery. Despite the fact that all art was saturated with Christianity (the culture of scholasticism of the Middle Ages!), creativity found its way. People tried to realize bold ideas for their time.
As often happens, where there is art and creativity, freedom of morals arises there. After all, art must be true. Art must find paradoxes in our reality, notice inconsistencies and vividly declare them! But art in the service of the state, in the strict framework of those in power, is already PR propaganda.
But back to our hero. He really wanted to add brightness to his religious canvases and he was drawn to ominous plots. After all, there you can truly imagine the whole storm of emotions!
The monks ordered the painting “The Last Judgment” from him. And Vitale da Bologna painted the walls of the cathedral at the request of the customer, and on the pretext of realism added the Antichrist there. And so this first image of the chief man who was in the service of Satan appeared.
However, customers demanded to depict it as disgusting as possible. The image of the Antichrist turned out to be some kind of fictional, phantasmagoric – more reminiscent of the devil from fairy tales. But the antichrist, as we recall, is a man!
Attempts to portray the Antichrist were made in the future, but these were more episodes. So, for example, the Antichrist was seen by another Renaissance artist Luca Signorelli.
Luca Signorelli. Fragment of the painting “The Sermon and Works of the Antichrist”, 1500
Here, the Antichrist looks like Christ, only with an ominous expression. And Satan whispers his thoughts, who looks like an ordinary petty demon.
And it is this picture of Signorelli, in our opinion, which better illustrates the real image of the Antichrist. He is an ordinary person. Which, most likely, will consider that it is doing the right thing and for the good of mankind. After all, logic is a double-edged weapon, it is always ready to justify any crime with great reasonable goals.
14th century fresco called “The Funeral of Satan”
In the Middle Ages, striped clothing was treated extremely negatively, there was even a case when a shoemaker was sentenced to death for wearing striped clothing. It happened in 1310 in the French city of Rouen. In those days, striped clothing was considered devilish.
Among the many excellent medieval frescoes in the Verona Cathedral, there is one especially curious. It is called “The Funeral of Satan” and depicts an enemy of the human race lying under a striped veil on his deathbed. Actually, it is the color of the veil and the appearance of Satan that attracts attention.
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