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Reincarnation, Karma & Destiny

As above – So below.  It is one of the first spiritual maxims many encounter upon awakening from the dream world of consensus reality; and is intended to highlight the connections between the macrocosm and microcosm.  We all have a good enough grasp of the microcosm, that’s us, here in this place where getting a grasp of the macrocosm is what the spiritual journey is all about.

Of course macrocosm is just another descriptive for all we seek to know & understand about this experience called life.  There’s no shortage of other words, labels, & names for it; and because a good many humans still attach emotional value to their beliefs & labels, I’ll just refer to it as the Realm of Permanence, hoping nobody feels offended in any way.  This Realm of Permanence is where we all originate from, and return to; it is Source.

~ Reincarnation ~

Back when time was young, millions of souls agreed to participate in a kind of experiment (which is why earth isn’t homeworld for any of us, we’re all transplants here).  Source wanted to know if we could be stranded here on this primitive, negative, low-density, low-vibration planet with absolutely no memory ~ and still find our way back home to source.  This transmigration of souls would play out over thousands of generations, with each of the participants having multiple and successive lifetime experiences, called incarnations.

When not incarnated into the physical realms, each of us exists in an energetic state which many refer to as spirit.  Every sovereign soul is kind of a triad being; comprised of three distinct aspects known as the Thinker, the Doer, and the Knower.  When it comes time for another incarnation on earth, only the thinker & doer aspects incarnate into the physical body, the Knower aspect remains in the realm of permanence functioning as a sort of guide & lifeguard, and we call this our Higher Self.

Because source invented multi-tasking, our various incarnations serve several goals simultaneously; with our advancement as a soul being the primary function.  With each lifetime we have the opportunity to learn more, remember more, to become more.  The reason for all this is of course to attain enlightenment, and then return home, with everyone else, on the homeward leg of this great soul migration.*  Because one cannot attain enlightenment from a single, lone perspective; we’re sorta required to experience life from all perspectives before we’re done.  This means that in the fullness of time every one of us will experience multiple lives in each gender, from both ends of every polarity, with a generous helping of everything in between.  We will know male & female, wealth & poverty, peace & violence, sickness & health; and when we have experienced life through each of these perspectives, enlightenment will be within our grasp.

We not only reincarnate as individuals, but also within select groups of individuals so as to learn the dynamics of family structure; with each in the group taking turns as mother, father & child.  There are of course others who also travel with us from one incarnation to another; or drop by every other lifetime or so.   I just call them the chorus of unseen friends because kindred spirits tend to travel together.  Some of them you recognize immediately, and may even share memories of previous sojourns together.  Others might not be incarnate just now, but stay close to keep tabs on us, and we call them guides or maybe angels, because we can feel their presence.

Each of us feels a hollow empty longing deep within our soul.  We know not what this void is, just that we need it filled to become fulfilled somehow; and though we may risk many an addiction to fill this void; nothing comes close until we find our twin soul, or soulmate.  Some become obsessed with the search for their soulmate, even to the detriment of their spiritual progress.  It is best to not become overly obsessed with finding your soulmate, for several reasons.

First and perhaps most obvious is that for every one of us there any number of potential soulmates in a lifetime, and no guarantee that the perfect one for you is even incarnated just now.  Searching is no way to find your perfect mate; Being, however is!  If you really want the challenge and exhilaration of a soulmate level relationship then you must yourself already possess the same qualities and attributes you seek in a life partner.  Magnetism, it works every time!

Many of us believe that our incarnation at the time of the great shift of the ages is no cosmic accident.  With team light & team dark each vying for the collective souls of humanity I believe that source has marshaled it’s most adept spiritual masters & warriors to incarnate at this time.  We didn’t come here to be spectators.  We are here to act on behalf of humanity and earth as agents of change; to restore balance and freedom.  We’re not born obnoxious, greedy & violent – those things are bred and programmed into us to prevent us from remembering who we really are, and what we’re here to accomplish.  Each of us incarnates here with two objectives.  First there are those things we came here to learn on our quest for enlightenment, and then there is something we came here to do, a service to perform; our personal spiritual mission.

As for the “time” between incarnations; it is divided into twelve different states.  Immediately following the transition called death, the spirit moves sequentially through six after death states.  The first of these is a kind of recess, a time to acclimate to the transition, a time to let the memory begin to recover.  Following the rest period there are five more after death states to traverse, having to do with reviewing the just ended life, and assessing the lessons learned, and so forth.  The next six states are pre-birth states; and as such are geared to assist in preparing for another incarnation.  It is within these six phases that we choose what gender we will be, what race, who our parents will be, and the things we are going back to learn.

As previously stated, there is also group reincarnation which essentially is like-minded kindred spirits moving thru time together, usually with a specific agenda in mind.  This differs from the family type group reincarnation primarily because each member of the group seeks the optimal individual factors needed to achieve the group’s goal.  Other times groups will group incarnate for the sheer fun and challenge of finding and being with one another time and again.  There is no set, or required number of incarnations we must experience.  Most of us will require a good many incarnations to learn our lessons and reach enlightenment; others will get it sooner, and move on.  You see, it’s all about breaking the cycle of reincarnation, and moving on to higher vibes and a better neighborhood.

For those wondering about past lives, hypnotherapy has been used in a technique called regression.  Now there are a couple snags to be aware of and the first is that not all hypnotherapists are on the up & up, so those seeking regression hypnosis should observe due diligence.  The other snag can be just as bad as a quack; and that is letting your ego go off tripping about who you were in a past life.  Yes, many of us were at one time living much more interesting lives, perhaps some even were people of historical record.   Logic alone insists that we couldn’t all have been kings, queens, scholars, artists, and musicians.  Somebody had to also be the criminals, slaves, murderers, and dregs of society, and before we’re done, we’ll each play all the roles.  Makes no difference today unless the person in question can apply the lessons learned in that past life, to their current incarnation.  That’s it in a tiny nutshell, the only true value in knowing of your past lives is if you bring forward the things you learned from them.

~ Karma ~

Being as this is a universe of free will & destiny rather than that of a fixed fate; we humans often run smack up against the universal law of unintended consequences as the energy connections come back around to bite us in the ass…otherwise known as karma.  Let’s say you spent an incarnation as someone who did violence to others, your karma then would be to live another incarnation on the receiving end of violence, so your soul has the experience of both perspectives.  If on the other hand you lived a life of always putting the needs of others before your own; in another life, your needs would all be met quite easily.  These days we know the same energy by other names, like poetic justice, or what goes around comes around but regardless what label you put on it, karma always prevails.

There are naturally several differing types of karma to consider, other than the individual kind.  Beyond simple concepts like good and bad karma there is the kind seemingly dished out by the universe itself; called retributional karma, to ensure that no evil deed goes unpunished.  There is also group karma and planetary karma, as well as my personal favorite, instant karma.   Usually karma takes a while to catch up with us, which is really a pity because often the cause & effect aren’t immediately recognized. Sometimes however karma acts more like a mouse trap, and comes smashing down instantly, kind of like instant messaging from the universe.  It’s very interesting that instant karma expresses primarily in one of two ways.  One expression is for when the lesson has to be processed & assimilated instantly; and the other happens when your karma is nearly zero.  When a soul has balanced the karmic scales while incarnated, then acquires new karma, it tends to come back around very quickly, which is a good thing.

A lot of folks have the wrong idea about what karma really is; it isn’t punishment, but rather feedback from source.  In this world of free will and destiny, when one commits a crime, sin or other wrong-doing the punishment is the act of wrong doing itself.  Source does not concern itself with revenge, or vengeance; we came up with that all on our own.  Seeking revenge upon others for their misdeeds only serves to amplify and extend the karmic cycle.  Revenge is like drinking a bottle of poison thinking it will kill your enemy and never results in a positive outcome.

There is a good reason why folks on the spiritual path seek to balance out their karma, and that’s because like reincarnation; karma is a cycle we need & want to break free from.  It’s a merry-go-round of repetitive patterns, behavior & thinking, and no matter how thrilling & entertaining the ride is, eventually we want off.  We are riding the cusp of humanities evolution this very moment, and one of the realities within our grasp is the one where all are liberated from the cycles of reincarnation and karma, forever!  Sound good to you?  Our knower aspects aren’t going to just hand this to us on a silver platter, that’s not how it works.  Just thinking isn’t enough, we must act upon our thoughts, and Do that which is necessary to ensure reaching our desired destination.  That is, after all why the thinker & doer incarnated into physicality.  The problem is that while asleep within consensus reality, we cannot hear the knower aspect of our soul, and are essentially cut off from higher self and spirit.

~ Destiny ~

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act;

But I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

~ Buddha ~

Those millions of souls who undertook the experiment in separation so long ago all share in a group Noetic destiny.  Likewise each of us activates an individual destiny each time we incarnate in this place.  Only when we understand that we create our reality with our thoughts, can we begin to understand that we also are the masters of our personal destiny.

The dictionary can be most helpful in understanding destiny; because you find it between destination and destitute!  If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there; destiny isn’t a place you arrive at, it is something you work for and achieve.  Perhaps the idea was expressed best by Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise; “There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”  This isn’t new or even metaphysically based knowledge; philosophers and theologians have always known that the reality we see manifest originates in our very thoughts.  Here is how it works:

The Destiny Formula

Everything is energy

Energy follows thought

Thought becomes belief

Belief determines your reality.

Your reality shapes your destiny.

We do not consider our thoughts as being so powerful, but they are, especially the negative and hurtful ones we so often strengthen further by speaking them aloud.  When our thoughts are negative or disempowering that energy is programmed into everything that thought touches, and if left unbalanced will also taint the resulting reality.  It is not our nature to think hurtful or diminishing thoughts about ourselves and others; we do so because that is what we have been conditioned and trained to do over countless generations.

Forces not aligned with the realm of permanence like this world just as it is now and would not willingly see us attain all we came here to do.  By not choosing a destiny for yourself, someone else will be happy to provide one for you, rest assured.  If you change your beliefs, your reality changes accordingly: it has to because it has no choice, but you do.  The universe rearranges itself to accommodate your picture of reality.  If you think you are powerless against “fate” and destined to fail; the universe assumes you must need those lessons to fulfill yourself, and gives them to you.

It is a surprisingly easy thing to test for non-believers.  Try going a week without finishing a negative thought.  When you catch yourself in the middle of a negative thought, simply vaporize it, then replace it with a similar thought having a positive polarity.  If you do your part you will see tangible results because it works, it has to.  Further more, every time you repeat that little thought exercise you are eroding old negative neural pathways in the brain, and re-wiring it with new, positive polarity thoughts.  When you see how easy it is to change your reality, you’ll be doing it all the time.  When that happens, teach it to others.

Thirty something years ago I came across a quite remarkable book in a rather mysterious way.  I was licking my wounds in the wake of a divorce, and living aboard a small, engine-less cabin cruiser down on city float up in Ketchikan Alaska.  My friend who rented me the living space, had a previous agreement with a fellow named Steve from nearby Pennock Island; allowing him to moor his speedboat alongside every day while he was at work in town.  Steve was a boat person, so I was seldom aware when he crossed back & forth to the dock, that was a bonus.  So was the fact that his reserved mooring kept the fishing boats from tying up along side my home.  Kind of a symbiotic relationship.  I happened to be out on the back deck one morning when Steve arrived.  He grins this big smile with about a thousand perfect teeth and tells me he has something for me.  I invited him in for coffee but he declined saying he was running late.  He hands me a bundle wrapped in a single sheet of buckskin leather, saying it was a loan and that he would be back for it before the salt air could harm it.  Wrapped up in this leather was a rather large and obviously old book, titled “Thinking and Destiny” by Harold W. Percival.  The book was subtitled “Being the Science of Man“.  At over a thousand pages, and with the first chapter after the introduction being “the purpose and plan of the universe” –  I was hooked!

I spent that day and all night reading this book.  I just couldn’t put it down.  My marathon reading session hadn’t even gotten me a third of the way thru because everything I was reading was both new, and difficult to process quickly.  The following day I went to the city library to find the book.  They not only didn’t have it, they’d never heard of it.  There was a nice bookstore in town so I tried there as well with the exact same result.  I’d brought all the traditional information on the book, it’s publisher, library of congress number, the works and had to settle for ordering a copy.  Before returning home to continue reading, I picked up a couple of notebooks to compile some information in, not knowing how long I’d have the book or if I could find a copy of my own.

One evening a few weeks later Steve stopped in on his way home to collect his book; which I’d just finished a few days earlier.  By now I had a stack of five notebooks full of my notations.  I learned from Steve that the book was originally published in 1946, but only in limited numbers.  The successive printings occurred every five to eight years thereafter, again each in limited numbers.  The following year there was another printing, and I was able to get my own copy.  Since that time the printings have come more frequently with larger numbers printed; and currently the PDF file is on the publishers website. [link is included below.] **

I’ve had several collections of books over the years, and it seems I always have to give them away or leave them behind at some point.  So I have this ‘core library’ consisting of the books I deem too valuable to lose which travels with me…Thinking and Destiny is one of those books.  I pass this along for the same reason the book is now published on the web; there isn’t time for you to find it the way I did.

Your destiny is what you are destined to experience in this life deriving from your chain of choices & decisions as you navigate your way thru the illusion of linear time.  It is decidedly not a pre-determined outcome impossible to alter or avoid.  It’s perhaps cosmic irony that very often we end up finding our destiny while traveling the road we took to avoid it!  If you wait to see what your destiny will end up being, I promise, you won’t like what you get.  Get up off your spiritual best intentions and start carving your destiny; we must program the picture of our personal and planetary destiny into the unified field before the universe can manifest it for us, so get cracking!!

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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.

UNSOLVED SECRET

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.

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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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A yogi who has lived for more than 70 years without food and water has passed away in India

In the Indian state of Gujarat, the yogi Prahlad Jani died at the age of 90, claiming to have discovered the “elixir of life,” which allows him not to eat food and water for at least 76 years, reports NDTV.

According to the assurances of the followers, and there was plenty of them at the holy hermit, Prahlad Jani died on May 26 in his native village of Charada, where he was brought at his personal request a few days ago. For two days, his body will be in the ashram so that followers can say goodbye to the mentor.

Prahlad Jani was known for statements that he has not eaten and has not drunk since childhood – according to some sources, from 8-9 years old, according to others, from 14. Doctors twice, in 2003 and 2010, conducted a comprehensive examination of Chunrival Mataji, as they called a yogi, and the second time he was two weeks under the supervision of employees of the Defense Institute of Physiology and Related Sciences of India. During this time, he did not eat a crumb, did not drink a drop, did not meet his natural needs, while his bladder was filled with a small amount of urine, but then it was absorbed into the walls.

“We still do not know how he survives,” said neurologist Sudhir Shah from a recent examination.

Jani himself assured that in childhood he was blessed by a goddess, after which he left his native home and refused food and water.

A number of foreign researchers questioned the findings of Indian colleagues, pointing to the imperfection of control systems.

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