This topic covers the contracts we make before birth dealing with choices, people in our life, free will choice, pre-destined events and agreements. All of this takes place for our personal Soul’s growth and the evolution of our Soul.
By astrologically choosing the time and place of your birth, you determine the nature of the effects you will experience in your life. In our Spirit form and on the other side which means the fourth or fifth dimension, before we are born, we make decisions about the lifetime we will be entering into.
The interaction with other souls, choice of parents, is determined by the Astrological configurations at birth. Hence, your character, personality, talents, abilities, restrictions and timing for strengths and weaknesses will be formed from birth.
I am sure, and have personally proved, that a human being sets his or herself up for what I feel to be every major rendezvous and experience in life. It is that before you are born, you literally make reservations with thousands of personal souls, Soul mates, and beings who will act as catalyzers for you to experience a karmic evolution.
Everybody has a multi-dimensional consciousness, which means just because your father is walking around at 18 or 19 years old, with a flicker of romance for your mother, and they are about to impregnate a cell and create a baby, it still means that you can be in contact with their higher selves.
Because everyone has this source consciousness that is beyond the human consciousness. So before each child is born, that child makes a contract with itself and many other beings to meet with them at a pre-destined time.
Naturally you meet your mother and father at the birth event, and the major critical souls involved usually are your family.
It is difficult to figure this in human terms, but imagine someone sitting down at a computer and fixing their parents, and fixing their brothers, sisters, friends and all the people they will be working for. Every day of life is a cycle day in what we call the souls Akashic pattern.
Before you were born, the Soul is totally aware of all of its past lives, and all of its experiences. It is also aware of destined patterns for what every lifetime it is about to enter.
That is why I believe that the people you meet, the places you go to school, work, live, visit, and vital areas where relationships occur, are areas where you are encouraged to partake, because of prearranged decisions and contracts you made prior to your birth.
This has much to do with the time, date, place and time we choose to be born in order to create a certain pattern of vibration to fulfill the necessary vehicle which entail upon this quest.
When you meet up with people and you know that you are supposed to meet them
For example, you are at a party and there are 150 people there, you might be destined to meet one or two. It is hard to imagine how powerful the human Soul really is.
The human brain has 200,000 times the power of the greatest computer ever built. We are talking far beyond Cray or IBM here, understanding this God consciousness and the potential Soul growth, evolution, and overall awareness is phenomenal.
Also recognizing that we do have tremendous consciousness before birth and are allowed to qualify into this dimension. Before birth you must go through a great qualification.
What about all the babies who will be and are aborted?
In case you don’t know, they are entering this dimension knowing they will experience Karma in the form of abortion, so that vehicle for birth definitely would not be stable.
It could also be a Karma for the parents. On the other hand, other entities, or beings, would come into this life knowing not only that they will be welcomed, but they would be nurtured, sometimes they would be attacked, or be born into hostile childhood’s, or even traumatic to kind of shock them into awareness-consciousness.
I tend to believe that whatever you run into in your lifetime, you have to believe, if you believe in New Age Metaphysical thought, that you have created it all, and you have prepared it all in many ways. You have made contracts with many beings.
Lets take a person out there who has had sex with many people, say about 40 people in their lives.
If you take a look at how complicated it is to get intimate with even one person, it is not easy for a person to go out there and score a relationship, but for one person who is maybe 40 or 50 years old or a female who has slept with maybe 40 or 50 people. Take a look at the lottery for you to get close to those many people it is hard.
I figure if you are meant to get intimate with someone, I sense that it is really meant to be. It is like having a mini-marriage situation. Let’s look at work situations, someone files a job application in 40 different places, and nobody wants them.
Then one day all of a sudden, there’s the Karma, a corporation with whom a contract was formed with the president, and all the other people who work in that office. It is then that all the higher minds, the intuitive minds sense the vibration, and you end up working where you are supposed to be.
Now free will choice does play a big role in my mind as far as life is concerned. But Astrologically, we vibrate to the vehicle that we have earned, depending on the Karma, as well as the positive and negative actions and reaction we have set forth in past lives.
This is an automatic process, its like water running down the drain, it is an automatic magnetic flow, when you throw a rock in the ocean and the ripples just balance right out. You just adhere to that certain birth point that you are most qualified to embrace. You make thousands of major contracts with other beings to meet with them at a pre-destined time.
Life is really fascinating the way it works, when people come into your life. I believe that much of this stuff is predestined, set up and pre-arranged before life, because consciousness before life is so powerful that it sets up certain situations.
It is like creating a major play, or a soap opera that will take place in your life, that you will be granted certain choices, so perhaps you could reach your highest possible evolution and Karmic growth.
If you look at this Soul-contract philosophy, then you think wow! I meant to get married to her, now I’m at these cross roads and now I have to make the choice.
I’m also meant to have all these other contracts with all these other people, so I’d better not dwell on this contract, I’d better process and absolve it and let it go and see it as another peg in the ladder of life. Then prepare for the next experience or contract.
Sometimes, people just wait around for these things to happen, and people just seem to pop in and happen at the right time. Often, I wish I had the consciousness that I had before birth, so I could see all of this stuff before it hits.
But no, that is not the way it works. The higher mind of each of us hypnotizes us, and removes this pre-consciousness every morning when we wake up, and at birth we have lost most of it.
We are not granted those easy hints, we have to do with intuition and emotion and experiences and try to make these decisions, and wade through this Karmic whirlpool we were born into.
It would be too easy if we all knew what we were meant to do, and who to meet, and what the situations were, But each situation still gives us the potential for maximum Karmic growth experience.
Let’s take an example of a small child that enters into a poor inner-city family. No food, no shoes, no socks. Drugs and alcohol used in the family, and right off the bat, there are early decisions of whether to take drugs and drink, because it is just lying around the house.
As they grow older, they experience rejection by the kids in school, feel lonely and insecure like outcasts, and also they are given a choice to join a gang.
Beyond that, when older, they are given a choice to rob a liquor store, to steal a car, to commit grand larceny, rape, murder, dealing in drugs, and even beyond that, their choices are taken away because they are taken to prison.
In prison they have a whole new set of contracts to deal with, because we are talking about hard core Karma, if your choices are bad enough to send you into that kind of hell-hole, called prison.
Karmic debt and the choices we make
So what we do is we set ourselves up to make certain choices. This is extreme, but these people who end up in trouble create their own nightmares, by making the wrong choices, you have to be strong, and hopefully have a strong astrological vehicle, some light in your life, some positive counseling and conditioning, something to give you at least the choice.
Sometimes we can look at any one of your individual lives to figure out why we are in a particular gutter, because we made the wrong choice when confronted with this pre-destined Soul contract that we are dealing with.
Like career choices, whether you might take a job that might not be ethical. A sales job where some of the stuff you talk about isn’t really true, or maybe you take a job as a courier for illegal money, illegal income.
Maybe you are involved with underworld activities, prostitution or something you could be arrested and jailed for. For some of your choices you just end up being hurt and having to understand and absolve from a Karmic debt, or other instant Karma you can be incarcerated for or institutionalized. So we are talking really hard core payment for that.
In order to summarize this topic; if you are aware of the possibility that we personally set up ourselves to meet, certain specific major individuals for our own Soul growth, this doesn’t mean that you marry every person you meet just because you fall in love with them (like Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor or the Gabor sisters).
They have married several times and each time they divorced, and were devastated by it.
So look and the love and lost column and be glad you didn’t marry them, but some people just jump into this stuff, of marriage, families, children, and business feet first.
So you are offered the Soul contract and enter it, but then end up paying the price for making the wrong choice and that is what Karmic growth is all about.
So being ethical, moral, selfless, humble and not being too greedy or selfish, are major keys in confronting any Soul-person or Soul contract you might have made before birth, and you know that.
Often, if you meet a person and you feel that they are a Soul mate, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a Soul mate. I feel that anybody that you have made a previous Soul contract with before birth, you can call a Soul mate because this was something you were destined to meet with. Not necessarily physically but in a relationship sense.
By plugging into this sacred Astrology knowledge that lies in the intuitive mind, and basically the topic is psychic and spiritual awareness.
If you are a Pisces Sun sign (actually Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer) you will seem to be automatically more intuitive or plugged into what we call the intuitive mind, which plugs into the Akashic stream of consciousness, and basically plugs into the contracts that we make before birth.
When someone seems to be psychic or intuitive, then what we believe to be true is that you literally plug into that part of your mind (the higher part of your consciousness) that has a script of many events that are about to happen in your life.
What are the various ways that you can lift your psychic, intuitive mind, and spiritual consciousness in order to plug into the intuitive mind and some of those contracts made before birth.
This is why people with Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer planets in their chart especially the Sun-signs seem to be more intuitive, more plugged into that intuitive mind, the part of the mind that makes the contracts.
Also, in case you have a Pisces, Scorpio or Cancer Moon or these as rising signs. Venus, Mars or Jupiter in any one of those signs and the more water the merrier (we call it) then the more intuitive you will be. The more you might be in touch with these Soul contracts that you are about to meet, or are about to happen in your life.
Psychic and Intuitive people
Those who are more intuitive or psychic when they see a Soul contract coming up they just go for it. These people sometimes meet people that they know they are going to meet, they know they are going to marry, they know they are going to have kids with, and they just don’t resist it. They may even have vivid dreams of these forthcoming events.
Some of us aren’t nearly as psychic or intuitive, and some times no matter how New Age you are, you lack the water in your chart and you have no planets in the Piscean house energy which is the 12th house, or the Scorpion house energy which is the 8th house, or the Cancerian energy which is the 4th house, then these people no matter what they do (chant, pray, meditate, fast, diet, vegetarians) they still can’t be a psychic or as spiritually aware as those of us with water. There are exceptions of course, which has to do with how the chart is generally formed.
The basic mission of life for the individual is a mission of love and light and spiritual understanding.
However, many of us get misled. Some people walk around like acorns, having no idea of what is going on and they could care less, They get thrown through this emotional Vietnam of misery, suffering and tragedy in their lives.
Sometimes people get to a point where they have had it with rejection, or they’ve had it with surgery, or feeling bad about themselves, their aches, pains and heart problems, back problems and depression and anxiety, and they will start searching for the answers. People into fundamental religion find that this is not the answer, that it’s not the key.
So what is happening now in the New Age, since the Harmonic Convergence we are firmly planted in the Age of Aquarius and frankly peoples minds are opening, there is more clarity of consciousness.
I would say there is definitely a shift of brain capacity going on with people on our planet. The more aware we become, the higher percentage of brain capacity and awareness that comes upon us, the more aware of the times that we thought to be true or everything that we believed to be so, the things we think we do know, many times aren’t bottom line answers.
So I have dedicated my life for a search of open-mindedness and further truth. Because whenever I settle on the truth there seems to be something beyond that. The interesting thing about Astrology is that I feel that every one is an Astrologer. I think that pre-birth on this cycle everyone is an expert Astrologer.
During my deepest meditations I discovered a level of vast information that just blew me away, it also taught me, trained me, and delivered to me, the vast information that you hear on this radio show about Astrology and Metaphysics, that part of the mind is called the intuitive mind.
I discovered in Meditation starting around 1975 that there is a vast part of the mind that is like Genius, and everyone has it. It is a major part of ourselves that you can identify as the God-part of yourself, where the more aware you become the more knowledge and wisdom you discover that you already have.
The intuitive mind is what I call the store house of the sacred Astrology knowledge, or the Astrology computer that literally sets up the vehicle that we absorb at birth and gives us that uniqueness, that illusion of separation in this dimension, and also a vehicle that will be triggered many times during the lifetime through certain transitory cycles that set us up to meet people, break up with people, make friends and leave friends, to make residence, to make careers, to end careers, money surges or money depressions, and all kinds of up and down cycles that we put ourselves through, that is literally set up by the Soul.
If you want to understand this stuff in a more logical sense, imagine going to a college for 10 years, and setting up your course, for all the things you are going to study in that college. Registration is pure hell as you know if you’ve ever done it.
All the best classes and teacher’s are grabbed up first, and if you are late or get closed out, you end up with difficult courses, and the teachers aren’t as good.
These are the unwanted classes, but when we are looking at this example I like to identify the birth chart as a map of the curriculum that you have signed up to participate in this life cycle, as far as Karmic experience, Soul growth and potentials, if any. These things can be discovered by looking at your birth chart.
What you are trying to do is plug into the Cosmic knowledge and metaphysical truth, that lies in the intuitive mind, plug into this vast ocean of consciousness (like they say we only have 5 to 10% of our brain capacity. If we had 100% we’d all be much better Astrologers than Farley Malorrus).
So whatever I’m doing doodling around with this science my higher mind dwarfs whatever knowledge I might think I know, just as all of ours does.
It seems to be a natural metamorphosis that guides us to a certain date of birth, to a certain family of Karma, to a certain city of Karma, and the cycles in our lives that help us figure out exactly what we are meant to do, and what our purpose and mission is all about.
That is why people that study, respect and really understand Astrology as a science, in fact have a major degree, because they are able to follow some of this curriculum.
Once you know what you are set up for in your birth cycle then you can set up and follow what we call the transits, which means that we follow the moving planets in the sky (the clock of the Zodiac) and we check and see how they set off the planets in our chart, since we are dealing with a cosmic magnetic system here when we talk about this solar system we live in, and this let’s us know almost exactly what is coming up in your future.
This is how Astrology works and it is wonderful, it’s all about intuitive awareness or psychic or spiritual awareness.
Psychic or spiritual awareness is really a natural occurrence of evolution for people that study Astrology and Metaphysics. I also advise that people take up meditation, some form of chanting, anything that can relax and center your mind.
Once I got into Astrology I plugged into my intuitive mind in about 4 days in meditation, I had so many miracles that happened to me that I thought wow!
It is the same with all of you, there is much more to you than meets the eye, what your conscious mind thinks is true is only the tip of a major iceberg of awareness consciousness, of genius that we all have naturally implanted in our intuitive mind.
Those of you with the Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer factors (4th, 8th and 12th house planets), are maybe more prone or urged to get into Astrology, Metaphysics, and psychic awareness. People with specific factors will be encouraged, if they don’t go into the Spirit, to be more self-destructive and get into more artificial means of consciousness.
This is why people with water in their Charts and are not spiritual have more addiction problems with drugs and alcohol, it’s an artificial means of altering consciousness, it is like pretend awareness, when you think that being stoned on a joint or acid is really pretty aware, but look what Charles Manson did, but that’s an extreme example.
I think that this topic is very important, because some psychic’s out there that put Astrology down, and they claim to be psychic.
To me there is something wrong with this, because I have found the people who are the most intuitive (and all of you whether you have water are not are intuitive psychic spiritual beings, you are capable of improving your psychic abilities, and more plugged into your souls destiny), by getting into the study of Astrology, and figuring out all the thousands of Soul-contracts that you made before birth to live out in this life cycle.
We can evolve so much more by embracing the more stressful periods of our life by understanding Astrology. I’m having a Neptune oppose Venus this month, which means my expenses are up, sometimes strange experiences with women, shattered dreams or shattered expectations.
I could feel like a Slave or anchored to my life at times, because I know what a Neptune oppose Venus is. There are hundreds of different planetary configurations that we call transits, that we lay out for you in a transit forecast. We provide this service for beginners so they know what is about to happen.
The more you work with this stuff the more it begins to sink in and you become more psychic, not only will you begin to see in your birth chart what seems to be coming up for you, but you will develop a sixth sense that when you are around people whom you have Soul contracts with, you know it. When you are around a person who will become a future lover, it is hard to deny it.
When you are looking for a job and are impelled to go to a certain company, when you stumble onto a radio station that will change your thinking through spiritual light. When you are looking for a new place to live, and you drive right to it, it’s like letting your life happen automatically.
It is important to go with the flow, many times, and not to resist. Don’t take everything so personal, it is all a major hallucination or illusion created for your experience and Karmic benefit.
So becoming more intuitive, more psychic, and more spiritual and by learning and respecting Astrology, and by meditation and chanting and getting the concepts of authentic universal love, not romantic love, but a selfless love are all keys for you to become more spiritual, more psychic and more intuitive.
And if we were approaching a bottom line what we are talking about here basically is plugging into that intuitive mind, in your higher mind area, plugging into that Akashic stream where all the knowledge is of all your past lives and future lives, and also plugging into those Soul contracts that you’ve made from yesterdays show and today’s.
This way when you go on through your life it will be much easier because you don’t have to worry about things as much, or be confused as much and you can have more fun, more enjoyment, more enlightenment, and more awareness.
Free will choice does play an important role, because when you do sign up for the curriculum and all these events that you will go through in your life, by the family in the beginning, and by absorbing the Astrological energy at birth, you are setting yourself up to take certain courses.
It doesn’t mean you will pass or fail them all, it depends on what your free will choice is. When you are confronted with the pre-arranged courses you decided on prior to your birth, those are the deals made by your higher mind, that super computer that we talked about.
The questions I’m asked everyday about are: what’s happening in my relationships, or How does my career look Farley. Or, what does my future look like Farley?
These people want to know these things and they are impatient and they want my knowledge or expertise on the subject.
What they are asking for is less pain and more comfort. Well, the best way I know is to sign up for becoming a member of the Astrology Hour is by ordering your chart, then roll up your sleeves and begin to learn the subject for yourself.
Listen to the program and get involved, then we can begin to understand the urges that impel us to go out and meet people, break up with people, or have an emotional problem, or have emotional stability, or re-birth or the choice of being spiritual or addicted.
We are definitely set up, and by following these transits you can organize your life and figure out what is heading your way as it approaches. Until you yourself understand the transits this is the best way we can teach them to you.
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.
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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