Monday, November 30, 2009

In Search of the Illuminated Ones - part 1

There is a Road… no simple Highway
Between the Dawn… and the dark of night
And if you go… no one may follow
That path is for… your steps alone

- R Hunter

The path of illumination is ultimately a bargain between Universe and Individual. This can be a lonely journey where the terrain is not always familiar. At times, the desire to pull over and ask directions is irresistible. Also consider the fact that earthling humans are social critters and as such, love company. These two factors combine to not only create the need to communicate esoteric notions with like-minded individuals but to seek out those who can be of assistance in the quest for illumination.

The following is a unique (if not quirky) article on various historic artifacts and locations that have been associated with the “westernized” version of the quest for illumination. Although much of what follows was in vogue in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, many of these concepts have “come back around” and have once more become fashionable within certain cosmic communities. They have even found their way into the popular media (Indiana Jones, Angles & Demons, etc.) and thus into public consciousness. Consider what follows to be of historic value in identifying the evolutionary nature of humanity’s understanding of the artifacts in question…

Chintamani Stone… the original Holy Grail
With the current massive outpouring of information regarding the fabled Holy Grail it is impossible to ignore what may be the very first Holy Grail on Earth, the Chintamani Stone… the “Treasure of the World.” Between 1923-1928 this stone, (which first manifested on Earth many thousands of years before the Cup of Christ) was taken by the great Russian artist and mystic Nicholas Roerich into the heartland of the Far East in order to reunite it with the mother stone it had been separated from, a massive jewel that resided in Shambhala, the Land of the Immortals. This Chintamani Stone, which is (allegedly) of extra-terrestrial origin, had supposedly been brought to Earth by emissaries from a planet orbiting the “dog star” Sirius. The Sirians handed the stone over to Shambhala’s principal resident, the elusive “King of the World,” a monarch known by many mystics in the East but only by a handful of occultists in the West.

In regards to it’s identity in the Holy Grail legends, the Chintamani Stone appears to be synonymous with the “Stone of Heaven,” the Holy Grail manifestation mentioned by Wolfram von Eschenbach in his famous Grail rendition known as Parzival. Eschenbach‘s Parzival is regarded by most Grail scholars to be the most complete and authoritative of the Grail legends. The Chintamani Stone certainly fits the profile of Eschenbach’s enigmatic Stone of Heaven because, like it’s literary counterpart, the Treasure of the World is said to possess both the power to make a human immortal, as well as to have come to Earth from “Heaven” (Sirius), a truth that is supposedly engraved upon it as Sanskrit letters that Roerich once translated as “Through the Stars I come. I bring the chalice (Grail) covered with the shield.”

Like Eschenbach’s stone, the Chintamani Stone is apparently also green in color, since Roerich is on record as also stating that the Chintamani Stone is similar in appearance to a species of meteorite known as Moldavite, which is dark green in color. If the Chintamani Stone is indeed Eschenbach’s Stone of Heaven, could it also be the original Philosophers Stone, which legends assert could turn a base metal into gold and a human into an immortal deity? Could it be the original Holy Grail, the one that was later emulated by all Holy Grails, including the Cup of Christ and the wood of the True Cross? With so much evidence in support of its power and existence, it does indeed appear that the study of the Chintamani Stone should warrant special consideration in any contemporary Holy Grail research.

The Nature and Purpose of the Chintamani Stone
Information is scant concerning the Chintamani Stone, but supposedly the extra-terrestrial stone is stronger than penetrating Radium and its dynamic rays can instantly increase a person’s own vibratory frequency while bestowing upon him or her, the ability to see into the past and future and evolve into an immortal human being. It has also been suggested that the stone can never be adequately tested scientifically because much of it exists in a higher dimensional frequency than the one we exist within.

Other pertinent data regarding the Chintamani Stone maintains that it was brought to Earth by Sirian missionaries during a remote era in order to eventually help precipitate a one-world civilization based upon mutual support, love, and equality. In order to effectuate this lofty goal, the Sirians are believed to have, throughout history, made sure that the stone remained in the possession of certain planetary rulers or organizations that have been in the position of influencing the world on a grand scale.

Since its arrival on Earth, the Chintamani Stone has, for example, been in the possession of he who is the supreme consciousness governing all of the world from an etheric plane, the King of the World, while parts of it have been in the possession of such acclaimed conquerors and empire builders as King Solomon, Genghis Khan and Akbar the Great. There is some indication that one part of the stone has been the sacred stone of the Kaaba, which has united millions of Moslems around the globe. In recent history it is known that a portion of the Chintamani Stone was given to the founders of the League of Nations, whose stated goals were the creation of a one-world civilization free of hate and war. This was the stone that Nicholas Roerich carried back to Shambhala following the collapse of that international organization.

One burning question remains in regards to the current whereabouts of the Chintamani Stone. Did Roerich complete his journey to Shambhala? Is the sacred stone back in the Land of the Immortals? Most historians agree that Roerich did not technically reach Shambhala but instead arrived in a Tibetan location which is intimately connected to it. One such location is Shigatse, home of the Tashilumpo Monastery and headquarters of the Panchen Lama, one of the ruling lamas of Tibet who is sometimes referred to as higher in the planetary spiritual hierarchy than even the Dalai Lama himself.

Legends state that there are many underground tunnels connecting the Tashilumpo Monastery with Shambhala, and it is an accepted truth that certain incumbent Panchen Lamas have physically traveled there over the course of many hundreds of years. The Third Panchen Lama even wrote a book, called Road to Shambhala, within which he outlined directions on how to travel overland to Shambhala. Another salient connection that forever links the Panchen Lama, Shigatze and Shambhala is the Kalachakra Tantra, an intensive form of Tantric Buddhism taught and practiced in both places.

During the time that Roerich would have visited Shigatse, the holy Tibetan city was a world headquarters of the Great White Brotherhood and swarming with Ascended Masters, such as Master Koothumi and Master Morya, an adept who taught Nicholas and his wife, Helena, the path of Agni Yoga… an alchemical path based upon the teachings of the Kalachakra. Previous to Roerich’s visit in Tibet, Madam Blavatsky had similarly made an excursion to Shigatse to study with the Great White Brotherhood and to acquire information for her tomes on esoteric history, which include Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine. One of Blavatsky’s students, Alice Bailey, is noted for having later received numerous transmissions regarding Shambhala and the King of the World from the Master Djwhal Khul, who was a resident of Shigatse at the time.

From Sirius?
Could the Chintamani Stone have really come from Sirius? Did humans have contact with the Sirians in the distant past? Perhaps. In the last century anthropologists in Mali discovered that some of the African country’s tribes, such as the Dogon and Bozo tribes, claimed to have once had visitations from Sirian missionaries who acted as their teachers. To prove their claims these tribes revealed some of the obscure information transmitted to them from their mentors, which included a knowledge of the Sirian grouping of three stars, as well as a knowledge of the moons surrounding certain distant planets in our Solar System. Such information could only be acquired through observation with very high-powered telescopes, a luxury these primitive tribes were never in the position to possess.

Robert Temple, author of The Sirius Mystery, which records the history of the Dogon people and their encounters with the Sirians, found another possible Earth link with Sirius soon after his book was published. Members of Freemasonry, who had long known of Sirius as the Great White Lodge in the Galaxy and commonly depicted it in their lodges as the Blazing Star, contacted Temple and invited him to become an initiate of their organization. Although Temple could not subsequently find explicit indications that Freemasonry had been in direct contact with Sirian missionaries in the past, he did find intriguing clues connecting them to the star Sirius, including the eye within the triangle symbol which currently surmounts the pyramid on the US seal. This triangle, an ancient Freemasonic symbol, depicts the Grand Architect of the Universe and is closely associated with what the Dogon refer to as the “Eye” of the universe, the dwarf star Digitaria, that is part of the trinitized Sirian grouping of stars and recognized by the tribe as the Creator of the Universe.

The US seal eventually became featured on the back of the US dollar bill during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, who was himself a high-ranking Freemason and Shriner, and before that it was the symbol of the eighteenth century Illuminati, who sought to achieve the Sirian goal of a one-world civilization although it is believed they did so with less than purely altruistic intentions. Temple also discovered another clue indicating a close connection between the Freemasons and Sirius: the day of US independence by the Freemasonic fathers, July 4th, is one of the days of the year when our Sun is in its closest alignment with Sirius.

The Return of the Chintamani Stone
When Nicholas Roerich was touring Tibet and Mongolia he constantly heard cries among the Buddhist monks of “It is the time of Shambhala!” According to the monks the King of the World would soon sweep down from Shambhala with a huge army to destroy all evil upon the Earth before declaring himself our planet’s eternal ruler. Supporting his inevitable rule was destined to be the Chintamani Stone, which currently resides in the King’s Tower in the very center of Shambhala.

Roerich and his mentors within the Great White Brotherhood and the Theosophical Society founded by Madam Blavatsky maintain that the army of the King of the World is, in truth, a power emanating from Shambhala that continually raises the frequency of our planet. It was, for example, this power that fueled WWII and, ultimately, led to the fall of the Third Reich, even after the Nazis attempted to harness it for their own self-serving purposes. Eventually this transformative power will destroy all energetic blockages that exist at a lower frequency than itself (i.e., negativity, greed, control, etc.) while simultaneously accelerating the evolution of all life forms on Earth. Once it has completed its pre-destined goal, state the Theosophists, a planetary civilization based upon love and equality will finally emerge. Perhaps then the King of the World and his Chintamani Stone will make their presence known universally to all.

Mark Amaru Pinkham is the author of Guardians of the Holy Grail: The Knights
Templar, John the Baptist and the Water of Life which cover the history of many Holy Grail manifestations, including the Chintamani Stone. Mark is co-director of the International Order of Gnostic Templars in Sedona ( and leads tours to many sacred places around the world associated with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail Mysteries.

Stay tuned for further installments in our “In Search of the Illuminated Ones” series. Additional information and resources are available at

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tek-Gnostics Web Presence Update

Sensei has been busy over at the Tek-Gnostic Monastery updating multiple locations.

Of particular interest is the expanded intelligence concerning the Bene Gesserit and those rascally conspirators, the Illuminati.

The Pop Future page has been reconceived, updated and the information expanded.

Also of note…

Sci Fi as Sacred Text
The Specter of Jihad

There have been other tweaks here and there. In order to really appreciate the updates, you need to explore the site…


- JH

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha of Leshan is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved out of a cliff face by an 8th-century monk in southern Szechuan province. The Giant Buddha overlooks the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers and faces the sacred Mount Emei (with which it shares its World Heritage status).

According to a local saying: "The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain."

Known as Dafo, the statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees, gazing across the river with heavy-lidded eyes. Maitreya is the future Buddha, who will appear to preach the dharma when the teachings of Gautama Buddha have faded away. He was especially popular during the 4th to 7th centuries and his images can be found throughout the Buddhist world, conveying his characteristic air of expectancy and promise.

Construction on the Giant Buddha began in 713 AD. It was the idea of a Chinese monk named Haitong, who hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent forces that plagued the shipping vessels travelling down the river. It was said there was a river monster that lived at this spot. He often caused floods that capsized passing boats and took cost many lives. In order to subdue the waters and save lives, Master Haitong, a Buddhist abbot of the Lingyun Monastery, raised the necessary funds and commenced the construction of the Giant Buddha.

He hoped that the presence of the Great Buddha would subdue the monster and so pacify the swift currents thereby protecting the boatmen who traversed the treacherous river. His plans were not just supernatural - the enormous amount of rubble carved away from the cliff would be deposited in the river, altering the currents and calming the waters. The construction project was continued by his disciples and finally completed by the local governor in 803.

On December 6th, 1996, Leshan Giant Buddha was approved by the UNESCO as the Heritage of World Culture and Nature and was officially inscribed on the World Heritage List. The comment of the Committee of World Heritage was as follows: "During the first century A. D., Mount Emei in Sichuan province became one of Buddhism's holiest sites. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number. The most remarkable is the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside in the 8th century. At 71 m high, it is the largest Buddha in the world."

Giant Buddha Temple

As high as the mountain is the statue pavilion, Whose hand placed the steps leading forward? Day and night the fog is rising and setting, And the dews on the mountain are teasing. Clear is the moon waiting to be touched, While faint is the sun where doves go to inhabit. Also drafted to the boundless frontier, The bonfire implied the suffering of the common people.

-Xue Neng

At the right back of the giant Buddha's head stands the Lingyun Temple, from which the details on the giant Buddha's head can be observed. Called Baoen Temple in ancient times, the Lingyun Temple is also referred to as Giant Buddha Temple. The construction of the Lingyun Temple began in the Tianbao Period of the Tang Dynasty, well before that of the Giant Buddha. The original temple was destroyed, and the present one was rebuilt in the early years of the Qing Dynasty.

In addition to the Leshan Giant Buddha, there are numerous famous sites located in the scenic spot in which the Leshan Giant Buddha is located including: Mt. Lingyun, Wuyou Hill, Guicheng Hill, Moruo Hall, Qianfeng Cave, and the sleeping Giant Buddha. There are many Han Dynasty cliff tombs, where many mortuary artifacts have been found making this area particularily important for archaeologists.

Friday, November 6, 2009

2012 – What, me Worry?

The Mayan long count calendar’s 13th Baktun is winding down. A Baktun is the 394 year cycle that the ancient Mayas used to mark time. The 13th Baktun (the number 13 itself being a sacred number to the ancient Mayas) completes its cycle on December 21st, 2012. The completion of this cycle has popularly (at least in certain circles) come to be associated with the end of the world, judgment day, the biblical apocalypse, what have you. The Mayan calendar prophesies the end of our own "Age of the Jaguar", the fifth and final "sun" in 2012 AD. This, according to Maurice Cotterell's sun-spot theories, will be brought about by a sudden reversal in the earth's magnetic field.

I am not sure what a reversal in the earth's magnetic field would entail, but it doesn’t sound good. Regardless of the method, a lot of energy has gone into associating the winter solstice, 2012 with some cataclysmic event. This same event is described in many “mythological” or spiritual teachings of the past period under different names. In Egypt it’s the time of Zep Tepi or return to the original point of creation that’s repeated cyclically in order to transform the old into new. In Sumer and Babylonia, the same event is referred to as “times of crossing” associated with passing of 11th planet (Niburu), which is also depicted in Egyptian “mythology” and elsewhere.

Not to be outdone, the contemporary western media machine has also been busy promoting the eschatological event. The upcoming blockbuster movie titled 2012, directed by Roland Emmerich, certainly fans the apocalyptic flames. This November 13th (Friday the 13th, to be exact), the apocalypse will be previewed by western audiences in glorious Technicolor.

Re-enforced by popular media, spurred on by recent economic crisis, the collective consciousness of humanity seems to resonate with the notion of the end of the world.

Not to worry…

I can personally guarantee, with 100% certainty that our civilization will not come to an end on December 21st, 2012. How can I be so sure you ask? Simple… The divine architect, the Demiurge, universal creator, whatever title works for you, has too twisted of a sense of humor to let me off that easy. Like many of you reading this blog, I too racked up debt over the last decade or two. And like many of you, I have a mortgage to pay off. My Demiurge would never allow me to shirk my responsibilities so easily. Especially with so flimsy of an excuse as some apocalyptic end-times scenario.

Besides… it just doesn’t feel intuitively right that Mother Earth, or for that matter humanity should have an expiration date. I don’t think universe works that way. If indeed we are approaching the end of a cosmic cycle, then it follows that we are also approaching the beginning of a new cycle. Given the track record of the last cycle, I for one, am looking forward to new beginnings.

We can facilitate our new cycle by being vehicles of light in all our interaction with universe. We can shine and share our light with an open and loving heart, living up to our own expectation of the best that we can be.

Every time that wheel turns ‘round… bound to cover just a little more ground!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November. It marks the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, in London, United Kingdom.

It is primarily marked in the United Kingdom where it was compulsory, by fiat, until 1859, to celebrate the deliverance of the King of Great Britain; but, it is also celebrated in former British colonies including New Zealand, Newfoundland, and parts of the British Caribbean. Bonfire Night was celebrated in Australia until the mid- to late 1970s, when sale and public use of fireworks was made illegal and the celebration was effectively abolished. It is also celebrated in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. Festivities are centred on the use of fireworks and the lighting of bonfires.

This day was celebrated in the Colonies and was called "Pope's Day". It was the high point of 'anti-popery' (in the term of the times) in New England. In the 1730s or earlier Boston's artisans commemorated the day with a parade and performances which mocked Catholicism and the Catholic Stuart pretender. It was also the day when the youth and the lower class ruled. They went door to door collecting money from the affluent to finance feasting and drinking. George Washington forbade the celebration of the day among his troops due to its anti-Catholic and pro-British purpose.