Riddles of the Sphinx


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Schoch and the Sphinx

At the end of Schoch’s article (AR #76)—third to last paragraph on Page 78. He quotes Ozkaya as saying “look at this… it’s a sphinx” while pointing to a sculpture depicting an animal half-human, half lion… I actually thought Rob­ert Temple had laid this one to rest in his book The Sirius Mystery, pointing out that while a lion, when it lies down, has its haunches rise higher than its back, it is the dog whose haunches slope downwards to its tail when lying down. (This was to point out that beings from Sirius—noted in multiple cultures as “the Dog Star”—had probably had a hand in building the Sphinx.)

Incidentally, it does seem likely that the Egyptians knew that particular difference between lion and dog.

In general, I have tended to think that, given the great apparent preoccupation of many, many early peoples with things “in the sky,” it is logical to believe that at least some part of them “came from the sky.” Consider persons ma­rooned on a desert island, and their (at least initial) consuming interest in what is “out there” that might come to rescue them. I would think that beings who originated completely on this planet without outside influence would have been, in those early times, literally more grounded and much more occupied with providing daily food and shel­ter, and safety from marauding animals, than in building monuments to mark the position of stars, equinoxes, and the like.

That is one very strong reason why I tend to go with those who believe that we either came from somewhere else, or were “uplifted mentally” by beings from somewhere else who helped us jumpstart our sudden cultural growth.

Bob Freedman, New York, NY

Mr. Freedman will be pleased to learn that the next issue of Atlantis Rising (#78) will feature an article by Robert Schoch specifically addressing several issues where he is in strong disagreement with Robert Temple, including the “Sphinx is a dog” argument. Editor

I read Robert Schoch’s article in Atlantis Rising on the age of the Sphinx being some 12,000 years old, knowing the same was suggested in The Gnostic Circle by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, only for different reasons. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet recognized that given the Sphinx is a Lion/Man, representing the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac, it was most likely built as a time marker for the Age of Leo, half of an entire 25,920 year precession of the equinoxes ago from our current Age of Aquarius (which she holds began in 1926 the very same year the Sphinx’s lion body was ex­posed after being buried under sand for thousands of years).

I was impressed, as I’m sure many other were, by the quote from the dig director: [referring to the Sphinx as quot­ed in the previous letter].

I noticed that the AR article didn’t include a picture of that sculpture. Then I did a Google image search and still could not find any pictures of the sphinx image found at Gobekli Tepe. This seems to be a really important image! I am wondering why its photo did not appear in AR or on various websites or in articles on the subject. I do hope some­one involved in this research will present this sphinx image to the world. I for one look forward to seeing it. Thanks for the article.

Lori Tompkins San Anselmo, California

We also have been searching for that image, but, so far, without success. Editor

The Little Guy and Detroit

Jeane Manning’s article on Raphael Morgado’s MYT engine was interesting and fascinating. It is always interesting to see a new invention come to the marketplace. Or is it an interesting concept only at this point?

After looking at his website I can understand why he wants to talk to companies with deep pockets; he has a lot of money invested perhaps. But talking with GM, Chrysler, Ford is a hoot. At this point all they are interested in is survi­val and the great life for the executives that remain and the good life for the union people and not what is best for the nation and the world. Besides I am sure they have “bought inventions” on the back shelf that they can bring out that are probably half as efficient as Raphael’s. And let’s not mention the greed and control of the oil companies. How is it the above-mentioned car companies have more efficient versions in foreign countries—no collusion with the oil companies for sure.

Today power is with the people, if you let it happen. People will knock on your door if you have a better mouse­trap. I bet a fairly wealthy trucking company would like to save fuel money and buy one of the engines just to try it out. And the same for a taxi or utility company. Raphael needs to put his engines on the street. GM loaned a few early

diesel-electric locomotives to the railroads and the rest is history. People need to see the engine working, pulling something.

My sense is that Raphael has a great mind and heart. He has an invention that could be of great service to human­ity and yet he doesn’t want to die “penniless”? How to do that? How much is he in debt? How much does he need?

The idea I like best is to carefully—and I do mean carefully—put the engine patent in the right kind of public do­main. Do it similar to the Linux-based computer operating system. The plans and patent would be free, and people could purchase all the set up and consulting that they needed. MOREOVER, any improvement to the MTY engine would become a part of the original public domain patent and likewise be freely available to any person or company.

[Do as I suggest and] I am sure that you will have enough money to live a comfortable life and go on consulting and inventing as have the originators of Linux. Raphael might as well make money any way he can because the “pow­ers-that-be” don’t want to see this invention become mass produced in this country. Secondly, a whole new technolo­gy will probably come around the bend and push the MTY engine aside. Is it going to be some sort of electric? And like me he is not getting any younger.

With the earth changes in process, I don’t think it is good karma to hold up an invention for money’s sake. That is not being in the service of humanity. Poor people need water pumped, electricity generated, and public transporta­tion. It might also weaken the excuse for oil wars.

Phil Vogel Lacey, WA

I am always interested in what Jeanne Manning refers to as transition technologies, those cleaner burning power plant solutions that reduce both our consumption and emission while we wait for or actively pursue the clean energy technologies that eliminate our dependence on any hydrocarbon energy source.

I have been following the reported development of the external combustion engine and would love for this col­umn to interview them as well. The makers claim that it consumes 100% of the fuel and can operate on almost any imaginable fuel, solid and liquid. We can burn used vegetable oil in the same tank as gasoline and kerosene or strap on a compressed hydrogen or natural gas canister and burn them cleanly. This empowers us to recycle waste prod­ucts further than ever before and to reduce our dependence on foreign oil sources.

First of all, I caution anyone from singularly blaming the U.S. auto companies for not enthusiastically adopting the MYT engine and dropping the internal combustion engine summarily. The U.S. auto companies are not free to make those decisions, especially since the U.S. government assumed management and gave a controlling interest in GM and Chrysler to the UAW union. These companies, including Ford, also have countless established supply chains; many economic inter-dependencies. Add Federal CAFE mandates and you have a boxed-in industry that is all but dis-empowered from considering anything but the hybrid electric engines that are in political vogue.

Opposition political forces are as culpable as anything else interfering with progressive technology improve­ments. Transition technologies are still dependent upon traditional fuels. Promising solutions, like the MYT and Cy­clone engines could conceivably extend our use of traditional fuels indefinitely. Militant environmentalists are not tolerant of such solutions and they are very powerful and influential. Consider that the U.S. has been thwarted from building new gasoline refineries and nuclear power plants for decades, thereby increasing our dependence upon less environmentally conscious foreign providers. What better example of a transition technology than a nuclear power plant?

I am encouraged that Angel Labs is pursuing the engine replacement market. I’d also love an MYT or Cyclone EC engine in my garage or basement generating electricity instead of being dependent on the grid. This is a promising means to catch the world’s attention and create the market pressure necessary to break into the new automobile mar­ket in time.

Brian White Simsbury, CT

The Historical Jesus

Just because two people look alike does not mean they are related to each other. Just because two religions are similar does not mean that one had to come from the other. With so many different gods and goddesses in the pantheon, there was bound to be one that was similar to any new one that came along.

The Egyptians were not stupid; they did not easily leave their religion of thousands of years to follow one that was just a knockoff of their religion. Their religion was more than a religion; it was part of the culture as well, so how could a new religion that was just a copy of their religion convert all the Egyptians? They were converted long before Christianity became the official religion of Rome and paganism was outlawed.

Jesus was not just another god that was added to the pantheon and gradually became the most popular of the gods. Christianity demanded that its followers not believe in or worship any of the other gods. So, again, how could the Egyptians have left behind their religion of thousands of years to accept this new religion?

One reason, Jesus actually healed the sick and raised the dead, and his Apostles and early followers did so as well. You only have to read the writings of the Early Church Fathers of the first and second centuries to know that mira­cles continued for several hundred years.

Dreams, visions, visits from angels, the sick healed and the dead raised—¡that is why Christianity was able to be­come dominant, even while its followers were being beaten, burned alive, eaten alive, etc. Its similarities to any other religion are just that, similarities with no direct connection.

It was only after Christianity became institutionalized and the official religion of Rome that it adopted some ele­ments from the pantheon of gods, in order to help those who were being required to leave those gods behind.

Michael Fortner Lawton, Ok.

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