New Study Sets Out to Unearth the Secrets of Stonehenge
While the debate over the true age of Stonehenge—that massive circle of stone megaliths in southwest England—has raged for centuries, scientists now say they are determined to settle the argument once and for all. Thus a new effort has been undertaken to find out with certainty just how old the mysterious site truly is. Conventional wisdom currently has it at about 5,000 years.
Late in March archaeologists working for the English Heritage Society initiated the first new dig on the spot since 1964 with the intention of making out exactly when the original blue stones were erected. Unlike the massive sandstone monoliths which make Stonehenge so easily recognizable, little remains of the first standing stones, the blue ones, on the spot. Over the centuries they have been mostly broken up and carted away.
What we do know is that about 80 of them, weighing between one and four tons each, were brought from a quarry in the Presili Hills over 150 miles away. The mystery of how and why the massive effort was made to extract them and move them to Stonehenge—in a time generally believed to be quite primitive—remains, but it is hoped some new light will be shed on such questions. Any organic material that turns up will be carefully dated and the information yielded will, hopefully, put things in better context.
Most of the mainstream theorizing has to do with the notion that Stonehenge was intended as some kind of healing spot. Seldom mentioned are the points of John Michell and others that the site was at the confluence of a vast system of perfectly straight tracks called ley lines which overlay virtually the entire English landscape. The advanced knowledge of sciences like surveying, mathematics, astronomy, etc., clearly implicit in the megalithic engineering of pre-historic England, is usually disregarded in favor of ideas more palatable to sneering modern science, namely that the ancient builders were not much more than superstitious hunter-gatherers who, like Fred Flintstone, apparently enjoyed hauling around big rocks.
Painting Shows Jesus in Tibet
Researcher Terry Anthony writing on the Tate Publishing web site describes a 19th century thangka (religious painting) from Tibet which he acquired some years ago. Remarkably the painting clearly depicts several scenes from the life of Jesus, including one showing him visiting the Himalayas. Anthony purchased the painting from a respected dealer in oriental antiquities and considers it authentic.
Possibly the work of—or under the influence of—Moravian missionaries, the thangka shows a clear awareness of the biblical story of Jesus depicting familiar scenes including walking on the water, the transfiguration and the entry into Jerusalem. Whatever the source of the painting, it tends to corroborate the account of Nicolas Notovitch, a russian journalist who traveled to the Himalayas in the 1870s and reportedly was shown old manuscripts maintained by Tibetan monks describing visits by a Saint Issa (clearly Jesus) to Tibet. Notovitch’s book St. Issa Best of the Sons of Men, was later translated by Nicholas Roerich the famous Russian painter and spiritual teacher. The details have been covered more than once in Atlantis Rising (most recently in Len Kasten’s article “Did Jesus Visit India” in A.R. #59).
To see reproductions of several scenes from Anthony’s Jesus Thangka visit http://www.mondovista.com/jesus/index.html.
Knife Hit on Rupert Sheldrake
In April the worldwide paranormal science community was shocked to hear that at a conference in Santa Fe noted researcher Rupert Sheldrake had been stabbed. Sheldrake was standing on a stage and the attacker struck from beneath or else the blow might have done more damage. As it was, it hit him in his left leg where the wound was deep and the blood loss was considerable. The near fatal attack occurred at the 10th International Conference on Science and Consciousness immediately following a lecture he had given on “thought transference.” The attacker was a Japanese man from Yokohama who appeared mentally deranged. Sheldrake received immediate and effective medical attention and within a few days had made an almost complete recovery.
An anathema in so-called skeptical science—read that materialistic—circles Sheldrake is best known for his theories of morphic resonance which he believes is the basis of memory in nature.
Sheldrake says, “I have also felt no fear, and have indeed felt calm and happy, even blissful at times.” Nevertheless, considering the particular focus of his work, it is difficult to escape the notion that darker forces may have been at work.
Just a little over four years ago, new energy pioneer, author and Atlantis Rising columnist Dr. Eugene Mallove was assaulted and killed by burglars in his parents’ home. While attacks like that and the one on Sheldrake may appear entirely random, their intensity signals the presence of forces which must be guarded against, both spiritually and otherwise.