Around the world there are strange and mysterious places where time and reality are not as normally experienced. Do our minds simply play tricks on us? Or are there certain sites we may with good reason consider as sacred, as power spots, as vortexes, as points on ley lines, as intersections on the planetary grid where telluric and earth energies erupt to the surface and those who are sensitive to such energies can find themselves transformed? Such places have been acknowledged and sought by mystics for thousands of years, or longer. My own research suggests that Neanderthals in Europe during the ice ages actively gathered at certain sites they considered significant, which probably helped to heighten their psychic powers.
Although it is not always the case, often unusual or distinctive natural features mark these sacred sites, and later they may be further demarcated by human reworking of the natural landscape. On my last trip to Peru and Bolivia (November 2012) I had the opportunity to visit one such spot, variously known as the Doorway of Amaru Meru (also spelled Amaru Muru, Aramu Muru, or Aramu Maru, etc.) or Puerta de Hayu Marca (The Gateway to the Gods, or The Temple of Illumination). High in the Andes, in the mountain region of Hayu Marca of southern Peru, not far from the present shores of Lake Titicaca, is found what for all the world, looks like a giant door carved (or more accurately, outlined) into an outcropping of the local red sandstone, with a smaller door or niche, which has been used recently as an altar for sacrificial offerings, carved into its base. Although easily dismissed by the casual observer as a false door, for on superficial inspection it seems to not open and thus leads to nowhere, many a person has reported anomalous experiences here.
It has been claimed that this is a genuine stargate and inter-dimensional portal that can transform and transport the suitably prepared and experienced adept, inducing both out-of-body experiences and true physical displacement. Some assert that the doorway leads, perhaps through a quantum fluctuation in space-time, to other planets both within and beyond our solar system. If we can discover how to access it, the portal could be used to travel to any place and time desired. In fact, beings from other planets utilize the doorway, via teleportation, to travel to and from Earth, so it is said. Or, others contend, it is an entrance to an elaborate tunnel system hidden deep within the Andes where secret ancient records are stored. Some assert that the tunnel from Amaru Meru leads to both the ancient city of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) and the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca. Certain occultists believe that there still exists below this region a subterranean world, possibly etheric in nature (therefore outside of our limited concept of time and our three common dimensions of space, and hence outside the normal sense perceptions), inhabited by profoundly spiritual beings and denizens of a parallel universe that connects to ours through the doorway. Thus the portal is a way to access the furthest most reaches of the inner mind, a way to gain higher levels of consciousness, to enter other dimensions of time and space where beings or entities (perhaps call them gods) well advanced and beyond our physical material existence can be found. With this in mind, possibly this is why various traditional, indigenous names for the region where the Doorway of Amaru Meru is located are translated as ‘City of the Gods’ or ‘Valley of the Spirits.’ In contrast, the Spanish conquistadors regarded the portal as a heathen artifact, labeling it the Devil’s Door, which could only be the entrance to hell.
The outline of the Amaru Meru doorway is about two-dozen feet tall by two-dozen feet wide (seven meters by seven meters). Above the doorway is a huge humanoid figure, most often interpreted as a woman, lying on her back, apparently gazing out to the sky. Her back is centered on the lintel of the doorway with her head resting on a stone pillow just to the right of the door (as seen when facing the doorway). Her head, arms, chest, torso, and legs are all distinct, and around her neck she seems to wear some sort of collar or thick necklace. To some eyes she looks as if she is wearing a spacesuit, and this has been used as evidence that Amaru Meru is connected to ancient astronauts, beings from another planet who visited Earth a very long time ago. Indeed, it has been claimed that the doorway goes back tens of thousands of years. To my eye, as a geologist, my first instinct is that the woman is a natural rock feature, a form created by the forces of weathering and erosion, a simulacrum that simply suggests a recumbent human. However, if it is indeed a sculpture dating back thousands or tens of thousands of years, then the weathered form we see now is to be expected. Clearly, I would contend, the “woman” (be she natural or artificial) came first and the doorway was carved (or possibly re-carved) later.
Who, or what, does the name Amaru Meru / Aramu Muru refer to? Details of accounts and explanations vary, but there is general agreement the name refers to a noble personage, typically described as a sage or priest. The occultist and UFO enthusiast George Hunt Williamson (1926–1986, who also went by the names Brother Philip and Michael d’Obrenovic) discusses Lord Aramu-Muru (whom he also titles God Meru) at some length in his writings. The word Meru, if it comes from Sanskrit, can mean “high”—think of the sacred Mount Meru of various Eastern cosmologies, the center of the universe and the abode of gods. Lord Aramu-Muru, Williamson states, was a great Lemurian sage and keeper of sacred and important records and documents of the land of Mu. Mu was essentially the Pacific Ocean equivalent of Atlantis, and like Atlantis, was ultimately submerged beneath the waves. According to Williamson, Mu began to sink into the ocean prior to about 30,000 BC, and the last vestige of the continent, known as Lemuria, was finally destroyed by a series of cataclysmic disasters, including giant tsunamis, around 12,000 to 10,000 BC (this in modern geological terms marks the end of the last ice age).
The Lemurian Council of the Great White Hierarchy (synonymous with, or a part of, the Great White Brotherhood—enlightened beings and ascended masters—whose founders and earliest members are reputed to have come from the planet Venus; and sometimes it is stated that members maintain etheric retreats in Tibet and elsewhere) instructed Amaru Meru to take sacred records and objects, including a Golden Disc of the Sun, to the Lake Titicaca area of the Andes and there establish a mystery school to perpetuate the Lemurian knowledge and wisdom. Thus was established the Brotherhood of the Sun and the Monastery of the Brotherhood of the Seven Rays. Amaru Meru did not travel alone, but according to Williamson he was accompanied by his female companion and aspect, known as Arama Mara or Goddess Meru. The solar Sun disc which Amaru Meru so closely guarded was not just a relic, but a scientific instrument of great power; among other things, it could alter consciousness, tap into the universal mind and records (essentially the Akashic Records), and even cause earthquakes and other earth changes. It was a dangerous device if used incorrectly.
Various commentators, such as the modern author, researcher, and Grand Prior of The International Order of Gnostic Templars, Mark Amaru Pinkham (note his middle name), expand on the legend, stating that Amaru Meru became the first priest-king of the Incas, in which guise he was known as Manco Kapac (Manco Capac). According to Pinkham, “Ka-pac” means “spiritually wealthy” or “serpent wisdom”, although others translate “Capac” as a title meaning “lord” or “warlord.” Manco can mean “king.” Interestingly, perhaps tellingly, according to some legends, Manco Capac was the son of Inti, the Incan sun god. Manco Capac and his siblings, sent to Earth by Inti, emerged from the cave of Pacaritambo (about 15 to 16 miles [25 kilometers] south of Cuzco) and at his “birth” he had with him a golden staff mounted by a solar disc. From Pacaritambo he traveled by underground caves to Cuzco, where he built a temple dedicated to the Sun. Manco Capac not only founded the Kingdom of Cuzco, the forerunner of the Inca Empire, but brought a code of law and accompanying civilizing ways to the formerly unruly people. He was essentially a founding father, and I cannot help but think that the story of his emergence from the cave and the founding (or re-founding) of civilization fits the bigger picture of very early civilizations having been devastated by a major solar outburst (see my article in Atlantis Rising #94 [July-August 2012] and my 2012 book, Forgotten Civilization). The primary way to escape the surface devastation was by retreating underground; only later, when the Sun had stabilized once again, did people reemerge. In my assessment, this legend of Manco Capac may have its origins in the events of ten thousand to twelve thousand years ago at the end of the last ice age.
Perhaps distinct from the deeply legendary Manco Capac, but conflated with this first Manco Capac, is a presumably historical Manco Capac who was indeed the founder of a kingdom that would ultimately expand to become the Inca Empire. Although there is disagreement about when he lived, many historians place his reign in the early thirteenth century AD. Ironically, one of the last Inca rulers, Manco Inca Yupanqui, is sometimes referred to as Manco Capac II. Born in 1516, Manco Capac II was one of the sons of the Inca ruler Huayan Capac (reigned circa 1493–1527). After the Spanish conquest, Manco Capac II was made a puppet ruler in 1534 but led a rebellion against the Spanish in 1536; he was killed in 1544. Could this second Manco Capac be another appearance of the immortal Amaru Meru?
Returning to snake and serpent themes, Mark Amaru Pinkham also contends that the name Aramu or Amaru means “serpent” and refers to “serpent wisdom” (others state that Amaru means “strong,” and the two meanings are not mutually exclusive). Thus the Doorway of Amaru Meru can also be considered the Doorway or Portal of the Serpents. I note that snakes (serpents) are often viewed as symbols of knowledge, consciousness, and wisdom; and they also represent immortality, as it is the snake that can shed its skin and appear to be born fresh again. Other anonymous writers state that when the Spanish arrived in Peru, Amaru Meru (now in the role of an Inca priest) fled Cuzco, taking the sacred golden Sun disc with him, hiding for a number of years in the mountains of Hayu Marca. Ultimately Amaru Meru stumbled upon the doorway that now immortalizes him but which at that time was being guarded by local shamans and priests. Amaru Meru used the golden Sun disc, along with certain rituals and rites, to open the portal. A blue light emanated from a tunnel inside and Amaru Meru passed through. Some say he took the golden Sun disc with him and was never seen again. Others believe he left the disc behind with the shamans and priests and has occasionally returned to our realm via the portal to check on the status of humanity. Still others suggest that Amaru Meru will return again, perhaps to play the role of a savior in troubled times such as we are now experiencing. A secret cult may be awaiting the return of the sage Amaru Meru to usher in a new Golden Age on Earth.
Local indigenous legends record that otherworldly beings in unusual garb are sometimes observed to emerge from, and enter back into, the doorway. Luminous orbs or balls in the sky, which in modern terminology might be labeled UFOs, are reported from the region of the doorway. In recent times strange glowing lights (white, blue, light green, red) and the sensation of energy waves or pulses have been described as emanating from the doorway. Various attempts have been made to pass through the portal, with differing levels of success. One procedure is to stand or kneel in the recessed niche, sometimes referred to as the keyhole relative to the larger door (by this analogy the human or other being successfully able to activate the portal serves as the living “key” to the doorway), and simultaneously spread one’s arms to touch either side of the niche while placing the forehead, the region of the third eye, on the stone wall. In this position one chants three special tones to initiate a process of mutually reinforcing resonances that, if successful, ultimately open the portal. A surge of energy and power will well up as the rock glows and pulsates, sucking or pulling the aspirant in, and then pushing her or him out again. These procedures are delicate and one must be careful, as it is possible to partially enter the portal and become trapped behind or within the rock face rather than accessing other realms. Those who have claimed various levels of success penetrating through the portal describe seeing bright lights, pillars of fire, or an incredible energized crystal. One person found himself peering into a chasm or cavern containing statuary; another had the sensation of flying over a paradisiacal land. Others hear unearthly music while trying to access the portal. Shortness of breath and the sensation of lack of air are also common during attempts to open the doorway. According to some accounts, the portal will activate only at certain times after sunset. People observing attempts to pass through the doorway have sometimes reported that a person at the niche will seem to disappear for a minute or two, only to apparently re-materialize, but I believe it can be difficult to judge in the inky black darkness of night high in the Andes Mountains.
Ultimately, how should we interpret the Doorway of Amaru Meru? I am a bit mystified. The doorway exists; I have visited it firsthand, and I have no doubt that it is a powerful site. This may be a place of electric and magnetic anomalies; the red sandstones, which may have strong electrical properties, suggest as much. Geomagnetic fluctuations can affect emotions, consciousness levels, and psychic abilities; such has been demonstrated through rigorous scientific studies. But even so, this is a far cry from a true portal to other dimensions and other worlds. Yet I am hesitant to simply and totally dismiss the notion of an inter-dimensional portal as so much nonsense. I have come to learn that the world is a mysterious place; there are some things that so far seem to have defied cogent comprehension. Perhaps Amaru Meru, whomever or whatever this name may refer to, has deposited secret spiritually based knowledge, a treasure, here that has yet to be fully discovered and understood.
Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at Boston University, earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University. His most recent book is Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future (Inner Traditions, 2012). Website: RobertSchoch.com