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Sir Laurence Gardner on the Bloodline of the Holy Grail


Extracted 1998
from Nexus Magazine, Volume 5, Number 2 (February-March 1998).
PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia. Telephone: +61 (0)7 5442 9280; Fax: +61 (0)7 5442 9381

From a lecture
presented by Sir Laurence Gardner, Kt St Gm, KCD
Author of Bloodline of the Holy Grail
at The Ranch, Yelm, Washington, USA, 30 April 1997
Videotape transcribed by Ruth Parnell

From [2001]
Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.



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Bloodline of the Holy Grail

from a lecture presented by Sir Laurence Gardner
Photos by Ahnna Pringer, Edited by Chris Pringer

Part 1

I did not decide to write the book [Bloodline of the Holy Grail]. The book happened by accident, not by design. It happened by virtue of the fact that for about the last ten years I have been the appointed historian and sovereign genealogist to thirty-three royal families. It happened because during those early periods I was documenting evidence on the history of those royal families and their noble offshoots, and the chivalric archives of those noble and sovereign families.

What I was doing was putting together written chronological accounts of things that these families knew the substance of but did not necessarily know the detail of.
It is the reason why in Britain and Europe I necessarily spend far less time on this biblical aspect, because there's a lot of what we'll talk about tonight that in Europe is taken as read.
Caerphilly Castle & Moat, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Caerphilly Castle & Moat, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

It was never any secret when my book came out, for the majority of these people, that Jesus was married and that Jesus had heirs, because it was written as such in very many family archives, not necessarily just private but in the open domain. The published papers of Mary, Queen of Scots talk about it at length. The papers of James II of England, who was wasn't deposed until 1688, talk of it at length.

In putting together the detail, generation by generation, of this story, we were actually compiling something for posterity that, at that point in time when I began the work, was
Castle Keep at Newcastle Upon Tyne, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Castle Keep at Newcastle Upon Tyne, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
locked away in boxes and cupboards, and I was actually in a position where I was presented with things and said, "Look, this says, 'Last opened in 1732!".

So, some very, very old documentation, not only last opened in seventeen-whenever, but actually documented and written down hundreds of years before that.

The book happened by accident. Over a period of time-probably, looking back now, ten or twelve years ago-I began this work with separate commissions from separate families, doing work on these genealogies. What happened was they began to converge.

It became very apparent-and it took a long time because genealogies have to be done backwards, put together backwards and constructed backwards-but what was happening was that a triangle, from a large top base with numerous family lines, was pulling in to a point.

I suddenly realized what this point was, and I said, "Wow, do you realise what I've found here?";
A Castle In Burren, South Of Galway, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Well at Castle Keep, Newcastle Upon Tyne,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

and they said, "Ah, you know the father of so and so?"; and I said, "No, no, no; I'm actually finding that this comes out of the House of Judah in the first century"; and they said, "Oh, yeah, we know all that; what we wanted you to do was for you..."; and I said, "Well, there are millions of people out there who do not know about it, so let's turn this triangle upside down and turn it into a book!". So that's how the book happened.

On top of that, for the last six years I have been Britain's Grand Prior of the Sacred Kindred of Saint Columba, the royal ecclesiastical seat of the Celtic Church. So I had, also, access to
Celtic Church records dating back to AD 37. Because of my attachments to the families, to the knightly orders, I also had access to Templar documents, to the very documents that the Knights Templar brought out in Europe in 1128 and confronted the Church establishment with, and frightened the life out of them with, because these were documents that talked about bloodline and genealogy, and we'll get on to that.

So tonight we're going to embark on a time-honoured quest. Some have called it the ultimate quest. The Christian Church has condemned it as a heresy, and it is, of course, the quest for the Holy Grail. A heresy is described in all dictionaries as "an opinion which is contrary to the orthodox dogma of the Christian bishops", and, in this regard, those other quests which comprise much of today's scientific and medical research are equally heretical.
New Castle Upon Tyne Castle Keep, photography by Ahnna Pringer, 2011 ('Fix' By Chris Pringer)
New Castle Upon Tyne Castle Keep, photography by Ahnna Pringer, 2011 ('Fix' By Chris Pringer)

A heresy is described in all dictionaries as "an opinion which is contrary to the orthodox dogma of the Christian bishops", and, in this regard, those other quests which comprise much of today's scientific and medical research are equally heretical. The word "heresy" is, in essence, nothing more than a derogatory label, a tag used by a fearful Church establishment that has long sought to maintain control of society through fear of the unknown. A heresy can therefore define those aspects of philosophy, research, which quest into the realms of the unknown, and which from time to time provide answers and solutions that are quite contrary to Church doctrine.

Quests are by their very nature intriguing; history and historical research are enlightening; but the findings from neither are of any use whatsoever unless there are present-day applications which, like science and medicine, can sow the seeds of a better future.

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"Chalice V&HVortex9 APiSpheres Flower Of Life on Black (2A)"
© Chris Pringer June'11
  History is no more than recorded experience-generally, the experience of its winners. It makes common sense to learn from the experience of yesterday. It's that very experience which holds the moral, cultural, political, social keys of tomorrow, and it's in this context that the Holy Grail supports that which we call "the Messianic Code". This is the code of social practice instituted by Jesus when he washed his apostles' feet at the Last Supper.

It pertains to the obligations of giving and receiving service; it determines that those in positions of elected authority and influence should always be aware of their duties as representatives of society, obligated to serve society, not to presume authority over society. It is the essential key to democratic government. This is defined as government by the people, for the people. Without the implementation of the Grail Code, we experience the only-too-familiar government of the people. This is not democratic government.

Now, in the course of our journey we'll be discussing many items which are thoroughly familiar, but we'll be looking at them from a different perspective to that normally conveyed. In this regard it will appear that we are often treading wholly new ground, but in fact it was only the ground that existed before it was carpeted and concealed by those with otherwise vested interests. Only by rolling back this carpet of purposeful concealment can we succeed in our quest for the Holy Grail.

So our quest will begin in the Holy Land of Judaea in the time of Jesus and we'll spend a good while there. I will not move from that era until we break, because it will take that long to set the emergent scene for the next 2,000 years of history.

King Arthur's Seat - high point on the hill (Edinburgh), photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011
King Arthur's Seat (Edinburgh), photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011
  We'll be travelling through the Dark Ages then, to spend some time in mediaeval Europe. The Grail mystery will then be followed into King Arthur's Britain and, eventually, in time, to the United States of America where the American fathers were among the greatest exponents of the Grail Code. Eminent Americans such as
George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Thompson, Thomas Jefferson were as much champions of the Holy Grail as were King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Galahad.

Bloodline of the Holy Grail, the book, has been described as "the book of messianic descent".
Thistles on hill at King Arthur's Seat, photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011
Thistles on hill at King Arthur's Seat, photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011

It was a radio interviewer who called it that; and it's an apt description because the book carries the subtitle, The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed. This of course indicates that Jesus had children and, by implication therefore, that he was married. So was he married? Did Jesus have children? If so, do we know what happened to them? Are there descendants alive today? The answer to each of these questions is yes. We shall be looking at the emergent family in some detail. We will follow the story, their story, century by century; the story of a resolute royal dynasty, the descendant heirs of Jesus who struggled against all odds through the centuries to preserve the Messianic Royal Code down to date.

Tonight's story will be a conspiracy: usurped crowns, prosecutions, assassinations, and the
Old Mill By Hidden Waterfall, Ireland, photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011
Old Mill By Hidden Waterfall, Ireland, photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011
  unwarranted concealment of information from the people of the Western world. It's an account of good government and bad government; about how the patriarchal kingship of people was supplanted by dogmatic tyranny and the dictatorial lordship of lands. It's a compelling journey of discovery, a view of past ages, but with its eye firmly set on the future. This is history as it was once written but has never been told.

Hidden Waterfall, Ireland, photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011
Hidden Waterfall, Ireland, photo by Ahnna Pringer, 2011

Let's begin with the most obvious of all questions. What is the Holy Grail? How is the Holy Grail connected with the descendant heirs of Jesus? The fact that Jesus had descendants might come as a surprise to some, but it was widely known in Britain and Europe until the late Middle Ages, just a few hundred years ago.

In mediaeval times, the line of messianic descent was defined by the French word Sangréal. This derived from the two words, Sang Réal, meaning "Blood Royal". This was the Blood Royal of Judah, the kingly line of David which progressed through Jesus and his heirs. In English translation, the definition, Sangréal, became "San Gréal", as in "San" Francisco. When written more fully it was written "Saint Grail", "Saint", of course, relating to "Holy"; and by a natural linguistic process came the more romantically familiar name, "Holy Grail".

From the Middle Ages there were a number of chivalric and military orders specifically attached to the Messianic Blood Royal in Britain and Europe. They included the Order of the Realm of Sion, the Order of the Sacred Sepulchre; but the most prestigious of all was the Sovereign Order of the Sangréal-the Knights of the Holy Grail. This was a dynastic Order of Scotland's Royal House of Stewart.
A Castle In Burren, South Of Galway, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
A Castle In Burren, South Of Galway, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

Glasgow Cathedral, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Glasgow Cathedral,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
In symbolic terms the Grail is often portrayed as a chalice that contains the blood of Jesus; alternatively as a vine of grapes. The product of grapes is wine, and it is the chalice and the wine of Grail tradition that sit at the very heart of the Communion, the Mass, the Eucharist; and this sacrament, the Sacred Chalice, contains the wine that represents the perpetual blood of Jesus.

It is quite apparent that although maintaining the ancient Communion custom, the Christian Church has conveniently ignored and elected not to teach the true meaning and origin of that custom. Few people even think to enquire about the ultimate symbolism of the chalice and wine sacrament, believing that it comes simply from some gospel entry relating to the Last Supper. Well, it's the significance of the perpetual blood of Jesus. How is the blood of Jesus, or anyone else for that matter, perpetuated? It is perpetuated through family and lineage.

So why was it that the Church authorities elected to ignore the bloodline significance of the Grail sacrament?

They kept the sacrament. Why was it they went so far as to denounce Grail lore and Grail symbolism as heretical?

The fact is that every government and every church teaches the form of history or dogma most conducive to its own vested interest. In this regard we're all conditioned to receiving a very selective form of teaching. We are taught what we're supposed to know, and we are told what we're supposed to believe. But for the most part we learn both political and religious history by way of national or clerical propaganda, and this often becomes absolute dogma, teachings which may not be challenged for fear of reprisals.

With regard to the Church's attitude towards the chalice and the wine, it is blatantly apparent that the original symbolism had to be reinterpreted by the bishops because it denoted that Jesus had offspring and therefore that he must have united with a woman.

But it was not only sacraments and customary ritual that were reinterpreted because of this:
Gargoyle On Glasgow Cathedral, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Glasgow Cathedral,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

[[ Editor's Note: At Chalice Bridge, "The Bloodline of Jesus" is actually not a primary focus when comes to the symbolism of the chalice / grail (the "Bridging Chalice" or "Chalice Bridge"), but as one evidence of the symbolism as presented. Which symbolism relates to the purpose of "polarity" in the universe, not only at the atomic level per Sacred Geometry, but in relationships - magnetism / gender / other opposites in continuum, including *extremes*). And to related interpretation of the grail legend as relates to the history (with the summaries in context), to the (psycho-social) evolution of Man, to the world's key religions as well as the Gnostics (by nature of that which unites all of them, although is not necessarily about them). All that is then related to, with implications for, current times and potential future scenarios.  
Temple Fire Chalice by Chris Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com, July 2018
"Temple Fire Chalice" by Chris Pringer, July 2018: In a temple of rose torus spheres, a Blazing Fire Chalice in a dramatic light-play of radiant pi-ray blues & turquoise over a jade & gold crest inside the wings of entwined hearts over a teal background. Of the "Fire Chalice" series, created from multiple layers of symbols of spiritual balance. At full size & resolution at my gallery at Artist Websites where artwork can now be printed on many different media, from canvas to cups to shower curtains.

And to why there have been "holy wars" - and, more importantly, to why there is absolutely no need for them (if there ever was). Here, the bloodline is as much about EVERYONE having the divine connection (and inheritance and potential), as it is about one family having it. Elaboration at "The 'Bridging Chalice,' Religion, & Science" Thank you. ~Chris Pringer, editor, ChaliceBridge.Com ]]

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the very gospels themselves were corrupted to comply with the male-only establishment of the Church of Rome-much like a modern film editor will adjust and select the tapes to achieve the desired result, the result of the vested interest of the film-maker. We're all familiar with the gospels of Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John, but what about the other gospels? What about the Gospel of Philip, of Thomas, of Mary and of Mary Magdalene? What of all the numerous gospels and acts and epistles that were not approved by the Church councils when the New Testament was collated? Why were they excluded when the choices were made?
Church & Graveyard on the way to Yorkshire Dales, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Church & Graveyard on the way to Yorkshire Dales,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

There were actually two main criteria for selection of gospels for the New Testament. These were determined at the Council of Carthage in the year 397. The first criterion was that the New Testament must be written in the names of Jesus' own apostles. Mark was not an apostle of Jesus, as far as we know; nor was Luke. They were colleagues of the later St Paul. Thomas, on the other hand, was one of the original twelve, and yet the gospel in his name was excluded. Not only that, but along with numerous other gospels and texts it was destined and sentenced to be destroyed.

And so throughout the mediaeval world, Thomas and numerous other unapproved books
Gargoyle On Glasgow Cathedral, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Gargoyle On Glasgow Cathedral,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
were buried and hidden in the fifth century. Only in recent times have some of these manuscripts been unearthed, with the greatest find being at Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945, 1,500 years after the burial of these documents.

Although these books weren't rediscovered until this present century, they were used openly by the early Christians. Certain of them, including the gospels mentioned, along with the Gospel of Truth, the Gospel of the Egyptians and others, were actually mentioned in writings by early churchmen. Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus of Lyon, Origen of Alexandria-they all mention these other gospels.

So why were the gospels of Mark and Luke selected if they were not Jesus' own apostles? Because Mark and Luke actually were apostles of Jesus, and the early Church fathers knew this. In those days before the New Testament was corrupted, they knew full well that Jesus survived the Crucifixion. In these early gospels there was no story of Resurrection; this was added later.

Why were other apostolic gospels not selected? Because there was a second, far more important criterion-the criterion by which, in truth, the gospel selection was really made. And this was a wholly sexist regulation. It precluded anything that upheld the status of women in Church or community, society.

Indeed, the Church's own apostolic constitutions were compiled on this basis. They state, "We do not permit our women to teach in the Church, only to pray and to hear those who teach. Our master, when he sent us the twelve, did nowhere send out a woman; for the head of the woman is the man, and is it not reasonable that the body should govern the head?".

This was rubbish, but it was for this very reason that dozens of gospels were not selected-because they made it quite clear that there were very many active women in the ministry of Jesus. Mary Magdalene, Martha, Helena-Salome, Mary Jacob Cleophas, Joanna. These were not only ministry disciples; they're recorded as priestesses in their own right, running exemplary schools of worship in the Nazarene tradition.

In St Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Paul makes specific mention of his own female helpers: Phoebe, for example, whom he called a sister of the Church;

Glasgow Cathedral, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Glasgow Cathedral,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

Julia; Priscilla, who laid down her net for the cause. The New Testament is alive with women disciples, but the Church ignored them all. When the Church's precepts of ecclesiastical discipline were drawn up, they stated, "It is not permitted for a woman to speak in Church, nor to claim for herself any share in any masculine function". But the Church itself had decided that this was a masculine function.

The Church was so frightened of women that it instituted a rule of celibacy: a rule for its priests, a rule that became a law in 1138; a law that persists today. Well, this rule has never been quite what it appears on the surface, because, when one reads the rule, when one studies history, one can see that it was never, ever sexual activity as such that bothered the Church.
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Cemetary at Clear Island, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

The specific definition that made this rule possible was priestly intimacy with women. Why? Because women become wives and lovers. The very nature of motherhood is a perpetuation of bloodlines. It was this that bothered the Church: a taboo subject-motherhood, bloodlines. This image had to be separated from the necessary image of Jesus.

But it wasn't as if the Bible had said any such thing. St Paul had said in his Epistle to Timothy that a bishop should be married to one wife and that he should have children; that a man with experience in his own family household is actually far better qualified to take care of the Church. Even though the Roman Church authorities claimed to uphold the teaching of St Paul in particular, they chose completely to disregard this explicit directive to suit their own ends, so that Jesus' own marital status could be strategically ignored.

Killarney National Park, <BR>photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Killarney National Park, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
But the Church's celibate, unmarried image of Jesus was fully contradicted in other writings of the era. It was openly contradicted in the public domain until the perpetuation of the truth was proclaimed a punishable heresy only 450 years ago in 1547, the year that Henry VIII died in England.

It's not just the Christian New Testament that suffers from these sexist restrictions. A similar editing process was applied to the Jewish-based Old Testament, and this made it conveniently suitable to be added to the Christian Bible. This is made particularly apparent by a couple of entries that bypassed the editors' scrutiny.

The books of Joshua and 2 Samuel both refer to the much more ancient Book of Jasher. They say it's very important, the Book of Jasher. Where is it?

Not in the Bible. Like so many other books, it was purposely left out. But does it still exist? Yes. The nine-foot Hebrew scroll of Jasher still exists. It has been historically important for a long, long time. It was the jewel of the court of Emperor Charlemagne, and the translation of the Book of Jasher was the very reason that the University of Paris was founded, in the year 800. That was about a century before the Old Testament that we know was actually put together.

Jasher was the staff-bearer to Moses. His writings are of enormous significance. The accounts relate to the story of the Israelites in Egypt, to their exodus into Canaan. But these stories differ considerably from the way we know the story today. They explain that it was not Moses who was the spiritual leader of the tribes who crossed the Red Sea to Mount Sinai. The spiritual leader was Miriam.

At that time the Jews had never heard of Jehovah; they worshipped the goddess Asherah. Their spiritual leaders were largely female. Miriam posed, according to the Book of Jasher, such a problem for Moses in his attempt to
create a new environment of male dominance that he imprisoned her; and the Jewish nation rose against Moses with their armies to secure Miriam's release. This is not in the Bible.

So let's move to where the Christian story itself began. Let's look at the gospels themselves and, in doing that, let's see what they actually tell us, against what we think they tell us, because we have all learned to go along with what we are taught about the gospels in schoolrooms and churches.

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"3DChalice & Star, APiRay & Tree Of Life" sig'd © Chris Pringer 5'10-4'11

But is the teaching correctly related always? Does it conform with the written scriptures? It's actually surprising how much we think we know, but we've learned it just from pulpits or from picture books, not from necessarily studying the texts.

The nativity story itself provides a good example. It's widely accepted, and the Christmas cards keep telling us that Jesus was born in a stable. The gospels don't say that. There is no stable mentioned in any authorised gospel. The nativity is not mentioned at all in Mark or John, and Matthew says quite plainly that Jesus was born in a house.

So where did the stable come from? It came from a misinterpretation, really, of the Gospel of Luke which relates that Jesus was laid in a manger-not born, but laid-and a manger was then,
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and still is, nothing more than an animal feeding box. One only has to study society history of the time to recognise the fact that it was perfectly common for mangers to be used as cradles, and they were often brought indoors for that very purpose.

So why has it been presumed that this particular manger was in a stable? Because the English translations of Luke tell us that there was no room in the inn. Must then have been in a stable! But the pre-English translations of Luke don't talk about any inn; the manuscript of Luke does not say there was no room in the inn. In fact, there were no inns in the East in those days. There are very few inns there now; and if there are, they're illegal! People lodged then in private houses. It was a common way of life. It was called family hospitality. Homes were open for travellers.

Come to that, if we're really going to be precise about this, there were no stables in the region, either. In fact, "stable" is a wholly English word and it specifically defines a place for keeping horses; horses of a particular stable. Who on earth rode around on horses in Judaea? Oxen, camels; the odd Roman officer might have had a horse, but even the mules and the oxen, if kept under cover, would have been kept under some sort of a shed or out-house, not in a stable.

As for the mythical inn, the Greek text actually does not say there was no room at the inn. By the best translation it actually states that there was no provision in the room. As mentioned in Matthew, Jesus was born in a house and, as correctly translated, Luke reveals that Jesus was laid in a manger, an animal feeding box, because there was no cradle provided in the room.

If we're on the subject of Jesus' birth, I think we ought to look at the chronology here, because this is important as well; because the gospels, the two gospels that deal with the nativity, actually give us two completely different dates for the event.

According to Matthew, Jesus was born in the reign of King Herod, Herod the Great, who debated the event with the Magi and ordered the slaying of the infants. Well, Herod died in 4 BC, and we know from Matthew that Jesus was born before that. And because of that, most standard concordant Bibles

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"SyntheSphere Multi3D Chalice Vortex5v BrtDoubleStar in Flower Of Life On Black" © Chris Pringer Sept'11

and history books imply that Jesus' date of birth was 5 BC, because that is before 4 BC and Herod was still reigning, so that's a good date.

But in Luke, a completely different date is given. Luke doesn't tell us about King Herod or anything like that. Luke says that Jesus was born while Cyrenius was Governor of Syria, the same year that the Emperor Augustus implemented the national census, the census which Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be a part of.

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"Multi-Vortex Chalice APiSpheres Over V&H Chalice Tapestry & Subtle Flower Of Life" © Chris Pringer Oct 2010
There are relevant points to mention here, and they are both recorded in the first-century Jewish annals (such as The Antiquities of the Jews). Cyrenius was appointed Governor of Syria in AD 6. This was the very year recorded of the national census, put into operation by Cyrenius and ordered by Emperor Augustus. As Luke tells us, it was the first and only ever recorded census for the region.

So Jesus was born before 4 BC and in AD 6. Is this a mistake? No, not necessarily, because in the way it was originally portrayed we're actually looking at two quite specific births.

Both gospels are correct. We're looking at Jesus' physical birth, and we're looking at Jesus' community birth. These were defined at the time as the first and second births, and they applied specifically to people of particular groups and certainly to dynastic heirs.

Second births for boys were performed by way of a ritual of rebirth. It was very physical: they were wrapped in swaddling clothes and born again from their mother's womb. It was a physical ceremony. Second births for boys took place at the age of twelve.

So we know that Jesus was twelve in AD 6. Unfortunately, the latter-day transcribers of Luke completely missed the significance of this, and it was their endeavour to somehow tie in this event about swaddling clothes and being born then, that led to this mention of the nonsense about the stable.

So if Jesus was twelve in AD 6, this means that he was born in 7 BC, which ties in perfectly well with the Matthew account that he was born during the latter reign of King Herod.
But we now discover what appears to be another anomaly, because Luke says later in the gospel that when Jesus was twelve years old, his parents, Mary and Joseph, took him to Jerusalem for the day. They then left the city to walk home for a full day's journey with their friends before they realized that Jesus was not in their party. They then returned to Jerusalem to find him at the temple, discussing his father's business with the doctors. Well, what sort of parents can wander for a whole day in the desert, without knowing their twelve-year-old son's not there?

The fact is that the whole point of the passage has been missed. There was a wealth of difference between a twelve-year-old son and a son in his twelfth year. When a son, on completing his initial twelve years-that is to say, when he was actually on his thirteenth birthday-was initiated into the community at the ceremony of his second birth, he was regarded as commencing his first year.


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It was the original root of the modern bar mitzvah. His next initiation, the initiation of manhood in the community, took place in his ninth year, when he was twenty-one-the root of the age-twenty-one privilege. Various degrees followed, and the next major test was in his twelfth year-at the end of his twelfth year, at the age of twenty-four, on his twenty-fourth birthday. When Jesus remained at the temple in his twelfth year, he was actually twenty-four. Not surprising that they expected him not perhaps to be wandering around the desert with them!

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So his discussion with the doctors related to his next degree. He would have discussed this at the time with the spiritual father, the father of the community; and indeed, he did. It was the father's business he discussed; his father's business. The father of this era is recorded. The spiritual father of the community at that time was Simeon the Essene, and if we look back a few verses in Luke we see that it was exactly this man, the just and devout Simeon, who legitimated Jesus under the law.

So can we trust the gospels? Well, as we can see, the answer is, yes, we can actually trust the gospels to a point, but what we can't trust is the way that they've been convoluted and distorted, and taught to us by people who don't understand what they actually said in the first place.

The present English-language gospels date back effectively to the Authorized Bible, compiled for the Stewart King James I of England in the early 17th century. This was published and set into print no more than 165 years before America's Declaration of Independence; only a few years before the first Pilgrim Fathers set sail from England.

The gospels of the early Church were originally written in second and third century Greek. Along with the Bible as a whole, they were translated into Latin in the fourth century, but it was then to be more than a thousand years before any English translation was made.

Bible translation was risky then, though. Fourteenth century reformer John Wycliffe was denounced as a heretic for translating the Bible into English. His books were burned. In the early 16th century, William Tyndale was strangled as a form of execution, in Belgium, and then burned, just in case he wasn't dead, for translating the Bible into English. A little later, Miles Coverdale, a disciple of his, made another translation; and by that time the Church itself had split up quite nicely, so Coverdale's version was accepted by the Protestant Church-but he was still a heretic in the eyes of Rome.

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Church & Graveyard on the way to Yorkshire Dales, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

The problem was that as long as the printed text remained obscure (and it wasn't just ordinary Latin; this was an horrendous form of Church Latin), as long as only the bishops could understand it, they could teach whatever on Earth they wanted. If it were translated into the languages that other people could understand and maybe read for themselves, this would pose a problem because the Church could be called to question.

      (to Part 2) [2001]
      (to Part 3) [2001]
for Jesus in Glastonbury, England

About the Speaker:

Sir Laurence Gardner, Kt St Gm, KCD, is an internationally known sovereign and chivalric genealogist. He holds the position of Grand Prior of the Celtic Church's Sacred Kindred of Saint Columba, and is distinguished as the Chevalier Labhràn de Saint Germain. Sir Laurence is also Presidential Attaché to the European Council of Princes, a constitutional advisory body established in 1946. He is formally attached to the Noble Household Guard of the Royal House of Stewart, founded at St Germain-en-Laye in 1692, and is the Jacobite Historiographer Royal.

Correspondence should be addressed to Sir Laurence Gardner, Kt St Gm, KCD, c/- Element Books, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8DP, United Kingdom. [2001]

Laurence Gardner's book, Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed, was published by Element Books in 1996 (ISBN 1-85230-870-2 h/c), and is available in paperback, distributed by Penguin Books (ISBN 1-86204-152-0). It was reviewed in NEXUS 4/01.

Copies of Laurence Gardner's video presentation can be obtained from NEXUS Office in the UK; and in the USA, from Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, PO Box 1210, Yelm, WA 98597, ph +1 (360) 458 5201, website, [2001]


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Nine Faces Of Christ
book by Eugene E. Whitworth

Pub. 1972 in India, 1980 in USA
Review by Chris Pringer

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Much of the focus centers on intense initiations and training of this Jesus, Joseph-bar-Joseph, by masters in the near and far East, as well as in Britain, during the so-called "lost years". What? He was *trained* ? Notable is how, and how quickly, he learns from and then teaches his teachers in return. The story is many levels deep, including as regards responsibility with or for one's own and others' lives, growth, healing, etc. There is considerable attention given to metaphysics, including the various energy bodies of His Being, and even the question of "rising from the dead".

The story is also an interesting treatment of the games of organizational politics of the day, and many other related dynamics - with a kind of purity you don't find very often. Yet it is not naïve, but purposeful in the long-term plan, yet also loving. To walk the path that the writer intimates is a balancing act, the degree to which I don't claim any skill, of course. But reading it
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helps me get more clarity about where I am in my own growth, what I need to improve on, etc. (And one might think I would have fewer eye-wet "hairballs" in my throat the more times I read it, but just the opposite seems to be true.)

IMHO, what it does that is so notable -- and yet most difficult to put into words, but I'll try -- is provide an example for how to "calibrate" the measure, the balance, the parameters, and related definitions, of what is possible in spiritual growth

(for oneself to accomplish), in that continuum between "just human" and "Divine". [That is, we are dealt such paradoxes through the various biblical interpretations, particularly regarding expectations such as that challenge to us, "Follow Me... this you shall do and more also", while at the same time to be humble in service, and not to blaspheme by attitude or action or word.]

Although the novel is written from a man's point of view, it is duely honoring of the self-mastery of the women in *Joseph Bar Joseph's* life. The story gives most interesting attention to Joseph and Mary - as they play vital roles in His development throughout the novel. And yet, it's a very heart-warming story, an adventure story, a relationship story with not only His various teachers, but also a love story about His meeting and partnership with a highly advanced mystic! It was the first book I got wet eyes with, so I've read the whole story aloud to a few close friends - they were often unable to wait between chapter readings.

This novel is not about Christianity, but about "the Golden Thread ...which seems to form the common core of every major religion." It is eclectic, not evangelical. Progressive Christians might enjoy most of it, although it does get into some things they might call "new age," as it goes into the question or nature of 'virgin birth,' healing, and some other things. It is written in the first person - as if Jesus were telling it, from the time he was just under 5 years old, then centering very much on his early adolescent through early manhood years, then on to a little after his crucifixion and reappearance. That includes an inner dialog of thought and emotion as the character and personality of Joseph-bar-Joseph is built. All of which portrays Him as quite human in terms of emotion, but also much more quick to mature than than most of us experience, particularly in spiritual understanding.


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"Was Jesus a Buddhist?"
By James M. Hanson, Buddhist-Christian Studies, Annual 2005 v25 p75(15)
Web Page: "Was Jesus a Buddhist?"

Chapter titles include: "Historical Evidence Of Buddhism In Judea," "Historic Evidence Of Jesus In India," "Textual Evidence Of Jesus In Kashmir," "The Universalist Explanation," "Biblical Silence." Jesus & Buddha's sayings & moral commandments compared "...many of Jesus' statements could have been identical with their Buddhist sources."

Excerpts: "Was Jesus a Buddhist? Certainly he was many things--Jew, prophet, healer, moralist, revolutionary, by his own admission the Messiah, and for most Christians the Son of God and redeemer of their sins. And there is convincing evidence... The evidence follows two independent lines--the first is historical, and the second is textual. Historical evidence indicates that Jesus was well acquainted with Buddhism. If Jesus did not go to India, then at least India went to Judea and Jesus. The real historical question is not if he studied Buddhism, but where and how much he studied Buddhism, especially during his so-called "lost years."
"...Was Jesus really a Buddhist? The answer is not yes or no, but rather to what extent Jesus was or was not a Buddhist. The historic evidence shows that Buddhism had spread throughout the area, from Mesopotamia to Egypt, which included Jerusalem as a trading center between East and West. ...East and West have shared the same history at least since Aryan populations began settling west and central Asia four thousand years ago, which are the ancestral stock shared by Jews and Hindus  
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alike. East/West wars have been documented since at least the TrojanWar 3,200 years ago. Both Alexander and Ashoka brought East and West together in different ways, and the Silk Road was well established during the beginning of China's Han dynasty at least a century before Christ. ..."

Also included on the page:
"Notes" section (About 30 different Sources), and section, "Additional Readings" included verbatum here:

    *     Deardorff, James. "A New Ecumenicalism Based upon Reexamination of the 'Lost Years' Evidence." 1994.
    *     Donehoo, James De Quincey. The Apocryphal and Legendary Life of Christ. New York: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903.
    *     Gale, Nur Tichard. "Isa ( Jesus) and Kashmir." N.d. .
    *     Price, Robert M. "Jesus in Tibet: A Modern Myth." 2001. Periodicals/4R_Articles /Tibet/tibet.html.
    *     Prophet, Mark, and Elizabeth Clare. Climb the Highest Mountain: The Everlasting Gospel. Los Angeles: Summit University Press, 1980.
    *     The Reluctant Messenger. "The Lost Years of Jesus: The Life of Saint Issa." N.d. http://,
    *     Sanderson, Jim. "Was Jesus a Buddhist?" 1998. ser19980ct11.htm.
    *     Selarion, Robertina. "Appolinas of Tyana: The Monkey of Christ." 1999.
    *     Wright, William, ed. and trans. Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles. Amsterdam: Philo Press, 1968.
    *     James M. Hanson, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale


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"Jesus Lived in India"
book by Holger Kersten
Synopsis by Dr Ramesh Manocha & Anna Potts

Holger Kersten: "It is simply of vital importance to find again the path to the sources, to the eternal and central truths of Christ's message, which has been shaken almost beyond recognition by the profane ambitions of more or less secular institutions arrogating to themselves a religious authority. This is an attempt to open a way to a new future, firmly founded in the true spiritual and religious sources of the past".

Thus begins Holger Kersten's book "Jesus Lived in India". This German book is a thorough, methodical and authoritative examination of the evidence of Christ's life beyond the Middle East before the Crucifixion and in India and elsewhere after it. This article is a summary of Kersten's exhaustive research into Christ's travels after the Crucifixion, his arrival in India with the Mother Mary and finally his death and entombment in Kashmir. Kersten notes the many parallels of Christ's teachings with other religious and cultural traditions and suggests that at least some of these figures may have been one and the same personality. It is not possible, Kersten asserts, to disprove that Christ went to India. The current information documenting Christ's life is restricted to the gospels and the work of Church theologians. One can hardly trust these sources to be objective considering their obvious interest in maintaining the authority of their Church and its grip on the masses.

The Russian scholar, Nicolai Notovich, was the first to suggest that Christ may have gone to India. In 1887, Notovich, a Russian scholar and Orientalist, arrived in Kashmir during one of several journeys to the Orient. At the Zoji-la pass Notovich was a guest in a Buddhist monastery, where a monk told him of the bhodisattva saint called "Issa".

Notovich was stunned by the remarkable parallels of Issa's teachings and martyrdom with that of Christ's life, teachings and crucifixion. For about sixteen years, Christ travelled through Turkey, Persia, Western Europe and possibly England. He finally arrived with Mary to a place near Kashmir, where she died.

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The Unknown Life Of Jesus Christ, inside the cover, TOC, Etc, assembled from by Chris Pringer 3'16, thanks to Paul David and Jesus-In-India-the-Movie.Com

The Unknown Life Of Jesus Christ, inside the cover, TOC, Etc, assembled from by Chris Pringer 3'16, thanks to Paul David and Jesus-In-India-the-Movie.Com
After many years in Kashmir, teaching to an appreciative population, who venerated him as a great prophet, reformer and saint, he died and was buried in a tomb in Kashmir itself. The first step in Christ's trail after the Crucifixion is found in the Persian scholar F. Mohammed's historical work "Jami-ut-tuwarik" which tells of Christ's arrival in the kingdom of Nisibis, by royal invitation. (Nisibis is today known as Nusaybin in Turkey) . This is reiterated in the Imam Abu Jafar Muhammed's "Tafsi-Ibn-i-Jamir at-tubri."

Kersten found that in both Turkey and Persia there are ancient stories of a saint called "Yuz Asaf" ("Leader of the Healed"), whose behaviour, miracles and teachings are remarkably similar to that of Christ. The many Islamic and Hindu historical works recording local history and legends of kings, noblemen and saints of the areas thought to be travelled by Jesus also give evidence of a Christ like man; the Koran, for example, refers to Christ as "Issar".

Further east, the Kurdish tribes of Eastern Anatolia have several stories describing

Christ's stay in Eastern Turkey after his resurrection. These traditional legends have been ignored by the theological community. Kersten also suggests that prior to Christ's mission in the Middle East, he may have been exposed to Buddhist teachings in Egypt. After his birth in Bethlehem, his family fled to Egypt to avoid Herod's persecution. Surprisingly some scholars now acknowledge that Buddhist schools probably existed in Alexandria long before the Christian era. More clues are drawn from the Apocrypha. These are texts said to have been written by the Apostles but which are not officially accepted by the Church. Indeed, the Church regards them as heresy since a substantial amount of the Apocrypha directly contradicts Church dogma and theology.
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The Apocryphal 'Acts of Thomas', for example, tell how Christ met Thomas several times after the Crucifixion. In fact they tell us how Christ sent Thomas to teach his spirituality in India. This is corroborated by evidence found in the form of stone inscriptions at Fatehpur Sikri, near the Taj Mahal, in Northern India. They include "Agrapha", which are sayings of Christ that don't exist in the mainstream Bible. Their grammatical form is most similar to that of the Apocryphal gospel of Thomas. This is but one example giving credibility to the idea that texts not recognised by the Church hold important clues about Christ's true life and his teachings.

In tracing Christ's movements to India and beyond, Kersten also discovered that many of his teachings, which have been gradually edited out of the modern Bible were originally Eastern in nature. Principles such as karma and re-incarnation, for example, were common knowledge then, and seem to have been reaffirmed by Christ. Imagine the implications that this discovery holds for Western Christianity and its churches, who have kept Christ in their doctrinal top pockets and have constrained the entire Western culture within the narrow teachings of blind faith, organised religion and original sin! Further clues are cited from The Apocryphal Acts of Thomas, and the Gospel of Thomas which are of Syrian origin and have been dated to the 4th Century AD, or possibly earlier. They are Gnostic Scriptures and despite the evidence indicating their authenticity, they are not given credence by mainstream theologians.

In these texts Thomas tells of Christ's appearance in Andrapolis, Paphlagonia (today known as in the extreme north of Anatolia) as a guest of the King of Andrappa. There he met with
Thomas who had arrived separately. It is at Andrapolis that Christ entreated Thomas to go to India to begin spreading his teachings. It seems that Christ and Mary then moved along the West coast of Turkey, proof of this could be an old stopping place for travellers called the "Home of Mary", found along the ancient silk route. From here Christ could easily have entered Europe via France. He may have even travelled as far as the British Isles, for in England there is an ancient oak tree called the "Hallowed Tree" which (says local legend) was planted by Christ himself.
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In his travels through Persia (today's Iran) Christ became known as Yuz Asaf (leader of the Healed). We know this because a Kashmiri historical document confirms that Isa (the Koranic name for Christ) was in fact also known as Yuz Asaf. The Jami - uf - Tamarik, Volume II, tells that Yuz Asaf visited Masslige, where he attended the grave of Shem, Noah's son. There are various other accounts such as Agha Mustafa's "Awhali Shahaii-i-paras" that tell of Yuz Asaf's travels and teachings all over Persia. It seems that Yuz Asaf blessed Afghanistan and Pakistan with his presence also. There are for example two plains in Eastern Afghanistan near Gazni and Galalabad, bearing the name of the prophet Yuz Asaf. Again in the Apocryphal Acts of Thomas, Thomas says that he and Christ attended the Court of King Gundafor of Taxila (now Pakistan), in about 47AD, and that eventually both the King and his brother accepted Christ's teachings.

Kersten claims that there are more than twenty one historical documents that bear witness to the existence of Jesus in Kashmir, where he was known also as Yuz Asaf and Issa. For example the Bhavishyat Mahapurana (volume 9 verses 17-32) contains an account of Issa-Masih (Jesus the Messiah). It describes Christ's arrival in the Kashmir region of India and his encounter with King Shalivahana, who ruled the Kushan area (39-50AD), and who entertained Christ as a guest for some time. {Christ's life in India, after the crucifixion, challenges current Church teachings at their very foundation. The theology of Saint Paul, the major influence on modern Christianity, is empty fanaticism in the light of this discovery. The historian Mullah Nadini (1413) also recounts a story of Yuz Asaf who was a contemporary to King Gopadatta, and confirms that he also used the name Issar, ie. Jesus.

There is also much historical truth in the towns and villages of Northern India to prove that Jesus and his mother Mary spent time in the area. For instance, at the border of a small town called Mari, there is nearby a mountain called Pindi Point, upon which is an old tomb called Mai Mari da Asthan or "The final resting place of Mary". The tomb is said to be very old and local Muslims venerate it as the grave of Issa's (ie Christ's) Mother. The tomb itself is oriented East-West consistent with the Jewish tradition, despite the fact it is within a Muslim area.

Assuming its antiquity, such a tomb could not be Hindu either since the Hindus contemporary to Christ cremated their dead and scattered their ashes as do Hindus today. Following Christ's trail into Kashmir, 40km south of Srinagar, between the villages of Naugam and Nilmge is a meadow called Yuz-Marg (the meadow of Yuz Asaf, ie. Jesus).  
Mary's Tomb [from Jesus The Movie]
The tomb of Mary, Mother of Jesus, in Mari, Pakistan.
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In which was also mentioned Suzanne Olsson, Author, "Jesus in Kashmir: The Lost Tomb"

Then there is the sacred building called Aish Muqam, 60km south east of Srinagar and 12km from Bij Bihara. "Aish" says Kersten is derived from "Issa" and "Muqam" place of rest or repose. Within the Aish Muqam is a sacred relic called the 'Moses Rod' or the 'Jesus Rod', which local legend says, belonged to Moses himself. Christ is said to also have held it, perhaps to confirm his Mosaic heritage. Above the town of Srinagar is a temple known as "The Throne of Solomon", which dates back to at least 1000BC, which King Gopadatta had restored at about the same time as Christ's advent. The restoration was done by a Persian architect who personally left four inscriptions on the side steps of the temple. The third and fourth inscription read: "At this time Yuz Asaf announced his prophetic calling in Year 50 and 4" and "He is Jesus -- Prophet of the Sons of Israel"! Herein lies a powerful confirmation of Kersten's theory. Kersten suggests that Christ may have travelled to the South of India also, finally returning to Kashmir to die at the age of approximately 80 years.

Christ's tomb, says Kersten, lies in Srinagar's old town in a building called Rozabal. "Rozabal" is an abbreviation of Rauza Bal, meaning "tomb of a prophet". At the entrance there is an inscription explaining that Yuz Asaf is buried along with another Moslem saint. Both have gravestones which are oriented in North-South direction, according to Moslem tradition. However, through a small opening the true burial chamber can be seen, in which there is the Sarcophagus of Yuz Asaf in East-West (Jewish) orientation! According to Professor Hassnain, who has studied this tomb, there are carved footprints on the grave stones and when closely examined, carved images of a crucifix and a rosary. The footprints of Yuz Asaf have what appear to be scars represented on both feet, if one assumes that they are crucifixion scars, then their position is consistent with the scars shown in the Turin Shroud (left foot nailed over right). Crucifixion was not practised in Asia, so it is quite possible that they were inflicted elsewhere, such as the Middle East. The tomb is called by some as "Hazrat Issa Sahib" or "Tomb of the Lord Master Jesus". Ancient records acknowledge the existence of the tomb as long ago as 112AD. The Grand Mufti, a prominent Muslim Cleric, himself has confirmed that Hazrat Isa Sahib is indeed the tomb of Yuz Asaf! Thus Kersten deduces that the tomb of Jesus Christ Himself is in Kashmir!

The implications of Kersten's discovery are monumental. Christ's life in India, after the crucifixion, challenges current Church teachings at their very foundation. The theology of Saint Paul, the major influence on modern Christianity, is empty fanaticism in the light of this discovery. Threatened also are the doctrines of obedience to the Church, original sin, salvation through blind faith and the non-existence of reincarnation, etc. Yet these ideas underlie the morality and ethics, (or lack of them), that govern the entire Western social structure, from the legal system to medical health care schemes. It is no wonder that the modern Churches and their secular interests refuse to consider such a proposition as Kersten's!



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"Jesus in Kashmir:
The Lost Tomb"
by Suzanne Olsson

Review from Jesus-In-India-The-Movie.Com and Amazon.Com Reviews: About her quest for the DNA of God, to create a catalog of DNA profiles recovered from the remaining ancient tombs. This came about as she lived in troubled regions and witnessed firsthand the deliberate destruction of cultures and history.
Jesus In Kashmir - The Lost Tomb- Suzanne Olsson - book cover

"What has been laid on these pages, the pictures, the references, the words, and the thoughts are about the real story of Jesus. Here you will follow his family sagas. Olsson has opened hearts and minds to astounding new facts about Jesus, and swept clear the dust of centuries of misinformation and misunderstandings. This is an incredible effort that will be referenced far into the future." --Professor Fida Hassnain, Director of State Archives, India.

Note: One branch of Muslims, known as the Ahmadiyya Muslims, claim the Egypt reference (as the tomb of a prophet from Egypt from the time of Jesus Christ) refers to the fact that Jesus came out of Egypt with Joseph and Mary, and Yuz Asouf, said to be buried in the tomb, refers to "the Son of Joseph." Footcarvings there appear to show crucifixion wounds. More on this in the illustrated review for Jesus In India - The Movie (a few sections below on this page)


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"Jesus In India"
book by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
Limp Cover 107pp; Islam International
Reviewer Unknown

This book was originally written in Urdu in 1899 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, under the title 'Masih Hindustan Mein' and was later translated into English by Qazi Abdul Hamid and published in 1944. It was re-printed in 1989 by Islam International Publications Ltd. in the UK.

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The book tackles head-on the curious events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus and goes on to expound the theory that Jesus survived crucifixion and subsequently underwent a great trek in search of the 'lost tribes of Israel', in accordance with his divine mission (the lost tribes referring to the 10 tribes of Israelites who had been scattered throughout Persia, Afghanistan and India over 700 years before Jesus).

It traces his journey from Jerusalem, through Nasibus, Iran, Afghanistan and ultimately to Kashmir in India - a place which he made his home until he died (and where his tomb can be found today).

It consistently presents notable evidence in support of its theory from numerous sources - ranging from the religious scriptures of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, through to
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the works of renowned scholars.

Furthermore, the book eradicates the common notion held by many Muslims regarding the second advent of Jesus and the issue of Jehad. It also dissipates the shroud of mystery that had, for centuries, surrounded the similarities in the Christian and Buddhist teachings and the life events of both Jesus and Buddha. The book is a comprehensive composition of remarkable research - but remains within the intellectual grasp of the everyday person. Its message is clear. Its contents are sound. Its reading is essential.

And here's the Amazon.Com Review


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"The Fifth Gospel"

by Fida Hassnain (Author),
Dahan Levi (Contributor)

New Evidence From the Tibetan Sanskrit, Arabic Persian and Urdu Sources About the Historical Life of Jesus Christ After the Crucifixion

2006 Blue Dolphin Publishing
ISBN 978-1-5733-181-0

review at Amazon.Com
The Fifth Gospel -Fida Hassnain & DahanLevi -Book Cover

On the Back Cover:
New Evidence About the Historical Life of Jesus
             The Fifth Gospel presents some compelling new eveidence about the life of Jesus which has been derived from a variety of sources in the East which are unknown to most Western scholars.
             By chance, one of the authors found, in 1995, a reference in Ladakh to the discovery of Buddhist scrolls about Jesus. Since then, the authors have been examining eveidence about the survival of Jesus Christ at the time of the crucifixion, and his subsequent travels to the East.
             The authors' main purpose in writing this book is to inform the West that "we in the East have some source material about the historical Jesus who lived on after the crucifixion.... This book was not written in one day, but is a result of many years' continued search for evidence," and provides research on some very compelling questions, such as:

          * Did God decend on this earth as Jesus?
          * Did Jesus visit India at age 13?
          * Did Jesus survive his crucifixion?
          * Was Jesus saved by his Essene friends; then did he travel to
            the East, visiting many countries, finally settling in Kashmir?

             Jesus has been mentioned in Oriental manuscripts by many names: Issa, Isa, Issana-deva, Isha natha, Ishai, Isa Masih, Yusu, Yuzu, Yuzu-Kristo, Yuz-Asaph, and Yusu Masih. in some works he is mentioned as Eshvara-putram, or the Son of God, and Kanaya-garbum or Born of a Girl. In some ancient manuscripts he is called Metteyya, which is equivalent to Messiah. In some Persian works, he is known as Nasrani or Kristani, which is equivalent to "of Nazareth" or Christian. It is also interesting that the Christians are known in the East as Nasaran and Kira. Jesus is also titled in the East as Ibn-i-Maryam or the Son of Mary.
             Whether Jesus Chris did or did not die on the cross, or passed away naturally at an older age, like the Buddha, is a vital question in which not only Christians but others are keenly interested. for example, this book presents startling evidence about the tomb of Jesus or Yuzu-Asaph in Kashmir. The research will remain incomplete until the tomb is opened for investigation.
Editor's Note: This is one of the more recent publications on this page. I counted 202 references sited for the "Fifth Gospel" chapter alone. In the chapters before that, were a dozen or two references for each, mainly for bible verses. Considering the apparently extensive homework done here, I admit a bit of puzzlement in that there were NO references to Elaine Pagels' work among the hundreds of references !? ~cp


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"Jesus In India" the movie
Produced by Paul David

Narrated by
Edward T. Martin, author of "King of Travelers -
Jesus' Lost Years In India"

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I found Jesus In India a facinating story with videography that enlivened my desire to visit India, many interviews including of Daniel Entin, Director of the Nicholas Roerich
'So There He Imbibed All The Qualities'
  Museum, from which many great works of art illustrate the story, and extensive references. I greatly enjoyed the video as I prodigiously captured images - many of which are also included

in the other book reviews here - as well as the great musical score (by Brian Lambert).

Watching, I shared the disappointment in the failed efforts to get DNA evidence at the tomb of Jesus in Pakistan. As shown in the video, a certain group of Muslims threatened and otherwise effectively prevented the research of Suzanne Olsson, Author, "Jesus in Kashmir: The Lost Tomb." [More on this in book review above] The timing of the trip -not long after 911- followed the course of events in the 90's that saw the great rise in interest in the biblical-documentation-related topics that are delved into on this page and it's sister page.

In light of that disappointment that I know many feel, I hope that in time minds and hearts will change to allow the revealation of the *universality* of the heart of Jesus the man, thus come to gain a more shared clarity of Jesus' intentions for those who would follow Him, and perhaps, even of the Spirit of the Christ that Jesus has led many to realize is within us all, to the degree we realize "that door opens from within." [Note & implication, IMHO ~cp]

Universality- Branches Of The Tree
Universality Of Gods
Universality & Tolerance

Signs in Berelli, India
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  More editor's notes from the movie:

Edward Martin tells story of Ibn Battuta, a much venerated teacher in Morroco, who on his death bed was called by his followers "the king of travelers." Battuta, who had been keeping rather silent for a long time, rose up in his bed and told them that he was not, that Yuz Asaf was "The King of Travelers," which mention of Yuz Asaf is the only one his followers ever heard. [Yuz Asaf is the Muslim name for Jesus; see above review, "Jesus Lived in India"] Apologies for such a poor job of restating the story that is very much worth listening to as recounted by Edward Martin in the movie, Jesus In India. ~cp
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Re: Abhedananda, see below in review for "Lost Years of Jesus"
  It was noted in the movie that for twelve years, Jesus was in Jagganath, Puri - that "Issa" comes from Ish in Sanskrit is a short form of Ishwara. Iswara means
the Almighty, the all-knowing, omnipresent God- and Masih means messenger or son. So he was called in India Issa Masih or Son of God, Messenger of God

News Clips [fr Christ In India -The Movie]1
  Some of those interviewed in "Jesus in India":

        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Elaine Pagels, Princeton University Dept. of Religion: "It’s certainly possible, as some people say, that Jesus traveled to India. One can’t rule it out as a possibility, because we just don’t know. And it’s certainly a possibility that the teachings of Jesus are closer or sound closer to what we think of as Indian teachings. One can’t assume that the ancient world was a simple one. It was a very cosmopolitan one, and there was a great deal of travel." (Elaine Pagels is noted, often quoted, extensively referenced at the sister page, "Relationship between the Holy Grail, Extremism, and the Desire for Pragmatic Balance" at the Chalice Index Page
        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Suzanne Olsson, author of "Jesus in Kashmir: The Lost Tomb" Also see Above Review
        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Arif Khan, London, UK, with the Tomb Of Jesus Website
        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Aziz Kashmiri, Author of "Christ in Kashmir"
        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   His Holiness, The Shankaracharya, Spiritual Leader of Hindus, Puri, India
        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Representative of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, ISKCON: International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Bangalore, India: "Its all there in Abhedananda's book. [He went] to Hemis Gompa and found all the documents at Hemis Gompa, proving that Jesus came here.

        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Head Priest of the Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, India
        Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Tibetan monks including about the document, the Pali (sp?) Script, "Life of St. Issa - Best of the Sons of Men"
Ancient Text Archives, Hemis Monastery India

  NEW YORK TIMES review- 21st December 2008: 9 P.M. (Sundance) JESUS IN INDIA (2008) Paul Davids sifts through legends, myths and historical evidence in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of the life of Jesus of Nazareth from ages 12 to 30, an 18-year period that is not described in the Bible. Among the more controversial explanations for these “Hidden Years”: that Jesus may have spent some of this time in India, a theory examined in the book "King of Travelers: Jesus' Lost Years in India"
by Edward T. Martin, whom Mr. Davids follows as he visits holy sites and seeks clues about an ancient text found in a Himalayan monastery. The Dalai Lama; the Princeton theologian Elaine Pagels; and Alan Mitchell and Anthony Tambasco of Georgetown University weigh in.  
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"Hare Jesus: Christianity's Hindu Heritage"
Research/Report by Stephen Van Eck

"Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned" (Prov. 6:28)? But of course! Objective and open-minded scholars long ago conceded that Christianity is at heart a revamped form of Judaism. In the process of its development as something distinct from its mother religion, it became hybridized with so much pagan influence that it ultimately alienated its original Jewish base and became predominantly Gentile. The source of this pagan influence is varied and vague in the minds of most advanced Bible critics, but it may owe more to Hinduism than most people suspect. The average person does not connect India with the ancient Middle East, but the existence of some trade between these two regions is documented, even in the Bible. Note the reference to spikenard in the Song of Solomon (1:12; 4:13-14) and in the Gospels (Mark 14:3; John 12:3). This is an aromatic oil-producing plant (Nardostachys jatamansi) that the Arabs call sunbul hindi and obtained in trade with India. It is axiomatic that influence follows trade, and the vibrant culture of India could not help but impact on anyone exposed to it.

The influence on Judaism came for the most part indirectly, however, via the Persians and the Chaldeans, who dealt with India on a more direct basis. (Indeed, the Aryans, who invaded and trans- formed India over 1500 years before Christ, were of the same people who brought ancient Persia to its greatest glory.

Persia's name today--Iran--is a corruption of Aryan.) The ancient Judeans absorbed much of this secondhand influence during the Babylonian captivity of the sixth century B. C., and during the intertestamental period, when Alexandria became the crossroads of the world, intellectuals both Jew and Gentile were exposed to a variety of ideas, some of which originated on the subcontinent. The precise pattern of influence was neither observed nor documented, but it can be inferred from the numerous uncanny similarities in concept and expression, not all of which can be coincidental.
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Let us examine the telltale evidence (none of which, it may be added, depends upon any apocryphal account of the alleged "lost years" of Jesus in India). Most Christians are familiar with Galatians 6:7, "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Less known is Proverbs 26:27, "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein, and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him." Both express the Hindu principle of karma (the sum and the consequences of a person's actions during the successive phases of his existence), but since no direct connection can be deduced, we'll merely consider it an interesting coincidence and move on. The concept of a soul that is distinguishable from the body and can exist independently of it is alien to Judaism. It is first known in Hinduism. Only after the Babylonian captivity did any such concept arise among the Jews, and it is in the epistles of Paul, the "debtor to both the Greeks and the Barbarians," that the notion receives its first clear expression. (See 2 Corinthians 5:8 and 12:3.) The Brahmin caste of the Hindus are said to be "twice-born" and have a ritual in which they are "born in the spirit." Could this be the ultimate source of the Christian "born again" concept (John 3:3)?

The deification of Christ is a phenomenon often attributed to the apotheosis of emperors and heroes in the Greco-Roman world. These, however, were cases of men becoming gods. In the Jesus story, the Divinity takes human form, god becoming man. This is a familiar occurrence in Hinduism and in other theologies of the region. Indeed, one obstacle to the spread of Christianity in India, which was attempted as early as the first century, was the frustrating tendency of the Hindus to understand Jesus as the latest avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. It is in the doctrine of the Trinity that the Hindu influence may be most clearly felt. Unknown to most Christians, Hinduism has a Trinity (or Trimurti) too: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who have the appellations the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer (and Regenerator). This corresponds to the Christian Trinity in which God created the heavens and the earth, Jesus saves, and the Holy Spirit is referred to as a regenerator (Titus 3:5).

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It is interesting to note, furthermore, that the Holy Spirit is sometimes depicted as a dove, while the Hebrew language uses the same term for both "dove" and "destroyer"! The Trinity was a major stumblingblock for the Jews, who adhered to strict monotheism. The inherent polytheism in the Trinity doctrine cannot be explained away with the nonsensical claim that three is one and one is three. Besides, Jesus himself undermined any pretense of triunity (or omnipotence, for that matter) in Matthew 19:17, "And he said unto them, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God...." Matthew 20:23; Mark 14:32; John 5:30; 7:16 and 14:28 also contradict the Trinitarian concept.

The Hindu scriptures, which are the oldest in the world, contain a number of astonishingly familiar expressions.

The Upanishads mention things like "the blind led by the blind" (Matt. 15:14) and God's being "the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow" (Heb. 13:8). The path is said to be "narrow and difficult to tread" (Matt. 7:14). They also make reference to "a voice from out of the fire" (Ex. 3:4) and a man's face shining after en- countering God (Ex. 34:29). They refer to those who are "wise in their own conceits" (Prov. 34:29; Rom. 12:16), warn against "fleshly desires" (1 Pet. 2:11), and advise that "it is not by works alone that one attains the Eternal" (Gal. 2:16), and "to many it is not given" to know of metaphysical truth (Matt. 13:11). They describe the Self as "smaller than a mustard seed" (Matt. 17:20), and they speak of "the highest knowledge, having drunk of which, one never thirsts" (John 4:14). And how about this: "Man does not live by breath alone, but by him in whom is the power of breath" (Matt. 4:4)? Sounds a little too familiar, I'd say!

Then there is the Hindu epic, the Bhagavad-Gita, a story of the second person of the Hindu Trinity, who took human form as Krishna. Some have considered him a model for the Christ, and it's hard to argue against that when he says things like, "I am the beginning, the middle, and the end" (BG 10:20 vs. Rev. 1:8). His advent was heralded by a pious old man named Asita, who could die happy knowing of his arrival, a story paralleling that of Simeon in Luke 2:25. Krishna's mission was to give directions to "the kingdom of God" (BG 2:72), and he warned of "stumbling blocks" along the way (BG 3:34; 1 Cor. 1:23; Rev. 2:14). The essential thrust of Krishna's sayings, uttered to a beloved disciple, sometimes seems to coincide with Jesus or the Bible. Compare "those who are wise lament neither for the living nor the dead" (BG 2:11) with the sense of Jesus' advice to "let the dead bury their own dead" (Matt. 8:22).

Krishna's saying, "I envy no man, nor am I partial to anyone; I am equal to all" (BG 9:29)
is a lot like the idea that God is no respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11; see also Matt. 6:45). And "one who is equal to friends and enemies... is very dear to me" (BG 12:18) is reminiscent of "love your enemies" (Matt. 6:44). Krishna also said that "by human calculation, a thousand ages taken together is the duration of Brahma's one day" (BG 8:17), which is very similar to 2 Peter 3:8. In fairness, however, one purported similarity needs to be discredited.
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Skeptics sometimes cite Kersey Graves in Sixteen Crucified Saviors or Godfrey Higgin's Anacalypsis (which Graves drew from) in asserting that Krishna was a crucified deity. No such event occurred in the Gita or in any recognized Hindu scripture. Given the pronounced syncretic tendency of Hinduism, it is safe to assume that any odd tales of Krishna's being crucified arose only after the existence of Christian proselytism, in imitation of the Christian narrative. It is neither authentic to Hinduism nor is Hinduism the source of that portion of the Christian narrative. The same may be said for most of the purported nativity stories. In my opinion, both Higgins and Graves are highly unreliable sources and should be ignored.

That not-withstanding, the existence of uncanny similarities in concept and phraseology in those Hindu writings that are both ancient and authentic leaves Christians in a difficult quandary. With the historical reality of Indian influence on the Middle East being an established fact, how can they account for these similarities with anything less feeble than coincidence, or less bizarre than the notion of "Satanic foreknowledge and duplication," which is sometimes invoked to explain the similarities of Judeo-Christian precursors? I'll close with Ecclesiastes 1:10, another inconvenient and uncomfortable passage: "Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us."

(Stephen Van Eck, Route One, Box 62, Rushville, PA 18839.)


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"Lost Years of Jesus"
by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

On the Discoveries of
Notovitch, Abhedananda,
Roerich, and Caspari -
Review (also) by
Elizabeth Clare Prophet

The Lost Years Of Jesus by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Book Cover)

". . . Your Jesus was here." THE GOSPELS record Jesus age twelve in the temple. Then about age thirty at the river Jordan. That leaves approximately seventeen years unaccounted for. During those so-called lost years, the child "increased in wisdom and stature," as Luke wrote.
Journey Into Kashmir & Tibet -BkCvr
  But was it in the carpenter shop at Nazareth? According to ancient Tibetan manuscripts, Jesus secretly withdrew from the home of Mary and Joseph at age thirteen. Young "Issa" joined a merchant caravan. Destination: India and the Himalayas. At Juggernaut, "the white priests of Brahma made him a joyous welcome. They taught him to read and understand the Vedas, to cure by aid of prayer, to teach, to explain the holy scriptures to the people, and to drive out evil spirits from the bodies of men." Buddhist scholars documented "The Life of Saint Issa" two thousand years ago. Nicolas Notovitch discovered the long-lost document in 1887 at the Himis monastery in Ladakh. Swami Abhedananda published a Bengali translation of the Himis manuscript in 1929. Nicholas Roerich quoted the same verses in a 1929 travel diary of

his Asian expedition. And in 1939, a beaming lama at Himis presented a set of parchments to Elisabeth Caspari with the words: "These books say your Jesus was here!" [See pic below] Now you can read the controversial stories of these travelers together with the original Buddhist scriptures on the most important events that shaped the life and work of the Saviour Jesus Christ. An historical breakthrough that will shake the foundations of modern Christendom!

Gonpa Librarian by Caspari, Thanks to Summit University Press
Gonpa Librarian by Caspari, Thanks to Summit University Press


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"The Mystical Life of Jesus"
An Uncommon Perspective
on the Life of Christ
by Sylvia Browne (Book - 2006)

The Lost Years Of Jesus by Elizabeth Clare Prophet (Book Cover)

Synopsis [from website]: With the help of her trusted spirit guide, Sylvia has now channeled her gifts and knowledge to explore the inspiring, yet often unknown, details of Jesus' life. In this book, she uses her studies of Gnostic texts and her unique relationship with Francine, her spirit guide, to present verifiable truths and logical information, addressing many of the unanswered questions and controversies surrounding the life of Jesus. ()

Review from]: Responding to the extraordinary number of questions raised by recent cultural phenomena such as The Gospel of Judasand The Da Vinci Code, New York Timesbestselling author Sylvia Browne brings readers the fullstory of the life of JesusNew discoveries in archaeology and recent bestsellers and movies such as The Da Vinci Codeand The Passion of the Christhave sparked a renaissance of the many controversies that have remained unanswered in Christianity and other religions. At the heart of these controversies is Jesus. With a unique perspective only Sylvia Browne could bring, The Mystical Life of Jesusis filled with the details of Jesus? inspiring life. Including his birth, childhood, travels, ministry, miracles, crucifixion, death, and resurrection, she addresses all of the major controversies: ? Was there a virgin birth? ? Was there a Star of Bethlehem? ? What did he do for the first thirty years of his life? ? Was he married? ? Was he divine? ? Was it a miracle at Cana (and who was getting married)? ? Is there a Jesus lineage? Using her unique relationship with her spirit guide and her years studying the controversial Gnostic texts, Sylvia answers all of these questions with a confidence and authority only someone who has visited the afterlife can have.


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"Holy Blood, Holy Grail"
by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln
New York: Dell. ISBN 0-440-13648-2 (1983)

[Yes, that's the dog-eared cover of my own copy]
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In Brief:
First published in 1982 with international acclaim and controversy. Powerful investigative journalism researching the origins of the Knights Templar, related or counter political secret societies, and elements of an Alternative Christianity. Provocative juxtaposition to the Catholic Church's testament of Judeo-Christian history, revealing in-depth the suppression of early schisms within Christianity. The book's central hypothesis is that Jesus survived the Crucifixion and together with Mary Magdalene founded a bloodline that later became the Merovingians in France (protected by the Knights Templar and later by the Freemasons). Banned in Catholic-dominated countries including the Philippines, "The Messianic Legacy" by the same authors has been described as "...the book that reveals the answers to these intriguing, potentially explosive questions. Utilizing the same meticulous research."

Editor's notes as excerpted from the "Pragmatic Balance" essay (and more, edited Nov'18):

"Holy Blood, Holy Grail (by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, & Henry Lincoln, 1982), which is and who are greatly appreciated for their essential contribution to the pragmatic understanding of the complex history relating so many of the elements bearing on the topic here, on the questions raised here. Is there a relationship between [...the simultaneous and dramatic rise in both the popularity of the Holy Grail related media, and the radically expressed extremism (*polarization*) and extreme counter-measures in world politics, and an increased Desire for pragmatic balance in the world?] and the current increase in extremisms particularly during the period between 1995 and 2010, but also since then? ...Could we not call it a relationship even when or where it has been sensed unconsciously? After all, the lack of conscious awareness of a fact does not determine the degree of it's truthfullness."
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Nor would an as yet unproven theory -- based on an extensive, complex, and historically extended set of elements of a related specific controversy that requires years of focused detective work to unravel, no matter how deductively made clear -- determine it's falsehood, certainly if one took time to read such dense material and yet gain it's context.

And if Jesus truly was a spiritual master, yet also an emotionally-capable human, could he not also have an advanced understanding of the 'scope' of the development [psycho-social evolution] of mankind over great expanses of time, and thus speak in phrases with both short-term and long-term meanings (parables), as he did his best to envision and do His part to set some cornerstones in place for means and ways to a working spiritual path, one that could work, for the more conscious individuals, even among such a broad base of multiple religious paths? [Paraphrasing teachers of wisdom over many centuries.]

As regards other reviews on or references to "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" here:
I do not agree with the Alex Burns report (below), the basis of his report apparently focused on the esoteric interpretations of anything (particularly if related to the Catholic Church?), while this book (he would claim to have "read") is actually based on the results of such an phenomenal degree of detective work, on such ever-so-painstakingly assembled and so thoroughly referenced history and logical deductions, that it would totally disuade anyone's reading it for the usual reasons someone reads most anything, except dense historical reference material. But Burns' report is put here to show, speaking of polarization, how much enmity this particular book has generated. Meanwhile, if you read do Alex Burns' report, I would much appreciate your also reading the report that follows that, "The Golden Thread, The Templars of Holy Blood, Holy Grail" - which is more about the promise of meaning and impact on one's soul that it is about the promise of literary proof. Which focus I also greatly appreciate, albeit as the greater half of the bridging between that and grounded evidence of fact. And which purpose I do my best to align with as I hope that effectively guides my own treatment of the subject at ChaliceBridge.Com. I will include more here on the book, after I complete my own reading and outlining of it, and integrating appropriate parts of it with my own perspectives on the Chalice as Bridge between God & Goddess within each Being.

Meanwhile, please note that even...
Dan Jones, author of "The Templars - The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors" (2017) seems to take particular exception to "Holy Blood, Holy Grail", in his book's

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Epilogue, "The Holy Grail."
That is, wherein Jones chastises in critique most every other publication on the subject that would popularize any conspiracy or mystique around the Templars - with the exception of referring to it as "pseudohistory."

In contrast to his otherwise meticulous research of the Templars (including some warnings about certain groups claiming to be them), Jones uses a footnote to refer to the Holy Grail as "the invention of late medieval Arthurian romances following Chrétien Troyes's Perceval: The Story of the Grail which was written in the 1180's."

[ Which is true (IMHO) in as far as that very brief footnote goes - except for all the other legends preceding

"Perceval" by hundreds of years, legends that include cups or grails (highly symbolic per a given legend's origin), not to mention centered around a wounded warrior, his healing, a special sword (symbolizing knowledge, truth; it's broken state requiring mending), familial relationships (if not also the equivalent of damsels in distress), and bloody religious wars between 'the Old Law' and 'the New Law.' EG (IMHO): 'Old Law...New Law' refers to attempts to raise the moral bar of society (if not also the laws of the society). Spiritual correlary being the excelleration of consciousness and/or increased awareness of ones spiritual path.

As for Jones' reference to Holy Blood, Holy Grail as "pseudohistory," I'm pretty sure that did not mean that book is or would be about *the* history - except for the editing of the bible by 'The Church' orthodoxy in the 1st 4-5 centuries after Jesus' life, and subsequent cover-ups by 'The Church,' not to mention inquisitions, as medieval and pre-midieval European history (with more exception for Ireland and Scotland than most anywhere else) - was written primarily by 'The Church.' My own references for the last two paragraphs are included in the "Pragmatic Balance" section at the 'Chalice Art' page ("Is there a Relationship (direct, inverse, or otherwise) between the Holy Grail, Extremism, (Polarization) and the Desire for Pragmatic Balance" at the "Chalice-Integration, Arts & Sciences" page). Thank you, ~cp.]

from Wikipedia's Holy Grail page: "based on the idea that the real Grail is not a cup but the womb and later the earthly remains of Mary Magdalene (again cast as Jesus' wife), plus a set of ancient documents claimed to tell the true story of Jesus, his teachings and descendants."

Elaboration 1 with discussion & commentary:
Research by Alex Burns

First published in 1982 to immediate international acclaim and controversy, Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln's seminal book Holy Blood, Holy Grail has spawned an international media industry and entirely new academic disciplines. Many of its themes have become part of conspiriology's substrate, including political secret societies, the Knights Templar and the search for fragments of an Alternative Christianity.

'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' is a powerful example of investigative journalism meme-spliced with religious conspiracy theory, a 'fictive arcanum' whose provocative thesis continues to undermine the Catholic Church's institutional reading of Judeo-Christian history. Its trash literature veneer has introduced memes that have led readers to subsequently study the scholarly work of Robert Eisenman, Barbara Thiering and the Dead Sea Scrolls researchers that reveal the suppression of early schisms within Christianity. The book's central hypothesis - that Jesus survived the Crucifixion and together with Mary Magdalene founded a bloodline that later became the Merovingians in France (protected by the Knights Templar and later by the Freemasons) amounts to a stunning re-write of Western history. Banned in Catholic-dominated countries including the Phillipines, the book remains an incendiary example of why culture-jamming official 'grand-narratives' is the frontline of new information wars.

In 1885, the Abbe Berenger Sauniere discovered a collection of parchments beneath a church in Rennes-le-Chateau. One of the complex ciphers and codes read: 'To Dagobert II King And To Sion Belongs This Treasure And He Is There Dead.' Sauniere quickly became part of the Parisian esoteric underground and extracted a fortune from the Church, which was spent on unusual interior designs that prominently featured unusually dark interpretations of Christ's crucifixion.

The solutions to this enigma involve a twilight world where modern intelligence agencies, a 'fake' secret society (the Prieure du Notre Dame du Sion) and the royal family claims of the House of David. Historical analysis covers Pythagorean and Egyptian sacred geometry and mathematics (symptomatic of post-industrial society hyper-Specialization); the hidden cultural legacies of the Cathars and the Knights Templar; mythopoeic themes in Nicolas Poussin's painting 'Et In Arcadia Ego' and anything from Satanic Bloodlines and Richard Hoagland's 'Face On Mars' to Chaos Theory and DNA phylogenetic memories.

Embarking on the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' mystery means exploring where Pop Culture and the Sacred intersect in an infinite regressing nest of quantum combinations. The original book spawned several television documentaries and brought contemporary occult subcultures into the mainstream (even influencing conspiracy theorists like Robert Anton Wilson), foreshadowing the impact of the 'X-Files' television series with a combination of foreboding and wonder that entranced audiences worldwide. If many early conspiriologists feel that armchair conspiracy theorizing has become too popular and too mainstream, then the 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' phenomena may be seen in retrospect as the critical turning point where a Culture exploded beyond previous thresholds and began to devour itself.


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The Golden Thread, The Templars of Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Excerpts from article, "Secret History of the Knights Templar"
By David Lewis in Atlantis Rising, Issue #5

[ I add this because of my belief in "the Golden Thread", as I have referred to it often when speaking or writing about religion and spirituality, having first learned of the term and it's meaning in the above described title, "Nine Faces of Christ", if not some years before in a brief period of Rosicrucian studies. -cp ]

Commenting on his latest book, The Return of Merlin, Deepak Chopra observed recently that history exists in the eye of the beholder. Chopra spoke of the History Of the Soul versus the textbook variety. And while the author did not bother to cite examples, it's safe to say that historical accuracy has often taken a back seat to political correctness ...And the truth behind medieval heresies may have a similar trajectory, per *the never-ending quest* of mystics, Templars, and Cathars for *absolute knowledge.* That quest, relegated by skeptics to quixotic fancy, has little to do with textbook history, yet everything to with secret history, "the history of the soul".

Braveheart, the re-released film about Scottish freedom-fighter Sir William Wallace, opens a chapter in the book of secret history. The film deals with the war for Scottish independence in the late thirteenth century, but neglects a rarely discussed element in that struggle which has influenced human events up to the present. Like a golden thread, that key element runs through Scottish and American history.
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A bridge on the way to Scotland, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

It runs through the Middle Ages and the Inquisition to ancient Israel, the Temple of Solomon, even to ancient Egypt. It links all of the above, winding farther, deeper, and more secretly than politically correct chroniclers dare conceive. It is the thread Vatican armies tried to destroy, the Order of the Ancient Mysteries, and their progeny, the Knights Templar.

...A rich and powerful brotherhood, the Templars proved difficult for the Church and the king of France to destroy. King Phillip the Fare, allied with Avignonese Pope Clement V, ruthlessly suppressed the Order throughout Europe, medieval style, with arrests, torture and executions. Many Templars, however, evaded capture and found refuge abroad. The Order's entire fleet, in fact, escaped with a vast fortune, the fate of which remains a mystery to
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Edinburgh Castle, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
this day. Refugee Templars, evidence shows, found sanctuary in Scotland, where Templar graves bear witness to them having lived and died in the fourteenth

century. King Robert the Bruce apparently had no interest in persecuting the Order, in spite of a papal bull ordering him to do precisely that. To the contrary, he must have taken advantage of their fugitive status, offering them asylum if they would help him fight his war against England.

Who were the Knights Templar, really?

Hugh de Payens and eight other knights took vows on June 12, 1118 at Arginy Castle near Lyons, France. The nine founders pledged themselves to Christ and to the protection of pilgrims traveling in the holy land, the textbooks tell us. King Baudouin of Jerusalem, whose brother, Godfroi de Bouillon, had captured the holy city for Christendom nineteen years prior, received them as knights at his palace with open arms, a precedent that was to be repeated by kings all over the world. According to tradition, the knights built quarters over the ruins of Solomon's Temple, which some modern commentators believe says something about the Order's secret purpose.

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In 1126, the immensely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux won ecclesiastical legitimacy for the Templars at the Council of Troyes. From then on, the Order's ranks swelled at an extraordinary rate, as did their treasury and holdings. In a short period of time the Templars held lands in England, France, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. By the mid-twelfth century they had established themselves second only to the papacy in wealth, power and prestige, an indication that their success hinged, as tradition suggests, on some secret knowledge.

The Templars proved themselves extraordinarily influential and, despite abuses in the later years, consistently idealistic. Well aware of their power, and at times subscribing to their ideals, kings aligned themselves with the knights. The Order in turn influenced kings, occupying themselves, for instance, with trying to reconcile England's King Henry II with Thomas `Becket. And Henry's son, Richard Coeur de Leon, was likely an honorary Templar.

He kept company with the knights, resided in their preceptories, sailed in their ships, and sold the island of Cyprus to them, which became the Order's official seat for a time. Richard's brother and rival, King John, had as his trusted advisor, Aymeric de St. Maur, Master of the
Order in England. Owing to Aymeric's counsel, King John, no champion of liberty, reluctantly signed the Magna Carta in 1215, a document cited with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States as foundational to the rights of man.
Royal Seat at Caerphilly Castle, photo By Ahnna Pringer

Royal Seat at Caerphilly Castle, photo By Ahnna Pringer

Having grown astonishingly powerful, the Templars accomplished almost anything they desired on a scale and of a nature suggesting an almost supernatural capacity. Their role in designing and building the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, for instance, a role often not credited to them, testifies to an esoteric knowledge of architecture that transcended anything in Western civilization, save the pyramids of Egypt. As with the pyramids, the Gothic cathedrals baffle historians, rising seemingly out of nothingness in terms of any technical precedent during the Middle Ages. Gothic architecture sprang, in fact, from the Templars and their dedication to sacred geometry, the mystical science of number and proportion frequently identified with the Egyptian pyramids and the Temple of Solomon.

What was the Templars secret purpose?

The Order's official raison d'etre, as protectors of pilgrims, remains on the books. Judged by their endeavors and associations, however, the Templars had more profound goals than the textbooks reveal, creating, for instance, material receptacles, Grails, if you will, for the spiritual essence revered within their Mystery tradition: preceptories, cathedrals, churches, even nations, a universal brotherhood. To this end, the original nine knights excavated the Temple of Solomon, possibly hoping to find the lost Ark of the Covenant (see Graham Hancock's The Sign and the Seal). So doing, the Templars would have wielded authority that transcended even the pope's, paving the way for a Templar state adorned with structures of mystically oriented design. It is alleged, in this regard, that the original nine knights secured secrets of design and proportion encoded in the Temple of Solomon itself, secret geometry that may date to the building of the Egyptian pyramids.


Templar Knight On Horse [sourceUnknown, Fixed 4 Size by Chris Pringer
The Knights Templar, though, like any of us, can best be known by their fruit, which Baigent and Leigh tell us includes writing the medieval Grail romances. The Quest for the Holy Grail, then, and the import of that Quest, comes down to us from devotees of the Mysteries, those who actually quested. And therein we find Chopra's History of the Soul, the search for divinity (the most politically incorrect heresy of all, the modern age notwithstanding), which in various guises has animated societies since the dawn of time.

The Templars, we may deduce, encoded within the famous Grail legends the true nature of their Order, and of their souls, well aware of the consequences of doing so openly, while establishing the ideal of the search for immortality in the popular psyche, reliable, albeit unorthodox, history in Chopra's terms. We may add this accomplishment, then, to the list of fruits by which the Templars can be known, along with trying to syncretize the Christian, Judaic, Islamic, and Celtic Mysteries, for the purpose of creating a golden-age kingdom, if you will, centered at Carcassonne in southern France, where prior to the Inquisition a golden age had already begun to blossom under Cathar and Templar influence.

Tracing our golden thread one step farther, Wolfram von Eschenbach, said to have been a Templar himself, wrote the medieval Grail romance Parzival. In that epic story, he dubs the Templars Protectors of the Grail and the Grail Family. In this context, another book by Baigent and Leigh, Holy Blood, Holy Grail presents a cogent theory for the Templars having pledged themselves to this cause, not in fiction, but in reality, the Grail Family being the actual descendants of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalen, who, legend says, migrated to France, possibly as founders of the Merovingian dynasty.

This extraordinary theory suggests that in A.D. 679, after the assassination of the last Merovingian monarch, Dagobert II, protectors of the royal lineage formed a secret society, the Priory of Sion, around the sang real, the royal blood of the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalen. This may be the true meaning of sangraal, Baigent and Leigh suggest, the Holy Grail of medieval romancers.

Caerphilly Castle, photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011
Caerphilly Castle,
photography by Ahnna Pringer 2011

The Knights Templar, the authors found, may have had much to do with this Priory of Sion, the foundations of which may hearken back to the House of David, to Jesus and Solomon, the lineage of the Israelite kings. The Templars may have secretly dedicated themselves to this very special bloodline, believing the wisdom-legacy of Solomon and Jesus to be their own. Enthroning this lineage during the Middle Ages, the Templars would have set their golden age in motion.

Secret History After Bannockburn

Tracing our golden thread to more recent centuries, the quest of the Knights Templar
3D Chalice SyntheSphere and Flower Of Life Over Bay at Kenmore Ireland by Chris Pringer 2013, Background photo By Ahnna Pringer

"3D Chalice SyntheSphere and Flower Of Life Over Bay at Kenmore Ireland" by Chris Pringer 2013, Background photo By Ahnna Pringer
reveals itself long after the period of their official existence. Driven underground during the Inquisition, refugee knights, a specific Masonic tradition claims, gave birth to Scottish Freemasonry. That tradition traces its origins directly to the Order and King Robert the Bruce. Robert, the tradition specifically states, founded the first Scottish Masonic lodge after the battle of Bannockburn to receive Templars fleeing persecution in France.

By the seventeenth century, the tradition had splintered into a variety of forms. The Jacobite variety, however, the most intensely political and mystically devoted, claimed the Templar tradition as its own. The Jacobites failed to restore the Scottish Stuarts to the English throne, even with the help of powerful Masonic allies in France, but by that time the Enlightenment was underway. The Templar ideal of a free society founded on religious and political liberty had taken root, philosophically at least. Scottish, English and French Masons had begun to dramatically change the way the world thought. Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire, all Masons, preached the philosophy of Liberty, a natural consequence of Templar experience and the suppression of their ideals. As if by providence, then, the tradition sprouted on distant shores, the threads of which, now luminous strands, united the philosopher revolutionaries of the New World.

On August 28, 1769, Saint Andrew's Masonic Lodge in Boston conferred a Freemasonic degree named after the Knights Templar. By 1773 the lodge had assumed a highly significant role in the American Revolution. The Grand Lodge of Scotland made Joseph Warren Grand Master for the whole continent. Other members included Paul Revere and John Hancock. And the lodge's membership overlapped with the most catalytic secret-society of the day, the Sons of Liberty, with at least twelve members of the lodge participating in the Boston Tea Party. But the story hardly ends in Boston. Freemasons played major roles in the Revolutionary War itself and the signing of the Constitution, including George Washington, many of his generals, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, the Marquis de Lafayette and numerous others, Franklin being a member of a mysterious French society called the Royal Lodge of Commanders of the Temple West of Carcassonne, a mouthful in more ways than one.

That our golden thread links Benjamin Franklin to the medieval city of Carcassonne connects him with some of the most secret history of all. The area around the fortress at Carcassonne, a medieval center for Cathars and Templars, houses a network of profound and mysterious symbols having to do with sacred geometry, symbols that surface in ritual garments worn by Franklin and Washington during Masonic ceremonies.

As if designed by the forces of creation, an uncanny arrangement of mountain peaks form a perfect Masonic five-pointed star around Rennes-le-Chateau in the Carcassonne area (see Henry Lincoln's Discoveries in France). Then a series of medieval churches, towers, and ancient Celtic sites expand upon the design, creating Masonic triangles in the precise proportions of the golden mean of sacred geometry, an overall pattern that stretches from Rennes-le-Chateau to the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, where evidence of a Templar presence exists, to Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon. The vast geometric design and the symbols carved in stone at the sites have been traced to the Priory of Sion and to the Templars, secret societies working in ways that transcend culture, religion, and mundane history.
Pentacle Of Rennes Le Chateau by
"Pentacle Of Rennes Le Chateau
by "Sacred Sites" KT

Our golden thread then represents only a portion of the whole cloth. The greater tapestry suggests that the mystery is even more profound, even more elusive, yet as apparent as the Great Seal of the United States, the Masonic symbol found on the dollar bill. That the full story has been kept from us should not be surprising, though. That which we perceive merely as subtle and continuous manifests as a raging current at the auspicious hour, a deluge that threatens the tyrants of orthodoxy, the guardians of politically correct history. That current rages still, for those who have ears to hear the roaring of the waters. But don't expect to find the secret story in a history textbook.

Instead, follow the golden thread…

SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2016 with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011 (V5A2Fx), © Chris Pringer Mar'16
"SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2016"
with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Mar'16
 Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com  One Full Size version at ArtistWebsites.Com


Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
Related References

Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Most of the above reviews have many key references, while a couple have
multiple references that include publication titles, authors, and websites,
particularly Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com  "Jesus In India" the movie, Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com  "Was Jesus a Buddhist?"
Also see Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com the introduction to "Sir Laurence Gardner on the Bloodline of the Holy Grail"
Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Suppressed Histories Archives; Suppressed Histories Archives on Facebook
Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   "Ireland Travel Kit" Ireland’s Unique, Off-Beat, and Often-Missed Sites,
including "The Medieval Treasures of Fethard: Co Tipperary"

Related Notes & References at the Chalice Arts & Sciences page
fairly extensive, and with regard to current and future implications... particularly at the page's section
"...the Holy Grail ...Extremism ...Pragmatic Balance"
as elaborated below (second paragraph)
Chalice Productions Logo

Chalice Artwork
realizing the
Inner Chalice

Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   "ART & SCIENCE of Body, Mind, & Spirit Integration"   Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
(Body-Mind-Chalice Integration Art Index Page)

        Presenting early to more recent artwork on the "Chalice" or Grail theme (by yours truly), both hand-made & artistically rendered computer-generated works, & a little bio on how it began & developed. This art is born out of a form that I "saw" in 1985 - a 3D visual yet much more: the geometric base forms, a relationship with the "Holy Grail", it's legendary meanings, the related but deeper archetypic symbology & meanings, various body-mind-spirit correlations, & healing alchemy & energy dynamics. All this related both the body & the grail elements to the mind's interface, in a way that makes sense of many otherwise-would-be paradoxes & mysteries, bridging arts & sciences, with implications related to whole health, including one's relationship with his/her cells. Because "Sacred Geometry" is also critically relevant to the DNA of all Life (proportion as essential to function). And the most interesting artforms seem to naturally appear when incorporating that into the rendered layering of symbols (per pi-ratio).
        As related to the "Holy Grail" and "The Mystical Jesus" there are extensive historical references that extend back to Celtic pre-Christian times as well as to the Celtic Christian, and what is referred to as "the Matter of Britain", and more. Except for the Dark Ages which are so-named due to the most disappointing lack of historical data - very puzzling to scholars for the last many centuries. And I see that lack of documentation as related to the history of the bible - per Constantine's assembly of documents (via "the Church", as they censored parts of them and kept out many other documents) that became the bible. And the transition period that followed.

      All that is put into context in the "Pragmatic Balance" section, with fairly extensive references/links, including for Elaine Pagels and others on the Gnostics, Vincent Bridges, Anodea Judith, Riane Eisler, and Greg Bradden, as well as novelists Marion Zimmer Bradley (ie: the Avalon Series), Margaret Starbird, and many others.
      At Chalice Bridge, "The Bloodline of Jesus" is actually not a primary focus when comes to the symbolism of the chalice/grail, but as one evidence of the symbolism as presented. Which symbolism relates to the purpose of "polarity" in the universe, not only at the atomic level per Sacred Geometry, but in relationships - magnetism/gender/other opposites in continuum, including *extremes*). And to related interpretation of the grail legend as relates to the history (with the summaries in context), to the (psycho-social) evolution of Man, to the world's key religions as well as the Gnostics (by nature of that which unites all of them, although is not necessarily about them). All that is then related to, with implications for, current times and potential future scenarios. And to why there have been "holy wars" - and, more importantly, to why there is absolutely no need for them (if there ever was). Here, the bloodline is as much about EVERYONE having the divine connection (and inheritance and potential), as it is about one family having it. References include:
Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Grail Related References section
Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Related Philosophical Refs
(Including Gnosticism)
Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com   Related Mythology / Symbolism
mainly by Joseph Campbell

      As for current relevance, to begin with the chalice, per mystical symbolism (which precedes anything any religion has, or may yet, to do with it) is about the human embodiment of Spirit into the three "lower bodies" (mental, emotional, & physical) which compose the "Body-Mind". Which is also a "vehicle" for the balancing & integrating of Humanity - individually & communally (per those polarity dynamics) - implying EACH person AS a chalice in development - hence, the name, "Chalice Productions."

      The "Pragmatic Balance" section is expanded upon with, "'The Lords of Culture' & Listening - A story about Language, Relationship, & the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context" (7'10) and is accompanied by "Therapies & Levels of 'The Spectrum of Consciousness' " a seminal chart by Ken Wilber, and the essay, "Paradigm Shifts".

      The ARTWORK: overall is an eclectic/symbolic mix of multiple layers of brights and subtles, often emerging out of veils, mists, or "darkness", with thematic components that blend in sacred geometry very symmetrically yet rendered with an artistic balance of textures and grounding touch. There are many samples at this page, as well as many others at Chalice Bridge, with full size images at Artist Websites .Com (of Fine Art America).

"The Holy Grail & History of Western Religion
- as relevant to Current Politics and Healing Extremism - in the Context of Chalice Symbolism"

Chart of interlinked essay-sections on noted web pages at ChaliceBridge.Com © Chris Pringer, 2013

Including A summary assembly a of early Christian, Gnostic, Celtic Pagan histories, as well as those of the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, including the inquisitions and crusades - as documented to the degree it was - including Emperor Constantine's deciding part, adding in that of the Templars and "the Bloodline of Jesus." Not a revision of history, but a logical connecting of dots and filling in of blanks where historic documentation left them. Soul-Mind-Body-Integration Soul-Mind-Body-Integration Listening & L/R Split Empathy History & Related Refs Spiritual Battles, Structure, Extremism Potential Realities, Ideals... Learning Recovering the Grail- Main Summary on Point... 'Nine Faces of Christ' Gardener 'Bloodline of Jesus' & History Templars Citizen Healing Charts Pg PolyPsyArts Pg Citizen Momentum Pg Healing Disillusionment Pg World Healing Prayers on Sacred Geometry Pg

Early Church History & Related Bible References © by Chris Pringer 2015

3DChalice SyntheSphere&VGrd2 Over Clear Island- 'Beautiful Sunset' by Chris Pringer 2013, Background photo By Ahnna Pringer
3DChalice SyntheSphere&VGrd2 Over Clear Island- 'Beautiful Sunset'
by Chris Pringer 2013, Background photo By Ahnna Pringer

A Different Take on Evolution
Dblstar-Chalice Bullet, © Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com    Evolution Trends: The 'Information Age' And Its Evolution Into The 'Holographic Age'
Challenges and Realistic Goals For Survival and Creating A Desirable Future, © Nov'95
NOTE: At this website the term "evolution" refers to that of human consciousness, resulting in lasting change on the physical level.
Evolve Humanity, ChaliceVortex&Planet'evolve-balance', © Chris Pringer PolyPsyArt 2008        
          We are currently in the "Information Age" of global-scale *collection and organization * of data and data systems. The "Holographic Age" will be marked by "...the integration of data (a precursor and main component of the Holographic age) ...will bring about a tremendous explosion in capabilities of unprecedented scope, magnitude, and depth... The ability to offer/affect pre-designed physiological, emotional, mental, and psychic change on human beings..." Intelligence manages information, but wisdom manages Intelligence. This "adventurous" draft into the future (or potential future scenarios) at many key areas of evolvement of Human Society. Organized web page includes sections: "Getting There From Here - and The Political Maze In Between," "Some Trends and Developments In Health and Environment," "Psycho-Social Transition And Rehabilitation" (in corrections, education, and health), and "The Role Of Intuition Coming Home...". Recent additions include: much improved "Basis of Assessment - with "Seven Phases of Evolution"; "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment"; and "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" (& Purpose, Structure, Religion, Karma), and ref-links for the "updated" prophecies for the year 2012.
          ie: [from original August 1995 paper:] "...Our trial and initiation prior to entering the next age is dealing with the issue of 'Polarization.' So much depends on how we manage this issue during the 1995 - 2005 period of time... critical on many levels. The implications may therefore be timely, a balance of warning with hope and direction => ...'Polarization' refers to the two opposing extremes of over-identification and enmeshment. The first extreme, over-identification, relating to hyper-egoism or narcissism, includes misplaced patriotism and competition for the sake of wrong-making and degradation, nationalism that unduly separates people, bigotry, elitism, and related extremes. The 2nd extreme, enmeshment, relating to the blurring of proper boundaries (such as with emotional or energetic enmeshment, sexual abuse, any improper 'dual relationship'), includes that which occurs with [non/]secular/political or political/personal conflicts of interest. Appropriate structure (laws, regulations, professional guidelines, cultural mores, rules of conduct, etc) is the result of healthy personal and societal discrimination of values, and related priorities and goals... ...will develop out of necessity - much due to the aberrations of the info age (psychological manipulation and necessary defense systems practiced by/for/against businesses in competition as well as for military reasons => ...personal data as common knowledge <=> 'Age of Exposure' => ...the decade of the media moguls and the survival of democracy..."
'Geo&Chakra Skull&Chalice' & 'Grail Mind', © Chris Pringer PolyPsyArt 2010
'GeoChakra Skull & Chalice' & "Grail Mind" - PolyPsyArt 2010
        But if we get through all that, one of the many noted benefits include "... We will have the unique opportunity to learn first-hand from the most hi-tech, research data-backed, psychological ...Awareness on/of the various levels & interrelationships between these areas... The application of intuition may find an unprecedented role in terms both of breadth and of its popular integration with the more logical approaches ...As a result, various systems of 'Integrated Diagnostics' will be developed..."
          The original paper was email published in Nov '95 on (Institute of Noetic Sciences) and Spiramed@sjuvm.stjohns.Edu. Yes, *1995* - So I guess the "system" I used was not so bad (based on the "Seven Phases of Evolution," as detailed on that page in Dec'09). Some intuition did enter in between that system and the "if this, then this" logic - scans of original notes with hand-drawn flow-charts included, but I've never called this "a prophecy," but a perceived spiritual challenge (for humanity) with potentially great rewards - an opportunity for taking responsibility. Even so: That 10 year 'prep' period has just passed - wherein so much did indeed determine about how and how soon we begin this next age - or if we do before the planet (otherwise) overhauls itself. But remember "that spaceship" that's going to save us ? Wink Well, IMO, the pilots are none other than ourselves - as our Earth-Steward selves that is. So, IF it happens, not to worry, we won't miss a minute of it -- IMO, God wouldn't deprive us of the realization that we are so capable! (And responsible. Or don't we want to earn our way ?!)

SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2013 with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Nov'13
"SyntheSphere Chalice Flower & Tree of Life Rainbow over Stonehenge 2013"
with Ahnna Pringer's photography at Stonehenge 2011, © Chris Pringer Nov'13
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