The recent release of docs taken from Osama bin Laden's hideout shows that al-Qaeda, far from being "decimated," was, in fact, growing even stronger. The information was deliberately withheld from the American people by President Obama-11/19

Uranium One deal informant sued to recoup more than $700K lost in bribes-11/17

Secret Informant in Fear for His Life After Jeff Sessions’ DOJ Leaks His Name One Week Before Testifying Against Clinton Crime Family-11/17

Judge Andrew Napolitano: The incredible new chapter in the Hillary Clinton chronicles-11/17

How Trump walked into Putin’s web-11/17 The Guardian

Resistance Royalty: Pelosi, Soros Headline Left’s Biggest Dark Money Conference-11/17 Private memo gives inside look at Democracy Alliance's latest secret donor meeting ...

They Hate Us. They Really Hate Us-11/13 Alicia Colon

China is developing an array of advanced, high technology weapons designed to defeat the United States in a future conflict-11/17

Inside the Ring: US Alert for China Moves-11/9 Bill Gertz

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.-11/13

China Must Allow UN Representatives to meet Gedhun Choekyi Nyima: Canadian Foreign Minister-11/17

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Giving Americans a Tax Cut Not Seen in 31 Years-11/17

Fiery Exchange: Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has had enough of Democrats accusing GOP senators of pushing tax reform to benefit “the rich.”-11/17

Bill Blain: "Stock Markets Don't Matter; The Great Crash Of 2018 Will Start In The Bond Market"-11/17

Paradise Papers Shine Light on Where the Elite Hide Their Money-11/5

New Jersey Public Unions, Ascendant-11/17 City Journal, The state’s teachers elected the new governor, who has vowed to pay their unfunded pensions—no matter what the cost. ...

Pension Ponzi Bailout: Democrats Sponsor US Treasury Bailout Scheme-11/13 ... funds collected from taxpaying Americans will be spent to satisfy the ridiculous retirement promises and obligations made over the past few decades ...

Mattel announces Ibtihaj Muhammad doll, the first Barbie to wear a hijab-11/14 Can't wait for the Osama bin Ken doll. Editor

Pretty clever Polly! Hilarious moment a parrot orders Alexa to turn on the lights and then CHUCKLES in satisfaction when it does so-11/17

The Goal of Global Controls and Population Control goes into Hybrid Hyperdrive. Editor

Trump pullout from climate pact means even hotter world: report-11/17

Global climate action must be gender equal-11/17 ?????

Pope rebukes climate deniers as 'perverse' in Bonn message-11/17 You're already on the list of history's Bad Popes. Now you're climbing on that list. Editor

Catastrophic warning about the fate of humanity is given by 15,000 scientists who claim human destruction of the natural world will lead to 'misery' and an 'irretrievably mutilated' planet-11/13

Deadly floods and hurricanes will be the 'new normal' in Britain and the US west coast by 2100 as global warming causes severe storms to travel further towards the poles-11/13

Carbon emissions from fossil fuels are on the rise for the first time in four years due to growth in China as experts warn 'time is running out' to save our planet-11/13

Israeli Astrophysicist rejects UN IPCC – Finds ‘the sun completely overturns the way we should see global warming’-11/17

Climate change is 'turbocharging' the growth of trees in cities - and it could help reduce storm water flooding-11/17

Part of Keystone pipeline is shut down after leaking 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota - days before Nebraska rules on hugely controversial expansion proposals-11/17

How the rise of veganism could ruin America: Study warns if every person went meat-free there would be a public health disaster-11/19

I had a life on Mars: Russian, 20, claims he lived on the Red Planet before being reborn on Earth-11/5

Could THIS be Atlantis? Incredible aerials of island discovered in the middle of the Pacific spark theories it is the mythical ancient lost city-11/8 No, but it could be a remnant of Lemuria. Editor

2,000-year-old Sundial Changes Perception of Ancient Rome-11/9

Messages From Amazon Apparitions in the 90's-11/8

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El Morya:

This age of democracy must be distinguished by true enlightenment. This will be a great Service, and everyone can participate in it. During times of speedy progress broad measures must be applied. There is neither old nor new, there is only eternal learning. One can study ancient legends and respect them, but evolution is accelerating, and balance must be maintained. The thrust of evolution takes unanticipated leaps, from the Stone Age to the age of highest knowledge. Great is the time and great is the responsibility! Let us not fear the existence of opposing positions. Opposition is the way to progress. The Thinker asked the disciples not to fear battle, and said, “One must learn to fly in thought.” Supermundane 612


Could you but see the cliches of the first creations, you would be horrified. The chief obstacle is that matter can be acted upon only by matter. To construct a bridge from the spirit to the Brotherhood was not so difficult, but to establish a normal link between the Brotherhood and the people is unspeakably difficult. Men, like parrots, repeat the remarkable formula, “Death conquers death”—but they do not consider its meaning.


It has been decided to safeguard the future destiny by placing it into vital practical conditions of the cooperation of the spirit. The difficulty lies in the new differentiations of humanity. The former primitive divisions into castes, classes and professions have been replaced by a complicated distinction according to light and shade. This manifestation, as a purified communism, will select the best groups of humanity. Without details, one must trace a general demarcation line of light and shade, as if recruiting a new army.


How difficult it is to select without having recourse to special measures! Leaves of Morya’s Garden II 148.


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The Sexual Revolution Turns Ugly-11/18 Crisis Magazine, by Stephen Baskerville -- How many intellectuals have come to the revolutionary party via the path of moral indignation, only to connive ultimately at terror and autocracy? ~ Raymond Aron
The Sexual Revolution is now out of control. Initially promising freedom, like all revolutions, it has entered something like its Reign of Terror phase and is devouring its own children. As with other revolutions, it is not because the revolutionaries enjoy broad popular support; it is because civic and religious leaders are confused, divided, and cowed into silence. Those whom one expects to impose some order on all this—conservative politicians, religious leaders, civil libertarians, journalists, scholars—are either hiding under the table or signaling their virtue by themselves fanning the flames of a hysteria that they show no interest in trying to understand. ...
What we do have—as many long ago warned we would have—is a highly sexualized culture controlled by men and women who have succeeded in changing the terms of sexuality because they have both ideological and pecuniary interests in using sex as a financial tool and a political weapon. Privileged men and women have thrown off virtually all controls on sexual indulgence, which they can use not only for personal self-gratification but also—and quite predictably—as the means to advance their careers, accumulate wealth, eliminate rivals, punish opponents, extort money, and generally acquire political power. These practices are especially rampant in the commanding heights of our culture: the media, universities, Hollywood, television, and the fashion industry, all of which by their nature are dedicated to profiteering off sexual appeal and which bestow high rewards on people who provide it. Because most of us are consumers of these industries, few of us can completely wash our hands of responsibility. ...

Editor: Lou Gehrig's "I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech is iconic. It is one of the great speeches not just in sports but in history. There's a problem however, we learn from the book 'The Boy Who Knew Too Much," that when the Mayo Clinic called to notify Lou he only had about 3 years to live. They talked to his wife. She never told him nor his parents and convinced the doctors to remain silent. I think his speech might have been different if he had known the truth.

Preschooler throws first pitch at MLB game - Baseball Kid Christian Haupt-5/3 5,800,000 views

5 year-old baseball kid Christian Haupt 2014 MLB All-Star Game commercial & best first pitches-5/3

Mother is so convinced that her eight-year-old son is the reincarnation of Lou Gehrig that she's written a book about it (and of course the film rights have been picked up already)-3/29, Daily Mail;
• Christian Haupt told his mother, Cathy Byrd, he was once a 'tall baseball player'
• He told her died because his 'body stopped working' when he was two years old
• Byrd then became convinced that her son was the reincarnation of Lou Gehrig
• Legendary New York Yankee Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating neurological disease, at the age of 36 and died two years later in 1941
• Real estate broker Byrd wrote a book about her son's journey, titled The Boy Who Knew Too Much, which hits shelves on Tuesday
• Movie rights for the book have been picked up by 20th Century Fox ...
Editor: Old Yankees don't die, they just fade away and come back again.

Editor: I clicked on this link last week, bought the book for 12 bucks hardbound w/free Prime shipping. I couldn't put it down. Well written and the progression of learning why 2 year old Christian Haupt or Baseball Konrad as he liked to be called, was Lou Gehrig is masterfull as well as the mom's spirtual growth trying to come to grips with reincarnation. Full disclosure: I was born in NYC and moved to nearby Conn. at age three. I played baseball everyday at a local lot. I've been a rabid Yankee fan since the 50's. I used to lie in bed with a small transistor radio with a black leather cover and ear plug listening to Yankee games when I was supposed to be sleeping on a school night. In 7th grade when we were required to write a big paper for the first time in our lives, I did it on the Yankees. Of course, No. 7 was my hereo. Got to see The Mick play several times in Yankee Stadium. I had a '56 or '57 team signed baseball with Mantle and Berra in the sweet spot. Gehrig, Ruth, Dimaggio and Mantle are considered the greatest Yankees ever. Here's a weird coincidence, I know of only one Yankee  I ever met. He was Wally Pipp. I met him in Michigan when I was pretty young. I think he was a friend of my great Uncle. Wally Pipp played first base for the Yankees in the early 1900's. He was a good player, hit lots of home runs and helped the Yankees win Championships. One day, as legend has it, he had a headache and asked to sit on the bench. Lou Gehrig took his place. Wally never played for the Yankees again. He went on to play for the Detroit Tigers. That's why he was living in Michigan where he obviously retired. Lou became known as the "Iron Horse" because he played in something like 2,130 consecutive games, until ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease" struck at age 36. He died two years later. As someone said in the book, 'to say that this kid eats, sleeps and lives baseball,' is an understatement.' His parents could not get the baseball uniform off him. He exhausted both of them wanting to hit and play catch 24/7. His reaction to Babe Ruth's pictures ('he was a mean man') whom Gehrig had a long feud with, is astonishing. I was worried that this kid might grow up to be a Dodger and not a Yankee. But after reading how much the Dodgers love him, especially Tommy Lasorda and pitcher Clayton Kershaw, I don't mind so much now. Although Adam Sandler believes he will be a Bronx bomber one day. Yankee fans might treasure this book a bit more, but I guarantee you will also like this funny, heartwarming book. It merits sitting on the bookshelf next to Soul Survivor. William House


Robert Theobald's 1901 insightful book, "Shakespeare Studies in Baconian Light" now available to download as PDF shakespearestudi00theo.pdf-10/25 Sir

The Gunpowder Plot: Fact or Royal Plot? 1605-11/9 Sir, Ages to come will be in doubt whether it were a fact or a fiction.— Sir Edward Coke; Free PDF download

Psychic Uri Geller claims he was hired by the CIA to investigate JFK's assassination and he met with Jackie Kennedy to reveal his 'shocking' findings-10/26 Daily Mail,
• The Israeli psychic says he was hired by a CIA agent in Mexico City to investigate whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or had accomplices
• Geller claims he even met with First Lady Jackie Kennedy in her New York apartment to inform her of his findings
• The 70-year-old said he was only now able to go public after Donald Trump decided to unseal thousands of JFK assassination documents
• He said that if for some reason he was redacted from the documents, he wouldn't be able to speak of the 'shocking' things he discovered 
• It was revealed earlier this year that the CIA had carried out secret testing on Geller back in 1973 to assess his psychic abilities ...

Little Fairy on the Prairie-10/26 Beach Combing, Beach spends a lot of his time chasing fairies in eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century books. Because he doesn’t have an exceptional library to hand and because travel is so damn annoying he finds the best thing to do is buy books on the basis of emails from friends and readers; or ‘snippets’ on Google Books. This means that four or five score books arrive a year, are checked and often discarded almost instantaneously. The problem is that ‘fairies’ are everywhere and they can mean so many things to so many different people: the number of race horses and boats called ‘fairy’ for example also complicated matters considerably; fairy research today would have been a lot easier had the HMS Fairy never been built. However, it is important to record negatives as well as positives while chasing a story down and here is one such. Beach was recently told that American children’s story writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie, believed in fairies. With some excitement he got Little House in the Ozarks, her collected journalism and found that there was, indeed a section, entitled ‘Have you seen any fairies lately?’ His hands became clammy as he turned the pages. However, there were just some platitudes about Father Christmas and a few bad poems: Beach says bad, actually he didn’t read the verse, but they ‘looked’ bad, one was called ‘The Fairy Dew Drop’ another ‘The Fairies in the Sunshine’ etc etc. Here are the prose platitudes with something half interesting woven in: ...

When you die you know you are dead: Major study shows mind still works after the body shows no signs of life-10/26 Independent (UK), Death just became even more scary: scientists say people are aware they’re dead because their consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life. That means that, theoretically, someone may even hear their own death being announced by medics. The claim was made by Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. He and his team are looking at people who suffered cardiac arrest, technically died, but were later revived. It’s the largest study of its type ever carried out. Some of those studied say they had awareness of full conversations and seeing things that were going on around them, even after they were pronounced dead. These accounts were then verified by the medical and nursing staff who were present at the time. Death is defined as the point at which the heart no longer beats, and blood flow to the brain is cut off. Dr Sam Parnia said: “Technically, that's how you get the time of death – it's all based on the moment when the heart stops. “Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously. “You lose all your brain stem reflexes – your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone.” However, there’s evidence to suggest that there’s a burst of brain energy as someone dies. ...

St. Michael the Archangel: Needed Now More Than Ever-10/26 Catholic Stand, by Tom Collingwood • In a previous essay, I recognized St. Thomas the Apostle and his feast day July 3rd. Last month had another saint’s feast day that has significance for me and that is St. Michael the Archangel’s on September 29th. His feast day is also shared by two other archangels – St.Gabriel and St. Raphael. Prior to Vatican II they each had their own feast day but were consolidated into St. Michael’s traditional September 29th date. Archangels are angels of high rank and while the Church recognizes seven archangels, these three are the only ones mentioned in the accepted canon (books) of both the Old and/or New Testament.
St. Michael’s Mission: Both tradition and Sacred Scripture allude to St. Michael as the Protector of our Church and is referred to in our liturgy as the “prince of the heavenly host”. He has four distinct missions: 1) to oppose Satan and evil wherever it is found, 2) to defend faithful souls from Satan’s power, 3) to be the champion for the faithful and 4) to accompany souls on their final journey from judgment to purgatory and finally to heaven. The Archangel Michael is projected in both the Old and New Testament as the warrior who stands up for God, his Church and confronts and does combat with the forces of evil. Because of his unique mission, he is the patron saint of both paratroopers and policeman. Having been both, I have a natural kinship with St. Michael. His symbols are everywhere in those worlds. In the Church at St. Mere Eglise, Normandy France where 82nd Airborne paratroopers landed on D-Day 1944; there is a large stained glass window of St. Michael with parachutes in the background. There are chapels dedicated to police where St. Michael is prominently displayed. Many of us still carry a St. Michael medal asking for his protection. ...

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This carving is thought to be either St Michael or St George pointing to what might be the twelve apostles. Judas can be seen as the small figure at the back. The ancient cave was once used by the same religious order that fought in the Crusades and were made famous by the popular Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code

There figures are believed to represent Mary, John and the Holy Family. The cave has cylindrical lower parts topped with bell-shaped upper parts totalling 17 feet (5.2m) across and 25.5 feet (7.8m) high, and lies on the junction of a Roman road in Royston, Hertfordshire

The hidden world of the Knights Templar: Stunning images show mysterious carvings etched into a Hertfordshire cave by warrior monks 800 years ago-4/24 Daily Mail,
• The ancient cave in Royston was used by the same religious order that fought in the Crusades
• Carvings appear to show pictures of four patron saints as well as scenes with John the Baptist
• And an ancient Templar symbol etched into the cave walls reveals two knights riding a horse
• Cave was first discovered by accident in 1742 by workmen who found a shaft down into a dark cavern
By Harry Pettit, Stunning 800-year-old carvings have been found inside a Knights Templar cave under a crossroads in a small English town. The carvings appear to show pictures of four patron saints as well as scenes with John the Baptist and Mary, the mother of Jesus. The ancient cave was once used by the same religious order that fought in the Crusades and were made famous by the popular Dan Brown book The Da Vinci Code. In the book, the Templars find and hide the Holy Grail somewhere in the UK. The cave was dug into the chalk bedrock under the Hertfordshire town of Royston, which sits close to the Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire border. The cave has cylindrical lower parts topped with bell-shaped upper parts totalling 17 feet (5.2m) across and 25.5 feet (7.8m) high, and lies on the junction of a Roman road, the Cambridge News reports. One of the carvings shown in the images from photographer Keith Jones shows two figures close together near a damaged section of wall. This was once a Templar symbol that showed two knights riding a horse. The carvings found in the chalk cave also include four saints. The patron saint of travellers St Christopher was found below the original entrance of the cave holding a staff and with the infant Jesus on his shoulder. St Katherine, the patron saint of weavers, can be seen high up on the west edge of the cave while St Lawrence, who was martyred on a gridiron, also has a carving. The fourth saint carving appears to show St Michael or St George, the patron saint of England, wielding a sword which points to the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Other carvings around the cave include Calvary scenes with John the Baptist and with Mary. One shows a group believed to be the Holy Family, though uncertainty surrounds the identities of figures in the remaining carvings. ...

The violent birth of modern man: The incredible ancient stone carvings that reveal how a devastating comet impact 13,000 years ago killed thousands, altered the climate and triggered the rise of the first civilisations-4/22 Daily Mail,
• Scientists were analysing symbols carved on pillars at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey
• Using memorial carvings they pinpointed a comet impact to around 11,000BC
• The comet triggered a mini ice age that lasted 1,000 years
• This ice age forced humans to develop farming techniques to grow their crops ...

Is this stone proof an asteroid wiped out a civilisation just like ours 13,000 years ago ... and does it vindicate the maverick scholar who says a giant meteorite will destroy us in 2030?-5/1 Daily Mail,
• Maverick archaeologist Graham Hancock insists a human race existed before
• He said an evolved human civilisation was wiped out by a global catastrophe
• His book, Magicians Of The Gods, argues a mini Ice Age swept the planet 13,000 years ago
• Now he claims the same could happen again in less than two decades time ...

Erdene Zuu-4/14 Atlas Obscura, The oldest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia has survived centuries of invasions, political shifts, and religious purges. -- The establishment of Erdene Zuu dates at least to 1585, and some posit it goes back much further, as far as the 8th century. It is the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The name translated means “100 Treasures,” a nod to the number of original temples and the chain of stupas (mounded reliquaries) that form the exterior walls of the sacred site. Tangled in its legacy, there are the scars of centuries of fighting across those sacred walls. -- The history of Erdene Zuu is a mix of invasions, religious purges, political shifts, and outright murder. Damaged and dismantled in 1688 during a conflict between Dzungars (a confederation of Mongolian tribes) and Khalkha Mongols (historically ruled by the Khans), what remained of the monastery was reassembled in the 18th century. Again, in 1939, the order suffered a blow at the hands of Khorloogiin Choibalsan, the Communist leader of Mongolia, who ordered the destruction of scores of temples and the slaughter of thousands of monks throughout the country. All that remained of Erdene Zuu were three temples and a small order, with nearly one hundred structures destroyed and an estimated one thousand members either murdered or imprisoned. It was either sheer luck or the twisted wisdom of Stalin that saved the site from total destruction, kept as a token of “religious tolerance” to be put on display for international visitors, including U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace during a trip in the late 1940s. Intervention by the Soviet leader convinced the Mongolian regime to spare the monastery, a move motivated less by goodwill than by political pretense. But tolerance under Stalin and Khorloogiin Choibalsan only went so far, and the monastery was forced to convert into a museum. It remained in this religious limbo until the 1990s, after the fall of the Soviets and reversion of the site to the lamas. It still wears both hats today, and the wall of 108 stupas that surround the compound, clearly visible from a mile away, are in a good state of repair. Inside there are several temples and additional stupas, the oldest dating to 1799. One particular area of historic destruction by the Communists is cordoned off, but its foundations are still visible. There are plans to rebuild, but work has yet to begin. Erdene Zuu, after so many centuries of sheer will to survive, will get that work done. ...

Mysterious "Fairy Circles" Continue to Enchant Scientists-4/13, By Sarah Witman -- Researchers revisit an old theory about the ethereal patterns of vegetation that form in some arid landscapes. -- In just a couple places on Earth, namely, the scrubby deserts of Australia and Namibia, mysterious natural formations known as “fairy circles” dot the dry landscape. Some unknown force or phenomenon causes these bare patches to appear amid the sparse vegetation, arranged in a honeycomb-like configuration. These fairy circles are named for their similarities to mushrooms’ “fairy rings.” Although the name brings to mind mystical sprites, scientists have produced several possible, secular explanations for them. But the truth of how they form remains murky and is a subject of intense debate. Are they caused by small amounts of natural gas seeping into the soil, as proposed by South African scientists in 2011? Or are they perhaps a result of harvester termites’ foraging and nesting habits, as a University of Hamburg researcher posited in 2013? Or as hypothesized by an international team in 2015, is it a quirk of desert environments that vegetation organizes in ring patterns? Ravi et al. revisit the idea that plants self-organize to find water by studying the interactions of water, soil, and vegetation in Namibian fairy circles. The matrix of fairy circles in the Namib Desert, where the study took place, spans more than 1600 kilometers of arid grassland. The team tested and compared three sets of soil samples from the bare interior, highly vegetated edge, and moderately vegetated exterior of each fairy circle. For each sample, they conducted infiltration experiments to observe the rates of moisture soaking into the soil, measured the levels of soil moisture and grass biomass, and analyzed the sizes of individual soil grains. The researchers observed nothing to suggest that termites or any kind of foraging animal had an effect on the formation of the fairy circles in their study sites. But in every instance they found coarser grains of soil inside the circles and finer grains of soil along the vegetated circle edges. ...

SECRETS OF THE ‘ALIEN’ STONE Roswell UFO conspiracy theorists claim mystery ‘magnetic’ rock with weird ‘alien’ carvings could FINALLY crack the 70-year-old case-4/13 The Sun, The stone, found in the New Mexico desert in 2004, displays a bizarre pattern and allegedly otherworldly magnetic properties ...

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Says He is 99% Sure That ESP is Real-4/13 Daily Grai

DNA Analysis of the Paracas Skulls Proves They Are Not Human-4/14 Frontiers of Anthropology, On the southern coast of Peru lies the desert peninsula of Paracas. This barren landscape is where Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello made an astounding discovery in 1928. His efforts uncovered a massive and complex graveyard buried under the sand and rocks. In these tombs Tello found some of the most controversial human(?) remains in history. The bodies had the largest elongated skulls in the world and have since been called the Paracas skulls. Tello found a total of more than 300 skulls and they have been dated at around 3,000 years old. A recent DNA analysis performed on some of those skulls has presented amazing results that could challenge the current perspective of the human evolutionary tree. ...

Is Shakespeare Dead? Exposing the Shakespeare Conspiracy Episode II-3/30

A New Study Challenges Assumptions About How Memories Are Made-4/13 Seeker, by Renee Morad -- Memory might form simultaneously in the hippocampus and the cortex, but remain "silent" in the cortex for several weeks before maturing. ...

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump-4/14 Huff Post

The second EVER copy of the Declaration of Independence is found hidden in a British archive after it was made for 'radical duke' who supported the American revolution-4/22

The obscure religion that shaped the West-4/13 , BBC By Joobin Bekhrad -- It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. -- Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a Middle Eastern ‘other’. Yet, a brief glance at an ancient religion – still being practised today – suggests that what many take for granted as wholesome Western ideals, beliefs and culture may in fact have Iranian roots.
Even the idea of Satan is a fundamentally Zoroastrian one
It is generally believed by scholars that the ancient Iranian prophet Zarathustra (known in Persian as Zartosht and Greek as Zoroaster) lived sometime between 1500 and 1000 BC. Prior to Zarathustra, the ancient Persians worshipped the deities of the old Irano-Aryan religion, a counterpart to the Indo-Aryan religion that would come to be known as Hinduism. Zarathustra, however, condemned this practice, and preached that God alone – Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom – should be worshipped. In doing so, he not only contributed to the great divide between the Iranian and Indian Aryans, but arguably introduced to mankind its first monotheistic faith. The idea of a single god was not the only essentially Zoroastrian tenet to find its way into other major faiths, most notably the ‘big three’: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The concepts of Heaven and Hell, Judgment Day and the final revelation of the world, and angels and demons all originated in the teachings of Zarathustra, as well as the later canon of Zoroastrian literature they inspired. Even the idea of Satan is a fundamentally Zoroastrian one; in fact, the entire faith of Zoroastrianism is predicated on the struggle between God and the forces of goodness and light (represented by the Holy Spirit, Spenta Manyu) and Ahriman, who presides over the forces of darkness and evil. While man has to choose to which side he belongs, the religion teaches that ultimately, God will prevail, and even those condemned to hellfire will enjoy the blessings of Paradise (an Old Persian word). How did Zoroastrian ideas find their way into the Abrahamic faiths and elsewhere? ...

The Zoroastrian Texts Of Ancient Persia, Underground Cities & What They Reveal About Advanced Ancient Civilizations-11/25 Collective Evolution, by Graham Hancock -- Graham Hancock investigates the mysterious religious texts of the Zoroastrians of ancient Persia and the ‘underground cities’ of neighbouring Turkey. Both, he argues, are far older than is presently taught and date back to cataclysmic events near the end of the last Ice Age that destroyed, and all but wiped from human memory, an advanced civilization of prehistory. Below is an excerpt form his work, which you can find HERE. ( A link to his new book, “Magicians of the Gods”)You can also check out our Podcast with him here.
Exactly how old Zoroastrianism is has not yet been satisfactorily established by scholars, since even the lifetime of its prophet Zarathustra (better known as Zoroaster) is uncertain. Indeed, as Columbia University’s authoritative Encyclopedia Iranica admits: ‘Controversy over Zarathustra’s date has been an embarrassment of long standing to Zoroastrian studies.’[i] The Greek historians were amongst the first to address themselves to the matter. Plutarch, for example, tells us that Zoroaster ‘lived 5,000 years before the Trojan War’[ii] (itself a matter of uncertain historicity but generally put at around 1300 BC, thus 5,000 plus 1,300 = 6300 BC). A similar chronology is given by Diogenes Laertius, who relates that Zoroaster lived ‘6,000 years before Xerxes’ Greek campaign’[iii] (i.e. around 6480 BC). More recent scholars have proposed dates as far apart as 1750 BC and ‘258 years before Alexander’[iv] (i.e. around 588 BC). Whatever the truth of the matter, it is agreed that Zoroaster himself borrowed from much earlier traditions and that Zoroastrianism, therefore, like many other religions, has roots that extend very far back into prehistory. In the Zoroastrian scriptures known as the Zend Avesta certain verses in particular are recognized as drawing on these very ancient oral traditions.[v] The verses speak of a primordial father figure called Yima, the first man, the first king, and the founder of civilization, and appear in the opening section of the Zend Avesta, known as the Vendidad. There we read how the god Ahura Mazda created the first land, ‘Airyana Vaejo, by the good river Daitya,’[vi] as a paradise on earth and how ‘the fair Yima, the great shepherd… was the first mortal’ with whom Ahura Mazda chose to converse, instructing him to become a preacher.[vii] Yima refused, at which the god said:
Since thou wantest not to be the preacher and the bearer of my law, then make my world thrive, make my world increase; undertake thou to nourish, to rule and to watch over my world.[viii]
To this Yima agreed, at which the god presented him with a golden ring and a poniard – a long, tapered thrusting knife – inlaid with gold. Significantly, for we will see in Chapter Seventeen there are close parallels to this story as far away as the Andes mountains of South America, Yima then: ‘pressed the earth with the golden ring and bored it with the poniard.’[ix] By this act, we learn he ‘made the earth grow larger by one third than it was before,’ a feat that over the course of thousands of years he repeated twice more – in the process eventually doubling the land area available for ‘the flocks and herds with men and dogs and birds,’ who gathered unto him ‘at his will and wish, as many as he wished.’[x] Anatomically modern humans like ourselves have existed, so far as we know, for a little less than two hundred thousand years (the earliest anatomically modern human skeleton acknowledged by science is from Ethiopia and dates to 196,000 years ago).[xi] Within this timespan there has only been one period when those parts of the earth that are useful to humans increased dramatically in size, and that was during the last Ice Age, between 100,000 and 11,600 years ago. Indeed, previously submerged lands totalling 27 million square kilometres – equivalent to the area of Europe and China added together – were exposed by lowered sea-levels at the last glacial maximum 21,000 years ago. While it is probably far-fetched to suppose that it is this very real increase of useful land that is referred to in the Yima story, or that it has anything to do with the golden age that Yima’s benign rule supposedly achieved in Airyana Vaejo,[xii] it is interesting to note what happened next. After another immense span of time, we read, Yima was summoned to ‘a meeting place by the good river Daitya’ where the god Ahura Mazda appeared to him bearing an ominous warning of sudden and catastrophic climate change:
O fair Yima, upon the material world the fatal winters are going to fall, that shall bring the fierce, foul frost; upon the material world the fatal winters are going to fall that shall make snowflakes fall thick, even on the highest tops of mountains… Therefore make thee a Vara [a hypogeum, or underground enclosure] long as a riding ground on every side of the square, and thither bring the seeds of sheep and oxen, of men, of dogs, of birds, and of red blazing fires… Thither thou shalt bring the seeds of men and women of the greatest, best and finest kinds on this earth; thither shalt thou bring the seeds of every kind of cattle, of the greatest, best and finest kinds on this earth. Thither shalt thou bring the seeds of every kind of tree, of the greatest, best and finest kinds on this earth; thither shalt thou bring the seeds of every kind of fruit, the fullest of food and sweetest of odour. All those seeds shalt thou bring, two of every kind, to be kept inexhaustible there, so long as those men shall stay in the Vara. There shall be no humpbacked, none bulged forward there; no impotent, no lunatic… no leprous.[xiii]...

Editor: Hancock chooses to use the modern vernacular term "climate change" which is all well and good but tends to reinforce today's narrative. Science today is not what it's cracked up to be. Let's remember there were no SUV's, factories etc. causing climate change back then. To paraphrase the Church Lady: "Could it be --- KARMA!" Also, we learn below that Yima mentioned above was the founder of a false religion which contained evil practices.

Zarathustra, 1931 - Nicholas Roerich

Zarathustra and the Fire of Ahura Mazda-11/25 Written a few years ago for the Worldwide Ashram, by William House and paraphrasing ECP, (Greek: Zoroaster, meaning “golden light” 1500 BC± ) (According to Hancock our dates are way off. Could be.) --
Each era chooses its new, corresponding Teaching, when all previous Teachings have become distorted. People tend to cling to these twisted distortions of the faith of their forefathers, yet no new Teaching ever excludes preceding ones. Little attention is paid to this fact, for the followers of every Teaching like to build their success on denial of the previous Teachings. But it is easy to prove the continuity of what people call religion. In this continuity is sensed a single stream of one energy. Calling it psychic [fiery] energy, we speak of the Sophia of the Hellenic world or Sarasvati of the Hindus. The Holy Ghost of the Christians manifests signs of psychic energy, just as do the creative Adonai of Israel, and Mithra of Persia, full of solar power. Certainly, no one doubts that the Fire of Zoroaster is the Fire of Space, which you now study. Agni Yoga, #416, 1929, Agni Yoga Society (Editor: Reading the above in html as I pasted it in this column and before I got to the source, I'm thinking What!, this is really good, I couldn't have written this. And of course, I didn't. It was Morya.)
Zarathustra was an initiate of the Great White Brotherhood, taught by archangels and Ahura Mazda to bring a teaching of the Sacred Fire and the use of mantrams to the people. Much confusion reigns over the exact dates when Zarathustra lived. Not much is known about him. He probably lived around 1,750 to 1,500 BC., but it’s hard to say for sure. At this time in history, no other land could boast of a prophet or messenger appearing on the scene with such supreme gnosis and direct tie to the Great White Brotherhood in over 8,000 years, since the time of Atlantis. Abram heard a voice. Not even Moses was elevated in such a way, for he was initiated in Egyptian mysteries and when he did see God it was as a burning bush. Zarathustra had a visitation of epic proportions. This was an extraordinary event in the annals of the spiritual history for earth. The following is merely a condensed and adapted version of a lecture by Elizabeth Clare Prophet given on August 30, 1992. The quotes are verbatim from the Pearls of Wisdom Vol. 35, Book II (which we highly recommend) where her entire lecture on Zarathustra can be found, starting on page 454.
Zoroastrianism is the oldest of the revealed world-religions, and it has probably had more influence on mankind, directly and indirectly, than any other single faith.” From Mary Boyce, Emeritus Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of London.
Zarathustra was “one of the greatest religious geniuses of all time…. [He] was a prophet, or at least conceived himself to be such; he spoke to his God face to face.” R. C. Zaehner, former Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University.
Zarathustra was an initiate of the Great White Brotherhood. According to Boyce, “He… describes himself [in the Gathas] as a ‘vaedemna’ or ‘one who knows,’ an initiate possessed of divinely inspired wisdom.” She continues, “According to tradition Zoroaster was thirty, the time of ripe wisdom, when revelation finally came to him. This great happening is alluded to in one of the Gathas and is tersely described in a Pahlavi [Middle Persian] work. Here it is said that Zoroaster, being at a gathering [called] to celebrate a spring festival, went at dawn to a river to fetch water.” In the middle of the stream he saw one Vohu Manah. It was this Being who led Zoroaster into the presence of Ahura Mazda and five other radiant figures, before whom “he did not see his own shadow upon the earth, owing to their great light”. And it was then, from this great heptad [or group of seven beings], that he received his revelation. Ahura Mazda is another name for Sanat Kumara. There are six other Kumaras; each one has sponsored one of the seven major religions. It’s reasonable to assume that Zoroaster stood before the Seven Holy Kumaras. No wonder he couldn’t see his own shadow. Zarathustra proceeded to revolutionize his country by exposing the lies and false gods behind the current religion. He was definitely a Prophet. He had little success for ten years until finally he was able to impress King Vishtaspa and then convert his Queen. But the King needed proof. In response, Ahura Mazda sent three Archangels to the court of Vishtaspa and Hutaosa. They appeared as effulgent knights in full armour, riding on horseback. According to one text, they arrived in such glory that “their radiance in that lofty residence seemed …a heaven of complete light, owing to their great power and triumph; when he thus looked upon [them], the exalted king Vishtaspa trembled, all his courtiers trembled, all his chieftains were confused.” Radiating a blinding light and the sound of thunder, they announced that they had come on behalf of Ahura Mazda in order that the king might receive the fullness of the message of Zarathustra. They promised Vishtaspa a life span of 150 years and that he and Hutaosa would have an immortal son. The Archangels warned, however, that if Vishtaspa should decide not to take up the religion, his end would not be far away. The king embraced the faith and the entire court followed suit. The scriptures record that the Archangels then took up their abode with Vishtaspa. ...

Fiery World I 17. The substance of fiery immunity was described by Zoroaster. He pointed out that from each pore of the skin people could call forth fiery rays to smite all evil. A man clad in a protective armor cannot succumb to any contagion. One can increase this resistance through unity with Hierarchy. Thus, the heart becomes like a sun reducing all microbes to ashes.