Ancient high technology : Temple of Baalbek -Lebanon- Temple of Jupiter -Why Romans could not have built this!
"An interesting fact is that in the foundation of the temple you can find stones that are as heavy as eight hundred tons. The pillars of the temple are as tall as fifty feet. The legends say that elephants were used to move these stones and make a base for the construction as there were no heavy earth moving equipment in those days. The strange part about this theory is that you do not find elephants in this part of the world then from where did elephants come. These points make us wonder who actually built this temple and why.
One point that clearly stands out in at Baalbek is that in the ceiling of the temple you can find lotus flowers engraved. Nowhere else in this part of the world you will get to see lotus flowers, so the question arises why is this unique feature found here."
Technology of the God- The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients:
Nobody performs the ancestral rituals to get enlightenment! that is definitely outside the domain of ancestors... but it is said that ancestral rituals can cure diseases, solve financial problems and relationship issues.
In this age of science and technology, it may be difficult to convince oneself of the need to do something to honor the ancestral spirits (whom we can't see) and the benefits of doing this.. Science has not proved the existence of a soul (or consciousness) which is different from the body and mind.. The theoretical physics (as we briefly discussed during our last meeting) does not look at the Observer, in spite of recognizing the "observer -effect". How the firing of neurons in the brain is getting translated into emotions and intelligence is unexplained by science, yet. The fact that the death of the body means nothing...and the soul continues to exist in a different form, is not proven by science yet....but we can't wait until science proves this :) Looking at the ancient technologies (see below), sometimes one would feel that our science is still in dungeons and has ways to go.
Science has indeed proved the gene connection with our ancestors but not yet the soul connection.
"The belief is that our ancestors influence every aspect of our life and they want to help you to succeed. Their blessings are powerful and can bring Divine solutions to your problems. Offering Tarpanam to our ancestors o can help release them from their trapped condition on the earthplane, making them happy and more available to shower their abundant blessings upon us."
"it is said that if we are facing any unsolved problems, without any reason, then the answer for you is Tarpanam. This ancestral offering can appease the restless souls of our ancestors, who may be creating problems in our life"
"it is said that majority of our thoughts come from our ancestors and one can change them by honoring the ancestors..and every aspect of life can improved.. Certain familial curses can run in families which can become major impediments to your happiness and prosperity. When appeased with prayers, our ancestors can become our greatest benefactors"
Silent Meditation with all its glories and greatness, is hard for most people. We can talk about various meditation practices that are widely practiced and some of the alternatives, that can be of immense help. Due to our scientific paradigm, and over emphasis on logic and rational thinking, many of these practices are either being ignored or forgotten.
Homa or Fire Ritual:
The Rig Veda, which is the earliest written document of human spirituality. The opening hymn 1.1 praises the method of using Fire as medium to propitiate divine beings, who in turn bless us with wealth.
“Agnimeele purohitam Yajnyasya Devam-Rtvijam, Hotaaram Ratna-Dhaatamam ”
When Gramophone was invented by Thomas Alva Edison, he wanted to record the voice of an eminent scholar on his first piece.His obvious choice was Max Muller, a great Sanskrit scholar of the 19th century. This disc was played to eminent scholars of Europe who had gathered in England for the Inaugural ceremony. Max Muller surprised the scholarly audience chanting the first Mantra of Rigveda in the inaugural recording for HMV.
You will find a similar strain of thought in Gita 3:12, wherein Arjuna asks how the worldly desires can be ful-filled and gets a similar response.
Ancestor Ritual (Tarpanam): Honoring the ancestors
Several life problems related to health, finance and relationship could potentially be related to ancestor issues. If there are persistent life issues, which don’t go away, it can be caused by neglecting ancestors. WE are expected to propitiate them which helps them to move to a higher plane, and they bless us in return with good things in life. It is said that even the thoughts we think, are influenced by the ancestors.
I heard a spiritual teacher say that he was able to help more people by recommending to do the Tarpanam practice, than by meditation!!. This takes advantage of the fact that we are closely connected with our ancestors, genetically (which is proven by science) and via soul. Just as there is a lineage on the part of genes, there is an inheritance on the part of soul. Just because science doesn’t have a way to understand soul, it doesn’t mean the doesn’t exist.
We talked about moon phases in our last post… The best moon phase for ancestor rituals is new moon or no moon (Amavasya), which happens once a month.
“There never was a false god, nor was there ever really a false religion, unless you call a child a false man.” -- Max Muller
See you all next meet up!