20 May 2012

Huh?!, Our God is an Alien from Other Planets?


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Title: Chariots of the Gods
Author: Erich Von Daniken
Genre: Fiction/History/Science
ISBN: 978-0-425-16680-2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Year: 1969

... aliens came down to Earth and reproduced hybrid beings when mating with humans on the Earth. With that, biologically, the superior DNA expanded into human race which explains why we, humans, are now able to build rockets, computers, nuclear bombs and what not?? Fuhhh!!!! Erich Von Daniken must have been on some kind of drug!

ho are we? Where do we come from? These questions have been haunting humans for ages. Many find comfort in biblical stories be it monotheists such as Islam, Christianity and Judaism or other major religions such as Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto or even Scientology. Free thinkers and Athiests on the back of scientific discoveries have also find their way into explaining their versions of answers to those questions. Everyone is in search for the truth. Some requires tangible imperical evidence. Some rely strongly on faith. Whatever the answer is, if there is one, one thing is for sure, we are lonely in this universe.

Erich Von Daniken attempts to provide such answers from his analysis of historical facts and archaeological findings. He preached that humans should consider all possibilities in searching for the answer. In his book, Chariots of Gods, he believes that the deities we call Gods are highly probable to have been aliens from other planets in other solar systems beyond our reach (so far as the current technology is applied). I find it rather amusing when he himself dismissed such conclusion when the one other possible explanation was not considered, i.e. That God is in fact God anyway. Obviously he himself did not consider all possibilities? In any case, this book provides good reading. An entertainment value, but I suggest shouldn't be taken seriously. Some of his thoughts or findings are as follows:

Astronomer Harlow Shapley estimates that there are some 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10^20) stars within the range of our telescopes. Let's say only 1 in every 1,000 stars have the necessary conditions for life. That'll reduce the population to 100,000,000,000,000 (10^14). What if we reduce further for another 1 every 1,000 with atmosphere suitable for life to develop? Then out of that, 1 for every 1,000 actually did produce life. That'll make the population down to 100,000,000. Let's say that 1 every 1,000 actually developed far earlier than planet Earth, which means, the'd be around 100,000 planets that may have life that is far more superior than humans in its intelligence. Let's say only 1 out of 1,000 advanced their technology to travel the universe - We are now down to 100. Surely any one of these hundred creatures would have stumbled upon Earth in their voyage. To increase the chances back to astronomical figures, what if life out there does not necessarily need the conditions that exist on Earth for it to flourish? What if other beings can actually exist breathing other gases rather than oxygen? The point is, are we alone in this vast universe? Surely there are others like us, or if not like us, they exist nonetheless.

There have been many accounts of beings far more superior than humans that visited the Earth. They appear in historical ancient texts, records/drawings on the wall and even passed down from generations to generations in the form of legends. Those days, thousands of years ago, humans were primitive. When they see an advanced being from other planets, they can easily conclude that these visitors are Gods. Gods who travelled in huge space ships and able to destroy man from their weapons of high energy. What if the modern humans were the ones who actually found another planet with life that is less advanced than us? Would they (those aliens) then take us as Gods? Why? Because we'd show them miracles. We'd show them that we can fly in our rockets. We'd show them we can scream really loud until their ears cannot take it (via amplifiers) and we'd show them that we can detroy them if they don't obey our requests (via demonstration of nuclear explosions). Now, flip that and imagine what other more advanced being who visited Earth may have done to humans when humans were primitive thousands of years ago. Out of respect (or fear) of such advanced beings, humans enslaved themselves to build great monuments such as the Pyramids, which demonstrate magnificent engineering, illogical to have existed thousands of years ago.

There are many artifacts that can suggest that a far more superior beings may have visited Earth to download advanced technologies to humans which may not have mean anything to humans back then but make sense now in the modern era. For example, the ancient city of Nazca in Peru that contains a strips of level ground some 37 miles long and 1 mile wide. These geometrically laid out gigantic lines are believed (by scientisist and historians) to be roads. Now why would you need roads of that size back then? Could it have been for gigantic vehicles used by visitors from other world? Rockets and space ships perhaps? Even if the people of pre-Inca that inhabited Nazca had such perfect surveying techniques to create such huge perfect lines, what purpose did the lines at Nazca serve? Maybe they were sending a message to Gods (aliens): "Land here! Everything has been prepared as you ordered"?

There are many inadmissable questions that would strengthen the hypothesis of an advanced being visiting Earth. For example, what would you say if there is a calendar that existed thousands of years ago which gave the precise timing of the 4 seasons, positions of the moon and rotation of the Earth? The calendar exists! found in the dry mud at Tiahuanaco. It is called the Virachoca Calendar. There are loads of other ancient technologies that, ironically, only makes sense to humans in the modern era. How did these humans, thousands of years ago, get these knowledge and technologies? They must have had teachers, visitors, or in their recordings, Gods. Some of the other equally astonishing examples are:

(1) Ancient Egyptians cut crystals which can only be done using electro-chemical technology today;

(2) Ancient equipment which scientists believe to have been an electric dry battery, which work on galvanic principle, are now on display at Baghdad Museum;

(3) In the Asian mountains of Kohistan, there is a cave with ancient drawings that reproduces the exact position of the stars as they actually were 10,000 years ago (i.e. Venus and Earth joined by lines);

(4) Ancient ornaments of smelted platinum were found on the Peruvian plateau;

(5) Parts of a belt made of aluminium lay in an ancient grave at Yungjen, China;

(6) At Delhi there is an ancient pillar made of iron that is not destroyed by phosphorus. sulphur, or the effects of the weather - (Ashokan pillar - see photo)

(7) The Mayas left behind a fantastic calendar that had already acknowledge the terrestrial year at 365.2420 days which is super accurate considering our current latest calculation by modern scientists is 365.2422!!!

(8) An ancient map found in Istanbul, which was used by Admiral Piri Reis, demonstrated that the map of the world must have been drawn from a vision of the Earth from a very high altitude such as from a satellite in the orbit (i.e. the curious elongated shape of the Americas is particularly striking)

Biblical texts also have hints of such "visitors". For example, Genesis 6:4 says "There were giants in the Earth those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown". What the hell!! it pretty much sound like aliens came down to Earth and reproduced hybrid beings when mating with humans on the Earth. With that, biologically, the superior DNA expanded into human race which explains why we, humans, are now able to build rockets, computers, nuclear bombs and what not?? Fuhhh!!!! Erich Von Daniken must have been on some kind of drug. What is more interesting is that such idea also appears in ancient texts or mythology of other groups of people such as Tiahuanaco, Eskimos, Hebrew and of course, the infamous mythology of the Greeks. Erich very much equated Gods and His angels and prophets to aliens from far more advanced civilisation of the universe. So, is he suggesting that Noah got an engineering blueprint from an alien to build an ark? or Moses may have in fact built a radio transistor when he was building the Ark of the Covenant which explains how God (alien) communicated with him? Erich went further to suggest that prophets like Muhammad, Gautama Buddha and Jesus Christ are highly probable to have been aliens or hybrid aliens-humans. Oh yeah... he (Erich) was on some kind of drug definitely!

It is incredible that the chronicles of the Mahabrata, the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the texts of the Eskimos, the American Indians, the Scandinavians, the Tibetans, and many, many other sources tell the same stories - of flying "gods", strange heavenly vehicles

To be fair, Erich also has some questions which we may also find compelled to think about: What are the Eskimos doing talking about metal birds that brought them to the North? Why do the Indians mention thunderbirds who introduced fire? How are the ancestors of the Mayas supposed to have known that the Earth is round and recognised the 4 cardinal points of the compass in their Popol Vuh legend? It is incredible that the chronicles of the Mahabrata, the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the texts of the Eskimos, the American Indians, the Scandinavians, the Tibetans, and many, many other sources tell the same stories - of flying "gods", strange heavenly vehicles, and the frightful catastrophes connected with these apparitions - by chance and without any foundation other than on the basis of faith and religion. Perhaps, as I mentioned earlier, Erich should consider that these miracles were indeed from God Himself via His angels and prophets?



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09 May 2012

Read! In The Name Of Thy Lord


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"I (a 6 year old) drew a picture that looks like a hat. Every time I asked an adult what is it? They never fail to answer 'a hat!'. The truth is, it is not. It is a picture of a boa constrictor (a type of python-like snake) swallowing a wild beast without chewing and afterwards they no longer able to move and they go to sleep for six months to digest"

ead!, that was the first word that came down from the heavens to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Why the word "Read"? The importance of that act must be truly significant worthy of such status to be mentioned first. With that divine acknowledgement, I think we ought to at least give ourselves the chance to try, if we are not fond of it. Many of us like to read. I like to read. However, there are also many who hates reading. I have a friend who used to be a "non-reader" and somehow I managed to convert him to become a "reader". Of course, this can be a menial task (pursuading) but with the right type of material, it can become rewarding. You just have to know what interests your non-reader friend(s).

In my case, he (the non-reader friend) is fond of action stories (movies) that highlights rage against Muslim extremism. I found just the perfect book to entice him a new hobby (reading) - The Mahdi by A.J. Quinnell. It was his first time ever finishing reading a novel. He claims that it is truly a rewarding experience. He never knew reading can be interesting like any other hobbies. Subsequently, he read more and more and now he is a big fan of Jeffrey Archer. Every year, buying birthday presents for him is an easy task (choosing) - books!. You should try this on your non-reader friends. Identify their areas of interests and wham bam! shoot the jackpot in the middle of their two eyes,... and they will become a reader. Tell them that reading can be done at anywhere, anytime of the day, be it in the train, at bed, while breast feeding babies, while waiting for your kids to come out of the school gate and of course, while doing your business in the toilet!

There are many genres that you can introduce to your non-reader friends. There are compilation of short stories like those by Jeffrey Archer - to name a few: To Cut A Long Story Short and Cat O'Nine Tales. Archer also has other interesting titles such as Not A Penny More Not A Penny Less, Kane & Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President. Some action materials can also be entertaining such as Mario Puzo's The Godfather (which later had a trilogy movie adaptation) and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. There are also classics such as J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rhye, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird and Anthony Burgess' The Malayan Trilogy. Some materials can be controversial like Erich Von Daniken's Chariots of Gods, John Perkin's Confessions Of An Economic Hitman and Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (Salman's - not recommended though). There are loads of good reading material. They are easy to read and really a page turner.

From the Malaysian perspective, there are also good materials that cover politics and history. With these, you will find the refreshing feeling of understanding why Malaysia is what it is today. Of course there are historical texts such as Hikayat Hang Tuah and Sejarah Melayu, but those are too academic or too "literature"ish. A more interesting read would be Tun Mahathir's The Malay Dilemma and Abdullah Hussain's Interlok. The former touches deep into the souls of the Malays and can evoke the spirit of wanting to excel in life; and the latter is truly a magnificent piece to demonstrate a 1Malaysia feeling (except the bits that caused havoc in 2011). Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye wrote many articles for the press on humanitarian concerns. His (Tan Sri Lee) writings have been compiled into a book called Nasionalis Humanis. Dato' Johan Jaaffar (Chairman of Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka) also had his editorial columns booked in a compilation called Nota Kaki. These are all good stuff but some may find it too heavy.

If these titles do not interest your non-reader friends, start with some elementary stuff. There are some good ones which look like kid's stuff but when read with an open mind, can touch the inner soul of an adult. For example, George Orwell's Animal Farm is a fun kiddish story of animals at the farm; but, when interpreted correctly, it is actually talking about the ideology of communism. Antoine De Saint-Exupery wrote a beautiful piece about a lonely boy on a small planet as an imaginary tale for kids - called The Little Prince - truly a magnificent piece as well. Antoine wrote (summarised in this version) this meaningful piece where a kid's mind is far more creative than an adult: "I (a 6 year old) drew a picture that looks like a hat. Every time I asked an adult what is it? They never fail to answer 'a hat!'. The truth is, it is not. It is a picture of a boa constrictor (a type of python-like snake) swallowing a wild beast without chewing and afterwards they no longer able to move and they go to sleep for six months to digest".

So, let us all embrace the culture of reading. Whatever form they may be, whether it is on-line on the internet, newspapers or books. You will find it satisfying everytime you complete a novel. If you have the time, do a review of the book - a reason for you to start a blog!. Suggest good materials to friends and families. Join a book club. Be a member of libraries. Subscribe to newspapers or on-line reading. Perhaps time is of essence? In the U.K or Australia or Japan, most people travel by train - that allows them the time to read. In Malaysia, traffic jams kill that idea. Take it this way - If you can find the time to watch a pirated DVD at home, surely you can find the time to read? Perhaps you can divide your available time between DVDs, jogging, playing video games, bitching about others at kopitiam and reading?! I am sure if you want to do it, there are 1,000 ways and if you don't want to, 1,000 reasons (Translation of a Malay proverb "Hendak Seribu Daya, Tak Nak Seribu Dalih"). The fact that you completed reading this blog-post suggests that you are already on the right track. Go further and pick up a book at the book store - any genre of your liking - it will be a rewarding experience - I promise you! Cheers



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