|Ancient Egyptian Pyramids|
However, Tompkins does not even attempt to explain to what purpose these sophisticated and precise calculations were put.
Mystical speculation has not been solely confined to the Great Pyramid, but has also revolved around the Great Sphinx, which stands its enigmatic guard less than a quarter of a mile southeast of the Pyramid, close to the valley building of Chephren. Many people still believe that the Pyramids contains several hidden chambers and passageways which connect to the Sphinx and the surrounding pyramids. The discovery of the existence of these chambers and corridors will, most mystics fervently believe, solve the thousands of mysteries which have piled up throughout the ages.
It is also thought that the adept would have to gain entrance to the secret chambers of the Great Pyramid through a door hidden between the paws of the Sphinx. This secret door could only be opened by the master who possessed the knowledge of a hidden trigger, which would supposedly spring open a bronze gate. The adept would then have to begin his first lesson as he traversed the mazelike passageways. The correct choice of each turn and section of the corridors would immediately begin the initiation procedures necessary to lead to his ultimate rebirth as a god.
Of course, no such secret entrance has ever been found. It is thought by some that if the entrance ever actually existed, it was sealed forever during one of the scores of restorations perpetrated by many successive civilizations.
Another theory is that this secret entrance may actually be directly beneath the Sphinx. When the necessity arose to abandon the use of the Great Pyramid as the temple of secret initiation, the Sphinx was set in its sentinel position over the entrance and is still guarding it to this very day.
Still others suggest that the Sphinx itself is the actual door to the entrance to the secret passageways, and the execution of some special, unknown code or ritual would reposition the great statue so that the entranceway would be revealed.
Perhaps the most famous association with the Great Sphinx is the riddle: “What animal goes on four feet in the morning, on two feet at noon, and on three feet in the evening?” This riddle is actually attributable to a closely-related Winged Greek Sphinx, who guarded the road to Thebes. This Sphinx would ask this riddle of all who passed before it and would destroy those who could not answer correctly. Allegedly, the first man to give the correct answer was Oedipus, who thus saved himself from destruction. The answer is: “Man himself, who in childhood crawls upon his hands and feet, in manhood stands erect, and in old age shuffles along, supporting himself on a staff.”
Another answer to this riddle, involving the Pythagorean values of numbers, is afforded by the science of numerology. The three numbers, four, two, and three total nine, the natural number of man.
Four represents man in his ignorance, two symbolizes his development as an intelligent being, and three signifies his final step towards mastering the universal knowledge of the spiritual person.
One particularly interesting theory as to the purpose of the Great Pyramid (and other major pyramids around the world) is that it was built as a massive and indestructible storehouse in which to record and preserve throughout eternity the wisdom of the peoples who built it. This information would have been recorded in the form of hieroglyphics which are highly vulnerable to errors of translation and interpretation.
The major appeal of this theory is its practicality. It is obvious that books are a risky form of recording information, since they are so highly perishable. And once a book is destroyed, if no copy exists, the knowledge and information contained in that book is lost forever, unless the author is able to accurately replicate it.
Thus it seems likely that the ancients, with their highly developed scientific and artistic culture, would wish to preserve their knowledge in an indestructible fashion. It has been suggested that the reason that later civilizations were unable to interpret the hieroglyphs is that the ancients made the mistake of believing that symbolism which was obvious to them would be equally obvious to other people from other places in other times.
That the builders of such a great civilization could be so short-sighted seems more reasonable when one recalls the plate installed in the NASA space vehicle intended to convey a symbolic message to any possible inhabitants of other planets where the space ship might land. This message incorporated the language of astronomy, atomic chemistry, and simple pictures of earthlings to convey information about our universe to those who might exist on other worlds. More than likely, if any such extraterrestrial being did discover the vehicle and try to decipher the plaque, they might find it totally inscrutable. The information contained in the various parts of the Great Pyramid is exactly this type of symbolism obvious to the creator, but incomprehensible to the reader from another age or another world.
Certainly we have proof that it is a human instinct to want to preserve knowledge for posterity. For instance, even prior to the Christian era, about three- quarters of a million of the most valuable books of the ancient world were assembled from the four corners of the known universe and housed in specially constructed buildings in Alexandria for the sole purpose of preserving the knowledge of all the then extant civilizations. These books were of wood, stone, parchment, terra cotta, vellum and even wax.
This library was destroyed in a series of deliberately-set fires, the second of which was ordered by the Caesar reining in 389 A.D. for the purpose of destroying the Alexandrian fleet in its own harbor. The volumes surviving the pyromaniacal action were later immolated by the Christians in obedience to Theodosius’ edict ordering the destruction of the Serapeum, the building sacred to Serapis. This building is thought to have contained the library that Marcus Antonius presented to Cleopatra to compensate for the parts destroyed in the first fire, which occurred in 51 A.D.
Books which might have survived the series of fires could have been brought to other parts of Egypt, or India, but all known records of their whereabouts are lost and with them, presumably, the greatest collection of ancient wisdom the world has ever known. If, as is highly probable, information revealing the secrets of the Pyramid was contained in the books deposited in the Alexandria library, it is lost to us forever, and the mystery of the Pyramids will remain so throughout eternity.
We have, in this chapter, presented a variety of accounts of the origins and purpose of the Great Pyramid. We believe that it is immaterial whether or not these stories are true. The point is, there is much about the Pyramid which is little known or understood. These narratives achieve a heightened curiosity about the purpose and functions of the Pyramid. They give us a new sense of wonder and mystery about the remarkable structure and its effect on humankind.
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