Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals: Bite-size Slices of the Hidden Knowledge

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 27, 2020) **** Interpreting thousands-year-old symbolic scenes contained in ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals is a real challenge for the mind.  Not only are the meaning of the depicted individual figures and deities deep, one also has to find the hidden relationship among the different elements in the depicted scene. Therefore,Continue reading “Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals: Bite-size Slices of the Hidden Knowledge”

Gems in the Epic of Gilgamesh: The Afterlife Journey of the Human Spirit

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 21, 2020) **** The thousands-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh from ancient Mesopotamia contains precious hidden knowledge that can be decoded in order to shed more light on the mystery of human nature, origin and destiny. This monumental literary work also has the potential to enlighten us on the long journey ofContinue reading “Gems in the Epic of Gilgamesh: The Afterlife Journey of the Human Spirit”

The Beasts of the Apocalypse and Their Generic Meaning

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 17, 2020) **** The surreal Chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation has attracted many interpretations, mostly in the perspective of people with particular religious sectarian beliefs, which likely tainted their interpretations with personal or sectarian pre-conceptions.  Many of their interpretations relate to a future end of days scenario forContinue reading “The Beasts of the Apocalypse and Their Generic Meaning”

Gobekli Tepe: The Rise of Humans

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 12, 2020) **** We expect this to happen only in the movies.  But truth could be stranger than fiction.  Imagine a group of human hunter-gatherers (a euphemism for savages) around 12,000 years ago in the southern part of modern-day Turkey.  They noticed that some very smart and assertive children wereContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe: The Rise of Humans”

Epic of Gilgamesh: The Awakening and Debasement of the Human Mind

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 7, 2020) **** One blog post got one Like from me after more than 4,000 years.  The monumental epic poem was posted not in a tablet computer, but in clay tablets.  Encoded in the post are wide-ranging information about the nature of a human being, his origin and destiny.  ItContinue reading “Epic of Gilgamesh: The Awakening and Debasement of the Human Mind”

Decoding the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, December 3, 2020) **** The Book of Revelation is a treasure trove of the hidden knowledge that we can mine productively if we have the proper mental training to decode them.  I can only analyse some of the verses so that I can show the way of doing it, but itContinue reading “Decoding the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”

The Deep Roots of the Lion’s Gate

By.: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 28, 2020) **** You may have wondered why many gates or entrances of large buildings and other structures around the world are decorated with statues of lions.  The practice of putting lion statues at gates and entrances has deep roots in ancient human history and is ultimately based on importantContinue reading “The Deep Roots of the Lion’s Gate”

Shedding Some Light on the Legend of Fallen Angels

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 25, 2020) **** Adam, Eve, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden Genesis 2:16-17:   The fruit of any of the trees in the garden was “good for food” and Adam was told that he could “freely eat” of it.  However, there was one restriction — that is, he was not toContinue reading “Shedding Some Light on the Legend of Fallen Angels”

The Holy Grail: Legends of the Search

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 22, 2020) **** You may have watched the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  The movie is about finding the Holy Grail, the cup that was used by Jesus at the Last Supper and was used to catch the blood of Jesus during his crucifixion – well, at leastContinue reading “The Holy Grail: Legends of the Search”

Beauty and the Beast: Tale as Old as Time

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 19, 2020) **** Tale as old as time Song as old as rhyme Beauty and the beast You had watched the 1991 animated movie.  You may even had watched the musical stage play live.  The story of Beauty and the Beast is estimated by researchers to have originated 4,000 yearsContinue reading “Beauty and the Beast: Tale as Old as Time”

Fractals: Expression of Order in this Universe and Beyond

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 14, 2020) **** Benoit Mandelbrot is a mathematician who coined the word “fractal” in 1975 to refer to a shape that appears similar at different levels of magnification.  One of the simplest mathematical expressions of Mandelbrot’s set is: Z = z2 + c, in which the equals sign actually hasContinue reading “Fractals: Expression of Order in this Universe and Beyond”

Solving the Enigma of Dolmens

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 10, 2020) *** Prehistoric dolmens, estimated to have been built between 7000 and 3500 years ago, are some of the oldest preserved buildings on Earth as they are made of durable stones. These megalithic monuments are characterized by the use of large stones and the absence of mortar. Their distributionContinue reading “Solving the Enigma of Dolmens”

Secrets of the Exodus: From Parting of Red Sea to Manna from Sky

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 8, 2020) *** In an article written on March 26, 2012, entitled “Were Jews ever really Slaves in Egypt, or is Passover a Myth?” author Josh Mintz decried the common negative Jewish depiction of their neighboring Egyptians as their former cruel slave-masters.  The following is an extract from that article:Continue reading “Secrets of the Exodus: From Parting of Red Sea to Manna from Sky”

The Message Behind the World’s Greatest Ancient Mysteries

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 6, 2020) **** One would not be able to solve the world’s greatest ancient mysteries by treating them as separate cases.  We would have to interconnect them — find their relation to each other and abstract the purpose behind those mysterious ancient works if we want to derive the completeContinue reading “The Message Behind the World’s Greatest Ancient Mysteries”

Depictions of Gods or Humans Killing Reptiles Explained

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, November 1, 2020) *** Today I will discuss the puzzle that has been bugging many minds for ages.  Why have there been so many depictions of gods (or men) killing dragons (or serpents)?  We can mention a few:  The sun god Ra battling the world serpent Apep in ancient Egyptian texts,Continue reading “Depictions of Gods or Humans Killing Reptiles Explained”

Hidden Meaning of the Epic of Ramayana

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 28, 2020) *** The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic of India that follows the story of Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the custody of Ravana, the demon-king of Lanka, with the help of an army of monkeys.  The epic is considered to have been written byContinue reading “Hidden Meaning of the Epic of Ramayana”

Ancient Symbols with Deep Meanings

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 23, 2020) *** We often see the above symbol because it is being used to represent the medical profession.  The caduceus is an ancient symbol composed of two snakes intertwined around a rod, two wings in the upper portion of the rod, and a small disk at the top endContinue reading “Ancient Symbols with Deep Meanings”

Churning the Ocean of Milk for the Nectar of Immortality

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 22, 2020) *** When we visited the Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia, I was able to see and touch some bas-reliefs of major stories from the Hindu scriptures.  One of them is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk.   The story goes like this.  The devas (gods) invited the asurasContinue reading “Churning the Ocean of Milk for the Nectar of Immortality”

Nourishing Celestial Fruit of the Tree of Life

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 20, 2020) *** The ancient Mesopotamian clay tablet above depicts an enigmatic metaphorical scene.  At the middle of the scene is the Tree of Life.  Some imaginative writers think that it represents human DNA genetic material being modified by alien gods they call Anunnaki.  Personally, I do not subscribe toContinue reading “Nourishing Celestial Fruit of the Tree of Life”

Egyptian Book of the Dead: Weighing of the Heart

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 19, 2020) *** These are judgment scenes from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.  In some scenes from the book (version from ~1275 BCE,) the dead man (Hunefer) is taken into the judgment hall by the jackal-headed Anubis.  The next scene is the weighing of his heart, with Ammut awaitingContinue reading “Egyptian Book of the Dead: Weighing of the Heart”

The Woman Clothed with the Sun

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 17, 2020) *** This topic for today has a hidden connection to the story of Sophia in my previous post.  This is about an allegorical description of a woman in the Book of Revelation of the Bible.  Before this post, nobody really knows who the woman is or what sheContinue reading “The Woman Clothed with the Sun”

The Story of Sophia from the Gnostic Texts

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 16, 2020) *** There is a story about an enigmatic woman named Sophia in The Apocryphon of John, which is one of the Second Century Christian gnostic manuscripts found in the Nag Hammadi Library that was discovered in in the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945.  The manuscripts areContinue reading “The Story of Sophia from the Gnostic Texts”

The Matrix: There Is No Spoon

By:   Ranilo Abando   (Manila, October 16, 2020)   ***  The movie The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves, was a big hit when it was released in 1999 because it was a novel idea in movie-making at that time.  The writers behind the movie had great insights about the nature of reality.  The sequels they produced, however, areContinue reading “The Matrix: There Is No Spoon”

Snow White’s Poisoned Apple

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 15, 2020) *** Folks, today I will discuss a lighter topic but nevertheless has a deep meaning that is vital in truly understanding our fundamental nature as human beings. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Almost everybody has seen the movie about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but whatContinue reading “Snow White’s Poisoned Apple”

The Beast Inside the Hallways of the Lower Mind

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 13, 2020) *** For today, I will discuss a topic that has preoccupied the ancients probably more than any other subject.  Their use of the serpent symbolism to represent the message is widespread.  You can find it in the great ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan, India, Greece, Pre-Columbian CentralContinue reading “The Beast Inside the Hallways of the Lower Mind”

The Tree of Life: What the Symbolism Is All About

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 10, 2020) *** The symbolism of the Tree of Life is ubiquitous in ancient literature, cylinder seals, clay tablets, sacred books, and cultures, yet it seems that nobody is telling us about what it really means.  It has been mentioned in the Bible’s Genesis as the tree in the middleContinue reading “The Tree of Life: What the Symbolism Is All About”

What the Ancients Are Telling Us About Celestial Reality

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 9, 2020) *** The findings of quantum physics, especially the results of the double-slit and quantum entanglement experiments, have wide-ranging ramifications that go even beyond our physical universe.  There are probable hints on the nature of the virtual realities being displayed by the upper mind in ancient texts.   The followingContinue reading “What the Ancients Are Telling Us About Celestial Reality”

The Origin of the Two Sections of the Mind

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 8, 2020) *** Folks, in my last blog post I have mentioned in my interpretation of the holy mountain allegory that the human mind column appears to have two sections: the lower and the upper.  I have tried looking for ancient sources that are relevant to that discussion.  I haveContinue reading “The Origin of the Two Sections of the Mind”

A Brief Philosophical Dissection of Reality

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 6, 2020) *** Folks, today I will introduce you to the tricky concept of reality. It may take time for some to digest it, but it’s okay because there is no need to rush. Reality is a matter of perspective.  One reality may be real for an observer inside it,Continue reading “A Brief Philosophical Dissection of Reality”

Resolving the Mystery of the Cambrian Explosion

By: Ranilo Abando (Manila, October 4, 2020) *** I have a deep but very interesting topic today for you fellows.  This is regarding the hot controversy and debate that is now occurring in molecular biology, with reverberations to the age-old struggle between creationists and Darwinists (evolutionists).  The debate is the result of scientific advances inContinue reading “Resolving the Mystery of the Cambrian Explosion”