Ark of the Covenant: A Fictional Fact
in the late 70's George Lucas came up with the idea for his trilogy
Indiana Jones, he was too busy working on Star Wars, and so offered
the script to his good friend Steven Spielberg. What Spielberg then
did was to turn these scripts into three of the greatest action movies
of all time- Raiders of the Lost Arc, Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade
staring Harrison Ford as the original, all action, whip-cracking archaeologist,
The stories centre around university lecturer Dr. Indiana Jones who,
in his spare time, goes looking for some of the most valuable lost relics
in the world including the Arc of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. Unfortunately
for him, the Nazis are also after them, because Hitler believes with
the power of God on his side, he will become unstoppable…
But these are all just Hollywood movies, right? - mere Fiction; but
then again-are they?
Anyone who has seen the Raiders of the Lost Ark or has read the book
may think that the Ark of the Covenant, the ancient and dangerous shrine
of the presence of God, was safely tucked away in a U.S. government
warehouse. But that's what you gather from a fictional story. The facts
are different…According to a United Press International story published
in the One World magazine, the Ark may in fact be located in Axum, Ethiopia.
An archbishop of the Ethiopian Coptic Church confirms this. Now a famous
book 'The Sign and the Seal' is the very account of the journey made
to Ethiopia by the modern Indiana- Graham Hancock, who gives the true
story of his conversation with the Archbishop.
The Ark of the Covenant was the most famous object in the Tabernacle
and Temple of the ancient Hebrews. The Ark contained the two replacement
tablets of the Ten Commandments, the rod of Aaron that budded, and a
vessel of manna from the wilderness of Sinai.
The Ark was the center of a yearly ritual performed by the high priest
of Israel. Once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, he had
to enter the Holy of Holies in the temple with the blood of a goat,
sacrificed in the scapegoat ritual, which was to atone for the sins
of all Israel. Other than during this ritual, no one was allowed to
see the Ark.
It was thought to be the location of the direct presence of God, and
as such posed a hazard to mere mortals. To touch the Ark meant instant
death, even for an innocuous purpose like preventing it from falling
out of an ox-cart. It may be for this reason that the Patriarch of Ethiopia
is not eager to make the Ark into a tourist attraction. The Ark of the
Covenant is also renowned for its mysterious powers against the enemies
The Ethiopians say that Menelik (which in Tigrigna means- the son of
the wise man) son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba brought the Ark
to Ethiopia. Menelik went on to become the founder of a long dynasty
of Ethiopian kings.
As Hancock described this part of his talk with the Archbishop in the
Hancock: I have heard of an Ethiopian tradition that the Ark of the
Covenant is kept here... in this chapel. I have also heard that you
are the guardian of the Ark. But in other countries nobody believes
these stories. Few know about your traditions anyway, but those who
do say that they are false.
The Monk: People may believe what they wish. People may say what they
wish. Nevertheless we do possess the sacred Tabot, that is to say the
Ark of the Covenant, and I am its guardian.
Hancock: Are you referring to the original Ark of the Covenant - the
box made of wood and gold in which the Ten Commandments were placed
by the prophet Moses?
The Monk: Yes. God Himself inscribed the ten words of the law upon two
tablets of stone. Moses then placed these tablets inside the Ark of
the Covenant, which afterwards accompanied the Israelites during their
wanderings in the wilderness and their conquest of the Promised Land.
It brought them victory wherever they went and made them a great people.
At last, when its work was done, King Solomon placed it in the Holy
of Holies of the Temple that he had built in Jerusalem. And from there,
not long afterwards, it was removed and brought to Ethiopia.
Hancock: What I know of your traditions is only that the Queen of Sheba
is supposed to have been an Ethiopian monarch. The legends I have read
say that when she made her famous journey to Jerusalem she was impregnated
by King Solomon and bore him a son - a royal prince - who in later years
stole the Ark…
The Monk (with a sigh): The name of the prince you are speaking of was
Menelik. Although he was conceived in Jerusalem he was born in Ethiopia
where the Queen of Sheba had returned after discovering that she was
carrying Solomon's child. When he had reached the age of twenty, Menelik
himself traveled from Ethiopia to Israel and arrived at his father's
court. There he was instantly recognized and accorded great honor. After
a year had passed, however, the elders of the land became jealous of
him. They complained that Solomon showed him too much favor and they
insisted that he must go back to Ethiopia. This the king accepted on
the condition that the first-born sons of all the elders should also
be sent to accompany him. Amongst these latter was Azarius, son of Zadok
the High Priest of Israel, and it was Azarius, not Menelik, who stole
the Ark of the Covenant from its place in the Holy of Holies in the
Temple. Indeed the group of young men did not reveal the theft to Menelik
until they were far away from Jerusalem. When at last they told him
what they had done he understood that they could not have succeeded
in so bold a venture unless God had willed it. Therefore he agreed that
the Ark should remain with them. And it was thus that it was brought
to Ethiopia, to this sacred city... and here it has remained ever since.
Hancock: And are you telling me that this legend is literally true?
The Monk: It is not a legend. It is history.
And thus, history has kept itself secluded in such a way that it almost
seems fictional. Perhaps that is what makes eras of Indiana's take the
dangerous journey into the unknown and uninvited chapel of Axum- just
to make sure its still there. But what makes the Ark supernatural is
it's spiritual (rather than historical) value.
Archaeologists have been awed the most by the Ark's architecture. Its
dimensions are described by the bible as 2.5 cubits by 1.5 cubits by
1.5 cubits (62.5 inches by 37.5 inches by 37.5 inches). Curiously, this
is the exact volume of the stone chest or porphyry coffer in the King's
Chamber in the Great Pyramid in Egypt. This coffer was the only object
within the King's Chamber, as the Ark was the single sacred object within
the Holy of Holies, in the Temple. It also had the same volume as the
molten sea of water on the Temple Mount as prepared by King Solomon.
Since the Pyramid was built and sealed long before the days of Moses,
when he built the Ark and the Holy of Holies, and had remained sealed
for over twenty-five centuries until the ninth century after Christ,
there is no natural explanation for the phenomenon of both structures
having identical volume measurements.
The pyramid itself possessed its own force centers: the heart of the
King's Chamber, its most vital and sacred points, where divine energy
was concentrated and especially powerful. And other chambers haven't
yet been discovered. The candidate undergoing initiation was placed
in the great granite sarcophagus in the King's Chamber at the august
moment of the initiation rites (Note: the purpose of Initiation is to
bestow upon the disciple certain molecular changes in the body to handle
higher energy) because the sarcophagus was in direct alignment with
the down pouring ray of cosmic light through the Ark in the Third Eye
capstone. The voltage of such a fiery light ray could only be endured
by one in whom the physical, emotional and spiritual forces were completely
aligned and purified.
Upon the chest were two cherubim of beaten gold, looking towards each
other, and spreading their wings so that both sides of the propitiatory
were covered. Wings are a metaphor for ascension or the return to higher
levels of frequency consciousness.
What exactly these cherubim were is impossible to determine; however,
from the analogy with Egyptian religious art, it may well be supposed
that they were images, kneeling or standing, of winged persons. It is
worth noticing that this is the only exception to the law forbidding
the Israelites to make carved images, an exception so much the more
harmless to the faith of the Israelites in a spiritual God because the
Ark was regularly to be kept behind the veil of the sanctuary.
The Ark was first destined to contain the testimony, that is to say
the Tables of the Law. Later, Moses was commanded to put into the tabernacle,
near the Ark, a golden vessel holding a gomor of manna (source of light
energy)- and the rod of Aaron which had blossomed. Rods are a metaphor
for poles, polarity & duality, the electromagnetic energies that
create our reality grid programs. They are used to created magic and
illusion within reality. They are the tools of the Magician, the Trickster,
Hermes, and The Emerald Tablets of Thoth.
The Ark is a metaphor for a vessel, which contains a source of creational
light or energy, a consciousness that looks like a sphere of pulsating
white light. As explained, there are many metaphors here; all needed
to help us remember who we are as soul sparks. We exist inside the box-
the virtual reality grid program created by this consciousness. We are
created by that energy of light. We are each a soul spark that spirals
into 3D consciousness (Phi Ratio or Sacred/Creational Geometry). When
we enlighten we begin to think outside of the box.
Many of you may be thinking by now- Gees, what a psychopath! But as
far as the books go it is all true. Many have quested after the Ark
of the Covenant in ancient and modern times. It is the thrill of the
quest and moreover the belief that he may be the one to unfold the secrets
of the creation of the planet and the direct linkage to God.
Era of Fried Chicken
FC mania has hit Dhaka. If you are wondering what FC stands for well
then let me tell you that FC stands for Fried Chicken. Everywhere you
go, you are bound to find a fast food shop with an ending "Fried
Chicken". And if you do see a fast food without the ending of FC,
then go inside and you will see that their specialty is fried chicken.
Fried Chicken, the most devoured food in the world. Some people even
acknowledge it as the world's favorite food. Well, I don't know about
the world, but I do know that it is definitely Dhaka's favorite food.
Check out some of the popular fast food joints, Helvetia, Best Fried
Chicken, Southern Fried Chicken, American Fried Chicken, London Fried
Chicken, Kings Fried Chicken, Chicken King… and that ain't the end of
But do you know how the concept of fried chicken came into existence?
The man to be credited for this sensational discovery is Colonel Harland
Sanders, founder of the famous Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Colonel
Sanders was born on September 9, 1890 and actively began franchising
his business at the age of 65. When he was 40 years old, the Colonel
used to operate a service station and used to cook for hungry travelers
who used to stop in his station. He didn't have a restaurant then but
served folks on his own dining table in the living quarters of his service
Sander's fame grew. Governor Ruby Laffoon made him a Kentucky Colonel
in 1935 in recognition of his contributions to the state's cuisine.
And in 1939, his establishment was first listed in Duncan Hines' "Adventures
in Good Eating."
Confident of the quality of his fried chicken, the Colonel devoted himself
to the chicken franchising business that he started in 1952. He traveled
across the country by car from restaurant to restaurant, cooking batches
of chicken for restaurant owners and their employees. If the reaction
was favorable, he entered into a handshake agreement on a deal that
stipulated a payment to him of a nickel for each chicken the restaurant
sold. By 1964, Colonel Sanders had more than 600 franchised outlets
for his chicken in the United States and Canada.
Seeing this growing love fame for fried chicken other restaurant owners
started making their own versions of fried chicken, which had passed
from cities to cities and from countries to countries. KFC soon began
opening their outlets in other parts of the world, and the fame spread
over there too. There is no doubt about the fact that fried chicken
is the most popular food in the world and to think that it all began
with a 65-year-old gentleman who used his $105 Social Security check
to start a business.