by Tony Bushby
from Chapter 8 of "The Secret
in The Bible"
NEXUS MAGAZINE APRIL-MAY 2004
"The Giza-plateau and old
Cairo are crisscrossed with subterranean passageways,
shafts, natural caverns, lakes and chambers that contain
surprising artifacts, but Egyptian authorities are not
ready to reveal these to the public"
About the Author:
Tony Bushby, an Australian, became a highly
successful businessman and entrepreneur very early in
his life. He established a magazine publishing business
and spent 20 years researching, writing and publishing
his own magazines, primarily for the Australian and New
With strong spiritual
beliefs and an interest in metaphysical subjects, Tony
has developed long relationships with many associations
and societies throughout the world. He has been given
access to rare biblical manuscripts in the archives of
numerous private libraries and museums.
The Bible Fraud,
involved him in 12 years of full-time painstaking
research at great personal expense. His extensive
travels have taken him to Egypt, the Middle East,
England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium,
Italy, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
To comprehend fully the secret information in the Bible, it is
important to understand the extent of the subterranean tunnel system
and associated chamber facilities existing below the surface of the
Pyramid Plateau, for it was there that major elements of Mystery
School teachings developed.
What happened under the sands thousands
of years ago is not reflected in today's history books, and
discoveries made in the last eight decades or so verify that point.
The Fayum Oasis district, just a few
kilometers outside the boundary of the Memphis Nome, presents a site
of unusual interest. It was in that lush, fertile valley that
Pharaohs calling themselves the "masters of the royal hunts" fished
and hunted with the boomerang (1), Lake Moeris once
bordered the Fayum Oasis and on its shores was the famous Labyrinth,
described by Herodotus as "an endless wonder to me".
The Labyrinth contained 1500 rooms and
an equal number of underground chambers that the Greek historian was
not permitted to inspect, according to Labyrinth priests, "the
passages were baffling and intricate", designed to provide safety
for the numerous scrolls they said were hidden in subterranean
That massive complex particularly
impressed Herodotus and he spoke in awe of the structure:
There I saw twelve palaces regularly
disposed, which had communication with each other, interspersed
with terraces and arranged around twelve halls. It is hard to
believe they are the work of man.
The walls are covered with carved
figures, and each court is exquisitely built of white marble and
surrounded by a colonnade. Near the corner where the labyrinth
ends, there is a pyramid, two hundred and forty feet in height,
with great carved figures of animals on it and an underground
passage by which it can be entered.
I was told very credibly that
underground chambers and passages connected this pyramid with
the pyramids at Memphis.
The pyramids at Memphis were the
pyramids at Giza, for Giza was originally called Memphis (see
reference, "Giza formerly Memphis" on Nordan's map from Travels in
Egypt and Nubia, 1757, on page 152 of previous chapter).
Many ancient writers supported
Herodotus' record of underground passages connecting major pyramids,
and their evidence casts doubt on the reliability of traditionally
presented Egyptian history. Crantor (300 BC) stated that there were
certain underground pillars in Egypt that contained a written stone
record of pre-history , and they lined access ways connecting the
In his celebrated study, On the
Mysteries, particularly those of the Egyptians, Chaldeans and the
Assyrians, Iamblichus, a fourth-century Syrian representative
of the Alexandrian School of mystical and philosophical studies,
recorded this information about an entranceway through the body of
the Sphinx into the Great Pyramid (2):
This entrance, obstructed in our day
by sands and rubbish, may still be traced between the forelegs
of the crouched colossus, It was formerly closed by a bronze
gate whose secret spring could be operated only by the Magi. It
was guarded by public respect, and a sort of religious fear
maintained its inviolability better than armed protection would
In the belly of the Sphinx were cut
out galleries leading to the subterranean part of the Great
Pyramid. These galleries were so art-fully crisscrossed along
their course to the Pyramid that, in setting forth into the
passage without a guide throughout this network, one ceasingly
and inevitably returned to the starting point.
It was recorded in ancient Sumerian
cylinder seals that the secret abode of
the Anunnaki was,
"an underground place... entered
through a tunnel, its entrance hidden by sand and by what they
call Huwana... his teeth as the teeth of a dragon, his face the
face of a lion".
That remarkable old text, unfortunately
fragmented, added that,
"He [Huwana] is unable to move
forward, nor is he able to move back", but they crept up on him
from behind and the way to "the secret abode of the Anunnaki"
was no longer blocked.
The Sumerian record provided a probable
description of the lion-headed Sphinx at Giza, and if that great
creature was built to guard or obliterate ancient stairways and
lower passages leading to subterranean areas below and around it,
then its symbolism was most appropriate.
Local 19th-century Arab lore maintained that existing under the
Sphinx are secret chambers holding treasures or magical objects.
That belief was bolstered by the
writings of the first-century Roman historian Pliny, who
wrote that deep below the Sphinx is concealed the,
"tomb of a ruler named Harmakhis
that contains great treasure", and, strangely enough, the Sphinx
itself was once called "The Great Sphinx Harmakhis who mounted
guard since the time of the Followers of Horus".
The fourth-century Roman historian
Ammianus Marcellinus made additional disclosures about the
existence of subterranean vaults that appeared to lead to the
interior of the Great pyramid (3):
Inscriptions which the ancients
asserted were engraved on the walls of certain underground
galleries and passages were constructed deep in the dark interior
to preserve ancient wisdom from being lost in the flood.
A manuscript compiled by an Arab writer
named Altelemsani is preserved in the British Museum, and it records
the existence of a long, square, underground passage between the
Great Pyramid and the River Nile with a "strange thing" blocking the
He related the following episode:
In the days of Ahmed Ben Touloun, a
party entered the Great pyramid through the tunnel and found in
a side-chamber a goblet of glass of rare color and texture. As
they were leaving, they missed one of the party and, upon
returning to seek him, he came out to them naked and laughing
"Do not follow or seek for me",
and then rushed back into the pyramid.
His friends perceived that he was
Upon learning about strange happenings
under the Pyramid, Ahmed Ben Touloun expressed a desire to see the
goblet of glass. During the examination, it was filled with water
and weighed, then emptied and re-weighed. The historian wrote that
it was "found to be of the same weight when empty as when full of
If the chronicle is accurate, that lack
of additional weight provided indirect evidence of the existence of
an extraordinary science at Giza.
According to Masoudi in the 10th
century, mechanical statues with amazing capabilities guarded
subterranean galleries under the Great Pyramid. Written one thousand
years ago, his description is comparable to the computerized robots
shown today in space movies. Masoudi said that the automatons were
programmed for intolerance, for they destroyed all "except those who
by their conduct were worthy of admission".
Masoudi contended that,
"written accounts of Wisdom and
acquirements in the different arts and sciences were hidden
deep, that they might remain as records for the benefit of those
who could afterwards comprehend them ".
That is phenomenal information, as it is
possible that, since the times of Masoudi, "worthy" persons have
seen the mysterious underground chambers.
"I have seen things that one does
not describe for fear of making people doubt one's
intelligence... but still I have seen them".
In the same century, another writer, Muterdi, gave an account of a bizarre incident in a narrow passage
under Giza, where a group of people were horrified to see one of
their party crushed to death by a stone door that, by itself,
suddenly slid out from the face of the passageway and closed the
corridor in front of them.
Herodotus said Egyptian priests recited to him their long-held
tradition of "the formation of underground apartments" by the
original developers of Memphis. The most ancient inscriptions
therefore suggested that there existed some sort of extensive
chamber system below the surface of the areas surrounding the Sphinx
and pyramids. Those old records were confirmed when the presence of
a large cavity was discovered in a seismic survey conducted at the
site in 1993.
That detection was publicly acknowledged
in a documentary called The Mystery of the Sphinx, screened
to an audience of 30 million people on NBC TV later that year.
The existence of chambers under the Sphinx is well known.
Egyptian authorities confirmed another
discovery in 1994; its unearthing was announced in a newspaper
report that was carried under the headline, "Mystery Tunnel in
Workers repairing the ailing Sphinx
have discovered an ancient passage leading deep into the body of
the mysterious monument. The Giza Antiquities chief, Mr Zahi
Hawass, said there was no dispute the tunnel was very old.
However, what is puzzling is: who built the passage? Why? And
where does it lead...?
Mr Hawass said he had no plans
to remove the stones blocking the entrance. The secret tunnel
burrows into the northern side of the Sphinx, about halfway
between the Sphinx's outstretched paws and its tail.(4)
The popular supposition that the Sphinx
is the true portal of the Great Pyramid has survived with surprising
tenacity. That belief was substantiated by 100-year-old plans
prepared by Masonic and Rosicrucian initiates, showing the Sphinx
was the ornament surmounting a hall that communicated with all
Pyramids by radiating underground passages.
Those plans were compiled from
information originally discovered by the supposed founder of the
Order of the Rosicrucians,
Christian Rosenkreuz, who allegedly
penetrated a "secret chamber beneath the ground" and there found a
library of books full of secret knowledge.
The schematic drawings were produced from information possessed by
mystery school archivists before sand-clearing commenced in 1925,
and revealed hidden doors to long - forgotten reception halls, small
temples and other enclosures. (Those plans are included in "The
Master Plan" section at the end of the book.)
The knowledge of the mystery schools was
strengthened by a series of remarkable discoveries in 1935 that
provided proof of additional passageways and chambers interlacing
the area below the Pyramids.
The Giza complex showed major elements
of being a purposely built, uniting structure with the Sphinx, the
Great Pyramid and the Temple of the Solar-men directly related to
each other, above and below the ground.
detected by ground penetrating radar
Chambers and passageways detected by sophisticated seismograph and
ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment in the last few years
established the accuracy of the plans. Egypt is also successfully
using sophisticated satellites to identify sites buried beneath the
surface at Giza and other locations. The novel tracking system was
launched at the beginning of 1998 and the location of 27 unexcavated
sites in five areas was precisely determined.
Nine of those sites are on Luxor's east
bank and the others are in Giza, Abu Rawash, Saqqara and Dashur.
printouts of the Giza area show an almost incomprehensible mass of
net-like tunnels and chambers crisscrossing the area, intersecting
and entwining each other like latticework extending out across the
With the space surveillance project,
Egyptologists are able to determine the location of a major site,
its probable entrance and the size of chambers before starting
Particular attention is being focused on
three secret locations:
an area in the desert a few
hundred meters west/southwest of the original location of
the Black Pyramid, around which is currently being built a
massive system of concrete walls seven meters high covering
eight square kilometers
the ancient highway that linked
the Luxor temple with Karnak
the "Way of Horus" across
Among the mystics or members of Egyptian mystery schools, tradition
explained that the Great Pyramid was great in many ways. Despite the
fact that it was not entered until the year 820, the secret schools
of pre-Christian Egypt insisted that the interior layout was well
known to them.
They constantly claimed that it was not
a tomb nor a burial chamber of any kind, except that it did have one
chamber for symbolic burial as part of an initiation ritual.
According to mystical traditions, the interior was entered gradually
and in various stages via underground passageways . Different
chambers were said to have existed at the end of each phase of
progress, with the highest and ultimate initiatory stage represented
by the now-called King's Chamber .
Little by little, the traditions of the
mystery schools were verified by archaeological discoveries, for it
was ascertained in 1935 that there was a subterranean connection
between the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid and that a tunnel connected
the Sphinx to the ancient temple located on its southern side (today
called the Temple of the Sphinx).
As Emile Baraize's massive 11-year sand
and seashell clearing project neared completion in 1935, remarkable
stories started to emerge about discoveries made during the clearing
A magazine article, written and
published in 1935 by Hamilton M. Wright, dealt with an
extraordinary discovery under the sands of Giza that is today
denied. The article was accompanied by original photographs provided
by Dr Selim Hassan, the leader of the scientific investigative team
from the University of Cairo who made the discovery.
We have discovered a subway used by
the ancient Egyptians of 5000 years ago. It passes beneath the
causeway leading between the second Pyramid and the Sphinx. It
provides a means of passing under the causeway from the Cheops
Pyramid to the Pyramid of Chephren [Khephren] . From this
subway, we have unearthed a series of shafts leading down more
than 125 feet, with roomy courts and side chambers.
Around the same time, the international
news media released further details of the find.
The underground connector complex was originally built between the
Great pyramid and the Temple of the Solarmen, for the Pyramid of
Khephren was a later and superficial structure. The subway and its
apartments were excavated out of solid, living bedrock-a truly
extraordinary feat, considering it was built thousands of years ago.
There is more to the story of
under-ground chambers at Giza, for media reports described the
unearthing of a subterranean passageway between the Temple of the
Solar-men on the plateau and the Temple of the Sphinx in the valley.
That passageway had been unearthed a few years before the release
and publication of that particular newspaper article.
The discoveries led Dr Selim Hassan and others to believe and
publicly state that, while the age of the Sphinx was always
enigmatic in the past, it may have been part of the great
architectural plan that was deliberately arranged and carried out in
association with the erection of the Great Pyramid.
Archaeologists made another major discovery at that time. Around
halfway between the Sphinx and Khephren's Pyramid were discovered
four enormous vertical shafts, each around eight feet square,
leading straight down through solid limestone.
It is called "Campbell's Tomb" on the
Masonic and Rosicrucian plans, and,
"that shaft complex", said Dr Selim
Hassan, "ended in a spacious room, in the centre of which was
another shaft that descended to a roomy court flanked with seven
side chambers ".
Some of the chambers contained huge,
sealed sarcophagi of basalt and granite, 18 feet high.
The discovery went further and found that in one of the seven rooms
there was yet a third vertical shaft, dropping down deeply to a much
lower chamber. At the time of its discovery , it was flooded with
water that partly covered a solitary white sarcophagus. That chamber
was named the "Tomb of Osiris" and was shown being "opened for the
first time" on a fabricated television documentary in March 1999.
While originally exploring in this area
in 1935, Dr Selim Hassan said:
We are hoping to find some monuments
of importance after clearing out this water. The total depth of
these series of shafts is more than 40 metres or more than 125
feet... In the course of clearing the southern part of the
subway, there was found a very fine head of a statue which is
very expressive in every detail of the face .
According to a separate newspaper report
of the time, the statue was an excellent sculpted bust of Queen
Nefertiti, described as "a beautiful example of that rare type of
art inaugurated in the Amenhotep regime". The whereabouts of that
statue today are unknown.
The report also described other chambers and rooms beneath the
sands, all interconnected by secret and ornate passageways. Dr Selim
Hassan revealed that not only are there inner and outer courts, but
they also found a room they named the "Chapel of Offering" that had
been cut into a huge, rock outcrop between Campbell's Tomb and the
Great Pyramid. In the centre of the chapel are three ornate vertical
pillars standing in a triangular shaped layout.
Those pillars are highly significant
points in this study, for their existence is recorded in the Bible.
The conclusion drawn is that Ezra, the initiated Torah writer (c.
397 BC), knew the subterranean layout of passages and chambers at
Giza before he wrote the Torah.
That underground design was probably the origin of the triangular
shaped layout around the central altar in a Masonic lodge. In
Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus, in the first century, wrote that
Enoch of Old Testament fame constructed an underground temple
consisting of nine chambers. In a deep vault inside one chamber with
three vertical columns, he placed a triangular-shaped tablet of gold
bearing upon it the absolute name of the Deity (God).
The description of Enoch's chambers was
similar to the description of the Chapel of Offering under the sand
just east of the Great Pyramid. An anteroom much like a burial
chamber, but "undoubtedly a room of initiation and reception "(5)
was found higher up the plateau closer to the Great Pyramid and at
the upper end of a sloping passage, cut deep into rock on the
northwest side of the Chamber of Offering (between the Chamber of
Offering and the Great Pyramid). In the centre of the chamber is a
12-foot long sarcophagus of white Turah limestone and a collection
of fine alabaster vessels.
The walls are beautifully sculpted with
scenes, inscriptions and emblems of particularly the lotus flower.
The descriptions of alabaster vessels and the emblematic lotus
flower have remarkable parallels with what was found in the
temple-workshop on the summit of Mt Sinai/Horeb by Sir William
Petrie in 1904.
Additional underground rooms, chambers, temples and hallways were
discovered, some with vertical circular stone support columns, and
others with wall carvings of delicate figures of goddesses clothed
in beautiful apparel. Dr Selim Hassan's report described other
magnificently carved figures and many beautifully colored friezes.
Photographs were taken and one author and researcher who saw them,
Rosicrucian H. Spencer Lewis recorded that he was "deeply impressed"
with the images.
It is not known where the rare specimens of art and relics are
today, but some were rumored to have been smuggled out of Egypt by
The foregoing particulars are but a few contained in Dr Selim
Hassan's extensive report that was published in 1944 by the
Government Press, Cairo, under the title Excavations at Giza (10
volumes). However, that is just a mere fragment of the whole truth
of what is under the area of the Pyramids.
In the last year of sand clearing,
workers uncovered the most amazing discovery that stunned the world
and attracted international media coverage.
deep in huge natural cavern
Archaeologists in charge of the discovery were "bewildered" at what
they had unearthed, and stated that the city was the most
beautifully planned they had ever seen. It is replete with temples,
pastel-painted peasant dwellings, workshops, stables and other
buildings including a palace. Complete with hydraulic underground
waterways, it has a perfect drainage system along with other modern
The intriguing question that arises out
of the discovery is: where is that city today?
Its secret location was recently revealed to a select group of
people who were given permission to explore and film the city. It
exists in a huge natural cavern system below the Giza Plateau that
extends out in an easterly direction under Cairo. Its main entry is
from inside the Sphinx, with stairs cut into rock that lead down to
the cavern below the bedrock of the River Nile.
The expedition carried down generators
and inflatable rafts and travelled along an underground river that
led to a lake one kilometer wide. On the shores of the lake nestles
the city, and permanent lighting is provided by large crystalline
balls set into the cavern walls and ceiling. A second entry to the
city is found in stairs leading up to the basement of the Coptic
Church in old Cairo (Babylon). Drawing from narratives of people
"living in the Earth" given in the books of Genesis, Jasher and
Enoch, it is possible that the city was originally called
Film footage of the expedition was shot and a documentary called
Chamber of the Deep was made and subsequently shown to private
audiences. It was originally intended to release the footage to the
general public, but for some reason it was withheld.
A multi-faceted spherical crystalline
object the size of a baseball was brought up from the city, and its
supernatural nature was demonstrated at a recent conference in
Australia. Deep within the solid object are various hieroglyphs that
slowly turn over like pages of a book when mentally requested to do
so by whoever holds the object.
That remarkable item revealed an unknown
form of technology and was recently sent to NASA in the USA for
Historical documents recorded that, during the 20th century,
staggering discoveries not spoken of today were made at Giza and Mt
Sinai, and Egyptian rumors of the discovery of another underground
city within a 28-mile radius of the Great Pyramid abound. In 1964,
more than 30 enormous, multilevelled subsurface cities were
discovered in the old Turkish kingdom of Cappadocia.
One city alone contained huge caverns,
rooms and hallways that archaeologists estimated supported as many
as 2,000 households, providing living facilities for 8,000 to 10,000
people. Their very existence constitutes evidence that many such
subterranean worlds lie waiting to be found below the surface of the
Excavations at Giza have revealed
underground subways, temples, sarcophagi and one interconnected
subterranean city, and validation that underground passageways
connected the Sphinx to the Pyramids is another step towards proving
that the whole complex is carefully and specifically thought out.
Because of Dr Selim Hassan's excavations
and modern space surveillance techniques, the records and traditions
of the ancient Egyptian mystery schools that claim to preserve
secret knowledge of the Giza Plateau all rose to the highest degree
However, one of the most puzzling aspects of the discovery of
underground facilities at Giza is the repeated denial of their
existence by Egyptian authorities and academic institutions. So
persistent are their refutations that the claims of mystery schools
were doubted by the public and suspected of being fabricated in
order to mystify visitors to Egypt. The scholastic attitude is
typified by a Harvard University public statement in 1972:
No one should pay any attention to the preposterous claims in regard
to the interior of the Great Pyramid or the presumed passageways and
unexcavated temples and halls beneath the sand in the Pyramid
district made by those who are as located with the so-called, secret cults or mystery societies of Egypt and the Orient.
These things exist only in the minds of
those who seek to attract the seekers for mystery, and the more we
deny the existence of these things, the more the public is led to
suspect that we are deliberately trying to hide that which
constitutes one of the great secrets of Egypt. It is better for us
to ignore all of these claims than merely deny them.
All of our excavations in the territory
of the Pyramid have failed to reveal any underground passageways or
halls, temples, grottos , or anything of the kind except the one
temple adjoining the Sphinx.
It was well enough for scholarly opinion to make such a statement on
the subject, but in preceding years, official claims were made
stating that there was no temple adjoining the Sphinx. The assertion
that every inch of the territory around the Sphinx and pyramids had
been explored deeply and thoroughly was disproved when the temple
adjoining the Sphinx was discovered in the sand and eventually
opened to the public.
On matters outside official policy,
there appears to be a hidden level of censorship in operation, one
designed to protect both Eastern and Western religions.
In spite of amazing discoveries, the
stark truth is that the early history of Egypt remains largely
unknown and therefore unmapped territory. It is not possible, then,
to say precisely how miles of underground passageways and chambers
beneath the Giza Plateau were lit, but one thing is for sure: unless
the ancients could see in the dark, the vast subterranean areas were
The same question is addressed of the
interior of the Great Pyramid, and Egyptologists have agreed that
flaming torches were not used, for ceilings had not been blackened
with residual smoke.
From what is currently known about subsurface passageways under the
Pyramid Plateau, it is possible to determine that there are at least
three miles of passageways 10 to 12 storeys below ground level. Both
the Book of the Dead and the Pyramid Texts make striking references
to "The Light-makers", and that extraordinary description may have
referred to a body of people responsible for lighting the
subterranean areas of their complexes.
Iamblichus recorded a fascinating
account that was found on a very ancient Egyptian papyrus held in a
mosque in Cairo. It was part of a 100 BC story by an unknown author
about a group of people who gained entry to underground chambers
around Giza for exploratory purposes.
They described their
We came to a chamber. When we entered, it became automatically
illuminated by light from a tube being the height of one man's hand
[approx. 6 inches or 15.24 cm] and thin, standing vertically in the
corner. As we approached the tube, it shone brighter... the slaves
were scared and ran away in the direction from which we had come!
When I touched it, it went out. We made
every effort to get the tube to glow again, but it would no longer
provide light. In some chambers the light tubes worked and in others
they did not. We broke open one of the tubes and it bled beads of
silver-colored liquid that ran fastly around the floor until they
disappeared between the cracks (mercury?).
As time went on, the light
tubes gradually began to fail and the priests removed them and
stored them in an underground vault they specially built southeast
of the plateau.
It was their belief that the light tubes
were created by their beloved Imhotep, who would some day return to
make them work once again.
It was common practice among early Egyptians to seal lighted lamps
in the sepulchres of their dead as offerings to their god or for the
deceased to find their way to the "other side". Among the tombs near
Memphis (and in the Brahmin temples of India), lights were found
operating in sealed chambers and vessels, but sudden exposure to air
extinguished them or caused their fuel to evaporate.(6)
Greeks and Romans later followed the custom, and the tradition
became generally established-not only that of actual burning lamps,
but miniature reproductions made in terracotta were buried with the
dead. Some lamps were enclosed in circular vessels for protection,
and instances are recorded where the original oil was found
perfectly preserved in them after more than 2,000 years.
There is ample proof from eyewitnesses
that lamps were burning when the sepulchres were sealed, and it was
declared by later bystanders that they were still burning when the
vaults were opened hundreds of years later.
The possibility of preparing a fuel that would renew itself as
rapidly as it was consumed was a source of considerable controversy
among mediaeval authors, and numerous documents exist outlining
their arguments. After due consideration of evidence at hand, it
seemed well within the range of possibility that ancient Egyptian
priest-chemists manufactured lamps that burned if not indefinitely
then at least for considerable periods of time.
Numerous authorities have written on the subject of ever-burning
lamps, with W. Wynn Westcott estimating that the number of writers
who have given the subject consideration as more than 150 and H. P.
Blavatsky as 173. While conclusions reached by different authors are
at a variance, a majority admitted the existence of the phenomenal
Only a few maintained that the lamps
would burn forever, but many were willing to concede that they might
remain alight for several centuries without replenishment of fuel.
It was generally believed that the wicks of those perpetual lamps
were made of braided or woven asbestos, called by early alchemists
"salamander's wool". The fuel appeared to have been one of the
products of alchemical research, possibly produced in the temple on
Several formulae for making fuel for the
lamps were preserved, and in H. P. Blavatsky's profound work, Isis
Unveiled, the author reprinted two complicated formulae from earlier
authors of a fuel that,
"when made and lighted, will burn
with a perpetual flame and you may set this lamp in any place
where you please".
Some believe the fabled perpetual lamps
of temples to be cunning mechanical contrivances, and some quite
humorous explanations have been extended.
In Egypt, rich underground deposits of asphalt and petroleum exist,
and some would have it that priests connected asbestos wicks by a
secret duct to an oil deposit, which in turn connected to one or
more lamps. Others thought that the belief that lamps burned
indefinitely in tombs was the result of the fact that in some cases
fumes resembling smoke poured forth from the entrances of newly
Parties going in later, and discovering
lamps scattered about the floor , assumed that they were the source
of the fumes. There were some well-documented stories concerning the
discovery of ever-burning lamps not only in Egypt but also in other
parts of the world.
De Montfaucon de Villars gave this fascinating account of the
opening of the vault of Rosicrucian
When the Brethren entered the tomb of
their illustrious founder 120 years after his death, they found a
perpetual-lamp brightly shining in a suspended manner from the
"There was a statue in armor [a robot] which destroyed the
source of light when the chamber was opened." 7
That is strangely
similar to the accounts of Arab historians who claimed that
automatons guarded galleries under the Great Pyramid.
A 17th-century account recorded another story about a robot. In
central England, a curious tomb was found containing an automaton
that moved when an intruder stepped upon certain stones in the floor
of the vault. At that time, the Rosicrucian controversy was at its
height, so it was decided that the tomb was that of a Rosicrucian
initiate. A countryman discovered the tomb, entered and found the
interior brilliantly lit by a lamp hanging from the ceiling.
As he walked toward the light, his
weight depressed the floor stones and, at once, a seated figure in
heavy armor began to move. Mechanically it rose to its feet and
struck the lamp with an iron baton, destroying it and thus
effectively preventing the discovery of the secret substance that
maintained the flame.
How long the lamp had burned was
unknown, but the report said that it had been for a considerable
number of years.
Comment: in the
THE CAVE OF THE ANCIENTS
- the tibetan
Lobsang Rampa talks
about these kind of lamps.
" ...One sequence of
pictures showed a group of thoughtful men planning
what they termed a "Time Capsule" (what we called
"The Cave of the Ancients"), wherein they could
store for later generations working models of their
machines and a complete, pictorial record of their
culture and lack of it. Immense machines excavated
the living rock. Hordes of men installed the models
and the machines. We saw the cold light spheres
hoisted in place, inert radio-active substances
giving off light for millions of years. Inert in
that it could not harm humans, active in that the
light would continue almost until the end of Time
We found that we could understand the language, then
the explanation was shown, that we were obtaining
the "speech" telepathically. Chambers such as this,
or "Time Capsules", were concealed beneath the sands
of Egypt, beneath a pyramid in South America, and at
a certain spot in Siberia. Each place was marked by
the symbol of the times; the Sphinx. We saw the
great statues of the Sphinx, which did not originate
in Egypt, and we received an explanation of its
form. Man and animals talked and worked together in
those far-off days.
The cat was the most
perfect animal for power and intelligence. Man
himself is an animal, so the Ancients made a figure
of a large cat body to indicate power and endurance,
and upon the body they put the breasts and head of a
woman. The head was to indicate human intelligence
and reason, while the breasts indicated that Man and
Animal could draw spiritual and mental nourishment
each from the other. That Symbol was then as common
as is Statues of Buddha, or the Star of David, or
the Crucifix at the present day.
We saw oceans with great floating cities, which
hears of the discovery of a "secret" Egyptian city (1935)
Professor Gaston Maspero, The
Dawn of Civilization, 1901, p. 517
Histoire de la Magie; based in
part upon the authority of lamblichus, from On the
Mysteries, particularly those of the Egyptians, Chaldeans
and the Assyrians
Ammiani Marcellini Rerum
Gestaruum Libri, Leipzig, 1875
The Sydney Morning Herald, II
Dr Selim Hassan
Fame and Confession of
Rosie-Cross, trans. Thomas Vaughan, 1625
Montfaucon de Villars, The
Diverting History of the Count of de Gabalis, 1714