by Ellen Lloyd
August 23, 2006
According to certain ancient
it was the custom to place a
burning lamp inside a tomb
before it was sealed.
Hundreds of years later,
excavators have found the lamps
in perfect condition and still
"Now the House of Solomon the
King was illuminated as by day, for in his wisdom he had
made shining pearls which were like unto the sun, the moon
and the stars in the roof of his house."
(From: "The Queen of
Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek")
Imagine that you find a small burning
lamp hidden deep in an ancient vault. This mysterious lamp, which is
in perfect preservation, has burned continuously without fuel for
the last 2,000 years.
What would you think of your remarkable
Most likely you would wonder whether the precious lamp that you are
holding in your hands is a magical object, a work of God, or perhaps
some evil powers.
Although it might sound amazing, and for some even impossible
certain extraordinary findings clearly show that perpetual light was
rather common in prehistory.
I deal with advanced ancient technology
in "Voices from Legendary Times" to a large extent. In
the book I
uncover a number of strange enigmas from all over the world.
Perpetual light is an ancient technology that to this today remains
During the Middle Ages a number of ever-burning lamps were
discovered in ancient tombs and temples. Based on ancient records we
learn that these mysterious objects were found all over the world,
in India, China, South America, North America, Egypt Greece, Italy,
United Kingdom, Ireland, France and many other countries.
Unfortunately, looters, vandals, and superstitious diggers who
feared that these objects possessed supernatural powers destroyed
many of the lamps.
As we all know, the Middle Ages cannot be characterized as a
particularly scientific period. It was a dark time for those who
Still, curiosity is a part of human nature and
questions were asked.
How were the ancients able to produce lamps,
which could burn without fuel for hundreds, and in some cases
thousands of years?
From whom did our ancestors gain their secret
Naturally, the subject of perpetual light became quickly a
controversy and the opinions among the authorities were divided.
Some authors rejected the idea of a never-ending flame, despite the
evidence they were confronted with. A small group of more
open-minded and enlightened persons confirmed the existence of, if
not eternal then at least very long-lasting light. Many on the other
hand accused the Pagan priests of performing clever tricks.
However, a majority of the "learned" men
acknowledged the unusual findings and declared the perpetual lamps
to be a work of the devil. This was a common explanation in the Dark
Ages. As soon as something was unknown, of Pagan origin or not in
accordance with the rules set by the early Roman Church it was
labeled as an invention of the dark forces, the devil and his
Some speculated that secret Hebrew societies had preserved what in
modern days is known as electricity.
For example, the occult writer
relates a curious story in his book "Historie de la
Magie". He tells of a certain mysterious French rabbi named Jechiele
who was an advisor in the thirteenth century court of Louis IX.
Apparently, Jechiele owned a lamp that he used to place in front of
his house for everyone to see.
The "dazzling lamp that lightened
itself" possessed no oil or wick. When the rabbi was asked about the
energy source, he always replied it was a secret. Jechiele,
obviously experimented quite a lot with electricity. To protect
himself from enemies, he invented a discharge button that sent out
an electric current into the iron knocker on his door.
It is written that when Jechiele,
"touched a nail driven into the wall
of his study, a crackling bluish spark immediately leapt forth.
Woe to anyone who touched the iron knocker at that moment; he
would bend double, scream as if he had been burned, then he
would run away as fast as his legs could carry him."
There were numerous speculations
regarding the perpetual lamps' secret energy source.
Middle Ages and later many great thinkers tried to solve the problem
how to prepare fuel that renewed itself as quickly as it was
consumed. However, none of the conducted experiments was truly
successful. It turned out impossible to produce a copy of an
The ancients' technology remained unknown.
The earliest accounts of a divine flame, an eternal light source can
be found in various mythological texts. The descriptions of the
eternal flame, which was considered a part of the divine fire, are
closely connected with the gods.
The Greek god Prometheus was
punished for giving fire to mankind. The secret of the eternal flame
was regarded as gods' sole property.
The knowledge of the eternal
light should not be passed over to the humans. Nevertheless, it
seems as if some of the alien gods disobeyed and revealed their
divine secret to humanity. When humans learned how to produce
perpetual light, temples worldwide were equipped with eternal altar
According to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans tradition, a
dead person might need some light on his or hers road to the Valley
of the Shadow. Therefore, before the tomb was sealed it was accustom
to place an ever-burning lamp inside. The lamp served as an offering
to the god of the dead and it kept evil spirits away.
Its light also
offered the deceased the required guidance on the journey to the
Underworld. Hundreds of years later, when vaults were opened
excavators found the lamps in perfect condition and still burning.
So far, we have only spoken in general terms about the existence of
perpetual light in antiquity. It has been estimated that as many as
170 mediaeval authors have written about the phenomenal and
mysterious ever-burning lamps.
Let us now look at some of the
Plutarch wrote of a lamp that burned over the door of a temple to
Jupiter Ammon. According to the priests, the lamp remained alight
for centuries without any fuel and neither wind nor rain could put
St. Augustine described an Egyptian temple sacred to Venus with a
lamp which wind and water could not extinguish. He declared it to be
the work of the devil.
In 527 A.D., at Edessa, Syria, during the reign of emperor
Justinian, soldiers discovered an ever-burning lamp in a niche over
a gateway, elaborately enclosed to protect it from the air.
According to the inscription, it was lit in 27 A.D. The lamp had
burned for 500 years before the soldiers who found it, destroyed it.
In 140, near Rome a lamp was found burning in the
tomb of Pallas,
son of king Evander. The lamp, which had been alight for over 2,000
years, could not be extinguished by ordinary methods. It turned out
that neither water nor blowing on the flame stopped it from burning.
The only way to extinguish the remarkable flame was to drain off the
strange liquid contained in the lamp bowl.
In about 1540, during the Papacy of Paul III a burning lamp was
found in a tomb on the Appian Way at Rome. The tomb was believed to
belong to Tulliola, the daughter of Cicero. She died in 44 B.C. The
lamp that had burned in the sealed vault for 1,550 years was
extinguished when exposed to the air. Interesting about this
particular discovery is also the unknown transparent liquid in which
the deceased was floating. By putting the body in this liquid, the
ancients managed to preserve the corpse in such a good condition
that it appeared as if death had occurred only a few days ago.
When king Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church in 1534, he
ordered dissolution of monasteries in Britain and many tombs were
plundered. In Yorkshire, a burning lamp was discovered in a tomb of
Constantius Chlorus, father of the Great Constantine. He died in 300
A.D. which means that the lamp had been burning for more than 1,200
In France, near Grenoble, in the mid-seventeenth century a young
Swiss soldier accidentally stumbled upon the entrance of an ancient
tomb. Unfortunately, for the young man he did not discover the
golden treasures that he thought might be hidden inside. Still, his
surprise must have been just as big when he was confronted with a
burning glass lamp.
Du Praz, that was the soldier's name
removed the mysterious lamp from the sealed grave and carried it to
a monastery. He showed his remarkable discovery to the astonished
monks and the lamp remained at the monastery. It burned for several
months until an elderly monk dropped it and it was destroyed.
Certain discoveries indicate that the ancients wanted to preserve
their knowledge secret.
In his notes to St. Augustine, 1610, Ludovicus Vives writes about a
lamp that was found in his father's time, in 1580 A.D. According to
the inscription, the lamp was burning for 1,500 years, however when
it was touched it fell into pieces. Obviously, Ludovicus Vives did
not share some of St. Augustine's views. He considered perpetual
lamps to be an invention of very wise and skilled men and not
Were the Rosicrucians familiar with the secrets of eternal light? It
would seem so.
When the tomb of
Christian Rosenkreuz, alchemist and
founder of the Rosacrucian Order was opened 120 years after his
a shining lamp was found inside.
Another interesting case worth mentioning occurred in England where
a mysterious and most unusual tomb was opened. It was believed that
the sepulcher was of a Rosicrucian. A man, who discovered the tomb,
noticed a burning lamp hanging from the ceiling, lighting up the
As the man took some steps forward, certain
part of the floor moved with his weight. At once, a seated figure in
armor started to move. The figure rose to its feet and hit the lamp
with some sort of a weapon. The precious lamp was destroyed. The
goal had been accomplished; the lamp's substance remained a secret.
The discoveries I mention in this article are only a small
representation of all remarkable findings worldwide. Who knows how
many more lamps are still burning hidden in ancient vaults,
undiscovered and protected from the outside world.
The ancients were familiar with perpetual light.
As Eliphas Levi
"it is certain that the Zoroastrian Magi had means of
producing and directing electric power unknown to us."
Yes, indeed and the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and other
cultures possessed the same knowledge.
King Solomon was a wise man when he
"… there is no new thing under the
sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See this is new?
It hath been already of old time which was before us."
from Legendary Times" I make it clear that a number of
wonderful and highly advanced cultures have existed before us. What
we discover today are scattered pieces of their magnificent worlds.
Prehistoric civilizations shared a universal scientific and
Their SECRET WISDOM WAS A LEGACY OF THE