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The CHANI Project: CERN-Like Collider Facility in Africa

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 13, 2016

problemreactionsolutionMy Context: Nation building, State construction in Africa – “Eritrean Independence” (1991 – 1994) The “Eritrean–Ethiopian” War took place from May 1998 to June 2000. The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), a so-called “peacekeeping mission” was established by the UN Security Council in June 2000. NATO armies were sent to the same area (Northern Ethiopia) in the 1970s to “SAVE” famine-stricken Ethiopians.

A New Assignment

It was the last week in June 2006. It was a slow month, and most of my assignments were submitted for final analysis, completion and then filing. There were a few new ones, but they were the usual two-to-three-day-at-a-time monitoring types and surveillance over the next few weeks. Nothing to get excited about. I had some leave due soon and was contemplating how I would spend some quiet time. I stared out the window; not that I had much of a view anyway, but it was a habit. I wasn’t a smoker back then. Little did I know, that would soon change.

My pager beeped “SC Oscar Now” (“Station Chief Office Now”). I wondered why she’d beeped me. My office was just down the hall. She could have just pressed the intercom button for my office and called. I remembered to put on my jacket before I left my office. “Damn,” I thought. “I should have picked another tie.”

It was just me and her. I sat down.

“You familiar with Internet discussion forums?” she asked, knowing that it’s clearly in my TOP (Tasked Operator’s Priorities) and profiling assignment duties.

But, then again, she was new on this floor; she’d only started as SC in January.

“Yes,” I said, lifting a questioning eyebrow.

“I want you to clear all your assignments for the next few weeks,” she said.

I was worried. She slid a single file across her desk. I opened it and thought: “Ah, just two pages; can’t be too ‘heavy’ an assignment. Nothing to worry about here. This should only take a week.”

“On page two you will find the signed FARR form,” the Station Chief said. (FARR stands for File Authorization Release and Request.)

“Wow!” I thought. “She’s already signed it without even asking me if I accept the assignment.”

This only confirmed to me even more that she knew exactly what my TOP profile was.

Then it hit me. The file must be highly classified (Echelon Access Only) or too large for her to carry around in her task pouch (briefcase). It was both.

The file was huge—a box of files, in fact—with over 20,000 transcript pages, and it had Echelon stamps all over it. It also contained a few thousand pages of research notes and copies of correspondence between researchers, technicians and scientists from various fields. There were a few data discs but, from their dates, I could see they were only added recently.

To this day, I still think that if the filing clerk didn’t know me personally he would have asked for a second signature on the FARR form.

“A ‘few weeks’, she said? Damn, this will take months,” I realized.

This is how I became familiar with a project called CHANI, and why I took up smoking that day.

The CHANI Project

top-secretDuring the years 1994 to 1999, a group of researchers from an organization/corporation, which I will call RAND and Associates, or RA, had access to an underground CERN-like collider facility in Africa (the location is still classified). A contingent of AFRICOM security personnel was tasked with securing the base and, of course, keeping its location secret. The AFRICOM station commander made and supervised all the travel and accommodation arrangements for the team of researchers. They were closely watched 24/7.

Between those years, the researchers started receiving communications from an Entity who claimed to be from a parallel universe/dimension/timeline. A remarkable and groundbreaking interaction ensued. For a period of five years, researchers asked the Entity a series of over 20,000 questions and received answers to more than 95 per cent of questions asked.

There were other active projects running concurrently, like Space Time Fabricating, Simulation by Atom Replacement and Removal, Holographic Programming of Dark Matter, Manifestation of Quantum Energies and Associated String Programming with Ether/Etheric Interaction and a few more, but for the purpose of this article I will keep to the CHANI project only. (CHANI is an acronym for Channelled Holographic Access Network Interface.)

In reviewing the research notes for this article, all the above projects at one stage seemed to have had a turn in merging with the CHANI project and subject matter. One researcher commented: “This is an orgasmic interaction between science, theory and spiritual awareness.

In October 1999, technicians began a series of software and hardware upgrades to all the collider equipment and computer networks. The purpose was to get the system infrastructure Y2K compliant. It was soon apparent that the Y2K-compliant upgrades had a direct effect on the CHANI research project.

On 14 November 1999, contact with the Entity, which for five years was continuous and constant on a daily basis, was effectively lost. Months were spent trying to re-establish contact. It was not to be, and in April 2000 the research part of project CHANI came to an end.

It must be noted here that I wasn’t one of the original and fortunate researchers on the project or one who used the CHANI device.

But I am most grateful to have been introduced to this mind-boggling and powerful, perspective-changing information. It caused a paradigm shift in my way of thinking, forever.

CHANI and Computer “Channelling”

What made CHANI unique from any other channeling method/technique is that the researchers never used a human “channeller”. Thus they eliminated the emotion, feeling and interpretation of a human channeller. It was a pure, directed and dedicated channel, not distorted or affected/infected by human mood swings or interferences from the subconscious mind of a human subject with possible suppressed emotion, memory and psychological trauma. The imaginative ability of human input was effectively removed from the calculations and result.

The precise mechanics of how these words were captured, displayed and reproduced using the CHANI device is still classified. To my knowledge, it was the first documented case in which a machine/device/ computer model was used successfully to make contact with, over a prolonged period of time, and interact with, or “channel”, another being or entity. The researchers established contact with only one Entity. The Entity was verified to them in ways and methods that are still highly classified and which I can’t elaborate on.

The Entity and Humanity

earth-683436_1280The Entity explained in some detail to the researchers that contact was made because the Entity was our equivalent of a “student” and he had authority from his Elders to interact with, observe, study and learn from us. The Entity explained that his Elders “noticed” us (we here on Earth) and our whole solar system cross onto “their” parallel universe. The Entity also explained that we weren’t the only race reaching this crossroads/ merge, but that they could see other alien races from other planets in our solar system as well. Our Entity was specifically tasked to study us (humans, Earth), while other students were tasked to study the other races and planets corresponding to their planet and solar system. It was not just a merging or colliding of our Earth reality, but it was our complete solar system colliding with the reality of another “parallel” solar system. Although it was we humans (with some alien assistance/technology) who were “playing with dark and portal matters”, the result was that our whole solar system traversed into “their” universe of visibility/perception.

So, to put the above into perspective, our researchers used the word “student” to explain the Entity’s actions. It was as if the Entity were part of a master’s degree study group, similar to what we have in our world as Phd (doctorate) candidates. The Elders were able to see us and our whole solar system crossing into their reality. They therefore began a research program of their own to study us and our history so that the Elders could prepare their civilization for our arrival/merge. The Entity was thus doing reconnaissance on us.

To help researchers get a time frame for when this merging or colliding of realities would occur, the Entity gave them “predictions” that served as indicators for when the time was close. The Entity’s abilities and accuracy were verified to researchers by predictions and indicators given during the five years of the CHANI project (these are still classified).

The predictions didn’t come all at once, but were obtained/spread over the duration of the research project. Although the Entity was in the “now”, he was able to see, with frequent assistance from his Elders, events in our time line that he shared with the researchers. Some of these were a cosmic sonic-boom event and changes to our Sun and Jupiter. All these predictions were to be used as a sequence of steps/indicators to identify the time (Fuse Year) when the big event (the Merge) would occur.

The Rubicon Revealers

Around the end of 2005, the CHANI project files were handed over to the Rubicon Station for project Reveal. As the name suggests, Rubicon deals with information that has been deemed to have reached a point of no return. The Rubicon division was formed by a number of “dissatisfied” Upper Echelon members within the RA community, who decided that certain information should be released and that seeds should be planted to measure and research public reaction—clearing the way and setting a foundation for whenever “they” decide to flood the wires with full disclosure on any specific topic. When public interaction becomes a necessity, the information is to be released.

Rubicon was and is tasked with the sanctioned release of classified information for “public consumption”, in a controlled fashion, through various platforms and outlets. One of these platforms is Internet discussion forums. Another is sending anonymous letters or making anonymous phone calls or using fake credentials and call-routing to write to or call selected individuals and groups. Once the information and intel are released, public responses or those of the individual or group are recorded, monitored and analyzed. Depending on their reaction, further information is then released using a phased and synchronized methodology based on public behavior, perception and responses. Whenever public/individual/group reaction is deemed “unfavorable”, the project is suspended and set for release at a later date or totally terminated. It is sometimes necessary for the information to be pulled/unrouted/denied and to let it grow and sprout a bit more, behind the scenes, before another attempt is made to replant/reintroduce or to renew contact if it was an individual/group.

Who Am I?

I was a Rubicon Revealer. Depending on the assignment, I would be required to take up the role of an observer, a monitor, a reporter, an investigator, an instructor, an analyst, and in most instances an initiator and even an instigator in some.

One part of my duties was to frequent Internet discussion forums, observing, reporting, profiling and identifying possible outlets where Rubicon Reveal information could be introduced. This usually took on the form of my posting a “thread” on a designated or chosen forum which we decided would be the most suitable to get the info/intel out to our target audience.

The second part involved the physical (in the field) and digital (satellite and high-tech) monitoring, surveillance and gathering of information on groups or profiled persons and events around the globe that may have bearing on specific Rubicon projects.

Rubicon has this credo: “Our whistle is blowing softly; if we blow too hard, some eardrums might pop, then everyone would be deaf.”

In the final analysis, Rubicon operatives are sanctioned whistleblowers, albeit in a limited and controlled form.

Launching CHANI on the Internet

Thus, on a cold wintry day in June 2006, I flipped the electronic switch to lock my office door, which is standard operating procedure for Echelon “subject matter”, and I unpacked those filing boxes all over my desk. My love affair with this project and the Entity had begun.

As expected, it took me months to shift, study and read through the CHANI material. At first, it was a daunting task to get my mind to comprehend fully what I was dealing with. I already had an idea about which Internet forums I wanted to begin the “release/reveal” on, due to past research and active monitoring, but nonetheless I spent a few more months on researching others and identifying the most appropriate forum on which to launch the CHANI project.

I would only have the time and resources to focus on one forum for this specific project. This project was of great importance to my superiors at the time, and I had no intention of rushing in. I had to “thread” (forum lingo) carefully and be absolutely sure that the right forum was chosen. (I have since initiated a variety of other Rubicon projects on the same forum over the past few years, the most recent being the BEZERK project with accompanying Reveal and intel burst threads.) It is also well worth noting that intelligence agencies frequently use forums to communicate and relay information and updates to their operators in the field. Since the Internet came along, the practice of posting and placing/using classified ads in newspapers as a communication medium has become a fossil. In contrast, the use of Internet discussion forums, online game platforms and their associated chat features has become quite the norm.

During initial research, I began posting a few threads on a popular forum, Godlike Productions, to “test the water” and to start creating a persona. As the forum is widely known to be a conspiracy and lunatic-fringe site, I created a persona to suit: somewhat crazy, even hoaxing, but an enigma on spiritual and global strategic insider issues nevertheless. This persona provided an efficient cover to get information out there without lifting too many eyebrows. I often had to play both protagonist and antagonist.

I decided to test the reaction to a few topics by starting threads and releasing limited, but real, intel on topics of a political-insider and spiritual nature. And yes, I said “spiritual”. Some might be pleasantly surprised if they knew how “spiritually oriented” the decision-makers in Upper Echelon and other intelligence-gathering organisations are. They are fully aware of the spiritual impact that the coming changes will bring to mankind. The influence and necessity of spiritual interaction and awareness are well calculated and correlated within their think-tanks and in making future decisions on what to advise those who depend on their analysis.

For us operators, think-tanks like Rubicon (RAND) sometimes have the annoying habit of analyzing things to death before a decision is made and the direction of a future cause of action is drafted/set.

Now, all that remained was to wait patiently for the appropriate time to release the CHANI information to the public. That time finally came in March 2008. 


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In Most Faiths, Especially Christianity, Women Are More Faithful Than Men

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 15, 2016

AS MANY people read it, the Easter narrative being celebrated today by hundreds of millions of Christians across the world makes a point about gender as one of its many sub-texts. In his darkest moment, Jesus seems to be abandoned by most of his cowardly male disciples who are disappointed that he has failed to triumph as an earthly king, and frightened for their own skins; but his female followers, though grief-stricken over his fate, remain loyal and determined to their cultural duty by anointing his body with spices; the women are duly rewarded by getting the first news that their master has risen.

Here is one of the many paradoxical things about religion as a feature of human society. Its founders, administrators and gate-keepers have generally, with important exceptions, been men. But its most loyal practitioners, including and perhaps especially in times of adversity, have been women. During the atheist Soviet regime, it was devout women who kept the flame of faith alive and passed it onto their children. There were babushkas or grandmothers who kept religious icons in their houses and taught their children to pray. Among the Sufi Muslim communities in remote parts of the Caucasus, women ran prayer circles; and in the indigenous religions of Siberia, the task of healing often fell to female shamans.

A global survey by the Pew Research Center, an independent body based in Washington, DC, has found that by a whole series of yardsticks, women are generally more devout than men, albeit with some exceptions. It looked at six faith categories (Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and the unaffiliated) as well as public data from 192 nations, including its own surveys in 84 countries, gathered since 2008. Among its broad conclusions:

“On all the standard measures of religious commitment examined…Christian women are more religious than Christian men. By contrast, Muslim women and Muslim men show similar levels of religiousness on all measures of religious commitment except frequency of attendance at worship services. Because of religious norms, Muslim men attend services at a mosque much more often than Muslim women do. ”

Looking in greater detail, the survey found that 83.4% of women round the world identified with a religious group compared with 79.9% of men. In 61 out of the 192 countries, the female lead was more than two percentage points. Among the 84 countries where Pew had asked the question, there were 43 where substantially more women than men reported praying daily. The only country where more men than women engaged in daily prayer was Israel; as the survey notes, in Orthodox Judaism, practised by 22% of Jewish Israelis, an act of worship requires a quorum of 10 men, or minyan. In 36 of the 84 countries, women were significantly more likely than men to describe religion as very important in their lives; only in Israel and Mozambique were male respondents more likely than female ones to attach a big role to religion.

Generally, Muslim men and women were more alike in their levels of piety than were male and female Christians. In the 40 countries where data was available, Muslim women reported praying daily in only fractionally greater numbers than their male counterparts. However a look at Christians’ prayer habits in 54 countries revealed a much bigger gap; there were 29 countries where female prayerfulness exceeded that of males by 10 points or more, and in Greece the gap was 25 points.

The United States is one of the countries where the gender gap is large. Some 60% of American women consider religion very important, against 47% of men. Daily prayer is practised by 64% of female Americans against 47% of males; and weekly church-going is a habit among 40% of American women versus 32% of men.

Although it certainly isn’t the whole story, part of the explanation may lie in the traditional European societies, especially Catholic ones, from which present-day Americans originate. In old-fashioned Mediterranean communities, where everybody was formally devout, the task of praying, church-going and keeping the family right with God and His saints was one that fell to females more than to males. That division of labour persisted among American Catholic migrants, and it was remarkably long-lasting in the Old World too. In her study of a working-class Greek community in the early 1970s, Renee Hirschon found that women had a deep theological understanding of the rituals they enacted, from mourning the dead to preparing festive meals for different occasions on the church calendar, culminating in Easter. The women, more clearly than their husbands, could see and describe how faith and custom interacted.



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Priest Warns of ‘Yoga Dangers’

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 22, 2015

በሚከተለው አመለካከት ሙሉ በሙሉ እስማማለሁ። ዮጋሲባል በቃ ዘመናዊ ነገር፡ ለጤናና ለደኽንነት የሚጠቅመን ሰውነታችንን ዘና ማድረጊያ መንገድ መስሎ ይታየናል። ይህ ትልቅ ስሕተት ነው! ዮጋ፡ ከሂንዱ አምልኮት የፈለቀ ወደ ሂንዱ አማልክት (ብዙ ናቸው) ወደ ባዕዳውያን መናፍስት የሚወስድና አደገኛ የሆነ የማጥመቂያመንገድ ነው። አዲስና ዘመናዊ ነገርም አይደለም፡ በጣዖት አምላኪዎች ዘንድ ለዘመናት ሲተገበር የቆየ አሳሳች ተለምዶ እንጂ። ሊገርመን ይችላል፡ ግን በተለይ ቅንጭላትንን በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ላልታጠቡ እጆች አሳልፈን በመስጠት ማሳሸት አደገኛ መሆኑን በቅርብ ከማውቃቸው ሰዎች የተገነዘብኩት ነው። በአገራችንም ቢሆን፡ በክርስቶስ ስም የተጠመቅን የእግዚአብሔር ልጆች ቅንጭላታችንን ቅቤ ባንቀባ እንዲሁም ለ ጥቁርሕዝቦች ብቻ ተብለው የሚሸጡትን ቅባተቅባታት አዘውትርን ከመቀባት ብንቆጠብ ሸጋ ነው።

A Derry priest has warned parishioners against taking part in yoga and having Indian head massages.

yogaFr. Roland Colhoun, who is based in the Waterside, issued caution when saying mass in Drumsurn two Sundays ago, when he says he was drafted in at short notice. He said his sermon was based on the devil and exorcism.

I mentioned a number of things that are part of the new age movement. It’s so embedded in our culture now that it has gained a kind of a respectability, but the new age practices, they’re certainly not good for us and the Church is very concerned about people employing them and has written specific documents on the new age movement. There is a great body of research (theological, spiritual and physiological) already done on it.”

Fr. Colhoun said he mentioned yoga and Indian head massage. “The Indian head massage, while I haven’t done a great study into it, the difficulty is that it involves the laying on of hands on another person’s head. There is a risk when you do that because that is a rite we use in the sacramental practice for the communication of the Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation, and ordination as well,” said Fr Colhoun, “but if you do that outside of a sacramental rite you’re running the risk of communicating a bad spirit, not the Holy Spirit.”

Regarding yoga, Fr. Colhoun said the medical journals have taken great interest in yoga and the case studies of yoga practitioners who gained injuries and long term disabilities.

Pope Francis said ‘do not seek spiritual answers in yoga classes’. Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk. When you take up those practices from other cultures, which are outside our Christian domain, you don’t know what you are opening yourself up to. The bad spirit can be communicated in a variety of ways. I’m not saying everyone gets it, or that it happens every time, and people may well be doing yoga harmlessly, but there‘s always a risk and that’s why the Pope mentioned it and that’s why we talk about that in terms of the danger of the new age movement and the danger of the occult today. That’s the fear.”

Fr. Colhoun said yoga or Indian head massage “don’t have their origins in Christianity”.

There is definitely power from them, but where it’s from the Church is nervous and that’s why it fits into the sermon on the devil,” said Fr Colhoun who accepts some people may be bemused by his comments, but said: “I would refer people to the evidence. The Church documents are written on it. It’s not an exhaustive study as the new age movement keeps changing. The documents give great caution about their practices.”



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Mysterious Ethiopia: Gurdjieff & Abyssinia

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on January 16, 2013


George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1872 – 1949)

My note: He was by any account one of the most remarkable men the human race has produced.

His name was George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (pronounced “gur-jeef” or “gur-jeff”), and he proved to be one of the most challenging, paradoxical, and enigmatic spiritual teachers of our time. He is chiefly remembered for imparting, through the most extraordinary and difficult methods, the fundamentals of an esoteric system known as the Fourth Way – also called, austerely, “the Work.” “Fourth Way” author William Patterson postulates that Gurdjieff’s teachings can be traced to prehistoric Egypt, where it was transmitted from Abyssinia (Ethiopia).

I don’t support the teaching/position of Gurdjieff on “universal spirituality”, yet his philosophical thoughts are simply mind blowing.

Among some of the distinctions that I was able to make between individual Eastern European / Orthodox Christian thinkers/travelers/explorers and Western European or Asian thinkers/travelers/explorers is that the European Orthodox Christian ones (Gurdjieff, Vavilov, Ouspensky, Bulatovich) go down to countries like Ethiopia not to glorify their individual-selves or nations, rather to learn, to satisfy their curiosity, with a principal aim to expand their horizon, to study and practice new ideas – to search for the truth, and later herald it to the wider world. Whereas, most Western, Arab, Chinese or Indian (except Kerela’s Orthodox Christian Indians) scholars sneak into countries like Ethiopia mainly, either to express their empty superiority complex, or to steal ancient manuscripts (e.g. James Bruce), animals, crops and minerals, or to steal human-souls. The demons of their racially motivated Eurocentrism, Sinocentrism, Indocentrism or Arabocentrism don’t allow them to go and search for the truth, as a consequence, humanity is forced to be taken as their hostage. We are warned by the Bible of these thieves who come only to steal and kill and destroy. Mind you, thieves like James Bruce and fascist murderers like Graziani still are celebrated as heroes in their respective Britain and Italy. Just ridiculous!

are celebrated as heroes

Fascinating stuff!

From Thebes we traveled up the Nile to its source, and went on into Abyssinia, where we stayed for three months; and then coming out to the Red Sea we passed through, and finally reached the ruins of Babylon.” This is the whole of the account that Mr. Gurdjieff gives of his and Professor Skridlov’s trip to Abyssinia, modern day Ethiopia and Eritrea. One could be forgiven for not placing much importance on it. Compared to what Gurdjieff writes about his treks through the Hindu Kush in Meetings with Remarkable Men, his trip to Ethiopia would appear to have been uneventful. But could this be an instance where Gurdjieff buried the dog, that is, purposefully hid his sources?

Said J.G. Bennett, “I do know that Ethiopia was very important to him because to the very end of his life he spoke with great love for Ethiopia. Once he said he thought of going to spend the rest of his days there. He said that the two places where he felt he had ties were one, Central Asia, that is, Bokhara, and the other is Ethiopia…. His visits to Ethiopia formed quite an important part of his total searches.”

Bennett seems to indicate multiple visits to Ethiopia occurred. Obviously Gurdjieff found something extremely valuable there. Was it a school? Gurdjieff once told Solita Solano that he was initiated into the Egyptian Mysteries four times. Did this occur in Ethiopia? Before investigating what Gurdjieff found in Ethiopia, the question of what caused him to go there in the first place should be addressed.

What would have drawn Gurdjieff to Ethiopia? To this day most historians would argue that there is very little of cultural or historical importance in Ethiopia. In recent decades this Eurocentric view has begun to be refuted, but in Gurdjieff’s time historians firmly believed that anything of value in Ethiopia was brought there by other people. This backwards view of Ethiopia persists even today and is best described by historian Amadou-Mahtar M’Bow, “In writing the history of a large part of Africa, the only sources used were from outside the continent, and the final product gave a picture not so much of the paths actually taken by the African peoples as of those that the authors thought they must have taken.” Regardless of what his contemporaries thought, Gurdjieff would have found numerous indications of Ethiopia’s actual historical role in his pursuit of ancient knowledge.

Magnetic Ethiopia

Perhaps Gurdjieff went to Ethiopia in order to understand what drew Moses there. Moses married an Ethiopian queen and, according to the early Jewish historian Josephus, this happened on a military expedition in Ethiopia. But much more surprising is the Jewish oral tradition which states that Moses spent 40 years in Ethiopia. This only begins to make sense if we accept that Moses was between 120 and 140 years old when he died.

Similarly, Mohammed married a woman whose dowry was provided by the king of Ethiopia. While there is no record of Mohammed going to Ethiopia, he was nursed by an Ethiopian woman, and Mohammed’s maternal grandfather, who raised him, frequently traveled to Ethiopia. It is not too far of a reach to imagine Mohammed accompanying his grandfather on one of these trips, especially since Mohammed would later send a number of his family and followers to Ethiopia for refuge. It is also interesting to note that according to Plutarch when Set betrayed Osiris he was assisted by the Ethiopian queen Aso.

Was Gurdjieff seeking the legendary Christian kingdom of Prester John that played such a role in the Grail myth, the legendary kingdom that Medieval Europe put such great hope in for assistance in the Crusades and the fight against the Mongols?

Possibly Gurdjieff was researching an astrological clue. The constellations Cepheus and Cassiopeia, mythical king and queen of Ethiopia, circle around the pole star without ever dipping below the horizon. In addition to having such an exalted place in the heavens, the constellations of Andromeda, Perseus, Pegasus and Cetus all play supporting roles in these stellar myths of Ethiopia. What is it about Ethiopia that enshrined it so prominently in the stars?

The Book of Enoch Rediscovered

Perhaps Gurdjieff was trying to track down the Book of Enoch and the people who had preserved it. The Book of Enoch was lost to the world except for a few fragments in Greek. But in 1768 the Scottish Mason James Bruce traveled up the Nile into Ethiopia and stole an illuminated manuscript of the Book of Enoch from an Ethiopian monastery. It took over 50 years for the first translation to be published in 1821.

Certainly Gurdjieff knew of the Book of Enoch and he must have had a general idea of its contents, but had he read it prior to traveling to Ethiopia? There is no indication that the book was translated into a language that Gurdjieff read, but recall that Gurdjieff’s friend Abram Yelov was a master of languages and spoke English. In fact, Gurdjieff discusses his search for ancient books in Meetings with Remarkable Men. Gurdjieff met Yelov in a Tiflis book market where Yelov worked. But this was not just any book market. Recounts Gurdjieff, “I returned to Tiflis chiefly because I could obtain there any book I wanted. In this city, both then and the last time I stopped there, it was easy to find any rare book in any language, especially in Armenian, Georgian and Arabic.” Certainly Enoch, the lost book of the Jews, set before the flood and describing the first human to perfect himself, must have been at the top of Gurdjieff’s shopping list. Were Gurdjieff and Yelov able to get their hands on it or was Enoch the book that got away?

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Gurdjieff & Orthodox Christianity

P. D. Ouspensky (1878–1947)


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Spiritual Reflection

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on October 4, 2008

From The Epistle of Barnabas

The way of light, then, is as follows. If any one desires to travel to the appointed place, he must be zealous in his works. The knowledge, therefore, which is given to us for the purpose of walking in this way, is the following:

  • Thou shalt love Him that created thee: thou shalt glorify Him that redeemed thee from death.
  • Thou shalt be simple in heart, and rich in spirit.
  • Thou shalt not join thyself to those who walk in the way of death.
  • Thou shalt hate doing what is unpleasing to God: thou shalt hate all hypocrisy.
  • Thou shalt not forsake the commandments of the Lord.
  • Thou shalt not exalt thyself, but shalt be of a lowly mind.
  • Thou shalt not take glory to thyself.
  • Thou shalt not take evil counsel against thy neighbor.
  • Thou shalt not allow over-boldness to enter into thy soul.
  • Thou shalt not commit fornication: thou shalt not commit adultery: thou shalt not be a corrupter of youth.
  • Thou shalt not let the word of God issue from thy lips with any kind of impurity.
  • Thou shalt not accept persons when thou reprovest any one for transgression.
  • Thou shalt be meek: thou shalt be peaceable.
  • Thou shalt tremble at the words which thou hearest.
  • Thou shalt not be mindful of evil against thy brother.
  • Thou shalt not be of doubtful mind as to whether a thing shall be or not.
  • Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  • Thou shalt love thy neighbor more than thine own soul.
  • Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born. Thou shalt not withdraw thy hand from thy son, or from thy daughter, but from their infancy thou shalt teach them the fear of the Lord.
  • Thou shalt not covet what is thy neighbor’s, nor shalt thou be avaricious.Thou shalt not be joined in soul with the haughty, but thou shalt be reckoned with the righteous and lowly.
  • Receive thou as good things the trials which come upon thee.
  • Thou shalt not be of double mind or of double tongue, for a double tongue is a snare of death.
  • Thou shalt be subject to the Lord, and to [other] masters as the image of God, with modesty and fear. Thou shalt not issue orders with bitterness to thy maidservant or thy man-servant, who trust in the same [God], lest thou shouldst not reverence that God who is above both; for He came to call men not according to their outward appearance, but according as the Spirit had prepared them.
  • Thou shalt communicate in all things with thy neighbor; thou shalt not call things thine own; for if ye are partakers in common of things which are incorruptible, how much more [should you be] of those things which are corruptible!
  • Thou shalt not be hasty with thy tongue, for the mouth is a snare of death.
  • As far as possible, thou shalt be pure in thy soul. Do not be ready to stretch forth thy hands to take, whilst thou contractest them to give.
  • Thou shalt love, as the apple of thine eye, every one that speaketh to thee the word of the Lord.
  • Thou shalt remember the day of judgment, night and day.
  • Thou shalt seek out every day the faces of the saints, either by word examining them, and going to exhort them, and meditating how to save a soul by the word, or by thy hands thou shalt labor for the redemption of thy sins.
  • Thou shalt not hesitate to give, nor murmur when thou givest. ‘Give to every one that asketh thee’, and thou shalt know who is the good Recompenser of the reward.
  • Thou shalt preserve what thou hast received, neither adding to it nor taking from it.
  • To the last thou shalt hate the wicked [one].
  • Thou shalt judge righteously.
  • Thou shalt not make a schism, but thou shalt pacify those that contend by bringing them together.
  • Thou shalt confess thy sins.
  • Thou shalt not go to prayer with an evil conscience.

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