7.1 – FORBIDDEN CAVES (10.31.14)

RITUALISTIC PRACTICES [2c]

The Himalayas, Northern India. Every summer, hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims brave an arduous journey. They cross many miles of deadly terrain to reach the Amarnath Cave a place of worship for thousands of years.

“12,756 feet above sea level, in the Himalayas, is the most revered holy pilgrimage site for all of the people who follow the Hindu faith.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“People die because of high altitude sickness. Others simply fall off the cliff. And still people go there because it is considered to be the most holiest shrine.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

According to local lore, this massive cave is where the god Shiva revealed the secrets of immortality and the creation of the Universe to his wife Parvati. To honor Shiva, worshippers pay their respects to a sacred relic inside, an ice lingam, which they believe is a physical manifestation of his generative power.

“To reveal the secret to transcending the flesh, the secret to true immortality, makes that site of extreme importance to the people in the Hindu faith.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

To the Hindu faithful who risk life and limb to reach the Amarnath Cave, this story is a real account of an otherworldly being who was at this exact location here on Earth. But why would Lord Shiva choose to divulge his divine secrets in a cave? Could caves really hold special properties that have made them places of worship throughout history? Interestingly, the Amarnath Cave is only one of hundreds of caves around the world that have been at one time considered sacred. Archaeologists believe a 20-foot-long serpentine rock carving in Botswana’s Rhino Cave was the focus of religious ritual as far back as 70,000 years ago. And cave monasteries can be found in France, Russia, Thailand, Ethiopia, and Hungary, just to name a few.

“I don’t think that this is a coincidence that places of refuge, spiritual refuge, are inside caves. This is where one can contemplate, one can hear one’s inner voice without the distractions of the day.”

Rev. Michael J.S. Carter, M.Div.
(Author, Alien Scriptures)

“One thing about caves is they’re underground; they’re unseen. Well, religion is about unseen things. Going into a cave is going into holy ground.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Is the mysterious nature of caves enough to explain why they have been revered as sacred places by different cultures and religions all over the world? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest there may be a more profound reason, which can be found by examining the stories behind our ancestors’ rituals.

Yucatán, Mexico, 2008. Mexican archaeologists exploring just outside the capital of Merida make an historic discovery: an aquatic underworld full of mysterious offerings to the Mayan gods, including human sacrifices.

“What they found was a system of 14 caves, and in them were stone temples, and they were all linked together. And it was thought that what they had discovered was the Mayan underworld known as Xibalba.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Some of this work is underwater. Divers would have had to hold their breath and go down and do carving underwater to make this possible. They were very devout to be sure.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Central to the heavily Mayan ritualistic society was the belief that in order for them to rejoin the gods in the next life, the dead must make their way through a dark and perilous journey.

“In the mythology of the Maya, we have these incredible references to Xibalba, which means “the underworld.” And we can read about it in the Popol Vuh, which is the book of the Jaguar priests.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Some historians believe that the caves discovered in 2008 are indeed those caves that represented for the Maya the passageway to Xibalba the underworld. But Ancient Astronaut Theorists propose Xibalba has a more cosmic connection.

“One of the most famous code breakers her name was Dr. Linda Schele. She dealt with the Maya language all her life. She is actually one of the people who have suggested that there is another meaning for Xibalba, and that’s ‘the Milky Way.’”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“To the Mayans, who were very good astronomers, this represented the passageway to another world, Xibalba the middle of the Milky Way. So, when they refer to the underworld, they’re actually referring to the sky above.”

– Logan Hawkes (Publisher, The Mexico Less Traveled),
(Author/Producer, Ancient Mysteries of the Americas),
(Author, Close Encounters of the Old West),
(Ancient Aliens of the Americas)

“This suggests that the cave could be a portal, in which extraterrestrials are actually able to come and go freely from their plane of existence to our own.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Is it possible that the Mayan stories of Xibalba were not describing a passageway to the afterlife, but a portal to another part of the Universe? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that caves have become places of ritual because they have a direct connection to extraterrestrials, and claim that further proof can be found by examining the mysterious Sky Caves of Nepal.

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