MUHAMMAD AND THE ANGEL OF LIGHT
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By Morten St. George
In view of a strong correlation in timing between the construction of the Nazca Lines in Peru and Muhammad's encounter with the archangel Gabriel in Arabia, it may be worthwhile to consider as a possibility that the Andean sky god wrote the Quran (Koran) and then fabricated the archangel Gabriel to deliver it to Muhammad. Of course, many other explanations are possible, such as:
a) Allah wrote the Quran and then enticed the archangel Gabriel to verbally transmit it to Muhammad over the course of two decades. No one can deny the right of people to believe what they wish.
b) Muhammad was merely hallucinating and the archangel never appeared. However, the Quran was clearly no hallucination, and it doubtful that Muhammad could have constantly deceived his followers into thinking that he was sane -- for two decades -- if in fact he was utterly crazy.
c) Muhammad concocted the Quran himself and then pretended that it was transmitted to him by Gabriel. However, Muslim scholars make a good point when they say that the Quran is so magnificent -- both linguistically and thematically -- that it is doubtful that the entire Arab nation working in collaboration could have produced such a book in the seventh century.
This leaves us with either Allah or the sky god as the best explanation, and we have to look elsewhere for information or evidence that could help resolve the issue in favor of one or the other.
I never had any special interest in Muhammad and it was purely by accident that I encountered him in my investigations. At the time, I was only probing into the origins of a book called the Revelations of Elijah (also known as the Book of Light and as the Cabala), a clandestine text belonging to a sect of medieval mystics known as the Cabala. Unlike the Muslims, the cabalists wrote no clear histories about anything; their abundant literature was entirely cryptic. Their first fundamental text was the Sefer Yetzirah (the Book of Creation, also known as the Book of Abraham). Some scholars say it was written in the second century and others say it first appeared in the ninth century. Their second fundamental text was the Sefer ha Bahir (the Book of Brightness). Some scholars say it was written in France in the 12th century and others say that parts of it were written in Babylonia many centuries earlier. Their third fundamental text was the Sefer ha-Zohar (Book of Splendor). Some scholars say it was written in Spain during the 13th century and others say it was written in the Holy Land during the second century. These are not minor discrepancies. It is clear that with respect to the origins of the Cabala, nobody knows anything.
But I happened to know a few things about the medieval Cabala that the scholars did not know: a) I knew that the medieval cabalists were in possession of an alien artifact, b) I knew approximately when they came into possession of that artifact, and c) I knew the thematic contents of that artifact. This knowledge enabled me to read books like Saadia Gaon's Commentary on the Sefer Yetzirah (complete version) and gather information that other scholars would have passed over as nonsense (ie. mysticism), likewise for the Works of the Chariot passages in the Sefer ha-Bahir, likewise for other sources (see Footnote).
The Cabala originated in the early seventh century when the Lord decided to fulfill His biblical promise: "I shall send you Elijah the Prophet." The prophet Elijah made numerous fiery descents in his Chariot, delivering, piecemeal, the Book of Revelations. He delivered these Revelations to geonic scholars in a Babylonian desert. Indeed, the beginnings of the Geonic period correspond to the time of Muhammad's encounters with Gabriel, and Babylonia was relatively close to Muhammad's Arabia. Moreover, Elijah the prophet and Gabriel the angel were both described as luminous (which is suggestive of holograms). Regarding sound, Gabriel spoke in "imperious" voice, and Elijah's speech, glorifying the Lord, echoed in the desert.
It must be noted that Muhammad's angel was quite unlike the angels we see depicted in the religious paintings of the Christians. This was no winged baby; Muhammad reported that Gabriel was massive in size: his stretched-out wings covered the entire mountain! A mere case of mistaken identity must therefore be ruled out.
The Revelations of Elijah, however, are wholly silent on the theme of authorship of the Quran. But the investigation into the origins of the Revelations turned up a big surprise. Elijah the Prophet delivered more than just the Revelations to those scholars in the desert. Elijah also delivered the Sefer Yetzirah, which of course explains why this book was widely believed to be of divine origin. Consequently, the Sefer Yetzirah -- in addition to the Revelations -- may have been written by the alien, giving us another place to look for clues on authorship of the Quran.
The first sentence of the Sefer Yetzirah reads as follows:
Into thirty-two mysterious paths of wisdom did (he/it) engrave Yah, Lord of the Legions, God of Israel, God of Life, King of the Ages, All-powerful God, Creator of Good, Dwelling in the Heights, Dwelling in Eternity, Holy Be His Name, and create (his/its) world with three books: written, numerical, and verbal.
Pistorius' translation of the last three words into Latin was Scriptis, numeratis, pronunciatis.
The cabalists identified the written rendering as pertaining to the Revelations of Elijah (deemed written in heaven by the archangel Metatron and merely delivered by Elijah). And they identified the numerical rendering as pertaining to the Sefer Yetzirah itself, since this book, deemed written by Abraham, was essentially a numerical summation of creation via combinations of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. As for the verbal rendering, they concluded that this had to be the Book of Moses (Torah), now deemed to have been verbally dictated to Moses on Mount Sinai. But that makes little sense. Moses was too distant in time to be part of singular authorship of the three books. The verbal rendering therefore has to be the Quran, verbally transmitted to Muhammad on the Mountain of Light.
Conclusion: On the question of whether the Quran was authored by Allah or by the sky god of the Andes, the preponderance of evidence tends to favor the ancient astronaut.
Note that the Quran provides a cross-reference. It refers to the "Books of Abraham and Moses" though, to this day, most Muslims seem to be unaware of any book that can be attributed to Abraham.
The Quran and the Sefer Yetzirah were clearly designed to be read by people with the mentality of the seventh century, and consequently they are far from what we might expect an advanced alien to write. The objective of these books -- even though it would take centuries to fully achieve -- appears to have been to instill some intellectual activity and civilized behavior into human society.
SEFER YETZIRAH (translation by Kaplan)
"Ten Sefirot of Nothingness: ten and not nine, ten and not eleven. Understand with Wisdom, and be wise with understanding. Discern with them, and know, think and depict."
Among other things, the Sefer Yetzirah is suspected of having influenced the introduction of Arabic numerals.
"He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom has indeed been granted abundant good; and none would be reminded except those endowed with understanding." Like the Sefer Yetzirah, the Quran heavily promotes wisdom and understanding.
The Quran refers to Elijah in the verse "Peace be on Elias and his people" and elsewhere. A special curiosity is whether "the shining Book" (again from the Quran) could be alluding to the Revelations of Elijah in view of indications that the Revelations glowed in the dark -- for nearly a thousand years -- right up to the time of their destruction in the late 16th century.
Unlike the Quran and the Sefer Yetzirah, the Revelations (later becoming the Prophecies of Merlin that were incorporated into the Prophecies of Nostradamus) were apparently designed to be read by people with the mentality of the 21st century, as evidenced by evaluation of the surviving text.
References to the Revelations of Elijah were encountered by Gershom Scholem during his investigation of the Provencal Cabala, though Scholem himself was never able to identify the specific revelations being referred to. Additional relevant information on Elijah can be found in the writings in the Lurianic Cabala. Commentaries on the Sefer Yetzirah -- which are numerous and extensive -- attest to the divine origin of that book. An account of the emission of light inside the schoolhouse (the intensity of the glow would increase upon chanting the names of the Lord) and helpful information on Metatron can be found in the writings of the Germanic Cabala. The literature of the Iyyun Circle adds more stories about "the shining light" along with abstruse commentary on its textual content. In general, the medieval cabalists transmitted crucial knowledge orally (and only orally) from one generation to the next, which explains why it is necessary to collate fragments of data from diverse sources to come up with a coherent account of what happened. In sharp contrast, abundant information on the origins of Islam is widely available on the Internet.
In a highly disguised manner, the Nova Atlantis gives us a vivid description of Elijah and his Chariot: "He was a man of middle stature and age, comely of person, and had an aspect as if he pitied men. He was clothed in a robe of fine black cloth, with wide sleeves and a cape. His under garment was of excellent white linen down to the foot, girt with a girdle of the same; and a sindon or tippet of the same about his neck. He had gloves, that were curious, and set with stone; and shoes of peach-coloured velvet. His neck was bare to the shoulders. His hat was like a helmet, or Spanish montera; and his locks curled below it decently: they were of colour brown. His beard was cut round, and of the same colour with his hair, somewhat lighter. He was carried in a rich chariot without wheels, litter-wise; with two horses at either end, richly trapped in blue velvet embroidered; and two footmen on each side in the like attire. The chariot was all of cedar, gilt, and adorned with crystal; save that the fore-end had panels of sapphires, set in borders of gold; and the hinder-end the like of emeralds of the Peru colour. There was also a sun of gold, radiant, upon the top, in the midst; and on the top before, a small cherub of gold, with wings displayed..." where the winged cherub could be an allusion to Metatron and suggesting that this archangel accompanied -- or guided -- Elijah on his descents. The original Latin version of the description includes the words Iudaeus mihi dixit in the same paragraph, implying that the source was Isaac Luria, who himself was described as Eliam Messiae, the Elijah of the Messiah.
By the latest speculations, the Revelations of Elijah fell into the possession of the Cathars in the 12th century and were then returned to the cabalists when the Cathars became extinct in the 13th century. It would therefore have to be a cabalist who carried the Revelations to England in the late 16th century.