About lawyers and legal protection

M: No. We will not. That is why I believe – we are not going to make legal proceedings. So we will not do that any way. Then we are not the final one.

M: Yes, but it is … we can not … we can not act with litigation and such things. It’s not the way we should protect ourselves.

M: The cause would have to come out in court cases and things.

M: No … one must of course have … of course, it must be written what you have
promised and what not promised etc. It must be written. But … Not this with litigation.

M: No, it’s good to write down what you agree. Yes, yes, you have to. But it does not have to mean that there is a prosecution if not kept. We must abandon these prosecutions.

M: It’s also something weird, to conduct litigation on spiritual things.

Tage: If you have a contract, it’s only for securing prosecution against us, not for prosecution towards others.

Martinus’ symbols

Through the technique of the symbol, the details of the spiritual or cosmic world are thus made physically accessible. They are rendered physically visible in an artificial way.
(The Eternal World Picture, vol. 1, sect. B3)

See an overview of all the symbols and their explanations. Go to the overview of the symbols.

Martinus is creating one of his symbols
The Living Being 1
Symbol 6. The Living Being 1

Martinus has drawn and painted a large number of symbols, which are important elements in his overall description of the eternal world picture. He wanted these symbols to provide an accessible overview of the principles and laws that characterize life and the universe as a whole.

One hundred symbols with associated symbol explanations are published in the books The Eternal World Picture 1-6; they constitute an important supplement to his main work, Livets Bog (The Book of Life).

The symbols are made up of figures, colours and lines, each illustrating specific areas of the cosmic analyses. Martinus has thus created a physical illustration of spiritual realities that are otherwise inaccessible to our physical sensory perception. This physical visibility makes it easier for us to focus our thoughts on spiritual phenomena and to study them in a systematic and purposeful way, as we are accustomed to doing with physical objects and phenomena.

You can liken the symbols to maps. They provide a symbolic representation of the spiritual and cosmic realities, in the same way as maps provide a symbolic representation of geographical realities.

Forty-four of Martinus’ symbols are presented below. Each symbol is followed by a brief symbol explanation; we do, however, always recommend readers to read Martinus’ own detailed explanations in The Eternal World Picture.

The symbols can be purchased from the Institute’s internet bookshop and are available in the following three sizes: B5 (18 x 25.8 cm), A3 (29.7 x 42) and poster-size (about 55 x 65 cm). They are also available as transparencies for overhead projectors (A4-size).

http://www.martinus.dk/en/martinus-symbols/

The Martinus Institute’s English (not available) summary explanations of symbol no. 45-100

symbol 45 Menneskelegemet som et stjernesystem
Symbol 45
Menneskelegemet som stjernesystem

symbol 46 Menneskets atomverden og grundenergierne
Symbol 46
Menneskets atomverden og grundenergierne

symbol 47 Den sunde menneskeorganisme
Symbol 47
Den sunde
menneskeorganisme
symbol 48 Sygdom i menneskeorganismen
Symbol 48
Sygdom i
menneskeorganismen
symbol 49 Mikrokosmisk stjernesystem.Organisk atomverden
Symbol 49
Mikrokosmisk stjernesystem.
Organisk atomverden
symbol 50 Instinktuniverset. Instinktatomet eller instinktsolsystemet
Symbol 50
Instinktuniverset.
Instinktatomet eller
instinktsolsystemet
symbol 51 Tyngdeuniverset. Tyngdeatomet eller tyngdesolsystemet
Symbol 51
Tyngdeuniverset.
Tyngdeatomet eller
tyngdesolsystemet
symbol 52 Følelsesuniverset. Følelsesatomet eller følelsessolsystemet
Symbol 52
Følelsesuniverset.
Følelsesatomet eller
følelsessolsystemet
symbol 53 Intelligensuniverset. Intelligens- atomet eller intelligenssolsystemet
Symbol 53
Intelligensuniverset. Intelligensatomet eller intelligenssolsystemet
symbol 54 Intuitionsuniverset. Intuitionsatomet eller intuitionssolsystemet
Symbol 54
Intuitionsuniverset.
Intuitionsatomet eller
intuitionssolsystemet
symbol 55 Hukommelsesuniverset. Hukommelsesatomet eller hukommelsessolsystemet
Symbol 55
Hukommelsesuniverset.
Hukommelsesatomet eller
hukommelsessolsystemet
symbol 56 Den sunde atomvirksomhed i organismen
Symbol 56
Den sunde atomvirksomhed
i organismen
symbol 57 Elektronsprængning i menneskets atomverden
Symbol 57
Elektronsprængning i
menneskets atomverden
symbol 58 Atomforgiftning
Symbol 58
Atomforgiftning
symbol 59 Tyngdeenergiens indbrud i følelsesområdet
Symbol 59
Tyngdeenergiens indbrud
i følelsesområdet
symbol 60 Følelsesenergiens indbrud i tyngdeområdet
Symbol 60
Følelsesenergiens indbrud
i tyngdeområdet
symbol 61 Følelsesenergiens indbrud i instinktområdet
Symbol 61
Følelsesenergiens indbrud
i instinktområdet
symbol 62 Intuitionsenergiens indbrud i følelesesområdet
Symbol 62
Intuitionsenergiens indbrud
i følelesesområdet
symbol 63 Intuitionsenergiens indbrud i intelligensområdet
Symbol 63
Intuitionsenergiens indbrud
i intelligensområdet
symbol 64 Tyngdeenergiens indbrud i intuitionsområdet
Symbol 64
Tyngdeenergiens indbrud
i intuitionsområdet
symbol 65 Atomkatastrofernes udslag i organismen
Symbol 65
Atomkatastrofernes
udslag i organismen
symbol 66 Mennesket i det fuldkomne tankeklima
Symbol 66
Mennesket i det
fuldkomne tankeklima

symbol 67 Den animalske og den vegetariske føde
Symbol 67
Den animalske og
den vegetariske føde

symbol 67A Den idelle fødes vibrationer
Symbol 67A
Den ideelle fødes
vibrationer

symbol 68 Mavesyre, kogning og kosten
Symbol 68
Mavesyre, kogning
og kosten
symbol 69 Den animalske fordøjelse
Symbol 69
Den animalske fordøjelse
symbol 70 Den vegetariske fordøjelse
Symbol 70
Den vegetariske fordøjelse
symbol 71 Skæbnetalent og talentkerner under diskarnation
Symbol 71
Skæbneelement og talentkerner
under diskarnation
symbol 72 Skæbneelement og talentkerner under inkarnation
Symbol 72
Skæbneelement og talentkerner
under inkarnation
symbol 73 Den defekte organisme
Symbol 73
Den defekte organisme
symbol 74 Den defekte organisme og skæbneelementet
Symbol 74
Den defekte organisme
og skæbneelementet
symbol 75 Menneskets talentkerneødelæggelse
Symbol 75
Menneskets talentkerne-
ødelæggelse
symbol 76 Det kosmiske spiralkredsløb 2. Det ufuldkomne menneske
Symbol 76
Det kosmiske
spiralkredsløb 2.
Det ufuldkomne menneske
symbol 77 Det kosmiske spiralkredsløb 2. Det fuldkomne menneske
Symbol 77
Det kosmiske
spiralkredsløb 2.
Det fuldkomne menneske
symbol 78 Jordklodens mineralepoke
Symbol 78
Jordklodens mineralepoke
symbol 79 Jordklodens vegetabilepoke
Symbol 79
Jordklodens vegetabilepoke
symbol 76 Det kosmiske spiralkredsløb 2. Det ufuldkomne menneske
Symbol 80
Jordklodens dyreepoke
– skærsilden
symbol 81 Jordklodens jordmenneskeepoke. Jordens åndelige verden i dens nuværende epoke
Symbol 81
Jordklodens jordmenneskeepoke.
Jordens åndelige verden
i dens nuværende epoke
symbol 82 Jordklodens fuldkomne menneskerigetilstand
Symbol 82
Jordklodens fuldkomne
menneskerigetilstand
symbol 83 Jordklodens visdomsepoke
Symbol 83
Jordklodens visdomsepoke

symbol 84 Jordklodens intuitionsepoke

Symbol 84
Jordklodens intuitionsepoke

symbol 85 Jordklodens åndelige struktur i dyreriget
Symbol 85
Jordklodens åndelige
struktur i dyreriget

symbol 86 Menneskets udviklingsanalyse. Jordklodens udviklingstrin
Symbol 86
Menneskets udviklingsanalyse.
Jordklodens udviklingstrin

symbol 87 Den menneskelige overtro om næsten. Solens kosmiske stråler, makrokosmisk livskraft
Symbol 87
Den menneskelige
overtro om næsten.
Solens kosmiske stråler,
makrokosmisk livskraft

symbol 88 Den rigtige forestilling om næsten. Menneskenes forskellige karaktertrin
Symbol 88
Den rigtige forestilling
om næsten.
Menneskenes forskellige karaktertrin

symbol 89 Menneskets bevidsthedskategorier
Symbol 89
Menneskets bevidsthedskategorier

symbol 90 Det levende væsen 1. Natbevidstheden
Symbol 90
Det levende væsen 1.
Natbevidstheden
symbol 91 Gennem døden 1
Symbol 91
Gennem døden 1

symbol 92 Gennem døden 2
Symbol 92
Gennem døden 2

symbol 93 Det enpolede væsen
Symbol 93
Det enpolede væsen
symbol 94 Væsenets to poltilstande
Symbol 94
Væsenets to poltilstande
symbol 95 Det dobbeltpolede væsen
Symbol 95
Det dobbeltpolede væsen

symbol 96 Gennem døden 3. Poludviklinger og de åndelige planer

Symbol 96
Gennem døden 3.
Poludviklinger og
de åndelige planer
symbol 97 Loven for tiltrækning og frastødning
Symbol 97
Loven for tiltrækning
og frastødning
symbol 99 Jegets vending af bevægelsen eller energien
Symbol 98
Jegets vending af
bevægelsen eller energien
symbol 99 Tilværelsesplanerne og spiralzonerne
Symbol 99
Tilværelsesplanerne
og spiralzonerne
symbol 100 Den årsagsløse årsag eller den første årsag

The Martinus Institute’s English summary explanations of symbol no. 1-44

Overview of the Symbols
The symbols are physical markings or indications of the invisible leading cosmic principles and laws of the universe.
(The Eternal World Picture, vol. 1, sect. B2)

Below you will find an overview of Martinus’ symbols nos. 1-44, which have been taken from Martinus’ work The Eternal World Picture 1-4.

Click on the individual symbols to see them in a larger format along with a brief explanation of symbols, which aims to give a preliminary overview of the content of the symbol. This explanation, which has been written by the Martinus Institute, is a very abbreviated and concentrated version of Martinus’s own explanatory text.

We encourage you to study Martinus’s own more detailed texts and symbol explanations, which you will find in his books. These will also be available later on this website, where you will be able to read them. If you wish to show symbols on a website, the easiest way of doing so is to add links to the Institute’s website. See the guidance on the use of symbols on websites, and please pay particular attention to the copyright rules.

symbol 1 
  The Spirit of God upon the Face of the Waters
Symbol 1
The Spirit of God upon the Face of the Waters
symbol 2 The Principle of World Redemption
Symbol 2
The Principle of World Redemption
symbol 3 Intolerance
Symbol 3
Intolerance
symbol 4 The Road towards Light
Symbol 4
The Road towards Light
symbol 5 Cosmic Consciousness
Symbol 5
Cosmic Unconsciousness
symbol 6 The Living Being 1
Symbol 6
The Living Being 1
symbol 7 The Principle of Life Units
Symbol 7
The Principle of Life Units
symbol 8-9-10 The three analyses of the triune principle
Symbol 8-9-10
The three analyses of the triune principle
symbol 11 The Eternal World Picture, the Living Being 2, the Eternal Godhead and the Eternal Sons of God
Symbol 11
The Eternal World Picture, the Living Being 2, the Eternal Godhead and the Eternal Sons of God
symbol 12 The Combinations of the Basic Energies
Symbol 12
The Combinations of the Basic Energies
symbol 13 The Eternal World Plan
Symbol 13
The Eternal World Plan
symbol 14 The Cosmic Spiral Cycle 1
Symbol 14
The Cosmic Spiral Cycle 1
symbol 15 The Law of Movement
Symbol 15
The Law of Movement
symbol 16 The Body of Eternity
Symbol 16
The Eternal Body
symbol 17 Reincarnation, Cycles and Seasons
Symbol 17
Reincarnation, Cycles and Seasons
symbol 18 The living being’s arcs of fate
Symbol 18
The living being’s arcs of fate
symbol 19 Through the Initiation of Darkness (Hell or Armageddon)
Symbol 19
Through the Initiation of Darkness (Hell or Armageddon)
symbol 20 The Forgiveness of Sins
Symbol 20
The Forgiveness of Sins
symbol 21 The Eternal, Cosmic, Organic Connection between God and the Sons of God - 1
Symbol 21
The Eternal, Cosmic, Organic Connection between God and the Sons of God – 1
symbol 22 The Eternal, Cosmic, Organic Connection between God and the Sons of God - 2
Symbol 22
The Eternal, Cosmic, Organic Connection between God and the Sons of God – 2
symbol 22a The Materialistic or Unfinished World Picture
Symbol 22A
The Materialistic or Unfinished World Picture
symbol 23 The Finished Human Being in God’s Image after His Likeness
Symbol 23
The Finished Human Being in God’s Image after His Likeness
symbol 24 The Unfinished Human Being
Symbol 24
The Unfinished Human Being
symbol 25 The Karma of Mankind
Symbol 25
The Karma of Mankind
symbol 26 The Perfect Human Kingdom of the Future
Symbol 26
The Perfect Human Kingdom of the Future
symbol 27 The Cosmic Radiance of the Earth
Symbol 27
The Cosmic Radiance of the Earth
symbol 28 Eternal Life or the Ladder of Life
Symbol 28
Eternal Life or the Ladder of Life
symbol 29 Cosmic Paths of Evolution
Symbol 29
Cosmic Paths of Evolution
symbol 30 The Eternal Godhead and the Sensory Abilities of Living Beings
Symbol 30
The Eternal Godhead
and the Sensory Abilities
of Living Beings
symbol 31 The Sensory Faculty of the Living Being and the Steps in Evolution
Symbol 31
The Sensory Faculty
of the Living Being
and the Steps in Evolution
symbol 32 The Twelve Basic Answers or the Solution to the Mystery of Life
Symbol 32
The Twelve Basic Answers
or the Solution to
the Mystery of Life
symbol 33 Animal and Human Thought Climates
Symbol 33
Animal and Human Thought Climates
symbol 33a Registration of Symbol No. 33
Symbol 33A
Registration of Symbol No. 33
symbol 34 The Act of Copulation or God’s Spirit in the Darkness
Symbol 34
The Act of Copulation or God’s Spirit in the Darkness
symbol 35 The Cosmic Cycle of the Pole Principle
Symbol 35
The Cosmic Cycle of the Pole Principle
symbol 36 The Structure of Eternal Life
Symbol 36
The Structure of Eternal Life
symbol 37 The Veiled and Unveiled Eternal Truth
Symbol 37
The Veiled and Unveiled Eternal Truth
symbol 38 The Human Being, and Animal and Vegetable Food
Symbol 38
The Human Being, and Animal and Vegetable Food
symbol 39 The Categories of Consciousness of Terrestrial Mankind
Symbol 39
The Categories of Consciousness of Terrestrial Mankind
symbol 40 The Sign of the Cross
Symbol 40
The Sign of the Cross
symbol 41 The Star Symbol
Symbol 41
The Star Symbol
symbol 42 The Structure of the Flag
Symbol 42
The Structure of the Flag
symbol 43 Symbol of Livets Bog at its Present Stage
Symbol 43
Symbol of “Livets Bog” at its Present Stage
symbol 44 The Law of Existence - Love One Another!
Symbol 44
The Law of Existence – Love One Another!

A threatening letter from the Martinus Institute who has not yet provided even short English explanations of symbols no. 45-100

“We have become aware that you have published all Martinus symbols on your Facebook page. By doing so, you violate Martinus Institute’s copyright to Martinus’ symbols and explanations.

We have previously had correspondence with you about using Martinus’ symbols and we can see that copyright is difficult to understand. You may only publish works of art to which you have copyright. This applies regardless of whether it’s books, audio talks, movies, symbols or anything else. And regardless of the way you publish it. To put texts and symbols on a facebook or website is to publish the work, even though there are limitations on who can see the page.

You do not have copyrights for Martinus’ work. Therefore, do not publish Martinus’s work.

Martinus Institute has the copyright of the whole of Martinus’s work and therefore has the exclusive right to publish it.

Martinus Institute has provided all the symbols with explanation on their website just for others to link to them, so that you do not have to infringe the copyright of the Institute by publishing them.

We therefore ask you to remove the symbols and exolanations, and instead refer to the Martinus Institute’s website or link to it:
http://www.martinus.dk/da/symbolerne/
http://www.martinus.dk/sv/symbolerna/

If you stop violating the copyright of the Institute, we do not need to involve our lawyer.

Yours sincerely
The Council of the Martinus Institute”

The Martinus Institute’s copyright lawsuit

March 2013 / Søren Ingemann Larsen 

As most visitors of this page know, the Martinus Institute has now taken legal actions to prevent access to Martinus’ work here at martinus-webcenter.dk. These judicial actions also aim at stopping the sale of Martinus ‘original literature in the form of the original reissues of Martinus’ work (so-called facsimile editions), published by Kurt Christiansen, and conveyed by Ruth Olsen. Download the letter from the council attorney dated March 11, 2013 to Søren Ingemann Larsen, almost identical letters have been sent to the others just mentioned) 

All the above-mentioned activities that the Martinus Institute wishes to hit is solely conditional upon the Martinus Institute itself not wishing or able to fulfill these tasks – despite the fact that these tasks are in 100% harmony with Martinus’ wishes and instructions. 

What The Martinus Institute instead do is in stark contradiction with Martinus’ wishes and instructions. – Martinus has clearly stated in a number of documentable statements, including what is expressed in the Law of the Martinus Institute itself, that there should be no change in the work he left behind. And yet, the Martinus Institute introduces changes to the original work, and at the same time pulls the people to court who, in response to this and in respect of Martinus’s directions, publishes the original work without these corrections. 

We are therefore in the grotesque situation that the Council of the Martinus Institute now, by means of legal actions – the means of the ancient world impulse – will prevent the free access to and dissemination of Martinus’s work in its original form and the only logical purpose for this is that the council wishes to protect its profit and control power through the legal copyright they believe they have in relation to Martinus’ work. If the Martinus Institute actually has this right, is highly doubtful because they do not act according to Martinus’ unambiguous instructions and guidelines. 

One of these instructions is that the Council may not use legal proceedings to protect the copyright of the work. This protection, instead, according to Martinus, consisted of “doing the right thing”. And if the Martinus Institute itself had 

– posted all material for free download on their website 
– published Martinus’ original and unchanged work of the highest quality at the manufacturing price

they would have avoided this embarrassing case. Why would others then do that ?? 

If you want to speak of “lawful” and “illegal” in this case, it is advisable to commit something illegal by acting contrary to the will of Martinus. Martinus’ testaments §3 reads: 

“It is my duty of my universal survivor and my estate agents to respect the records I leave for my funeral, the fulfillment of the Foundation’s purpose, the administration of the Institute, including the use of my apartment and villa” Rosenberg “in Klint, and regarding any remembrance.”

As long as the council does not act according to Martinus’ laws, records and documentable statements, it does not respect the will of Martinus, thus committing something illegal, and that is precisely what we respond to by acting as we do. 

This will leave the council as if it should not worry. It tries to make it as if the Council knows the so-called Gift Certificate(with Martinus transferring the copyright to the Martinus Institute) has complete freedom to do with Martinus’ work as they like. But the legal and moral reality is that the gift certificate is limited by means of the will and the testament, as stated above, the council is required to act in accordance with Martinus’ records, which include rich councils that Martinus made sure was taken up on tape. In addition, Martinus refers in his last public lecture to this testament and denotes it as “The Guard of the Case,” for example, see this at 5:30 pm. “This testament will therefore be a key element in the trial which the Council now proposes. Here, the entire council and former councilors will be able to account for whether they acted in accordance with the testament of Martinus, which they are not.

Can it be “more illegal” to infringe a copyright than to administer this copyright in violation of the writers’ statutory testament? 

Does the Council really think that in the long run, it could survive by trying to “protect” and “legitimize” its own “illegalities” with the powers of the old world impulse, to prosecute people who, in response to these irregularities on their own initiative and by their own money has made Martinus’ original and unchanged work available – in full accordance with the testimony of Martinus? – And does the Council believe that these alleged “offenders” will cease protecting Martinus’ work and testamentary will simply because the Council is threatening a “lawsuit”? “In that case, we would not be much better than the Council itself. The Council fails to manifestly and documentably act illegally in relation to the will of Martinus, and we would fail by not responding to this illegality. 

The above should be logical for most people who have worked a little on Martinus’ spiritual science, or for the council. 

How this case goes on, we’ll see. So far, many people have written letters to the Martinus Institute, and many of these people have done this in the form of open letters. 

These open letters will be displayed here. (Come back, since under preparation) 

November 2013 : The four people who The Martinus Institute with supporters money brought legal proceedings against for doing Martinus’ genuine and unaltered work easily accessible to any interested person. This means that the cost of defending our deeds must be dealt with by our own personal finances. 

If you wish to assist us financially in this cause, contributions are welcome, they can be paid to the following account, reg.no. 1551 Account 4020224533 (contact Jan Langekær, Jan@langekaer.dk, +45 2015 7811). 

In advance thank you. 

/ Søren Ingemann Larsen 

https://martinus-webcenter.dk/retssag/

Goethe and reincarnation

It is “impossible for a thinking being … to imagine a non-existence, to imagine that thinking and life should cease to exist”. On 19 October 1823, the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote these lines in a letter to a friend [1]. Literary experts have different opinions on Goethe’s views on religion. As an adult, he had abandoned his parents’ traditional Lutheran Church which he grew up in. But his comprehensive literary works often deal with spiritual and existential topics, such as the unity of man and God, nature and spirit, light and darkness.

For people who study Martinus’ works, it is interesting to note that Goethe was convinced that there is life after death, and he also embraced the idea of reincarnation. In his famous poem “Why did you give us deep insights” (Warum gabst du uns die tiefen Blicke) dedicated to his “soul friend” Charlotte von Stein, he wrote (excerpt):

Charlotte von Stein

You knew every trait of my being
You discovered the sound of my purest strings
You could read me with a glance
He who is hard for mortal eyes to penetrate
You dripped moderation into the hot blood
Directed the wild, confused course
And in your angel’s arms
The shattered breast recovered.

And of all that, only a vague memory remains
Hovering around the uncertain heart.

Oh, you were in times gone by
My sister or my wife. (1776)

 

Goethe also wrote to his poet colleague Christoph Martin Wieland that he could not explain “the importance, the power, that this woman has over me” in any other way than through reincarnation: “Yes, we were once husband and wife!”[1]

In his talks with Johann Peter Eckermann, he is also quite convinced that our spirit is “a being of a completely indestructible nature”. This being continues to create, he states, “from eternity to eternity, it is like the sun, which only sets for our earthly eyes. But it actually never sets, it continues to shine perpetually” [1].

According to Martinus, advanced artists have developed their feeling and intelligence enough to develop their intuition further. Through this faculty of intuition, artists can sometimes immediately get wonderful new ideas for poems, dramas, paintings and so on (see Livets Bog, vol. 1, sect. 200). I believe that Goethe’s belief in reincarnation and the eternal existence of the human being may be be due to a highly developed faculty of intuition.

[1]  The quotes above have been translated from German by myself. They are quoted from an article by Ursula Homann about “Goethe and Religion”: Goethe und die Religion

Here you can read Martinus’ Livets Bog online: The Martinus Institute

Goethe and reincarnation

The Life-Changing Cosmology – The Most Positive and Comprehensive World View There Is

The Life-Changing Cosmology – The Most Positive and Comprehensive World View There Is, is a poetic and challenging journey through the danish writer Martinus world picture.

The film is produced entirely without commercial interests. The purpose of the film is merely to present a hopeful and positive outlook on life.

Runtime: 41 minutes
Release date: 30 November 2017 (Youtube, Vimeo)
Producer: Gunnar Fernlund / Soulfoods publishing

How this film came about
Gunnar Fernlund, the creator of the film:

“Even as a kid I would think about existential questions – “What’s the meaning of my life?”, “Does the universe have an end?”, “Is there a higher intelligence?”, “Is there life after death?” etc. I was especially confused about the question “What is the meaning of all the suffering in the world?” Why was I so privileged when other people’s lives could be marked by deep tragedy?

When I took a look at my own life I could see that there was a meaning behind nearly all troublesome experiences. Once I could get a perspective on the things that challenged me, I could see that they had been good for me, in that they caused me to mature as a person. The experiences had made me more empathetic and humble. But how can you explain the meaning of such tragic and apparently meaningless events as war, illness, poverty, the destruction of the environment, accidents and death?

When I was in my twenties I was amazed to actually come across a logical answer to these questions … and in fact to all the major mysteries of life. The Danish author, Martinus (1890 – 1981), had written an all-encompassing work, a complete and cohesive structure, which explained and shed light on one mystery after the other. Suddenly everything started to make sense. It was like finding a treasure. Something extraordinary had been revealed to me. It was profound.

I also realised that those of us who had recognised the essence in Martinus’ work had a certain trust in life. Even though life was tough from time to time, it was easier for us to see the meaning behind the challenges that we were faced with, we could make the right choices and more easily come through the difficult situations.

Even though this revolutionary cosmology has been available for decades, there are still relatively few people who know about it. With my background in education and film production, I felt drawn to make a film about the basic ideas in Martinus’ amazing world picture. It is my wish to make this information more widely known, to spread hope and to show that the answer is out there for those who really want to know, and who are prepared to receive the knowledge.”

http://thelifechangingcosmology.info/

‘Big void’ identified in Khufu’s Great Pyramid at Giza

PyramidImage copyright GETTY IMAGES

The mysteries of the pyramids have deepened with the discovery of what appears to be a giant void within the Khufu, or Cheops, monument in Egypt.

It is not known why the cavity exists or indeed if it holds anything of value because it is not obviously accessible.

Japanese and French scientists made the announcement after two years of study at the famous pyramid complex.

They have been using a technique called muography, which can sense density changes inside large rock structures.

The Great Pyramid, or Khufu’s Pyramid, was constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu between 2509 and 2483 BC.

At 140m (460 feet) in height, it is the largest of the Egyptian pyramids located at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo.

Diagram of pyramid interior
  • ScanPyramids has already detected a smaller void on the northern face
  • The new cavity is perhaps 30m long and several metres in height
  • All three muon technologies sense the same feature in the same place
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Khufu famously contains three large interior chambers and a series of passageways, the most striking of which is the 47m-long, 8m-high Grand Gallery.

The newly identified feature is said to sit directly above this and have similar dimensions.

“We don’t know whether this big void is horizontal or inclined; we don’t know if this void is made by one structure or several successive structures,” explained Mehdi Tayoubi from the HIP Institute, Paris.

“What we are sure about is that this big void is there; that it is impressive; and that it was not expected as far as I know by any sort of theory.”

Grand GalleryImage copyrightSCANPYRAMIDS
Image captionThe newly found void is directly above the Grand Gallery

The ScanPyramids team is being very careful not to describe the cavity as a “chamber”.

Khufu contains compartments that experts believe may have been incorporated by the builders to avoid collapse by relieving some of the stress of the overlying weight of stone.

The higher King’s Chamber, for example, has five such spaces above it.

The renowned American archaeologist Mark Lehner sits on a panel reviewing ScanPyramids’ work.

He says the muon science is sound but he is not yet convinced the discovery has significance.

“It could be a kind of space that the builders left to protect the very narrow roof of the grand gallery from the weight of the pyramid,” he told the BBC’s Science In Action programme.

“Right now it’s just a big difference; it’s an anomaly. But we need more of a focus on it especially in a day and age when we can no longer go blasting our way through the pyramid with gunpowder as [British] Egyptologist Howard Vyse did in the early 1800s.”

Muon detectosImage copyrightSCANPYRAMIDS
Image captionThe muon detectors have to be placed under the region of interest

One of the team leaders, Hany Helal from Cairo University, believes the void is too big to have a pressure-relieving purpose, but concedes the experts will debate this.

“What we are doing is trying to understand the internal structure of the pyramids and how this pyramid has been built,” he told reporters.

“Famous Egyptologists, archaeologists and architects – they have some hypotheses. And what we are doing is giving them data. It is they who have to tell us whether this is expected or not.”

Much of the uncertainty comes down to the rather imprecise data gained from muography.

This non-invasive technique has been developed over the past 50 years to probe the interiors of phenomena as diverse as volcanoes and glaciers. It has even been used to investigate the failed nuclear reactors at Fukushima.

Muography makes use of the shower of high-energy particles that rain down on the Earth’s surface from space.

When super-fast cosmic rays collide with air molecules, they produce a range of “daughter” particles, including muons.

These also move close to the speed of light and only weakly interact with matter. So when they reach the surface, they penetrate deeply into rock.

But some of the particles will be absorbed and deflected by the atoms in the rock’s minerals, and if the muon detectors are placed under a region of interest then a picture of density anomalies can be obtained.

3D renderingImage copyrightSCANPYRAMIDS
Image captionIt is for the experts to debate the significance of the finding

The ScanPyramids team used three different muography technologies and all three agreed on the position and scale of the void.

Sébastien Procureur, from CEA-IRFU, University of Paris-Saclay, emphasised that muography only sees large features, and that the team’s scans were not just picking up a general porosity inside the pyramid.

“With muons you measure an integrated density,” he explained. “So, if there are holes everywhere then the integrated density will be the same, more or less, in all directions, because everything will be averaged. But if you see some excess of muons, it means that you have a bigger void.

“You don’t get that in a Swiss cheese.”

The question now arises as to how the void should be investigated further.

Jean-Baptiste Mouret, from the French national institute for computer science and applied mathematics (Inria), said the team had an idea how to do it, but that the Egyptian authorities would first have to approve it.

“Our concept is to drill a very small hole to potentially explore monuments like this. We aim to have a robot that could fit in a 3cm hole. Basically, we’re working on flying robots,” he said.

The muography investigation at Khufu’s Pyramid is reported in this week’s edition of Nature magazine.

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