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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Everything is revealed in the 33rd Degree...

I have read again Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code while I'm having my Christmas Break [the book was so impressive and delightful---literally, pure genius] and it was a "ritual" for me to do it...a preparation... a warm-up before I have to read Dan Brown's much awaited book which is entitled "The Lost Symbol". At first, I was some kind of hesitant to read the book...Masons? Yes, I have heard the name for many times but I was not really sure who they are and what they are. I had an expectation before turning the first page that I'm going to "Rack" my brains. But as I continue to flip and flip the pages, I noticed that I was now at the last 20 chapter of the book. And here's my conclusion about the book. Lost Symbol was so...........magnificent. I cannot compare Dan Brown book because all of them are wonderful and amazing-----------in a way that it will lead you to a deeper understanding and enlightenment. The novel was so impossible to put down. So I should say..this book was another best-seller.

For a bite here's the plot;

The story focuses on Freemasonry, and takes place over a period of 12 hours in Washington, D.C.[7] Robert Langdon is summoned to give a lecture in National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol, with the invitation apparently from his mentor, a 33rd degree Mason named Peter Solomon, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. However, when Langdon arrives at the Capitol, instead of an audience for his lecture, he finds the severed right hand of Peter Solomon tattooed into a symbolic Hand of the Mysteries, and pointing straight upwards to the fresco The Apotheosis of Washington on the inside of the Capitol dome. Solomon has been kidnapped by the villain Mal'akh, who demands that Langdon unlock the Ancient Mysteries in return for Solomon's life.[8] This leads to a game of cat and mouse throughout the museums and architecture of Washington. Langdon joins forces with Solomon's sister, Katherine, a researcher studying noetic science in a secret laboratory in the Smithsonian Museum Support Center. Langdon and Katherine are pursued by both Mal'akh, and Inoue Sato, the head of the CIA's Office of Security. Sato's demand is that Langdon solve the mystery as a matter of national security, since Mal'akh is planning to release a clandestine video of Washington powerbrokers engaged in secret Masonic rituals. The chase and the clues to the puzzles lead through the sub-basement of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Freedom Plaza, the United States Botanical Garden, and Washington National Cathedral. The clues center around a small stone unfinished pyramid, and a capstone that was entrusted several years ago by Solomon to Langdon. The pyramid and the box which holds it reveal several puzzles, involving a Masonic cipher, a circumpunct, an alchemical formula, and references to the 1514 engraving Melencolia I.

The House of the TempleThe Lost Symbol. is the setting for the prologue and the climax of

Mal'akh succeeds in capturing both Katherine and Langdon, torturing both of them, and then takes Peter Solomon to the top floor of the Masonic headquarters House of the Temple. Langdon and Katherine Solomon are rescued by the CIA, while in the meantime Mal'akh reveals to Peter Solomon that he is in fact Peter's own son, Zachary.

As a young man, he had been unhappy with the way he had been treated by his father, so he faked his own death in a Turkish prison. He then experienced a religious epiphany, finding the need to learn the The Lost Word (the verbum significatium or lost symbol of the title) [9].

He plans to complete his transformation into a godlike being by inscribing his scalp with what he mistakenly believes to be the symbol for the Ancient Mysteries, the circumpunct[10].

Trying to recreate the Biblical story of Abraham on the verge of sacrificing his son, Zachary attempts to goad his father into killing him with Abraham' sacrificial Akedah knife on the altar of the Freemasons[11]. But Langdon intrudes, and a CIA helicopter interrupts the data connection with a targeted EMP to prevent the distribution of the video. Zachary is fatally injured when the helicopter accidentally shatters a skylight above him, and the falling shards pierce his body.

Peter Solomon then takes Langdon to the Washington Monument, viewed from above, a dot in a circular plaza, with a Bible in its cornerstone. Peter tells him that The Word that Mal'akh was seeking was in all holy books such as the Bible, Qur'an, and Bhagavad Gita. The Ancient Mystery is the realization that people are not God's subjects, but in fact possess the ability to be gods themselves. Langdon realizes that the lost symbol is God, standing for limitless human potential and was previously only found by studying holy scriptures such as the Bible, Qur'an, Torah, Vedas and such.

P.S Thanks to my friend Julien, for immediatly grabbing a copy of The Lost Symbol as soon it was released......and for letting me borrow it.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Deciphering Me.

Well this New year was some kind of poetic season for me...reading books, listening to Brooke Fraser's Songs was such a good time and relaxing for me...anyway here are the few lines extracted from my favorite songs, books I have read, at the television or anywhere else...

"Forgiveness is God's Greatest Gift..."
-The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

"In that day, they will say, "Surely. This is Our God."
-Isaiah 26.6 [NIV]

"In the end, it mattered not that you could not close your mind. It was your heart that saved you."
-Albus Dumbledore [Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix]-J.K Rowling

"Faith - Acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove."
— Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code)

"Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer."
— Dan Brown (Digital Fortress)

"Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand."
— Dan Brown (Angels & Demons)

"the difference between a rebel and a patriot depends upon who is in power at the moment."
— Sidney Sheldon (The Sands of Time)

"Nobody Likes a Cranky Grocer"
-Brooke Fraser

"We are more than dust...that means something"
-Brooke Fraser [Hosea's Wife"]

"Change isn't eaisy.Changing the way you live means changing the way you think, means changing what you believe about life. That's hard."
— Dean Koontz (One Door Away from Heaven)

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost."
— J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring)

"It's hard to have anything isn't it? Rare to get it, hard to keep it. This is a damn slippery planet."
— Thomas Harris (Red Dragon)

""What the hell makes you so smart?" I asked. "I wouldn't go for coffee with you, " she answered. "Listen -- I wouldn't ask you." "That, "she replied "is what makes you stupid.""
— Erich Segal (Love Story)

"Read. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style."
— R.L. Stine

“How normally you can live is not determined by the degree of the disability but by how much support you have around you.”
- Keiko Tobe [With The Light]

"What is History, a fable agreed upon?"
-Napoleon Bonaparte

""My heart’s quest is that as God’s eyes search the earth, He would find me to be an extravagant worshipper. I pray this book not only finds itself in your hands, but that it finds itself planted in your heart."
- Darlene Zschech

"I loved that word! When I grew older, I used kira-kira to describe everything I liked: the beautiful blue sky, puppies, kittens, butterflies, colored Kleenex. My mother said we were misusing the word; you could not call a Kleenex kira-kira. She was dismayed over how un-Japanese we were..." Chapter 1, pgs. 1-2
- Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata [Never fully read the book yet but hoping I could find a copy of it....]

There are still many books I have read....but it would be too many if i post it I hope you have a great time reading the quotes I have posted....

Happy New Year...

UCCP [CYF] Conference

4 days, 3 nights.
Days full of riddles and meanings of how God responded in me.

December 27-30 was the CYF 3rd annual Conference, and it was indeed a wonderful experience of how the presence of God leads us to a place of many people worshipping together in one Truth AND ONE VOICE ...GOD.

Anyway, I have quoted a verse from I Corinthans to my way journey to the conference and it says,

"And now these remains. Faith , Hope and Love...But the greatest of these is LOVE"
-I Corinthians 13.13

The verse hasa simple yet placed a big impact to my life; God's will and purpose. God's Promise. God and to His people.

Happy Holidays and God Bless.