- Taschenbuch: 306 Seiten
- Verlag: Radikal Phase Publishing House Ltd (1. Juni 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1904126006
- ISBN-13: 978-1904126003
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,6 x 1,9 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.272.332 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Shining Ones: The World's Most Powerful Secret Society Revealed (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 2002
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The story of The Shining Ones is the real history of mankind. Every twist and turn on the pathway of human evolution was put there deliberately by this secret priesthood for a mysterious and extremely long-term goal. On our journey to uncover the Shining Ones we will learn that history, as we know it, is a lie. History is, as Justice Holmes said, "what the people who won say it is." It has been warped over vast periods of time to fit with each generation's idea of what is fact and what is truth. Our belief systems, whether religious, scientific or political, have been manipulated by a secret and deadly group of individuals who have a history going back thousands of years. They have a name, they have a power base and they have a secret, locked away within their initiated few, which has major implications for the future of mankind. We will discover the secret and reveal it. Once we decipher the Shining Ones' clues, we will see how the mysteries of the ancient and not so ancient world can now be solved, from megalithic standing stones, the Holy Grail and alchemy to the truth behind religion and our present political systems.We must forget the false interpretations of myth and religion we have heard so many times, and know them for what they really are: the secret language of the Shining Ones.
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Philip Gardiner has spent the last sixteen years researching the history of mankind, science, religion and philosophy. His search for the truth has led him to uncover historical evidence which previously had not been recognized for what it is. Gary Osborn has written widely on mysticism, esoteric traditions and the nature of human consciousness. They are co-authors of The Serpent Grail. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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While the subtitle of this book promises to reveal "the world's most powerful secret society", surprisingly, less than 20 pages of this book deal with the present-day power players. The majority of this book deals with history, prehistory, and myth covering Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine. However, the individuals that are the Shining Ones neither form a society nor do they act in secret or are unknown. One would be inclined to think that the authors will reveal some secret group one has never heard of or will shed light on some of the better known secret societies and unmask them as the most powerful one. But none of this happens. Near the end of the book the authors do single out one group as being particularly powerful and I was surprised at their choice because it doesn't come up anywhere else in the book. But it is also somewhat of an obvious and bad choice really, as that particular group continues to lose power and members over time. Morover, once identified, the authors don't spend more than a small paragraph mentioning it. But the present is only a concern as symbols remaining of the Shining Ones's activity in the past.
As with all these type of works, connections are made too easily and too quickly, which is a problem here since the authors emphasize events that took place and characters that may or may not have lived millennia ago. Recurring themes are shamanism, kundalini, and altered states of consciousness. So any mention in history of light, serpents, wisdom is taken to be evidence of the Shining Ones.
The writing style is utterly boring. Perhaps this is due to intellectual honesty that the authors know that they're standing on shaky ground that they can't get themselves to be more enthusiastic about the issue, but if they have a thesis and they think that they can provide some reasons for it, they might as well just run with it.
The worst is the lack of scholarship. Things start off problematally from the beginning. Early on there's a quotation from the Bagavat Gita referring to the Shining Ones. However, if you were to pick up the BG, you wouldn't find such a quotation where the authors claim it is. Unless, their translation is so utterly different from the more accepted translations. There are far too many Internet sources of dubious origin. On top of that the authors frequently fail to cite their sources. It's not uncommon to read things like "...it is said by some that..." or "...as many believe..." etc. we never find out who it is that is making these claims.
I can't recommend this book for anyone other than someone starting to be interested in mysterious aspects of the ancients and even then, there are better works out there.
It is probably the worst book on the subject that I have ever read. The authors make huge leaps of logic (and I don't feel inclined to spend time elaborating simply because it is not worth it) and make unfounded assumptions linking kundalini, kabbalah, shamanism, rehashed Zacheria Sitchin material, Rosicrucian concepts, near-death experiences etc, etc, in spurious links to their 'shining ones'. I got the impression that they were pandering to a 'new-age' market and that the idea was conceived simply to sell a book.
Don't buy the book. If the kind of concept the book purports to deal with interests you, read "The Monkey and the Tetrahedron" by David M Jinks