Delivery to my office 02.04.2003. |
Contents: A box with decoration, printed pages containing many digits, I'm guessing a ton of Pi output.
I'm a little busy at the moment so for now I'm putting up the raw photos, better ones forthcoming:
Box wrapping and all filler paper is printout from http://newton.ex.ac.uk/research/semiconductors/theory/collabs/pi/pi6.txt, which lists the first 1000000 decimal places of pi.
I'm gonna put a few things in here to save sending multiple mails.
The source of the printout stuff from exeter uni - among other significances, maybe it's a reference to Sir Isaac Newton since his name is in the url, there's a good bio here: http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Newton.html
He was a staunch Protestant, into alchemy besides the maths etc. A lot of what these Orphanage guys go on about seems to be related to Kabbalah, the 'Great Work' etc, Newton would tie in neatly with that. Incidentally, he had a big argument with the English Jesuits, worked to oppose James II's attempts to fill the higher echelons of Cambridge with Catholics and he eventually became Master of the Royal Mint after William of Orange took the kingship.
Lot of quotes from Bunyan in these messages, at least a few of them are certainly from Pilgrim's Progress. The tale is an allegory about the journey of the soul through it's evolution (within the Christian tradition), the goal being represented by the Celestial City. By representing it as a dream, Bunyan may have been conveying the message that the story could be read on multiple levels, which it can. I read it as a child, it's a curious piece of work. Possibly relevant info on Bunyan - he enlisted at the age of 16 into the Parliamentary army and fought in the last campaign of the English Civil War but didn't see much action. He was preocuppied with the ideas of sin and evil, got quite attached to Luther's Commentary on the Galatians, became a non-conformist preacher. 1661 he was prosecuted from holding unlawful religious meetings and imprisoned in Bedford gaol, released in 1666 but rearrested and reimprisoned for another 6 years, after which he was jailed for anotehr six months in 1675 - all for unauthorised preaching. He wrote Grace Abounding and part one of The Pilgrim's Progress whilst in gaol, part two was written later.
Re. the runic writing on envelope 2, page 1 at A href="http://www.maydaymystery.org/mayday/texts/letter011502.html
This fits no runic script that I have yet seen, neither does it fit with any of the other scripts that have been mooted as ancestral or associated with the runes. Curiously, it appears to have 22 characters which suggests to me that they've been messing about with it to get it to correspond to the Hebrew alphabet so that they can fit it into their Kabbalistic stuff. The runes don't belong in any Kabbalistic schema, they belong to a completely separate sacred system and they should leave them alone, our traditions and symbols have suffered enough injury during the last century - that last bit is for them, I hope they get to read it. Nevertheless, I'll do my best to try and decipher this. In the meantime, I guess you'll have noticed how the symbols are arranged - 3 blocks, 7 rows, all the individual sections have either 6 or 7 characters or possibly 5 in several questionable cases - the dot can be counted, the writing is a bit sloppy though and there may be unintended marks. They've also marked some of the characters out by adding bars at the terminals - not generally used with runes.
Having read through quite a bit of this stuff now, it looks pretty clear that they're into some form of occultism / esoteric tradition. If you haven't read up on any of that stuff yet, I'd suggest that it would be a good idea if you want to get anywhere with this. The old occultists used to have this thing about hiding stuff in plain sight, like most people just wouldn't know what they were looking at, there's a fair amount of that going on here. I had to laugh when I came across one of the mails - sorry I can't find it again - said something about you could walk right into the middle of one of their meetings in full swing and you would see nothing - l guess they hold them on the astral plane, or that's what they're trying to imply.
With the exception of the inverted T and the odd dots. The May 1 1985 message contains the same charachters as can be found in the banner message of Feb 2003 . Only the final charachter in 1985 does not seem to be present. It does seem like a script language. I do not believe anyone indetified it a Hebrew so it ie either an old language or an invented cypher.
The character which resembles a closed square is the only one that seems to reappear in the letter message (numbered 11 by you). The letter also seems to contain Greek characters.
Juls also points to the "trust in the Lord" predestinaton moteif which is found in many of the messages. But that is no surprise. Lutheranism is rooted in predestination.
Juls clue: Hi brian, can I ask what the wee label on the tea tin says - specifically I'm interested in the name of the company. A couple of small points - the tea could be a reference to the Boston Tea Party - the photograph here: http://www.maydaymystery.org/mayday/offsite/grail_2_23_00/lastgroup/page43.jpg commemorates two important dates in American history (which I have to confess, is a very weak point in my knowledge) : 1766 and 1776 - 1766 apparently relating to the activities of the 'Sons of Liberty' and 1776, the Declaration of Independence - effectively activities which changed the shape of the world. It seems possible that the building in the latter picture might be in Boston, Massachusetts - ISTR Boston has cropped up quite a lot.
hance - it says 'jasmine tea, net wt 7oz (200g) product of china. On the bottom is 'continental tea product co. flat b & d, LAP PO Bldg., 42-44 Ko SHING ST HONG KONG Tel: (852) 2540-9570 Fax (850) 2549-8648. Not too out of the ordinary, I've seen similar tins on sale around here in town at import/export places.
The banner writing is Hebrew, although it does seem to have some slightly idiosyncratic character-forms. Some of the characters from the letter inside the banner look a bit odd but I strongly suspect that this is actually a modern cursive form of hebrew - variants are inevitable in handwritten scripts I guess. None of this helps to translate it, I know..hance - wish I had more friends that read hebrew...
the curvey language is definantly cursive hebrew. i can tell you that because i've had to write in it a few times... my hebrew is extremely elementary. i can read it, but i dont know what the words mean. i'll do whatever i can to help
Re. The big white banner with the Hebrew - this is verses 2,3 & 4 of Habakkuk 2: "And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith." (KJV) The texts can be compared here: http://word.nipl.net/x/quiki/bible/web,kjv,hebrew,hebtrans,alex,young,latin/35.habakkuk/2.html 'Course, we've seen bits of verse 3 quite often elsewhere. Now to tackle the cursive on the coloured strips.....
Re. the coloured strips from around the banner - cursive Hebrew as we already figured (they're upside-down btw ;-)) - all three appear to be the same piece of text, except that there is a small difference in the orangey-coloured one - the bet at the beginning of BYMYKM seems to have morphed into a kaf. Nevertheless, the line is the second part of Habakkuk 1:5 "for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you." (KJV) Full verse is "1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you." Juls clue: Re. letter inside banner - cursive Hebrew as before, this is from Psalm 22. The text at the upper part of the page is lines 1 to 11, that at the bottom is the final line of the psalm. From the KJv: "1. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2. O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, 8. He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. 10. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. 11. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help."\ & "31. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this."
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