Magnificent Mystery Egyptian Pyramids
Magnificent Mystery Egyptian Pyramids
By Gufeng and Sharon
Translation by Mizhe
Under an immense expanse of blue sky, the vast desert stretches to the horizon and the great Nile flows relentlessly. Against this backdrop, the ancient pyramids stand as magnificent giants seemingly unchanged since the world began.
Harmony Between Humanity and Nature
A human being is not only part of Nature but also a self-contained cosmos, governed by the same natural laws that regulate the outside world. Inspired by this insight, sages of the past employed various methods of self-reflection in order to decipher Nature’s great secrets. The meditative way of attaining enlightenment has revealed a plethora of wisdom throughout the ages.
Keen observation and spontaneous inspiration taught the Ancients about the harmonious synchronicity that exists between humanity and Nature, a symbiosis that transcends mortal thoughts and actions. Ancient Egypt’s glorious culture showcased this synchronized dance as a result of its people having gained profound insight into the relationship between themselves and the cosmos. Deeply inspired by that relationship, the Ancient Egyptians created not only their famous calendar and written language, but also left us with the awe-inspiring pyramids.
The Immortality of the Soul
The Ancient Egyptians firmly believed the following: The universe had a beginning but no end; after passing away, people would live forever in a different world; the soul needed a body to live in and thus the corpse must be well-preserved – a belief that resulted in the invention of mummification; and the spirit of the pharaoh required a staircase to Heaven – consequently the pyramids were built.
A staircase to Heaven
Ancient Egyptians believed that the pharaoh’s spirit would ascend to Heaven in the afterlife. The shape of the pyramids symbolized a staircase to the stars. The apex points directly to the sky and was intended to represent rays of sunlight in a show of respect to the sun god, Ra.
The Art of Architecture
An engineering marvel
The Ancient Egyptians intuitively perceived the perfection of Nature, and the structure of the pyramids exemplifies the fusion of humanity and the natural world.
The three pyramids at Giza were constructed with rigorous precision in order to achieve geometric symmetry and reflect cosmic balance. Among them is the Pyramid of Khufu, the largest such structure still in existence, famously known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The work of the gods
The Pyramid of Khufu is an architectural masterpiece. The pyramid body was entirely formed by individual stone blocks, stacked from bottom to top, fitted together so tightly that even a razor blade cannot be inserted between them. It has withstood the passing of thousands of years, remaining largely unchanged. What did Nature reveal to the Ancient Egyptians? The pyramids may be manmade, yet they seem to have been created by the hands of gods.
At the north side of the Pyramid of Khufu, 42.65 feet above the ground, is a triangular entrance formed by four giant stones that effortlessly dissipates the tremendous pressure resulting from the pyramid’s own weight. How was such a complex feat of engineering achieved thousands of years ago? Possibly it was the mystical outcome of dialogue between the Ancient Egyptians and Nature.
This magnificent pyramid is the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Is there truth to the Arabic proverb “Man fears time, yet time fears the pyramids”?
The mystery of the giant stones
According to British archaeologists, the Pyramid of Khufu was constructed of 2.3 million stones, each the size of a small car with an average weight of 2.5 tons. The largest one weighed over 15 tons. When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1789, he estimated that if he used the stones from all three pyramids at Giza, a wall measuring 9.84 feet high and 3.28 feet thick could be erected to enclose the entirety of France.
Some archaeologists have speculated that the Pyramid of Khufu was the result of the hard work of hundreds of thousands of slaves over a period of 20 years. However, if 2.3 million stones were put in place during a 20-year span, that would mean that each giant stone was quarried, transported, casted and lifted into place in about 2 1/2 minutes! This is unthinkable even if modern technologies had been used to execute the construction.
French chemist Joseph Davidovits hypothesized that the building blocks were casted directly in their final resting place with concrete. There are people who maintain that the pyramids were built by extraterrestrials. Still others claim that the current human civilization is not the only one that has existed on this planet, and thus that the pyramids are the legacy of an advanced civilization that long ago became extinct.
As above so below
Based on computer simulation of the celestial sky of 2500 BC, the three largest Giza pyramids were arranged in the shape of the Belt of Orion, which crossed the celestial meridian. Interestingly, the Nile is a geometric mirror of the Milky Way. However, the pyramids do not align with the heavens of 2500 BC perfectly. But if the clock is wound back to 10500 BC, the match then becomes perfect. This is one of the strongest pieces of evidence supporting the claim that the pyramids should be dated to 10500 BC instead of the orthodox 2500 BC.
Is the perfect mirroring of celestial bodies by earthly structures mere coincidence? It seems that the inquiring minds of human beings have always been inspired by the mysteries of Nature.
Astronomy Above and Geography Below
The pyramids demonstrate the exquisite wisdom of the Ancient Egyptians, including their advanced knowledge of astronomy and geography.
The Pyramid of Khufu, for example, is full of numerical significances. Nineteenth century British mathematician and astronomer John Taylor was the first to make the following discovery: Each base has a length of 9,140 inches, so the perimeter (9,140 x 4) totals 36,560 inches. 36,560 divided by 100 results in 365.6, which is the number of days in a year; the perimeter divided by twice the height turns out to be an accurate value of Pi – one of the building blocks of math, science and engineering.
A contemporary of Taylor’s, Charles Piazzi Smyth – the Astronomer Royal for Scotland – also discovered many amazing calculations when he personally measured the Pyramid of Khufu. The most famous of his findings was that the height of the pyramid multiplied by 1 billion corresponds to the distance between Earth and the sun.
In late 1880, the father of modern archaeology William Flinders Petrie discovered that each of the four triangular sides of the pyramids is oriented to a cardinal direction, all within five hundredths of a degree. The precision achieved surpasses modern-day architecture.
The Ancients gazed up to study the celestial bodies and looked both around and within to comprehend the Earth. By following the Way of Nature, they paid lasting tribute to the perfection of the Universe. We cannot help but be awed by their keen observations, deep wisdom and magical accomplishments.