PROLOGUE: They Lied To Us - A Critical Review of the Origin of Monotheism

A child is born

Two minutes to midnight on Sunday, October 30, in the year 2011, at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Manilla, Philippine’s capital, a child was born and named Danica May Camacho. The United Nations recognised the birth of this child as signifying that the world population had reached the seventh-billion mark (now about 7.5 billion by January 2017). Similar events were celebrated across the continents to mark this milestone. In a rural clinic in Uttar Pradesh, India, the child’s name was Nagvi YadavIn Sri Lanka, it was Muthumah and at St. Thomas Hospital in London, it was Peter. However, with the recognition of this milestone, came the enormous responsibility to cater for the teeming world population. There was the need for all governments and concerned authorities to provide potable water, food, shelter, education, defence of civil rights and a decent life for the world populace. The challenge before man was - as it still is - how well he could manage the available earth resources such as natural gas, coal, phosphorus, rare earth elements and, utilizing modern inventions and technology in such a way that the average human life on earth would witness an appreciable improvement, as opposed to the deplorable and hazardous conditions to which the majority of humans were currently subjected to, on a daily basis.

The then United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon, on this occasion of population milestones, recognised the “terrible contradictions” visibly staring mankind in the face each day. Among many key issues, he recognised that, “there is plenty of food but one billion go hungry; lavish lifestyle for a few, but poverty for too many others; huge advances in medicine while mothers die every day in childbirth; and billions spent on weapons to kill people instead of keeping them safe."


The Jewish Holy Writ screams it loud that we have one Father and one God created us[1], yet:

2.16 – 2.4 billion people, representing 30 - 34% of Humanity, practice Christianity;

1.5 - 1.6 billion people, representing 21.4 - 23% of Humanity, practice the Islamic religion;

900m - 1.1 billion people, representing 12.9 - 15.7% of Humanity, follow Hinduism;

376 – 400 million people, representing 5.4 - 5.7% of Humanity, are faithful of Buddhism;

850m - 1.1 billion people, representing 12.1 - 15.7% of Humanity, are irreligious; and

376 – 400 million people, representing 5.4 - 5.7 of Humanity, belong to other religions.[2]

The six blind men and the elephant

The story of the six blind men who visited an elephant has actually been long in the telling. The story originated on the Indian subcontinent and has as many as four or five different versions. These are the Jain, Buddhist, Sufi and Hindu versions. In addition, there is a poem written in Europe in the 18th century but, without doubt, it is a revised edition of the original Hindu story. According to the Jain, Buddhism, and Hinduism versions, a king had some blind men of the capital brought to the palace, where an elephant was brought in and they were asked to touch and describe it.

The Persian Sufi poet of Ghazni (now Afghanistan) in The Walled Garden of the Truth knew presented the same story under the title “The Elephant in the Dark”. In his poem, some Hindus brought an elephant to be exhibited in a dark room. A number of men came into the room, touched the elephant and described it the way that they the elephant to be.

The European, poetic version was written by John Godfrey Saxe (1816 - 1887) and it reads as follows:


It was six men of Indostan 

To learning much inclined, 

who went to see the Elephant, 

(though all of them were blind), 

That each by observation, 

                                                                                   Might satisfy his mind.                                                                                                   

The harmonised descriptions, given by the various reports after the visitation, are:


For those who touched the Leg                                   -The elephant is like a tree trunk or a pillar

For those who touched the Trunk                                -The elephant is like a tree branch or snake

For those who touched the Ear                                   -The elephant is a big hand fan

For those who touched the Belly                                - The elephant is like a big wall or a big sac

For those who touched the Tusk                                 -The elephant is like a spear or solid pipe

For those who touched the Tail                                   -The elephant is like a rope

Ironically, from these reports, no single group identified the elephant as an animal, with the exception of a group that alternatively likened the elephant’s trunk to a snake. Regrettably, they all called the elephant anything other than what it actually was. It is important to take cognisance of the two versions of this story. One says the group that was invited to identify the elephant was practically blind; but the other version says that though these men were not pathologically blind, they were called to identify the elephant in the dark. One group may be deemed to be handicapped and may not have been able to help themselves in that situation, but the other group had handicap foisted upon them. The latter group could have resisted being hoodwinked into making decisions or pronouncements under unfavourable conditions but, either as a result of being gullible, or that they couldn’t have cared less, or else that it was a case of sheer brainwashing, they carried out the exercise without asking ground-breaking questions. The first group of people can be identified as the stark illiterates, who have no capacity to adequately and independently evaluate issues, before they participate in them, and are limited in their ability to explore any and/or all other options. The second group can be likened to the learned fellows who though have access to the highest academic learning and exposure. Among these are religious leaders who are psychologically and mentally incapacitated by the powerful system that has shut down their reasoning faculty or drawn limiting lines as to what can be probed or researched. Hence, despite their academic excellence, their minds are still veiled. There are so many paradigms that can be deduced from this scenario and many lessons are there to be taught, depending on the target audience and the situation. 

The author’s attention was particularly drawn to the coincidence of the six groups of the visiting blind men and the six categories of the world population. Can any meaningful correlation be drawn between these two groups? 


BODY PART

DESCRIPTION

RELIGION

POPULATION[3]

The Leg

Tree trunk

Hinduism

13.2%

The Trunk

Tree branch

Buddhism

5.8%

The Ear

The Hand fan

Other Religions

12.8%

The Belly

The wall/sac

Christianity

33.2%

The Tusk

The Spear

Islam

21%

The Tail

The Rope

Nonreligion

14%

The Leg – the tree trunk/pillar

Hinduism is recognised as the world oldest living religion. Some would rather call it the oldest living tradition. Hinduism is equally the most diverse and the most complex tradition and can be likened to any antediluvian tree, with a very complex rooting system and a heavy network of branches and leaves. Unlike any other religion, Hinduism is equally acclaimed to have no founder, just like many rare, ancient tree species, whose origin and age is lost to history. It is no wonder that Hinduism best fits as the strong leg of the world’s biggest land animal. It is the only tree that anchors the world’s religious beliefs and traditions into the prehistoric period. Just as the four legs are like pillars that carry the huge animal, the people along the Hindu River have shouldered the complex ancient traditions, mostly undiluted. Hinduism showcases peculiar and unparalleled practices, where theistic and atheistic philosophical views coexist side by side. The unique feature of Hinduism, therefore, is in its tolerance to all and sundry. It is said that Hinduism “is one religion or tradition that does not worship any one God. It does not follow any one act or religious rites, or performance, or satisfy traditional features of any religion or creed. It is the way of life for the Indian people.” In Hinduism, there is absolute freedom of worship and worshippers associate with anything and anyone. This is religion in its primitive form - a very natural religion into which all ancient beliefs make their submission.

 

The Trunk – the tree branch

 

Between the 6th and 4th century BCE, from the orthodox Hinduism, heavily entrenched in rituals and the worship of numberless deities, came one of the ascetic movement, later to be known as Buddhism. Buddha, the “Enlightened One,” totally rejected the worship of deities and rituals. His emphasis was more on meditation, as a means by which to escape from suffering, dukkha. He strongly understood and established that it is by eliminating ignorance, avidyā, that suffering can be eliminated. He taught that the origin of suffering is craving, tanhā and that once an individual ceases from all craving and hence all suffering, he reaches a blissful state known as nirvanā

Without any doubt, Buddhism is the “tree branch”, stemming from the “ancient tree” of Hinduism. 

The Ear – the big hand fan

A handheld fan is a piece of material used to conventionally cool oneself, mostly from heat and static air, by blowing the natural air onto oneself, or onto another person/object. The hand fan does not necessarily have to be made of any sophisticated materials. In the olden days, leaves, tree bark, animal skins or even one’s cloth (where that had come into use) were readily used. Going by this definition, all religions or traditions that could be found within immediate reach in any locality, and with or without efforts to win over any other tribes or races can be tagged as “The Ear of the Elephant” - “The Hand Fan.” In the table above, these people are categorised as “other religions.” One major characteristic of these religions is that they tend to be enclosed among distinct tribes and protected from strangers. They may be as diverse as Hinduism when aggregated from all across the globe, but hardly can there be any singular group that can boast of the numbers that make up Hinduism. Many such beliefs hold the notion that the deities, in many cases, can only be approached and worshipped in local dialects. In some rare instances, strangers can be converted into this seemingly local religion. A typical example is that of the Austrian artist, Suzanne Wenger (Àdùnní Olórìshà), who was absorbed into the Yoruba community in Southwest Nigeria, where the white lady actually became a Nigerian Mystical Priestess. 

The Belly – the big wall

A wall stands for a dead end, a restriction or barrier to protect the people within and to exclude the people without. This elephant’s belly region is, however, a very big cul-de-sac, a big pouch that houses about a third of the elephant’s body, with so many entrails therein. Christianity is a big wall and, at the same time, a big sac – the elephant stomach. This religion ‘houses’ one-third of the world’s population and consists of about 40,000 or more denominations of churches as its entrails

The Tusk – the spear/solid pipe

A quick Google search for ‘Arab dagger/sword’ will confirm a unique elephant-tusk-shaped dagger commonly found in the Muslim world. The two popular types are Jambiya and Khaja. History tells us of the conquest of Arabia by Prophet Mohammed to establish the Islamic faith which, in the beginning, was threatened with extinction no sooner than the Movement started. But the prophet and his followers had to fight back, to gain recognition. Like the children of Israel in the days of Nehemiah, with the dagger and sword in one hand and the message of Allah on the other hand, a great population was won over to Islam. Without any doubt, the elephant tusk denotes the Islamic religion.

The Tail – the rope

The most demeaning way anyone could ever describe an elephant is to say that an elephant is like a rope. A Yoruba proverb says: “Àjànàkú kojá mo rí ìkan fìrí, tí a bá rí erin e jé ká so wípé a rí erin. ” This simply means that “the elephant is not a small animal that will pass by and someone will report its passage as too swift to be noticed.” But one group who visited and touched the elephant described it as a rope because they touched only the tail. In our world of today, the only two groups of people who treat theism with disdain are the atheists and the agnostics. These two groups consider religion to be insignificant and totally unnecessary, or else that God is unknowable. The atheists and the agnostics, therefore, constitute the tail of the elephant.

Having identified the six categories of the world population that correspond to the six blind men, or the six groups of men who visit the elephant, we shall do well to read the concluding part of John Godfrey Saxe’s poem:

And so these men of Indostan 

Disputed loud and long, 

Each in his own opinion 

Exceeding stiff and strong, 

Though each was partly in the right 

And all were in the wrong! 


So oft in theologic wars 

The disputants, I ween, 

Rail on in utter ignorance, 

Of what each other mean, 

And prate about an Elephant, 

                                                                                Not one of them has seen!                                                                                   

The reader will agree that this statement aptly represents our world in which many people “prate about an Elephant (theism)”, a God not anyone of us has ever seen.

The KEEPPer of Secret

There is a salient and subtle angle to this story that may easily be overlooked if attention remains focused only on the elephant and the six men; it is the group of men who masterminded the entire episode. If we fail to identify this group, it will be difficult to unravel what the elephant truly is. This class or group of people who know and see the entire elephant, are the king and his men. While others were blind or hoodwinked into temporary blindness, the King and his men manipulated the visit to the huge animal and made amusement of it all. This class of men, from their vintage positions and vantage possessions, controlled great wisdom and knowledge (ancient and modern). This gave them a head above all and thereby enabled them to make a game out of the blind population (implicitly, illiterates and the induced illiterates). The transposed situation in this scenario is that the King and his men are very few, while the entire community is the blind crowd. Generations of the illiterates have been made to live out what their forefathers have told them. The ignorant intellectuals are trained in various academic institutions to support and entrench each blind man’s story as true and factual. Praises are sung and professoriates and other awards are doled out to the blind, who ironically profess themselves to be wise and learned. From one generation to another, the progenitors of the blind men are continually engaged in endless arguments and wars emanating from disagreement on what the elephant is; with everyone claiming his view is the most authentic. The ground lost by some groups is overtaken by other groups in the bitter fight for power and control of souls of men and the Earth’s resources. In all these, while men fast, pray, become celibate, fret, maim and even kill, the king and his men watch on with great amazement and gleeful amusement, cheering and aiding the crowd, where necessary, towards their self-destructive attitudes. The king and his men, like the centre of a see-saw bar, are unruffled by the up-and-down, back-and-forth pulling and pushing that emanates from the commotion and alternating movement among the religious and political classes. The king and his men gain enormous wealth from the spoils of the games by financing the ultraism and bigotry.

The king and his men or the Elites, over the Ages, can be identified as comprising selected Kings (or Queens), Elders, (respectable society leaders), Elites (merchants and celebs), Priest (the highest level of priesthood and perhaps the originator of secret societies and religion in general) and Philosophers (including poets and playwrights), who are privy to the secret of what the elephant is or, at least, the fact that what the generations of the blind men have been holding onto, are never the whole and, sometimes, have never even been true. The author has therefore adopted the acronyms K.E.E.P.P. to refer to the King and his men. They shall henceforth, in this book, be known and addressed as The KEEPPer of Secret or The KEEPPerThe KEEPPer for short. are the custodians of all mysteries over the Ages. It is important to point out that there are many important personalities whom the larger population would assume to be in this specialised group of human but they are merely on the corridor of power as bootlickers but never in the palace proper. The KEEPPer are made purely by birth (bloodline), rarely by adoption and sometimes by initiation. Without a doubt, The KEEPPer are made up of just about 3% (some would say 1%) of global populations, while the group that constitutes the generations of the blind men are about 97 - 99%. Paradoxically, the just-about-1% KEEPPer rule and control the massive 99% populace. The KEEPPer are of Machiavellian intelligence and manipulate the blind men like pawns, shove them around, and tell them to “prepare for war in times of peace and in times of war to prepare for peace”.The KEEPPer of Secret design and preside over the world education, the world finance, the media, the entertainment industry and even the religious institutions. No doubt  The KEEPPer are the gods unto the Earth’s population and the determinants of what humanity are told to recognize as God and gods. And for a fact, the true history about humanity has been kept as top secret and whatever story humans are told in schools and religious institutions are forged, hence for thousands of years, THEY LIED TO US.



[1] Bible: Old Testament - Malachi 210

[2] The other religions include Judaism, Baha’i faith, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism and other traditional religious practices, in various homelands and in the diaspora, across the globe.

[3] According to the World Factbook as at 2015


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