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Enkites Go To War

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER                                                     


Osiris slain by “Satan”, Horus exacts vengeance


Not long after the Deluge, the enigmatic Galzu appeared to Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah/Yahweh, in a kind of vision. Galzu delivered a message to Enlil that changed full cycle the status quo in relation to the rulership of Earth.

Up until now, that is, roughly 95,000 years, Enlil had been the only ruler of Earth. Not anymore, announced Galzu. From now henceforth, rulership of Earth was to alternate between the Enlilites and the Enkites. One clan would rule for “three celestial portions” (that is, three zodiacal ages) and the other would rule during the next three – and so forth and so on.


The first to rule would be the Enlilites. The announcement was made in the Age of Leo and therefore Leo did not factor in the permutations. As such, the Enlilites were to exercise hegemony in the first three ages after Leo, namely Cancer, Gemini, and Taurus and then hand over to the Enkites in the Age of Aries. This measure, Galzu said to Enlil, was taken with a view to foster harmonious relations between the two ever-feuding clans.
 

When Marduk heard the news, he was stirred. Since his father Enki had long promised him that he was going to make him the next ruler of Earth come rain or shine, it was a matter of course that come the Age of the Ram, as Aries was otherwise called, he would ascend to the supremacy of Earth.


He would be the new Enlil! (Enlil, meaning “Commander-In-Chief”, was the title of the Anunnaki ruler of Earth, not a name.) He therefore decided that he would start preparing for the Lordship of the world there and then; that’s how determined he was to rise to the commanding heights of the planet. Accordingly, he stepped down as ruler of Egypt and handed over power to his son Shu, after ruling for only 1000 years.


Shu was not Marduk’s heir: it was Nabu. But Marduk sidestepped Nabu for strategic reasons. He wanted to campaign with him all around the world since Nabu was the Anunnaki’s most eloquent and persuasive speaker. He was a demagogue, propagandist, and rabble-rouser rolled into one. He had such a gift of rallying people to his cause that he could turn the most loyal follower of an opponent into a Judas. It’s small wonder that the Jewish term for prophet is “Nebo”, an alternative rendering of Nabo.  
 

The Age of the Ram was some 8640 years away at the very least (about two-and-half years in Anunnaki time) but Marduk and Nabu set about proclaiming it as the era of the Enkites right away so as to etch the prospect indelibly on the psyche of mankind.

 

SETH’S “SATANIC” RAGE AT OSIRIS

 

Shu, who was married to his half-sister Tefnut, ruled Egypt for 700 years.   He was succeeded by his son Geb, who like his father was espoused to his half-sister Nut. Geb was on the throne for 500 years.

Now, Geb and Nut officially had five children – three boys and two girls, though one boy is not named. The firstborn was a boy known as Asaru, also spelt Ashur. The name Ashur has been interpreted to mean the All-Seeing Eye by Zechariah Sitchin. Well, we beg to differ. Ashur is actually the abbreviated form of Asa-Ur-Ur – the name of the star system we call Sirius.


It was a commemoration of the Anunnaki’s partial origins. The Anunnaki originally came not from Nibiru but from the Sirius and Orion star system. Ashur is best-known as Osiris, the Greek rendition of the same name.


Osiris was married to his half-sister Aset. Again like Osiris, Aset was named in honour of the Orion Queen, whose throne title amongst others was Ast.  The Orion Queen, who later became the Sirian-Orion Queen after the two empires merged and therefore King Anu’s ceremonial wife, was the mother of Enki.


Aset too is best-known by the Greek version of her name – Isis. Apparently, the Greeks knew better: another of the numerous titles of the Orion Queen was SSS-SSS (meaning Queen of the SSS World, the Orion Empire), which the Greeks clearly abbreviated to Isis.          


Osiris’ younger brother was known as Satu. This is Set in English and Seth in ancient Greek, but in its full Sumerian rendering, it was Satu-An, meaning Prince Satu. Satu-An is Satan in English. Thus the term Satan (like the term Devil) did not originally have the diabolical connotation it carries today: it was a very noble name which traced back to the Orion Empire, the paternal origins of the Enkites.

The beings of the Orion Empire were known as the SSA.TT.AN, which simply meant the “Serpent Race of Heaven”, Heaven being the Orion Empire.  It were the Enlilites who twisted the name Satan to become the very byword for embodied evil for reasons we shall dwell upon at the opportune time.   Satu was married to Nebat, Geb’s second daughter.
 

In truth though, the five kids were not all blood siblings. Not all the five were the biological children of Geb. Osiris was the result of an incestuous relationship between Marduk and his granddaughter/daughter-in-law Nut. Isis too (and the unnamed boy) arose when Ningishzidda, who was Enki’s best-looking son, was lured into bed by Nut. Thus only Seth and Nebat were Geb’s biological sons.
 

Given the above convoluted state of affairs, both Osiris and Seth had a legitimate claim to Geb’s throne. In the case of Osiris, he may not have been Geb’s biological son but the fact that his father Marduk was senior to Geb meant he had a higher princely status than Seth. In the case of Seth, he was the true firstborn of Geb, not Osiris, who was a bastard child. So Seth too had a case for ascendancy to Geb’s throne.
 

But as far as Geb was concerned, Osiris was his firstborn, period, and so upon stepping down, he bequeathed the throne to Osiris. Seth, however, just could not take the matter lying down. In the next 100 years, he lobbied relentless at least for a share of the throne, insisting that it was he who was Geb’s legitimate heir.

The matter was referred to the elder statesman Enki, who at the time was living at Abu Island near Aswan. Enki wanted peace amongst his clan. Therefore, to avert a possible civil war, he ruled that Egypt should be divided into two parts and allocated to both Seth and Osiris. 


Accordingly, Osiris was given Lower Egypt (the north, ironically) and Seth Upper Egypt (the south). One would have thought Enki’s gesture was just but not Seth. Seth was wroth. First, he was disgruntled that Osiris got northern Egypt, which was more prestigious in that it contained the famous and aviationally strategic Giza pyramids.

Second, by wedding his half-sister Isis, Osiris had ensured that the heir to the Egyptian throne, in the event that it was reunited, would come from his loins. This was because according to Anunnaki rules, one had to be the son of half-siblings to succeed to the throne, which meant Seth’s heir would not be entitled to the throne as he was married to a full-sister. 


Seth thought Osiris had done him a great injustice left, right, and centre. He had deprived him not only of the throne but also of the succession.  Seth’s indignation was such that it sparked what came to be known as the First Pyramid War.

 

OSIRIS IS NO MORE

 

From the day he became King of southern Egypt, Seth was determined to eliminate his brother and rule the whole of Egypt, directly or through a successor, and not only part of it. The day of reckoning finally arrived during the visit to southern Egypt of the Ethiopian Queen Aso. At a banquet held in her honour in Seth’s palace, all the Anunnaki royals and VIPs were in attendance to grace the occasion. 


As the wining and dining proceeded apace, a “poisoned chalice” disguised as a wine goblet was served Osiris by one of Seth’s henchmen and Osiris was so stoned he drifted into a deep slumber. Seth then had his henchmen carry Osiris to a guest room ostensibly to put him to bed.

That, however, was a ruse.  Osiris was immediately placed in a casket-like chest, which was then hermetically sealed.  The chest was then loaded into a chopper, taken to the Red Sea, and dropped deep into the brine. Osiris, who had ruled Egypt for a total of 450 years, was no more. It was the first time an Anunnaki had murdered a fellow Anunnaki on Earth.


The moment Osiris’s disappearance was conveyed to his half-sister wife Isis by informers, she sought the help of Marduk and a concerted search was launched for the body of Osiris with the help of satellite scanning. Satellite pictures showed that the casket had been carried by the waves of the sea and had been deposited on the coast of Babylos in modern-day Lebanon. It was quickly located and Isis had it hid in a secret place. Meanwhile, she called upon Ningishzidda to rush over and try to restore Osiris to life using his medical wizardry.


But before Ningishzidda could pitch, Seth somehow found the hiding place and spirited away the casket. Then removing Osiris’s lifeless body, he cut it into 14 pieces and scattered them over a wide stretch of forest using a chopper. But Isis simply was no quitter: once again, with the help of satellite pictures, she had  the body parts retrieved with the exception of the genitalia, which Seth had ground to powder for fear that Ningishzidda might use his medical magic and raise Osiris’s heir from the extracted sperm cells.

 

EXIT OSIRIS, ENTER HORUS

 

When Seth was arrested and brought to trial, Isis demanded two things essentially. First, Seth must be sentenced to death for murdering her husband. Second, Marduk should produce Osiris’s heir with her. Sadly, neither of her pleas was satiated. Seth was pardoned at the insistence of the Enkites themselves. Enki was of the view that two wrongs would not make a right, that the Enkites could not lose two of their pillars as that would serve to advantage the rival Enlilites.

As such, Isis was bidden to make peace with Seth and produce a heir by him. Isis vowed she would never share a bed with the succubus that was Seth. Seth tried all sorts of ways to prevail over Isis to marry him, including forcefully taking her to a secluded place to vainly ram sense into her, whereupon Ningishzidda came to her rescue.
 

It was Ningishzidda she appealed to to help her find a means of conceiving using the DNA from Osiris’s tissues. Like the genius he was, Ningishzidda did measure up to the plea: he managed to produce sperm cells from Osiris non-sexual DNA using a revolutionary process known as artificial meiosis. Isis then inseminated herself with these sperm cells at ovulation time and that was how the famous Horus was born.


After the death of Osiris, Seth approached Marduk and demanded that he be declared the sole ruler of a united Egypt as he was now the only eligible heir. Isis countered the move, insisting that she was already pregnant with Osiris’s baby. Seth scoffed at the assertion, dismissing it as pure  hallucination. Until Isis physically presented a legitimate heir to Osiris, Seth had every right to ascend to the throne.  Isis was wary of unveiling an infant Horus  and so Seth was installed as  the sole ruler of Egypt. Altogether, he ruled Egypt for 350 years.


Meanwhile, Isis hid baby Horus in the papyrus swamps as Seth was always on the lookout for the little threat to his throne. Once, Horus was bitten by a scorpion and escaped death only thanks to Nngishzidda’s medical intervention. At some stage, Horus was adopted by Gibil, one of Enki’s children.    

Throughout his clandestine upbringing, Horus was told his main preoccupation in life was to unseat Seth from the Egyptian throne. He was raised up as Netch-Atef, meaning “Avenger of his Father" Osiris. Gibil meticulously coached him in the art of war, both aerial and infantry, as well martial arts to ready him for a future duel  with Seth. All the while, Seth was not aware Horus even existed. 

 

“SATAN” IS VANQUISHED

 

When Horus was sufficiently grown, he decided it was time he claimed his late father’s throne. He made a dramatic appearance before the “Council of the Gods” and demanded that Seth steps down forthwith to allow for his coronation as the new and rightful King of Egypt.
 

The Enkite pantheon were taken aback, more so Seth. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Horus wasn’t just making a casual claim: he came armed with the requisite genetic evidence that had been certified by DNA expert Ningishzidda.  What followed is summed up by Zechariah Sitchin in his book The War of the Gods in the following words:


“Seth suggested that the gods' deliberations be recessed so as to give him a chance to discuss the problem peacefully with his newly appeared nephew. He invited Horus to ‘come, let us pass a happy day in my house,’ and Horus agreed. But what Seth had in mind was not peacemaking: his mind was set on trickery. And when it was eventide, the bed was spread for them, and the twain lay thereon. And in the night Seth caused his member to become stiff, and he made it go between the loins of Horus.
 

“When the gods next met in council, Seth demanded that the Office of Ruler be resolved as his, for Horus was disqualified: whether or not he was of the seed of Osiris, the seed of Seth was now in him, entitling him to succeed, not precede, Seth!


“Now it was the turn of Horus to surprise the gods. When Seth poured out his semen, ‘I caught the seed between my hands,’ Horus said. In the morning he showed it to his mother, telling her what had happened. Isis then made Horus erect his member and pour his semen into a cup. Then she went to the garden of Seth and poured the semen of Horus on the lettuce that Seth then unknowingly ate.
 

“So, announced Horus, ‘Not only is Seth's seed not in me, but my seed is in him! It is Seth who has been disqualified!’ Baffled, the gods called upon Thoth (Ningishzidda) to resolve the issue. He checked the semen that Horus had given his mother, which Isis kept in a pot. It was found to be indeed the semen of Seth. He then scanned the body of Seth and confirmed that it contained the semen of Horus.”
 

Seth, however,  was not in the least inclined to cede power. He straightaway declared war on Horus.

   
The war was long and protracted. It was the first war in which the Anunnaki involved humans. Fighting under the banner of the wildly popular Horus were the Mesniu, the first humans to use firepower weaponry, and rallying to Seth was an ethnic army commanded by Canaan, Ham’s son and Noah’s grandchild. The war was fought in two phases.


Initially, armies squared up against each other. Then at some stage, there was a decisive one-on-one face-off between Horus and Seth with a view to stem profligate losses of the cannon folder that were human lives.
 

In the mano-o-mano confrontation, Horus was the first to be hit. He was struck by a chemical weapon which brought him to the brink of death. Again it was Ningishzidda his mother called upon to use his extraordinary medical knowledge and expeditiously restore her son to health. Once Horus was fully recovered, Ningishzidda provided him with a fighter craft called the Nar, which, sadly, was  quickly destroyed by a game and spirited Seth.


Horus then resorted to a sophisticated, stealth bomber-like  flying saucer which was used by Marduk and from there fired off a Multiple Warhead Missile called a Harpoon at Seth (it is telling that when in 1977 McDonnell Douglas developed a naval-guided anti-ship missile, they called it the Harpoon Missile. The Military Industrial Complex are well-informed.) In the event, Seth was felled. Not only did he lose his testicles but he was blinded and captured.

 

Horus wanted to finish him off and braced to slice off his head but Isis had pity on her half- brother and facilitated his flight from captivity. Upon learning this, Horus was so mad he decapitated his own mother. But thanks to Ningishzidda’s surgical prowess, the severed head was put back in place and Isis cheated death.

 

The two adversaries were at long last brought before the Council of the Gods, the Egyptian chapter of the Anunnaki pantheon which was headed by Enki.   The matter to be decided was this: should Horus the victor rule Egypt alone or it should again be split into two countries in which both Horus and a blinded and genitally dismembered Seth would have sovereignty?

 

NEXT WEEK: THE SIN OF HAM THAT NEVER WAS!

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A Begrudged Child

21st June 2022

Princess Diana was at once a child of destiny and a victim of fate

It is no secret, General Atiku, that the British monarch constitutes one of the most moneyed families on this scandalously uneven planet of the perennial haves on the one hand and the goddamn havenots (such as you and me General) on the other hand.

In terms of residences alone, the House of Windsor lays claim to some 19 homes, some official, such as Buckingham Place and Windsor Castle, for instance, and the greater majority privately owned.
Arguably the most eminent of its private residences is Sandringham House at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.

It is at this sprawling, 8,100-hectare estate the Queen spends two months each winter, at once commemorates her father King George VI’s death and her own accession to the throne, and more often than not celebrates Christmas. King George VI and his father King George V both drew their last breath here.

A 19th century Prince of Wales, Albert Edward (who would later become King Edward VII), acquired Sandringham in 1862 and it has remained royal property ever since. On the death of King George VI in February 1952, the property passed to his successor Queen Elizabeth II, the incumbent monarch, who assigned her husband Prince Phillip its management and upkeep. The estate also houses a parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church, which the outwardly religious Queen attends every Sunday.

Albert, General, had several additional properties built on the estate the year after he acquired it, one of which was the ten-bedroomed Park House. The house was built to accommodate the overflow of guests at Sandringham House. In the 1930s, King George V leased Park House to Maurice Roche, an Irishman and a bosom friend to his second son, who at the time was Duke of York but would in future be King George VI.

Roche was the 4th Baron Fermoy, a title in the Peerage of Ireland created by Queen Victoria way back in 1856. He and his wife Ruth had three children born at Park House, the second-born of whom was Frances Ruth Roche (futuristically Frances Shand Kydd), born in January 1936.

In 1956, Frances married John Spencer, a fellow noble, and following an “uneasy spell” at Althorp, the Spencer family estate of 500 years, the couple took up residence at Park House, which would be their home for the next 19 years. On July 1, 1961, Frances, then aged 25, and John, then aged 37, welcomed into the world their thirdborn child and youngest daughter, Diana Frances Spencer.

She would, on a positive note, become Her Royal Highness Princess Diana of Wales and the most famous and popular member of the Royal family. On the flip side of the coin, she would, as you well know General, become the most tragic member of the Royal family.

GIRL CHILD WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY

If there was one thought that constantly nagged at Diana as a youngster, General, it was the “guilt” of having been born anyway. Her parents first had two daughters in succession, namely Elizabeth Sarah, born in 1955, and Cynthia Jane, born in 1957. Johnnie was displeasured, if not downright incensed, that his wife seemed incapable of producing a male child – a heir – who he desperately needed as an aristocrat.

He even took the trouble of having his wife see a series of doctors in a bid to establish whatever deficiency she possessed in her genetic make-up and whether it was possible to correct it. At the time, General, it was not known that it is the man who determines a child’s sex and not the woman.

John’s prayers, if we can call them that General, were as much answered as they were unanswered. The longed-for male heir was born on January 12, 1960. Named John after his father, he was, as per the official version of things, practically stillborn, being so piteously deformed and gravely ill that he was dead in a matter of only ten hours, a development of which Earl Spencer would in future remark thus, albeit with tongue-in-cheek: “It was a dreadful time for my parents and probably the root of their divorce because I don’t think they ever got over it.”

Again as per the official version, General, John was gutted and hurriedly got into stride, this time around utterly positive that having had two daughters in succession, it would be two sons in succession. But nature, General, is seldom that predictable or orderly.

The next child was in fact a daughter, the now iconic Diana, for the third time around. Although John is recorded as having marvelled at what a “perfect physical specimen” her newly-born daughter was, he was forlorn beneath the façade, as a result of which Diana, who as a child did sense a lingering frustration on the part of her father on her account, would openly intuit that she was an unwelcome child, a “nuisance to have around”, thanks to her “failure” to be born a boy. From a very age thus, General, Diana had concluded that she was not well-fated and presciently so!

Although the heir, Charles Spencer (the future Earl Spencer) finally arrived on May 20, 1964, Diana perceived very little if any change in the way she was contemplated by her parents. In fact, both she and Charles could not desist from wondering whether had John lived, they would have been born at all. Seemingly, they came to be simply because their father was desperate for a heir and not necessarily that he wanted two more children.  With the birth of Charles, General, John called it a day as far as the process of procreation was concerned.

GODDESS OF THE HUNT

Why was Diana so named, General? Throughout her life, it was taken as an article of faith that her name derived from Lady Diana Spencer, a member of the Spencer clan who lived between 1710 and 1735, dying at a pitifully tender age of only 25. Certainly, the two namesakes turned out to have precious much in common as we shall unpack at a later stage, as if the latter-day Diana’s life was deliberately manoeuvred to more or less sync with the ancestral Diana.

It emerged, however, General, that the connection to an ancestor was actually secondary, or maybe incidental. The primary inspiration of the name was at long last disclosed by Earl Spencer on September 7, 1997, the day of Princess Diana’s burial. Delivering the elegantly crafted eulogy, Earl Spencer had this to say in relation to her naming: “It is a point to remember that of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this – a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.”

It is significant, if not curious, General, that of John’s three daughters, only Diana was given the name of a goddess. Clearly, there must have been a special reason for this as aristocrats do not confer names casually: every name carries a metaphorical, symbolic, or intentional message. Typically, it honours an iconic personage or spirit or somebody lesser but who evokes memories anyway.

Elizabeth Sarah, for instance, was in all probability named after the Queen’s mother, whose decades-long inner circle included Diana’s paternal and maternal grandmothers, and an ancestor going by the name Sarah Jennings (1760-1744). Charles Spencer was named after the family’s greatest forbearer, King Charles 1 of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1625-1649. The ill-fated John was of course named after his father, who in turn was likely named after the 5th Earl Spencer, John Poyntz Spencer (1835-1910).

On occasion in occultic families, as the Spencer family latterly have been, a name, General, connotes a bad futuristic omen associated with its bearer and that was precisely the case with Diana.

THE FIRST DIANA

In its ancient rendering, the name Diana meant “The Heavenly One”, or goddess being a feminine style. The first Diana, General, was Inanna, an Anunnaki goddess whose Akkadian name was Ishtar – Esther in English. As you well know General, the Anunnaki are the Old Testament gods, Aliens from the planet Nibiru, the Solar System’s little-known planet which is seen only once in 3600 years, and who came to Earth 432,000 years ago as we comprehensively set down in the Earth Chronicles series.

The name Inanna is Sumerian, the Sumerians being the best-known civilisation of old who thrived around modern-day Iraq (called Sumer in ancient times) about 6000 years ago and who were indirectly governed by the Anunnaki. It was abbreviated from Nin-An-Ak, meaning “Lady of Heaven and Earth” or “Lady of the God of Heaven and Earth”.

She was so-called, General, not because she had particularly special godly qualities but owing to the fact that she was the earthly mistress of Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”, the King of the planet Nibiru, which humans of the day perceived as Heaven.

Anu was the father of Enlil, the principal Jehovah of the Bible. Enlil in turn had a second-born son called Nannar-Sin, the first Anunnaki to be born on Earth and who eventually became the Allah of Islam. It was Sin who fathered Inanna. Thus Inanna was Anu’s great-granddaughter but every time he visited Earth, Anu was sexually entertained by the stunningly beautiful Inanna, an act which in Anunnaki culture was not frowned upon.

Inanna was amongst other appellations known as the Goddess of Hunting (because of her penchant for, and skill in, waging war) and the Goddess of Love (in the sense of licentious love-making and not conventional moral love). Her other names in different parts of the world and across the ages were Irnin; Anunitu (Beloved of Anu); Aphrodite; Ashtoreth; Astarte; and Artemis, to mention only a few.

Although her celestial counterpart was the planet Venus, she was also loosely associated with the constellation Virgo as well as the moon. Once upon a time, when she was a virgin, Virgo was dedicated to her by her grandfather Jehovah-Enlil, who was Earth’s Chief Executive until circa 2024 BC. With regard to the moon, it primarily had to do with her twin brother Utu-Shamash, whose celestial counterpart was the sun: as such, Inanna’s inevitably had to be the moon. That, however, was only in a putative sense in that the operative moon god of the day was her father Sin.

Since moonlight effectively turns darkness into relative daylight, Inanna has in legends been referred to as Diana Lucifera, the latter term meaning “light-bringer”. Inanna’s association with the moon, General, partly explains why she was called the “Heavenly One” since the moon is a heavenly body, that is, a firmament-based body. It also explains why she was also known as Luna, which is Latin for moon.

A STEERED LIFE FOR GOOD OR ILL

Now, children of royals, aristocrats and other such members of high society, General, are invariably named before they are born. True, when a Prince William or Prince George comes along, the word that is put out into the public domain is that several names have been bandied about and the preferred one will “soon be announced”. That, General, is utter hogwash.

No prince, princess, or any other member of the nobility for that matter, is named at or sometime after their birth. Two names, a feminine and a masculine one, are already finalised whilst the child is in the womb, so that the name the child eventually goes by will depend on no other factor beside its gender.

Princess Diana, General, was named a full week after her birth, as if consultations of some sort with certain overarching figures had to be concluded first and foremost. Apparently, the broader outlines of her future first had to be secretly mapped out and charted in the manner of a child of destiny, though in her case she was as much a child of destiny as she was a doomed child. In her childhood reminiscences, Diana does hint at having been tipped to the effect that she was a special child and therefore had to scrupulously preserve herself.

“I always felt very different from somebody else, very detached,” she told her biographer Andrew Morton as per his 1992 book Diana Her True Story – In Her Own Words. “I knew I was going somewhere different but had no idea where. I said to my father when I was 13, ‘I know I am going to marry someone in the public eye’.” That, General, speaks volumes on the deliberately designed grooming she was subjected to in the formative years of her pilgrimage in life.

Since it was repeatedly drummed in her highly impressionable mind that there was something big in store for her along the way, Diana, General, remained chaste throughout her upbringing, if not an outright virgin to in all probability conform to the profile of the goddess Diana/Inanna before she exploded into a lecherous, loose-mannered nymphomaniac in her adult life as we underscored in the Earth Chronicles series. “By the time I got to the top of the school,” Diana said to Morton, “all my friends had boyfriends but not me because I knew somehow that I had to keep myself very tidy for whatever was coming my way.”

A DISPARAGED BIRTH?

Unusual for an aristocrat, General, Diana was born not in the rather apt precincts of a high-end hospital but within the banality of Park House itself. Whether hired midwives were on hand to help usher her into the world or it was only her dad, mum and closer womenfolk relations who did we can only speculate.

If for one reason or the other her parents were desirous that she be delivered at home, what secret rites did they perform as her mother’s waters broke, General? What incantations, if at all, did John utter over her? Was her birth an occultic one with all the attendant paraphernalia as opposed to a conventional one?

That Diana’s arrival was not a particularly cherished event, General, is evidenced by the fact that she was christened within the Sandringham Estate, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, with only well-to-do commoners in attendance, whereas the more prized child, her younger brother Charles, was christened at Westminster Abbey, in the presence of the Queen, who was designated as his principal godmother.

Anyhow, it was just as well, General, that it was in the hallowed environs of St. Mary Magdalene Church that Diana was committed to the “The Lord” as she was in a manner of speaking the Mary Magdalene of our day.

NEXT WEEK: A FAMILY THAT DABBLED IN WITCHCRAFT

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Challenges in our lives

21st June 2022

Allah Almighty reminds us: ‘On no soul does Allah place a burden greater than it can bear’ (Qur’an 2:286). Also: “Be patient. Surely, Allah is with those who are the patient.” [Qur’an 8: 46].

Without fail, whether we like it or not there are times in our lives when many things seem to go wrong and as mere humans we go into a panic syndrome and are left wondering; why me? Why now? What have I done to deserve this? We are all tested with adversity, hard times and pain, but these tribulations are the Almighty’s way of transforming us and help us develop spiritually.

As mere humans we all have different reactions when something good or bad happens to us, and usually our reactions depend on the strength of our religious belief and of our righteous deeds and actions.

One person may receive blessings and goodness with gratitude and accepts the bad challenges and patches in his life with perseverance and endurance. This positive attitude brings him peace of mind and happiness, causing his grief, anxiety and misery to ease. Thus, this positivity brings a balance and contentment in his life.

On the other hand another person receives blessings and goodness with arrogance and transgression; his manners degenerate and become evil; he receives this goodness and utilizes it in an unthinking and uncaring manner; it does not give him any peace of mind as his mind is always distressed, nervous and restless.

Thus when faced with loss and difficulty, due to his arrogant nature, he begins to ask why me? What have I done to deserve this and he may even damn and curse others and thinks that they are plotting his downfall.

But every now and then we should stop to ponder over the blessings both apparent and hidden from The Almighty upon us, it is only then that we will realise that our Lord has granted us abundant blessings and protected us from a number of evils; this will certainly ease our grief and anxiety and bring about a measure of happiness and contentment.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Look to those who are lower than you (those who possess less than you) and do not look to those higher than you; this will make you appreciate the bounties of Allah upon you.”

Whether we are believers or disbelievers, virtuous or sinful, most of us are to a certain degree able to adapt and condition ourselves to face adversity and remain calm during these moments of challenge, uncertainty and upheaval.

When people receive affliction with fear, discontent, sorrow and despair; their life becomes miserable, they panic and become short tempered. Such people are unable to exercise patience remain restless, stressed and cannot find contentment that could make life easier for them.

On the other hand, due to a believer’s strong faith and reliance on Allah, it makes him persevere and he emerges stronger than others in difficult situations as this reduces his fear and anxiety and that ultimately makes matters easier for him. If he is afflicted with sickness, poverty or any other affliction, he is tranquil and content and has no desire for anything which has not been decreed for him.

‘If Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touches you with happiness, He has power over all things’ (Qur’an 6: 17).Therefore the believer prays to his Lord: ‘Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error…lay not on us a burden greater than which we have the strength to bear’ (Qur’an 2:286)

However, the one who is weak in faith will be just the opposite; he becomes anxious, nervous, confused and full of fear. The anxiety and paranoia will team up against him because this person does not have the faith that could enable him to persevere during tough times, he is less likely to handle the pressures and will be left in a somewhat troubled and depressed state of mind.

It is natural that as humans we are always fearful of losing the things that we have acquired; we desire and cherish them and we are anxious to acquire more, because many of us will never reach a point where we are satisfied with the material things in life.

When certain frightening, disturbing or unsettling events occur, like emergencies or accidents we find that a person with sound faith is calm, steadfast, and able to cope with the situation and handle the hardship he is going through; such a person has conditioned himself to face afflictions and this makes his heart stronger and more steadfast, which gives him a level of tranquillity.

This shows the difference between a person who has strong belief and acts accordingly, and another who is not at this level of faith. Due to the strong belief of the true believer he is content with whatever Allah Almighty has decreed,

This life is full of ups and downs and uncertainties, but the only certain thing is that from the moment we are born we will be tested with life’s challenges throughout our entire lives, up to and to the final certainty, death. ‘Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives, or the fruits of your toil, but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere’ (Qur’an2:155).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “How wonderful is the matter of the believer! All of his matters are good and this is the case for nobody except a believer. If he is blessed with prosperity he thanks (Allah Almighty) and that is good for him; and if he is afflicted with adversity he is patient and perseveres and that is also good for him.”

During those challenging times you have three choices: either you can let them define you, let them destroy you; or you can let them strengthen you.

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Train Spotting

21st June 2022

Here in Botswana we are in the throes of winter chills, currently experiencing the tail-end of a deep freeze in South Africa which has brought snow to parts of the Karoo. Conversely, over in the United Kingdom, they are moving into summer and there is a mini heatwave happening, with temperatures in the thirties.

Both countries have one thing in common – they are heavily reliant on tourism revenues and both have accordingly suffered due to Covid which severely curtailed all movement and travel, most of all for leisure and pleasure. However, earlier this year the UK cast off the last of its Covid restrictions and travel requirements and basically declared the pandemic to be over. Britain was back in business!

So the very hard-hit hospitality sectors finally had some good news. The crowds would be returning, needing hotel and bed & breakfast accommodation, snacks and sit-down meals, pub lunches and all manner of ancillary services. Other related sectors also put out the metaphorical flags – theatres, cinemas, theme parks, camping & caravan sites, all of which had suffered hugely during the pandemic and all could now re-open their doors to paying punters.

If you’ve ever visited the UK you will know of its many attractions. London is not only a vibrant, multi-cultural city, it is also very historic, with centuries-old palaces and cathedrals and world-class galleries and museums. Outside the capital, there is glorious scenery, from rolling pastures in the south to the breath-taking Lake District and the Highlands and lovely lochs to the far north in Scotland plus all manner of coastal delights and cultural experiences.

For everyone even remotely involved in leisure, hospitality and entertainment, it was cash registers and swipe machines at the ready!

But then green for go suddenly and without warning changed to red for stop. It began with misery for air passengers. Only last week the UK Guardian reported ‘It has been another ” week of chaos at UK airports, with hundreds of flights cancelled and holidaymakers facing long queues, with reports of waits of up to eight hours. Pent-up demand for travel and staff shortages have combined to put pressure on airports and airlines.’

The Prospect union, which represents thousands of aviation staff, ” warned on Tuesday that “things could get worse this summer before they get better”, quoting staff shortages across the industry, with a huge reliance on overtime to get by day to day. The problem stemmed from the massive, industry-wide lay-offs over Covid and a sector seemingly taken by surprise by the lifting of travel restrictions. Airlines are now scrambling to replace staff made redundant, many of whom were forced to find employment in other sectors.

In addition some specialised staff such are aircrew had no option but to let their licences lapse and now find themselves technically not fit for flying duties. Ironically, one of the country’s largest and longest-established airline – British Airways – appears to be the one most severely affected with many of their former cabin crew members reporting that they had been laid off during the downturn with the promise of potential re-employment later but who are now being told their services are not required.

One BA pilot has warned of potential staff exodus and further delays that could last through to winter. When talking about ongoing staff shortages in the industry he predicted: “We might be correctly crewed by winter time. There is no chance this will be sorted this summer.

The last month (August) might be okay.” UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps put the blame squarely on the industry for the widespread chaos, saying some airlines had cut too many staff during the pandemic. “The decisions as to whether or not to lay off in the end were airlines’ decisions. They clearly in the end, looking back, cut too far on that,” he told the BBC.

Lufthansa is also joining the party in announcing cancellations. The airline will be scrapping 900 flights from its schedule, from next month. Affected flights will predominantly be on Fridays and weekends to a number of European destinations, from Frankfurt and Munich.

The airline stated: “After …two years of the pandemic, Lufthansa group airlines report high demand for air travel this summer……At present, however, the infrastructure has not yet been fully restored. The entire aviation industry, especially in Europe, is currently suffering from bottlenecks and staff shortages. This affects airports, ground handling services, air traffic control, and also airlines.”

Of course some flights are taking place and some tourists are managing to make it into the UK on a much-needed holiday but for many of them sadly, the airport might be as far as they get because to add to the flight misery, members of two large transport union, the RMT and Unite, will bring the London Underground to a grinding halt next week with planned strike action.

Simultaneously, but in a separate dispute, other RMT members will also be staging a series of strikes on Network Rail and other mainline UK train operators. So should those tourists wish to proceed to some of the country’s top holiday destinations, they’d be well advised to seek an alternative means of transport.

Economists are already predicting this wave of strikes to cost the UK economy at least £91million, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, proving devastating for the night-time and hospitality industries in particular. Hospitality chiefs estimated the national rail strike alone will cost the sector £540million over the week amid a 20 per cent drop in sales, the combination of which will hit ‘fragile consumer confidence’ and could ‘deliver a fatal financial blow’ to some firms.

In response, Transport for London (TFL), presumably in all seriousness, said its teams from Santander Cycles will be ensuring hire bicycles are ‘distributed at key locations according to demand’ and told commuters that ‘walking or cycling may be quicker for some journeys’ during the strike action.

Sounds to me like the message is ‘On yer bike’!

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