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Nuclear Holocaust in India

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   
Inanna and her Reptilian allies routed by the Anunnaki

In July 1945, the US detonated its first nuclear bomb at Alamogordo in the state of New Mexico as a dress rehearsal for what was to transpire in Japan. Subsequent to that, Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who headed the Manhattan Project, the programme that spawned the atomic bomb, was asked by a student at Rochester University as to whether that was the first time an atomic weapon had been exploded on Earth.

Oppenheimer’s answer was revelatory. He said, “In modern times yes”. In other words, nuclear devices had been used before on this planet in ages past: Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not the first cities on the planet to bear the brunt of a nuclear blast.

How did Oppenheimer know this? As we keep telling you folks, the Illuminati know a great deal more about the world and its history than you and I do. But some of this  knowledge is not privileged as such: it’s out there  in ancient texts which the naive “intellectual” simply dismisses as pure myth. Indeed, behind closed doors, the Illuminati  just cannot help laughing at just how dumb we, the so-called “intelligentsia”, are. We’re supposed to be the leading lights, the beacons, of the society in which we live, but we’re just as benighted as the village idiot in the final analysis!

It is no secret that Oppenheimer was an avid student of the ancient Hindu and  Vedic texts. One such corpus, the 200,000-verse strong Mahabharata, sets out in graphic detail how “Aliens” went to war in India and used weapons which had the same effect as the two bombs dropped three days apart on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 by “The Great Satan” Uncle Sam.

Since the Mahabharata War took place in a remote place in the Anunnaki’s Third Region and whose language (invented by Enki) was so radically different from Sumerian, it is not documented in the Sumerian chronicles. As such, we have only the Mahabharata document (and a sister document known as the Ramayan) as the only authoritative source.

But the problem with the Mahabharata document is that it is very complex: it uses Sanskrit names, not the familiar Sumerian or Akkadian names for the Anunnaki. Moreover, it is extremely difficult to tell who was fighting who as well as who exactly was part of the attendant alliances. One really has to wrack their brains and raptly read between the lines of the English translation to get the drift of the story.

But we know the Mahabharata War was an Anunnaki vs. Reptilian conflict because the Anunnaki were ruling Earth at the time it took place and Inanna in particular was the goddess of broader India, which those days encompassed all countries inhabited by peoples of the Indian race today and parts of other Asian countries.  

And since the war pitted the forces of Inanna against the forces of Enlil and very sophisticated weaponry was used on either side, Inanna alone wouldn’t have mastered that firepower: she must have had help. And the only anti-Anunnaki force she could have drawn on were the Earth-based Reptilians. There are actually more than superficial hints in the Mahabharata records that Reptilians did do duty in the war.

In fact, in 1999, Larceta, a Reptilian researcher, emerged from the subterranean Reptilian world in which she lived and gave a highly insightful interview to a bright Swedish recluse. In the interview, she touched on a series of wars that took place between her race and the Anunnaki in antiquity (see The Zeta Series).

VAIN MEDIATION EFFORTS BY ABRAHAM’S FATHER

As soon as Inanna had the Reptilians sign on the dotted line, she made her whereabouts known to the Anunnaki pantheon and served notice that she was going to war against them over the supremacy of Earth and would trounce them once and for all.  Intelligence emanating from Mohenjo Daro, where Inanna was headquartered, aided by satellite espionage, showed that Inanna was arming herself to the teeth having allied herself with the Reptilians. The scale of the weaponry at her disposal was such that if she struck the Anunnaki first, it would be a knockout. The Anunnaki had to work round the clock to prepare themselves for the fray and mount a pre-emptive attack.

Information with regard to exactly how the Alien belligerents made their preparations, how they deliberated, and how they strategised is sketchy. But Anu was informed and he certainly did give the Anunnaki   the go-ahead to engage in hostilities with Inanna & Co. Now, although Inanna was the goddess of the Third Region, her subjects were not unanimously loyal to her. They were in two factions fundamentally.

One faction, known as the Kaurava coalition, named after the main tribe, rallied behind Inanna. The other faction, known as the Pandava coalition, had no distinct sovereign territory (like the Kurds of the Middle East today, the world’s most populace race without an own official country) and so closed ranks with the Anunnaki.  

Perhaps the most prominent personage among the Pandava ranks was Krishna, called Terah in the Bible, the father of Abraham.  Krishna, who is usually compared with Jesus, was the Dalai Lama of the day. A demigod (a Anunnaki-Earthling hybrid),   Krishna was at once the chieftain of a tribe known as the Yadavas and Priest-King of the Kingdom of Dwaraka.   Initially, Krishna did not side with any of the feuding parties being a “holy man”.

So when it became apparent that hostilities were in the offing between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, he sought an audience with the Kauravas to plead with them to settle differences with their foes peacefully instead of resorting to war. Krishna knew that strictly speaking, the war was between the Reptilians and the Anunnaki and that humans were simply pawns in the chess game, but he would rather humans came to terms with each other and let Aliens slug it out on their own.       

Suspicious that all Krishna was trying to do was to lure them into a blindfold, the Kauravas told him to get lost.  It was this snub that forced him to throw in his lot with the Pandavas. Krishna’s main role among the Pandavas was that of a strategic guru though he did actively participate in the warfare with distinction.

WAR ERUPTS

When war broke out, it was fought from every frontier – by land, by air, and by sea, including in cities under the seabed.  Earthlings fought on dry land whereas the Aliens fought a high-tech war mainly in the air, though eventually the airborne war impacted on the happenings on terra firma.

It were the Anunnaki who took the war to the enemy, Inanna and her Reptilian allies. As such, the many theatre of the war was India, in particular the vast Kingdom of Kurukshetra, today called Haryana.   The main war zone spanned an area of 80 km2 and encompassed seven major forests.

Now, the Anunnaki had all kinds of sophisticated weaponry. Some they used in the war against each other but most of the weaponry they simply kept, either in the underground silos dotted all over the planet or on Mars and  the Moon. It is probable that the weaponry they requisitioned for use against Inanna came not from here but from Mars, transported in their lightning-quick flying saucers. .

On Inanna’s side, the beings who allied with her were not only Lizard beings: there were also the Nagas (part-snake, part-human) and the Supernas (part-bird, part human) according to a passage in the Mahabharata.  One day, these beings, or Intraterrestrials (beings of Alien genotype who are resident on Earth), attended a royal wedding. They arrived in vimanas, described as golden or gold plated “aerial cars” which could fly both in air and under the sea and could travel at a speed “swifter than thought”.

These Intraterrestrials were immortal, says the Mahabharata, because they drank a substance known as Soma or Ambrosia. Soma was made from the menstruum of a senior goddess.  The knowledge of preparing Soma, according to the Mahabharata texts, “was brought down to Earth from the Celestial Abode”. Since these were predominantly Reptilians, that could be in reference to the throne planet of the Draco star system, the principal domain of the Reptilian race. 

The Intraterrestrials’ favourite “sacrifice” was cattle. Why cattle? Because the god of that age (Taurus), Enlil, was represented by the bull and he was an enemy god to them.  The sacrificed animal in vogue in antiquity always represented the enemy. For example, in biblical times, the Jews, Enlil’s chosen people, were made to sacrifice the ram, a sheep, because it represented the Enlilite arch-enemy Marduk, who was the rightful god of Aries, the astrological Age of the Ram.   

In the human vs. human  confrontation, a total of approximately 4 million people took part in the war. They comprised of the chariot riders, the elephant riders, the horse riders, and the infantry in the main. The demigods, who were a tiny proportion, used tanks and other more sophisticated weapons.  

The Mahabharata characterises the Anunnaki as “gods” and the Intraterrestrials as the “Asura”.  It says, “The gods and the Asuras, both of them sprung from the Father of Gods and Men (King Anu of Nibiru, ‘Our Father Who Art In Heaven’), were [again] contending for superiority”. Of course the Intraterrestrials were not all cosmic subjects of Anu but this was in reference to Inanna fundamentally, who was a descendent of Anu.

The Intraterrestrials were mean as according to the Mahabharata, they unleashed ballistic missiles at the “Three Regions of the Earth” (Sumer, North Africa, and Canaan) from “three metal fortresses in the skies”, which simply means fighter craft along the lines of America’s Stealth Bomber. The Anunnaki offensive was horrendous.

A HIGH-TECH WAR

The weapons employed in the war comprised of  what we could call conventional weapons  and futuristic weapons in our day. Among the conventional weapons were landmines, Asthras (missiles), and Dhanush (rocket launchers).  A reference to land mines can be gleaned from a statement by Krishna, who talking about his own city Dwaravati  says, “And the land around the city for a  full two miles was rendered uneven, and holes and pits were dug thereon, and combustibles were secreted below the surface”.

There were weapons that did not kill but simply rendered the enemy unconscious – call them humane chemical weapons. These are referred to as the Sanmohana or Pramohana. An account of the use of one such weapon goes like this: “The youthful son of Drupada … applied that fierce weapon called Pramohana … Then those heroic warriors were deprived of their senses, their minds and strength afflicted by the Pramohana weapon.” But the effects of the Pramohana could also be reversed using a counter, antidote  weapon. 

“Then Drona beheld his sons deprived of their senses. Taking up then the weapon called Prajna, he neutralised the Pramohana weapon. Then his  sons, those mighty car-warriors, when their senses returned, once more proceeded to battle with Bhima and Prishata's sons.”

There were weapons that brought about artificial winds meant to disperse the clouds to either prevent rain or improve visibility, and weapons called the Varanuastra, which caused  artificial harm-inducing rain, something akin to acid rain. The Varanuastra is described thus in the Mahabharata: “When a warrior discharges a Varunuastra, its  smoke is converted into a cloud. The moment it comes in contact with air,  it converts the cloud to rain.” That sounds very much like our modern science of Artificial Rain, where chemicals like ammonium nitrate are used to rise and form rain clouds, then the density of the clouds are increased and finally a jet of rain-making chemicals is shot directly into the clouds.

Some defence weapons were capable of rendering one invisible to the naked eye. One combatant relates how the enemy, who he had targeted with a weapon “capable of going at a great height and possessing intense energy”, simply vanished into thin air. “I could not then see the car of costly metals (tank), for it had vanished, through illusion! I was then filled with wonder!”

There also were weapons which could strike a living target by simply tracking its sound. In one instance, a combatant lay in ambush as the enemy approached.  The enemy, who he hadn’t seen yet, kind of “set up a loud howl”. The combatant aimed a sound-tracking weapon in their direction and there was immediate silence as they all died. “They were all slain by those shafts of mine blazing as the sun and capable of striking at the perception of sound alone.”

Some weapons had effects that lingered many years after the war. One such weapon, called the Brahmasthira,   triggered a drought that lasted for 18 years in an entire region “for the clouds did not pour a drop of water there for this period".      Enlil’s third-born son,  referred to in the Mahabharata as “Storm God”, performed brilliantly in the war. Says one account of him: “On land, he smote ninety-nine strongholds of the Asuras, killing great numbers of their armed followers. In the skies,  he fought from his aerial car the Asuras, who were hiding in their ‘cloud fortresses’."

ATOMB BOMB BRINGS ABRUPT ENDING TO WAR

It was the use of nuclear weapons by the Anunnaki that brought the Mahabharata War to a sudden end. Somehow, the Intraterrestrial coalition was  caught off-guard since according to the Mahabharata text, they too had the technology to neutralise a nuclear bomb. It is also probable that there was a warfare convention in place which forbade the use of nuclear and other deadlier weapons but which the Anunnaki flouted to win the war decisively and expeditiously. The following is how the Mahabharata describes the nuclear bomb and its effects:

“Gurkha, flying a swift and powerful vimana, hurled a single projectile 
charged with the power of the Universe [nuclear device]. An incandescent column of smoke and flame, as bright as ten thousand suns, rose with all its splendour. It was an unknown weapon,
an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. Hair and nails fell out; pottery broke without apparent cause, and the birds turned white … After a few hours
all foodstuffs were infected  … To escape from this fire the soldiers threw themselves in streams
to wash themselves and their equipment.”

Another passage says, “The weapon that had been shot by Ashwathama blazed up with terrible flames within a huge sphere of fire (Mushroom Cloud in atomic parlance). Numerous peals of thunder were heard; thousands of meteors fell; and all living creatures became inspired with great dread. The whole world seemed to be filled with noise and assumed a terrible aspect with those flames of fire. The whole earth with her mountains and waters and trees trembled.” Still another passage says, “Explosions of final weapons decimated entire armies, causing crowds of warriors with steeds and elephants and weapons to be carried away as if they were dry leaves of trees.”

The two atom bombs that  were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had the same  eerie effect. The Mahabharata War lasted for only 18 days. About half a million people  died and the cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa were wiped  out entirely, only to be unearthed in the 20th century in the 1920s. The Pandavas had defeated the Kauravas; the gods had trounced the Asuras; the Anunnaki had triumphed over the Intraterrestrials. Above all, Inanna-Ishtar had eaten humble pie: she had been vanquished by her own kith and kin.

EVIDENCE FOR ANCIENT ATOMIC WARFARE

The fact that nuclear weapons were used in the Mahabharata War is not simply a supposition: it has been borne out by archaeological excavations that were done at the sites of the ancient cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa from 1922 to 1931.  At Mohenjo Daro, about 37 skeletons were found.     

     
“All the skeletons were flattened to the ground,” says one report. “For example, a father, mother and child were found flattened in the street, facedown and still holding hands … The skeletons were scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place.”

These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. The skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC but since carbon-dating is not pin-point accurate,  we should allow for a margin era of about 300 to 400 years, which brings the latest date  of the Mahabharata War to about 2140 BC according to our reckoning.

Author David Davenport says, “There was an epicentre about 50 yards wide where everything was crystallized, fused or melted. Sixty yards from the centre the bricks are melted on one side indicating a blast 4,000 years ago.” In Rajasthan, India, it was found that a layer of radio-active ash covered a three-square mile area. The Indian government was forced to cordon off the area on account of high rates of birth defects and cancer.
       
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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.

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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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