A cunning Jehovah sets snare for the popular Enkite god
Besides a clutch of grandiose religious works, Ur-Nammu instituted a new moral revival. Mankind was called upon to turn away from evil ways to a course of righteousness according to a newly promulgated code of justice and social behaviour. The Code of Laws was a list of do’s and don’ts. According to the Code, “the orphan did not fall prey to the wealthy, the widow did not fall prey to the powerful, the man with one sheep was not delivered to the man with one ox”, etc.
In time, Ur-Nammu would be highly spoken of by posterity for having ensured that justice was restored in the land of Sumer. He was said to have “established equity in the land, banished malediction, ended violence and strife". Ur-Nammu also registered great feats in the field of commerce and industry. Writes Zechariah Sitchin: “The inscriptions, the monuments, and the archaeological evidence attest that Ur-Nammu’s reign, which began in 2113 BC, witnessed extensive public works, restoration of river navigation, and the rebuilding and protection of the country’s highways.
He made the highways run from the lower lands to the upper lands, an inscription stated. Greater trade and commerce followed. There was a surge in arts, crafts, schools, and other improvements in social and economic life, including the introduction of more accurate weights and measures. Treaties with neighbouring rulers to the east and northeast spread the prosperity and well-being.”
Yet it is a mystery why Ur-Nammu, the “Joy of Ur” as his name meant and who was such an accomplished leader, was made to perish in so tragic a manner by the gods. It so happened that whilst he was on a campaign against the so-called “sinning cities” or “rebel lands” (places bordering the Mediterranean that were spiritedly pro-Marduk and his son Nabu) in 2096 BC, his chariot got stuck in the mud in the midst of a raging battle.
“Ur-Nammu fell off it, but the chariot like a storm rushed along, leaving the king behind, abandoned like a crushed jug,”say the Sumerian chronicles. “The tragedy was compounded when the boat returning Ur-Nammu’s body to Sumer in an unknown place sunk. Then the waves sank it down, with him on board.” Not only was Ur-Nammu crushed to death by the wheels of his own chariot but there wasn’t even a body to bury.
Upon learning of the devastating news, the people of Ur where convulsed with sorrow, disbelief, and outrage. They vented against the gods, who they blamed for having deliberately set a snare for their beloved king. In particular, they laid the blame on King Anu, “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”; Enlil; Nannar-Sin; Utu-Shamash; and Inanna-Ishtar.
“How did it happen that the Lord Nannar did not hold Ur-Nammu by the hand?" they wondered aloud. “Why did Inanna not put her noble arm around his head? Why did Utu not assist him? Why did Anu alter his holy word? Why did Enlil deceitfully changed his fate-decree?” I am sure you will now appreciate why the mass of mankind were pro-Marduk: the Enlilites were so crafty and so callous. They just were not trustworthy as they were liable to sacrifice their most loyal man for very obscure ends.
In the same year Ur-Nammu died, there were two pivotal developments in Sumer. First, the successor to Ur-Nammu was installed. Second and even much more significant, Terah and his family moved from Ur to Harran. The new king of Sumer was Shulgi. Shulgi had been specially conceived to take over from Ur-Nammu under an arrangement masterminded by Nannar-Sin. Whereas his father was indeed Ur-Nammu, his mother was a high priestess of Enlil at the Ekur, Enlil’s temple-home in Nippur.
A high priestess was known as an Entu and to be an Entu, one had to be a daughter of a king. Thus Shulgi not only was of royal pedigree but he also was a demigod. Having been born at the Ekur, Shulgi called himself “a Little Enlil”. By the same token, Shulgi referred to Ningal, Sin’s wife, as his mother and to Utu-Shamash, Sin’s son, as his brother, not in a literal sense but to underline his demigod status and his closeness, familywise, to Anunnaki royalty. The woman who brought him up was not even Ningal: it was Ninsun, Enki’s daughter with stepsister Ninmah.
Shulgi was big, handsome, and breathtakingly impressive in the groin department. And since he had long been earmarked as a future king, it didn’t take long before he began to catch the amatory attentions of the Anunnaki Super Vixen and Super Opportunist, Inanna-Ishtar. Inanna had long earmarked Shulgi as “a man chosen for the vulva of Inanna" and shortly after the death of Ur-Nammu and following Shulgi’s enthronement, she invited him to her Eanna temple in Uruk and there shagged him like the world was about to come to an end.
This is Shulgi himself in his own words: “With valiant Utu, a friend as a brother, I drank strong drink in the temple (the Eanna) founded by Anu. My minstrels sang for me the seven songs of love. Inanna, the queen, the vulva of heaven and earth, was by my side, banqueting in the temple.”
The following year, in 2095 BC, Shulgi and Inanna entered into holy matrimony as husband and wife. This was a terrible mistake by Shulgi given Enlil’s virulent loathing of his own granddaughter. What it meant was that any slightest transgression against Enlil could cost Shulgi the throne and possibly his own life.
MARDUK SETS HIS SITES ON SPACE-RELATED FACILITIES
In 2096 BC, Abraham was 27 years old. At almost 30 years old, he was a full-grown man. After Shulgi was installed as the new king of Sumer in that very year, Abraham, Terah, and young Lot moved from Ur and settled in Harran. What necessitated this operation? The intention was to counter Marduk. Marduk had indicated that he was going to step up his campaign efforts (for ascendancy to Enlilship) in Sumer, beginning with the city of Harran, which was the major entry point to Sumer-Akkad when one was coming from Europe.
Upon the death of Ur-Nammu, Nabu, Marduk’s heir, had upped the ante in his anti-Enlil propagandistic pitch. “The Enlilite gods deserted you,” he bellowed non-stop from Sinai to the cities and islands of the Eastern Mediterranean. “They hid from you that Nibiru’s almost here. Soon shines the home planet of the gods upon Earth in the Age of the Ram – Marduk’s constellation. Welcome the Era of Marduk the Redeemer, who shall conquer Sumer & Akkad, rule Elamites, Hittites and the whole world. Nibiru comes, Marduk shall rule.” But the part about Nibiru’s imminence was pure demagoguery: the planet of the gods was nowhere near although it indeed was scheduled to appear sometime in the Age of Aries.
In their quest for terrestrial supremacy, Marduk and Nabu’s prize target was Tilmun, the spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula as they well knew that with Tilmun in the hands of the Enlilites, Enkite hegemony would be a sham. “Marduk's chess move to establish his command post in Harran enabled Nabu to ‘marshal his cities, toward the Great Sea to set his course’,” writes Zechariah Sitchin. “Individual site names reveal that those places included the all-important Landing Place in Lebanon and the Mission Control city of Shalem (alias Jerusalem). And then came Marduk's claim that the Spaceport Region was no longer neutral: it was to be considered a Marduk and Nabu domain.”
“I COME IN PEACE”, PLEADS SHULGI
How did Shulgi fare as the King of Sumer? We know precious much about him from what are so-called Date Formulas, which are royal records of the most salient developments during his reign. A prolific writer, Shulgi himself made elaborate inscriptions in the Date Formulas, which included poetry and love songs.
According to the Date Formulas, Shulgi began as a man of peace. At the very outset of his reign, he sent peace feelers to outlying Sumerian states and the so-called “sinning cities” in Canaan, offering trade, peace, and royal intermarriages with his beautiful daughters. Resultantly, when his eldest daughter married the viceroy of the southeastern state of Elam, he gave him the city of Larsa as dowry in accordance with the connubial code of the day whereby dowry was paid by the groom and not the bride – a practice that endures to date in some countries such as India.
In order to ingratiate himself with the gods, Shulgi first built a temple dedicated to Ninurta and declared Ur and Nippur as “Brotherly Cities”, a gesture that obviously inspired today’s idea of “sister cities”, and had a ship constructed which he dedicated to Ninli, Enlil’s spouse. Fancying himself as a modern Gilgamesh, he undertook a pilgrimage to Canaan and the Sinai Peninsula and there built altars to Utu-Shamash, Nannar-Sin, and Ninmah, though he did not set foot on the space facilities themselves as he regarded them as “sacred ground”. During his peregrinations, he vociferously campaigned for Enlil against Marduk and sought to strengthen imperial bonds with other nations.
By the time he returned to Sumer after an absence of 7 years, Shulgi had been to the three space-related sites – the Sinai Peninsula, the “Place of Bright Oracles”, what we call Jerusalem today, which was the Mission Control Centre, and the Landing Place in Lebanon. One of the first things he did upon his return was to build a temple to Nannar-Sin in the sacred precincts of Nippur, just as he had done for Ninurta. In recognition of this gesture, Sin gave him the titles of “High Priest of Anu” and “Priest of Nannar”. Next, Shulgi built a road network that not only improved logistics both militarily and politically in his empire but further facilitated trade and boosted economic prosperity.
FROM MAN OF PEACE TO MAN OF WAR
As King, Shulgi was on balance neglectful of the affairs of empire and in that Inanna was his greatest undoing. He revelled in lavish living and sexual binges, becoming a man of banquets and orgies in Inanna’s temple. In the self-laudatory hymns and canticles he wrote copiously, he repeatedly bragged that “beloved Inanna granted me her vulva in her temple” and that he was on first-name terms with the god Utu-Shamash.
His provinces were largely left to the presidency of what he called “Grand Emissaries”, who did not shrink from replicating his bling-bling lifestyle at the expense of keeping vigil over matters of military preparedness. As he got fixated on personal pleasures and the luxuries of Ur, unrest in the Canaanite cities began to fester yet again. Nabu was stirring them relentlessly. After enjoying a long period of peace and having been diverted by hedonistic indulgencies, Shulgi had allowed his regular army to go into a limbo.
In 2055 BC, his 41st year, he received an oracle from the god Sin, instructing him to set out to quell the “rebellion in the sinning cities” of Canaan. In his 37th year, Shulgi had entered into a peace treaty with a powerful king along the Mediterranean seaboard but that had now come apart at the seams.
Caught practically unawares, Shulgi reached out to his son-in-law, the viceroy of the province of Elam, who was in command of the formidable Elamite troops who had been trained by Ninurta, the Anunnaki’s god of war. The viceroy acceded to his requested use of the Elamite troops as his Foreign Legion.
The mighty Elamite troops did overrun the Canaanite provinces, venturing as far as the gateway to the spaceport at Tilmun. Their handsome and charismatic commander had been humped by the lecherous Inanna in a special send-off into battle and as he led his troops, he made them chant, “Favourite of the God Who Judges (Utu-Shamash), Beloved of Inanna”. The campaign lasted two years and to tell from his inscriptions Shulgi proclaimed victory, claiming, like Sargon before him, that, “I am the Hero, King of Ur, Ruler of the Four Regions", these being Sumer, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and the Sinai Peninsula.
The Elamite army, however, was so trigger-happy that Shulgi, who had been associated with peace for much of his reign, now was characterised as “full of vile and eager for battles”. Writes Zechariah Sitchin: “Instead of peace, the Elamite troops brought more warfare, and the yearly records of Shulgi's reign speak of repeated destruction in the northern provinces.”
MARDUK INVADES ABRAHAM’S CITY
The “sinning” Canaanite cities proved to be implacably intransigent. Less than two years after the Elamite armies ran rampage through them, the cities once again erupted into their age-old unrest, rallying to Marduk and Nabu. It seemed the peoples of these cities were so disaffected with the Enlilites they wanted nothing to do with them whatsoever.
Shulgi now seemed to be at the end of his tether. At this stage, he was jaded out and he decided Sumer would be his principal concern now and to hell with Canaan. So what does he do? He builds a defence wall from the Euphrates to the Tigris all the way north to where Baghdad is today. He called it the “Great West Wall”, obviously the precursor to the Great Wall of China. But the wall did not sit well with Enlil, who was wroth that it had cut off the heartland of Sumer from the northern provinces of Sumer-Akkad. Worse still, it meant Nabu and his loyalists would now have a field day in Canaan and likely capture Mission Control Centre in Jerusalem and the all-important spaceport at Tilmun.
In fact, what Enlil feared was already in evidence. When Marduk, who was based in Egypt, realised that Shulgi had walled off Sumer from the rest of Sumer-Akkad, he wasted no time in invading Harran. The year was 1948 BC. Harran was both militarily and economically significant being an international trade crossroads as well as a gateway to Sumer-Akkad.
Although this incident is hinted at in the Bible, the Genesis writers are economical with the truth regarding it. GENESIS 12:1 reads as follows: “Yahweh said to Abraham, Go by yourself from your land, from your kindred, and from your father’s house to the land that I shall show you.”In the Sumerian records, this instruction was given to Abraham, who was now 75 years old, by Nannar-Sin. Why was Abraham instructed to depart Sumer by the god Sin? Why didn’t he, Abraham, stand up to Marduk given that he was perhaps the Enlilites' greatest military general of the day as we shall soon showcase?
The answer has to do with Enlil’s cunning and shrewdness, which, sadly, the Enkites failed to read. The Enlilites had decided that Marduk should be assisted to capture Harran. Then once he was in Harran, he should be confined there indefinitely so as to facilitate the Enlilites’ scheme to counter-penetrate and annex the land of Egypt, Marduk’s lawful domain.
Accordingly, in making a reality of this scheme, Ishkur-Adad, Enlil’s last-born son and who was the god of Hattiland (meaning “Land of the Hittites”), the location of Harran, pretended to have broken ranks with his fellow Enlilites and entered into an ostensible alliance with Marduk. It were the Hittites, Adad’s subjects, who helped Marduk seize Harran.
JEHOVAH COMMISSIONS ABRAHAM TO SEIZE EGYPT
After Marduk’s baited invasion of Harran, Enlil went to work immediately. The following is how he set about effecting his new stratagem. First, Nannar-Sin was to relocate from Ur to Canaan, to be the resident god of the region overall. The turbulent politics of the region needed his presence there. Being the most favourite Enlilite god in the eyes of mankind, and having been born on Earth, Sin would make for a very saleable counter against Marduk.
Second, Terah, who was now 148 years, was appointed Priest-King, or Melchizedek, of Jerusalem. He was to bring about a pro-Enlil religious revival in Jerusalem and the surrounding area (which in future would come to be known as Judah or Judea) and ensure that the forces of Nabu did not lay siege to the city, which house Mission Control Centre. When HEBREWS 5:10 talks of Jesus being appointed High-Priest (and consequently Priest-King since he was the bloodline royal descendant of King David) “after the order of Melchizdedek”, it is Terah who is being referred to here.
Third, Abraham was given a new and urgent assignment. He was to spirit himself into northern Egypt, mobilise the Hykso population there (Hebrews who had been strategically been brought into the country from India to eventually take political control of it), trigger an uprising, and annex the region from the rest of Egypt. The intention was to create a buffer state that would safeguard the spaceport in the Sinai as northern Egypt shared a border with the whole of the Sinai Peninsula. That way, there would be no incursions into Canaan launched from Egypt by Marduk’s forces.
Meanwhile, in what was typical of Enlil’s modus operandi, Shulgi was to be the scapegoat for Marduk’s “invasion” of Harran. He was condemned to die the “death of a sinner”. Sinner in this context meant an enemy of Enlil, akin to the rebellious Canaanites. The concocted indictment against Shulgi was that he had connived with Marduk given the “ease”with which he took Harran. Shulgi had “prostituted himself” with Enkites and “did that which was evil in the view of the Lord".
Yet in truth, it was his association with Inanna that was Shulgi’s greatest sin against Enlil: from the day he hitched Inanna, he was a marked man. No one held a grudge like Jehovah. Did Abraham have the military wherewithal to advance on northern Egypt? And who would succeed the tactfully liquidated Shulgi?
Impatience lives within all of us; in some even more so than in others. When impatient some people will get fidgety, mumble and curse under their breath or even losing their tempers and being rude to others, whilst on the other hand others will be cool, calm and collected. Impatience comes in different packages and can stem from many sources.
We go through our daily lives with usual things like queuing at the bank, post office, government offices and other places of poor customer service that irk and irritate most of us. Unacceptable but somewhat understandable because of the insensitivity or inefficiency of others the rest have to suffer.
Taking it up to another level, specifically onto a ‘religious’ one, we come across many who show impatience with their lives because of their high expectations leading them to believe that their prayers are not being answered. For them Allah has a message: “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, who say, when afflicted with calamity: ‘To God We belong, and to Him is our return’. They are those on whom (descend) blessings from their Lord” (2:155-157)
Sometimes we strongly pray for something and we get despaired when our prayers are ‘not answered’. But remember: ‘Allah is with those who patiently persevere’. (Quran 8:46). We have to realise and accept that the Lord is in complete control of everything – we cannot always get what we want because the Lord knows best what is good for us, accept the will of God. ‘But it may happen that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that you love a thing which is bad for you. And God knows and you do not know!’ (Quran 2:216)
A believer should rather ask Allah to bless him, make it easy for him and to grant him what is good in this world and in the hereafter. Be positive and look at the other blessings that you have instead. “Pray for help from God, and (wait) in patience and constancy: for the earth is God’s, to give as a heritage to such of His servants as He pleases; and the end is (best) for the righteous.” (Quran 7:128)
On the other hand, think about it, when things go wrong we go into a tailspin, start blaming ourselves, others and at the worst we begin to question why the Lord has not favoured us, yet we forget the countless other daily bounties that the Lord has blessed us with. ‘When trouble touches a man, he cries unto Us, in all postures, lying down on his side, or sitting, or standing. But when We have solved his trouble, he passes on his way as if he never had cried to Us….’ (Quran 10:12)
When the stresses of life hit us and we are faced with challenges, it is only then that some of us turn to our Lord in prayer. Unfortunately, it is human nature to forget our duty and allegiance to our Creator when things run smoothly in our lives. This is true because when the going is good we put it down to our own efforts. Nothing wrong with that but we need to realise that all that happens is through the Will of God.
‘…… when We bestow a favour upon him as from Ourselves, he says, “This has been given to me because of a certain knowledge (I have)!” Nay, but this is but a trial, but most of them understand not! (Quran 39:49)
We have become so obsessed with this material world that we have separated and compartmentalized our lives away from our faith because everything now revolves around moving up the economic ladder of life regardless of the cost to our souls.
Unfortunately many of us are impatient of the favours of our Lord we want things to happen now. We forget that the Almighty has a plan for each and every one of us, the good times, the bad times; the happy times, the sad times; the difficult times and the time of ease; and so it goes. From my school days, in physics class, I recall the saying that ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’ – I suppose so it is with life.
The question is; if we are so impatient about the ‘good’ in our life what about the bad? The Almighty asks us: ‘Do they then ask for Our penalty to be hastened on?’….yet there comes to them at length the punishment which they were promised’ (Quran 26: 204 – 206). Therefore we should balance our desires and pray for guidance, assistance and at the same time pray for peace of mind.
Impatience manifests itself into many people turning to those self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ – enough said. They promise you great wealth, worldly gains, winning of tenders and all those dazzling promises they make. Sadly many people are convinced that the ‘gospel of prosperity’ that these so-called prophets preach is the answer.
Remember you cannot buy God’s favour with money, so what are you paying that prophet for – the only answer is, for his own ‘profit’? I remind them to read the Bible: “Thy money perishes with thee because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money”. (Acts 8; 20)
Think of those daily blessings that we take for granted, and which we should be grateful for to our Lord, rather start counting your blessings before counting your ‘shortages in life’;
Before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your partner – Think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion. Before you complain about life – Think of someone who died too young. Before you complain about your children – Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren. Before you complain about the small house you live in – Think of the people who don’t have homes. Before complaining about the distance you to drive to work – Think of someone who walks the same distance but on foot. And when you complain about your job – Think of the unemployed who wish they had any job. Before you think of pointing the finger or condemning others – Remember that not one of us is without sin and we all answer to one MAKER. Also when you are pointing at others – one finger is ‘at’ them – but at least three of your fingers are pointing ‘back’ at you. When depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and thank GOD you’re alive and still around.
As the Quran repeatedly asks: ‘…..then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny’ (Surah 55)
Don’t be impatient, trust in your Lord, that trust will never be misplaced. ‘If Allah is your helper none can overcome you, and if He withdraws His help from you, who is there who can help you? In Allah let believers put their trust’ (Qur’an 3:160) Let us think of our daily Blessings.
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.
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.