By Maurice Cotterell
Maurice Cotterell is an engineer who has decoded many ancient secrets revealed in his books The Supergods, The Tutankhamun Prophecies and The Mayan Prophecies. He gave a lecture at the College in February based on his new book The Secret Codes of the Terracotta Warriors.
That cold crisp day, in the spring of 1974, is one the people of Lintong province will never forget. For a brief split second the vaporised breath of three young farmers was all that remained of the men who moments earlier had toiled together. It seemed that the field, two miles from Xiyang, had swallowed them up, together with the drill, the tripod and several wooden buckets, that were to provide - once they had recovered from the shock of the fall - a means of escape. They had stumbled into an ancient passageway, which collapsed around them, sending clouds of dust billowing high into the sky above.As it cleared, they found themselves surrounded by an army of warriors in full battledress; a lifesize army of terracotta soldiers that gazed, expressionless, at the unexpected intruders. Within hours, archaeologists from the nearby town of Yanzhai arrived to seal the site from prying eyes.
Test digs confirmed that more than eight thousand life-size terracotta soldiers, each weighing almost half a tonne, buried around 220 BC, filled four concealed underground chambers. But why did Emperor Shi Huangdi manufacture and bury them all? Was it really, as archaeologists would have us believe, to provide protection for his nearby pyramid and mausoleum? We can understand why any rational enquirer might view such a scenario with scepticism. After all, the soldiers can’t move - they are made of clay. Or are we to believe it was simply wishful thinking, on the emperor’s part, that perhaps he thought the presence of the soldiers might The Secret Codes of the Terracotta Warriors scare away tomb robbers? But if that were the case, why bury and conceal the warriors so effectively that they might not be found for at least two thousand years? The fact that his mausoleum has never been robbed (as far as we know) suggests that the presence of the army, and the ostensible protection it may have provided, was never an essential requirement. So why engage more than seven hundred thousand labourers for more than ten years to manufacture and bury an army that served no purpose? Archaeologists were surprised to find that the shape of the faces (taken together with the shape of the head and the hairstyle) of the eight thousand and ninety nine soldiers, corresponded to just ten shapes of the ten thousand, five hundred and sixteen character Chinese alphabet. Curiously, although the official site record from Xian provides the names of the characters, archaeologists never explained their meaning. Perhaps it never occurred to them to enquire what each of the characters stood for. Or perhaps they knew, and preferred not to say. In any event, immediately after the discovery, they hastily reburied the soldiers and concealed the test holes. Nobody was allowed near the site for almost two years, when excavation recommenced, although the authorities never said why. To this day the official guide refuses to give the meaning of the ten Chinese characters.
It’s hard to see the reason for the secrecy. After all, Chinese - English dictionaries are freely available throughout the Western world to provide definitions of the characters which, when translated, reveal a secret message…. ‘Focus the eye on the soldiers in the covered tunnels. Read the meaning of the national (Chinese) characters differently; use the mind to understand the story which spans from the beginning of time until now; a story about the Sun and God’. In The Mayan Prophecies, The Supergods, The Tutankhamun Prophecies and The Lost Tomb of Viracocha, I explained how the leaders of the Mayas, The Egyptians, and The Peruvians, possessed a scientific understanding of a very high order, one that modern man is only now beginning to grasp. They taught their people that the sun controls fertility on earth, that it controls personality determination (sun-sign astrology), and that solar magnetic reversals bring periodic catastrophic destruction to earth, erasing each civilisation, in turn, from the annals of history. These Supergods taught that the soul is imperishable, everlasting and - for the pure - destined for the stars, and that rebirth on earth awaits the rest. So they encoded their secrets into their treasures, giving those that failed this time a better chance of redemption the next time around. The message conveyed by the face shapes of the terracotta warriors suggest that close examination of the soldiers will, in some way, lead to discoveries about the sun and to revelations regarding the spiritual side of life. The Secret Codes of the Terracotta Warriors With this unique understanding of how and why ancient civilisations went to such lengths to preserve their secrets, I decoded the long lost secrets of China’s terracotta army to reveal the farewell message of the first Emperor. Five separate codes are concealed in the warriors, and the face shape is just one of them - for example; the hair styles explain how radiation from our twenty eight day spinning sun collide with our planet earth, how those particles (the solar wind) vary the earth’s magnetic field which in turn affects the manufacture of the follicle stimulating and luteinizing hormones in females (or, put more simply - the sun’s radiation affects fertility on earth) - which is exactly what the ancient sun worshipping civilisations of Egypt, Mexico and Peru believed in ancient times.
The frequent appearance of esoteric numbers featured in the Bible - 666 ‘the mark of the beast’ and the number 144,000 (the number from the Book of Revelation in the Bible, said to refer to the number of those destined for Heaven when the earth is destroyed) - also appears in the formations of the troops in the underground secret chambers, the shapes of the hands of the warriors themselves and rivet patterns that appear on the chain-mail suits of armour. Two horse drawn bronze chariots tell the tale of the first emperor’s final journey to the heavens, how he turned into a dragon, a feathered-snake and a stag, to enjoy immortality in the stars. Why does each of the soldiers stand on a square base, the esoteric symbol of virtue and wisdom, and why are the weapons of the entire army missing? But the greatest mystery of all lies in the anachronistic formation of troops in the pits; first in the firing line stand un-armoured warriors, then battalions of armoured archers kneel as though taking shelter behind? The answers to these questions eventually reveal the true important spiritual meaning of the Terracotta Warriors. The decoded evidence from the treasures of Shi Huangdi suggests that he was a spiritual leader who understood the true purpose of life on earth. He understood, like the other Supergods, that the purpose of this earthly existence is to purify the soul in preparation for the afterlife. The Supergods taught that purification comes through sacrifice. Every day, each individual must fight a battle within themselves in a never-ending struggle to reconcile life’s imponderables. This is the true significance of the terracotta warriors that stand ready for battle.
A similar allegory is used in the Hindu holy book The Bhagavad-gita, the Lord’s Song, part of the epic poem The Mahabharata, which provides in its teachings a path of salvation for the spiritual aspirant in a discourse between the prodigy soldier Arjuna and Lord Krishna (God), who appears to help Arjuna during his hour of need on the battlefield. The ancient story begins with the King Dhrtarashtra sitting in his palace many miles from the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where his sons’ army is about to fight his nephews, the Pandavas. He summons his blind secretary, Sanjaya, who has spiritual vision (clairvoyance), to describe the events taking place on the battlefield. Sanjaya tells the king how the two armies are poised to charge The Secret Codes of the Terracotta Warriors against each other and then the leader of the Pandavas, the boy-soldier Arjuna, is overcome with despondency at the thought of killing his relatives who stand before him. Lord Krishna, an incarnation of the highest of gods, creator of the earth (in Hindu belief), then descends to accompany Arjuna on his chariot as it stands between the armies. Krishna begins to describe to Arjuna his true purpose in life and the reason for his being on the battlefield at that moment. During the discourse Krishna explains the meaning of life and death and the purpose of the universe. This is the beginning of The Bhagavad-gita. Arjuna’s lamentations, explains Krishna, are due to illusions (Maya). He is identifying his relatives with their physical bodies, thinking that if he kills their bodies he will be killing their very selves. Krishna explains the difference between the body and the soul; the body is merely a temporary home for the soul. The soul occupies many bodies before and after its present incarnation.
The advice that follows is deeply philosophical and pragmatic, intended to help the enquirer obtain peace through the purification of the spirit. Krishna explains to Arjuna that each person must fulfil their duty and therefore he, as a soldier, must engage in battle. Every event in the physical world requires an act, an actor and an instrument. Here, the battle is seen as the act, the soldier the actor and the weapon the instrument that facilitates the act. These three inevitably lead to a pre-ordained outcome. As an actor, the soldier suffers no adverse karma in performing his duty of killing. If Arjuna wins the battle, he will enjoy the spoils of war on earth, as King of India; should he lose, his soul will be released to enjoy the spoils of the Kingdom of Heaven, because he has fulfilled his duty. The lesson is that the outcome of the battle is irrelevant. It is how the battle is fought that determines the accumulation of karma and the future suffering of the soul. With regard to the body, Krishna compares the five senses of touch, taste, sight, sound and smell to a team of five horses. The rider in the chariot is compared with the soul that must control the horses using the reins (the intellect) lest the horses bolt, smashing the chariot and hurting the soul. The terracotta soldiers, standing in formation, poised, before the battle begins, reflect on the discourse that took place on the battlefield of Kurkshetra between Krishna and Arjuna.
The troops are disciplined and virtuous (on the square). They do not need weapons because love, as personified in their expressions, is the greatest weapon of all. God, as their armour, protects them from harm. He has bestowed on them wisdom (an understanding of the super-science of the sun and the higher orders of spirituality), in preparation of the battle ahead. The chariots are in formation, the horses bridled, yoked and restrained. The charioteers (souls) are peaceful and in control. The kneeling archer tells us that the man who carried the cross (-bow) aimed at the heart, just as Jesus ‘carried the cross and aimed at the heart’. But the anachronistic formation of the kneeling archers and the standing un-armoured soldiers has more to say. They tell us that firing arrows at the hearts of others hurts the hearts of others, and that purification of the heart comes through suffering. But The Secret Codes of the Terracotta Warriors if we are to purify our own heart then we must stand exposed (without armour) and allow the arrows of others to pierce and purify our own heart. Which explains why the un-armoured soldiers stand first in the firing line, ready to take the arrows of others. Theirs is the quest for purification through suffering. Shi Huangdi, like the first founding fathers of the Mayas - who could see the past, the present and the future - came to tell the story of the man who would come later, aim at the heart, and die on the cross. He came to tell us how to win the greatest battle of all, the battle of life. With his terracotta warriors, he explained, like Krishna, the paradigm of existence about the sun and in so doing explained the purpose of life. Like the other Supergods, he encoded the superscience of the sun and the higher orders of spirituality into his archaeological treasures to help those on the narrow path of virtue. Shi Huangdi, as the Chinese believed, was the Son of Heaven.
This article first appeared in Light Journal Magazine
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