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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
It was pure curiosity and good book reviews that I bought a paperback copy of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, #1 New York Times Bestseller at the National Book Store here in the Philippines last February, 2005 before it was made into a smash hit movie. There was a hush-hush inside the store that it was being banned by the Roman Catholic Church because of its blasphemous content.
After dinner in my room at the boarding house, I started reading the controversial fiction until the wee hours in the morning. It was an excellent read and I learned a lot from the information written by Mr. Brown who claimed that there are authentic facts being incorporated in his masterpiece. It really triggered my faith about Jesus and the authenticity of the Holy Bible.
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The Protagonists in The Da Vinci Code
Robert Langdon - Harvard symbologist who’s responsible for solving the cryptic message written by the murdered curator in the French museum. He was also featured in other Dan Brown’s book, Angels and Demons. In the movie version, the award-winning actor Tom Hanks justified the role of acting as Robert Langdon.
Sophie Neveu - a gifted French cryptologist, who sorted through a bizarre riddles left by the dead curator, Jacques Sauniere - who was found out to be a member of the Priory of Sion.
Together, the two were able to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci - clues are visible for all of us to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Jacques Sauniere’s cryptic message
O, Draconian devil!
Oh, lame saint!
If you are able to read the book from cover to cover, I’m sure you’ll be interested in solving this cryptic message made by the dead curator of the Louvre museum. All clues are hidden in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Draconian devil is derived from the ruthless 7th century BC politician named Draco.
When Jacques Sauniere died he used Da Vinci’s The Vitruvian Man to pass the code to Mr. Langdon. We all know that the Vitruvian Man had become a modern day icon of culture, appearing on posters and T-shirts all over the world. The celebrated sketch consisted of a perfect circle and legs outstretched in a naked spread eagle. The circle means the feminine symbol of protection that completes the male and female harmony in the drawing.
Fact: The Vitruvian Man was named for Marcus Vitruvius, the brilliant architect who praised the Divine Proportion in his text De Architectura.
Meanwhile, Ms. Neveu arranged the sequence of the numbers written by Sauniere in increasing order that became:
1-1-2-3-5-8-13-21 or otherwise known as Fibonacci numbers or unending sequence of numbers devised by the 13th century Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. Each number, except for the first two is the sum of the preceding two. It is frequently used in botany, psychology and astronomy.
And by the way, the author, Mr. Brown also emphasized the importance of Divine Proportion in the book. In it is considered the most perfect number in the universe.
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The Divine Proportion, PHI & Fibonacci sequences
If an academician will mention Divine Proportion, PHI and the Fibonacci sequences…it will mean only one thing: the perfect number in all the things created by God.
PHI was derived from the Fibonacci sequence - a progression famous not only because the sum of adjacent terms equaled the next term, but because the quotients of adjacent terms possessed the astonishing property of approaching the number 1.618 - PHI!
Not only that; PHI plays an important role as a fundamental building block in nature. Plants, animals and even human beings all possessed dimensional properties that adhered to the ratio of PHI to 1.
So, the ancients assumed the number PHI must have been preordained by the Creator of the universe. Early scientists heralded 1.618 as the Divine Proportion.
If we study the relationship between females and males in a honeybee community (female bees always outnumber the male bees); if you divide the number of female bees by the number of male bees in any beehive in the world, you will always get the same number - PHI. Even in the human population, female always outnumber the male populace.
Other things being explained in the book, include:
- Nautilus - a cephalopod mollusk that pumps gas into its chambered shell to adjust its buoyancy. The ratio of each spiral’s diameter to the next is always PHI.
- Sunflower - its seeds grow in opposing spiral; the ratio of each diameter to the next is also PHI.
- Spiraled pinecone petals, leaf arrangement on plant stalks, insect segmentation - all displaying astonishing obedience to the Divine Proportion!
Nobody understood better than Da Vinci the divine structure of the human body. He actually exhumed human corpses to measure the exact proportions of the human bone structure. He was the first to show that the human body is literally made of building blocks whose proportional ratios always equal PHI!
Here are some of very concrete examples of Divine proportion in our body.
Measure the distance from your shoulder to your fingertips, and then divide it by the distance from your elbow to your fingertips. It always equals to PHI.
Hip to floor divided by knee to floor equals PHI.
All of us, humans are the walking tribute to Divine Proportion!!!
PAGANISM and the Divine Proportion
When the ancient people discovered PHI, they were certain they had stumbled across God’s building block for the world. From then on, they worshiped Nature because of it.
No one can understand why. God’s hand is evident in Nature, and even to this day there exist pagan, Mother Earth-revering religions.
Many of us celebrate nature the way the pagans did, and don’t even know it. May Day is the perfect example, the celebration of spring…the Earth coming back to life to produce her bounty.
ART and the Divine Proportion
The mysterious magic in the Divine Proportion was written at the beginning of time. Man is simply playing by Nature’s rules and ART is man’s attempt to imitate the beauty of the Creator’s hand.
The artworks by Michelangelo, Albrecht Durer, Da Vinci and many others adhere to the Divine Proportion in the layout of their compositions.
The architectural dimensions of the Greek Parthenon, the pyramids of Egypt, and even the United Nations Building in New York used PHI in the design of these ancient and modern edifices.
PHI appeared in the organizational structures of Mozart’s sonatas, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, as well as the works of Bartok, Debussy and Schubert. The number PHI was even used by Stradivarius to calculate the exact placement of the f-holes in the construction of his famous violins.
Five intersecting lines formed a five-pointed stars. Formally known as a pentagram-or pentacle, as the ancients called it - this symbol is considered both divine and magical by many cultures.
The ratios of line segments in a pentacle all equal PHI, making this symbol the ultimate expression of the Divine Proportion. For this reason, the five-pointed star has always been the symbol for beauty and perfection associated with the goddess and sacred feminine.
The ancient civilizations used anagrams to hide important messages. The transposition of letters of a given word will make another word to unveil the hidden clues to the message.
For example, the anagram for “astronomers” is “no more stars”.
Few people realized that anagrams, despite being a trite or overused modern amusement, had a rich history of sacred symbolism. It was widely used during the 16th century.
The mystical teachings of the Kabbala drew heavily on anagrams - rearranging the letters of Hebrew words to derive new meanings. French kings throughout the Renaissance were so convinced that anagrams held magic power that they appointed royal anagrammatist to help make better decisions by analyzing words in important documents.
The Romans actually referred to the study of anagrams as ars magna - “the great art”.
So, in the book, Mr. Langdon rearranged the letters in each line of the phrase that the dead curator, Jacques Sauniere and see what came out.
O, Draconian devil!
Oh, lame saint!
was a perfect anagram of…
Leonardo da Vinci!
The Mona Lisa!
A wordplay aficionado and art lover can be a flexible anagrammatist in this modern years. Well, we can revive what our ancestors were doing in their times.
The MONA LISA
The Mona Lisa was a mere thirty-one inches by twenty-one inches-smaller even than the posters of her sold in many gift shops and book stores. At present, she is hanged on the northwest wall of the Salle des Etats inside the Louvre behind a two-inch-thick pane of protective Plexiglas.
Painted on a poplar wood panel, her ethereal, mist-filled atmosphere was attributed to Da Vinci’s mastery of the sfumato style in painting. It means the gradual blending of one area of color into one another without a sharp outline to make the painting more subdued and mysterious.
The Mona Lisa- or La Joconde or Gioconda as they call her in France-had been stolen twice, most recently in 1911, when she disappeared from the Louvre’s “salle impenetrable”- Le Salon Carre. Parisians wept in the streets and wrote newspaper articles begging the thieves for the painting’s return. Two years later, the Mona Lisa was discovered hidden in the false bottom of a trunk in a Florence hotel room.
The computerized analysis of the Mona Lisa and Da Vinci’s self-portraits confirm some startling points of congruency in their faces. His Mona Lisa is neither male or female. In other words, it carries a subtle message of androgyny or fusing of both sexes. Da Vinci left a big clue that the painting is really androgynous. The name Mona Lisa is actually consisted of two names of Egyptian god and goddess- Amon the god of masculine fertility and Isis , the goddess of fertility, the pictogram was once called L’ISA.
AMON L’ISA or MONA LISA!!!
And that is Da Vinci’s little secret, and the reason for Mona Lisa’s knowing smile.
MADONNA OF THE ROCKS
So dark the con of man… this was the next clue in the book hastily written in blood by the killed curator Jacques Sauniere. Sophie Neveu was able to solve it, unlike the first two who were solved by Robert Langdon.
It was written on the face of Mona Lisa’s painting in the story.
Fact: The masterpiece is a five-foot-tall canvass with the bizarre scene Da Vinci had painted, including an awkwardly posed Virgin Mary sitting with Baby Jesus, John the Baptist, and the Angel Uriel on a perilous outcropping of rocks.
Note: Da Vinci’s original commission for Madonna of the Rocks had come from an organization known as the Confraternity of the Immaculate Concepcion, which needed a painting for the centerpiece of an altar triptych or three panels in their church of San Francesco in Milan, Italy. The nuns gave Leonardo specific dimensions, and the desired theme for the painting - The Virgin Mary, baby John the Baptist, Uriel, and Baby Jesus sheltering in a cave. Although Da Vinci did as they requested, when he delivered the work, the group reacted in horror. He had filled the painting with explosive and disturbing details.
Because of this, Da Vinci eventually painted a second version in which everyone was arranged in a more orthodox or traditional manner. The second version now hung in London’s National Gallery under the name Virgin of the Rocks.
The HOLY GRAIL
As we conventionally known from our religious studies in school, the Holy Grail was the cup that Jesus drank from The Last Supper and with which Joseph of Arimathea caught His blood at the Crucifixion. The Holy Grail is the Cup of Christ.
But according to the Priory of Sion, the Holy Grail is not a cup at all. They claim the Grail legend is actually a conceived allegory or having a deeper meaning. Grail story uses the chalice as a metaphor to the sacred feminine.
The Holy Grail is the most sought-after treasure in human story. The Grail has spawned legends, wars, and lifelong quests
The Grail was believed to be somewhere in England, buried in a hidden chamber beneath one of the many Templar churches, where it had been hidden since at least 1500 - the era of Grand Master Da Vinci.
In order to keep the powerful documents safe, the Priory had been forced to move them many times. The last Grail “sighting” had been in 1447 when numerous eyewitness described a fire that had broken out and almost engulfed the documents before they were carried to safety in four huge chests that each required six men to carry. All that remained were occasional whisperings or hearsays that it was hidden in Great Britain, the land of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Places to visit in Paris, France - The Principal Setting of The Da Vinci Code
So now, fellow hubbers, let’s take to a new dimension of traveling…through reading the book. I’m sure you’ll also be interested in other things and true facts incorporated in each chapter, aside from the most controversial revelation (fact or fallacy?) that Jesus Christ had a wife, in the name of Mary Magdalene!!!
The setting of the story is in France, the country with the famous huge phallic symbol, Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is also the country renowned for machismo, womanizing, and diminutive insecure leaders like Napoleon and Pepin the Short.
The Da Vinci Code is not all about the genius of the French renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci. The circumstances in the storyline of this fictional masterpiece of Mr. Brown all lead to the paintings of Da Vinci, like the Monalisa and the Madonna of the Rocks. Another worthy to mention is The Last Supper, depicting Jesus Christ and his 12 apostles in a banquet before the famous betrayal done by Judas Iscariote and the Crucifixion. But there’s a hunch that one of the characters in the painting was actually a woman seated beside Jesus, none other than Mary Magdalene.
Other worthy artists are also mentioned in the book, like the Chinese-born American architect I.M. Pei who designed the controversial, neomodern glass pyramid, the new entrance to the Paris Louvre.
Likewise, the birth of Impressionistic movement in art spearheaded by Claude Monet was also mentioned in the book.
PLACES AND EDIFICES worthy of visit in France are:
- Jardins des Tuileries - like the Central Park in the USA. This park was once an enormous, polluted excavation pit from which Parisian contractors mined clay to manufacture the city’s famous red roofing tiles - or tuiles.
- Musee du Louvre - the most famous art museum in the world. It would take a visitor about five weeks to properly appreciate the 65, 300 pieces of art in the building of enormous size. You can walk the Louvre’s entire perimeter at an astonishing three miles. The most famous objects inside the museum are: the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory.
Other places mentioned in the book:
- Murray Hill Place - Opus Dei World Headquarters and conference center, located at 243 Lexington Avenue, New York City. Opus Dei means ‘God’s Work’ and founded in 1928 by the Spanish priest Jose Maria Escriva, promoted a return to a conservative Catholic values and encouraged its members to make sweeping sacrifices in their own lives in order to do the Work of God. The 133,000 square-foot tower is made up of red brick and Indiana limestone. Designed by May and Pinska, the building contains over 100 bedrooms, 6 dining rooms, libraries, living rooms, meeting rooms, and offices. The second, eight, and sixteenth floors contain chapels, ornamented with mill work and marble. The seventeenth floor is entirely residential. Men enter the building through the main doors on Lexington Avenue. Women enter through a side street and are “acoustically and visually separated” from men at all times within the building.
- Saint Sulpice Church - like most Catholic churches, had been built in the shape of a giant Roman cross. Tourists, scientists, historians, and pagans from around the world came to Saint Sulpice in Paris to gaze upon the famous line - The Rose Line. It is a golden line slanting across the church’s floor called gnomon, a pagan astronomical device like a sundial.
On a globe, Rose Line -also called a meridian or longitude- was any imaginary line drawn from the North Pole to the South Pole. The Rose Line is also the zero longitude-the line from which other longitudes on Earth would be measured. Today that line was in Greenwich, England.
Long before the establishment of Greenwich as the prime meridian, the zero longitude of the entire world had passed directly through Paris, and through the Church of Saint Sulpice. The brass marker in Saint-Sulpice was a memorial to the world’s first prime meridian, and although Greenwich had stripped Paris of the honor in 1888, the original Rose Line was still visible today.
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Other valuable info about The Da Vinci Code
- THE PRIORY OF SION - or Prieure de Sion, a European secret society founded in 1099 in Jerusalem by a French king named Godefroi de Bouillon, immediately after he conquered the city. King Godefroi was allegedly the possessor of a powerful secret-a secret that has been in his family since the time of Christ. Fearing his secret might be lost when he died, he founded a secret brotherhood-The Priory of Sion-and charged them with protecting his secret by quietly passing it on from generation to generation.
During their years in Jerusalem, the Priory learned of a stash of hidden documents buried beneath the ruins of Herod’s temple, which had been built atop the earlier ruins of Solomon’s Temple. These documents, they believed, confirmed Godefroi’s powerful secret and were so explosive in nature that the Church would stop at nothing to get them.
In order to protect the documents, so that the truth will never die and retrieve it within the ruins, the Priory created a military arm-a group of nine knights called the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon more commonly known as the Knights Templar.
In 1975 Paris’s Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Dossiers Secrets, identifying prominent members including Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo and Leonardo Da Vinci.
The society was based in France and attract powerful members from all over Europe. Da Vinci presided over the Priory between 1510 and 1519 as the brotherhood’s Grand Master. The group members shared their fascination for goddess iconology, paganism, feminine deities, and contempt for the Church.
THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR - The book The Da Vinci Code argued the authenticity if the Knights Templar were really founded by the Priory of Sion or created to protect the Holy Land. Their true goal in Holy Land was to retrieve the documents from beneath the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. The knights discovered something down there in the ruins that made them wealthy and powerful beyond anyone’s imagination.
The academic sketch of the accepted Knights Templar history explained how the Knights were in the Holy Land during the Second Crusade and told King Baldwin II that they were there to protect Christian pilgrims on the roadways. Although unpaid and sworn to poverty, the Knights told the king they required basic shelter and requested his permission to take up residence in the stables under the ruins of the temple of which was granted by the king.
What the Knights had discovered from the ruins of the temple took them nine years to retrieved , excavating in total secrecy through solid rock. They took the treasure from the temple and traveled to Europe where they had overwhelming influence.
It was not justified whether the Knights had blackmailed the Vatican or whether the Church simply tried to buy the Knight’s silence, but Pope Innocent II immediately issued an unprecedented papal bull that afforded the Knights Templar limitless power and declared them “a law unto themselves”- an autonomous army independent of all interference from kings and prelates, both religious and political.
With the approval from Vatican, the Knights Templar expanded at a staggering rate, both in numbers an political course, acquiring huge lands and estates in over a dozen countries. They began extending credits to bankrupt officials and charging interests in return, thereby establishing modern banking and broadening their wealth and influence.
By the 1300s, the Vatican sanction had helped the Knights acquired so much power the Pope Clement V decided that something had to be done. Working closely with France’s King Philippe IV, the Pope devised a covert operation to quash the Templars and seize their treasure and secrets through a military maneuver. Pope Clement issued secret sealed orders to be opened simultaneously by his soldiers all across Europe on Friday, October 13 of 1307.
At the dawn of Friday the 13th, the documents were unsealed and their shocking contents unfolded. Clement’s letter claimed that God had visited him in a vision and warned him that the Knights Templar were heretics guilty of devil worship, homosexuality, defiling the cross, sodomy, and other blasphemous behavior!!! Pope Clement had been asked by God to cleanse the earth by capturing all the Knights and torturing them until they confessed their crimes against God. Clement’s Machiavellian (from Niccolo Machiavelli) or deceptive operation came off with clockwork precision. On that day, countless Knights were captured, tortured mercilessly, and finally burned at the stake (a thin wooden of metal post) as heretics (opposes of the Vatican’s Roman Catholicism).
That day was also the start of coining that Friday the 13th was considered unlucky or something bad will happen to you.
But the Knights had powerful allies that helped them retrieved the secret documents from the hands of Pope Clement; smuggled them from a Paris preceptory or community of Templars onto the Templar ships in La Rochelle.
In modern times, our time, the history of Knights Templar had been depicted in various movies, like Indiana Jones series (acted by Harrison Ford) and books. The entire collection of documents have been passed on and become known by a single name -Sangreal. It means blood that is synonymous with French word sang or Spanish sangre. Or we call it now by the name ‘Holy Grail’.
GRAND MASTERS of PRIORY OF SION (PRIEURE DE SION-LES NAUTONIERS)
JEAN DE GISORS 1188-1220
MARIE DE SAINT-CLAIR 1220-1266
GUILLAUME DE GISORS 1266-1307
EDOUARD DE BAR 1307-1336
JEANNE DE BAR 1336-1351
JEAN DE SAINT-CLAIR 1351-1366
BLANCE D’EVREUX 1366-1398
NICOLAS FLAMEL 1398-1418
RENE D’ANJOU 1418-1480
IOLANDE DE BAR 1480-1483
SANDRO BOTTICELLI 1483-1510
LEONARDO DA VINCI 1510-1519
CONNETABLE DE BOURBON 1519-1527
FERDINAND DE GONZAQUE 1527-1575
LOUIS DE NEVERS 1575-1595
ROBERT FLUDD 1595-1637
J. VALENTIN ANDREA 1637-1654
ROBERT BOYLE 1654-1691
ISAAC NEWTON 1691-1727
CHARLES RADCLYFFE 1727-1746
CHARLES DE LORRAINE 1746-1780
MAXIMILIAN DE LORRAINE 1780-1801
CHARLES NODIER 1801-1844
VICTOR HUGO 1844-1885
CLAUDE DEBUSSY 1885-1918
JEAN COCTEAU 1918-1963
2. OPUS DEI - The Vatican prelature is a deeply devout Catholic sect that has been the topic of many controversies due to reports of brainwashing, coercion, and a dangerous practice known as “corporal mortification.”
Books penned by Dan Brown are full of surprises. So, if you’re a fan, like me, don’t miss to read any of the following. Furthermore, if you are following the adventure of the fictitious symbologist Robert Langdon that started in The Da Vinci Code, you can follow him at the sequel “Angels & Demons” that was also made into a breathtaking movie. Then the latest is “The Lost Symbol”.
I’ve also read “Deception Point” prior to “The Da Vinci Code”. The research for the book is too good to be true. The high-tech surveillance equipment that was featured in the book is now being used by the US Intelligence Team in Afghanistan.
Other book is the “Digital Fortress”.
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