This pylon leads into the inner court which has, at the
rear, the vestibule of the great hypostyle hall. This, in turn, leads into
the Inner Sanctum and exits to the great northwestern (formerly western)
Gate. The sacred pool was, as we said further above, the invariable feature
of Egyptian temples. It was also the counterpart of the Sea of Bronze of Solomon's
temple, and the
of Hindu temples. In all probability they
were used, as in India and elsewhere, in purificatory ritual ablutions
akin to Baptism. Such sacred pools called
in India are attested from remotest antiquity in Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, the sites of the mysterious Indus Valley Civilization, one of the oldest known to archeologists.
Atlantis as the Land of the Dead
The imposing structure of the Ramses III
temple is closely reminiscent of that of Atlantis and its lofty towers.
Except that the square shape (Terrestrial) replaces the circular geometry
(Celestial) of its Paradisial counterparts. Besides the lofty crenelated
watchtowers that were a typical characteristic of Atlantis and its many
aliases (Hades, Lanka, Abzu, etc.), we also have here the triple wall mentioned
by Plato, as well as the sanctuary or inner temple at the center.
In this temple complex, which is indeed a replica of Paradise, the river Nile replaces the River Oceanus
that surrounded Atlantis in the Greek myths. The River Oceanus was a direct
replica of Hindu archetype, the Vaitarani. This impassable river or ocean
was also called
Açayana = "round goer", in Sanskrit. This Hindu name is the true etym (or etymon or etymology)of the word "Ocean", whose circular nature and meaning become then obvious. The name of the Vaitarani (Dvai-tarani) also means the same thing as
Açayana in Sanskrit.
We should recall that the Atlantic Ocean
was, originally, deemed to go round the whole earth. That means the ancient
world of Eurasia and Africa, such being the reason of its name of "Ocean"
or "Round Goer". This was the sense in which the name was used by the ancients,
including Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle. But modern users applied the
name only to the western portion of the Atlantic Ocean, forgetting its
eastern moiety, the Indian Ocean. Herein lies the root of all the confusion
of those who unwisely insist in seeking Atlantis in what we now call by
the name of the "Atlantic Ocean". Once this essential difficulty is realized, the solution
of the riddle becomes real easy and natural, as we argue in detail elsewhere.
The temple of Ramses III was built as a
mortuary complex in order to commemorate the fact that Atlantis too was
dead, just as was its great god (Osiris, Atlas, Shiva, Poseidon). Osiris
was indeed, like Atlas, the true "Pillar of the World". Such is the reason
why he was commemorated by the Djed Pillar, indeed the Pillar of the World
It is no coincidence that the Oriental
Gate, the main entrance to the temple of Medinet Habu, opens to the southeastern
direction. In fact, it points to the direction of Punt or Amenti (Indonesia)
to be reached by heading in this exact direction along the Red Sea and
beyond. This point is crucial, for it indicates that Amenti lay, in contrast
to what its name suggests, to the south rather than to the west of Egypt.8
The triple girding wall of the temple of
Medinet Habu was, as we said above, mentioned by Plato as a feature of
Atlantis. This coincidence suggests that Plato indeed obtained his information
concerning Atlantis from Egyptian sources, just as he claimed in the
Critias. Why would the great philosopher lie in such holy,
fundamental issues, so important to the humanity to whom he devouted his
life to enlighten?
The Egyptian temples were verbatim copies
of Hindu temples, themselves replicas of the Atlantean Paradise.