“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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I've been trying for days to get into any of the sites for the proclaimed "discovery" of the infamous "Da Vinci Code". A computer geek is claiming he's 'solved the mystery'. But what mystery[?] is my question about this. Thing is, since the world wide popularity of Brown's best selling novel and the making of the movie, the Da Vinci Code is something of a mystery in itself. IS the mystery what it implies, and what the church is denying? It all eventually boils down to the somewhat dubious answers and questions - the Holy Grail. And....just what is the Holy Grail? Since reading the book myself, and loving only the 'mystery' and intrigue of such a character as Da Vinci, along with seeing the movie, and buying the DVD...it still continues to make me want to read more, and research more. More so, I keep having the one thought in the back of my mind....why now? Was I so naive beforehand to have never paid attention...or did I miss something in my years of going to classes at my church, preparing me for my confirmation? Yes, I went to church [But now, I no longer feel the need to 'attend' church in a BUILDING (don't get me wrong --I'm still very much in awe of the material structures) --My only need is my personal communication with my lord]. I read the Bible. Is there actually a secret so secret it's been a world-wide plot to keep it from us Christians? At the beginning of the novel, Brown claimed that it's a work of fiction based on fact ---the word FICTION is the key here. Sometimes, at least to me, FACT is just hearsay. Facts can become so misconstrued it becomes fiction....example, sit on a jury once. I realize that the King James version of the Bible [the one I studied all my life] has been translated, and there's no doubt that there are errors, be they mistaken errors or intentional, to make it 'more right' for Christianity. To answer my own questions, I must study, dear Anni, and come to my own conclusion.

I'm not asking this of anyone but ME to answer. I'm not implying that I want anyone's opinion on their beliefs. It's something I must find myself and learn from it. Just as I studied the Bible, and learned, I must conquer these questions by reading, reading, and more reading. I don't want anyone to think I'm after anyone's personal thoughts. I'm thinking alone on this...I need to ask my questions and seek my own answers. As in a diary, I need to jot all this down in my blog, to get it written, so I can come back and check what my thoughts were at the beginning. To see how much I've grown.

Some speculate it's[the grail] an ancient silver chalice that was found at the Last Supper, used by Jesus Christ. Others claim it to be the bloodline. The Last Supper has been the subject of many paintings, perhaps the most famous by Leonardo da Vinci. In the course of the Last Supper, and with specific reference to taking the bread and the wine, Jesus told his disciples, "Do this in remembrance of Me", (1 Corinthians 11:23–25).


....to continue my thoughts~

I found the byline I read online something that I just had to read: "The Secrets of Da Vinci's Last Supper broken by computer geek". Really, was there a 'secret' to this painting; something that has been kept hidden to all Christian; or is it all hype from the infamous novel? We all know, or have read, that Da Vinci was a genius, born too early in my opinion...he had so many ideas that were set way ahead of its time. His ideas, his inventions, etc. I also read long ago, that Da Vinci was a 'mirror' writer. And some 'authorities' claim it was his way of keeping others from, in fact, stealing his ideas. I say that's rubbish. I ask what's the basis of this claim[?] afterall, mirrors were invented way before Da Vinci himself was born...anyone could see that this mirror writing was just that...when you see the word A M B U L A N C E spelled backward, 'mirrored' on a vehicle, it's reflection appears readable in a mirror! To me, anyone claiming Leonardo used this form or writing for secrecy is nearing lunacy.

But finally, after the site's server was crashing on the daily basis from the amount of hits [the news said it got 15 million hits daily] --I finally found another site that 'told' me what I was after....what the 'computer geek' found/revealed. As with the above mentioned 'mirror writing', this man found that if he reversed the painting of the Last Supper, and then superimposed the original with the reversed [mirrored] image, there was a stark revelation. With the new version from the mirrored and original came a Last Supper that shows more people and one even holding an infant in it's arms!! My interest once again is piqued, and it conjures up more questions. I can see it, and I opened my own paint shop program, and used the original and reversed it and superimposed it myself, and came up with the same results [with my computer program, even the center figure appears female]...and now I have even MORE questions and perhaps scepticism, who knows, I always try to have an open mind-----

Interesting, none the less



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9 comments :

  1. Hmmm... well, it IS interesting. I think though that you can read "something" into almost ANYthing if you try hard enough. I wonder if anyone has taken any of the OTHER great artists paintings and tried the same types of things to see if something mysterious shows up in them too! But then again... there COULD be secrets we don't know! (actually I think there are WAY TO MANY secrets we don't know!!!) I know the more I do read the Bible the MORE questions I have rather than the fewer! But the whole story really is THE BEST of all time!!!

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  2. Oh I think questions are good Melli!! ---it helps us grow stronger in faith and life itself! If we didn't have questions, we'd be very stagnant and alone.

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  3. shejake7/28/2007

    Remember the child's game where all lined up and the first child whispers something into the ear of the second child. And the second child whispers to the third and so on.... And at the end of the line, the final whisper resembles nothing of the original.

    After 2000 years, it makes me wonder what Jesus' original message was.

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  4. shejake: ...and you're so right on THAT thought also!

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  5. Now that's amazing too ! First your word verification with Melli and now I read about Da Vinci code here ! This morning I was looking for more information about "Nag Hammadi" (I didn't know anything about the Da Vinci code, hadn't read the book or see the movie) because yesterday evening I watched a (funny) crime story where monks had received a very old book about Nag Hammadi (look it up in Wikipedia if you don't know) and to avoid that the content would be published 3 monks had been killed. As it was forbidden by the catholic church because apparently Jesus was married and had 3 children and didn't resurrect either, I wanted to know a little more about the story of this, just like you ! Isn't that a coincidence ??

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  6. Gattina: Yes, I recall a program on Discovery or the Learning Channel about the Gnostic material that was discovered in Egypt...and now there is a library holding these findings!

    Interesting stuff sometimes, how one learns about the censorship, even when the translation of the bible is exposed to us.

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  7. Anonymous8/01/2007

    The DaVinci project has been under way since 2005 with hundreds of “Pictures within Pictures.”. We are in the process of building a comprehensive documentary presenting these extraordinary findings.
    Leonardo da Vinci, " Pictures Within Pictures "
    Outside the box, outside the frame
    An intimate and divine truth hidden for centuries at last unveiled in the Mona Lisa, and yes, in other of Leonardo's works including his first recorded drawing, the Landscape of the Arno Valley and his masterpiece, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the infant St. John the Baptist, “the Last Supper” and others as well.
    Anew never before recognized perspective hidden for five hundred years in plain sight, Emerges! Leonardo's message,’ Pictures Within Pictures’
    Outside the box, outside the frame
    Five hundred years after Leonardo's lifetime, his genius and message come to light in mirrors and optical illusions. His " secret code " has been hidden in plain sight to be deciphered outside the original borders of the painting using a " perpendicular reverse mirror image process." Leonardo, (actually Lionardo ) was a man of formidable intellect, talent, craft and most importantly a man of curiosity who observed " truth " in the world in all its forms...Physical, Philosophical, and Religious. He was hundreds of years ahead of his time, constrained by the religious tenets and politics of his day. As a result he was unable to express reality, as he perceived it, and so devised a means by which to conceal his truths from all those whom he did not want to understand them for fear of persecution. Being a man of science and art as well as one of the most inventive men of all time, he appears to have imbued his art with multiple levels of meaning; at one level beautiful works of art...On a second and un-deciphered level, until Michael Domoretsky discovered the images it in 2005, appears to challenge the dogma of his day and pass on his beliefs, observations and truths using a process that only one who perceived the world outside the accepted realm, a scientist or mathematician might discover.
    The more in-dept and familiar one becomes with Leonardo the man, the more these unique finds make sense. Unlike other artist that are painters first, painting what they see or the impression of what they see, Leonardo appears to have been a scientist and inventor first, then artist, using his sharp powers of observation and reason to create both timeless works of art and as yet not fully deciphered messages for those not limited by traditional thinking.
    The more carefully his words, deeds, apparent opinions and interest are studied
    The more credence can be given to his seeking to preserve his thoughts and observations by unorthodox means.
    Leonardo left clues... He was credited with having said; the eye, " Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe." Leonardo believed that the perception by the eye; light, dark, shadow, and perspective held the secrets of the world. Hence, when you include Leonardo's life long fascination with mirrors and writing backward it appears likely that he would choose to use constructs and concepts familiar and unique to him to transmit and yet hide from a restrictive and turbulent society, his most treasured messages.
    For hundreds of years scholars have continued to study Leonardo's priceless works of art using the most cutting edge technologies available. In recent times millions of dollars have been allocated to perform all types of scientific studies seeking to determine if Leonardo hid anything underneath his finished works...all within the frame of his artworks. The plain and obvious truth is that he did hide things… however Leonardo was forced to work within the limitations and utilized the technologies of his day. His meanings are in plain sight but only for those able to think outside the box and frame. All of the writings and documents relating to Leonardo, point to his being deliberate and patient in everything he did, both in his creations and his art; so it would appear all but inconceivable that in his major and personally treasured works, that every detail would have been a deliberate act of thought, and not an inadvertent inclusion. A minor anomaly in a masterpiece might happen, though unlikely in multiple of masterpieces by such a perfectionist. Clearly recognizable, perfectly formed symmetrical symbols on both sides of his best masterpieces, utilizing mirrors, a technique Leonardo was well know to have used, make it being anything but intentional, all but impossible. You be the judge.
    We welcome comments by all interested parties and will post appropriate comments.
    All rights reserved, no unauthorized copying or republishing without express written permission by owner.
    Copyright; Michael W. Domoretsky / www.lionardofromvinci.com / 2005~2007~
    Da Vinci and the Secret of the Mona Lisa, article by: ThothWeb, http://www.thothweb.com/article-4011--0-0.html
    The da Vinci Project
    Managing Director: Michael W. Domoretsky Director: M. Graham Noll

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  8. Anonymous8/03/2007

    The da Vinci Project:
    Pesci Slavisa has indeed found one of the many of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Pictures Within Pictures, outside the box, outside the frame”, “or did he”? Leonardo da Vinci’s perpendicular reverse mirror image process and the optical illusion, researched, discovered and documented in “2005,” in his various paintings, originally discovered by Mr. Michael W. Domoretsky give you a much different approach, unlike that of Slavisa’s, it take’s a much different perspective.
    For hundred of years scholars have continued to study Leonardo's
    priceless works of art using the most cutting edge technologies
    available, in recent times millions of dollars have been allocated to
    perform all types of scientific studies seeking to determine if da Vinci
    hid anything underneath his finished works, all within the frames of
    his artworks.
    The plain and obvious truth is that Leonardo worked within the
    limitations and utilized the technologies of his day. His meanings are
    in plain sight only for those, able to think outside the box and frame.

    All of the writings and documents relating to Leonardo point to his
    being deliberate and patient in everything he did, both in his creations
    and his art; so it would appear all but inconceivable that in his major
    and personally treasured works, that every detail would have been a
    deliberate act of thought, and not an inadvertent inclusion. A minor
    anomaly in a masterpiece might happen, through unlikely in works by
    dozens of clearly recognizable, perfectly formed symmetrical symbols
    on both sides of his best masterpieces, utilizing mirrors, a technique
    Leonardo was well known to have used, make it being anything but
    intentional, all but impossible. You be the judge.
    Many of the findings of Leonardo’s never before seen pictures are so subtle as to by
    controversial and open to interpretation and disagreement, however many of the findings
    would appear to be quite self-evident and clearly recognizable by the great majority of
    those viewing them for the first time. The sheer number of these clearly recognizable
    symbols makes it appear all but impossible for them to be accidental or coincidental in
    nature.
    Leonardo da Vinci states his case both for deliberate creation and hidden meaning within
    his art, in both his written texts and by his known predilections.
    " Make your work carry out your purpose and meaning. That is when you draw a figure
    consider well who it is and what you wish it to be doing."
    ”Leonardo da Vinci”
    As usual, as is our experience, repeated time and time again, renowned art critics and professed art experts, such asVittorio Scarbi and many others, base their opinions on accepted art world and art education precepts looking at daVinci’s works as artists not scientists or inventor. We on the other had think you will be quite intrigued and fascinated with the reverse perpendicular mirror image process and the bending of light / optical illusion Leonardo was quite familiar with, and more likely.
    As always it is difficult to persuade experts professing established thought in any field to consider new, alternate or previously UN accepted ideas…. But then the experts thought the world was flat for centuries.
    Links to the processes discovered. We welcome comments by interested parties and will post appropriate.
    http://www.lionardofromvinci.com/Mona.html
    http://www.lionardofromvinci.com/Mona.html
    http://www.lionardofromvinci.com/contact.html
    The da Vinci Project
    Managing Director, Michael W. Domoretsky / Director: M. Graham Noll

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  9. Anonymous8/05/2007

    Leonardo da Vinci, Pictures Within Pictures, Outside the Box, Outside the Frame, da Vinci DiscoveriesLeonardo da Vinci's, pictures Within Pictures, Discovered by Michael W. Domoretsky 2005~2007Ipswich, MA, August 05, 2007, Leonardo da Vinci "Pictures Within Pictures" Outside the box, outside the frame. Researched, discovered and documented in 2005, the perpendicular reverse mirror image process and the optical illusion, both invented and applied to Leonardo’s masterpieces, discovered by Michael W. Domoresty of Boston, Massachusetts, five hundred years after Leonardo da Vinci’s lifetime. The da Vinci project has been under way since 2005 with hundreds of “Pictures within Pictures.” They are in the process of building a comprehensive documentary presenting these extraordinary findings.Leonardo da Vinci, Pictures Within Pictures, outside the box, outside the frame.An intimate and divine truth hidden for centuries at last unveiled in the Mona Lisa, and yes, in other work’s of Leonardo's as well, including his first recorded drawing, the Landscape of the Arno Valley, his masterpiece, The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the infant St. John the Baptist, and others as well. http://www.lionardofromvinci.com/Mona.htmlA new never before recognized perspective hidden for five hundred years in plain sight, Emerges. Leonardo's message, "Pictures Within Pictures" outside the box, outside the frame.Five hundred years after Leonardo’s lifetime, his genius and message come to light in mirrors and optical illusions. His "secret code" has been hidden in plain sight to be deciphered outside the original borders of the painting using a "perpendicular reverse mirror image process" Leonardo, (actually Lionardo) was a man of formidable intellect, talent, craft and most importantly a man of curiosity who observed "truth" in the world in all its forms, physical, philosophical, and religious. He was hundreds of years ahead of his time, constrained by the religious tenets and politics of his day. As a result he was unable to express reality, as he perceived it, and so devised a means by which to conceal his truths from all those whom he did not want to understand them for fear of persecution. Being a man of science and art as well as one of the most inventive men of all time, he appears to have imbued his art with multiple levels of meaning; at one level beautiful works of art. On a second and un-deciphered level, until Michael Domoretsky discovered the images it in 2005, appears to challenge the dogma of his day and pass on his beliefs, observations and truths using a process that only one who perceived the world outside the accepted realm, a scientist or mathematician might discover.The more in-dept and familiar one becomes with Leonardo the man, the more these unique finds make sense.Unlike other artist that are painters first, painting what they see or the impression of what they see, Leonardo appears to have been a scientist and inventor first, then artist, using his sharp powers of observation and reason to create both timeless works of art and as yet not fully deciphered messages for those not limited by traditional thinking.The more carefully his words, deeds, apparent opinions and interest are studied the more credence can be given to his seeking to preserve his thoughts and observations by unorthodox means.Leonardo left clues... He was credited with having said: the eye,” Who would believe that so small a space could contain the images of all the universe." Leonardo believed that the perception by the eye; light, dark, shadow, and perspective held the secrets of the world. Hence, when you include Leonardo's life long fascination with mirrors and writing backward it appears likely that he would choose to use constructs and concepts familiar and unique to him to transmit and yet hide from a restrictive and turbulent society, his most treasured messages.For hundreds of years scholars have continued to study Leonardo's priceless works of art using the most cutting edge technologies available. In recent times millions of dollars have been allocated to perform all types of scientific studies seeking to determine if Leonardo hid anything underneath his finished works... all within the frame of his artworks. The plain and obvious truth is that he did hide things, however Leonardo was forced to work within the limitations and utilized the technologies of his day. His meanings are in plain sight but only for those able to think outside the box and frame. All of the writings and documents relating to Leonardo, point to his being deliberate and patient in everything he did, both in his creations and his art; so it would appear all but inconceivable that in his major and personally treasured works, that every detail would have been a deliberate act of thought, and not an inadvertent inclusion. A minor anomaly in a masterpiece might happen, though unlikely in multiple of masterpieces by such a perfectionist. Clearly recognizable, perfectly formed symmetrical symbols on both sides of his best masterpieces, utilizing mirrors, a technique Leonardo was well know to have used, make it being anything but intentional, all but impossibly, you be the judge.They welcome comments by all interested parties and will post appropriate comments.The da Vinci Project,Managing Director, DVP.Michael W. Domoretsky

    Contact Information
    The da Vinci Project Inc.Michael W. Domoretsky1-508-843-9902contact@lionardofromvinci.comhttp://www.lionadofromvinci.comArticle, da Vinci and the Secret of the “Mona Lisa”http://www.thothweb.com/article-4011--0-0.htmlPress Release,http://www.pr.com/press-release/47710

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