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The Disc of Life in Ancient Texts

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In 1988 Lana Corrine Cantrell wrote The Greatest Story Never Told, a book that combined multiple ancient culture histories turned-into-myth as one story – the story of our ancient, off-world, or extraterrestrial, ancestors. At the time I had not yet read the great Sanskrit epic, The Mahabharata. I had, however, studied Zecharia Sitchin’s work and was intrigued with the kernel import of Cantrell’s eclectic research.

As anyone who reads her amazing correlations will agree, Lana’s findings are often perplexing, confused, unscholarly, and down right bewildering. One wonders how she so skillfully managed to put both honey and monkey-wrenches in her soup. One of Cantrell’s main themes in The Greatest Story Never Told is the idea of a Disc of Life, a disc in the sky that is not our Sun, but rather some sort of ship that has the technological capability to control radiation emissions and thus climate on earth.

Her chapter entitled “Disc of Life” uses quotations from the Mahabharata, the Rig Veda, Egyptian and Babylonian mythology as evidence. The Disc is used to control the Sun’s radiation and the radiation that comes from space. Interesting that space weather has become so important in our own time as we are warned by NASA and the media how a solar storm could devastate our electronic digital civilization.

Millions are being spent to send up 1000s of exploratory satellites into space, while discs are positioned around the planet at great cost to detect gamma rays and other particles shot at our world, emissions through which we are always sailing under the fluctuating protection of Earth’s magnetic field.

Lana Corrine Cantrell says that the Disc of Life was used to counteract the dangerous radiations of the Sun and thereby lower unstable carbon, which she theorized had caused harmful effects even in the bodies of the colonizers. She says that initially the Disc was life, but eventually would be perverted into an instrument of death.

Cantrell quotes from the J. A. B. van Buitenen translation of the Mahabharata, specifically from volume 2 entitled The Halls of the World Guardians 2(20)11 which is known as the Sabha Parva. I have used both translations because Sanskrit words often have multiple meanings, as they have evolved and changed over the centuries.

Detail of a 9th century BC stele to Assurnasiripal II at Nimrud, showing a winged sun. (Author provided)

Is the Disc of Life Equivalent to the Sun?

The Sun in Sanskrit is usually described by the word Surya. But in the Mahabharata we find confusing statements which can only be understood if the word “sun” isn’t exclusively the center of the solar system, but rather a sky disc of light which served various purposes.

For example, in the Sabha Parva, or Book of the Assembly-Halls, the great sage Narada describes his experience of being taken to the Sabha [Hall] of Brahma by Surya. The text states that “the illustrious and powerful and sinless Surya who knows no fatigue came and took me to the Sabha of Brahma,” according to the translation by M. N. Dutt.

The J. A. B. van Buitenen translation is similar: “Thereupon the blessed and mighty lord Sun took me and went to that faultless hall of Brahma, which knows no fatigue. It is not possible to describe it as it really is, king of people, for from instant to instant it has another indescribable appearance.” Van Buitenen assumes the traditional meaning of the word Surya as being equivalent to our Sun.

However, one wonders how the Sun at the center of our solar system would be able to transport Narada to Brahma’s Hall? Does the Sun help Narada teleport himself in some kind of siddhic consciousness - “beam me up, Surya” - or does Narada require a vehicle to carry him? Is location a metaphysical consequence of consciousness?

From the quoted description I would conclude that Brahma's Hall or Sabha is in another dimension, and its very appearance is relative to the consciousness of the observer. The appearance of solidity is always relative to consciousness, and the apparent solidity of matter is said to increase in density as we descend through the cycles of time.

Cantrell quotes from the van Buitenen translation, which continues: “No pillars support it. It is eternal and knows of no decay. It is self-luminous beyond the moon and the sun and the flame-crested fire; the roof beam of heaven it blazes as though to light up the sun.” I interpret this to mean that the “self-luminous” light in this dimension is quite different than what we know as natural reflected light. Narada uses the solar Sun as a description of the hall, the Sabha, but the Sun has just delivered him to the place.

Van Buitenen translates Brahma's Assembly Hall as one of the halls of the World Guardians, and the verse goes on to say that in this place “sits the blessed lord, the grandfather of the world who alone constantly creates the worlds with his divine wizardry.”

This expression “divine wizardry” is often used by van Buitenen to mean the Sanskrit word Maya. The actual Devanagari Sanskrit according to M. N. Dutt is devamaya, thus combining the word for god, deva, with maya.

Maya is often misunderstood in the west. Maya is not mere illusion. Maya is creative power, force, from the verb-root mA meaning “to measure, to limit, give form, or that which measures.” Even the Sanskrit word deva provides confusion and challenge, for the origin of deva is “shining” from the verb-root div meaning to shine, one who shines, gods, celestial being, light-giver, abode, sphere — thus inner non-reflected light, Light Beings.

Mesopotamian cylinder seal with griffins, humans and a winged disk. (Public domain)

Mesopotamian cylinder seal with griffins, humans and a winged disk. (Public domain)

Analyzing How the Meaning of Words Have Changed Over Time

To illustrate the difficulties encountered when translating Sanskrit words into English and how the meanings have changed over time, I will use this word Sabha as an example. According to the Monier-Williams Sanskrit to English Dictionary, the word was used in the Rig Veda, the older Vedic Sanskrit, to mean: an assembly, congregation, meeting, council, public audience.

The date of the Rig Veda is unknown and unknowable. By the time the Mahabharata was written, somewhere widely between 900 BC and 400 AD, the word Sabha had changed into meaning a place for public meetings, large assembly-room of hall, palace, court of a king or of justice, council-chamber, gambling house, etc.

Thus J. A. B. van Buitenen translates the descriptions of the celestial god’s ( devas meaning beings of light) abodes in the Sabha-Parva as “Halls of the Worlds Guardians,” while M. N. Dutt uses “Assembly-Hall.” However, it appears that in the earlier era of the Rig Veda this word did not imply a physical structure, but was perhaps describing aggregates of beings who are magnetically aligned by states of consciousness. In this case, the reason for “the constant shifting into another indescribable appearance, from instant to instant” is because there is no solidity, at least not as we experience it in our limited five-sense perception.

One might conclude therefore that whoever wrote these texts saw beings that were from other dimensional realms, beings who were not solid, whose bodies were shining from within, and who were termed the “shining” a word that eventually became “gods.”

Remember that we have fallen from the cycle of time these texts originated in and that our perceptions have mutated and fallen along with our consciousness, so much so that as Hanuman told Bhima in the Mahabharata, we could not even see the forms of these beings who are still existing within earlier cycles. Recall that one year of Anunnaki time is 3,600 years in earth time.

Also intriguing that the Sanskrit verb-root div can also mean “abode” or “sphere.” A disc can be a sphere, which leads back to Cantrell's Disc of Life. After quoting the above passage from the Mahabharata, “the grandfather of the world who alone constantly creates the worlds with his divine wizardry,” she says that the Disc of Life was in the southern sky at midday, but it brought to the people lungs that breathed easier and hearts that became stronger. We know that radiation destroys cells and causes cancer. Cantrell is a microbiologist whose second and only other book (to my knowledge) was her research into a cure for leukemia.

14th century tapestry-woven mandala, or cosmic diagram, illustrating at its center the mythological Mount Meru, represented by an inverted pyramid topped by a lotus, which makes the author think of a mother ship. (Public domain)

14th century tapestry-woven mandala, or cosmic diagram, illustrating at its center the mythological Mount Meru, represented by an inverted pyramid topped by a lotus, which makes the author think of a mother ship. (Public domain)

Reading The Greatest Story Never Told with an Open Mind

Next she quotes a mystifying passage from a book (keep in mind that her references to resources are often less than illuminating) entitled The Gods of the Egyptians Vol. 2, describing an Egyptian god who in her view is controlling the disc used to modify atmospheric conditions for the good of life on earth.

This god, “the divine god of the kas,” has control of water, wind, he produces light, the divine food, the heaven and star gods obey him, he makes the great gates open, “the stars which never diminish are under the seat of his face, his seats are the stars which never rest… the boundaries of earth draw back.”

Ordinarily you might read this and say: Oh, that’s just the people of that time worshipping their gods as they did. These days we’ve been conditioned to limited thinking by the accepted dogma espoused by archaeologists and religious leaders. But, suppose that instead we read this passage, and many more to come, as if we are in fact reading about a very technologically advanced civilization accustomed to observing the acts of their benefactors who had colonized their planet, given them life and was still contributing to their well being and protection.

I urge you to read what Lana Corrine Cantrell has said through such a lens, an open mind, liberated from dogma. In her book, the Disc of Life was kept in a “house” and to my knowledge our Sun is not kept in a house. From a 1951 book entitled The Babylonia Genesis by Alexander Heidel, Cantrell quotes a passage from a Sumerian text that reports the “sun” as also passing through a gate in the phrase “Mankind they beheld the sun in the gate of his going-forth.”

Perhaps “passing through a gate” refers to some kind of dimensional time portal. Many witnesses, including myself, have seen UFOs simply vanish in the sky above. In Egypt, it was called the “Eye of Heaven” as it watched over the people. The Disc stayed in the “Temple of my Eye” and was called “the living soul of Ra” and “bull of the Mt. of Sunrise and lion of the Mt. of the Sunset.” I sincerely mean no disrespect, but when I look at the painting I have of Mount Meru, the fact that it is pictured as an upside-down mountain always makes me think of an image of a mother ship

I am suggesting that when we read ancient descriptions of Sun worshipping, what is in reality being offered is the observations of a Disc of Life that provided weather modification and the technology to alter the vast spectrum of radiation in Earth’s atmosphere, perhaps like HAARP and chemtrails, to heat the Ionosphere, and provide protection from death and starvation for her people.

Zecharia Sitchin theorized that the Anunnaki wanted gold for protection of their atmosphere. One might conclude something similar is ongoing with chemtrails, but with Barium salts and Titanates, Aluminum Oxide particles, Cadmium, Desiccated Human Red Blood Cells, Mercury, mold spores, polymer fibers, radioactive cesium, stronthium, and yellow fungal Mycotoxins.

I found evidence of weather modification and Ionospheric heating in my “rendered” translations of the verses of Rig Veda III.45.1 (readers can find the full rendering of five verses here):

Come, Indra, conqueror of the sky and atmosphere,
the governing managing celestial aerial car [space ship]
moving, advancing with fearful yellow-green
[‘horse-power’ emissions], directing onward

a deep vibrant rumbling sound,
a low bass tone [ELF/ULFs] extends an intensive net,
a noose that snares, of uninterrupted succession
propagating resounding [ELF/ULF waveform frequencies]
from the bow-like [parabolic antenna that moves rotating]
similar to the [movement of the array of male] feathers of a peacock [attracting a female]
designed to pile up and form a layer or stratum of sound [waveform frequencies]

The Adda Seal, a greenstone cylinder seal, at the center of which is the sun god Shamash, or Sumerian Utu, with rays rising from his shoulders. (British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

The Adda Seal, a greenstone cylinder seal, at the center of which is the sun god Shamash, or Sumerian Utu, with rays rising from his shoulders. (British Museum / CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Even the wonderful ideas put forth by David Talbott, the neo-Velikovskian who I have great respect for, in Remembering the End of the World could be understood not as planets hanging in the sky, but rather as these Discs of Life, ships or huge satellites that kept the atmosphere amenable to human beings.

As Talbott says, as long as the people saw these discs in the sky above them, they felt safe. The Discs of Life made life on planet Earth possible. No intra-planetary colonizers of a galaxy could hope to achieve life in an unknown atmosphere without such technology. The Disc of Life was a necessity to the successful colonization of new planets.

Top image: The Sun shining in the sky. Source: Günter Albers / Adobe Stock

By V. Susan Ferguson


Cantrell, Lana Corrine. 1988. The Greatest Story Never Told: A Scientific Inquiry Into the Evidence of the Fall of Man from a Higher Civilization in Antiquity.

Dutt, M. N. (Edited by Dr. Ishvar Chandra Sharma & Dr. O.N. Bimal) 2004. The Mahabharata, Sanskrit Text with English Translation; 9 volumes. Parimal Publications: Delhi

Van Buitenen, J. A. B. 1973. The Mahabharata. University of Chicago.



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Saccording to sumerian "myth" which gives info that the oral tradition of the bible does not.. when the earth was colonized the ice caps stretched almost to the troopics.. and the narrow band of land between the tropics was temperate ... Consider.. most of the pyramid complexes are between the tropics... Consider.. y the us govt is such good friends with romania.. even to sending a small contingent of special forces into the mountains there in 1999 n whst they discovered... Consider y the same asshats are interested in sumerian artefacts in iraq... There are supposedly control centers . High technological artefacts left behind . I do agree that each of the myriad mythologies should be taken in a similarity context.. but maybe this disc of life ate these control centres.. maybe earth is a machine.. noone knows what the moho really is.. it could be a sofisticated gravity generator.. all we have to go on is the word of the people that present us with their interpretation of data that its accurate... Wisdom tells us well never kno for sure . At least in our current state of development.. read people read!

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When Sumerians use the terms "house" or "gate", it refers to sectors of the night sky. I suggest the author research the Sumerians incredible skills in Astronomy and Astrology before attempting to use their knowledge. An interesting article, but a right parsons egg, good in parts. A good exercise in writing, let down by patchy scholarship and the author's personal views, I mean chemtrails? Please, just wrong.

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V. Susan Ferguson

Born in 1945 in the Lone Star State, I left to try my wings in New York City art school in 1964. It was around this time that I first learned about the spiritual path and began... Read More

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