The Stairway to Heaven (Book II)

The Stairway to Heaven (Book II)

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by Zecharia Sitchin
     
 

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Since earliest times, humanity has pondered the incomprehensible mysteries of the universe, life...and the afterlife. In The Stairway to Heaven, the second book of Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series, the author answers these fundamental questions: Was there somewhere on Earth where, after death, mortal man could join the immortal Gods? Where

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Since earliest times, humanity has pondered the incomprehensible mysteries of the universe, life...and the afterlife. In The Stairway to Heaven, the second book of Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series, the author answers these fundamental questions: Was there somewhere on Earth where, after death, mortal man could join the immortal Gods? Where was this place? By whom was it established? And does it still exist today? After years of painstaking research--combining recent archaeological discoveries with ancient texts and artifacts--Sitchin has identified the legendary Land of the Gods, and provided astounding new revelations about the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and other mysterious monuments whose true meanings and purposes have been lost for eons.

The Earth Chronicles deal with the history and prehistory of Earth and humankind. Each book in the series is based upon information written on clay tablets by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. For the first time, the entire Earth Chronicles series is now available in a hardcover collector's edition.

Editorial Reviews

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"Exciting . . . credible . . . most provocative and compelling."

"Sitchin is a zealous investigator into man's origins . . . a dazzling performance."

"Sitchin's works are outstandingly different from all others that present this central theme. His linguistic skills in the languages of antiquity and his pursuit of the earliest available texts and artifacts make possible the wealth of photographs and line drawings appearing in his books from tablets, monuments, murals, pottery, and seals."

historian and researcher Rosemary Decker
"Sitchin's works are outstandingly different from all others that present this central theme. His linguistic skills in the languages of antiquity and his pursuit of the earliest available texts and artifacts make possible the wealth of photographs and line drawings appearing in his books from tablets, monuments, murals, pottery, and seals."
Rosemary Decker
"Sitchin's works are outstandingly different from all others that present this central theme. His linguistic skills in the languages of antiquity and his pursuit of the earliest available texts and artifacts make possible the wealth of photographs and line drawings appearing in his books from tablets, monuments, murals, pottery, and seals."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780939680894
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Series:
Earth Chronicles Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
475,741
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chapter One

In Search of Paradise

There was a time -- our ancient scriptures tell us -- when Immortality was within the grasp of Mankind.

A golden age it was, when Man lived with his Creator in the Garden of Eden-Man tending the wonderful orchard, God taking strolls in the afternoon breeze. "And the Lord God caused to grow from the ground every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for eating; and the Tree of Life was in the orchard, and the Tree of Knowing good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it was parted and became four principal streams: the name of the first is Pishon ... and of the second Gihon ... and of the third Tigris ... and the fourth river is the Euphrates."

Of the fruit of every tree were Adam and Eve permitted to eat-except of the fruit of the Tree of Knowing. But once they did (tempted by the Serpent) -- the Lord God grew concerned over the matter of Immortality:

Then did the Lord Yahweh say: "Behold, the Adam has become as one of us to know good and evil;

And now might he not put forth his hand and partake also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live forever?"

And the Lord Yahweh expelled the Adam from the Garden of Eden...And He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the Flaming Sword which revolveth, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.

So was Man cast out of the very place where eternal life was within his grasp. But though barred from it, he has never ceased to remember it, to yearn for it, and to try to reach it.

Eversince that expulsion from Paradise, heroes have gone to the ends of Earth in search of Immortality; a selected few were given a glimpse of it; and simple folk claimed to have chanced upon it. Throughout the ages, the Search for Paradise was the realm of the individual; but earlier in this millenium, it was launched as the national enterprise of mighty kingdoms.

The New World was discovered -- so have we been led to believe -- when explorers went seeking a new, maritime route to India and her wealth. True -- but not the whole truth; for what Ferdinand and Isabel, king and queen of Spain, had desired most to find was the Fountain of Eternal Youth: a magical fountain whose waters rejuvenate the old and keep one young forever, for it springs from a well in Paradise.

No sooner had Columbus and his men set foot in what they all thought were the islands off India (the "West Indies"), than they combined the exploration of the new lands with a search for the legendary Fountain whose waters "made old men young again." Captured "Indians" were questioned, even tortured, by the Spaniards, so that they would reveal the secret location of the Fountain.

One who excelled in such investigations was Ponce de Leon, a professional soldier and adventurer, who rose through the ranks to become governor of the part of the island of Hispaniola now called Haiti, and of Puerto Rico. In 1511, he witnessed the interrogation of some captured Indians. Describing their island, they spoke of its pearls and other riches. They also extolled the marvelous virtues of its waters. A spring there is, they said, of which an islander "grievously oppressed with old age" had drunk. As a result, he "brought home manly strength and has practiced all manly performances, having taken a wife again and begotten children."

Listening with mounting excitement, Ponce de Leon -- himself an aging man -- was convinced that the Indians were describing the miraculous Fountain of the rejuvenating waters. Their postscript, that the old man who drank of the waters regained his manly strength, could resume practicing "all manly performances," and even took again a young wife who bore him children -- was the most conclusive aspect of their tale. For in the court of Spain, as throughout Europe, there hung numerous paintings by the greatest painters, and whenever they depicted love scenes or sexual allegories, they included in the scene a fountain. Perhaps the most famous of such paintings, Titian's Love Sacred and Love Pro Profane, was created at about the time the Spaniards were on their quest in the Indies. As everyone well knew, the Fountain in the paintings hinted at the ultimate lovemaking; the Fountain whose waters make possible "all manly performances" through Eternal Youth.

Ponce de Leon's report to King Ferdinand is reflected in the records kept by the official court historian, Peter Martyr de Angleria. As stated in his Decade de Orbe Novo [Decades of the New World], the Indians who had come from the islands of Lucayos or the Bahamas, had revealed that "there is an island ... in which there is a perennial spring of running water of such marvelous virtue, that the waters there of being drunk, perhaps with some diet, make old men young again." Many researches, such as Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth: History of a Geographical Myth by Leonardo Olschkil have established that "the Fountain of Youth was the most popular and characteristic expression of the emotions and expectations which agitated the conquerors of the New World." Undoubtedly, Ferdinand the king of Spain was one of those so agitated, so expectant for the definitive news.

So, when word came from Ponce de Leon, Ferdinand lost little time. He at once granted Ponce de Leon a Patent of Discovery (dated February 23, 1512), authorizing an expedition from the island of Hispaniola northward. The admiralty was ordered to assist Ponce de Leon and make available to him the best ships and seamen, so that he might discover without delay the island of "Beininy" (Bimini). The king made one condition explicit: "that after having reached the island and learned what is in it, you shall send me a report of it."

The Stairway to Heaven. Copyright © by Zecharia Sitchin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Rosemary Decker
"Sitchin's works are outstandingly different from all others that present this central theme. His linguistic skills in the languages of antiquity and his pursuit of the earliest available texts and artifacts make possible the wealth of photographs and line drawings appearing in his books from tablets, monuments, murals, pottery, and seals."

Meet the Author

Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010) was born in Russia and raised in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. He was distinguished by his ability to translate and interpret ancient Sumerian and other ancient texts. A graduate of the University of London, he worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years before making his home in New York City.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
According to Sitchin's translations and conclusions, a race of people came to Earth to mine it, became lazy, and in a genetic laboratory, created man, whose eventual purpose was to become miners. Experimenting in other areas, the animals, fruit trees, and plant life was also altered for man's use and existence. Though initially a slave race, the creators intermingled with man and began to teach them important things, which for the most part, were incomprehensible. But those who did learn, learned the signs and manners of returning to the creators who were from another planet. Reading Genesis in the Bible will place the reader in a similar parallel. Occasionally, the creators interfered with Men, or even assisted them in their duties and posterity. Men learned about right things and wrong things, which things pleased God and which things did not. My personal opinion is that Sitchin has drawn a viable picture of how we came to exist, and possibly even whom our Creator is or where he resides. The reader needs to keep an open mind, but Sitchin's words makes believable sense, though until we die, we won't be able to adequately verify his conclusions.
KhayyamST More than 1 year ago
Zecharia Sitchin is the light on the top of the mountain. He created the whole thing. He is the godfather of this amazing journey!
Collins and Icke told us how bad and vicious are the Anunnaki. Zecharia Sitchin and Maximillien de Lafayette told us how good and benevolent are the Anunnaki. All of them wrote tons of books. They must know something.
Sitchin is great, he gives us an unprecedented chronology of the Anunnaki. Lafayette describes the habitat, and life of the Anunnaki on Nibiru, their and agenda for the human race. Each one has a way in doing so. However, both agree that we were created by the Anunnaki from chunks of clay.
Icke is determined to show how dangerous the Anunnaki are. His arguments are fairy tales but quite interesting. He has something there.
I don¿t know about Collins. He is serious but has strange ideas.
I read four books by Sitchin. Each one better than the other.
However The Stairway to Heavens, and the Twelve Planet are the best so far!
CommanderShephard More than 1 year ago
"Zecharia Sitchin's" The Stairway to Heaven is truly an amazing and provocative book. The material that is discussed picks up directly where "The 12th Planet" ends. The material that is discussed in this book is really incredibly researched and the author does a wonderful job of putting it all together for anyone to understand. The answers one might ask themselves when thinking about the great pyramids of Egypt, Baalbek, and many other wonderous ancient sights around the world is , who built these beautiful, yet mysterious and collosal structures? Especially if we are supposed to believe that these ancient civiliztions of past times built them with mere copper chisels and primitive tools. If you sit and truly think about it, well it just doesn't make sense and "Zecharia Sitchin" puts all the pieces together like it's some big elaborate puzzle. Everything the author speaks of in this book is backed by archaelogical evidence which is written in stone and even in religous texts today, that our own religions are based off of something more. Something more elaborate than we are led to believe. I loved this book and couldn't put it down till I reached the end page. I was impressed with "The 12th Planet", but I am even more impressed with "The Stairway to Heaven" because it hits home to the very ideas that I have always asked myself when thinking about, whom built the Great Pyramids, and why? There is no such thing as mere coincidence. I am interested to read his next book of "The Earth Chronicles" to dive deeper into this lost archaelogy that many of today's scholars and archaeologist, that I truly feel don't want to find out the real truth behind these pondering questions in life, which I know that I'm not alone in thinking. Very well written and easy to read. I recommend this book to anyone interested in thinking outside the box. "It's almost like we, the human race, is a species with amnesia. We don't truly know who we are, or where we come from. We just have bits and pieces which have been scattered throughout time and history. It's time to use our common sense and get to the bottom of these linguering questions."
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And they are completely water proof.
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VL11 More than 1 year ago
Recommend for those interested in the afterlife.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for the open minded researchers out there. It contains lot's of facts, illustrations, and some difficult to grasp ideas and opinions. The biggest thing this book taught me was that ancient civilizations weren't composed of unintelligent apes just because they were ancient. In fact, their intelligence probably equaled or exceeded our own. So one should never pass off anything they have written, said, or drawn as attempts by feeble minds to understand something beyond their comprehension. Either agree with this book or don't, but definitely read it.