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Chapter Forty-one 


In which Hellmantle returns to Srinagar and finds the first translations of the inscriptions from the black stones

Fish Monastery, near Pakistani border, Kashmir Valley


That night Hellmantle has a strange dream in which Jesus appears. This account was discovered in the newly found source of information and is presented here for the first time in the annals of the Norman's life history. It sheds light on the effect the discovery has on our intrepid explorer and adventurer touched by divine inspiration and unwavering belief in his purpose. Here is the original record of his dream the night he recovered the lost scroll:

I dreamt that nigh that Jesus opened His arms outward to me and from His chest opened what appeared to be a refrigerator door spreading light that swallowed me up. I remember that part because it was as if Jesus was watching all of my dreams last night, so I turned to Him and with His opened arms a warm light washed over me like a warm wind. I cannot recall all the details but I remember seeing Jesus who had the same hair as me including the same type of beard. Then it felt like my jaw had suddenly clicked into joint after 20 years of it being stuck just outside the jaw socket. I took a deep breath that was pure satisfaction as if I had feasted. I was proud as mustard.

In the morning Hellmantle awoke to the sounds of the wind and the stream and the tumbling of the odd falling rock. He reached a point of cold that caused him such shivering that he thought he might dislocate a shoulder so he got up early, woke D'Aqs and they climbed the ridge to see the sunrise.

The brightness coming from behind the snowy peak affected the homogeneity of the blue horizon, announcing the arrival of the life-giving star. The lone tree on the ridge felt the morning burn first before the valley floor below that still remained in the night's shadows. A line of light spread toward him on his right, sneaking up to engulf him. It rose and paused, obscuring the clear line of the mountaintop. Then the first rays appeared not as one but as many single rays, and then - in a moment - it became thicker with light so that his face was covered. He turned his eyes to avoid the onslaught of light as if the heart of God was exposed. A pure goodness welled over him as if a hand of God reached into his soul and flicked on a switch. He felt lit up from the inside as if he too was emitting a divine light.

"As if the eye of God is on me," he said.

"And it brings warmth - immediate heat - the one thing all living things need the most here," said his loyal squire.

"God's presence is the light, His voice is the heat; His message is in what I feel in my spirit when touched by the light as if I've been healed."

Like a funnel, the sunrays cut through the heatless valley air bridging night and day. The sun peeked over the eastern mountain ridge replacing shadow with light, doubt with surety, ignorance with enlightenment. Slivers of light snuck over the ridge creating a waterfall of light that, for a moment, cascaded over frosted rock. A sunrise in the Himalayas was an experience of timeless memories long forgotten. The first moments of light brought back the realm of possibility, all that was good in life and all that brought joy, as if a child again.

"Life is anew. The day is fresh and is being given to me to live well again, a chance to make it the best day ever. It is a gift! Life will not last forever."

"Only your character lasts for eternity." D'Aqs was philosophical.

"This is the same sunrise that was experienced by Jesus and Thomas and His flock who traveled with Him to Kashmir. Jesus set out to find this heaven on earth before His earthly days would come to an end. And this is it." Hellmantle was speaking to God.

The birds that were still around on the first day of March began to usher in a new day, awakening the wolves and bears and tigers that lived wild in the area.

"If the locals believe Jesus flies among them, does He still have an earthly presence? And if so, wouldn't it be here?"

"He must have known that Moses had been buried in the area so it had some important Old Testament history."

"I suppose it's fair to say that Thomas, Jesus and Moses all witnessed the wonder of a new day sneaking over the mountaintops up here in the bosom of the Himalayas, like a baptism of light directly from God, a more powerful rite of passage than water on the head by the hand of man." Hellmantle grabbed his beard and pulled in thought. "Up here God chooses you for a moment. It is you and only you who are to be brought out of hibernation and into life. It is your day. This mountain is real and this wind is real. The rays of sun touch my skin like a soft carress by the hand of Helios."

There, alone on the ridge, they didn't want to leave the warming light. The others were still in the shadows. D'Aqs, stunned and quiet, only wanted to sit and let the sun dry up all the things he once regarded as problems.




Soon breakfast was ready at the fire and the majesty of the sunrise was over. Hellmantle and D'Aqs had tea as Abid prepared for the return to Srinagar.

"I can now understand why the tribe of Gad chose the best land in the mountains. Something very safe up here."

"Gad settled Switzerland, right?"

        "They did. Less diseases, safe from invasions, closer to God, clouds so close you can touch them, crisp air. The full package."

"So what's the true story of Joshua and Jude, the real names of Jesus and Thomas?" Hellmantle contemplative and warmed.

"Perhaps it was Thomas' doubting nature that brought his mission so far?"

"Perhaps a traveler once told him that there existed a land where men call heaven on earth. Thomas probably doubted it until a stranger told him the same thing while he ate dinner in some café in Galilee. So, still wanting to doubt it, Thomas resolved to go see for himself once and for all so he set off for this heaven on earth and ended up here."

"Word was likely sent back to Jerusalem that his mission was planted in the ancient land of India and that if He was open to journeying to Kashmir that indeed He would find God's heaven on earth."

"Right," Hellmantle agreed. "Knowing of Thomas' doubting nature, and respecting him for it, the Master is likely to have known of His twin brother's whereabouts and thus used Thomas' judgment of the land to be accurate and just."

It was a rugged land and one that kept them moving until they reached the lush fields in the lower part of the Vale de Kashmir. There was flat land for miles, a lake and countless streams from which to drink and fish. On horseback they arrived safely in Srinagar.



TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                  
          The Family of the Bible
1.       Concerning the famous Hellmantle's position, character and way of life
2.       Concerning the ingenious man's visit with his uncle Jack Grosseteste
3.       Which relates to how Hellmantle is given his first adventure
4.       About what happened to our adventurer when he goes to the Philippines
5.       In which the story of our crusader's journey begins in earnest
6.       About Hellmantle's time in the city of sin on Christmas Eve
7.       About the brave Hellmantle's success on his adventure to Baguio City worthy of happy memory
8.       In which the courageous Hellmantle of Normandy journeys north into the Cordillera Mountain Range
9.       About what happened to Hellmantle in the mission in the mountains and the crucifixion of Jesus
10.     Concerning Hellmantle of Normandy in the land of the headhunters
11.     About the required riding techniques to reach the destination of Sagada and the church organist
12.     In which the German artist is tracked to the Shamrock Café and dangers of the northeast of Luzon Island
13.     In which Catharine is tracked to the Shamrock Café and an eery coincidence of a reoccurring dream
14.     About Hellmantle reaching the rice terraces and finding a way to the northwest
15.     About what happened to our intrepid philosopher in the middle of the Sierra Madre Mountains
16.     In which a record is given about the brave Hellmantle through uncharted territory on his trusted dirt bike
17.     Which relates to Hellmantle of Normandy reaching the northern coast and the rubble of Aparri
18.     About the final day of the motorcycle journey and discussing the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in Vigan
19.     About the sermon in Agoo Basilica and what they find at the church with the rouge bell tower
20.     Concerning the Dutch Padre and what he knows about the hidden map
21.     About the return to Manila and the coup that causes the Great Man from Normandy grief
22.     Which brings Hellmantle of Normandy back to Hong Kong to re-evaluate the next step in his quest for truth
23.     In which their journey is related to Jack Grosseteste and a new task is set before the Man from Normandy
24.     Concerning the journey to northern Vietnam to track down the map hidden at a French prison
25.     About how Hellmantle and D'Aqs compare notes on their task at hand in Hanoi
26.     In which an account is given of the beginning of the journey of Hellmantle in Vietnam
27.     About how Hellmantle and his brave squire ride north to the place where the four rivers meet
28.     Concerning the French prison and what Hellmantle finds there
29.     Concerning the discovery of the bottle and what lies inside of it
30.     Concerning the journey to Dien Bien Phu in honor of their grandfather the Great Dane Hellmantle
31.     About what the motorcyclists see on the fields in Dien Bien Phu
32.     Concerning the motorcycling required to reach Hanoi via the other side of the Da River Valley
33.     Which tells of the final stage back to Hanoi and the discussion after their most beautiful ride
34.     Concerning the visit with the knowledgeable Jack Grosseteste and the sally to India
35.     Concerning the arrival and journey to Kashmir Valley
36.     In which the journey begins in earnest through the checkpoints to the foot of the Moghul Fort
37.     In which Srinagar is reached and how the houseboat was as it was hundred years ago
38.     In which Hellmantle reach their houseboat on the lake below the fort and beside the mosque
39.     In which Hellmantle sets out for the Tomb of Thome and his brother Joshua beside him
40.     Which relates to the agreeable history of the journey north to the monastery on horseback
41.     In which Hellmantle returns to Srinagar and finds the first translations of the black stones
42.     Which concerns the deciphering of the discovery at the monastery and the need to go to the Ganges River
43.     About Hellmantle of Normandy's meeting with the holy man after taking a dip in the Ganges River
44.     About Hellmantle's meeting at Jack Grossetests's place with D'Aqs and Catharine the artist from Sagada
o       Chronology of Historical Events



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