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Chapter Forty-four 


 

About Hellmantle of Normandy's meeting at Jack Grossetests's place

with D'Aqs and Catharine the artist from Sagada

Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China 2012

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            Hellmantle's boots were still muddy from the trip in Vietnam but he didn't seem to notice as a puddle of dried dirt grew on the floor below him.

            "So what can we deduce from the trips son?" asked Jack Grosseteste, sipping a large mug of Jasmine tea. D'Aqs, cheeks ruddy and holding Catharine's hand, mulled.

            "I suppose we could deduce most Europeans are lost Israelites and because of that we used to practice the laws of the Torah, like not eating pork and not working on the Sabbath, which should be Saturday. And we could deduce we used to speak Hebrew before we lost our fidelity to our Hebrew ways when living in the Caucusus." He stroked his full-grown brown beard and spoke thus:

            "And now I can understand Hellmantle's interest in the Lost Tribes and the importance of chivalry." Hellmantle's akwardly glanced at Catharine and bowed his head.

            "I am yours, M'Lady."

            "And I can deduce why the Vatican hid Jude Thomas from being Jesus' twin brother. It would be too difficult to rationalize two Sons of God."

            "But if they hadn't voted that into existence at the Council of Nicea then maybe they might have included it." Hellmantle and his uncle enjoyed the thick blue smoke from their cigars after the meal, Hellmantle smoking with zeal and nodding after every puff.

            "Good point Hellmantle," replied D'Aqs, having learned the best way to keep Hellmantle happy was to acknowledge every hit he made to the canon of Jesus' real story.

            "One can see how Saul-Paul's efforts to promote early Christianity went to distance it on the more important aspects of Jesus' Mission, and how the New Testament could have been...been better put together, if they had for example included the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary." Catharine the painter squeezed her fiances hand, smile with a flush of rose hue

            "One could further deduce that descendents of the bloodline of Jesus would want to keep that knowledge alive but also wonder why the Papacy would have, at some point in history, embraced the bloodline and installed a Merovingian as Pope? Thereby truly having a kingship on Earth." Nods from his father, proud behind the smoke.

            "A lot of work, rescinding the virgin birth and there was already bad blood after Dagobert's death."

            "So in that way it's unfortunate how events truly unfolded." When D'Aqs said truly he looked meaningfully at his cousin, lips still chapped from India.

            "And an objective observer can deduce I think mainly from those two passages after the crucifixion when Jesus tells his disciples he's hungry that Jesus acted out the martyering to fulfill the prophecies of the Messiah, aone who would have to be of the Royal Line, which Jesus was from."

            "And I think for me and how I want all this other information to affect the way I see Christianity now is how all of this gives more understanding why there was a Protestant Reformation, since I cannot believe that the religious men in Britain knew about Tara and the red rampant lion through Jeremiah, which is really a beautiful piece of literature in history." Nodded at Hellmantle, a ring of red wine stained around the ends of his upper lip.

            "And from deducing from the factual data we know as brothers of the Blonde Acquitaine and students interested in history, it is plain to see the logic how the Ten Lost Tribes came to be known as the Ten Lost Tribes after nearly a thousand years living in southern Russia in mild servitude to a foreign culture, prized booty from their exploits in Palestine. Ways of the Hebrew laws are forgotten and the White Scythians assume new identities as Celts, Scandinavians, Gauls, Franks and Saxons. And by virture of having the unicorn as one of the two big symbols on the British coat-of-arms, it's a confirmation of the uniting of the unicorn House of Israel and the Lion House of Judah."

            "And in this age of the Internet and information exchange," said Catharine, happy to be part of the family, "now is the time this real histoire is known to the world."

            "My Fair Lass," said Hellmantle, still not sure if his woman Catharine was holding D'Aqs' hand as a show of selflessness to him, or whether the rumor he had heard of their engagement was to allow him to be uninfringed by marital duties so he could continue to go forth and contribute to the emerging canon.

            When D'Aqs gave his cousin a penetrating look to try to confirm Catharine was his fiance and not his fair lass, but Hellmantle took it as a cue for him to let out his gunny bag of deductions since he was the hero of the sally.

            "One might be able to deduce from the empirical data thus far tabulated that in due course most of the world will become followers of the Koran, not as Muslims per se but as Israelites returning to the fold of the untainted message, but in the same vein of deduction that these Israelite followers of the Koran would also adhere to the first five books of the Old Testament and follow the laws proscribed to them through Moses. With a caveat that the Merovingian beliefs would be welcomed into this new uniting canon of this inclusive religion. The end result is a truer representation of God's message."

            "Very tall order nephew. Already fissures exist between these peoples that might not heal. Historical inertia comes into play."

            "Concur with the historical inertia piece uncle Grosjean, but what is the other alternative? Create yet another religion? Sure, I am great and have many abilities as a Merovingian however being a Prpohet might be a tad out of my league!" Jack Grosseteste's laughter boomed.

            "Good to hear you say that Hellmantle. Good to hear."

            "Yes, I would concur with Hellmantle that by selecting the parts of the aggregate canon in existence a true follower of the one God can be achieved. I do need to open the Koran that you gave me last week. My knowledge in that area is weak."

            "If we as a collective people can be open minded." D'Aqs reached for the box of cigars on the table and lit one.

            "If I might recite a passge Ramal said to us in India." Swiftly he pulled out the Koran Ramal had given him from the inside pocket of his motorcycle jacket, which he wore compaining the air-conditioning was too high. "And remember, we are known in the Koran as the People of the Book. And since they both mean the same thing, I prefer using the word God for Allah, with respect."  And Hellmantle spoke thus:

    Many from the People of the Book wish they could turn you (believers) back to disbelief after you have believed, From selfish envy, (even) after the Truth has become clear to them: But forgive and overlook till God completes His purpose; Indeed, God has power over all things...

            And they say: "None shall enter Paradise unless he is a Jew or a Christian." Those are (only) their vain or empty wishes. Say to them: "Bring your proof if you are truthful."

    The Jews says: "The Christians have nothing firm to stand upon;" And the Christians say: "The Jews have nothing firm to stand upon." Yet they (both they say) read the (same) Book. Like the words they say they do not know what they say; But God will judge between them in their dispute on the Day of Judgment...

            And to God belong the East and the West: Wherever you turn, there is the Face (the Divine Countenance and Presence) of God. For God is All Pervading, All Knowing.

    O Children of Israel! Remember the special favor which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all others (for My Message).

            "Our Lord! Send among them a messenger of their own, who shall rehearse Your Signs to them and instruct them in the Scripture and Wisdom, (cleanse) and provide relief for them: Truly, You are the Almighty, the All Wise."

    And who turns away from the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham), except those who injure their souls with folly? Him (Abrahim)! We chose and rendered pure in this world: And in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of the righteous.

    Listen! His Lord said to him: "Bow (to Me):" He (Ibrahim) said: "I bow (to You) the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe."

            And this was the story that Ibrahim (Abraham) left to his sons, and so did Yŕqoub (Jacob); "Oh my sons! God has chosen the Faith for you: Then do not die except in the Faith of God."

            Or, were you witness when death appeared before Jacob (Jacob)? "Loo", he said to his sons: "What will you worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship your God and the God of your fathers- Of Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), and Isháq (Isaac), the One (True) God: To Him we bow."

            Those were a people that have passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did. But about their merits, there is no question in their case!

    And they said: "Become Jews or Christians, if you would be guided (to salvation)." You say (to them): "No! (I would rather follow) the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham), the true, and he joined not gods with Allah."

    You say (to them): "We believe in God, and the revelation given to us, and to Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), Isháq (Isaac), Yŕqoub (Jacob), and the Tribes, and that given to Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus), and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to God in Islam."

    Say (to them): "Will you dispute with us about God, (after) seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; That we are responsible for our doings and for yours; And that we are sincere (in our faith) to Him?

    "Or do you say that Ibrahim (Abraham, Ismail (Ishmael), Isháq (Isaac), Yŕqoub (Jacob), and the Tribes, were Jews or Christians?" Say (to them): "Do you know better than God?" Oh! Who is more unjust than those who hide the evidence they have from God? But God is not unaware of what you do!

    The foolish ones among the men, will say: "What has turned them (the believers) away from their direction of prayers that they were used to praying?" Say: "To God belong both the East and West: He guides whom He will to the Straight Path."

    Hellmantle placed the Koran on the mantlepiece with gravitas. "It's all there in plain English. Join forces. There's no wisdom in bipartisan thinking when speaking of God. Allah is our God too. Simply read His untainted Message."

            "God feels for us. We've lost our Abramic past," D'Aqs poised beside his soon-to-be wife

            "Here's the Untainted Biggie." Catharine the artist couldn't suppress her laughter at Hellmantle's nonchalnt delivery. "From the Biggie." Jack Grosseteste raised his glass and said:

            "To the Untainted Biggie!"  For a moment D'Aqs thought he had heard Hellmantle slip: "To the Untainted Bugger!" The faint hue of red bespoke a noted miscue under the divine eye of God. Under Hellmantle's breath came the corrected words for the toast, and then "With respect." Clearly a believer the God of Abraham (Ibrahim) and one of the Nine Worthies of Truth, the others Hellmantle determined to be: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Hughes de Payens and Hellmantle of Normandy. It was a great world he lived in.

 

 

 

    Here the author must end the tale for there is nothing more to say. If Gods look out for saints and fools, then the Great Hellmantle, pious and plucky, eccentric yet sincere and never with any guile, had gone to extremes to expose another possibility in the story of history and perhaps a truth that Jesus lived and died with his identical twin brother Didymus "Jude" Thomas in northern India. It doesn't change the beauty and pure strength of the Gospels; it only sheds more light on the life of the man who defined a millennium and brought the Ten Lost Tribes of the House of Israel together again with the House of Judah and with the entire world. It is not so much what he did that matters; it's whether we found little gaps of insight into the explorer's mind where time pauses for sweat and will and yet where so few go. It is an achievement and a cause. The deeper the truth goes, the wider the uncrossable moat between man and man becomes. In the words of the Man from Normandy: "It is an accepted cost for one who wants ones life to be worthy of his time and to become a deep-sea diver in an ocean of shallow swimmers."

            Most of all, for all his faults Hellmantle was original. And perhaps that's why all this came to be. He chose the motorcycle as a means of exploring and as a pen of illustration. It is simply the best means for the truest and the toughest. And that I, D'Aqs Grosseteste, writer of this actual acount, leave it to you, the reader, to determine the extremism of his purpose, for surely no man has attempted such a feat in such a short time and in such a manner. The haze by the bury creek takes on the wind of God, wrinkles into a loneliness of being, where the others' eyes never asks the question so the story is never told. He would cross a country over the mountaintops on his motorcycle and come back on the same day and never mention it unless asked. This is the philosopher's mystery. This is the Great Quiet of those few men who, through the sheer mileage of the true seeker, dismember themselves from the tribe of the acceptable.

  

THE END

  

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                             
          The Family of the Bible
FIRST PART
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
 
SECOND PART
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
 
THIRD PART
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
 
FOURTH PART
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
 
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