The Treasure in the Great Pyramid at Giza

by Eleazar, 2002


        There is a treasure contained in the Great Pyramid that waits to be found.   Yes, the treasure is still there, despite the great passage of time.    Though it is but a token treasure, its value is greater than the worldly riches that often occupy the thoughts and efforts of men.

        What is this treasure and where is it to be found?    To discover it, one must begin to think about symbols and their meanings.

        When one looks at the Great Pyramid at Giza, one should notice that it is a structure that has lost its former outward beauty.  The beautiful casing stones that once adorned the Pyramid were carried off and used for structures in the nearby city of Cairo.   In addition, the means of gaining entrance to the Pyramid had been forgotten by the time individuals in known history sought to enter the structure.    Modern history has it that one of the first to enter the Pyramid was Calif Al Mamoun who, in 820 AD, forced his way in by first making a hole on the North face of the Pyramid.   Although they were expecting to find worldly riches therein, instead they found only dust inside.    At the heart of the structure, the would-be robbers found a chamber with an empty sarcophagus.    

        The Pyramid has popularly been thought of as a burial chamber for a great (Egyptian) Pharaoh (king).   And in many ways, it is.    Despite its age, the Pyramid stands in the midst of Egypt where it is still seen today, though its former glory is gone and it's capstone missing.  

        Hold the thoughts above in mind when looking at the pictures on this page.    Consider that all of the pictures are similar in their symbolic meaning.   Try to keep in mind that everything in creation is symbolic.   In addition, consider that the symbolism in all things can be comprehended at the highest level of meaning when it is applied to each of us in the present moment rather than someone else at another place and time.   

 

        The photograph above is of the mummified body of Ramesses V, an Egyptian Pharaoh-king.   Take some time to look at this picture and notice how it is a repeat of the Pyramid symbol seen in the first photograph.   

         Notice how the former beauty is lost and a mummified corpse is all that remains.    There is no one home (he is dead).    Figuratively speaking, one might say that the sarcophagus is empty.   Perhaps it can be said that this is how it has always been, even when the one called Ramesses V roamed the land of Egypt.    

        As in the Great Pyramid, inside of the body of Ramesses is little except dust.  The organs have been removed and placed in jars by the Egyptian embalmers in an attempt to preserve the body.   Were they successful?     Some might claim so, but perhaps there is a point in this being true.   Like the tomb robbers, might the Egyptian embalmers (like us) be misguided with the obsession with the body rather than seeking something else of higher value, yet unknown?   

        Notice how the mummy of Ramesses bears a hole in the head caused by robbers chopping through the bandages with an adze to speed up their unwrapping to gain access to the jewelry.   Unlike those that forced their way into the Great Pyramid, these would-be robbers may have found some (token) jewels, but did they find the other treasure (which is still there)?    Probably not, just as few find the treasure of the Great Pyramid or, ultimately, the true Temple.

        When one thoughtfully gazes upon the mummy of Ramesses, one might say that one is gazing upon the tomb of a great Pharaoh-king of Egypt.   Just as the Pyramid has lost its former glory, so has the body-container (pyramid) of Ramesses lost its former glory.   

        Both the Pyramid and mummies of the Egyptian Pharaohs are allegorical symbols of carnal man.   They are symbols of us.   In his reliance on the material world of the outer senses, carnal man stands (lives; exists in the present time) in the midst of Egypt (a symbol for the material world).   Rather than build himself (as a) Temple of God, carnal man raises himself (his physical body) a tomb of an earthly (Egyptian) king.    Inside of the tomb is found dust (things earthly) rather than the riches (glory/intelligence) of eternity.   The end of carnal man is as the Pyramid, even though one might say that carnal man is as (spiritually) dead in his worldly existence as he is when he leaves his body behind to remain in the earth.  

        With that said, one might return to the question at hand:   Where is the treasure of the Pyramid?

        Perhaps to pass beyond the tokens and find the true treasure, one must continue to apply the symbolism discussed above to the self in the present moment.  But, first it might help to carefully consider the portrait below of a man dressed in the trappings of the world.    This picture could just as accurately be a portrait of anyone, including us.   Moreover, it is not the dress that is important at all.   Looking beyond the image, what is that which we see?

 

 

        Perhaps the meaning of it all is more profound and easier to understand if we would look thoughtfully at our own reflection in a mirror and ask ourselves about that upon which we are gazing.    Like the Great Pyramid, is that upon which we gaze a tomb for the so-called king of Egypt?    In a similitude of gazing upon the mummy of the Pharaoh, do we gaze upon the house of the true King who has forgotten all (lost his former glory)?   

        And might that idea itself point to the real treasure of the Pyramid?   Might the treasure of the Great Pyramid be its symbolic meaning?    And aren't there many witnesses to this same thing?    Today, one might attend LDS Temples and find great meaning (treasure) there too.   Yet, the end of ones searching for spiritual riches there, or in similar places, will always be the same because the treasures of the Pyramid are mere tokens of the true riches they represent.   We should not be obsessed with the tokens.  They point the way, but they do not comprise the way. 

           If one were to ask those who claim to know where is the nearest Temple, one would predictably receive directions to a building.   And in receiving such answers, one should take pause to consider whether or not these who answer in this manner know the way to the Temple at all.   

            In reality, it is all about us in the present time and place.    Ye are the Temple of God.    The tokens point the way to the true riches which are found therein.    They can do no more.   And despite how much more is said on this subject, the words can never amount to more than another token.   The symbolic meaning of the Temple is that one must seek the hidden door to the true self (the true Temple) to discover the real treasure that awaits.    In doing that, where one goes, no others can come.

 


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