Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Book Review: The Lost Symbol

I just finished reading Lost Symbol, author Dan Brown. Although from last few couple of months due to some family related issues I rarely got time to read novels or even for writing blogs. For reading this book I took more days than usual, which was definitely not acceptable, but I was suffering from many diseases like busy for nothing, procrastination, lost of reading habit etc. Finally I completed this book like playing Age OF Empire, fighting against another empire and decided I have to win at any cost ;)

Now we’ll talk something about the novel. I sincerely felt this book as inferior than two other drama of Prof. Robert Langdon. The whole plot is of Washington DC , where Langdon unveiled so many Masonic architecture including US Capitol Building, Washington monument, White House, Smithsonian Institute etc. and tell the hidden Masonic relations with this building, while helping unwillingly the villain of the novel who is in search of the LOST WORD, which will give him greatest power and complete his transformation to almost like GOD. Author also discuss various Masonic ritual’s which considered to be dark side of life but author explains its noblest aspects of those initiations like from first to 33rd degree of initiations, Chamber of Reflection, etc.

The Lost Symbol, discuss various ancient cultures and their philosophies and discoveries Egyptian, Pythagorean, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Judeo-Christian, Pythagoras, alchemy, mysticism, magic etc. Sadly Dan Brown claims the invention of the number zero is done by Arabs, but the world know this greatest gift in number system is given by Hindu culture.

There are through description and analysis of various architecture and theories in this book I liked a lot is like importance of cornerstone, Washington monument, the Unfinished Pyramid in one-dollar bill, America’s “thirteen” conspiracy theories it means exactly thirteen storage rooms buried beneath the U.S. Capitol, the Great Seal of the United States had thirteen stars, thirteen arrows, thirteen pyramid steps, thirteen shield stripes, thirteen olive leaves, thirteen olives, thirteen letters in “annuit coeptis”, thirteen letters in “e pluribus unum”.

Overall I feel it 's worth to read if you wish to know something about freemasonry and relation of ancient America with masonic concept. According to me I will give this 4.5 points out of 10.

I am now thinking to read my long time awaited book The Story of My Experiments with Truth is the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandh.

Happy Thinking Naturally..........


  1. Hello NaturalThoughts,

    Since you are focused on the topic of symbology I thought you might be interested in previewing a late draft of my upcoming new book. Would you like to actually understand ancient wisdom and the symbology used to model and encode it?

    Finishing the Mysteries of Gods and Symbols

    Peace and Wisdom...


  2. While Hinduism preaches control of your senses to restrain them, the Western world with its vast materialistic setup preaches the opposite, to indulge in your sense world and for gratification by any means. The all-seeing eye on the dollar bill show light shining from the eye. This eye is the representation of the third eye of Shiva, the destroyer. While the destroyer does not destroy physically, He destroys by corrupting the population morally by triggering their sensual impulses so that they “buy” their way into sensual gratification using the money they have. Hence, the all-seeing eye is present on the dollar bill, symbolizing moral corruption through money.

    On the other hand is an eagle, which represents strength, success and control. If your trust in God is strong, you will be able to resist the internal temptations and find a way to control your urges, through belief in God. Hence, in the middle you see “In God we Trust”.

    Therefore, the dollar bill, symbolic of both its destructive and creative force, gives you a choice to make. The left hand side you see a pyramid (representing the tomb – your final resting place through moral corruption). And on the right hand side you see an eagle which symbolizes strength and balance in life, the complete opposite of the left.

    With money, the choice is yours to make as to what you want to do with your life…whether to use it for self-gratification, or for constructive purposes. The choice is yours to make, “If you trust in God.”

  3. Might want to try Khalik Gibran's book - The Prophet. Might make interesting reading for you.