Maranatha Puzzle and the Lost Secret of Rennes le Chateau: Five Years After End
Five years ago, on the date of this posting, February 21st (2011), the competition for the Maranatha Puzzle ended. PDF’s with a short email were released. They informed those working towards the finding of the powerful ‘Key’ of the Maranatha Puzzle that the million-dollar prize would not be given as a reward if solved.
This circumstance did not sway those who were truly interested in learning what the hidden secret of the Puzzle was. Many puzzlers continued the search for the Word. They had realized the most important value of the hunt was not a monetary prize, but a prize of wisdom and understanding being gained during each person’s own journey.
I think it is obvious, since it is known this site’s creation was very much inspired by my involvement in the hunt, that I l fully enjoyed and loved the quest given in Maranatha. Even if an answer to the puzzle was confirmed found, a quest for knowledge would still continue; because as I say on this site’s home page, I don’t think the search within ourselves ever ends. I am sincerely thankful for the hunt encouraging such a journey.
For those reading, who may not be familiar with the hunt, a summary and various links for the puzzle can be read here: Maranatha- Et in Arcadia Ego. Basically, in 2005, a puzzle book was published that would reveal an actual and astounding Secret once solved. It was professed to be a Secret kept hidden through time because of its immense worth, and it was this ‘Key’ that was encoded within the book. The puzzle gave anyone the opportunity to rediscover this Truth himself.
The book’s creators claimed to have discovered the Truth themselves while researching the extraordinary enigmas surrounding Rennes le Chateau. The mystery of Rennes le Chateau involves numerous paths of question. It is clear something highly unusual was definitely going on with the Priest of the area in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Priest, Berenger Sauniere, had spent incredible and unexplainable amounts of money. To this day, researchers still do not agree on how he came upon his wealth.
Tales of the Priest finding some type of lost treasure and then leaving clues to this treasure through curious renovations he made to his church are the most abounding. This belief was expanded upon by certain people in the mid 1900’s. During this time even stranger and more incredible circumstances involving the Priest, the area’s history, and known legends arose. This was led by Pierre Plantard who claimed to be Grand Master of the Secret Society of the Priory of Sion. It all is so wonderfully intriguing. You have to love it all because at the core of all the chaos there is a Truth, yet unknown and waiting to be revealed.
Nonetheless, whether or not any of the mystery of Rennes le Chateau can ever be confirmed is beside the point, because the challenge to find the answer to the puzzle remains. Sure, the answer is the alleged ‘Secret’, but to find it one doesn’t have to agree on all aspects of the mystery. It is a puzzle book which should have an answer. It is the answer to the puzzle which needs found. Once this answer is found, however, some will agree with it, and some may not; but a Truth is a Truth regardless of opinions.
The PDF’s which were provided at the conclusion of the competition were said to offer direction on how one might go about finding the ‘Key’. Searchers were hesitant in believing the authenticity of the PDF pages, though. They questioned if they gave actual intentions and accounts for the puzzle book’s contents and purposes. Because of the amount of controversy which surrounded the competition at the time, some wondered if seekers were truly supposed to realize the proposed PDF’s processes stated in the files. Questions of whether the creators of the puzzle were under pressure to keep the secret hidden prospered; were the PDF’s given to only appease.
Upon first reading, five years ago, I was suspicious of the PDF’s worth. Mainly because they didn’t completely mesh with how ‘I’ was working the puzzle. However, the passing of time has a way to calm passions of one owns perceived notions and offers the opportunity to look at things with a much clearer slate.
When I recently reread the PDF’s again, in a much more open state of mind, I do feel they are the path to the answer. Although I recognize the creator’s thoughts within may still be questioned by those with alternative theories for an answer, I, myself, find them a wonderful summary.
The process, described in stages, do allow a person to follow a path for the discovery and understanding of the hidden ‘Tree of Life’ within the overlay of the page’s symbols. This find cannot be debated. It is a definite discovery to be made within the puzzle. In my opinion, any answer for the puzzle must include an explanation for this sacred design that was revealed in the PDF. It is a solid recognition and the reason why it was concealed must hold importance.
The question is what importance might it hold?
The search for the Key continues and I feel it is a beautiful quest.
Best of luck with all that you Seek!